Things I really liked in July 2018

Goodbye July!

Last month seemed to go on forever. Work continued to kick my butt, hence the inconsistent posting on here. And overall, I was just really really focused on getting enough sleep to get through the next work day. I appreciate weekends so much more now. I honestly didn’t think that was possible!

The best part of July was definitely my Montreal trip though. P.S. I wrote a money diaries about my trip here. It was so fun to get out of New York for a few days and live. it. up. in Montreal. Think expensive dinners, lots and lots of wine, and very good company. It is the last vacation of 2018 for me and it will definitely tide me over until next year. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

Anyway, I clearly digressed.

This month was all about keeping things super simple. Mostly for the sake of survival. And snacks are crucial for that, which I’m sure you already know.

Now, if you’re ready to see what helped me stay cool, calm, and collected last month…keep reading for my fashion, beauty, and lifestyle favorites.


Easy denim dresses

I got this off the shoulder Zara dress two summers ago (currently being sold on poshmark here and here and here), and the irony is that after deciding to quit fast fashion, this has been a staple in my summer wardrobe. I wear it with the shoulders on since it’s the most comfortable for me that way.

This is my go to when it’s hot and I don’t know what to wear. I wore it to work the other day and it was totally fine. I even wore it on the car ride to Montreal, to dinner that first night, and the car ride back to the city at the end of of our trip. Did I mention this dress has pockets?

Fun fact: There’s a Tumblr account dedicated to documenting girls on the street with this exact dress on. Mind blown. And I’m so glad I’m not on there…yet.

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Clare Vivier petite alice bag

This was the only bag I brought with me to Montreal and it fit everything I needed. It’s funny because I got this last year right before my first ever trip to Montreal, and it was also the only bag i took with me. Don’t let the size fool you, it can fit so much. I had sanitizing wipes, a pack of tissue, a mini bottle of hand lotion, Altoids, Vadim’s sunglasses case, and a bunch of other random bits that magically fit in there. Just call me Mary Poppins. I love that this comes with a shoulder strap because you know, a gal needs options.

Veja wata canvas pierre sneakers

A day into my job I realized that I would be doing A TON of walking. I quickly learned that my Repetto flats were not going to be the best bet for tons of walking in the summertime. My feet swell and it just doesn’t feel good. So I researched and researched for a sustainable and ethical sneaker option, and found these Veja sneakers. In the beginning, they did hurt a bit around the toe area because it was a bit stiff, but i’ve totally worn them in now. I wore them practically everyday from day to night when I was away in Montreal and had no complaints. I like to wear them with my dresses for work on the days that I know will involve a lot of walking. In case you’re curious about sizing, I wear a 38 and my US size is 7.5.


Pai chamomile and rosehip day cream

I really like how calming this feels on my skin. Not to mention, it’s the perfect amount of moisture for the summertime.  I brought the mini size of this with me to Montreal and it was perfect for both day and night. I finally finished it all up and forked over the cash for the full size. I even scored two mini mini versions (the squeeze tube used above). So far, no regrets. If you’re looking for a new, clean moisturizer that doesn’t have any yucky ingredients, you might want to give this one a go.

Jack Black double duty face moisturizer

I can’t even remember when I first started using this. It was definitely sometime in college. So about 6-7 years ago? Anyway, long story short, I used it way back when and Vadim fell in love with it and continues to use it to this day. It was the first moisturizer I ever used that had SPF in it, and didn’t feel gross at all. Oh, and it doesn’t leave a white cast. So if you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer that happens to have SPF, you might want to check out this classic. I started using it again after my Glossier one ran out, and so far, I don’t really have a reason to pick up something else.


The Bold Type

I honestly tried to avoid this show at all costs because the commercials made it look so cheesy. But then I read this Vulture recap of an episode that talked about how white privilege was addressed, and my curiosity got the best of me. As it turns out, a show about three women navigating life and career, is the woke sex and the city of 2018 that I didn’t know I needed. No one come @ me for this comparison. If you’re looking for a lighthearted, socially relevant, and women-centered show to watch, you might want to give this a go.

Trader Joe’s gluten free pretzels

I honestly didn’t know gluten free pretzels could taste this good, but somehow Trader Joe’s made it happen. They taste light, not overly salty, yet, not flavorless. I could probably eat the whole bag in one sitting. It’s just that good. If you like pretzels but don’t like how salty most of the ones on the market are, definitely pick up a bag of this during your next Trader Joe’s trip. I know I’m planning to.

Vegan Rob’s jackfruit puffs

I don’t know who Vegan Rob is but he definitely knows his snacks. These jackfruit puffs come in a single serve pack that lets me indulge with zero guilt. I’m terrible at describing flavors but it’s definitely the perfect combination of sweet and savory. I’m not vegan but these make a convincing argument. I get them from this vegan grocery store in the Lower East Side (Orchard Grocer) but you can also get them on Amazon in bulk.

That wraps up my July favorites. What did you really like last month?

Thanks for stopping by.

See you in my next post!

Sophie 🙂

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