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quarantine faves: september 2020

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Another month of pseudo-quarantine in the books. We’re still settling in to the new condo, I’m still mainlining the Crimetown podcast archives. Unfortunately the weather has started to turn, which is always a bummer because I love long days and sunburns, and it also signals the impending seasonal affective disorder. I’m a person who is so attuned to the sun that even the slightest cool breeze will send me crashing into the valley of depression.

So in that spirit, here are some of my new favorite attention-holders!

Saint + Sofia: This British fashion brand was a GAME CHANGER. For a lot of reasons, I’ve been looking for some new pants that work as well as my trusty C9 black leggings, and after hours of specific Google searching, their Plimco Pant was a suggestion. They have sizes up to US 18 and three different inseam lengths(!!!) so I ordered the suggested Plimco as well as the Runway pants. They are incredible. Both pair are perfect for just relaxing and quarantining at home, but professional enough to wear to work. ~*~ And they have pockets! ~*~ Everything they carry is really cute and looks like it will work both for lounging and for going out, and it’s super affordable.

The Ordinary Vampire Mask: Everyone has heard of this peel by now, and it’s sold out basically everywhere on the internet. After months of complaining about the bumpy texture along my jawline (thanks hormones) and being recommended this product by my friends, I finally tracked some down at the Deciem store in Wicker Park. The hype is real on this one. After one treatment, the bumps are almost totally gone. Hallelujah.

Recliner.NYC Pajamas: I went through a period of wanting some really fancy, expensive pajamas, and these were the ones I landed on. I got a sleep dress as well as a t-shirt and shorts set and they are so comfortable, so lightweight, and so buttery. They have some cooling material in them, too, which is great for hot sleepers like me. They’re my new favorite comfy clothes, and I can’t stop telling everyone to buy them.

Living Libation Tooth Serum: Since I have pretty severe TMD, it can be hard to open my mouth wide enough to comfortably brush, especially in the mornings. These tooth serums have been such a savior, especially in the mornings when my jaws are often locked the most. I drop a few of these into my mouth, swish around, and while it’s not an exact substitute for brushing, it gets my teeth and breath fresh enough.

Showerhead: One of the first things we did in the new condo was switch out the old builer-grade showerheads. This one by Waterpik makes me feel so fancy – the showerhead has different settings, and the detachable “water comb” is great for massaging sore joints or running it through my hair.

Invisibobble Waver: I don’t think that the little baby hairs at the base of my skull will ever really grow out to be tucked in to a ponytail or bun and I’ve finally made peace with that through headbands and bobby pins. But bobby pins are always annoying and I somehow never get them to stay in properly, and these clips solve that problem.

Untitled Goose Game: I love a silly game, and since we got the Nintendo Switch a few months ago, the Untitled Goose Game has been such a fun way to escape real life. HONK

Brooklinen Classic Duvet: Another upgrade for the new condo, the Brooklinen classic duvet cover combined with an Ikea “cooling” filler has been heavenly. It feels like we’re sleeping on a cloud. (And, bonus, Brooklinen is a woman-owned company!)

Have you found any new favorites to keep you entertained through quarantine?

September 25, 2020

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!



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

top 5: my favorite podcasts

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Lately I’ve been doing a LOT of driving, and sometimes my brain zones out while I listen to music and I might miss a turn or two. Listening to podcasts seems to make the drive quicker – having a story to follow and focus really helps. Here are a few of my favorites, with some bonus suggestions as well!

This Life with Dr. Drew & Bob Forrest: Anyone who knows me knows that I just adore Dr. Drew. I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to him – maybe that he’s an utter silver fox, or maybe I truly am attracted to intelligence. He’s been a really huge inspiration in my life, starting from the days Loveline aired on MTV, through his various media appearances and finally Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. This Life with Dr. Drew and Bob Forrest features some of the best parts of Rehab – Dr. Drew, Bob Forrest, and interviews with other important players from the series, like Shelley Sprague, Amber Smith, Andy Dick and more – so it was a natural draw for me. As a bonus, check out some of Dr. Drew’s other podcasts as well – there’s one for any kind of mood you’re in.

It’s not a surprise to anyone either that I was obsessed with Glee during a particularly sensitive time in my life, and the Ladygang podcast is co-hosted by one of the Glee girls. Becca Tobin, Jac Vanek, and Keltie Knight host this weekly lifestyle podcast with some really cool guests (Lea Michele’s two-part episode is great) and they’ve expanded into a blog as well!

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November 9, 2016

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.

vanderpump rules pinot grigio gif

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.

gone girl

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! 🙂 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