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Welcome to another Friday Favorites!

First of all, don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend! Check out yesterday’s post on ways to help make the change go as smoothly as possible!

As always, I plan to spend the weekend relaxing and reading. Of course, this rarely happens. I’m pretty sure I’ll be out watching the new Thor movie at some point, grocery shopping, and there will be laundry (there is always laundry). Hopefully I can shut myself away somewhere on Sunday to finish the book I’m currently so close to finishing!

Anyway, here are some things I’ve been loving online this week!

  • If you are a total beauty nerd like me, you do some serious research before trying new products. I recently discovered Reviews.com, a site that thoroughly reviews just about anything from makeup to kitchen tools. Their foundation review is extremely detailed and gave me a few ideas to try! I highly recommend their site, especially if you’re starting to think about buying Christmas gifts for friends and family!
  • After seeing this outfit on Man Repeller’s own Harling Ross, I am now on the hunt for the perfect wide-leg pants and vintage tee to re-create this look! MR gave readers some serious inspiration with their list of favorites. I’m definitely adding these to my post-#NoSpendNovember list!
  • I’m getting bored with my bedroom furniture. It’s all Ikea, and all kinda…meh. Thankfully, the Ikea Hackers have a solution that only involves some paint, marble contact paper, and door handles. I really want to elevate my beige Malm dresser into something more…grown up. Now, to find the perfect grayish navy blue paint…
  • Goop is at it again with the easy and super healthy recipes! I am dying to try their Turkey Meatballs recipe, which looks like the perfect dinner on a cold, rainy evening!
  • I’m giving thredUP a try this fall, and I can’t wait to get my first seasonal box order! They also sent me a bag to send in clothes to sell/donate, and I’m looking forward to getting rid of summer clothes I didn’t wear this year. I’ll let you know how it goes, of course!
  • Giving up dairy has been a process for me over the past month. Finding a coffee creamer that’s fully non-dairy took forever (and, no surprise…it costs a ton). Another recipe I’m dying to try is this gluten-free, dairy-free cream of chicken soup from Iowa Girl Eats. I use cream of chicken soup in a lot of fall/winter recipes, so having a non-dairy option will make this transition even easier. Once I find a non-dairy cheese I like, the transition will be complete!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Friday Favorites! I’m off to try to get all my “household chores” done before the weekend, so I can relax and finish that damn book already!

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Welcome to another Friday Favorites!

Another week down!

Work is busy as usual. D worked from home a couple days this week, so I feel like I’m itching for some alone time. The crummy weather isn’t helping, either. All I want to do is lock myself in a room and read a book – which I might end up doing!

I am also itching to chop off all my hair again. Maybe I should add that to my “to do” list this weekend?

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been digging online this week:

    • Goop is my go-to lately for fall outfit inspiration. This turtleneck + wide-leg pants + sneakers combo has been on my mind (and shopping list) lately. I can’t wait to track down the perfect turtleneck sweater!
    • I’ve been into delicate jewelry lately, and I ordered these tiny rose gold hoops from Amazon! I can’t wait for them to arrive, and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing them everywhere!
    • I also ordered this dainty THC molecule necklace too – a cute nod to my favorite way to wind down after a long day. It’s a more grown up alternative to wearing pot leaves on everything, and I can’t wait to wear it everywhere.
    • The graphic tee in today’s blog photo is from Chic Wish List, and you can get it for 70% off + free shipping with the code SaveOnWishList! I wore it to my local coffee joint this week, and the baristas all loved it! It’s thin, slightly baggy, and absolutely perfect for a relaxed fall outfit!

I know it’s a short list this week, but I honestly haven’t spent too much time online shopping or reading blogs this week! I hope you enjoyed another week of Friday Favorites! Have a great weekend!

Friday Favorites

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Welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites!

But most importantly – FALL IS HERE!!!

It’s been another busy week around here, but a good one. The weather is cooling down, and the leaves are slowly starting to change over to their fall colors. I even had to turn the heat on in the office on Wednesday! I’m excited for sweater weather, and can’t wait to start using my giant scarf collection too!

Anyway, enough rambling. Here’s what I found fun and interesting online this past week (or so).

  • If you enjoy workout videos like I do, check out Tracy Anderson’s total body workout video! (Goop)
  • If you saw my Instagram earlier this week, you’ll know my skin has totally gone to shit. None of the usual acne stuff seems to be working at all, so I’ve gone the herbal route and bought some products that use Neem. I’ll report back and let you know how it goes.
  • I also have a giant order from The Ordinary on its way. I’m really not happy about this skincare thing, and willing to try anything to fix it. This stuff is not only potent and effective, it’s also the most affordable skincare out there.
  • I’ve been toying around with the idea of going vegan for, like, years now. I pretty much eat vegan already (except for dinner), so it’s just a matter of getting a better recipe arsenal. Mac ‘n’ cheese is a lot of what’s holding me back, to be honest – that stuff is hard to give up. Might try this recipe this weekend from Goop for Superfood Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese to see if it’ll help me get over the “cheese hump” I hear is brutal when making the switch!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I’m planning to go watch the new Kingsman movie, hang out with the in-laws, and hopefully get some much-needed down time!

Have a great weekend!

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

It’s been a busy week! I started doing some freelance writing and editing, and I’m driving almost 3 hours away for a job interview/meeting this morning. It’s going to be a long day – but hopefully a productive one!

Here are some things I enjoyed online this week:

I plan to spend the weekend watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu and working on some blog posts for May! Oh, and brainstorming things to do on my next vacation (which isn’t happening soon enough!).

What are your plans for this weekend?

Life Lately

Life Lately

Happy Monday!

Last week was a long, dreary one (thanks to a rainy PNW winter), and I’m happy to be starting Monday off on a much better foot…if that makes any sense. Here’s a little taste of what I was up to last week:

  • Started off the week feeling like I was catching a cold, so of course I picked up some wine to help fight it off (antioxidants, amiright?). Not sure it worked…haha…but it was a great bottle of wine that paired nicely with Ree Drummond’s Roasted Butternut Squash Salad and steak!
  • After getting one of the worst breakouts I’ve had in years, I hit up Amazon for some skincare magic. It turns out something in my multivitamin was causing it, so goodbye vitamins…and hello to Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel. This stuff smells amazing and really does the job! I’m also loving the Embryolisse Lait-creme Concentre, and the OGX Argan Oil Body Lotion
    I’ve used for years (I think I’m on my 4th or 5th bottle). My skin is much happier now from head to toe!
  • To help bring some cheer into such a grey and rainy week, I decided to do some thrifting. I came home with a few silk scarves and some new handbags that are perfect for spring. I can’t wait to share them with you when the sun comes back out and I can photograph them!

Here are a few other things I enjoyed online over the past week, if you need a bit of a mid-day distraction. Hope you are having a great start to your week!

  • Here is a list of 10 “little-known” beauty products with amazing reviews on Amazon. I’ve heard of most of these, but I was interested to see a $40 straightening iron that outclassed most $200 versions! (Byrdie)
  • Man Repeller’s review of the J. Crew Fall/Winter ’16 show has the perfect slideshow to get you ready for spring. I know, the clothes are fall/winter, but the colors are straight springtime! (Man Repeller)
  • If you’re like me, and shudder at the thought of staying at a crap hotel near your alma mater, check out this video on “graduate hotels.” A design company is turning crappy, outdated college area hotels into amazing, luxurious, and nostalgic experiences for returning alumni. I’d gladly visit my old college stomping grounds more if I knew I could stay in one of these, rather than a seedy motel! (Goop)
  • The Savannah College of Art & Design recently unveiled a project that turned unused parking spaces in a parking garage into functional, beautiful micro-living spaces for college students. They are looking at solutions for cities dealing with housing shortages, and found that while there often isn’t space for housing, there are 5 parking spots for every 1 car in the U.S., which means precious land in our major U.S. cities often sits empty. Living so close to Seattle, I know firsthand how tough it is to find any housing…let alone decent housing within a realistic budget. I’m excited to see where this project leads, to be honest! (Design Sponge)

Friday Favorites: The End…for now

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Hello Everyone!

Sorry for the delay – cleaning the apartment yesterday took longer than I expected. It ended in me taking apart our vacuum cleaner. There was so…much…hair in there.

Anyhoo, here are some links I’ve been enjoying around the internet lately! I think this is my last Friday Favorites of the year, so I better make it count, right?

  • So I guess instead of naming their children after characters in Frozen, parents are naming their children after Instagram filters? I guess all the new Ludwigs will fit in nicely with the Olafs out there? Parents are weird. (Apartment Therapy)
  • I tend to get super lazy about cooking after the holidays, probably because the lead up to Christmas is a flurry of baking and high expectations. Goop offers up their favorite one-pan dinners as a nice solution when we’re all feeling like something comforting and easy. That, and doing less dishes is always a good thing! (Goop)
  • Design Sponge did a travel guide for…strangely enough…Toledo, Ohio! They listed a ton of places that I’ve never been before, and a few that were a huge part of my growing up in the area. If you’re from there, but haven’t visited downtown in a while, check it out – it sounds hipster central, but hey, isn’t everywhere now? (Design Sponge)
  • MODG IS BACK!!!!! This was one of my all-time favorite blogs back in the day, and after a bit of a hiatus, she’s back with even more snark, period humor, and brutal honesty that’s sadly missing from blogging these days. Welcome back!
  • If you’re looking for an elegant, simple no-bake cookie recipe for the holidays, House & Home has you covered. They made a beautiful video tutorial on how to make the most indulgent, decadent holiday treat- buckeyes. Yes, chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls. I laughed my way through it, but I also kinda want one now. (House & Home)

Well there you go! I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m trying my best to avoid the Star Wars mania around here (because I am the asshole out there who doesn’t care), shop for new sneakers, and start on that baking/high expectations marathon I mentioned earlier!

Friday Favorites: Thanksgiving Prep

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Happy Friday!

So I dropped the ball pretty hard this week on posting. Two entries never got posted, but honestly it was for good reasons! One reason is I chose to take advantage of the sun being out to do some hiking and thrifting. The other is our apartment complex doing some kind of “mandatory inspection” today, so I spent Wednesday and Thursday tidying up the place (since they said they need access to every nook and cranny of our apartment…for some unknown reason).

I’m stuck at home all day today waiting on this inspection thing, so hopefully I can get more work done to make up for last week!

Until then, enjoy some other things from the internet I’ve been enjoying over the past couple weeks!

      • Goop shared their annual gift guides with readers – which included an under-$50 list that’s perfect for the office Secret Santa (or your own office), and a list with some wacky ideas that are both affordable (like a $55 home vagina steamer, if you like your vagina…steamy) and not so much (who is going to pay $125,000 for a pair of gold dumbells?).
      • Jon Stewart’s retirement was (rather predictably) short-lived – he’s heading over to HBO! It’s still unclear exactly what he’ll be doing, I’m sure whatever it is we’ll all be glued to our televisions.
      • I was admittedly a little bummed when Alexa Chung’s documentary series with British Vogue ended. Apparently I wasn’t alone because Chung announced she’s going to continue the series. If you’ve ever wondered what working in fashion is really like, check these out!
      • Sourdough is something I’m still a bit intimidated by, but this recipe for Sourdough Everything Pretzels from Joy the Baker might get me to try it out!
      • I’ve been on a bit of a “preppy” kick lately, and I’m looking forward to tearing through True Prep: It’s a Whole New Old World this weekend! I couldn’t find a copy of The Official Preppy Handbook through our local library (and they’re pricey online), but the book I got is by the same author, and promises to be a great “update” to the original. I can’t wait to dive into it!

Well, now I’m off to wait on our apartment inspection, and getting ready for what I hope will be a nice, relaxing weekend!

Friday Favorites: The Holidays are Coming…and I’m Hungry!

Friday Favorites: the Holidays are Coming...and I'm Hungry!

I want all of them, but I want the rose gold one most of all. Damn you, Michaels, for killing it in the holiday department this year!

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you are adjusting to Daylight Savings well, and getting over the Halloween candy hangovers. I managed to behave myself and only eat a little candy that my nephews gave me, and stayed away from the clearance Halloween candy at the store. Let’s hope I can keep that up!

Here are a few food-related things I enjoyed online this week, and I hope you do too:

Well, now I’m hungry! Hope you have a great weekend, and I’ll be back on Monday!

5 Cookbooks for Summer

Confession time:

I hate buying cookbooks.

It just seems like a huge waste for me to spend $20+ on a cookbook, knowing that I’m only going to use a few recipes out of it. When I moved last year, I whittled my collection down to only a few that I really do use from cover to cover. So, to combat the cost of buying new cookbooks, and keep needless clutter at bay, I got myself a library card and started checking out cookbooks. My library system is amazing, and every time I go, there are always new cookbooks for me to read through. We also have a decent online book program, so I get digital cookbooks for free too! Sure, it means I don’t get to keep them, but I print out or write down the recipes I want to try out, and return the books for someone else to enjoy.

I’ve spent the summer tearing through several cookbooks, and these are just a few I’ve enjoyed lately!

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Everyday Food: Light: The Quickest and Easiest Recipes
from The Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living

Of the few cookbooks I still own, I have two Everyday Food books (Great Food Fast and Fresh Flavor Fast), so I was excited to take this one home. I’ve never had a Martha Stewart recipe go wrong on me, and if they’re healthy too, then sign me up! I have yet to try any of the recipes I saved, but I’ll make sure to share the ones that turn out well!

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Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis

Giada’s cookbooks are another set that I wish I owned, since I’m a huge fan of her book Giada’s Kitchen, which I’ve had for years. She has a lot of great advice on making easy sauces, cooking healthy pasta dishes, and stocking your kitchen to make any dish on the fly. It’s a great, practical book for beginner cooks.

5 Cookbooks for Summer

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten

I’m pretty sure I’ve read every single Barefoot Contessa cookbook at this point! I love her show, and while I’m not a huge fan of her love of fennel (sorry, I hate anything licorice or anise flavored), many of her recipes in this book look tasty and super easy to make. While I don’t throw dinner parties, it’s nice to read about those who do, and fantasize about a day when I get to have get togethers of my own! In addition to the great recipes, she also gives amazing advice to those who want to have a nice, stress-free night with friends or family.

5 Cookbooks for Summer

 My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut by Hannah Hart

I just started reading this book, and I have mixed feelings about it so far. Sure, I know going in that it’s not “really” a cookbook in the traditional sense. It’s recipes mixed in with a self-help book, and a fun little history of how Hannah Hart has made a name for herself via YouTube. My problem with it mainly has to do with me not liking her writing style – it’s a bit confusing to read and inconsistent in places. Girl, if you need an editor for your next book, CALL ME!

I think this would be a great gift for a recent college graduate who is setting off into the adult world for the first time. The recipes are easy enough to handle, sober or not, and she is honest with her readers about the struggles of coming into adulthood – and even offers some great advice to make things easier.

5 Cookbooks for Summer

IT’S ALL GOOD: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great
by Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site, GOOP, has become a strongly divisive topic in recent years. I know many people who can’t stand her or this site, with her “conscious uncoupling” to her lavish and unattainable holiday gift guides (she did put a $4,700 gold juicer on her list last year). Personally, I find her blogs about health and mindfulness to be very helpful. Her blog tackles issues I find women don’t talk about openly – like why we so often criticize each other, fear professional self-promotion, hold onto bad relationships, and can’t seem to find time to unwind. I can’t really blame her for wanting to show women that they deserve happy lives – and I certainly need to hear it from time to time.

I have wanted to read this cookbook for a while now, but never wanted to buy it because I kept hearing it was another example of her overtly posh, impractical lifestyle. What I found was a book full of simple, easy recipes that anyone can afford to make. Even if a recipe does include a more “high-end” ingredient, most of them are things you can easily swap out with something more affordable or practical. They’re also incredibly healthy, of course, and for anyone who is looking to “dabble” in vegetarian or vegan food, this can be a great place to start!

 

There you go! If you’ve hit the dreaded summer cooking slump like me, grab your library card (or go get one…it’s super easy) and bring home a pile of kitchen inspiration!