August favorites

I have a confession to make—I’m a super nosy person. To be fair, I prefer to say I’m a super curious person, but either way, I feel weirdly invested in knowing what makes other people tick. I love learning details about other peoples lives, no matter how mundane or uninteresting they may seem. In the sea of available toothpastes, which one do you choose? What’s your favorite song right now? What’s the last show you binge watched? Why does this interest me? I don’t know, but here we are.

In the spirit of curiosity, I decided to put together a list of the things that I loved in August. Here they are, in no particular order:

Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee

I found this while I was strolling through Target one Sunday morning and bought it on a whim. I would much rather drink cold coffee than hot coffee, and I was intrigued when I saw this. It says that it’s “concentrated” coffee and that you should mix it with water. According to their website, “Chameleon Cold-Brew results in a more caffeinated coffee per ounce versus the average cup of hot coffee.”

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Photo via @studiohopfit

Because I’m not man enough to drink black coffee, I decided to mix mine with both milk and coffee creamer. I am obsessed with it. It might be placebo, but I feel like it really put a pep in my step.

I would swear on just about anything that I paid $4.99 for this at Target in Jackson. But everywhere else it’s $9.99. So maybe I just wasn’t paying close enough attention. I love this stuff and have been singing its praises, but that’s pretty damn expensive for a jar of coffee that I have to add shit to, so it’s getting dinged a little and it’s 10/10 score has been downgraded.

8/10 would recommend

TED Talks

This one might seem totally out of left field, but I’ve been making a point of watching/listening to TED Talks lately. I feel like I consume so much media and so much of it is just a total waste of time. One Sunday morning I caught a snippet of a TED Talk on Facebook about creativity and I actually felt inspired. Imagine that, I found something on the internet that filled me with hope instead of existential dread.

Very much in the same way that I’m curious about what other people enjoy eating, drinking, listening to, watching, reading and using, I am so curious to hear other people’s thoughts, ideas and experiences. We get so consumed with our own lives that it’s easy to forget that everyone else is living their own life, full of nuances and complexities. We often think of other people—coworkers, friends, strangers—as extras in our own movie, but we fail to realize that there are so many things that we all experience universally— happiness, sadness, love, loss, failure, success—there are so many. We may experience the same things, but approach them entirely differently. That’s the magic of sharing your story with someone—perspective is everything.

Without fail, every time I watch a TED Talk, I leave thinking about something differently, having questions answered or realizing new ones, feeling inspired to do things I’ve been putting off or been afraid to try or just feeling more curious in general.

10/10 would recommend

Oui Volume Spray

I was skeptical about this because I had previously purchased the Ouai Wave Spray and hated everything about it. But, against Andrea Kerbuski’s advice, I went ahead and bought it and I’m so glad I did!

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Photo via: @theouai

I have super long hair, but it’s also super fine. It tends to look kind of lifeless and flat, and I’m always looking for something that will give it a little volume and fullness. When I first started using this, I just sprayed it into my hair and blow dried it like normal. It added volume to my limp, sad hair and I was happy, but I was also wondering just how much mileage I could get out of this product so I decided to round brush my hair. Loads of volume. Also smells amazing.

My favorite part about this product is that it doesn’t leave my hair feeling gross. It gives me volume and lift with just the right amount of tackiness, but without feeling sticky.

10/10 would recommend.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

I love watching beauty influencers on YouTube—it’s my guilty pleasure. I have seen YouTubers raving about this bronzer for years, but was always skeptical because 1) I am a makeup snob and 2) everything about it just seemed really underwhelming to me. I hit pan on the bronzer that I was using, and decided that I should try something a little more budget friendly.

I had very low expectations. I thought it looked too light for my skin (which, like, let’s all LOL about because I am pale af) and I thought I would hate it. I love it! It blends so well, looks amazing on my skin—aka  never leaves me looking like Paris Hilton circa the early 2000’s— and as an added bonus it smells amazing.

Being entirely honest this bronzer is just as good, if not better than, any high-end bronzer that I’ve ever used. I don’t plan on shelling out big bucks for a luxury bronzer any time soon.

Side note: I’ve actually been using a lot of drugstore makeup lately and I’m planning on making a list of my favorites sometime soon!

Elodie Boutique

I love supporting local businesses and cute boutiques are my favorite. Andrea Kerbuski hosted a styling event at Elodie Boutique in Midland and asked me if I wanted to tag along—uh, of course!

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It is seriously the cutest boutique full of so many good things. Jewelry, big floppy hats (my favorite) and cute clothes—all at very reasonable price points. Bonus points that they carry plus sized clothes! Boutiques can often feel kind of exclusionary because they typically just carry straight sizes, but I was pleasantly surprised to find an entire rack of cute plus size pieces. In addition to the adorable brown hat I bought, I also stepped outside of my comfort zone of all black everything and bought a cute red and white striped shirt.

I’m not in Midland very often (two times in 25 years!) but I could see myself making a day trip north just to visit Elodie (and Loch Coffee).

If you’re not in the area, they ship! Check out their website. Christina, the owner, and her mom are both so sweet and kind. I honestly can’t say enough good things.

Megababe Bust Dust

Of all the characters in all the books/stories/fables, I relate to Goldie Locks the most. That bitch knew exactly how she liked things, and I do too. I don’t like to be hot, and I don’t like to be cold. I like the temperature to be juuuust right. And let’s be honest—August in Michigan was hot af.

Remember two minutes ago when I talked about universal human experiences? Here’s another one: boob sweat.

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Photo via: @megababe

The thing about hot, humid weather and big boobs is that they just don’t mix. I step outside for five minutes and I have a veritable swamp happening inside my shirt.

I used to put deodorant under my boobs to prevent boob sweat, but then I learned that this is actually really dangerous and can cause cancer thanks to the talc found in most deodorants (including the one I was using). Hard pass.

Katie Sturino solved one of life’s biggest problems when she created Bust Dust. First of all, I could gush about Katie for hours, because she’s one of my favorite influencers ever—and so are her dogs (and yes, her dogs are influencers too, go ahead and @ me). I truly love that she uses her platform to talk about things that we all experience but don’t talk about openly. She’s created products that combat issues that all women (or all people, really) deal with, but don’t really talk about. Boob sweat? Cured. Chafed thighs? A thing of the past. Stinky armpits? Now they smell like roses. (Side note: I’ve been trying to get my hands on Rosy Pits for what feels like forever, but it’s always out of stock!)

I picked up Bust Dust at my local Ulta and decided to give it a go. It’s not a messy shake-top bottle like old school baby powder, it’s in a simple, easy-to-use pump. Spray some directly on your chest or in your bra and you’re ready to take on the day sans boob sweat.

It feels like velvet on your skin, and keeps your smelling good and feeling dry all.day.long.

At $16, it’s not the most affordable product in the world, especially if you’re used to paying $5 for deodorant, but you get what you pay for.

10/10 would recommend

What are some of your favorite things right now? Let me know!

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