Friend Favorites Part X

The favorites that are on my mind and in my life.

I thought no better way to end the series than to share all of my favorites with my baby blog community! I love reading all of the recommendations that get published by friends on the blog and I have had so much fun researching all of the snacks, beauty products, clothing items, hobbies, and TV shows that have come across my way. I am sad that this friend favorites series has to come to a close, but looking forward to many more friend appearances on the blog in the not so distant future. I hope you try out some of my favorites and enjoy them as much as I do. There is so much you can tell about people by what they love. So, here’s something about me.


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Tostitos hint of lime chips and fresh guacamole is one of my favorite go-tos when it comes to snacking. Everyone loves guacamole and it’s even better dipped with Tostitos’ tangy chips with a hint of lime. Crunchy, citrus, creamy, and salty – check, check, check, and check!

Black cherries have always been a childhood favorite of mine around the summer time. I have fond memories of my dad and I sitting in our backyard seeing who could spit our cherry pits the farthest. My dad was always a clear winner and so are these delicious, tart cherries. 

Strawberry Haagen Dazs ice cream has never been a flavor that I would reach for in the grocery store. My tastes have always lied in cookies and cream, dulce de leche, or rum raisin. However, our neighbors often serve this flavor at any party or event that they hold, so it has slowly grown on me over the years. And who doesn’t love pink!

Beauty Product

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Laneige Mini pore waterclay mask is one skin care product that cannot be over looked. I first got hooked on Laneige when my friend Jahnvi recommended that I give the product line a try. Many samples and purchases later, I found this face mask and really fell in love with it. What I especially like about the product is that it comes with this amazing face sponge to help you wipe the excess mask away while you rinse it off. I have definitely seen a significant improvement in my skin overall and I hope you do too!

Ouai fine to medium hair treatment masque came as a recommendation from one of the expert sales people at Sephora. I mentioned to her that I was looking to revitalize my hair a bit, having come out of a long spell of bleaching and dyeing. She told me that this OUAI masque is one of the best in the industry and to give it a try. I have to say that I was not disappointed! This masque really moisturizes and adds volume to your hair, showing visible results in two weeks I’d say. Best hair masque I have used to date, for sure. 

Glossier milky jelly cleanser has been a long time favorite of mine, so I thought that it was about time that it made some beauty list of mine at some point. The smell is to die for and I love the fact that the cleanser is supposed to be applied with minimal water right on the face in order to really clean and refresh the skin. The texture of the product is also really fun, a true jelly feeling that is super soothing to the skin. This is definitely a favorite, I just wish I didn’t run out so quickly!

Favorite Clothing Item

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Club Monaco linen blend shorts have been a recent splurge of mine- yes I bought these in all three colors during their recent 25% off sale. I love the cut of these shorts and that they are super flowy and breathable. What can I say, if you like something, stick with it and buy every color!

An Etsy phone charm is something that I never thought I would be purchasing… until I recently saw a friend with one and instantly knew I needed one for myself. I scoured the internet for ones that I thought would be super fun, yet not overly Y2k- if you know what I am saying. I found this Etsy store and loved the charms that they made, so ordered one for myself and can’t wait until it arrives in the mail this week. 

SOJOs vintage cat eye sunglasses are a purchase that I tell everyone I know about. I love the style of the glasses and you can get them on Amazon for under $15! Yes, you heard me right. I hate to spend too much on sunglasses when I consider myself a liability when it comes to small luxury goods. I have a tendency to loose my favorite things, so it’s a good thing I know that these are easily replaceable. 

Show or Movie

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Selena is just a series that I knew I’d love when I first started watching it. It has incredible music, costumes, and acting, so I knew I wouldn’t be wasting any time on this two season limited series. It’s easy to fall in love with Selena and her incredible family, following their journey from homelessness to stardom. It’s a 10 out of 10 for me. 

The newly released Cruella movie is one for sure not to be missed! Leading ladies Emma Stone and Emma Thompson play incredible opposing forces in this prequel to the cult Disney classic 101 Dalmatians. The costumes are purely incredible and the storyline is filled with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. So quickly find yourself a friend with Disney+ and start up the popcorn!

Watching the Shahs of Sunset has become a Sunday night ritual that my whole family enjoys. Having watched the show for many seasons now, it feels as though the characters are like my glamorous distant Persian relatives. The reality TV show is filled with tears, laughs, and a whole lot of shimmer and shine. I always finish the show wanting more- until next Sunday!

Hobby or Activity

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I can’t say that I am very good at it, but I also can’t say that I haven’t tried! Meditating has become a new hobby of mind that I have started doing before bed time to help turn off my brain and relax. I have been using Headspace on Netflix to learn more about the practice as well as the Peloton app’s meditation courses. The deep breathing exercises have changed my life when it comes to managing anxiety. I recommend you also give it a try if you have any curiosity around the practice! It can only help!

Going to the plant nursery has become a recent frequent event of my family’s over the weekends. I find something so relaxing about spending time among the plants and in nature. Smelling the flowers and picking out plants for our yard is such a fun way to spend time outside, get some exercise, and shop! Sounds like all of my favorite things in one!

An obvious passion of mine is blogging, and it’s a good thing that it is! I love taking the time after work to write, read, and strategize on the week’s content and what I think you all would enjoy reading about! Blogging has changed my perspective around content creation, entrepreneurship, branding, marketing- you name it! I especially love putting out blog posts and reading all of your feedback and responses. Thank you for reading, it means more than you know!

Friend Favorites Part IX

The favorites my friends are all talking about.

The pandemic has taught me the importance of picking up the phone and making a random call to my good friends or texting a buddy I haven’t spoken to in a while. It’s those small interactions that keep us all together. It’s not only the deep talks, but the quick check-ins. Sending a funny GIF, an inside joke as a text, or a voice message just to say “I love you”. I find that these touch points are the ones that mean the most to me. It means “I thought of you” and “I care that you’re in my life”. Here’s to more friends, more chats, and more sharing- like these favorites! Let’s jump right into it!

Michelle (left), Saint Nova (center), Tommy (right)


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Michelle: Trader Joe’s dried mango slices. It’s delicious AND nutritious!! They are also super affordable and easy to munch on throughout the day!

Saint Nova: Lately I have been slacking on health and divulging into junk. Junk being Jalapeño Cheetos, perfect for anytime with enough kick. I have always liked chips and things on the go, it’s always a good light option that can hold me over until the next drag show or meal. 

TommyMy current favorite snack is glazed pecans. In addition to providing a boost of protein, fats, and fiber, they’re a great pick-me-up when I’m feeling sluggish and don’t leave me feeling heavy.

Beauty Product

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Michelle: Olive and June nail polish. I love their nail polish because it’s really great quality and they make it super easy to get professional looking nails. I am no artist but somehow they make my nails look like I went to the salon!

Saint Nova: I haven’t always been a skincare freak or anything of it. If it’s not broke don’t fix it. Clinque fresh pressed moisturizer has hit the spot every time. I have oily skin so finding moisturizers that don’t make my face even oilier is hard. This works and gives my face just enough. 

TommyDr. Squatch men’s natural soaps are my favorite right now. In addition to their tantalizing scents, they leave me feeling fresh and clean!

Favorite Clothing Item

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MichelleFunky jeans with embroidery on them. I love spicing up a classic blue Jean with a fancy design. They really spice up an outfit and look a lot more creative than a regular pair of jeans. I got them thrifted and so they are super unique and I like that I haven’t seen anyone wearing the same pair as me when I’m out and about.

Saint Nova: I have always had expensive taste, but not an expensive budget. I love designer dupes and I found these Bottega Venetta mesh heels from SHIEN and I love. They give me the luxury look without the price.

TommyMy favorite clothing item would have to be my black overalls. They can serve a practical purpose or be a fashion statement depending on the day!

Show or Movie

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MichelleAre You the One? on MTV is my fav show right now. It’s a reality TV show where there ten girls and ten guys and they each take a test ahead of time and figure out who their perfect match is in the house. It’s hilarious seeing everyone fight over one another and start stupid drama! There also is a logic component to it because they have a reveal at the end of every episode based on the pairs who is correct and who isn’t and it’s fun to try to look at past matches to understand who can or can’t be a match based on the numbers.

Saint Nova: Currently, I have been into psycho thrillers. Behind Her Eyes on Netflix is a chilling series that combines drama with chilling astral projection stories. It really gets you thinking about what our mind could or is able to do. What are the many things we can do with our minds that are yet to be discovered. 

TommyMy favorite movie has been and always will be Juice (1992). It was filmed in my hometown of NYC and features events that I was able to relate to growing up in the city with my friends.

Hobby or Activity

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MichelleI have been really into thrifting lately! There are two thrift shops within walking distance of me and it’s so fun to explore new styles and find unique pieces on the weekends! It’s also fun to remake a piece by cutting it or sewing it and making your own custom piece!

Saint Nova: DRAG DRAG & DRAG. I recently began my drag career and I love it. It combines my love of performing with makeup and fashion. It has helped me when I didn’t feel so great about myself. It helped me explore so many things about myself and express my gender identity.

TommyMy favorite hobby is fishing. It allows me to get out in nature and temporarily forget everything else I have going on.

Friend Favorites Part VIII

The favorites my friends are all talking about.

If there is one thing I think is worth collecting, it’s friends. I love thinking about every person that I have ever met and how our lives will forever be intersected. We will have memories, and stories, and experiences that no one can take away from us. That is something quite special. If there is one thing that I have learned from writing this blog, it’s how much I value and am in awe of my friends. They inspire me to dream bigger, do better, and be my very best. That got deep quick! On a lighter note, here are three of my friends and all of the fun things they are loving lately. Enjoy!

Olivia (right), Egem (center), Hashmita (left)


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Olivia: As of now, my favorite thing to snack on is anything beets! I’ve been putting them in all my salads, making hummus with them and they’re my side dishes to every meal. I think they’re beautiful and I love how sweet they are. 

Egem: Trader Joe’s Elote Corn Chip Dippers. Not to be dramatic, but I would die for these chips. They’re super good alone because of the seasoning and even better dipped into anything (which for me is usually hummus). 

Hashmita: Biscoff– it’s the perfect snack with my daily coffee.

Beauty Product

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Olivia: Since high school i have been in love with anything Glossier. My favorite product of theirs is their liquid Futuredew highlighter, I’m not a huge makeup person but glitter is always something I add. 

Egem: Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream. I’m obsessed with this product. It’s a moisturizer that is super light and actually feels refreshing for hours, so a little goes a long way; I find that it is very similar to Tatcha’s Water Cream. 

Hashmita: Mac amplified lipstick in smoked almond. It’s the perfect shade for my skin tone!

Favorite Clothing Item

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Olivia: It’s been much warmer in Washington, D.C. and sundresses have my heart! I love that they’re so simple of an outfit and yet look put together, and they are perfect for the summer. I thrift all of my sundresses too so they’re always unique. 

Egem: Chunky vintage belts. I’ve been wearing a ton of slip dresses and sundresses lately, and I think an oversized belt really helps add a silhouette and make the outfit more interesting. I also think it goes well with the chunky/mismatched trend that’s happening right now with La Manso rings and “candy” jewelry  from the likes of Wald Berlin, Brinker & Eliza, Martha Calvo, etc.

Hashmita: A pair of comfy shorts. Working from home is a lot more easy in a comfortable pair of shorts. It’s also the perfect clothing item to beat the heat. 

Show or Movie

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Olivia: I absolutely love the show VEEP! It’s a show I have rewatched countless times. I enjoy funny TV shows more than any other TV and Juila Louis Dreyfus is always fantastic. 

Egem: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Sometimes, I just want to turn my brain off and watch someone worry about whether their Prada bag matches their socks for an hour. RHOBH is great mindless television, and watching it with a group of friends makes it especially fun. 

Hashmita: Lucifer. It’s has the perfect mix of crime, romance and Lucifer is easy on the eyes 

Hobby or Activity

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Olivia: My favorite hobby is playing my ukulele. I picked it up a few years ago and have self taught myself quite a few songs. I love practicing new songs and ways of playing or strumming so it’s a hobby I can’t ever get enough of!

Egem:  Disposable Photography. I recently got a pack of disposable cameras from Amazon, and have been having a great time going around in NYC with friends and documenting everything. I like that, unlike a heavier camera, I can just whip this one out and take pictures that happen in the moment!

Hashmita: Playing card games with my family, especially UNO. With the current lockdown and everyone being stuck at home it’s the perfect way to pass time.

Friend Favorites Part VII

The favorites my friends are all talking about.

I hope this series never ends! It’s truly such a connector between me and old and new friends! It’s provides a window into what they are up to when I am not able to experience them in person. And if you know anything about me, you know I miss my friends! The pandemic as well as country borders can separate us, but the Friend Favorites series keeps us together. This week, I am featuring my bestie Jahnvi, my new work friend Mackenzie, and one of my first friends from college Tanisha! These ladies are as sophisticated and fun as it gets, so take notes! I know I will be!

Jahnvi (left), Mackenzie (center), Tanisha (right)


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Jahnvi: My go-to snack are masala flavored Lay’s chips. They are my favorite kind of chip, with just enough spice- however, if you know me you really can never have enough spice!

Mackenzie: SkinnyPop Popcorn! I’ve always loved popcorn, in fact 98% of the reason I go to the theater is for the popcorn. Since theaters in Toronto have been closed since October, I’ve been obsessed with SkinnyPop as a yummy and healthier alternative.

Tanisha: Cucumber with lemon, salt and red chili powder. It’s refreshing, light and delicious when I don’t want to eat something heavy. 

Beauty Product

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Jahnvi: Currently I am obsessed with this Forest Essentials Intensive Hair Repair Masque and this Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt. I use both of them once a week (usually on a weekend / whenever I’m bored and want to pamper myself in lockdown). First I apply the masque all over for about 45-ish minutes while I watch an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Then I wash it off using the scrub- I also read that the best way to wash your hair is actually upside down, apparently it increases blood flow. I’m not sure if it works, but it doesn’t hurt to try. 

Mackenzie: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. The French know how to do skincare! This cream is iconic for a reason – it makes your face feel like satin.

Tanisha: Revlon One Step Volumizer hair dryer. With thick and curly hair like mine and not much time in the day, this product makes my hair straight and smooth within 10 mins. It’s honestly my go to and I can’t live without it.

Favorite Clothing Item

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Jahnvi: Since we’re back in lockdown in India, I have gone back to living in my pajamas. I really like these ones from Uniqlo because they’re so breathable and cooling! Also I like wearing full pajama sets because I feel, and look, more put-together wearing them. 

Mackenzie: UGG Cozette Slide. When WFH started I decided to treat myself to a new type of “work shoe,” and now I’m absolutely obsessed with them.

Tanisha: Zara wide leg ripped blue jeans. They’re high waisted so with summer around the corner, they’re perfect for crop tops and anything really. 

Show or Movie

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Jahnvi: I’m super into survival / apocalyptic movies right now, probably because it makes me feel even more grateful to be at home (with a warm bed, and with no shortage of food supplies). Highly recommend this strategy for anyone with lockdown fatigue. So far my favorite has been Adrift which is based on a true story about a couple caught in a class 4 hurricane in the Pacific Ocean. It’s an amazing story with unreal views (so you also feel like you’re transported to a beautiful place without leaving your bed).

Mackenzie: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I can hear you judging me from there! But hear me out – since the onset of the pandemic our social lives have nearly halted, so watching a reality TV show has in some ways been a (more glamorous!) substitute for socializing.

Tanisha: Ginny and Georgia. A fun loving, hilarious, and surprisingly deep, but relatable story about a mom and daughter relationship.

Hobby or Activity

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Jahnvi: I’ve been swimming as much as I can, especially when I am in a bad mood or stressed. It instantly makes me feel better and makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation.

Mackenzie: Morning Walks. I love to get up and go for walk first thing in the morning. I like to call it my “fake commute.” I usually bring a coffee and listen to a podcast. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and feel somewhat accomplished before starting the workday.

Tanisha: Going to the grocery store, because what else is there to do, really?

Friend Favorites Part VI

The favorites my friends are all talking about.

Friends are those who celebrate the victories with us and provide a shoulder to rest on when times are tough. Friends remember where we put our house keys and can offer the best help when picking out a date-night outfit. Friends laugh at our jokes, when they are far from funny, and sing karaoke with us, putting up with our off-pitch vocals. Friends support our hard decisions and call out our bad ones. Friends feed us when we are sick and lift us up on their shoulders when we are thriving (and at a concert). Our friends, they really do it all and these three ladies are no exception! These friends of mine have a whole new slew of recommendations for you this week, from classical gorilla painting to snail trail skin solutions. Wow, I really do love my friends- and all of their quirks!

Grace (left), Tara (center), Jazmin (right)


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Grace: No bake energy bites because they are easy to make, store, and eat!

Tara: I love making acai bowls! I buy either Sambazon or Trader Joe’s base and throw in any fruit and a tbsp of peanut butter for creaminess!

Jazmin: I just got a big pack of amazing creamy fresh mangoes and have had one everyday this past week. I’m an addict. It’s replaced my need for other desserts so it feels slightly healthier. 

Beauty Product

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Grace: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. This is weird, but you feel the difference and it makes your face feel so great!

Tara: Glossier perfume! I love the scent so much and spray it wherever I go!

Jazmin: My favorite beauty product right now is a Tree Hut Shea Sugar Exfoliating Body Scrub in Coconut Lime I got from Walmart. It’s coconut and lime scented, but not overwhelming as I have really sensitive skin.

Favorite Clothing Item

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Grace: Men dry stretch long sleeve sweatshirt from Uniqlo is the best. I like how basic and versatile it is for Zoom. Also, pockets! Love ’em!

Tara: This Abercrombie polka dot top with a square neckline and tie straps is my favorite and super cute for summer! (similar here)

Jazmin: My favorite clothing item I have right now is a jean jacket I just got from a vintage store in New York City. It has jean sleeves and an old Victorian painting- type tapestry fabric on the main body and it’s so pretty.

Show or Movie

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Grace: Legend of the White Snake. I just finished this C-Drama based off of this old legend and I love that I was able to trick myself to learn more Chinese through this. 

Tara: I have been watching The Crown and I love it! Every time I watch another episode I end up googling the royal family for hours and go down a rabbit hole. 

Jazmin: I’m obsessed with watching any Food Network show and I’m very excited for Spring Baking Championship finale! Another show I was obsessed with a month ago was Ramy, which is on Hulu and is amazing. 

Hobby or Activity

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Grace: I’ve been biking a lot more and discovering new trails that run over 45 miles. Washington Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park is a new trail that I have found and love. Even though I’ve lived in Virginia my whole life, I feel like I am discovering a new place every time I am hitting the road. 

Tara: I recently moved back to Boston, so I love to take stroll when the weather is nice and go thrifting!

Jazmin: My current favorite hobby is painting because I think it’s really calming but also fun. I’ve only picked it up this past year and have started painting gorillas in classic well known paintings. I don’t know why, but I think it’s so funny and they’ve turned out kind of OK? (Ursula says: “incredible!”)

Friend Favorites Part V

The favorites my friends are all talking about.

15 friends later and here we are, halfway through the series! This week, I chose three friends (including one relative) that I have known for quite some time now. I love making new friends, but there is something quite special about having friends you have known for some time. And even these will friends surprise you! Who knew that my gal pal Fifi liked to people watch for style inspo, that my girlfriend Fay enjoyed munching on crackers, or that my own brother has been hiding a facemask that he enjoys from me! Enjoy these new friend favorites- I know I have!

Max (left), Fay (center), Fifi (right)

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Max: Siggis Honey Yogurt and granola. Siggis yogurt is the best, it has a bunch of probiotics and with the honey it is not too sour. This is also a great snack to have before working out, it gives me enough energy without feeling too full.

Fay: My favorite snack is Fantastic Original Rice Crackers because it is a healthy snack that tastes so good and fills me up.

Fifi: As you know, I don’t snack for the most part, but, if I do, I always get Ben & Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough and mint chocolate chip. It’s just the best ever! I even eat it when it’s 5 degrees in Boston.

Beauty Product

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Max: Belif First Aid Transforming Peel Off Mask. This mask is the absolute best! Coming from someone who has struggled with acne most of my life, I would use this mask before going out and it was like I had a new face after 15 min. It helped clear up some of my breakouts and take the redness out of my face. It is a total lifesaver especially if you are short on time.

Fay: My favorite beauty product is the Obagi Daily Hydro Drops because it is acts as a serum that is so light, yet it provides my face with instant hydration and leaves it with a lovely glow.

Fifi: Anti-aging serum called Rejuvenating Essentials from Comfort Zone. You know what I mean when you turn 25!

Favorite Clothing Item

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Max: My current favorite clothing item is my Replica bianchetto sneakers. I am in love with Maison Margiela replica sneakers. They are a classic look with a twist and great quality. The shoes are a great way to add a bit of fun to your everyday look. This version is my current favorite out of all of the ones in my rotation

Fay: My current favorite clothing line is COS because I can find a variety of items that suit different occasions, whether that be for work or daily outings and they constantly change the collection.

Fifi: I haven’t renewed my closet for a while, but I recently fell in love with the new Chanel flap in cherry, which is limited edition. It’s a new size and just by looking at the picture it makes me so happy, I guess also because spring is coming and I always need a new handbag!

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Max: My current favorite show is Veep. It has to be one of the best TV comedies of all times. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is amazing the whole cast is so talented and even if I have seen the episode a bunch of times I am always laughing. It is especially relatable to today’s political climate.

Fay: My favorite show right now is a Turkish TV series called Cukur and I enjoy watching it because it is an excellent combination of action, romance, and comedy, and storyline just keeps getting more and more interesting.

Fifi: I haven’t watched that much, but I do really like the movie Manchester by the Sea. It’s a little depressing, but it reveals the fact that sometimes you don’t have to work hard to heal the wounds you have from the past. You just have to let them be.

Hobby or Activity

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Fay: My current favorite activity is going on my daily walk because I get a good 1-1.5 hour of time to just relax and listen to my music or a nice podcast. Of course the best part is when I end my walk with my dog, Asooli.

Fifi: People watching from my window! It sounds sketchy, but I really enjoyed looking at what everyone’s doing and what they are wearing.

Friend Favorites Part IV

The favorites my friends are all talking about.

Truffle hot sauce, Masterclasses, Shiseido for men… this blog post really has it all! This week my friends are giving you the low-down on all of the things they are loving right now, which includes some intriguing recommendations to say the least. If you have been following along, you will definitely consider purchasing some Supergoop! products by now or investing in Hulu or Netflix subscription to watch all of the latest movies and shows my friends are loving. Today, we have three friends, who I met during my study abroad program, giving up their latest finds. They could not be more different, yet more the same in so many ways. Take it away guys and gal!

James (left), Ola (center), Jeremie (right)


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James: Apples, oranges, blueberries or nuts because they’re healthy!

Ola: Truff Hot Sauce – technically not a snack but it’s a condiment that I’ve been putting on everything from eggs to veggies and I would highly recommend if you want to spice up your life.

Jeremie: Greek yogurt topped with seeds, oats, and fruit is the best snack I’ve found to satisfy and sugar cravings.

Beauty Product

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James: Shiseido face wash– really makes my face feel clean. My aunt sent it to me in a care package when in college and I’ve been using it since.

Ola: Supergoop Glowscreen – I recently got this sunscreen because I’ve heard so many great things about the brand and founder. It’s moisturizing and makes the skin so radiant.

Jeremie: I have a love-hate with Crest 3D whitening strips. They feel like a chore to use, but it’s a big confidence boost.

Favorite Clothing Item

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James: PIMCO t-shirt, it’s from a friend and it’s soft and versatile. My friends and I give each other t-shirts from where we work and one of my best friends works at PIMCO. The shirt is blue and very soft, it’s also large so I can lounge in it. 

Ola: Soludos sneakers – I got a pair of these embroidered sneakers last summer and they are so cute and unique and super comfortable too!

Jeremie: I’ve been wearing smart trousers from H&M lately. They’re comfortable in spring weather and easy to dress up or down, depending on your shoes and top.

Show or Movie

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James: Movie is Limitless with Bradley Cooper. I like movies that involve smart people, I also like the idea of being able to unlock the rest of your brain.

Ola: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – I feel like I might be the only person who watches this but it’s a show where the main character hears her friends’ and family members’ innermost feelings and thoughts through song. As a former musical theater nerd, I really enjoy the performances and random singing and dancing.

Jeremie: I’ve been loving MasterClasses, especially Sara Blakely’s and Chris Voss’s. Anytime you hear someone speak about one specific craft that he/she mastered, it’s a great mix of entertainment and education.

Hobby or Activity

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James: Anything with friends: poker, drinking, the beach, you name it!

Ola: Reading! I’m currently enjoying Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton, a British journalist. It’s a memoir about growing up that explores navigating friendships, jobs, loss and romance. I also recently read Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo which I would recommend if you’re looking for something more serious.

Jeremie: My girlfriend and I have been finding things to do in our area on TikTok. It’s an easy way to plan a date night while doing things we normally wouldn’t.

Friend Favorites Part III

The favorites my friends are all talking about.

Yes, it’s our first all-male edition of friend favorites, where I asked my guy friends what items they are using, snacks they are eating, what they are wearing, and so much more. Whether it be my girl friends or my guy friends, I feel like there is always something to learn. Who knew that I needed some kale chips and a Dyson hair dryer stat!? One of the many reasons I love asking my friends for recommendations is because they all have such diverse perspectives and viewpoints. I walk away learning so much and feeling motivated to give something new a try! Here are the latest friend recommendations- get your wallets ready!

Ivan (left), Justin (center), Hayoung (right)


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Ivan: Crispy kale chips 12/10, perfect balance between healthy, and crispy that you get from wanting to munch on something.

Justin: Frozen Mango. Perfect summer snack, cold and soft, yet firm consistency.

Hayoung: I don’t snack much, but chocolate covered pretzels, I have a HUGE sweet tooth.

Bathroom Product

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Ivan: Differin Acne Treatment Gel, it’s my hidden secret that I use to spot treat wrinkles, and small pimples!

Justin: Unseen Sunscreen by Supergoop. A daily essential and you never feel like you’re wearing sunscreen. 

Hayoung: My Dyson hair dryer, it dries my hair in like 15 seconds… it’s incredible.

Favorite Clothing Item

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Ivan: I am super eager to start traveling again, and nothing says beach side vacation like a pair of Havaianas.

Justin: Lululemon shorts, “The short.” Its just a must for working from home. 

Hayoung: My brown leather loafers from To Boot New York, it’s my go-to when I’m going out to dinner.

Show or Movie

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Ivan:Broad City” is the right balance between chaotic and borderline weird that I crave in a TV show.

Justin: Forget a movie or show – online classes on “EdX”

Hayoung: “How I Met Your Mother”, I think it’s the perfect show (except for the ending).


Hobby or Activity

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Ivan: Never underestimate the power of a good walk! I usually listen to Gary Vee’s coffee chats on YouTube, and it’s cool to listen to him while being outside and enjoying the weather.

Justin: Cycling! It’s important to get sun and fresh air, you can cover great distances and it’s great for socializing.

Hayoung: Getting a great meal with my friends, vibes are so good before, during, and after.

Luna Zhang on Knits, Crochets, and a Month of Creation

A business brain with a passion for fashion.

It all started with some crochet needles, a sewing machine, and a dream.

Two months ago Luna Zhang was determined to fully realize her passion for sustainable fashion when she applied for a grant from Babson College, where she currently attends. Despite not having any previous experience, Luna was up for the challenge and, with the grant, was able to purchase a sewing machine and take on the one and a half month-long feat of learning how to make clothing garments. 

It has always been a dream of Luna’s to learn how to make clothing and when the opportunity presented itself for her to explore this dream, she knew that she had to jump on it. Along the way, Luna learned as much about herself as the tailoring process- realizing the importance of incorporating her political stances within the pieces as well as how far true grit and determination can get you. 

One aspect of fashion that is especially important to Luna is sustainability. Having been a devoted thrifter over the years, Luna wanted to incorporate sustainability into making her clothes for this project by repurposing the yarn from thrifted blankets as well as parts of clothes from thrift stores. Luna also wanted to emphasize gender neutrality in the pieces that she made, a direction that she views fashion should be going into. During Luna’s final exhibition she even had both women and men wear her pieces, emphasizing the desire for her clothing to be inclusive for everyone. 

The inspiration behind her knits have undeniably been color, which married well with the timing of her spring exhibition. Luna was also moved by different textures and the opportunity to incorporate these in the same piece, especially enjoying combining thick and thin yarns to create a 3-D effect. Additionally, Luna credits some muses throughout her process, such as ʟɪɴᴅsᴀʏ ᴠʀᴄᴋᴏᴠɴɪᴋ – a super talented design student in NYC- being her biggest inspiration along with YouTuber Emma Chamberlain


Throughout her journey, Luna notes the many challenges that she had to overcome in order to finish her project within such a tight timeline of one and a half months. Reflecting back, Luna mentions that she wishes she had three to four months, however, is grateful for the restrictive amount of time, given that it really focused her on completing the task at hand. In the beginning, Luna said that she spent countless hours making a number of mistakes and fighting with her sewing machine, which she definitely underestimated the difficulty of using. Luna mentions that she and her sewing machine fostered an intimate bond, especially when she hit a jam. Looking back, however, Luna finds that the imperfections in her clothes are a reflection of the beauty of the mistakes that she has made along the way. Luna used the process of trial and error along with countless hours of YouTube video tutorials in getting to her final result.

At one point during the process, Luna admits that she wasn’t even sure if her project would fail or succeed. Luna had zero idea of the interworkings of design and fashion and had to completely shift her business brain to a design brain overnight. 

“Business students get put into a box sometimes in what they can do. I had imposter syndrome and self-doubt along the way that I had to battle. I worked with great design students at my Converse internship and never thought that I could do what they were doing,” Luna mentions in our interview. This ties into her biggest learning point:

You are your biggest supporter and enemy, so be kind to yourself and don’t hold yourself back from things you want to try because at the end of the day we make mistakes and you should do it if it’s your passion. 

Throughout this project, Luna proved to herself that she is capable of achieving her dreams and is more than just a business student- she can achieve whatever she puts her mind to. 


Although Luna admits that seeing it all come together at the end was the most rewarding part of her journey, she isn’t stopping with the unveiling of her exhibition. Luna is currently taking future commissions of her work (DM her!) and will be donating the proceeds to the Asian American community, a cause that is especially close to her heart.

I am the happy owner of a Luna original crochet halter top, a piece with a story and meaning so much bigger than I could have ever imagined. 


Friend Favorites Part II

The favorites my friends are all talking about.

It’s only the second part of the series and I feel as though there is so much for me to try that my friends have recommended! I love taking recommendations for so many reasons, the main one being that it bonds you closer to your friends. When you try something that someone else is passionate about, you are able to connect with them on that experience. A funny show they mention? The best way to spark some laughs in referencing the punchline during a conversation. A yummy dessert recommendation? An insight into your friend’s palette. A soft sweater they always talk about? The perfect birthday gift when the time comes. And when the time comes for these three friends of mine, I know just what to get them!

Farah (left), Thomas (center), Pam (right)


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Farah: Chocolate chewy bar. They are light, delicious and reminds me of the great memories I had durning my middle school and high school days in Tunis when we would go to the commecery to buy them.

Thomas: Pink Lady Apple. I have a bad addiction to sugar and find it sometimes satisfies my craving for something sweet and sugary.

Pam: Baked hot Cheetos. They are sooo good and addicting. I also think they taste better than the regular hot Cheetos.

Beauty Product

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Farah: Province Apothecary eye brow serum. My favorite serum to promote hair growth for eyebrows. The only thing that has ever worked for me!

Thomas: Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream. I love to use this product after I’ve washed, scrubbed, and toned my face with the Aesop In Two Minds Facial Toner. My face is always glowing afterwards and makes me feel like I’m at my best.

Pam: La Roche-posay Lipikar Lotion AP+. I was using a toner that irritated my skin. It caused a really bad reaction and ended up drying out my skin MAJORLY. This has single handedly saved my skin. Also using it all over my body for soft and hydrated skin.

Favorite Clothing Item

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Farah: AG black skinny jeans legging. By far, one of the most comfortable pair of jeans that I have ever purchased. A little pricey, but the quality is worth it & I still have my first pair of AG jeans since I bought it 5 years ago!

Thomas: My current favorite clothing item has to be my HENRE swim shorts. Launching this summer, along with swim briefs I based the HENRE collection on the inspirational mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs.

Pam: My beige Khaite aceline cardigan. Soooo comfortable and cozy. Would wear it everyday if I could.

Show or Movie

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Farah: Definitely Grey’s Anatomy. And not because I’m a doctor! I first started watching this show in early 2000’s since my days in Tunis & it’s just been an ongoing thing for me, one of those shows that feels like home & Meredith is like part of the family.

Thomas: Schitts Creek is my absolute go to. The show is so beautifully written and produced. I feel like I’ve learned and grown a lot as a person from watching the show. There is a line in the show where the character Alexis Rose says to her brother “nobody’s thinking about you as much as you’re thinking about you” and the saying really hit a nerve and changed the way I viewed life in general.

Pam: Grace and Frankie. They are such a hilarious duo. Love their different personalities and how they balance each other. This is really a show that is hard to stop once you start.

Hobby or Activity

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Farah: Driving around in my car with my friends, the windows down with my favorite playlist on!

Thomas: I love a long bike ride with my headphones in listening to Dua Lipa and my snapping photos of my surroundings on my camera.

Pam: Long walks. Not a big fan of cardio but I can go on hours long walks. Something about and evening stroll to close out your day or a mid-day walk to clear your mind. Also, I feel like this is all I can do these days…