Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! Despite some interesting things happening around town (most notably, the Fremont Solstice Festival and Naked Bike Race) I’m looking forward to a pretty quiet weekend. A brunch here, a cocktail there, and if I’m feeling particularly ambitious, maybe I’ll even catch up on Game of Thrones. Do you have anything fun planned? While you think it over, here are a few fun links from this week.

Flourless chocolate cake, trips of a lifetime, coffee granita, how to build your dream closet, and the awesomeness of platonic rom-coms

1. I’m bookmarking this insanely decadent caramel-drenched flourless chocolate cake recipe for my next birthday. Sparklers a must! (What’s Gaby Cooking)

2. If you get bored this weekend, here’s how to create and organize the closet of your dreams. (The Everygirl)

3. This piece on the primacy of female friendship and the rise of the platonic rom-com really speaks to my soul. (The Atlantic)

4. Of the 12 types of trips everyone should take before turning 40, I’ve done 8 so far. Maybe I can combine a few for my next vacation. Solo cross-country road trip, perhaps? (PureWow)

5. I’ve saved the best for last: you can now order granita at Starbucks as part of their new sunset menu! Yummm! (Refinery29)

Have a great weekend!

♥ Mil

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

In case the ridiculous amount of commercials for Garry Marshall’s latest movie haven’t yet tipped you off, Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Time to come up with a game plan, people. Is anyone else’s mom really hard to shop for? Mine can be a challenge since she’s so unmaterialistic (it must skip a generation, because I’m basically a shopping addict). Fortunately, my shopping skills come in handy here. So if you don’t have any gift ideas yet, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered!

Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

1. Whether she’s a beauty junkie or not, your mom will appreciate a luxurious facial oil like this one from Drunk Elephant.

2. She already knows she’s the best, but a little reminder of that wouldn’t hurt.

3. Despite being a fairly traditional gift, this beautifully packaged bubble bath is anything but generic.

4. Give your mom the gift of quality time and take her to a concert! Bonus points if that concert is at a winery.

5. If she’s an iced tea lover, this sangria-inspired blend is destined to be her new favorite.

6. Engrave a necklace with her kids’ initials – or maybe the coordinates of the house where you grew up – for a gift that’s sweet and meaningful.

7. If she’s been very good this year (and you received a giant tax refund) consider the greatest gift of all: a fancy espresso machine!

8. These cute pineapple jars are perfect for storing anything from sweets to sentimental trinkets.

9. If you and your mom both like to cook, give her a book filled with fun recipes you can work your way through together.

10. Treat her to something she’d never indulge in herself, like silky soft pajamas in a stylish otomi print.

11. A beach vacation may be out of your budget, but this classic, fresh fragrance is a close second to the real thing.

My mom reads this blog, so none of the above will be her actual gift (hi, Mom!) but I’m planning some fun surprise activities for Mother’s Day weekend. What about you?

♥ Mil

 

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, lovely friends! How was your week? What’s on your schedule for the weekend? Jules is off in D.C. for a conference, and I’m stuck here in drizzly Seattle. But the good news is I’m majorly overdue for a treat yo’ self day…I’m thinking pedicure, haircut, cupcakes, Sephora spree, the works. Who wants to join me? Or will everyone be watching the Super Bowl? Whatever you’re up to, start the weekend off right with a few fun links!

Friday Favorites

1. Picking out a good wine can be intimidating, but with these tips you’ll be a pro in no time. (Vogue)

2. Budgeting has got to be one of my least favorite activities ever, right up there with camping and being awake before 10 am. These money management hacks make it seem a lot less painful! (Lauren Conrad)

3. Apparently drinking coffee can help you live longer. So I’m going to be immortal, basically. (Food & Wine)

4. Beauty junkies, rejoice: the ClassPass of salon services has arrived! (Refinery29)

5. If your New Year’s resolution was to read more, you’ll love this new monthly book subscription service. (Hello Book Lover via Anchored to Sunshine)

Have an awesome weekend!

♥ Mil

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! How was your week? I’ll admit, it did sting a bit to work five straight days for the first time in awhile…but we all survived and the weekend is finally upon us. Any fun plans? Or un-fun plans, for that matter? I’m going see Leo’s latest (The Revenant), hit up a new brunch place per my resolution, and attempt to organize my life for 2016. Wish me luck on that last one…now let’s kick things off with my fave links from the week!

Friday Favorites // January 8, 2016

1. This collection of inspiring quotes will help get your year off to a lovely start. I love #2 and #8. (The Neo-Traditionalist)

2. If you’re like Jules and me, you’ve given some serious thought to how you’d decorate your dream library. Fetch the brooding statues and antique globes! (The Toast)

3. Speaking of books, our girl Emma Watson is starting a feminist book club. When can we join? (Levo)

4. Awkward small talk is the worst. Learn how to hijack boring chitchat and turn it into a fascinating convo, no matter who you’re talking to. (Bustle)

5. If coffee is the nectar of life, then this homemade coconut latte is the nectar of the life I wish I had – one where I live in the tropics. (How Sweet It Is)

Have a wonderful weekend!

♥ Mil

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