June was rough. As I’m obviously mentioned before. Probably even worse than the super-terrible month that was February. #Woof.
The good news? July is and has been absolutely awesome. Starting off the month with a vacation in Florida was probably the best thing I could have done. I was clicking reset by the pool. Amazing.
Don’t you find that when you’re genuinely happy and not borderline miserable that everything you encounter seems better. Food… Movies… Jokes… Friends… Dating… Everything!
It seems like everything I see and do nowadays I find myself just head-over-heels about. This is great (but can be dangerous when I’m shopping!). I thought I’d share a few of the things that have made my list of current obsessions. (I also really want to know what you’re loving!)
(ONE) Humans of New York
Humans of New York is a crazy inspiring Tumblr blog. Brandon, the photographer, goes around the city and captures these amazingly beautiful and vulnerable moments on the streets of New York. He also documents their stories. It’s seriously amazing. When I’m walking around the city or simply waiting for a train, I play this game where I make up stories for the most interesting person I see. (It’s a really great exercise for writing actually!) I try to piece together who they are, where they come from, where they’re going. What makes them happy. What makes them angry. Have they been hurt before? I love that Brandon actually does this. Definitely check it out!
Maxie got me into mangos. I blame her for my addiction. Because it’s truly that… an addiction. I think about them all the time. Maybe I have some sort of vitamin deficiency that mangos solve. Because, literally, I could eat them for every meal. Mango smoothie in the morning? Sure! Dried mango during the day as a snack? Yes! Cut up mango in a salad? Yes, please! Plain mango for dinner? Yep!
I had been buying the dried mango from Whole Foods and pre-cut mango from the local grocery store, but it was getting kind of expensive. Every bodega on every corner has an amazing selection of fresh fruit and it’s so much cheaper. The only problem, I realized when I got home, was that I had NO idea how to cut mangos. It’s an art. Whole Foods showed me how!
(Guess what I’ve been eating for dinner every night!)
(THREE) Forever 21
Confession… I have zero patience for Forever 21. My sister has amazing luck with finding hidden gems, but I get overwhelmed. While I was home in Florida, I went shopping in the mall with my Mom. Right as we were about to leave, we popped into the F21 to look for cheap workout clothes. (Target was totally sold out of everything in my size!) I just cannot justify buying Lululemon. Love it, but ridiculous. I’d rather buy Kate Spade dresses and J. Crew shoes. These adorable workout pants are under $10. #Bam
(FOUR) Pretty Little Liars
Oh… I’ve totally become addicted to Pretty Little Liars. I mean, full on addicted. It’s the best thing for the summer. Super light, super hot guys, and a ridiculous absolutely-too-crazy-to-be-real-life plot line. What could be better? My favorite character? Spencer. I even braided my hair one night like her. And frankly, it’s the best hairstyle for the summer. Yep. Love it! (Please tell me I’m not the only one addicted to the show? WHO IS A?!?!?)
(FIVE) Anthropologie Wallpaper
I’m resigning my lease (eep!) for my apartment. This has re-inspired me to get my apartment in order. Frankly, I’ve been terrible about decorating it. Too tricky and I was afraid to do anything really if it wasn’t “perfect.” (Pinterest puts on WAY too much pressure! SHEESH.) The other day, I decided to rearrange my bedroom and it kind of got me going on a roll to start decorating. Now I have so many ideas. I can’t wait to start working on my #ProjectApartment. One hint… I’m choosing a wallpaper from Anthropologie for my bedroom!
Tell me! What are you loving right now?