Miscellaneous Monthlies: July 2014

Goodbye, July and Hello, August!  I like to kick off the beginning of a new month with my monthly favorites mini series on TBBB, starting with my Miscellaneous Monthlies where I share some of my favorite things from the past month with you.

Clothes & Accessories

OJ_TBBB_07-31-2014_01✻ Azure Lace Dress – I hauled this dress from Anthropologie last month and was excited to have an occasion to wear it recently.  It is such a classic piece and I absolutely love the cut and color.  I look forward to wearing this timeless beauty again and again over the years!  Anthropologie, $188

OJ|TBBB_07-31-2014_02✻ Merona Women’s Slub Tank – Last month I shared my love for the blue sailboats tank.  This month it’s all about the pineapple print!  I love my Target tanks!  Target, $10

Skagen Ceramic Watch – This is one of my all time favorite watches and a beautiful summer accessory.  It is light and dainty and goes with just about everything!  Amazon, $172

OJ_TBBB_07-31-2014_03Alex & Ani Rose of the Blessed Mother Beaded Bracelet – Don bought this for me when we were in Southampton, Long Island earlier last month for a family reunion.  This beautiful bracelet has a meaningful symbolism behind it as well: “Embrace the divine vibrations of the Rose of the Blessed Mother Charm to attain sacred guidance and enlightenment.”  I basically haven’t taken it off all month! I like to pair it with a Mae Movement bracelet for a pop of color and sparkle.  Alex & Ani, $98

OJ_TBBB_07-31-2014_04✻ Kate Spade Cobbie Hill Little Curtis – I am still using and loving this perfect summer sidekick!  I get so many compliments on this bag wherever I go!  I put up a Bag Buzz dedicated to this bag, which you can check out here if you’re interested in a closer look. Kate Spade, $278 $194! 

✻ Hello Sunshine iPhone Case – If you haven’t already been able to tell, I like to swap out my phone case on a monthly basis for something that coordinates with the season.  This bright and cheery phone case by Rifle Paper Co. is super cute!  I appreciate the rubber tracking around the edges for an easy grip. Anthropologie, $38

Home Goods

OJ_TBBB_07-31-2014_06Bird of Paradise Candle – I had never heard of Circle E Candles until I received this beautiful gift from a viewer.  This candle not only looks lovely in its substantial square glass jar, but also has the most delicious scent that really fills up our family room where we like to burn it.  It reminds me of cake baking in the oven without being overpoweringly sweet.  Yum!  It burns evenly with a nice throw.  Circle E Candles, $21.50 $16

OJ_TBBB_07-31-2014_05Reisenthel Market Basket – This is not just a July favorite, but an all-months-of-the-year favorite of mine.  Since posting a picture on Instagram of it a couple of weeks ago, I’ve received some questions, so I thought I would share it here.  I love these soft-sided baskets!  I actually own several which I use in different areas of my house.  The one shown here is my “main” basket in which I keep my planners, journals, books, knitting, and whatever else I like to carry around the house with me on a daily basis.  It starts the day in the kitchen with me for breakfast and then I carry it up to my office for the remainder of the day until it rests in its final spot next to my bedside table until morning.  It’s so convenient to be able to toss in extra things that need to go up or down the stairs as well and the padded handle makes it very comfortable to carry.  The Container Store, $39.99 $29.99


OJ_TBBB_07-31-2014_09Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos – I’ve had this book on my shelf for awhile now and I decided on a whim to start reading it.  It’s an interesting story about individuals and community dynamic that is easy to get into.  I haven’t quite finished it yet and sadly, didn’t make time to read anything else this month.  I hope to change that next month!

Spirit by Jewel – My car randomly started playing a song from this album one day and I decided to listen to the entire album again.  After that I was hooked and listened to it on repeat (which I tend to do whenever I get into music).  There are so many Jewel classics on this 1998 record, including “Hands” and “Life Uncommon.”  One of my personal favorites is the hauntingly beautiful melody of “Absence of Fear.”  Jewel’s music never fails to soothe my soul!

Shine On by Sarah McLachlan – Sarah McLachlan is another female artist that I enjoy listening to when I’m in the mood for something mellow.  Her latest album stays true to her style.  My favorite song on the album at the moment is “Flesh and Blood.”

Ally McBeal Season 4 – Don and I own the box set with all of the Ally McBeal seasons.  We watched the first three last winter and have returned to watching Season 4 this past month.  We really love the show, which is funny but also dives into deeper emotions with its quirky cast of characters.

Claire Marshall – I thought I’d start including my current favorite YouTuber as I am often asked who I like to watch.  I recently discovered Hey Claire through another favorite, Essie Button.  I really like Claire’s video style and variety on her channel between vlogs, cooking, beauty, and more.  She seems like a very down to earth, relatable person.  She also has a great sense of humor, which really comes across in her editing style.  I always enjoy seeing what’s new on her channel!

Tasty Treats

OJ_TBBB_07-31-2014_07✻ Homemade Baked Fruit & Granola – I have a major sweet tooth and absolutely love enjoying dessert.  In an effort to cut back on my refined sugar intake, I decided to try making simple baked fruit as a healthier dessert option.  I first tried this with a couple of overripe plums I had on hand.  I simply cut them up, drizzled with a bit of honey, sprinkled generously with cinnamon, then baked at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  They all but liquified so I decided to add in a handful of Udi’s Gluten Free (and refined sugar free!) Vanilla Granola.  The result?  A super tasty, slightly gooey, warm, tart but naturally sweet treat.  Yum!  I’ve made this a few times with berries instead with great results.  Now I add the granola in for the last five minutes of baking to enhance the the flavor.  

I’m always interested in healthy dessert and snack options.  Please feel free to share some of your favorite guilt-free treats with me in the comments!

If you’d like to hear more about my thoughts about my July favorites, check out this video:

I would love to know what some of your July favorites were so if you care to share, please do!  I hope you’re having a wonderful sunshiny day, wherever you are! :o)


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16 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Monthlies: July 2014”

  1. Hi Jen, I wanted to let you know I was inspired to find my own Little Curtis after reading your bag buzz. I got the beige version. I just got it yesterday and am carrying it today! I absolutely love it for the same reasons you did. It’s just the perfect size and I love the pockets. I wouldn’t have even known about this bag if it weren’t for you! So please keep sharing your finds with us. Your review and pictures were so helpful. I feel like I made an informed purchase because of you!

  2. Another great video Jen. Alex and Ani started in my state, Rhode Island. I just wanted to let you know that it is pronounced Alex (like you have been saying it) and Awe-nee. They are fun bracelets and are very popular around here. People wear armfulls of them. Love your videos and have gotten great inspiration from you. Thanks so much for sharing all that you do.

  3. Hey Jen,

    Have you heard of the Fitbit?I just got one and it is SO motivating. It charts your steps for the day and you can log your water intake, food intake, etc., on the dashboard. (I have no affiliation with them, just wanted to see if you had heard of these fitness bands)

    Love your videos!!


  4. Hi Jen
    Just wanted to let you know that your videos are my favorite part of the week!! I get so many helpful hints and ideas for new makeup. I just bought the maybelline the nudes pallet I’m excited
    To try it! Thank you for being you and I hope
    All is we’ll:)
    Erin Girard
    Braintree Massachusetts

  5. Thank you for sharing yet another lovely video, Jen 🙂
    Although I have been watching your misc. monthlies series for a long time, I just realized today why I enjoy watching them so much; it is because all of your things seem to have a special place in your heart (I feel that you always know why you bought something/or who gave it to you, the meaning behind the item, for how long you’ve had it and how often you’ve used it…). I am the kind of person who has one thing of anything I use, and extras or back-ups don’t aren’t my thing, but even though you’ve mentioned every now and then that you have a ridiculous amount of x thing, it doesn’t feel excessive to me simply because I can tell that every one of your possesions means something very special to you – I think that it goes to say how big your heart is 🙂

    1. I do appreciate all of my things and realize that the blessing is not in having them, but in appreciating the sentiments behind them.

  6. Hi Jen,
    Just a a short post to say that I dream about the basket but haven’t found something similar here.
    And a huge thank you for Jewel’s album : my new favorite.
    Enjoy your time in Utah.
    Big hi to you, Don and Winnie from France

  7. Hi Jen,
    Great video as usual! I think you should do an updated in depth video of what you all carry in your market basket! 🙂

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