Worth Noting: November/December

In the spirit of savoring the little things, I’ll be sharing a few things “worth noting” to me every month or so. I love sharing a great book, show, product or even just a memorable moment from the week. "The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." - Jon Kabat Zinn.

Is there something cosmically aligned to make the holidays fly by? I swear November and December always seem extra lively, yet they're always over in a blink. Either way, I love using the end of the year as time for reflection and time for planning the next year ahead. I'm not into resolutions, but rather monthly goals so I've been starting to jot down ideas to focus on and it helps to slow things down a bit. That whole saying "what you think about you bring about" is one I like to believe rings true. With the spirit of savoring the season, here are a few things I've found worth noting recently: 

Brand: ThirdLove 

Okay, full disclosure (heh): Like many girls, I hate bras and wear bralettes instead, but this brand, ThirdLove, is a game changer. It's actually comfortable enough that I forget I'm wearing it (something that's never happened with a VS bra). I heard about them because they have an office locally where I live and I'm so glad I got to try them! They even offer half sizes, which apparently is a category that 50% of women fall into. I love their mission to create a better bra buying experience and they even let you order and try on a bra for free. I seriously recommend trying them out so you can understand what the difference between their bras and most other bras. 

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Read: Brain on Fire 

This book was my book club's choice and I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. It's a true story, written about a young journalist at the New York Post whose brain essentially attacks her body after contracting a very mysterious disease. It's written from the author's perspective so you get to tap into a very chilling side of the human brain in its diseased form--it's a fascinating reminder of how fragile we all are and how much there is to be thankful for. 

Wear: Katie Dean Jewelry 

As luck would have it, I finally got to purchase a Katie Dean Jewelry piece after stumbling on her booth at West Coast Craft fair last month! I love delicate gold jewelry so her designs are right up my alley. I gleefully snagged this evil eye ring and basically haven't taken it off since. If you have any jewelry lovers on your holiday list, her jewelry is affordable, unique and really great quality. 

Photo: @katiejeanjewelry

Photo: @katiejeanjewelry

Drink: Blue Lotus Chai powder

Since I visited India, I've become obsessed with really strong chai. I normally stick to Chico Chai, which I still prefer, but I love using Blue Lotus Chai for convenience and it's super flavorful. I've noticed it's available at most health food stores and I like it because you simply mix two scoops into hot water and enjoy. I like to add in a splash of almond milk for creaminess too. Delish! 

GIFTING: ETHICAL + SUSTAINABLE GIFT GUIDE 

The Brightly.co was founded to "help people find beautiful, ethically made goods + empower entrepreneurs to create them, impacting the world in the process." They curated an ethical and sustainable gift guide broken down by different budgets. Some of my favorites: Sustainable coffee gift set, these earrings, and these serving boards.  If you have some last minute shopping for hard-to-buy people, this list can be a helpful reference that you can feel good about this season. The indigo pillow in the photo below is available to shop here, if interested. 

And a few other favorites: 

Scored this Elvis Presley Christmas album at the record store for three dollars. It's pure, sappy holiday magic and I keep playing it on repeat around the house. Nothing better. 

elvis christmas record

With a cue from Chico Chai's holiday open house, I ground up loose leaf chai and added it to my cookie dough to create chai sugar cookies. Definitely making these again for Christmas day! 

add chai to holiday cookies

Winter kind of bums me out. That whole every tree and plant is dead thing plus cold weather isn't my favorite, but I always try to find things to look forward to anyway. Citrus season is one! I'm obsessed with squeezing lemon on everything and making fresh orange juice, so if I can't have vitamin D, I'll at least have vitamin C. 

citrus season

Anything fun you've been enjoying lately?