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Our World

A monthly series, corralling the various food, products, and entertainment we're currently enjoying.
Our World July_1

Theory Double Tank: I try to adhere to the whole 'quality vs quantity' idea as much as possible, but with certain items—namely an exceedingly simple tank top—it's hard to justify spending a lot. But here's the thing: I recently splurged on two of these double tanks, one in white and the other in black, and despite their simplicity, they hug in all the right places and have quickly become some of the most-used staples in my closet. - Emily

Our World July_2

'Heirloom Tomato Vine' Candle from Madewell: Growing up, one of my favorite things to do in the summer was grab a cellar of salt and head out towards my mom's tomato plants with a book. I'd sit in the grass and eat fresh tomatoes; afterwards my fingers would smell like the vines. Because my 'black thumb' prohibits me from growing succulents, much less a food-bearing plant, I've settled for lighting tomato-smelling candles in my kitchen. I love that they're subtle enough I can burn them while cooking without them overpowering the food I'm making, and that they smell like summer. I'm currently loving this Tomato Vine candle from Madewell, and this one from Food52- Leslie

Our World July_3

Out of Milk AppA reader mentioned this app in our C&C Facebook Group and it couldn't be more timely. I can't count the number of times my husband Nick has gone to the store without my knowledge, only to have me pick up duplicates of everything on our list. Considering our photos have all been synced to Google for years, it's about time our grocery shopping lists get synced as well. -Marilynn 

Our World July_4

Best Self Journals: I've never been the type of person to organize my thoughts on paper, let alone organize my day or goals, but I've taken on a new habit via these journals and it's provided a surprising effect to my overall workflow and mood. The main premise is you set weekly/daily goals, while also incorporating three moments of gratitude (in the morning and evening), which complements the process of getting your day organized. It took me a little while to get the habit started, but I've been using this for the past month and have already accomplished some small, but important goals, just by maintaining a more consistent focus and perspective. - Geoffrey

Our World July_5

Three Identical Strangers: Last week, while I was in Portland, our editorial team played hooky on a summer Friday to go see this documentary about triplets who were separated at birth, then reunited as adults. I haven't see it yet, but based on their descriptions (I asked them not to give too much away!), it sounds like there's more to the story than meets the eye. Have you seen it? - Emily

Our World July_6

Hemp Oil-Infused Coffee: Like most people I know who live in fast-paced cities with demanding jobs, I've always struggled with a low-hum of anxiety, in that I have insomnia (I often go days without sleeping) and have an incredibly hard time 'shutting off.' I've recently started experimenting with CBD as a way to take back my weekends, and help me unwind. While I don't love the experience of being high (which is what the cannabis compound THC does), I find that the extremely subtle effects of CBD allow me to relax just enough so that I'm able to unwind into a book on a slow weekend morning, without the psychoactive effects. Because I love the routine of drinking coffee in the morning, I was immediately drawn to this CBD-infused coffee, which wakes me up but also negates the caffeine jitters so that I can settle right into a weekend morning with the paper. (During the week, I still drink Stumptown!) - Leslie

Our World July_7

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate: Everyone knows about my affinity for thriller/crime books, but even I need a break every now and then. After tearing through Then She Was Gone within 24 hours while in Hawaii, a reader recommended this book that's simultaneously devastating and inspiring. It's told from different perspectives, generations apart, and each is more compelling than the last. Heads up: The cover art is unfortunate (it looks like a cheap romance novel), so just take my word that it's worth looking past. - Emily

Our World July_8

Washable Crayons: Kaia recently got into drawing and it's been delightful to see her enthusiasm for scribbling. Unfortunately she doesn't know how to contain her artistry to the confines of a piece of paper, and since almost all our furniture is white (anyone else have young kids and an undying love for Scandinavian interiors?), we were desperate and relieved to discover washable crayons for our budding Picasso. - Marilynn

Our World July_9

Gina Coffee Brewing: If you follow my Instastories, you already know I'm a little obsessive about my coffee making process. Well, that's not going to change once I get my hands on this award-winning device. It allows you to brew several methods, including pour over, immersion, and drip, as well as a Bluetooth connected scale and app, to make your wildest coffee-nerd dreams come true. Stay tuned for it in an upcoming story. - Geoffrey

Our World July_10

Everlane Block Heel Sandal: My love for shoe shopping has been stymied lately because I was looking for a pair of sandals that were comfortable enough to wear on a daily basis and conceivably stylish enough to wear to summer and fall weddings. I finally landed on Everlane's block heel sandals that come in three beautiful colors (I went with black for versatility but was seriously considering the blush ones). They fit true to size, are exceedingly comfortable, and look great with a floral midi dress. - Marilynn

Our World July_11

Brightland Co. Olive Oil: While I still buy most of my olive oil from inexpensive grocery stores, despite the evidence that a lot of it is rancid, I do like to spring for nicer olive oil for dressings and recipes where the flavor of the oil is central to the dish. Enter: Brightland. Made from olives from a single-estate farm in California, I know it's the good stuff—plus it's pretty enough I can leave it out on my countertop. I'm not sure about the designations on the bottles promising 'verve and vibrancy' (side note: Can a food just be a food? Why does everything have to promise 'cellular restoration'?), but it is a delicious olive oil at that. - Leslie

Our World July_12

Essie 'Bubbles Only' nail polish: I've sworn by my signature nail polish shade, Flashed, for a while now and always like the idea of having a go-to manicure color I never have to think about. But after a recent heat wave left me seriously craving fall weather, I decided to embrace the season a little early with 'Bubbles Only,' a classic burgundy that feels sophisticated and chic. I've only worn it on my fingernails, but it'll make for an equally cool pedicure shade, especially since it's still warm enough to show off with sandals. - Emily

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