It’s Friday…ok, I started this on Friday, but now it’s Saturday…hopefully you’re not keeping score!
So Friday means I’m back with my second installment of Friday Favorites. If you missed last week, Friday Favorites is a post where I share a random collection of things I’m loving right now. Here’s what’s up for this week:
How fun is this luggage?! When I spotted it in my latest Neiman Marcus catalog, I knew I had to tell you about it. Suffice it to say, I haven’t seen or touched this to test the true quality, but I just think these bags are just the cat’s meow. They also feature a carry-on that says, “Jetting Off to Somewhere Fabulous” and a beauty case that says, “Hand Over the Manolo’s and Nobody Gets Hurt” - my personal favorite. These things are for sure making my Christmas list!!
When I’m not side-lined with plantar fasciitis (I cannot even believe I still have this “pain in heel”!!), I love to grab my headset, throw on my tennies and head out for a nice long run. I don’t know if my ears are shaped weird or what, but I could ever find a headset that stayed in my ears while I ran- -so annoying! Then I found Yurbuds. They’re the best things ever! You put them in your ear and give them a little twist. They lock into place and literally don’t come out until you take them out. The surprising thing is they’re comfortable too. Yurbuds work with the iPhone, iPod, and iPad and they have controls for your music (play, pause, skip, volume) and a microphone for taking calls. I’ve had my pair for over a year and they take a lot of abuse going in and out of gym bags etc. and they still work great.
I discovered this app when I was looking for a routine to practice on days I couldn’t make my regular hot vinyasa yoga class. I think it’s great for both new and experienced yogis. It’s very comprehensive with an overview of the different kinds of yoga and even has detailed reviews of individual poses where you’re walked through the technique of each pose. I like that you can choose from routines based on body issue (i.e. tight shoulders, tight hamstrings, stress) or type of practice (i.e. strength, flexibility, balance). It even comes with music choices or you can download your own to play with your routines. During each routine, Deepak explains the physiological benefits of each pose. You feel doubly good doing about doing your yoga when you hear Deepak tell you how each pose is helping your physical, biological and mental well being. Having the app on my phone makes it easy to fit in a little yoga after my cardio. And you know what it’s like when you’re over 40, no amount of stretching and strengthening is ever enough…URGH!
I started using expensive serums and moisturizers when I was in my 30′s. I went from brand to brand because I could never seem to get enough hydration in my skin. For a while I even struggled with patches of eczema. When my friend, Lisa Ryan of Love My Results Beauty, a licensed esthetician and make-up artist, opened her own office she recommended I try Cell Youth Actif Serum. I have to say, my skin has never looked better. Before using Cell Youth, I was layering on heavy moisturizers trying to hydrate my skin. After using Cell Youth, I don’t even need a moisturizer and my eczema cleared up and never came back. It noticeably minimized the lines on my face and brought the radiance back. I seriously go into a panic when I run out of this stuff. I can’t go a day without it. Lisa says it’s her best seller. Cell Youth Actif can only be purchased through doctors or licensed estheticians.
5) Mindy Kaling and her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
I have to be honest here, other than DVRing Modern Family and Duck Dynasty (What can I say? I’m a HUGE Duck fan!), I seldom watch TV. So when I picked up the book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? ( And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling this summer, I didn’t even know who Mindy Kaling was and I had never seen The Office or The Mindy Project. I just read the outside cover of the book and thought it sounded light and entertaining. After the first chapter of this book, I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down. I’m now in love with Mindy Kaling; I might even go so far as to say I’m mildly obsessed with her. I felt like her life growing up as an awkward girl mirrored mine in so ways. I love that she’s down to earth. I love that she wasn’t athletic or popular in high school. I love that she was a nobody and still managed to make it in Hollywood. I love that she admits to loving her parents. (You’ll be taken with the way she talks about her parent’s longtime marriage and love for one another. I actually cried when I learned while obsessively googling everything there is to know about Mindy Kaling…I told you I’m obsessed..that her mom, a doctor, died of cancer shortly after Mindy’s book was published .) I love that she’s had boyfriend troubles. I love that she touches on the importance of working hard and getting a good education. And least I not forget she loves shopping and fashion…no wonder I have a girl crush?!
The book and the way it’s written is like a mix between an autobiography and a top ten list. If I had more time, I’d quote lines from her book, I’m that into it. Evidently I’m not alone – I just discovered there’s a whole webpage devoted to lines from her book. If you don’t feel compelled to buy the book, pick it up in a book store and just read the chapter entitled, “Revenge Fantasies While Jogging”. It’s wet yourself hysterical. And if you go that far, just read the book…it’s awesome, it just is!
And Mindy, if you ever read this, you’re on my list of people I want to sit and drink with all day at some dive bar in the middle of nowhere!