I enjoy buying things. It could even be considered a sort of hobby. Left with too much time and a debit card in hand I am likely to buy something. I thought it might be fun to talk about some of things I’ve recently purchased and explain how I legitimized the expense in my own mind.
I’ve been eyeing the Fitbit ChargeHR for months, waiting for its release with a strange sense of anticipation. As if by buying it, I would magically become an Olympic level athlete. Obviously, I know that to be very untrue. Mostly I needed to replace my Suunto M4 heart rate monitor, and I loved the fact that this kept track of your heart rate without using a chest strap. It also keeps track of your steps, floors climbed, calories burned, monitors your sleep, syncs up to your phone to alert you when you have a phone call and works as a silent alarm. Suffice to say that this is the ideal product for data junkies. I’m not sure why, but I love being able to see how restless I’ve been in bed and then using that information to say, “Dude, I slept real bad yesterday. I really do need coffee!” And you know, to make changes to my sleeping habits or whatever. It can be a drag to wear once in a while. Not that it’s tight. You’re instructed to wear it loose, actually. Regardless, the sensor that reads your heart rate does kind of stick to your skin, and kind of gently embeds itself. I don’t wear it all the time, however. I take it off while I shower or lounge, watching TV, and it’s enough of a break to make it unnoticeable when I do put it back on. Also, it has to be worn pretty high up on the wrist, two fingers above your wrist bone to be precise, and I don’t love that… Better than a chest strap, though.
These limited edition eye shadow palettes from Nars are just plain pretty. Although, I won’t lie, the fact that Tilda Swinton was the face of this campaign made them all the more appealing. As if by buying these shadows I would become more eclectic and elfin. (I am beginning to detect a theme in my shopping habits…) I’m a big fan of Nars eye shadows in general, but I do find it a little annoying that for the most part they all come in duos. It’s so impractical!! These palettes each come with six colors and each pan holds .03oz worth of product. Admittedly, they’re small, but considering what a full size single shadow costs and the quality here, I think they’re well worth the price. I like the color choices here, subtle and neutral shades with interesting blues, greens and reds that set them apart from your standard neutral palette. I will say that I find Nars eye shadows to be less pigmented when they come in palettes, but not so much so that I feel gypped. The colors are easy to build, too. I personally love the size and packaging, it’s really easy to travel with and has a decent sized mirror if you’re in a jam.
I have a very strange relationship with my planners. I buy one every year, and I’ve yet to decide really what kind of planner is best for me. I’ve had large Lilly Pulitzer agendas and smart and simple black Moleskines. Whatever I choose, though, once it comes in, I use it obsessively for a few months and then kind of completely forget about it… I should note that my productivity does tend to taper off toward the middle of the year as well. Here’s hoping 2015 will be different! But I hope every year will be different, really. What a bummer. The planner I chose for this year is from Korean brand Iconic. They had several nice options, but ultimately I chose their Live for The Moment Daily Scheduler. It’s nice size for me right now, ideal for traveling, and comes with a sturdy plastic cover. I felt the burgundy made it sharper than I actually am, too. There’s a see-through plastic pocket on the cover that allows for personalization, with a fold that runs along the bind where you can stuff receipts or cash and the inside jacket has a neat card holder. I often use that for my ID and debit card when I decide to forgo a wallet, but bring my planner because it lends to an air of sophistication I’m constantly trying to convince the world I possess.