Friday, April 24, 2015

April 2015 Lifestyle Favorites

TV Show: Mad Men
It's back for its final seven episodes and while I loved the show, I think it's ready to be done. If it kept going, we'd end up in the 2000's eventually and I think it still needs to end in an earlier time like it is. I'm loving the 60's looks so far in wardrobe (but Roger's mustache needs to go).

Movie: Furious 7
So I never thought I would be able to say "I bawled through the end of a Fast & Furious movie", but after seeing this one, I can. Not only did I actually really love this movie, the Paul Walker tribute at the end really tugs at the heartstrings. Great movie.

Sweet Food: Rice Krispie Treats
I've been making these suckers from scratch and while it's clearly an easy recipe, I'm a rockstar at it. They are so good - just ask Jodie.

Savory Food: Quinoa
I don't know how my obsession with quinoa hasn't made it onto C&C yet, but I'm legitimately addicted. I go to Kalamata (a Greek/Mediterranean food place) by my office approximately 3 times a week and get a 'Greek Power Bowl', which is quinoa with all the Greek toppings you want. YUM.

RestaurantMcNimch House (Charlotte, NC)
Ben & I went here for our anniversary a couple of weeks ago, which I was super excited about. I had been dying to try it since I found it, because it was heralded as one of the, if not the best restaurant in Charlotte (although to be fair, Charlotte is a wasteland for good restaurants that aren't steak house chains). This was the most amazing dining experience I've ever had. We had a 5-course dinner with wine pairings, and I'm now a massive fan of pinot noir (who would have thought?). I can't wait to go back to celebrate another special occasion.

Candle: Georgia Peach by White Barn

Described as "Georgia peaches, dew-covered leaves, and a hint of creamy vanilla", this is one of my favorites B&BW candles ever. Without even lighting it, it had my whole room smelling like peaches.

Book: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriatry
After reading The Husband's Secret by the same author, I was super excited to read this book and it did not disappoint!

Starbucks Drink: Starbucks Cold Brew
Oh my god, y'all. Starbucks Cold Brew is my new jam. This is saying something because I drink four shots of espresso every single morning. But I legitimately cannot get enough of this stuff. It is brewed cold for 20 hours (yes, you read that correctly), and it uses ristretto espresso (which is what I drink in the morning), so it is much less bitter than regular iced coffee. I don't even get any milk or flavoring in it because it is just. that. good.

Song: 'See You Again' - Wiz Khalifia & Charlie Puth
OMG y'all, all the feels. It's been the number one song on iTunes and Spotify for weeks now, and for good reason. It's the theme of the soundtrack of Furious 7, and spoiler alert, it's the song they play during the Paul Walker tribute that I bawled through. SO GOOD.

Person: Alexis
This girl has been in my life since middle school, and while we don't see each other almost ever, we've remained friends for so long and stayed in each others lives. I had a question about a new journey I'm embarking on (stay tuned!) and I knew she would be the perfect person to ask about it. She gave me a ton of great advice and it was like we never missed a beat. Love this girl to pieces. (PS: some serious throwback Thursday going on in this photo).

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