A Few Of My Favorite Things {in May}

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It’s a new series! Sometimes I just have a few random things I’m really digging … not enough to wax poetic about for an entire post, but too fun/cool/amazing to keep to myself. I hope you like it!

stamped Indiana necklace

I bought this stamped Indiana necklace at a craft fair back in December. I hadn’t been wearing it much, but something about tank top/tee shirt weather just begs for me to show off my Hoosier pride! Of course, I can’t remember who made it for the life of me, but you can find similar ones on Etsy.

beach waves hairstyle

I had my hair cut and colored last week, and on a whim I asked the stylist to show me how to style it wavy. My hair has some wave to it, but whenever I try to style it that way I end up looking like I just gave up. Not cute. So she used this product
in my hair and showed me how to use a diffuser (turns out I’ve been doing it wrong all these years – too handsy). She basically changed my life – it looks like how I’ve wanted it to look for years and it lasts for 3 days!

Stitch Fix Outfits May

I got my second Stitch Fix this month and it was awesome (You can see what my first Fix was like here). Everything fit beautifully and I wanted to buy it all. Sadly, cooler heads and realistic budgets prevailed (we have this little trip coming up, you see), and so I only purchased 3 of the 5 things. I bought the sailboat dress, which I would’ve never tried on in a million years, but absolutely love. I wore it to a wedding last weekend. I also bought the embroidered sleeveless shirt and the maxi skirt. I’ve worn them several times already, both together and with other things. I told the stylists when I scheduled this Fix that I had a wedding and some travel coming up. Not only did they listen, but they hit it out of the ball park with their selections for me. I scheduled my next box for September – can’t wait to see what it brings!

Have you read The Giver by Lois Lowry? I had to laugh, as we talked about choosing it for our next book club book. The girls all remembered it as being required reading in middle school. I’m (ahem) a little older than they are … the book wasn’t even out when I was in school! It was required reading for Elena, though, so I read it, too.  I loved it, and it was a perfect book for our Mother-Daughter Book Club. The movie (with Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, and Taylor Swift) is coming out in August. Read it before you see the movie!

pour-over coffee

I’ll completely understand if you don’t believe me when I tell you I’ve found my favorite way to brew coffee at home. I kind of have a coffee-making appliance/tool buying obsession. BUT GUYS! THIS ONE IS THE BEST! It’s pour-over coffee. You’ll need a digital scale (which I already  had – every kitchen could use one), a gooseneck kettle (I have this electric one and love it), some sort of receptacle to hold the brewed coffee (hence the beaker), and a ceramic coffee dripper. I think it’s a trifecta of things that make me love this set-up the best: it’s not expensive, it makes damn fine coffee, and it takes me back to my laboratory days because I get to whip out a beaker.

What are a few of your favorite things?



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  1. I love the concept of Stitch Fix, but I just cant get past the prices. I buy most of my clothes from Kohls but I could definitely use help in the style department, so I’ll keep thinking about it. 🙂
    Love your wavy hair! I need you to teach me how to do it!
    (LOL about The Giver! I need to reread it!)

    • Yeah, the prices can be a little hard to get over. I will say that the pieces I have purchased, while a little more than I would typically spend, have gotten a lot of wear already. Maybe you could splurge once or twice a year to give your wardrobe a little boost, and supplement with other things from Kohls.

      Maybe we need a Playgroup Girls Night In Salon Party!

  2. And…I just bought my first kitchen scale. I’ve been meaning to for awhile & did it thanks to your reminder. Not that I’ll ever make my coffee that way, but still. Hope you get a few pennies sent your way as I clicked through your link, but ended up with a different one.

    Anyway, I love this post & hope to see more of your favorites soon! (Your hair is AMAZING!)

    • Thanks, Chris! I use my scale way more than I ever thought I would (not something I can say for many of my impulse kitchen gadget purchases).