Katie's Taking Over The List While Leslie's On Vacation

And she's sharing everything from spicy salmon to the best body scrub under $10.
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The past few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind for me. Between wedding planning and grad school applications, I’ve barely had time to breathe, let alone sleep or follow a routine. This past weekend, I was happy to take over The List for Leslie and used it as permission to step out of my apartment and enjoy another warm weekend in L.A. I went on a romantic date to Petit Trois (still claim that this is the best French food in America-period), watched my fiancé surf in Malibu, went to Sunset Beer with friends, and even managed to cross off a few things on my to-do list from a local coffee shop. Here’s what else I’m loving right now:

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Without fail, any time I buy salmon, I dread making it. Don’t get me wrong, I love ordering it at pretty much any restaurant, but whenever I make it at home, it feels incredibly uninspired and bland. On Sunday, Rob and I faced an all too familiar debacle- we had salmon, and we didn’t want to cook it. One quick scroll on NYT Cooking’s Instagram, though, and we were salivating at the sight of this recipe. Quick and easy, this salmon tastes so flavorful and delicious that you’ll want it every night. The key is to make the spice combination in a blender (coriander, fennel, and paprika) before adding it to the oil that the salmon bakes in. To add a little bit more substance to the overall meal, I mixed the feta and cucumbers in with some pre-cooked Trader Joe’s lentils. It's fresh, spicy, and a guaranteed 20 minute hit!

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If you ask anyone in the office, they’d say the same thing: I have the obsessions of a teenage girl. From belting Shawn Mendes to going to see the Jonas Brothers live, I’m absolutely a fan of all things pop. Despite her dating my favorite celebrity, I’m such a big fan of Camila Cabello’s new music releases. Her song "Shameless" has been on repeat on my Spotify, and her new release, "Liar", is a fun, upbeat number to play as background music while I cook or clean. I’m already looking forward to her album release.

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Does anyone else have a hard time investing in body products? It always feels like such a waste for me to spend anything more than twelve dollars on something I will run out of rather quickly. When I recently visited a friend in New York and subsequently showered at her apartment, I fell in love with the Soap & Glory line of products that she had in her shower. I first started with the body scrub, followed with the cleanser, and finished with the best, buttery moisturizer. The smell was feminine, yet not overpowering, and made me feel like I had just been to a spa for less than $20. 

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I had every intention of seeing The Goldfinch this weekend since it combines some of my favorite things: Book adaptations and Ansel Elgort. But after date night and meeting up with friends, I didn't really want to spend $18 on a movie ticket. Instead, I turned to the Criterion Collection to try out an old classic. Make Way For Tomorrow is quite possibly the loveliest, saddest movie I've ever seen. Released in 1937, the movie tells the story of an elderly couple who is forced to live separately due to their terrible children. The second half of the movie follows the couple as they relive their honeymoon in New York before they'll never see each other again. I have always cried easily at movies, but this truly was the hardest I've ever sobbed in my life. It's a touching tale of undying love and marriage, and I cannot recommend it more.