July Favorites


Summer Reading Part 2

Between vacation and my summer class, I’ve been doing a lot of reading over the past month, so I thought it would be a good time to share more recommendations. Here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed lately:


You can find part one here. Let me know in the comments what you’ve been reading!

Live in the Present

What a lot of people mean by “live in the present” is have fun today and don’t worry about the consequences. That’s not what I’m advocating.

Instead, I want to address looking for happiness in the future. Sadly, I think we tend to put off happiness. “I’ll be happy once I have a bigger house/move to another town/lose ten pounds/etc.”

Circumstances can make a big difference. I feel a huge wave of relief when finals are over. But at some point, if we can’t learn to be happy now, we’ll always be looking for the next thing that promises happiness.

That’s why I’m working harder to appreciate every moment as it comes.


A Summer in Monochrome

While I love bright colors during the summer, truth be told, I’m a black and white kind of gal. I put together a couple outfits to show how I wear black and white in July.

coffeespoonlivingThis is a casual look that I love – a fun shirt from J. Crew paired with skinny jeans and black boots. Looks nice, and comfortable, too.


coffeespoonlivingFor something dressier, I think this outfit looks great. A pair of black sandals like these from DSW makes a striped dress and cardigan summer appropriate. The great thing about black and white is that it allows you accessorize with a pop of color without it being overwhelming. I’m loving the Cedar Street Small Luciana bag from Kate Spade in “Bright Beryl,” currently on sale!

That’s what I’ve been wearing. What about you?

Ten Drugstore Products Under $10

I love high-end products as much as the next person, but the one part of me that doesn’t is my wallet. Fortunately, there are many drugstore gems that work well without breaking the bank. If you’re in the market for some new beauty items, check out my recommendations for ten drugstore purchases that will cost you less than ten dollars each. Drugstore Products

  1. Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint Shampoo – $3
  2. L’Oreal Paris EverCrème Intense Nourishing Conditioner – $6
  3. Herbal Essences Body Burst Body Wash 15.8 oz – $4
  4. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Bubble Bath 12oz – $9
  5. Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes 30 count – $6
  6. Garnier Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil for Dry Skin – $8
  7. Tresemme Climate Control Finishing Hairspray – $5
  8. Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow – $6
  9. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara – $6
  10. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter – $7