1. Elbow length sleeves. (Followed closely by three-quarter sleeves.)
This length has always read as classy to me. I always feel a little better-dressed and a little less what do I need to finish off this outfit?, whether I’m wearing nautical stripes or plain navy or coral with a collar.
2. The local decaf.
I adore coffee, but a few years ago my caffeine tolerance vanished overnight. Can I tell you how embarrassing it is for a former coffee snob to have to order the decaf?
If you, like me, were to find yourself needing to abstain from the caffeinated stuff, you would soon discover how demoralizingly few the options are. Most coffee shops have ten varieties of regular and one of decaf. And I love to try new coffees, so the decaf gets old.
That means when I’m on the road, I always try to find some good local decaf—the kind I’m not already drinking every day at home.
This month I was on the road and I got to bring home a new to me Counter Culture Blend and it made me very, very happy.
3. My iPhone wallet.
I had the pleasure of meeting the delightful and charming Emily Lex of Jones Design Company last month, and I noticed that she never went out with a bag. She only had a little wallet that held her phone, her driver’s license, and a few debit cards.
I’ve been halfheartedly looking for one of these for years, but never found something I actually liked at a price I wanted to pay. I assumed Emily’s was expensive (because it looked nice, and she has great taste) and was surprised to hear she found it on Amazon for less than $20.
Emily and I have different iPhone models, so I couldn’t order the exact same thing, but after 5 minutes on Amazon I found this iPhone wallet and I love it. Mine holds six cards (more than I need!) and has a slot for cash. The wallet came with a separate cell phone case with a magnetic backing, which makes it easy to pop the phone in and out of the wallet. (When I want it in the wallet, the magnetic backing holds it there. But if I want to take it out—to take pictures, or take my phone on a run—it pops right out.
I’m extremely happy with my $9.99 purchase, and if I needed any validation I’d found a winner, two friends have seen my new wallet, begged me to text them the link, and ordered it on the spot.
(I’m so glad Emily posted about her wallet. Go check out her post here about the iPhone case that changed her life.)
4. Cheap expensive wine.
I was just at Lucky’s and told the eager-to-help employee that I wanted a full-bodied red for less than $12 a bottle. He pointed me to the $5 display at the front and said, I know it seems too good to be true, but you can’t do better than this right now.
I’ll take that.
I’m a new subscriber to this service and I love it. Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book the love; subscribers pick one from that curated list and get it shipped straight to their door with free shipping. It’s a fun, convenient, and affordable way to discover books you might not find otherwise.
If you’re not interested in any of the selections, you can skip that month. (Although I looked back through their monthly selections for the past year and that wouldn’t have been an issue for me.)
They have a special deal going on this month that’s much better than the one I signed up with: get 50% off a new 3-month subscription with the code APR50. That means you get 3 new hardcovers for $7.50 each, which is pretty darn fantastic.
This a great month to start because the selections are amazing: there are 3 books here I’m considering for inclusion in this year’s Summer Reading Guide, and you know I’m picky!
If you’re not sure what to get, subscribers can order additional titles each month for $9.99 each. (Free shipping is always included.)
6. Liquid smoke.
I’ve been using this copiously lately. $2 a bottle, Cook’s Illustrated-approved.
Whether they’re growing in my yard or bought at Trader Joe’s, these are my favorite. Not pictured: last fall we added pinks and purples to the mix (although we’re still waiting on the yellow ones to bloom, which is strange). Maybe the purists think that riot of color is tacky but I don’t care.
What are YOU loving these days?