5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥

Life is full of the unknown. You can never guess what's going to happen or when or even why. There's always something to throw you off balance & keep you on your toes. That's just how life works. This time of year is hectic but festive. It makes the time pass rapidly but there's always a moment to look forward to -- binge watching holiday movies, scraping off ice from your windshield in the brisk early morning, snacking on slightly chewy but still soft gingerbread cookies. I love this time of year; I also love these five things... :]

holiday festivities

Holiday Festivities - There is a cookie bake off at the office. There are giant Christmas trees set up everywhere you go. There's a frigid air in the mornings. It's just a jolly time of year & I love it.  I've always enjoyed this time of year & I'm just glad it's here. I have to soak up every moment while I can.

lip kit by kylie

Lip Kit By Kylie - Just like many other people out there I tried to get on Kylie's website at 9 am -- the launch time. I managed to add one of the lip kits to my cart but then the site wouldn't load. I texted my boyfriend & he magically got an order through! I am thrilled to try out True Brown K. By the swatch from my hand, the color appears dark, rich, & intense. Still have to try it out.

artichokes

Artichokes - I've eaten artichoke hearts on pizza but never dealt with cooking an entire artichoke before. I was at the supermarket & they were a wonderful deal so I made artichoke for the very first time. I have to admit it wasn't very good. Was it me? Was it the artichoke? I'm not so sure.

unexpected beauty

Unexpected beauty - My car desperately needed a wash so I took it in for a wee bit of cleaning. As it was going through the wash, I spotted this gorgeous rainbow of pastel soap spuds on the ground. It was just so unexpected & beautiful.

coffee

Coffee - Since I have to get up early to get to work, hot coffee has been my best friend. It slightly eases the painful dread I get every time the alarm goes off. It gently protects me from the whiplash of the arctic chill of 7 am. Overall, coffee has been getting me through some tough times. Thanks for that, Coffee!

What are you loving right now? :]

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65 comments

  1. I agree, the soap colors from the car wash can be so pretty! Definitely give us your thoughts on the lip kit

    Jessica
    the way to my Hart

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    1. I just published a initial review of the lip kit if you want to check it out. :]

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  2. Right now I'm loving the festive cheer that is going around. It's so nice to see everyone so happy and full of love!
    I'm really desperate to try the Kylie lip products, I hope I get one under the tree on xmas morning :)

    Hayley-Eszti | www.hayleyeszti.com

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    1. The festive cheer is so wonderful, isn't it? Here's hoping you get a lip kit for Christmas. :]

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  3. i'm desperate for the kylie lip kit, i'm hoping to get one when they next go on sale! i'd love to see a review on it:-p love your blog!xxx

    emjbarker.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I wrote an initial review of the lip kit if you want to check it out. :]

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  4. Those pastel colours looked beautiful! How did you cook the artichoke?

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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    1. I browsed Google & ended up boiling it. :]

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  5. I love this time of year too. so many festive things to do with friends and family.

    ~Krisztina
    www.krisztinawilliams.com

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    1. Wishing you a joyous time with family & friends. :]

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  6. This is such a lovely read. My favourite would be oversized knit sweater, festive hot drinks and christmas music :)

    Stephanie | www.stephykeung.com

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    1. What's your favorite festive hot drink? I'm still trying to try some out. :]

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  7. Unexpected beauty and artichoke hearts, that's everything ! :) Love your post.

    Camy xx

    www.osiarah.com

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  8. Ooo I can't wait to see what the lipstick looks like on you! You have to keep us updated on that :) I've never cooked an artichoke before and always felt intimidated, so I usually just buy canned for pizza or sandwiches :) I totally want to try this now! Hope you're staying warm and enjoying this festive season!

    -Rachel
    www.blonderhombus.com

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    1. If you check out one of my latest posts there's an initial review of her lip kit & a swatch of it. :]

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  9. Carmen, please make a review about the Lip Kit!!
    We are also really excited about Christmas, this year we are planning a huge dinner with friends and family.
    Love your blog!
    Hope you have a great day!

    www.louieandcoco.blogspot.com.ar

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    1. I did an initial review. Feel free to check it out. :]

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  10. *Jumps up and down excitingly* Rainbow carwash!!! :D That just brightened my day so thank you! ;) I have to say I'm loving the weather here in New Zealand nice, sunny and warm!

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. I'm happy the rainbow carwash gives you some joy as well. :]

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  11. I'm so happy for you that you were able to get a KYLIE Lip Kit! Let me know how you like it in time. Also, I would LOVE to try the food from around the world package!!!!!
    Thanks!
    Cami
    http://bycamixoxo.blogspot.com/

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  12. I love the colours of the car wash, definitely unexpected beauty. I too am so excited for the festive season, I love all the Christmas spirit and for the first time in a long time I'm not working through the whole holidays.

    Kristy | www.thevioletblonde.com

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    1. That is so wonderful that you don't have to work through the holidays because it gives you time to recuperate. :]

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  13. Sounds interesting! Lovely photos! ♡


    Have a nice holiday! | Gabrielle
    ♡ REALASH | AFTER HALF A YEAR ♡

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  14. Great post, can't wait to see you wear the lipstick!

    xo
    http://thepinkporcelaindoll.blogspot.ro
    https://www.facebook.com/pinkporcelaindoll/

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  15. Loving that Christmas tree photo! I've finally finished decorating around the house in substitute of my parents and I can't get enough of the festive mood!

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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    1. The bigger the tree, the better. That's what I think. :]

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  16. Such great picks Carmen! I was one of those people that desperately wanted one of Kylies' liquid lipsticks! I wanted Candy K so much, I'll have to wait now lol. Also here’s my latest YouTube video, https://youtu.be/V424aBRxpr0. I’d love some feedback from you - I’d really appreciate it!:D

    - www.veebzboo.com

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    1. Yeah just wait around & see what people say about it before investing in it. :]

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  17. Rainbow carwash NEEDS to become a thing! So so pretty, it makes me want a car again just to go find one haha! I'm loving how festive everything and everyone is lately, I've been able to see so many friends and family of late, it's such a wonderful time of year for bringing us all together!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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    1. A rainbow carwash definitely needs to be a thing. I agree with you there! :]

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  18. I would really love to try out the lipkit by kylie, everyone who has that stuff on just looks like they have to most beautiful and luscious lips ever! The artichokes one made me laugh! I had them on pizzas too but would not have a clue how to cook one haha! I am just loving December and generally just buying stuff and justifying it with 'because it's Christmas!' haha great post!

    Grace x
    www.queenbeach.uk

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    1. I've had artichoke hearts many times but I've never made the artichoke myself. It was quite a task. :]

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  19. ojh i wanted to try that kylie lip products, but they aren't available at germany at the moment :(
    http://www.youtube.com/c/MissLovelyAttitude
    http://lovelyattitude.com

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  20. im really interested to hear how did you liked the lip kit?
    I havent got it but I found similar alternatives ":)


    The Fashion Matters- Fashion & Travel Magazine

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    1. A lot of people have been saying they found dupes but it's pretty hard to tell seeing it barely just came out. :]

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  21. I am so jealous you got a Kylie Lip Kit! I want one too so bad!

    xx

    Marjolein
    http://misscocoblue.blogspot.com

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  22. That's so cool that you got a Kylie Lip Kit! I am SO curious what they are like! I hope you post about it!:) I also love that you found a bit of beauty in the things around you! The soap really was beautiful!

    Shannon Sage

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    1. I was pretty hyped on it that's why I made the leap & got it. We shall see if it was worth it. :]

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  23. thats awesome that you got a lip kit! cant wait to see the review :)

    xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM

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    1. I just posted something on my initial thoughts if you'd like to check out that review. :]

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  24. Such a lovely list! Sometimes we just need to slow down and appreciate the everyday things. Holiday festivities is definitely something I'm loving right now, this really IS my favorite time of the year! ;D

    xo, Alice || Miss Inconnue || Etsy

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    1. You are absolutely right, Alice. There is beauty & wonder right in front of us but we miss it because we're always on our cell phones or whatever. :]

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  25. Omgosh I get so excited when the multi colour soaps are on the car during the car washes!


    Macarons and Mischief

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    1. I have never seen it before or maybe I have but I haven't washed my car in forever. :]

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  26. Cool list! And omg, I'm obsessed with artichoke! It's delish and so good for you! I didn't like it at first, but then I tried it once on pizza cuz my boyfriend loves artichoke on pizza and I've been hooked since! <3


    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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    1. Artichoke on pizza is second to none. :]

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  27. I'd totally love to go to a cookie bake off. It sounds like so much fun! What a great and creative way to celebrate the holidays.

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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    1. Cookie bake off was the best way to start a new job. :]

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  28. Pastel colors looks so gorgeous! Lovely photos!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  29. Love the soap photo, really nice colours :)

    http://allure-square.blogspot.com

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  30. Love this post! I really want to check out Kylie's lipstick as well, but I assume it's completely sold out already. Also that carwash photo is awesome! Before reading the caption, I was trying to figure out what that was a photo of and was totally stumped!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Your are correct. It's sold out in under a minute! :]

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  31. Coffee will always be at the top of my list; it's a huge help and blessing when you're so busy at this time of year! I want to hear how Kylie's lip kit works since I haven't been able to order one.

    www.outfitsandobservations.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm more of a tea person but I've started to like coffee more & more. :]

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  32. I love artichokes steamed! They are the best with a little roasted garlic aioli - if you ever try them again!

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