Jo's Favorites September 2017
Friends, this is a series I've been sitting on waiting to bring to you since the blog launched last month. On the first of the month, I'll curate a list of my current obsessions in the way of books, blogs, podcasts, beauty products, content, and of course, anything else that I deem worthy to share with all of you!
I bring to you today, Jo's Favorites for September 2017:
1. How I Built This with Guy Roz by NPR. As an entrepreneur, this podcast is a motivational dream. From the very first episode with Sarah Blakely, which by the way, was genius on behalf of NPR, I became absorbed in the stories of the "innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists and the movements they built." Per the podcast's description: "Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity, and insight — told by the founders of some of the world's best known companies and brands." To me, it is remarkable to hear the story of achievement and failure behind these organizations. It just goes to prove that, while it may not look like it on the outside, success is most definitely not a straight line. Every individual started somewhere, and most often, the idea came alive when they least expected it.
2. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls. Uhm, if you've ever felt like you had a tumultuous childhood, think again. I won't give away the whole plot of the story, but here is a snippet of the description of the book: "Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms." The words will make you laugh, cry, angry, frustrated, and every possible emotion in between. I'm not a book critic, certainly, but a great way to describe this story was that it moved me. The Glass Castle is by far one of the best books I've read in a long time (plus, as with any great story, it's going to be turned into a moving starring Woody Harrelson as the Dad. I squealed when I found out that tidbit, because he is the perfect guy for that character!).
3. 100 Percent Pure Black Tea Eyeliner. I've used a lot of eyeliner in my years as a makeup artist, but this Black Tea Eyeliner from 100 Percent Pure, is on a level all it's own. It delivers a smooth, blackest black line while adhering during even the most humid, hot, and oiliest of times. I find it's almost too waterproof. The brush applicator is very fine, which makes it ideal for building your line and for doing precision lining (like a cat-eye!). The price point is higher end, but for my eyeliner aficionados out there, this is one I would definitely splurge on. PRO TIP: Be sure to reapply product to the brush every so often or your line will start to look uneven in pigmentation. If that happens, once the product dries, go over it again with a second coat to even out the line.
4. Skinny Taste Cauliflower Arroz Con Pollo. While Michael and I strive to eat meatless for dinner most of the week, I do often have weakness for a really good seasoned meat dish. I'm also all about one pan dinners. A client of mine referred me to the food blog, Skinny Taste, which I have found is one of the best food blogs out there in terms of direction, ingredients, photography, and all around taste. Before this recipe, I had never experimented around with cauliflower rice. The cauliflower rice medley is absolutely scrumptious and definitely lighter than traditional rice. The first time I made this Arroz Con Pollo, Michael and I ate the entire thing. The dish is a medley of wonderful flavors from slightly sweet to savory to briny. I would double up the recipe for a family of four for the slight possibility of leftovers, otherwise, there won't be anything left. I also substitute capers for olives as olives are slightly too strong for me, but capers have the same salty effect. Definitely try it out and let me know what your family thinks!
So, that's Jo Favorite's for September 2017! I'm already working on October favorites, which I'm also very excited about. Tell me, what are your current end of Summer favorites? Any recipes you have on repeat each week or a book you can't just put down? I want to know!