Nine Favorite Things – Cleveland wedding with the family…
I got home from Cleveland Sunday night and the week just flew by. First of all, Cleveland! Even though my trip was quick, it was honestly so nice to be back on Lake Erie. Back to big green trees, flowers everywhere, humidity, and all of my family. Every time I visit the eastern part of the US, I realize more and more how much I miss that environment. Being there was such a good reminder. I’m excited to be making plans to be spending even more time on the east coast very soon.
So that’s kind of exciting. Actually, there are so many exciting things happening right now. What’s annoying is that nothing is ready to share with you all just yet. So I really don’t have much to say other than, wow the summer is busy and the fall will be busier. We have so many GOOD things coming up, I can’t wait.
This week, I’m heading to Chicago for a quick in-and-out trip, quick but fun. I’ll be finishing up a project that we’ll finally get to share with you all in September. I don’t think any of you have guessed what this is just yet, so I can’t wait to share. I think you all will love it!
Chicago this week, then home for two nights. Then back to the east coast, this time to New York. Then down to Florida for a last-minute trip that I wasn’t planning on taking, but am very much looking forward to. The home crew will be joining me too, so that will be fun.
Speaking of the home crew, they are finally back from their month of traveling. Asher, Oslo, Mom, and Dad, and yes, Creighton is back too, and ready to eat. He’s been pushing me to make more beef recipes, which I’m enjoying. It’s fun to have family back to cook for again!
Aside from all that, I’ve been doing so much cooking and baking. Since I’ve been trying to travel more, my days at home are dedicated to testing new dishes, shooting videos, and photographing recipes. Lots of yummy new dishes to come!
What else, IG launched Threads, their version of Twitter, and honestly I like it. I’m not putting any pressure on it and just sharing more day-to-day thoughts. It’s fun and I love that it’s so easy to use. Nothing too techy about it. Are you on threads? Are you into it, or not?
I’ve been majorly shopping the Nordstrom sale. I’m sharing all my selects with you guys today. So many good finds for the home, the kitchen, and of course fashion.
Ok, ok, last thing, I’ve been clipping my dad’s dahlias every few nights and the fresh flowers make me so happy. Dahlias are my favorite. What are you enjoying this summer? I’d love to hear what is making you happy and excited!
Enjoy another round of Sunday favs!
1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
everything in my cart (low)…Fun fact? When I was little I lived in my brother’s boxers shorts. I just wanted to be like them! So I’m loving that boxers shorts are now in style for women. These boxer shorts from Réalisation are perfection. Also love this cotton pair from J.Crew, and these from Hommegirls.
Tennis skirts are also a thing right now, this striped pleated stretch-twill tennis skirt is super cute from Varley. Or I love this golden hour maxi skirt from Free People. This Gia link skirt from Reformation is a great find too. Also from Reformation, love this pretty knit dress and then, for fall, this cozy long downing coat.
This linen midi dress from Zara is so pretty. I especially love this color.
dreaming of going…South Fork Lodge in Swan Valley Idaho. If you’re looking for something closer to home this summer, this lodge is stunning and looks magical in the summertime. I would love to visit soon!
loving…this pretty mirage wallpaper. This is so fun for a unique bedroom look.
wanting…The Ulla Johnson x Cabana collection from Net-a-Porter. I actually ended up ordering this pretty floral water glass. But on my list are the porcelain dinner plates, porcelain dessert plates, printed linen tablecloth, and printed cotton pouf.
everything in my cart (beauty)…I’d love to try the Joanna Vargas magic glow wand, which has 5-star reviews. In my Sephora cart, the Kosas plump + juicy lip treatment, and the Lawless overnight lip plumping mask. Also for lips, you can never go wrong with the Rhode peptide lip treatment (love the watermelon slice for summer).
I’ve been loving the Peter Thomas Roth hyaluronic gel eye patches lately. They feel so refreshing while on too. I’m also loving everything from SkinBetter Science. I’m testing their alto defense serum now and it’s so good.
And for the body, Osea algae body oil.
listening to… . I love Liana, she is such a kind person both online and in person. Her story is so inspiring.
wanting…everything from Erin Roberts design. Loving her handmade pieces.
everything in my cart (high)…love this Slvrlake low rise micro miniskirt. It would be cute with this the Toteme striped poplin shirt and mohair-blend blazer from The Row. Also from The Row, I am so into their mid-rise straight-leg jeans.
This Acne Studios Sleeveless Wrap Dress is the perfect little black dress.
Shoes, these Bottega Veneta leather mules are fun.
And bags, I still love the Bottega Veneta small leather tote. It’s so chic and classic.
following…Lemons by Tay. Love the quotes she shares.
2. Our 10 favorite summer peach recipes.
3. Nordstrom Sale Home + Beauty
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: what’s the best gift for a best friend or a mom?
a: I always say time. Time is the best gift anyone can give. That can mean spending 15 quality minutes on the phone just chatting or it can mean planning and participating in an exciting overnight trip to an incredible spa. Or maybe it’s surprising her with a planned family vacation. Whatever it is, I think your time with Mom is most important.
Money can only buy so much, but the gift of quality time together is priceless. Bring her flowers and ideally a candle too. If you can, make her brunch, or possibly splurge on a fun lunch out, or even bigger, a trip or a spa date. Or simply spend 15 minutes really talking. Time is more valuable than anything else.
q: how far in advance do you plan your content?
a: Our team will be the first to tell you all, nothing I do is planned. Especially in terms of planning content. I do have a very loose content calendar on my Google calendar that I try to go by. I will add completed, tested, and photographed/video recipes to that calendar. That means that those recipes are good to post.
I LOVE to feel really excited about what I share with you all when I share it. For me, that usually means I’m last minute with my planning. I try to plan at least a week in advance and that’s usually how things go. When I travel I’ll have content bulked for that time period. It’s a kind of organized chaos. I’m getting a little better the more I travel though. But if I plan too far out, I’ve found I usually end up switching gears and never sticking to the schedule.
q: do you dry brush every night before showing?
a: Yup! Every night before I jump in the shower. Some people do it in the morning to help circulation but I’m not a morning shower person. I start with my legs and then work my way up my body. It takes no more than 2-5 minutes depending on how much time I have.
q: what’s a go-to easy recipe you love to make?
a: My 20 minute Thai basil beef rolls. I serve them with rice. We’re obsessed with this recipe.
q: how big is your team and who creates the content?
a: We are a very small team and I’m the only one who creates the content. Our amazing team helps with social upkeep, emails, newsletters, scheduling, upkeep of our website, creating graphics, website design, project planning, and sooo much more. I love our little crew, but in terms of content creation, that’s just me.
q: what is your favorite animal?
a: Giraffes 🦒
q: who do you see for your skin in New York?
a: Cynthia Rivas is the best of the best!! She’s really helped to change my skin. She’s also so sweet.
5. How are you? Life updates.
How is everyone? How is summer?
All in all, I’m so happy and feel so much excitement. But some days can be hard and are filled with frustration, there never seems to be enough time. Or the things I want, take so much time to really build. I have excitement for changes ahead, homemade ice cream, fresh summer peaches, figs at Whole Foods, and sunshine. It makes me happy when people comment on my thick eyebrows, I’ve learned to love them. I’m feeling confident in my skin, but also a little tired. I’m loving spending time with Oslo and Asher, listening to podcasts and learning so much while doing so, baking fruit cobblers, and online shopping – which I am learning is my real “vice” in life.
Your turn! How are you? What is worrying you? What’s your favorite summer dessert? What’s something you bought on Amazon Prime Day? What are you looking forward to? What movies/TV shows are you watching over and over and never getting sick of?
Share with me, please. I love to hear how we’re all doing!
Lastly, I got this idea from a Cup of Joe. Read her post and all the comments. So much summer happiness.
3 Recent Podcast Features
–on The Art of Being Well with Dr. Will Cole.
–on the Dream Bigger Podcast with Siffat Haider.
– with Mimi Bouchard.
6. Inspiring me – travel.
a few photos from last weekend
7. Favorite links i’m loving.
…a fun read.
…the how-to we all need.
The Secret to Washing White Clothes So They Actually Stay White…my mom says she uses these exact products and methods.
20 Life Rules Every Successful Woman Follows…best tips/tricks.
8. Nordstrom Sale – clothes, shoes, accessories.
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.