Weekend Browsing

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As I mentioned in my Instagram Wednesday, I was really lucky to be able to take a half-day and celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays. In order to make that happen, I’ve been waking up early every morning to work (am I a morning person now?!) and working way past 5:00. This isn’t totally out of the ordinary for me, and I am really, really lucky to be able to decide on a schedule that works best for me! A lot of people have emailed, texted, FB messaged, etc. asking what it is I actually do…great question. A little bit of everything – and I’m still figuring it out. That said, I’ll be posting next week about what the life of a freelancer really looks like, how I got into it, etc. So stay tuned for that!

Random thoughts/links around the web I loved this week…

I read The Girl on the Train this week and WHAT!!! No one told me that book was kind of scary?! I mean, I seriously couldn’t put it down – but it was definitely different than I was expecting. My book people…what’s next? The Husband’s Secret? I might need something a little more light-hearted/no murders involved…

This Nike ad. I am obsessed with this. I’m really glad to see a more realistic portrayal of working out – props to you, Nike!

Speaking of, I downloaded Nike Training Club this week, customized a four-week workout plan, and I’m still sore from Tuesday. Do you know about this app? It’s AWESOME. I answered questions about my goals, how I often I workout, and it put together home workouts for me to do! Thanks to Hallie’s awesome playlist, I did this in my guest room (didn’t have and definitely didn’t need the weights/medicine ball it called for) and was literally yelling it was so hard! But you know, in a good way.

Oh, and speaking of Hallie…I loved her post on Mastering Social Media – a must-read for bloggers!

Do you know about Zinke swimwear? I’m obsessed! I’ve been stalking it on Shopbop, but when Brittany posted that EVERYTHING on the site was 50% off, I quickly picked up two tops and a bottom. I’m not sure how long it’s going on, but definitely go check it out.

Finally, J.Crew new arrivals. Y’all they are good! I added some to the shop, but I really love these linen pants, cropped jeans, fern jumpsuit (I snagged the Lilly x Target one this weekend!), striped sleepshirt, and, duh, sunglasses.

 

Candlefish ONLINE

20150225-QD5A0046-2Candlefish, one of my favorite shops in Charleston, now has an online store!

Since its opening last fall, I’ve loved stopping in and browsing, taking photos, and even taking a candle-making class. Now, you can shop their candles from wherever you are. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites, but you should definitely take a look around their site. It’s impeccably designed (of course) and such a cool concept for e-commerce – different than what you normally see!

A few of my favorite candle lines:

Great Bear Wax Co. (remember Jake?)

#8 from the Candlefish library (floral notes of gardenia with a hint of musk)

Rewined

Virginia Johnson

Produce (specifically kale, tomato, and cilantro)

Check them all out for yourself! OH, and use the code “OFFTHEHOOK” when you checkout to receive a FREE travel tin candle from the library (now until 8/31/15)!

IMG_8833Photo 1 by Lindsey Harris // Photo 2 by Chloe Gilstrap

(My) Perfect Avocado Toast

The Best Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is my favorite thing to photograph.

And, I mean, eat. I feel super blogger basic admitting it, but I actually love the stuff. While my favorite can be found at The Park Cafe just down the street, I’ve started whipping it up in my own kitchen to save a little money and time.

The hardest part about making anything with an avocado is trying to figure out when the avocado is ripe. That…I cannot help you with.Avocado Toast Ingredients

But, I can tell you my favorite recipe for avo toast – with a little kick, of course.

What you need:

1 ripe avocado

2 slices of bread (I use Ezekiel Bread)

juice of 1/2 lemon

generous pinch each of salt, cayenne pepper, and chili flakes

1 TB olive oil

To prepare, slice and scoop out your avocado into a bowl. Then, pour half of your olive oil and lemon juice on top. Mash with a fork until it is chunky, not smooth. Then, add all of the spices and mix with the fork. I like to top my avocado toast with the remainder of the lemon juice and olive oil, plus one more sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Everyone eats theirs different ways, and this is my personal favorite.

Avocado ToastWhat’s your favorite version?