Nine Favorite Things
Happy (almost) August everyone! I love the month of August. Our weather slowly turns nicer, the days are sunnier, warm, and so amazing. The afternoon clouds or rain that can come through in July begin to dissipate. It’s a little chillier at night, peak fall foliage happens in the first two weeks of September. I know that seems so early for fall, but living in the mountains means we have short summers and a super quick fall. Late summer/early fall has become my very favorite time of year!
This last week has brought on so much change for myself and our business. Change that I wasn’t necessarily prepared for, but feel excited about. In just the last week I’ve seen so much growth within myself and our business. And with growth comes growing pains. But we’re taking them as they come.
In the past, I would have thought these “pains” were the end of the world. I would be in a “crisis” state of mind, but I’m not doing that. Nothing should ever be a crisis, just a question of, “what’s the solution”.
I’m rambling and none of the above makes sense to you all. But my message is, if you’re in a place of change and growth, even though it’s hard, embrace it and be excited for what’s to come. The unknown is scary, but can bring wonderful things!
Ok, moving on to more cheerful subjects! I’m heading into August with a clear mindset. The week/weeks ahead will be busy and I love that. I’m heading out on Wednesday for a work trip. When I get back we’ll hopefully be heading out on one last family trip before school starts back up for Asher. We just cannot pick a location! Somewhere in the US, I think, maybe the East Coast? I really loved Miami and would honestly be so excited just to go back. Any suggestions? Needs to be somewhere that’s warm and beautiful this time of year!
Asher’s birthday will follow pretty soon after. I really have no idea what to get her this year. My only thought is the Lady Dior bag, but that’s not happening, way too high-end. I’m just a sucker for a designer bag. Maybe something vintage.
And after that, everyone will be in California for my cousin’s baby shower. All very happy things to look forward to!
I’d love to hear what’s happening for you all this month. What are you looking forward to? Anything fun coming up? Any recipe requests for the end of summer?
I think that’s it for life updates! Lots of rambling and reflecting today, but I hope it left a few of you with motivation to embrace change and have more confidence this week!
Here’s another round of favorites!
1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
loving…Jelly hair pins from Emi Jay. These are so fun and practical. I’ve never used a pin like this but I’m so excited to try them. They’re really cute too.
loving…SMITH + MARA jewelry. These are investment pieces, but so beautiful. You can use the code, Tieghan, at checkout for 20% off your order.
everything in my cart…LOW. I love this The Frankie Shop satin shirt and short set. Looks so luxurious. Also from The Frankie Shop, this olive tank is an everyday essential. And I want these olive pants so badly, so cute. From Zara, I love this knit corset top. Cute with these wide-leg jeans. How perfect is this knit sweater? Wear as a top now, but layer it with knits in the fall. And lastly, this cut-out linen blend dress is wonderful for day or night.
From & Other Stories, I adore this wool knit cardigan. From H&M, I love this tote. Also, this striped knit sweater would be great for travel. Wear on the plane or in the car, yet cute enough to wear out to dinner. From Everlane, I have these pants in my cart. And I’m thinking about this cozy half zip sweater for cooler days ahead.
listening to…Committing to Less So You Can Do More on The Blond Files Podcast. Working to embrace this concept, so I enjoyed this episode with Megan Roup.
reading…“Celebrate Every Victory”—Lauren Ireland, Co-Founder of Summer Fridays, Shares Advice in Business and Beauty. An uplifting Sunday read. I know Lauren personally and she really is such a sweet and hard-working person. I loved learning even more about her.
loving…Zara Home finds. I know I link to Zara home all the time, but I swear they are the best-kept secret of the Interior design world. How pretty is this sofa? It looks like it should cost triple the price.
ordered…new to me skincare. I’m all about vitamin C products, so I’m excited to try this Ole Henriksen vitamin C essence. And I haven’t ordered this just yet, but I really want to test out this masque vivant from Buy Biologique.
loving…oldie, but good skincare favorites. First off, Tan Luxe’s gradual tan lotion is the best. I can’t remember if I mentioned this in previous weeks, but I’ve been consistent with dry brushing, showering, then applying the gradual tan lotion and it really works. No streaks! Also, love the Vintner’s Daughter essence. They repackaged it into a spray and it’s perfection. I use it morning and night. And I know this next one is an investment, but the Tata Harper eye serum works wonders. You can use the code TATAxTIEGHAN or 20% off your orders.
And of course, my core Dr. Barbara Sturm products, the good C serum, hyaluronic serum, night serum eye cream, and face cream are daily must-haves. I use her enzyme cleanser 2-3 times a week. From IS Clinical, the cleansing complex and pro heal advanced+ serum are also everyday favorites. Also, I’m dying to try the famous Vampire facial from Dr. Barbara Sturm.
thinking about….this Rose On Rose Derma Roller. I have read a lot about derma rolling, but to be honest, it scares me a little. After reading this story, the secret to younger looking eyes, however, I think I’m convinced.
wanting to test out…also, on the topic of skincare, Forma. Have you heard of it? Cait, my brother’s girlfriend just told me about it and I’m so curious to learn more. From what I understand, it rebuilds the collagen in your face, helping with signs of aging. It’s a laser treatment that’s said to take a decade off your face. Super into this.
following…Melissa Wood-Tepperberb. Obviously, no surprise here, since I speak of Melissa often, but I think a lot of my new ways of thinking have been brought on by her content. Unlike a lot of wellness accounts, her methods feel doable/approachable and not daunting or “cringy”. It’s easy to take away what resonates with you and then leave what might not.
wanting…to try the Rhode products, but they are still sold out. Has anyone been lucky enough to get something from the line?
loving…all 4 Phlur fragrance scents. These are always sold out!! Feeling lucky I was able to get all 4 fragrances.
the trend I’m not loving…small, sporty sunglasses. I know everyone is loving these oval shades, but they’ve never been my favorite look.
everything in my cart…HIGH. I am obsessed with The Row right now and love this double-breasted long coat and the bourse suede bag. Speaking of bags, I almost splurged on this mini Fendi sunshine raffia bag. It’s perfect for summer looks, but a nice transition piece into fall with the black leather trim. This Ulla Johnson jacket really is the perfect transition piece into fall. Lightweight with a pale pink color, and cozy with the shearling collar. I clearly have fall looks on my mind because I’m so into this oversized fleece jacket from Tibi. Oh my gosh, so cozy. I want to curl up in it.
This satin dress from Cult Gia is stunning. It would pair well with these St. Laurent black pumps. I also really love this black Staud dress for a fancy night out. Or this Staud Gabriel dress, love this. It reminds me of a dress my mom once had. And then, the perfect black mini dress too. Ok, last dress, love this ivory dress from Khaite. The back detailing is so pretty. Lastly, I’d be so excited over this Sablyn sweater. It’s so cozy with the hood.
drinking…GOOPGENES Marine Collagen Superpowder. I just ordered this and am excited to try it. We lose collagen as we age, so adding as much back as possible is the secret to healthier-looking skin.
loving…Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones. Recommendation from my cousin, Abby. She said this is the best dry shampoo for dark hair.
watching…Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl. Have you watched this yet? I just discovered Netflix had it. So excited to watch some tonight while doing my weekly Q&A on Instagram.
listening to…Raising Social Media Stars with Heidi D’Amelio. Interesting for anyone who’s on social media whether you’re a creator or a consumer.
wanting…a new big girl wallet. My current wallet is one my grandma gave me when I was maybe 12 years old. It’s definitely time for something new, but I haven’t found the perfect fit. It needs to be small, I barely use a wallet these days.
Following…Celeste Coslett Clark. The prettiest floral prints. They’ll brighten your mood just from looking.
2. The most popular recipes of July.
Most popular: Mexican Street Corn Dip
Runner-up: One Pan Corn and Zucchini Pesto Orzo Casserole
Also have to mention: One Pot Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Pasta
Creighton’s Favorite: Thai Basil Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowls
My Personal Favorite: Creamy Roasted Tomato Ricotta Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto
Also: Mom’s Special K-Bars (healthier and SO good!)
Plus: The 40 Most Popular Summer Recipes of 2022
3. New for the late summer kitchen.
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: Do you overpack for trips? Or just bring the essentials?
a: Somewhere in the middle, but I pack on the side of over-packing. Especially for work trips when I have a lot of looks to bring for events/meetings. For vacations, I pack much lighter since they’re always laidback. I end up wearing the same few outfits I feel like.
q: What about the studio and home design is most exciting?
a: So much about the renovation is exciting, but mainly that I finally get to create spaces that feel creative, relaxing, inviting, and like my own. I’m really so excited to have the decor of both spaces curated to my style. We never really finished either space so they’ve never felt fully done. Because of that, I’ve never felt confident to share them. They’re just not spaces I consider inspiring. So I’m excited to be finishing them up and making each space unique and pretty! And to share them with you guys!!
q: Do you ever fight with your siblings?
a: no not really, most of us are older and past that. I can’t remember the last time any of us fought with each other. We’re a weird family you guys, we all like each other. I mean sure we can get annoyed with someone, but we don’t fight about it. They’re just an annoying then we move on kind of thing ??♀️
q: Favorite Peanut Butter
1) to cook with
2) to spread
a: Not going to lie, I honestly just use the 365 organic creamy or Kirkland organic creamy peanut butter all around. Both are just peanuts and sea salt and I love their consistency. Tip: when opening a new jar, I always add the entire jar to a food processor/blender so I can really incorporate the oil back in. Way easier and less messy than using a knife. I’ll just pour it back into the jar, then keep it in the fridge.
q: If a movie/documentary was made about u, who would play Tieghan?
a: Nina Dobrev? Just because everyone says she’s my doppelganger! Plus she’s beautiful and so talented. But umm I’d die for Emma Waston, Harry Potter will always be my favorite.
q: Rank your family members cooking skills (from best to worst).
– Dad: love his cooking 10/10
– Mom: can make damn good cookies. 10/10 baker. 3/10 cook
– Creighton: questionable 6/10
– Trevor: ehhh, I honestly don’t know. I’d say based on fam reviews 5/10
– Brendan: not sure if I’ve had his cooking. If his wife Lyndsie is cooking, 10/10
– Kai: he’s pretty good but limited with what he’ll make 8/10
– Red: makes a mean avocado toast but not sure he can do much more ? 4/10
– Asher: hmmmm, she can bake! But ahh, cooking is 2/10
– Oslo: eats it all like a pro. Always a 10/10 ?
q: Favorite tinted moisturizer?
a: Saie beauty has an awesome tinted moisturizer! It’s my go-to.
q: Get a proofreader because you can’t spell very simple words.
a: Have to laugh at this. Yup, I suck at spelling but also when I’m typing stories, I’m working quickly and if I spell something wrong, is it really the end of the world? Nope, most of the time I just didn’t proof before posting. For blog posts, I do have a copy editor, my mom, from day 1. She’s incredible, but can we both miss things – yeah. Is it the end of the world, nope? Just kindly let me know and I’ll fix it! With IG stories I can’t fix it without taking the content down, so I usually just leave the typo as is (my mom points them out all the time!).
q: Favorite July 4 snack for a party?
a: Sharing all new favorite recipes this week for the 4th!!! So many good appetizers coming (: Old recipes, I love this Everything Ranch Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix. It’s addicting.
q: favorite smell ever? I can’t resist fresh peeled oranges. Or freshly toasted coconut.
a: At this moment, fresh lilacs are my favorite smell of summer. In the fall, it’s a mix of cinnamon/vanilla. I also just love the smell of the crisp fall air.
5. A quick trip to Aspen.
My younger brother, Red was in town this week to film an episode of Camp Woodward at Copper. He mentioned to my mom that’d he’d love to head back to Aspen for a couple of days to go mountain biking. We all thought it sounded fun, so that’s what we did!
Well, kind of. We did head to Aspen, but Asher and I just wanted to walk around town and shop. I could only stay for a quick day trip, but everyone else spent a couple of nights at The Little Nell, which was so nice. I feel like I’ve been talking about The Little Nell for years now, so it was nice to finally see the hotel and stay with them. It’s so cute and in the most ideal location, as it’s the only hotel that sits directly at the bottom of the gondola. Super convenient in both the winter and summer. And of course, it’s visually so pretty to look out right onto the mountain.
yummy pancakes at The Little Nell
Asher with a mini Lady Dior bag at the Dior store
When we arrived at the room and there was a cute little welcome note complete with a cheese plate and sweets from the incredible pastry chef. The hotel has 2 restaurants and 3 bars. Element 47 has incredible house-made pastas and wagyu beef. Try the rigatoni and Nell wagyu, delicious. The Ajax Tavern is just steps away from the gondola, so incredible views. Definitely order the truffle fries. And each bar is super cute and fun.
the pool at The Little Nell
dad and Oslo in the pool
a wonderful suite at The Little Nell
Oslo and my dad were able to enjoy the pool and Asher and I loved their display of Prada bags in the lobby, very “chic”. It was such a nice 2-day stay!
The rest of the time we just walked around, did some shopping, and hung out. Aspen is such a cute little mountain town. If you’ve never been, I always say to come in the summer! It’s so nice, warm, and sunny, with beautiful flowers. Way different vibe than the winter!
Oh, and it was in Aspen that Asher discovered the Lady Dior bag. She looks so cute with it, doesn’t she?!
Dad, Mom, and Oslo at Ajax Tavern after their hike
Red and Oslo at Jing for dinner
my favorite little dude hiking up Ajax with Mom & Dad
Mom and Oslo coming down on the gondola after their hike
Asher is so grown up
Red and Asher at the bottom of the gondola at The Little Nell
Mom and Asher shopping
a very Aspen doll house
6. From my camera roll.
stumbled across my favorite herd of horses and it made my week
seeing these guys roam brings me so much happiness
nothing is as special as the late afternoon sun
something new, something fun, something different
snapped some photos of the goats
freshly picked dahlias
7. Favorite links i’m loving.
…loved reading this.
…so visually pretty.
always get.…here are the 2 to
I Travel Alone Extensively…here’s what I’ve learned along the way.
The Best Trader Joe’s Snacks for When the Mid-Day Hunger Hits…the best options.
…a fun interview.
…here are the ones to buy.
…so impressed with Abercrombie lately.
The Best Beach Read of the Year…what books are you loving this summer?
….oh my gosh, I must head to Austin.
…the shower. Wow.
…have to try these.
…I swear by this. Every night.
8. Every day looks $150 and under.
9. This week’s dinners + favorite weekend eats.
Monday: Simple Coconut Chicken Curry
Thursday: Crispy BBQ Salmon Bowls with Roasted Jalapeño Peach Salsa
Saturday: Crispy Sweet Corn Wontons
Sunday: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Muffins with Cinnamon Honey Butter
Ordering the Apricot Phlur scent thanks to you!
Awesome! I hope you love it Rosie!! xTieghan
East coast..have you been to Cape Cod, MA? Just spent a family vacation there. Rented a house for 12 a block from the ocean. Tons to do, great food and so chill.
I haven’t, but that sounds like so much fun! Thanks for sharing!! xTieghan
Hi Tieghan! I need to try the Mexican street corn dip immediately. The pineapple chicken with coconut rice is one of my favorites! So good.
I ordered the travel size Phlur Missing Person and am excited to try it.
Love all your photos-the dahlias are gorgeous!
Let me know if you try the Mexican corn dip, it is so good!! Thanks for reading and your kind message, you know I love a good flower photo:) xTieghan
All those pictures – are they Aspen? I’m headed to Copper Mountain in Oct for a board meeting which I’m excited about but have never been!
Under number 5, yes all of those pictures are from Aspen:) The horse pictures are here in Summit! I hope you have a great time in Copper!! xTieghan
OMG–Masque Vivant is SO GOOD you have no idea! SO good.
I can’t really afford it, but I save in other areas so that I can (it lasts a long time even with regular use). Get a little brush so you can just use a thin layer. I have dry to normal skin and it doesn’t make me red or dry–just perfectly balanced.
I usually think of masks as either just “fun and relaxing” or, at best, “maybe a little bit of difference for an hour?” This is different–it really makes a difference.
Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback on Masque Vivant, you may have just sold me:) Thanks so much!! xTieghan
I literally LOL at the “favorite question” section where someone commented on your spelling. Not sure they got the memo that you’re not here as an English major! Personally, makes you more relatable.
As for the month of August I’m looking forward to actually giving some of your recipes a whirl. I’ve owned the new cookbook for more than two months and bought ingredients twice to try something and have yet to do it…life keeps getting in the way. But August is a slower travel month and school starts and for whatever reason I start to get the “Susie Homemaker” itch and want to make all homemade meals. Wish me luck!
LOL right?! Sometimes all you can do is laugh:) Thanks so much for reading along! Let me know if you try any recipes from the cookbook, I hope you love them! Happy Tuesday! xx
Don’t let negative comments or criticism get you down. For what it’s worth, there are a lot of people in Minnesota who absolutely love your blog. It has so much to offer and part of the fun is picking and choosing what you want to read. If something doesn’t resonate with you, then skip it. Personally, I focus on your recipes. I’ve found them to be absolutely delicious and they have made meal planning so much easier. I also appreciate your beautiful photos and how much importance you place on family. Well done–keep up the amazing work.
Thanks so much for reading and your thoughtful message:) I am so glad you have been enjoying these posts and appreciate you following along! Thanks for trying the recipes too!! Hope you’re having a great week! xTieghan
My favourite newsletter of all, Tieghan! I really look forward to Sundays! I just can’t get over how fast Asher is growing up and maturing. She has really changed her looks (just this year!). Oslo is the cutest little man and he looks so happy and I feel so happy that your mom and dad adopted him. He is one fortunate little guy and I think all the lovin’ he gets, sure shows on his face. Such a cutie pie. You look so much like your mom. Can’t get over that! I read one of the comments from someone wondering if she works out and I wondered the same thing? Those shoulders! Does she lift weights or something? Such a good looking gal! Something I was wondering and I hope you don’t mind me asking you. Do you have girl friends? Like, girls you just hang out with or have over for a meal or anything like that? I’m thinking you don’t have time for socializing much, but have never heard you ever mention friends.
Thanks so much for your kind message and reading along! Right?! I feel like Asher was just born, it’s so weird! We are all so blessed to have Oslo in our family, I couldn’t imagine it any other way! LOL so my mom is a daily hiker and then she loves doing her planks! I don’t have many girlfriends here in Colorado, I’m able to see those friends more often when I travel to LA and New York! Happy Tuesday! xx
You have a beautiful blog but I don’t know many people who run in your circles. You are the ultra rich. The thought of ever being able to or want to spend $4000 on a coat is foreign to me. The Little Nell is one of the most Expensive hotels in the US. Good for you! Enjoy ?
I thought I would love the 9 things each week but out of my league ?
Made the coconut curry chicken…delicious! I added chickpeas to the sauce, so good!
Thanks so much for trying the curry! I am so glad it was enjoyed:) Hope you have a great week! xx