I feel like we've got to the point where a person can't write a post about the things she likes without someone wondering if it's a sponsored product review, so I just want to say before I begin that this is not sponsored, or a product review, or a sponsored product review. I'm not trying to sell you anything here, I just miss the days when you could read about something you liked on a blog and think "ooh, I think I'd like that thing too!" and maybe go out and buy it, and neither party would feel a little weird about it. Also, I'm sorry, but as a lady, I just have this innate sense of duty to report back on any successful blush purchase I make. Blush is such a bitch of a thing to get right.
1. Sonya Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint
Okay, this is the blush in question, and it is fabulous. I have it in Peony, and it is my favorite blush I have ever owned. It makes you look dewy and glowy and like you have just come in from the cold, and a little bit goes a really long way and lasts for ages. It's sheer and pretty and really easy to apply, and I cannot recommend it enough if your own personal blush aesthetic is along the lines of the "English rose/ooh, someone just said something to embarrass me and now my cheeks have pinkened shyly but attractively" school of thought. You know, not to put too fine a point on it or anything.
2. Chobani 16oz Blended Greek Yogurts
I have been doing something of a yogurt audit for the last decade or so, and this one is now my new favorite. Be careful, though; you have to buy the blended yogurt, and not the "fruit on the bottom one," which is only about 65% as good. The blended one is rich and creamy and amazing, and the best flavor is black cherry, followed closely by vanilla. If you live somewhere with a Safeway, I find they are often on sale here.
3. Orla Kiely Method All Purpose Cleaner in Tomato Vine
Listen, no-one thought it was weirder than me that a cleaning product would be marketed as having a tomato scent. I mean, what's next: braised leeks? Mashed potato? I am willing to admit, however, that I was wrong; this cleaner, weird though it is, smells exactly like summer, like someone bottled up the essence of long sunny evenings and sunburnt shoulders and meals eaten al fresco, and put it into a bottle with a pretty label. I find myself spilling things just so I can use this to wipe them up.
4. Fever Tree Ginger Beer
Ginger beer is my favorite drink, and I'm not even talking about when you put rum in it to make a Dark n'Stormy; I just like it all by itself. I've found it hard to come across in the US, though, particularly the really gingery, spicy kind (Schweppes was always my favorite outside of it, but they don't seem to carry it here.) Up until I tried Fever Tree Ginger Beer on my birthday a few months ago—hey, the knocked up have to get their kicks where they can—I'd been a devotee of Bundaberg, and while I am still a devotee of Bundaberg (which I find at World Market, if you have one, and sometimes at Costco), I have to say that Fever Tree is way gingerier and way spicier and way more like "real" ginger beer is supposed to taste. Wow, I guess feel a lot more passionately about ginger beer than I realized I did when I first started writing this paragraph about it.
5. Gap Maternity Essential V-Neck Knit Dress
Okay, this one is for my fellow pregnant ladies, who I would like to suggest go out and buy this dress at once. Wait, maybe not at once: wait for the Gap to send you a coupon first, which—for me, at least—they seem to do every few days (ooh, there's actually a 30% off code on the site right now.) This dress, which I bought in black a few weeks ago, is like a giant t-shirt—soft, comfy, cozy—but also bizarrely flattering, especially on one's expanding girth. I wore it three times during my trip to London last week—for three entirely separate occasions; it's one of those "Can be dressed up! Can be dressed down!" type of jobbies—and I plan to wear it three hundred more times during my pregnancy, or for as long as it will fit me, whichever comes first. If you are buying it online, know that it runs pretty much true to size. Also know that if we are likely to be seeing each other anytime in the near future, chances are I will be wearing this. If you're wearing it too, let's not make it awkward.