3 Things I’m Obsessed With This Week



I am an all-or-nothing kind of person. I either REALLY like something or am toally meh about it. As noted in the past here, I’ve applied this philosophy to things like wine and tanning (love) and finding a new job (not so much).

And usually, when I’m really in love with something, I want to tell everyone I run into about it and try to convert them to use/watch/try/wear whatever it is I’m obsessed with. It makes my kids crazy.

Here’s what I’m loving this week and please feel free to share what you’re digging so I can find new things to focus on. Do it for my kids, if nothing else:

 1. Watch What Happens Live

My sister-in-law texted me the other day to tell me Kelly Ripa (ongoing obsession) was going to be on “Watch What Happens Live.” “I don’t know what that is,” I responded and she was like, “WTF?”

Just when I thought I knew everything I needed to know about all-things-pop-culture, this amazing show on Bravo – which is celebrating its 5th anniversary so I am so late to the party – comes into my life. It’s just a super-fun 30 minutes with celebrities drinking cocktails and playing games at 11:00 on weeknights.  It’s hosted by Andy Cohen, who I guess is the mastermind behind all the Housewives shows, which I don’t even hold against him because he’s so adorable I want to be his best friend.

In just the one episode I watched this week, with Kelly and Anderson Cooper (aka: Silver Fox) as guests, I got to hear Kelly ask the Fox repeatedly if he was circumcised and Anderson spill the beans that Andy was a Top (not to be confused with a Bottom and, PS: Who knew that was a thing?).

  1. Essie Bikini Strap

Even though they are attached to my ankles, the only naturally-thin part of my body, I do not love my feet and am loathe to call attention to them. You will not catch me with green or aqua toenail polish on them, but every once in a while maybe a Lincoln Park After Dark if I’m feeling fancy. No, I would rather keep my paws – and my giant, club-like big toes in particular – just kind of clean looking and unassuming. So the pedicure I just got this week with Essie’s Bikini Strap – a nice, pale pink shade – is very pleasing every time I look down at my flipflops and makes me happy. It’s also not too sheer that you can see all the sand stuck under your toenails, which is a plus. I highly recommend it.

It's like the little black dress of toenail polish.

It’s like the little black dress of toenail polish.


  1. Rainmaker app

Over the years, I’ve experimented with different types of background noise to listen to as I write. I have discovered that I can’t listen to music with lyrics and I certainly can’t turn on NPR or Hoda and Kathie Lee. Way too distracting. So I was excited yesterday when I saw a tweet about the Simply Rain app. You can moderate the instensity of the shower and even the frequency of the thunder and it’s super pleasing.  I could just sit and listen to it and not even write. Which is what I think I’ll do right now.



On an interesting side note, when I was trying to come up with some things I’m obsessed with this week and asked my daughter for ideas — stuff she’s heard me talk a lot about lately — she said, “I don’t know. Yourself?”



8 thoughts on “3 Things I’m Obsessed With This Week

  1. Not big on What happens Live but Andy Cohen is cute and I got hooked on Ladies of London even though I normally avoid shows like this.

    Essie polish in mademoiselle and Sand Tropez you might like as well. The first is my go to for nails or toes when I want polished but not colour and the second is a little grey/tan but reminds me of the beach.

    New make up obsession trish mcevoy’s eyeliner pencil gel intense in this great navy colour. Love it.

    Last summer obsession Provence rose wine….yum yum yum.

    • I love all they fun they seem to be having on the show. Def more fun than I’m having in real life but I have NO idea what Ladies of London is so need to get on it.
      I TOTALLY have that eyeliner, in the navy. Love it except my beauty guy insisted I learn to line my inner, upper lash line and that, my friend, is always a near-blinding experience. And I super-love rose wines for summer and hope you are enjoying a glass right now .. xo

  2. Oh my gosh….I never thought I’d see the day when my Pop Culture Countess could be dubbed “in the dark”.
    1) Your not knowing about “watch what happens live” is comparable to my not knowing what High school musical was some years ago!!! I think I heard you gasp as u clutched your chest “oh suzy….where have you been?”
    2) Essie bikini strap is the new name for ballet flat pink — it’s been around for years
    3)the simply rain app is never gonna happen for me!! At my age….that just makes me wanna pee

    • Suzy … I know, I know: Ballet Pink, Mademoiselle, Adoraball, all those Essie colors. I just think Bikini Strap is perfect amount of dirt-under-my-toenail coverage. And please, don’t even mention peeing or I’ll have to get up and ….

  3. ok… I’m putting in my two cents.. this is right up my alley. So WWHL is totally fun.. especially when you are a BRAVO Junkie (raising hand)… He generally has guests from their shows on. So fun. Also… (spa girl here) It was Ballet Slippers from Essie.
    Amy… if you ever want to veg out and watch Bravo, call me!

    • Ballet Slipper, yes of course. As a seasoned pedicure-getter, I should have known that. Love seeing your name and knowing what a Bravo aficionado you are and think I could use an expert to guide me through the world of Real Housewives and Million Dollar Listings. 😉

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