Nine Favorite Things – hi from Cleveland
Hi, hi from Cleveland! I’m writing this from my grandparent’s patio, back in Rocky River, Ohio. Today, Friday, is a beautiful sunny day, and I’m loving being in the middle of so much greenery. The more I travel, the more I’m realizing how much I appreciate what the east coast can offer. Especially all the green, all the flowers, and the outside growth in general. And I know that most people hate it, but even the humidity can be nice.
I’m heading back to Colorado tonight for a few days, then off to my next location – I’m excited. But before I head back out again I’ve got a busy week of cooking ahead!
It’s been so nice being with my family this weekend. After weeks of us being apart, it’s so nice to have time together. So just a quick update today!
July is going to be a very busy month, I’m excited and looking forward to the months ahead! Below I have a lot of great summer sale links, both in home and fashion.
What are you all looking forward to most this month? It’s the month of SUMMER!
Enjoy yet another round of favorites and have a wonderful week!
1. things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
loving…threads. This is Instagram’s version of Twitter. We certainly don’t need yet another social media app, but threads is pretty easy to use and I’m having fun sharing random day-to-day things!
everything in my cart (low)…summer dresses, from Revolve, the capri diamonte slip dress is pretty for a summer wedding. Or if you love a black slip dress try this one. Also, this Larenta knit dress from Reformation is great.
for beach dresses, I love this crochet dress with ties, or for something a little longer try this crochet beach dress. And from Zara, this beaded midi dress and this beaded embroidered dress are both pretty.
I could live in these comfy shorts all summer. Make them chic with a cute summer hat.
listening to…. Everyone needs to listen to this. It’s a goodie, with so many wonderful takeaways that you can easily incorporate into your day-to-day.
I need this floor chair for a sunny day in Cleveland this weekend.
for the kitchen, I ordered this kitchen towel. For cocktails, I love this lined glass tumbler and these raised wine glasses. This is a great stoneware bowl for summer salads. And lastly, this wooden salt shaker or classic glass salt shaker are both nice.
everything in my cart (beauty)…I keep hearing about this Clé de Peau Beauté concealer with SPF 27. It’s so much money, but everyone says it’s worth it. Going to snag it during the Nordstrom anniversary sale this month. Other Nordstrom beauty items in my anniversary cart include the Dior lip glow oil and lip glow balm, Chanel glow stick, Chanel les beiges water-fresh tint, and the Westman Atelier petite lit up highlight stick duo.
listening to…The Art of Being Well. I really loved this conversation!. My conversation with Dr. Will Cole is live this week on his podcast,
everything in my cart (high)…The Row Terrasse leather tote is the bag I want the most right now. I also love adore this Christopher Esber gown I wore this weekend. So simple and pretty. It’s about the detailing.
reading…17 Books To Read Before They Hit the Screen.
2. The most popular recipes of June.
Also, have to mention:
OK, last one:
3. Amazon prime day picks.
Amazon Prime Day’s 48-hour deals will start July 11th!
random, but cute and on sale from H&M Home
Nordstrom home preview picks
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: how much time do you spend on social media?
a: It’s super minimal. I spend most of my time creating IG stories at night. I don’t like to scroll on any platform (aside from Pinterest – love Pinterest) and I only watch family’s IG stories.
q: Do you ever get hung up on the number of followers?
a: I think of you all as friends I want to share my world with. I try to not get caught up in the numbers. In the very early years, I obsessed too much on numbers and it drove me insane, so I try not to look/worry about it anymore.
q: favorite season?
a: Fall. Always the fall 🍁
q: how many recipes fails do you have?
a: My phone is full of recipes I have fully tested, photographed, and videoed recipes that you will never see. The reasons being – I didn’t get photos I like (which I then usually try to re-shoot the dish another day), the recipe doesn’t feel special enough/yummy enough to share, or I’m not that excited about it. Or maybe even a combination of the three.
q: Best way to make a room feel fresh and inspiring again?
a: Fresh or faux florals/plants and seasonal candles always make any room feel instantly fresh, newly inspiring, warming, and inviting. You can swap candles seasonally or even by the weather that day. Add new florals weekly or save money and try faux plants (Studio McGee has nice options).
q: would you ever start a podcast?
a: It’s not something I thought I’d ever do. Would you listen?
q: travel bucket list?
a: Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain, France, and Japan.
q: how do you keep cast iron and baking sheets clean?
a: Stop stressing about it and just give them a rinse and a gentle scrub. Simply scrub with warm water 🤷🏻♀️ that’s just me though. Here’s a post I did on cast iron pots a while back.
q: what do you look for in the people you hire?
a: Positive energy, kindness, respect of others, resourceful, and hard-working.
q: how many recipes fails do you usually have?
a: Way more than you’d think. Sometimes once a day. Sometimes twice a week. It really just depends, but it does happen and relatively often too. Depends on the week and what my focus level is.
q: how do you film/photograph your content?
a: For Instagram stories, videos/reels I always use my phone. This photo was shot with my phone. The photos on the website are all photographed with my camera, a Canon USA DSLR Mark IV.
q: thoughts on the air fryer?
a: If you cook for more than two people, I would save your money and use the oven. The air fryer is just too small. If you’re single, it might be nice. I personally prefer the oven.
q: My corn tortillas always rip, any tricks?
a: Try using Whole Foods 365 organic corn tortillas. I don’t usually have any issues.
5. Summer theme nights.
I think we all love the idea of easy entertaining in the summer, but instead of just a night with friends, what about making it a themed night? Here are 3 fun ideas.
Mediterranean Mezze Night. I’m sharing a Mezze platter this week and I love the idea of heading to Trader Joe’s, picking up your favorite meats, cheeses, dips, crackers, pickled things, and spreads. Then setting it all out on the kitchen table for everyone to enjoy. Such an easy way to entertain in the summer.
Pizza night!! Pizza night is a classic, but pizza in the summer, especially if cooked outside, is just the best. Buy dough from the store, pick up all your favorite toppings, then let everyone create their own. If you have an outdoor pizza oven, that’s even more fun.
Italian night – pasta night, summer edition. Grab your favorite bottles of Italian wine, mix up a mocktail if that’s more your thing, and cook your favorite summer pasta. A fun low-key night to have with friends. Oh, and Tiramisu for dessert for sure!
6. Inspiring me.
7. Favorite links i’m loving.
…all the products she used.
…pretty garden inspiration.
…if you need a cute summer suit!
Inside Aerin Lauder’s Romantic Palm Beach Paradise…I just love palm beach.
…I love a pretty cocktail glass, this is a fun read.
The Historic Montecito Home of One Creative Couple…unique and pretty.
a Malibu Home That Was Designed to Look Like a Mediterranean Resort…love this space. Such cute, funky styling.
8. My Nordstrom anniversary sale preview picks.
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.