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Wear, Watch, Want #54: JK! There's a Book in Here! Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #54: JK! There's a Book in Here! Edition

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Wear: Muscle Tanks

I am a major sweater. I sweat a lot just going about my every day life, and when I'm exercising I sweat buckets. I used to work out in t-shirts, but I've recently had a whole batch of them fall prey to stinky shirt syndrome and they're not even fit to wear to pilates class anymore. I needed a workout top overhaul, and during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale these Heat-Wave Tanks from Alo were half off. They sold out before the sale was even available to the general public, but I managed to get one in each color Nord's had (black and legion blue). They're back in stock now, albeit for the full $48. If you go to the Alo site you can get this tank in twenty-one colors, so if you're looking for variety I'd head there. 

Now that I know muscle tanks are my favorite workout apparel (so easy to move in! So conducive to insane sweating!) I also picked up this Addidas tank at Nordstrom Rack for just $17. The robin's egg one is surprisingly beautiful for a tank clearly meant for getting all gross in. I regret not buying it in the other color available (an orangey color with less noticeable flecks), and I think I'll probably go back and get it soon. 

Read: Sofia Khan is Not Obliged

In a dramatic twist, this week's Watch has been swapped out for a Read. I have plenty of Watches waiting in the wings but the bit of media I can't stop recommending to everyone I see is this charming debut novel by Ayisha Malik. I believe a blurb somewhere called Sofia Khan "a Muslim Bridget Jones" which is simultaneously reductive and an catchy, quippy blurb. Sofia Khan is Not Obliged is perfect for lovers of British chick lit (*shoots hand up far too enthusiastically*). Sofia deals with work stress, friendships, her overbearing parents, and a whole lot of dating drama. She's also an observant Muslim who chooses to wear a hijab. She is tasked with writing a Muslim dating guide, and through her research and her own personal romantic ups and downs she comes out the other side with a new career and a new love interest. 

I could tell you all about why this book is such a great addition to your reading list, but I think Ayisha Malik does a great job of telling you about why this story is important herself. 

Want: Hero-Approved Harness

In case you don't already know, I have a Boston terrier, Hero De Niro, who is a complete knucklehead. He should really wear a harness, because he tends to choke himself on walks running after squirrels, other dogs, babies, leaves, etc. Does he wear a harness? No. He refuses. I have tried at least half a dozen styles and every time he's in one he goes on strike. I think, though, enough time has passed that those frustrating memories are starting to fade and I'm ready to try again. I've seen photos of some dogs in really thin, low profile harnesses, and I think I could possibly trick my little pupper into wearing one. I'm still researching and trying to find the right one (all dogs on Instagram should list sources of their accessories/answer comments. I MEAN.) but when I do I'm gonna harness that dog and put his days of choking himself to an end. 

This Little Sticker Totally Upped My Bullet Journal Game

This Little Sticker Totally Upped My Bullet Journal Game

Breaking News: I Like Poetry Now, and You Can Too.

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