Listening to Records Before Bed
This is a tradition that Matt and I have upheld almost every night since we started dating. A few nights ago we fell asleep listening to Marty Robbins, and it was the most peaceful sleep I’ve had in a while. Living on a busy street means there are a ton of late night distractions keeping us up, but the records help to lull us to sleep easily. Plus, there’s nothing better than having a soundtrack to your nightly snuggles.
If you know me, you know I love a good podcast. This one, which is only three episodes deep, is hosted by comedy icon Jackie Johnson, and is ALL about vegan/cruelty-free skincare, makeup, haircare, and more. It feels like a podcast made for me, and I refresh my podcast feed pretty much nonstop on Fridays, waiting for it to post.
“Japanese Denim” – Daniel Caesar
I don’t remember how I came across this song, but it’s stunning. Listening to this while writing has helped to spike creativity, and inspired me to create a playlist of similarly inspiring songs. Here’s a link to his soundcloud page!
I work a lot. There is no greater torture than working an 8.5 hour shift in an underwire bra. Though I am a bustier woman, I have zero qualms about having minimal breast support if it means I can be comfortable all day. There’s no shame in my game, y’all. Bralettes are a national treasure, and I firmly believe anyone with breasts should at least give them a shot.
LUSH Scrubee Body Butter
Every now and then, LUSH comes out with something that blows my mind. I had heard rumors about this product for months before it finally arrived, but my expectations seemed to have been a little too low. Scrubee is a stunning body butter shaped like a bee (my fave). It has alternating stripes of moisturizing cocoa and shea butters and exfoliating coconut shell and ground almonds, which make for super softened skin. I bought 5, which may not be enough.
Creating & Free Time
I’m leaving my job of two years in a few weeks (surprise!) and will only have one job now. I’m so excited! It’s been a while since I’ve had a significant amount of free time, meaning it’s been a while since I’ve been able to give any attention to my creative output. Now that I have the time, I’m so excited to delve back in to writing, painting and weaving, and find new activities to keep me entertained. If you have any ideas of things I should do, places I should go, movies I should watch, books I should read, etc., PLEASE share them!
For most of my life, I’ve hated my hair. It’s red, thick, super wavy, and impossible to tame. I’ve been borderline self-conscious of it, until recently. My friend Kat gave me an amazing haircut in November, and since then my hair has been so good. I’m low maintenance about haircare, and rarely use styling tools or products, but my natural look has been making me so happy.
SOLIDS ARE BETTER. Shampoo bars are probably my favorite LUSH innovation, for a number of reasons. For those who don’t know, LUSH has a range of shampoo bars for every haircare concern, from oily or dry to flaky scalp or lack of volume. They are the same amount of shampoo as three 8 ounce bottles of shampoo and last about 80-100 washes, so they are incredibly cost-effective and fantastic for travel. I’ve tried four so far, and my current favorite is Lullaby, a lovely blend of lavender, oat milk and neroli oil. I highly recommend checking them out, and grabbing a conditioner bar, too!
“Hippy grandma” Style
A few weeks ago, my manager told me my sense of style was that of a “hippy grandma.” While some may find that offensive, I couldn’t agree more! My wardrobe is ever evolving, and most of my pieces take on a new life every few months, but there’s a clear running theme. I wear a lot of florals, embroidery, denim, loose fitting trousers and leather boots. Alternately, I wear modest black tops, well fitting pants, cardigans and flats pretty often too. Personal style is a fascinating subject, and I like to make my own rules.