February is off to a rough start. But today, in an effort to brighten up this deeply terrifying month, I’m sharing a few things I love.
If you’re curious to see what I’ve loved in months past, click the links below.
Erik is a vlogger who lives in NYC but travels around A LOT. I recently discovered him (I can’t remember how…) and am hooked. He just seems so down-to-earth, positive, and genuine. He used to date model Jessica Clements, and their vlogs together are SO CUTE. I love binge-watching them… lol.
My new (vegan!) winter coat
I wanted a new winter coat that isn’t filled with down feathers, so I scoured the interwebs far and wide to find one. And let me tell you, IT AIN’T EASY. They’re either absurdly expensive, ugly, or not warm enough (can you still use the word ‘either’ when there are more than two things? #callingallgrammarnazis). There are some vegan coat brands out there, like Vaute and Hoodlamb, but Vaute is INSANELY expensive (and, according to a friend, not very warm), and Hoodlamb’s selections just don’t impress me.
I finally found this Calvin Klein coat on Macy’s’ site, and I am absolutely in love with it. The materials are all vegan (it’s made of polyester & spandex), it’s SUPER warm, has tons of pockets (both inside and outside the coat), and is really cute. PLUS it was only $140, down from the original $280. The only downside is that it’s a little heavy, but all the pluses definitely outweight the one minus of the coat.
I bought these because I was sick of repurchasing crappy $20 earbuds from Walgreens following their inevitable collapse after a month of use. I did a bit of research and decided on these based on their insane value ($30 for bluetooth headphones, a case, charging cable, and 3 sets of ear tips), positive reviews, and style.
They do not disappoint! First off, because they’re made by such a small company, the customer service is amazing. The Bluetooth also connects to my phone really quickly, the battery life is long, and the sound quality is amazing. I love being able to workout, run, cook, etc. without being physically tied to my phone… it seriously makes such a difference.
Trader Joe’s chili lime spice
This spice is UNREALLLLLL!! It’s slightly spicy, reasonably salty, and the kick of lime is the perfect touch. I’ve been putting it on popcorn, avocado taost, baked veggies, stir fries, basically everything and I’m in love.
Mashing my beans as a dip/sauce/dressing
I’ve been making this bean mash dip thing for my salads and I gotta say, it’s a game-changer. You just take whatever beans you have (e.g. black beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc), warm them up for a bit (I do ~30 secs in the microwave), mash them with a fork, add whatever you want (For me, this could be tahini, gochujang, soy sauce, vinegar, hot sauce, or miso. Not necessarily all of them at one time, though), and then add however much water until you get the consistency you desire.
How I Built This
I started listening to this podcast based on a friend’s recommendation and I’m so obsessed with it! It’s hosted by Guy Raz, the same Guy (teehee) who hosts the TED radio hour, another podcast I love. In this podcast, entrepreneurs tell the story of how their companies were built from the ground up. It’s super entertaining and insightful, and I’ve binge-listened to almost all the episodes (there are 22 so far). Some of my favorites include the Airbnb, Zappos, and Instagram episodes.