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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Favorite Things

Hello, dear friends.  Just checking in.  I have been in North Carolina visiting my #2.  There is a post in the works with plenty of pictures of the beautiful Tar Heel state.  

Tonight I am hosting my book club.  I am supervising the Mister as we speak as he is whipping up his magic in the kitchen.  

In the meantime, here are a few of my latest favorite things.

About a month ago, I was contacted by jimmyCASE asking me to review their iPhone case.  How could I say no?

First of all, it's a great looking case.  The core is mahogany, and there are a variety of great color choices for the elastic pocket.  It can hold up to six cards or even a car key and not stretch out.

My jimmyCASE arrived the day before I left for North Carolina.  I decided to give it a whirl on my trip.  I stowed my driver's license in the pocket so that I had my downloaded boarding pass and ID together.  Usually, it takes me 20 minutes to get my license out of my wallet.  You never want to be behind me in line.  My jimmyCASE made my security experience much more pleasant for me and those waiting in line behind me.

My jimmyCASE also came in handy at the hotel.  For once, my room key was not swallowed up in the Bermuda triangle in my purse.  

It would make a great gift for the high school or college student who needs to have their fake ID school ID with them at all times.  

I give my jimmyCASE two thumbs up.

This deliciousness in a bottle was one of my favorite things in 2014.  There are very few, if any, sunless tanners available containing SPF.  Ulta used to have one but discontinued it this year. 

I use Palmer's Sunless Tanner every day.  It contains SPF15, and it is the perfect protection for me running around town.  A lot of sunless tanners stink like dirty feet, but Palmer's is loaded with cocoa butter and smells like Summer.  An added bonus is that it is a rich moisturizer. 

Amazon used to carry Palmer's, but they have been out of stock for a while.  I finally found it on Walgreens online.  Added bonus:  it's only $7.99 and is delivered within two days.  

I received a sample of LaRoche-Posay CC Cream, and I really liked it.  If you have a lot of redness in your complexion like me, this CC Cream is for you.  It is light and blends easily and camouflages my a ruddy complexion.  It only comes in one color which is light so if you have a medium skin tone this probably won't work for you.  

An added bonus for all you fair-skinned girls is that LaRoche-Posay CC Cream is enriched with a 30 SPF.   

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I am very fickle when it comes to mascaras.  My new love has been a past love, and I am back to Benefit's Roller Lash.  I just love the fact that it is easy to apply, looks natural, and doesn't clump.

PS...I still love my heated eyelash curler.

I'm sure I'm late to the party on this one, but I love to put frozen grapes in my Chardonnay on warm Summer nights.  Not only do I appreciate the fact that my wine stays cold, but it makes me feel like a fancy girl.

That's it for now.

What's your latest favorite thing?

Until next time...

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  1. I won't be able to use my self tanner ever again without thinking "stinky feet"!

  2. Oh my goodness! The frozen grape thing is pure genius! I can't handle putting ice in my wine because that alters the flavored, but frozen grapes....mind blown!!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you had a great trip!

  3. Frozen fruit! Brilliant! I shall be freezing fruit for my beer - yum!

  4. While the frozen grapes idea isn't new to me (we are sisters after all), the heated eyelash curler was. Man alive. Where have I been?

  5. That phone case is genius. I think I'll put it on my ongoing wishlist. I am a steady user of self tanner so I'll have to give this one a try. Thanks and hope you had a great trip!

  6. Cant wait to try all of your enlightening favorite things! Do you use the sunless tanner on your face, also?

  7. OK, I'm going to try that self tanner. Palmer's products are inexpensive and if it smells good it has to be worth the try.

    The phone case is really neat! Katie, I just got an Iphone 6Plus...or whatever it's called. That thing is huge but I love it!

    Frozen grapes are a great idea, fancy girl!

  8. I love your idea of frozen grapes in your Chardonnay! So lovely (and practical)!!

  9. Glad you had a good visit helping #2 get settled in her new town. I haven't used a self tanner in years because of the smell and the fact that I usually looked orange. '-) I will give this a try. Frozen grapes in the wine. So doing this for my next party with girlfriends. Thanks for the tip!

  10. The jimmycase sounds wonderful plus the look is a bit on the preppy side which I love. ruddy complexion can use all suggestions...sometimtes I throw my hands in the air and embrace the flakes. Going to get fancy this summer with the frozen grapes, may add some class to my glass.

  11. Well, I must find some of the Palmer's self tanning. That's the only tan I will ever have from now on. I also use the Roller Lash and follow it with a thicker type. Always good to know someone else' favorites.

  12. May have to check out that sunless tanner, I'm fair skinned and never tan, lol! Have a great night!


  13. Like the frozen grapes idea....may I ask what your favorite Chardonay is? I just went back to it....I was drinking Pinot Grigio.....!

    1. Babs, I love Bread and Butter. The Mister says I like it because of its name! Enjoy your weekend!

  14. That was a great collection of favourites. I would like to try a tanning lotion. Someone should do a post with helpful tips (hint, hint).

  15. That was a great collection of favourites. I would like to try a tanning lotion. Someone should do a post with helpful tips (hint, hint).

  16. Frozen grapes it is! Brilliant!

  17. I saw your bookclub on Instagram and it looked like y'all were having a wonderful time! And your eyelashes were amazing.

  18. I like the grapes idea and it looks beautiful! Hope the book club was fun and that Chowdah got a special treat for being a good boy. Next time I'll dog sit, if you don't mind delivering:-)).

  19. Cute cell cover! I love Roller Lash, too!! And I will certainly remember the grape idea!!

  20. I love the cell phone cover, what a great idea to keep your hotel key handy! I am looking forward to hearing about your adventures in NC.

    Love your book club food which I saw on instagram, always nice to discuss a good or bad book when there is great food!

    Have a fabulous weekend Katie!

  21. The grapes are positively perfect! Especially here in good old Texas where we are already flirting with 100 degree temps!
    Love a sunless tanner I am loving St. Tropez, although right now I am too brown.
    Does it sound like I am ready for Winter...YES!
    Great to have you share these tips and recommendations with us at TOHOT!

  22. love your favorite things! i'm on the sunless tanner and cc cream like white on rice...cant wait to try them out!

  23. Gotta try the grape trick - ingenious! I love your fave things - thanks for sharing. Cheers to a beautiful summer weekend! xoxo

  24. I can't wait to try the sunless tanner and CC cream. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  25. Well now my new favorite thing is putting frozen grapes in my wine!! What a great idea! And speaking of eyelashes, have you tried any of the eye lash serums that are everywhere now? Let us know! My favorite product right now is Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. It goes on like a light cream, no smell or stickiness, and actually works! Hope you have a glorious weekend! Linda

  26. Love the grape idea! I haven't tried any sunless tanner lately but my legs could use some color with all the sunscreen I put on! Have a nice weekend!

  27. Hi Katie, just checking in. I've been first in NC (like you), then the Land of Limited Internet, where I'll return on Friday. Love your favorites! Happy week!


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