August Favorites

1. I’ve sung my praises about the Runtastic Running app before and I have recently started using a ‘sister-app’, which is called Runtastic Results. It’s an app that customizes a strength training plan around your fitness level, which you can then use in conjunction with your running training. So far, I am pretty happy with it.

2. I’ve been drinking (watered down) Powerade before, during, and after my workouts, but have really come to love Nuun hydration tablets. They come in different flavors (which one is your favorite?) and have very little calories. It’s a much better option than Powerade.

3. I scored this The Sak Iris Crossbody Bag at Ross for 50% off the sales price a couple of months ago. I win. You must know, I am not big into handbags  (as in, I use them, but I don’t have a wide variety and switch them out all the time), but you can never go wrong with a medium-sized black crossbody bag, am I right?

4. Mascara is one of my very few ‘must-have’ makeup items (what’s yours?), so I am always on the hunt. I saw this one recommended over and over and while I still love the mascara I recommended in one of my previous Favorites posts, I also really loved this one this month, too: the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise. I snatched it on sale (I usually try to use up makeup before I replace it) and I am pleasantly surprised. I am a fan of the brush, it’s not as finicky as the Covergirl one.

5. I have a slight obsession with coffee mugs and one of my favorites right now is this mug from Rae Dunn Clay, which I currently use for my morning cup-of-joe at the office. Do you have a favorite mug?  

6. I’ve mentioned earlier this months that I’ve discovered Farro at Trader Joe’s and that I completely fell in love with its taste and texture and versatility as a substitute for rice or as a whole grain base for bowl dishes. It cooks in 10 minutes and can be prepared in advance (and stored in the fridge). 

  1. That coffee mug is the one I got from you for Secret Santa Mug Swap ( which I hope you’ll organize again this year!) Funny story, my guy has totally co-opted that mug as his favorite for weekend coffee :)

    1. Yes! I had just gotten mine a little before then and loved it so much that I got one for the mug swap!! ;) I am so happy to hear you (and Q!!) love it :)

  2. I bought the same mascara after reading a review of it on Refinery 29. I don’t love it, but it’s pretty good – & I’ve discovered that I like it more if I use it as a base under my Maybelline Colossal Big Shot mascara. Perfect combo!

    1. So, you’d suggest I get the Maybelline Colossal Shot mascara, too? :P

  3. I’m always looking for a good mascara, I’ll have to check that one out! I love that bag you scored the deal on, you are right, a medium sized black bag is a closet staple!

    1. Let me know how you like it :)

  4. I will have to check out that mascara as I don’t really have brand that I love. I am using a Maybelline one now and I just don’t love it, mostly because it gets clumpy really easily. Mascara is definitely one of my go to products.

    That cross-body bag is cute and is so versatile since it goes with so much. I love cross body bags. I am not a handbag person either. I have a bigger brown over-the-shoulder bag that I use. I like it because it can hold a lot of stuff so is perfect for traveling. I usually use a bag until it’s really worn out and then I replace it. I will use a smaller clutch when we go to a wedding or formal event but that’s the extent of the bag swapping that happens in my world!

    1. Yeah, I haven’t had much of a clumpiness problem with this mascara, that’s why I like it. Hope it might be a good option for you too :)

      Seems like we’re on the same page about handbags. I have a bigger brown over-the-shoulder handbag too that I use sometimes, but if I just have to have a purse for a day out in SF or so (LOL), I love the cross-body bag.

  5. Ahhh thanks for sharing your favorites!! I’m going to look for those tablets next time I’m in the health food store–I remember something very similar when I visited Germany many moons ago. They were dissolvable in water and I believe they had nutritional benefits but I am blanking on everything now. Anyway, the packaging looks similar :)

    Also! Love that crossbody! A versatile bag is always great to have — and yay for a good sale!

    Going to check out the Farro next time I’m in Trader Joe’s. I’ve seen it, but never tried it before!

    1. Yes, we do have these drink-tablets in Germany too… they were very popular for a while (and you can get them as magnesium-tablets, and such!). I love them and they’re low-calorie!

      I am curious to hear what you think about the farro!

  6. I go back and forth with mascaras depending on how much of an eye impact I want to make! LOL. Also my mug collection is getting out of control… but I want that one!

    1. I am glad I am not the only one with a mug collection :)

  7. I’m not much of a runner but I do have an affinity for coffee mugs and mascara!! Will check it out!

    1. Yay! Hope you love it as much as I do.

  8. I have a few favorite coffee mugs and try to save them for the weekends when I feel like I can really sit and relax and enjoy my coffee!

    1. Oh yeah, I have a couple more favorite coffee mugs at home that I use on the weekends… doesn’t coffee taste THAT much better out of a pretty mug? ;)

  9. Oh, I love crossbody bags. Those are some of my favorites because I don’t like carrying bags around if I’m going to be moving around a lot.

    I LOVE mugs, and I don’t drink coffee. I just think they are fun.


    1. Do you drink tea? :)

      1. I do not. I’m one of those weird people that don’t like warm drinks. LOL

  10. I need to try this mascara. Im a mascara and lip gloss kinda gal. And I have a growing collection of mug. Most are snarky and sarcastic though LOL

    1. Uh, I love snarky and sarcastic mugs… I don’t have too many of those, though.

  11. I’m always on the hunt for a good mascara. I use Roller Lash from Benefit because I got it in an Ipsy bag one month. It’s great because it’s not as thick as others so it goes on really well, but it’s not always as bold as I want. But anything bold I buy ends up looking thick/clumpy.

  12. Cheers for being a mascara girl! If I wear nothing else, I almost always wear mascara. That and chapstick, and I feel ready to go.

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