January Favorites


9. BLACKOUT Derek Lam 10 Crosby


At first, I wasn't really sure about this fragrance, which is why I didn't want to go all in by buying the 1.7 oz eau de parfum — a purchase that will set you back $85 — but I am fairly happy with it.

BLACKOUT is a moody, spicy fragrance, and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who loves rich, floral scents, but I would say that the chai tea aspect leaves something to be desired. Again, it's a nice fragrance, and I am really loving it this month, but I wouldn't say it's particularly unique. I am glad I bought it, but I am also glad that I only bought the travel size because I cannot see myself reaching for it every day.

8. Vintage Sequin Purse


I purchased this bag off of Ebay awhile ago, but hadn't gotten around to using it until recently. When I bought it, it was in need of repair, and I had to sew on some new sequins and beads, as well as stitch the bottom seam, before I could actually use it.

I have been carrying it around throughout the month of January, and I just really love it. I know it's a little over the top for some people — the sparkly sequins and pearl beads are a bit much for daytime use — but it honestly makes me so happy. 

7.  The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova


The Historian was on the New York Times Bestsellers list when I was in middle school, and I very clearly remember checking it out, not once, twice, or even three times, but four times before I resigned myself to not reading it. I don't remember just what Earth-shattering event was going on with little eighth grade me that I didn't have the time to read this book, but whatever.

I bought it after Christmas with a Barnes & Noble gift card (thanks mom and dad) and am absolutely in love with it. It is so beautifully written, and I know that sometimes detailed descriptions feel flowery and boring, but you never feel that when reading this book. Hands down, it is the best vampire book written in the last decade. Not once does it feel cliche or tired, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the supernatural, gothic, or romantic genres. 

6. Coats & Clark Metallic Thread in Silver


This is the best metallic thread that I have ever tried.

It is bright and eye-catching, but it doesn't look cheap or plasticy, which I feel is a problem with some of the other metallic threads out there. It's very sturdy and looks great when used for embroidery. I have been using it to embroider a crescent moon onto a pillow cover, and it's everything I could have hoped for.

5. Honey Curls From Earth's Nectar


Honey Curls is a moisturizing, styling gel from Earth's Nectar. It is made with aloe, jojoba and almonds oils, and it has worked really well for me. My curls have been more defined, and I feel like it has kept my hair from getting dry throughout the day.

Also, it smells amazing. Honestly. So good.

However, my curls are somewhere between 2c and 3a. Not exactly the far end of the spectrum. There were a couple of reviews on Sephora from women with hair ranging from 3c to 4c that say that this was not made with their hair in mind, and some have gone on to say that it made their hair feel matted and dehydrated. So if you're interested in this product, I would definitely recommend reading some of the reviews.

4. Czech Glass Beads

czech beads at The Bluejay's Crown

I have been using Czech beads in every jewelry project I've worked on since the middle of December. They are versatile, beautiful, and they come in nearly every color, whether you're looking for silver-lined (pictured) or transparent. Czech beads are also inexpensive — always a plus — and are usually priced at around $5 to $6 a hank (about 4,000 beads).

3. 2018 Day Planner From Blue Sky


This planner from Blue Sky is extraordinarily well-designed. There's monthly calendars, daily checklists, schedules, pages for you to write your goals, and more.

It's been really helpful, and it's also quite lovely and fairly priced.

2. Viking In A Vinter Vonderland From O.P.I


This polish is a beautiful plum color — perfect for winter — and is also fairly resistant to chipping. It's been my go-to polish all month.

1. Hellboy Comics

hellboy bluejay's crown

Mike Mignola's Hellboy is not just my favorite comic book, but it is my favorite storyline of all time. Visually stunning and emotionally engaging, Hellboy is something I recommend to everyone, regardless of whether or not they like/read comic books. 

I fell behind in the latter half of 2017, so I've been catching up this month, and every time that I pick up a Hellboy comic — or anything by Mike Mignola — I'm just in awe by how beautiful it is, both in terms of art and writing. 

If you are interested in the series, I recommend starting at the very beginning, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction.