This month’s list is one of my favorites yet. From the facial oil that’s helped me hydrate my fried summer skin, to the best show I’ve watched all year, to the $25 dress I’ve worn more than anything else in my closet, here is June’s Things I Tried and Loved.
Looking for more of my favorite finds? You can find all of my previous posts on this topic here.
This is a beautiful cookbook featuring the culinary insights of grandmothers (bibis) from eight African countries. I’m excited to experience a small taste of the rich and broad history of African cooking through this deeply personal lens. I cannot wait to cook my way through this entire book!
This dress is light, flowy, and perfect for super hot days. This is a silhouette that works on a number of different body shapes and they have a great selection of colors. Get ‘em while it’s hot outside!
The sun has really been drying my skin out and I’ve been loving this product for a concentrated dose of hydration. Plus, the tinted blue color of this oil makes the jar look gorgeous on my bathroom shelf, which has actually enticed me to use it more often! I’m a simple person. Make it pretty and my interest is piqued.
I’m that friend telling you to WATCH THIS SHOW SO WE CAN DISCUSS. It’s a modern whodunnit with a complex protagonist and themes that stick with you long after the final episode. At its core, the show is about the many victims of generational trauma. It does touch on themes of suicide and mental illness, so please take care when viewing.
We purchased a handful of the pillows from this Etsy shop to go with our green couch and I love the variety of prints, colors, and scales they offer. I can recommend the craftsmanship firsthand!
Hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris of The New York Times, this is THE podcast I listen to when catching up with cultural commentary. New episodes aren’t being released right now, but it’s well worth listening to previous episodes if you haven’t yet!
This is a super straightforward, simple app that helps keep track of what happened on even the most mundane of days, because time is just going too fast for this mama!
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Kate is currently learning to play the Ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, kids, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.
BY Kate Arends - July 6, 2021
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Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
Have you watched the Netflix documentary High on the Hog? It is more about the history of enslaved people in the United States and how they had such a big impact on the food we eat.
I have not, but thank you for suggesting it!
If you liked Mare definitely watch Broadchurch if you haven’t yet!
Thanks for the rec!!
I watched Mare of Easttown last month and really enjoyed it BUT that ending kinda fell a little flat for me. I wasn’t expecting *that person* to be the killer, but when the identity was revealed, I was like “really?” I just didn’t buy it. The rest of the show, though, was absolutely fantastic and the cast was brilliant. I came for Kate Winslet (because she’s my favourite), but I stayed for everyone else. All of the performances were amazing.
It was SUCH an incredible show. Glad you enjoyed it too!