My Monthly Lifestyle Favorites — June 2020

This is a monthly series on my favorite things (binge on 2019: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December and 2020: January, February, March, April, May). Sharing these items is an indulgence given all the serious news out there, so I always appreciate your clicks and claps!

We’re finally into summer but things still feel a little off since I haven’t gotten into a new routine yet. Wait, is this my routine now? 😬

Favorite Clothing Item

The “new normal” for me is definitely not wearing a bra with wires. However, not every sports bra or bralette is comfortable. I was happy to find this three-pack for under $15 (sizes and colors vary). It’s comfortable enough to wear all day and offers enough support for low-impact activity like free weights and yoga. (For reference, I’m a C/D depending on the brand.)

Favorite Beauty Item

I love skin care and makeup. If you were to look at my makeup vanity, you’d think that finding the perfect pinky nude lipstick is my full-time job. There are so many overpriced brands that essentially use the same ingredients as lower-priced options, so I don’t pay attention to brand names when it comes to skincare. This exfoliating mask is a great alternative to some similar products I’ve seen for over $100. Bonus: It works. I look forward to trying other products from this line.

Favorite “Recipe”

I love the Yoga with Adriene YouTube Channel. It has really helped push me into trying new, harder, and longer classes. I was close to buying a mat cleaner and then this video popped up in my recommended videos on YouTube. It’s easy and only requires two ingredients you probably already have — witch hazel and essential oil. I bought these glass spray bottles (they come with a helpful funnel) and Thayers witch hazel. Use your favorite essential oil for an extra treat (I get mine from Grove Collaborative).

Favorite Website

I am so glad that ThredUp has finally improved its pricing model for selling clothes. The percentages are higher and you also have a window of time to set the price if you disagree with their initial price for your item. After a bad experience with a 19 cents payout for never-worn, Michael Kors shoes, I gave it up and started selling at a local consignment shop. Then the quarantine and a move happened and I just wanted to get rid of stuff. Since March, I’ve sent six cleanout kits and I’ve been really happy with the payouts even though the processing time is taking a bit longer. If you’re looking to buy, I recommend looking for brands you like, then sorting by size. They have low-end like Forever 21 and Old Navy, mid-level brands like Free People and Wildfox, and even high-end brands like Gucci. My favorite trick — if you’ve ever wanted to try Fabletics but don’t want to join a subscription service, ThredUp is a good place to buy. Use this link and we both get $10 off!

Favorite Book

One of my favorite authors has a new book out this month and I devoured it. She has such a way with characters and I love this subtle connection to characters in her other book, Life and Other Inconveniences. From the description of Always the Last to Know:

The Frosts are a typical American family. Barb and John, married almost fifty years, are testy and bored with each other…who could blame them after all this time? At least they have their daughters — Barb’s favorite, the perfect, brilliant Juliet; and John’s darling, the free-spirited Sadie. The girls themselves couldn’t be more different, but at least they got along, more or less. It was fine. It was enough.

Until the day John had a stroke, and their house of cards came tumbling down.

Now Sadie has to put her career as a teacher and struggling artist in New York on hold to come back and care for her beloved dad — and face the love of her life, whose heart she broke, and who broke hers. Now Juliet has to wonder if people will notice that despite her perfect career as a successful architect, her perfect marriage to a charming Brit, and her two perfect daughters, she’s spending an increasing amount of time in the closet having panic attacks.

And now Barb and John will finally have to face what’s been going on in their marriage all along.

Note: By using some of the links above, I may be compensated through the Amazon Affiliate program and Magic Links. However, none of this content is sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Author of The SJW Handbook (parody & I Wish I Might (novel Dog Lover.

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