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.


7 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. wi gular

    You really got a weakness for loafers esp. when it’s on sale.
    I can relate to that! 😉

  3. Joe

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

    1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet Post author

      I bought these at a pop-up shop that was on Larchmont – no longer there!

  4. 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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