Favorite Finds #37

I can’t believe July is coming to a close already. Summer is just flying by, and I’m not into it! If I had my way, summer would last forever…but I guess living in California is the next best thing. Here are some of my favorite finds––looks like I’ve got drinks on my mind!

Calligraphy Cake Topper

Credit: Kathleen via Oh Happy Day!

Calligraphy Cake Topper - I’ve got cake on my mind with all the summer birthdays going on! Leave it to me to have so many loved ones with birthdays in the summer (summer babies, unite!). This cake topper is so much easier to make than it looks…and doesn’t it look store-bought? You have to see what’s used to make the letters––it blew my mind!

Grilled Peach and Basil Arnold Palmer…with or without Bourbon.

Credit: Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest

Grilled Peach and Basil Almond Palmers – If you aren’t using peaches in your meals this summer, whether it be on salads on pizza, I have to ask––what are you doing with your life?! This refreshing recipe can be made with or without bourbon. It’s perfect to serve when you have friends coming over, or if you’re feeling a little fancy when you’re making yourself a drink.

I’m down to try these Inside A Watermelon Margaritas, where EVERYTHING is made inside the watermelon. WHAT? There’s a video too, if you have to see it to believe it.

Save $$$ and brew your own kombucha at home with this comprehensive guide at Food52

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Have a lovely weekend!

Build Your Own Birchbox (BYOB) at Birchbox

While strolling through SOHO (strolling may not be the right word…I had tired arms with heavy shopping bags hitting my knees) on the lookout for Ladureé and Dominique Ansel for afternoon snacks, I came across the Birchbox flagship store and decided to step in to see what they had in stock!

Birchbox Soho Store

View of the store from the BYOB area

Upon walking in, the bright white walls were neatly lined with shelves of beauty products familiar to Birchbox subscribers, like COOLA sunscreen, BeautyBlender, and other favorites. A quick walk downstairs leads you to a nice selection of women’s hair products and a wide selection of men’s products.

But we have to talk about the best part of the store. The most notable part of the flagship store? The coolest, most exciting, you-have-to-visit-if-you’re-a-Birchbox-fan-because-this-is-way-too-cool part? The Build-Your-Own-Birchbox or BYOB section.

The BYOB section has a wide selection of samples with everything you see on Birchbox (dry shampoo, nail polish, moisturizers, you name it). For only $10, you get to add 5 samples of whatever you would like!

BYOB (Build Your Own Birchbox) at Birchbox Flagship in SOHO

You can see in the photo above that they have men’s and women’s products separated and categorized, with sample offerings in hair, makeup, body, nail, skincare, and fragrance.

Even though I’m an ongoing monthly Birchbox subscriber, I found the BYOB section to be AMAZING! Why, you ask? You can try out products that maybe wouldn’t be recommended to you based on your beauty profile, and you can physically hold the samples and view them before you add them to your box.

I loaded my box with these five samples:

Since I was traveling, I thought picking up dry shampoo and cleansing waters would be the best idea for me.

Birchbox BYOB Samples

Usually, a monthly Birchbox includes a variety of products––a perfume sample, skincare sample, cosmetics sample, etc. At the BYOB section, you don’t have to pick one product within each category. You could take home 5 mascaras, 5 dry shampoos, or 5 of whatever you want…well, I’m not sure that’s the policy BUT they didn’t stop me from picking up three cleansing waters/makeup removers!

There’s someone behind the counter who will give you more information on the samples and answer any questions, but there wasn’t anyone behind the counter when I went…which was totally okay by me because I wanted to take my sweet time touching all the samples!

So If you’re in SOHO and you’re a Birchbox fan, stopping by the flagship store (even if just for the BYOB section) is totally worth it!

Favorite Finds #36

Happy Sunday, everyone! Here are a few of my favorite finds:

Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies

Credit: Joy Wilson at Joy The Baker

Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies - Joy has done it again, coming up with a new, mouthwatering variation on a classic. I wonder how I never thought to combine chocolate chip cookies with Oreos, but I’m so happy that this recipe exists. I can’t wait to try it out one of these days.

DIY Watercolor Plates

Credit: Sugar and Charm

DIY Watercolor Plates – How pretty are these watercolor plates? I could get stare at each plate for hours and not get sick of the varying shades of blue, green, and gold. The best part about these plates? They’re food-safe and dishwasher-safe, too. I’d love to make my own collection of these plates, or maybe make some as a housewarming gift for a friend.

This Calligraphy and Lettering Primer for beginners post is amazingly thorough and and packed with information on where to purchase supplies, where to take classes, where to find inspiration, and more. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about calligraphy and lettering, you need to pin this post ASAP.

You have to check out this Healthy Summer Meal Plan by Emily at A Nutritionist Eats, which features healthy and tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that are perfect for warm summer days. There are even some refreshing smoothie recipes involved! Print out the meal plan and stick it to your fridge on the days you can’t think of something healthy to eat.

A camping checklist like this is a total necessity if you plan to spend some time in the great outdoors this summer or early fall. It goes beyond covering the basics, including games in the personal items, and also reminds you to pack some items you may easily forget or just never think to bring in the first place.

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