What I’m Reading
“Eat Up : Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want” by Ruby Tandoh
I’ve always had a complicated relationship with food as someone who loves it, cooking, but who also struggles with weight, weight loss, and body image. I’ve gone from one end of the spectrum to the other, binge eating even though I’m not hungry to not eating much a few days before doctor’s appointments to shed a few pounds. I’ve always considered my relationship with food mostly toxic and unhealthy. Then I came across Ruby Tandoh’s Twitter and her new book “Eat Up : Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want”. I was crying just from the three page introduction. This isn’t a diet book. It doesn’t tell you how or what to eat. It reminds us why we eat, the meaning food can hold for us. As I’m reading now, I’m wrestling with emotions towards eating and how to be more positive with it, and I’m sure the path it takes you on emotionally is different for every reader. If you struggle with your relationship with food, in any capacity, I highly recommend sitting down and reading this book. It’s started me on a healing journey, and I hope it can do the same for you. You can buy it here or purchase a Kindle version on Amazon.
“The Millennial’s Guide to Wealth: Learn About Saving, Investing, Spending and Living While Drinking Beer” by Barry Pencek
After graduating, I felt like I was going in blind to a lot of things because we never talked about them in all those years of school. Taxes? 401 (k)? Saving and Investing? I’m basically clueless, and there is only so much I can pester my Dad about with this. Luckily, my Uncle Barry gifted me a copy of his book “The Millennial’s Guide to Wealth: Learn About Saving, Investing, Spending and Living While Drinking Beer”. I had it by my side when I was figuring out enrolling in my 401(k) and benefits for my job. I’ve referenced it a lot in the three months since I’ve graduated. It’s a great breakdown of everything we wished we learned in school, and a great resource to have on your book shelf. Check it out here!
What I’m wearing
ColourPop Lux Lipstick
My latest lippie obsession is ColourPop’s new ling of Lux Lipsticks. I’ve always been a lipstick girl, and it was actually ColourPop’s affordable but fabulous liquid lips that got me more into them. So, I was thrilled when they announced they’d be releasing a new line of lipsticks infused with a blend of acai, jojoba and pomegranate seed butters.
My favorite has to be Liquid Courage, a bold brick red. I’m also over the moon for the cute star print on the packaging and actual product. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for space-inspired or decorated makeup.
The Lux Lipsticks can be found here on ColourPop’s site.
Fresh Sugar Face Polish and Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream
I grew up in sunny, humid Florida. I rarely put sunscreen on my face and my acne was so bad I had to go on Accutane. Now live in Wisconsin, where the cold, dry winter wind plagues my skin well into “springtime”. I realized quickly after moving here I had to step up my skin routine. by step up, I meant start one because it was non existent. My two favorite parts of my routine are my scrub and face cream, both from Fresh.
The Sugar Face Polish is important for me to keep dry, dead skin off, especailly around my chin. Thanks to my PCOS I have hair growth there, and if I don’t manage with a scrub, sometimes I get ingrown hairs. The brown sugar in the Polish helps buff the dead skin off to prevent this, and is a natural humectant, or substance that helps seals in moisture. It also has wild strawberries, plum seed oil, and grapeseed oil to brighten, hydrate, and soothe the skin. It smells amazing and isn’t too rough on the skin. Though, it is a bit funny seeing the strawberry seeds smeared across your face in the sugary paste. I do this about twice a week and love how my skin feels so soft afterwards.
The Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream goes is probably my favorite face cream out there. Rose or rosewater scented anything is my favorite go-to signature scent, so I love smoothing this on after the scrub and right before bed. It smells so light and refreshing, and feels just the same. The rosewater and rose flower oil in the cream helps to keep soothing and nourishing after the scrub, and also has plum seed oil. I hate how dense some night creams are, but this one is great for morning and night. It’s the perfect follow-up to the scrub, and the pair have done wonders for my skin. I purchased both at Sephora this past summer, or you can snag them at the Fresh website
What I’m listening to
My Favorite Murder and The Dollop Podcasts
If you’ve talked to me at all in the past couple of months, you must know I’m obsessed with these podcasts. I’ve always been into crime shows, which eventually evolved into true crime stories. So in January, I overheard my roommate listening to two women talking about the Axeman of New Orleans and I had to know what she was listening too. A quick Google of “two women murder podcast” brought me to My Favorite Murder, and a new obsession was born. And I do mean obsession, because I blew through two years worth of over hour long podcast episodes in about two months. Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georiga Hardstark masterfully mix comedy and sensitivity to relay stories about murders, peppered with other weird characters and survivor stories sometimes. It might sound weird that I love a comedy murder show, but it’s actually a great way to deal with my own fears and anxieties. There was some concern when I started falling asleep to them read about grisly murders, but it passed. The podcast has made me more aware of things as a woman in the world, and they have great advice like “fuck politeness,” “stay out of the forest,” and their famous sign off of “stay sexy and don’t get murdered.” If you’re into true crime at all, give them a listen. You won’t be disappointed.
And through MFM, I found The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. They explore funny, bizarre events and figures throughout American history and it’s honestly one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever listened to. They just riff of each other so easily and it makes me laugh out loud. Unfortunately, that’s often in the office or on the bus. I’m sure there are several people on my bus line who think I’m nuts and just laughing out loud randomly. This podcast is a great chaser to the heavier MFM episodes, and also a good way to brush up on random info and facts for any upcoming trivia night.
What I’m watching
One of the best parts of not being in school anymore? Free time actually means free time. No studying or homework. Once I clock out of work, I’m actually done with work, which means I don’t have to feel guilty when I sit down to binge a few episodes of Netflix. My latest obsession is The Magicians. It’s one of those shows I’ve seen ads for a few times on Twitter or the name pop up on suggestions, but never looked too closely at. I finally decided to give it a shot when it came up again in January, which I mostly contribute to the bombarding of season three promos on Twitter. And oh my god! I should’ve given this show a shot a long time ago. I’m not kidding when I say it’s probably one of my favorite shows I’ve ever seen. It’s up there with Lost, The West Wing, and Grey’s Anatomy. It’s a dark fantasy, sci-fi full that’s also hilarious. I adore the entire cast, who do excellent jobs of portraying their characters as real and relatable, and dealing with so many important issues ranging for sexuality to sexual assault to feminism. It deals with magic, gods, monsters, fairies, humanity and so much more. There was also a musical episode that made my entire week. I’m pumped, and scared, for the season finale this Wednesday. Please hop on this bandwagon with me, I need someone to gush about this show with. The show regularly shows on SyFy, and you can catch up on the first two seasons on Netflix.