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Five hundred things I bought in 2016

One of the unexpected upsides of my surgery and recovery? I became an expert-level online shopper!

OK, maybe that’s not something to celebrate. Does anyone really need to spend more money? Probably not.

But I got some great stuff and I thought you might like some of it.

For fun

Recently I bought a plane ticket back to Saint Martin. I loved it so much the first time. After the year I have had, these plane tickets are easily the No Regret-iest things on the whole list.

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I got Hamilton tickets. Yep, the play is as amazing as I had heard. And – lucky me – I am seeing it again in January. Tickets are my Christmas present to my mother.

For my face

I made it to Sephora’s VIB Rouge level this year. Oops. That means I bought a lot of skincare and makeup products.

I started using eye cream – and bought two of them. Because did you know that you should not use regular eye cream on your lids? APPARENTLY. I’d be mad about buying two, however the lid-specific cream is so good at reducing eye puffiness after yet another business trip that I can’t complain.

But I also bought this inexpensive lipstick (16). 100% my favorite.

Update: I’m in love with this.

For my apartment

I got these lampshades via Joss & Main. Not my most exciting purchase (made on Cyber Monday no less), however I love the way replacing my old yellowing lampshades with crisp white changed the light of my bedroom.

I am loving the Pottery Barn duvet cover I purchased to go with this new bed (similar options here) and dresser. Also this pretty framed print from Society6 which is hanging over my bed until this larger print arrives to take its place. And this elephant throw pillow which reminds me of my wonderful aunt, who loved elephants.

It took buying three sets of curtains to keep one. These from Overstock looked nothing like the picture – way darker. I can’t really say why I didn’t like these from Bed, Bath & Beyond – I just didn’t. They sat on my couch for about three weeks while I tried to warm up to them.

Finally I found these in Cool White at JC Penney of all places – not sure when I last shopped there. But I’m really happy so it’s a good reminder to be open-minded.

To wear

As you know, I adore this jacket. And I hate that it’s too cold to wear it right now.

This Marc Jacobs bag is awesome. I use it probably 75% of my work days so I don’t feel at all bad about splurging. I love this bag.

I just bought these Sam Edelman shoes on Bloomingdales.com but depending on your size, they’re cheaper on Amazon. Every year, my company holiday party rolls around and I don’t have any great shoes to wear. This year, I wore some ugly old pumps that wouldn’t even stay on my feet. Apparently I need straps of some sort at this point in life.

Along those lines, I got these pink Birkenstocks. I swore I would never have Birks, but here I am, loving them.

Update: this shirt as a show of support to Nordstrom.

I should have bought five of this Feminist t-shirt. These next four years are going to be challenging.

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To eat

I accidentally bought an entire case of this popcorn. Fortunately it’s delicious.

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For everything

I invested in an Amazon Echo. My friend Mark‘s tweets made me feel like I needed one. Alexa is a great companion for work from home days.


Did I actually buy five hundred things this year? Probably not. But there are times when it felt that way. My hope is that I will be so busy in 2017 doing fun, exciting things that online shopping will no longer be my chief entertainment.

To offset my consumerism, I also made philanthropic donations to several organizations including the Women’s Resource Center of Northeastern PA and Dr. Paul Forfia’s Pulmonary Hypertension research.

I’m considering supporting the Pulmonary Hypertension Association too.

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Motorcycle jackets are over

I wanted a moto jacket for years. Black, leather, classic. So what if I’m not cool (anymore?) and don’t ride motorcycles.

I knew I was opposed to suede. And I didn’t want a color. Although I had a flirtation with a dark pink Haute Hippie one, because you know me and pink.

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The challenge? My long torso and a desire not to spend a gazillion dollars on another coat. I have a lot of coats.

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Help! I need a Halloween costume.

When it comes to Halloween, I am a middle-of-the-roader. I definitely don’t hate the holiday. But I find myself skipping Halloween parties all too often due to lack of a costume.

Staying home and eating cupcakes wouldn’t be the worst thing.

Chocolate Spider Web cupcakes getting their fudge webs! #georgetowncupcake #october #Halloween

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This year, I have two Halloween parties I’d like to attend – one of which is Eliza‘s annual fete. She LOVES Halloween and always has superb costumes. I feel pressure to come up with something good.

Amazon has suggested that I be a nun and has approximately 200 nun costume options. For once, I am not exaggerating.

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If you don’t love dogs, you are the devil

I stepped out of the elevator and was immediately accosted by a lumbering black lab.

“Oh. I guess I’m here on Bring Your Dog to Work Day.” When I sat down to wait for my meeting to begin, the lab took the opportunity to push his snout up my skirt. Continue reading

Late to the Nashville party

Do you watch the TV show Nashville?

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I tuned in part way through season 2 and although it was clear I had missed a lot of characters’ backstory, I liked Nashville a lot.

On a recent flight, I had the chance to go back to the start of the show thanks to in-flight DIRECTV. I plowed through four or five episodes beginning with the pilot. I was hooked!

But getting caught up was hard. No Hulu, no Netflix and ABC.com only offers a few episodes free. My options for seeing the episodes were Amazon (not included in Prime) or through Verizon FioS for $1.99 per episode (SD; HD is $2.99 and I’m too cheap for that).

Given that ratings for Nashville have not been spectacular, one would think that ABC could throw would-be fans a bone. But no.

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Twitter Spotlight: Susan Orlins

Here’s a Twitter Spotlight first: I’m featuring Susan Orlins, the mother of one of my first subjects, Eliza Orlins.

Meeting Susan, a journalist, blogger, author and avid bicyclist, it’s easy to see where Eliza gets at least some of her adventurous spirit and verve.

And also her heart. Did you see the part of Eliza’s season in Vanuatu where Susan and Eliza were reunited as a reward?

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OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@SusanOrlins: Big eyes, long ears, wet nose, and a tail

 

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