Waterlogue. I’m usually against purchasing apps, but I’m obsessed with this particular app and would pay the whopping $2.99 again in a heartbeat. In a nutshell, it takes one of your photos and transforms it into a stunning “watercolor” in a matter of seconds. I love having art in my living space, but seeing the same prints everyday gets old. Because the cost of getting one of these images printed should cost no more than ten bucks, you can regularly switch them out and not feel guilty about it. I can’t wait to get some of these masterpieces printed, as it will be an easy and super affordable way to freshen up my decor.
Spiky plants. I would like to introduce you to the newest members of my plant fam (yes, plants are people, too). Aloe vera plants not only look cool, but also serve a very practical purpose in that they have medicinal properties. Now I’m just awaiting a good, old-fashioned sunburn…in October. Moreover, air plants, more properly known as tillandsia, are fascinating because, aside from being awesome-looking, they have no roots and require infrequent waterings; thus, as the name indicates, they essentially survive off of the air. I simply placed mine onto the sand of my dry terrarium, and I must say, it made for a lovely addition to my dainty desert. Check out my dry terrarium how-to here.
Becoming a CSA member. I’ve had an interest in investing in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share for a while now, but I finally took the plunge about a week ago. What ultimately gave me the push was when a friend and her husband graciously gifted me one of their bi-weekly hauls while they were away over the summer. It was everything I thought it would be and more. Unfortunately, I tend to stick to the same old fruits and veggies when I hit up the produce section at Whole Foods. As such, I love the idea of being forced to incorporate a variety of fresh produce into my diet, as each haul is completely different from the next. I also love the idea of supporting local farms. There are several organizations that offer CSA shares in Philadelphia, but I ultimately went with Greensgrow Farms because they have an amazing reputation and offer winter shares in addition to summer shares. Sign-ups for winter shares are still underway. If you’re interested in becoming a member yourself, you can find more info here. My roomie, Domenica, and I are going to split the share, and we’re super excited for the first pickup on December 6th!
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In plus Keratin. This stuff really and truly is the perfect 10 in the realm of hair products. My mane is wavy and unruly; the strands are thin but there are lots of them, meaning that it becomes easily tangled and therefore extremely difficult to brush, especially when fresh out of the shower. However, thanks to this product, I no longer dread brushing my hair, as it now takes me about five minutes to brush rather than upwards of fifteen (no joke). Additionally, the keratin reduces frizz and significantly reduces the time I spend blow-drying. I was reluctant to try it out for quite some time given its pricetag, but it is totally worth the splurge and then some. Plus, a little goes a long way.
Fall candles. I recently made a batch of pumpkin-soufflé-scented soy candles and they smell divine. If you’re interested in making your own, check out my tutorial here. I used pint-sized mason jars and spruced them up with bakers’ twine, wrapping paper, and a friendly message – “happy fall :)” – stamped in metallic ink.