Popping in with a last-minute Love List before the weekend! I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile–my childhood friend is getting married tomorrow, my family will all be there (my brother and one of my sisters are in my house right now!!), and then we’re headed to Charlottesville for our first family trip since 2013. I can’t wait to spend quality time with everyone, soak up the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain views, drink some fabulous wine, and take advantage of the many babysitters to do a little bit of relaxing :) But first, here are a few things I’m loving lately–and I’d love to hear a few from you in the comments!
Local spot: There are a bunch of places I could have picked for this category because we’ve been out and about a lot lately, but this one is time-sensitive, so I’ll prioritize it! If you’re in the Triangle, take a little drive up to Clayton to see the Neuse River sunflower field, now in bloom. It is gorgeous, and such a fun little adventure! Bring a camera, obviously :) We took some of my new favorite photos of me and Charlie while we were there.
TV show: Dave and I have a really hard time agreeing on TV shows to watch together, but we just found one that we’re both loving! Father Brown is a BBC series based off of the Father Brown stories by G. K. Chesterton. It’s set in the English countryside in the 1950s and is about a priest with a knack for solving mysteries. It did not sound like something I’d be into at all, but I’m really enjoying it! It’s not scary or gory, the stories and characters are really interesting to follow, and they dive into themes of mercy and redemption in a beautiful (never cheesy) way. It’s on Netflix, and the episodes can be watched on their own (each one features its own mystery), so there’s no pressure to binge-watch!
Recipe: Dave and I have been making How Sweet It Is’ 30-minute Cajun salmon so often, I mixed up the spice blend in bulk to cut out even more time! It is definitely one of our new favorite healthy entrées, and it couldn’t be simpler.
Beauty product: As you know, I exchanged most of my skin care products for Beautycounter last month when I joined as a consultant, and I just ordered some more of their makeup to try before the wedding I’m in this weekend. My favorite from my mini-haul is the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen–I love the applicator and the coverage is definitely impressive. I also picked up the Color Shade Eye Duo in Peach/Bronze and another Lip Sheer lipstick, in Coral.
Sale finds: Confession…I have only ever bought one thing from Nordstrom’s anniversary sale, but I do love perusing it every year to get a peek at what’s in style for the season ahead (praise hands that ruffles and off-the-shoulder don’t seem to be going anywhere, because those are two trends I still really love!). If you’re in the market for a higher priced item (jeans, boots, a coat, etc.), this is definitely the time to buy. I also noticed a bunch of really cute tops and fun fall dresses–perfect for if you live in a place with a mild fall/winter. I linked a few of my favorite products that are included in the sale above! That polka dot blouse is seriously tempting–it reminds me of my favorite shell that I’ve had for years.
Upcoming event: My childhood friend Leah is getting married tomorrow!! I’ve known her since I was three years old, and we roomed together for a semester in college, so it feels almost like my sister is getting married. SO excited to see her and celebrate her marriage!! (Side note, any tips for being present as a bridesmaid with a baby in tow? Dave and my parents will all be there to take care of Charlie with me, which I’m so grateful for, but I’d love any advice if this is a situation you’ve been in!)
Have a wonderful weekend! xo