Ok, so I drafted this post at least a month ago, thinking I was going to get back on the blogging wagon and start posting regularly again. Then work and life happened and…here it is a month later. But hey, better late than never, right?
What was originally intended to be a list of some of my favorite things for spring is now a list of some of my favorite things from this spring that are still awesome even though it’s summer. BTW, these are all things I paid for myself, so not sponsored in any way (sadly), although the links are affiliate links (off which I have yet to make one dime in over a decade of blogging).
- Geek: Fire TV Stick. We have a huge TV in the family room, but now that my daughter is at college (and when she’s home she’s too cool for TV watching), I’m outnumbered by men in my house. This means that the family room TV is either showing a sport of some sort or some man show involving either fishing and/or Alaska and/or hunting for gold and/or fixing up cars. Which means I’ve turned my living room aka the ladies’ lounge into my own TV room in which man shows are prohibited. But since most of what I watch–despite the truly mortifying number of cable channels we pay for each month–is either on Netflix or Amazon–the ladies’ lounge TV experience was pretty lackluster. So I forked over $39 for the Amazon Fire TV Stick, figuring hey, it’s only $39…and let me tell you, it is the BEST $39 ever spent. It works better than Apple TV (which we also have–yes, we are ridiculous with the TV-watching extravagance) and just pretty much rocks. So now the ladies’ lounge has been transformed into literal paradise where I can binge watch stuff only I want to watch while also surrounded by a million books and all my other favorite things. (Next up: a post on how I transformed the living room/ladies’ lounge into perfection by moving some furniture around–and how I think the whole “nobody needs a living room” thing is crazy.)
- Chic: Miracle Gel nail polish. Raise your hand if you love gel manicures? Of course if you’re like me and can’t even be bothered with regular nail polish because it chips in about three minutes, you’re raising your hand. But as much as I love gel manicures I’m also super cheap (for some things…) and can’t stand the idea of spending $30-$40 on a manicure I can do at home with a home gel manicure kit. The kits with the LED light last just as long as the salon gel manicure…but, just like the salon kind, you have to soak off the polish when you want to remove it, and we all know that I just peel it off because no way am I taking the time to soak off polish. So I tried Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish and honestly–it is a miracle. It lasts at least seven days on me, which means it probably lasts like two weeks on a person who doesn’t constantly pick their nails, and then you remove it with regular nail polish remover. It is truly worth trying, IMO, and is now the only kind of nail polish I use.
- Book: Saving Grace. I love Jane Green and this is a great, fun summer read. And I swear to god, the epilogue where she describes the English cottage she moves into will make you weep with jealousy. Or at least it did me. It is house/food/Brit porn, all in equal, deluxe measure.
- Movie Theater: Ex Machina. Soo, so good. It’s like the movie The Island meets the book The Circle set in an issue of Architectural Digest, then mix in a little Silicon Valley plus who knows what else. I believe it’s still in theaters; if it is, definitely worth a watch while you wait until Jurassic World comes out next week (in case you don’t know this about me I am OBSESSED. WITH. Jurassic Park, for some reason and have seriously been waiting for this movie for YEARS).
- Home Movie: Mr. Turner–If you’re looking for action, this is not the movie for you. If your idea of perfect entertainment is Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge or the like, look no further–this movie is delightful. My husband is still recovering from the two and a half hours he claims to have lost to this movie; I am still swooning, two months after seeing it, from the crustiness of this room.
Ok, so what are some of your spring/summer faves that I should not miss?