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Wednesday Favorites

May 25, 2016

I have a love/hate relationship with Wednesdays. It’s weird, I know, but I always find myself in aย sort of rut by the time hump day rolls around. Luckily today though (assuming that the nice weather holds up), my boyfriend and I are planning on checking out a state park near my apartment after work that apparently has pretty cool waterfalls. So maybe the fresh hair and hiking will make today feel more like a Friday!

To make up for the Wednesday morning blues, here are some links that I’ve been really loving this week:

  • The best Honey Garlic Chicken recipe I’ve found online to date. Matt and I made it for dinner last night with quinoa and roasted broccoli, and he couldn’t stop raving about it. Shoutout to Pinterest for making me look like more of a culinary goddess than I actually am!
  • Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale is going on right now!! I haven’t given the sale much of a look through yet but I’m in the market for a new pair of black heels, so that’ll definitely be something that I’ll be doing tonight after our hike.
  • Okay if y’all don’t already have Chrome Cast, go out and buy it! Matt set his up on my tv last night and I felt like I was coming out of the technological dark age when I realized that I could put up anything fromย my phone up to the tv, from youtube videos to Spotify and Netflix.
  • PureWow’s article about the best vacations to take if you love wine, which I absolutely do and all of these places are now officially on my travel bucket list. I mean, who doesn’t love a good glass of wine with an even better view??
  • I’ve always loved trying new lipsticks and beauty routines, but this woman seriously takes the cake with her incredible lip art. Yes, I did say lip art. My favorite is her Little Mermaid and I would very much like her to teach me her tricks and tips!
  • After a friend posted about these bracelets a few months ago, I’ve become obsessed with Mantra Bands. I love the different inspirational messages inscribed on each band and I’ve been wanting to buy one for myself for what seems like forever now. That’ll be on my to-do list this weekend!

How do you guys combat mid-week blues?


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  • Ivona Iwarra Josipovic

    Hope you enjoyed the waterfalls ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing all of these great links, I am checking out the sales ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ivona from

    • The waterfalls were so pretty, although my boyfriend and I got a little lost on the trails!

  • Happy Wednesday lovely lady!! Fabulous favourites, I certainly LOVE wine so that PureWow article is definitely for me haha! A mid week treat like a glass of wine or dark choc always helps me combat the mid week blues ;)! Have a great day babe xx

    • I absolutely loved that article, although my boyfriend spoiled it by telling me that he’s already been to most of the places! And a glass of wine after work is my favorite way to get through Wednesdays!

  • i went shopping with my sister today. Sometimes she uses me as her stylist and I’m happy to help as I enjoy doing it.
    Yuliya at Yukova Blog

    • That sounds like a wonderful way to spend a Wednesday!

  • Rach

    I seriously forgot about the Nordstrom sale, definitely will check it out! And I want to read about the best vacations!

    • I absolutely love when Nordstrom does their big sales! I always end up spending way too much money!!

  • Biana Perez

    Oh my gosh that woman is so talented – I can’t imagine having the patience to do that on my lips!

    • I can barely get my lipstick to stay in place, let alone make my lips into a canvas haha!

  • thefashionfolks

    Nordstromโ€™s Half Yearly Sale is definitely a shopping peak of the year, haha love a good sale! Xx

    • I absolutely love a good sale!!

  • Hanna

    Yes to nordstrom’s sale –Hanna Lei

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    • Nordstrom is my definitely my favorite department store!

  • reneejessome

    Wow! The lip art lady is seriously talented!!

    Renee | Lose The Road

    • She is crazy talented!! I can’t even imagine being that talented when it comes to makeup!

  • Oh girl…Wednesday’s are the same for me…I drag! LOL!
    Chrome Cast is amazing! We love it and it’s great for my workouts too, I can stream them from YT! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Wednesdays really can be such a drag sometimes! Wait stop that’s such a good idea!! Definitely going to start doing my workouts like that once I’m back at home!

  • Sapphire Ziva

    Cool POST, love ur name babe, I wonder if Nordstrom delivers to Malaysia ???

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  • Ianne Cabangon

    Such a relaxing photo. Love this post. Have a nice day.
    Xo, Christianne

  • Violette

    I have to agree Wednesday is hard! Sales are always a great idea!!

    • Wednesdays sometimes feel like they drag on forever!!

  • Such a great post, Courtney! I hope you enjoy your time at the park today, sounds beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing that honey garlic chicken, it looks amazing, I’ll definitely be giving it a try this weekend for our meat cheat day ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you’re having the best day so far!



    • That honey garlic chicken was so good! My boyfriend loved it so much that he saved it for himself to make for his mom when he visits home!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    So so beautiful! Have fun and enjoy the day before you know it the weekend will be here!

  • Blaire Bingham

    Sounds like you have a fun day planned today, and yay for the Nordstrom sale!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • Online sales are my favorite!!

  • Simona Baber

    You just made me like my wednesdays a little more! Thanks girl ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thanks! I always have to find little ways to make my Wednesdays less boring!

  • WhatWouldVWear

    I hear you about Wednesday — I am the same way! Hiking definitely helps, C! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo, Vanessa

    • Physical activity is surprisingly one of my favorite ways to pass the day! I always feel amazing and fit afterwards, even though I’m far from it haha

  • I’ll be trying the honey garlic chicken pretty soon!


    Tamara –

    • This recipe is so good!! Definitely one of my favorite finds on Pinterest!

  • I’m way too excited about the Nordstrom sale, and before we know it the anniversary sale will be happening too! Enjoy the waterfalls tonight <3
    Green Fashionista

    • Nordstrom sales are always my favorite because I feel like I can buy so much more than I usually do haha

  • These are all great links! You can never go wrong with a Nordstrom sale and a post about vacations sounds perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rachel

    Yay for the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale! And that honey garlic chicken recipe sounds delicious. It is right up my husband’s alley. I will have to make it for him!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • My boyfriend loved it so I would definitely recommend checking out this recipe!

  • Carly

    I feel the same way about Wednesdays…..but I’m sure seeing all the pretty waterfalls tonight will brighten the middle of the week. Have fun and take some pics for us to see
    Carly from Dresses & Denim

    • Wednesdays are always such a drag, which is why I usually try to plan little outings or activities every week!

  • Faye Fearon

    Lovely post dear, thanks for sharing! .x

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  • Isabel Robertson

    Great post! I love your blog!

    Isabel x

  • I love the positivity in this post and funnily enough, can totally relate to often not feeling Wednesdays haha. Checking out and enjoying the day with your boyfriend sounds like a wonderful way of spending the day – hope the waterfalls impressed! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Twitter | Instagram x

    • I always like to plan little outings or activities on Wednesdays to spice up the week! Hiking and/or after-work drinks are two of my favorites!

  • Loved that PureWow article! Thanks for all these great nuggets!

    Luciโ€™s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    • A wine vacation sounds amazing right now!

  • I feel the same way about Wednesdays sometimes. Wow the lip art is amazing! That honey garlic chicken sounds like something I need to try and I definitely need to check out chromecast!

    Doused In Pink

    • Omg this honey garlic chicken recipe is so amazing!! I’ve made it multiple times and it’s always a hit!

  • Riya

    Great post girlie!! I kept thinking today was Thursday at least. Kind of disappointed it isn’t (but it is ALMOST). You’re so lucky you live near a beach like that! I wish I did too!

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  • Love trying new lipsticks as well!

    Take care doll, it’s nearly Friday! Ps: I’m hosting a Giveaway. I’d love if you entered!


  • That honey garlic chicken looks SO GOOD. Pinning + making immediately. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • This recipe is definitely one of my favorite finds on Pinterest! My boyfriend was a huge fan of the recipe too!

  • I love the Mantra Bands, lovely and motivational!



    • Mantra Bands are so gorgeous!! I haven’t ordered one for myself yet but I love all of the motivational phrases!

  • Omg I need to hit up the Nordstrom’s sale! Totally forgot about that! Good picks!


    • Nordstrom sales are the best!!

  • Well they are all definitely things to brighten up a dull day! Gemma x

  • Ugh, Wednesdays! My nemesis! We have Chrome Cast as well and it’s a difference between night and day!

    • I’m actually a little obsessed with Chrome Cast! I’m currently watching Luther on the Chrome Cast right now and it’s so much better than just watching on my laptop or iPad!

  • Kelsey & Kenecha

    Great faves!


  • My boyfriend and I have date night on a Wednesday, which is a lovely occasion! When I was single, I would go salsa dancing with my friends on a Wednesday night ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s nearly the weekend, Courtney ๐Ÿ™‚ Angharad x

    • Salsa dancing with friends sounds like so much fun!! My boyfriend and I usually reserve Thursday for our date night, although I also love going out for drinks or for a hike on Wednesdays!

  • Thanks for that recipe! I’m in a dinner rut at the moment so it looks great. Also good that it’s not fried, I can’t be dealing with all the hot oil!

    • I’ve never actually cooked with hot oil before but it seems kind of intimidating!!

  • I definitely need to read that article about best vacations for wine-lovers! Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!!

    • Vacation and wine are two of my favorite things!

  • Love all these links!! I want to make that garlic honey chicken asap!! And the lip art!! Oh my!!

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  • I love the suggestions for the best vacations for wine fans! Right up my street

    • Wine and vacations are two of my favorite things!

  • Haha. I love the ‘best vacation for wine’ is sounds so fun. Besides I would love to have a honey garlic chicken, sounds like an amazing combination ๐Ÿ˜€
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    • Yum the honey garlic chicken recipe is so delicious! Definitely one of my favorite finds from Pinterest!

  • honey garlic chicken. yum!!!

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  • LOL I was introduced to Chromecast last year and I totally felt the same way!

    Meghan |

    • I’m watching Luther right now on my Chrome Cast and it’s so much better than watching on my laptop or iPad!

  • Nina

    Thanks for the links. I hope you enjoyed your Wednesday. xx

  • Thank you for share these here, nice post!

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