Monday, December 2, 2013

The Home Stretch!

The past few (and the next few) weeks have been complete insanity. Between papers, presentations, and applications (4 out of 5 in!), I have felt stretched pretty thin. Though I've managed to get enough sleep, fit in some workouts, and get everything in on time, I am starting to lose steam. I miss having time in the morning to slowly sip on some coffee and read a book (or watch Netflix… who am I kidding!), doodle in notebooks, and be outside.

But despite the craziness, I am trying for the next few weeks to remain inspired, treat myself right, both mentally and physically, and get rid of the feelings of guilt for not working every. single. minute.

My goals for the next 2 ½ weeks (before I head home on December 18th for Christmas!) are…
~ To do 10 minutes of yoga every morning to start the day right
~ To let myself stop writing papers or applications when I just can't do it anymore
~ Spend a little extra time outside
~ Release my negativity and remember just how amazing life is because, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have so many things to be thankful for!

Good luck!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hair envy

So I have been dreaming of princess locks/Victoria Secret model hair ever since I chopped my own hair to shoulder length last winter. Now it's in that in between stage--not short, not long--but recently I have been positively lusting over Madelynn's hair over at Wide Eyed Legless. It's so cute and looks so easy to deal with every morning. Plus her adorable style and beautiful dog really just make the cake!

What do you think?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Curried Pumpkin Soup

As fall is coming to a close, pumpkin is still in full swing! We have already tried pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pecan instant oatmeal (I love you, Trader Joe's!), pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, the list is practically endless. But one thing I have not made yet this year is pumpkin soup.

A Beautiful Mess has an amazingly simple recipe for the tastiest, easiest soup in the world! It's curried pumpkin soup and it is delicious. Also, it takes about 4 ingredients and only about 20 minutes of your time. I told you. It's the best.

Now back to grad school applications and final papers. Gross.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gold and Oxblood

I have been obsessing over this and this gold rings lately! I love the dainty vibe of the chevron and the subtle statement that the triangle ring.

Ahh. Gushing!

This photo shoot from a Cup of Jo perfectly encompasses how I would want to wear the trend. The oxblood nails (my favorite for fall) go perfectly with the subtle gold, and the flannel scarf/light sweater just makes the outfit. 

Maybe I'll finally paint my nails and go buy those rings now... 


Monday, October 21, 2013

A little drive upstate...

On Sunday afternoon, Leah and I drove the hour deep into upstate New York to visit her grandparents. Though our visit only lasted about an hour, the drive through the countryside was so so worth it. 

In my ideal, best-case scenario of this fall, I would be out for hikes every day of the week. Taking in the warm light of the autumn sun, basking in the oranges, reds, and yellows. Walking over the crunchy leaves to the top of a mountain to get an even better view of autumn, my favorite season. In this best-case scenario, Leah and I would also have a dog. His name would be Oliver or Sir William (just some ideas we have been throwing around ;) and he would LOVE these hikes. But I digress.

Unfortunately, this fall has been jam-packed with everything BUT beautiful time outdoors. Yes, we have the beautiful drives in the morning, a little breakfast porch where we can sip our coffee in the morning (if we're not in the huge rush that we normally are), and walks across campus. But fall is a season that I positively want to drink in. To absorb every smell and sight. The feeling of walking through leaf piles, the warm glow of the light through the leaves, the positively fall smell in the air. But there is never quite enough time.

This fall is a time of opening new doors and preparing for the future. But it is also the beginning of the end of a chapter in my life. Four years of college will soon be over, to make way for grad school (cross your fingers!!). A new city, a new adventure. I am so excited. But fall brings on a melancholy that I can't ignore. A retreating light and warmth, a winter chill.

In the mean time though, we have a few weeks left to enjoy the beautiful colors and the lovely cool air. Maybe this week I will ACTUALLY take a hike!

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cozy Bedroom

Absolutely loving this cozy bedroom style. The lovely blue palette and gorgeous knits... It kinda makes me want to break out some giant knitting needles!

Writing Styles

I have always been fascinated by the way people write. I always feel as though it shows a lot about a person. Which is why when my 10th grade history teacher commented that I had such 'typically girly' handwriting, I was soo offended! And thus began my quest to change my handwriting. I changed it up--a bit more scrawling, with more cursive incorporated into it. But lately I haven't been so into it--it's gotten a little bit too note-taking-y.

But these! These are beautiful. And inspirational. They're making me think about switching up my handwriting a bit. Maybe I'll start with the letter G...

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pretzel Monday

Molly over at My Name is Yeh is having a pretzel phase and I am dying to try some of her recipes (though a lot of them take lye... yikes).

Check it out!

Monday, October 7, 2013

My October Motto!

This fall is an especially hectic one, with lots of deadlines. Though one huge stress is done with (I took the GREs yesterday! PHEW that's over!) this season's to do list is literally never-ending. But I like this cool, casual approach to getting things done and kicking my to do list's booty. 

(But one other thing I eat for breakfast is Trader Joe's pumpkin pecan instant oatmeal. I am on such an autumn-inspired pumpkin kick right now, and this sweet, cinnamon-y goodness literally feeds directly into that)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Warby Parker At Home Try-On

For a while now I've been a bit discontented with my current glasses. Though I had spent hours looking for the perfect frames (actually hours trying on pairs over and over. I am a total nut about choosing glasses), eventually deciding on a gorgeous Persol brand pair, they weren't quite fitting as well as I'd hoped and they kept slipping down my nose, making me feel like an aging librarian.

Finally after a lot of buzz about Warby Parker, an internet-based, economical glasses company where the whole shebang, prescription lenses and everything, cost just $95. A great feature about the purchasing process is an "at home try-on" where you can order 5 pairs of glasses to your house to try on and parade around in for 5 days.

So. After spending quite a few hours perusing their website for the perfect frames, I finally received my 5 pairs on Friday. Here are the results, in the form of a selfie series!

 The Preston style in Gimlet Tortoise

The Beckett style in Revolver Black Matte

The Crosby style in Greystone

The Winston style in Revolver Black

The Winston style in Lunar Fade

And the winner is, the Preston style in Gimlet Tortoise! Firstly, the tortoise-shell pattern on these frames is killer! It's just bold enough to make a statement, but subtle enough to fit in with my (let's face it) fairly monochromatic wardrobe. Though these were originally my spur-of-the-moment last choice, the slightly cat-eye style with the rounded lower portion won my heart and, surprisingly, complimented my already round face :)

(I already have plans to maybe buy myself a second pair for Christmas. My second choices are tied between Beckett in Greystone and Winston in Lunar Fade. What do you think?)


Monday, September 9, 2013


Today is Leah and my THIRD anniversary! It's nuts.

After a morning of classes, Leah and I went out for burgers and beers at The Local, a pubslashteahouse near our school. Honestly, this is one of the greatest, most liberating ways to spend a Monday afternoon. However, after classes all morning and a whole lotta carbs, we had to crash for a 2 hour nap when we got home. oops. After our unplanned snoozefest, we took a long walk around a small park, where I spent an annoyingly long time taking pictures of the rose garden ;) , and we had the chance to admire the gigantic goldfish in the pond. The next step was a trip to the local ice cream shop for milkshakes. When we got home, our seriously amazing friends surprised us with this insane Pinterest-inspired cake covered in rose petals! Now (after some homework, unfortunately) we are finishing off the night watching Parks and Rec.

What a good day. :)

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


This post by Garance Dore on her amazing, inspiring fashion and lifestyle blog made some important points about honesty in blogs and political correctness when looking at the lives of real women.

Check it out!


On the morning of Labor Day, I finished packing up the car and left my parent's house, where I have been for this little interim between Boston and the beginning of the semester, to move in to the house where Leah, our friends, and I will be living for the next nine months. Finally, a little after midnight last night we called ourselves officially moved in. 

The space is beautiful--lots of white walls and natural light--reminding me a bit of Denmark and the minimalism they master there. Joanna's lovely blog post about beautiful home design featuring large plants captured the essence I hope to capture in Leah's and my new lofted attic room. 

The combination of bright green leaves, simple furniture, Middle East-inspired red accents, and a bit of faux fur is exactly what I'm going for ;)

Though transitions are not my strong point (though over the last three years I have lived in about twelve different spaces!) I am remaining optimistic, (trying to not procrastinate), and hoping that this year will turn out to be the best one yet! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Life Factory.

After lusting after these Life Factory glass water bottles for over a year, I finally took the plunge and bought myself one. It certainly was one of the weirdest $20 purchases I've ever held out on that long!

(This is the one -- Spring Green!)

I am really hoping that it will make an impact on my never-ending quest to drink more water! One thing I am especially excited to do is make infused water, like these three ideas from Joanna Goddard at  A Cup of Jo (one of my daily reads since about 2008). Blackberry Sage, Citrus, and Ginger Mint infused water sound delicious and oh so refreshing.

On another note, yesterday Leah and I moved out of our little Boston studio apartment (I'm missing it already) and I am back at home for a few days before the school year starts. What a hectic time! But these few days are serving as a little calm between the storms, as I've had a chance to finally catch up on emails (and TV shows... how I missed 30 Rock reruns!), do some bargain shopping at the nearby outlet mall, catch up with a few friends, and go on a long bike ride (at least that's what I have planned for tomorrow morning... we'll see how it goes!)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Snapshots from Maine.

Here are some snapshots of my family's last few days in Maine. I don't know if this is just me, but I like coming home from vacation thoroughly exhausted from the "leisurely" outdoor activities, like biking 23 miles up and down mountains today ;) Needless to say, I had dessert 4 separate times this afternoon. It's fine. I deserved it. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Be Easy

Today I've been inspired by a tweet from Demi Lovato. (embarrassing or fantastic?! Belting out Skyscraper at the top of my lungs is one of my greatest joys...) To summarize: there is still a little girl inside all of us, and we should treat that girl gently, with care and love and tenderness. So, next time you are getting down on yourself, remember that little lady inside of you, who needs kind thoughts and words to flourish.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Blue Moon

After a long day of... well... mostly lounging around and reading J.K. Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith)'s new book, The Cuckoo's Calling (absolutely a must read--started it on Sunday and I am almost done!), I was about to get ready for bed when my dad announced that we were going to drive up the nearby mountain to get a good look at the moon. Begrudgingly (the unfortunate prevailing mood of the day) I got into the car with the rest of the family to make the 25-minute, windy drive up to the top of Cadillac Mountain. 

Though the driving experience rendered me mildly nauseous, the gentle night's breeze immediately began to nudge me out of the day's ennui (a result, I think, of the calm between the consecutive storms of a busy summer and a looming school year). From the top of Cadillac Mountain we could see out in every direction. Together we discussed the reflection of the moonlight on the distant ocean, pointed out distant specks of light, imagining lighthouses and small towns, and then laughingly rolled our eyes at my dad as he pointed out the obvious beauty of the night ("Wow! Look at that moon!" "... we already are, Dad... That's why we came.")

Ultimately though, the experience of looking down at the world--the massive expanse of water, land, and sky in every direction--was both awe-inspiring and incredibly humbling. When looking out at the world from atop a mountain, every petty problem of the day or week seems minuscule in comparison, while the greater themes become increasingly important. In a moment like that, love and family and friendship and the true search for happiness and contentment are able to be seen, quite obviously, as the most important things in life. Though they are often taken for granted in the moment, it is important to be reminded of the vastness of the earth and the little part we each play on it, made memorable only by the joy and love we encompass. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Greetings from Maine!

On Friday morning, after finishing up my summer internship the night before, Leah and I packed up the car (after realizing neither of us had small suitcases, we ended up packing entirely in many, many tote bags!) to head to Maine to meet my family. Luckily, we were traveling from the Boston area instead of the other end of the state with the fam, so we had the opportunity to enjoy our leisurely drive and meet up with one of our lovely friends for lunch in Portland  (boy, oh boy, what a hip little city! Leah and I may have discussed dropping everything to move to Maine to run a farm... Not sure how well that would actually go...)

Though sadly Leah left this afternoon to go back to Boston for one more week of work while I get to stay here and enjoy my vacation (oops!), the past weekend was amazing: almost mosquito-free (!!!), with beautiful, fresh ocean breezes, and absolutely stunning sunsets. We went kayaking, had delicious breakfasts, took a bike ride, ate popovers (the most delectable pastry in the world! or at least in Maine), and this morning even went paddle boarding, something that you MUST try. 

So Sunday night, Leah and I went for a little date so she could finally experience her Maine dreams: a lobster. Let me tell you, that lobster dinner was not a walk in the park for this life-long vegetarian. Though I watched Leah eat the entire lobster, my fascination resulted in me losing my appetite for my entire dinner. Luckily for me, it came back when the topic of fresh blueberry soft serve came up. 

We have also made time for quite a few long walks, lots of reading (especially this book, which is turning out to be even better than expected!), and some long chats about the state of the world. 

(note: I have a lot of trouble taking pictures in the sun, hence the hat)

Just one of the many perfect sunsets. For serious. These sunsets have been some of the BEST I've ever seen.

Leah and I rockin' it out before our bike ride. We're pretty hard core. It's ok. You can be jealous. 

So for the rest of the week I will be doing my best to a) get things done while I have internet and b) relax before another hectic chapter of my life. Next Wednesday Leah and I will be moving out of our little studio that we've come to looove and, after a weekend at our respective family's homes, we will be moving into a substantially bigger house with our friends back at school to begin the new year! 

Happy Monday! 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Happy Weekend!

After weeks of crickets, I am back with a weekend of internet! We are visiting Connecticut for Leah's birthday weekend. 

A few links I'm loving this week... 

Love love loving my new Birkenstocks this week! And they're on sale!

This article on Kate Middleton's baby belly. What a beautiful role model. 

This beautiful braided updo. 

How to stop freaking out, most of the time. 

Amazing, honest new blog I stumbled upon. 

Have a beautiful weekend!