Tuesday, August 27, 2019

August 2019 Favorites

Coming up with favorites for this month was a little bit tricky. I didn’t feel like I had necessarily tried a ton of new items and since I was in town all month, I wasn’t stocking up on much of anything new either. Most of the items that make the cut as favorites for this month are smaller things that I’ve found myself reaching for or using regularly. 

I recently started receiving books from a publisher which has me finally feeling like I’m up-to-date with some of the new releases that are coming out (in case you didn’t know, I’m trying not to buy a single book this year and instead rely on the library). After reading the back cover it sounded like something I would like, and Nell happened to see it in a bookstore not long after and texted me a picture of it saying she thought it would be a book I would read. She was right, and I was already hooked on it. It’s told from two different perspectives which can get confusing but was very clear in the way this one was written. I would put it in the thriller category since it does involve a mystery involving someone’s death, but it had me questioning what happened until the final pages. 

Daisy Jones and the Six (not pictured)
Another book I LOVED this month was Daisy Jones and the Six. I had heard so many people rave about it that I added it to my Libby app to listen to. It’s not my typical genre as it is a bit documentary-like and I was surprised I enjoyed listening to it given how frequently it switches narratives to tell the story. It is so well written and convincing as a documentary-style book that I had to google whether or not Daisy Jones and the Six were actually a band. I am admittedly TERRIBLE when it comes to pop culture, but I’d also like to think that that speaks more to the authors’ writing ability than my band knowledge. Reese Witherspoon is producing the book into an Amazon miniseries that I’m already looking forward to. If you’ve got nothing to do for 24 hours, consider this your solution! 

My dad is going to see this and laugh at me given how hard of a time I give him about his reusable k-cup pods when I’m home. In my defense, the grounds do seep through when using the ones he has, but that is not the case with the reusable one I purchased. While I still have premade K-cup pods, I figured that slowly switching to a reusable version filled with my favorite coffee (and a taste of my hometown) would be a small way to help the environment. I think I need to get my dad this version (and better coffee grounds to put inside) so he truly sees the difference in how no grounds fall through it. 

With so many weddings this summer, it feels like my fingers and toes have remained covered in light pink polish. Since I had most of August off from the wedding circuit, I mixed it up a bit by reaching for Essie’s Virgin Snow, which is a really pretty light blue polish. This would be equally as pretty in the summer as it is now if you’re looking to stray from your typical color choice. 

Part of my job includes requesting products from brands for photoshoots we have. Our team has worked with Dixie Design (the cutest online stationery shop that’s based out of Birmingham) a number of times to feature products and this notepad from the tassel collection was something we wanted to include. Usually, when requesting a sample, we are just sent a few pieces with a made-up name, so I was very surprised when the package came in from them with my name across a collection of 100 pieces. I don’t know if it was a miscommunication or they didn’t have samples made, but I felt guilty and spoiled at the same time. As a lover of pretty paper goods, I have adored writing notes on the stationery sent and to-do lists on the notepad featured! 

A tried-and-true favorite that I didn’t know I wanted until I received it! My Michele watch is definitely one of my most worn jewelry items and gets a surprising number of compliments (usually from guys which I find odd) on top of keeping me timely. I have had mine for two years and think I love it even more now than when I first got it. I almost feel naked when I forget to put it on in the morning. It’s certainly an investment piece, and given how much use I get out of it I’d say it’s worth every penny.

My hair and I have been in a bit of a battle this month since it’s so hot and humid that I feel like just about all I can do with it is wear it in a ponytail. I use a decent bit of heat on my hair to style it how I like it and know that I need to be better about using a heat protectant spray. I finally remembered to pick one up when I was at the store and opted for this one because it smells amazing and has keratin, which is supposed to be really good for your hair. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s very affordable! 

Mounted TV (not pictured)
Y’all it took a year, but we finally mounted the TV in our living room. I use the term “we” loosely since it was all thanks to our friend Fraser, but it seriously feels like I new space because of this. Now we just need to get a cord hider and taller piece of furniture for underneath to really finish our living room. Once we do, I’ll FINALLY share the space with y’all. 

May Designs for Target Planner (same style, different color also love this one)
I like to keep a separate planner for my blog work and regular work but didn’t want to invest in something expensive for blog organization. I was looking at Target and happened upon the one pictured that was done in collaboration with May Designs and Blue Sky. I couldn’t find this color online but have linked the same format, which I hope will be perfect for organizing my ideas and to-dos for all things related to Prep In Your Step.

What did y’all love this month? I’m hoping to do a video version of my favorites next month so stay tuned! 

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