Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I’m super excited for the long weekend, even though my 4th of July is shaping up to be pretty low-key. What about you? Are you heading to a family BBQ, or taking in a spectacular fireworks show? Or perhaps whipping up a batch of patriotic cocktails? Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s memorable and fun! Before you jet off on your weekend adventures, please enjoy a few of my favorite links from this week.

Why travel makes you a better person, summer skincare, how to throw a pity party, and more!

1. It’s been way too long since I went on a big trip, and I’m getting a little wanderlusty. I want to make travel more of a priority, and not just because it makes you a better person. (Hand Luggage Only)

2. Apparently 90% of the signs of aging are due to sun exposure. Yikes! Unless you’d rather spend the rest of your days in an underground bunker, here are a few simple ways to protect your skin this summer. (Glitter Guide)

3. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list but are short on time, knock out some of these deeply satisfying organizational tasks that can be completed in five minutes or less. (Camille Styles)

4. The next time you have a truly terrible week, why not lean into it and throw yourself a pity party? As Lorelai Gilmore taught us, sometimes you just need to wallow! (Oh Happy Day)

5. Saving money is hard, guys. But with a little self-discipline, these tricks will make it easier. (Career Girl Daily)

In other news, I want to let you guys know that I may not be posting as frequently for a bit. Writing three posts a week is always a challenge, but it’s especially tough at this time of year, and what I really need is to get out and enjoy the sunshine instead of sitting in front of my computer all weekend. Can anyone relate? Anyway, I’ll still be here – just not posting quite as religiously as usual!

Have a fabulous weekend, and Happy 4th of July to our American readers!

♥ Mil


Friday Favorites

Fourth of July weekend always brings back strong memories for me. Growing up, we used to light off fireworks in our backyard; this is of course before it became illegal. I remember the thrill of running away as fast as possible after the fuse was lit. Once I reached middle school, we started going to Bellevue Park for an afternoon of activities, music, and “big boy” fireworks. A more recent and favorite memory is from two years ago when we spent the night with my sister-in-law and her husband waiting for the birth of my nephew. My personal theory is that he was waiting for the appropriate amount of fanfare to announce his entrance into the world. I’m awful with birthdays, but his is one I’ll proudly never forget.
If you’re stateside, have a great holiday weekend. If you’re from across the pond feel free to celebrate the fact that our independence freed you from all the American political drama! Anyway, here are a few of my favorite links from the week:


1. I no longer understand the best way to invite people to party or BBQ. Facebook event? Email? Evite? Mailed invitation for fancier affairs? Thank goodness for The Kitchn’s guidance.
2. How do you part your hair? For most of my life I’m had a moderate side part, but recently my stylist told me I should give the center part a try. I’m not totally onboard yet, but am getting there. Want to know how you should really be parting your hair? Here are some tips.
3. Speaking of hair, nearly 2% of Americans have Alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes one’s hair to fall out. Icelandic photographer Sigga Ella recently came out with a new series featuring portraits of women with the disease, their heads all bald. The women are simply stunning.
4. Princess Diana would have turned 54 yesterday. I still remember where I was when she died. Do you? Take a look back at some of her most iconic moments.

5. An intellectual discussion of the politics of Magic Mike and roadstripping. I’m totally going to see this movie for its strong feminist statement and not Channing Tatum’s abs…


P.S. I just realized that none of my pics were holiday themed. So here’s a mystery bonus link.

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