the 9 things on my 2017 * WISHLIST * + 2 holiday facts.

These are the special things I’ve got my eye on outside my full gift guide which you can find here. Below is my personal wish list. I love minimalism so I have few things but quality things, therefore I have a constant wish list in my phone of things I’m saving for. Then every so often I’ll buy something on the list. When I do it feels special and exciting. If it’s an experience I’ll really enjoy it and if it’s a physical item I’ll likely keep it for a long time. I figured this time of year would be a good time to share that list.

Here’s what I currently have my eye on…


1. The Weighted Gravity Blanket– I’ve been hearing about this for a while. It seems like something that would be perfect for anyone who is chronically cold (me) and likes to be hugged (everyone?). I’ve never tired one but I’m assuming I’d like it but also wouldn’t want to carry the box up my stairs… have you tried it?

2. Wax & Oil Candle– My friend Dree sent me a care-package a couple months ago. It had all the best things in it, including this Wax & Oil vanilla candle. I adore the smell and what I like even more is how portable the candle is. I’ve adapted a new morning ritual based on something Dree told me about on her episode of my podcast a couple months ago where she shared this book with me called The Lotus & The Lily. I haven’t started yet but what Dree explained is that the book is basically a 30 day inner quest with exercises for going inward and each morning (regardless of where we are) we light this candle, drink a warm drink, read the short passage , and do the journaling exercise. It’s a beautiful way to start the day and while any candle would obviously work for this I love how portable this one is with it’s cap and that is is natural, soy based, and smells like fresh baked cookies.

3. The Jesse Kamm Ranger & Sailor Pants– I’ve been hearing a lot about these pants for the last year and seeing them all over NYC. Past podcast guest Christine first told me about them (I adore her style) and this YouTube channel I enjoy Dearly Bethany did a review on them that told me everything I needed to know. They are real pricey so I want to make sure I find the perfect fit so I can have them forever so I’m going to try to make it to a store in NYC that carries them so I can try them on. I’m also going to try on Everlane’s version of this style pant because my friend (& photographer) Abbey was wearing them when she was in New York and raved about them. Unfortunately, the color I’m after is out of stock until February but I’m hoping to swing by the first Everlane store that just opened in NYC.

4. Any & Everything from Cap Beauty this is my favorite natural beauty store in New York City’s West Village. I adore going into Cap and even treated myself to a facial there a few months ago which was a delight! I also love Credo Beauty which is another natural beauty store I discovered this summer while living in Williamsburg, they have a location in Brooklyn and Manhattan. They sell some of my favorite lines including, RMS Beauty, show sponsor and genuine fav Juice Beauty, and so much more!

5. Nu Evolution Plum Lipgoss– This is one of the items on this list I actually do own, I’m just running low on it. I can’t say enough about this lip color. I left it in Nick’s pocket after a wedding we attended this fall and was without if for about a month and actually missed it, no other lip product compares. Listen, I never even wore lipgloss that was pigmented before this summer when I wandered into Credo asking for a lipgloss that worked like a chap stick nourishing my lips. I wanted something that wouldn’t feel sticky or make my hair stick to it,  I wanted it to smell good,  and lastly I wanted a color that worked well for me. This lipgloss hits all of those requirements while being organic, cruelty-free, and leaves my lips feeling nourished (not dry), stays on for a long time, fades well, and smells like vanilla.  I love the shade “plum” for me but may try another color soon too.

6. Facial at Face Gym NYC– Speaking of fancy facials in NYC, I’m dying to try Face Gym. It’s not really a facial it’s a face workout and looks so interesting. According to their website it is non-invasive, zero-risk facelifting. Apparently, “their original non-invasive face workout visibly tones and tightens your face muscles leaving you looking fresh, glowing, and lifted.” …I think it sounds pretty fun to try! Have you done it? 

7. A New Backpack– My current backpack as been with me for years. We’ve traveled all across the country together on my book tour, back and forth to Hawaii twice, and moved to NYC from Michigan. I’ve spilled leftovers in it, I’ve dropped it on busy subway floors, and I’ve stuffed it full with podcasting equipment shlepping all over the city. Needless to say, it is time for an upgrade. I’m thinking this one might be the ideal fit for a new laptop backpack. Anyone have this backpack? I’d love your thoughts on it. Which color do you like best?

8. A Sleep Shirt– I feel like PJs are the best gift. Buying clothes for someone is always a bold choice and risky but a sleeping outfit seems like a much easier thing to pick out for another person, plus at the holidays store tend to have such cute novelty sleepwear. I especially like this from J.Crew & this from Madewell & also this set (but I’m sure they’ll be half off by the first of the year…)

9. SHHHOWER Cap– It’s no secret by now to everyone I know and most of the internet that I only wash my hair about twice a month. Therefore, you’ll be happy to know I often shower while trying to keep my hair dry. I’ve been using plastic hotel shower caps with yoga headbands hoping for the best, but recently I discovered the SHHHOWER Cap which is SUCH an upgrade. It not only looks like a fashionable turban, it does a fantastic job at actually keeping my hair dry. I love them so much I reached out and got us a discount so we can get one for 10% off : use the code KATIE.

two more non-gifts related holiday things….
–I would like ever space I step into until December 25th to smell like this or this.
Serendipity is my favorite Christmas movie & I watch it every year at this time. Related, Cool Yule is my favorite holiday song.
–If you also love Serendipity you will likely enjoy this . …although I already knew most everything on the list because I’ve watched the directors notes on the dvd multiple times and I think about #15 on that list all the time!  & this was also a delight.
Here is my full gift guide + A Cup of Jo does gift guides better than anyone on the internet.  

meandering things making me happy.

I’ve done a Monthly Meanderings for a real long time. It’s a way for me to be your internet tour guide show you all the things I’ve read / heard / watched recently. Until next time keep in touch on Facebook & Instagram or maybe explore the archive of my podcast or read my book.

 

-Listening to this made me really happy. Half way through I started it over just because I didn’t want it to be over. Just hearing his voice instantly calms me.

Things specifically I gleaned from it: 

“I try to orient my life in a spiritual context.”  

The concept of résumé virtues vs. eulogy virtues – trying to focus more on eulogy virtues rather than the résumé ones. 

-Meditation gets you back to the eulogy virtues because the ego is a bully that is going to lead you to the résumé ones. You know it’s the ego if it is loud, all about yourself and not extending beyond your own gratification in any specific moment. 

-Heard from the person above that this musical is supposed to be really great. Have you seen it?

-Josh’s latest Museletter. I loved every word as per usual. Sign up. Trust.

-Carrie Fisher seemed way cool. Although I’ll admit I really only realized this after her death. But I loved this Fresh Air tribute episode with her, and this quote she said toward the end really stuck with me. Terry asked her about consequences to over-sharing and this was her flawless answer which haunts me and I agree with fully:

“oh I do over-share and I sometimes marvel that I do it. But it’s my way of trying to understand myself. I don’t know I get it out of my head. It creates community when you talk about private things and you can find other people that have the same things, otherwise I felt very lonely with the issues I had but when I shared about it I found others had them too.” 

-My mom got me this inspiring little book for Christmas and I think it’s really cool.

-A very good article.

-I’ve happily been seeing quite a few movies lately and actually highly recommend all of them…

  • If you haven’t yet seen Moonlight you must. Run, don’t walk.
  • I really enjoyed LaLaLand and listening to the soundtrack when I’m in the mood is the gift that keeps on giving.
  • Just saw Jackie and thought it was so well done and captivating to see these historical events from her perspective. As someone who love and is fascinated by both history and the Kennedys I was super excited to see it.
  • I heard Manchester By The Sea was amazing and I’ve listened to enough interviews about it that I really want to see that one too now…  Have you seen the writer Kenny Lonergan’s early film You Can Count On Me? I want to watch that one soon too.

-I enjoyed this conversation of Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams as well.

-Speaking of conversation between women. I loved this one with this two.

-All 28 days of your cycle in 2 minutes.

-If you’re a RentHead like me you might like this. If you’re not, you’ll think it’s entirely cheesy.

-My 2016 gift guide in case you missed it and wanted to see it; or need to last minute buy for someone who unexpectedly bought for you and you didn’t know the two of you were on that level where you were exchanging…

timely quote:

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” -T.S. Eliot

gifs via Libby Vanderploeg 

NEW Month Meanderings

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welcome back.

I’ve done a Monthly Meanderings for a real long time. It’s a way for me to be your internet tour guide show you all the things I’ve read / heard / watched recently. Until next time keep in touch on Facebook & Instagram or maybe explore the archive of my podcast or read my book.

-Some election stand-up I really liked.

-She seems really cool & I liked reading this about embracing your flaws.

-A podcast I was on this month.

This makes me so happy. As someone who grew up listening to the Rent soundtrack and memorizing it when I was young, it makes me so happy to see talented performers from my generation who grew up with it too reviving it for the 20th anniversary of the show.

-Chill out to the sound of Wikipedia?

-I love her. & this entire yearbook is real cool.

-The most helpful thing I listened to about politics recently.

-Can’t wait to be back in LA in a couple weeks and go back here to eat. YUM.

-Navigating racial awkwardness 

happy things. 

-If you liked Stranger Things as much as I did… (trust me as I was surprised as anyone that I’d like a show about a monster as much as I did, but it was really a show about people so check it out) but if you watched it you MUST also watch the kids of Stranger Things on Fallon. This made me really happy.

-My friend and friend of the podcast Dr. Joy Jacobs made an online course for parents about how to identify red flags for eating disorders in your children. Please share with anyone you think it would help… thanks.

Love this on ideas and creativity. You catch ideas you don’t make them.

-Really excited about this TV adaptation. 

-Looking forward to listening to this too.

-This episode 09 of the new podcast I found called ‘Meditations in the City’ with Elizabeth Reid is a must listen for anyone who like me, struggles to actually FEEL feelings in our bodies rather than just think them in our minds which is something my therapist pointed out to me recently that I’ve been trying to become more cognizant of. I like this podcast in general, this week’s guest on

-This article from Ann Friedman about peer mentoring was great. “… it’s hard to seek help in solving your problems when you’re pretending you don’t have any.”

-I really like everything about this.

-A lot of great quotes in this essay.

 

MONTHLY MEANDERINGS. WHAT I’M READING // HEARING // AND WATCHING

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welcome back.

I’ve done a Monthly Meanderings for a real long time. It’s a way for me to be your internet tour guide show you all the things I’ve read / heard / watched recently. Until next time keep in touch on Facebook & Instagram or maybe explore the archive of my podcast or read my book.

 

 

 

// to read

-I always ask people about their morning routines because I think it’s nosey, fascinating, and inspiring. This website takes that question to the next level. I could get lost on here forever.

-I’ve probably shared this before but I don’t care, love this. 

-This study was impactful for me healing my eating disorder. It’s crazy the stuff we do to our bodies under the veil of dieting that is worse/ more restrictive than what the men in this medical study had to do. Past podcast guest Kelsey does such a great job summarizing the findings of the study which perhaps the most important study on the mental, physical, and social effects of food restriction.

-Another really important article where past podcast Guest Kelsey Miller interviews fellow past guest on my podcast Melissa A. Fabello. They talk about thin privilege and it is a must read.

-I really love that Elle Fanning likes REALgirl Empowerment Programs as much as I do. 

-How awkward are you? this quiz will tell you…

Bodies are not resumes. 

-For local people how cool is this Flower Week my friend Lisa is doing, let’s all go.

-Totally into this trend. I want to host these here. Will you come?

-One of my favorite people and thrilled to say soon-to-be podcast guest (it’s already recorded just waiting to release what I have already recorded in order), Josh Radnor now has a stellar newsletter which he’s calling his ‘Museletter’ and whenever it pops into my inbox (monthlish) it’s a good day. Get on it here. 

to listen //

-I was on Shawn and Jade’s podcast The Model Health Show last week, listen here. 

-I was also on my friend Meg’s show The Nourished Podcast, listen to that one here.

-My episode of the Wilder Podcast… for sure one of the best conversations I’ve had in a while. so fun.

-This wasn’t me on this episode but I especially loved the most recent episode of Jess Murnane’s One Part Podcast this week.

-Especially loved this week’s episode of Alexi’s podcast with Aya Cash too.

-My favorite human Tavi was on Anna Faris’s podcast this week.  aka highlight of my week.

-Are you listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast? Just making sure because it’s amazing and you should be.

-This week actor and director John Krasinski was on Fresh Air and it was one of my other favorite things I listened to this week. He seems like such a smart, humble, kind man. I look forward to seeing his new movie he was promoting too, looks fantastic.

-Not a podcast…the three seconds of my day where I’m not listening or recording podcasts I’m listening to music. Here’s the fall playlist I’m starting, not sure how great it is today but it will evolve if you want to follow.

// to watch

-I’m loving this series on British Vogue by Camille Rowe about wellness and health so much.

-My Columbus vlog if you haven’t already seen it. & Traverse City too.

-Okay wow I so love Laura Miller and her new series, ‘Talking in Circles’ is the coolest thing I’ve seen on the internet in …maybe ever.

-Sharing this funny video because I loved this movie and because if you watch until the end you’ll see the other reason…

-Writing a song in 20 minutes can be done.

-Did you love Curious George as much as I did as a kid? Of course you did. Support this cool doc about the creation of it.

-Three movies I loved and highly recommend this summer: Captain Fantastic, Tallulah, and Don’t Think Twice (Tallulah is streaming on Netflix, the other two are in theaters now)

 

 

NEW WEEK. NEW MONTH. NEW MEANDERINGS.

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New week. New month. New meanderings post + my latest vlog (my friend Jess & I hate that word, what could we call them…) episode. I’ve done a Monthly Meanderings monthly for-basically-ever. It’s a way for my to share links to things I’ve found around the internet enjoy exploring the below with me as your internet tour guide. Until next time keep in touch on Facebook & Instagram or maybe explore the archive of my podcast or read my book.

UPCOMING.

-Toronto this weekend LIVE podcast recording with my friends Nikky & Davida. Get your tickets here.

-My friend Holly & I are doing a fun event in Detroit the following weekend. RSVP here. 

EATING. 

-Craving PB & J now after seeing these.

-These muffins look real good.

READING. 

-How pretty is this wedding?

Do you say like and um? 

Pools I wish were mine, no never mind that seems like a lot of work. Scratch that, what I mean is pools I’d like to hang out by sometimes.

-Amazing points in this article by Jennifer Anniston. It’s a must read. So many great body positive points.

-If you’re a Rent-Head you’ll love this oral history, if you’re not you’ll become one when you read it or be really bored and stop. + this for deep Rent heads…if you haven’t already watched this.

-Be your own soulmate comic. 

Which Iconic Chair Are You?

LISTENING.

-Loved Dallas Clayton on Alexi’s podcast this week. 

-Super happy Jess Murnane’s podcast is back! & loved this week’s episode. 

-I was on my friend Andrea Owen’s podcast this week. 

-I had Dr. Linda Bacon on my podcast two weeks ago and I think it is really important one to listen to.

-& last week I had comedian Beth Stelling on & I loved our conversation. & one more of mine I want to call out, Galia Barkol’s episode was my fav of the new season so far.

WEARING.

-I can’t stop wearing this dress…I have it in both colors.
-Might buy this one next. Thoughts?

Newest coolest clothing brand out there. 

WATCHING.

Important topic and she is so articulate speaking out her experience with it.

Movies I’ve seen recently or want to see soon::
Captain Fantastic.
Don’t Think Twice
The Fundamentals of Caring  (watched this on Netflix the other night, really enjoyed it.)
James White