Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I feel like I’ve been pushing the catch-up boulder up a very steep hill this week, so I’m happy to have made it to the weekend. I’m not quite sure why I’ve been so slow in getting my blog content back up and running this year, but I’m so happy to be sharing some Friday Favorites with you today. Let’s do this!

Give me all the stripes: I’m sure it will come as quite a shock that I packed TWO striped J.Crew sweaters for my trip to London to see my daughter Grace. I think I pick up a striped sweater from J.Crew every year and then wear it to death. Here is the 2024 version and I love it (see above)! I also have it in white. And, both are on sale this weekend. (I’m wearing a medium.)

Hooded trench coat: This proved to be the most valuable player when I was in London last week. It literally rained every day, but it didn’t bother me at all because this trench coat kept me warm and dry. It’s a great classic staple to have in your closet for spring. (I bought a size 8 just so I’d have some room to wear it over a thicker sweater.)

Spring tennis shoes: There was so much good shopping in London, but I was pretty good and only bought myself one pair of sneakers. The Addidas Sambas are everywhere and I was dying at the colorways I saw in London. These are the ones that came home with me. (They run true-to-size.)

Once Upon a Bagel: I was driving down Deerpath Road in Lake Forest yesterday and saw that Once Upon a Bagel is opening in the old Bake 425 pizza soon. I think this is a great addition to downtown LF!

Mystery bracelet box: One of my favorite jewelry sites is offering a mystery box sale of their bracelets. For $25, you can get a mystery box of three bracelets. For $50, you get seven bracelets. And for $75, you get 10! You don’t get to choose what you get, but that’s part of the fun!

Pretty new lipstick: Browns are trending in the lipstick world and in the name of research, I needed to give them a try. If you’re looking for a lovely, neutral, every day color–Mac’s Smoked Almond is for you. Love!

Sweet treat: I gave up chocolate for Lent, but I still need to have a little sweet treat in the house. I picked up these Triple Ginger Pretzels from Trader Joe’s last week and they’re delicious. The package says there are seven servings in a bag and I’m not sure how that’s true…that’s how good they are!

New book: Two of my favorite wellness gals have been sharing that they’re reading 100 Ways to Change Your Life. I just picked up a copy and am trying to read a chapter a day. So far so good! Have you read this?

3-ingredient dump cake: I saw this recipe on the Today Show this morning and have to try it. It’s a berry dump cake that you make with mixed berries, cake mix, and a can of sparkling water. It sounds nuts that this works, so I have to try it. I will report back.

It’s so good to be back with you! Have a great weekend!


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My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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