Welcome to Friday Favorites, my weekly post where I share what I’ve been loving lately!

This week, my daughter has been obsessed with shoes!  Carla May will hardly ever keep her own shoes on, but she loves to crawl around with her hands in mine, especially this gorgeous pair of red mules that I picked up at a local Fashion Flash Sale recently.

Another thing Carla May has been doing that has had me cracking up this week – she loves purses and bags and has made the connection that when mommy grabs her purse, it’s time to leave the house.  SO whenever she happens upon a bag she puts her arm through the handle and drags it behind her while she scoots off yelling “byyyyeeee!”  I really love this age!

Here are a few more things that have brought me joy this week:


I am so proud of my home state right now!!!  I had mentioned my support for Doug Jones here on the blog before, but only a small part of me thought that the people of Alabama would elect him since “democrat” seems to be a dirty word in much of the state.  In this case, to be proven wrong is such a thrill!

Watching the election coverage on Tuesday night was so inspiring for me.  I am very excited to see what Senator Doug Jones will accomplish.

Sidenote:  I love the fact that the majority of the 22,000+ write-in votes were for University of Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban!  Roll TIde!

Library Extension for Chrome

friday favorites library extensionFor my library enthusiasts, this may be a life-changing tool for you.  It certainly has been for me!  The library extension for Chrome is available for FREE download here.

When you are browsing Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com or any other online bookseller, the library extension shows you whether that title is available at your local library.  The extension window allows you to place a hold on that book with just one click.

I can’t tell you how much money this has saved me by encouraging me to check books out from our fabulous public library rather than purchase them!


The questions I get asked most often (surprisingly) from blog readers or Instagram friends are usually about what I am wearing.  You may have noticed from my blog and Instagram posts on Wednesday that I am using a new tool called LIKEtoKNOW.it, which allows me to more easily share with you products I like or similar clothing items to the looks I am wearing in my photographs.  I’m sharing this with you on Friday Favorites because LIKEtoKNOW.it is a somewhat exclusive program, so I am excited to have been accepted!  I even have my very own profile on their website and app (screenshot below)!

friday favorites liketoknow.itWhat this means:  If you click on any of my LIKEtoKNOW.it links from my blog or Instagram and make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you), which helps me cover the expenses of running Hello Marilu, so thank you in advance for your support!  I’ll always try to link products or items of clothing that appear in my blog posts or photographs.  Also, I’ll likely create more fashion or style-centered posts in the future, but don’t worry!  I’m not going to go all fashionista on you.  I’ll stick with my usual mixture of classic neutrals and quirky, fun pieces!

How was your week?  What are your Friday Favorites?  What brought you joy?

Let me know in the comments below!


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