It’s that time of the month again. No, not that time. (Was that joke too much?) Once again, I am linking up with Mia and Kelli and sharing my favorite things of August which means it is September which means my friend texted me: Can you believe summer is almost over? To which I responded: I don’t want to talk about it. Now will come the real test of my reentry into Chicago. No Pumpkin Spice Latte will save me from a Chicago winter. But now I am off topic. Here are some of my favorite things.
This corner on my desk is not staged. This is my real life. Also please note I have papers in piles because it is a big desk but this corner. Mmm.I love everything about it:
When one of my best friends married, I got her these mugs with the initials of everyone in the family. Well, they’ve added to the family so I was so happy to go and buy this “A” mug which I kind of also think is the prettiest.This part of my bookshelf is my favorite because of the version of the version of Jane Austen books I found on sale and also this candle from Anthro. If you have been around for any amount of time, you know that I consider this candle to be my Oprah gift. As in, you get a candle, you get a candle! I would buy everyone one if I could. It is a life changer and I have too many. Fact.
These pillows massively on sale at West Elm bought with gift card. Booyah. (Oh yeah, and they are still on sale along with all the other pillows.) Also this couch to be revealed at a later date. Home Goods. So cheap and so comfy. Just how I like my couches.
These File Folders or the notebook (which I don’t have…yet):
This 2015 Great American Authors Calendar By 1canoe2:I bought it for myself and then realized it was so perfect for a friend so I also gifted it. Paper goods. They kill me. I am on a stationary hiatus currently.Finally, I don’t know if you have been paying attention on Instagram but macarons. #MatchYourMacaronsThis link up is always so fun. Thanks to Kelli and Mia!One more thing, you know these? The shoes I am obsessed with because of how they look and how comfortable they are and how on inexpensive they are? Yeah, well they are more on sale here:What were your faves this month?
(at the end of this post, there are some announcements…don’t skip them. Please and thank you 🙂 )
Have any of you read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts? I did a long time ago and I loved it so much. Basically, for a year, she gave herself a joy dare to count her gifts daily–even the smallest of things, like light coming in through the window or brushing her children’s hair. There are so many things to quote (I may have underlined the whole book and her writing is stunning) so let’s just choose a simple quote: “Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.” She literally numbers His gifts. I have gone through phases and journals of doing this never consistently. She has an app and I might try that so when things happen, no matter where I am, I can document the gift. Anyway, all that to say, today I am counting some of the weekend’s gifts.
1 | This city that I get to live in. The big round castle like a battlement is Coit Tower and the steeple is the famous Monroe/DiMaggio church. They didn’t marry there, though it’s a common misconception because they took all their photographs there. It’s just that gorgeous. DiMaggio is San Francisco native, by the way. Nonetheless, this weekend the weather was perfect and city was glowing, alive with energy and possibility. Spring has sprung.
2 | Fresh flowers. I put together this bouquet of Ranunculus and Anemones. I had no idea how it would come together because these colors weren’t my first choice but now I love it. It screams joy to me.
3 | Good friends. Yes, it’s an atlas but really represents good friends who saved me so much money and time and oh, did I mention money? By letting me tag along as they ran errands I also needed to do. Without them, it would have taken me so much time and money (oh, did I mention money?) to do on my own. These are the kinds of friends where there is no keeping score (friendships should be this way). One of the friends was Alissa and she and I decided when we first met, my second week in San Francisco, that keeping score doesn’t get you anywhere. If you care about one another, it all comes out even in the end. Also thankful for the other friend who was with us who puts up with the antics of Nina and Alissa and how many earthquake questions I asked. (That’s like 29 things to be thankful for but alas…)
4 | Fresh and beautiful flowers at the Farmer’s Market. The deal was so good I ran out of vases. I painted that vintage diet coke bottle and I love it because it is very me. The silver bud vase comes from Rue La La. The wine bottle comes from Sonoma. I painted it with Chalkboard paint. Right now it reads: California is always a good idea. (Minus Earthquakes)
5 | These are Alissa’s hands. Please compliment her on them because when I took this picture she said, “My nails aren’t painted!” (I told you manicures are essential in SF; that’s why it’s cheaper do you own). Basically, I am thankful that the Farmer’s Market understands that some people, like me and Alissa, are Farmer’s Market losers who a) don’t bring cash b) or bring reusable bags. (The bag issue would be shameful at any farmer’s market but in San Francisco, where legally every business has to charge 10 cents per bag in an effort to encourage people to bring their own bags, not having a reusable bag at the Farmer’s Market is a HUGE failure.) We were able to go to a booth where they gladly took our credit cards and gave us these nice tokens in exchange. One to One. And then on impulse, Alissa just bought the both of us official Ferry Building Farmer’s Market bags! I didn’t even have time to blink. Generosity like that is something to be thankful for.
6 | These shoes are from the Gap and they are polka dots (love) and coral (love). I’ve been wanting more of a loafer so these make me happy as did their price. I swear I am not trying to put Alissa on a pedestal here but I asked her if she would go shopping with me because I need a specific outfit for a specific thing I will hopefully be able to talk about soon and needed her help and opinion. She was so gracious throughout the whole thing and incredibly helpful. We laughed at each other a lot. I mean, with each other. Right?
Even recounting these makes me all warm inside.
–| Announcements |–
-If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am now obsessed with my NutriBullet. I am doing a 30 day challenge with a friend and anyone that wants to join. Just go here. They provide support and tons of great recipes. Wouldn’t it be cool if we all did this together? (It starts on April 1st) You basically commit to one green smoothie a day (so doable) and they want you to eat regular meals. They give you shopping lists and everything. Who’s in?
-I finally bit the bullet and made a Facebook page. If you’re a reader, would you mind liking it here.
-Also, I always reply to comments but you guys never get them….I fixed this issue. I am so sorry if it seemed like I was ignoring you!