Friday Favorites: Trader Joes, Target and Books

Anyone else feel this week flew by? For whatever reason I woke up today going, "Whoa, it's time for Friday Favorites already?" I feel like it should barely be Wednesday, but I guess that's what happens when you have an early week, or maybe it's the fact that it's been such a hot spring week. I actually worked a couple of days this week (woohoo!) both babysitting and orientation at my new official job. Those days left me pretty tired so I'd go to sleep or just veg out in front of the TV.  These were my favorites that helped me get through the week.

Favorite Podcast:

Don't judge me, but I just started listening to

Serial

! I know it created a lot of buzz last year and that pretty much everyone (except me lol) already listened to it. I'd actually downloaded it a month ago, but finally had the opportunity to listen to it this week on my way to work, since the traffic heading there was atrocious enough that I could get through at least one full episode during my transit. I'm loving it and really it's no surprise 'cause I LOVE crime investigative journalism. Its also got me looking into crime shows/books.

Favorite Treat:

OMG these cookies are EVERYTHING! Ok so last Saturday I discovered these little delicious gems when I was babysitting. I was craving something sweet and well these hit the spot. They were so good, I ended up heading to Trader Joe's (seriously, they have the best stuff) and buying 2 boxes (yes 2). I ate the first box almost entirely by myself, but shared the second box with James (I left it at his house because of what happened to box #1 LOL). Basically is butter cookies with speculoos in between which is just devilish addictive genius! Don't say I didn't warn you.

Favorite Read: 

Lately, I've really been great at making time for reading. I started reading An Abundance of Katherines by John Green while babysitting, but on Monday I finished the book by relaxing at Starbucks (how awesome is that barista's handwriting). For whatever reason, I was very wiped out at Monday, so instead of working on my blog, I sat down and read. Mind you, I had already been working on blog stuff earlier, so this was some nice "me time."

Favorite Target Finds:

Target is the other place that always has the best things! I needed to go buy some organization items, but like most people, I always happen to come across the stuff I don't need, but end up wanting badly, at Target. So for some reason I found myself in the stationary and found the cute breakfast food thank you (?) cards and the cute silver polaroid camera piggy bank! Both are totally me and the piggy bank made me want to re-do/decorate my room.

Favorite Quote: 

Every time you open the GoodReads app, a quote will appear as it loads your feed. I really loved this one since it basically says that no one can steal your thunder or what makes you unique. People can try to tear you down, but no matter what you can shine. It just seems perfect on those days when you're having a hard time believing in yourself.

So what are your Friday Favorites this week? Please share them with me and let me know how your week was. I hope you enjoyed my favorites and also, I will be posting my March Favorites on my

beauty channel

soon, so look out for it :)

Love, 

Astrid

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites for the week of March 16th

I hope everyone had a great week. Mine was pretty good if not busy. For one, I drove my mom to a couple of interviews since she's gotten the OK to go back to work after a year on disability. Yes she could have driven herself, but if you live in L.A. then you know parking can get crazy so by me driving her, it was one less thing to worry about. Plus, I didn't really have anything to do and I was able to get some work done while I waited. It was definitely a productive week. That being said, let's get to this week's Friday Favorites.

Favorite Song:

So happy that Mumford & Sons have released a new song! I'm a huge fan of theirs and while "Believe" does have a slightly different sound then their previous work, I can't stop singing it!

Favorite Quote:

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Lululemon Blog

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Talking about believing, I love this quote that I found on Pinterest, but that was originally posted on the Lululemon Blog. The best way to love ourselves is to believe in ourselves. It is both freeing and reassuring. Plus if we don't believe in ourselves, who will?

Favorite Read:

This week I finally opened the March pick for the

Girly Book Club

I'm a part of (that is the official name of the club). This month we are reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (loved her books in HS) and I'm loving it. Its basically about 4 cousins/friends who spend each summer on their family's private Island. However, although they form part of a perfect family, they soon discover just how many lies are among them. I've had this on my list for a while and for the first time in a while, I've found myself staying up late reading. Loving this book and maybe will even do a review on it :)

Favorite Scent:

Yes I still have holiday candles! I stocked up on them because they are my favorite and this week I've been burning Hot Buttered Rum! It smells so good and makes me feel all cozy. Plus it has hints of vanilla and caramel. I am thinking of stocking up on some current seasonal candles though, so let me know your favorites in the comments.

Favorite Product:

This "natural eye" Aqua Shadow Duo from MakeUp Forever is perfection! it comes with this little instruction card and I love the results. What I love about it is that it's simple, gives a natural look that I can wear anywhere (even work) and you can easily toss it into your bag! I actually received this from Dirtsa like a year ago, but just started using it this week and the look is so pretty, I'm obsessed!

Favorite Picture:

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Muffy Takes Manhattan Tumblr

}

My final favorite for the week is this picture I found on

Tumblr

. I love roses and well this picture is a nice reminder that SPRING IS HERE! Which reminds me, I wrote a post to start of Spring with a fresh mind. You can read it

here

.

I hope everyone enjoyed their week and that you loved my favorites. Also, I was finally able to upload my

February Favorites on YouTube

. I wish you all a great weekend and don't forget to share your favorites from the week.

Love,

Astrid

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites AstridStars

Apologies for not posting a Friday Favorites last week. To make it up though, I'm combining last week's favorites with this week's. These past two weeks I've been all about positivity and good vibes. I've also started my spring cleaning and have been spending time with loved ones. Anyway, on to the favorites!

Favorite Dessert:

Aroma Cafe, AstridStars, Friday Favorites

{Source: Me}

This bread pudding from Aroma Cafe (in Studio City) is the bomb dot com! I got this when I finally took my sister to her Birthday lunch. I only ate half because it is pretty rich, but OMG is it delicious!

Favorite Podcast:

Happier Podcast, Friday Favorites, AstridStars

{Source: Me}

I really enjoy listening to podcasts and I'm so happy to add this one to my usual favorites. The

Happier Podcast

is hosted by Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project and her sister Elizabeth Craft. I love that they are short so its perfect for the ride to and from the gym or even a short stair master workout. Plus its full of great tips to living a happier life.

Favorite Quote:

Quote, Perfect is the Enemy of Good, AstridStars, Friday Favorites

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Luis La Torre Behance

}

I actually heard this quote on the Happier Podcast and immediately fell in love. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and sometimes this takes away from the memory or lesson being taught at the time. This quote reminds me to just try my best and be happy with that rather than be miserable because things aren't my idea of perfect.

Favorite Makeup Product:

Benefit Eyeliner, Friday Favorites, AstridStars

{Source: Me}

I am loving the They're Real Push-Up Liner from Benefit. It's been on my wishlist for the longest time and I finally got my hands on it a couple of weeks ago during a shopping trip, but finally began using it this past week or so. I love that its a gel liner which allows for more precision as well as making it easier to fix if I mess up. I've never had better wings!

Favorite YouTube Channel:

{Source: Me}

So lately I've been taking advantage of the fact that I can play YouTube videos on my TV and have incorporated them into my morning routine. Mostly because there's not much going on in the mornings that I want to watch, especially since cutting down on cable. Anyway, point is this has led me to obsessively watch

MarissaLace's

Vlogs on her channel

Marissa Kathryn

(she recently changed the name). I seriously love watching her videos and find her so entertaining. Go check her out if you haven't seen her videos. Warning: will cause laughter! 

Favorite New Show:

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Friday Favorites, AstridStars

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Official Kimmy Schmidt Twitter

}

If you haven't heard, Tina Fey has a new show on Netflix and its AWESOME! She doesn't star in it, but the adorably funny Ellie Kemper does! The show is called The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and premiered last week on Netflix. It's about Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) who is one of four women who had been kept hostage for 15 years in an underground bunker. The show then follows Kimmy as she tries to create a new "normal" life and adjust to the present. I decided to binge watch this as I was spring cleaning my room and finished it in two days. And still have the theme song stuck in my head LOL. If you haven't watched it, I highly recommend that you clear your weekend ASAP, put your pj's on and find it on

Netflix

!

What were your favorites for this Friday? 

Love,

Astrid

Friday Favorites: Mr. Pickles, Tea + More

This week was a bit slow and I stayed in most of the week working on my YouTube channel. Seriously, I've lived in my pajamas starting on Tuesday until Thursday night when James invited me over. After that I finally seemed to get myself to places that weren't my bed lol. But that didn't mean there weren't certain things that made me happy (other than spending time with James of course). So with that here are the Friday Favorites for the week:

Favorite Instagram Account/Quotes:

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Kelly Rutherford's Instagram

}

So this week I fell in love with Lily Van Der Woodsen ––er,

Kelly Rutherford's Instagram

. More importantly, I fell in love with her IG quote posts. Seriously her account is filled with them. I love how beautifully positive these are and how they kinda just let you take a step back and appreciate life as it is. Also love the one about chasing dreams.

Favorite Scent:

Target is awesome. I love it. Also, I love candles. So of course I fell in love with this candle at Target. It seriously smells ahhhhh-mazing! I could almost eat it, but I won't, but still.

Favorite Tea:

I may have mentioned my love for Winter Dream Tea, but I'm including it because I was just so excited to get my hands on the last tins. My last day as a Post PA was on Monday and since the office was right across a Coffee Bean that still had some tins left, I was very happy they were carrying it so late into the season and that I could stock up. I got two tins for me and one for James :)

Favorite Amazon Buy:

Like I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I've been working on my YouTube videos a lot this week and that means lots of editing time. So you can imagine how excited to find out a Final Cut (what I use for the most part) keyboard cover. It was time to replace my old cover so this was like a double win for me. New cover + editing awesomeness.

Favorite New Cartoon:

Last week I told you how I started watching Bob's Burgers. This week its Mr. Pickles, a cartoon about a dog who is very much on the evil side. This cartoon is not for the faint of heart. I don't usually watch a lot of cartoons or animated series, but lately James has really been turning me on to them. Like seriously, why haven't I been watching more cartoons! Anyway, back to Mr. Pickles; it is very dark humor and its not for everyone. James and me definitely have a pretty twisted sense of humor so we loved this. I mean really a dog who pretty much kills in his spare time, is kinda genius, in a cartoon sorta way. Its almost reminds me of Itchy and Scratchy...so yea you've been warned. 

What were your favorites this week? Please share them below and let me know what you think about my favorites this week.

Love,

Astrid