I can’t believe April is almost over. My birthday is like..10 days away? Yikes. So here’s a bunch of stuff I’m feeling this month.
At the risk of being a cliché, I truly cannot believe it is almost December. Part of me is begging for 2016 to just end already. What began as an optimistic and hopeful adventure in January has become a torturous nightmare of a year. That’s not to say some really great things didn’t happen, but there’s been far more overwhelming things than those few great ones.
That said, I’m really excited for Christmas. At least when I begin to stress bake there will always be people around to enjoy the fruits of my labor and it’s much less of a suspicious cry for help. Everyone loves a good Christmas cookie, right? Before moving forward, here’s a few things I really loved this November.
- Who What Wear Shoes have arrived! For months now I’ve been secretly hoping the Who What Wear x Target Style line would add shoes so it really would be a one-stop shop for all my style needs. FINALLY my prayers have been answered and their holiday shoe collection has finally hit target.com! My favorites are these booties and, something a bit different I normally wouldn’t buy, these slingback flats
- My Favorite Murder podcast with Georgia Hardstark & Karen Kilgariff is my new podcast obsession. Each week they share fascinating true crime tales that range from popular ones to listeners hometown stories mixed with comedic and funny takes on things to make them a little less chilling.
- Glitter nail polish is my sworn enemy. It is a real challenge to remove especially with the frequency with which I change my nail color yet some how I have ended up with this new Essie color from their winter collection. I loved most of the colors and just felt I didn’t need yet another red so I went with the gold to shake things up. I must admit, it was fairly easy to remove. I’ll chalk it up to a pre-Christmas miracle. Essie – Getting Groovy
- I want all of the Zara candles in the world. Okay that’s not entirely possible, but the ones I was smelling as the employees restocked the last week were heavenly. I want my house to smell like that forever and ever. Candle
- Holiday party’s are coming and I’m obsessed with this leather and lace dress from, of course, Zara. If only I could muster up the confidence to pull it off…
- This year for Thanksgiving I cooked my very first turkey all by myself. Perfectly cooked to the right temperature on the first try. No waiting for hours because I screwed up the time or underestimated how long a turkey takes to roast. I did have a little help from Bon Appetit, but I nailed it. Another thing I dared to make was this Green Bean casserole. It was great, but I think my sauce skills need a little work.
It’s Mid-July and summer is still in full swing. There’s plenty more fun to be had. Everyone has their favorite apps, and the “popular chart” section of the app store exists for a reason. (Duh) But just because something is popular doesn’t mean its worthy of valuable phone space (and more importantly, your time).
So take 5 seconds away from playing Pokemon Go to learn about my favorite apps for the surviving the summer. These apps are the ones I use almost daily to share my adventures in daily life, listen to music, eat, and have fun. I hope you’ll find some use out of them or we can relish in how awesome they are together. If not, Pokemon Go is cool too.
Where else can I pretend to be a dog and share photos of my dog? I love seeing what my friends are up to on the daily (so much easier than actually asking) and with the new memories feature we can share old snaps just to remind people how much fun we had over the summer (mostly just drinking wine and writing commentary on photos of Bachelorette contestants).
I’ve talked about Instagram previously, but Boomerang is a really cool app the makes gifs of whatever you’re filming. I hadn’t really seen anyone using it until recently and now it is everywhere. It’s really cool for action shots of things like fireworks and saying cheers with a glass of wine (summer theme, obviously).
My best friend Rachael actually got me playing with this app to keep up my language skills and brain activity in a positive direction. The interface is incredibly simple and probably made for children, but the content is great. There are so many languages to choose from which allows me to keep up on the years of Spanish I’ve taken as well as refresh my French. After awhile it’s a fun way to learn new languages or brush up on old ones.
It’s too hot to go outside and get a burger. I’ll just Postmate someone to do it for me. Brilliant
Summer is really hot so my desire to do physical activity is severely lacking most of the time. Yoga is really great because the stretching releases tons of tension and stress while still being physical. Down Dog has a subscription feature, but the free features are brilliant on their own. There are sequences for beginners all the way to experts with both restorative and regular. There is different pace settings, music choices (alternative, acoustic, and instrumental), and length of time (up to 35 minutes). Every routine is generated fresh from initiation so no routines are repeated giving a new experience every time.
Music is a huge part of my life. Everyone says that, but I’m 100% serious. I am an Apple Music purist, BUT I use Spotify at work and to share playlists here. I really love the variety of premade playlists Spotify has in comparison to Apple Music. The Discovery Weekly curated playlist just for me is also quite nice. Plus I love being spying on my friends and seeing what they are listening to. So I’m basically recommending the Spotify app so you can follow along with my playlists (if you’re cool like that).
Phone case by Wit & Delight for Target