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Wear, Watch, Want #17: The Baked Dino Sweater Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #17: The Baked Dino Sweater Edition

Wear: Scalloped Rib Jumper by COS

Over the holidays I finally made it to the first COS on the west coast, which happens to be just minutes from my house. I was super excited to check out what they had to offer, and from the first second I tried on this sweater I knew it was love. It was a little pricier than I'm used to (I would normally stalk this sweater and wait for it to go on sale. It's a shopping method that has netted me a closet filled with finds from Anthropologie), but it was just so, so perfect I shelled out the $89 and took this sweater home immediately. I bought the navy, but I've been wearing it so much I think it may be worthwhile for me to get the red too. It's not too warm, but substantial enough to justify the price. It's slouchy but not sloppy. It's just perfection. I've worn it three times in the past 10 days, and I know it's going to get plenty more use in the weeks to come.

Watch: The Great British Bake Off Baking Show

While my mom was here for the holidays we happened upon the premiere of The Great British Baking Show on PBS. I had heard of this program, but as The Great British Bake Off, and after quite a bit of Googling I still have no idea why the name has been changed for stateside audiences. This is a baking competition where a dozen (seems more apropos to start with a baker's dozen, no?) amateur bakers from all over Britain meet in a tent on an estate and complete challenges to see who is the champion baker. There are three challenges each week, and when they're all completed one person is announced the top baker of the weekend, and one is sent home. My mom and I got completely sucked into it, and now that we're apart we still watch in our own homes and discuss that week's challenges. There's something about The Great British Baking Show that I find much more compelling than say, your Cupcake Wars. Maybe it's the accents. Maybe it's the ridiculously charming and comedic hosts. Maybe it's because I've made my share of Funfetti, but I couldn't tell you the first thing about sponge or florentines, so it's entertaining and educational. Whatever it is - my Sunday nights now belong to The Great British Baking Show.

Want: T-Rex Pillow Pet

I've been hunting for a good pillow to rest my weary head on while I lay on the couch and watch my stories. I've borrowed enough Pillow Pets from kids to know that they're incredibly comfortable and perfect for this purpose, but they do happen to be for children. For those of you who haven't spent four million hours with kids, Pillow Pets are pillows that can be folded in half and held with a velcro strap, so when they're flat they're a pillow, and when they're folded, they're a pet. Pillow Pets are filled with super soft, maleable fluff that makes them perfect for laying on while watching TV I kept searching for a pillow that can be in the apartment of an adult without children, but that had all the benefits of a Pillow Pet. I have come to the conclusion that this does not exist. I did, however, find out that there are Pillow Pets that are slightly less childish, AND depict my favorite animals sine at least 1989. A T-Rex Pillow Pet has been ordered. I will soon be resting easy, enjoying The Great British Baking Show while lounging on a pillow shaped like a dinosaur. Living the dream!

You Are Important. Take Care Of You.

You Are Important. Take Care Of You.

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