Friday Favorites

Wow. We started the week with J having an ear infection and ended the week with learning that I’m going to online only classes. Three months into 2020 and here we are. Very thankful right now that we are all healthy and working really hard to stay that way. Here are some of my favorites of the week!

The perfect garage makeover.

Books around the world.

Kitchen and breakfast room inspiration.

Creamsicle gummy bears.

Loving Madewell’s new collaboration.

Even more kitchen inspiration.

Stovetop macaroni and cheese for meatless Monday.

Midi length pleated skirts.

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Hair by The Collaborative Hair Artist

 

One of the best self-care practices for me is getting my hair cut and colored every eight weeks. This has made a huge difference in me not only taking care of my hair, so I wanted to share some of the tools and products that my stylist uses and what I use at home to tame my rather unruly brows. You can find more from my hair stylist at her Instagram profile here.

The items she uses for me:

1. This is B and I’s all time favorite does it all styling creme.

2. They use several different shampoos and conditioners, but these are two of my favorites that I switch out between with my VERB shampoo and conditioner.

3. My favorite hair spray that I stock up on.

4. Kerastase leave in spray. I wouldn’t use this everyday, but I’m seriously considering investing in it for the summer when my hair gets super dry. And speaking of investments….

5. The soft curl curling iron is definitely an investment, but it may be a replacement after my hot tools one dies completely.

And one of my other self care rituals is having my brows waxed every 5-8 weeks:

I seriously over plucked my brows in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. It has taken me years, YEARS to get them back to a normal state, and now, much like coloring my hair, I try to only do basic maintenance between getting them waxed to avoid going too far, ha!

 

1. The Hourglass is a bit of a pomade/pencil mix that works well for fill-ins.

2. Anastasia brow powder, my favorite for filling in the sparse areas at the front of my brows.

3. Sonia Kashuk brush, perfectly angled for the brow powder.

4. Anastasia brow gel for holding all brows in place.

5. And my favorite weekend brow gel, Benefit Gimme Brow.

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February Beauty Buys

This month I had several items I was restocking and then just a few new items to fast forward towards Spring.

First is my Garnier Micellar Water restock. This is my favorite make-up remover. I feel like it doesn’t leave an oily residue like marked “make-up removers” do and it really helps get your skin completely clean. I combine it with my stand by cleanser.

I restocked my hairspray, I use the Bumble and Bumble until empty. I’ve tried lots of other hairsprays, but this one has hold without being crunchy or stiff.

I have seen the peace out acne dots on several influencers blogs and wanted to try them out. I would say they are okay. I don’t find them to make a marked difference in reducing a pimple faster and if you have more sensitive skin, it will leave a red, slightly raised spot for a bit in the morning when you take the dot off.

I’m constantly on the hunt for shampoo for B that doesn’t have anything in it he’s allergic to, and the Odele shampoo fit the bill. So far he’s liked it, and it has no fragrance.

Every night that I wash my hair (about two to three times a week), I follow it with Bumble and Bumble styling cream scrunched in from the scalp and then I spray L’Oréal Priming Spray all over and It’s a 10 keratin on the ends only. Fair warning, spray over a towel (or over your tub and rinse it down), because they make tile slick when the spray gets on them. Don’t ask me how I know. But trust me.

A refill of my favorite perfume was one of my gifts from B for Valentine’s.

I like the Stila waterproof eyeliner in dark brown, and switch between it and Revlon’s color stay liquid liner.

I went throw and tossed quite a few old our used nail polishes a few weeks ago, so I re-stocked my stash with Essie polishes in Marshmallow, Spring in Your Step, and Check In to Check Out.

After seeing Cristin Cooper’s dermaplaning step by step, I decided I needed to add in m-61 glow pads to my weekly routine. When I first used them, they stung. A lot. Like, oh no, what have I done, stinging. But then it stopped and my face looked great. I would say to definitely read the directions and check with your dermatologist because I’m not an expert and your skin may be too sensitive for these. They are sold out on Amazon right now, but will hopefully restock.

I also tried the isle of paradise tanning drops (I use the lightest shade) to give me just a bit of glow as my skin is just supremely dry this time of year. I only do two drops mixed with my moisturizer once a week and I don’t use them at night because they do have just a bit of a tanning lotion smell. However, they are really easy to use, not streaky. Just make sure to follow the directions on the package and online.

Finally, sugar caramel lip balm. I used up all my trial size of this one and bought the full balm. I love it!

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Friday Favorites

 

Tying knots. And we arrive again at the end of the week! This weekend we are switching off date nights with my sister and her husband, so Friday we’ll be having pizza with five kids and Saturday we are going to The Bottle for the first time. In addition to that, the boys are going out to practice golf this weekend before A’s next match on Sunday. And we’ve got derby cars to finish! Here are some of our favorites of the week!

Drunk Elephant has become one of my favorite skincare brands.

On my salad lunch list for next week.

Sophie Turner’s skincare routine.

Stack bracelets for Spring.

Messy bun hair tutorial.

Basketball room inspiration for J.

Perfect winter outfit combination.

Sweet ice cream plush for my office space.

Finally, lemon blueberry bread. Perfect for weekend breakfast.

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This and that

In Alabama some winters we have super cold temps and then some winters it’s all:

And we’re all:

Now I know some of you may be in drought conditions and I hear you that rain is good, however, this is like “I don’t live in Seattle and my umbrella is broken from overuse” rain. And it’s hardly ever that sprinkle rain either. It’s the knock you over in the wind rain, take your umbrella and throw it across the street rain. So the rain stopped for a minute…and they were able to start framing our house! So exciting!

 

 

 

This is looking out towards the backyard. Today is our last full day of no rain before it starts up again, so hopefully they’ll get a lot accomplished. In addition to that excitement, I made a trip to Target and found golf polos for A:

These are good weight and quality, perfect considering he now has golf every week and a match once a month. I also found new snack mix for me:

This is free of a lot of common allergens and is really tasty (a difficult combination to find). I also stopped by my Mom’s class this week to see her little flock of ducks and chicks. This little one was so sweet:

I threw together thirty minutes of work-out one night by doing five minutes of warm-up:

And then of my fitness instructor’s fifteen minute challenges:

And another fifteen of yoga tone. Which was definitely a compliment to this tasty lunch I picked up on my way to work the other day:

The episode about Chicken Salad Chick has long been one of my favorite How I Built This podcast episodes, but amazingly I’ve never actually made it to the restaurant. I got the pimento cheese and original chicken salad scoop and it was honestly enough for two lunches, but so good! And it comes with a cookie, which was an awesome surprise.

And finally, I took advantage of a GAP/Old Navy sale to buy J new pants because:

He has worn a hole in almost all of his track pants.

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Friday Favorites

 

Baby ducklings are J’s favorite, and according to my Mom, the feeling is mutual. They’ve been following him around all week. I know they will be sad to see the ducklings and chicks go (they go back to their farm this weekend). Today we’ve got school Valentine’s parties and then we have a fondue dinner planned for at home tomorrow night. And then we are sleeping in on Saturday and it’s going to be grand! We’ve had something every night this week, and I think we are all ready for a long weekend of relaxation. Here are some of my favorites of the week!

My current hair style and color.

Tips for styling hair in rainy weather, which is every day here.

Book I just added to my reading list.

The couch I have my eye on for our new family room.

Sweatshirt from Amazon that my fitness instructor was wearing last week.

Closet staples from Nordstrom.

Favorite yoga practice of the week.

Piper & Leaf is killing it with their teas. I may have to make a trip out this weekend to pick it up!

Spring sandals.

The podcast that made me laugh out loud.

Finally, my new favorite granola snack.

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Activewear for star jumps

My goal for this year is to do some sort of fitness every day. Not to lose weight, but in a determination to keep the flexibility, muscle tone, and strength that I have. I do a combination of high intensity, strength training, AMRAP, and yoga. With that in mind I decided to give myself a few incentives to keep up with continuing exercise, in the form of new activewear. At the end of January I ordered a new pair of Adidas leggings and a Zella top from Nordstrom:

And new Adidas sneakers:

So my thoughts on all of it:

The pants are very comfortable. They did roll down a bit when I was doing an intense work-out, so I would suggest them for strength training or yoga. The top has a cute detail in the back. It’s closer to a cotton material, but is extremely light weight and didn’t bunch up when doing multiple burpees and box jumps. The shoes are amazing. Seriously, my favorite. They fit like a glove, and don’t slip. The laces are a little bit slippery, so you definitely want to double knot them.

See the back detail? So cute!

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Current Winter Reads

My resolution for the last year has been continuously reading. Which means that every night I read for at least thirty minutes. This year I resolved to start adding in weekend reading, which means every time during the day on a weekend that I go to grab my iPad or phone, I instead grab a book. Which means I’ve read quite a few books over the past two months! This post is as much for me as anyone else, because I forget what I’ve read and will go to read a book again multiple times (for example, Delicious! A book by Ruth Reichl that I almost bought this past week. Yup, I’ve already read it). Here is my quick review of the books.

The Giver of Stars: I don’t know if this was the actual intent of the story, but what I really enjoyed about this book was the drive of the characters to bring education to rural areas. Through treacherous conditions, difficult antagonists, and class related struggles, the main characters worked to create a real moving library in Kentucky. And it’s based on a true story!

Messenger of Truth: While each Maisie Dobbs book has an element of mystery, what I’ve enjoyed even more is the scope of understanding that Jacqueline Winspear brings to the time period of the stories. Each story is connected to the next, and you see the characters triumph and also fall in different ways as they deal with the aftermath of The Great War.

An Incomplete Revenge: Continuing with what I said before about Maisie Dobbs books, this story shows the stereotyping and fear that can come from wars and the ramifications and devastation of those fears. I was honestly shocked about the turn of events in this one.

Bangkok Wakes to Rain: A novel that interweaves multiple stories that almost seem like separate short soliloquies, but they eventually start running closer and closer together until you have the singular conclusion. I had a little trouble following it at certain points, but it was an incredibly unique read.

Conviction: I read this so fast, because I had to find out what happened at the end! The main character is incredibly flawed, but embraces the flaws so relentlessly that you root for her to figure out the mystery and to make it to the other side.

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home: I was worried that this book was going to be incredibly sad, but at the end I felt incredibly uplifted. The sense of peace that the author not only found, but creates through the true story will stay with you a long time after you read it. I could honestly read it again.

The Last House Guest: A mystery that cuts back and forth from a year earlier and then present day, the main character tries to piece together the death of her friend, while also trying to overcome her struggles in a small town that she can’t seem to leave.

The Great Alone: This is one you’ll want to set aside a long time to read. It’s long. It’s at times, tiring. I may have skipped to the end to see if the characters were going to come out on the other side of the enormous walls they were up against. It is definitely an investment of time, but it is worth it. Kristin Hannah creates characters so intricately that you not only become invested, but you seek to understand who they are from the beginning to the end.

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Friday Favorites

Hello friends, it’s Friday! My Mom has baby chicks in her room again this year and the boys are so excited! This week A had golf, J had basketball, and we also had a PTA meeting, and second grade performance in between all of that. Plus work and school. I turned around and the week was just over. Now, we are headed towards a weekend that also includes basketball, but I’m also hoping to throw in some organization and packing as well. And we’ve got to complete a whole bunch of Valentine’s for class parties next week. And there are class parties next week. I need a nap just thinking about it! On to some of my favorites from the week!

Memories of weekend past.

The power of eye contact.

The art of squinching. I’m apparently way behind on my selfie game.

What Summer Roberts taught us about fashion.

Office inspiration.

My favorite podcast of the week.

Chicken sweet potato stew. Perfect for the cold weather coming in!

I have the segments of Stranger Things behind the scenes on my podcast list.

I just finished Home and it was a terrific yoga series! Highly recommend. All free on YouTube.

Perfect pants for summer…it may be winter, but it’ll be summer here soon enough!

Finally, total look.

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