Wednesday, April 19, 2017

March 2017 Lifestyle Favorites

Movie: Moana
Not only was this movie another Disney hit, I am constantly belting out (or attempting to belt out) the soundtrack to this in my car. SO GOOD!

TV Show: The Good Wife
Ben's and my new Netflix (Hulu) show after we finished Parks and Rec. We're only a few episodes in and after Ben agreed to it, he asked "oh, this is a lawyer show?". Obviously, what else would I choose? (The other choice I debated was Prison Break). 

Savory Food: Does Beer Count?
I'm counting it. I went to some amazing breweries in Asheville (Wicked Weed, Green Man, & Catawba, to name a few), & fell in love with some incredible IPAs. Also, I drink IPAs now. I don't know when that happened, but I definitely prefer hoppy beers more than I realized.

Sweet Food: Vortex Donuts
Because obviously. Another Asheville staple - highly recommend the Mini Apple Fritters.

Restaurant: Curate (Asheville, NC)
This could be rivaling as my favorite North Carolina restaurant. It is so good that I will now eat there every time I go to Asheville, even though there are so many good places to eat there. I've now eaten there twice, one for lunch and one for brunch, and I cannot say enough good things. It's a Spanish tapas restaurant, and you can sort of eat your way through the menu, guided by your waiter. Squid ink pasta and the honey eggplant are a must.

Starbucks Drink: Iced Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato
Starbucks' newest macchiato. They always suck me in.

BookThe Girl Before by JP Delaney
A super interesting twist on the psychological thriller novel. It was captivating & I couldn't put it down.

Song: Hamilton Original Soundtrack
Ben and I listened to this all the way to and from Asheville, and I'm addicted. I cannot wait until it comes to Charlotte!

Podcast: Pod Save America
OMG A NEW TOPIC. I've been really really into podcasts since the election (shocking). This has been my long-standing favorite. If you're looking for a very informative, unscripted podcast about politics to stay in touch with what's going on in hte world right now, this is definitely the one to check out.

iPhone/iPad app: Spire
For Valentine's Day, Ben got me a stress tracker (because I'm me). It's this little rock-looking thing you either clip to your waistband or the center of your bra (I do that & always forget it's there), & it tracks your breathing throughout the day. It learns your breathing patterns, & when you are breathing heavier than normal, or you "haven't taken a deep breath in a while" (that happens to me more often than it should, apparently I hold my breath when I'm stressed out?), it notifies you & reminds you to take a deep breath (or just exhale). I learned really quickly that I'm a walking ball of stress, & that also driving stresses me out a lot more than I realized. In any event, this is a sweet app & an awesome product for the stressed-out significant other in your life!

Person: Molly
I met Molly my freshman year in college at Michigan and while we were never super close, we always had a connection and stayed in touch throughout our four years at school. Fast forward through law school and a few years after, and Molly had completely changed the direction of her life, ignored everyone's expectations of her, and began doing the most inspiring things.  Every time I read her posts or watch one of her videos, I'm so inspired by her bravery to be vulnerable, break the mold, and only take with her what is bringing positive change into her life. For those of you interested in Molly's content (or in working with her!), her website can be found here. I love you Moll, and I'm so proud of you!

Monday, March 6, 2017

February 2017 Lifestyle Favorites

TV Show: CNN's 'The Sixties'
A docu-series that was recommended for me on Netflix that I cannot get enough of. If you didn't know this about me, I'm obsessed with the sixties as a decade, specifically Woodstock. If the sixties aren't your thing, the seventies & eighties are on there too!

Sweet Food: HealthWarrior Chia Bars
Found these at Target and they are my new favorite go-to 100 calorie bars. I've really been loving the Banana Nut and Apple Cinnamon flavors. 

Restaurant: Fujo Bistro (Charlotte, NC)
I know, another sushi place. But it's so good & on Postmates / Door Dash! Highly recommend the Tuna Royale roll.

Candle: Bergamont Waters by B&B Works
Half the reason I love this candle is because mine came in a beautiful white marble container that I will definitely be saving, but it also smells amazing. It carries notes of blue bergamont waters, creamy sandalwood and a hint of sugared citrus.

Book: 'How To Murder Your Life' by Cat Marnell
This. Book. Was. So. Good. It's so rare that addiction of any kind is talked about so openly without stigma, and I really loved Cat's perspective on her own addiction in this tell-all memoir. She's hilarious, insightful, and you'll find that you won't be able to put this book down.

Song: 'Mercy (Loote Remix)' by Shawn Mendes
Because what is better than Shawn Mendes than a Shawn Mendes remix? Ben may break up with me when he reads this.

iPhone/iPad app: The New Yorker
Post-election, I subscribed to The New Yorker digitally, and I've been reading it on my iPad. I've really been liking it, and it also gives you full access to all of The New Yorker's online digital content aside from their weekly prints.

Person: Hannah Hustad
One of my favorite Charlotte Flybarre Instructors has made the move to the Big Apple & I couldn't be more excited for her, but am so sad to have her leaving the Queen City. Best of luck in NYC, lady! Charlotte was so lucky to have you.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 2017 Beauty & Fashion Favorites

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon (get it here!)
I'm a loyal Jo Malone wearer, but when I got a sample of this in my Sephora PLAY! Box, I immediately ran out to buy it. It's unlike anything I've ever worn, and it's definitely my favorite of the Nirvana line. MK&A are really killing the fragrance game here. The notes listed are vanilla bourbon, oakwood, and tuberose (which I looked up for you, its a Mexican flower).

Kiehl's 'Ultra Facial' Oil-Free Gel Cream (get it here!)
My new go-to moisturizer. I had been using LUSH 'Enzymion' for years, but my face needed a break. This is super-moisturizing, without making my face too oily, and also without being too matifying. It's the perfect moisturizer for oily-normal skin.

NARS Blush in 'Outlaw' (get it here!)
NARS always has the most incredible blushes, but this is not one I would have just grabbed. It's somewhat intimidating in the pan, but it's a beautiful, deep pink/red color with some gold shimmer. (Sephora describes it as a 'soft rose' color, which I am not entirely sure I agree with, so go swatch this one yourself). The girl at the Nordstrom NARS counter got me hooked after using it on me. It was my go-to holiday blush and I've found myself reaching for it as an every day blush now too.

Yuni SHOWER SHEETS (get them here!).
These are amazing. There are definitely people out there who are going to read this and think I'm disgusting, but I know the majority of my audience is with me on this. These obviously don't replace your regular shower schedule, but they're extremely helpful when you workout and aren't able to shower/go home right away (which is frequently the case with me). They smell great and are big enough where you only need one per use. Definitely recommend them, and have been loving learning more about this brand, which is new to! They're also probably going to make an appearance in my 'How Not to Wash Your Hair for a Week" blog post.

Lipstick Queen Cupid's Bow Pencils in Apollo and Ovid (get them here!)
I cannot believe it took me this long to discover Lipstick Queen! This product specifically has been one of my favorites from the line thus far and may be my favorite lip 'pencil' that I've ever tried (yes, even beating NARS). They're so smooth and creamy, and I never have any problems with feathering! Plus, they're $5 cheaper than NARS. Apollo is a wine color, and Ovid is a deep blue-red. Both are amazing, and there are six other shades to choose from!

Beyond Yoga Inner Light-Weight Tank (get it here!)
Beyond Yoga has become my go-to athlesiure (and athletic) brand recently. It's not cheap, but the quality is incredible and 100% worth it. The leggings and tanks are so comfortable and soft, unlike any I've ever worn. If you can swing it, I highly recommend picking something up by them, specifically this tank!