With only three days left of 2016, I wanted to take note of my favorite things of the year. In terms of culture, it's been a very different kind of year for me. I moved away from a lot of my typical viewing habits and strayed from my tastes. Because of all the turmoil we saw this year, I veered toward comforting things and was really turned off by anything too dark---I ditched Westworld, Mr. Robot, etc.---in exchange for things that were relaxing, funny, or serious but not cynical. Honestly, I'm glad that I did.
So, here are some of my favorite things from the past year:
This is a hard one. I've decided that it's only fair to pick a book that I first read this year and I'm going to allow myself to pick both fiction and non-fiction. For non-fiction, I choose Anu Partanen's The Nordic Theory of Everything. Fiction is far more difficult, but I choose Still Life by Louise Penny because I devoured it and have since read five more books in the series.
This has to be a tie. My favorite savory meal was the vegetarian eggs benedict from Bouchon in Las Vegas. They replaced the ham with tomatoes and served it with an incredible side salad and little slices of bread with the most delicious cherry preserves. My favorite breakfast was the gluten-free banana bread from Bluestone Lane in the West Village. The bread is topped with ricotta, pecans, bananas, and drizzles of honey and best served alongside one of their amazing iced chai lattes with almond milk.
This is hands-down the Moon Juice Blue Adaptogen Protein. Not only does it turn your almond milk pretty shade of mint green, but it contains ingredients like tocotrienols and Blue Majik aqua botanicals to reduce inflammation and support muscle growth. Next, I'd really like to try the chocolate protein.
My favorite Instagram photo that I posted this year was actually the one of my banana bread breakfast from Bluestone Lane, which you can see below.
I typically watch all of the Best Picture nominees before the Oscars, but this year I skipped out on that---I actually haven't seen any! My favorite movies of the year were Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (because anything in the Harry Potter universe is a delight to me) and The Clouds of Sils Maria, which was absolutely stunning.
My most listened to album of the year was most definitely the Hamilton soundtrack. However, my favorite album released this year was The 1975's I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It.
Another hard one because there were two in particular this year that I really liked. I'm going to choose The Crown because it encapsulates just about all of my personal interests and aesthetic preferences when it comes to filmmaking.
This year, I became absolutely obsessed with Omorovicza's Rejuvenating Night Cream. I use this every other night and always wake up with glowing skin.
I adore my black, cashmere turtleneck from Everlane. It's cozy, soft, and the perfect fit---slim, but not tight.
It's hard to believe I just started following Amber at Barefoot Blonde this year because I adore her blog so much!