Do All Things With Love | Sunday Shares


Let me jump on the bandwagon here and say it's really starting to feel like fall around here. I'm conflicted about it. As much as I thrive wearing big cozy sweaters with a pumpkin coffee in hand, it's getting a little too chilly too quickly. I had a really good summer, and I'm not totally ready to say goodbye yet. (Though, let's be honest, I'm sure in two weeks I'll be fully invested in fall.)

The biggest news from the past two weeks is that Rahul and I are officially moved in to a new apartment. We're loving it, which you probably already know if you follow me on Instagram because I won't shut up about it. We moved because we wanted more space and ended up upgrading even more than we expected.

We're gradually unpacking and getting settled. I can't wait to buy a bunch of fake plants to decorate the place. (I cannot be bothered to get anymore real plants other than the succulent and cactus I already have. Too much effort.)

Here's what I've been loving lately:

September Reads

 
Book 28:
"Leaving Time" by Jodi Picoult
Alice Metcalf and her husband have spent years studying elephants, learning and understanding their behavior, and eventually owning their own elephant sanctuary. One night, there's an incident in the sanctuary that leaves one woman dead and Alice in the hospital. Strangely, Alice checks herself out and is never seen again. At the time of the incident, Alice's daughter Jenna was only 3 years old. Now 13, Jenna is more determined than ever to find out what happened to her mom.

Wedding Season, Being Open-Minded And Prioritizing My Life | Sunday Shares


Happy Sunday, friends. My last real Sunday in this apartment. Our first apartment. Next weekend, we move, and by the time my next Sunday Shares goes up in two weeks, we'll hopefully be settled in, for the most part.

The blog has been pushed to the back-burner again lately whilst we sort everything out for the move. I've had so many ideas piling up that I have all of the posts for October mapped out already. Here's hoping I can get myself to sit down and focus long enough to actually get them written. Our new place is a two-bedroom so I'll have an office of sorts, which I'm sure will help. I'm definitely looking forward to that.

Upping My Skincare Game | My Current Nighttime Routine


I've always been pretty good about taking care of my skin, removing my makeup before bed and washing my face twice a day. I give myself credit for that.

Overall, my typical routine is... typical. I use Vaseline to remove my eye makeup and Garnier micellar cleansing water for my face makeup. I wash my face morning and night with Olay's foaming cleanser for sensitive skin and moisturize with a standard bottle from Olay as well.

I'm only now adding other products into the mix and being more cognizant of what order to apply them. After taking off my makeup and washing my face at night, here's what I do:

8 Things I Learned From Amy Schumer's Memoir


Can we talk about a book that came out two years ago? Please? I know I'm late to the game, but it was so good!

Last month I finally read Amy Schumer's memoir, "The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo," which is an amazing title, let's be honest. I kept putting off reading it because I thought I knew what to expect. I've seen some of her stand-up. I saw "Trainwreck." Her book is gonna be like that.

Only, it isn't like that at all.

In her memoir, Amy gives you a glimpse of who she is and what she's like when she isn't performing on stage. The real her. And maybe it makes me ignorant, but it wasn't what I expected.

So many of the chapters had me internally cheering at the end. I took enough notes while reading to fill a blog post separate from my monthly reads, so I figured, why not do that?

Here are eight things I learned from reading the book:

The Start Of My Favorite Month | Sunday Shares


Happy second day of September, friends.

I think September is my favorite month, which doesn't make total sense since Spring is my favorite season, but whatever. September is nice. It's a good balance, half summer, half fall. Half it's-so-sunny-and-nice-outside, half I-can-finally-wear-a-cozy-sweater. A transition month. I love it.

I'm finishing up this post bright and early Sunday morning while making my way through a bowl of fresh cut cantaloupe. I randomly woke up at 7 today and forced myself out of bed before I fell back asleep for another three hours. Now I'm getting the peaceful solo morning time I love.

Later today I'm going to my sister's for a pool and/or game day with my family. After that, I'm headed into the city for a Hannibal Buress show. Today is the only day of this three-day weekend that I have solid plans and I secretly love it. Part of me wishes I was doing more, but I do appreciate the time to relax and recharge.

Here's what I've been loving lately: