Five Friday Favorites

TGIF everyone! Today I’m linking up with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for their fun new link-up: 5 on Friday! I’m all about a good list post, and I think this is just a really great way to wrap up the week. I know I shared some of my favorite beauty products earlier this week, but here are a few other things that I am loving lately!
What I’m Reading: Sarah Jio’s Books
I go through phases with reading. I’ll read a few books and then get busy and not read for awhile, but summer is the perfect time to get back in the swing of things as I love having a good book to lose myself in when I’m out on the beach. I know a lot of bloggers have talked about Sarah Jio’s books, and so I downloaded her popular novel, The Violets of March, on my Kindle awhile back but never got around to reading it. Earlier this month, I started it on a Saturday and finished it in less than 24 hours which I honestly NEVER do with books. I was really captivated by the story and although some parts were a little cheesy, overall, it was just a really fun, quick read. I just downloaded The Bungalow and am really enjoying it so far! I’ve also heard great things about her book Blackberry Winter and she just came out with a new book, The Last Camellia as well. I’m typically not a huge fan of chick lit, but her books are really the perfect beach reads because they’re full of mystery, history, and romance–definitely check them out this summer!

What I’m Wearing: Sanuk Yoga Mat Flip Flops
I bought these on a whim the other day at REI and while they’re not super cute, oh my gosh are they comfortable! The sole is made out of yoga mat material and they are just so cushy and soft. They’re perfect for Tahoe, and they’re the kind of flip flops you can wear for an extended period of time because they are so supportive. I bought them in brown, and I’m almost tempted to get another color! 
What I’m Watching: Make Up Tutorials
Ok, this is totally random but lately I’ve become addicted to watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. I don’t know if it’s because I work from home and pretty much never wear makeup anymore during the week, but they are just so entertaining to me. Granted, a lot of the looks in the makeup tutorials I watch are a little intense for my taste, but I love how talented makeup artists can put together so many different looks. 
My current favorite channel? Jaclyn Hill
I actually discovered her through Instagram and I love watching her videos. I just think she is so adorable and I kind of want to be friends with her in real life. She posts new videos all the time, and the video above is one of my favorites that she posted recently!

What I’m Loving: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
Because Cameron and I are going to be making multiple cross-country trips this summer (and that shiz adds up), we kept it pretty low-key with the anniversary presents this year (aka we got each other cards). However, one thing that we did purchase as sort of an anniversary present to each other was this lens for our Canon DSLR. I am absolutely in love so far! It’s such a versatile lens that’s perfect for both portraits and close-up shots (aka food photos!), definitely a great purchase!

What I’m Looking Forward To: Spending the weekend in Charleston with my family and celebrating my friend Katie’s wedding tomorrow!
(The photo above was from last summer–it was the last time all 4 of us were together!)

 Have a fabulous weekend everyone! Xoxo


  1. June 14, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    Have and love that lens! It's so perfect! And I'm TOTALLY checking out those book recommendations. Since I read on the train each day, I go through books REALLY quickly.

  2. June 14, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    I was just needing a new beach read and am excited for Sara Jio, I've never heard of her! My 50mm is one of my fave lenses! You will love it!

  3. June 14, 2013 / 8:48 pm

    Jane, I am SO OBSESSED with makeup Youtube channels. Like I spend a sick amount of time watching my favorite ones. I always watch Jaclyn Hill, and also: melmphs (LOVE HER!), thatgirlshaexo (LOVE HER!), leighannsays, and mrslolalynn. I watch some others but those are the ones I NEVER MISS. Go check them out, and let me know if there are other channels I need to be watching! I also watch shadesofkassie pretty religiously. 🙂

  4. June 19, 2013 / 8:58 pm

    I had those exact flipflops with the black straps and they are so comfy! Too bad my puppy got a hold of them and chewed them up, I gotta invest in a new pair!

  5. January 3, 2014 / 11:05 pm

    I haven't heard of Sarah Jio yet but will have to check out her books for sure! Thanks for sharing:) And a 50mm will be one of the best investments you make in addition to your camera. One of my favorite lenses for sure!


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