January: My Month from A - Z / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


January: My Month from A - Z

Jeez Louise it's Februrary. The first month of 2016 has officially flown away like a juvenile bird leaving the nest. Goodbye January! I'd say I'm having a hard time believing it but, I always say that so I should just move on. This year I'd like to begin a new series summarizing my month in A - Z format. Let's go over the A, B, Cs.

affogato, skybound coffee

Affogato - Oh my word! This thing is delicious. An affogato is a coffee-based dessert made with piping hot espresso poured over some nice, cold gelato. The dessert is extraordinarily rich & every human being should try it at least once in their lifetime.

Beanies - I am all about that beanie life. I have a large collection considering it's not usually too cold here in San Diego. But I don't care about practicality. I seem to buy a new one every fall/winter season. Definitely a winter must have.

Celebrating the new year with friends - It was such a pleasure to have a handful of my closest friends with me to ring in the new year. Long gone are those days of desiring a grand & glamorous celebration for New Year's Eve. All I need are my friends & some snacks & I'm all set.

Dry January - For the entire month of January, I had not one drop of alcohol. The first couple weeks were harder because I normally like to kick back & enjoy a couple beers on the weekend. After the second weekend went by I focused on doing different things with my weekend that didn't involve alcohol. Stay tuned for a full post on this experience.

Emails - As a blogger, I always get such a kick out of checking my email. Most of the time there's something really nice & juicy in there. It's basically a little gift waiting to be read. January has been very fruitful in its collaborative emails.

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Fred - On January 16, my boyfriend & I celebrated our three-year anniversary. I seriously can't believe how fast the time has gone. 

Gilmore Girls -  Fred & I are doing our best to blast through Gilmore Girls.  I remember watching the series as a pre-teen & teenager,  so it brings me memories of an interesting time in my life. The dialogue is witty, quick, & still extremely relatable. I think Rory was my inspiration to study journalism!

Hair extensions - I like to pretend I'm a glamorous celebrity when I put in my hair extensions. It's a simple way to revolutionize your entire look. I seriously feel like a different person. Crazy how hair has such an effect.

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Instagram - I've been in love with Instagram this month. Despite being a social media professional, I lagged at updating it every day. In January, I added a couple new photos each day & it's working out well.

Job - I started a new job in December & finally got in the groove of things this month. I still have a lot to learn about hotels & timeshares; the more I know, the more I can tailor it to my social media strategy.

Knowledge - As I juuuust mentioned, I've been learning a lot, you guys. That's good for you too since it adds to my Social Media Basics series.

Lip liner - Lip liner just pumps me up. It's a surefire way to feel like I'm fully dolled up & ready to take on any challenge. Most of the time I use lip liner by itself.

Making a Murder - I talked about this captivating show on 5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥ & I'm mentioning it again because it's really that good. Just go ahead & watch it this weekend if you haven't already.

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Necklaces - If you read my latest outfit of the day post, Golden Hour, you'd know that I'm digging this necklace. It's chic & it goes with almost anything. It has a cool iridescent quality to it too.

Okra chips - Yooo. Okra chips are so good. They're super crispy & pretty much hollow inside minus the seeds. It's an intriguing texture & flavor, but I suggest trying it. I didn't grow up on okra so it's something I'm still getting acquainted with.

Packages - "Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things." ♪♫♬ Yes, I'm getting all The Sound of Music-y on you. Like emails, packages are so exciting!

Quotes - Sometimes a person of the past said something so eloquently that you can't help but quote them regularly. Quote are perfect for inspiration, reference, & just about anything really.

Retype - This app is awesome. It's an easy way to integrate text onto your photos. It's ideal for Instagram, blogs, & whatever you feel like using it for.

Sunsets - I actually didn't know I was that into sunsets until I looked back on my photos from the month. I captured a sunset at least two or three times each week, so I'd have to say that makes me a fan.

earl grey tea

Tea, tea, tea - I've been drinking a lot of tea recently. My go-to is Earl Grey with lavender. It's a harmonious mixture of two of my favorite things. Nature is great & whoever thought to  combine lavender & Earl Grey tea together is a genius in my eyes.

Unabashed - I work every day at not being embarrassed when taking outfit photos. It's still a work in progress, but I'm getting less self-conscious. 

Vinebox - Subscription boxes are super trendy & why not try something different? I love the idea of a wine subscription box that comes right to your doorstep.

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Winter - Since I get up early in the mornings, it's quite frigid outside. Sometimes it's cloudy, sometimes it's misty, sometimes it's rainy, sometimes it's icy. By the time 9 am rolls around, the winter feel is usually gone. Being an early bird gives me the opportunity to actually wear some layers.

The X-Files - Yessss! Fred & I finished the entire X-Files series & its subsequent movies just in time for The X-Files revival. The six-episode mini-series is perfect for all sci-fi fans out there. I'm excited to see how it goes.

Youth - Every day we get older, so we aren't as young as we were the minute before. I love looking back on where I've been & where I'm going.

Zzzz - There's much to do & never enough hours in the day. I'm a human being who relishes on eight hours of sleep per night & it's been difficult to catch up on those ZzzZZzz's. Can we add more time to the clock or something?

My questions to you:
Do you spell it 'jeez,' 'geez,' or some other version?
How was your January in 5 letters? For example, A, C, L, O, S. :]

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  1. Love this post! I've been rewatching Gilmore Girls lately too and am loving the nostalgia so much! Also, completely agree about beanies for winter! X


  2. I am re-watching Gilmore Girls as well! I cannot get enough of the show and I am so stoked about the new episodes that are coming out!

    C | http://atlantic-c.blogspot.ca/

  3. I really like this style of post! It sounds like you had a really busy January! I need to try Affogato and okra chips! :) xx


  4. One of my friends has a Vinebox subscription and he's obsessed with it! Love this post! :)


  5. I really need to test out that dessert, and the extensions as well! Thanks for sharing!

    toast the girl almighty

  6. Hey that's cool! I love these pics!

    Alice Cerea,

    Alice Cerea blogger

  7. Great roundup, sounds like a great time! xx


  8. I like this idea for a post! Sounds like a great month :)

  9. This A-Z summary of January is too cool! Happy anniversary to you two and omg, that dessert looks so amazing! :P

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  10. What an amazing month, love your pictures, so pretty!
    Have a lovely weekend:)
    Rosanna x

  11. yes to this gilmore girls! LOVE that show so much!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  12. I love this post and I have been thinking of how my January was with letters from the alphabet and it really isn't as easy as it sounds! After giving it some thought I think my January was definitely Stressful, a little Challenging, a lot of Organising, but for sure still Lovable and Awesome! <3 Oh and I spell jeez with a j - I think :P xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

  13. This is such a cute post idea! Love that you are into the X-files! I have been getting into it again too!!!
    xx Annie

  14. My January was - Amazing, Celebratory, Fun, Legal and Loving! I have to say I love this post!

    Whitney | www.labeautyaffair.blogspot.com

  15. What a wonderful post! and I want to try that Affogoto, sounds yummy knowing it has coffee in it lol. Thanks for sharing:)


  16. Great idea for a series! Congratulations on your new job! The okra chips sound interesting and the affogato sounds amazing. And I can't wait to hear about your dry January.

  17. I enjoyed reading this :) Love the A-Z concept :) Gilmore Girls are the best! ;)


  18. So creative.I love how you've summarized everything from A-Z.Lovely pictures too

  19. Love this little alphabet post :) I was totally with you on dry January - I gave up during exam month and was pleasantly surprised how I felt and genuinely not noticing it's absence. Also Making a Murder oh my gosh, obsessed, have to keep googling any updates :')
    I'd probably vote for 'jeez' because I prefer the way it looks and it makes more sense in my head.. though with that logic I should be 'Jeorgia'..
    Jan in 5 letters for me was
    A nice refreshing change from 2015
    B ooks i.e. revision
    C old but sunny days
    D ocumentaries of the murder sort
    E xciting start of things to (hopefully) come :)

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

  20. Congratulations on your new job! I'm sure you'll learn everything in no time. I agree, the past month has really flown by :)

    Velvet Blush

  21. This is such a cute idea!! I might have to try it for myself. :)

    Via Sora

  22. Your alphabet post is wonderful! I adore Gilmore Girls so much!! I love how they're making extra episodes right now! I couldn't believe it!

    My January was full of S's, Stuyding, Stressing but Succeeding! It was also full of Birthdays... I hope February gives me some time to catch up on my blogging! ;)

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  23. Ok, so I need to try an affogato now! I'm glad your job is going well and I spell it 'jeez' - 'geez' is short for 'geezer' where I live! x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  24. So much nostalgia. Which of Rory's boyfriends was your fave? :]

  25. Oh my gosh me too. Which of Rory's boyfriends was your favorite? :]

  26. You have to try it or make it. So delicious. :]

  27. It's super cool & unique. When did you first try Vinebox? :]

  28. Dessert & extensions. A good match. :]

  29. So good, right Pam? Do you have a favorite of Rory's boyfriends? :]

  30. Eeek, hopefully your February won't be as stressful. Any plans for this month? :]

  31. Have you been watching the revival series? :]

  32. Which of Rory's boyfriends was your fave? :]

  33. "Documentaries of the murder sort." HA! Love it. :]

  34. Time flies with every moment we age. :]

  35. I'm so psyched for the new at episodes. Which of Rory's boyfriends was your favorite? Do you have one? :]

  36. Geez for geezer. That's interesting; where are you from? :]

  37. So nice to read this post! Congratulations for you and your boyfriend, I am also into beanies and necklaces and also, nice about the job! Sorry, I was away for some weeks, now back! (I don't like to use internet when travelling!) My January in 5 letters... mmm... E-exciting, L - learning, B-birthday (Ok, not in alphabetical order :) and well... I guess that was it :)

  38. Me too!!! Well, Jess is probably the most perfect fit for Rory, since they have a lot of common interests. But I will probably always be team Logan, since he's so handsome and I'm into fancy things, haha! I'm not really a fan of Dean, I think he's just a bit too plain for her! How about you?! :D

  39. I'm actually finishing up the last season, so I will hold off on an official response. However, it's nice to "meet" another person who doesn't hate Logan. Dean was nice initially, but Rory outgrew him. He was holding her back. :p

  40. Oh no!! I thought you've already watched all episodes as a teen. Luckily, I didn't spoil anything then! It's already nice for me to 'meet' someone who adores Gilmore GirlsI agree with you on Dean! I'm so curious what's going to happen in the next episodes!

  41. No no, you're right. I watched them as a teen, but I'm re-watching now to see how I feel. When I first watched it Rory was years older than me & I thought she was so cool, but now I'm older than her so it's interesting to have a different feelings on her choices. :]

  42. Hands down, Jess. The bad boy act always gets me, haha!


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