Hello! I feel like I should immediately give the disclaimer that you will not receive any of the things that I mention in this post because unfortunately, I am not Oprah. I’ve just had some time (lots of time) to reflect on the things I’ve enjoyed this summer. These will all change in the fall/winter because TV shows end, my skin becomes more dry (yet still oily), and I probably eat 1,000 more calories to guard myself from the harsh wind. Also, “me time” will be something I will have way less of. Yipes.
Favorite summer beauty (that isn’t makeup):
**(This is likely the only favorite category that will have an intro, but don’t worry. Mostly photos after this).
I used to believe that if I only had time to put on one product/ makeup thing, I would put on two (foundation and mascara). But now, after much research (YouTube, Amazon product reviews, $$$expensive$$$ trial and error), I am changed. I used to wear foundation sitting in my house alone because I just didn’t like how I looked. Now thanks to some basic skincare and nutrition I only fill in my brows. Fine, I put on mascara too so as not to frighten people. It’s a blond person problem mmmkay.
3 way tie: Cleanser, oil, *sunscreen
*Funny story about Neutrogena: Miracles. I seriously wore only this on a (first) date. I didn’t have time or moisturizer. Totally worked. Still single.
Bonus favorite: Grapefruit toner. May or may not work- just bought it. All that matters is that you spray it onto your face. Spray = yay!
**Bonus Pro-tip: Contouring on a daily basis; especially in the light of day; should be prohibited. It is meant for going to the Oscars and being in a magazine. That’s it. Those are the only scenarios.
Favorite t-shirts/ tanks: Funny but not annoying cute sayings/ phrases (but slightly annoying).
*These are all REALLY SOFT and I mostly sit around in my in my apartment in them, and then when I leave it looks like I’m going to workout, but I’m not! I’m fooling everyone.
Runner up- Anything blush/ nude.
(Shout out to VS Pink, Target and Banana Republic)
Favorite TV show (to binge watch): 30 Rock
I had yet to find a show that made me laugh as much as Family Guy. This seems more mature because it’s people and not cartoons. That’s what growing up is all about.
“Hey, nerds! Who’s got two thumbs, speaks limited French, and hasn’t cried once today? This moi.”
Favorite summer reads:
Final book pending…
**If you’re feeling judge-y just keep in mind that I needed light post surgery. And you’re also a jerk because at least I read. And yes, I have a Tina Fey thing.
Favorite summer photos:
Favorite smoothie recipe: Refreshing
I’ll leave the amounts of things up to your discretion. That’s the beauty of a smoothie.
Favorite sweet yums:
Favorite other yum: (Just so happens to also be sweet)
Yums that require no real baking, intense cooking or talent: (And are also “soft diet” approved)
Eggs- any way, any how i ❤ an egg. Hard, soft, ooey and gooey. Although QUESTION: When did egg whites become “a thing”? Is the yolk too delicious? Along with my gluten free sentiments, pass me your yolk and I will have your gluten for you too if it must be so.
Avocado– Apparently there is an avocado crisis of some sort because of the realization of the awesome powers within the avocado, but I am surely not the cause of it. It’s all you avocado toast people. #toast #basic #pfff. I prefer a squirt of lemon juice, salt, lime. Or just straight up.
Tofu- May weird some people out. It’s a texture thing and I totally get it because I have it with mushrooms and most peppers not prepared by me. I’ve actually always picked tofu over chicken on my Thai food. Something comforting and easy about the squish of it.
Salmon– 425, foil, olive oil, lemon slices, throw a dash of your fave spices (for me that is paprika and pink himalaya salt) 25 minutes (I think) melt in yo mouf.
Sweet potato– 425, foil, fork it, olive oil it, 45 min and that’s it. Don’t ruin it with anything else. If you must, butter it.
Favorite words and conclusion:
Finally, I leave you with this video that I feel like I really relate to, even though we have nothing in common (not a model born in France that smokes). But I just get her want to be well. Whatever that means. It resonates with me right now.
Camille Rowe- Wellness Journey: Shot by British Vogue so it’s also very pretty and soothing.