Do All Things With Love | Sunday Shares

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Let me jump on the bandwagon here and say it's really starting to feel like fall around here. I'm conflicted about it. As much as I thrive wearing big cozy sweaters with a pumpkin coffee in hand, it's getting a little too chilly too quickly. I had a really good summer, and I'm not totally ready to say goodbye yet. (Though, let's be honest, I'm sure in two weeks I'll be fully invested in fall.)

The biggest news from the past two weeks is that Rahul and I are officially moved in to a new apartment. We're loving it, which you probably already know if you follow me on Instagram because I won't shut up about it. We moved because we wanted more space and ended up upgrading even more than we expected.

We're gradually unpacking and getting settled. I can't wait to buy a bunch of fake plants to decorate the place. (I cannot be bothered to get anymore real plants other than the succulent and cactus I already have. Too much effort.)

Here's what I've been loving lately:

"A Simple Favor"

I read "A Simple Favor" back in June in preparation for the movie. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how different they were. The premise is the same, of course: Mommy blogger Stephanie is searching for her best friend Emily, who's mysteriously gone missing.

The book was really good and the movie was even better, set up as more of a thriller/comedy rather than just a thriller.  The casting was great, with Anna Kendrick as Stephanie, Blake Lively as Emily. A unique and entertaining watch.

Saying "no" to make "yes" matter

I'm a big advocate of saying "no" when you need to. It can be hard because sometimes saying "no" feels selfish. It can feel like you're being a bad friend. But sometimes it's necessary and it doesn't have to be taken personally. I've gotten better at declining invitations when I'm already overwhelmed in order to properly care for myself. I really liked Laura Jane Williams' column about the notion that saying "no" makes your "yes" even more valuable.

Establish what is important to you. Maybe pick three things to focus on for the time being. Say yes to those, and say no to the things that hinder you.

Soul Honey

The Instagram ads are really getting me lately. I'm pretty sure that's how I came across Soul Honey, and thank goodness for that because I love these clothes. To be frank, their regular prices are higher than I'm usually willing pay so I've been bookmarking other shirts that I want and crossing my fingers for a sale or promo code.

In the meantime, I'm obsessed with the two items I did buy. The first is a light pink pullover that says "Be Loving" with a graphic of a bee in place of the word "be." Not only is it the cutest but it's also the most comfortable. The inside is so soft that it's the perfect thing to cozy up in this fall. The second thing I bought is a "Do All Things With Love" t-shirt. It's comfortable enough that it feels like it should be a pajama shirt. How am I allowed to wear this in public?

Kristen Bell on "Armchair Expert" (again)

Kristen Bell was a guest on Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert" podcast for the second time and it was a surprise to no one that it was a great episode. I love getting a glimpse at their relationship dynamic, especially because the two of them are opposites in many ways.

At one point, they talk about how Dax attributes a person's actions to who they are as a person (e.g. if someone cuts him off while driving, they're a jerk), whereas Kristen tends to give people the benefit of the doubt and attributes it to their situation (e.g. maybe they were rushing to the hospital). The episode as a whole made me aspire to be Kristen Bell even more. She is an absolute angel that we do not deserve.

Hair towel wrap

I am now too good to use bath towels to dry my hair. Out of random curiosity, I bought a Daily Concepts hair towel wrap through FabFitFun (obviously) and refuse to go back. You don't realize how annoying it is to wrap a full bath towel around your head to dry your hair until you don't have to do it anymore. Bath towels are too heavy for that!

The wrap is very lightweight so it doesn't flop around or hurt my neck. Plus, I can wash my face or get dressed with it on since it's smaller. According to the site, wraps like this are also better for your hair because the material causes less damage. Don't ask me for specifics – I don't have them. I do love this product, though.

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