The first thing I've been loving lately is taking Polaroid pictures with my new Fujifilm Istax Mini 8. I got the camera as a gift for Christmas, and I've been having a lot of fun taking photos of the people and things around me. There's something really satisfying about taking a photo and instantly seeing it pop out of the top of the camera. If you're looking into buying a Polaroid camera, I recommend this one. It doesn't have a lot of fancy features, but it's cheap and takes great photos.
I'm a big fan of Fall Out Boy and their new album, American Beauty/American Psycho, didn't disappoint. Up until now, my favorite FOB album has been From Under The Cork Tree, but it's possible that AB/AP has taken that place. It's very different from their past albums, and yet, it's still distinctly Fall Out Boy. Favorite tracks? "The Kids Aren't All Right" and "Novocaine".
I recently fell in love with Frostbeard Candles after I ordered one of their candles on a whim for a friend's birthday, and then went back and bought different scents for everyone on my Christmas list. The two I bought for myself - Old Books and Don't Panic (Fresh Towel) are both fantastic and accurately named. Also, because they're soy candles, they burn clean (so you can reuse the jar) and are better for the environment. I've already burned through half of Old Books, I love it so much.
My last favorite for this month is a book: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson. The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Clare both hold a place in my book-loving heart, and Magnus Bane happens to be my favorite character from those series'. So when I heard there was a book dedicated solely to Magnus, and I had a Barnes and Noble gift card? I was all over that. I went into this book expecting it to be one long story about a single event in Magnus' life, but it's actually a collection of short stories about different events from different time periods. I thought it was amazing. The book answered a lot of questions I had about the character, while still making me laugh the whole time (and yes, maybe cry once or twice). 5/5 stars for you, Magnus Bane. You go, Magnus Bane.