things I’m loving right now

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  • Rising Earlier – ok, I’ve never been a morning person (and I’m still not), but I’m slowly working on waking earlier (having to be at an office at 8:00 am the past two months has helped). I find on mornings where I don’t sleep in past the alarm and instead wake up early enough to walk my dog, water my plants, and make a smoothie without rushing to get out the door 10 minutes late, I feel better the rest of the day. Of course, I have to go to bed earlier, so that’s something I’m working on in order to implement a slower morning routine.
  • ClassPass – a great program to jump-start your fitness and keep working out fun. You can choose from a huge variety of fitness studios, and once you reserve a class, you can’t cancel if it’s within 12 hours of the start time (without paying a fee), so it’s a HUGE motivator to get you there when you don’t feel like working out. I signed up for the free two week trial but will continue with it, I love it so! This week I have five classes lined up at five different studios: cycling, cardio barre, pilates, another cycling, and hip hop yoga (what is that?!).
  • Cooking – along with exercising and cooking more meals at home, my body and soul have been feeling much better. Sure, Pinterest is great for quick recipe searches (and anything really), but we’ve been pulling out our hardcover cookbooks to make homemade meals. Meal planning is essential for sure, and I’m loving spending Sunday evenings with my husband cooking dinner and prepping lunch for the week ahead. We’ve made two great salads from the cookbook linked above, and for a self-proclaimed salad hater, that’s saying a lot (though they did have pasta and steak in them). 😉
  • Reading – I’ve been making a concentrated effort to read more (I’m way behind on my self-imposed challenge for this year – you can follow along through Goodreads) instead of wasting time idly scrolling through social media, etc. It has helped soothe my mind tremendously, and I am so happy to be making time for it again. I just finished reading what is now my favorite book I’ve ever readTo Kill A Mockingbird. Part of me is sad I didn’t read it sooner, but the other part of me is so grateful that I discovered it when I did.
  • Liquid Eyeliner – Up until a month ago, I had never used liquid eyeliner because I was…afraid. This one glides on so smoothly, is easy to apply with its pointed tip, and stays on forever. I’m a convert.
  • Perfect Striped Tee – I’ve been trying really hard to make stripes work for me, and my efforts have been futile. Until! Yesterday I found a striped tee that’s lightweight and flattering with the perfect slouch and fit. I’ve never shopped at Brandy Melville before, so I know nothing about the quality of their clothes (not to mention I felt 10 years older than everyone, including all of the employees, in the store). But for now – mission accomplished. (I am also excited to wear this super soft, flowy, little black dress).
  • Iced Coffee – We don’t have air conditioning, and as the past couple weeks have been the hottest yet this year, there’s no way I’m drinking hot coffee on the weekends. My go to at Starbucks has been their iced caramel macchiato, but I just discovered if I get their iced caramel coffee with a splash of milk, it’s $2 cheaper and way fewer categories (and I’m not enough of a coffee connoisseur to tell much of a difference). That’s what I call beating the system. 😉
  • Thrifting – Forever adding to my happy little gallery wall. I found that Brian Andreas print for $5 at the local thrift store. Boo-yah!
  • Trip Planning – I’m so excited to have a relaxing weekend getaway to Palm Springs to celebrate my birthday this year. I also cannot wait for a different, bigger trip I have planned for next summer. The traveling bug has hit in full force because if not now, when?
  • Mindy Kaling – ‘s guide to killer confidence. Worth the read. I can’t wait until her new book comes out (birthday present, anyone?) 😉

-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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