welcome back to three on thursday, a post of my weekly (and all time) top three favorites.
1. sabra olive tapenade hummus. i have been on a real green olive kick lately, i'm not sure why. but i keep ordering it anywhere i can find it - on pizza, on salads, by itself with feta cheese. so i decided to try out this version of the sabra hummus (on a 2 for 1 sale, of course) and omg it's amazing. you must try it if you're a hummus and olive fan. i don't care for black olives but this is just pure green olive goodness. and it's not overwhelmingly olive if you're worried about that - it's a great balance. the flavor is perfect. go get the hummus.
2. 8tracks. i've mentioned this app before but i really do love it. it's free and seems to have way less restrictions than pandora. plus you can make your own playlists - everything is user generated. which means that when tara was in town, we were able to find a playlist for power hour (where you take a shot of beer every minute for an hour and the song changes every 60 seconds to remind you to do so) that was all 90s music. more than 1, in fact. it was glorious. but it really is an awesome app, you can search for anything you like! by artist, by genre, by mood (happy + country + summer + florida georgia line tends to be what i always search for!) so if you haven't gotten it yet, you need to.
3. solid everything. i'm going solid beauty products crazy over here. have i mentioned that i'm going to alaska? i can't remember. anyway, i am. going on an alaskan cruise the first week of august with my parents. we fly from here (chicago) to seattle and then the cruise leaves out of seattle and is out for 8 days, 7 nights, with stops in juneau, ketchikan, skagway, and a sail through glacier bay before stopping in victoria, canada and then back to seattle. i'm super excited about this. i also refuse to bring checked luggage. truth: i don't even own luggage big enough to warrant checking, it's all carry on size. i'm 100% confident in my ability to fit my entire wardrobe in a carry on, but then you also have to think about things like toiletries and curling irons. i also bring my hair dryer because i'm super weird about my hair (which you know, i'm sure.)
as you also probably know, when you bring a carry on, you can only have 1 quart sized bag for all of your liquids and gels, and that those things can only be in 3.4 ounce size containers or smaller. that is precious little space, my friends. and sure, when you're like 'oh shampoo, conditioner, body wash, done' you think you've got it handled but no - lotion, foundation, contact solution, hair spray, lip gloss, toothpaste, liquid eyeliner, the list goes on and on. getting it all in is an art if you're picky about products like me and refuse to use hotel stuff (it's crappy quality and it's wasteful!) and personally, i have to fly with many mini liquor bottles (which is fine, btw, if they're under 3.4 oz) because i am a terrible flyer so all that baggie space needs to be liquor. and right now, it will be! because i have managed to make everything else totally solid and therefore outside the baggie restriction. we're talking solid shampoo and conditioner bars from lush, solid lotion bars, solid sunscreen, solid makeup primer, even solid toothpaste. if you're curious about specific products, all cruelty free of course, let me know and i'll tell you.
i'm going to the flight001 chicago pop up store this evening with my friend, i'm so excited for all things packing. i'll probably do a post on the cool stuff in the store and more details about my solid products i'm bringing, but if you have any specific requests about this area, please let me know. i definitely think i could talk a ton about what i'm bringing, how to pack for 9 days in a carry on, even for cold weather, what i'm wearing, the fact that you can carry on sharpened ice skates on a plane but not 4 ounces of shampoo (truth), i don't know lots of things! but is that of interest to anyone but me? ... who cares, i might do it anyway. because:
these are intended to be weekly though they are most obviously not. but if i wanted them to be, that's cool. while i totally support steph's post and agree with it (because omg confessions were way to freaking much for me), i do what i want. plus this is stuff i actually use and she reads it anyway because she knows my choices are legit and not hashtag sponsored. but that is the beauty of the internet - you don't have to read it and i can still post what i want. see how that works? don't get your panties in a bunch, boo. here's what i think: if something someone else says about you gets you all worked up, perhaps you should look at what you're doing. if you were confident in what you were doing and like it, what other people say wouldn't bother you. the fact that it's bugging you so much means there's probably truth in what they're saying. i.e. i tell my mother every day that she's too old for body glitter and every day she ignores me. so make confident choices. like my mother.
end rant. bye.