With October already halfway over, we are trying to fit all of the fun fall things into our schedule on the days that the weather allows us to. Last week the weather got HOT again, so we decided to put off a visit to the Texas State Fair until the temperatures cool back down a bit. Thinking next week we'll make it happen - all in the name of a Fletcher's corny dog and some pretty fantastic people watching. Its crazy to think that in less than a month we leave town for a Thanksgiving trip - it always seems like once October is here, Christmas really is just around the corner. (read on for this weeks vibes!)
1. DREAMING // BLISSHAUS: Who doesn’t dream of a Pinterest-worthy pantry and kitchen? Amiright? Suffice it to say, our pantry is anything but organized or enviable. There’s no doubt that I was initially drawn to Blisshaus by way of a pretty Instagram photo of a perfectly organized pantry. Blisshaus was created from the German tradition of “elegant and clean living”, specifically in the kitchen. The company specializes in in providing kitchen makeovers that include so much more than just organization. Eco-friendly pantry solutions include picture-perfect glass jars, labels, and pantry ready recipes. As well as shopping tips to help with cutting down on food and packaging waste. Blisshaus claims to cut your household waste and grocery costs between 30-80%, while also making your kitchen shelves look like that of one straight out of the pages of a magazine. Sign. Me. Up.
2. SHOPPING // LOLA + LINA: Molly and I have become fans of bold statement earrings and over the years have amassed a great collection that we wear time and time again. We find that a pair of earrings can really take a classic outfit to the next level and instantly make you feel that much more put together. Lola + Lina is our new favorite online shop to find the best selection of said earrings (and other great pieces of jewelry!) all in one place. The shop has the most amazing pieces – many of which I had never seen before. Have a wedding/event coming up? Or looking to jazz up your your date night outfits? Lola + Lina are your girls. How freaking cool are these!? We’re also huge fans of all things Lele Sadoughi (these and these) and Lola + Lina has one of the best selections we’ve seen. There are also so many great gold options that are anything but boring!
3. LAYERING // CUYANA FALL: When Molly and I popped into the Cuyana + Outdoor Voices event this past Sunday, one of the cute Cuyana girls was wearing a sweater coat/cardigan (coatigan?) that stopped us both dead in our tracks. Literally. We looked at each other and turned back to her, asking how we could make it ours. Luckily for us, it is a brand spanking new arrival to Cuyana and one that we know we can’t live without. Ever since we lived in San Francisco I have had my heart set on a really great sweater coat, but never found something I really loved. Until. Now. The Oversized Reversible Alpaca Cardigan is the answer to all of yours/mine/ours sweater coat dreams and so much more. I personally love the fact that it is collar-less making it a little bit more wearable and layer-able with collared shirts, scarves, etc. The fact that the cardigan is reversible is also amazing because you can cuff the sleeves for a two-tone look and basically get two for the price of one. I personally have visions of wearing it with my new Outdoor Voices set (these + this) when I want to look a little bit more put together while running around town “momming” it. The perfect piece for our Dallas weather that stays in that “in between” stage for months.
4. COLOR PROTECTING // RAHUA: I’ve mentioned before (in this previous Current Vibes post!) my love for Rahua’s lovely Shampoo and Conditioner as the best natural shampoo/conditioner that I’ve tried – and I’ve tried a lot of them! But this was posted before I had the chance to try their new Color Full line, which is now a new favorite obsession of mine. I have found that since pregnancy and now with breastfeeding, my hair just does not take to color the way it used to. Which is slightlyyy upsetting for this blonde. I thought that maybe using a shampoo and conditioner specifically geared towards colored hair may help with the fading, but also didn’t want to forgo using a natural product since I had already made that switch. Rahua’s Color Full Shampoo and Conditioner are color-preserving while also being formulated from plant-derived and Amazonian ingredients. The Rahua Oil molecules push color pigmentation deep into the hair for lasting color. Just what I needed to help with my current hair color woes. I instantly fell in love with both the Color Full Shampoo and Conditioner, and its not just the lavender hue that got me. First off, the smell is beyond amazing. Like addicting-good, and almost indescribable. Aside from the smell, the products left my hair feeling soft and shiny without being weighed down, which is a rarity for my hair. Time will tell with how well my color holds up, but I have high hopes. It looks like I may not be the only one whose fallen in love with Rahua’s Color Full line, seeing as its already sold out. Now I’m feeling like I need to stock up… Also a new favorite from the brand – their Dry Shampoo.
5. COOKING // SMITTEN KITCHEN’S SECOND BOOK: ‘ve followed Deb Perelman of the Smitten Kitchen blog for what seems like forever. Over the years, I’ve pulled many favorite recipes from the site – mostly sweets and baked goods (shocker). These were a regular (weekly) part of my pregnancy diet and I loved every minute of it. What I love about Smitten Kitchen is that the recipes contain simple ingredients and nothing uber fancy, making everything attainable and totally doable. I recently saw that Deb was coming out with with a second cookbook, “Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumph and Unfussy New Favorites”, that contains all of her new favorite things to make. If they’re Deb’s favorites, they’re bound to be mine too. I’ll be honest, I haven’t done much cooking at all since having a baby in May and we generally eat grilled chicken and vegetables for dinner 4+ nights a week, but maybe this is just the inspiration I need? The book would make for a great Christmas gift, too!
6. READING // REESE’S BOOK CLUB: Yesterday my sister in law and I were talking books and she recently started a book that Molly had also started and told me about – Little Fires Everywhere. I mentioned that Reese Witherspoon had apparently bought the movie rights to the book (that’s when you know its going to be good!) and Jenna quickly informed me of Reese’s book club #RWBookClub / @rwbookclub. How. Did. I. Not. Know. This? Needless to say, Reese’s recommendations are where I’ll be turning to the next time I need a good read. Just downloaded “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng (thanks Molly, Jenna, and Reese) after finishing “Emma in the Night” by Wendy Walker which was SO good.
7. SPOOKING // HUDSON GRACE: When it comes to ranking holidays as favorites, Halloween isn’t necessarily high on the list. But I know I need to learn to love it a little bit more now that we have a little one in the mix. I think what has always turned me off to the holiday is the creepy/scary side of it that I just can’t seem to embrace. I absolutely hate all things scary and have vivid memories of terrible haunted house experiences growing up. If the holiday could only be about pumpkins and cute ghosts and adorable children dressed up, I’d be all over it. But the neighbors down the street with a zombie family, including a zombie baby, set up in their front yard has me concerned on all levels. WHO would spend money on a life-sized zombie family? Zombies aside, in an effort to not be the grinch of Halloween, I’m thinking of adding some of Hudson Grace’s “friendlier” faces to my holiday decor. I can always count on Hudson Grace to offer tasteful holiday decorations – I still love my Christmas gnome I got there when we lived in SF.