It’s July, which means half the year is already done (!) As a mid-year check-in I thought I’d round up a few of my current favorites from the past few months…
Reading: About to finish One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by BJ Novak. These short stories for adults are hilarious—complete with witty twists and “morals” at the end of each story. I highly recommend it as a fun summer read. (Also, I wonder if he’s the father of Mindy’s baby?) Next up is The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah (I’m really asking for a good cry with this one).
Watching: I watched Master of None season 2 (twice), earlier this year. It’s amazing—said every review ever. Right now, I’m in the midst of The Handmaid’s Tale (I have not read the book), and The Bachelorette (of course). Two completely polar opposite shows, but hey…that’s how I do. I also just finished 13 Reasons Why, which I tried to avoid for months but finally caved, and I still haven’t been able to shake off the feelings that show gives you.
Eating: Cottage cheese (weird…I know). Earlier this year, I did a few sessions with a personal trainer who also monitored what I ate. After listening to my weird food habits, he suggested I start my day with cottage cheese because it’s packed with protein, along with a glass of pink Himalayan salt and lime—which is supposed to help you retain the good nutrients. So, I have a few spoons of cottage cheese in the morning. It’s not the most savory breakfast, but I get some of my daily protein-fix.
Styling (my hair): Two twists, and two buns…very Princess Leia/Chung Li. It’s incredibly hot and humid in Houston right now, and I can’t always be bothered with my hair, so this helps to keep it out of the way.
Wine-ing: I don’t really gravitate towards white wines, but I happened to come across this Cabañero JalaPINO (get it?) Wine at HEB. The initial taste is nice and light (not to sweet), but then has a spicy kick to it. I kind of really liked it, plus it makes for a refreshing summer Taco Tuesday wine!
Beautifying: With all the humidity, my waves/curls have been losing a little bit of their oomph, throughout the day. I wanted a hair product that was a bit stronger, but not a hair spray. I follow Kristen Ess on Instagram (celebrity hair stylist), who came out with a line of paraban and sulfate-free products sold at Target, and I scooped up her Beach Wave Spray. It’s a mix of dry shampoo, hair spray, and beach wave spray—all in one. It’s pretty great, and holds the style a lot longer. To keep my face from melting off, I’ve been using the NYX Matte Makeup Setting Spray.
Podcasting: Pod Save America. It’s hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor—speech writers and spokesmen during the Obama Administration, and who also helped Hilary Clinton. They have a great way of talking politics, but while being serious, they are also hilarious. Honestly, I’m getting most of my political news from them, as I’m trying not to read too much into the complete stupidity that’s going on in the country right now.
Instagramming: Lucy Laucht of These Foreign Lands and Salma Sabdia of The Polka Dotter. Lucy is a travel photographer, while Salma is a baker/food photographer. Both of their feeds are beautifully done, and very inspiring.
Exercising: Another tip I picked up from the personal trainer is to squeeze in at least 50 squats and 40 lunges every day. I do them in increments of 20 or 25. I add resistance via weights or with holding the squat/lunge between 3 – 10 seconds, and sucking in my stomach. I’ve already seen a bit of improvement, and feel a little stronger in my lower body. It’s definitely something I’ll keep up since I can do it anytime.
Wearing: This gray on gray outfit I picked up from GAP. It is made out of the softest, airy fabric, and I love that I can wear each piece separately. I also picked up a black shirt and matching shorts set in the same fabric. They are perfect spring/summer/transition into fall pieces because of the lightweight material. Plus, I can dress up the outfits with heels (like I did here), or down, with flats.