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What Our Team Loved in August

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

Before even picking up this book, I knew I'd be a big fan, especially given my strong belief in therapy. But I truly had no idea how much I would actually love this book. Written by a therapist, this book shares stories from both her own experience in therapy, as well as patient stories. It was equal parts enlightening and hilarious and is truly a testament to the power of therapy. I've never highlighted or laughed at a book more.


When Jonah and I moved within walking distance of a tennis court last month, it felt like a no-brainer that we get back into the swing of things (see what I did there?). Early last week, I surprised him with a tennis racket, tennis balls, and a reservation at our new local court—which is how I happened across this app, which makes it incredibly easy to book not only a court at our local park, but all over L.A.! Since discovering it, I've used it as my excuse to explore the city, even booking beachside courts in Santa Monica (all public courts are available for free or a small fee). Since we're both pretty terrible at tennis (we play a combination of Fetch and Badminton), I recently purchased us an hour-long lesson, which at $35 is half the price of a SoulCycle class for the two of us. Next step: Wimbledon.


I rarely buy items that I'd say actually changed my life, but the Dyson V8 Animal is the exception, not the rule. Justin and I had been getting by with only a Roomba and dustbuster for about four years, but after adding our cat Mimi to our family, the dust and cat hair combo was starting to get a little out of hand. We did some research and landed on the Dyson, which, I'm proud to say, has made me a person who enjoys vacuuming. While the price felt a bit steep at first, no cord, no filters, and no dust bunnies have been worth every penny. 


The Fashion Guitar has been one of my favorite fashion influencers for as long as I can remember. She's stylish, travels constantly, and showcases her cool NYC-Paris life in the best way. When she announced she was doing a "drop" with Amazon, I instantly knew I'd be buying the whole collection of pastel dresses and blouses. The model is simple but incredibly cool: you have 30 hours to shop the collection, and each piece is made to order to ensure fabric isn't wasted. Charlotte also decided that any scraps would be made into matching scrunchies for your outfit, so it's pretty much the ideal set-up. Cute clothes? Check. Eco-friendly? Check. Exclusive? Double-check.


As a young child, I considered myself a voracious reader, a true intellectual—my parents would happily tell friends and family I would read dozens of books during the summer months, without knowing my dark secret: I was addicted to young adult serialized novels. I may not have had any idea about Tolstoy or Austen, but I knew everything about the Wakefield twins, including their jean size (perfect size 6!), car (Fiat Spider!) and exact hair color (light blonde, like silken wheat!). I also knew way too much about the Baby-Sitters Club, Fear Street, and every other series available in the Scholastic flyer. If any of this sounds familiar to you, please check out the book Paperback Crush. It recounts the recent history of the YA genre, as well as all the many (many!), serialized books of the '80s and '90s that came afterward, plus has tons of fun pictures of the cover art that brings back childhood library memories.


I've been on a biiiig smoothie kick lately. It's hot out, I just discovered we own a NutriBullet(!!), and I'm forever and always desperately trying to save money by not eating out. I love being a bit of a mad scientist in the kitchen (especially with something so innocuous as a breakfast smoothie), so I Googled "best smoothie recipes" and have been making my way through Bon Appetit's '21 Smoothie Recipes That Are Actually Good' list, making swaps and additions as I see fit. So far my favorite is this beet smoothie (yes, beet) Frankensteined to add avocado and some mango because... why not??


As someone with sensitive teeth, I can't use Whitestrips or teeth whitening gel, which considerably limits my teeth whitening options. I impulse-purchased this toothbrush on Amazon Prime Day and within a week, my teeth looked noticeably whiter and brighter. I use it in conjunction with Colgate's Optic White toothpaste and mouthwash, and I've never been happier with the state of my oral care. 


I've wanted a diffuser for years now, stalking this option from Virtruvi, but never quite pulling the trigger on it. When I recently came across this elegant diffuser at Target for literally a fifth of the price, I nabbed it and compromised by purchasing a Virtruvi scent for it. After debating between Lavender and Eucalyptus, I settled on a scent that combines both with Frankincense, and quickly became a key part of my evening routine. Now, when I draw the blinds in our bedroom, turn on my noise machine and reading light, I also flip on our diffuser with a few drops of 'Dusk.' It smells amazing, and the lavender instantly relaxes me.


This 'Famous Red' lip color is my new go-to red lip for when I need to elevate an outfit or break up a monochromatic look. Put on directly, it's a punchy-coral that's equal parts bold and classic. My favorite way to wear it, though, is by layering it under a balm or gloss to give the popsicle stain appearance that actually stays put all day.


I'm a sucker for anything rose-scented (...and anything Trader Joe's), so when this toner appeared on the new items shelf, I grabbed it without thinking twice. Toner isn't typically a part of my morning or evening skincare routine, but I've started spritzing it on my face before bed and use it to dampen my Beauty Blender when applying concealer in the a.m. It's lightly scented, so it's not overpowering, and feels like I've created my own personal spa whenever I use it.


I read quite a lot of books this month, in part because I went on a beach vacation (which always helps), but also because I'm still looking for my next show to watch. In August, I read: The Immortalists, Less, Daisy Jones & The Six, Magic For Liars, and Luckiest Girl Alive. Honestly everything was good or great, but right now I'm the most excited about Daisy Jones & The Six, which Leslie recommended back in April, because Reese Witherspoon is turning it into a TV show with Amazon! The book is an incredibly easy, fast-paced read about a fictional rock band in the 1970s and its rise to fame and eventual downfall (not a spoiler). This is rare, but I have a pretty strong feeling that the TV show is going to be even better than the book (cue the gasps!).


In my life, I've been known to be slightly hypocritical. I've been quoted saying: "I would never move to California," "I don't believe in yoga," and "I would never try natural deodorant." For years, I was convinced that natural deodorant could never work, but MegaBabe's Rosy Pits has proven me wrong. Unlike most natural deodorants, the smell is incredible and actually lasts until the end of the day. Would I wear this when working out or traveling? Probably not. But it's perfect for those long days in the office when I want a break from the regular, chemical kind. 

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