Behind The Butter

what i’m loving now: winter edition

I love writing these posts! I realized I haven’t done one in awhile though so thought this would be fun to celebrate December 1st! Wait…is it really December 1st? Like, Christmas is in a couple weeks? Like I still haven’t bought my Christmas plane tickets and am now going to be royally screwed? Okay yeah, just checking.

Here’s a list of what I’m really loving now from shoes, to food, to clothes to makeup. Enjoy!


Herringbone Toms! I’ve been wanting to get some Toms shoes for awhile now and after seeing these on Pinterest a few weeks ago, I finally made the order. I wear them with just about everything from yoga pants to jeans to skirts and, like everyone says, they are SO comfy.

Mama Pea’s Chickpea Tacos. I make these all the time and am currently making them yet again tonight! Adam loves them and the two of us can easily eat the entire recipe (that I think is supposed to feed four). Oops. A very typical dinner rotation in my house looks like this: chickpea tacos. white chicken chili. chicken and dumplings. Repeat.

Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash. I have VERY dry skin and this has been the only body wash that leaves me feeling like I just slathered on the moisturizer. It doesn’t leave any sort of greasy film or residue on your skin—only velvet softness. Plus, it smells absolutely amazing! I got this at Ulta two months ago and I’m not even 1/4th of the way through the bottle!

Mrs. Meyers scented candles. I burn candles at home every night and needed a new one so I bought this Iowa pine scented one from Target, as well as another spice cake scented one. They smell amazing and burn super slow. Some Christmas tree-smelling candles tend to smell like cleaning solution (anyone? anyone?) but this definitely does not. It smells amazing!

Ornaments to Remember. Sticky bun ORNAMENTS?!?!?! Yes, please. I’m getting my first Christmas tree this year and decided it will be a total dessert tree, decorated with these little beauties. There’s also cake slices, cupcakes, fortune cookies, ice cream bars and more! Seriously the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Lululemon Wunder Unders.Β Β  I live in these pants. They are so comfy cozy and perfect for just about anything from yoga class to under a cut little dress with boots. I used to think Groove pants were my favorite, but after purchasing a pair of these guys awhile ago, I have come to change my mind. I pull the extra material under my feet and it keeps me warm and cozy!

Philosophy Birthday Cake Lip Shine.Β  I’ve never been a big lipstick girl (too much taste testing happening round here) but I do love lip gloss and this is the best one I’ve found…ever. It’s super shiny without being overly sticky and BONUS! it tastes just like cake. I’m constantly running out and buying more–it’s one of those products I keep in my purse or pocket at all times.

Frye Boots in “Melissa” style.Β  I saved the very best for last! Yes, these boots are expensive but they are worth it….I promise! I never in a million years would have pinned myself as a person that would EVER spend over one hundred dollars on a pair of shoes but the second these puppies were on my feet, I knew. I was tired of spending fifty bucks on a pair of boots every winter and then wearing those boots into the ground, so I decided to take the plunge and buy these. I bought them in September and I would say that I wear them six out of seven days a week now. They’re beautiful, comfortable and look good just about anything. When I was home, my dad shined them for me and it felt like I have a whole new pair of boots! Every time I wear them I get compliments (mine are the Cognac color). Do it.





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  • Steffany
    December 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    OMG I have been wanting that cake lip gloss forEVER !!!!!

  • Ashley
    December 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    That body wash sounds amazing! I have super dry skin as well, and have been on the search for something that would work! I may have to give this a try!

  • Sierra
    December 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Ohhh man this post came at the perfect time. The weather is starting to actualaly get cold here and my skin is PAINFULLY dry, and I even have eczema in some places. I have a question about that body wash…do you think it’d be ok for sensitive skin? Cuz on top of being dry, I’m sensitive too!

    • jenna
      December 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      I think so but if you have a skin condition, you might want to try something fragrance-free like Aveeno instead!

      • Sierra
        December 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm

        I’ve been to the dr for it and fragrance doesn’t seem to affect it. Thanks so much! Oh and I looked it up and the Ulta website says its safe for sensitive skin (in case anyone else was wondering!)

  • Rachael @ FreshlyMinted
    December 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    OMG – I JUST had those exact boots delivered to my doorstep yesterday!

    I’m in LOVE. They have the perfect wide-calf version – not too big, not too little – for my “athletic” legs πŸ˜‰ I’ve been searching for years!

    Totally worth the cost…

  • Kara
    December 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I was drooling over those boots online, but just couldn’t make myself spend that much…. But after your review, I just may need to! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    December 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I usually think Tom’s are hideous but I actually like these! There was a guy on the plane today with a full suit on and Tom’s. That was weird.
    I just bought my mom those wunder unders and now I’m kicking myself for not getting a pair myself. Super jealous of the gift I gave her!

  • Samantha
    December 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    My Christmas tree is full of food ornaments ! I just bought a pickle and an avocado today ! old world has a bunch of food themed ornaments.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    December 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    wunder unders are amazing, and i while it pained me to dish out an obscene amount of money for my frye boots, they are totally worth every penny.

  • Amanda
    December 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    That body wash sounds wonderful. My skin has been so dry, and it seems like no amount of moisturizer is really helping. I’m definitely going to look into buying some.

  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    December 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Love those boots! I want a pair so bad!

  • Nellie Knox
    December 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Fun fact: Target makes some pretty awesome frye knock-offs for $70. And they last!

  • Ashley
    December 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I want Frye boots! I love their style… I’m usually really picky on boots, and just about every style Frye has to offer, I love!

  • Caitlin Marie
    December 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I love those boots and have been eyeing them since the fall. I have two other pair of Frye boots I have gotten over the years and they just seem to get better with age. You might have just convinced me to buy these.

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    December 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    That body wash looks amazing!

  • Tricia
    December 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Aren’t wunder unders the BEST?! LOVE THEM!

  • Miranda {onestylishdayatatime}
    December 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I love those Frye boots but haven’t purchased them yet. Saving up πŸ™‚ They just appeal so much to the equestrian in me!

  • Barbara
    December 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    wow, love those boots!

  • Victoria
    December 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I love those shoes!! But the lululemon pants – comfy? They look tight…comfy would be sweatpants please!

  • Liz @ Southern Charm
    December 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    wunder under = my bff EVER. I’m obsessed!!

    • jamie
      December 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      me too! mine are going strong 3+ years later, and i wear them at least once a week. they are definitely worth it.

      and i have a different pair of frye boots, but again, so worth it. 2+ years later and they still look great.
      tip: before i even wore them once, i had a protective rubber sole put on (maybe cost me 15 bucks at the shoe guy), and they still look practically new.

  • Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops
    December 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I have also been wanting a pair of Tom’s! Glad to hear how comfy they are πŸ™‚ And the Frye boots are amazing – I’m thinking of biting the bullet and spending the cash on these too because I’ve heard from so many people how great they are!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    December 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I absolutely adore Frye boots!!! I have had a pair since Fall of ’08, and they still are freakin’ amazing!

  • Holli
    December 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I have the lip gloss, WUs and boots on your list πŸ™‚ LOVE!!

  • Rachel Wilkerson
    December 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I LOVE my Wunder Under pants! I never thought I’d go away from my classic flared yoga/workout pants (I prefer Astro to Groove, but they are similar) but then I tried these on and was SOLD. I love them for yoga but wear them as leggings/pants all the time. I want like five more pairs for Xmas!

    PS I pull the extra under my feet too and pretend I’m a ballerina.

  • Megan Pence @ Country Cleaver
    December 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I want those Melissa Frye boots sooooo bad!! I tried them on, and than BAM, too small for my calves. I’ll have to get some gussets put in. But that only makes me more determined to go out and buy them – because I know I’ll love them!!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)
    December 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    You will not be disappointed with the Toms. They are the best. I have two pair and wear them all the time!

  • Sarah
    December 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I love Philosophy products, I have the rainbow sherbet lip gloss and love it!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    December 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I SO wish I could afford some Frye’s! They just look the best!

  • Jesse
    December 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve been looking at Toms for a while now … I really want a pair!

    Those boots are gorg! And that lipgloss sounds yummy! I’d probably be licking it off alllll day long. I <3 anything cake or cake batter flavored πŸ™‚

  • kristen @ kristen's sweet stop
    December 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I love that dessert tree idea! You need to post a picture of how it turns out!

  • Katie @ Livehalffull
    December 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    You have great taste in shoes!!! I love my Tom’s (I love the Cordones) and I have been eyeing those Melissa boots for years. You may have sold me!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    December 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    You just severely damaged my bank account with this post.

    Don’t worry, I will forgive you with your next food post.

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats
    December 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I’m dying for a pair of those boots AND the wunder unders…both are supposed to be great!

  • Alexandra
    December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    christmas tree scents always smell like cleaning solution to me (just like Pine-sol haha) Glad someone finally agrees! PS. LOVE the boots

  • Kristen
    December 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Bought those boots last year. Best investment ever. They’re comfortable and gorgeous; I get compliments every time I wear them, which is several times a week during the fall and winter seasons!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    December 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t own any Frye’s but everyone that owns them ends up raving about them.

    Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash = new to me, will try!

    The Lulu wonderunders…have also heard rave reviews on those. Nike makes a base layer pant like those that I have and LIVE in as well! Will check out the Lulu’s.

  • Moni'sMeals
    December 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I will take one of each please, thanks!

    I have wanted those boots for so long now..but interestingly enough….I just find now that if so many people have them than I do not want them as badly so I am after another pair. πŸ™‚ I am silly like that, I can’t stand to have something every one else is rockin, not my style.

  • Chrissy
    December 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    LOVE December. love these boots! I am wearing the same exact style and cognac color on my little feetsies right now! (although they were $100 bucks, they are still not Frye… one day I will muster up enough courage to get me some real Fryes!)

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    December 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Those TOMS are adorable. I haven’t seen them yet. I got a few more items to add to my Christmas list now. I hope my family doesn’t mind.

  • kristen @ verbs and vignettes
    December 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    oh my gosh, birthday cake lip gloss? where have you been all my life?

    i have an orange menthol lip gloss from bath and body works, and i really think sometimes i only put it on so i can lick it off. and that’s just orange!

  • Nisrine
    December 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I love the herringbone Toms. I’ve never seen those.

  • Laura @mypurposefullife
    December 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I LOVE your idea for a tree using only dessert ornaments! That is beyond brilliant. Also, I think I HAVE to have that lip gloss, so I’m hoping Santa will put it in my stocking this year. πŸ™‚

  • Jenn
    December 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Oooooooo where to find the gloss??

  • mary (sisters running the kitchen)
    December 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    i love those boots! i bought the same exact pair this fall and i am in love!! they are SO comfortable and cute. I love wearing them with leggings or just plain old skinny jeans. Definitely worth the investment!!!!!

  • meghan@ struggle muffins
    December 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Wunder unders are the best. I used to be a Groove girl all the way but WU’s won me over. And then I got acquainted with their fun-loving cousin, Wunder Under Crops – unREAL. I mean, there really isn’t anything from Lululemon that isn’t amazing, but still, WU’s are the cream of the crop.

    And Vanilla Cake lip gloss? Sign me up. I still have some vanilla frosting lipsmackers hiding in a forgotten purse somewhere and it’ll be a happy day when I stumble upon it.

  • Luv What You Do
    December 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    OMG! I think I need those pants right now!

  • Marissa
    December 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I love these posts. I’m pretty sure I’m going to go pin every.single.thing in this post now!

  • Laura @ Backstage Balance
    December 1, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I love the Frye boots! I’ve been wanting to splurge on a pair for YEARS. Perhaps I will buy myself a pair as a 30th birthday present? πŸ™‚

  • Notyet100
    December 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Even I luv lip gloss :$

  • Michelle
    December 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I want those boots so bad!

  • Corrie Anne
    December 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I bet those boots are TOTALLY worth it. I want to go into a store to try them on so I can see if they fit on my monster muscle legs. Lol.

    And I want to try the chickpea tacos! Yum!!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    December 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I have the herringbone Toms on my x.mas wish list – super cute!

  • Carrisa @ G-Free Runner
    December 2, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I love my Wunder Unders and do that too with the extra fabric! Add in a shirt with thumb holes and that’s basically what I live in!

  • jenna
    December 2, 2011 at 5:27 am

    you are such a bad influence! my wallet can not afford these boots but i’m dying to get them now!! oooo and that body wash sounds amazing!

  • Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte
    December 2, 2011 at 5:42 am

    You will love the Tom’s! Sooo comfortable and light!

    I *need* a pair of the Lululemon Wunder Unders (hoping they make an appearance under the Christmas tree this year!)

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    December 2, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Frye boots, perfect timing!

  • taylor
    December 2, 2011 at 6:02 am

    oooo, i want those TOMS! love them. actually i love the whole list. i have missed these lists πŸ™‚

  • Gabe
    December 2, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I purchased a pair of Frye boots last night, and even though I was baulking at the cost, once I put them on I couldnt believe how comfortable they where and I had to have them.

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    December 2, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Ooh, my friends keep talking about Toms. I loooove the pair you picked out. Their super cute. And let’s talk about those chickpea tacos. I can’t believe I didn’t know these exist. I love chickpeas…and love my tacos. You’ve just changed my life Jenna πŸ˜‰

  • Sharon
    December 2, 2011 at 8:25 am

    oooh I’ve been wanting those Melissa button riding boots ever since I made the mistake of trying them on a couple of winters ago…you are absolutely right about them being worth the money. They are an investment to be sure, but are very comfortable and will last you years with proper care…plus they fit great and look even better! I think maybe I need some Wunder Unders or similar…are they good for running?

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    December 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I LOVE those boots!!!! I bought a pair of Steve Madden boots per your recomendation and I ADORE them soooo I might take you up on this advice as well…

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    December 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

    ohhh.. that lip gloss looks like a must try! I love MAC lipglass. It’s sticky but it stays on forever. and those boots are SO nice!

  • Claire
    December 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

    People always ask my mom where she picked up her vintage looking Frye boots and she responds, “1985”. They really do last forever and worth the investment!

  • alex
    December 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I am dying for a pair of Frye boots! like you said, they are an investment! the Toms are really cute too!

  • Amanda
    December 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I have been lusting after those wunder unders for a while now…maybe it’s time to just invest!

  • zoe (and the beatles)
    December 3, 2011 at 10:08 am

    i looove frye boots!!! i used to work at nordstrom in the women’s shoe department (i may or may not never need to buy another pair of shoes again) and we carried them. i remember talking to a lady one day who was buying a new pair. she said she had her previous pair for something like, twenty years? definitely worth it!

  • Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau
    December 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I am obsessively crushing on the Melissa boot in Chocolate Vintage and seeing your post only gets me one step closer to the purchase. Frye makes the best boot – they will seriously last you years and only get better with time!

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  • Charise
    December 6, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I haven’t been able to find a pair of Frye boots that fit my wide calves, BUT I am a total believer in spending the ridiculous amount of money for a quality pair of boots you love. After looking for an entire fall/winter season without luck in the under-$100 price range, the next year, I decided to pay whatever it took to get the pair I was picturing in my head (ended up being a pair of Coach boots similar to the Frye Melissa, actually). I wear them all the time and after 2 falls they are still going strong and will hopefully last several more years.

  • Dawn
    December 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I just bought a pair of Frye Melissa boots in the same color a couple of weeks ago! After keeping them in the box in my car for a week while I tried to decide if I was going to return them or keep them, I decided to just keep them. I LOVE them and have been wearing them with absolutely everything. Best. Boots. Ever.

  • Laura
    December 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I’m ordering Tom’s wedding white glitter shoes for my wedding next year and can’t wait to wear them!

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  • jen
    December 16, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Hey Jenna, Did you weather proof your Frye’s? If so, what did you use? Thanks!

    • jenna
      December 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

      My dad did when I went home last time—I’ll have to ask him and get back to you!