Things I Love: January 2017

My original intent for my Things I Love posts was to write one monthly. Turns out, I aimed too high. We’re going to go with my doing this bi-monthly and call it a day!

This “cardi-coat” from Old Navy ($29.97 on clearance)
Y’ALL. Old Navy has been running some wicked discounts lately – it looks like they’re clearing out the entirety of 2016 (aren’t we all?) and I have been fully taking advantage! This sweater (coat? it’s heavier than an ordinary cardigan but I would hardly call it appropriate for an Erie winter day on its own) is my favorite purchase from their sale. I love Old Navy’s clothing, but sometimes their pieces look like they came from Old Navy – a little too polished, preppy soccer mom for me. This piece is so funky and perfectly bridges the perpetual gap that is my style… I’ve become a hybrid recovering emo kid boho hippie, or something. Whatever you want to call it, this cardigan is my prime aesthetic. Plus, with the additional markdowns they’ve been pushing lately, I only paid $15 for it! Honestly, I would happily pay more for a piece of clothing like this. I’ve only worn it once, and I can already tell I’m going to get a LOT of use out of it – not only because it goes with damn near my entire wardrobe, but because it’s made quite well!

Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition ($249 from Walmart)
I’m a very low-key gamer. I grew up with my Super Nintendo and original Gameboy (full disclosure, I have referred to my 3DS as a Gameboy more often than a 3DS), but I only played a few games on each. I enjoy the games I like, though, and missed having a console as my husband finished his man cave and got his PS4 set up. So, for Christmas, he surprised me with this beautiful, vintage-looking 3DS (the cover plates are full of 8bit-style classic characters). I definitely don’t play for hours on end like I used to, but I am loving every moment of Pokemon Moon. The built-in games and apps are sincerely hilarious and it’s been so much fun re-living my childhood on an actual modern console.

E&J Apple Brandy (Price varies – this is their store locator)
A thing I do not recommend: losing your voice (from strain, not sickness) right as your busiest week at work of the year begins. While it was nice to not have to talk to customers as my 67-hour week started, I was in a lot of pain. Enter this apple brandy. The flavor is the right kind of apple, not too sour or sugary. I’m not sure how much of the help was pure placebo, but my throat definitely felt relief after I sipped a little glass! It’s also quite good mixed with apple cider (or Giant Eagle’s spiced pear cider that I believe was a seasonal item for autumn, but if you can still find it, buy it).

U2’s Joshua Tree Tour Announcement (Tickets go on sale Tuesday!)
A fun fact about me: Foo Fighters mean more to me than any other artist/band, but I’ve only been a fan for about five years. U2, on the other hand? They’ve gotten me through my entire life. I fondly remember melodramatically listening to Joshua Tree and Boy in the backseat of my parents’ car on my first-gen iPod mini. The big downfall of being a fan of a band that’s been doing their thing for decades is that I’d resigned myself to never getting to see their back catalog live. AND THEN U2 GOES AND DOES THE THING. I won’t hold my breath waiting for an October tour (that album, you guys), but Joshua Tree is quintessential U2. The Edge has already talked a lot about how the themes of the album are more relevant than ever (we were suffering through the Reagan years when it dropped), so come July 1, you can catch me sobbing like a damn fool in Cleveland. I. Can’t. Wait.

Now that work has settled down a bit, I’m going to be making a concentrated effort to blog more frequently. One post a week, maybe more if the mood strikes. Please, please comment and let me know what you’d like to see more of here! Have a beautiful weekend, readers!

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