Did July zoom by in the blink of an eye for anyone else? I can’t believe it’s favorites time already! This is one of my favorite posts to put together. I’m excited to share some of my favorite things from the past month with you, ranging from clothing, accessories, and beauty items to home goods, multi-media picks, and food.
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Clothes & Accessories
❊ Boden Jersey Maxi Dress – I’m short and curvy, which doesn’t translate well in most maxi dresses, so when I find one that fits and looks even halfway decent, I get super excited. Well, stop the presses, because I found a winner and I’ve been living in it in this summer heat! I’ve never ordered anything from Boden before, but decided to give it a go when I happened to have a site-wide coupon and was buying some things for my baby (their baby clothes are too, too cute, btw). I’ve all but lived in it since it arrived. It’s made from a mid-weight jersey material that isn’t stifling but still manages to be flowy and keep a shape rather than cling awkwardly like some lighter weight jersey fabrics do. I also love the blue and black pattern. I might just have to splurge on a second dress in another print!
❊ Birkenstock Granada Soft Footbed Sandals – I love, love, love my Birkenstock Arizona sandals and live in them all summer long. I was walking around a local department store with CC a few weeks ago trying to escape the heat when I saw this beautiful cut-out version of the basic same sandals. Love them! These are the soft footbed model that are super cushy and comfy to wear. I love Birkenstocks for the great arch support they provide. I sized up for these because they run more narrow and they fit perfectly!
❊ Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Shampoo – I’ve been a Pantene kind of gal for the past year or so, which I still love but I do like to switch my shampoos up every once in awhile and try something new. I picked up this shampoo for fine hair on a whim during a recent Ulta shopping trip with very low expectations. From the first time I used it, I noticed a real difference in the texture and appearance of my hair. Not only does it make my hair super shiny and soft, but it smells amazing! I will be repurchasing this one for sure.
❊ Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque – This is an oldie but goodie favorite that I have used and loved for many years now. I used to only apply it once a week in the way that it’s intended as a moisturizing hair mask, but in recent months I’ve been using it as my daily conditioner. I apply the tiniest bit just to the very tip of my hair, which is all I really need for conditioner. It helps keep my now longer hair looking fresh and damage free at the ends.
❊ Braun Multi Quick Hand Blender – I’ve been using our hand blender a lot this past month as I’ve recently started CC on solids. Using it more frequently got me thinking how much of a kitchen staple it has been for us over the past 10+ years. It’s not only perfect for making baby food purees, but also great for homemade soups, sauces, and smoothies. My husband Don even uses it to mince garlic, herbs, etc. I think it’s an underestimated kitchen staple and definitely a longtime favorite in our house.
❊ Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 – Kimmy Schmidt is back! We’re all caught up once again. Don and I weren’t terribly enthused after the first episode as it was kind of slow, but by the second one the show picked back up to how we remembered enjoying the first season and kept up the momentum through the end. It’s a funny, all fluff kind of show, which is just the right thing to watch sometimes, you know? I can’t wait to see what wacky adventures Kimmy is thrown into next year!
❊ Apple Music – I’m not a huge music buff, by any means. I tend to listen to an album on repeat for weeks or months on end until I get sick of it and then move onto something else. I signed up for Apple Music a few months ago when they were offering a 30 day free trial (I believe they still are), figuring I’d cancel after the month was up, but I actually found myself using the program a lot more than I expected. It’s a music streaming service that gives you unlimited access to an incredibly diverse library of music. I love it! I simply type in whatever I’m thinking of and I can get the song and/or album instantly. I think it’s a good deal for $10 a month. I find myself listening to a greater variety of music now that I have the app.
❊ Power Crunch Protein Energy Bars – I. Am. Obsessed. I picked one of these bad boys up randomly on a Trader Joe’s shopping trip a few weeks ago because I like to try different snack bars when I come across them. I had no idea that it’s basically a big cookie! A big cookie with a whopping 13 grams of protein! Sold!! I’ve pretty much had one every day since. My favorite flavors are peanut butter fudge and peanut butter creme. It’s the perfect three o’clock pick me up when my sweet tooth comes a calling.
If you’d like to hear more about my favorites this month, check out this video:
It’s giveaway time! As you may know, I’m a big Erin Condren fan. With Back To School shopping season underway, I thought it would be fun to share the EC love with some of you. The July 2016 Favorites Giveaway will run until Monday, August 8, 2016 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. FIVE winners will receive a $200 ErinCondren.com electronic gift card.
You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways). I’ll contact the winners directly through email.
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I would love to know what some of your July favorites were if you care to share.
Hope you’re having an awesome summer so far! 😎
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