Friday Favorites by Cara


The past year has been stressful for all of us, so even more reason to surround yourself with the things you love. It’s all about comfort, folks. That’s why I’ve been loving the Friday Faves series of blogs that Memphis Mom Collective has been doing, and I’m so excited to offer you a list of my own!

Here we go!

Friday Faves


i love Gelmoment so much that now I sell it

After I became a stay-at-home mom, I tried doing my own nails at home after a decades-long salon gel manicure habit. That lasted about a month, because I refused to wait for my nails to dry. Then, when COVID hit, I began looking again for a gel manicure system I could use at home. Enter GelMoment. I instantly fell in love. I can do my own salon-quality manicure in less than 15 minutes for a fraction of the cost of the salon. And it is completely dry in 45 seconds! The colors are gorgeous, and I’m saving tons of money. I am SO obsessed. (Full disclosure, I am now a GelMoment distributor. I loved it THAT much.)

Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask

moroccan oil

I had been chopping my hair short for the past few years, and I recently asked an expert what I should do to help my hair grow out. I missed my ponytail, and I needed it back! She told me about Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask to help nourish my hair and make it grow, and I am in love with it. I’ve been using it a couple times a week for more than a year. It smells AMAZING, and my hair is in great shape. It’s growing, and it’s smooth, and I have noticeably fewer split ends. I get mine from my salon, but you can order it online too.

DorothyArt Yay or Nay

DorothyArt yay or nay is a series I love

My friend, local artist, and entrepreneur Dorothy Collier has a fascinating Instagram account. I’ll wait here while you go follow her @dorothyart. Be sure to keep an eye on her stories for when she does “Yay or Nay.” She goes antiquing around Memphis and the Mid-South, and shares unique finds that are up for bidding. She usually does it once per week—mostly on the weekends—and bidding is open for 24 hours. Don’t you want a personal shopper with an artist’s eye and the ability to find the cutest and quirkiest things around? So fun. I get way too excited when I see she has another Yay or Nay coming up.

The Grove at GPAC

the grove at gpac

Is it possible to be in love with something you’ve never experienced? We haven’t yet been to an event at the Grove at GPAC, but I couldn’t be more excited about frequenting the venue this spring and summer. The Grove is an outdoor venue at GPAC that is offering a series of happy hours, concerts, family movie nights and more. Yay! Live Music! I’ve almost forgotten what it sounds like. You can purchase tickets at

Bella+Canvas T-shirts

bella canvas shirts that I love

If you’re like me, when you find the perfect clothing item, you buy more and more of it like it’s going to go out of stock and never come back (I have been burned by this happening more times than I can count). That’s why I have five pairs of the exact same black pants, three pairs of my favorite joggers, and 4,265 Bella+Canvas T-shirts. These are the BEST T-shirts. They are so soft; the material is high-quality, yet comfortable; they are stretchy but still hold their shape; and they come in so many great colors. I literally will wear any Bella+Canvas T-shirt … I don’t care what the design or saying is. As a matter of fact, I often go to Etsy and just search for Bella+Canvas shirts, pick a few with designs or sayings that will work just fine, and restock my T-shirt repertoire. So, if you see me in a shirt with a cute saying, just know that I probably don’t even remember what it says … it’s all about the shirt itself. Just keeping it real.

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Cara is a freelance journalist and strategic communications consultant living in Germantown. Born in Illinois, she moved to Memphis at a young age; and, having moved away a few times for college, graduate school, and other adventures, she likes to joke that she’s moved TO Memphis more times than anyone she knows. Mom to the cutest little boys, Everett (March 2017) and Gavin (October 2018), and wife to Rob, who works as a financial planner, Cara is adjusting to her new gig as a stay-at-home mom after almost 20 years as a magazine editor and corporate communications practitioner. When not “momming” or consulting, Cara spends her time volunteering with the Junior League of Memphis, where she served on the Board of Directors for several years. Admittedly, Cara has an unreal obsession with escape rooms, an unhealthy addiction to Frappuccinos, and an uncontrollable desire to correct every grammar and punctuation mistake she sees. Learn more about Cara at