Sincerely Seven: Week 4

Hard to believe it’s the last day of January already! I know some that felt the month lasted 10 years, but I felt it went rather quickly. Tomorrow starts my birthday month (woohoo!), and even harder to believe, one month closer to it being a year since this pandemic officially started in the US. I finally get to come out of quarantine this week, after traveling back in LA, and to say I’m excited to simply go on a walk outside is an understatement.

Here’s what got me through the week:

  1. I spent this week watching Bling Empire, and I have thoughts. Baby G and Anna are my absolute favs, while Christine is bleh, and Andrew needs to run swiftly off a cliff. Ahem. Some of you might think that’s mean, but you *clearly* haven’t seen the show and met Andrew, aka the OG red Power Ranger. Also, Anna is fantastic and how can I be her?
  2. I am so happy to be back home and in my own kitchen. I baked this flourless chocolate cake today (see her beauty above), trying to bake more in this new year!
  3. In very important political news, now that there are dogs back in the White House, we must ask ourselves, does Joe take them out to the front lawn at 6 AM? Does Jill take them for a walk to the dog park? These are serious questions that need answered and thankfully the Washington post has done just that.
  4. When I wasn’t watching Bling Empire, I was researching curly hair refreshers. I found this list that highlights the pros and cons of popular products to make curls fresh and new and I think I’m going to try Ouidad? Or Davines? Anyone have tips for taking care of curls?
  5. Blake Lively spoke out this week about how hard it was to find clothing brands that would fit her body post-baby. I love that she spoke out about this as a woman in a position of power/celebrity. I personally haven’t had to deal with this issue, but I know a lot of women who have and I can’t imagine having to care about something trivial like that after having gone through giving birth.
  6. Anyone else still obsessed with Bridgerton? Just me? Fine. Since I’ve watched the show (twice) I’ve started reading the books, which follow the love lives in succession down the line of Bridgerton children. Here’s a quick recap if you’re curious. I’m reading through Anthony’s story today.
  7. I loved this week’s episode of the Skinny Confidential, about being more productive in 2021. I thought they gave a lot of good ideas, especially how to factor in more creative time and reduce multi-tasking to be more productive overall. I wish I could say I scheduled every part of my day, but I don’t think I’ll ever be that person, if I’m being honest?

Here’s to a happy start to a new week and a new month!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

Books of the Month: January 2020

So far I have read 5 books in the month of January, and I tried fairly hard to differentiate the selection as best I could. I was most surprised by the latest, The Friend. It was recommended to me by my hairdresser and while it’s a bit unconventional of a book, I really found it enjoyable, tackling some tough issues like love and loss. I also really loved reading, Save Me the Plums. It was an insightful book into the editorial food world and I want to try all the recipes that Ruth sprinkled throughout the book.

Royal Holiday was cute, in a Hallmark-esque movie way and Conviction was interesting, but I did find it tough to get through. I mostly liked it because the central book storyline revolved around a crime podcast, but other than that, I felt the story was a little dull. It did touch on the criticism that women receive when they come out as a victim of sexual assault, which is SO important and I’m glad they made it a point to make that a central part of the storyline as well.

Finally, I was really moved by When Breath Becomes Air, but wow, was it a heavy read. Hearing Paul’s story was heartbreaking but I would recommend reading this book at some point, when you’re in the right headspace. I did like that they tried to keep it positive, discussing his life and his impact on others, but woof, it was rough to listen to his final days, as told by his wife, Lucy.

Full list is below for anyone who needs a new read; if you can only try one, I think I would suggest Save Me the Plums; unless you’re not into food whatsoever, try reading The Friend!

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Conviction by Denise Mina

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

What are you reading now, or have you read anything great in the last few months? Feel free to suggest in the comments below. I love getting suggestions from all genres!

Best,

Sara

2015 Goals.

1. Kindness
I know I’m somewhat kind, but I want to be a better person. That green monster, Envy, and his not so nice friends, Grumpy and Selfish always get on my back. My friends sometimes have to dance around my temperamental moods and I do feel bad about that. Here’s to a better attitude and a kind heart!

2. Moisturize moisturize, MOISTURIZE.

Miracle Worker, Philosophy

I’m basically 22, so I’m pretty much 30, and I need to start adding more moisture to my skin. I want to take care of my skin so in fifteen years I won’t be running to get Botox, or wishing I could go back in time and kick my twentysomething self in the butt for not caring about my skin.

3. Build a wardrobe.
Graduating college and heading into the professional world means I can’t necessarily wear leggings as pants everyday (Boo!!). I need to build a wardrobe with some more expensive staples that will last awhile. I also want versatile pieces that can be paired with a few different things. Oh, darn, I’ll have to go shopping, won’t I?

4. Put down the electronics!!
Reader, I got an iPad mini for Christmas and it’s been attached to my right hand ever since. I mean I’m reading and blogging and pinning on Pinterest! I’m totally addicted to my little beauty. But I do want to set down my electronics and spend more time in the present with those around me. It’s my one thing from this past year that I didn’t quite get to work on that much…

Reader, I hope you’ve had a beautiful year and I can’t wait to see you in 2015!

Best wishes for the new year, B.