Its been one of those weeks where I can't believe its already the end of the day on Wednesday (thus, why this post is being published past when I had hoped!). After managing to frantically fit a workout in each day (thanks to Molly being the best babysitting auntie!), I get to the end of the day and truly don't know where the hours have gone. It could be adjusting to new normals...or this dreaded four month sleep regression that we're currently experiencing. We're just riding the wave at this point! (at least I've got seem decent vibes, right?)
1. SNEAKER SHOPPING // APL: I’ve always felt that if you wear your tennis shoes regularly, they have somewhat of a life-span to them and when that said life runs out, its time for a new pair. I purchased my beloved Adidas Pure Boost about a year ago and I think they are sadly reaching the end. At least for gym workouts. I think they would still be find for walking outdoors, but I’ve noticed the traction becoming worse and worse in my daily workouts as I slip around on the gym floor. Regular dog-walking around the neighborhood will eventually do that! APL, short for Athletic Propulsion Labs, is supposed to make some amazing tennis shoes that look pretty legit, too. The color choices are endless, so there’s literally something for everyone. Also, their new fall collection just debuted and it.is.good. The brand was founded by identical twin brothers, which, being two sisters, we can’t help but love. The brothers’ vision for APL was to create products symbolizing the ultimate intersection of design and performance. I would say they’ve done just that!
2. BAKING // AVOCADO CHOCOLATE BREAD: Truth be told (thought let’s be honest, I don’t keep this a secret), I have the biggest sweet tooth. I’m pretty sure I always have. But couple that with some sleep deprivation and the cravings have reached a whole new level. Ugh. I will say, that my Kombucha habit has helped curbed these cravings to some extent. But last night at 9:30 PM when we didn’t have a single morsel (not even a chocolate chip!) of chocolate in the house, I was devastated. Aside from Kombucha, I have found that a half (or sometimes a full, who am I kidding) of a Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup can be the answer to my craving prayers each night and I don’t feel too terrible about it. When I came across this recipe for avocado chocolate bread I was instantly intrigued. Chocolate! Bread! And avocado which is never a bad thing, right? Bonus points that the bread is actually gluten, grain, and dairy free. Going to put making this at the top of my weekend to-do list. Stay tuned!
3. HUNTING // PERFECT WHITE T-SHIRTS: Just this week I’ve come to the realization that I pretty much hate every single white t-shirt that I own. Which isn’t a great predicament to be in when you live in white tops/tees. Since these are a part of my every day uniform, replacing what I have is a must. And stat. When Molly and I ran into Rag and Bone the other day to try on some denim, we were both wearing dresses and needed a top to try on with so I grabbed us each a white crewneck tee. Lo and behold we both fell in love with the tees, which are ironically called “The Tee“. Aside from adding this guy, some less expensive versions I’ve had my eye on are from the Queen/King of basics, Everlane. This and this look especially promising. Any other recommendations? Would love to hear them!
4. CLEANING // MURCHISON-HUME: I’ve mentioned time and time again how I became much more focused (obsessed), with bringing more natural products into our home and lives. This can be a pretty daunting task and I have admittedly spent way too many hours researching and fretting over everything. I am still trying to find that balance, which is tricky. Companies like Murchison-Hume are incredible because they take a lot of the guesswork out of it and also don’t send you down a black hole of Googling which is never good – for me at least. The company creates plant-based cleaning products using the cleanest, most effective, non-toxic ingredients. Oh, and the best part? They look pretty if you leave them sitting out – accidentally or on purpose!
5. STERILIZING // BABY BREZZA: With the occasional pumping that happens around here comes cleaning and sterilizing bottles and pump parts galore. I truly don’t know how moms who work full-time and pump from the office do it! Such admiration, seriously. The washing and sterilizing can get pretty annoying and often feels like the last thing I have time for. But then again, I know how important it is to do right. Especially with the CDC having just recently come out with new guidelines for cleaning pumping kits. I’m actually not sure how I survived before the Baby Brezza Bottle Sterilizercame into our lives. The sterilizer uses natural steam to kill 99.9% of germs in both bottles and pump parts in just 8 minutes. You are able to leave the bottles in the case and they will remain sterile for up to 24 hours, or until the lid is open. It also dries everything so that you don’t have to worry about killing the cleanliness factor by drying everything yourself. The best part is that it can fit any brand of bottle/pump part, so you don’t have to worry about it not working with what you already have. This guy has been a complete game changer in both getting everything sterilized but also easing my own anxieties in keeping everything clean and sterile!
6. READING // TORY B’S SOUTHAMPTON HOME: I remember yearssss ago when we were with friends in NYC and two friends who worked for Tory Burch at the time told us that Tory has all of her stores and homes/apartments “approved” by a Feng Shui expert. They told us that she had even pushed back an opening for one of her stores after the expert didn’t give it their seal of Feng Shui “approval”. To be honest, I know absolutely nothing about Feng Shui, so I could be describing all of this completely wrong, but regardless, this is the first thing that came to mind when I saw that Tory’s Southampton home had been published. The 15,00 square foot house was acquired by Burch in 2008 was completed over the course of 9 years with decorator Daniel Romualdez. In the time span it took to *mostly* complete the Southampton home, Tory and Romualdez worked on almost 200 (!) Tory Burch stores together. The home was a true labor of love! Click here to read more and see the photos.
7. LOVING // MAR x CLARE V COLLAB: It is true that I have somewhat of an obsession with jackets and coats. Living in San Francisco did nothing to help this habit as you wear some sort of jacket pretty much year round. Although we are nowhere near this kind of weather yet in Dallas, I had been wanting to get some sort of military-style situation for fall here. Its as if Marlien Rentmeester from Le Catch was reading my mind when she launched her Mar x Clare V. Marmy military jackets the other day. The jackets were launched and sold in the Clare V. Nolita store and online, but were such a hit that they sold out over night. Sadly, I missed out, which makes me want one that much more. Don’t you love how that happens? The good news is that Marlien has announced on her site that there are more Marmy jackets to come in the next few weeks. Now I just need to stalk her site so that I don’t miss them again! The real question is – to monogram or not to monogram? At first I was dead set on no monogram, but then I saw photos from the event, and now I’m not so sure. Kind of loving the lavender color against the army green!