Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello, hello! So glad it's the weekend and I have some favorites to share!


The super exciting news around here is that in a few weeks, Sammy and I leave for Cabo! Sammy ended up having three days off on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in August and I have that same Friday off from work, so we decided to each take an additional few days off so we could go somewhere.
I stalked for weeks until I found the Krystal Grand and we decided on Cabo! We couldn't beat the price (under $1000 per person for airfare and all-inclusive for 4 nights) for how nice the quality seems, so we went for it. After the two weddings we were involved in this summer, another coming up before we leave, and other family/friend/work commitments, we're looking forward to this break.

Even though we've been dating for over ten years, we haven't traveled anywhere this far together, so I'm super excited (and have some dorky nerves about it!). I can't wait to get into that pool! 
I bought two new bathing suits and a cute cover up and am hoping to pick up a few more easy things to bring with on the trip. Hopefully I can do a quick round up of stuff I've gotten before we leave!


Emily (from Cupcakes and Cashmere if you live under a rock) posted these lists on her Insta story the other day and then announced they're starting a book club! She's chosen the first book from the "most recommended books" list: Behind Her Eyes. I purchased the ebook and have started it already. So far,  it's unfortunately a little eh, but I'm hoping it picks up. I'm not a natural reader of the thriller genre but have always wanted to get into it, so hopefully this proves to be a good introduction.
#3 is also on my ever growing list of "to-reads" and #9 is a lovely, gut wrenching piece of work.

My queen has also started a book club! I'm so excited and can't wait to pick up the first book (of four) she'll choose this year. It sounds intriguing already as it's been pitched as echoing The Great Gatsby and being about "an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream."

In other book news, our Boxcar Bookshelf was the #1 bestseller in the children's books category on Amazon during Prime Day on Tuesday! It seemed like a pretty universal feeling among bloggers and people on social media that there weren't a lot of intriguing deals this year on Prime Day (I'd have to agree, although I tried to stay away so I wouldn't be tempted to spend), however, it was a big day for us in the office. We were #1 in children's books and #7 in books overall. So exciting!


I was able to get some baby snuggles in last week when I met my cousin's daughter for the first time. How sweet is she?! Definitely a favorite ;)

I've started a kind of dorky tradition with myself... every holiday, I let myself look through Crate & Barrel's clearance section and get one holiday specific item if I find something I like. Then I add it to my stock pile for when I have my own home (which will hopefully be sometime next year!). I lust over Crate and Barrel merchandise and always felt like I was missing out on such holiday stuff that may not come back next year just because I didn't have a house yet (however, I should probably relax about this in general because it wouldn't be the end of the world if I didn't snag some fourth of July decor item). So I went on their site and, of course, their summer shit is so cute. 
I ended up snagging several "hotdog baskets" on sale for $2.97 and several fry cups on sale for $1.97. I mean. You just can't beat their clearance. And I don't even want to admit how long I've been wanting to buy fry cups, so when I saw these on such a discount I took it as a karmic reward for waiting ;) And no one in my life is going to eat their hotdog out of a tin, but that didn't stop me from making that purchase. 
Go look at their summer collection now! Seriously, so cute.

Sammy and I saw Spiderman: Homecoming last Thursday and we both really enjoyed it. Spiderman is his favorite superhero, so he's been waiting anxiously for this to come out ;) He's totally converted me into a Marvel freak, and we're both coming around to the DC side as well. Can't wait for Justice League: Part 1 to come out in November. 

Sammy sent me an article yesterday about the new Scorsese film coming out in 2018 called The Irishman...and now I have no idea how I'll be able to wait until next year. It's about the Irish mobster, Frank Sheeran, and his possible involvement with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. Scorsese got all the guys from Goodfellas to sign on, including Joe Pesci who is one of my favorites always. I can't stop reading up on all the mafia history! My great grandparents knew a decent amount of high profile mafia members in Chicago (my great grandfather even played cards with one!) so I can't get enough of this shit. If you're into the mobster movies, keep your eyes open for any news about this one. 

I mentioned this dress before, but I have to mention it again. I wore it to work the other day and dressed it down with a denim jacket and my faux birkenstocks and I LOVED it. I ended up picking up the white one as well. It proved so easy to dress down, and I'll be dressing it up with some wedges and jewelry for a nature themed wedding in a few weeks. Check it out here.

And speaking of dresses, my cousin found this one as a bridesmaid dress contender for her wedding next July. I think it's so cute and love the lace overlay. Perhaps the best part about it? It's on sale for $49.99 at Macy's. Cheapest bridesmaid dress I've ever bought ha! We're getting together on Sunday so I can try it on. 


I'm looking forward to spending a low key night in with Sammy tonight. Someone at worked recommended we watch The Jinx on HBO after she heard we were watching The Keepers on Netflix. We love shows like this, so I'm hoping he's up for a little binge watching tonight. 
Saturday we have a graduation party and a post-Forth of July party, however we may have to divide and conquer if we can't make both together. 
Sunday we're going out for an early dinner to celebrate Sammy's mom's birthday a few weeks early, and we'll get some time with our niece which is all anyone cares about anymore anyway ;)

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


  1. Oh wow, I hope you have a great time on your vacation. I'd love to go to an all-inclusive resort sometime! I think it would be so relaxing and you don't have to worry about much.

    Yay for book clubs! I really love thrillers, but I didn't used to!


    1. Our thoughts exactly! Can't wait to get over there. I'll be sure to post an update on the resort when we get back. :)

      That's so good to hear because I was beginning to think I didn't like them either, but hopefully I learn to!

  2. Cabo?! That will be so much fun!! Can't wait to see your pictures and hear about the trip after! Your cousin's daughter is such a DOLL! I mean, seriously... such sweet snuggles I bet! Love your idea for Crate & Barrel! I love all their holiday stuff and always forget to go back after the season to stock up! Such a good idea!!

    1. Isn't she a doll?! Ugh, love her. Yes! Gotta snag it while you can! ;)