qúe es en tarnación — i actually have the morning to myself, out in the world. i’ve got a hot hour and a half to gather my thoughts here, and if you’re like me — a stay-at-home parent with several (so they tell me) small children, you know what a gift this is. (and a chance to realize that i no longer have any thoughts, just mush where my brain used to be, but that’s beside the point.) also. if you haven’t tried the pink ombré drink at starbucks yet, go do it. i’m usually not one for sweetened drinks, or really anything besides straight black coffee (hot in the morning, iced in the afternoon, naturally), but this drink has won me over. it’s perfect for those times when i’ve had too much caffeine (read: every single afternoon) and need something refreshing. i think it has tea, coconut milk, lime, something hibiscus…whatever it is, it’s crisp, only lightly sweet, and delicious.
moving on. because i love you all so much, i’m sharing with you some of the beautiful and strange things i’ve enjoyed on the internet this week. no need to thank me, you’re very welcome.
to drink: dark and stormy popsicles from a beautiful mess. we’re using the term ‘drink’ loosely here, but i’m so perma-hot and thirsty (thanks summer) that a cocktail frozen into a popsicle sounds just *perfect*. these get extra nostalgia points from me — the first mixed drink I ever had was a dark and stormy, made for me by my grandad. anytime the dark and stormy comes up the husband and i always (fondly) quote him, “would you like to try a darrrk and storrrmy?”
to read: mental wellness by bri at designlovefest. in which bri passes along some great tips for keeping check of your mental state. this is a subject that hits close to home for me. i’m always always struggling with anxiety, and often feel mentally/emotionally fragile. i love it when people share openly not just about their struggles with this but also how they fight the good fight. i know for me personally, calming rituals and small indulgences mean a lot and keep my spirits up. bri touches on intentionally creating time in your morning to start the day peacefully — this is something that i know would help me, but that i have not been able to accomplish so far. something to work on…
to style: hair tutorial: easy + pretty updo, from annesage.com. i’ll affirm the pretty part, but i’ll have to tackle it myself before i can comment on the easy. i’ve always been hair styling-inept personally, but now that i’m approaching middle age (haha), i’m ready to try. no time like the present, right??
to eat: pasta with tomato cream sauce from the pioneer woman herself. we had this for dinner last night, and suffice it to say nobody stopped to take a picture. we added tofu and bacon, for protein and deliciousness, respectively. and we went heavy on the fresh basil, because of course. carb overload? absolutely. regrets? none.
to buy: mojave ghost by byredo. i am admittedly desert-obsessed at the moment, so did the name get me? yes. did the packaging get me? of course it did. but does it smell as good as it looks/sounds? you betcha. *smitten*