the sparkly life: 14 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

Friday, July 26, 2019

14 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

hanging out in the hamptons

I can't believe it's almost August. I mean, how?? The summer is over half over! It's going by way too fast. My kids are finishing their fifth week of camp today, which is just bizarre. (And it's hitting me how I had hoped to accomplish way more during those camp hours that I actually have. Eek!)

And, now, we're finally doing a little bit of (local-ish) traveling. We visited friends in the Hamptons last weekend, which was great, and are heading to Asbury Park on the Jersey Shore next week. (Believe it or not, I haven't been to the Jersey Shore since I was a kid!). This weekend, we'll be laying low at the lake, which I am definitely excited for. A lazy weekend of reading sounds good to me. 

Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope you make it a great one. Here's a few fun links to check out in the meantime.

• If you've seen me in person in the past two weeks, there's a decent chance I was wearing this Vici dress, because I have been living in it. It's kind of the perfect dress: It's basically a big, soft t-shirt, so it's super comfy, but the cut is just right, so it's not shapeless or overly baggy. And I love the dusty black color; it looks vintage-y and just a little worn in. I've dressed it up with gold sandals and a long necklace, and worn it running around town with flip flops and a hat. And it's under $50! I'm obsessed.

• I've always been an Anthropologie fan (fun fact: I worked there years ago!), but lately I've been rediscovering it in a big way. They have so much great stuff right now! I recently bought this hat, which I love, and two of these $18 knotted headbands, which are perfect (and much less expensive) dupes of those Lele Sadoughi headbands everyone is wearing. And this lacy top is next on my list. How pretty is it?!?

• Got these blush-pink sandals from Target (!) the other day, and they are even cuter in person.

• As I mentioned a few weeks back in this post about how to increase your reading, I've been reading a ton this year. I'm now up to 64 books in 2019! And in case you're looking for a beach read, here are a few of the very best ones I've read since that post: Recursion (this one actually ranks as an all-time fave. SO GOOD), A Nearly Normal Family, Lock Every Door, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Beekeeper of Aleppo (out in late August, but you can pre-order), and You Were There Too (this doesn't launch until January, but it's worth preordering. I loved it!).

• Speaking of books, I'm super excited about a new podcast coming soon from one of my Instagram buddies, @bookishkatenyc. It's called The Shelf-Care Podcast, and it combines two of my favorite things: books and beauty. (Uh, why didn't I think of that!??!) Kate already told me who the first guest is, too, and it's a good one!

• I went to an Amazon holiday preview earlier this week, and there was so much good stuff. A lot of it is already available, so here's a peek at my three very favorite things I saw there: this amazing gold flatware set (four five-piece place settings for under $95), this stunning serving piece (so good for entertaining!), and this jewelry storage cabinet hidden inside a mirror (I need this).

• I never knew I wanted a "snuggle nook" until I saw this one. Now, I need a snuggle nook. (I mean, how cozy and gorgeous and snuggle-worthy does it seem?!?)

• I hadn't even heard of Electric sunglasses a year ago--and suddenly they are by far my favorite brand. I own three pairs now! My latest is this Honey Bee style in Nude Crystal, which is a big departure for me (I almost always wear black sunnies), but it's so fun. And my absolute favorite pair is the Crasher in Matte Black. So cool! They're definitely not cheap, but they are extremely durable, and just so damn good-looking.

• Besides being a blogger and a beauty-PR wizard, my friend Meghan is a true Paris expert (she has so many dreamy posts of her many trips there on her blog!). She recently launched a new service where she'll help you plan your trip there by creating a personalized, curated list of cool things to do and see including lots of hidden gems you won't find in the guidebooks. If you're heading to Paris soon, 1) I'm jealous, and 2) check out her service, Paris, Perfected. It's only $25!

• Watermelon Mint Frose?! Uh, yes, please!

• After hearing rave after rave from people I admire, I had to check out this much talked about essay. You should, too. It's worth it.

• A photographer asked elderly couples to pose for engagement-style photos--and the results are adorable.

And in case you missed it, I...

• Told you why you must visit Nosara, Costa Rica immediately.

• Shared exactly what I bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Have a great weekend!

16 comments:

Meghan Donovan said...

Thank you so much for the inclusion of Paris, Perfected, Alyssa! It means so much to me!! Hope I get to work with your readers soon!

Liz Mays said...

The sandals will definitely be a fun choice for hot days. I love the idea of having a snuggle nook too!

SimplyTasheena said...

So many awesome things to check out. Thanks for creating this roundup! Would love to visit Costa Rica.

AiringMyLaundry said...

I will check out some of these for sure. I can't believe it's nearly August as well! The summer has flown by.

Gust si Aroma said...

Yes, it's almost August! I can't believe it too! I can't let go this summer! I love summer too much!

Heather D said...

OMG I want that mint froze like right now. That looks so refreshing especially with all these heat waves!

Bonnie G said...

I know, I cannot believe August is just around the corner. I am definitely going to have to get one of those dresses. They look so comfy.

Kathy said...

I will certainly have to check all of this out. I also can't believe August is almost here. That means summer will be over soon and kids will be in school. I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet.

Everything Mom and Baby said...

You had me at Watermelon Mint Frose!

Winter White said...

Those blush sandals are so cute! I bought some blush sandals from target a couple months ago for the summer and they are my fav staple!

Sarah Bailey said...

OK I totally need to check out those pensioners doing engagement style shots that sounds absolutely adorable and I am need of a good dress, so heading there as well.

Theresa Mahoney said...

The elderly photography just stole my heart! ♥ I hope to make similar photos with my husband when we reach those golden years.

I never heard of a snuggle nook before, but now I must have one too!

Ruth I said...

I'd love a snuggle nook as pretty as that as well. It would be so lovely to relax there.

Pam said...

It is actually bittersweet for me to think that is almost August! The summer has gone by way too fast! That Nook is gorgeous by the way, love how the colors complement each other!

redheadmomblog said...

I've heard great things about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I haven't had the budget to go shopping in it though.

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