Obsessions 07.07.17

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and then we tried obsessions 7.7.17

Hope you all had a great, short week after the 4th! We are really leaning into summer this week and are obsessed with summery manicures, hats, and food. See everything we’re obsessed with in this week’s And Then We Tried obsessions.


Essentially plain t-shirts with a little something extra

I got this Philosophy shirt during my dad’s birthday shopping extravaganza and I can’t stop wearing it. Note: the birthday shopping extravaganza is a tradition my family has where my dad takes my sisters and I out shopping for his birthday. It’s pretty great. Back to the shirt, it is pretty much a plain t-shirt, but it has a little half peplum on the sides. I’d describe this style as “plain but a little extra.”

Shop the look for yourself:

Vegetarian Meats

Field Roast Sausages

Summer means eating as much grilled food as possible, right? Well, this vegetarian was getting hot dog envy. Totally a thing. There are tons of veggie burgers out there, but in the past, I’ve had the hardest time finding veggie hot dogs. A few months ago, I found Field Roast at the Earth Fare in Westgate and I bought their Italian Sausage and it is SO GOOD. Cut to this week and I’m at the Heinen’s in Rocky River and they expanded their vegetarian meats section and now they have tons of Field Roast (and Tofurky and other brands) products. I bought the Kielbasa (POLISH 4 LYFE), Italian Sausage, Mexican Chipotle Sausage, and their Smoked Tomato Deli Slices. I had the kielbasa on the 4th and it was great but I haven’t tried the deli slices yet. They have a ton of fake meat options, including meatloaf, so head to Heinen’s or Earth Fare to check it out. Do you have any other vegetarian meat recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments. I’ll try anything!



Ikebana Vase

ikebana vase and then we tried

My boyfriend’s mom sent me this Ikebana vase as a little early birthday present. Ikebana is an ancient Japanese flower arranging technique with disciplined rules of placement and form. Now, mine is pretty sad compared to some of the incredible pieces done by people who study Ikebana but for my first attempt, I was pretty happy. Check out some of the crazy amazing things they can do with just a few flowers.

ikebana examples

Photos left to right: Carex, Once WedOnce Wed

Summery manicure

Summer manicure and then we tried

I went full summertime mani this week as a fun treat to myself. Hang Nguyen at Olive & June in Pasadena is AMAZING. Check out her Instagram for a bunch of nail art inspiration and if you’re in the area definitely squeeze in a quick mani with Hang!



Since I’m up to date on My Favorite Murder, I’ve been looking for other podcasts to pass the time before new MFM episodes are uploaded on Thursdays. Recently I’ve gotten into Stranglers, an investigation into the Boston strangling murders in the 1960s. It’s so, so well done and thoroughly researched. One of my favorite parts, though, is that F. LEE BAILEY (HELLO!) participates in a few of the episodes! Definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in true crime, although I will warn you that the descriptions of the crimes are quite graphic.

Baseball Hatspink made in the land legend headwear

I’ve been trying to wear hats as much as possible when I’m outside so as to protect my delicate face skin, and I’ve amassed quite the collection of baseball hats so far! My current favorite is this Pincord Made in the Land hat that I got from Legend Headwear at the Cleveland Flea last month. They’ll be at the Flea tomorrow too if you’re in Cleveland and want to check them out!


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