It has been a long time since I've last done a '5 Favorite Things'. I've got so, so many things to share but for right now, I'll be sharing some of my favorites that may or may not have sustained me and Jesse during this quarantine. All of which I like to claim as silver linings from 'the Rona'. Take a look, explore some new things, enjoy and continue staying safe! Without further adieu,
1. Freshly baked artisan bread
This should come as no surprise because it was one the trendiest Corona-fied things. Needless to say, I definitely jumped on the bread bandwagon and I ain't mad about it. Please direct yourselves to this incredible recipe by Sally. Note: I only let my bread rise for 1-2 hours before baking because I'm impatient, and it came out crispy on the outside, soft and light on the inside every single time. It's so ridiculously good and super easy to make.
2. Trevor Noah's Born a Crime
This is his memoir and it speaks to his experiences growing up in South Africa as a biracial kid. I read it as an eye-opening, hilarious, tear-jerking love letter to his incredible, badass of a mother. I couldn't stop feeling with him and gaining these tid-bits of wisdom as I devoured the book. I couldn't put it down but wanted to take my time so I could savor it as long as possible. I highly recommend it grabbing it on Amazon and giving it a read.
3. Walking in the middle of empty street
It's a humbling experience to be able to walk in the middle of the streets, paying absolutely no regard to traffic on the road - because, what traffic? The stillness and quiet on the streets is partly eery, partly majestic. It stirs up my desire for our old way of life but also gives me a sense of gratitude for the moment we are living in. How rare it is to have the city to ourselves.
4. Illustrator: Morgan Harper Nichols
She's a fantastic artist that I stumbled across on Instagram. Her work is so beautiful and alive, positive, poetic and just encouraging. You can find her prints and other hand-made goodies on her website here!
artwork by Morgan Harper Nichols
5. Athleisure Wear: JoyLab Sherpa Pullover
Dear God, this is my favorite clothing purchase of the year. I'm never not lounging in it. When I do take it off on occasion to shower, then I find that it has made it's way onto Jesse's body. It's plush, warm, cozy and cute. It is the perfect addition to my athleisure wardrobe. Run to Target to purchase if it's not too late.
*Also, messy hair don't care.
And that's all on this week's 5 favorites! I hope you enjoy some of these things too. Check back in later for some of favorite Vienna architecture porn. That will drop later this week or go virtually explore Barcelona, what else do you have to do?