August Favorites: Lifestyle.
A list of all the things I’ve been losing my mind over in the month of August. xo
Perfect Bars! Okay, so one Perfect Bar. I’ve only try the Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter with Sea Salt but I loooooove it. It’s so delicious. The entire bar is a little too heavy (if that makes sense?) for me to eat at once, but I love having half of it for a quick breakfast if I need something or an afternoon snack!
As for music, we can’t stop blasting Portugal The Man Feel it Still and Feels by Calvin Harris, Pharrell, Katy Perry and Big Sean. Those have been my two major go-tos this month and Max loves to dance to them too.
If you’ve been following my favorites you know that for the last few years I’ve been obsessed with my Samsung nx300 mirrorless camera. I’ve used it to vlog and often take pics of our outings if I don’t want to lug my DSLR somewhere. But as much as I’ve loved it, I’ve hated that the screen doesn’t flip all the way out (there is since a newer but much pricier model that does so!) so I can talk to the camera or see what we are videoing. For our trip to Maine, I bought the Canon G7x Mark II so I could take video AND pics. I absolutely LOVED it. I really wanted a new point and shoot before the baby comes since my DSLR is so massive and will be near impossible to take anywhere with two kids. It also takes so much to care for it since it’s such an expensive item that I need almost everyday for work. So far, this new one is great. I’ll be sharing a video and pics of our Maine trip soon, so you can judge for yourself!Tory Burch Miller Flip Flops. I know this is a repeat and nothing super exciting or new, but I cannot even explain my love for these shoes. I have beat the crap out of these shoes over the last three years. They are still so comfortable and look great even though they are so worn in. This is by far my most worn pair of shoes in the summer. I have the shade makeup and love love love them!
Favorite show by FAR this month was Ozark on amazon. We watched it in three days and I loved all of it.
If you’re local to Pittsburgh, you must must must try out Ironborn at Smallman Galley. The pizza is some of the best I’ve ever had and we went two weeks in a row.
The second Pittsburgh love of the month has been Millie’s. They have a peanut butter ice cream and getting that with a scoop of chocolate or their vietnamese coffee is LIFE. Also, their waffle cones are by far the best I’ve ever had.
Okay so this is a little early, but my grocery store already had my favorite Mrs Meyers scent of Apple Cider products a few weeks ago and I stocked up! I talked about this last year and you all went crazy over it, so go check it out at Target and they are also available on amazon!
Since I’m moving things along super early with this autumn train, I must tell you about my favorite fall candle. While I will always love Leaves from Bath and Body Works, I really adore the Pumpkin Chai Candle from Nest. I’ve already started burning one I had left from last year and it’s just to die for. Best smell ever! They also carry it at Sephora and I usually stock up on a few during the VIB sale if they aren’t out of stock.
Continuing on the fall trend, since I’ve already shot most of my fall and Thanksgiving recipes, I’ve been using this Staub pumpkin dutch oven I got a few years ago and just love it so much. It’s so festive and perfect for decorating in the kitchen too. I recently bought the white one for some recipes that I shot and it’s so gorgeous.
Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote. So I have put off buying one of these for YEARS. I used my cousin’s bag years ago and I got the hype, but I also prefer a more structured bag where everything doesn’t get lost. After buying one a few months ago, I’ve traveled with it a bit and LOVE it because you can stuff so much junk into it! I would never use it as a day-to-day purse or tote, but for traveling it is the best. Plus, it has a zipper!
BaubleBar Metallic Piñata Earrings. I hate that these are currently sold out. I bought them at the Nordstrom sale and have worn them constantly ever since. They are so super fun, light enough to wear for a long time and everyone always asks about them. I adore them.
[none of this is sponsored, just like to talk about things that I discover and love over the month. i purchased everything myself unless it was a gift from a family member or friend. tell me your faves! there may be a few affiliate links above. xoxoxo.]
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Pittsburgher here – do you take Max to Smallman Galley? I got the vibe it wasn’t kid friendly but am dying to try it out.
Claire–another Pittsburgher here. I think up to a certain time of evening, Smallman Galley is kid friendly–my guess is that by the time it wouldn’t be, you’ll be heading home for kid bedtime anyway. It is loud enough that any noises just blend in.
we usually go right before or right after the lunch crowd. It’s pretty kid friendly at that time
Oh I remember the day my coworker got that tote for Christmas and she was ecstatic! She used it as a gym bag and cherished it. Oh, and the Perfect Bars are amazing! I’m such a fan of their peanut butter flavor.
oooohhh perfect bars are so good. They are heavy for sure, but more of a meal replacement overall to me. I really like the new one you tried, regular almond butter, the peanut butter (plain one), the fruit and nut and the blueberry cashew. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent or hungry, half or quarter of one crumbled onto warm oatmeal is freaking amazing. OR, just microwaving one on a plane for 15 seconds. UGH
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YES! To apple cider Mrs. Meyers and the Leaves candle. Forever and ever my favorites!!
I am so mad I did not pick up the baublebar earrings for the sale :( I kept taking them in and out of my cart.
These earring s are on sale at baublebar.com right now. $24 :)
I don’t live in the ‘burgh myself anymore but my family swears by NatuRoll for the best ice cream. Have you been??
loved the Martha article! thanks for sharing! And Maine looks like a dream!
I LOVE perfect bars! Try the Cranberry one! SO good!
You can buy those pinata earrings directly from BaubleBar and they’re on sale now! https://www.baublebar.com/product/35755-mini-metallic-pinata-tassel-earrings?sku=33497
I’ve had the Millers for years and wear the heck out of them every summer. They just don’t die!
One of these days, I’m going to get a pumpkin Staub in white. Just sent the link to my mom as a hint hint.
I used the Longchamp in college. It’s old but I still love it and use it for the most random tasks. It even has puppy bite marks on the handles! Can’t bear to get rid of it. Too useful.
Drooling over those lobster rolls.
THE SAME w/ those 2 songs! can’t stop won’t stop; so addicting.
I’m obsessed with Ironborn! Best pizza I’ve ever had! Also been dying to try Millie’s but haven’t made it there yet.
I use a longchamp le pilage as a diaper bag. I got a divider on Amazon and use some cut-up plastic cutting boards (DIY hack I saw online) to give the bottom more structure. So yes, I added to it but the add ons were cheap. I love that it does not scream kid (my toddler can do that on his own) and I can use it for years to come. Plus it is all wipeable and you know that is just awesome. And obvi, it travels well!
Would you do a post on cameras and what you love about the ones you have used? I am not a photographer but could use a quality camera for taking photos for work— social media and website pics. What would you suggest? Always love your photos!
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