Obsessions: 11.10.17

Well, it snowed last night in Cleveland. Winter is officially here. See what we’re focusing on to forget about the weather in this week’s And Then We Tried obsessions.


The Ordinary “Buffet”

The Ordinary Buffet Review

I’ve been slapping The Ordinary “Buffet” serum on my face every morning and most nights for the past couple of weeks and I’m obsessed. In the morning it makes my face feel so smooth which helps speed up the rest of my makeup routine and at night it adds a nice layer of hydration before any other potions. 10/10 would recommend

You can buy it all over the internet:

The Ordinary, $14.80 (shipping $4.99) 

Asos, $17.00 (free shipping and returns over $40)

Beautylish, $14.80 (free shipping over $35) you can read my review of Beautylish here


Candle Making

My new hobby is making candles. Can you call it a hobby if you’ve only done it once, but are already obsessed? We used essential oils in the first round, but I think we need to upgrade to fragrance oils to bring a strong scent. The first batch used: bergamot, peppermint, sandalwood, and lavender essential oils from Whole Foods and these wood wicks from Amazon. I’d like something a little muskier, maybe leather or tobacco scents? I’d love any suggestions for where to get good fragrance oils for candle making!



Leandra Medin Cohen on Girlboss Radio

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Image via Girlboss Radio

Leandra Medine Cohen—founder of the blog Man Repeller—was the guest interview this week on one of my go-to podcasts, Girlboss Radio. You may remember my very first post after I attended the Girlboss Rally last March. The thing that got me excited and ultimately attending the rally was Sophia Amoruso’s podcast, Girlboss Radio. A successful lady in her own right—she founded Nasty Gal, wrote a couple books, and had a Netflix show based on her life—she interviews a woman each week about success, failure, and what it means to inhabiting our world today. While every week winds up being inspiring, I especially liked this week with Leandra since she is a fellow blogger who unapologetically discusses a myriad of topics relevant to women, some easy while others taboo. Which is something we are trying to work on and aspire to around here. You can listen to the episode here.

If you like this episode and want to jump into others let me highly recommend Janet Mock’s episode as well as Roxane Gay’s.


Sennheiser Headphones

My old pair of headphones finally bit the dust a few weeks ago, so Zac bought me a new pair as an early birthday present. He’s VERY serious about his audio equipment and didn’t want to buy me just any headphones. I like over-ear headphones most of the time, so that narrowed our search a bit. He proposed quite a few pricey pairs but we finally came to an agreement on the Sennheiser HD280PRO pair. They’re great so far and I’ve been impressed by the sound quality. The downside? They look ridiculous.

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I need to work on my blogger smile. The headphones distract at least.

This has been another week of And Then We Tried Obsessions, where we share whatever we’re obsessed with each week. Let us know what you’re obsessed with this week in the comments and if you see anything in the wild that you think we’d be obsessed with, be sure to tag us @andthenwetried or use #ATWTobsessions

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Attaching a wood fence to a chainlink fence

As I mentioned in my last fence/gate update post, I helped Erika attach a wood fence to the chainlink fence in her backyard. The process was similar to when I converted a chainlink fence to a wood fence, except in this case, we left the chainlink fence intact. This method is a good option if you want to add a little more privacy to your yard or camouflage a chainlink fence while you wait to save up for a completely new fence. 

Gift Guide: Indoorsy

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Obsessions: 10.19.18

You wanna know what we have been decidedly NOT obsessed with in the past month? The blog. Womp womp. We’re hopping back in this week, but we’ll be posting a bit more sporadically for a while. Here’s hoping you all loved getting caught up on Michelle’s driveway gate plans yesterday. See what else we’ve been obsessed with in this week’s And Then We Tried Obsessions.

Fence Updates and Two-Panel Wood Driveway Gate Plans

Hellooooo, I’m thinking about fences again! You all had the pleasure of following along as I moved and rebuilt the fence in my backyard and then converted a chainlink fence into a wood fence along my driveway, and now it’s finally time to build that driveway gate. Of course, I can’t just build a driveway gate and leave it at that, I’ve also decided to cap the entire fence to cover up the dogear pickets and give everything a cleaner and more finished look. HOORAY!