Remember the excitement of June when you were younger? It generally meant school was letting out and the freedom of summer was just on the horizon. This June certainly looks a lot different, but there are still many things to look forward to. I’m excited to share with you the things that have been on my radar and bringing me joy and growth this past month.
- Books on Etsy: I’m probably late to the game here, but it turns out Etsy is a great place to find vintage and used books. I just ordered a 1967 copy of Jane Austen’s Emma for like $6. You have to hunt a bit, but there are a lot of hidden jewels in there.
- Estelle Colored Glass: I’m obsessed with these hand-blown colored glass collections. I might have to buy them one glass at a time over the course of my lifetime, but I will own some, goshdarnit.
- Be A Dear Shop: I recently bought myself this darling Anne of Green Gables wooden peg doll from a small shop called Be A Dear. If you caught my post on why Anne is my lifelong role model, you probably get why this is so precious to me.
- Gabriel Alcala: I think I discovered Gabriel on Pinterest, and I’m obsessed with his colorful illustration style. In a world full of beige, it’s nice to see artists who aren’t afraid of color and kitsch. It’s super quirky and I love it.
- Touch In Sol: I’ve been loving this Korean beauty brand recently. The Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm gives me the perfect summer glow and it looks so dewy and natural. I also really love the Sapphire Blue Metallist Liquid Glitter Eyeliner on days I decide to put actual makeup on.
- Rolando Chalk Art Project: I’m always impressed by young people who have a focus and a mission. This group of high school girls started a project in my neighborhood where they will come and create super cool stained glass-esque chalk art on your sidewalk in exchange for a donation to the International Rescue Committee to fight COVID-19.
- How To Be An Antiracist: I’ve followed Ibram X. Kendi on IG for a long time, and I think he is going to do big things for our world. His books are amazing, but right now, my husband and I are reading (re-reading, in my case) How To Be An Antiracist and reading it together is really giving us helpful talking points and unified resources in raising our son to be anti-racist, as well as continuing to educate ourselves and unlearn from our white privilege. If you’re unable to get your hands on a copy right now, his TED talk on the same subject is incredibly valuable.
- Brave + Kind Bookshop: This little children’s bookstore is my new favorite. It’s a Black-owned business, and the owner Bunnie is such a bright light in the world. We’ve been stocking up on books for my toddler and it’s so fun letting him pick out the ones he wants, even virtually.