Hey y’all-crazy that we are already in mid-December, and that there are only two weeks left in 2021. I feel like this is the fastest December ever of the fastest year ever! I’m still super late with getting my November 2021 Favorites post published. However, I at least got the previous month’s round-up post up before the 20th day of the next month, which is better than I’ve been doing!
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Pura Vida Hello Kitty Charm Bracelet
If you have read some of my other recent Monthly Favorites posts or follow me on Instagram, then you know I love the Pura Vida Disney collection. Pura Vida actually launched a Hello Kitty & Friends collection this fall, which I love as well. I bought a few items from the Pura Vida Hello Kitty collection, including this Hello Kitty Charm Bracelet. Pura Vida is actually donating 5% of every Hello Kitty purchase to a non-profit called kindness.org, with a mission of creating a kinder world.
Pura Vida Hello Kitty Pendant Necklace
Another item I purchased from the Pura Vida Hello Kitty Collection is a dainty pendant necklace. It’s rose gold and Hello Kitty’s bow features a tiny opal stone. It’s currently out of stock, but check here periodically to see if they’ve added it back.
Pura Vida Hello Kitty Stickers
Since they are only $3.50 each, I couldn’t resist grabbing a couple of Pura Vida Hello Kitty Stickers. One of them has Hello Kitty with a surfboard, and the other includes Hello Kitty with a few of her friends. Buying these Pura Vida Hello Kitty items gave me flashbacks to my 90’s childhood. There was a store at the mall in the city where my family lived when I was in early elementary school that exclusively sold Sanrio items. It was so much fun to go in there and look as a kid. Stickers are out of stock on the Pura Vida website at the moment, but check here to see if they’ve been restocked. The Sanrio website does still have some of the Pura Vida Hello Kitty stickers.
Sarah Flint Perfect Emma Pump in Sand Calf
In November 2020 I earned another pair of Sarah Flint shoes as a reward in their Brand Ambassador program. This time I chose the Perfect Emma Pump in Sand Calf. I already had the Perfect Emma in another color (featured in my April 2021 Favorites), so I knew that this style fit well and that I love it! The Sand Calf color goes with pretty much everything, and I love the 2-inch tortoiseshell block heel. If you think that heels have to be uncomfortable, then you clearly haven’t heard of Sarah Flint!
As a bonus, you can save $50 off your first pair of Sarah Flint shoes with code SARAHFLINT-BALIZS. The Sarah Flint customer service team is amazing, and shipping and returns/exchanges are free. So no worries about buying shoes online without trying them on first. I’m also happy to answer any questions about Sarah Flint shoes if you email me or DM me on Instagram.
Here’s a look at how I styled my Sand Calf Sarah Flint Perfect Emma Pumps for Christmas at the Angus Barn with some friends:
Skylar Perfume Discovery Set
In my September 2021 Favorites post, I mentioned that I discovered Skylar, a clean fragrance brand that I love. During the Sephora VIB sale in November, I ordered this Skylar Fragrance Discovery set so that I could try some mini sizes of additional scents. This set includes five scents: Isle, Salt Air, Pink Canyon, Vanilla Sky, and Capri Summer. I already had a larger rollerball size of the Isle scent, but the other four were new to me. In fact, I went ahead and ordered a rollerball of Capri Summer when Sephora sent me a 20% off coupon to use earlier this month!
Beautycounter Wash & Go Minis
Beautycounter launched a few additional Holiday 2021 gift sets in November, one of them being the Wash & Go Minis. This set includes grapefruit scented body lotion, shampoo, and conditioner and citrus mimosa scented body wash in chic 2-oz refillable aluminum containers. They come packed in a super cute white mesh travel bag. Beautycounter has done travel sizes of bath and body products in their holiday sets before, but this is the first time they have included a cute bag. In addition to being super convenient for travel, I’ve always though mini sized toiletries are the cutest! Before I switched over to clean beauty products, I was obsessed with collecting mini bath and body products from hotel stays!
Beautycounter AHA Smoothing Mask
Another new for November 2021 Beautycounter gift set, the Smooth & Bright Duo, includes a brand new product-the Reflect Effect AHA Smoothing Mask. This face mask gently provides both physical and chemical exfoliation for smother skin. You leave it on for 10 minutes and can use up to twice per week. Unlike other chemical exfoliating masks I’ve used, it doesn’t burn at all!
Vera Bradley Disney Fleece Blanket
I included the Vera Bradley fleece blanket in the Mickey’s Sweet Treats Disney print in my 2021 Cozy Gift Guide, but had to feature it in my November 2021 Favorites as well! This blanket is extremely soft and cozy, and I absolutely love the Mickey’s Sweet Treats print. My Duffy bear loves it too!
Candace Cameron Bure Bring on the Merry Devotional
During November 2021, I bought the sweetest new Christmas devotional, Bring on the Merry by Candace Cameron Bure. It’s published by DaySpring, but you can also get on on Amazon if you want quick Prime shipping. As a fan of Full House (my fave show growing up) and Hallmark Christmas movies, I naturally love Candace Cameron Bure! But what I love most about Candace is that she is outspoken about her faith and uses her platform to share Jesus with others! And as great as Hallmark movies are, Bring on the Merry devotional reminds us all of the true reason for the season—God sending His Son to dwell among us in the flesh and then pay the ultimate sacrifice for our sins through His death on the cross!
I have a couple other Candace Cameron Bure DaySpring items and even did a collaboration with them back in 2019. Bring on the Merry is my first Candace Cameron Bure Christmas item from DaySpring though. It’s the perfect addition to my coffee table during the Christmas season!
Trader Joe’s Bambino Pizza Formaggio
During a November 2021 Trader Joe’s run, I discovered a new favorite find worth noting-Bambino Pizza Formaggio. This individual frozen pizzas paired with a side make a delicious quick & easy meal.
Trader Joe’s Many Things Snack Mix
Another noteworthy Trader Joe’s goodie I tried for this first time in November is the Many Things Snack Mix. It includes honey roasted peanuts, spicy and honey butter cereal squares, corn sticks, pretzels, and savory bread chips. The seasoning in this stuff is absolutely amazing, and you will just have to try it yourself. I hope Trader Joe’s never discontinues this stuff!
During the week prior to Thanksgiving, I attended two Friendsgiving meals, one with my BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) discussion group, and another with the young adults group at my church. Then during the actual Thanksgiving holiday, I got to enjoy several much-needed days off from work which included family time, delicious food, watching football, and catching up with friends. In addition to spending time with my immediate family, I got to see extended family I hadn’t seen in over two years! Another highlight of my Thanksgiving break was playing Disney Parks Monopoly with my brother, and Blizzard crashing our game (pictured below).
My outfit for family Thanksgiving dinner featured a classic white top, skinny jeans, Lilly Pulitzer scarf, and my gold Sarah Flint Natalie flats.
Vera Bradley Peanuts Collection
Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas has been an annual Christmas tradition for as long as I can remember. I even own the DVD in case it either doesn’t air on TV or I’m not able to watch when it does come on. So when Vera Bradley released an exclusive Peanuts collaboration in November 2021, I had to get a couple pieces to add to my Christmas decor. I got the zip ID case in the Ski Jump Snoopy print, which I’m using as my December wallet. In addition, I got the two-pack of Peanuts dish towels. One dish towel is the Ski Jump Snoopy print, and the other has Snoopy on his dog house all decorated for Christmas. Festive dish towels are one of my favorite ways to make my apartment feel Christmas-y, because they don’t take-up a lot of storage space during the other 11 months of the year.
There’s quite a few other things still available in the Vera Bradley Peanuts collection. Actual Peanuts comic strips inspired these prints!
Sarah Flint Brand Ambassador Holiday Gift
I am humbled and honored to have achieved the highest tier in the Sarah Flint Brand Ambassador program this year. As one of the perks of this tier, the Sarah Flint team sent me a holiday gift in appreciation of my being part of the program. I received this beautifully wrapped gift right after Thanksgiving. The wrapping paper is an exclusive Sarah Flint print, which you can actually purchase from their website. It was honestly hard to open this present because the wrapping job is so beautiful. But inside was a gorgeous genuine leather Sarah Flint accordion wallet. The Sarah Flint team also included a nice hand-written note. Thanks so much, Sarah Flint!
Starbucks Reusable Red Cup & Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte
I went to Starbucks and got a free reusable red cup with purchase of a handcrafted holiday drink during their one-day promotion in November. This is the third reusable Starbucks red cup I’ve gotten in recent years, and I think it’s my favorite. I love the ribbon pattern on it, and I also love that it commemorates the 50th anniversary of Starbucks. Speaking of Starbucks holiday drinks, I’m still bummed they haven’t brought back the gingerbread latte. But I am enjoying the new Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte. Order it with one pump less of syrup than the standard recipe calls for, and it’s perfect! The red & green sprinkle topping is so fun & festive!
Disney World Starbucks Tumbler Christmas Ornaments
ShopDisney did a free shipping sitewide promo right before Christmas, and I took that opportunity to buy a couple of the Disney Starbucks Tumbler Christmas Ornaments. I got both the Epcot Starbucks Tumbler Ornament and Hollywood Studios Starbucks Tumbler Ornament. These are perfect additions to my Christmas tree this year since they combine two of my favorite things- Disney World and Starbucks. And it’s cool that both are celebrating 50 years in 2021! These ornaments are currently out of stock, but shopDisney periodically restocks their Disney World x Starbucks collection.
I hope you enjoyed reading my November 2021 Favorites. And as you can see, several of are very relevant for December and getting a lot of use this Christmas holiday season! What’s something you’ve been loving lately?
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