Friday Favorites 8.25.17

08/25/2017 9 Comments

Happy Friday!! 

Whew I can’t believe how fast this week went by. I have been hitting the reset button this week on my eating, working out and focus after an awesome New England trip. Look for my part two recap on Monday talking about Portsmouth, NH & Portland, ME. I’ll be on another adventure this weekend (making the most of summer ;-)) don’t forget to follow along on instastories!

The Happiness Project

I drew inspiration for my reset from Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project Calendar I’ve used all year. I read The Happiness Project a few years ago and appreciate the reminders this calendar gives me of her basic notes from the book.

I highly recommend her other two books: Happier At Home & Better Than Before. You can pre-order her new book: The Four Tendencies, where she expands on how there are four different personality types in terms of how we respond to expectations. Her approach to cultivating happiness is very relatable and focuses on getting the most of your relationships, work and personal possessions.

New Lipsticks Updated

I know I posted about this last week, but I picked up two NEWER lipsticks (I have a problem, someone intervene) and wanted to add them to the list!

One is from MAC: Bold Spring. I know the name might throw you off but it’s a great fall color!

The second is from Clinique’s new line POP: Rose Pop was the one I got!

I also couldn’t help myself and had to pick up this smash box eye trio. I stick to purple/pink hues because of my brown eyes.


Weekending in Boston

In case you missed part one of my weekend adventures last weekend, you can find it here. I met up with the lovely Biana and had a blast at the The Every Girl wine event!


Yummy Vegan Summer Salad

In keeping with my reset, last night I made this light and refreshing summer salad with some of the basil from my garden that I wanted to use up. I do tend to eat more salads in the summer and I will definitely bookmark this one to make more often next year! Check Pinterest for more yummy recipes.


I hope everyone has a great weekend!



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Cupcake N Dreams

New Yorker blogging about travel and lifestyle things that make me happy!


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    Girlfriends and wine are the best! I am looking forward to this weekend where I plan to hit up some wineries with a friend!

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      Yes! can’t wait to see where you are headed Lacey!

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    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner


    I have not heard of the happiness project but I am certainly intrigued and will go check it out. Always yay for new lip colors 🙂

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      Definitely check it out Deb, it’s a really great study on the subject!

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    I loved The Happiness Project and had no idea there was a calendar to go along with it! I hope you have a fantastic weekend and can pop over to my blog too. TGIF!

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    That salad looks like a perfect summer snack!! I need to look more into the happiness project 🙂

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    Oh, I love Gretchen Rubin. I really need to re-read The Happiness Project. I’m so excited for her new book coming out this fall!

    Glad you had a fun time in Boston!!


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    John @ run. geek. run(disney)


    The first I’ve heard of the happiness project but definitely sounds interesting. I’ll have to look into it.

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    Becky Short


    I love the happiness project calendar. I’m going to have to check that out!