Things I Can’t Shut Up About

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Now that summer is here (I consider the first day of summer June 1st and refuse to wait until the 20th) I want to be wearing dresses and skirts, and since I’m no longer hiding behind coats and sweaters, I feel the pressure to do stuff like shave my legs, wear makeup, blah blah blah. This is when I start buying things that promise to change my life. There are a lot of things I’ve tried that have been disappointing, but here are some new things I’ve been trying out that have really got me excited.

Also, it’s a long ways away, but I’ll be speaking at The GOOD Festival in Los Angeles on February 3, 2018. Tickets are available now; hope to see you there!

AGL Welted Moc Loafer


AGL Welted Moc Loafer (above) – I was walking through Nordstrom to use the bathroom, minding my own business, when I made a detour for the shoe racks that read “SALE!” Suddenly I find myself throwing off my Birkenstocks, and shoving my feet into every size 8 option on the rack. Before I know it, I fall in love with these loafers, and am paying for them, and I really really really have to pee. But man, no regrets. They are so comfortable, so beautiful, and so on sale right now.

Citizen of Humanity Racer Low Rise Skinny Jeans – What I love about this pair is that they look like a stiff pair of vintage jeans but behave like all the stretchy jeans currently taking over my closet. Still, they’re not too loose – I find most of my denim is going into jegging/yoga clothes territory.

Ripley Rader (below) – I was introduced to Ripley via our mutual friend Diane Mizota. Not only is she an incredible designer, she is the sweetest person. I had just about the greatest fitting ever, trying on everything from jumpsuits to caftans to sequins. The clothes are stunning, comfortable, and (most important) elastic – important for eating!

Shopbop and East Dane are currently having a secret sale through June 16th – an additional 25% off all their sale items by entering the code SCORE17 at checkout.

Ripley Rader Jumpsuit

Neutrogena Acne Mask


Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask (above) – I mean it’s worth it just for the picture alone. I recently started experimenting with retinols, and my skin is not having it. I’ve been breaking out like crazy, and I can’t take it anymore! I’ve been reading a lot about this mask, and essentially every single review is a good one. Basically I put it on for 10 minutes every single day (while listening to my Acting Hypnosis Recordings, I’ve truly gone Hollywood) and have noticed clearer skin. No joke, even though I look like one.

Neutrogena Build-a-Tan Gradual Sunless Tanning – I swear this isn’t an ad for Neutrogena! I’m just a really big fan of their products, apparently. I bought this tube because my aforementioned Birkenstocks have left large tan chunks (they’re beyond lines) on my feet – despite taking the time to wear SPF. The color is natural, and I swear I trick myself into thinking my feet are back to normal – until the formula fades and I see the chunks reappear.

Rimmel Contour Precise Eyeliner – After raving about Rimmel’s Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer, the company contacted me to see if I wanted to try some of their other products. Without a doubt, my favorite are all the liners. This particular one draws the perfect cat eye – it feels luxe and is easy to use.


What Remains of Edith Finch – This video game is unlike any other video game. I don’t really know what to compare it to – except it’s beautiful, artistic, and feels like playing in a dream. It’s not scary (though some parts are creepy) and it’s also pretty short so you won’t waste too much time if you’re not into being attached to a controller.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – We were assigned this book for my acting class homework; I am already a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s from Eat, Pray, Love and found this to be a truly inspiring read. If you are struggling with the creative process, this is a must.

HBO’s The Leftovers – One of my favorite authors is Tom Perrotta and one of my favorite books is The Leftovers. When the show first aired, I was disappointed in the first season. In fact, every episode was a struggle for me, and I announced to Abe that I would not be continuing on with the second one. Luckily, enough time passed that I had a change of heart – because Season 2 (and subsequently 3) are some of the best television I’ve ever seen. The finale was perfect, and I rarely say that.

Wonder Woman – I don’t think I really need to go into why it’s great, because I’m pretty sure you’ve seen it already and loved it too. Just about the best summer blockbuster experience I’ve had in a while.


6 thoughts on “Things I Can’t Shut Up About

  1. Viola

    I was the same about The Leftovers. I started and stopped the first season, oh, maybe three times! Last week, I went ahead and plowed through. It basically was all worth it if it got me to that final scene between the two of them. I was mesmerized.

  2. Joe

    The Leftovers started slow but ended so fantastically it made up for the suffering endured watching the first season.

  3. wi gular

    Tip in buying shoes. Do it in the afternoon or evening because feet tend to be bigger than in the morning.


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