I’m probably a little too excited about writing/sharing this post. I might have written a couple of “favourites” posts when I first started blogging in 2014 (????) but somewhere down the line I regrettably tried stuffing myself in a box when I knew that there was so much more that interests me than the topics I forced myself to stick to. I tried so hard for so many years to create a persona that I thought people would be interested in, but I ended up losing interest in myself… multiple times.
So without rambling tooooooo much, I just want to say that 2018, for me, is the year of doing whatever. I. want. And I encourage anyone who’s feeling lost to do the same thing.
Now onto business: my January and February favourites! I love reading/watching videos about the things people are into so I thought I would jump right in.
Coolbell laptop sleeve
I’ve been in the market for a new laptop sleeve ever since my old trusty one met an unfortunate fate one night when my dog Jack had an upset stomach (read: he pooped all over it). My laptop is a little over 15 inches and it’s curved on the edges so I had to dig a little deeper to find a case that was functional but also *cute*.
Side note: apparently 15 or so inches is the biggest size aesthetically pleasing laptop cases are made in??? Any bigger than this and you get into corporate, roller bag territory, just FYI.
Long story short: I found a winner! This laptop case by CoolBell is SO gorgeous and inexpensive, albeit a tad bit snug (I think it was meant for a 15ish inch Macbook) but it’s nothing a little gentle stretching couldn’t handle. I absolutely love anything canvas, and there’s a pretty sizable pocket in the front! The photo on Amazon did have a big logo patch on the front, but not on the case that was sent to me which was a happy accident since I prefer it a lot more this way!
Another thing I’ve been in the market for was an (again inexpensive because your girl is CHEAP) men’s/oversized denim jacket. In fact, I’ve been eyeing a denim jacket that’s been in one of my uncles’ closets for years, though I’ve been denied every. dang. time. No biggie, though, because I finally found one for about $30 at an outlet and I love it so much!
This beautiful piece of technology was an impulse purchase I made a couple of years ago and I never realized its value until a few months ago. By picking up the pen and simply drawing, I remembered that art was something that used to make me so happy (and it was something that I was fairly good at), but for whatever reason, I abandoned it somewhere along the way. It’s funny how things come around full circle because now I’ve made it my job!
Baggu Duck Bag
I used to buy bags all the time knowing in the back of my head that I would only use it once (if at all). Since giving up that bad habit, I’ve narrowed down my tried and true picks and I happened to have space for one more: a tote/carryall! The Baggu Duck Bag is ethically made of durable canvas and big enough to carry my laptop/notebooks/pencil case and a little bit more (without having to worry about it ripping). I also love that along with the two smaller straps, there’s a super long adjustable one that makes it really easy to wear however you want! The ONLY thing I have to say about this bag (and really all canvas in general) is that it’s impossible to NOT get dog fur on it, but that’s a compromise I’m more than willing to make.
Do you ever give yourself pats on the back for good purchases? Because that’s what I did just now. I’m only slightly embarrassed.
There’s something just so comforting about having a way to separate yourself with the outside world without having to hole yourself up somewhere and that’s exactly how I feel about my Sony MDR-XB600 headphones. I’ve had these babies since my first or second year of university and I truly can’t picture heading into the outside world without them. Not only is the sound quality ah-mazing (listening to music with good headphones, especially songs with heavy bass, is seriously a life altering experience) but they are ridiculously comfortable on your head! While quality headphones aren’t necessarily cheap, they’re a great investment that will last you a loooong time.
Bubba travel mug
This is definitely a huge “duh” but one of the things I hate the most about the cold weather is how quickly it cools your drinks, and that’s where my Bubba travel mug comes in… It doesn’t quite keep my drinks hot for six hours like it’s advertised, BUT it keeps it piping hot for over two (before slowing cooling down) and that’s more than enough time for me to drink my coffee or tea, plus it’s 12 oz which is a great size for the amount of coffee that my Tassimo makes!