Welcome to the first Monday of May! Let’s get this week started off On a High Note: Our weekly roundup series highlighting things we found inspiring, interesting, fun and/or helpful snippets and ideas to try, read, make, cook, drink, do, shop, and so on! Here are our favorite highlights to check out this week:
On a High Note Vol 48
“Do you follow Nicole on Instagram? If not, you should! I love her realness, her cute outfits, her hilarious dating app content–you never know what you’re going to find there, but it’s ALWAYS good. She has a newsletter I recently subscribed to called “not to be dramatic” and it is GOLD. It’s a roundup of her hot takes, ridiculous dating stories, and more. It is a true delight to receive in your inbox.” –Jess
“What does the food in your fridge have to do with the clothes on your back? More than you might think! This New York Times interactive graphic breaks down food-related fabrics that might be part of the next great fashion frontier — including mushrooms, coffee, milk, grapes and more! Check it out!” — Kendall
“I bought this body butter on a whim from the Nordstrom website and WOW WOW WOW have I been blown away. Not only does it smell incredible but I think it’s the most effective hand cream I’ve ever used–Neal also agrees! It technically says you can apply it everywhere (face and body) but a little bit goes a long way and I prefer to only use it on hands and rough patches like elbows, ankles, etc. I also like rubbing any excess on dry lips! It rubs in really well and after about a minute or two, soaks in beautifully and leaves even the roughest, driest skin SO soft.
54 Thrones is a new-to-me brand that is black-owned, cruelty-free, sustainably sourced with responsible packaging! They source African-grown and organic botanicals from cooperatives and artisans across the continent. (Think shea butter from Ghana and Uganda, argan oil from Morocco, and jasmine and neroli from Egypt.)
Overall–A + product and a great brand to support! You can shop all their products (they make soaps and oils too!) right here!” –Jess
“I’m excited to shake up my lunchtime salads with some new salad dressings this week. I’m usually a tried-and-true balsamic and oil girl, but with warmer temps and more time spent eating outside, I’m craving something different. I’ll be testing out some from this Everygirl roundup of 10 healthy salad dressings.” –Kendall
A hassle-free Midwestern camping trip (no equipment needed!) with PITCH
“When we were all discussing camping last week on stories, a couple readers reached out to me about this brand new app they had been working to launch called Pitch! Essentially, it’s a camping concierge service that makes planning your camping trip as EASY as possible.
If you’re looking to plan a camping trip in the Midwest and you don’t want to worry about buying or renting a bunch of equipment, you’re a newbie, or you just want someone to do all the heavy lifting for you, this app is for you. It’s GENIUS.
Right now they have three locations you can book that all look beautiful. All you do is book through the app, and show up–they will scout and set up your campsite and your tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, etc for you, and you can also add extras like coolers, camp stoves, firewood, hammocks, etc! So if you’ve been wanting to try camping, but have been too daunted in the past, I bet you will love this app!” –Jess
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“Story of my life: too many plants, not enough space. While the last thing I need is a way to add more plants to my home, I thought this plant wall was such a cool idea! It’s great for small spaces, displaying more interest with the plants you already have, and would look great in an outdoor space. I might try to recreate something similar for my outdoor patio this season… ” — Kendall
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xo Kendall + Jess