Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. This week is going to be a productive one… at least Mon through Thurs. I have a few different shoots, recordings, some meetings, and… my second vaccine on Thursday. I’m already prepared for a less productive Friday. We will see how shot number 2 affects me but I’ve already stocked up on Gatorade, Pedialyte, and Tylenol. I’m ready!!!! If you have any tips or advice leave them in the comments. I am excited but also tend to be that person who doesn’t handle vaccines very well… even the flu shot had me pretty sick!
In other news, on the reading/media consumption front last week I tore through The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave (I read it within a 24 hour period which is the first book I’ve done that with in forever), I’ve been frantically paging through Anthony Bourdain’s last book (I love his words so much and am also desperately craving an irreverent adventure), and I’m currently reading (and absolutely LOVING) The Final Revival of Opal and Nev. I’ve also been especially loving my friend Mollie Chen’s email newsletter. She sends them sporadically but I always drop what I am doing to read what she has to say. Wishing you a great week ahead!
This Week’s Good Things, 4.26.21
Hotel Lobby Candle Company’s Island Candle
Oh, she’s done it again! I have talked about them a few times now but my friend Lindsey’s new venture Hotel Lobby Candles makes the greatest candles (my absolute favorite is the classic pink signature candle!) and their newest fragrance is simply divine: Island. This candle will transport you to a relaxing vacation, making your home feel like a luxe tropical getaway. Notes of coconut, vanilla, almond, jasmine, and sandalwood combine for the perfect island vacation vibe. I love it.
augustinus bader on breaking beauty podcast
You know how much I love Dr. Bader’s face cream (the rich cream!), it’s my absolute favorite. Last week a reader messaged me this podcast episode and naturally I dropped everything to listen to it. A lot of it I already knew, but a lot I didn’t… and it was truly so fascinating to hear from Dr. Bader and his co-founder Charles Rosier on the science behind WHY this cream is so special, and what makes it work. I know what a splurge it is, I oftentimes feel ridiculous rambling on about how amazing it is, but I feel like this episode will help to explain some of the incredible science behind it. (As an aside, I really love this podcast… I haven’t been listening as regularly as I used to and I don’t really know why!!).
Red Clay Hot Sauce (+ Spicy Margarita Salt!)
A new-to-me Charleston obsession is Red Clay Hot Sauce. I love the classic original one – it’s delicious and flavorful, without beingt TOO spicy. All of their hot sauces are cold pressed and then aged in bourbon barrels for complex flavor. They have great honey, too. But something fun is that they have all these other fun items: namely, a spicy margarita salt that blends spicy and sweet… and an “everything spice salt,” similar to the everything bagel seasoning, but spicy. I am hooked, especially the marg salt… so yummy!
Newness from Romy Studio
I have been trying to snag a pair of earrings from Romy Studio since last summer (I featured the brand in this roundup of Black-owned brands I love) but they sell out so fast. They make beautiful lightweight statement earrings in small batches. The brand has gotten so popular that they even did a collab with Madewell. Anyway, on Friday night I sat down to do some work and realized I had an email from them… with new styles available. I ordered this pair on the spot. #yourewelcome
Malin + goetz’s limited edition strawberry EDP
Okay, this perfume smells so good. I think it will be my new go-to this summer. t’s light and airy and exactly what one might imagine a perfume called strawberry might smell like. The fragrance is simple and sweet but not TOO sweet. Besides strawberry, it also has notes of bergamot and pink pepper, warm musks, jasmine and jasmine petal. It is currently sold out on the brand’s website but it looks like you can still get it at Liberty London.
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