Hi! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. I had a few safe activities with friends, I read a LOT, I deep cleaned my floors (still LOVING my steam mop!), I did crafts with a girlfriend (we made these rainbow necklaces), and I worked on a bunch of life admin stuff. Oh and I went to my cousin’s wedding. Via Zoom. What a world… 😉
Today I wanted to talk a little about the notion of micro-highs. Right now, I’m antsy and a little sad, and the thing that is getting me through is having little things to look forward to. Buying fresh flowers every Friday. Making the air fryer bagel balls on the weekend. Family FaceTime. Gardening. A good book (this was amazing!). A frivolous Target find. A cold glass of “spa water.” (Spa water is just water with fruits or herbs added – I make a big jar and keep it in the fridge!). A nice long bath to wind down the day. Also, knowing that things will get better.
One thing that has definitely come with age is knowing that when things are bad, they eventually get better. It always does. Hope can be a really powerful thing. What are your micro-joys? I could use some inspiration if you feel like sharing!
This Week’s Good Things 7.20.20
Palm Springs on Hulu
OK so everyone in my social circle has been talking about Palm Springs (and besides – I have a massive crush on Andy Sandberg – I think he is SO cute and funny), which meant I had to watch it too! It’s good. I wouldn’t say that it’s GREAT, but it is entertaining. Nyles and Sarah have an encounter at a wedding and find themselves stuck in a time loop. Every day, they wake up and it’s the same day (the wedding) over and over again. Of course, this makes them go a little bit crazy. I enjoyed it but I also related to it. The time loop felt like a metaphor for how our lives can feel right now. Sometimes I feel like quarantine has us all on our own little respective time loops. Every day can feel like the same exact thing.
I am really excited about this one – I signed up for Ellevest last week. Ever since we had Sallie Krawcheck on our podcast to talk about investing and the gender wealth gap, I had been wanting to sign up. I finished the last of my taxes last week and put what was left over into an investment account. And I really believe in and trust Sallie; I love that they are female founded + dedicated to helping women be smarter with their money and that is definitely a big goal of mine for 2020.
I want to add that I am not a financial expert by any means and it makes me really uncomfortable when I’m asked for financial advice or to share more than I want to share. Everyone’s financial situation is really different and I do not feel qualified giving advice or being a resource in that department.
All of that being said, I wanted to include Ellevest here as I think they are an amazing company and would highly recommend them as a resource (I’ve signed up for a 1:1 coaching session to help me make smarter decisions.) We sometimes talk about money on the podcast – DEF listen to the ep with Sallie or our Always Ask For More Money episode – and if you are looking for financial resources, check out The Financial Diet – I read weekly and am an occasional podcast listener and have learned a lot.)
Brightland Olive Oil’s New Vinegars
You know by now how much I love Brightland Olive Oil (just in case you’re new here, you can read my review of Brightland!) Last week, they launched vinegars. I don’t remember the last time I was this excited about vinegar. Or actually, let’s be really honest: I don’t know if I’ve ever been excited about vinegar, period? They gifted me a bottle of each varietal and let me tell you… they are DIVINE. Besides looking pretty on your counter they are delicious, double-fermented, California made family farm to table. Love. I am partial to the champagne vinegar (so nice in salad dressings) but also love the balsamic.
Use code GRACEA for free shipping on anything at Brightland – ends 7/21 at 11:30pm PST.
Pretty Rattan Things…
I will preface this by saying that I like my Palmgrens bag better and think that at least from the photos of everything I’m sharing here, it’s better quality. If you can afford it, I would take the plunge. I bought mine 3 or 4 years now and truly can’t recommend it enough. I like it more than most of my designer bags and it gets better with age, it’s a classic, I’m always carrying it. That being said, with the exchange rate it’s about $370 and I know that’s expensive. Recently a reader messaged me about this shop. They have a similar version (above!) for just over $200, this black clutch, and a slew of other pretty things… even slides!
Last but not least, there’s also this version. Honestly it looks a little bit questionable but it is real leather, so the photo could just be bad. I do like the longer strap. Again I can’t speak to the quality of any of these (if you can, please tell me!), but I get asked for less expensive rattan bag options a lot!
Coconut Milk Bath
I could maybe write an entire blog post about this bath soak (who knows, maybe I will!) but it is absolute heaven – perfect if you have dry skin like I do! I love it so much. It may be my current number one. It leaves skin so silky and hydrated. The jar goes surprisingly far. I bought mine a while ago and have had at least 6 baths with it and there’s still a lot left.
I finally signed up for Masterclass and am SO excited! This may be my number one micro-joy, actually. I have been weirdly debating this for so long (it’s not expensive – only $15/month but I wasn’t sure I would use it). I just took the plunge last week and love it so far. I’ve talked about this before but I’ve been trying to “use quarantine to get smarter” or at least work on myself a bit/learn a few new skills, and this is perfect for that.
I am currently taking an interior design class with Kelly Wearstler (fancy I know). Becca signed up as well and she is taking a TV writing class. I love the format. Each of the classes are not very long so you could very easily have your coffee or eat lunch and watch one or two segments. The KW class is 2 hours and 13 minutes long in total but it’s broken into 17 videos – each between 4 and 15 minutes long. Really manageable. I’m definitely going to take Anna Wintour’s class and some cooking and photography classes and of course Diane Von Furstenberg teaching fashion.
There are so many great classes available – it’s a great way to invest in yourself especially if you have more free time than usual right now. (I say if as I know not everyone is a single person, stuck at home!!!!) I’ll keep you posted as I take more classes.
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