three things I'm loving.

alo goddess legging

I recently received these leggings as a gift (thanks, Mom!) and it's safe to say I'm in love. They're super comfortable and flattering, and although I was initially skeptical of the leg warmer bottoms, I love the long length and stretchy material (they also come in solid colors for those who aren't fans of the two-tone). I'm already planning on getting another pair.

peak water bottle ice cube tray

My condo came with a slightly dated fridge that has no ice-making capabilities, and I'm a lady who likes her beverages really cold. I was super happy to find these Peak ice cube trays at Gus & Ruby in Portland - they freeze ice cylindrically (that's a real word) and are perfect for putting in a S'well bottle.

{ image via hbo }
Have you been watching Sharp Objects? I read the book a while ago, and had completely forgotten what happened in the end -- it's been slowly coming back as I've been catching up on episodes and YIKES. Totally freaky but very good (I'm sad it's ending on Sunday). 


august check in.

I had big plans to do a post on my end of summer bucket list at the beginning of August, and now we're halfway through the month (and my imaginary list of things to do before Labor Day is no where near being complete).

So what's the deal? I guess I've mostly been dealing with my transition to the new job. I had previously worked in the same industry for almost ten years, and while my new position is kind of similar, there's a pretty substantial learning curve and the bar is set high. I'm just not in a comfortable groove yet, although things have been getting better over the past couple of weeks--and I have to say, Alison Roman's quote in her interview on A Cup of Jo has really resonated with me: "don't be afraid to not nail it all the time." I'm constantly reminding myself that it's okay not to know everything and mistakes are fine so long as you learn from them (which helps, sometimes).

Also, my sister moved from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania which is weird--I'm so used to her being close by and while I'm super happy for her new job and adventure, I miss her tons. I'm very thankful for Facetime.

Otherwise, things are good. I'm still loving Portland despite insane temperatures this summer (Olive and I do not do well in the heat), and I have some ideas for renovations to my place that I'm rather excited about. I plan to make the most of the remaining summer weeks (but will definitely welcome fall temps with open arms).