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Everyday faves | Rocking chair

It’s time for a new entry in my now-monthly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation.

Rocking chair

This month, I am shining the spotlight (literally, with my lamp!) on my wood rocking chair. This rocking chair was my mom’s, and I’ve never known my life without it. When I married and officially moved out of my parents’ house, my mom allowed me to take the rocking chair with me, as I was so attached to it. Thank you, Mom! ♥ This rocking chair has continued to fill a special place in my heart — and in our home — ever since. The wood is a lovely dark color, the design is classic, and it is built strong and sturdy. This rocking chair serves as the perfect space to read or simply rock back and forth to meditate and think about things.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, rocking chair

You’ve seen my rocking chair before, back in my post about my work area at home, a little niche off the stairs leading up to our master bedroom. It’s a cozy little reading corner, with my rocking chair, lamp, and my childhood piano stool serving as a side table for magazines and other reading material.

Librarian for Life + Style | My work area at home

I’ve since switched out the cushion on the rocking chair, as you can compare in the pics above and below. You’ll also notice a new addition to this little corner — a tufted storage ottoman! Its light grey color fits in well with the overall color scheme of my little work space, grey and brown tones with accent touches of green and white.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, rocking chair

The past few months, I’ve realized that my cat Ibsen has totally claimed the rocking chair as HIS space. So, really, this post is about one of IBSEN’s “everyday faves.” This is how I usually find Ibsen, snoozing on the cushion:

Librarian for Life + Style | Ibsen's everyday fave, rocking chair

Below is how Ibsen looks when I dare to sit in the rocking chair. He climbs up on my lap and looks mournfully at me. When he makes this face, I totally replay this Puss ‘n’ Boots scene from Shrek in my head.

Isn’t Ibsen’s pinky nose the cutest? (And he knows it!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Ibsen's everyday fave, rocking chair

And recently when I was walking up the stairs to our master bedroom, I found Ibsen in the rocking chair, sitting up with paws out and an imperious expression on his face like he was a king waiting for his subjects to kneel and pet him. (I obliged, after I took pics!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Ibsen's everyday fave, rocking chair

Librarian for Life + Style | Ibsen's everyday fave, rocking chair

Ibsen’s expressions crack me up!

And below is an outtake from a couple of weeks ago that I was lucky to capture of Ibsen mid-yawn. Equal opportunity outtakes on this style blog! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Ibsen's everyday fave, rocking chair -- outtake

Explore more “everyday faves”

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Everyday faves | Chapstick

It’s time for a new entry in my now-monthly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation.

#ChapstickLove

I CANNOT believe that I haven’t yet done an “Everyday faves” post about chapstick!!! It is time to correct that oversight RIGHT NOW.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

For decades, since junior high, I have had some kind of chapstick or lip balm within arm’s reach. My lips get so dry, so it’s one of my essentials that I literally carry around with me every.single.day. And I have tubes of chapstick in multiple places, including:

  • in my desk at work
  • in the zip-up pouch I take with me whenever I leave my office, seen below
  • tinted lip balm in a mirrored lipstick case in my handbag organizer, seen below
  • on the nightstand beside my side of the bed
  • on the side table on my side of the couch
  • in my makeup organizer in our medicine cabinet, seen below

If I somehow manage to leave the house without chapstick — it’s a rare occurrence, but it happens every now and again! — I have been known to buy an extra tube of chapstick while I’m out, just in case. Sooner or later, it’ll be put to good use! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Lipstick case

Oddly, for an everyday essential, I’m not that picky about the brand of chapstick. I have all kinds and brands stashed in the different places I mentioned above, including ones I’ve bought and freebies that I’ve picked up. For example, my dentist back in Portland always had a bowl of complimentary chapsticks by the check-out counter, so she kept me in stock all through my Invisalign process, LOL! Lately, I have bought more organic chapsticks, like the “Compassion Lip Balm” seen below, which is a local brand and available at my chiropractor’s office.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Do you have a chapstick obsession, too? Do you have a favorite brand? Please leave a comment and share!

Exploring more everyday faves

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Everyday faves: Fast drying top coat polish

It’s time for a new entry in my now-monthly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation.

Fast drying top coat

Last month, I highlighted the silver tray I use to store my nail polishes. This month, it seemed fitting that I highlight the nail polish I use EVERY SINGLE TIME I paint my nails, my fast drying top coat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

I never used to wear a top coat, because I was super impatient when painting my nails as a teen and in my twenties. When I hit my third decade, I transitioned into being super impatient with instant chips in my polish and manicures that didn’t last, so I started scouting out clear top coats in order to extend the life of my self-manicures. And a top coat really does make a difference!

I am still pretty impatient when it comes to painting my nails — call a spade a spade, right? — so I’ve found a fast drying top coat is the perfect compromise to balance extending manicure but doing it as quickly as possible. Enter my favorite clear top coat, the Seche Vite dry fast top coat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you will have seen photos of this top coat before. I include it in a lineup of polishes whenever I do a nails post:

Librarian for Life + Style | Mellow yellow + gold flecks mani/pedi polishes

Original post:  Mani/pedi in shades of gold

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure polishes

Original post:  Updating my easy 4th of July manicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Rose-tinted metallic polishes

Original post:  Rose-tinted metallics

I am now on my second bottle of Seche Vite top coat polish. I have found this brand at Walgreens or Target or Sally Beauty Supply stores, costing a range between $8.50 and $10. It’s definitely a bit more spendy than other nail polishes, but in my opinion, it’s worth the investment to extend the life of your manicure or pedicure. It also provides a lovely glossy finish to your polish, and tends to even out any lumpy bits.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

Do you give yourself manicures or pedicures? Do you use a top coat? Please leave a comment and share 🙂

Exploring more everyday faves

Want to explore more of my “everyday faves”? Past posts in the series have included:


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Everyday faves | Nail polish tray

Everyday faves series

It’s time for a new entry in my now-monthly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation.

Posts in the series have included:

Tray for nail polishes

This time for the “everyday faves” series, I’m highlighting the silver tray I use to store my nail polishes.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, nail polish tray

Where I got the tray

I first highlighted this tray back in 2014, in my “Pretty, practical, pretty:  A view of my dresser” post, when we lived in Portland. As I said back then:

The silver-worked tray is another item I picked up in the UAE, and I used it then for the same purpose I use it for now:  to store perfume and nail polish. It also ensures that I keep those two collections small enough to fit in this tray!

I found this tray in Abu Dhabi, at Lulu’s, one of their chains that’s akin to our Target. It’s one of the few non-jewelry items we took back with us from the UAE. We didn’t want to bother shipping furniture or anything big or heavy back to the U.S., so we focused on taking back whatever would fit into our suitcases when we moved back.
Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, nail polish tray

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, nail polish tray closeup

I still use the tray to store my collection of nail polishes, which is larger than my collection of perfumes. (I only have 3 perfumes at the moment:  Chanel No. 5, a gift form my mom; Burberry London, which is almost out, and a couple of musky vanilla scent freebies from Aveda). I currently have 15+ nail polishes, which all fit into my little silver tray.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, nail polish trayLibrarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, nail polish tray closeup

The tray, which is most likely tin or aluminum, is not that ornate or attention-getting in its design, but it’s sweet and pretty to my eyes, and it brings a smile to my face. Most importantly, the tray reminds me daily of our time in the UAE and our happiest memories spent there, every morning when I get ready for the day. And that feeling is priceless. ♥


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Everyday faves | The cream to my coffee

Everyday faves series

It’s time for a new entry in my now-monthly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation.

Posts in the series have included:

The cream in my coffee

This month, I am highlighting the cream in my coffee. I haven’t always been a coffee drinker; I used to only drink tea. (And I still do drink tea a lot.) My husband, who likes to say he has coffee running through his veins, converted me to coffee a few years ago. (I have always loved the smell of coffee.) While he prefers his coffee black, I prefer mine with cream and sugar, or — the best of both worlds in my opinion — flavored coffee creamer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, coffee creamer

Instagram pics of my coffee (and books)

If you follow my Instagram feed, then you’ll already know that I’m a coffee drinker. I have posted pics that include coffee cups or mugs, including:

Librarian for Life + Style | Instagram coffee pic

Librarian for Life + Style | Instagram coffee pic

Librarian for Life + Style | Instagram coffee pic

Current coffee creamer

I’ve tried different kinds of flavored creamers throughout the years, but my current favorite is Darigold in the french vanilla flavor.

Note:  This post is NOT sponsored by Darigold or by anyone else. I wanted to share my use of Darigold creamer with my readers via my “Everyday faves” monthly series.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, coffee creamer collage

Morning coffee ritual

My husband sets our programmable coffee machine each night, for whatever time I need coffee in the morning. (My schedule varies throughout the week.) He usually sets it for about a half-hour before I have to head off to work. I get dressed upstairs first, then head down for my morning coffee and then finish getting ready. I really enjoy this simple daily morning ritual:

  • Setting out a coffee cup.
  • Getting the creamer from the fridge and pouring a little creamer into the cup.
  • Pouring the coffee in and seeing it turn a caramel color.
  • Seeing the steam rise off the top and disappear into the morning air.

Bliss.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, coffee creamer collage

And yes, it’s SUPER important to me to put the creamer in FIRST, before pouring the coffee in, not after. Same goes for creamer or milk in tea. That way, the milk or creamer doesn’t curdle — which can happen when a cold substance hits an already hot substance, like if you poured the creamer in after you poured the coffee — plus you don’t have to bother about stirring the creamer around. Pouring in the coffee automatically swirls and stirs the creamer around. No need to dirty up a spoon! Yes, I am very practical, and proudly so. 😉

And now, it seems like a good time to have some coffee…

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, coffee creamer

Do you prefer coffee or tea? Do you have a preference for cream, sugar, etc.? Please leave a comment and share!


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