Worth Noting: 6.9.17

In the spirit of savoring the little things, I’ll be sharing a few things “worth noting” to me every other Friday. I love sharing a great book, show, product or even just a memorable moment from the week. "The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." - Jon Kabat Zinn.

Somehow it's already June?? That's kind of crazy to me, but time seems to fly when the weather is nice and you just don't want the long, sunny days to end. The last couple weekends have been filled with fun trips to Napa and Seattle and this weekend I'm headed to Austin, Texas for the very first time! I've heard nothing but amazing things, so I'm extra excited to explore the food scene and all those things that keep Austin weird. Oh, and I'll be there during my birthday, too! :) 

It feels like I've spent most of this week glued to my desk or laptop trying to prep for this weekend's vacation, but I still wanted to share a few things worth noting from the past couple weeks! I'm excited to be sharing a couple upcoming posts on my favorite Summer books and beauty products soon -- so stay tuned!

Reads: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins + Deep Work by Cal Newport

I love to read a wide variety of books, as evidenced by the last two books I picked up. First up, I recently read Paula Hawkin's new book "Into the Water" and found it was a pretty good mystery read for Summer. I did have to note that it took me three weeks to read (which is really long for me, especially with thrillers like this), but it also took me a while to get into her other book "Girl on the Train", so it's probably just me. It's a solid read and I'd recommend it, if you like thrillers. Second up, "Deep Work" by Cal Newport. Oh man. This book is really life changing. We all live in this incredibly distracted culture that tends to get caught up in a lot of shallow work so much so that it's become a rare commidity to really be able to focus on something challenging for really long chunks of time without interruption. It's an incredibly inspiring read, especially for professionals in fast-paced industries. 

next up: Cork Dork, Fate and Furries, and SweetBitter. 

Eats: Spicy Mushrooms & Summer Squash Tacos [via Blue Apron]

I know, I know, I've talked about my love for Blue Apron before, but this week I had the most DELICIOUS tacos and I am definitely planning to recreate this recipe soon. Highly recommend them! I love that Blue Apron lists their recipes up on the website to give people ideas to get creative in the kitchen. 

Instagram Inspiration: Arielle Vey! 

This gal is giving me a constant case of "I should just leave everything and move to San Diego" every time I look at her Instagram. Arielle is a professional photographer who creates a whole lot of magic by capturing colorful sunsets and floral-styled cocktails -- she just provokes a love affair with California with every snap and I can't get enough. You can follow her on Instagram here: @ariellevey.

Cool thing: NYC subways turn into a library

The New York Times wrote this piece about 10 subway cars that "Beginning today... will offer commuters six weeks of free downloadable books from the city’s public libraries." Donated by the New York Public Library, it's a chance for commuters to slow down and read instead of browsing Twitter or email. New York is always tugging at my heart strings with stuff like this. 

[Photo via The New York Times article]

[Photo via The New York Times article]

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"Live, travel, adventure, bless and don't be sorry." - Jack Kerouac

 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! I'll be sharing my Austin travels on Instagram + Instagram stories, so be sure to follow along!