My Favorite Things: July

Summer is flying by! With July in the review mirror, it’s time for my monthly roundup of favorite things.

Favorite Products/Services

Crowdsourced Eyebrow Products

I asked those who watch my Instagram stories for recommendations on brow products and was overwhelmed by all the responses—you guys are the best! I don’t wear a lot of makeup and generally feel confident without it, but I do love full eyebrows and some mascara when I’m not in workout clothes. Three brands were overwhelmingly recommended, so I thought I’d share them here for anyone else looking for eyebrow products:

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills | Most of you said to get the Brow Wiz Pencil or the Dipbrow Pomade. I’m going to try the pomade and will let you know on Instagram how it goes!
  2. Benefit Cosmetics | I had my makeup done at Benefit for an event this past winter and loved how my brows looked, so I’m not surprised this brand was recommended a ton. Top products were ka-Brow! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush,  Goof Proof Brow Pencil and Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel.
  3. Glossier’s Boy Brow | A lot of you seem to swear by this product so it must be good!

Oofos Slides

These aren’t exactly the sleekest, most fashionable sandals but oh em gee are they comfortable. Joe makes fun of me when I wear them (“Are you wearing Crocs?!”) but they’re not being retired any time soon. Oofos sandals are intended to be worn post-workout and I’m pretty sure were given at a discount to Boston Marathon runners at the expo this year. They’re padded for impact absorption, have a lot of arch support and are seriously just the most comfortable things. I wear mine all the time.

Favorite Eats

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Blondies from Cake in a Crate x Ambitious Kitchen

I had heard about Cake in a Crate (think Blue Apron but with dessert) through social media, but it wasn’t until I saw Monique had a recipe included that I decided to give it a try. Any time I need a cookie recipe, her blog is my go-to! I made these Chocolate Chunk Cookies in blondie form and they did not disappoint.

Zucchini Fritters from Clover Food Lab

I ordered these at Clover thinking they’d be like zucchini french fries or tots. I was (pleasantly) surprised to find that instead of an afternoon snack, I’d accidentally ordered dessert. If fried dough and zucchini bread had a baby, these fritters would be the result. If you’re in Boston, I highly recommend trying them next time your sweet tooth needs to be satisfied!

Avocado Alfredo Sauce from Simply Quinoa

I tried Simply Quinoa’s vegan avocado alfredo sauce the other week and loved it. Don’t let my junky iPhone picture throw you off—it’s delish.

Favorite Things I …

Read

  • Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole via Village Voice | Despite the fact that every other sentence ends in a preposition (that drives the writer in me crazy!!), I loved this piece. A beautiful reminder to not reduce people to a set of religious or political views:

“Don’t feel the need to always pick a side. And if you do pick a side, pick the side of love. It remains our only real hope for survival and has more power to save us than any other belief we could ever cling to.”

“Most public health experts recommend a diet that emphasizes plant foods and limits animal foods. But unless you bring in concerns about animals, the environment, and social justice, you can’t make the case for a vegan diet as the only sensible way to eat.”

“I would guess that this film might also turn off a sizable segment of the population who recognize the hype, the over-the-top conspiracy mongering, and the shoddy science. For many, it’s likely to reinforce any negative view they may already have of vegans.”

Watched

Favorite Moments

4th of July Week on the Cape & Vineyard

I feel like a fraud posting this picture on a roundup of favorites because Joe and I were actually in a stupid fight over nothing this day (LOL). When this pic was taken, I wanted to push him off the boat, he wanted to push me off the boat, and our friends probably wanted to push the two of us in. I’m always on time or early, like to plan ahead, and do things efficiently. Joe is 20 minutes to 3 hours late for everything and flies through life by the seat of his pants. Needless to say, traveling can spark some colorful arguments that we always laugh about the next day. 😉

The start to this vacation was no different! But the rest of it was absolutely wonderful. A couple days boating around the Cape and then a week at home on the Vineyard. Gotta love summertime in New England!

Btone Southie Photoshoot

Photo by Nick Cosky

I’ve missed every new studio photoshoot since I’ve been teaching for one reason or another and finally made it to the Btone shoot for Southie this month. Speaking of Btone, starting today my new weekly schedule is:

  • Wednesdays Back Bay 6, 6:55 & 7:50 AM
  • Wednesdays North End 4:30 & 5:25 PM
  • Thursdays Back Bay 6 & 6:55 AM

Weekend on the Jersey Shore

We spent this past weekend on the Jersey Shore with Joe’s family and put in a solid 8-hour shift at the boardwalk and waterpark with the kids (nephews and niece). I had heard rumors that MTV’s Jersey Shore cast was filming a reunion and I had my eyes peeled, but no Snooki sightings. 😉

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My Favorite Things: June

Hi friends! With the long weekend approaching, I’ve got a (very) shortened edition of Favorites for you this month. Tomorrow I’m heading down to the Cape and after a day or two there it’ll be on to the Vineyard. Gotta love the 4th of July in Massachusetts! I’m taking this coming week off from teaching and for the most part blogging, but I do have a workout scheduled for you guys on Monday so be sure to check back here for that! 🙂

June Favorites

Think Dirty

I’ve had this app for a while, but for some reason am just now really using it. You can scan or search for any beauty/skincare product and it will break down the ingredients and any health concerns associated with them. I’m in the market for a new sunscreen so I’ve been vetting out my options using the app. Naturopathica has an awesome SPF 17 that I’ve been using for my face for a while now, but it’s expensive AF so I need something else for my body. I’m going to try out Beautycounter’s SPF 30 and will keep you guys posted on how I like it.

Invisibilia

If you like This American Life, you’ll love NPR’s Invisibilia podcast. It’s about “the invisible forces that control human behavior”—so it shares stories about ideas, beliefs, emotions and other intangibles. Really well done, engaging stories, and makes you think. It’s a wonderful listen!

Father’s Day Weekend on the Vineyard

tank & leggings c/o Fierce + Regal

I spent a long weekend at home on the Vineyard for Father’s Day and it was so wonderful. I did a class at One Hot Yoga, enjoyed drinks on the water in OB for Harbor Fest, ate some delicious vegan food at Not Your Sugar Mamas, took lots of naps, and even got some blogging work done. The weather didn’t give us a beach day, but it didn’t matter—I always love being on the island.

That’s all for me! Enjoy your long weekend!

My Favorite Things: May

My Favorite Things: MayYou guys. This is serious. I forgot to say “rabbit rabbit” when I woke up yesterday morning. If you grew up in the 90’s watching Nickelodeon you know exactly what a travesty this is. My June is doomed!! (Does anyone else still stress the eff out about saying “rabbit rabbit” the first of each month?)

Luckily I did remember to say it on May 1st and, as one would expect based on the scientific nature of the “rabbit rabbit” phenomenon, it was a wonderful month.

Favorite Products & Services

Got Almond Milk? Tank from House of Lily Rose

I actually was served this tank as an ad while scrolling through Instagram and I’ve gotta give kudos to their target marketing because I bought it instantly like the good little sheep consumer I am. 😉 No regrets!

Botanics Organic Facial Oil

My Favorite Things: May - Botanics rosehip face oilI love facial oils—I use them instead of a traditional moisturizer most days. My go-to is a rosehip seed oil (I like this one from Radha) so I was excited when Botanics gifted me their facial oil blend with rosehip among other essential oils. I love it!

Peapod Grocery Delivery

Check out a simple berry smoothie bowl recipe and get Peapod discount codes for your first grocery delivery or pick-up order!I did a sponsored post with Peapod earlier this month, but want to mention them again (not sponsored!) because getting my groceries delivered has been a game changer this month. We were out of town almost every weekend in May so I’d schedule a delivery upon our arrival to help me maintain some normalcy with meals. When summer rolls around I tend to get lazy with grocery shopping and cooking my own meals because I’m out of town so frequently—anyone else struggle with this??

TIEM Spin Shoes

My Favorite Things: May - TIEM spin shoesI had seen these a bunch around social media and decided to buy myself a pair—I’m obsessed. The look is so sleek and functionally they’re great. It’s so convenient being able to wear my spin shoes right out the door to walk home.

Favorite Eats

5-Minute Magic Green Sauce from Pinch of Yum

Avocado Green Sauce from Pinch of Yum

It doesn’t always happen, but I try to make a recipe from another blog I follow once a week. It’s a fun way to switch things up, plus I like supporting other bloggers (not that Pinch of Yum needs support from lil’ old me lollol). Anyway, this versatile green sauce made with avocado is delicious. I used it as a dressing on salads and Buddha bowls, with scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast and as a snack dip.

Mint Chip NadaMoo Dairy-Free Ice Cream

My Favorite Things: May - Nada Moo Mint Chip Ice Cream

I’ve tried a few dairy-free ice creams recently, but Nada Moo’s mint chip is currently my #1.

Chipotle Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

These flavor-packed chipotle roasted cauliflower tacos are absolutely delicious!

Simple, delicious plant-based tacos with a flavorful chipotle sauce. One of my favorite recipes from this month/year!

Favorite Things I Read & Listened To

[BOOK] Fortify Your Life by Tieraona Low Dog

This book is all about vitamins and minerals and what to consider when taking supplements. If you’re a fellow health nerd, it’s a great read! I made a video with MegaFood for my YouTube channel sharing five (of the many) tidbits I took away from the book:

[PODCAST] Crimetown

I mentioned Crimetown in a previous edition of Favorite Things, but season 1 wrapped up this month and its worth mentioning again. If you haven’t listened to it, it covers the history of corruption in Providence, RI and it’s SO GOOD. I can’t wait to see which city they tackle in season 2!

Favorite Moments

Life Time Fitness Blogger Trip

My Favorite Things: May - yoga at Life Time Fitness My Favorite Things: May - Class at Life Time FitnessLife Time Fitness treated me and a group of local health bloggers/Instagrammers to a day at their Westwood location. I was blown away at how massive the club is! Group fitness rooms, spa, outdoor pool, indoor pool, massive equipment floor, childcare center, cafeteria with an amazing healthy menu—the place needs its own zipcode! We did a 30-minute strength class followed by some yoga (I was so sore the next day!), enjoyed a facial at the spa and were treated to a delicious lunch. If I lived in the ‘burbs and had kids I would join Life Time in a heartbeat.

Long Weekend on Nantucket

My Favorite Things: May -- riding bikes on Nantucket My Favorite Things: May - Nantucket HarborWe rented a house with friends on Nantucket for Wine Festival weekend and while we didn’t go to a single Wine Fest event, it was one of the most fun weekends I’ve had there in years. We just hung out with friends with no agenda, ate good food and rode bikes around. We also ended up at the Chicken Box Thursday, Friday AND Saturday night so you know it was a successful weekend (either that or we’re just degenerates—maybe a little of both haha).

Because it was the weekend before Memorial Day/Figawi, the island was still on the cusp of being in its off season. So while the downtown and brewery were lively with the Wine Fest visitors, it wasn’t packed with lines down the street to get into bars. It was the perfect balance!

Hitting 200,000 Followers on Bloglovin’

Say whaaaaat?! Thank you so much to everyone who follows this blog and any of my social platforms. You make what I do possible!

Memorial Day Weekend on the Vineyard

My Favorite Things: May - Cedar Tree Neck, MV My Favorite Things: May - Cedar Tree NeckMost of the time when I bring Joe home to the Vineyard, we’re with a big group of people and tend to stick to the more tourist-y activities to keep things easy. With just the two of us down this time, I got to bring him to some of the beautiful spots off the beaten path (aka deep in the woods and down long dirt roads). It was so good to be home and see my high school friends and their families!

Another plus to being home is that my parents get Showtime so Joe and I could binge watch the latest season of Shameless (best show ever). 😉

Favorite Sales

  • 25% off Exhale class packs purchased in the month of June with code packsale. The Battery Wharf location in Boston does outdoor yoga classes from June to October which I LOVE so I’m going to stock up on discounted classes!
  • Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale (up to 40% off)—I’m thinking ripped boyfriend jeans paired with slides and a casual crop tee. Also my dream over-the-knee boot, the Stewart Weitzman Highland, is 30% off. I’ve wanted a pair for YEARS but just can’t bring myself to pull the trigger.
  • These Seychelles ankle boots I’ve been eyeing are on sale. More of a fall/winter shoe but could totally be worn this summer with ripped jean shorts and a cute top or a fun romper for a night out.
  • Love this metallic track jacket from Scotch & Soda and it’s currently 30% off.

What made your highlight reel in May?

My monthly favorites posts are never sponsored, however they typically contain a few affiliate links. I get sent a lot of free products, and the first section of this post might highlight a couple of my favorites. I’m never required to or being paid to feature these freebies and only share the ones I truly love and think my readers will enjoy as well.