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.  

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.

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

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Hi friends! It's been a little while since I chatted with you about what's going on in my life and talked about some of my favorite things. Christmas, my week off from work, and New Years feels a little like a blur to me. We ran all over the place spending time with each family during Christmas. My week off from work I struggled with wanting to relax, but also giving myself a hard time about not knocking enough things off my to-do list. (Am I the only one who struggles with that?) I ended up prepping a handful of blog posts and decided to feel good about accomplishing that much. I drank a lot of tea, and lattes, and delicious toast. We had a low key NYE, playing board games with friends and lighting off sparklers on their balcony. And then it was time to head back to work. I'm feeling mentally ready for 2017. I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head. I've made some plans for new endeavors. I've bought a new camera lens and got an ice cream maker for Christmas. I'm hoping for good feelings and mostly positive vibes this year.

In other news, here's five things I'm loving this month:

  1. A few months ago I signed up for Studio DIY's Can't Clutch This monthly subscription box. I got the first about a week before Christmas and I have to say, the quality of these are spot on. The outside material is super nice and the pattern is vibrant. The hardware is solid and doesn't feel flimsy or like something I need to be gentle with. And I've received more compliments on this bag than any one I've owned! Definitely worth $20 and I'm amped to see this months!
  2. I was on the hunt for a new everyday eyeshadow. I wanted something that was matte, neutral enough to just throw on with most outfits but that also stands out, and could be gussied up with fake lashes and eyeliner. At some point I heard beauty bloggers Anna and Lily both talking about an Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in Caramel and it sounded like it might hit all those markets. It's perfection. I've worn it pretty much every single day since I bought it.

  3. I recently decided that I need a place to keep all my lists in one place. At work, I keep lists on every piece of paper within arms length. I make lists for what I need to get done during the course of a weekend. I make lists of blogging tasks I need to get done. So, I finally picked up a planner to get all those lists and ideas into one place. Though this one doesn't have a month view, I LOVE how much writing space I have each day. And space with and without lines. Also, it's gorgeous.

  4. One of my recent personal goals is to drink more water because TBH, there are days when I don't drink any. I thought maybe having a water bottle that had measurements on the side would be helpful and would motivate me to drink more. I received this water bottle for Christmas and so far it's been perfect. It fits in the cup holder of my car (which neither of my other water bottles do!), has the measurements on the side, and doesn't leak at all. The mouth of it is also easy to use while wearing lipstick, which gives it bonus points in my book.

  5. This one is maybe a little odd coming from me, but I only recently purchased a bottle of St. Germain and since then I've been putting it in all kinds of things. I added it in this Tangerine Elderflower Spritz. On NYE I throw together a quick cocktail with pomegranate juice, St. Germain, and gin. And I'm sure I'll be making some new cocktails with it in the future. 

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

Well, I was hoping to have a new recipe for you this week, but my weekend baking didn't work out this time around. I spent the morning making pie crust and popped it in the refrigerator to chill out for a little while. A few hours later I got to work on a filling, only to remember (after the fact) that I no longer own a pie pan. In an attempt to salvage things, I tried making some hand pies, but it just wasn't coming together. I ended up throwing my apple pie filling into a pan over the stove, heating it up, and eating it out of a bowl covered in ice cream and whipped cream. You win some, you lose some. 

In other news: Abbey, who was sick all weekend and took a rather traumatic trip to the vet on Monday, seems to be on the mend and no longer throwing up or sick to her stomach. Thank goodness. AND I'm throwing a pumpkin carving party this weekend, which was one of my Fall Bucket List items! So all in all, it should be a good week! 

Here's some things I've been LOVING lately:

  1. A friend of mine gave me a blender and I love it. I've never owned a blender that actually worked well, and I feel like I was this is a game changer. I've been making a ton of super-simple smoothies in the morning and I last week I made you this Pumpkin Pie Milkshake.
  2. I bought a PopSocket and it took me all of 5 minutes to decide I LOVE IT. It's such a silly thing, but it's so helpful for holding my phone. I've been using it now for a few weeks and can't go back.
  3. I used up the last of my body wash and decided I was going to take a break my favorite LUSH wash and pick up a big body of Dove. Later that day I found myself walking through Center City after two margaritas with a friend and stopped into LUSH and repurchased Olive Branch from LUSH. I have no self control around LUSH products...
  4. As someone who wishes she were a better cook, loved this article: Pro Tips: Ask A Butcher.
  5. I've been using Later as a way to schedule my Instagram posts and grow my audience for a few months now and I really love it. I used the free version for a little while and decided to "upgrade" to their next level. It's simple to use and really helps plan out my week and remind myself to post. There's a lot of different apps and services out there that help with Instagram scheduling and I've used a few others, but so far this is my fav.

Hopefully I'll be back in the kitchen this week with a new recipe and/or cocktail next week! <3

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

The weather this week is getting me down. It's been cold and rainy in the Philadelphia area for about two weeks. I'm lacking focus and energy to get things done. Currently feeling like I'm in a creative rut and don't feel like spending any time in my kitchen except to heat up frozen pizza. It's spring in the city and I want to be eating brunch outside and walking to the water ice place after work. Hopefully we'll see a break from the dreary weather sometime soon though (looking like maybe next week, fingers crossed)!

So Here's 5 Things I'm Loving Right Now:

  1. I bought a Scooter! After dreaming about riding a scooter around the city since before I even moved here, I finally have my own. A friend was selling this beauty and asked if I was interested. After hemming and hawing about it for a day or two, I decided that it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I mean, look how cute she is outside my house!
  2. New phone case. I recently upgraded my phone (yay!!) and needed a new case to go with. I picked up this Glitter Bomb case from Ban.do, which I purchased from PaperSource, and it's just so good. The rose gold with the gold glitter is a dream and I've received several compliments already!
  3. My glasses. I've owned these Bonlook glasses for a few years now and though I've always loved them, I go through phases where I rarely wear them outside of the house. For the past couple of weeks I've really been embracing them and wearing them almost everyday, which is a fun change. I also own and love these frames and I'm really itching to buy these...
  4. G and I have been rewatching the last season of Veep so that we can watch the new season that airing currently! Really makes me laugh out loud. 
  5. Cleaning my house. Keeping my house clean can be a struggle for me. I'm either great at keeping up with it and make time to do a little every day or so, or I forget for weeks and it starts to feel overwhelming. For the past two weeks, cleaning my house has been relaxing and productive. I've moved some junk out and either thrown it away or donated it. I'm keeping up with the dishes and vacuuming. Hoping this feeling lingers for a while.