Happy Monday! OK, first of all how is everyone doing? I love our little weekly check-ins. It’s so interesting to me and also, (I think I’ve said this before) weirdly reassuring to hear how people are faring in different parts of the country (or different countries altogether!) So if you feel up for it, leave me a note in the comments section and tell me where you are and how you’re doing.
I am doing pretty well. I am hesitant to even write that but this week was much less anxiety riddled, and at times I even felt… happy? And I spent most of the weekend cleaning, working, and organizing. I organized the area under my sink, dusted a TON, took apart my couches and vacuumed under the cushions (the most satisfying – highly recommend). And worked on organizing my beauty products + bathroom. I have too much stuff. I had long Facetimes with my mom and my sisters and I did a bunch of cooking, too.
Also on the cleaning front I cannot stop steam mopping. I LOVE mine so much and am shocked by how effective it is. Should I do a more formal review on it? I used it on my tiled kitchen floor and my painted living room floor and WOW. It got everything so clean. WAY better than the swiffer. I also recommend the eucalyptus + mint water as it will make your whole home smell like a SPA.
I’m reading a good book…
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd.
It’s not a book I’d typically choose for myself (it’s the story of Jesus’s fictional wife Ana) but a) my mom is reading it and it’s fun to read the same book together and b) I absolutely love this author – she also wrote The Secret Life of Bees! I am only a few chapters in but am really enjoying it so far.
Lots and lots of TV this week. On the TV front, at a friend’s recommendation, I watched The Assistant. I thought it was fine but didn’t love it.
I’m still binge-watching White Collar. It’s so good. I like to have a little TV on while I work, it makes me less lonely (is that weird?) as if there are people in my home? And since I’ve seen the show before I can jump in and actively watch when I want. I heard it might come back and that makes me so happy.
I am still watching my shows that come out weekly (Defending Jacob and The Baker and The Beauty), and I’m loving both. But I’m actually going to take a little break from both to save up episodes so that I have a few at a time to watch! I prefer to mass-consume my shows!!!!
BUT in mass consumption TV news I’m absolutely loving Hollywood on Netflix!! I finished it last night and really hope we get a second season. It has an incredible cast (Holland Taylor is amazing in it and I’ve had a gigantic crush on David Corenswet ever since The Politician.) The plot is of course fantastic but I love the set and the costumes. So glamorous (and sooooo many scenes shot at The Beverly Hills Hotel, aka my favorite place!). I also loved learning more about the characters (some of which were real!).
After that, I started Upload (on Amazon Prime) last night (recommended by a few of you in the comments last week). I’m a few episodes in and it reminds me a little bit of The Good Place?
What’s everyone watching!?
I am always on the hunt for cool small businesses that make cool special things and am absolutely loving Upstate Clothing and all of their tie-dye + handmade wares. SUCH good stuff. I love this hoodie, this crewneck, these leggings, and this rainbow sweatshirt. If you haven’t managed to jump aboard the tie-dye train and still want to… check them out!
Air Fryer Magic
Okay so I am basically truly deeply madly in love with my air fryer. It is just the greatest. I have really only just started using it but I made these stuffed bagel bites on Saturday morning and they were probably one of the most delicious things I’ve ever cooked; no exaggerating. WOW. Incredibly easy, too!
I started a recipes thread in the Facebook group and would love any favorite recipe suggestions if you have them. Ever the buffalo chicken fanatic I am really looking forward to making these egg rolls and these breaded chicken tenders next. And playing around with broccoli and artichoke hearts as well!
Atlantic Pacific x Nordstrom
Oh my gosh, Blair’s latest collection for Nordstrom is SO GOOD. It’s bright and happy and fun and exactly what we all need right now. I haven’t really been buying clothes (I wear the same joggers/big sweater most days) but her collection is inspiring me to want to get dressed again. The jackets, the dresses, that belt… that little purse… I love it all!
Neon Tweed Blazer // Floral Maxi Dress // Smocked Utility Dress // Smocked Sleeve Top // Floret Tiered A-Line Dress // Three Quarter Sleeve Sweater // Clear Beaded Tote // Ambrosia Slide Sandal // Polka Dot Utility Jacket // Rattan Buckle Belt // Dot Tulle Top