Admittedly, I like to immerse myself in new things on a
regular basis. There’s something about looking forward to marathons of a new TV
series, cracking open a fresh book, applying a different shade of lipstick,
trying a new recipe, or otherwise sampling what the rest of mainstream America
is into that makes me incredibly happy.
Variety is the spice of life as they say, and it is with that witticism
in mind that I am starting a new semi-regular feature in which I let you know
what I’m up to when I’m not posting on here.
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld: Curtis had me at Prep, kept
my attention with Man of My Dreams, and absolutely made a life-long fan of me
with American Wife. Though this latest book of hers has a slightly out-there premise,
it is not letting me down. I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up with 20
and 30-somethings and thinking about where I’m at in relation, and I’d say that this
book does a great job of nailing all of the emotions and circumstances that go along with this
unique stage of life.
Scandal: I have to admit it--I thought I was going to hate
Kerry Washington. But, oh, how I love it when my faulty expectations are proven
wrong. Mary Louise Parker in Weeds anyone?
I have a fair degree of insight into government work, and though I can
assure you that it’s typically nowhere near as scintillating as this series
would have you believe, I’m hooked and eagerly looking forward to Season 3 this
Songza App: I've said it before and I'll say it again. This app has changed my down time. There's something for every occasion and every mood, and it lets me quickly queue up a perfect playlist the moment I walk in the door after work. The best part? It's free. Lately, I've been partial to the upbeat morning mixes and the variety of porch songs that perfectly set the stage for kicking back with a mason jar full of iced tea.
Essie’s Blanc: What’s a girl to do when she can’t decide among
the nail colors at the salon? Go for white, of course. I recently took the
plunge on both my fingers and toes, and though my tan is nowhere near where I’d
like it at this point in the summer, this color really made it pop. That, and
it looks amazing with gold accessories.
Peeled Juice Cleanse: This shop recently opened up in my
neighborhood and, on an impulse, I bought a cleanse deal on Gilt. With my
boyfriend out of town, I figured it would be a healthy way to get out of
cooking for a few days. After completing all three days of it without a problem, I can say that I
did end up feeling rejuvenated and the 6 juices a day surprisingly kept the
hunger at bay.
Cooking out of It’s All Good: I’ve been looking to minimize
the amount of sugar, dairy and red meat that I eat, and this cookbook is a
great way to accomplish the goal. I took it with me to the beach recently, and as
I was flipping through it, a girl on the next towel over chatted me up about it
and made me even more excited to work my way through the recipes.
Haircare by Wen: I get this strange satisfaction out of
finishing products. I love when I reach the end of a jar of moisturizer, or eat
the last bit of cereal out of the box. My regular Kerastase shampoo and
conditioner bottles are nearly empty, and I’m already thinking about changing
up my routine and trying this renowned 2-in-1 system.