Nina sang it best…
This week is all about feel-good favorites. No matter what kind of mood I’m in I try to surround myself with things that make me feel…well good. I think no matter who you are or what you do for a living it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of the day. It’s easy to lose touch, feel disconnected, or detached. We get distracted by a bad day, petty arguments, a negative remark, looking over our own shoulders at the perceived competition. Even the pressure and stress sometimes caused by relentlessly pursuing our goals and passions can throw us off balance. Sometimes we forget to take a moment to simply enjoy the moment. We tell ourselves we don’t have time, we push ourselves too hard, and it can drain the life out of us. It’s terrible for the soul.
Enter me—the perpetually anxious perfectionist and reformed people-pleaser currently working to realize her dreams. It’s a dangerous combination. We’ll get into the inner-workings of my fragile and disordered consciousness later. With all this in mind, I try to do something every day that I love, or indulge in something that feels good no matter how big or small. It could be a favorite film or TV show. It could be a enjoying beloved recipe, some comfort food, or a dish your mom used to make. Or it could be something silly…like oh let’s say a foxes’ Instagram account. Whatever it may be I beseech you to seek out what feels good on both the good days and the bad. It’s amazing how far a small moment of happiness can take you.
Here are this week’s favorites…
Juniper the fox has been named The Happiest Fox and I have no doubt that this is the absolute truth. I stumbled upon her Instagram the other day and fell in love with this ridiculously adorable account. She’s amassed quite the following all due to her—what can be described only as a—smiling face. And her interaction with her “unwilling” boyfriend Moose and Australian Shepherd/Malamute mix. Her owners are quick to point out that having a pet fox is not for everyone—they take an incredible amount of work and care—and it’s also not legal in many places. That being said, I’m content to live vicariously though her adventures on Instagram. Every time a post pops up in my feed it brightens my day! Check it out; I dare you to not get the feels!
I’m sure most of you have already indulged in one of Netflix’s finest series, which centered on world-renowned chef’s who have transformed the culinary world. Chef’s Table is documentary series with stunning cinematography wherein each episode dives into the kitchen of a brilliant chef. They recently released their France edition and I have one more episode to go before I can divulge my season favorite. In season one I was captivated by Francis Mallmann and his rustic and traditional means of cooking, against the wild and rugged backdrop of Patagonia. Season two’s Alex Atala struck me with his transformation of traditional Brazilian recipes, often under the lens of French and Italian methods. I’m pretty sure I know who will be my French Favorite, but I’ll have to wait until I see the final episode. This made the list because I get lost in the episodes, some that I have watched multiple times, and nothing makes me feel better than watching artists at work…especially in the kitchen!
One of my favorite accounts to follow on Instagram is @Apartment_Bartender. Besides the fact that he is an all-around great guy, his knack for witty writing paired with stunning photography equates to an inspirational and entertaining follow! Not to mention the obvious, the guy can mix a mean drink. He takes home-bartending to another level and his striking photos make his drinks seem almost tangible. I wish the were… It’s largely due to him that I’ve attempted to step up my own bartending skills. Bourbon is always a feel good favorite to me and the above pictured Fireside Chat is the kind of drink that’s reminiscent of fall and all things languid and cozy. I feel better just looking at it. Check out his blog for this delicious recipe and many more!
Can I include one of my own recipes as a favorite here? I suppose I make all the rules in this space so why not!? My wine roasted tomatoes are a favorite this week in that the smell of them alone has launched them into a new comfort-food favorite zone! I’ll keep this short and sweet; you can read more about this dish in the recipe post here!
I love candles. I mean LOVE candles. I need to constantly have one burning in my home, often something that reflects the season. My obsession once led Simon to comment that it was as if I was literally burning money—to which I had no real reply. He wasn’t wrong, but money set afire doesn’t smell as good as a cinnamon-spiced candle I’d bet. One of my favorites is Paddywax a Nashville-based brand that specializes in hand-poured, fragrance-infused, soy wax blended candles. Part of their Apothecary line (which comes in a vintage-inspired jar) includes the scent Amber and Smoke which is deep and intoxicating. It’s my favorite scent to burn for late-night writing sessions…or you know…always!
This next one is pretty much a favorite any time, any week, month or year. I might lose many of you reading along at this point, but that’s ok. I have no shame in this obsession. Rick Steves. Are you familiar with the man, the myth, the legend? I’ve been watching Rick Steves’ Europe since I was a teenager and it would show up on PBS early mornings as I got ready for school. I don’t exactly know what it is about the man and his travel show I find so damn appealing. Perhaps it’s his mild-mannered tone of voice and genuine delight at all the sights and sounds of Europe. Only Rick Steves could discuss the blood-soaked floor of the Colosseum and the gruesome fights that took place there as thought he were discussing the weather on a beautiful day. Perhaps it’s his love for and over-use of alliteration–a crime I cringe to think I’ve committed once or twice. Perhaps it’s his little quips and jokes peppered throughout the program or the way he saunters about famed historic sites, light overcoat slung over his shoulder, hand in pocket, that charming grin. He’s pretty magical. It’s hard not to feel good when tuning into his tips and tricks for the eager traveler. I have even gone so far as to watch his travel conference videos…I have a serious problem…but I can’t wait to get my hands on one of his branded luggage sets or “Keep on Traveling” Tees! It’s not just him mind you, it’s Europe itself. I haven’t been on a vacation in ages but I take visual/mental trips whenever possible. You can find episodes and clips of his show on YouTube and I can’t tell you how many times Rick has rescued me from a rough day.
Leave me a comment below about anything you’re loving this week! Have a great weekend friends!
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