1. Sweet Blush & Agave Candle by Shades of Glass
Full disclosure: This candle has been discontinued by Target. But it was the best scent I smelled all summer. I have it burning in my home office. I actually want to sit down to write when it's burning. Maybe it's because the glass is my favorite color, or maybe it's the heavenly scent. Either way, it changed my life this week.
2 The US Postal Service
First of all, they released the news of the second ever Elvis stamp. It's the week before Elvis Week, and the new stamp, while not available at my local post office, rocks. Also props to them for creating the "Gift of Friendship" stamp, which celebrates D.C.'s famous cherry blossoms. The perfect stamp to mail invitations for a baby shower I'm co-hosting in the District next month. So pretty.
3. Birmingham Elvis Tribute Artist Wins The Ultimate Competition
This week David Lee was named the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, which is, well, the ultimate honor for an ETA. With this win comes a contract to perform in Vegas. I met David Lee in 2001 while working on a story about the world of Elvi, and recently saw him perform in Talladega. Not only is he an incredible peformer, he's a super nice guy, and his wife (who does an excellent Reba) is just as kind.
4. Learning That Brene Brown's Newest Book Drops August 25
Brown, author of "The Gifts of Imperfection," and "The Power of Vulnerability," is one of my favorites. With her research in shame and vulnerability, she has shifted my perspective about authenticity. The new book is about bouncing back after failure, which is one of my favorite topics. "Rising Strong" comes out the same day as another book I've been anticipating: "Leap: Leaving a Job With No Plan B To Find The Career and Job You Really Want" by Tess Vigeland (former Marketplace host). (Note: I love my job!)
5. Rad Back To School Photos
Back-to-school is a tradition. Forget the haters who don't want to see your kids' photos in their feeds. I think we should have more days that celebrate transitions, big and small.
And one that's lame:
Bic's sexist ads about pens. Were there any women in the room when these were created? "Look Like A Girl. Act Like A Lady. Think Like A Man. Work Like A Boss." Props to Stabilo for their response.