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My Current Winter Obsessions

Happy New Years Eve everyone! It feels great to be back writing more consistently – hopefully once a week. I’ve been scheduling content like a mad woman & have the next few months all written & scheduled. Can you believe it? I wanted to start the new year off with a chit chat post talking about my current favorites. In October, I did this before in my current fall obsessions post & I enjoyed it so much, that I feel like I could make this a seasonal series on Mind Beauty Simplicity. Which by the way, has it’s own domain now! That’s right, the .wordpress is gone from the site URL & is now simply,! Already, 2022 has been a wonderful blogging year & it has just started. I’m excited to see if my goals for this new year come to fruition. Let’s get into these favorites – shall we?

Makeup / Beauty:

Starting off with makeup favorites, I’ve been really drawn to neutral eye looks & bold lips – specifically the shade red. I guess you could say it’s a common color for the holiday’s but I personally find it’s more than just that. I feel the most confident when I wear shades of red [ both lip color & clothing ]. I discovered the Maybelline Color Sensational Ultimatte Slim Lipstick & have been wearing the shades More Blush & More Scarlett interchangeably anytime I wear makeup. For a drugstore product, they are very long lasting & smooth. I highly recommend them.

Binge Worthy Entertainment & Page Turners

Downton Abbey:

I decided to re-watch Downton Abbey from the beginning on account of the newest movie coming out in March. This fictional British series is so beautifully written & is filled with drama & romance. I highly recommend it if you haven’t yet watched it. You can find the entire series on Netflix.


I made the mistake of watching this Netflix movie alone one night. It’s a psychological thriller [ my favorite genre ] about a woman who comes across a hypnotherapist in hopes for some self-improvement. This movie made me not want to ever be hypnotized or answer any unknown calls on my cellphone. It was eerie good & I recommend it to anyone who loves this genre of movies.

TheSilent Patient:

I’ve gotten back into reader this past year – & I hope to continue this habit in 2022. Over Christmas break, I finally finished the novel The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. I was recommended this book through Booktok as it was quite similar to Verity by Colleen Hoover. A psychological thriller [ surprise surprise ] about a psychotherapist who tries to treat a patient who became silent after the murder of her husband. Although the twist was discovered slightly early, I enjoyed the writing & concept of the novel. I couldn’t put it down.

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I’m excited to have been gifted an Ipad & an apple pencil for Christmas. I’ve been wanting one for a while & feel like it will come in handy for blogging. It’s very travel friendly so I can blog & promote on the go. And I find using social media to be quite enjoyable on this device. I like to keep my blogging life separate from my real life, so having a different device for all these tasks instead of using my phone all the time, is quite nice. I also plan to use it for reading, as I have the book app. But I’ll be honest – I do find myself preferring paper backs.


Eileen Fisher Scarf & Beanie

Another Christmas gift of mine – & a classic addition to my wardrobe is this scarf / beanie combo from Eileen Fisher. I don’t usually shop at this store in my leisure but I feel like the store is a hidden gem. I absolutely love the neutral shade & the material is so so soft! It’s one of those shades that goes with so many outfits & I can tell they are going to be accessories I’ll have for quite some time.

Universal Thread Cropped Knit Sweaters

You should not sleep on Target brand clothing. Seriously – these are great quality with an even greater price. I love the texture of these & love how you can dress them up or leave them casual. These will be other clothing pieces I’ll be wearing a ton this winter. Something about wearing a cozy knit with a warm beverage in hand screams hygge & relaxation.

Ugg Crew Socks

I feel like this current favorites post is all about my Christmas gifts – but I can’t help if my family knows me so well. I absolutely love the Ugg crew socks & my mom got me like six pairs in multiple neutral shades. I will be living in them this winter.


As a whole – the word for 2022 is self care. I know, how original. I think it’s so important to make time for ourselves & create a routine that keeps us from becoming too stressed. Whether it’s fixing a warm beverage in one of my fun winter mugs in the morning or setting some time to read or write – making ‘me time’ is so crucial. It truly is the little things in life. I’ve been spending less time on social media [ even deleting the Instagram app off my phone ]. Focusing on being more intentional & present are habits I’ve been trying to have & continue to have in the new year.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my current lifestyle favorites. Let me know if you’d like me to continue this series on the blog & whether you’d like it seasonally or even monthly. I think this is such a fun way to showcase my life & provide little updates with my readers. See you next Monday.


55 thoughts on “My Current Winter Obsessions”

  1. Oooh I love the idea of a theme word for the year. Self care is actually not cliche or unoriginal because no matter how much it is preached about, we tend to forget about doing it 🤦🏾‍♀️

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  2. Your theme for 2022 is great! I agree with that we need to focus on self-care more, especially because most of us run around trying to hit the next target and forget about ourselves sometimes. My theme or resolution for 2022 is to improve. I kept it vague and broad so that I won’t worry about failing it and at the same time, it lets me work on many things. And it is something that will help me make decisions throughout the year, like “will this help me improve in a way that I want or not”. Hope you have a great 2022!

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  3. I love your suggestions. Make sure you install the Kindle app on your new ipad so that you can read my books (and many others of course). Happy New Year B.

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  4. I’ve been rewatching Downton Abbey too. I can’t wait to see the new film. I went to visit where they film the village scenes last year and it started me off watching the series again. If you’re interested, they have a YouTube channel that shows all things behind the scenes.

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  5. Ooh fab selections here! I really love the sound of Hypnotic – I’d love to watch more horror films this year as up until now I haven’t seen many. That sweater looks super cute too, and so cosy! I’ll definitely have to look into it, haha. Thanks for sharing, wishing you the best for 2022 x

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  6. You’ve inspired me to delete the Instagram app off my phone! I think that’s a great idea. Ive definitely reduced the amount of time I spend on social media so there’s no need for the apps to just sit there on my phone.
    Congrats on getting so far ahead with your content, I am aiming for that this month. Its quiet all around so I should be able to get on top of things!

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  7. Happy 2022! I love your current winter obsessions. I’ve also been wearing a ton of different shades of red lipsticks and been focusing on my mindset.

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  8. Super cute article & layout. Winter weather may suck, but the crop knit sweaters and socks are the best. Those ugg socks look so cozy along with that cream sweater.
    Very nice!

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  9. I got a pen for my iPad a while ago and have yet to make good use of it so I am definitely going to add it to my list of stuff to try out in 2022! I like the sweaters and cozy sock aspect of winter (currently sitting with cold feet, haha) — thanks for this!

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  10. We watched hypnotic too- it was quite good, I sure didn’t saw that ending coming..

    I finally got a hand warmer for christmas; and though it does get cold on the hands at work, what i’m really loving it for is the “anxiety trick” where placing heat or cold on your big nerve passing in your chest helps greatly lifting the crisis. I had the pleasure to try it the other day, and to my surprise, it absolutely works! (before I would just.. apply pressure on my chest with my hands)

    Happy 2022! May it be a good one for you xx

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      1. I dont remember where I found that- tiktok or in a book? Apparently your biggest nerve runs your whole body through your chest.. so doing it would « switch it off». But anyway you do focus more on the heat warming you rather than what actually makes you panic- so it gets overrun.

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