27 November 2013

Top Six Picks: November 2013


Fitbit Flex

I have had my Fitbit Flex for a little under a month, and I have been singin' its praises since the day I slapped it to my wrist. As part of my "be the best possible you" campaign, getting off of my butt and staying active is a major component (do I smell a 5K on Saturday?). This hot pink slice of fabulousness is keeping me motivated, keeping me in check, and even sends me texts to let me know when I am almost near my goal. The first full week of wearing it, I walk/jog/danced over 50 miles! Isn't that something? Every step counts, every step is quantified, and reaching my daily goal is a small celebration in itself. I highly highly highly recommend this little gadget!


Nutritional Yeast
Flaky yeasty photo via Fat Free Vegan
Yes, I am the freak fangirl who is literally sprinkling nutritional yeast on everything I eat. It is super good for you and contains, well, nutrition. When I eat this, I am eating: B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein - not to mention it is gluten free AND low in fat. Oh, and it tastes good. I am serious. It has umami flavor, tastes good on toast with Earth Balance butter, is amazing on popcorn, and two weeks ago, I made a vegan mushroom risotto, subbing in NY where cheese should have been. Basically, this stuff is the stuff of gods. You can buy it in bulk, and if you are anything like Rose, you can bedazzle your yeast vessel.


Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave

One time, I showed Steve McQueen where the W.C. was at the museum, and that was my closest most important brush with celebrity. Seriously, he is the only celebrity I namedrop casually, but with good reason. He is a groundbreaking beautiful filmmaker, pushing the envelope with every major release, in addition to the work he does outside of the film house. 12 Years A Slave was heartwrenchingly beautiful. I walked out of the movie aching. Honestly, there are few words to describe the experience of actually watching this, so I say with one word: go. Just do yourself a favor and see it. It's playing at Landmark Century Cinema, so what are you waiting for?


Everything Matters!  by Ron Currie, Jr.

Cover Art via The Book Cover Archive
When I asked Twitter for book recommendations back in AUGUST, Tess (whom I super trust with lit recommendations) told me to read Everything Matters!. I started it, I put it down. I started it, I put it down again. Confession: I had this checked out from the library for three months. THREE MONTHS. But once I was in it, I was in  it to win it. This book has a great pace, and parts of it take place in Chicago (Hay-o!). It's a portrait of the very definition of family, but also, it's kind of a secret science fiction novel about the world ending. The book questions how one should move through life knowing that the world will be ending soon - do things matter? Should one care? Should one have a purpose? Should one try? In case you haven't guessed by the title, EVERYTHING MATTERS. Looking for a good winter read? Read this. It's just plain lovely.


Arrowroot from the Martha Stewart Collection

Arrowroot Paint via My Ramblingz
When I moved into my new place, I was determined to paint my room. I thought I was going to paint it a dusty rose or a pale pink. But then  it dawned on me. I just wanted to paint my room the color of Carrie Bradshaw's Manhattan apartment. This is the color I picked, and it's PERFECT. I love it. Come sit in my room. (Shout out to Andrew for helping me paint! You're the best, dawg.)


Candy Cane Joe-Joe's
Candy Cane Joe-Joe's via Blooming Branch
Can't talk, eating Candy Cane Joe-Joe's.

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