Today I’m coming at you with my current favorites. Looking back on my last favorites round-up back in April, it’s crazy how many things I’ve worn, food I’ve eaten, and objects I’ve obsessed over between now and then. My midsummer iteration is decidedly more consolidated (read: only one post), but I’m nonetheless excited to be sharing what’s making my world spin of late. As per usual, keep scrolling for the whole story…
I picked up this little scarf (similar here) at Madewell back in May, and now rock it at least once a week. Not only is the color/pattern super versatile, but it’s a light fabric that breathes through even the hottest days! (P.S.: Check out @leefromamerica on Instagram for pro scarf-tying inspo!)
If you’re looking to up your footwear game this season, I highly recommend taking the plunge on a vibrant-colored style. Not only are my red mules a welcome break from my typical black, tan, black, and more black routine, but they’re über-comfortable! I love styling them with everything from an all-white ensemble to my favorite yellow sundress.
I’ve been seeing coconut butter all over social media (again, shout out to @leefromamerica) for months know, and couldn’t resist picking up a jar at Whole Foods last month. The taste took some getting used to, but now I’m totally converted. I love combining it with almond butter, or smearing it plain on fruit!
Kite Hill “cheeses”
I heard Jess Murnane (aka the plant-based food queen) rave about Kite Hill cheese on her podcast a while back, and obviously had to check it out for myself. Thus far, I’ve tried the almond milk ricotta and plain cream cheese spread, with mostly positive results. It was fun playing with a new texture/flavor in my salads, bowls, and toasts, and I can’t wait to restock my supply! Plus, the ingredients profile on these products is seriously pared-back (think almond milk and not much else), which I love.
Seattle, the Pacific Coast, & San Francisco
Those of you who read my recent travel post or follow me on social media already know that I spent 10 days of June exploring Seattle, the Pacific Coast, and San Francisco with my family. The trip was my first time traveling further west than Ohio, and I loved every minute of it. Seattle and San Francisco are both super eclectic cities, and the coastline is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Who knows? In a few years, I could definitely see myself relocating closer to the Pacific.
After an amazing experience last year, I am so excited to be attending HerConference again this weekend! Aside from the killer speakers/panel list, I’m looking forward to reconnecting with girls I met last year, as well as making new friends along the way!
I caught the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit in May, and was absolutely blown away. I’d never really explored O’Keeffe’s life before, and was riveted not only by her artwork, but the biographical details and objects the curators juxtaposed alongside it. I was so moved, in fact, that I bought the exhibition companion book!
Movies, movies, movies
While I love a good movie, I find it really hard to commit to sitting down and watching one (I mean…what if it’s bad?!). Luckily, over the past several weeks I’ve been treated to a spat of quality cinema both new and old. Thus far, my top five recent watches include LION, Gifted, 20th Century Women, An Education, and Queen of Katwe. Got any recs of your own? Right now I’m all ears!
I’ve been really struggling lately to cultivate perspective and gratitude in my life. After a few too many bouts of “compare-despair,” I decided to break out an unused notebook and start a gratitude journal. Gratitude journaling used to be a regular part of my routine, and I’m so glad I’ve reintroduced it to my mornings and evenings. After a long day of work or a less-than-perky morning, making a list of all there is to smile about is the best mood-booster.
On the subject of “compare-despair,” I’ve gotten into the habit of deleting my Instagram for 48-72 hours every few days. Not only do these mini-cleanses help me cut back on screen time, but it’s also a welcome break from some of the FOMO-y emotions I’m struggle to keep in check. After some time away from IG-land, I always return to my feed with a more positive, inspired, celebratory outlook!
Reading fiction was my first love (hey, four-year-old me), but over the past several months my currently reading shelf has been predominantly non-fiction. After school ended, however, I felt an urge to dive back into the land of make believe, if you will. Thus far in my “summer of fiction” I’ve finished seven novels, and am currently making my way through two more: The Elegance of the Hedgehog and The Portrait of a Lady. For more of-the-minute updates on my reading, be sure to check out my Goodreads!
I went to three CorePower Yoga classes while in San Francisco, and was totally hooked. Their signature Yoga Sculpt class is killer, but the C2 class was great also. All the staff at the SF studio were super sweet as well, and I’m already plotting my visit to the New York location!
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What are you all loving lately? Drop your must-haves for dressing, eating, traveling, inspiring, breathing, and living in the comments below.