The second installment of the summer catch up.
Tuesday’s post featuring all of the beauty and fashion items I’ve been loving this summer got pretty lengthy, pretty quickly. Thus, I wanted to follow up today with all of the lifestyle/travel/miscellaneous items and places that I’ve been enjoying the past couple of months. Be sure to take a peek at part one over here if you haven’t already, but without further adieu let’s dive into the faves below.
Podcasts! – This has got to be my number one discovery out of everything I’ve mentioned (a little late to the party)! Nothing makes me happier than a pretty summer day, walking to work, and popping one of these in my ears. It honestly has been one of the purest forms of relaxation and amusement, while providing an instant mood lift. I actually look forward to my daily walks and have started to embrace the heat, grime, and overall stickiness that comes with summer city life thanks to being able to tune into these. (Not to mention, they are great for travel and saw me through nearly all my flights, trains, cars etc. this summer with minimized crankiness :)) I will absolutely do a full post on podcasts in the coming weeks, but do yourself a favor and check out these three to start: Bitch Sesh (whether or not you watch any of the Real Housewives franchise on Bravo, it is too good – I walk down the street laughing, with a weird smile on my face I’m sure); Mirror Mirror (I’ve mentioned this Nashville based beauty podcast before and remain absolutely obsessed); Fat Mascara (a relatively new to me beauty podcast – drop what you are doing and listen to one of the most recent episodes with Jean Godfrey June – amazing!!). As cliche as it sounds I pretty much always walk away from each of these podcast sessions feeling inspired, happier, and ready to tackle the day.
Blue Bottle Coffee – We finally got a Blue Bottle Coffee here in DC. I had visited their locations in NYC before and always lusted after their delicious, smooth flavors. Last month, a beautiful, airy, new Blue Bottle space opened up in the heart of Georgetown. Their cold brew gets an A+ in my book for never tasting bitter and they also serve overnight oats! Unfortunately this may be encouraging my summer cold brew addiction but I’m indulging it for now.
The First Mess Cookbook – Andrew and I are still going strong with this cookbook that we picked up back in May and have been using it for recipe inspiration nearly every night that we have been home. I honestly have yet to be disappointed by anything we’ve whipped up and can’t wait to keep trying more. Favorites so far have been the broccoli caesar with smokey tempeh bits, meyer lemon romanesco glow salad (making it again tonight), warm balsamic mushroom salad with pine nut parmesan, and crispy salt and vinegar potatoes with lemon garlic “aioli.” Next up I’m excited to test out her tempeh bacon and fudge nut and seed butter brownies. If you are looking for some plant based meal ideas, I cannot recommend this one highly enough!
Savannah, Georgia – Going to high school on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, I became pretty familiar with Savannah as it is only a 45 minute drive away and the closest airport. However, beyond a few school trips and weekends, I had never truly spent that much time exploring the city on my own. Towards the end of last month, Andrew and I flew to Savannah en route to meet his family for vacation in Hilton Head. Our flight got in quite early and with a few hours to kill before the house was available we decided to walk around the historical city. I was immediately amazed by how much the town has grown since I left seven years ago and quickly fell in love with it. Highlights included Beetnix – an adorable vegan cafe attached to the sweetest Dancing Dogs yoga studio. Everything we tried was delicious, not to mention super pretty – think a unicorn smoothie bowl featuring edible flowers, coconut yogurt, blue algae, and pitaya. We actually ventured back here for a second time on our return trip to the airport. On Broughton street there are a bunch of cute shops including a Bluemercury that stocks brands like rms beauty and One Love Organics as well as a standalone Krewe sunglasses store. Each square in the city is more stunning than the last, dripping in spanish moss, I probably could have just roamed around forever. Our final stop was at The Paris Market – a perfect store/coffee shop that I remembered from years ago selling everything from jewelry to candles and antique furniture. Overall, I completely fell in love with the city and can’t wait for our next trip back. (By the way, keep an eye out – throughout the next few weeks I plan to share travel guides to all of the incredible places we visited this summer including Scotland, London, and Hilton Head).
Hope Hummus – This is kind of a random one, but I discovered this brand while shopping at The Fresh Market in Hilton Head for pool snacks and dinner supplies. We picked up the Thai Coconut Curry flavor and I was immediately addicted. It’s an unusual mix, slightly spicy, but if you like Indian flavors then you will love this. I could honestly just eat it plain, but it is equally great with carrot sticks, pita, etc. I can’t wait to try their spicy avocado and kale pesto flavors, even the dark chocolate one sounds interesting?!?
Candlefish No. 83 – I recently discovered this candle company at Anthropologie and almost instantly was head over heels for the special, yet comforting scents that they had to offer. As a complete candle junkie, I think it is safe to say that I have found a new all time favorite in scent number 83 – a combination of bergamot, jasmine, and amber. I cannot put my finger on exactly what it is about this one, but it remains comforting, light, and spicy all at the same time. After doing some more research on the company I found out that they are a women led brand based out of Charleston, South Carolina. Additionally, each candle is hand poured from a natural soy wax base.
Wallpaper City Guides – These books have been total lifesavers while planning all of our summer travels. They are compact guides, with some unique and off the beaten path recommendations that other travel books might not necessarily recommend. I love that I can haphazardly flip through and find a restaurant, bar, or shop to visit in the city that is not a complete tourist trap. Also, each guide puts together a compact 48 hour timeline of must visit places should you not have a ton of time – really it whittles it down to the best of the best for you. Also, they are so small, meaning easy to throw in your bag should you get stuck for an idea of what to do by lunch. Our next trip is to Mexico City in September for our one year anniversary (can’t believe it is already here!) and we have already picked up the Wallpaper guide. I think it is also a nice idea to collect these on our bookshelf as a reminder of all the amazing places we have traveled together over the years.
Phew! That’s it for now, I promise. Thanks for getting all the way through this lengthy round up. Next week I will be back to regular posting 🙂 Again, hope you enjoy the last few weeks of summer, my favorite time of year!