July Highlights

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This summer really hasn’t been a banner one with my injury, but things started to look up after we went to Louisville for a three-day weekend to celebrate the removal of my boot. It was just the thing I needed to kick off the rest of summer on the right foot. (See what I did there?) Here’s what I was up to:

  • Finally ditched my crutches and slipped into sneakers! I’m not a sneakers girl by any means and didn’t actually own a pair other than uncomfortable canvas Chucks. Black Pumas and white Jack Purcells have proven to be fairly versatile. Now, if only the Jack Purcells would stop cutting into the back of my ankle.
  • Watched A Streetcar Named Desire under the stars at American Players Theatre. APT is an open-air performance theater near Madison. I had always wanted to go, but never made it a priority until a Travelzoo deal came around.
  • Met 50 Cent. He was visiting a nearby suburban grocery store as part of his Effen vodka tour to do bottle signing at the country’s highest volume stores. My coworker and I waited in line for over three hours and suffered serious sunburns for a minute-long meet-and-greet with the artist. When it was my turn in line, I asked the rep if he would have 50 write “Go Shorty” on my bottle. The rep was skeptical because 50 wasn’t writing anything more than his name. I must have been suffering from sunstroke when I insisted that he ask him anyway because “I’m a pretty girl!” Evidently, it worked. 50 Cent was smirking as he wrote the lyric on my bottle and I was deliriously happy (and dehydrated). This article sums up the experience perfectly.
  • Found a vine wall in Louisville. Score. (If you’re not familiar with the glory of the Elsa tunic, you’re seriously missing out. It’s my favorite road trip shirt. It’s breathable and still looks pretty after you’ve been sitting in a car for hours.)
  • Went to see The New Pornographers in downtown Madison at a free outdoor concert. Dave is a fan and I couldn’t have named a song they performed. I was happily surprised by how much fun it was.
  • Enjoyed craft cocktails at Meta in Louisville. This was our third trip to the city and we had already taken care of the tourist must-dos, so we spent the weekend shopping and imbibing. I’m terrible at writing trip recaps afterward, but I’ll make it a priority this time. We’ve found so many gems during our three vacations that I feel like I’m holding out on you!
  • Two words: Pool. Time.
  • Stayed at 21c. I was beyond excited to stay at this boutique hotel, which is part modern art museum. The hotel has a large golden statue of David outside and its signature red penguins throughout the hotel. We’ve wanted to stay here in the past, but it was always just a bit too pricey. Thank goodness for last-minute deals online! (There are 21c hotels in other cities, each with different colored penguins. I’ve been collecting the small ceramic versions available for purchase in the gift shop. So far, I have the red one and the yellow one from Cincinnati.)
  • Watched Bacon get acquainted with our new rug. We haven’t actually put it down yet because I wanted to wait for the coffee table to arrive (it’s been on back order for two months), but Bacon races to it whenever I unroll it to peek at it. He loves stretching on it and rolling on his back. I’m assuming he wants the rug to smell like him, but I prefer to think he’s just enamored with it.

Let’s be friends on Instagram! Find me @bedknobsandbaubles.

Facial Favorites

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I rarely talk about beauty on my blog because I think others do it so much better than I ever could, but these face care essentials are worth a mention: Origins Checks and Balances face wash and the brand’s Clear Improvement charcoal mask.

I received a sample of the mint-scented face wash with a previous Sephora order and fell in love with it. I use it after removing makeup with a face wipe to leave my skin ultra clean and smooth before following up with lotion. I was hesitant to spend $22 on a face wash when I had been using drugstore brands for as long as I can remember, but just a tiny bit of product lathers beautifully. I bought this bottle back in the middle of May and I’ve probably used an ounce worth.

I use the charcoal mask almost every week or whenever my skin is being problematic. I’ve found that it helps ease breakouts, leaves my skin feeling smooth, and brightens my complexion. It gets a little itchy when it’s drying — at first I worried that my skin wasn’t reacting well — but it leaves my skin incredibly soft.

I’d love to hear about your favorite skincare products. I’m on the hunt for a great wrinkle-reducing eye cream. Any suggestions?

 

Botanical

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When sneakers were popular last year, I didn’t think I would be able to pull off wearing them with dresses. Well, thank goodness for a broken foot to push me out of my sartorial comfort zone because I kind of adore the dressy-meets-casual combination. It’s an effortless weekend look that can go from the farmers’ market to an afternoon walk through the botanical garden and then out for evening drinks. That said, I’m still counting down the days (14!) until I can kick off my sneakers and slip back into sandals!

Dress: ASTR (maxi version, similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop | Shoes: Jack Purcell (I switched the laces) |  Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Shopbop | Bracelets: Hermes | Rings: Lulu Frost, c/o Vrai & Oro

 

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The Weekend Guide

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DECORATE
Here’s a fab DIY for all of you renters because white walls and beige carpet can be pretty dull.

SIP
A tropical spiked smoothie.

STOP
Do you ever get a twinge of Instagram jealousy when someone else has more followers or more likes? Do you wonder if you should post more photos of flowers, beaches, and perfect latte foam to fix that? Well, stop.

ANTICIPATE
Here’s a sneak peek at Tory Sport, debuting this month.

LEARN
I begged my parents for the American Girl doll Molly in the months leading up to my 10th birthday. I’m sure they were tired of listening to me talk about that doll every evening at dinner because they caved. While this piece insists that Molly was just a stand-in for Samantha, I knew differently. Molly was cool. She had pants.

SHOP
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends on Sunday. I’d recommend picking up this necklace. It’s one of my favorites and layers well with other pieces. If you’re done with your clothing and accessory orders, it’s a good time to stock up on beauty favorites that you’ll order eventually anyway. I’m planning to replenish my supply of face lotion. I’m also thisclose to ordering this dress. I have 16 days left in sneakers before I can wear sandals and it would be such a pretty dress to celebrate in.

EARLIER THIS WEEK
I featured an adorable $29 dress.
Madewell finally opened in Madison.
Here’s where my money went last month.
Behind the Baubles with Majdan Rocks.
I met 50 Cent.

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Behind the Baubles: Majdan Rocks

 

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As a trained artist and performer, Iwona Majdan is no stranger to challenging conventions. In fact, for one of her early situational art pieces, “The Dinner Project,” Iwona invited herself to a stranger’s home every Sunday for dinner. The yearlong piece explored issues of trust and a desire for human connection. It also pushed social boundaries. This subversive attitude is evident in her jewelry line, Majdan Rocks, that launched in 2012. There are two collections available to shop: Rebellion, marked by chunky silhouettes and edgy angles, and Love Bites, statement-making pieces with bite-mark impressions. The unexpected design of the Love Bites collection skyrocketed the chunky bite necklace and the subtle pendant version to the top of my wishlist. 

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Shop It: Rocker necklace, £350 | Rectangular Bite pendant, £185 | Chunky Bite necklace, £450 | Full Bite ring, £215 | Slope ring with diamond, £265 | Rebel earrings, £295 | Rebel ring, £285

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