Favorite Podcasts

Truth be told, I've been trying to write this little blog posts for weeks. Weeks! And this is the second week in a row without a new recipe *insert sad face* so I thought I would update you a bit. Two Fridays ago I accepted a new job, which I'm pretty excited about, but I've spent the past two weeks doing the stressful interview process and waiting, then giving my two weeks at my current job and transitioning everything I did to others. Plus we spent last weekend away at the beach. All in all, just a busy couple of weeks but I'm feeling anxious to get back in the kitchen this weekend. In the meantime, I thought I would put together a post I've been wanting to write for a while now: fav podcasts.

Podcasts are a huge part of my life these days and I'm always on the hunt for new ones. I have a 45 minute commute each way to work and podcasts have seriously improved that drive. I feel less like I'm just wasting away in my car and feel more like I'm learning something, even if it's mostly true crime stories and useless information. You'll see by the list below that I'm a big true crime junkie so if anyone has any different ones, let me know in the comments!

My Favorite Murder: I don't know when I first heard about MFM, but from the first episode I was hooked. Two women, sitting down and chatting about true crime and serial killers. Sign me up. I think what I like most about this podcast (and what I know a lot of people don't like) is that this podcast feels like a real life conversation. When I listen to it, I feel like I'm being told a story by one of my girlfriends, which I find to be a very interesting approach to a podcast about crime. So if you are looking for a streamline, professional, all-the-facts type of podcast, this is not for you. But, I enjoy most of their episodes.

You Must Remember This: Though originally drawn to this podcast because of her season on Charles Manson, I've since listened to the Dead Blondes and Blacklisted seasons. This podcast is pretty much the opposite of My Favorite Murder when it comes to information and tone. You Must Remember This tells "the secret and forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century." Karina Longworth's stories are incredibly detailed and dense (in the best way possible). The research and preparation that must go into each episode is impressive in itself and each episode is incredibly well written. Plus, I love Karina's voice and pronunciations. 

The Dollop: I just love The Dollop. I love it. Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds tell stories from American history, but not the stories you learned about in history class. And I know this doesn't sound like it would be funny, but it's honestly hysterical. These are the stories, people, and little blips in history that for the most part have been untold. The man who invented the high five, the first welfare queen, New York City's Gopher Gang to name a few. It's interesting, it's funny, and I feel like I've learned a lot of our country's ridiculous (and many times appalling) history.

Stranglers: This 12-episode podcast details to the crimes of the Boston Strangler and tells the stories of his victims. This is a story that I was obviously aware of, but had never listened/watched anything dedicated to. The story itself is pretty crazy, and has a handful of twists and turns and conspiracies associated with it. Similar to You Must Remember This, Stranglers is beautifully narrated and researched, and hits all the markers for me. Plus, it's still an unsolved case.

S-Town: I think this is maybe my favorite NPR podcast. I loved the first season of Serial and all, but found myself way more all-consumed with S-Town. Such a bizarre and interesting story about interesting people. I binge listened to this in about 4 days. 

This American Life: It felt almost too obvious to add This American Life to a list of my favorite podcasts. Obviously it's a favorite. But even as new podcasts pop up about topics more germane to my interests, I still always enjoy new episodes. It just holds up for me.

Up First: This is a fairly new-to-me podcast but I LOVE it. I've always struggled with keeping up with current events and news and this gives me a quick, thorough update of current events each morning. I listen to it while I'm getting ready and it just works for me.

At Home With...: A new podcast by Anna and Lily of The Anna Edit and Lily Pebbles, two of my favorite beauty/lifestyle vloggers. Way different than many of the other podcasts I love, they go into the homes of women in the beauty business and have a chatty conversation about their work and their home. Maybe it's just because the woman they are interviewing are people of interest to me, but I've been really enjoying this one.

WTF with Marc Maron: WTF is a podcast I've been listening to for years and though I haven't listened to it too much recently, it still remains one of my favorites. This a standard interview-style podcast, with guests ranging from Barack Obama to Anne Hathaway. Comedians, actors, musicians, there's really an interview for everyone in there. My favorite thing about this podcast is that Marc Maron tends to dive deep. Yeah, he talks about their latest projects or what they're most notable for, but dives into their personal lives, aspirations, and the motivations behind their work. He's just a great interviewer.  

Spring Bucket List

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It's spring folks! And I'm pretty damn happy about it. Things are feeling fresh and new, the city is sunny and people are out and about, my work is in full bloom and very green, it's just a nice time before it turns into Hades. 

The theme this season is cleaning, organizing, and making the house more enjoyable. I love our home, but winter has a way of making papers pile up and clutter just sitting around waiting to be put away. I want to take the next couple of months and really get that in order, along with trying to take more weekend and day trips to spend time outside and together. So here we go!

  1. Hang art in extra bedroom
  2. Take more weekend and day trips
  3. Make headway with the side hustle
  4. Plant herbs in pots out back
  5. Work on ice cream blog post
  6. Buy flowers more often
  7. Cook dinner at home more often
  8. Take bags of clothes to thrift store

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

Alright friends! I'm fresh back from a whirlwind week of traveling and eating myself into the next pants size last week and ready to share some favorite things with you!

Last week I was in Downtown Los Angeles for a work conference and honestly spent the entire week either learning about social media in higher ed, eating, walking to eat, shopping, or lounging in my hotel bed. Although I don't mind traveling alone, I'm not interested in wandering museums or doing touristy things by myself. Those are experiences I enjoy talking and sharing with another person. So I did the second best thing: went where I wanted to, ate a ton of great food and desserts, shopped in stores we don't have in Philadelphia, and slept in the middle of my king-sized bed. I was home for about 16 hours before we left for a last-minute trip to Buffalo, NY, for G to visit with family and friends. I had some SERIOUS jetlag well into this week but everything is starting to fall back into place.

I'm excited to be home and back focused on things I want to accomplish in the coming months. In the meantime, here are five things I'm loving right now:

1. This post about Nurturing your Creativity by The Crafted Life really hit home for me. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking for the blog, and not very much time baking for fun or for the people I love. 

2. I was recommended the book The Devil in the White City while at a conference in LA and decided to pick it up while I was there for the flight home. It's fantastic and I read it for the entire 5+ hour flight home. Definitely a must read for anyone interested in true crime. AND I'm hoping this helps with my recent inability to focus on a book for more than 5 minutes. 

3. I wore this Vintage Color Block Necklace that I got for Christmas while I was in LA last week and had never received so many compliments in one day. It's one of my favorite new jewelry pieces (along with these tassel earrings from Little Arrow Studio in cobalt and pink).

4. I purchased two new pairs of clogs a few weeks ago from Lotta From Stockholm and I'm once again wowed by the quality of these. They're super simple shoes and a bear to break in, but once you do they're absolutely perfect. And they have a great sales and seconds section of their website which I purchase from all the time and have never been let down by.

5. Every time I travel and use hotel bath products, I realize how much I love my shampoo. Is that weird?? I have incredibly straight hair (and a lot of it), which I don't like to wash every day. My hair also needs some extra umph from products to not just lay flat to my head. Because of those things, it can be a little greasier than I'd like at my roots while the ends are still a little too dry. But the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo is amazing. It's pricey, but a bottle for me lasts a long time. It just makes my hair feel perfectly clean, but not too soft and slippery that it won't hold a style, and that feeling just lasts. It's my fav!

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February in Review

February was an incredibly productive month. It started out with a bang, being that I scheduled two back-to-back photoshoot days followed by a flight out of the city for vacation all in the first week. But I'm starting to remember that I love being busy, as long as that "being busy" is primarily made up of things I want to do. I do my best work when time is of the essence. That being said, February has been a month of reflection for me as well. I'm realizing that when things don't go as planned, it's time to change the plan and make it work for you. I've been sitting around waiting for things to happen and not putting myself out there, which leads into my first thing that happened this month:

Melt Downs and Motivations: Soooo, sometimes you need to go down before you go up. Sometimes you need to cry it all out before things become clear. With a little help from G, I took a hard look at what I want and what I need out of my life this month and you know what? It's freaking scary and confusing and hard. It makes me uncomfortable and very nervous, but I think that's okay! Now that the melt down is over, I feel more focused and motivated to make things happen. We'll see how that all plays out.

Trip to Miami: Obviously you all knew my trip to Miami was going to make this list. It was so, so nice and very well needed. We escaped some snow in Philly, we went to the beach, we walked around gardens and feed flamingos, and we ate damn good food. It was just perfect (and incredibly affordable) and it's got me itching to plan more travel this year.

Brunch Photoshoot: Back at Christmas time, Kate and I decided to partner on a photoshoot because we were both feeling tired and unsatisfied creatively. I'm so proud and excited that the Galentine's Day Shoot turned into what it did. We invited a handful of our favorite ladies to be models. I got to decorate a table and cocktail area. 

Shooting with a New Client: Kate and I's side hustle continues! This month we worked with a new client in the suburbs and I'm so thrilled to see where this leads. More on this all later!

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

Hey Hi Hello! I returned last weekend from Miami Beach, packed my shorts and sandals back under my bed, put on my boots and drug myself into work every day this week in the 40 degree temperatures. I don't usually travel during the winter months and it was down right HARD to get back into the swing of things. But I did unpack my suitcase last night and it only took me 5 days (I'm writing this on a Friday) so that feels like a tiny win. Anyone else just dread unpacking a suitcase??

But Miami was a wonderful vacation. The weather was lovely, we ate some great food, went to the beach, I drank some pina coladas, and the whole trip was one of the most affordable trips I've ever been on! I'm torn on if I want to share some photos and information on the places we went, things we did, restaurants we enjoyed. I'm in no way an expert, but I also couldn't find a ton of guides online that were up my alley. Let me know if you'd like to see my recommendations in a upcoming post! But I'm back to real life now and thought I'd share some of my favorite things. 

Here are some things I've been loving recently:

1. I'm now on my third month of Studio DIY's Can't Clutch This clutch subscription box and I'm still totally and utterly in love with them. I'm sure at some point I'll have too many clutch bags, but as of now it's still such a fun surprise to look forward to every week. Added bonus, I get more compliments on these bags than any other bag I've ever used. And the quality has been wonderful as well.

2. I've recently found and am loving several new beauty products. I know you are probably here to hear about butter and sugar and cocktails, so I'll just list the products that I'm loving. If you want to hear about anything in particular, feel free to ask me in the comments and I'm tell you more about this things! Herbivore Botanicals DETOX Bath Salts, Real Techniques Setting Brush, Sonia Kashuk Blending Brush, Anastasia Beverly Hills Caramel Eye Shadow, Kevyn Aucoin Contour Duo On The Go, Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanser, Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit (I have mini), NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague, Not Your Mothers Dry Shampoo Mini, Essie Gel Couture Nail Polishes, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty, and Glossier Boy Brow in Brown.

3. New routines! I've been attempting to read more and make my way through a handful of books that have been lying around the house unread for a while now. Because G gets up for work early and I need like 10 hours of sleep at night to function, we tend to be in bed by 10PM during the week. So I've been trying a new routine of going to bed around 10 and then reading until about 10:30. Not a ton of time, but it gets me off Instagram and clears my head a bit more. I'm currently reading Mary Roach's Stiff

4. I was given an oil diffuser for my birthday, which turns out to be a gift I didn't know I wanted and needed! I have a handful of friends who swear by essential oils but they've never really worked for me personally. But I love having the relaxing scents going in my house at night. I have one of these and I love it!

5. We booked our hotel in Miami with the Hotel Tonight app. With this app, you can book last-minute hotel rooms (up to a week before check-in) and get some really great deals. This was my second time using it and I definitely plan on using it for some smaller trips we have planned this year. After looking at all kinds of discount travel sites, this still gave us the best price.