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Must Have: My Favorite $7 Lip Balm

Kiehl's lip balm
I wasn’t going to blog about this today, but woke up and had to share because we can all benefit from a good lip treatment find. Some of you may know how much love lip balms–it’s something I inherited from one of my late grandmothers and it’s pretty hard for me to resist trying out new things that catch my eye–the cuter the packaging, the better–or products that come highly recommended by others.

Back in the summer, I needed to meet a minimum while placing a Birchbox order and decided to add this Kiehl’s lip balm to my cart. It didn’t even get opened until a couple of months ago (again, this is what happens when you’re rotating between like 12 lip treatments) but when I did use it before bed one day, noticed a huge difference the next morning. As someone who has really dry skin (has it been worse for anyone else this year, despite it not being so cold outside?), I definitely noticed waking up with softer and significantly more hydrated lips. Same thing happened this morning…I’ve been going to sleep with overly chapped lips and even my trusty jojoba oil hadn’t been delivering as well as it usually does. The Kiehl’s balm has a creamy, Vaseline-like texture and only requires a tiny amount to get the job done. Oh, and it’s $7 and is available from Nordstrom, so it ships free. A done deal, if you ask me! :)

I’d love to know (and my storage space + wallet don’t want to know)…what are some of your go-to winter lip balms? I’m all ears!

Photo by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies

Friday Things


Greetings from NYC! I took the train up last night and am in the city for some exploring + quality friend time. Despite the relatively short trip, I definitely don’t make it up here nearly enough. So when I do, it’s packing in as much fun stuff as possible :) Follow along on Snapchat and Instagram throughout the weekend!

As an aside, did you guys watch This Is Us this week? Grandma over here watched it on Wednesday night because staying up till 11pm was late but eeee! So happy it’s back.

SHOPPING: A bunch of good sales! Some picks and other things I’m loving…


Lots of good links this week, especially from around the blogosphere!

Homemade strawberry chia jam with three ingredients and just 30 minutes? Sign me up!

– Hitha also shared her Winter Edit! Anyone else love a good hot toddy this time of year?

– 1) This makes me want to go to Hawaii and 2) Krista’s words are real, inspiring, and a refreshing read, especially this time of year when everything seems to be about losing weight, diets, and working out.

– I’ll take two blueberry moscow mules, please :)

– I mentioned jojoba oil in Wednesday post (it’s the best)…while I still have a ways to go before fully jumping onto the face oil bandwagon–though I’m itching to try Vintner’s DaughterGrace breaks it down and answers all your questions.

– So much goodness from Julia this week! I want to make this homemade kale caesar, and her post on marriage being a team sport is a must-read no matter what your relationship status.

Loved Lindsay’s post on her “gamechangers” in years past, so knew 2016’s would be good, too! It finally got me to sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights, too.


Things I rely on in the winter, from clothing to a $7 “beauty” find.

Been wearing this turtleneck on repeat since picking it up in Zurich! A rainy outfit post + weekend recap.


Winter Things I Rely On


If you know me personally or have picked up on it from reading this blog for awhile, you likely know that I actually like winter and would prefer cold weather over hot weather almost any day of the year. Definitely a weird thing since I grew up in Texas, but I still get giddy when the forecast calls for 30 degrees with snow. Can’t even say I was dreading going to college in upstate New York…the cold was one of the many reasons I chose the school I did. Cheers to more snow days! :)

All that’s not to say that I don’t actually get cold… January and February are always the coldest, and there are a bunch of things I swear by this time of year to cope with inclement weather, windy walks across town, and the dreaded dry, cracked skin. The things above are in no particular order…they’re just on heavy rotation this time of year and would hopefully benefit you, too!


Plaid scarfWool ragg socksEarmuffsJojoba oil (got mine at my local Trader Joe’s) – A down coatA great lotion