His + Her Favorite Things


Happy October, everyone! The weather is getting cooler, the leaves will soon start changing, and before you know it, we’ll be sitting down for a big Thanksgiving dinner. So let’s get started with this month’s favorite things…

1. Hoodies – Warning: This is going to sound very un-manly. I love hoodies. They’re a bit too casual for work, but I try to wear one whenever I can during my off-time this time of year. I’m super-excited that the weather has cooled down to the point where I can wear one without looking crazy. It was in the 50’s last night! Bring on the cold weather!

2. Our Local Farmers’ Market – I know, I know. I’m a little late in the year to be talking about this, but I only just recently discovered the joy of our local farmers’ market. Ashley has been going there all her life, but after a year of living in the area, I’d never been. That problem was rectified last month, and now I’m hooked. Eating apples, peaches, and other produce that I know was just picked by a local farmer is a great feeling, and everything tastes better, too! Every few days since we first went, I’ve been going back to replenish my stock of fruits and veggies. I’m already looking forward to next year when I can take full advantage of the entire harvest season.

3. SplashTop for iPad – I love this app. Sure, it lets you remote control your computer, but tons of apps do that. The joy of Splashtop is if you are on the same local network, you can watch Flash videos in real time! It really does feel like you’ve got your whole computer on your iPad while you’re using it. Of course, movies and such don’t work quite as well over 3G, but you can still remote control your PC or Mac remotely over the airwaves. This is my new go-to app for remote-controlling my personal computers, and I don’t see myself changing anytime soon.

4. Husky Screwdriver – This is one of those things I didn’t know I couldn’t live without. I use my Husky “tweaker” screwdriver almost every day, and it’s a lifesaver. There’s not much more to say about this. If you work on electronics or computers (or even if you don’t), you should have one of these in your tool arsenal. At $5-10, it’s a great investment.

5. Espresso Maker – You might realize by now, I’m a bit of a coffee fanatic. It’s not that I drink a ton of it, mind you. I just love a truly good cup in the morning. One thing I’ve been really hankering for lately, though, is a nice latte from home every now and then, and that’s not possible without an espresso machine. If you’ve never done any research on these steam-era marvels, you should. They’re really fascinating, and you’ll have a new appreciation for the skill it takes for your barista to pull a good shot of espresso. In the near future, I think we’ll be starting to shop around for something to scratch my espresso itch. I’ll probably start pretty small and inexpensive, but I’ll be sure to share my success (or defeat) with you guys when the time comes.

6. Rostov’s – Speaking of coffee, Rostov’s is one of the local coffee roasters in the Richmond Area. Again, we like keeping it local whenever we can. If you’ve never had a cup of coffee made with beans that were just roasted a day or so previous, you’re missing out. Whenever someone says, “I don’t like coffee,” I just reply, “You just haven’t had the right cup yet.” Rostov’s is a great place to start exploring your coffee options. They’ve got all sorts of different beans, roasts, and blends. If you find all of that a little confusing, that’s okay! I found the staff there to be extremely helpful the first time I wandered in. They helped me pick the right bean for my tastes, then offered to grind it for me right there. If you’re not in the Richmond area, just do a Google search for local coffee roasters (or, you can order Rostov’s on their website). You’ll never go back to grocery store coffee again.

Now for the birthday girl’s favorite things. I’m pretty sure she’s giving me some birthday present hints in here somewhere…

1. Twirl by Kate Spade – Even though I’m kind of a “perfume junkie”, I’m a tried and true Clinique Happy and Amazing Grace fan. I like perfume to be light, airy, not too fruity and slightly floral. In last month’s Birchbox (which I talked about in this Fave Things post), they included a sample of Twirl by Kate Spade. Let me say, I have used that little sample until there is not one molecule of perfume left! It smells SO good! I’ve noticed that the scent changes a bit by the end of the day – but in a totally good way. They decsribe it best… “the fragrance dries down to a base of luminous musks and a touch of a French macaroonβ€”straight from the patisserie, of course.” … Yum, right?!

2. Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio – I started using this eyeshadow in college, then switched between a few others for a while just for something different. After getting tired of those, I switched back to the Smashbox Eyeshadow (in Focal Point) and wondered why I quit using it in the first place! In short, it’s awesome for everyday and can be easily amped up with a tiny dab of water on your brush. I don’t see myself going back to the “others” anytime soon.

3. Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder – Magic. In. A. Bottle. For my hair anyways. A few sprays on the roots adds immediate volume. I also use it on the ends of my hair to add a little extra texture. It’s also slightly tinted, which makes your hair appear thicker. Overall, this is one of my new “must haves”. If you decide to try it out, make sure you get the right shade for your hair. My hair is medium brown with chunky blonde highlights, so I use the “Blondish Hair Powder” and it blends in really well!

4. White Pumpkins – Last year, I loved the idea of trading in the traditional orange pumpkins for the Martha Stewart-ish white pumpkins – or “fairytale pumpkins” as they call them around here. But this year, I’m kind of obsessed with them. Over the past few weeks, we’ve noticed a lot of the local patches, markets, and farmers selling more white pumpkins this year, and they are selling out fast! We haven’t decided what we’re going to do on our front porch yet – but I’m pretty sure at least one white pumpkin will be involved.

5. Sephora’s Beauty Insider ProgramApparently this is the month for beauty products. I’ve been a Sephora shopper for years (since 2005 according to my Beauty Insider account) and over the years I have become a huge fan of their Beauty Insider program. (It’s free to join, by the way!) With every dollar you spend, one point is added to your Beauty Bank. As you save up points, you can “cash them in” for special Insider products. (The 500-point perks are really nice!) They even have special deals and store events specifically for Beauty Insider members. Aaaaand, when your birthday rolls around, they send you a special birthday gift – for free! My birthday is coming up on Friday, and along with the order I placed last week, they sent me a bottle of Philosophy’s Vanilla Cupcake Shower Gel. How nice!

6. Mercury Canister – Another ZGallerie favorite! Ever since I did the DIY mercury glass candle votive a while back, I tend to be distracted by mercury glass items wherever I shop. I love how it can add a little bit of subtle “bling” to a any room. This little canister would be cute paired with a stack of books and a small vase of flowers. Love it!

7. Real Simple Wall Organizer – I picked up this Real Simple dry erase weekly wall organizer the other day at Target. We’ve only used it for a few days, but we already love it! We hung it on the side of the fridge and it has proved to be really useful. It’s not too big and bulky to take up a bunch of room, but it’s the perfect space for Greg and me to keep track of our weekly happenings and major to-do’s. And it has a nice, linen frame that you usually don’t find with the “norm” wipe-off calendars. Yay for pretty organization!

How about you? Do you have any current favorites? Leave a comment and share them with us…

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  • Reply
    Sara Bowery
    October 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Once again, love your favorites post! Happy early birthday Ashley!

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    October 3, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I love white pumpkins this year too! They are crazy expensive though. It’s probably a lot cheaper to just paint orange ones. My favorites this month include a ton of tv shows because it’s fall premier season and my DVR is full! You two like TV shows so I’m surprised you didin’t include any premier favorites.

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      October 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Haha! Yes, our Tivo has been working overtime the past few weeks! We’re loving the premiers of our faves (Castle, Modern Family, NCIS, Parenthood, Parks and Rec, and Criminal Minds). When it comes to the new series, so far, I’m hooked on Revenge (ABC). As far as Greg, he’s digging Terra Nova (Fox). The jury is still out on Charlie’s Angels (ABC). I haven’t had a chance to watch New Girl yet, but I heard it’s really funny. And last but not least, we’re anxiously awaiting the premier of Bones in November!

      Yeah, the Tivo is tired.

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    October 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Happy Birthday Ashley! (my birthday is the day after yours!)
    Love your blog!

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    Laura Mead
    October 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I’ve always wanted a big fancy espresso maker in our kitchen too. haha!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ASHLEY! – even though it’s a little early πŸ™‚

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    October 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I was thinking as I was opening up your site that I hoped it was a Favorite Things post – and it was! Hurray! I am totally with Greg on the hoodies. My hubby loves them too. I LOVE cooler weather so am seriously happy with the onset of fall right now. I think my favorite things lately are pumpkin spice lattes, cooler weather, and sleep! Being in grad school I don’t have much time for TV or other little luxuries anymore. Gotta be thankful for the little things, haha!

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    October 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    My dad grows white pumpkins every year in addition to his 600lb giant pumpkins. One of my favorite moments in college is when my dad mailed me a tiny white pumpkin to cheer me up.

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    Melanie @ Mailbox Journey
    October 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I’m kicking myself right now for not buying that wall organizing, and instead buying one I really didn’t like, but needed at walmart. Arrgg.

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    Amy Boyd
    October 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I think the white pumpkins are beautiful. I still love the traditional orange though too. I’m not very talented when it comes to putting looks together. Do you think it would be ok to group orange and white pumpkins together?

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      October 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Most definitely! Orange and white pumpkins together would be really neat. Some pumpkin stands around here are also selling what they are calling “Cheesecake pumpkins” – they are a pretty, milky orange. Those would be pretty to throw in the mix as well!

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    LANA J
    October 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    My Sephora “Insider” program is that I can never go “inside” a Sephora store without spending at least $100! I love that place! I always enjoy your fav list and Happy Birthday!

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    Victoria Mann
    October 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I’m so glad to see your local farmer’s market on your favorite things list! It’s so important we support the local farmers in our hometowns. Thank you:)

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    Melanie @ Mailbox Journey
    October 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Hey Ashley – I’ve seen a lot of Audrey Hepburn pictures threw out your home, Where did you get them? I LOVEEEE Audrey Hepburn.

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      October 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      I love Audrey too! : ) I got the large one in my office from art.com back when I was in college. The abstract “Audrey canvas” (that hung in our apartment) is from Ikea (only $50 and it’s very large!).

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    Melanie @ Mailbox Journey
    October 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s is my absolute favorite movie. I cry every time at the end when she’s yelling for Cat in the rain. I’m pretty sure the one you got at Ikea is the one that I absolutely love. I’ll have to see if they still have it, or if I can find it on ebay or something.

    p.s. I bought it :-X (http://mailboxjourney.clanbs.com/?p=966)

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      October 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      Ah! Love the magnetic tape idea! You’ll love using it! Happy planning, haha : )

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    Melanie @ Mailbox Journey
    October 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    haha, thanks! πŸ™‚

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    Lauren L.
    October 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Happy Birthday this month! I love to see your beauty picks. I would love to see which hair products you love all in one place! πŸ™‚

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