Mother Tank Top: G and I recently filmed a Reel where we dressed one another in our favorite outfits. I was both flattered and slightly surprised when G immediately asked for my "one tight tank top." Apparently most of the items in my closet are on the billowier side, which is why my singular fitted top stuck out so much (this is the one he and I both love – and it's currently on sale!). But it still served as a fun and gentle reminder that I can occasionally branch out from my loose knits and cozy hoodies, which is how I came across what may be the perfect white tank top. It's thicker than most, so it hugs you in all the right places and I'm into the slightly androgynous cut that's really flattering. It's an investment, but one that's clearly already well-worth the price based on how many times I've worn it that I bought the faded black as well.
Girl A by Abigail Dean: One of my friends, who isn't what either of us would classify as a frequent reader, sent me a very persuasive text last week insisting that I start Girl A "immediately." I started it that night, right before I'd hoped to fall asleep, but was so riveted that I stayed up an hour past my bedtime to continue reading. It follows the life of Lex (Girl A), who escaped her family's house of horrors, where she and her siblings were held captive as children. It's gripping and somber and the way Dean effortlessly weaves between the two makes it a compelling read from the very beginning.
Patagonia Kids Powder Town Beanie: Lately I've been gearing up (literally) to spend more time in Minnesota than I typically do in the winter. I wandered into the REI in Santa Monica to find myself a beanie (as a self-proclaimed "not a hat person," I don't own one) and left with this fun blue winter hat that actually fits my head pretty well. A few hours later, I looked down at the tag and saw it said "kids" on it, and burst out laughing. I immediately texted Jess to see if it was obvious it was not a hat intended for adults, and she said no, so I decided to keep it. I do have a small head, so maybe a visit to the kids section is what I needed to finally become a hat person?
Branch Daily Chair: This summer I decided to upgrade my WFH situation in a major way. After months and months of research (and sitting on a dining chair for over a year...), I bought a new desk chair and have been waiting to determine whether I would actually recommend it or not. Three months later, I finally have an answer: This desk chair is the trifecta–comfortable, stylish, and affordable. It's not at all offensive to the eye, and at $249, I'm very impressed with how comfortable it is. It was on backorder for a while this summer, but it was totally worth the wait!
You Season 3: I'm a very forgiving TV consumer (I watched Riverdale, Scandal, and Glee wayyy longer than I should have), so you might not initially believe me with this recommendation – fortunately, some other trusted sources agree that You season 3 blew it out of the park. I'm amazed at any series that can stray from a book's plot and create original and captivating storylines, and that's exactly what it accomplished. Similar to the first and second, it's violent and seductive. But unlike the other two, it takes place in the suburbs and adds a layer of (fictional) marital complications that kept it fresh, even when the themes and overall direction were reminiscent of the earlier seasons and could have felt repetitive.
Loeffler Randall Headbands + Ballet Slipper Mary Janes: With all the global supply chain issues and consistent shipping delays, I've been taking advantage of early sales across some of my favorite retailers, two of which were Loeffler Randall and Shopbop. I snagged these headbands and three pairs of Mary Jane ballet slippers (predicted this would happen!) at some pretty significant discounts in October, and I'm in love with all of them.
Astrological Guide for Broken Hearts: I've been longing for a light romantic comedy to watch (there's only so many times a girl can rewatch Friends and How I Met Your Mother) and one late night, when I should've been in bed already, I came across this show on my Netflix homepage. Look, I'm not saying the stars have it completely figured out but I have been known to share multiple Co-Star memes and #relate. They pretty much had me at the word 'astrology.' This six-episode Italian series follows Alice, a gameshow producer, on her journey to find the one. These fun 20-minute episodes usually center around a new man in her life and surprise, surprise - his astrology sign. Between a mysterious (aka handsome) new boss and her cheeky gender-fluid best friend, this show has tons of heart. Me and my lack of self-control binged the entire season in one night but I recommend savoring it - the show ends on a cliffhanger that had me anxiously scouring the internet for a season 2 announcement.
Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Hand Treatment: A few weeks ago, Jurlique was kind enough to send me some products to test out. I love just about everything I've tried and can really get behind their sustainability-driven approach to beauty but this product is the real MVP. Even pre-pandemic and all the hand washing that came with, I suffered from pretty dry hands. Where most people can't leave home without a lip balm, I can't go without a hand cream. This might be one of the more luxurious creams I've tried but it really gets the job done. It's fast-absorbing, non-greasy, and has a light floral scent that reminds me of the type of products you'd pick up at a French pharmacy. I'm already eyeing some of their smaller sizes to give as gifts this holiday season.
Reset with Liz Tran: This past month while scrolling through Instagram, I came across the account @resetnyc and was quickly enthralled by all of the self-help, personal growth charts, and graphics. Through this I discovered their podcast, which I listened to on repeat during a two-hour drive to LA, and genuinely think it changed me. Almost every episode resonated with me in a very powerful way - which is something I’ve never really experienced through other self-help podcasts. Liz Tran, founder of Reset NYC, is a life coach who combines her spirituality with professional advice in ways to help listeners make improvements in their authenticity, connection with others, and overall mindset towards everyday life. She’s honest, down-to-earth, and just super relatable. If these types of podcasts resonate with you as well, the episodes that I could not recommend more, are:
- Let Your Struggle Be Your Making
- Stop Keeping Yourself Small
NaturalTech Nourishing Keratin Sealer: I don’t know if it’s just me, but every couple of months or so I’m overcome by the impulsive urge to change something about my appearance...whether it’s by getting a new piercing, tattoo, or haircut. Oops, sorry mom! A couple weeks ago I decided to get a drastic hair chop, and it was probably the best haircut experience I’ve ever had. I tried out Salvage Salon in my neighborhood in San Diego, and my stylist worked some kind of hair magic I’ve never seen before. I obviously had to know which products she used because I was so impressed, and ended up buying this one for myself. I’ve been using it as a little smoothing treatment after washing my hair, and my natural curls (which are prone to frizz!) have never looked better.