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His + Her Favorite Things

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It’s a beautiful spring day here in Hanover, Virginia. Seriously, with the copious amounts of snow we’ve gotten this year, we were pretty sure it was never going to happen. I was prepping for an ice age. With the new month comes a new edition of His & Her Favorite things…

His Favorite Things // 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // I’ve been using the same tool bag for the past 6 years, and while it’s great for toting my most commonly used tools around, I really need a place to put all of my constantly-growing set of more specialized tools. A real, honest-to-goodness toolbox is in my near future. TWO // Knowing I love toast (Yes, I promise my wife can actually cook.), Ash sent me over to this article. Who knew gourmet toast was a thing? Now, breakfast will never be the same. Who am I kidding? Lunch and dinner might not be the same, either. THREE // Ashley and I are both obsessed with Aloe Blacc’s new album (we “fought” over who got to put it on their Favorites list). Honestly, I’m not totally sure how to describe it accurately. It takes old-school instrumentation and mixes it with new-school production value for an amazing combination. Definitely worth a listen. FOUR // This isn’t exactly new news, but I love coffee. If you’re used to getting one of their over-sweetened delightfully sweet concoctions and have never had a plain latte, do yourself a favor: order a pastry (if you’re game for a treat) and a plain latte. It’s world-changing. I promise. I don’t always go to Starbucks, but when I do, I order a straight latte.

Her Favorite Things // 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // The new Oh Joy collection at Target makes me want to throw a party. I love all of the bright colors and touches of gold. Even though we aren’t planning any parties anytime soon, I’m thinking about stocking up on a few favorites just for future festivities.  TWO // Okay. Forget everything you think you know about skincare and buy this stuff. I don’t know what magical properties are in this bottle, but it has changed my life. Okay, maybe not my life, but it has changed my skin. No, I take that back. It is life changing. I’ve been using it every morning and night (paired with the Kiehl’s Midnight Recover Serum at night) for about two weeks and my skin is the best it’s ever been. THREE // I’ve always been a fan of Greek yogurt, and I normally stuck with Chobani. However, I kept seeing the Fage commercials with Bobby Flay. I figured he seems to be a food snob, so it has to be good, right? Well, Bobby Flay is my new BFF because this stuff is freaking amazing. Greg loves the honey version and I’m a big fan of the raspberry. I’m looking forward to trying the plain Fage for cooking. FOUR // I’ve always been a fan of clean, fresh perfumes. I’ve been wearing Clinique Happy since I was about 15. I still love it, but on a whim, I wanted to try something different, I got my hands on a deluxe sample of Tory Burch. I love everything Tory Burch, but I still didn’t get my hopes up because I love my Happy so much. You guys–this stuff is amazing. It’s a really nice citrusy, fresh, clean and floral scent and I love it. This one is here to stay for sure. FIVE // Greg bought this for me one night while he was on an errand run to Target. Yeah, he totally knows my gold-loving self. It’s the perfect size for a few deck of cards and our score-keeping notebook. It’s definitely one of my new favorite storage pieces.

So that wraps up this month’s edition of His + Hers. What are you guys digging this month?

HIS + HER FAVORITE THINGS

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So, it’s that time again – time for another round of His + Her Favorite Things! Even though March has finally rolled around, we currently have 5+” of snow and ice on the ground. That’s just crazy. But, without further ado, here’s a round up of what Ash and I have been digging this past month…

His Favorite Things // 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // As soon as Valentine’s Day was over, stores everywhere pretty much packed up all of the pink, heart-shaped items and brought out all things pastel and spring-related. Despite feeling like this was rather strange (with the weather still being so wintery – we currently have 5+” of snow on the ground), this guy was happy because that meant Peeps were now “in season”. No, they aren’t the healthiest things ever, but I love them for a treat around this time of the year – and Ash tolerates them because she hates them… but I married her anyway.  TWO // We’ve had two different stick vacs for small cleanup jobs around the house, and we weren’t too happy with either models. Luckily, we finally found our favorite of the stick vac bunch. It charges by sitting on the stand (so that you don’t have to worry about taking the battery out every time you use it) and the middle section pulls out for use as a “dust buster-style” hand vacuum.  THREE // With this movie getting so many awards the other night, I figured it was time to watch it for myself. I honestly didn’t go into watching it thinking I’d like it that much (I usually like more fiction in my science fiction), but I really ended up enjoying it. I don’t know if it’ll be going on my top ten list or anything, but it’s definitely worth a watch. FOUR // I’m definitely not one for hair products, moisturizers, etc., but the last time I got my hair cut, the hair dresser used this stuff and it’s been a favorite ever since. This stuff is seriously awesome as a leave-in conditioner for my hair and beard. Plus, it doesn’t leave me smelling like a bouquet of flowers. FIVE // I love my office and its dark grey walls, but it has a tendency to be a little dark in the evening. Ash has been helping me pick out a lamp for the room and this lamp is a little pricey, but I think it would be absolutely awesome to bring some industrial character to my otherwise modern work area.

Her Favorite Things // 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // We purchased one of these beauties a few months ago and love it. I love getting up in the morning and having a smoothie included in my morning routine. I’ve been sticking to the same one every morning (apple, banana, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, sliced almonds and flax seed), but I’m looking for a new concoction to try. If any of you guys have a favorite smoothie recipe, pass it along in the comments. (I love ones with lots of spinach!) TWO // I was an avid InStyle reader for years, but ended up letting my subscription expire. I recently started up my subscription again and realized how much I’ve missed it. To me, a perfect night of down time involves a hot beverage, the latest issue of InStyle and my notebook to write down products I want to try out. THREE // Okay, so I know beauty vloggers have been around for yeaaaars, but apparently I’m just now getting the memo. I came across Fleur DeForce while looking for some info on a new face cleanser I wanted to try out. First of all, I love her accent. Second of all, her coloring is similar to mine, so her makeup suggestions are always great. Another favorite of mine is Essie Button. She’s really funny and, again, has similar coloring. I love both of their monthly favorite videos as well as their “beauty haul” and “empties” round ups. // FOUR // I’ve been on the hunt for a new makeup bag, and I fell in love with this one at first sight click. The fun colors, ikat(ish) design and polka dots had me at hello. FIVE // For the past few months, I’ve been on the lookout for a new foundation and, let me just say, I have found the holy grail of foundations. I could really go on and on about this stuff, but I will refrain. I actually found out about it through Etsée’s video showcasing it’s awesomeness. Tarte’s Airbuki brush is the icing on the cake for this product.

So how about you all? Any particular favorites this month?

HIS + HER FAVORITE THINGS

posted by Greg & Ashley  /  18 Comments

Well, this month as certainly flown by. It seriously feels like we were just in Florida for Christmas! Time speeding by like lightning or not, it’s time for another round of His + Hers. Here are our few of our favorite things at the moment…

His Favorite Things // 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // I was (and still am, really) a huge fan of the Marvel universe as a kid, so when I saw this shirt with my favorite X-man on it, there was no passing it up. TWO // We do a reasonable amount of sanding around here, and while the vibrating sander we have does a decent job, I can’t help but think I might get a better overall finish with an orbital like this one. We’ll be looking into buying one of these for an upcoming project in Ash’s office. THREE // Ash’s cousin passed along this product to me and I thought it was a real fun concept. I don’t use USB sticks too often anymore (Dropbox and Google Drive are great for sharing between techies), but I used them a lot in my last job for transferring information to and from clients. Gigs2Go would be great for that sort of thing. FOUR // I got the chance to see Snarky Puppy in concert last weekend, and they were amazing. I think they’re one of those bands that was just meant to be seen live. No song is ever the same twice; they use a few musical ideas as the foundation for a song (like basic melodies, turnarounds, and phrases), and build on that to make some of the best live music I’ve ever heard. Sure, they’re not for everyone (there’s a huge jazz influence here), but they’re definitely worth a try for any music-lover.

Her Favorite Things // 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // A few weeks ago, I finished the last book in the Divergent series. Don’t worry, I’m not going to divulge any spoilers! I read all three in a matter of a few days because I literally couldn’t put them down. When the last book ended, I felt like I needed a hug, haha. The ending was very… unexpected. I’ve read that a lot of people have been giving the author a hard time because of the way she decided to end it, but I think the unexpected ending just made the series even better. If you liked Hunger Games, then you’ll love this serious (probably even more!).  TWO // I’ve always had pretty good skin, but lately it’s been giving me some trouble. I went on the hunt for good skin products and found this magic potion. Oh. My. Word. Simply put, it works, and I highly recommend it. Don’t be put off by the price, because a little does a long way. THREE // This is easily one of the most attractive desk lamps I’ve seen in a while. The brass accents and the fabric-covered cord are just lovely. Well done, Ikea! Definitely making a trip up there soon to snag one for my office. FOUR // Being a lover of paper, I especially love Valentine’s Day. All of the cute, clever and creative cards and crafts make my paper-loving heart happy. As usual Paper-Source is my first stop for cute cards and this one was at the top of my list this year. FIVE // I’m in love with this box for more reasons than one two. The finish is perfect, and it’s the perfect size to display on a coffee table or stash office-essentials like Post-Its on your desk. And it’s on sale, woot!

Now, it’s your turn! How about you guys, what favorites are you crushing on this month?