A Few of My Favorites - 08.01.14

080114 1. It Was Always You: I will admit upfront that no album will ever be able to top Songs About Jane, but I have been a consistent fan of Maroon 5 ever since. Their upcoming album, V, is being released on September 2. The newest single, It Was Always You, seems to be a slight departure from their normal sound but I am excited to hear what the rest of the album sounds like. This song has been on repeat in my car for the last week.

2. Mercer 5-Panel Cap: I own quite a few MBS caps, but this has been my go-to in recent weeks. The more and more I wear 5-panels, I have absolutely become a fan. If you don't own one, go over to Sean's website and order one, they're great!

3. Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon: When I first tasted this bourbon I could not stand it. It was way too harsh. However, a few days ago I tried it with ice cubes instead of whiskey stones and it completely changed the experience for me. The ice slightly watered down the bourbon and made it smooth and full of flavor. Definitely glad that I gave it a second chance.

4. Nutella Crepes: This weekend a few childhood friends and I are going to a crepe place in Evanston to catch up. It reminded me of the time I spent in Paris and the many Nutella crepes that I ate while walking the City of Lights. Can I go back?

5. Chicago Lakefront Trail: I am embarrassed to admit that this past week was the first time I ran outside since moving into Chicago. What happened? I used to run outside 6 days a week! Living in Lincoln Park, I am lucky enough to be close to the Chicago Lakefront Trail and enjoy amazing views while I get my workout in. If you are a runner and live in Chicago - I pray you take advantage of this amazing trail!

A Few of My Favorites - 07.18.14

071814 1. Never Gonna Change by Broods: I recently discovered this group half thanks to my brother and half thanks to Spotify Playlists. I'd imagine if Imogen Heap and The Weeknd had a love child, this is what the result would be. With a strong EP release in January of 2014, we've been able to get a little taste of what their upcoming debut album, Evergreen, will sound like. The album is due to be released in August.

2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye: Let's face it, guy or girl, you get dark circles and bags under your eyes. Sometimes it feels like I am running around and my eyes show it. This cream from Kiehl's is a great moisturizer and eye recovery cream. Give it a try, I've had great luck with it.

3. iHome Speaker: This has been a must this week in Door County. The internet has been incredibly spotty which means reading, music, and card games has been our main source of entertainment. They are great for down the by water as well. For a small portable speaker, the sound quality is surprisingly good. I purchased mine at Bed Bath & Beyond, but it is available just about anywhere.

4. Colectivo Coffee Hanapú Guatemala: Having worked in a coffee shop and tired more coffee brands than I can recall, I have unfortunately become a coffee snob. It takes a lot for me to be impressed by a new cup of coffee. So when I fell upon Colectivo Coffee's Hanapú Guatemala roast at Good Eggs in Ephrum, WI, I was more than pleasantly surprised. "Grown at elevations from 1,500 to 1,800 meters above sea-level and dried on patios under the Antigua sun, this full-bodied coffee delivers near-perfect, sweet-tart acidity that cuts through flavors of blood-orange, black cherry and Mayan cocoa." Seriously, go buy yourself a pound. It will be a worthwhile decision.

5. New York á la Cart: I love NYC. I love food trucks. And I am so excited to read these stories and try the recipes!

A Few of My Favorites - 07.11.14

Today's blog post is coming to you from Door County, Wisconsin. Vacation has officially begun!I've decided to share a few of my must-haves for a day on the water...

071114

1. Ray Ban Aviators: I have had these sunglasses since college and I use them just as much as I did the first day I got them. My only prerequisite for sunglasses? Make sure they are polarized! They will help keep that nasty summer sun glare out of your eyes.

2. Hawaiian Tropic: Let me tell you something about myself. I am Swedish, very Swedish. Which means that I have incredibly fair skin. If I go out in the sun without sunscreen on my skin will turn into a bright red crisp. I have to be sure to use sunscreen regularly otherwise I'd immediately turn into a lobster. Every time I smell this sunscreen I automatically think of summer.

3. Men's Health: If I'm not sleeping in the sun then you better believe I have something to read - a book or a magazine - anything to keep my attention will do. I love reading Men's Health. They have a good balance of workout tips, food suggestions, and even a few style tips here and there.

4. Bud Light Lime: I know, this is cheap beer. Usually I prefer a craft brew, but on a hot summer day there's nothing quite like an iced cold Bud Light Lime.

5. Eddie Bauer Outdoor Chair: I found this chair last summer and wouldn't want anything else when sitting in the sun. It's low to the ground and incredibly comfortable. The only downside? You can't lie on your stomach.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and we will see you again Monday morning!