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spring favorites 2018

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SPRING IS HERE!!! Along with it, I have some new favorite things. Let’s jump right in, because I have a lot ot say this time!

Netgalley: I love to read – surprise! Reading on my Kindle has really ramped up my reading rate lately, and Netgalley is part of why. It’s a platform for publishers to issue galleys and advanced reading copies to readers and reviewers, then collects feedback to send back to the authors and publishers. You don’t even have to be a blogger to sign up – if you regularly post reviews on Goodreads or Amazon, you’re just as likely to land books for review. It’s a really great way to save money on your reading habit and discover new authors and books. If you’re interested in some of the titles they have, I denote Netgalley books in my book club posts. I’ve requested more than one based on the cover or title and had them turn out to be among the best of the year!

Gregory Workman backpack: It’s been a long time since I was a backpack wearer – even in college, I didn’t use them often. Now that I’m using public transit more (which is a good thing!) but the tote-style bag I had been using doesn’t cut it. It’s so much weight on one arm, so I started looking around for a better backpack. I found this Gregory Workman on sale at Sierra Trading Post, and I’ve really been liking it! The quality is good, there’s a built-in laptop case, and there’s not an overwhelming number of pockets in the name of hyper-organization. This purchase may also mark my cross over into official adulthood – there was a “cuter” bag on the website I considered, but this one seemed better quality and more functional. Huh.

Quip: I’ve never had an electric toothbrush – it just hasn’t seemed worth the hassle, especially when I’m still living off stockpiled toothbrushes (thanks coupons!) Boyfriend splurged on a Quip membership a few months ago, and I get the hype now. The toothbrushes have built-in timers so you know exactly how long to brush each quadrant of your mouth, and the toothpaste is really good. The toothbrushes look really nice on the sink top too (I have the gold metal one, of course.) It also comes with a travel case for easy transport and each refill includes a mini travel tube of toothpaste, too.

No. 7 Stay Perfect Foundation: I fell in love with Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra-Long Wear foundation a few years ago, but man, it is¬†pricey. Nothing else compares to it, though (not even the Fenty foundation that everyone loves. I find it to be really drying and that it doesn’t look very smooth on my face.) Last weekend I decided to do a half-hearted Google search for some dupes, and there were one or two reviews of this, so I picked it up at Target. (I forgot how frustrating it is to try to get a good skin color match from the drugstore.) This is probably the best drugstore foundation I’ve ever used. The texture is great (not drying even without moisturizer,) great coverage, and a little goes a long way. It also has SPF which is a big win for me. The shade I got is a touch too light, but I’ve been mixing it with Lancome’s Skin Feels Good foundation (super creamy and light, also with SPF) and it’s a good match until my summer skin kicks in ūüėČ

Jervis Cottonbelly’s Twitter:¬†I’ve talked intermittently about liking wrestling before, but it’s largely something I’m “in the closet” about. (I even wrote an essay about that for a zine full of smart and funny girl wrestling fans!) One of my favorite wrestlers, Jervis Cottonbelly, is an excellent Twitter follow if you’re into wrestling or not. He’s very motivational, optimistic – and, even better, talks openly about his mental health struggles. Every morning, he posts some affirmations for the day – something I need, for sure.

What are your favorite things this month?

May 8, 2018
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winter favorites 2017

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winter 2017 favorites

Winter is categorically the worst, but as always, there are some good things to find in it. Here are a few things I’ve been enjoying the last few weeks!

I’ve wanted to take a development class for awhile, so I recently signed up for Skillcrush’s Front End Dev blueprint. Class hasn’t started yet, but I’ve poked around a little bit to check out what the dashboard and interface are like, and I really like how it seems to be structured and laid out.

It’s no secret at all that I love The Hold Steady – if you don’t know that, you’re probably new here. Last month they put out their first new tracks since 2014, and I was so happy hearing them that I cried in my car so hard that my eyes were all puffy and ugly when I walked into my grandparent’s house. When my mom asked me what was wrong, all I said was “new Hold Steady,” and she understood. “Entitlement Crew” is particularly great, and the album artwork is really fun.

Last year I got very into spoken word poetry, particularly Button Poetry videos. During a binge, Olivia Gatwood’s “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” came on, and I fell so in love with it and her that I ordered her book¬†New American Best Friend¬†right away. It includes some poems you can find easily online, but some new ones as well, and they’re all gems.

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I missed out on¬†Happy Endings in its first run, but¬†The Mindy Project made me an Adam Pally stan, so boyfriend popped this show on one night. It’s hilarious, and it takes place in Chicago – another big bonus. If you need something to fill the¬†Mindy Project or¬†Parks and Rec-sized hole in your heart, give this a try.¬†

My now-boyfriend told me about Sleep With Me a little over a year ago, pre-dating status, and I’ve tried it off and on since then. If you ever struggle with falling asleep, or have racing thoughts before bed, pop on one of these episodes and let Scooter soothe you to sleep.

Amazon’s new Amazon Prime Samples program is super cool. For¬†$2-$4, you can order smaller quantities of things you’ve wanted to¬†try – mostly food and beauty products. Then that money is¬†applied to a future purchase in the same¬†category – it’s a little like¬†a buy one get one free deal, and I’ve totally¬†stocked my protein cabinet from¬†them!

 

2048

Yes, I 100% took a screenshot for proof.

Another discovery that I’m late on: 2048. Have you guys played this?! I missed out on it when it was first super popular a few years ago, but now I’m super obsessed. I’ve beaten the classic game once, and on my iPhone, I constantly have a round of City 2048 going.

I’ll finish out with a blog. A friend of a Twitter friend, Tina, runs a book blog called TBR Etc. that I’ve been super into. I’ve picked up some great recommendations from her already, and I look forward to finding even more. If you’re a book nerd, check her out for some serious book goalspiration!

What are you loving this chilly winter?

December 14, 2017
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like black and white / opposites 

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Marie Claire is one of my favorite magazines – it includes information that is actually useful and interesting, and their online articles are just as interesting (not to mention that “What A Good Woman Does,” my new obsession, debuted there recently.) Every month, they close the mag with an “opposites” section, where they give a celeb a list of questions where they’ll describe the opposites of each topic. Since I’m a celebrity in my own house (since I live alone and everything) I thought I’d take a crack at filling out their survey. Who knows, maybe they will get wind of it and print me in the next issue!

  1. Picky about gas stations. There are certain ones I would not be caught dead in / not so much about coffee. I will literally drink any that is put in front of me
  2. I feel for¬†local government employees¬†/ no sympathy parents of toddlers. (If you are one, I’m sorry.)
  3. Skills mastered¬†contouring! / can’t quite get the hang of¬†email setups… or spiral staircases.
  4. Early for¬†EVERYTHING / late for tech upgrades. I didn’t get an iPhone until 2013
  5. Totally get the appeal¬†rooftop bars¬†/ don’t get at all dressing up to run errands
  6. Getting better at being nice to people / getting worse at being on time
  7. Perennially cool red lipstick / never cool unsolicited dick pics
  8. Moment of triumph finally being truly moved on from my ex¬†/ epic fail the move I’m currently waffling back and forth on. Nashville housing is hard, ya’ll!
  9. Glad it’s ahead of me my inevitable move to LA / glad it’s behind me certain relationships, for sure
  10. Hottest place I’ve ever been honestly, probably Michigan. I remember it being in the 100s the summer before I moved / coldest also definitely¬†Michigan
  11. Always up for a nap. Mexican food. Pool hangs. Impromptu vacations. ER. / never up for scary movies or Metallica
  12. Too much in my life social media / not enough of oceans, lakes, or beaches
  13. Endlessly curious about history, political science, art… pretty much anything you can find in a museum¬†/ zero interest¬†NFL football
  14. Subject I won’t shut up about lately Orphan Black¬†and traveling / subjects I avoid¬†lately I have been backing out of the confederate flag debate. As a displaced Yankee, I don’t want to get into it
  15. True believer¬†coconut oil. At my last dentist appointment, they couldn’t believe that I don’t floss because my teeth were so clean and healthy. I oil pull almost every day, so I guess it’s paying off!¬†¬†/ major skeptic¬†Orphan Black‘s Paul. Is he good? Is he bad? Is he on our side? HOW CAN WE KNOW!?
  16. Perfect day begins with a three-mile run or yoga / and ends with a (fancy) beer and some trashy TV
July 10, 2015
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Springtime Friday Faves!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a “favourites” post, even though they are some of my favorites to read (and write!) This time, though, I found it surprisingly difficult – it seems like I was in a rut for a few months not really trying new things or venturing out very much. There are a couple new things I’m loving, so let’s check them out!

shark-tankShark Tank: Shark Tank you guys, I didn’t know! I accidentally got into this show during the ice storm when I was staying with Sixx and his roommates, who all watch it. Since then, I’ve spent my weekends binge watching it since I now work from home, and these episodes are on demand. (And maybe I’ve been watching the old seasons online too.) It’s cool to see all of the products and ideas people come up with, and I’ve maybe bought into a few of the ideas and businesses that have been featured…

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The Trews: Pedal Steel introduced me to this band a few months ago, and I’ve been digging them a lot lately. This Canadian band has a great alternative rock feel that reminds me of the greatest generation¬†and even though Spotify just took down my favorite album of theirs, everything else is great so head over to Spotify to check them out!

This Is Where I Leave You: to be honest, the jury is still out on this movie for me. There were parts of it that I absolutely loved, but the ending left me absolutely infuriated. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t yet seen it, because I still think it’s worth the watch (especially if you love Jason Bateman or ensemble cast family dramadies), but I think I need to check it out again before I make a final call on it.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: I really like to layer my SPF in the summer, and living in Nashville, summer comes a bit earlier. I’ve been using this under my beloved Urban Decay Naked Foundation and I love the little bit of extra coverage it gives vs. a primer with SPF – plus it’s super hydrating, matches my skin tone really well, and I can even use it on its own on¬†a lazy makeup day.

Tennessee Brew Works Wit Wine: it’s no secret that I love beer. It’s also probably common knowledge that I work at a winery. We recently got in a new brew from TBW – a wit beer aged in cabernet wine barrels. It has almost a wheat-y taste, and is a perfect nightcap. (Of course I drank through the keg we had in, so it will be awhile before I can get this beauty back on my lips.)

Trello: I know I know, I did a whole post about my love for this cute little app, but it bears repetition. Using it for shopping trips is the newest gamechanger: I can make a list for grocery shopping as well as clothing chopping and check things off as I find them.

Brunette Ambition: Lea Michele is one of my favorite celebs, so I can’t believe I held out for almost a year before ordering her book. It came on a Saturday and during my lunch hour I tore through the chapter on¬†Glee (of course.) The recipes look like food I actually could make, and this book reads more like a lifestyle blog. She should really get on starting one – I’m sure she definitely has time to blog while she’s on the set of¬†Scream Queens¬†ūüėČ

What have you been loving this spring season?

April 17, 2015
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February 2015 Faves

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Contrary to that image, ice has NOT been one of my favorite things this month. The last week has basically had Nashville shut down – not fun. It’s mostly melted now, but the roads are all torn up with potholes and

IMG_6312Lipstick: I’ve been loving e.l.f.’s Studio Matte Lip Color in Rich Red for months now. It’s only the second lipstick I’ve ever repurchased (the other being MAC’s Viva Glam 2). I have long searched for the “perfect” red, and I’m lucky that my soulmate rouge is only $3 and can be found at Target, Walgreen’s, and other similar retailers.

App: VSOCam. It’s kind of an older app, but it’s still one of my favorite photo editors. I put almost everything through this bad boy and it makes me look great.

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TV: It’s no secret that I love trashy TV, but even I have always considered myself to have some basica morals. No longer do I feel that way, as I’ve recently broken my “I will never watch a Real Housewives series or spinoff!” Since I work in a restaurant now, my coworkers and I have become obsessed with¬†Vanderpump Rules.

Fitness: For years, I’ve wanted to get into yoga. The closest I’ve ever really gotten is Blogilates, and while I do love that, I wanted something a little more “traditional.” I recently found Yoga With Adriene¬†when a friend sent it a long, and we’ve really enjoyed it. Adriene is a great teacher and she makes everything feel very possible and not out of reach.

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Movie: I’m not a big movie fan at all, but last night I just felt like it was a great night to curl up under blankets and rent a movie on demand. We picked¬†Gone Girl, and it was such a great movie. I hadn’t read the book first (I’m typically a stickler for that) but I wanted to see the film before I got spoiled on anything. Those kinds of psychological thrillers are my favorites, and this one DEFINITELY did not disappoint. And hey, Neil Patrick Harris played a character inspired by me! ūüôā the film ended and Sixx and I had a great conversation about truth and relationships. It’s all very interesting and the movie is now one of my favorites.

Food: My favorite treat continues to be the¬†pumpkin muffins I posted a recipe for last year. I make them for every party and occasionally just for days to take into the office. If you’re making them as mini muffins, pop them out of the oven about two minutes before the regular recipe calls for.

Podcast: After devouring and obessing over Serial with the rest of the world last year, I’ve gotten really into true crime podcasts. My BFF found¬†Sword & Scale¬†shortly after Serial ended and she quickly devoured the whole series. I’ve been slower to get into it, but I really enjoy it. The more¬†Dateline I watch and true crime I read, I really question if music is right for me and if maybe I shouldn’t be in criminology!

What were your winter faves?

February 23, 2015
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