Happy first day of my favorite season, everyone! This Friday Five is coming to you from St. Louis, where I’m visiting my family for a few days. 😀
1. Savannah Bee Mint Julep Lip Balm: Burts Bee’s classic lip balm is my go-to, but recently I decided to give this brand a try after browsing the selection at Whole Foods. I always feel like it’s a bit of a gamble when trying a different lip balm for the first time, but this one is pretty good. It’s not quite as long lasting as Burt’s Bees, but it still gets the job done.
Two years ago I started doing 31 Days of Horror challenge in which I watched one horror movie every day in October. I had so much fun with it that I’m going to do it a third year in a row!
Basically me for the month of October.
Can you believe I received my 20th Stitch Fix this week?! I sure can’t! Prior to this Fix, I reviewed my style profile and made a few tweaks to make sure it best reflected my current preferences, especially since they recently added some premium designers to their offerings! I didn’t receive any pieces by the luxe designers in this Fix, but to be fair, I did check the box in my profile that says “mostly non-Luxe/occasional Luxe item.”
My stack of clothing this month was quite colorful!
1. Atlas Obscura, The Book: I ordered this tome as a gift for my husband and myself. We like weird stuff, and when we travel we enjoy going on ghost tours as well as visiting oddity museums and the like, so I figured this book would be right up our alley. I’ve been aware of the Atlas Obscura website for some time now but hadn’t really looked at it much until last week, after I listened to an older Bizarre States episode that had Dylan Thuras, one of the website’s creators, on as a guest. Also, when I went to the terrarium workshop at The Apollo last week, the book was one of many displayed in the rental office area where the workshop took place. The book suddenly felt like it was calling to me, so I had to order a copy! This book is beautiful, and I can’t wait to dig in and read about “the world’s hidden wonders.”
1. Defend DACA: I know not everyone wants to read about political stuff on a blog that’s rarely about politics, but I can’t go without saying something about the orange dickwad’s call this week to end DACA. 800,000 young people who were brought here illegally by their parents are now at risk of deportation from a country that’s all they’ve known. It’s wrong, pure and simple. Please call your representatives and urge them to support DACA! I used the excellent website 5calls.org, which gives you a script to read and provides the phone numbers for your local representatives.
With the flooding and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey over the past week, I don’t feel right doing a usual Friday Five post. Instead, I’m going to list five things you can do to help people affected by the hurricane.
1. Donate money to a food bank: Houston Food Bank, Galveston Food Bank, Corpus Christi Food Bank, and more will all need help.
2. Donate money to the Harvey relief fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at The Greater Houston Community Foundation.
3. Donate money or send diapers to the Texas Diaper Bank. Diapers can be dropped off at 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas, 78238…or you can order them through the organization’s Amazon wish list and have them shipped there.
4. Donate money to the SPCA of Texas to help the organization help pets that have been affected by the storm. My local animal shelter, Humane Rescue Alliance, is urging people to adopt animals so they can free up room to take in animals that have been displaced. HRA board member Erica May-Scherzer and Washington Nationals All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer are covering all adoption fees through September 3 to help clear space in the shelter! I imagine other shelters around the country are also trying to clear out room so they can help, so if you’ve been considering adopting a pet from a shelter, this might be the right time to do so.
5. Donate money to Global Giving, which has a goal of raising $2 million for Harvey relief. As of this post, they’ve already raised more than $1.8 million! Funds will be used for emergency supplies for immediate relief—food, water, hygiene products, etc.—and for long-term recovery efforts.
NPR and the New York Times have more information on these and other ways to help (and the NYT has tips on how to avoid scams)!
Weird—I thought I had scheduled this post to go up last Friday, but I just now noticed it wasn’t published! (It’s been a crazy week.) Sorry for the delay…here is my Friday Five for August 25. 🙂
I haven’t been out and about much lately because my feet have been really bothering me. I’ve been staying off them as much as possible…which is difficult, but it accounts for my lack of cool DC activities this week. I had some adjustments made to my orthotics yesterday and will rest my feet more, so hopefully I’ll be back in walking shape soon!
1. THIS SUNSET: last week we had a crazy evening thunderstorm, and then the sunset was out of this world.
I can’t believe it’s already more than halfway through August! My Play! by Sephora box arrived this week, with an “Elements of Beauty” periodic table design on the front and back of the brochure. Each box in the table lists an ingredient found in certain beauty products and explains what it’s good for (e.g., “guarana seed extract is best for deep hydration”). Cute…and helpful!
1. Hive: I’ve been wanting to check out this exhibit at the National Building Museum since it opened, and I finally made it there this week! The installation feels like it was constructed to be Instagrammable, but I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. We also checked out the Asylum exhibit (interesting for someone like myself with a background in psychology) and colored Frank Lloyd Wright designs on the wall with Dry Erase markers. Because the NBM isn’t a Smithsonian museum it’s not free, but the $16 adult ticket price is well worth it!
1. Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn: by the end of last week I finally felt recovered enough from SDCC to do a fun DC activity, so I went to see this Ai Weiwei exhibit. The artist created an installation of 176 portraits of political dissidents…made entirely out of Legos. It’s very impressive and definitely worth seeing in person. To learn about each portrait’s subject you can either ask a museum worker or use one of the many touch screens located throughout the exhibit. Because I didn’t bother to explore the rest of the museum after seeing the infinity mirrors there this spring, I made it a point to check out the other floors this time around. It’s not a huge museum, but there’s some pretty cool stuff! I especially liked the sunrise, sunset mural by Nicolas Party.