August Favorites

by jenna on August 26, 2013

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Hey y’all!

It’s time for another favorites post. Here’s everything I am currently loving now, from perfume to jewelry to books. A lot of this stuff I found out about from my blogger friends while in Ethiopia! As much as I love summer, I have to say — I am totally ready for fall! Boots, leggings and pumpkin spice lattes await.

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Maddie & Sophie.I wouldn’t really call myself a perfume kind of girl. I mean, of course I like perfume but it’s very rare that I actually buy it for myself. I’ve been wearing Ralph Lauren Romance since about 11th grade. Haven’t we all? Anyway, my friend Shannon wore this perfume on our trip and as soon as she walked into the room, Emily and I both were like what are you wearing?! It smells fantastic. I proceeded to borrow it from her for the rest of the week and as soon as I got home I ordered some for myself. Absolutely obsessed. Definitely the best smelling perfume that I know of. Plus, it’s a roll-on, which I love because it’s easy to just keep in my purse and re-apply during the day!

Mudlove Bands. These sweet little colorful bracelets all are engraved with different inspirational words like “grace”, “change”, “beautiful” and “beloved”. And, when you purchase one, 20% of the proceeds go towards clean water efforts in the Central African Republic. Win, win.

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Dr. Lewinn by Kinerase BB Cream. This is my first time trying out the ever popular BB cream and let’s just say I’m hooked. My friend Dana turned me onto this brand that you can actually find in your drugstore and it’s great. It acts as a serum, sunscreen and tinted moisturizer. My new daily makeup routine is just this cream, followed by a little blush and mascara…then, I’m set!

Friday Night Lights. What can I say? I’m stuck in 2006. Adam and I just started watching this right before I left for Ethiopia and since then, we’ve been averaging three episodes a night. Out of control and cannot be stopped. I am so behind the times.

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La Soula Jewelry.  Kim, the talented designer of this handmade jewelry line, SUPER generously gifted all the fashionABLE women in Ethiopia with gorgeous necklaces. It was such an amazing surprise — the ladies loved them!! She also made our team breathtaking black diamond necklaces. I can’t even tell you how special these necklaces are. I haven’t taken mine off since I got it two weeks ago and I’ve already received a dozen compliments. It’s so stunning and delicate. Thank you, Kim!

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This mug. I mean…it’s a total no-brainer. Could you even get anything cuter? This mug has been permanently attached to my little paws ever since I got it last month. It makes me happy.

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 What Alice Forgot. I couldn’t put this book down on the plane. It was SO good! Basically, Alice hits her head during an exercise class and completely forgets the past 10 years of her life. When she comes to, she thinks it’s 1998 when her life was drastically different. I highly recommend this book for a good, fun end of summer read!

Little Houses for Emily. My friend McCall and her family are adopting a sweet little girl from the DRC {democratic republic of congo}. To help raise money for their adoption, she had the cute idea of having people assemble a little paper house and then fill it up with all the extra change they could find during the month of September, as they try to raise $5,000 to cover their referral costs. If you’d like to help out, email littelhousesforemily@outlook.com to get your own little house to print out!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 26, 2013 at 4:11 am

I havent seen Fri Night Lights since about 2007! We used to watch that show all the time :)

That perfume – sounds delicious!

That cream – new to me. I have never heard of that one but thanks for sharing!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 26, 2013 at 4:30 am

I haven’t ventured into the land of BB creams yet (just late to the party I suppose!) but thanks for the recommendation. I’m all for reducing the number of steps in my beauty regimen!

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Susan August 26, 2013 at 6:43 am

That’s exactly what I was going to say- im excited to try it! And a few less steps in the morning is always nice! Thanks for your monthly lists, I always enjoy them!

Oh and I loved your stitch fix photo shoot! Lots of cute outfits!

Have a great day!
Susan

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Lauren @ The Highlands Life August 26, 2013 at 4:35 am

I loved “What Alice Forgot”! Such a great, easy summer read.

And my husband and I started Friday Night Lights too! So good. We get in a good 2-3 episodes a night and I’ve surprised myself with how drawn in I am. Is it weird that I love Riggins?!

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Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes August 26, 2013 at 5:04 am

I’ve been needing a recommendation for my next book to read – I’ll have to get What Alice Forgot. Need to get one more summer read in before fall is here!

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Madison August 26, 2013 at 5:06 am

Ahh–I LOVE Friday Night Lights! My husband and I watched all seasons this summer. haha–we were addicted and now we are done and it’s sad. Moral of the story: pace yourself! :)

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Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK August 26, 2013 at 5:27 am

Lovely finds, Jenna. Off to see if my public libraby carries ‘What Alice Forgot’. It sounds fantastic. ;)

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 26, 2013 at 6:04 am

Emily–as in bachelorette Emily?! She seems like such a nice person. Love the mug and perfume!

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erin @hooleywithaz August 26, 2013 at 6:19 am

GIRL. friday night lights will continue to take over your life until you are done. also, you should tell me if you agree, but i sometimes like to call it, “the tim riggins story”. because let’s be honest…it’s all about that beautiful boy.

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polly August 26, 2013 at 6:23 am

sweet sis!!!!!
ok girl, can we please live in the same city? I wish so much. Dan and i got hooked on Friday Nights this past Spring and we could NOT BE STOPPED either! Had to watch them all straight through, season after season. Tim Riggins? um, yes. ;)

and the mudlove bands! I got all my yoga girls those for Christmas! Did you know they are made about an hour from my house? yup.

love you much, little sis. *hugs*

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Nicole August 26, 2013 at 6:42 am

I need to get my hands on that BB cream…and maybe start watching Friday Night Lights since it’s getting so many glowing reviews!

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health August 26, 2013 at 7:02 am

That necklace is gorgeous! What an awesome gift to receive.
I have to smell that perfume now and check out the Mudlove bands!

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Caroline L. August 26, 2013 at 7:04 am

How is it almost September already?! I always love reading through your favorites of the month – they’re usually off the beaten path, and I love discovering new things!

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Dana August 26, 2013 at 8:24 am

That mug is perfect!! Thanks for listing the Alice book. It sounds like I’d love it.

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SarahD August 26, 2013 at 8:35 am

I have on Ralph Lauren Romance right now. :) It never gets old! Love the necklaces!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien August 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

That mug is to die for! I would totally love to sip coffee out of it while eating cake and reading that book :) Perfection.

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Laura August 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

Cannot stop binge watching Friday Night Lights!!! Sooo good. I like watching it now as there are no cliff hangers as you can just play the next one!

I tried BB cream for the first time this year as well and love it. I use Dr. Jart’s BB cream (from Birchbox) and am very happy with it. I love that it has SPF in it as well!

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Jane {In the Pink and Green} August 26, 2013 at 9:44 am

I love these posts, always so fun to hear what your favorite things are! I’ll definitely have to check out that book, it looks great! xoxo

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Coty and Mariah August 26, 2013 at 9:46 am

We are really excited about the book you recommended. Love your monthly favorites!

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Jen August 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

I loved What Alice Forgot. It is a light and fun read, but it also helped remind me after 15 years of marriage to think back to the early years and what I love about my husband and to not let the details/stresses of our current life with 2 kids overshadow those feelings.

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Emily @ Life on Food August 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

Perfect timing! I need new books. And I want that mug. Too cute!

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Ksenija @ Health Ninja August 26, 2013 at 10:19 am

Cake for breakfast is the best ;) and thanks a lot for the book recommendation, it sounds genius!

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Angela August 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

I think I would get hooked on FNL. I started watching the first episode a few times but haven’t followed through on watching it all yet.

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Alicia August 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

I just finished reading Moriarty’s “The Husband’s Secret” and loved it. It has a lot of unexpected twists and turns, and the characters were very realistic and complex.

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Kim August 26, 2013 at 11:59 am

I’m interested in smelling that perfume now!

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Kim August 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Speaking of perfume, you might like this book… Coming To My Senses. It’s autobiographical and the author lives in Austin. I found it interesting since I live in Dallas and she had some funny (and true) references between the two cities at the beginning of the book.

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Ja @Ja on the RUN August 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

totally diggin’ your mug!!! love it!

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Mary August 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Seven! Thirty-three! And of course the always pissed off coach!

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Melanie August 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

…am also in love with Friday Night Lights! I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer with lots of time on my hands so I discovered it last fall and couldn’t stop watching. I used to wake up at 6 a.m. and watch an episode every morning. It made me kind of homesick though…but I was so sad when it ended!

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!

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Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog August 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I can’t wait for fall! I just bought a new pair of boots and I’m dying to wear them. Instead, Mother Nature has provided me with 90+ degree weather this week. Love the mug – so cute!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Aaahh … i need that mug in my life. Too cute :D

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dee August 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Oh darn. And I totally promised myself that there would be no more perfume purchase this month. I should have known better! Lol.

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dee August 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm

purchases*

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char eats greens August 27, 2013 at 4:57 am

Love that perfume idea!! Such a handy thing to keep on ya!

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Robyn @thereallife_RD August 27, 2013 at 7:19 am

I’ve heard so many people rave about Friday Night Lights!
I don’t even watch tv but really want to get into a show for some reason!

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Lisa August 28, 2013 at 7:57 am

Always find a few must-haves when you post your favorites. :) Do you know if the perfume is available from any retailers? I love the sound of it, but at $50 I am a little nervous to just order it without trying it…wish my budget were more forgiving. Thank you!

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jenna August 28, 2013 at 8:41 am

I don’t think so…I am pretty sure it’s only available through them online :(

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Lisa August 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm

thanks, Jenna; I may just have to take a chance anyway!

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Kristin August 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I LOVE your Favorites posts! Thanks for sharing :)

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Jennifer September 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Question :) Do you use the BB cream over your TempleSpa moisturizer?

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