Last week was our first edition of our new ‘Sunday Series’, where our team shares one favorite find/highlight/moment of the week, and I’m excited to bring our second one today! This one has a bit of holiday spirit, an interesting article on internet trends, new makeup products and a good book. And in case you missed last week’s post, you can check it out here!
Julia- Last week on Instagram Stories, I got a little pre-excited for the upcoming holiday season and shared one of my newest (and most favorite) Christmas albums by Leslie Odom Jr. You probably recognize the name if you are a Hamilton or Broadway fan, as he played Aaron Burr in the hit musical. We are huge fans of his, so when Thomas shared that his new holiday album came out just a week ago, I had to go listen…and I haven’t stopped since. It’s maybe the best remake of some of the most popular songs of the season. I got chills when I listened to “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”, particularly at 2:17 when the beat changes. It’s so good and will instantly put you in the best holiday spirit and lift your mood! I loved that many of you shared with me that you, too, like to listen to Christmas music waaay before the season starts. A few people even sent me pictures of their living rooms fully decorated and presents already wrapped. Now that’s preparation! Since Halloween is officially over, I feel like I can fully embrace my holiday-loving self. Bring on all the festive songs and decorations! To celebrate, I wanted to share my ultimate Holiday Playlist on Spotify. These are the songs I’m going to be listening to on repeat for the next two months. And feel free to share any of your favorites that I might be missing in the comments below. I’ll be adding more over the next couple of weeks.
Thomas- I do most of my reading on Medium, I love that it’s become a platform for people to share their well thought out opinions, advice and stories. I read a lot of great articles but every once in awhile I read an article that opens my mind to something I’ve completely overlooked. This article did that for me. To summarize, the author, Nat Eliason, covers how ~10 years ago, the most popular websites were mostly searched based, but now they are mostly made up of social or entertainment sites. While it’s been a steady transition for anyone that’s lived during this period of time, basically everyone reading this, he points out that we’ve essentially gone through a rewiring of our brains because of this. The rewiring has been caused by what he calls the emergence of “junk food” media, media that gives quick dopamine hits, that have become the standard across these top sites. I personally think that it’s interesting to think about the fact that we got here all by market forces. These top sites are experts to say the least in data analysis, they know what content is and isn’t working and they have the power to make sure the most engaging content gets the most eyeballs on their platform. I’d love to know what you think about the article, make sure to read the whole thing (10 years ago I probably wouldn’t have had to tell you this) as he makes some of his best points and asks his best questions towards the end.
Laura- If you’re anything like me, you love a good routine, especially for skincare or makeup. But lately I’ve been a little more intrigued by makeup than normal, which has sparked a craving for changing out some products. I think my problem with never trying out new beauty pieces before was a) my usual lineup worked well for me and b) I feel lost when figuring out how to incorporate new products into my current process. So here’s where I start small. This by Terry 3-in-1 eye pencil in Copper Crush – I stopped wearing eyeliner a few years ago because I never applied it well enough to really enlarge the look of my eyes. I recently tried this eye pencil as a liner (only on the top lid) right before I apply my mascara and it’s really brought a lot more attention to my eyes in the most subtle way. This Make Up For Ever matte highlighter in Ivory Highlight – was fairly inexpensive compared to the other options out there and my favorite part about it versus the competitors is the matte finish rather than a shimmery finish. I greatly dislike shimmer in my makeup because I want everyday wearability that works for the office, events, or date night. Lastly, my newest obsession is this RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Illusive. I love that it’s the perfect amount of color for any occasion, you can even add a little gloss to it if you want more glam, but the best part is it’s versatility. At the end of the work day my blush from the morning has already rubbed off and I don’t like having to carry my blush palette AND brush in my bag if I have impromptu plans. So this is perfectly small, easy to apply, and you knock out 2 birds with 1 stone – lip 2 cheek! I’d love to know some easy makeup additions you’ve been incorporating and loving too!
Margaret- One of my favorite ways to unplug is to read a hard copy of a book on a Sunday afternoon. I love reading all sorts of genres and varieties of storytelling. However, my favorite books are those that bring a fresh perspective. One book I’ve re-read many times is Love Does, by Bob Goff. Goff has lived a life of adventure and whimsy. His storytelling will first make you laugh, then make you think. Perhaps this snippet from the description gives the best glimpse of the read, “Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.” I recently found out his wife, Maria Goff, wrote her own book, and I’m looking forward to reading her story. Another great read is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, which is a thought provoking book that combines hard data and strong narratives. Backed with case studies and a scientific approach to analyzing habit, Duhigg shares key insights I’ve personally applied to my life. If you have a great Sunday read to add to the list, I’d love to hear. As the holiday season approaches, it’s the best time to gift an inspiring book or add one to a holiday wish-list.