8Since August just wrapped and September is now in full swing, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of the things I’ve been loving a.k.a. my recent “favorites”. These items could include and aren’t limited to beauty products, clothing items, songs stuck in my head, things I’m watching, places I’ve been and enjoyed, good food, and more. So without further ado, here are some of my current favorites…

1249RANDOM FAVORITE THINGS: Gimme all the papaya! I have been eating papaya with lime (I prefer key limes) all summer long, and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet. I like them when they get real ripe, then cut them in half, scoop out the seeds, and squeeze a ton of lime juice inside and eat them with a spoon—delicious! I just received these Nude Sandalia slides from Beatrice Valenzuela. I love the neutral color and simple style, plus they are extremely comfortable. I have been living in my vintage Lee overalls—have already worn them three times this week. They are worn perfectly thin and are more comfortable that pjs. I just burned through my Violet Le Feu de L’eau candle and picked up another one because I was missing it. It smells of grapefruit and red tobacco. If you’re looking for a beautiful, clean scent to fill your home, this is a great one! I just finished up The Night Of, an HBO eight-part series. If you like crime and suspense, this show is an incredible ride with an excellent cast and acting. For a really good wine, I’ve been loving Stema Pinot Noir as of late. I drank it quite a bit last year and haven’t seen it on the shelves in months, so I was happy to find it again at our local wine store. I preordered the new NAF album a couple of months ago and it just arrived. We’ve been listening to it non-stop. You will usually catch me in jeans and a t-shirt most days, but I have been wearing a lot of dresses over the summer. My favorites are from See Sun (Birdie has a matching dress), Jesse Kamm, Christy Dawn, and Dôen.

6SKINCARE FAVORITES: Glossier is about to release three new products called The Supers. They are a trio of very different serums that target various skin conditions, like tired, dull, and dry skin. They sent me each of them to try out before the official launch later this month. My two faves are the Super Bounce and the Super Glow. For those of you interested in trying our Glossier, I have a special link for 20% off. It’s good for anything on the site! I tried out the ever popular SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I am still a little confused on what exactly an essence is, but have seen a dramatic difference in my skin since using it. It goes on kind of like a toner, but I sprinkle the solution into my hand and pat it into my skin, so I don’t waste any. It is too pricey to waste a drop! My skin feels much tighter and firmer since I’ve started using it regularly. Olay’s Regenerist SPF 30. I started using this over the summer as a part of the skincare challenge I participated in and have been using it every day since. It’s great, doesn’t smell strong like other SPFs, and I feel great knowing that my skin is protected. I went back to my faithful Eve Lom Cleanser. Just can’t quit it and I love that it comes with a muslin cloth for removal. I was turned onto Lush’s BIG Shampoo from one of my girls at work. It’s a thick, sea salt-filled shampoo that leaves my hair squeaky clean and full of volume. It gives my fine hair some serious lift and texture. I love that it’s all natural, too. My friend Rebeka got me hooked on the Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid. It’s like a pre-moistuizer, moisturizer. After I use my serum, I let this thin liquid sink into my skin for about 5 minutes before I use my regular face cream and my skin feels and looks more hydrated than ever. Lastly, my friends Jen and Adriane started up an incredible new line of bath oils and salves called Clary Collection, based here in Nashville. I am OBSESSED with the bath oil and use it after every shower—Aubrey does, too. The scent is so, so good! Clary’s online store is still in the works, but for those who are curious, you can check them out and possibly order from the Facebook page or via Instagram.

7MAKEUP FAVORITES: I’ve been keeping my makeup routine fairly simple these days. Some of the products I have been consistently using and loving are the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in the color Light. It’s not a foundation and really lets you see your skin, adding a very minimal, sheer coverage. It’s great for that no-makeup look. I just apply 10-12 drops to my face with my fingers. I recently picked up this little pot of Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips and it has quickly become a new favorite. Not only is it under $3, but it’s so incredibly smooth and simple. The subtle pink color is like my natural lip color, elevated. It’s a must try! They’re Real Mascara from Benefit in brown. This mascara separates like no other and I love the more subtle color. For days or nights when I want to feel a little more dressed up, I apply Lila B. Devine Duo lip and cheek tint in B. Darling to my lips. It’s a pretty orange-y/coral color and feels very Chloë Sevigny. For cheeks, I’ve been wearing the Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Abundance. It’s so pretty and blends so well. I ran out of my favorite eyeshadow shade from Stila Eyeshadow in Grace, but had this Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Stone from my beauty closet stash that looked pretty close in color. It’s a little darker, but I like it, especially for a night out. A couple more Glossier favorites: Haloscope in Quartz as a highlighter and Boy Brow in Brown every day. I just ordered two more tubes of Boy Brow because they are back in stock. Don’t forgot to take advantage of that 20% off discount code!

3KIDS’ FAVORITES: We took Birdie to the American Girl store for her sixth birthday last month and she is obsessed. I always wanted one as a child and it’s pretty fun living vicariously through her. We are making her a little chart, so she can earn accessories and clothes through good behavior, chores, and helping out. Annie’s Granola Bars—we can’t keep these in the house for more than a day, two max! All four kids devour them, us adults, too. Both little kids have been dictating these adorable stories at school and their teachers write them down word for word. I’ve included Sailor’s most recent in the photo above, but it may be a little hard to see. It reads:

The Zoo, by Sailor. The lion touched the elephant. Then he saw the giraffe and he super loves him. The he saw a kid and said “What happened to you?” The lion walked around and saw a squirrel and was being nice to him. He saw a crab and a mouse and ran away. Then he saw a brown dog and scared him away with his roar. He saw a princess in a carriage with a nice horse. He saw a river, but he did not like it. He saw a kite and it flew away. Then he saw a panda on a mountain and wanted to get it. The end.

Birdie has become quite the little artist. She painted us this rainbow kitty and has been practicing writing her name in cursive, seen above. Sailor is still very much a fan of his Star Wars toys. I love finding them all over the house. He still gets bored with the movies—maybe he’ll like them in a couple more years. Julian has been loving his new-to-him car that he received for his sixteenth birthday last week. Although he is currently working on Driver’s School and won’t be getting his license for another three weeks, I catch him outside smiling at his car daily. Plum is busy with volleyball and working on that powerful overhand serve. We donated new volleyball uniforms to the school for this season and the team is pretty pumped. She is also obsessed with all things Everlane. It’s pretty cute. She said that when she grows up, the only thing in her closet with be by Everlane. Ha!

That was pretty fun. Will be back next month with more favorites!


  • seri

    Loved this post!

  • MildSunshine

    I love your favorites! September is such a beautiful time of the year, personally one of my favorite months. I made a blog post about things I fell like everybody needs to do in September to feel ready for the new school year/fall, to feel motivated and productive, and most important enjoy life as much as needed. Feel free to check it out:

  • Jaime

    A bit of constructive criticism: I don’t think simplistic is the word you want. Otherwise, thanks for the beautiful start to my day- now I want papaya!

  • Amanda

    I’ve been wanting to try all of Glossier’s makeup and you just inspired me to! Bought literally everything using your 20% off link. Thanks!

  • Audrey

    I love posts like this and I love Glossier! But can you tell us about those overalls too?

  • Kailten

    Love that you mixed things up with a “favorites” post!

  • Kaitlen

    Wow. Definitely misspelled my own name ^^^

  • jane

    Loved this…especially Sailor’s story! :)

  • Calli Alford

    Cute picture of you!!!

  • Gabriela

    Hi! Love your post! I’ve always wanted to try Glossier, but the link doesn’t seem to be working for me. Maybe it has expired?


  • Leigh Ann

    I always wanted an American Doll too growing up. Because I didn’t get one, my girls got a couple. It is nice to live vicariously through our kids sometimes. Who knows what they’ll wish they had. I guess we will see when they have kids. :)

  • melynmarie

    Birdie’s signature is wonderful. So happy. So creative.

  • Elyse

    I’ve been dying to try boy brow but I already have really dark, sorta full brows.. do you suggest the clear color? or a light brown?

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