5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

duri burgundy charade
Nails of the week: Duri Burgundy Charade

1. Painting my nails with Duri polish

This week’s color is Burgundy Charade — which I pronounce “Sha-RHAD,” emphasis on “RHAD,” because lately the only voice I hear in my head is Moira’s on Schitt’s Creek. HAHAHA!

BEBE!

This under-the-radar family-run brand out of Brooklyn is a low-key beast in the best possible way. The polishes are pigmented, smooth, long-lasting and affordable (just $8 a bottle). I’ve also been using their top coat and drying drops, and they work great too.

SUPER IMPRESSED!

duri burgundy charade
Duri Loves!

2. Caroline Girvan’s workouts on YouTube

Caroline Girvan’s YouTube workouts are challenging, and she offers very little verbal instruction, so you kinda have to know what you’re doing already, but I sure do love the variety of her exercises.

I’m constantly trying moves I’ve never done before, which I love! Challenges ye olde muscles in different ways, ya know?

Also, on days when I can’t handle someone on the other side of a screen yelling at me to dig deep or do one more pushup or whatever, Caroline’s my go-to. Her videos have a short intro where she talks about the workout, but then during the video, all you hear is music and a series of beeps to let you know that a new exercise or a break is coming up while you see her working out on the screen with you.

It’s just me and my breathing, and some days, I prefer that.

Right now I’m really into her ab and core videos.

3. Placing all of my mugs with the handles to the right…

I recently came across this tip in a how-to-organize video, and even though it’s the smallest little tweak, it works wonders! When I do this…my mug shelf looks less chaotic and better organized.

mugs to the right
To the right, to the right…

4. Speaking of organization videos…

They’re my new favorite how-tos on Youtube. I have a hard time letting go of things and hold onto items longer than I should, and I desperately don’t want to be that person anymore. No more cluttered shelves, baby! Those are my first goals. After that, I’ll do the closets next.

When I watch these organizational how-to vids, it feels like I having a personal coach by my side talking sense into me and telling me that I have the strength to pass on that pair of pants that 1) no longer fit me, and 2) I haven’t worn in five years.

Here are few of my favorites so far.

5. Having an electric kettle with hot/warm water always around

Don’t ask me why I’ve always assumed one water had to be cold in order to be consumed, but it never occurred to me until recently that I could drink water warm whenever I wanted to all throughout the day.

I have an electric kettle on the counter and now just keep it out so that I can grab a cup of warm water whenever I want!

Yes, I could easily heat up the water in the microwave, but I swear it tastes different when I warm it up in the kettle.

Speaking of kettles, how cute is this one?

What have you been loving lately?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen