Friday Faves

HAPPY FRIDAY! This calls for a celebration, does it not? And what better way to celebrate the end of the workweek than with a list of some favorite things? (Ok, yes, I know that better ways to celebrate the end of the workweek generally involve happy hour, but it’s 0700 and I’m fighting off a cold. So, we shall focus on other things!) With no further ado, here are some Friday faves:

The fact that this is going to be a long weekend: Real talk,y’all: I basically live for the weekend. So when a long weekend comes along, guess who has two thumbs and is totally doing the Kermit the Frog happy dance? This girl!



Alba Botanica face cream: I’ve been on a long and arduous journey (ok, it wasn’t all that long or arduous in real life, but let’s pretend like it was) for good facial moisturizer that isn’t laden with freaky shizz like phtalates and parabens. Adding to the fun, a lot of natural products — including Aveda, which I used to love — contain wheat protein. No bueno!

It took a lot of searching around Amazon to find a gluten-, paraben- and phtalate-free facial moisturizer, but, just as I was starting to get frustrated…EUREKA! The good folks at Alba Botanica came through in a pinch! I ordered it up and have been using it vigiliantly since the day it arrived.

And I must say, this stuff is awesome. It moisturizes fabulously, smells amazing, and it doesn’t make my skin break out. This is a big deal, since my skin is a total hater and basically searches high and low for reasons to break out. (Hormones? Zit party! Hard workouts? Zit convention! Change of seasons? Zitapalooza!) So, this find is a serious keeper for yours truly.



Verily Magazine: I’ve written before about how many women’s magazines, which claim to be all about empowering us, just wind up making us feel like total and utter crap.

The Photoshopping is ridiculous, and the content is often a) vapid, and b) largely about how to be both skinnier and better in the sack. This “Get thinner, have the perfect tush, and be a total sex kitten” message pushes the idea that there’s a huge gap between how you are and how you should be, and that how you are now is largely inadequate. It pisses me the hell off, and that’s putting it politely.

Enter Verily Magazine: a women’s magazine that focuses on “celebrating the best of who you are” — and that’s who you are now, not who you’ll be after undergoing one of those heinous Tracy Anderson metamorphosis things. (Have I mentioned that I really don’t like Tracy Anderson? Because sweet fancy Moses, y’all, I really don’t like her. This article, followed by this one, really sealed the deal. But I digress.)

Unlike other women’s mags, Verily never, ever airbrushes or Photoshops its models. Not only that, but it specifically chooses models who look like normal people, as opposed to the emaciated waifs you see on the runway. (Am I the only one who often feels compelled to throw food at bone-thin models as they strut down the catwalk? I’m pretty sure I’d get kicked out of a real fashion show because I’d just start throwing quinoa and asparagus at them while yelling “Eat! For the love of all that is holy, woman, EAT!”)

Adding to the awesomeness, Verily actually offers articles that are directed toward womens’ brains, not their lady-parts or their abs. There are no “How To Blow His Mind in Bed!” or “Get The Perfect Tummy in Two Weeks!” articles here, friends: instead, there are pieces on culture, lifestyle, and fashion — as well as awesome articles that focus on issues affecting women around the world, such as the rise of rape warfare in Egypt and the increasing prevalence of sex trafficking in the United States.

One of my friends here in DC interviewed the founders of Verily, and the awesome Huffington Post article that ensued can be read here. These ladies are the real deal!


New yoga books:  I wrote yesterday about my love of DIY, at-home yoga, and I just invested in two new books on the matter — sooooo, I might be bouncing in my chair in sheer anticipation of  getting my grubby little paws on copies of Yoga as Medicine and Insight Yoga. I’m incredibly, absurdly excited for both of these books!

I’m a big believer in using alternative medicine/holistic practices like yoga to help complement Western medicine, and I’m fascinated by the intersection of the two forms of healing. The idea that yoga can be used to complement the effects of modern medicine is awesome, so I’m chomping at the proverbial bit to dive into these books and absorb as much information as humanly possible. A total geek-out will totally ensue. I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be hearing about it next week!


With that, some questions for you:

What was the highlight of your week?

Do you have plans for the weekend?

What are you most looking forward to over the weekend?

9 thoughts on “Friday Faves

  1. Caitlyn November 8, 2013 / 7:33 am

    i, too, live for the weekends. if i think about it too much i’m all “wow that’s reeally sad” so that’s why i don’t think about it too much. lol @ zitapalooza i hear you on that. my skin likes to wait until i lose a few pounds and then break out horribly so i never feel toooo good about myself. we can’t have that! haha. LOVE VERILY! i’ll have to check out that interview.

  2. Mary November 8, 2013 / 10:28 am

    I have been searching for a new magazine for the past few months because I am tired of every subscription I own being the same material – Get great skin! Get flat abs with minimal exercise! What to wear this season ( but honestly, WHO would want to look like a blind person picked out your wardrobe? )
    Verily sounds exactly what I am looking for – a straightforward, realistic magazine that it’s all Martha Stewart’y. Thanks for sharing! I am gonna go check it out on line now.

  3. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama November 8, 2013 / 1:18 pm

    I wish I had a long weekend! But next week will be a short work week for me because I’m taking Friday off to drive to Richmond for the marathon! OK, not sure running 26.2 miles counts as a leisurely long weekend, but I’m still excited!

  4. Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures November 8, 2013 / 2:04 pm

    YAYYSYSYAYAY i am so happy it’s friday! and my job calls for a three day weekend also BUT I am obligated to attend a training sesh so i won’t actually have monday off.
    can we now do a sad dance for me??
    I remember that post about magazines and LOVED it! It was one of the first that I have ever read from you!
    ENJOY your weekend my lovely friend!

  5. Davida @The Healthy Maven November 8, 2013 / 3:36 pm

    WEEKEND HAPPY DANCE!!!!! I’m a tool and thought we had monday off but we don’t but already booked a train back from Montreal on Monday so guess I’ll be calling in sick. t-minus 2 hours till I’m in Montreal hurrrrrah! Do the happy dance with me!

  6. Corinne November 9, 2013 / 9:02 am

    Need the weekend this weekend for sure. Been a roughy week!
    Have you tried Honest Co.? I saw it on Poshmeetspavement and I had to try it. I really love it!!! Great stuff and not too expensive.

  7. readaholic31 November 10, 2013 / 7:27 am

    I am most looking forward to having a fabulous afternoon tea with my family, finally getting a new bookcase because I am officially now out of space and getting out into what is the first sunny day we’ve had around here in over a week!

  8. musingsoftheamusingmuse November 10, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    Verily Magazine? This is the first I’ve heard of it – I MUST find out more!!! Muchas Gracias mi amiga!

  9. jessielovestorun November 10, 2013 / 9:38 pm

    … well since the weekend is about over (whoops for commenting late), I hope you had a kick ass one! Just think, only 5 more days until the new one begins 🙂 WOO HOO!

    This weekend didn’t consist of too much since hubby was recovering from surgery. Think me pampering him with whatever his little heart desired… far too many neck massages I might add. Ha Ha 🙂

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