LG Faves: February 2019

LG Faves February 2019

It’s time for some February favorites. Since I have been following my February intention of read more, stream + read online less, I have two books and no TV shows, lol! A big part of being able to read more is to not be addicted to a TV show. Anyways, I hope you find something interesting to check out below.

Food: Lavva Coconut Yogurt

Oh Lavva how I love thee! I have finally found a dairy free yogurt that I actually enjoy, doesn’t have tons of sugar, and the ingredient list is normal. I had been missing dairy yogurt because I grew up with my mom putting a dollop of yogurt or cottage cheese on so many things: fruit salads, oatmeal, granola, toast, etc, but as I got older I started having skin issues on my arms and we found out that it was linked to dairy so the yogurt had to go. I had been searching for a replacement but I didn’t enjoy the flavor of any of the ones on the market – until I found Lavva! It is delicious and the ingredient list and sugar content is amazing. I highly recommend checking it out if you have to find a dairy free yogurt alternative.

Nonfiction Book: What Made Maddy Run? by Kate Fagan

Oh this book! I have talked about it a lot now – you can read my takeaways from it here. I can’t recommend it enough. No matter who you are you will learn something and gain some empathy and understanding reading this powerful book.  

Fiction Book: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

This book is so much fun. It’s all about entering into a different magical world surrounded by magicians, kings, dragons, fairies, and I just loved it. It was a nice change from such a serious book (Maddy) and you find yourself falling into a wonderful fantasy hole that sweeps you away. If you’re looking for something fun this is the book for you. 

Music: Lizzo

Lizzo’s music is upbeat and empowering. She has an incredible voice and her music reminds me of powerful woman’s voices from the Motown, soul, disco era. It immediately puts me in a good mood and makes me want to dance, and I love that most of her lyrics focus on loving your body, embracing who you are, and strutting your stuff. It is refreshing! She just came out with a new song called Juice and her new album – Cuz I Love You – is coming out in April.

Clothing: Girlfriend Collective Bodysuits

I have been wearing these bodysuits for a while and can’t believe I haven’t mentioned them before! I love them. The brand – Girlfriend Collective – is amazing. They believe in slow fashion and only use ethical manufacturing and recycled materials for their clothing. The body suits are so soft and comfortable. The Lily bodysuit is my favorite so far, and I love that theres button snaps at the bottom so you don’t have to take the entire bodysuit off to go to the bathroom, makes life so much easier! They’re soft, comfortable, and flattering.

Movement: Running

I started running again after many years of having to avoid it because of recovery and it has been so special. I can’t believe how much I have missed it and am so grateful I was able to reintroduce this movement back into my life. I am going to write a longer post about this because there is much more tied with running and my eating disorder, but for now what I want to say is that I feel so profoundly happy that I have reached a point in my recovery where I can enjoy running again in a healthy way.

 Movie: The Boy Downstairs

I have always liked Zosia Mamet from her days on Girls and the column she wrote for Glamour. I find her very interesting and thoughtful so I enjoy following the work that she does. I recently saw this cute rom-com she did on HBO and enjoyed it. It was a quirky indie film but a nice light watch with a different storyline than the typical rom-coms and takes place in hipster Brooklyn which is always fun.

LG Faves: April

Here are the things I’ve been loving in April!

BOOK: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

This book is so beautifully written it is described as a modern classic. It reminds me of a great mystery set in the time of Salinger's Franny and Zooey. The writing is gorgeous and dreamy, making it feel like a work of art, and the psychological, suspenseful elements keep you hooked. I had never read anything quite like it before. Highly recommend.

PODCAST: The High Low

This is such a fun, informative podcast. The hosts Pandora and Dolly are two energetic British journalists who have such great personalities and make the whole listening experience enjoyable. It’s a weekly pop culture podcast where they discuss a wide array of relevant topics. Hearing their opinions and discussion is always interesting and always makes me laugh.

MUSIC: HAIM

I LOVE HAIM! They are amazing and their music makes me happy. I went to their concert in Santa Barbara with my best friend and it was such a lovely, girl power filled weekend. They were incredible and fun to see live. I have been playing their music on repeat all month long!

WEAR: Bodysuits/Leotards

I must confess – sometimes I am very lazy to get dressed. I don’t want to have to think about the various components of what to wear and that’s why I love bodysuits. They are so easy and always look put together and sleek. I simply put on the leotard, pick out whichever pair of jeans or bottoms I am feeling, and then I am ready to go. They are also not very common so your outfit stands out, looks edgy and you put barely any thought into it. Win-win! I like the ones from Ballet Beautiful because they are good quality, have lots of different necklines and colors. 

MOVE: Hiking

I haven’t been feeling workout classes lately, so instead I have been hiking to keep active and it has been lovely. Getting outside, spending time in nature and breathing in fresh air has been so therapeutic. I listen to an interesting podcast or audio book and treat myself to a wonderful activity that is good for my body and soul.