Friday Finds – April 20, 2018

If you’re wondering if I’ll explain why I’ve been MIA from the blogging world for the last six months, I’m afraid you’re in for a disappointment. While I’m not here to discuss my hiatus, I am excited to come back with an update to my “Friday Finds.” Hopefully, you’ll think it was worth the wait.

To Buy:

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Merona “Kona” Loafers (link)

The Gucci Princetown loafers have been on my eye for ages now. Unfortunately, the price tag is a little hard for me to completely justify with the crazy Wisconsin weather. I spotted these shoes at Target and they totally give me the style I wanted with the Gucci loafers, but at the much nicer price. I would caution you that they take a few wears to comfortably break-in. While I don’t think they’ll necessarily hold up for years to come like a designer brand, they are a cute alternative for now.

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Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara (link)

If we’re being honest, I’ve always been kind of a major mascara snob. My personal opinion is there are two things you should always spend good money on: skincare and mascara. Until recently, my makeup bag has typically had either a Benefit-brand mascara or Dior Show. However, I had a bit of a makeup emergency recently and had to stop at Target while en route to an event, I grabbed this one and oh my goodness – it is AMAZING. I do recommend using a good lash primer still but this mascara looks like it’s going to be added to my list of staples. It really does lengthen the lashes like crazy.

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Everywhere Belt Bag from lululemon (link)

“Belt bags” and “bum bags” are a major trend this season. The options are endless – you can find a designer fanny pack from Gucci, Alexander Wang, Rebecca Minkoff and more. I jumped in on this craze with this belt bag from lululemon. While it may not be the most couture option out there, it’s extremely practical and is a gorgeous muted pastel color.

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Organic “Cold 911” Blend from David’s Tea (link)

It seems like it’s been an endless winter here in Wisconsin, and with the cold temperatures came an endless strain of colds and flu. For the most part, I managed to avoid catching too horrible – possibly because I drank this tea blend religiously? David’s Tea notes that Cold 911 isn’t going to treat miracles but the ingredients aren’t going to hurt if you’re trying to stay healthy.

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“Bookly” App (link)

Bookly – formerly known as Bookout – is one of my new favorite apps. It’s basically an activity tracker for reading. Bookly keeps note of your progress for books you’re reading and provides various statistics (I love seeing the number of pages I’ve read each year increase). It’s very similar to Goodreads but the biggest benefit I’ve found is the reminder it sends me every night to turn off the tv and go read in bed. This year I set a goal of reading 50 books and it’s been easy to get caught up in watching the news, rather than reading before bed. This simple little app has kept me on track lately! There is a free version for iPhones, as well as a Pro feature that integrates to your Apple Watch (I use the Pro version – it was relatively inexpensive).

To Watch:

“McQueen” teaser trailer

The film is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend (along with “The Gospel According to Andre” – a documentary profiling the legendary Andre Leon Talley). It is expected to have a wide release in the US on July 13.

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“The Real Housewives of Potomac” on Bravo

I am a major Real Housewives addict. While I watched the previous seasons of Potomac, it was never my favorite franchise. This season has changed things a lot. I have no idea how to summarize this season because it is so over-the-top crazy and dramatic, so I’m just going to say: watch it. You’ll understand once you get hooked.

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“The Sinner” on USA

My husband and I got so hooked on this show. Fair warning: the first three episodes are available to stream online for free. Unfortunately, after the first three, you’re going to be so addicted to Jessica Biel’s insane thriller series, you’ll probably be willing to pay for the remaining five. This is another series that I don’t want to say too much about for fear of giving away spoilers but I promise that if you enjoyed “Gone Girl”, you’ll love this.

To Read:

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“The Epic of Donatella” from SSense (link)

This is the article that made me want to start blogging again. I’ve always been fascinated with the Versace brand and family, this interview with Donatella does not disappoint in the least.

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“The King of Oontz Oontz” from GQ (link)

It was only fitting to include this piece in memory of Avicii, who sadly passed away earlier today. While I’ve read that Avicii was not fond of this particular article, I really think it humanizes him as an individual and showcases the “behind the scenes” of celebrity culture.

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“Cardi B’s Money Moves” from GQ (link)

Um, who would have guessed that Cardi B was an expert on the American presidents? This profile from GQ introduces her in a whole new light and is absolutely worth reading.

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“The Sandy Hook Hoax” from NY Magazine (link)

Take a deep breath – I am not sharing conspiracy theories here. This article (which has a total clickbait headline) is from a year-and-a-half ago and profiles the parent of a Sandy Hook victim’s fight against conspiracy theorists. The reason I’m sharing it today is this same parent just filed a major lawsuit against radio show host Alex Jones earlier this week for defamation. This is going to be a major case to watch over the next few months.

To Listen:

Because all of these songs have been on repeat for me lately.

“Sky Full of Song” by Florence + The Machine

“A$AP Forever” by A$AP Rocky ft. Moby

“Chanel” by Slim Jxmmi, Swae Lee, Rae Sremmurd ft. Pharrell

“Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd

“Let Me” by ZAYN

 

 

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