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I'm Helen. I'm a 23 y/o fitness enthusiast, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Philly native, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin....

 

Friday Favorites!

Friday Favorites!

Personal Essays/Memoirs/Self-Help Books

My favorite books to read are typically autobiographies, memoirs, personal essay collections, and self-help style books. There’s something about reading about someone’s life experience that I enjoy. I think I like finding little tiny parts of myself in all of their unique yet collective experiences.

Sometimes it’s a favorite artist or celebrity, like Keith Richards (If Mick Jagger circa 1975 is my fantasy, Keith Richards is my fantasy husband; Mick can be the side guy). Other times it’s that the person has led a somewhat irregular life, like Mary Karr or Jeannette Walls. Their stories are intriguing and entertaining and moving. Sometimes it’s that their experience sounds relatable, and like maybe reading it will show me something about myself or make me feel like I’m not, in fact, the only one who gets a little crazy sometimes.

Right now I am reading Pretty Happy, by Kate Hudson, as well as So Sad Today, a collection of personal essays by Melissa Broder.

Pretty Happy is basically a self-help guide to health and happiness, as told by Kate Hudson based on what she has learned through trial and error in her own life experiences. I like that there are no specific guidelines to diet and exercise, because like Kate I too feel that we are all so different in our needs and wants that a one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness rarely works for the individual. It is very interactive, and prompts you with personal questions that you are supposed to write down answers to so that you can reflect a little as you go through and learn more about yourself. While I definitely think this is an important exercise for a book like this, it does not necessarily work well as I am falling asleep at night or reading on my commute. For this reason, I am also reading another book!

I just started So Sad Today today actually, and I have already laughed out loud a few times. I also cringed, and made a disgusted face like I just smelled something terrible, and I also felt sad in an unfortunately familiar way. She has definitely had her ups and downs. Don’t we all. It should be a pretty interesting read and even though I’ve only just started it definitely drew me in.

Starbucks Order Ahead

Oddly enough, the fact that I didn’t use Starbucks order ahead today was the reason I wanted to write about how much I love it. Because I walked in and was forced to wait in the long line while carrying a giant duffel bag, tote, and my lunchbox. My life is hard OKAY?! I watched as people who had ordered on the app walked in, grabbed their prepared drinks off the counter, and scooted out quickly. Ahhh, that was me once, I remembered fondly. If I can be totally honest it also feels pretty awesome to walk in and grab your drink and walk out while a line 15 people deep stares at you with sheer jealousy in their eyes. I will never forget to use it again when I am on my way to work!

Adidas Duffel Bag

I got this bag for Christmas and it was probably my favorite gift. It’s a great size, and while it’s definitely big, it’s not obnoxiously huge. As I said, I carried it around today while simultaneously carrying two other bags. It fits, EVERYTHING. It also has nice secure inside pockets where I can store fragile makeup or bottles of liquid that I’m afraid of spilling. And also two larger pockets on each end that are great for keeping your underwear separate when traveling, or even tucking a pair of sandals into. Currently I have four pairs of shoes and 5 outfits folded into that jawn, and there’s even some room to spare. Big highlight: it’s dark grey with grey snake print detailing so it’s pretttayyy sleek.

Rompers

Rompers are the best in the summer! I’ve been trying to stock up on cheap, casual, comfy rompers lately so that I always have something to easily throw on and head out the door when its 95 degrees and I just don’t have it in me to put something together. Not only are they convenient, but they’re versatile! I can wear one to the beach as a cover-up and then keep it on to go out to lunch. And then I have ones made of nicer fabrics that I have worn to formal events or out in the city at night. Still just as easy to make an outfit out of, just fanncciieerrrr. I recently bought a great sweat-shirt material romper from the Gap outlet that I’ve already gotten a ton of wear out of, as well as cuter and slightly dressier ones from Forever21. Easy to buy, easy to wear, not a huge investment so if the summer gets the best of them it’s not that devastating. 

gap romper

gap romper

What are some of your favorite things this week? Comment below!

Weekend Fun

Weekend Fun

Work Now, Reward Later

Work Now, Reward Later