Nine Favorite Things – new york
Hey all! Happy almost 4th of July! It’s crazy that the 4th is already here. I was in a lunch meeting on Friday and we were both saying how fast the summer will fly by after the 4th. I think we all need time to slow down a bit!
Anyway, hello from New York! I’m in the city for a short, sweet trip. I had a couple of meetings that needed to be in person, plus I’ll take any excuse to make it into the city. I really do love it here! So far it’s been an amazing trip. AND, I’m going to see my first Broadway show tonight, so that will be fun! I really have no idea what to expect, but I’m really looking forward to it!
I’m going to share a quick Favorite’s post this week since so many of us are traveling for the 4th! I’m heading back to Colorado today for a few days. Then I’ll be off again on Thursday. I’m finally meeting up with my family for my cousin’s wedding in Cleveland. I really can’t wait, I’ve missed them! I was so bummed to have missed all of the travel they did this month due to work. But at the same time, I’m so excited about the current conversations I’ve been having. So many good things to come!
But again, super excited to be heading home to Cleveland. I’m really looking forward to getting to just hang with my family for a few days. It is going to be so nice!
And I think that’s all I have for today. More updates on New York next week! I will say, I stayed at one of my favorite hotels in the city, Fouquets, so that’s always fun!
Have a great Sunday and the best 4th of July!
1. things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
wanting…the Orangerie wallpaper from ZAK + FOX. This is so pretty, I’d love to do a sunroom with this wallpaper. Even better if the room went out into a beautiful garden, my dream.
listening to…. I’m behind with this podcast I know, but now that I’ve finally listened to a few episodes, I am hooked. I’m listening to old episodes now.
everything in my cart (low)…this embroidered cape skirt is so perfect for summer, easy and adorable. It would work well with this open back ribbed tank. I love an open-back detail. This vintage washed cotton-blend jersey tank from SKIMS is on its way to me now. Also love this sleeveless crewneck tank from Reformation. And also from Ref, are these pretty linen pants and linen dress, and this silk dress. These relaxed cargo pants from Abercrombie would be great for everyday wear. Oh, and I’m obsessed with these baggy wide leg jeans from Favorite Daughter.
A few summer hats, a very cute bucket hat, adore this wide brim straw hat, a simple natural fiber hat, and then, love this packable straw hat. And I just might need to order this straight-crown straw hat. All are super cute and I’m loving myself a hat moment.
Oh, and these leather thong sandals, are amazing for every day yet still very chic.
listening to…. Such an interesting topic that I want to learn more about. I sent this to my brother who found a lot of value in it as well.
dreaming of going…. Well, our next trip is officially planned.
loving…Interlude. Was recommended this spot by a friend in the city and wow, it’s so good! I ventured out and ordered a honey cappuccino and iced matcha with honey, plus honey scones, which are to die for. Highly recommend if you are in New York City.
using….Cuyana cosmetic travel cases. I’ve been using these for a while and just love them.
reading…Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard by Tom Felton. I’d like to start reading more biography-style books. I think you can learn so much from people you might never expect. The Harry Potter series is my favorite, so of course, this book interests me.
shopping…a Turkish Indoor/Outdoor Towel and Marble Vanity Tray from Amazon. I need them both, but especially the towel for upcoming pool days. And this is a great basket for storing towels too! Oh, and this Mediterranean Turkish towel is cute too.
everything in my cart (beauty)…I don’t usually talk shaving, but I just ordered these Gillette Venus Mini Razors and they’re perfect for summer travel.
shopping…Studio McGee for Target.
wanting…to plan a sister trip. This is so special. I want to take Asher to Saint-Tropez. She’d fit right in, I know it. Then a New York weekend would be so fun too!
everything in my cart (high)…I love this very on sale (half off!) AMI Paris off-shoulder striped top in red or navy. So cute for the 4th of July, but also great for summer. And then, this Gucci ice cream tee is also really fun for summer.
Ok, ok and this is a stupid splurge, but I still love it. The Row Caspian baseball cap in dark navy.
2. Go-to 4th of July recipes.
3. Cute for 4th of July celebrations.
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: do the grocery stores know your dad by name?
a: Oh they sure do!!! All his besties are at Whole Foods and City Market, our local grocery store.
q: so random but, how did your whole family fit in one car growing up? Did you have a van?
a: I’d have to find a photo, but yes, we had a big ole van growing up. It was sooo bad 😂 My dad wants to get another van now that the family has started to expand again 🙄
q: how do you deal with bad lighting? Do you still film?
a: I do my best to make it work. It’s honestly not that fun when the lighting is horrible but I try to work through it. Thankfully the iPhone camera is really great and helps me out.
q: How do you handle the dark weather days?
a: It was really hard on me this year. I was ready for spring days and instead, we got winter storms. But I surrounded myself with everything that makes me the happiest. I spent way too much on spring candles (but to me they were worth it). I also bought a ton of fresh flowers, cooked with lots of fresh herbs, and tried to create the most spring-like environment I could for myself. I’ve been traveling whenever possible too, which of course helps a lot. And then I’ve also been making an effort to call someone every night to check in and see how they are doing. Oh!! And I started to use the Higher Dose infrared sauna blanket, more to come, but the heat alone is so relaxing.
q: were you ever shy about recording in public and taking photos?
a: Yess! I still am 🤷🏻♀️ it’s why I don’t share more of my day-to-day. I get self-conscious about filming in front of others so often. It’s something I’m trying to work on so I can share more of life with you all
q: can you explain your Nine Favorite Things? It seems like way more than 9 things!
a: When I started Nine Favorite Things years ago, it really was just 9 favorite things all listed out. Pretty short and sweet, with not too much writing, and just one photo. Over time, the posts became popular and I began sharing a lot more of my life within these Favorite’s posts. And somehow now, these posts have become massive. There are still technically nine favorites listed, but there is a lot under each “favorite”. So many photos, links, fashion finds, home finds, decor, family stuff, work stuff, and travel recaps. It’s really everything I’ve done and loved from the week. I start working on these posts the second we hit publish on Sunday’s post. They now take me all week to put together. I do have a lot of fun with them…but they’re a lot to put together.
q: why do you post your stories so late at night? Do they get more views?
a: No. They probably get fewer views by posting so late. It’s just when I have the time.
q: do you like being recognized by fans?
a: Of course! Someone came up to me in Whole Foods today and I think it made both of our days 🤍 then 4 other people came up and said “hi” when they saw this woman hugging me. Don’t ever be shy! I love to hi. It still amazes me every day.
q: do you drink the milk from the goats or make cheese from it?
a: We drink the milk.
q: how do stay you so fit with all the cooking you do?
a: I hike every day and I’m on my feet pretty much all day long!
– my genetics play a big role
– I’ve been doing light stretching/strength for 10ish minutes every day
– I really want to get into Pilates. I went to a Pilates class when I was in LA and really enjoyed it.
q: did you have a favorite book in middle school?
a: I used to love The Boxcar Children books when I was way young. Does anyone remember those?! Then Harry Potter was really the only book series I ever read from start to finish (and I listened on tape)
5. An easy summer bucket list.
I make these huge bucket lists of all things I want to do, but in the end, I do maybe one or two of them. I’m taking the pressure off this summer with a very easy list that I can bang out while in Cleveland with my family.
- ice cream date with Asher and my mom.
- watch the sunrise and set over the lake while soaking in the humid east coast weather. I miss it!
- wear a pretty summer dress
- spend a low-key night with my mom and dad just sitting in the backyard
- get lost in a summer book, mindless TV, or a podcast
- pick all the summer flowers. Our dahlias are growing!
It’s the simplest of things for me.
what’s on your “easy summer bucket list”?
6. Inspiring me – 4th of July
New York in photos
7. favorite links i’m loving.
…some new ones to try.
How to Do Napa and Sonoma in 2 Days…fun.
…the top spots.
…the products you need.
The Best 4th of July Sales to Shop This Weekend…so many good sales.
Summer Fantasy Book to Read…awe these are fun beach reads.
…for all you wine lovers.
5 Tips for Effective Communication…taking notes.
How to Find Hobbies as an Adult…and actually make time for them.
…so fun and so PINK!
Cameron Diaz’s Perfect Summer Salad Recipe…yum
8. New style finds.
affordable swim suites
a summer J.Crew edit
Nordstrom summer arrivals
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.