After my foray into fiction last week, I decided to go the nonfiction and collection route with my books for the week. I have been meaning to read The Opposite of Loneliness since it gained popularity about two years ago; however, being so close to college graduation myself, it seemed a bit macabre. I can safely say that I wish I hadn't waited. Marina Keegan's collection of essays and short stories is absolutely captivating, made only that much more poignant by the tragedy that took place.
On the other side of the nonfiction genre, I'm also reading The French Beauty Solution by Mathilde Thomas, one of the co-founders of Caudalíe. Now, I know there's been a collective eye-roll over the whole notion of "effortless French" anything lately. But what intrigued about this book was the fact that the difference between American and French beauty, as Thomas puts it, is simply how pleasurable we find it. I highly recommend this read for any skincare addicts such as myself!
After learning that I'm a pretty avid podcast listener, my coworker suggested the Savage Lovecast from author and activist Dan Savage. I gave the podcast automatic points for being on Spotify. Then I started listening and absolutely fell in love. At just under an hour an episode, it makes any drive I take feel quick. Not to mention it is about one of my favorite topics of all time: relationships (and just so you know, it's NSFW).
After five years of holding out, I finally jumped on the Game of Thrones bandwagon. Pretty much the only television show I have ever obsessively read about and enjoyed was Gilmore Girls (needing that revival SO badly). I'm in no danger of doing that with Game of Thrones given that any and every newly published article will be a spoiler for my binge watching. The headlines alone give me some ideas about what is to come in future seasons!
While I don't really have a recipe that I follow, I eat sweet potato hash so often it could be in this section every week! I actually cook a half a can of black beans to go with mine to give the dish more vegetarian protein. This is one of my favorite dishes because you can pretty much just throw in whatever vegetables you have. It's also one of the vegan dishes in my rotation, but you can always add a bit of cheese for taste.
Although I was originally going to ask for a Teavana sampler for my birthday, I found an amazing deal in my local store on one of their older sample packs. I got 10 different types of teas (about 100 cups worth) for 40 dollars. I haven't even started to make a dent in it, but so far my favorite is the jasmine oolong.
When I spotted these overalls in the huge Madewell sale, it was instant lust. However, for products like this I always check Poshmark to see if I can get it secondhand for the same price. Fortunately, someone had my size and agreed to let me buy them for the same price as they were with the additional 40 percent off online! I can't wait to wear them with cable knit sweaters and crisp white button ups this fall and rock them with band tees or plain colored tees until then!