Friday, May 22, 2015

Fridays Fab Finds: Confession Edition

So lately we've been seeing a lot of articles about how social media distorts people's perception of how their friends live. Like, you see a picture of a smiling family at the beach, but little did you know the kids were hysterically screaming and throwing sand for the half hour prior to that one happy shot. All you think is: Wow, I wish I was at the beach having fun. Look how well-behaved their kids are! Why can't my kid sit still for two seconds and not throw sand in my face? 

When it comes to blogging, it's almost worse, because we sit here like HOW do these women manage to take magazine-style photos, dress their kids in perfectly coordinated designer clothing, cook gourmet meals, read and review five-plus books a month, go on fabulous vacations, work a day job and have a gajillion followers?

Trust us, we're guilty of filtering our lives through Rise and Valencia just like everyone else, but it can definitely make you feel lousy when it seems like everyone else can "do it all" and you're struggling to find time to even go to the bathroom. (More on this in the next Fab Fiction post!)

As you know, we're all about keeping it real, so this Friday, we're bringing you an abbreviated version of Friday Finds ... confession style.

Kristin's Find:

Confession: I'm not the most organized person on the planet. I like organizing IN THEORY, aka going to The Container Store and buying cute products to organize thing into. I'll go on sprees where I color code, print labels and whatnot, but then in a few months it all goes to hell again. My closets are pretty much a disaster and I need an intervention ... or Lori's book (see below).

Anyway, I was looking for a specific necklace today and couldn't find it, so I went into this little three drawer plastic container (again, with the organizing products). I keep a bunch of costume jewelry I don't wear super often in there, and I thought maybe this necklace had been shoved in by accident. Let me also note I don't wear any of these things because they're in said container in a closet. Out of sight, out of mind gets me every time.

Well, while I was searching I pulled out this Towne & Reese Hematite friendship bracelet. Tags still on, still in the packaging. What the F!

I vaguely remember buying it from Zulily a few years ago and I have no idea why I never wore it. I became a fan of Towne & Reese after Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette, when she wore a lot of their pieces. They're definitely more affordable than say, Kendra Scott, and you can find tons of cool, trendy jewelry. Anyway, I'm mildly ashamed I managed to buy something and forget about it for years, but on the bright side, it's the perfect summer bracelet and matches with everything. F yeah for new jewelry without spending any money!

Lori's Find: 

Confession: I haven't read a book (other than an Emily Giffin chick lit book here and there) in oh about 10/15 years. I'm just guesstimating here but I'm definitely not exaggerating. You might recall last week I had a fresh copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing in my possession. The fact that I had an actual book in my hands is an f-ing miracle in and of itself but the fact that I read it (read: skimmed heavily), well I was looking out the window to see if pigs were out there flying. I'm happy to report I filled a thredup clean out bag, two full donation bags and a huge garbage bag of crap that was just sitting in my closet. Reading the book inspired me to try to pare down to the bare minimum and really be honest with myself about what to keep. I actually cheated and didn't follow the author's rules to a T but I wanted to go through at least my closet before our garbage went out today. We are having a spring cleaning day tomorrow and plan to fill even more bags. The tough part will be convincing my husband to part with the 500 t-shirts he has.

To even further blow the lid off this reading drought, I will definitely be hitting a record this year by reading a SECOND book. My co-blogger Kristin is officially a published author. Her premiere book debuts August 18 and she got the first hardcopy the other day. You can read more about her debut novel here. If you'd like to pre-order, you can go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I will actually read this book, so I will have already broken my one book per year max by August!

Want to win a special advance reader copy for yourself? Stay tuned for more news on that next week! Happy Memorial Day weekend!


  1. Hi Kirsten and Lori. Good confession and i bet it felt good to get it off your chest. Congrats on Kirsten on being a published author, will it be available in the UK?

    1. Hi Anna, Thank you! Yes it's available on Amazon UK :)