Obsessions: 02.09.18

It’s definitely still winter (unfortunately) so we’ve been hunkering down with new shows, a new book, indoor hobbies, and, of course, Target shopping. See everything we’re loving in this week’s And Then We Tried obsessions.


Painting for fun

painting an abstract nude

I decided to make all new art for my house and started by painting over some stretched decorative fabric I had hanging up in the apartment. I was going to paint portraits of Freddie and George (pets) but my sister said that would be too many pet portraits in the living room, so the only other option was a tasteful nude. I’ve been documenting the process on Instagram stories and have been loving working on this painting after work this week.


Target’s New Fragrance Line, Good Chemistry

Target's Good Chemistry

Wild Child | Queen Bee | Daydreamer | Brainiac

If you’re a fan of the blog, you know our eternal love for Target. Combine that with nice packaging and you’ve basically taken me out at the knees. Seldom do you find something where affordability and good design intersect and Target has made a whole business delivering just that. Spoiler: After spending way too long in this aisle, I picked up both the Wild Child in the body mist and Brainiac in a rollerball.



The Great British Bake Off

the great british bake off obsessions

I know I’m a few years late to the party, but Zac and I have gotten very into The Great British Bake Off this week. We’re watching the first season available on Netflix, which I believe is actually the fifth season of the show. I don’t know how else to describe the show other than it’s just so pleasant. Watching people bake, the various British accents, the dry humor, Mary Berry; it’s all just so damn pleasant. Plus, all of the competitors are such good sports. You really get the sense that they’re all just there to have fun and support each other, which makes it even more fun to watch. We’re about to finish this season and I can’t wait to see who wins!

Now Listening: The Stranger Beside Me

the stranger beside me obsessions

I know it makes me a bad true crime fan, but I have never read the Ann Rule classic The Stranger Beside Me. But then my sister sent me a screenshot of her listening to the audiobook and I immediately checked it out from the library. I’ve been spending so much time listening to podcasts, I figured a book on tape was the next logical step. The best part of this recording is that Ann Rule herself is narrating the story. I’m about halfway through after just an hour or two of listening, which is great considering if I was reading it I’d probably only be a few pages in!

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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