Today’s “Friday Faves” post is a little longer than the last, mainly because it’s combining two weeks of favorites in to one!
A little back story as to why:: Last week, I took some much needed time for R&R with Andrew (after having a really rough week – particularly Friday!) and decided to let myself off the hook for my scheduled post. Through my blogging journey, I’ve discovered that my path to success is driven by listening to my own needs and allowing myself space to “let myself down” or not meet my self-induced, super-high expectations. It’s been such a great chance to get to know myself and develop a healthy relationship with stress and my body!
So now that you know you have a bunch to look forward to and why, let’s get the party started!
I’ve had such a great time the past few weeks shopping for the new season, updating my tech equipment, and pushing myself to get fit that there’s a huge variety in my favorites this time around.
THE NEW AND IMPROVED IPHONE
Let’s start with the device that makes all of my blogging dreams come true – The iPhone! Not many of you know (because I couldn’t snap, call, or text), but I was in Dallas two weeks ago for a wedding. While there, I dropped my phone and the screen died. Like immediately. Into a million little pieces. I wasn’t upset though… Why? Because I was still sporting the iPhone 6 16G in white and I seriously deserved an upgrade after that trauma. I could only have 100 photos, NO music, and 3 videos on my phone at any given time.
CONVENTIENTLY!!! The new iPhone 7 was released the day after I got back to Denver! Of course I decided to go with the rose gold one with 220-something GB of data. I don’t even know what to do with all the extra memory space, but I love it! The phone is definitely my favorite version yet. The button isn’t as bad as people are making it seem; it still feels like a button when you push it and the sensitivity makes it so much easier to handle!
A few other things I really like about the phone? The camera – IT’S AMAZING! I don’t even carry my DSLR camera anymore. I also really like the Bluetooth headphone capability and haven’t missed the headphone jack. The last thing I love about my new phone is MY CASE. A huge shout out to Kate Spade for the party case – the new phone really is worth celebrating! Shop my case here.
I was so excited for mail day this past Tuesday that when the package came I almost hugged the mailman! These new Tory Burch sunglasses are absolutely going to be a fall favorite this season. The yellow ear pieces are the perfect color of mustard and the turtle shell frames are everything. I love that big lenses with pointed frames are coming back (along with chokers and wide-legged pants!). I feel like I am reliving 3 different generations middle school experiences!
The best part, I got them from a wonderful store in Dallas, Carlens Luxury Optical. They always have the best prices. If you are on the market for some new shades, give them a call or stop by their store – They are offering 20% OFF to anyone who mentions The Novice Native sent them… in case you didn’t realize, that’s a lot off a pair of sunnies! They are located in Dallas off of HW75 (Central Expressway) & Park Ln or you can visit their website here.
This week’s fashion find is a two-for-one special!
I had such a wonderful response to my date night outfit this past week, mainly the jeans, that I decided to feature them today. They are SO comfy and definitely a FAVE in my closet. To be honest, I’ve had them for 2 years and still wear them every chance I get…. So where do the magic jeans come from? Express! They aren’t selling this color anymore, but I found a darker version of them HERE !
My second obsession this week is this Blanket Scarf. I have completely jumped on the scarf train. They are so soft and definitely big enough to keep your neck warm. I would have to say that my favorite part about this particular scarf is its ability to act like a blanket when I’m really cold; I can take it off my neck, unfold it, and wrap it around my shoulders like a blanket… Needless to say, it’s been properly named.
(photos by Alex_Takes_Photos IG:: @alex_takes_photos)
THE MUSCLE RELIEF
Last on today’s list, but certainly not least, is my new tool in battling the effects of my car accident. I had so many questions about my accident after posting about getting Botox that I decided to share another tool I’ve used to help with the muscle tension and spasms related to whiplash.
This series of tools is a product of RAD ROLLER. They are a Denver-based company who create rollers and massage tools that tailor to smaller areas. If you need an example, the photo above shows me rolling a very small area of my neck without hurting other areas or pulling my hair! I was introduced to them at a Lululemon event a few months ago and fell in love with their products. (p.s. that's where my leggings are from)
The tiny rollers and balls have been life savers, significantly reducing the number of massages I’ve received since beginning to use them. I “roll out” my tension spots on a daily basis and use the balls on pressure points I was trained help with overall well-being. My hands are the primary place I use them, as I spend a lot of time writing and typing. They provide a ton of relief when I’m starting to feel fatigued. You can check them out here, and feel free to ask me any questions!!