My Monthly Favorites | August 2020

When I look back on the month of August, honestly? I feel exhausted just thinking about it. In August 2020, I worked much harder than I had in months, as my business finally began to pick up again following the coronavirus collapse.

Admittedly, I neglected my blog a little bit during that time — but I also took on the incredible new project of rebranding my business. Yep, Millennial Pink Media, LLC is now Flow Media, LLC! As stressful as it was, I’m so grateful for the shift, because now I can focus my work on my favorite clients: therapists and other mental health professionals.

So yes, I was hard at work in August — but that doesn’t mean that August wasn’t full of so many wonderful things. From books to beauty, August gave me many opportunities to smile. Here, I’m sharing just a few of the things that brought me joy last month:

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Like so many other millennials who were pre-teens in 2008, I preordered Midnight Sun over the summer. It finally arrived in August, but I only began to read it toward the end of the month, after I finished reading Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. I have so many good things to say about this book, but of course, I have to acknowledge the bad ones, too: at times, it’s a little cringey and melodramatic; the relationship dynamic between Edward and Bella is dysfunctional at best. Still, I can’t help but love the Twilight Saga, if only because it represents such a significant piece of my childhood. Reading Midnight Sun as an adult with a new perspective on life has been especially interesting. I was always Team Jacob growing up, but as I read Midnight Sun and get a glimpse inside Edward’s head, I find myself empathizing with his character more and more. I’m planning to re-read the Twilight Saga once I finish Midnight Sun to see how I feel, but I have a feeling I’m going to come out Team Edward this time around. Has anyone else been feeling the same way?! Midnight Sun (9781549134654): Meyer, Stephenie: Books

Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff

I’ve always loved a good “no-makeup” makeup look, but the appeal has increased exponentially since the onset of the pandemic. Nowadays, if I bother to put makeup on, it’s minimal eye makeup and maybe some concealer, if I’m feeling ambitious. Usually, this means I go without blush, because my bare face isn’t much of a canvas to work with. However, Glossier’s Cloud Paint — their cream blush formula — in Puff blends well into foundation-free skin, even if you’re ghostly pale like I am. It’s neither too thick nor too liquidy, and looks even more natural than my other go-to blush, NARS Orgasm. I fell in love with Cloud Paint after using a free sample I got from my last Glossier order, and am planning to purchase the full-size product ASAP.

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Meera Lee Patel “The Beginning is Always Today” Planner

If you have been around for awhile, you know that I am a diligent bullet journaler, especially for all things work-related. But because I create my bullet journal spreads on a weekly basis, I was running into limitations when it came to scheduling doctors’ appointments weeks or months into the future. Finally, I caved and decided I needed a good, old-fashioned planner in addition to my bullet journal. I used to be a Lilly Pulitzer planner fanatic, but since my bullet journal is now my primary planner (and Lilly Pulitzer no longer fits my personal style the way that it used to), I opted for this Meera Lee Patel planner from Barnes & Noble instead. The planner contains watercolor artwork made by hand, along with inspirational quotes to help you start every month on a positive note. Best of all, the size is compact — meaning that unlike my old Lilly planners, this one will actually fit in my purse without bending the spirals!

Meera Lee Patel 2020 - 2021 On-the-Go Weekly Planner: 17-Month Calendar  with Pocket (Aug 2020 - Dec 2021, 5" x 7" closed): The Beginning Is Always  Today: Meera Lee Patel, Amber Lotus

Ora Organic Probiotics with Prebiotic Fiber

Long-time fans of my blog will also remember that I was originally misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) before receiving my diagnosis of suspected endometriosis. Gut symptoms have always been one of the primary ways in which endo affects my life. I deal with painful endo belly, searing bowel movements, and cyclical constipation and diarrhea on a regular basis. My doctors have told me to try every probiotic under the sun, and none of them seemed to work for me. Then I discovered the brand Ora on my own. I knew I was going on antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis and wanted to take probiotics to replenish the lost bacteria in my gut. Because of the $35 price point, I was holding out on buying them — but in a moment of desperation, I made the purchase, and I’m so glad I did. Ora Organic Probiotics with Prebiotic Fiber help me have a regular once-a-day bowel movement, as opposed to a couple times per week or per day, depending on my symptoms. Combined with plenty of water and a balanced diet, these probiotics are the perfect solution for anyone who deals with constipation or diarrhea due to endo. Ora Organic Probiotics with Prebiotics - Vegan Prebiotic and  Probiotic for Digestive Health | Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, for Sensitive  Stomachs - 60 Easy-Swallow, Vegan Capsules, 1 Month Supply: Health &  Personal Care

Seven Stars Bakery in Providence, RI

While I now eat (lactose-free) dairy again, I’m still gluten-free. When I was eating diary-free, I found that being on a restrictive diet that I never broke was causing a resurgence of my disordered eating habits. In addition to reincorporating lactose-free dairy, I’ve also gotten in the habit of challenging my food intolerances a handful of times per week, if only for mental health’s sake. For the most part, I have not had any negative health consequences as a result, save for some occasional bloating, but I have been enjoying tasting all the foods that our new home in Providence, RI has to offer. Our latest discovery is Seven Stars Bakery, which is just down the street from our house. They have traditional French and Austrian pastries, including classics like danishes and croissants, as well as some Viennese pastries I had never heard of before. I got a raspberry danish and cold brew with house-made vanilla syrup — yum! Next time you’re in New England, I highly recommend you stop at Seven Stars Bakery in Providence for a sweet-but-satisfying breakfast supporting a local business.

My July 2020 Favorites

Since I had so much fun writing last month’s favorites post, I decided to continue sharing my monthly favorites. This month brings an extra-special edition of my monthly favorites, since July is my birth month. That’s right — happy Cancer season, y’all!

Making this list is never easy, because there’s always so much to be grateful for. The little things, like David’s days off and starting my morning at the dog park with Chandler, might not make these posts, but it’s worth noting that they’re even more special to me than the beauty products and lounge sets.

Influencers’ favorites lists can be misleading, since they often fail to recognize what’s right in front of us. So, I want to take this opportunity to remind you that even though I love my monthly favorites as much as the next gal, you don’t need luxury makeup or fancy clothes to be happy.

That being said, these things do make me happy, and I think it’s worth expressing gratitude for them, too. Here’s what I’ve been loving this July (besides all the birthday presents, of course!).

Eat and Drink

This month, like every month, I could not get enough of my breakfast foods. One of my favorite recipes that I’ve been baking on repeat has been Eating Bird Food’s peach baked oatmeal. Brittany also has a version of the recipe that makes mini baked oatmeal cups, which is equally as delicious. Better yet, you can freeze the individual cups for a quick and easy breakfast to microwave on the go.

As for what’s in my cup, you may remember that July was my first full month of abstaining from alcohol. Still, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been loving my non-alcoholic drinks. Seeing as I wasn’t a big drinker anyways, I’m not really missing alcohol between all the nitro cold brews and mocktails I’ve been drinking.

If you haven’t hopped on the nitro trend yet, nitro cold brew is steeped in cold water, like regular cold brew, but infused with nitrogen as it flows through the tap — hence the name “nitro!” I’ve been struggling to find my new favorite coffee place in Providence, but now that we’ve been here a full month, I’ve finally discovered it. The Nitro Bar on Broadway makes incredibly small-batch nitro cold brew, along with tasty breakfast foods like gluten-free avocado toast…. and you all know how I feel about my breakfast foods.

And, for those occasions when I need a little something sparkling to celebrate — as on July 4th — I’ve been opting for one of the most delicious non-alcoholic choices at my local grocery store. Mingle Mocktails makes a variety of delicious mocktail blends that come in champagne-like bottles, but I’m absolutely obsessed with their cucumber melon mojito flavor. Stir in some mint leaves and frozen berries to elevate this premade drink to the next level. : Mingle Mocktails Non Alcoholic Cocktails - 750ml ...


In case my recent post on loungewear wasn’t clue enough, I’m obsessed with matching lounge sets — especially when they come in tie dye. Target’s gorgeous long-sleeve tie dye lounge set is soft AF, yet still light enough to lounge around the house in on a warm summer day (with air conditioning, of course).

To be honest, I don’t wear much makeup in the summertime, because I don’t like worrying about whether or not my foundation is going to melt off my face. However, Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint has changed all that for me. This light-coverage product mixes effortlessly with my morning sunscreen to cover just enough of that face mask-induced redness without making me feel like a grease bomb.

If you follow me on my bookstagram, @chiclitblog, you’ll also know that I’ve been obsessed with the limited-edition Harry Potter x Ulta Beauty makeup collection. I recently purchased the Hufflepuff Eyeshadow Palette, which comes with nine pigmented shades inspired by the most loyal house of all. My favorite shade is Lumos, a shimmery champagne shadow. The color matches the peachy glaze of the Platform 9 and 3/4 Lip Gloss perfectly, for a makeup look that’s as put-together as it is magical.

ULTA Harry Potter X Ulta Beauty Hufflepuff Eye Shadow Palette

Read, Watch, and Listen

At the end of June, I participated in the mini Hogsmeade readathon run by Magical Readathon, when I started the Truly Devious series. At first, I wasn’t super thrilled to read it — I just picked it because it had a map in it, which was one of the readathon prompts — but I quickly grew to love it. Now, it’s one of my favorites. If you love a good murder mystery, I highly recommend you read it. The characters will become close to your heart.

I’ve been watching my favorite rom-coms over and over again while working from home, but this month I had the opportunity to watch the Brittany Murphy movie Uptown Girls for the first time. I barely remember when Brittany Murphy died, and I’d only ever seen her in Clueless, but this movie made me love her. Plus, baby Dakota Fanning is adorable — but still, it was so much more than a cute little rom-com. It gave me all the feels! If you haven’t seen it yet, give it a watch on Amazon Prime.

When it comes to my Spotify playlist, there’s one song I’ve had on repeat this month. Awhile back, I discovered Jordan McGraw’s song Flexible on my Discover playlist. It’s super catchy and I couldn’t stop listening to it — so it’s no surprise that his latest EP has got me feeling the same way. The song We Should Still Be Friends popped up on one of my daily playlists recently, and I haven’t been able to stop replaying it since. If you love indie pop, this one belongs on your next playlist.

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