Joyful in July

July has been a very relaxing month filled with self-care. With much less anxiety from school and days off from work, I’ve had ample time to soul search and become reaccustomed with some of my favorite things. I hope to make these ‘favorites’ posts a regular that I do every month.July Favorites

  1. The Woman in Cabin 10, By: Ruth Ware
    I just finished this book and its now become one of my all time favorites. Its similar to The Girl on the Train and other mystery thrillers in that it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Long story short without spoilers: The main character, Lo, is on a cruise for her work as a writer and the passenger in the cabin adjacent to hers, Cabin 10, disappears, but no one on the cruise has seen that passenger except for the Lo and no one believes her disappearance. This book is a perfect beach read or something to take on a long flight/road trip.
  2. Lush Tea Tree Water Toner
    I love any Lush product but this one is especially convenient and has really helped to clear up my skin. It comes in two sizes and the smaller one is very convenient as you can take it around with you during the day and whenever your face feels greasy or you feel a breakout coming on you just spritz this on your face and rub it in.
  3. Birkenstocks Arizona(Dark Brown)
    I’ve wanted a pair of Birks for SO long and finally got them and I have to say they’re so comfy. I throw them on with shorts or a pair of jeans and have even wore them with socks! They’re extremely versatile and I feel like they’ll be the perfect thing to throw on if I’m late to class next month or need something quick to wear (Be sure to checkout my “What I’m Bringing to College” post later this week).
  4. Simply Apple
    This drink has been my GO TO for the last month. Most commercial juices include lots of additives and sugar but Simply Apple is just what the name says, it is just apple. This is both SCD and Paleo friendly and it comes in large gallon sized or mini to take on the go.
  5. Gilmore Girls
    Although I was hesitant to watch this at first due to the bad acting that it has, it has grown on me and it is my BINGE of the month. Watching someone go through high school and all the stresses it includes is interesting now that I’ve finished that stage of my life. My favorite character is Emily Gilmore, she’s a no nonsense kinda lady who loves anything decadent. The banter between all of the various characters is very amusing at times and it’s something you can leave on in the background while you’re doing other things. Available on Netflix.
  6. Lust for Life-Lana Del Rey
    I have been a Lana fan for who knows how long and this might just be my favorite album yet! The amount of collabs on this album makes it great and adds so much variety(including one with Stevie Nicks!!). Although it came out now, in the summer, I think the music feels much more Autumn-y to me, so I guess I’ll just have to listen to this through November 😉
  7. Lush Fizzbanger Bath Bomb
    Bath Bombs from Lush are my guilty pleasure, mainly because I buy too many of them. The Fizzbanger bath bomb was released months ago and I’ve now ran three baths with it and it is amazing! It smells like fresh Granny Smith apples and leaves the bath water a glorious golden hue. Even better, on the inside of the bath bomb there’s a little surprise, but I won’t ruin it for you.

Hope you enjoyed this month’s favorites and get to try some of them out! I’m about to do a series of posts on college, what I’m bringing, how I’m decorating my dorm etc. So get excited for those!

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Day at the Mosaic

The Mosaic District, one of my favorite places in Northern Virginia, offers many fun places to shop, eat, and have a good time. I went with my good friend Maiah to find some deals and find some even better eats.

The first place we went was Dolcezza Gelato and Coffeehouse. How can one establishment serve two of the best things on earth? Dolcezza blows both out of the water. Although I have had their coffee in the past (affogato is my go to), it was a VERY hot day and so gelato was just what I was in the mood for. I chose the Blueberry Lavender and Lemon Ricotta while Maiah opted for the Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Stracciatella.Processed with VSCO with p5 preset

Can we just talk about the aesthetic of this photo? 😉

After an indulgent treat, what better way to burn calories than to shop. We went to Paper Source and Anthropologie to look for some stationery and materials to decorate our dorms. I found a National Parks calendar which will go perfect with the dorm aesthetic I’m trying to pull off(my dorm design post will be up later this week). While, I was at Anthropologie I found out about the sale pictured below, so if you’re an educator be sure to take advantage of that!

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Not too much shopping was done as we have to save some spending money for college next month (the student life has already begun). But Maiah and I took photos (Blogger+Blogger=MANY photos) around some of the artsy scenes dotting the Mosaic district.

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The shirt I’m wearing was $2 at a thrift store!!

To finish off the day we went to True Food Kitchen, a restaurant that believes in farm to table, holistic health food that works perfect for people like me who have intolerances to certain foods. I got a Honey Lemonade, the Ancient Grains bowl(GF), and Flourless Chocolate Cake(V, GF) for Dessert.

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Maiah can be seen with her Teriyaki Tofu Grains Bowl. She has an AMAZING lifestyle blog that I highly recommend. Here’s the link: Polished and Petite and also follow her on Instagram @polished.and.petite

Thanks for a great day Maiah!




Trummers on Main: A Dining Experience to Remember

Many of the restaurants in the Northern Virginia area lack a certain class in comparison with the fine dining experiences present in major cities but Trummers holds their own even when compared with the best. Although I was fearing a lack of gluten free and paleo options, the waitress and chef were extremely receptive to any allergies and necessary substitutions. I decided to have a little bit of a cheat meal with the risotto and lactose present throughout but it was well worth it.

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Each course brought new levels and depth of flavor and there was care evident in the plating and delicacy of presentation. One fun thing that I found for those under 21 was the “cocktails” that they had available. I indulged in a Sage Lemonade mocktail that was to die for.