Those of you who follow me on Facebook got a sneak peak of my weekly picks this week (hint: pants), but there are four other awesome things I have to tell you about. This week, I’m eating, drinking, dressing, and banking well. Keep reading to see what I’m loving this week.
1. Gap skinny skimmer pants
A friend was wearing these pants at our Memorial Day picnic a couple weeks ago and I thought sure they were from some spendy place like Anthropologie or Madewell. “Gap,” she said, which excited me because there’s always some promotion at Gap. I got home and, sure enough, there was a Memorial Day weekend sale, so I was able to snag these for cheap. They are comfy, flattering, and super cute, and I am going to wear the hell out of them on every day that is 50-68 degrees outside. Tip: these run a tad big so try sizing down if you buy yourself a pair (I’m generally between an 8 and a 10 — closer to a 10, usually — and got these in an 8 and they fit perfectly).
2. Ally Banking
I saw some financial guru on the Today Show about a month ago who recommended Ally, an online banking company. I was sold the second I heard there were NO ATM FEES at all (and if the bank who hosts the ATM charges you a fee, Ally will reimburse you). There are other perks — interest-earning checking accounts, high-yield CDs, and did I mention the NO ATM FEES?? Also — and I think this is really cool — when you need to deposit a check, you can do it all over your freakin’ iPhone/PDA/Computer. There’s never any need to go to a bank, which is a good thing, since Ally is strictly online. This is banking of the future, my friends, and I like it.
3. Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Now, I know some of you are not fans of white wine (Addie Pray), but I don’t want to hear it. When the temp goes above 72, I’m all about the whites, and my current favorite is one I picked up on a whim at the liquor store a few weeks ago. Oyster Bay is reasonably-priced, light and crisp, and tastes like it costs about three times as much as it does. Try it, you’ll like it! Unless you’re crazy like Addie.
4. The best breakfast casserole ever
I found this recipe last week and hoped to make it for the DW picnic on Saturday, but because it was so hot, I opted not to bring it. Instead, I served it at home for brunch on Sunday (we had a houseguest to help us eat it) and it was a huge hit. Seriously delicious — maybe my favorite breakfast casserole ever, and super easy to make.
5. JJ Cole Essentials Blanket
JJ Cole is a brand that makes kids’ stuff, and this picnic blanket is marketed to people with young children, but really, it’s great for anyone. It’s a water-resistant, easy-to-clean picnic blanket that can be folded up compactly into a rectangle with a strap. I’ve used it three times in the last five days alone and suspect it will get lots more use over the coming months.