Happy Friday! Today is my last day at home with family. Tomorrow I’ll be headed back to my other home in the Bay. It’s so sad to see such a wonderful summer come to a close, but on the bright side, it really has been just that — wonderful. I’ve made a conscious effort the last few weeks to stop worrying about the little things and enjoy the moment. This past week, my mom and I went to the Grove in L.A. for a last hurrah and snacked on Ladurée macarons — my favorite! Sitting on a blanket in a little makeshift park, eating French pastries, and listening to jazz music was a tiny moment I’ll never forget! Now onto other things that I’ve been obsessing over:
Every summer, a small amphitheater in my hometown does a summer concert series. The tickets are affordable and the venue is intimate, so when I always review the lineup and pick one or two to go to. Colbie Caillat was performing last week, and it was such a relaxed evening of music and storytelling. If you ever get the chance to see her, I recommend it — her performance was great! When she performed “Try,” I was reminded of how important and moving lyrics can be. It’s such a relevant song!
I haven’t pulled out my paints in forever (I’ve dabbled in acrylic and oil, though I want to try watercolor!). But, I purchased these notebooks for school and felt they needed to be spruced up. Armed with a palette and paintbrush, I’ve set out to paint each of them, and I love how they are turning out! (I’ll be showing them on Instagram later this week.). It’s rare that I take a few hours to concentrate on something so intently — without taking a break to watch a video or read an article — and it’s been so nice to just sit outside and paint away.
This two-night documentary premiered on ABC Wednesday and last night. It recounts the journey of Princess Di and the paparazzi’s role in her life and passing. I grew up with more fascinations of Kate Middleton, as Diana passed away the year I was born. Learning more about her influence on the royal family and the people of Wales was incredible. There was a highlight moment in the film when they showed how interactive she was with the crowds of people welcoming her arrival. She was a princess of the people, and I love that. The documentary did a great job of illustrating her as the monumental figure she was, as well as underlining her many struggles.
When the team at ChocZero reached out to me to see if I wanted a few samples of their chocolates, I responded with a definite yes. The individually wrapped squares are sugar free and made with monk fruit, and I was curious to see how they would compare to “regular” chocolate I tend to go for. I love the packaging and the fact that they each square is wrapped. As for taste, they were really enjoyable and satisfying. My favorite kinds were the 50% Dark and 80% Dark — the 50% being the sweeter and creamier of the two. There is a slight difference because of the monk fruit sweetening, but the flavor is pleasant. I’ll be slipping a few in my backpack for a healthy alternative when I get a dark chocolate craving!
I’ve recently gotten hooked on Freeform’s The Bold Type, which is based off of the stories of the women at Cosmopolitan. I’ve always loved fashion and journalism, so the show piqued my interest when I first saw the preview a few months ago. Fast forward to the premiere, and I fell in love with the strong, relatable female leads. For me though, the show turned from guilty pleasure to something way more when one of the trio has to go to her boss and lay out her stipulations before accepting a new role. It was one of those moments when I was clapping through the screen at how she negotiated, and it cemented the show for me as a new smart, powerful series.
I love sparkling water, especially during the summer — and I have mentioned my affinity a few times (see here). Recently, I tried this pineapple flavor from Trader Joe’s, and I really enjoyed it! It was sweet, citrusy, and refreshing. The biggest plus for me, however, is the price. While buying cans of Spindrift is ideal for easiness and transportability, this big bottle of sparkling water is only $1. For a college girl on a budget, that’s a match made in heaven! Be sure to screw the top on tight though — you don’t want to lose carbonation.
What are you”obsessed” with? Comment below!