Like books? Love lists? This one’s for you.

bloom-book

As you may have seen here, I recently got hooked on Estée Lalonde. Just around the time I started following her, I realized she was about to have her book Bloom released. I ordered the book the day it was released and was super excited to dive in.

Admittedly, I’m not a bookworm…I want to be! But I just can never find the types of books that really speak to me. Bloom, however, was amazing. I curled up with it on a rainy Saturday morning and before I realized, I was halfway done! After that, I paced myself because I didn’t want it to end and finished it this past weekend.

It’s aesthetically pleasing with gorgeous photos, the content is varied and there are LISTS! I don’t consider myself to be fashionable or into beauty necessarily, but she approaches those things in a totally different light. The whole book essentially is how to build your personal brand and navigate your life in the way that works best for you.

I highly recommend! If anyone has any book suggestions that are anything like this, please let me know! I would love to get into reading more.

Estée is ALL about relaxation. One of the lists she included in the book was her “Legal Highs”. The simple things in life that are an instant pick-me-ups. I decided to make a list of my own. You should do it too! It’s a great way to reflect on the little things in life that really can make a huge, positive impact on your day.

My Legal Highs

  1. Sleeping in a cold room with lots of blankets
  2. Putting on my comfy clothes and putting my hair up after a long day (bonus points if I have my favorite headband on)
  3. The feeling of sun hitting your skin…especially after a cloudy bout
  4. The smell of coffee brewing (it is truly intoxicating to me)
  5. Getting a new haircut
  6. Getting chills from a really great song
  7. The smell of grills in the summer and campfires in the winter
  8. A good back scratch or massage
  9. A perfectly organized space
  10. Having slow mornings on the weekends

Thanks for reading! See you next week for my October favorites!

Like books? Love lists? This one’s for you.

What I’m Loving | September 2016

I plan to do a What I’m Loving post at the end of each month to recap my favorite shows, music, podcasts, products, experiences, etc. of the month. I love reading these myself and discovering new things, so I hope you enjoy what I’ve been loving this September!

ONE | Young House Love Has A Podcast

Somehow I stumbled across Young House Love in the past month and got hooked. The blog turned website follows the lives of married couple, John and Sherry, their two young children and their experiences with flipping their homes, designing products, writing books and more. While I don’t DIY myself, I find it so interesting to learn about.

John and Sherry don’t blog much anymore so the podcast came about! It’s the perfect length for my afternoon commute and is nice to listen to after I wear out my Spotify playlist at work. They feature super interesting tidbits about DIY and I love their “We’re Digging” segment… because I’m nosy. They release a new one every Monday. Give it a listen! If anything, Sherry’s voice is super soothing (she sounds like Mila Kunis!).

Always on the hunt for new podcasts, so let me know of any suggestions!

TWO | YouTube

Oh boy, my reoccurring YouTube obsession is at a major HIGH right now. I have some YouTubers that I’ve followed for quite some time now. I don’t know what it is, but beauty, fitness and lifestyle vlogs just relax and inspire me. I am truly so interested in the everyday lives of other people. Here are some of my all-time favorites/new favorites and a link to a recent video of theirs. As you’ll see, I’m not partial to any particular personality, each of these women are SO different.

College Prepster

Estée Lalonde

Kathleen Lights

Laurenfrodie

Blogilates

THREE | TV

Cameron and I have been binging on Impractical Jokers lately. It is SO cringe funny, and is literally always on TV. Also, season six of New Girl just started back and season two of Scream Queens started the same day. Feeling eh about Scream Queens so far, but New Girl hits it out of the park per usual. They are back-to-back Tuesday nights on Fox, how perfect! It’s pretty rare that I actually watch cable TV… I’m a Netflix/Hulu type of gal, but even then I hardly watch any shows at all, so it’s nice to come across shows that are fun and easy to watch.

FOUR | Crossfit

Cameron and I have been going to crossfit for over two weeks now. I’ll do a post just on crossfit in the coming weeks (bc I have a lot to say about it), but I just can’t believe we’ve kept up with it. We go as soon as I get home from work, and it’s finally starting to feel routine. We actually get excited to go, and if you know us, that is VERY surprising.

It just feels good to be moving, active and STRONG! To see how far I’ve come in just a little over two weeks makes me feel so accomplished.

FIVE | Wunderlist

I LOVE THIS APP. I’m so obsessed with lists. This free app allows you to link to your gmail account and build out lists of any sort. I haven’t linked it to my desktop, but it’s super nice to have the option. I’m definitely going more digital when it comes to my listing habit, and this is more user-friendly than using the Notes app on your iPhone. You can set reminders, due dates and if your sound is on, the noise it makes when you check off an item on your list is uber satisfying.

SIX | Bedtime Setting on iOS10

Look at you go, technology! I think this setting is SO cool. I don’t have a Fitbit or fitness tracker of any sort, so seeing my sleep patterns throughout the night is quite nifty. Also, I love the fact that you can set a reminder up to an hour before your scheduled bedtime. Funny, because I’ve had to set alarms in the past to tell me to go to bed or else I will just stay up all night. My mom made fun of me for that…

SEVEN | St. Lucia

Just. Obsessed. You know when you hear a band and like them, but you see them live and your life is changed? That’s what happened to me at Music Midtown. I so vividly remember them performing when I listen to their music now. And the romance between Jean-Philip Grobler and Patti Beranek (who are married <3) is so undeniably amazing.

EIGHT | Zen Sundays

I’m making this a thing. I want to dedicate one night a week to do all those beauty things that just get shoved to the side during the madness of the week. I’m talking face mask, paint those chipped nails (and take the time to actually make them look good), pluck those eyebrows, sugar scrub and I really want to try a hair mask. I just want to take a moment out of the week to unplug, relax and treat myself! Let me know if you have suggestions of other things to try!

What I’m Loving | September 2016