Happy Friday! As we head into the weekend, May and June have been thinking about what we’ve been loving this spring. You know, those items and experiences that enhance our present moments. It feels like warmer temperatures have finally arrived in the midwest, and it’s definitely feeling like summer down in the south. We are so ready for longer days and playing outside. Here are a few things that have us smiling.
As you all know by now, we love fashion and shopping. We did quite a bit of damage together when we lived in the same town, so you might think that living in different states has slowed us down a bit. Nope. Where there’s a will there’s a way, and we still have fun shopping together. We are seeing a big trend toward hair accessories this summer. Pretty scarves for ponytails and colorful, jeweled rubber bands are showing up in most department stores, but our favorite is the colorful headbands we are seeing. We both have longer hair this summer and the headband adds just the right touch to a simple ponytail or bun. The one below is from Anthropologie but you can find them just about anywhere, including Amazon and Etsy.
I (May) have planted a vegetable garden every year for most of my adult life. The planning, planting, tending, and finally harvesting of the vegetables in the fall is always so fulfilling. Plus, playing in the dirt has always been so therapeutic and grounding. My new yard is a work in progress. I have a vision but of course that comes with a price, and landscape takes time. I am thinking about a raised urban garden at some point, but we have some projects coming up that prevent us from doing anything this summer. So, I decided to just do a few favorites in pots. For me there is nothing like a tomato picked fresh from the vine, so I bought a potted tomato plant and already have lots of baby tomatoes growing. To go along with the tomatoes I have fresh basil and rosemary. If you don’t have space for a more traditional garden, a potted one is a good alternative. Below is my mini garden this summer.
Part of the fun of moving to a new city is exploring a fresh array of eating establishments, especially when the culture is different from what you’ve always known. It’s always fun to try the trendy hip restaurants where you may need to wait weeks for a reservation, especially in a city like Charleston. However, the little family owned out of the way joints are fun too. A group of us recently had lunch at Martha Lou’s Kitchen, a cozy family owned pink shack that locals frequent for soul food and sweet tea. We enjoyed great food, lots of laughs, and look forward to our next great adventure in lunching.
Spring and summer are always a good time to change up one of your makeup products, in particular your lipstick or lip gloss. It’s a relatively inexpensive and a low committed way to add a little summer color. June had heard about Dior lip glow which changes to the PH of your own body, to create the perfect color. It is unfussy, you can simply swipe and go, and it provides moisture much like a lip balm. This is super fun and while it is a little pricey, June is loving it, and is looking forward to trying other color options.
June has also been busy cleaning out her bookcases. One thing, she realized, is that there were a bunch of books on the bookshelf that were in the to be read pile. The question became what to do with the to be read books? June thought back to her high school days when she worked at the library and decided a book cart would be perfect. June found this utility cart at Target, which works perfect as a book cart. This cart could also work great for craft or laundry supplies, but we think it looks super cute as a book cart.
Lastly, Monday (May 21) is May’s birthday. So we are loving her on her special day!
Have a good weekend! –May and June
My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. Steve Jobs