loving lately | 01.13.2017

SO it’s been one of those absolutely insane weeks.

Like crazy insanity.

I don’t even know how it’s Friday already. I mean certain aspects of the days have dragged on, but the week in general flew by. I feel like I’ve done nothing, but I’ve actually been so incredibly busy.

School is back in FULL swing… papers on papers, assignments up the ying & so many mini activities my head seriously cannot keep up. I was in such a groove with blogging and this week I’ve 100% fell off the blog train, but I’m back ( for now! ).

Today seemed like the most perfect day to post about some things that I have been loving lately. I love love doing these posts and I also love reading them, too. Link me your favourites lately!

/ ed sheeran’s newest song:

I admit I’m really the hugest Ed Sheeran fan… I like a lot of his songs for what they are, but I’m not jumping for joy when he releases new music. But his newest release ‘Castle on the Hill‘ is SERIOUSLY up there as one of my favourite songs that have been released in a long time. I love the story that it tells more than anything, but the beat is really good, too. It’s like a sad storytelling song, but also upbeat at the same time. Deffo recommend ++++ also Castle on the Hill > Shape of You, just saying.

/ gap athletic wear:

During December I noticed that the GAP on this side of town was closing, so YOU KNOW I had to hit it up and pick up trick my mom into buying my Christmas presents. I found three workout shirts ( long-sleeve workout tops are my absolute favourite thing to layer under sweaters / with scarves in the winter! ), a t-shirt and a new pair of leggings that I completely fell in love with. GAP has the softest material that they make their athletic wear out of & I’m so obsessed. I’m definitely OK with admitting that over Christmas break, I rotated through my three long-sleeve shirts constantly… because they’re so comfortable.

/ adidas superstars:

I cannot even express to you how much I had lusted over these shoes for like the past year and a half. There were so many times that I was that close to purchasing a pair, but something kept holding me back. I’m 100% sure that my friends, Daniel and my mom were tired of me talking about how much I wanted a pair because I talked about it that much. For Christmas, Daniel completely surprised me and got me a pair of black striped Adidas Superstars and I’ve worn them almost every single day since ( except the really snowy or rainy days ). They’re super comfortable and versatile – I can wear them with leggings and a casual outfit, or I can pair them with a pair of ripped jeans and a tee.

/ freshii [ more specifically buddha’s satay bowl ]:

I used to be a huge fan of Freshii for salads but then I had a bad experience – OMG the salad was actually awful & I hadn’t been back in about a year. Last night I was volunteering at a local craft beer + food event and of course, there was barely anything GF, so I went to the food court at the mall and Freshii basically called out to me. I decided to try one of their bowls and I fell in love. The Buddha’s Satay bowl has rice noodles, broccoli, cabbage, green onions, carrots and crispy wonton pieces ( I don’t eat these & prob should ask for it without, but I hate being a nuisance! ). It’s all cooked in a spicy peanut sauce and it’s the best thing I’ve tasted in a while. I actually had to go back today and get another one and it was even better than last night. I’m hooked.

/ fresh room makeovers:

Last weekend, Daniel and I spent five hours cleaning my room from top to bottom and reorganizing it. I got rid of thirteen bags of clothes, three bags of junk, two bags of paper recycling and a bag of garbage. Seriously my room was a mess and it made me uncomfortable to be in it. I actually think that the clutter and mess was effecting my sleep. I KNOW it was effecting my health because I was always stuffed up and I coughed a lot while I was in my room – I kid you not, it was a mess. I don’t know how it got that bad. I’ve since kept it clean for a whole five days ( this is seriously a miracle, I’m such a messy person I hate it! ) and I’ve bought some new things for my room. I bought a new laundry basket – it’s actually SO cute, and a few decorative pillows. I’m on a mission to find two new lamps and in the summer, when IKEA finally opens around here, I’m going to get a new bedroom set & a bed finally!

/ working on my anxiety:

Journaling, meditation and mindfulness have all become something that are like a second nature to me. I eat, sleep, breathe, journal, meditate and live a mindful life and I’m loving it. I’ve noticed such a HUGE turn in my anxiety – I’m actually able to count days in between panic attacks, instead of just a few hours… Journaling ( and keeping up to date with my planner ) help me to lay everything out in front of me in terms of to-do lists, schedules and feelings / reactions. Meditation has become something that I constantly find myself doing, even when I don’t plan on it. I meditate every single night, without fail, and I meditate a lot in the mornings, too. I also find myself doing it at random times throughout the day when I feel myself becoming overwhelmed or anxious. Mindfulness has been something that I’ve also been incorporating into my life a lot lately & I also love this post I wrote about it late last week.

/ #onechicago:

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but the Chicago series are probably my favourite shows to ever be on tv ( aside from One Tree Hill & early seasons of Criminal Minds ). Chicago PD was the first one I started watching and fell in love immediately. Throughout the first season, Chicago Fire characters were incorporated in a lot, so I started watching Chicago Fire, too, and became obsessed with it as well. After a few seasons of Chicago PD, it was announced that there was a new show joining the Chicago series – Chicago Med & it hasn’t disappointed yet! Chicago Justice is set to begin this year and I’m PUMPED. They are constantly overlapping the shows and characters are in & out of episodes in the ‘wrong’ series all the time and I love the constant connections.

/ coconut oil:

Coconut oil is simply amazing. I’m obsessed. It works for absolutely everything that you could ever imagine. Lately I’ve been using it as a hair mask and a facial moisturizer and I’ve actually seen results in both. My hair is really too long but I’m not ready to cut it yet. I’ve found that it’s made my hair softer and less dead looking ( kind of ). Coconut oil has been working w o n d e r s on my face. I never really had acne while growing up, but as I hit my twenties, it started appearing more and more. Lately, I’ve stopped using every ‘product’ that I used to use and I’ve been using a local soap to wash my face and coconut oil to moisturize twice a day and it’s incredible the results. My scarring has cleared up – it’s not so red – and I haven’t had any breakouts in three weeks!


That’s what I’ve been loving lately.

What have you been loving? Leave me links!

x julieann


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