February is always my least favorite month of the year. It coincides with my “over it” feelings that I usually get during winter. I have to keep telling myself that once February is over that winter has no other choice than to get out. It’s no longer welcome. Historically February is never an “easy” month for me. We try to not make any life-changing decisions during that month because it’s usually some response to SAD. I’m pretty sure that I signed something saying that I’d never sign divorce papers if they are dated “February” or “2 -“.
Oddly enough this February was extremely easy for me mentally. This may have to do with the fact that the Pacific Northwest was having a freakishly early spring while the rest of the country was entombed in snow. We’ve had blossoms and a peculiar amount of glorious light. For the first time ever, February was bearable.
The month breezed by which is really all I want from a February. I want it to be quick and painless. 2015 marks the first time that it ever was for me. It’s over. The air smells like daphne and pink petals coat the sidewalks. I hope this isn’t some terrible omen. Until you can prove otherwise, I’ll enjoy that spring is here and that February is officially kaput.
Here are my favorites from February 2015:
Wearing (fragrance) – Usually I’m in a “rose” phase in February…and I was. I wore Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose
Summary – Gah, I love roses.
Wearing (cosmetics, etc) – I go through periods of makeup inspiration and the periods of no makeup inspiration. This was a “no inspiration” month. But, towards the end, I had some blonde added to my hair and this made me play with color more. This gave me a “softer” look and I’m still learning how to work with that. I’ve been using rose gold and taupe eyeshadows and products like Ulta Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette, Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Tough as Taupe and NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Pigment in Sky Pink. Punk is the new pretty and pretty is the new punk.
Summary – I have a feeling that as soon as I figure out what works with my “new” hair that I’ll get bored and go change my hair.
Wearing (clothes) – I hate this time of year because I’m inspired to update my wardrobe but the weather demands that I keep wearing the stuff I’m sick of. I’m really feeling culottes and mules.I did buy some black leather “sweat” pants because that’s how sweaty I want to be – leather sweatpants sweaty.
Summary – I love ugly, plain clothes; I genuinely do. Anti-sexy is my thing.
Using (skincare) – Ugh, I’ll try to make the story short but since October ’14, my skin has been “stressed” and I can’t make it happy. For the first time in my life, my skin has been breaking out. Why now? Why? Because the world is cruel. I went to a great derma and she wrote me some prescriptions that I’ve been on for two weeks. They’ve made a HUGE difference and I’m so thankful that they’re working. I regret not going sooner.
Summary – I’ve learned that you don’t have to suffer through your skin issues alone. Seek professional help.
Eating/Drinking – February was the most boring food month ever. I started exercising, counting calories and wearing a Fit Bit. It was all greens and proteins.
Summary – Boring but my clothes are fitting me much better and I’ve lost a few pounds.
Summary – I’m actually listening to folks I’ve seen play live. Does that make me cool?
Watching – Nothing. I don’t think I watched anything all month.
Summary – Everything is boring and I’ve been too busy.
Reading – I read “The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk“ by Randy Shilts. It’s history and a biography which can usually be a little dry but Shilts is an awesome writer. At times the book gets bogged down with what I’d say is too many details but it’s thorough. I suppose that is better than the alternative (too few details and antidotes).
Summary – Great book to see how much has changed and how much is still the same. But, overall a great history book. Make your kids read it.
Wanting – An adventure.
Summary – Which leads me to the announcement that we’re moving in March. We will be moving to the NYC area as David starts work in Hoboken on March 30th. So, we got some of that adventure we were craving. No place to live yet but will probably end up in New Jersey. Yep, an adventure. Stay tuned.
What were your favorites for February? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
*Moxi is my child. Photo is mine.Lipstick Rose pic from Barneys. Me pic is mine. Eileen Fisher Spring ’15 from Eileen Fisher. Retin-A from WebMD. Fit Bit from the site. Mykki Blanco from factmag.com. Harvey Milk from voiceofoc.com. Diane Arbus quote from quotessays.com.