Happy Friday, everybody! Today, as I look at the melting snow and rejoice at this 46ºF Chicago "heat wave", in the spirit of upcoming spring and new beginnings, I present to you Five Things Friday - a new weekly feature on my blog. Here I will share a random mix of things that have stood out to me throughout the past seven days. For the most part those are going to be things I'm loving or enjoying, but if something annoys me enough I might include that as well. So here we go!
1. Scented Nail Polish
For some reason, this marketing move is really working on me. I would have never thought I would much for having my nails smell nice, but I find it to be quite amusing. It all started with Revlon's Apricot Nectar, which I mostly bought because of the cute bottle and the lack of a peach-colored polish in my collection. Despite the quality setback I've experienced with Lavender Soap, the collector in me is determined to obtain all of the nice-smelling and pretty-looking shades of Revlon's Parfumerie.
I've always been a hat person, but beanies are really having a moment in my life right now. You know you have a problem when you suddenly have four and still find it necessary to purchase a bright coral ombré one. Hey, at least I wear them, right?
3. Vampire Academy book series
These books have actually been a guilty pleasure of mine over the past month or so. I had no intention of reading them, but I was sick, bored, and the trailer for the movie looked so terrible I thought I owed it to myself to see how bad the books were. Joke's on me: I love them! I read the first one in two days, tried reading something else, but couldn't stop thinking about the series and picked up the second one. I ended up loving it as much as the first one and now I'm on book three, having trouble putting it down. I am really not sure why I love the series so much. Maybe it's the fact that the lead female isn't just strong, but also flawed, funny and short-tempered. Maybe it's the abundance of Eastern European vampire lore. Maybe it's the politics of the odd society the characters live in. Most likely it's all of those things put together. And yes, I'm aware the covers look like cheesy romance novels - the books aren't bad, I promise.
4. Body Spray before bed
I am not sure where this came from, but all of a sudden I feel the need to put perfume scents on myself after my bedtime shower. One would think I would just enjoy being clean, but no: lately I've been reaching for my Victoria's Secret body sprays to make myself feel extra pampered. My favorite of the moment is their new Pure Seduction Bloom fragrance mist.
5. My new iPhone 5C
Before everyone tells me how I wasted my money and should have waited until fall, when Apple will release their iPhone 6, let me remind you that though this fall's release is a pretty good guess, it's a guess nonetheless and until it's actually announced we can't know this for sure. But more importantly, I didn't want to wait until my iPhone 5 is worthless as a trade-in. I also got tired of constantly being out of space and needed a 32GB phone. And it's hot coral - it matches my ombré beanie. I love it!
What are the five things on your mind this week?