Obsessions: 09.14.18

It’s been a crazy few weeks around here. Robin is settling in after her move, and both Hannah and Michelle have been jet-setting around the country. Now that we’re all back home for a bit, here’s everything we were loving this week in our And Then We Tried obsessions.


Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

Shibani mentioned the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate system on her Instagram and since I was already thinking about trying it, I pulled the trigger. I have been using the cleanser and moisturizer twice a day for the past couple days and added in the ExfoliKate treatment once and I’m LOVING it. My skin was being weird after a bunch of flights and hiking around Colorado nature and this exfoliating system has it feeling smooth and even again. TYSM Shibani and Kate Somerville.

Shibani shared a code (AKP-CWOY-2018) to get a free full-size cleanser if you grab this kit.

Dresser Update

Refinished Mid-Century Modern Dresser

I started refinishing this dresser a couple weeks ago and then paused for a bit while I left town for a conference and a wedding. I was able to finish it this week though and it is looking snazzy! I shared the process on Instagram, but basically, I sanded the whole thing down, restained it, and then sealed it with several coats of wipe-on poly. My new roomie needs to start using it, but in the future, I might add a couple additional coats of poly to the top.

Sorry, the pics aren’t amazing. The sun wasn’t working with me.


Rugs, rugs, rugs

Now that I’ve escaped from the mountain of boxes from moving into our new place, I’m ready to start decorating. Why is it that every apartment seems to necessitate brand new rugs?? They never fit as they should in a new space! Currently looking at my 9′ long runner options. Which do you guys think?

1 | Striped rug    2 | Diamond rug    3 | Gray rug


Tomatoes on Toast

Keep your pumpkin flavored stuff away from me, it’s still tomato season! While our garden is still going gangbusters in the tomato department, I’ve been eating them nearly every day as an open-faced sandwich. Inspired by this “recipe” from Cup of Jo, I’ve been happily eating a tomato or two each afternoon. I’m ready for cooler temperatures to be sure, but I wish tomato season could last forever.

Being Home

As mentioned above, it’s been a busy few weeks for us. I’m so excited to just be at home this weekend. I need to unpack my suitcases, do some laundry, go to the grocery store, and then just chill out. I have a lot of TV to catch up on!

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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