August Favorites: What I’ve Been Loving Recently

Another month has come and gone. It’s officially back-to-school season (for those still in school), and I *sniff* sort of miss it. Of course, after Labor Day, everyone automatically starts mourning the end of summer and preparing for fall. But I’m not going to do that. We still have until September 22nd, and I’m going to enjoy every last bit left of summer that I can—especially since it’s still 80+ degrees outside.

With the end of August, however, comes a new set of favorite things from the month.

tv

I’m going to begin with a TV show because even after the last episode of the season, I still can’t stop thinking/talking about it. That show? Stranger Things, obviously. (It is the most popular original series on Netflix.) I had read about it after it exploded all over social media and decided to begin watching it one weekend—but I had to stop myself before I sat there for 8 hours and finished every episode. Everything about it was awesome: the cinematography, the actors/actresses, the storyline, the soundtrack. I’m hooked.

My favorite character is probably a tie between Eleven (duh) or Hopper? IDK, man. They are all so interesting. I just can’t even put into words how much I love the show. Also, #JusticeForBarb.

listen

This whole post is just going to be Stranger Things related favorites. (Just kidding.) But this one is.

After seeing so many unfamiliar faces on the show, I decided to look up each of the actors/actresses to find out more about them. And I found that Steve Harrington (aka Joe Keery in real life, aka someone I’d probably have a crush on if I was in the show and I support Nancy’s decision in the end but I’m also sad because, Jonathan) is in a BAND. And the band is actually really good. They sound like Tame Impala (who I love) and I completely dig their sound. They’re called Post Animal, they’re from Chicago, and Joe plays drums. Here’s a completely trippy music video to one of their more popular songs:

 

hair

My hair is somewhere between wavy and curly, and always frizzy (especially if I don’t put any products in it). I used to be into those curl-enhancing creams, sprays, and gels, but sometimes they just didn’t work, or dried out my hair, or made the texture too crunchy and gross. screen-shot-2016-09-07-at-9-42-35-pmThat’s why lately I’ve been into forgetting about those and, instead, simply using hair oils (such as Moroccan oil) and that’s about it. I know there are a bunch of other different types of oils out there that have different benefits for your hair, but this one is what I’ve been using. There’s a fine line between using too little (and ending up with dull, poofy hair) and using too much (and ending up with greasy, stringy hair), but I find that this works best with my hair type and texture. And for the final product, after I’ve let my hair air dry, it feels softer, looks shinier, and isn’t quite as frizzy as normal.

 

 

shop

Go to Lulus.com right now and try not to buy everything. If I could, I would buy everything on there. I would be broke, but at least I’d be fashionable (JK). Seriously, though, I have ordered way too many things from them in the past month. They have a lot of “bohemian”-looking clothes, many work-appropriate items, and an abundance of cute dresses. I also really love the fact that they have a separate vegan section for shoes. Even though I’m not vegan, if given the choice, I would choose fake leather over something that used to be animal skin any day. Rooting for this brand to someday open up a storefront in the NYC area.

places

During the last weekend of August, my boyfriend and I decided to go on a mini vacation to Ocean City, Maryland. Being from New Jersey, we are pretty familiar with the Jersey shore and have been to plenty of our state’s own beautiful beaches. We decided to get out of NJ temporarily, though, and take a 4 hour road trip down to MD. To be honest, not much was different: the beaches looked the same (maybe a little cleaner), the boardwalk had plenty of similar stores filled with shirts with funny/inappropriate sayings on them, and the streets were lined with motels and swimming pools that looked quite similar in appearance.

screen-shot-2016-09-07-at-9-40-58-pmEven though our trip was short, one place we visited stood out in particular. We traveled 20 minutes south of OCMD to Assateague Island National Seashore. Here, the beaches were natural and littered with seashells, you could walk for a mile along the shore and only run into a couple of people, and oh, did I mention there are wild horses that roam the island???

When we were there, the horses were unfortunately staying far away from people on the beach and we couldn’t find them at first. But we soon discovered a bunch of them hanging out near the campgrounds! This was probably my favorite part of the trip and I would 100% go back here and would love to camp and hang out with horses all day (lol). Would definitely recommend this place over Ocean City itself.

Next month, I’ll probably be getting into some more fall-themed favorites. I can promise you, however, that a pumpkin-spiced latte will not be on the list. (Of course I like them, but then again, who doesn’t?)

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