So this week was exciting because I was interviewed for an Associated Press article about the royal wedding! You can read it here. I’ve also been doing a lot of planning for my royal wedding trip in May (can you believe it’s in 2 months?) and looking into some new places I want to go to research my next book. I bought tickets to Highclere Castle (aka the real Downton Abbey) and I’m not going to lie, I’m freaking out. I can’t wait to share my travels with you!
On with this week’s faves:
Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh
My friend Louise in England posted about this program and since I love a good stately home I had to check it out. The host, Alan Titchmarsh (don’t you love his name?) goes around to beautiful properties in England and has various experts and celebrities joining him to show the history behind them, and tour the areas the public doesn’t usually get to see. I’m working on a novel right now that has to do with a couple renovating a family estate that’s at risk of being turned over to the National Trust, so I can totally watch this and it’s FOR RESEARCH and not just avoiding doing actual work! Huzzah!
I just finished the episode on Stowe, and there’s an excellent one about Hardwick Hall. I read a novel about Bess of Hardwick not too long ago (Venus in Winter by Gillian Bagwell, it’s fantastic Tudor-era historical fiction), so this was a treat for me personally. Next up: Waddesdon Manor!
Nike Free RN Flyknit Sneakers
I needed a new pair of athletic shoes (when I told my husband this he looked at me like I was crazy and said “for what?” and I said “FOR EXERCISING” and he still was like riiiight). Anyway … I wanted to get the black, white, and red pair of New Balance x Sweaty Betty trainers Kate has, but alas I can’t find them anywhere. I saw these black-and-white Nike sneakers on another blog and thought they looked really cute and they had great reviews, so I ordered a pair. They’re super comfy and made from a lightweight knit material, and not too clunky. I hate when sneakers make your feet look huge but these have a nice low profile. They also come in a TON of other colors!
If you buy these, definitely order a half size up. I found out they’re actually made to wear without socks, but if you have really thin no-show socks they work fine. And by the way, I took this picture whilst sitting in my driveway for a good 25 minutes or so because my kid fell asleep in the car and I didn’t want to wake him up. #momlife
Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion
This winter weather has definitely dried out my skin, and although I have a pretty solid skincare routine I’m never opposed to trying something new. As a #fabfitfunpartner I got this Murad skin perfecting lotion in my spring box and at first, I was slightly skeptical. I have sensitive skin and tend to break out easily, so I wasn’t sure how this would go. But since it’s oil-free and says it soothes redness and irritation and minimizes pores, I figured why not give it a go?
Happily, it’s worked out really well! This is one of those rare products where you can see a difference in your skin almost immediately. I had some mild breakouts on the side of my face and after a day or two of using this lotion my skin was so much smoother and brighter. I put the Murad lotion on my face and neck, let it set in for a few minutes while I get ready, and then I use my SPF last (don’t forget your daily sunscreen!! I’ll be doing an entire post on this soon).
The skin perfecting lotion comes with the current Fab Fit Fun box (you can get $10 off your first box using the code BLOOM10 and using this link) or it costs $40 at Nordstrom. The entire Fab Fit Fun box of products is only $39.99 using the code and comes with a clutch, jewelry, and tons of other great stuff, so if you’re going to invest in the lotion it’s definitely a better deal to get the box!
Next week I’m back with spring break picks from Lilly Pulitzer, my favorite royal Instagram accounts, and more Friday Faves. Until then …
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