Somehow, six months of 2020 have gone by. I know, best not dwell on that notion for too long. But, now is a good time to check in on career goals that were set at the start of the year. Given the historic upheaval that has swept the world in the months since you might've set those goals, it's probably time to re-evaluate. Take a look at my goal-setting posts which give you an easy step-by-step process for thinking about what you want in your personal and professional life and a roadmap to get there.
Does anyone else love a mocktail? I do!
Especially when you spike that mocktail with vodka. Especially now, as the summer is shaping up to be a hot one, the dehydrating effects of alcohol are even less welcome than ever. Also, if you’re currently pregnant or nursing, you absolutely deserve a tasty drink in this heat. If you need a delightful mocktail for summertime sipping, might I refer you to this one that’s packed with flavor? Yes, thank you.
Necessary? No. Delightful because we are magpies? Yes. Coppertone’s Glow sunscreen is a lightweight (but still powerfully sunburn-preventing) cream that is infused with shimmer and ready to transform you into the bronzed goddess you were born to be. Who among us doesn’t need a little extra sparkle during a quarantined summer? Lather up, y'all.
Summer candles can be tricky, because they’re such a cozy moment by nature. Apotheke has completely nailed it, in collaboration with artist Matt Schwartz (AKA She Hit Pause) who has decked these candles out in plenty of dreamy color. Expect scents like “Rooftop In August” and “Swimming In Rectangles” to fill your space with summery vibes.
Hey, you know when you accidentally order a quantity of lemons you’d typically only need if you were running a roadside stand of some kind? Whelp, last week the grocery store fulfilled my online order with three BAGS of lemons instead of three individual lemons, so I’ve been looking for good ways to use up about 20x more lemons than I need. These scrumptious looking lemon bars are exactly the inspiration I was hoping for. But honestly, let’s just put meringue on everything.
How cool is this? Food & Wine recently published a list of anti-inflammatory foods that can be purchased at Trader Joe’s. This is both an excellent refresher course in the benefits of anti-inflammatory foods, and conveniently, it's also a ready-to-go grocery list with helpful tips on what to look for in packaging. Plus, who doesn’t love exploring the wonders of TJs? Give me all the cruciferous veggies!
Home improvement is suddenly a much bigger deal when home is basically the only safe place to be. If you’re looking to revamp a room with a new coat of paint, but find buying paint to be a completely overwhelming experience, you need to meet Clare. Clare is a revolution when it comes to making an onerous paint job super easy. You don’t need to look through thousands of colors, you just need to look through the best ones, and that’s what Clare’s expertly curated options are. The brand also makes it so easy to buy everything you need to paint a room, and everything you need (painting equipment too!) is delivered right to your door in one box. One of my favorite parts? The swatches. They're stick-ons!
Don't mind me, I'm just over here preparing for the day when I can move to Italy and fulfill my dreams of playing musical instruments with my neighbors across charming courtyards. How genius is this balcony table? This sturdy mini table attaches to your balcony railing and lets you work or dine alfresco no matter how much or how little outside space you happen to have. My favorite feature? You can fill the top compartment with ice and have a little cooler for drinks right in front of you. Thank you sir, I’ll take three.
I know summer isn’t shaping up to be what we thought, but there are ways to safely gather with small groups of people you love, as long as you follow some smart guidelines. This list is a good place to start getting informed and inspired for safe summer gatherings!
This foot scrubber is officially your new summer bestie. We’re all spending far more time barefoot or in sandals, which can result in dirtier feet. Yeah... ew. Let’s make sure to keep our little piggies pristine, especially these days. Also, it feels like a mini foot massage.
Raise your hand if you love burning your countertops! Didn’t think so. I have also melted way too many beauty products when my hot tools have gotten too close to them on the counter. It's a whole situation that quite frankly, I'm over. This smart hot tools holster fits over the side of your countertop and is the perfect place to keep your curling irons, straighteners or blow dryers.
I can’t be the only one here who gets my best ideas in the shower. Perhaps because it's the only time of day that I have to be completely alone with my own thoughts. Rather than reaching for and inevitably destroying or accidentally dunking our phones (been there), this waterproof pad actually lives in the shower and is ready and waiting for your mid-shampoo strokes of genius.
I shared these smart cushions at the start of our the pandemic along with all of my work-from-home strategies here, but it’s been four months now and I want to remind everyone that you don’t have to be in constant pain while you work. Add this to whatever desk chair situation you have to relieve pain in your thighs, legs, tush region, lower back, you get the picture.
In addition to opening up new ways to not be bored in your own backyard, I love how cute this bocce ball set is. Because it’s L.L. Bean, obviously you can personalize it, making it an outstanding gift to give during any summer, but especially this one when we’re all looking for safe and fun activities.
Yes, I said super scrunchie. This is an oversized scrunchie that will put a smile on your face and a ponytail in your hair. Particularly exciting for those of us with longer and thicker hair, this is more than a strand-gathering device, it is an accessory. I have it in blush and if you think I haven't been waiting for this restock so that I can snag more colors, well, you'd be wrong.
Evi Grintela is rapidly becoming one of my summer favorites. Somehow, these dresses are appropriate for any occasion you can imagine. I now own four of them, and I wear them so often—dinners, baby showers, bridal brunches, anything really! I’m not sure how a dress is both dressy and casual at the same time, but here we are. They’re a unicorn in dress format and they’re currently very on sale which we should all take advantage of!