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.

The Original LG 2018 Favorites

The Original LG Favorites

As the year is coming to a close, here are some of my favorites from 2018. From favorite books and movies, to greatest memories and lessons learned, these are some of the things that comprised my roller coaster year. 

It’s nice to end off the year reflecting on the things that brought me joy and the lessons I learned; and then move forward into 2019!

Movie: Eighth Grade

Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor – It’s about the life and legacy of Mr. Rogers

Fiction book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Nonfiction book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Music: Seeing HAIM in concert with my best friend in Santa Barbara

Song: Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle

Podcast: Let It Out with Katie Dalebout

Drink: Matcha! That’s absolutely no surprise 🙃

Food: Honey Hi gluten-free sourdough bread with sunflower seed butter & banana - so simple but so good.

Dessert: Doughnuts from Donut Friend 🍩

Restaurant: Honey Hi

Adaptogen: Ashwagandha

Clothes: Leotards & Overalls

Activity: Hiking

App: Clue — period tracker app

Emoji: Heart with sparkles 💖

Random thing: Sending voice messages to my brother over Whatsapp. We would end up having full on back and forth conversations through them! He lives in Panama so it was a lovely way to stay in touch and hear his voice.

Inspirational woman: Deborah Hanekamp aka Mama Medicine

Learning: All about Digital Marketing 🤓

Acting Memory: Playing the lead role in my first film 🎬

Overall Memory: Hiking the English countryside with my mom

Learning moment: Rebuilding my relationship with my father and learning how to communicate with him.

Lesson learned: The power of honesty 💛

Word: Resilience 🦁

LG Faves: October

October Favorites

Some of the thing I’ve been into in October:

Book: My Year of Rest & Relaxation

What a bizarre but excellent book. I had heard multiple people recommend this book so I was excited to read it. It’s about a girl who tries to sleep for a year by taking a combination of strong prescription drugs that knock her out. She is hoping that this year of self-induced hibernation will solve her problems and save her life so then she can start over. It’s definitely a dark quirky read that leaves you thinking.

It had some really honest insights about this idea we have on wanting to start over, wanting to press the pause button on our lives to sort things out, and trying to numb out from difficult emotions and circumstances. Instead of facing them head on the narrator wants to sleep through them hoping that will be the solution. It’s not an uplifting read and the heroine is severely flawed and very unlikeable at moments but that makes it refreshing — we get to see the dark sides of being human. It is honest and the writing is incredible — a great read that I couldn’t put down.

Movie: HappyThankYouMorePlease

This is such a sweet movie. It’s an indie film about a group of 20-somethings living in New York City trying to find their place in the world and get their lives together. They are grappling with meaning, finding their purpose and exploring friendship, love and relationships. It was written and directed by Josh Radnor and I enjoyed the overall message and the feeling you are left with when you finish watching it. It is very touching and sincere.

Learning: Astrology

I have started learning more about astrology and have found it fascinating. There is so much more to it than just what your sun sign is — it involves all the positions of the planets and what is going on in the universe. I know that some people might find this stuff silly but you can’t deny the impact that the solar system has on our planet. The moon greatly affects the oceans, weather greatly affects our moods, we feel different during the various seasons of the year.. so why do we think the positions of the planets don’t affect us? Astrology is an ancient study that I find very interesting so I am enjoying learning all about it. I made my birth chart and have been studying and learning about it’s meaning. A great resource for learning more about astrology is The Numinous, and you can make your free birth chart here.

Jeans: Madewell

Madewell does this really cool thing where they recycle your used jeans AND they give you $20 towards new ones. They transform your old jeans into housing insulation for communities in need. Such a win-win. I needed some new jeans and wanted to get rid of some old ones, so this couldn’t have been a better deal. Not only do they have a cool selection of jeans – they come in short and long lengths which is perfect for my tiny 5’2 height. I found two pairs that I love, didn’t have to hem them, and got $20 off each of them! Learn more about their recycling program here.

Make: Pumpkin Fat Balls

I am loving these fat balls! They are a fun delicious snack and so easy to make. I have been making the pumpkin flavor because it’s Fall but all of them are great. It feels like such a treat when I make these healthy homemade snacks for myself 💗