Good morning! It’s Fri-yay!
I don’t have much going on this weekend, and I’m okay with it. Scott will be working at night, so I might use that as an excuse to catch up on some things on the blog front. That … and, let’s be honest, Netflix. Do you have any good documentary recommendations or must-see series suggestions?
Today’s edition of Friday Favorites features a collection of gifts that I have been loving this week. Below you will find things that were passed on or gifted to me, and I am so grateful for friends, family, and Scott’s handy work around the apartment.
I like to close each week with things that make me smile, and I always encourage you to join in on the party by sharing your own favorites in the comments and link-up sections below.
Have a great day, friends!
Friday Favorites #152: Week of 7/29
• Sperry Top-Siders
Ever since I ordered my first pair of Sperrys a few years ago, I’ve have an appreciation and love for the brand of boat shoes. My aunt purchased a pair while on a cruise last year, and she ended up passing them onto my mom when she realized that they fit a little too snug.
What do you know … after wearing them for a day, my mom said the same thing! Her foot is slightly bigger than mine, so she sent them to me in hopes that I could put them to good use this summer. That I can!
My secret for all-day comfort is to wear no-show socks underneath. I prefer styles like these and these, and they’ve done great on trips around the City! Sperrys are very popular to wear in Florida and in Michigan, so I’m happy to sport them and represent the style here in New York!
• Baby-comp (& Lady-comp)
I’m not going to go too far into this one (I’m planning on talking about this later on in more detail), but I will answer a few questions that I often receive by giving a quick shout out to Baby-comp. (Read: yes, we’re still trying.)
Baby-comp and Lady-comp are fertility monitors that make tracking your cycle and ovulation patterns extremely easy. They can be used as both natural birth control and as a tool to get pregnant.
I received my Baby-comp as a Christmas gift, and I finally started using it after we moved. I’m absolutely loving it, and it’s been extremely helpful in gauging when I really do ovulate. Once you figure out how to use it (this YouTube tutorial is gold), all you have to do on a daily basis is take your basal body temperature every morning, track your period, and input when there is a possibility of conception.
• MAC brow set
I’ve always had stubborn eyebrows, so I’ve been using clear mascara to set them for years.
My friend, Lauren, gave me this MAC brow set as part of my birthday gift this year. It’s a clear brush-on gel that keeps your eyebrows in line with a bit of shine.
I use it anytime I put more than concealer and mascara on, and it works great!
• Fresh Market coffee
I knew that I was getting the Sperrys (above) in the mail this week, but I had no idea that this delicious bag of coffee would arrive with it. The Fresh Market coffee is my absolute favorite, and I’m so bummed that we don’t have a location up here.
Longtime LIL readers might remember my addiction to their Pumpkin Spice coffee, and I used to bring any new or seasonal flavor home on a regular basis. My mom sent me the Hazelnut Cream and ohhhh my gosh. It’s so dreamy. If you live anywhere to The Fresh Market (probably the Southeast) and love coffee, please enjoy all of it for me.
And feel free send me some from time to time. K, thanks.
This might seem super random, but it’s the greatest gift I could have asked for this week: new blinds for our bedroom windows!
Did you notice the A/C unit? That was a big day, too. Pay no attention to our living room end table being used as desk (for now), or the litter box night stand by the bed. Little by little, our apartment is starting to come together, and we’re just being patient until everything has a proper home. I’m excited to see what it will look like a year from now!
Up until yesterday, we (literally) nailed curtains to cover the windows, and it totally defeated the purpose of having a great view of our street. While we purchased the custom blinds on our own (from Blindster), the gift is Scott installing them himself. He’s pretty handy when it comes to putting things together and fixing things around the house!
You know you’re not in your twenties anymore when you get ridiculously excited about things like blinds. And a couch. And a vacuum cleaner. And someone who maintains them. #thisis31
• favorite links
» What the latest news about lifting heavy vs. light means for you via A Lady Goes West (THANK YOU for validating that barre classes can be a serious challenge and explaining what works best for different people!)
» How Striving for Healthy Left Me Exhausted via A Healthy Happier Bear (a great read on finding balance in fitness and free time)
» Almost Perfect Beach Hacks via Awestruck (<- these are amazing)
» 5 Ways to Tackle Grace and Grit via Cotter Crunch (I couldn’t agree more with her overall message!)
» We Live In a Stressful, Harsh World: Here’s How to Feel More Joy via Popsugar (preach)
• favorite LIL posts
(Have you entered to win the $100 Visa gift card yet?!)
» And a throwback for good measure … 20 Min. Stability Ball Core & Booty Burner
• Friday funnies
Have a wonderful weekend!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Friday Favorites is a series of posts that features items I genuinely want to share with you, and affiliate links may appear from time to time. As always, any support is much appreciated! <3