{the life} What I’ve Been…

by Rachel on July 8, 2012

…Wearing

Nail art! I suppose it was only a matter of time after I tried neon nails and sort of succeeded. After seeing so much great nail art floating around the Internet, I decided to try it for myself for the 4th of July. I mean, is there a better way to show that you love America than hitting Target for beauty supplies in red, white, and blue? If there is, I’m not aware of it. I followed this tutorial and did a decent job…I’m hoping to have mastered this by Labor Day.

Vibram Five Fingers. A few months ago, I started looking for a lightweight, easy shoe to wear to and from yoga and  when running errands or walking the dogs. Sneakers were too heavy and flip-flops were…not an option. (Did you know I hate flip-flops? I do. I despise them. I could go into it, but this article Your Crappy Sandals Are Ruining Your Feet really concisely sums up all the reasons why I hate them, so I’ll direct you there. I mean, they have their time and place — after pedicures, on the beach — but, on the whole, I just think they are a terrible excuse for a shoe.) After watching my coworker wear Vibrams and rave about them to everyone who asked (and everyone asks), I decided to try them. While I liked the first pair I bought, the sole started coming off at the toe after about a month. I had a feeling I had just bought them too small, so I exchanged them for the next size up and I haven’t had any trouble with them since. And I really, really love them. I don’t like being barefoot all that much, but I love these shoes. They take a little getting used to, but after a few days, I was wearing them to work, around town, and around the house. I love that I can wear them in the rain or get them muddy; I’ve never tried to run in them because that would involve me going for a run, but I wear them on long walks with the dogs and they feel great.

…Eating

Sausage Cheddar Biscuits via Shutterbean

Loaded Turkey Santa Fe Baked Potatoes via Skinny Taste

Turkey and Pesto Panini via Real Simple

Thai Steak and Noodle Salad via Camille Styles

Minted Orzo Salad via Can You Stay for Dinner

Pineapple-marinated Steak via Real Simple

YUM!

…Writing

During the month of June, I kept up with U by Kotex and the yoga studio blog I’m writing for, doubled up my Color Me Rouge articles, and took on a fun freelance job: writing descriptions for men’s accessories for a new clothing website. Here is some of the content I had published last month.

Did “Mad Men” Take Period Drama Too Far?

Betting It All on Beauty

The “Natural” Look Men Love Ain’t So Natural

My Celebrity Beauty Icons

Lazy Girl’s Guide to Cleaning Her Makeup Case

Discover Your Beauty Canvas

…Reading

I keep up with most of the blogs I mentioned in May, and I’ve also been loving Blisstree, Capitol Hill Style, and YogaDork. But since Eric and I started house hunting and preparing to move, I’ve mainly been hitting websites that focus on the home.

Unfuck Your Habitat

Apartment Therapy

Offbeat Home

BrightNest Blog

Decorno

Craigslist (Where else am I going to find all the furniture these other blogs are making me want at prices Eric and I can actually afford?! We browse online and go to different stores regularly to get an idea of what we want, and then I check Craigslist daily to see if they have a slightly used version of what we’re looking for. So far we’ve purchased a dining room table, a buffet/bar, and a desk, and I’m hoping that I found our dining room chairs this weekend too. It’s been so fun and so satisfying to furnish the new house this way!)

What have you loving lately?