Wednesday, September 30, 2020

September 2020 Favorites

I know I say this most months, but I really don’t know how it’s already almost October. As far as how quickly the months have gone by lately, September takes that cake for being the fastest. I’m ok with that because I feel like September is the fall(ish) equivalent of March. I don’t dislike either of those months, but I just don’t really look forward to them either. I do love October though, so I’m excited it’s nearly here, especially given that I have a friend’s wedding to celebrate mid-month. But before it officially arrives, I wanted to make sure to share some of my favorite products from the past month with y’all since there were a few new discoveries to note! 

Weezie Short Sleeve Robe

This may be my favorite purchase of 2020, and after having it on my wishlist since the short-sleeve version was released, I am so glad to finally have one but am so confused as to why it took me so long to finally purchase it. I received an email at some point in April from Weezie saying that the pink piping they had recently ordered wasn’t “their” pink, meaning they were selling the wrong color for 40% off. Well, pink is pink to me, and I certainly couldn’t tell the difference, so at 40% off, that was the motivation I needed to make the purchase. Since I wear a robe after I shower and a lot of times when getting ready in the morning the short sleeves and lack of collar make it that much easier to not get hot and also not make a mess of my robe while getting ready. Another feature I love about this robe, in particular, is that the tie is sewn onto the back, so you don’t have to worry about keeping the ties through little loops just to secure it at your waist! It’s especially good timing for me to share this favorite with y’all since tomorrow starts Weezie’s once a year 20% off sale. I have some of their washcloths and have wanted to get some towels as well and have heard this sale is the best time to stock up. Or if you’re not in the market, go ahead and start your Christmas shopping tomorrow at a discounted price! 

Cerave's Renewing SA Cleanser

Nell was recently on a dermatology rotation for PA school, so I decided to use that to the best of my advantage by asking her to get all the recommendations she could when it came to various skincare products. I was almost out of my facewash, so I was excited when she told me that the dermatologist she was working with nearly always recommended Cerave’s Renewing SA Cleanser to patients looking to get breakouts under control. I ordered it the following week and have been using it since the beginning of September and really like it. While it’s not going to solve any skin problem I have and I’m aware of that, it’s affordable, gentle, and seems to be working for me so far! I also really like that it has a pump, which makes it easy to leave it sitting on my hanging shower organizer to use instead of having to pick it up and flip it over like some other facewashes! 

Fabletics Leggings

In warmer months, the only time you’ll find me in leggings is when I’m heading to a true40 class. I’ve come to find that I have relatively picky criteria for leggings since I really don’t want them to show any sweat, but that limits me from some of the more fun colors and patterns out there. When I spotted these tricolor pairs from Fabletics, I hoped that they would be my solution and am excited to admit that they are. Since the top has a darker color, I don’t have to worry about sweat so much (especially with the navy pair), which is great! I also love how thick they are without making me hot. While they have already been staples for working out lately, I know they will be getting a lot of wear in the fall and winter on walks and when lounging around. 

Bathing Suit Top (also available here)

I’m laughing at the fact that I’m jumping from leggings to a bathing suit top, but I never claimed for these posts to make a ton of sense, and with Labor Day Weekend kicking off September, it’s not totally out of the realm of possibility. Toward the end of the summer, after many weekends at the beach and lake, I was getting kind of bored with the swimsuits I owned, and that’ w when I discovered this cute top from Carolina K. The price tag was WAY more than I wanted to spend but a simple google search and a coupon code I also found online made it under $40 and worth the purchase to me. I don’t have any pictures of it on, but the fit is really cute, and it provides full coverage, which I appreciate! 

Elisabeth and Butter’s Fall Granola

I feel like making a recipe twice in the span of a month constitutes it to become a favorite for the month. I’ve made Elisabeth and Butter’s Fall Granola recipe back to back weeks and love having it as a snack in my pantry. The first time I made it, I gave some to a few friends that were studying as a study treat, but this go-round, I kept it all for myself to eat as cereal and a snack. It’s so easy to make and causes your house to smell like fall while it’s baking! 

I tried my hardest to come up with other things I’ve been loving this month, but these take the cake, so I will leave it at that instead of forcing myself to have “loved” something else. I’d love to know what you’d classify as one of your favorites from the past month! 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Affordable Fall Headbands

 As excited as I am for fall, I am trying to remind myself to wear some of my favorite summer pieces one last time before it’s too late. While that doesn’t seem nearly as exciting as reaching for my favorite fall pieces, it’s more practical given the weather and also will hopefully help me not tire so quickly of all the sweaters I am bound to be living in during the coming months. 

One item that I am glad will be transitioning from summer to fall with me is headbands. At first, I wasn’t so sure what to think of the trend since it took me back to my middle school days when headbands were one of the few ways we could accessorize our uniforms. Fortunately, it seems as though we have all moved past the large ones that seem to take up half of your head and into a cuter version that adds a subtle statement. 

I have a feeling that when I do get tired of reaching for the same tops over and over again, a headband will be a fun way to change things up. To be prepared for that moment, I browsed online to find some cute new ones to add to my collection and was floored at how many were out there that I loved. I had a Madewell gift card that had gone unused for a while, which helped me narrow my decision to this one and this one for the sake of them feeling “free.” Next on my list would be this one or one of the cute ones from this site. In case you’re in the same boat and want to stock up on some headbands that better fit the season ahead, I’ve included some of my favorites in the shoppable image below. All you have to do if you find one you like is click directly on it in the image below to be taken to where it can be purchased!

Monday, September 28, 2020

Tuckernuck 20% Off Sale

 My love of Tuckernuck goes back to their very early (and my high school) days, but that probably doesn’t come as a surprise to y’all given how often I feature their pieces on my site. Their classic styles make the items I have from Tuckernuck ones that I wear season and after season, but often there’s a unique twist to make a classic piece more modern. Tuckernuck’s Friends and Family sale started today, meaning that most items on the site (with a few exclusions) are 20% off with the code RINGRING. I’ve included some of my favorites in the image below, but be sure to shop soon if there’s something you love since I wouldn’t be surprised if items start selling out soon with a sale this good.

Step Into My Week 9.28

In many ways, this week was a heavy one for our country. With loss, injustice, and the harsh reality of how quickly climate change could impact the world, I’ve found myself a little bit overwhelmed. Some of that may also be due to the fact that I keep forgetting to write these Step Into My Week posts throughout the weeks as they happen to make it a bit more exciting and also less of a to-do when I do finally sit down to type it all out. 

I seemed to be back in a more consistent workout routine this week, which felt like a tiny victory, and the cooler weather we welcomed the week with wasn’t too bad either! I started my Monday morning at true40 for a workout before working from home all day. We usually don’t have shoots on Monday, which gives us plenty of time to video call with the teams we are working with to run through what we are shooting and how they want things to turn out. That’s how I spent most of my morning, and the afternoon was spent finalizing lots of details for upcoming location shoots and ordering in products. Once I wrapped up around 5:00, I decided I wanted to enjoy the weather a bit and went for a walk while listening to a podcast. Monday night was pretty uneventful with me making myself dinner and eating it while starting Schitt’s Creek.

I went to true40 again on Tuesday morning and then opted to shower, change, and go into the office to get things done. I had to work on my expense report, which is definitely one of my least favorite parts of my job, but fortunately, I was able to get it done with ease. I put props away and pulled new ones for my shoot the following day before eventually returning home to do some more work. In the late afternoon, I made pumpkin bread muffins and then went for a walk with Nell. We ate dinner outside at Saws that night while I waited for an update on how my friend’s, who tore his ACL a couple of weeks ago, surgery went. I stopped by to see him and drop off the muffins I made around 8:30 and stayed for a little while until he could take more medicine and go to sleep.

I had a shoot on Wednesday, so I got up and did some work in bed before heading into the office. The shoot focused on braised and roasted dishes, and we had a lot of different shot options to grab, so it lasted well into the afternoon. I put those props away before coming home to finish my work for the day. My friend asked me to come by that night, and I stayed there for a bit while he ate dinner, and we watched TV before I left.

Thursday was my second shoot day of the week, but this one had a more fun theme to work with since it involved cookies and brownies. That ended around 2:00, and I put my props away before leaving the office and heading home. I came home to find flowers and a candle on my front porch, which was a really sweet surprise and have made my room smell amazing all week. Later on, I went over to my friend’s house to sit with him while he iced his leg, and we eventually ate dinner with his roommate while watching the NBA game that night. 

I ended my week how I started it with a true40 workout that morning. After that, I showered and worked from home, finalizing details for the shoot I have this week. Nell stopped by around 2:00, and then I watched some of Schitt’s Creek while waiting for my laundry to finish. Eventually, I went over to my friend’s house, and we played Monopoly Deal before figuring out what to eat for dinner while watching another game on TV.

Saturday was a fun one and began with me sleeping in a bit, which felt nice. I met some of my friends to walk to Crestline Bagel that morning and then came home and got ready to meet some other friends at Back Forty to watch the SEC games. We stayed there from 12:30 until 5:30 when I went over to my friend’s house to watch the Alabama game and have dinner. 

Sunday, I slept in a little and then had a very slow morning before making my way to the store to stock up on groceries for the week. I swang by my friend’s house to help him stretch and ice his leg before coming home to make lunch and Elisabeth and Butter’s fall granola. In the afternoon, I walked to Nell’s apartment while catching up on the phone with my parents. Once I made it to Nell’s, we watched Father of the Bride 3ish together and hung out before she drove me back to my house. The remainder of my night was spent showering, making dinner, stopping by my friend’s place to help him stretch again, and then coming home to go to sleep. 

I can’t believe October kicks off this week, and I know we have some colder weather headed our way along with it, so I’m excited for the week to come and hope you are too! 

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