Monthly Round Up.
A monthly round-up of all the things that piqued my interest- recipes, beauty products, fashion, articles, TV shows, etc.
The Trend / Fad I Finally Decided to Try:
Bulletproof Coffee. So…I’m just assuming you have all heard about this by now? If not, it’s basically coffee blended with either butter or grass-fed ghee (clarified butter), and proprietary “brain octane oil.” (insert eye-roll here) The oil is “distilled from coconut oil.” (it has a very, very faint taste of coconut) The idea is that the ingredients when combined together provide high-energy, mental clarity, satiation and improved cognitive function. (I won’t go into too much detail, you can read all about it here or here if you want)
I, like pretty much everyone else I’m sure, was completely disgusted when I first heard about it. I was seated at a work conference with a woman from Chicago who drank it every single morning we were there. She went on and on about it and how it made her so sharp, energetic and clear-headed in the morning that our entire table let her drag us to a place to try it on one of our lunch breaks. Truthfully? It tastes pretty darn good. The butter just froths up and makes the coffee creamy and rich. If you think about it, creamer is something we put in coffee, and isn’t butter just over-churned cream? Have you ever put butter in / on anything and had it not make whatever you were eating taste better? Doubtful. (I don’t blame you if you’re not convinced, neither was I until day 3 of her insistence and actually trying it myself)
I did feel pretty perked-up after drinking it, but could that just be the placebo affect? Either way, while I agree that it tastes good, this concoction is way too much work for me on a daily basis. (it has to be blended in a blender to truly emulsify) I wake up in just enough time to shower, slap make-up on my face and pop a Nespresso pod in the machine on my way out the door. But I did buy the brain octane oil on Amazon and have been including a tablespoon of it in my coffee ever since. (since oil and water don’t mix, I give it a 5 second whiz with my handheld matcha frother) On weekends I’ll occasionally froth in a little ghee. (1 teaspoon, not the recommended 2 tablespoons- I don’t need my coffee to contain 400 calories)
I’m definitely on the fence with this one overall, but there is something to be said for the satiation aspect. The high-fat and caffeine jolt first thing in the morning does help curb your appetite for the rest of the day. If anything, the online reviews of this fad are worth the read just for entertainment’s sake. (this and this)
Newest Clothing Obsession:
Grey-Wash Raw-Hem Jeans – These grey jeans from Old Navy are everything. They are sooo cheap, (I paid $19) and they are soft as butter. If you haven’t already embraced the grey jean trend you need to- grey is such a good neutral and goes with so many colors. These are the prettiest color and also have a raw-hem which is really popular right now. I love the ankle length and they have become my go-to’s with booties. Although they’re originally priced at $35, Old Navy has coupons / sales pretty much every day, so you most likely won’t pay more than $23-$25 for them. (as I type this they’re on sale for $23) Buy them, trust me.
New Beauty Product Discoveries:
Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse – I got a small version of this in the mail and was immediately intrigued. A mousse version of sunscreen? I’m usually more of a dry-spray girl and my husband will only use lotion, so I wondered how we’d like this. I have a couple of other products from Supergoop! that I really like, so I was anxious for a pool day to try this out. Verdict? Love! It is really light and airy and just glides right on. You need a golf-ball sized squirt for each arm and 2 for each leg.
Maybelline Superstay 24 Lipcolor – I haven’t bought a drug-store lipstick in ages, but I found one in CVS a couple of weeks ago that has quickly become a favorite. (and its only $8!) I had been searching for a really good long-lasting matte formula that I could put on in the morning and not have to worry about reapplying throughout the day. The problem with most long-lasting lipsticks is that while many have staying power, they often dry your lips out or fade in the center of your lips. The shade I bought was “Keep Up the Flame” and the pigmentation is fantastic. It has a moisturizing balm on the other end of the tube to help if you feel a little dry. Its the best one I’ve used- I can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner without it budging and I haven’t had any issues with dryness or fading. (I do use the balm throughout the day) The only thing to note is that it really doesn’t come off unless you use an oil-based make-up remover. I swipe it off with argan oil and a cotton ball at night.
What’s Keeping Me Up at Night:
Backroads of Arizona: Along the Byways to Breathtaking Landscapes and Quirky Small Towns – No, amazingly it’s not the state of our government that is keeping me awake until all hours, but rather vacation planning 🙂 We’re heading to Sedona next month so I’m in prep-mode! We have a pretty open itinerary thus far; a trip to the Grand Canyon, a few hikes, a spa day, and a couple of days in Phoenix visiting friends. Since we’ll have a car we’ve been researching fun day trips- this book has been really interesting to read and has gotten us excited to explore the desert.
Sedona’s Top 10 Hikes – One of the things we’re most excited about is hiking the red rocks in Sedona. There are so.many.hikes that I am finding it overwhelming to choose which ones we should focus on. This book really helped break it down for me and I think I’ve narrowed down the ones we’re interested in. I’m also strangely fascinated by all of the energy vortexes…
Anyone been to Sedona? Anything we must do / see / visit? Let me know!
What I Watched:
Ozark (Netflix) – A couple people had casually mentioned that this Netflix showing starting Jason Bateman and Laura Linney was good, so one weekend we gave it a go. The fact that it was only one season and 10 episodes meant that it wasn’t a massive commitment 🙂 It is about a money-launder (Bateman) from Chicago who is forced all of a sudden to move his family to the Ozarks. (think Breaking Bad meets Weeds) It was a really good show. The acting is superb and the story hooks you right from the first episode.
Best Recipe I Made:
Spinach and Prosciutto Frittata Muffins – Just like the recipe says, I made them on a Sunday and ate them all week for breakfast. They were tasty, portable, and who doesn’t love a touch of goat cheese for breakfast? They freeze well too.
And in case you missed it, here’s what was on the blog last month:
Anything on your radar recently? I would love to hear about it!