How is everyone doing? Last week was a real mixed bag for me. I think it’s probably the same for all of us – good days and bad days. Motivated days, unmotivated days, days where I felt great and optimistic and days where I did not want to do a damn thing besides cry. I have found the crying is directly correlated to watching the news and reading sad stories so have been limiting my news consumption and avoiding it in the mornings (when I am trying to start my day and be productive) and evenings (when I’m trying to wind down!)
I have been throwing myself into making funny videos for Instagram. It’s helping me learn a new skill set (I edit them on iMovie on my computer) and it’s fun, and entertaining. It takes me a while to make them but it’s fun. My first video was a music video and then I did a funny play on girls night. Thinking maybe girls night should be a regular thing.
Besides my new found penchant for cinematography I have been pretty boring. Yesterday I just stayed home and watched Damages reruns and worked. And did a lot of chores…. so many chores. It’s funny as I definitely have MORE cleaning and housework to do since being home full time. More laundry because I’m not wearing any of my nice things that I’d ordinarily dry clean or hang up after wearing… and more vacuuming and chores and dishes because I’m cooking most of my meals and home all day.
Lastly, my new favorite at home uniform. Naadam very generously gifted me one of their cotton cashmere sweatsuits (sweatshirt + joggers, I chose light grey) and it is DIVINE. 95% cotton, 5% cashmere so it feels like extra velvety lush cotton. I find Naadam to be very true to size – I take a medium in both pieces.
SXSW Film Festival on Amazon Prime!
It was obviously a huge bummer when SXSW was cancelled but they’ve gone and made lemonade from lemons and done something really cool and thoughtful (and FREE!).
Later this month, the SXSW film festival is going to be streaming via Amazon! Here’s an article with more information, but essentially here is what’s happening:
They are creating an SXSW Film Festival Collection that will stream movies from the festival on Prime Video for 10 days, completely free in the US — you won’t even need a subscription to watch! They’re targeting a late April launch, and it will be over a ten day period. I just think this is so amazing; and personally CANNOT WAIT for all of the remote film festival fun from home. I’m excited for the lineup to be announced and am planning on researching each of the films and seeing at least one film a day during the festival!
A digital book festival!
Wordplay is a major book festival, put on by the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. As they cannot hold an in-person gathering, this year they’ve collaborated with the literary community to bring you live video conversations, podcasts, visual arts, author Q&As, playlists, social media takeovers, and other creative content.
Pretty cool as you can tune in anywhere, without making the trip to Minnesota. They have an incredible lineup planned (including Samantha Irby, Alison Roman, and Emma Straub). See the full lineup here, the schedule here (things kick off April 7th!), and of course, if you are inclined, make a donation!
Some recent beauty favorites.
I posted this to instagram yesterday but figured I’d share them here too!
one // The Coqui Coqui orange blossom fragrance. It’s summer in a bottle and makes me think of their beautiful hotels. Happy fragrances like this one are really wonderful when you feel stressed!
two // Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream. Always. always. I feel like a broken record but I am not testing anything right now so using this morning and night. It’s truly the BEST. Read my full review here!
four // Bobbi Brown bronzer in “Aruba”. Haven’t been doing much makeup but my friend Cassandra got me onto this and it’s so pretty.
five //The Jillian Dempsey gold sculpting bar. I bought this a few months ago when I interviewed Jenny Han with Sephora – she was raving about it so I ordered it as soon as I got home. I’ve been playing around a lot with it and am shook by how much more lifted my face looks after using. LOVE. Will work on a review but in the meantime recommend watching YouTube tutorials, whoa!
I mentioned this on Instagram stories but one thing I’ve started to do is give myself weekly treats. On Tuesdays I order Dunkin for delivery, and every Sunday, I order in brunch from a fav local restaurant.
Last week I did the breakfast sandwich from The Butcher’s Daughter (and some yummy juices) and this week I did 12 Chairs… their breakfast shakshuka is something I love and CRAVE. It’s something nice to look forward to and a good way to support my fav restaurants (in a small way).
(Plate is from Scargo Pottery on Cape Cod and spoon is our family silver.)
And here is a photo of Tyrion, just for fun. Portrait mode is just the best.
Would love to hear your favorite distractions in the comments!