June Favorites

I can't believe June is already over. In fact, I can't believe that 2016 is halfway over. This year has already been so amazing, and I am so excited to see what the second half of the year brings me. This month has involved lots of planning blog posts, watching too much Netflix, and hanging out with my family since my dad finally moved back home for good! This month has been exactly the kind of summer break I needed after feeling like I was going nonstop for most of my senior year.

Like I said, I've been planning a ton of blog posts. In fact, I've planned so much that starting on July 1, I will be posting every week day. I think I am finally in place where I am comfortable blogging five days a week rather than three. Now that I am writing that out it sounds super strange since I am moving into college in a little over a month... But I do have all of July and August already planned out, and I am pumped to be sharing some great content with y'all.

Plus, I have a bonus Thursday post for tomorrow that I am so excited to share with y'all.

Enough rambling, here are my June favorites:

Catch a blog post featuring this dress next week!

Jessica Howard | I've been obsessed with Jessica Howard dresses forever. Anytime I got to Dillard's I am drawn to all the Jessica Howard dresses. The selection at Dillard's online is a little weak because I cannot find any of the dresses I bought recently, so I would recommend actually going to Dillard's if there is one near you. Macy's also sells Jessica Howard, but again, the online selection is not the best.

Country Club Prep | I am so excited about this! The first Country Club Prep in Georgia opened up right where I live. I absolutely loved the Lexington store, so when I saw we were getting one, I was thrilled. It opened in the middle of the month, and everyone is still settling in, but I am so excited to finally have one where I live. If you're near Atlanta, I highly suggest coming down south and visiting the new store.

Hot Water | So I feel like every month I have a story about my skin breaking out, and this month is no different. #Whatever. My breakout this month was a little different because instead of an area of a really bad breakout, I had one single problem. Nothing would fix it. I, however, had this fact in the back on my mind: Heat will reduce the size of a breakout. So I got a paper towel, wet it with hot water, and put it on my face. Instantaneously, the swelling had been reduced, and I did this a couple more times over the course of about a week. This may be a weird favorite, but it worked wonders.

Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Detoxifying Shampoo & Conditioner | I have hair that naturally gets greasy pretty quickly, which is super annoying, but in the summer, with all the heat, humidity, and sweat, it gets even worse. I was having trouble getting my hair fully clean, so I did what I always do when my hair gets weird. I bought new shampoo. I love this stuff. 1. It work. 2. It smells amazing. My hair can finally go two days without me feeling the need to deep clean it.

Also, this month I got the Batiste Dry Shampoo for dark hair, and I really like it. I like the smell better of the coconut & tropical one, but it works just as well. Plus I don't have to worry about any white residue being left over, which isn't really a problem. I just worry about it.

Hiking | I actually love hiking. It's my preferred method of exercise, and I have been convincing my dad to go with me. We have this pretty cool nature reserve in my county, and the trails are easy. Plus it's next to river/lake, which I love so much. My dad and I actually went to Chattahoochee Bend State Park since I liked it so much when I went with Tori. We did the River Trail because I love walking along the Chattahoochee River and seeing the view. Next on my list is trails more north around the Appalachian area, and I want to go to Stone Mountain too.

The Mowgli's | Y'all. This is my new favorite band. I randomly added their song "San Francisco" to one my playlists, and I fell in love. I began listening to their other songs, and I also really like "Summertime," "The Great Divide," and "I'm Good." Even my dad liked them when I played their songs on our way back from hiking, so we know they're good.

Psych | One of my friends, Grace, recommend this while we were in AP Lit, and I figured since I had finished Scrubs, I would start Psych. The show is pretty funny, but there are episodes that can be suspenseful. I loved Dule Hill in The West Wing, and he's also great in this (He gets to tap more than he ever did in TWW). I love trying to figure out the murderer before the episode is over.

Batman (1989) | Something I've been wanting to do recently is get more into superhero stuff. I've seen most of the Marvel movies, but there's so much I don't know about Marvel and DC, and I want to know more. The only Batman movie I've seen is Dark Knight Rises, so when I saw Batman (1989) was on Netflix, I knew I had to add it to my list. This movie is crazy, and I've had to watch it multiple times to really take it all in. I definitely prefer Christian Bale to Michael Keaton, but Jack Nicholson is an amazing Joker. I want to finish this series and then actually watch all of the reboots and not just the third one...

(I won't lie. I have also been watching all those cartoons of the Superheroes that are on Netflix. I love the Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble.)

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town | A book is finally on one of my monthly favorites. It's been over two years since I have actually talked about a book being one of my favorites, but that's honestly because I forget the books that I've liked reading for school. (Don't worry I am doing a post all about my favorite books soon.) I found Missoula in our library when I was sitting in there working on stuff. Jon Krakauer is one of my favorite authors, and I loved Into the Wild, which I read in AP Lang in 11th grade. I figured I would also like this book.

Krakauer focuses on the rape crisis that happened in Missoula, Montana and the University of Montana. The book is really well-written and tells the stories of multiple victims, which makes it heart-wrenching to read. I will warn you that it can go into great detail about the rapes and assaults, which can definitely be hard to read. If you have an interest in the justice system or social issues, I recommend this book over and over again. I think it's super relevant considering what is going on at Stanford and Baylor. Up next on my list is Under the Banner of Heaven.

xx, jKm

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