10 Things I'm Loving Right Now
A very random roundup of stuff I'm wearing/eating/using lately.
'10 Things' is a series I cribbed from my blog archives, in which I share a very random roundup of stuff I enjoy wearing/eating/using. These are things that spark joy in my day-to-day, or make my daily routine a little more enjoyable. Like the $20 ribbed cardigan I own in 5 colors (is that too many?!) and the sugar-free coffee creamer that helped me break my Biscoff cookie butter habit.
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I’ll kick things off with the best of the bunch: a perfect $20 cardigan that I love so much I bought every color. It’s great quality for the price, holds up well through lots of wear and washing, and you can throw it on over absolutely anything for a little extra cozy in your OOTD.
A tip for making high street knits look expensive: most designer knits are cut with a generous fit that drapes on the body, and you can dupe this vibe by going up one or two sizes. I always go big on sweaters and cardigans.
January’s issue of Bon Appétit included a smoothie feature, and I’ve made this blueberry banana smoothie every morning since: one cup frozen blueberries, one cup unsweetened cashew milk, 1 banana, dash of cinnamon, splash of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt*. If I’m slacking on my veggie intake, I’ll toss in a handful of fresh baby spinach. (*BA recommends adding a pinch of salt to your smoothie concoctions — like baking, it brings out all the flavors — and it’s a game changer!)
Nutpods cookie butter coffee creamer is another addition to my morning routine. One of my 2020 coping mechanisms was eating a spoonful of Biscoff cookie butter straight from the jar. It was a hard habit to break. This scratches that itch; but with zero sugar and just 5 calories. You can buy it from Amazon.
Speaking of healthy snack swaps, whatchu know about frozen KIND bars? Particularly the dark chocolate sea salt almond version, which I swear taste just like a Snickers ice cream bar. I’m never without a box (or two) in my freezer. (Don’t mess with the peanut butter ones; they’re bland.)
This is a holdover from my last ‘10 Things’ post in January 2022, and I still use it every day: Donna Karan Cashmere Mist deodorant. This is a super bougie deodorant, but it’s a bestseller for a reason. It smells so good, lasts all day, and a little goes a long way. If you love warm, fresh perfumes — think: smelling like you’re straight out of a warm bubble bath and wrapped in a cozy blanket fresh from the dryer —this deodorant will be right up your street.
The RMS “Re” Evolve Radiance Locking Primer is a relatively new addition to routine, but I already love it. I put a thin layer on top of my sunscreen, and it’s like a sandwich between my skin care and makeup. I skip foundation most days, so this locking primer gives my concealer and cream products (like blush and bronzer) something to grip onto. If you’re a fan of the minimal “clean girl” makeup routine, and you want your products to hang on all day, highly recommend.
I finally got my hands on Hailey Bieber’s Rhode peptide lip treatment after many sellouts, and I completely understand why they can’t keep this stuff in stock. It’s hydrating and shiny, but not sticky; super comfy to wear. Plus I feel like my lips are in better shape after using it consistently for several weeks.
Necessaire recently launched a body cream, and it’s lovely. The brand specializes in face-grade formulas for the body, and the new Necessaire Body Cream feels like a luxurious rich cream you’d find in your skin care routine. It’s super hydrating, but melts right into the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. I especially love slathering it on after exfoliating my whole body with the Soft Services buffing bar — it’s a winning combo for the softest, smoothest skin.
After more than a decade of #floristlife I finally found shoes that are equal parts cute and practical for work. The Sorel Brex Chelsea boots feel like you’re walking on a cloud, and the thick no-slip tread and waterproof leather design make them perfect for a long day running around the studio; I can stand in these for 8 hours in perfect comfort. I loved them so much I bought them in cream and black.
I’m trying to get into Instagram reels for my personal and business accounts to please The Algorithm Gods, but editing them is often an exercise in frustration. (Elder millennial problems.) Temply app to the rescue! It’s filled with templates, music, text, and graphics to help you make stylized reels and Tiktoks in a flash. Just plug your video or photos into a template, then save and upload.
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