Friday Five

1. Beautiful Blooms: last week I went to the U.S. Postal Museum to see the new exhibit of flowering plants on stamps. The exhibit was small but lovely; I especially liked the below concept art for Botanical Congress stamps that were issued in 1969. I liked this set of stamps because they included a lady slipper orchid (upper right)!

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Friday Five

1. Orchid Spectrum: this week I went to the U.S. Botanic Garden orchid exhibit and found my new favorite orchid among tons of amazing specimens. This stunning purple-black orchid is a Vandachostylis Colmarie ‘Carmela’ and I am utterly in love. I posted about my visit (with lots of pics!) over on my orchid blog, bklynorchids.com, so feel free to check them out there!

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Friday Five

1. Black Panther: THIS MOVIE. Everything about it is wonderful. Considering my position of white privilege I’m unqualified to really wade into the discussion, so instead I’ll tell an anecdote. When my husband and I were leaving the movie theater, a little black boy—maybe about four years old—posed in front of the lobby signage for Black Panther. He smiled and crossed his arms over his chest in the Wakanda Forever sign as his mom took photos of him. Then he said “I wanna be like him!” And that, right there, is why this movie needed to be made. This movie is long overdue, but at least it’s here now. Also: THAT CAST, THO. Holy. Shit.

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Friday Five

1. Z Palette: after watching some YouTube videos of beauty bloggers decluttering and depotting their makeup into customizable palettes I decided to try the same. I ordered myself this really fun holographic Z Palette from Amazon and took to depotting my Urban Decay Naked palettes. It. Did. Not. Go. Well. But that’s a story for another day…and at least I have this pretty palette that still has plenty of space for more makeup.

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Friday Five

1. National Archives Museum: on Monday I decided to check out this museum, which has been on my to-do list for quite some time. They don’t allow photography inside, so this pic of the (beautiful) building will have to suffice. I highly recommend visiting this place—inside the rotunda you can view the actual, real-life Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights. They’re wonderful reminders of the things that *actually* make America great.

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Friday Five

1. Dr. Jart+ Bright Rubber Lover Mask: after returning from vacation I wanted to do a face mask that would help brighten my skin, because it doesn’t take much sun to turn my dark spots even darker. So I chose this sheet mask from my Sephora VIB haul, which intrigued me mostly because of the creepy face on the packaging. And I rather liked this mask! I did a brief rundown of the two-step process on my @adventuresherman Instagram. At $12 it’s expensive for a single-use mask, but I’d repurchase if I could get it at a discount again.

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Friday Five

Because I’m not ready to let our vacation go yet, this week’s Friday Five is all Grand Cayman-related!

1. Grand Cayman Souvenirs: I have a shotglass collection, so of course I bought a couple to add to it—one general Cayman Islands, one Hell. And we have a turtle collection so I bought this adorable carved stone turtle from the Cayman Turtle Center.

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Friday Five

Quick note: I’m going on a weeklong vacation soon so I will most likely skip my Friday Five next week.

1. Wormwood: a fascinating, disturbing six-part documentary from famed director Errol Morris about the search for answers after the suspicious death of an Army scientist in the 1950s. The episodes interweave recreations of what may or may not have actually happened, featuring talent such as Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Bob Balaban, Jimmi Simpson, and more. I won’t give too much away here, but the story involves the CIA, MK Ultra, and a government conspiracy. Curiosity piqued yet?

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Friday Five

1. Manhattan Skyline: my husband I went to Brooklyn earlier this week to attend a belated holiday party and we stayed at a hotel in Williamsburg. Because we were so close to the East River, I strolled over to Bushwick Inlet Park to take in the skyline across the river—a view that just never gets old.

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First Friday Five of 2018

Happy New Year, everyone! This is a big year for me: I turn 40 in June, and my fifth wedding anniversary is in July. Plus, I’ll be attending my tenth consecutive San Diego Comic-Con. I’m sending out good vibes for a more positive year—not just for me, but for everyone on the planet!

1. Pitch Perfect 3: my husband and I went to see this movie last weekend—the first time I’ve seen a Pitch Perfect in the theater! Not surprisingly, it wasn’t as good as the first two, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it and bought the soundtrack from iTunes the next day. I can’t get enough of these a cappella ladies!

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