This weekend I find myself in another hotel, but this one is closer to home. I will be on a quick stay-cation to reset and regroup before heading out again next weekend. It’s all good because I’m bringing a few of my favorite things of the week.
Thrive by Arianna Huffington. Arianna is the creator of The Huffington Post. A few years ago she realized she was sleep deprived, stressed, and over-worked. Raise your hand if you have been there. It taught her a valuable lesson. Arianna, wasn’t taking care of Arianna. This book is how to thrive on your terms.
Gardenia Rattan by AERIN. I’m a sucker for a good gardenia based scent. I blame my mom. She loves any and everything gardenia. This is a soft gardenia that’s balanced with other white flowers. People will want to run towards you wearing this.
ESPN The Magazine. I’m sure you are like “why did Julia pick ESPN?” I’m actually a huge sports fan. I love most sports, but my favorite sport is the NFL. I am behind a few issues of ESPN and need to catch up. I know it seems crazy that this beauty junkie-travel loving-yogi would be reading ESPN. It’s not. I also get Sports Illustrated too, but I’m current on that one.
Happy weekend. Bisous!
As you read this I will be flying the friendly skies to California. I’m headed there to run a race with my Hawaii girls Amber and Erika. I was planning on running the half-marathon, but because of this crazy cold winter I wasn’t able to run outside as much so I emailed the race committee and said put me in the 10K. It seems like it took forever to get here. We are running in Napa Valley so there will be lots of wine, beauty talk and laughter. After that I will be covering a few hotel and spas for review here. I’m grateful for this time. It’s been a doozy of a week and I’m looking forward to some fun. Here are my loves for the week.
Panic by Lauren Oliver. I can’t get enough of all these young adult novels with a dystopia them.
Nivea Kiss of Care & Color Lip Balm. It’s nice to have a sheer lip color balm and this one is on repeat in the beauty bag. It has just enough color for my brown lips and enough goodness that I’m not reapplying it like crazy. Sheer Crimson is everything to me right now.
NaturaAlmond Butter. I saw this almond butter on a person I follow Instagram and immediately knew I had to try it. It is everything I love in an almond butter – minimal ingredients and all natural. The products are only available in stores in the South, but I’m pushing my local Wegmans to get some for me.
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The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson is the perfect book for a beach getaway. At times I wanted to yell and scream at Allie the main character. The book’s underlying theme of wanting something you know isn’t really good for you, but you are trying to make it fit. I was recently speaking with a friend who has been married a long time and she says “people marry an idea of a person instead of the actual person. It’s not rose colored glasses, it’s a rose colored life. People are always trying to make things fit like a bad shoe.” I couldn’t help but laugh because it’s true. As women we grow up with this idea of the perfect person, job, car, and house. Then life happens and for many it may not be what they really want when they get it. The idea of the perfect life doesn’t exist. The idea of what is right for you exists if we are wiling to make necessary changes and get uncomfortable. As my mother says it’s this part of your life that you find out who you are really are. Momma wisdom.
This post was inspired by the novel The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson. Allie thought she had the perfect husband, until she finds him and another woman in a compromising position in their own apartment. Join From Left to Write on April we discuss The Idea of Him. Join us for a live chat with Holly on April 3. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
I feels like spring. I know I shouldn’t be so happy, but 50 degree temperatures make this girl very happy. Although, the forecast call for rain, I don’t care as long as I don’t have to wear a puffy coat. I looked at the calendar and I’m like where has this year gone. It’s flying by. April is upon and it’s time to ponder new spring dreams, aspirations, and fun.
Here’s to the weekend and a few of my beautimous favorites. Cheers!
Nest Midnight Fleur Rollerball. This is the rollerball that will make her debut in Napa Valley next weekend. I am always working on my travel fragrance collection. A girl must smell nice while living a life en route and this is a new favorite.
Soy Sauce for Beginners. I can never get enough of coming to age story and this one has made their way to my Kindle. Excited to step out of my reading rut of series books about killers, madmen, and secret agents.
Paddywax Passionfruit & Guava Boheme Candle. This is what happens when you work part time at a yoga studio that also is a boutique. You discovery new candles that you can’t live without. This is the current candle in the office rotation. My friend Maria told me it reminds of her spring break. It reminds me of Kauai and all I need is some fresh papaya.
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger was a fun and enjoyable read. I will say this is a good book to add to your summer reading list. The book is obviously about a couple going through a divorce, but to me it shows what happens when we don’t communicate with the people we love in our lives. Technology brings us together and separates us at the same time.
I love technology and all that it brings. I’m all Apple. At times I want to throw my phone across the room because the art of conversation seems to be a dying breed. I still crave human interaction via a phone or in person. I love hearing my nieces and nephews voices on a call. It’s nice to get a text from them, but I don’t want to live all my words on a tiny screen. My mother is a big text-er. At times it is great, but a lot of times I just want to hear her voice. Her voice is so grounding and soothing even when she’s asking me something about her iPhone. She loves it as much as I love mine. I’m learning to embrace my inner geek as I long for more substantial connections.
Words mean things. And sometimes they are better left offline. Do you miss real phone or in person conversations? Let me know in the comments.
This post was inspired by the novel The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger. Young lawyer Sophie unwillingly takes her first divorce case with an entertaining and volatile client in this novel told mostly through letters and legal missives. Join From Left to Write on March 18 we discuss The Divorce Papers. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
I hope your week has gone well. I always look forward to Friday. It’s usually my time to drink wine and watch documentaries on Netflix. It’s day two of bathroom renovation craziness. Seriously, this is not my thing. Thank God my husband has more patience in this area and has been dealing with the contractors. I want to deal with what happens after everything is done. I only want to deal with the decor of the bathroom – new mirrors, lights, and storage for all my beauty products. You know the important stuff. Have a beauty-full weekend dear hearts.
Here are my loves for the week.
Liquid Coconut Oil. I am a huge fan of coconut oil. I cook with it, use it on my hair, and body. But if you ever used coconut oil you know you have to melt it. I found liquid coconut oil and this is perfect in all the areas I need it. I have been mixing my own bath oils and excited to add this to the bath time mix.
George Washington’s Peach Brandy. I live rather close to Mount Vernon. Many people don’t realize that it is also a distillery. They make a fine whiskey, but it’s been over 200 years since the property made peach brandy. It goes on sale April 1 and is limited edition.
The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson. I loved Holly’s first book Manny and have been reading this book since I received an advanced copy this week. The book comes out April 1. If you are looking for a book to start your spring reading journey – grab yourself a copy and imagine it’s summer. Holly’s books take you away.
Let’s hear it for the weekend! I want to curl up with my new book, paint my nails a happy and summery color, and sip this Coppola Santé wine. It’s supposed to be in the 60s here tomorrow. Hallelujah! Winter has been crazy and I’m hoping we can stay past 50 degrees for the next few weeks. It’s been nice not having to wear long johns, multiple thick layers, and gloves.
Here’s to the weekend baby!
I’m looking forward to the weekend. Not just because I want to rest on Sunday, but the closer it is to the weekend, the closer we get to moving forward with hopes of the warmth of spring. Yes, I know. In New York it’s fashion week so the news will be telling us what we are wearing in the fall. Yes. Read that sentence again. I digress. I’m looking forward to yoga, naps, and finishing my new book.
I wish you lots of smiles, beauty, and a good book. Stay warm!
Self-Inflicted Wounds by Aisha Tyler. I came upon this book because I discovered Aisha’s podcast. Yes, I know she’s on a talk show, which I don’t watch, was on Friends, and is funny as all get out. But, it’s her show that I fell smack-dab head over heels. Aisha is funny, super smart, and my kind of girl. And she likes Bourbon – more points. Her podcast is Girl on Guy and if you listen to her interviews you will be hooked. I grew up in the house with 5 men so I love that she is a guys girl and a girl’s girl. When I first discovered her podcast it was episode 54 with Lisa Kudrow. Then what did I have to do? I had to start all the way with the first one. Now I’m all caught up. It took me a few weeks because I’m a big podcast listener. Get with it. Download it now.
Kobo Leather Mahogany Candle. It has been over two years since I had this candle in my presence and it’s two years too long. Candles make me a happy girl.
Essie Russian Roulette. After months of dark and bright nails I had to go back to an oldie, but goodie. This is a classic poppy red. Sometimes there is nothing better than a classic red nail. This is one of my favorites.