frills + thrills: JUNE

happy monday, yall!
i know we usually gripe about mondays. i mean, there’s about 5,000 different sassy sayings to back us up. but recently i’ve been taking a different mental approach to monday. why not choose to look at monday as a fresh start, a new battle to conquer or a new goal to crush, perhaps?
it’s funny, just the other day as i was driving to a coffee shop in downtown santa monica to get some work done, i passed a mural of abraham lincoln & his quote,
“most folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
so this monday i challenge you to make your mind up to be POSITIVE. go put on your big girl panties, get yourself a strong cup of coffee & HUSTLE.
since we’re having a positive outlook on monday, i thought i’d share a little round up five frills & thrills i’ve been loving for the month of june. it’s been awhile since i’ve done a “frills & thrills” post, so if you’re new here i’ll clue you in! from now on at the end of every month (fingers crossed) i’ll be sharing five little frills or thrills (like things/places/activities/etc.) that have brought me joy in some way during that month. whether it be a new garment, a favorite coffee shop, website, or maybe some new dish i tried at a local restaurant.
( and yes, i know it’s 10 days into july…next month i’ll try to be a little bit more punctual. )
sooooooo let’s jump on in!

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current favorites: september 2016.

happy tuesday ladies and gents! this week has been so long already..i guess that’s what happens when you have something to look forward to. we have a home football game this weekend, next weekend i get to go home and do all sorts of fun stuff, and in two weeks from today i’ll be headed back to dallas to get on a plane to the big apple!!
this semester has already been so much fun and the list of potential adventure just keeps growing.
life is so good. god is so good.
i just wanted to update y’all on some of my favorites right now.
i swear i always think i do these posts more often than i do. i’m pretty sure the last one i did was like back in the beginning of the year!
so let’s jump right on in and i’ll chit chat a little bit about these things in order. πŸ™‚
1. i bought these ‘carrie’ shorts from fabletics a few weeks ago and they are already a favorite. they’re light and comfy and BONUS they have a pocket on the back (which has actually come in so handy at the gym). plus, the two-tone speckled pattern is pretty sweet too.
2. a new starbucks drink…didn’t see that one coming did you? πŸ˜‰
while i take credit for initiating the spread of this drink in my neck of the woods, the real creator is nikki blackketter, and i thank her SO MUCH.
what is it you ask? well let me tell you.
tell this to your barista: triple shot of ristretto, over ice, in a tall cup with two pumps of white mocha and a splash of milk
3. i know i shared this madewell look with y’all last week, but every since i got these sunnies i can’t stop wearing them. i’m not usually a fan of lenses you can see through but  i think the shape and frames is what i like so much about them. you can snag them here!!
4. IT’S FINALLY FREAKIN FALL. so to celebrate of course i went out and bought all the fall candles from bath & body works…okay not all, just my three favorites (flannel, leaves and mahogany teakwood). i’m not sure why but they were on sale for $12.50 a piece (which is a steal if you know anything about b&bw), and i just know i’m going to regret not buying three leaves candles instead. IT’S MY ALL TIME FAVORITE.
oh gosh, i swear i’m not a typical white girl.
5. last but not least, the favorite confirming that i am your typical white girl…the kylie cosmetics lip kit in ginger. it’s seriously one of the best colors she’s ever released. i know so many girls that have this color. they all have varying skin tones/hair color/eye color and it looks fab on all of them. it’s literally a universal shade.
so if you’ve never purchased one because of your indecisiveness (they’re all gorgeous i know), pick this one. i promise you won’t be disappointed.
well, that’s it lovebugs! five recent favorites that i’ve been using/wearing/drinking over and over again. try them if you haven’t!
i’m going back to watching LOST now…

frills + thrills.

back in the day (and by that i guess i mean last year) i used to do a post every once in awhile called “five things” showcasing five-ish things that i had bought, found, stumbled up, or read that i deemed worthy to share with y’all. sound familiar? i got the idea from emily schuman’s “five things” posts and katey mcfarlan’s “friday frills” posts; of course giving credit where credit is due.
i don’t want to try to make these a weekly thing, but i would definitely like to do them more often! and to make these even better i would love for you lovebugs to share any of your good finds with me! like a link swap, so it’s a win win. πŸ™‚
sound good?
so here’s my list of little frills and thrills that are worth checking out. πŸ˜‰
i picked up this highlight powder from ulta the other day on a whim when i was getting another eyebrow pencil (nyx is bogo 50% off right now!). it swatched so beautifully i couldn’t help it, okay?! y’all know i’m obsessed with this liquid highlighter, so i’m hoping that this will be the perfect powder product to go on top. this new nyx one is a little bit more affordable, so i’ll let you know what i think about it soon!
i LOVE finding sites like this because it can be such a hard decision to figure out where to eat in the city. mostly because there are just so many places to choose from! i’ve been constantly updating a list in my phone called “nyc bites & sites” every time i hear of a new yummy place to try (i’ll be going again in october!) and now i have TEN more!
one more that’s not on the list that is a MUST: black tap. look them up on ig and drool away. you’re welcome.
3. circuit training
my coach (update on training, prep, coaching coming at you soon!) has me doing HIIT circuit cardio four days a week, and i’m loving it!! usually i do things like spin, sled pushes or battle rope slams in intervals, but these circuits are a big change up for me. i’m doing things like kettlebell swings, burpees (eww), box jumps and renegade rows. my circuits are different every day which keeps things new and interesting.
i’ll definitely be doing a flex friday on it asap!! HIIT is so much better than steady state…in more ways than one!
y’all seriously need to check out kayti. her work is so chic and beautiful! from canvas to palette wood, she does it all and it’s totally customizable.
i have the perfect spot for one of her pieces in my room, but i just have to decide which one i want…because i want all of them. ugh.
be sure to like made with love on facebook and follow her on insta!
5. back to school
in case any of you are in need of some back to school advice, i’ve linked a lot of my previous posts on a variety of BTS topics below!
speaking of back to school, nike is having a huge sale on their sale and lucky for you i have a coupon code!! use BTS20 for 20% off already discounted items. we’re about to be lookin’ gooooooood for flex friday. πŸ˜‰
love y’all bunches my little lovebugs!! have a fantastic weekend!