This week randomly became a tough week after Vulture posted this article about taking pictures of open books. It criticizes the bookstagram community as well as readers who love to get creative with their books. You’re more than welcome to read it here.
Then pause a take a breath. It’s finally Friday.
I’ve been needing some self-care because book shaming or even bookstagram shaming feels very personal to me. I’ve been shamed a lot in my life and that unsettled feeling that you’re not good enough sits with me. I don’t want it to sit with me all weekend. So I’m putting together a list of some self-care motivators to get me through the weekend. What do you like to do for self-care?
When it coms to tv watching, I don’t do a lot of it. Most of the time, it’s on in the background while I’m cooking because I’m too focused to be reading or listening to a book. So, I recently started watching Cheers, a show I didn’t watch when I was a kid because the themes were just too adult for me.
This show is addictive and thoroughly well-written. I mean, “they don’t make ’em like they used to” comes to mind when I think of this show. It’s incredibly funny. The characters are all well-developed and your pessimistic mind can continue to create terrible scenarios for these characters. However, what you’re going to get is a cast of characters that deeply appreciate and love each other. They’re not even related. They all just come to the same bar.
In the fall, most people start using their darker shades of lipstick. Cold weather means cold colors. However, I live in LA now and I wanted a neutral pink that I could easily swipe on and go on with my day. I think I found it in Kat Von D.
She’s not my first choice and sadly, the formula for her lipsticks is a little too drying for me. But when it came down to the shade I wanted, I looked to her line of products. I finally have the pink of my dreams and it wasn’t crazy expensive.
Making an exceptional bowl of gluten free pasta and a simple red sauce
Self-care means indulging a little bit. For me, that’s a big bowl of gluten free pasta and pasta sauce from the jar. All you do is make your pasta of choice, drain, and then add a few dollops of sauce into the pan. You definitely want the sauce to cook in the noodles. It may not sound like indulgence, but for someone who doesn’t eat pasta on the regular this is most definitely a treat.
I like to also add a little nub of butter and lots of parmesan cheese. The butter gives a little bit of richness to the sauce and who can resist a good dose of parmesan cheese?
I’ve been noticing my face has been a little dull lately. I think it’s because the excess exposure to the sun here in LA which my body is just not accustomed to. But my self-care regime includes a little bit of pampering and I’m going to do that with the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask. All you do is apply a little bit across your face (post cleanser) and then let it sit for a bit. Because the ingredients are all natural, you don’t have to worry about forgetting you’re wearing sugar on your face.