Friday Favorites 7.22

Coffee in one hand. Confidence in the other.

Lately, I feel like I’ve been cramming an entire summer into two weeks while work is just as busy! I’m up *very* early every morning to get to New Jersey for summer camp every day and then rush home to enjoy summer. Last week, Jake’s mom visited us from Florida and we packed the week with a ton of fun philly things. We took her to all of our favorite restaurants like Grace’s Tavern, Pub and Kitchen, and Parc. On Friday night, we saw Elton John on his farewell tour which was such a fun experience! Saturday morning we had brunch at Sabrina’s at the new location just a few blocks away from our house. It’s becoming a dangerous place because we are there almost every weekend now because of how close it is and because it has a bar. After our mimosas, we went home and had a quiet night in because we woke up early on Sunday to do a beach day at LBI. When my alarm went off, I jumped out of bed like a little kid on Christmas because I was so excited to go to the beach! The week started off with me sleep-deprived after a full day working at Summer Camp and then going out at night. Worth every minute though 😉 Looking forward to a relaxing weekend and to try and stay cool during this heatwave.

  • Victoria’s Secret Angels and Demons
  • The Bear
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Becoming Elizabeth
  • Magnolia Table

Air Dry Cream by JVN has been a life changer with this heat.

I’ve been mixing this liquid highlighter with my moisturizer as a foundation so it doesn’t sweat off in this heat.

Reminder to use sunscreen daily. I’ve been using this one.

I bought these containers from The Home Edit line and I have more in my cart!

Also realized a few days before our trip to the beach we didn’t have any beach chairs so I bought these chairs on sale.

Ordered these Bluetooth headphones to take calls at work.

This pet hair remover is my most used tool around the house now lol

Since I live in my car lately, I ordered this tissue holder for the car.

  • Walking through Rittenhouse Square Park at night is so pretty and it’s even more special during the summer.
  • Drinks at the bar at Parc
  • Ice cream at Skipper Dipper in LBI

Friday Favorites 7.1

When you focus on the good, the good gets better.

I am in shock that we are in July! Does anyone else feel like summer is almost over when 4th of July comes around?? I had a slower week this week since school wrapped up and preparing for summer camp to start next week. I’m enjoying my “summer break” as much as I can after a busy school year. I’m making a list of things I want to do and see this summer so I don’t miss out! Today, I’m working from Panera since I dropped off my car to be serviced at 7 am. Not how I wanted to end my week but at least it’s been a productive morning. Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!

Jake and I are always looking for a show to watch together and right now we are watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. While I’m enjoying being able to work from home this week, I’ve been watching Ladies of London during my work breaks. I’m begging that Bravo brings back this show because it’s such a gem in the world of reality tv. This week a lot of new episodes dropped from our go-to shows from The Boys and Westworld.

I’ve talked about this shampoo and conditioner on Instagram before but as I’m finally finishing up the bottles, I need to talk about it again because it’s so good for blondes. I’ve always wanted light blonde hair but my natural hair color makes my blonde a brassy color. Our city water does not help at all but since I’ve been using this shampoo and conditioner, my blonde has been perfect without my weekly purple shampoo 45 minute application. Keep an eye on the blog for a full product review because it’s that good!

It’s summer (and hot) which means I’ve tossed my foundation in the trash. Just kidding but I’m giving my skin a break and I’ve been using this budget friendly moisturizer daily. It gives a nice rose glow with just a little bit of product and does better during the hot days.

I sat down on a chair in the backyard and it literally collapsed seconds later. Our outside furniture was given to us by a neighbor and we wanted to fix up the backyard before we purchased any furniture so I wasn’t that sad. That day we ordered this budget friendly outdoor furniture set since this isn’t our forever house and didn’t want to worry about the weather to ruin nice furniture.

It’s summer so that means that Ed the cat is shedding. A lot. I’ve had this pet hair roller in my cart for almost a year and finally pushed the checkout button. Excited to use it and get our couch back!

Treated myself to a face ice roller after purchasing one for everyone I know except me. My mom loves hers so I’m excited to add this step in my morning routine.

Saw this window privacy film on Instagram and immediately added it to my cart. Our second floor bathroom needed a new one and this design makes it look like an intentional design feature instead of being up for privacy reasons.

  • Saw this chair at Target and it’s made of sherpa and it swivels. Fell in love immediately!
  • A lot of the Studio McGee items at Target are on sale! I’ve picked up pillows, artwork and small pieces for the house the last few weeks.
  • Fresh flowers in the living room.
  • On Wednesday, we had a work lunch at Not Your Average Joe’s at Suburban Square. It was a nice treat in the middle of the week.
  • Our backyard is very green and the grass is coming in so nicely! It’s a project we put off for so long because it was a lot of work but I’m so happy that the grass seed we planted came in perfectly.
  • Our new outdoor furniture is being delivered today. YAY!
  • The upcoming 4 day weekend!

Friday Favorites 6.24

Always find time for the things that make you feel happy you are alive.

Hi friends! Back again to share some of my favorite things this week.

This week was the last week of school and while it was very busy, I tried to slow down to enjoy each moment and just hang out with the students. It’s been such a busy school year with new challenges but I’m eager to start planning for next year….after a very long nap!

In the last few weeks, we have made a few trips to Home Depot to completely redo the backyard. We are so lucky to have a backyard space in the city and it needed some love. We dug up the backyard and put down grass seed so now we have bright green grass. Herbs and flowers are planted so now we get to enjoy our beautiful backyard this summer! Right now I’m looking for a new patio set but haven’t found anything I love.

I was just saying this week that Jake and I have nothing to watch… and then I saw that a lot of our shows are coming back this month. Looks like we have a lot of tv to watch!

Under the Banner of Heaven
Keep Sweet: Prey and Obey
Bad Vegan
Obi-Wan Kenobi
First Lady
Restoration Road

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Recently published a product review on this foundation/primer/highlighter making it a great all in one product!

I’ve been using this sunscreen on my face every day and I can see a difference! Blends well so my face isn’t greasy or sticky and I can easily apply foundation on top.

Found this popular self tanning kit at Marshalls last week for under $20. I used it this week and it is easy to apply without any streaks and gives a great natural-looking tan.

  • We almost got a new pet, Drunk Carl. A bird that got stuck in our house for 12 hours but luckily we got him out!
  • Went to the movies and saw Lightyear. We laughed because there were only people our age in the theater and no kids LOL!
  • Stopped for froyo at The Igloo on our way home from the movies over the weekend.
  • Hosting a little dinner party with friends to celebrate the end of the school year. I’m so excited to have people over!
  • My summer vacation officially starts today 🙂

Summer Makeup Look for Everyday with Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter

Once the weather starts to get warmer, I need to change up my makeup products to stay put with the heat and sweat during the summer months. The first step is to have a good daily moisturizer to use after you wash your face. I never put on any face makeup without properly washing my face and applying a moisturizer. Foundation looks and feels better on your face when it is properly hydrated. I’ve been using this face moisturizer in the mornings. I’ve been using this foundation the last few weeks during those really hot days. The foundation is actually a multipurpose primer and highlighter so when applied to your skin, you can easily blend the product to be a full coverage or light coverage depending on what you need. Great for those “no makeup” days when you don’t want to wear makeup but want a little glow. This bottle contains magic because my face is poreless and glowy like an Instagram filter when I use it!

If you are looking for more coverage, you can blend it with your foundation on your brush or makeup sponge before applying. To get that dewy look, use the applicator to use as you would with a brush with a highlighter compact dabbing along the areas you would like to highlight such as the top of your nose, cheekbones, chin, etc. I then lightly dab with a makeup brush and apply face powder lightly around my face for some light coverage.

I’ve been grabbing the Flawless Filter more and more since you can’t go wrong with a dewy look that looks fresh all day even after a long 12-hour day!

Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter

Friday Favorites 6.10

When you start to do the things that you truly love, it wouldn’t matter whether it’s Monday or Friday; you would be so excited to wake up each morning to work on your passions. 

Oh hi, hello! It’s been a while since I shared a few of my favorite things. I hope everyone had a good week and has fun plans for this weekend. It’s the final weeks of school and I’m filling up my weekends with fun plans to enjoy this beautiful weather.

It’s been a while since I shared what I’ve been watching!

Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix is must-watch with an unexpected turn at the end!

The Time Traveler’s Wife on HBO might be better than the movie…

Pivoting on HULU and Fox quickly became one of my favorites and is fighting for a second season!

Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ is something I didn’t ask for but it might just be better than the movies?

Using a new foundation for the last few weeks that I have been loving. Lancome gifted me their new perfume that smells sweet and perfect for summer!


Lemon Pasta
• fresh lemons
• basil
• chopped onions
• garlic
• heavy cream
• butter
• parmesan cheese

Mango Shrimp Tacos
* avocado
* mango
* orange peppers
* lettuce
* trader joes chile lime seasoning
* lettuce

We finally stopped by the cutest wine shop called Cook near our house to pick up a few bottles of wine.
Grabbed Starbucks and walked around the Rittenhouse Art Show last weekend on the perfect sunny day.
We just planted grass in our backyard a few weeks ago and now our yard is so green!

A wreath for a wall in the living room that just needed something special.

This candle smells pretty and looks pretty on the coffee table.

Had to buy these biscuit cutters after watching too many cooking shows!

I have these block heels in black and recenlty picked up the white ones.

Picked up a few of these pillows for the bedroom because they are SO soft.

Choosing a Scent with Lancome

I remember being in high school and being obsessed with perfume samples in magazines. Finally in college, I saved up my money to purchase a perfume and wore it sparingly because I didn’t want to run out! Since then, I have picked up a few more fragrances to try and it’s one of my favorite splurges. I usually “gift” myself a new perfume to myself around Christmas and my birthday. Luckily, I now have Jake who pays attention when I talk about a perfume I like a lot around him so he gets the hint about which one I’m loving at the moment!

A few weeks ago, I got a surprise PR package from Lancome with their new La vie est belle Oui perfume. I have been using La vie est belle perfume for years and even have a bottle at my parent’s house because I kept bringing mine back and forth every visit so my mom gave me another one! Oui is a bright and floral fragrance making it perfect for every day, not just special occasions! And how cute is the bottle?! It looks so chic and cute on my dresser! I’m a fan of Lancome fragrances because the scent lasts all day without being overwhelming. The new fragrance, Oui, has hints of sweet iris, rose and jasmine.

Lancome La vie est belle Oui