Whew April. You flew by so quickly.
I thought it would be fun to share a little round up of the products that I'm loving most as spring (maybe) finally appears in Chicago. I'm trying to be a lot more intentional with the physical things in my life. Partial spurred by the Marie Kondo joy-sparking method, but mostly because my apartment feels like the walls will literally split if I bring one more thing into this house.
When you run a business that involves a lot of decor and props from a home where you also hoard your vintage treasure collections, life gets interesting. Between Heirloom inventory, my latest antique store score, and Mike's rediscovered love of woodworking, our apartment looks like a really well curated mad-scientist's workshop!
Here are the handful of things that I couldn't live without this month:
- Hand Weights and my 21 Day Fix Challenge! I was really tired of feeling so, well -tired! And I decided to do something about it this month. I've done one round of the 21 Day Fix challenge with the world's most amazing coach and online group. I resisted this program for the longest time, and I still maintain that their marketing and branding actively deters me from using the program, but if you can look past that - it's SO GREAT! I feel 100% better, have more energy, feel more calm, lost inches. I had ALL the excuses for why I couldn't do this. But it's been really manageable even with a crazy schedule. I'm starting my next round on Monday. Come be in my group!
- Lodge Cast Iron Skillet: We've always cooked a lot at home, but now we're doing so almost exclusively. And by we, I mean Mike. Because he does all the cooking while I sit at our island and chat at him about my day and read magazine. And occasionally chop some vegetables. I bought him a set of Lodge skillets for Christmas and once we figured out how to clean them (boil, scrub bits then bake upside-down on low until dry), they've been in nonstop rotation. Everything you make in these babies has an amazingly golden brown crust. With little to no oil.
- Nutri Ninja Blender: I promise this isn't all about food, but cooking everything at home was a big shift this month (I don't miss you GrubHub) and these were what made the different. This blender has been so perfect for shakes and smoothies. You blend right in the cup, so there no mess or anything to clean up. I have a protein shake in the morning and Mike's been blending up some carrot, garlic, orange deliciousness to stave off a cold.
- Vintage Linens! This one here is my latest find from my favorite little antique shop in Wisconsin. I love the colors and interesting pattern. All hand embroidered. They're really beautiful in person. I couldn't leave them behind.
- Old Navy Zip Tote: I have always gotten the best faux-leather totes from Old Navy. There ridiculously inexpensive, look way higher quality in person than they should and stand up to my non-stop lugging of all the thing. This is my new one for spring and the gold zipper has been perfect while traveling. I always get so many compliments and people are shocked that it's from ON.
- Kate Spade Watch: I decided that looking at my phone 1 million times a day was stressing me out, and I needed a grown up watch. My mom helped me pick this one out last time she was in town and I've officially converted over to a watch person. Except the time I accidentally put it on upside down and got the time embarrassingly wrong. Oops! Style > Function.
- Metallic Driving Mocs: Last week it was spring in Chicago. This week it appears to be winter. But I broke out my new driving loafers for some spins around town this month. Incredibly comfortable and the metallic is just a little silver, just a little bronzy and goes with everything. Mine are sold out, but these are similar.