5 things I am loving now: Summer ’15

July 21, 2015
1.  This CC cream by Peter Thomas Roth.  I never put anything on my face (not foundation, not moisturizer, not SPF) until now, and I love this stuff.  It’s hideously overpriced BUT currently on sale at Sephora for $19/tube which should last a good while.  It evens out the skin tone, feels good going on, provides SPF 30, and doesn’t irritate.  Basically perfect.

2.  Anthropologie.  I know, too obvious.  But I went through a long hiatus of NOT shopping (in part because I was waiting for my body to return to “normal” after babies, whatever that is).  But recently I realized that I’m wayyyy past any postpartum phase and what I am now probably IS normal.  Anyway, I am BACK, BABY when it comes to shopping.  And I am rekindling my love for good ol’ Anthro.

I got this dress (below) and a pair of cool kind of fadey railroad stripe skinny jeans (hesitant to post the link because I think they are cuter than they look here!).  I am also working on building a wishlist because really Anthro items should be purchased ON SALE, especially when you live in Miami and we essentially have one season here.  Nearly everything there hits the sale rack eventually . . .

(Note: I need to Kon-Mari my closet again.  But that can be a post for another day 🙂 )
3.  On that note, I am very late to the bandwagon on this — so late that she’s on a blogging hiatus. But I love un-fancy.  I do wish there was a dedicated ‘work clothes’ version of her blog for those of us who cannot rock our madewell cutoffs in the office (suggestions welcome!), but she is my inspiration for weekend wear.

4.  Reading books on paper.  I went through a phase of getting everything in Kindle edition and reading it on my iPad mini . . . but for me there is just something about paper  I ordered the paper version of Simplicity Parenting (since I thought I might want to underline/highlight/etc) and am just finding the whole experience of reading more relaxing.  I’m sure part of it is just a matter of conditioning, and I’m not writing off digital books altogether – juicy fiction is great on a kindle.  But for nonfiction and material that requires more thought, I’m back to paper.  For now.

5.  Having an “allowance.”  We’ve been using YNAB for 8 months now.  Josh and I each get a (reasonable) allotment of fun-money each month to use on things like — well, items #1, 2, and 4 on this list.  Somewhat paradoxically, it feels so freeing and makes shopping much more fun.  I don’t think I spend significantly more or less than I did before having a designated fund — but it’s in a much more healthy, pleasing way.  I even get more enjoyment out of my allowance because of the value of anticipating how I might spend it.  
Anything you’re loving this summer?


  • Reply oldmdgirl March 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    1) Learning anesthesia! So far it has been really, really great.
    2) Feeling more relaxed/in control about our childcare situation.
    3) Having a three year old who can articulately tell me what she wants, and who typically only melts down when super tired/hungry (with a few exceptions).
    4) The way we (i.e. my husband) has rearranged our bedroom/office furniture.
    5) Listening to the radio while driving to work. I get 3 extra minutes in the car this year, and it greatly increases the probability that a song I will like will be on.

  • Reply Shelly March 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I think I agree with you re paper books. I’ve downloaded a bunch of things I really want to read to my Kindle for iPad and cannot motivate to read them. I think I’ve reached a saturation point with screens so even reading something I will like doesn’t seem relaxing. May have to repurchase (some of) them in paper version…

  • Reply Edith March 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I feel the same way about unfancy! I love the mindset and the style, but weekends are only 2 days a week :-/

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