it’s friday, i’m in love || 6/22/18

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this friday, i’m in love with…


black bean brownies || after hearing about them from a co-worker, S surprised me with whipping up a batch of black bean brownies this week. he found the recipe on one of my favorite blogs, minimalist baker, and it couldn’t be simpler. these bad boys are vegan and gluten-free (so shawna approved!) yet still taste quite indulgent. if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to your regular box mix, i highly approve of this recipe. i’ve been heating the muffin-sized brownies up in the microwave and devouring them with a scoop of almond butter. YUM.

summer dresses || guys, i can’t stop buying dresses! i blame this dress for being the catalyst of said purchases, but after years of having a hard time finding dresses that were both flattering and an appropriately length, i seem to have finally hit the jackpot. in the past few weeks, i’ve snagged this one, and this one, and most recently used my birthday discount to add this one to my collection. i can’t wait to rotate them all season long. below are a few more options i’m currently coveting:


queer eye season two || as expected, S and i binged the entire second season of netflix’s acclaimed series almost in one sitting last weekend. while i was so happy to be reunited with the fab 5 (mostly jonathan, my favorite), i will say that i didn’t love the makeover recipients as much as those from season one. that didn’t stop me from tearing up multiple times, however. if you haven’t yet gotten on this train, i truly cannot endorse this show enough. as many people in the twitterverse have echoed, it really should be required viewing for humankind.


in my online shopping cart: i picked up  this blouse & this dress this week and finally snagged these pink wide leg pants since they were on super sale! other items in my cart include: this swimsuit top + bottoms, this striped skirttank, and pants,


favorite outfits from the week include: alicia’s denim on denim, liz’s strawberry dress, lisa’s sherbet colored top & carly’s jumpsuit


a sneak peek of what’s coming next week:

finding my uniform

espadrille sneakers

my current skincare routine

maybe a madewell fitting room fables!


three things i’m looking forward to this weekend/next week:

fresh highlight tonight

exploring our new neighborhood

date night in!


and in case you missed it, here’s what appeared on the blog this week:

what to wear to a baby shower

the best jumpsuit for summer

high-waisted shorts for summer

let’s talk patio furniture


after a very packed weekend last weekend, i’m very much looking forward to a slower change of pace. S and i are excited to start exploring life on this side of the hill (we literally moved just over the hill from our condo), starting with a couple new restaurants that have popped up in the area, including a coffee bar and a cider brewery! the weather is going to be nice again this weekend so it’ll be great to get outside, stretch our legs, and soak up some vitamin d (with proper sunscreen, of course). what are you up to this weekend? it’s the first official one of summer so i hope whatever it is, you have the chance to get outside. bbq season is upon us, friends!

see you next week!


  • Aunt Teresa
    June 22, 2018

    Love the dresses you selected… they’re so you. And how fabulous to branch out and try black bean brownies. I think the name turns people away (their loss).
    Enjoy your weekend.

    • srivera
      June 22, 2018

      Happy Friday! I’m glad you loved the dresses, there are such pretty options this season. And I agree, hearing that black beans are in your brownies is probably a little questionable for many, but I can attest that you cannot taste them at all! Happy weekend to you. xoxo

    June 22, 2018

    Absolutely loving all of your new dresses! I am looking forward to being done with maternity clothes! Next summer I’ll have to stock up on allllll sorts of cute dresses like these.

    Have the best weekend, Shawna! XOXO Colleen

    • srivera
      June 22, 2018

      Aww, thanks momma! You’ll definitely have to treat yourself to some new pieces after little miss comes out to play. Have a great weekend, too, lovely. xoxo

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