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LUST-HAVE LIST: January 2023

LUST-HAVE LIST: January 2023


Happy New Year! How has 2023 been treating you so far? Hopefully it has started off good for you. So far, so good for me! After this week, I will be back in the swing of things. Having 2 short work weeks/ long weekends throw me off. Still, it’s been good and full of optimism, which is good.

I had a great holiday season, which actually included a semi-white Christmas. I can’t recall the last time there was snow on the ground for Christmas in my city. The actual snow day was horrible, but the results were pretty. I guess you can I broke even.

Recently, I realized that my January Lust-Have List is mostly things I should’ve asked to get for Christmas, but didn’t. What an ultimate face in palm moment?! Still, here is the list of things that are currently at the top of my monthly wishlist.

LUST-HAVE LIST: January 2023

  • Down Alternative Mattress Pad – I’m about one more year away from buying a new mattress. So, in the mean time, I think this mattress pad will make the bed feel a little more comfy and cozy.
  • Crop Straight Leg Grey Denim – I’m on the hunt for a pair of cropped straight leg pair of denim like this pair. A perfect all year neutral pair of jeans.
  • Bluetooth Projector – Every January, there is one thing I regret not asking for Christmas. This is year, I regret not asking for a projector,which will be perfect for bedroom.
  • Black Quitled Top Handle Purse – I’m loving the srtuctured, but edgy look to this purse. Looks expensive, but it costs under $90.
  • Liquid Blush in Love – I have yet to try anything from Rare Beauty, but I’ve heard and seen nothing but great results with their liquid blush. The color ‘Love’ looks liek the perfect flush of pink for me.
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Favorite Christmas Movies


I love Christmas movies! Other than finding and gifting “perfect” gifts (fyi – I’m a giver), watching Christmas movies is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. Christmas movies tend to be very heart warming, nostalgic and give all the happy feels.

Therefore, over the years, I’ve curated a list of Christmas movies that I watch every year, not including the cartoon Christmas specials. Of course, you have to watch Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, and the cartoon version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Those have to watched. Point blank.

My personal Christmas movie list includes everything from universal Christmas classics, some made-for-TV movies, and a couple of rom-com ones, too. However, I make a point to watch these every year by Christmas and I’ve already watched a lot of these so far this year. I plan to spend a couple of my upcoming vacation days snuggled up on my sofa and binge watching the rest of them.

So, keep reading to see my complete list of favorite Christmas movies.


It’s A Wonderful Life – In my mind and heart, this is the quintessential Christmas movie. It’s a love story, a drama, and subtle comedy that has life lessons and sprinkled with snow and Christmas cheer. It tugs at all my emotions every time I watch.


Home Alone – This movie came out when I was 9 years old and my mom bought my brother and I the VHS (old school) so we could watch whenever. We watched it so much the first week, that the we wore out the tape and it would skip. Nine year old me though this movie was hilarious and 25 years later, I still laugh when I watch it. Classic.


The Santa Clause – The New York Post was correct, because The Santa Clause is a holiday classic. The humor in this movie has definitely carried on over the years.


Elf – I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t love Elf. So funny and touching…in all the right places.


Comfort and Joy – All the way back in 2003, Lifetime debuted the Christmas gem that is too good to not watch. Although it’s a made for TV Christmas movie, there isn’t much cheesiness in it. It’s been living in my DVR for over 2 years now and I watch every Christmas eve. Plus, it was one of my mom’s favorite Christmas movies, too. So, I feel her with me when I watch it.


Snowglobe – Okay, Snowglobe is about a Christmas obsessed single young lady seeking the “perfect Christmas” and gets magically transported into the ideallic Christmas town located…in her snowglobe. LOL. So cheesy, but it’s my Christmas time guilty pleasure. WARNING: Be prepared for Christina Milian’s horrible New York/Bronx accent.


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Funniest Christmas movie….EVER! I promise I laugh just as hard every year. It makes me so happy!


The Holiday – I was a little late to this the rom-com awesome that is The Holiday, but it’s so cute and features Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black. So, there’s that.


Love Actually – The tag line says it all: The Ultimate Romantic Comedy, but with Christmas-y vibes.

What are some of your favorite Christmas movies? Share below, because I might want to add them to my list.

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Documentaries to Watch This Weekend


I plan to have a good ol’ super lazy weekend that consists noshing on a cheese plate for one and creating a dent in my sofa and/or bed. I haven’t exactly narrowed down the location of this “laze fest”, but it’s going down.

Although, I do have some mini binge watching of shows resting in my DVR, I would love to get catch up on some documentaries that I’ve been meaning to watch and/or rewatch. There are some really entertaining and informative documentaries lurking on Netflix and even Youtube that we should look into watching.

In the meantime, here are just a few of the docs that are on my personal to-watch list this weekend.

Freeway: Crack In The System documents the rise and fall of a drug dealer, Rick Ross (not the rapper), and the crack epidemic of the 80s. Gripping moment: a former billionare crack dealer crying, remembering how his daughter was born small enough to fit in his hand due to crack exposure.

Hot Girls Wanted explores the world of young girls seeking fame in the seedy world of amateur pornography.

Open Secret is about a man who has known for the majority of his life the truth about his adoption, which his whole town already knew.  The filmmaker shows great care with his relatives, as he tries to understand their decisions. We also learn, poignantly, about the context in which the choices were made.

Somewhere Between follows the lives of four Chinese teenage girls who were adopted as babies by American families.

Burt’s Buzz is the story of Burt’s Bees’ founder, Burt Shavitz, and how a reclusive beekeeper reluctantly created a renowned multi-million dollar business.

Fed Up dives into the how the US government works and backs up the corporations that produce our food; good and bad.


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Fashionistas On Film: Blossom Russo


If you follow me on Twitter, you would know that I recently found out the Hub Network airs reruns of Blossom. This news completely halted me from participating in and saving to my DVR this past week, because Blossom was everything to the pre-teen me. Before Moesha and right after Clarissa Explains It All, there was Blossom.


The basics: Blossom Russo, played by Mayim Bialik was an average, yet quirky, happy, and talented teen growing up in California living with her musician father and her 2 older brothers; the cute, but not too bright Joey(Joey Lawrence) and the recovering drug addict Anthony. She was the solo female presence in the house, because her absent singer mom who busy traveling the world after she divorced her dad, Nick. However, like all TV teens, she had a sidekick/best friend named Six and she was this small, cute, and speak talking spitfire. I love her, too!

Blossom had all the cute clothes, book smarts, cute boyfriend (eventually), and there was even a Blossom doll. Yes, homegirl had her own doll and I had one. It didn’t look too  much like her, but still great!


Before this past week, I hadn’t seen an episode of Blossom in almost 20 years, so at times, it feels like I’m watching these episode for the first time all over again. Plus, the timing couldn’t be better, because the 90s fashions in each episode are so on trend with today’s current trends.  A few years ago, Refinery 29 did an interview with the costume designer behind Blossom, Sherry Thompson, and it brought back so many memories, because that influenced so many girls to embrace different fashion choices and created so many trends. So much so, there were even Blossom fashion clubs. Awesome!

I really wish a lot of her outfits were well documented online, but maybe they will now that its reairing! Wishful thinking, maybe.

Do you remember Blossom or remember watching any episodes? Do you h ave a favorite episode? I haven’t watched it in so long, but the Rockumentary episode came on earlier this week and it is still a favorite!

Stay Stylish!

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