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Parks Picks: Cozy Candles, Christmas Tunes + More

The minute the temperature drops, I’m all about comfort. To be honest, I’m all about comfort year round (hi yoga pants!), but once it gets cold, it’s much easier to sink into your favorite chair with a big mug of hot cocoa and binge-watch Gilmore Girls.

Luckily for me, I’ve found a few fantastic comfort items for the end of fall. Try them out and let me know what you think!

Bath and Body Works Mahogany Teakwood:

As a cinnamon pumpkin candle connoisseur, I was disappointed to find out that the adorable mason jar candle I was waiting to purchase with my free item coupon had sold out. Since three-wick candles were on sale, and my Winter candle had all but burnt out downstairs, I went to smelling. While mason jar options were limited, the Mahogany Teakwood caught my eye (and my nostrils!) The best way I can describe it is a sexy but comforting masculine scent – picture the oversized hoodie you stole from your high school boyfriend that was doused in Hollister Co. cologne. I ended up buying the mason jar, the three-wick candle and a car freshener.

Brett Eldredge’s Christmas Album, Glow:

I am the first person to jump down your throat about Christmas music playing on November 1. Hell, I visited the Opryland hotel in Nashville on October 31 and saw nothing but trees, nutcrackers and stockings! That being said, I took a chance and turned on Brett Eldredge’s Christmas album, Glow, the other night, and realized what a fantastic choice it was. I love Brett Eldredge – he helped my client AT&T surprise fans at CMA Fest in 2015, and I was able to sit down with him for a quick chat and photo. He may be a Cubs fan, but the man has a voice that echos Frank Sinatra, with just enough twang to remain in the realm of Country Music. I will be buying this for EVERYONE this Christmas (so you better be nice!)

Third Love 24/7™ Classic Full Coverage:

You know those ads all over Pinterest? Third Love asks you a few questions about your breast shape, current bra issues and current bra size, then recommends a bra for your fit. The best part? You can try it for 30 days risk-free. Being someone with a very full cup, they sent me the 24/7™ Classic Full Coverage, and holy cow, it is SO comfortable. I worked for Victoria’s Secret for 8 years – I know bras. I know bra sizing. And I’ll be damned if Third Love didn’t shove everything I thought about bras I knew in my face!  I’ve got 28 days left on my “trial,” and I can promise this will be topping my Christmas list (from my mom, because no one else should ever buy you bras and panties.)

What are your favorite comfort items? Leave a comment! 

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Parks Picks: Podcast Edition

TGIF! Seriously, it’s been a week. I usually try and work from home at least one half day, but this week it was full commuting to work and clients – don’t even ask me how many miles ’til empty (hint: 68).

The one plus of commuting is the opportunity to catch up on my favorite podcasts. I used to be a dedicated Mason & Remy in the morning listener, but since they moved to afternoons (when I call my mom for our daily chat), I’ve had to find something to fill my time. Podcasts seem to be the perfect filler while driving to and from work. I’ve even started to listen to them while I grocery shop!

A few of my favorites:

  • My Favorite MurdererDon’t run away yet! The podcast, hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark discuss various murders each week, including fan’s hometown submission. While the name may make you cringe, it’s currently listed 12th in iTunes’ top podcast list, and the top comedy podcast available. If you have ever found yourself interested in true crime (i.e. Making a Murderer, The Jinx, JonBenét Ramsey), you need to check it out!
  • The Popcast with Knox and JamieAny entertainment buff will love Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden’s antics. They cover everything from the No’s of Fall (if you love PSLs, avoid this episode) and Brangelina’s divorce to The Emmy’s and Friday Night Lights. This podcast is truly delightful.
  • The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey: As mentioned before, I absolutely love Jamie. Her guests are SO inspiring, and while this podcast definitely leans religious, it brings with it a message of encouragement and success for all.

I subscribe to a few more (I see you Bustle’s Taking This One To The Grave), but these three are my weekly go-tos. Which podcasts do you subscribe to? Let me know on Twitter! 

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Parks Picks: June 4, 2016

When you’ve had writers block for all of five months, it’s time to sit back and remember the things you love – they’re ALWAYS the easiest things to talk about! So without further adieu, here are three things I’m loving:

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Parks Picks: Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Still struggling for the Christmas season? These items ship out before Christmas Eve!

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1:  KEEP Collective Be Kind Bracelet, $62 2: Women’s Sperry® for J.Crew Shearwater Buckle Boots in Colorblock, $180 3: Kate Spade Thermal Mug, $22.50 4:  BaubleBar Love Your Selfie Polka Extendable and Wired Stick, $19.99 5: Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker (Mint), $99 6: Old Navy Flannel Joggers, $8

Disclaimer: I am a KEEP independent designer.

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Parks Picks: Holiday Gift Guide: – The (Normal) Man in Your Life

With Christmas only 23 days away, gift guides are popping up everywhere. I love the concept – how much easier can your wish list get? – but every time I come across a “5 Gifts Your Man Will Love,” I laugh. My man would never wear a cashmere scarf or appreciate a hipster-inspired ice cube tray!

If you’re dating a guy who doesn’t wear suits everyday and can’t quote Shakespeare, let my gift guide ease you into the mind of your average 20-something male.