Good day, sunshine! ☀️🤗
Did that make you think of the opening lines to this song?
’tis a good day to celebrate love, so here are some of the things I’ve been loving lately…
1. This Serena & Lily French bistro-inspired kitchen
Now that’s a phrase I did not expect to ever see in print…because when have I ever thought that deeply about kitchens?
For the record, Serena & Lily is not a hip 20-something singer-songwriter duet. They’re a high-end furniture line kinda like a more streamlined, bougie-er Pottery Barn (as if that were possible). Think Crate & Barrel meets minimalist French country.
As I was flipping through their latest catalog, looking for design ideas, these cute kitchen scenes caught my eye…
THOSE BLACK AND WHITE BISTRO CHAIRS!
Now, I’m not normally a big wicker person (hard to clean, cat claws get caught in it, squeaks when you sit down), but I love the look of these chairs. They bring back so many memories of strolling the streets of Paris with El Hub (who was El Boyfriend at the time) and sipping strong cups of coffee at cute, cozy sidewalk cafes.
I love the feminine curves and how the chairs look like they’d be comfortable to sit in for hours. They’re crazy expensive, though, so I don’t plan to get ’em, but I sure do like how they look in this room!
2. Chantecaille everything
Speaking of French style, I have a low-key Chantecaille addiction brewing. I’ve been wearing their gel bronzer and blush on bare skin (apparently, I can’t be bothered with foundation anymore), and man! — SO GOOD. You can’t see the edges of either the blush or the bronzer, and neither one moves an inch.
I squeeze a tiny bit of the bronzer on the back of my hand, swirl a small blush brush around in it, then buff that on my upper cheekbones. Then I do the same thing with the blush (same brush), applying it only on the apples.
I like that you really can’t tell where the blush and bronzer begin and end (like something you’d see on Megan Markle on her wedding day), and it’s the kind of makeup that looks particularly good in full sunlight, like at a BBQ or a beach wedding.
3. “Say You Will” by Fleetwood MAC
Um…did I really just automatically capitalize the word “MAC” when I typed “Fleetwood Mac”? Yes, yes, I think I did.
My three-year-old loves this song, which in my mind also means that she loves Stevie Nicks…
OK, my work here is done.
4. Low-tech, old-school handwritten everything
Lately, I’ve been ditching my computer keyboard for ye olde paper and pencil. I’ve been writing everything — lists, notes, blog drafts — longhand, and while it’s much s-l-o-w-e-r than sprinting across the keyboard with my fingertips, there’s something therapeutic and almost meditative about seeing each letter emerge from the tip of my pencil.
I’m convinced that physically writing words down on paper unlocks different parts of my brain — those quiet, dusty corners where all the weird (and fun) stuff hides.
Side note: Do they still teach cursive handwriting in school?! I hope so.
5. The Nudestix Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel
FYI: Not only is applying mascara a perishable skill. Filling in one’s brows is, too, and yes, I know this from personal experience. If you’re currently suffering from brow-filling amnesia (brow-nesia?), grab one of these dual-ended pencils. There’s a goof-proof, long-wearing semi-transparent angled brow pencil on one end (so there’s no chance of overdoing those fuzzy little caterpillars) and a stiff, clear brow gel on the other.
It’ll get your brows right as rain.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,