Summertime Favorites

Somehow it’s already the end of August – my Instagram is full of back to school pictures, and it’s getting dark before 9pm. Where’d the summer go!? I’m definitely not ready for pumpkin spice everything. Or shoes that aren’t Birkenstocks. But alas, it’s about that time.

In a desperate attempt to hold onto the little bit of summer we do have left, I thought it would be fun to make a list of some products I discovered and/or fell in love with over the past few months. Also, the last time I did a ‘favorites’ post was in the middle of Fall 2016. So I’d say it’s about time.


Starting off with what I’d say is legitimately my best find in recent memory – DKNY Bralettes! Every 5 or so trips to Costco Joe and I will mosey through the middle section of the store – rarely with the intention of buying anything. But a few months ago I came across 2 packs of bralettes, and my life hasn’t been the same since.

Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but over the course of multiple trips, I ended up with 6 new bralettes, and now probably only wear a real bra once a week (if that.) They’re super comfy, have just the right amount of padding, and were cheap! 2 for $15. Unfortunately they’re basically twice that price online for one, but I’d definitely consider buying more – even at full price.


Next up, in keeping with the ‘wearables’ theme – I decided I wanted a one-piece swimsuit this summer. Mostly so I could drink beer at our friend’s pool and not worry about my stomach situation if I’m being totally honest. In any case, after 3 failed attempts at buying a cheap one (from 2 of those cheap stores where everything comes from China, and 1 from Amazon,) I figured it would be okay to treat myself and splurge on a suit I knew would be high-quality, fit well, and last more than 1 season. Enter: AlbionFit.

I’ve been following their Instagram for about as long as I can remember; dutifully entering contests in hopes of winning a shop gift card, and ogling basically every outfit I saw. I guess it should also be noted that I have a weird affinity for low-V tops. What can I say, I like to show a little skin! 🙂 It was super hard for me to pass over the cute patterns, but I figured black could stand the test of time. Anyway – I’ve had the suit for about a month now and am super happy with it…maybe next year I’ll go for a cute pattern!? We’ll see.


Next up on my list, an app I actually just discovered last week called Sworkit Abs + Core. Joe has been kicking major butt at the gym lately, but between work and just general feelings of “I’d much rather go home and drink a glass of wine” – I’ve been slacking in the gym department. Oops. This app has 3 different ab-focused workouts, and allows you to set the amount of time you want to work out for. I’m hoping to get back in the habit of going to the gym after work, but for those days that just isn’t going to happen, I’ve got this app as backup.


Earlier this summer after a bunch of eye doctor shenanigans, I decided I wanted to look into starting allergy shots. Starting the shots requires an allergy test, and allergy tests require 2 full weeks off of most allergy medications. Considering I’ve taken Claritin or Zyrtec just about every day since 6th grade, this was a big deal. I’m allergic to basically everything. Molds, dusts, cats, dogs, all trees….you name it. (But not food. So I’m very thankful for that.) Anyway. I was miserable. My one saving grace (aside from Benadryl, which I could take until 3 days before the test) was en essential oil Allergy Bomb roller ball from a coworker’s wife. I’m not going to say it miraculously cured my allergies or anything like that, but I definitely would have been more miserable without it.

Bonus points: it smelled good too! Equal parts lavender, lemon, and peppermint oil + a carrier oil. So easy! (and yes, it’s still at my desk. The allergy shots will take 6 months until I start noticing a difference.)


Has anyone watched Riverdale (CW/Netflix) or The Bold Type (Freeform)? Those are my 2 new favorite shows. Joe and I binged all of Riverdale in one weekend. To be fair, there’s only one season – but it was surprisingly good! It’s a present day murder-mystery type show, but featuring characters from the Archie comic book universe. I know that sounds totally bizarre, but somehow it works. Season 2 starts soon, and I can’t wait! (Plus, look at those ratings. That’s impressively high for a CW show.)

The Bold Type was equally surprisingly impressive, and another that I have been urging my friends to watch. It follows 3 friends through their daily lives working at Scarlet – a magazine basically like Cosmo. That in itself is an interesting premise, but the show also looks at social issues, girl power, and of course relationships…but not with too heavy a hand. Usually. They work under a boss that instead of the Devil Wears Prada Glenn Close character, is strong and supportive – refreshing to see in a female CEO type character. Another plus: any drama gets resolved pretty quickly. I’m not a fan of long, drawn out, awkward drama.


Whew. It’s been a minute since I actually “blogged” vs just writing a review! I could totally keep going, but I think 5 or 6 things is plenty. Hope everyone is having a great last day of August!

Review: Vanity Planet Contour Pallet + Brushes

Wowowow. Hey blogo-o-verse. It’s been a minute, eh? Crazy how easily designing packaging for bottles and nipples and pacifiers can consume your life. I am VERY behind on reviews – so so sorry to the brands I’ve been neglecting! (And food recipes I’ve neglected to share out! And lack of general life updates.) Sheesh.

Waaay back when, I was lucky enough to be selected by Vanity Planet to try out a few of their products, and while I totally failed to write about them in a timely manner, I’ve been using them every day! (Seriously!) Absolutely no part of me is makeup-inclined, so when I decided to choose the contour pallet and makeup brush set, I knew I was in for a challenge – or at least something that would have a bit of a learning curve.

Vanity Planet is a boutique marketplace, focused on beauty, grooming, and wellness. They source, curate, and design products that benefit their customers’ daily lives. And holy moley – fast-forward a couple of months, and while I am still all about keeping my makeup v. natural, I actually kind of know what I’m doing now! I don’t need the cheat sheet included in the pallet to give myself a slightly contoured face anymore! (That cheat sheet though – it was a god-send. It’s like VP knew who they were sending the product to.) I’ve been able to incorporate the pallet into my daily routine without much adjustment on my (admittedly makeup-challenged) part.

I absolutely love the brushes – they’re so much softer than the randos I had previously – and the fact that I have a full matching set helps me feel like I have my life together a bit more than I probably do. AND I have separate brushes for my blush and bronzer now. IIIIII know. Moving up in the world over here. Is this an appropriate place to use #adulting? I think so.

Just lookit that contour.

VP was generous enough to share a discount code for any readers that also want to upgrade their makeup brush collection and/or feel like they have their lives together a bit more. Use code BBPalette70 at checkout for 70% (yes, SEVENTY) – thanks so much, Vanity Planet!