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July and August 2016 Favorites

Here’s what I’ve been loving in July and the first part of August!
faves podcast1. Revisionist History Podcast by Malcolm Gladwell. Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite authors and his new podcast is a great way to experience his expertise without having to wait for his next book! favea HP2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling. This is an obvious choice, especially if you know me. I’ve been a fan of the Harry Potter franchise since I read the first 3 books in 8th grade. In 2007 I was working at a Christian summer camp in Clinton, Mississippi. A small group of us went to Walmart at midnight to pick up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It felt slightly rebellious, 1. because half of our staff was still religiously opposed to HP and 2. we probably weren’t supposed to be sneaking off to Walmart at midnight. 9 years later, we have a continuation!! It’s wonderfully magical and I suggest everyone pick up a copy as soon as possible.hedwig3. Ray’s Hedwig Costume. We attended a Harry Potter themed costume party on July 30th (Harry’s birthday) hosted by our good friends, Nathan and Kristi. Since I’m a true Slytherin, I went as a teenaged Bellatrix. For Ray, I made paper wigs and a beak to transform him into Hedwig. It took several hours, but I think the results turned out pretty good! (If I do say so myself, ha!) Look how cute he is!! faves peaches4. Peaches. It’s the height of peaches season and I’m taking full advantage of it. Living so close to Georgia and the Carolina’s ensures I will also be able to indulge in the sweetest, juiciest peaches in the states.tasha 25. Artist, Tasha Boucher. I found Tasha on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her style and aesthetic. Quirky illustrations get me every time! Game-of-Thrones-Season-6-HEADER6. Game of Thrones Season 5 & 6. GoT is one of the best shows of it’s time, but it feels like such a commitment to start a season, or in our case 2 seasons. Honestly though, these last 2 seasons were so wonderful I wish we hadn’t waited! Ray and I both really enjoyed GoT seasons 5 & 6!stranger-things7. Stranger Things. Stranger Things is a new Netflix original sci-fi series. If you haven’t heard much about it, don’t worry because you will soon! Stranger Things has received so much buzz and it’s only been out for a few weeks! The show takes place in the 80’s in Indiana and channels all our favorite 1980’s pop culture, a la E.T., The Goonies, ham radios, Dungeons & Dragons, etc. It’s awesome and you should watch it!

7. Poison and Wine by The Civil Wars. I’m the type of annoying person who absolutely listens to the same song 3214908 times in a row. Lately I’ve been really into Poison and Wine (and listening to it 3214908 times in a row), which is literally one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. I missed the Civil Wars hype a few years ago, but I’m really happy to be enjoying them now.

What have you been loving lately?

Allison’s July Favorites

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2. fresh peaches
3. Grow Your Handmade Business by Kari Chapin. This book is full of great business/marketing information for anythong venturing into a handmade bussiness!
4. Batiste Dry Shampoo. I’ve had really bad luck with dry shampoo and this is the first one I’ve found that does what it’s supposed to!
5. Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette. I always go back and forth between my neutral palettes, but I’ve been stuck on this one for a while. My current fave colors are Tease and Verve.
6. China Glaze polish in Secret Periwinkle
7. Lush’s lip scrub in Popcorn. I’m obsessed.
8. Small Town Security. Whew, guys, this is the trashiest show and I love it. The first season is on Netlix. It’s a gem. Don’t judge me.

UNFAVORITESunaves 1Guys, these are just terrible.
1. Rimmel BB Cream. I love BB creams and tinted moisturizers, this one just fell really short. It applied patchy and oxidized after only a few hours.
2. Sally Hansen Insta-dry nail polish. Thick, gloopy and the brush is as wide as my nails. No thanks.

July Favorites

1.Simple Facial Wipes – Yall, I’m really lazy sometimes and just can’t stand the idea of washing my face. Since I also can’t stand the idea of sleeping in eye makeup (kill me) these have really saved my face lately. Also, I have sensitive skin and these haven’t bothered my face at all.

2. Triumph by Carolyn Jessop – I don’t know if I’ve talked about this much on here, but I’m really interested in the FLDS. It might stem from my one-time obsession with Big Love. Triumph is the fantastically interesting 2nd book by Carolyn Jessop, recapping her experience escaping her life in the FLDS and her thoughts on protecting the families (especially children) still entrapped in the sect.

3. Minnetonka Moccasins – I’ve had these since October and while they’re probably more of a fall shoe, I still wear them all the time.

4. Maybeline Polish – Shocking Seas and Coral Crush. I mostly love these because they are cream finish polishes, but still really really shiny.

5. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme – Confession: I naturally have ugly, dry as hell cuticles. This stuff really works and smells delicious.

6. green $5 sunglasses – Holla! I love cheap sunglasses.

7. cough drops – Being sick sucks, especially when you work in a library and coughing is just too loud for people to handle. These cough drops have been really wonderful to me this month.