I love a good favorites list. Anyone else? I’ve shared a couple of these in the past, but never continued them because writing took a back seat to life. But I miss writing lately and hope to post more regularly – and not just about triathlon. Let’s bring back the old blogging days, eh?! So I’m gonna try this: a round-up my favorite six things each month. A few days behind, but here’s what I’ve been loving in March…
If you follow me on insta, you probably saw some #OOTD stories awhile ago. And that I’m obsessed with Paige denim. They’re soft, comfortable and have just the right amount of stretch to not bag out no matter how many times you wear them between washes. And they’re not so tight that they feel like leg prisons. But perhaps the best part is they’re great for cycling legs – they never feel too tight even on days when my legs feel like tree trunks. My go-to is high-rise ankle length skinnies, and I usually buy them either at Nordstrom or via Trunk Club.
I still love Shu Umera, but my salon no longer carries it so I switched to Unite’s argan U oil. And it’s fantastic. Light enough for my fine hair, and oily enough to protect it from my flat and curling irons. Bonus: it smells great. Speaking of bangbang salon, their partnership with Golden Rule Collective is on point. Two rad women-owned shops collaborating – all the high-fives. And now excuse me while I go buy all the things (like this slow down tea towel).
When you live in Minnesota where it’s 30F or colder six months out of the year, you eventually learn there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. After years of wearing “cute” winter jackets and occasionally high heels at the bus stop (wtf was I thinking?!), I came to my senses about five years ago and invested in a knee-length Patagonia down parka. Game. Changer. And then last year I bought some so-ugly-they’re-cute Bogs boots. Another game changer. But they’re tall and clunky and some days too warm. So this year I picked up some short Bogs booties and wore them everywhere. They’re super warm and take the salty snowy beating instead of my nice shoes. A must-have for any cold winter.
I’m a sucker for a fancy notebook and these Leuchtturm ones don’t disappoint. Creamy white dot pages (there’s also a lined version), a bunch of colors (I love the army green), hardcover, and a pocket to stash stamps, cards, etc. I carry mine everywhere and jot down random thoughts, gratitude, quotes, to-dos, etc.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
This book. OMG. I bought it to read on the way home from California, and I could not put it down. It’s beautifully written – McNamara was so gifted! – but it’s not easy to read because the story is so awful (the Golden State Killer was a monster). The result: I stayed up late to finish it and then was too anxious for a few nights to sleep. Gah! But I’d still recommend 🙂
I’ve raced in a Coeur Sports onesie since IMAZ 2016, but it wasn’t until last year that I started exclusively training in one. They’re a game changer, folks! There’s no waistband to fiddle with and the slighter longer shorts with the wide gripper is so comfortable (and the buttery fabric on the new Zele onesie?! SO good). I don’t ride my bike – inside or out – in anything else.
Note: this post isn’t sponsored in any way – I just genuinely love and use these products all the time. But full disclosure: Trunk Club and Amazon are affiliate links, and I’m a Coeur Sports elite ambassador.