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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

things i’m loving lately: april edition

1. Starting things out on the right foot for spring, my newest favorite lipstick color. I already have a red lipstick that I love but it’s just a shade too deep for spring and summer. I recently decided to try out the same lipstick in a new shade, cayenne, and it is absolutely perfect. It’s brighter with just the slightest hint of orange and I get compliments galore every time I wear it!

2. I have my darling Josie to thank me for pointing me in the direction of this little lace racerback bralette from Free People. It is soft and comfortable. It comes in tons of colors and it layers beautifully with practically everything. I’m slowly growing my collection.

3. Oh boy, these shoes are the greatest! I had my eye on this pair of Sole Society flats for a while but was unsure about how they would look in person. Finally I decided to try them out and I was instantly smitten. As you may know, I’m more of a heels girl but these flats have all the wow factor I could hope for.

4. As I have been working out more, finding the right way to care for my hair without completely drying it out has been a balancing act. If I washed, dried, and heat styled my hair after every workout it would be a complete disaster. Thankfully after plenty of trial and error I have found a strategy that is working well for me. On days when I don’t wash my hair, I use dry shampoo, style, and then use this Living Proof split end mender to finish it off. It really adds a nice smooth finish and gives my style a polished look.

5. I don’t really know how I went this long using my barely functional, many year old flat iron from Target but all I can say now is good riddance. I didn’t realize what a huge difference a good quality flat iron could make but I stand corrected. This GHD model is my new model and I have been thrilled with it!  The best thing about it is that it takes me less than five minutes to fully style my hair and anything that makes my mornings go more smoothly is well worth the price.

6. J.Crew has been really bringing it with their sunglasses game this season and I am loving it. Two new pairs have found their way into my car, but this tortoiseshell pair is my absolute fave. They are classic and stylish and I know I’ll be wearing them all summer long!

Since we have started discussing books around these parts, many of you recommended A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This book is a truly amazing work of literary fiction in the highest degree. The story itself and the writing are exquisitely beautiful and set this book in a class of its own. The story is raw and heart wrenching. I don’t want to say much about it for fear of giving anything away. This author has an incredible gift and I look forward to seeing what she does in the future.

Though I overall enjoyed A Little Life, it was a very sad and melancholy story. I needed something a bit lighter afterward. First I read a different piece of fluff not worth mentioning here, but then followed up with The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Oh my goodness, this book! I loved it so much. It is a quick quirky read that charms the reader instantly. It had me literally laughing out loud on almost every page. If you are looking for a book to put a smile on your face, look no further.

Things have been extremely slow on the knitting front lately as I am making a second copy of the Old Romance sweater I shared back in the fall and it has been dragging slower than I could have imagined. I should never make the same thing twice. Now it is just rows away from being finished and my needles broke!

However, I have managed to get some sewing accomplished. First, I made another one of the Purl Soho gathered shoulder tops. The one I made last time was a size medium and is quite huge on me so this time around I made an extra small and it fits nicely. It looks good with or without a belt and I love the pretty watercolor fabric for spring. (This is a past season line of Nani Iro that, as far as I can tell, is impossible to find now.)

I have also been sewing quite a lot of things for Caroline. I recently sewed her a trio set of the Lucille top from Shwin and Shwin, and they are insanely cute and cozy. This was my first time sewing with knits and I was super nervous. Even though I don’t have a serger, I just improvised using the stretch stitches available on my machine and it ended up working perfectly well. This is a fantastic pattern and if it was available in my size, I would totally be making some for myself as well.

Stay tuned – later this week my spring fashion post is coming, and in it I feature some of the items above plus many, many more. I think you’re going to love it!

 

Disclaimer:  These posts are a way for me to share the things I love with you, simply because I love them!  Some of the links in this post are affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase through these links, I will receive a small commission. This helps to offset the costs of running this site and allows me to continue providing you the content you enjoy.

  • Elisabeth

    I love Nani Iro fabric! I’ve been doing all of my knits without a serger for a few years now, and my regular sewing machine has worked just fine for a lot of different tops and dresses. Thanks for sharing all of your favorites!

  • Angela

    I got so excited when I saw the title. Love these posts. I got into Bite lipstick from the first time you reviewed them. Best lipstick I’ve used. I have a question about the bralette. How is it support wise? It’s gorgeous and I’d love to try it out. Love the sewing projects. (Your hair is perfection in that photo.)

  • Annie

    I am so glad you love these posts! The bralette has low to moderate support, I would say. Kind of sports bra-ish, so you can increase the support with a smaller size. It’s kind of hard for me to accurately evaluate with my recent weight loss. I’m in new territory with suddenly having less need for support than ever before. For what it’s worth, I get a size small and fits me well.

  • Kat Moore

    Omgosh Caroline is everything in that top picture. Thanks for the post!

  • Aimee

    I see you are using a dry shampoo and I’ve tried a few different ones without really loving any of them (they either make my hair feel gross or they smell terribly). Do you have a brand you would recommend? Thank you!

  • Annie

    Good question! I’m in the final stages of deciding a brand to recommend to you guys. It will be in my next Things I’m Loving. I want to make sure I have carefully tested several before I make a rec!

  • Erin

    What do you mean you layer your bralette? I was just given 3 and I love them with my current non-existent boobs :D But I tend to only wear them around the house. Thanks!!

  • JD

    Annie, you look amazing! I don’t know how you balance family, work, the blog, productive hobbies, and still have time to hit the gym! I would love to see a post about healthy meal ideas for those of us always on the go. I’m tired of the same yogurt for breakfast and sandwich for lunch!

  • Annie

    I just mean that due to the cut of it, it ends up showing at the neckline of most shirts for a pretty layered effect.

  • Annie

    Thank you so much! I doubt I’ll do a dedicated post for healthy meal ideas because that already exists as a category on the blog and I’m constantly trying to grow those offerings. The Let’s Do Lunch series is always a good place to look for inspiration in that regard. My main strategy is really just making healthy meals for dinner and then making sure there are enough leftovers for lunch, either to eat as they are or to repurpose into something else.

  • Linzy

    Where do you purchase your fabrics and patterns? Have been searching out good online sites for both. Thanks!

  • Laura Wilder

    I just finished reading The Rosie Project and loved it too!! Such a fun read and loved a different view point on a love story.

  • Erika

    Those flats are incredible. I wish they weren’t sold out in every size but a 6. Hopefully they’ll restock.
    Also, currently reading the Rosie Project and it is SO funny. I too am laughing at almost every page. Such a charming book.

  • You look amazing in that blouse and wow, looks like a blouse sold in those high end department stores.

  • Danele

    Aimee, I have used quite a few dry shampoos and find Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo to be one of the better ones. It absorbs old without making your hair feel gross and heavy. Plus, it smells really nice.

  • Aimee

    I’m going to give that a try. Thank you for the recommendation.

  • Karen

    After reading several of these posts and loving your book recommendations, I now open my local library website in another window as I read your posts, and just put a hold on all the books you recommend. :) Thanks!

  • Annie

    I am so glad! I love when I find a friend who is a reliable source for great book recs so I hope I can continue providing that for you. Thanks for sharing!

  • kellyp19

    Haha! I do exactly the same thing :-)

    Also, I absolutely love the top you sewed for yourself, Annie. I may have to pluck up some courage and try sewing something not square (i.e. pillow, curtain, etc.). Thanks for inspiring me!!!

    I love these posts so much!!

  • kellyp19

    I’ve been using the Aveda dry shampoo for a little over a month and (after a short adjustment period) I’ve really come to like it. It’s different than most I’ve used before in that it’s actually a powder and you sort of squeeze/puff it into your hair then work it in with your fingers. I like it because I have really dark hair and most of dry shampoos either make my hair look white/powdery or dull. I find the Aveda one soaks in the best. Plus it smells divine!

  • Annie

    This would literally be the perfect project for you to branch out to then! It’s basically just four rectangles sewn together with straight lines and the gathering at the shoulders is super easy. Do it!