Five Things Friday #165

Happy Friday and welcome to December!

Currently, I’m in a very non-December place visiting Miami for the weekend. We got in yesterday and the first stop was donuts (of course). If you want to tag along, make sure to follow me on Instagram so you can watch all the stories. Also, if you have any recommendations while I’m here let me know!

Here’s a look at what I’m loving this week and I hope you all have a great weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Love Your Melon

I knew about Love Your Melon for a couple years, but could never decide which hat to get. Plus, I was scared I couldn’t pull off a hat so I just never got around to it.

They sent me one a couple weeks ago and I really love it. The few times I’ve worn it I’ve gotten compliments and it doesn’t make my head super itchy when I wear it. More than just the way it looks, however, the story and mission behind the company is another reason I love it.

Initially, the founders wanted to be able to give a hat to every child combating cancer in America — around 45K hats. The goal was achieved and now 50% of the profits from all sales go to support nonprofits affiliated with helping the fight against pediatric cancer. You can also still request a free hat if you know of a child in need of one.

These would make a great holiday gift and help support a great cause at the same time. You can see all their styles here.

2. Haircut

In contrast with the above photo which was just taken last week, here’s one from Tuesday after cutting off 7 inches of hair!

I’m terribly lazy with haircuts, but when I saw a picture I really liked on Instagram the other week, I knew I wanted to cut my hair the same way. It’s definitely shorter and I’ve already burned my hand trying to wrap it around my wand to style it (ha), but I really like the way it turned out.

If you’re in Chicago and looking for a great haircut, I highly recommend Maggie at Salon Buzz in Gold Coast.

3. Homemade Chai Masala

In my last Sips By box I received a lot of plain black teas. Now I love black tea, but I’ve been craving something a little more spicy. Neil’s cousin always uses her own chai masala in her tea, so I figured I would try and make some to add in.

It’s SUPER simple to make and can be customized to how you prefer it, but the recipe for mine is:

  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Cardamom and fennel are also good ones to throw in there, but I don’t like either so I left them out. It really takes plain tea up a notch and you only have to add about 1/8 tsp to add some flavor!

4. Jazz Apples

I’m super picky about my apples and I’ve really been into my favorite — jazz apples — this week. I’m disappointed with most varieties and feel like they’re too watery or mealy for me, but Jazz apples are almost like a candy apple with out actual candy. They’re so flavorful. I used to only see them at Trader Joe’s, but over the years they are popping up more and more.

5. Song of Susannah

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I FINALLY finished book five of The Dark Tower series last week over the holiday. I was running through these at about a book per week, but then things slowed down. I’m on the sixth book now — Song of Susannah — and then there’s only one more left.

The series has some parallels with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which are my favorite books, so I’m really enjoying all of these and will be sad when they’re done.

That’s it! See you next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

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5 Comments

  1. December 1, 2017 / 7:57 am

    Have fun in the sunshine!! I’ve never heard of Jazz apples! I could probably find them at like a Whole Foods. I love Diva apples…have you tried those?!
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  2. December 1, 2017 / 10:14 am

    Thanks for the info on, โ€œLove Your Melon.โ€ I havenโ€™t been much of a hat wearer except when i was a kid and it was winter in Alaska. Just like you, they usually itch and I didnโ€™t think I could pull it off. These look like a great Christmas gift. Oh, and for the record, how could anyone not LOVE cardamom???
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  3. December 1, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Oh, I love that hat! I never really wore hats or beanies until I moved to DC, but it’s definitely necessary here and you can really find some cute styles! Also, jazz apples are my favorite apples and really the only ones my stomach tolerates. Weird! And the ones at TJ’s are the best – especially the little mini ones that come bagged!
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