What I’m Loving | October 2016

Can we all agree that October went as fast as it came? Time flies! Life is somewhat getting into a rhythm and it feels good to have things settling into place and have some time to discover cool things like I’ve listed below!

ONE | Podcasts

The Minimalists podcast

This podcast was recommended to me a few weeks ago and I’ve been listening to it nonstop since. The episodes are lengthy but I usually listen while getting ready for work and during my morning commute. It’s a great way to start your morning! The conversations are really intellectually stimulating for anyone interested in minimalism. And while many people tend to think that minimalism only pertains to clothes or personal belongings, it totally doesn’t! It’s all about living with intention.

Millennial

Another great podcast that I stumbled upon via Pinterest! This one is super raw, honest, and just what a gal, or guy, in their twenties needs to hear. I just finished listening to the first season and am excited to dive into the second. Great listen for anyone who’s feeling a little bogged down in this new post-grad life. I often find myself almost saying out loud, “girl, I feel you”, almost every episode. May or may not have almost cried on my way to work listening to it…

TWO | Netflix

New Girl | Remember last month when I said I was excited for season six of New Girl? Well, I didn’t realize i hadn’t seen season five yet! Cameron and I have been watching an episode…or two…or sometimes three at night and it has been the best season yet, in my opinion. Zooey Deschanel is goals.

Fixer Upper | Love. I watched a lot of this over the summer, but got my mom hooked a week or so ago and I’ve been indulging in it. Something about the show just soothes me. Don’t know if it’s Joanna’s design style, the adorable chemistry between Chip and Jo or the shocking transformations they are capable of…I love it all. Also, can I just say I have major style envy of Joanna?  Her outfits are so classic and effortless!

Side note: has anyone read Chip and Jo’s new book? I want to know if it’s worth the read!

THREE | #Project333

I did a MAJOR closet clean out this month. I’m talking six trash bags worth of stuff to donate. While that felt good, it was also pretty upsetting that I even owned that much stuff…some items still had tags on them and I wondered why I ever bought them! I’ve been following the #Project333 trend for a while now and am really interested in giving it a go! (Haven’t heard of it? Read this.) Definitely would create my own rules, though. No need to be extra strict. I like how it challenges you to be creative with your outfits.

I made a shopping list for a few key items to incorporate into my wardrobe this fall/winter and I was very deliberate with what I chose. I want to challenge myself to really invest in versatile pieces and actually love everything in my closet. However, I’m wondering if I even need any true fall or winter pieces seeing as tomorrow is November and it’s 80 degrees out. Womp womp.

What has been on your radar this October? I’m always on the hunt for something new and inspiring, so let me know if there’s something you’ve been loving.

Thanks for reading and cheers to the fresh start of a new month!

What I’m Loving | October 2016

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