Ulla Johnson Devi acid-washed denim dress, Golden Goose Mid Star Glittered Sneakers, Saint Jane CBD Luxury Body Serum, Mineral Robyn for Recovery CBD Tincture, HORA x POOSH Hyaluronic Halo + CBD facial serum, Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bucket Bag (via consignment) (similar), “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach, Ph.D., Work In Progress with Sophia Bush, ‘Saggezza’ Earrings by Rosantica, self-love courtesy of Hallie Bateman
1. I ordered this ‘Vive La Resistance’ sweatshirt this week for rather obvious reasons. In all honesty, buying something that not only makes a statement but supports a cause I believe in made me feel better at a time where I’m feeling a little hopeless. Clare V., $125
2. When I was pregnant with Knox, my entire body was terribly dry. As a matter of fact, my skin has become abnormally scaly during all three of my pregnancies and it’s definitely one of the harder aspects of pregnancy for me because nothing 100% remedies it. However, to help alleviate the situation as much as I could and look less like a lizard, I began dry brushing and it has proven to be a game-changer. (Here is a good source of information on dry-brushing and its benefits.) I won’t lie, the process can be kind of painful at first depending on your skin's sensitivity but holy hell does it make a huge difference in the overall condition and appearance of my skin. Since a certain three year old I know recently poured blue toothpaste all over the brush I’d been using since I began the self-care practice, it was time for a new one. Enter: the ‘G. Tox Ultimate Dry Brush’. I am obsessed however, I should warn you that this brush is probably NOT a great choice for a dry-brushing beginner as the bristles are very stiff and intense. Goop, $20
3. Regardless of your stance on the mom jean trend, I believe we can all appreciate the virtues of the high-waist and non-skinny fit. Personally, I love them, wear them non-ironically, and find them to be the most flattering on my body type (which is curvy-ish, bottom-heavy, and, ya know… a mom.) These ‘PINCH’ cropped, straight leg pair are the ULTIMATE. As a former denim buyer and mom-jean devotee, please just trust me on this. AGOLDE, $178
4. I have to give credit for this find to my girl, Apes. I was determined to buy a fiddle leaf fig this year and to, more importantly, keep him alive. She told me about this ‘Boomerang Comeback Formula’ and I’ve never looked back. As you can see from the picture, Fitzgerald (yes, I named him) is not only alive but he’s thriving: he’s grown eight inches in height (8!!) and gotten eleven new leaves since I bought him in May. It probably doesn’t hurt that I baby the hell out of him. My kids look at me like I’m crazy but I talk to him as I dust his leaves every week, making sure to give him copious amounts of positive reinforcement because I swear it works. I’m not sure how much you’re actually supposed to use but I add about 1/8th cup of the liquid fertilizer into the thirty-two ounces of water I give ol’ Fitzy every week. FoxFarm Bushdoctor, $22/one quart .
5. To date, I’ve tried around twenty-three natural deodorants and only twenty-two of them have truly sucked. The single one that didn’t? A little natural organic coconut-oil based MVP that smells like the tropics and keeps your pits from smelling like a combination of ass and curry. It also moisturizes them and doesn’t leave any residue on your clothes. Kopari Beauty, $14
6 + 7. There is one beach activity that I mourn the luxury of experiencing now that I’m a parent: reading. Since Joe and I are leaving for Tulum early Wednesday morning for a little “you survived your first year with three children” gift to ourselves and I can think of no better opportunity to reignite my favorite beach pastime and no better source to do so than with the second and third installments in the ‘Mestra’ trilogy written by L.S. Hilton. Dark, twisted, glamorous, and indulgent, they are just what this mama needs to take her out of mom-mode. Amazon, $18 each
8 + 9. Speaking of being in Tulum, I’m a psycho when it comes to sunscreen. Don’t get me wrong, mama loves a tan and lounging in the sun with the best of them but ain’t nobody got time for skin cancer or wrinkles. My favorite adult sunscreen is the ‘Milk-Lotion Spray SPF 50+’ for body and the ‘UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50+’ for my face, both by Clarins. I don’t normally splurge on sunscreen but when I’m going to be spending so many hours over the course of five days lying on top of white sand in the Caribbean sun, I figure it can’t hurt. Nordstrom, $36 & $43, respectively
10. Joe travels a lot. Like, A LOT, A LOT. Last year, he finally decided that it made sense to upgraded his ten-year-old luggage to something a little more professional looking and, not to mention, durable. As soon as his AWAY suitcase arrived, I became green with envy because 1) I don’t have a suit case at all and 2) the one I do seldom use when I travel is the one he just decided was no longer in working order. So, you can imagine my sheer delight when a little over a month ago he surprised me with my very own suitcase! Mind you, the one he bought me is a bigger (because, duh) and greener (ha, natch) version of his own. ‘The Bigger Carry-On’ by AWAY TRAVEL, $245
I’ll admit it: I’m a liker of things. It’s not my best quality but whatever. Because what’s wrong with a pretty new shade of lipstick helping me forget that I have poop under my fingernails most days? And if an artisanal (read: over-priced) candle from Brooklyn helps me find my zen during the witching hour while my children run circles around my feet like demonic banshees then so sue me. Also, life is heavy. Occasionally, we need to look at or buy pretty things to distract us from that heaviness and, you know what? It’s okay. I’m okay with it. And you should be okay with it, too.
Obviously, I’m fully aware that I’m no beauty or fashion or lifestyle blogger (and maintain zero intention to become one). But, ask any of my girlfriends and they’ll tell you that if I could be accused of being anything, it’s being the kind of woman who knows exactly what she likes and always shares the love when the find is worth sharing! So, if I’d share all of these finds with a close girlfriend, why wouldn’t I share them here with you, dear reader? I mean, if you all know the status of my mental health, why shouldn’t you also know the shade of lipstick I’m wearing while we’re at it??
*It should also be noted that I am not trying to sell you anything or make any money off of this post or any posts like it in the future (which, by the way, I’d like to maybe turn into a series because I do really enjoy creating them). There are absolutely ZERO affiliate links in this post and there never will be because I hate that kind of thing. These are simply products I’ve personally paid for, use, and enjoy enough to assume that maybe you will, too.*
So, without holding you in any further suspense, here’s what I’m currently into/using/loving at the moment:
1. Jack’s Wife Freda, the eponymous cookbook of the NYC cult culinary establishment. Every recipe I’ve made, which has been almost all of them, has turned out wonderful and comforting and full of flavor. If you like food with a middle eastern influence, you’ll love this book.
2. Shashi Tilu 3 Stack bracelets. These dress up a t-shirt and jeans and look appropriate with just about anything. I’ll definitely be taking them with me to Tulum next month.
3. Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial is a game changer. It’s expensive so I normally buy the smaller jar and use it sparingly. It eliminates any clogged pores, smoothes the texture of my skin, and has helped tremendously with my hormonal break-outs. I use it two to three times a week, usually in the shower after washing my face.
4. BYTA insulated stainless steel tumbler keeps my iced oat milk lattes (or rosé depending on the time of day) as cold as it’ competitor but is actually cute and isn’t outrageous in price or size. The company donates 10% of net profits to the Environmental Defense Fund and by purchasing and using your BYTA, you help rid the world of the 500 BILLION disposable cups produced every year. Environmentalism never looked so chic.
5. My friend, Brooke, sent me a pair of these Bohemia leather Moroccan house shoes after I admired her own pair while spending a long weekend with her this past spring. She found them in a general store in Dumbo and I have to tell you: they are the best gift one can ever receive because leather house shoes aren’t typically an item one prioritizes to buy for themselves. They are super comfortable, hold up well, and the best part is that they aren’t Uggs. As far as sizing, I’m a size 8 in most shoes and a medium fits me perfectly.
6. I got a little wild this fall and purchased these cropped wide-leg trousers with an olive green racing stripe down the side and I’m surprisingly obsessed. I’ve worn them with a chambray button down and sneakers, a white silk blouse and suede heels for date night, and even with a grey cotton tank and Adidas pool slides. They’re versatile and definitely outside of my normal comfort zone but I’m here for them.
7. Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops are THE BOMB. Full stop. As someone who slathers on the sunscreen all year round yet really appreciates the look of sun-bronzed skin, these give me the best of both worlds. Just make sure you apply by mixing it into your moisturizer or foundation because it’s VERY concentrated and you’ll look like an Oompa Loompa if you use it on its own.
8. These Turquoise African Beads Necklace by Ann Mashburn were one of those impulse buys but as soon as I saw them, I knew my neck needed them. They are simple and colorful and add just enough touch of that certain something to whatever outfit I pair it with.
9. Kosas lipstick in ‘Darkroom’ is the perfect berry-hued lipstick for fall. Kosas is all natural and deeply pigmented so the color stays put and doesn’t bleed or flake. I’ve tried A LOT of natural lipsticks and this one takes the cake. My best friend also swears by Kosas and favors their shade of warm red.
10. I discovered this Auteur candle by OURS Living during my visit to Brooklyn in the spring. Its’ scent is intoxicating and makes a space instantly inviting. With notes of Palo Santo, rose, amber, cedarwood, patchouli, and sandalwood, Auteur lends warmth and sophisticated sexiness to a space that isn’t sweet, flowery, or synthetic.