three favorites: october 30, 2016

October 30, 2016

I think I am entering into the time of the year when I get sad. It happens. Teaching is hard work, and as finals approach, everyone is on edge. But, there are definitely some things that helped brighten my spirits.

1. Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes. These are budge-proof liquid lipsticks. I used the color "Devotion" to give my Eleven costume a realistic edge with a fake nosebleed. My husband was alarmed at first when I showed him because he thought it was real. This liquid lipstick is seriously tenacious and stuck around all night. My one complaint is that once it is layered, it can crumble, and then what is left won't wash off. So, basically, be prepared.

2. The butterscotch M&M's with an embarrassing name. I think they are called "Booterscotch" and that may be one of the most tragic flavor names ever. But they are creamy and delicious.

3. The library. I rediscovered the libraries in my neighborhood, and just remembering the sunlight hitting the spines of so many books on a Saturday morning, made the world more bearable this week.

three favorites: october 23, 2016

October 23, 2016

Two lessons that my mom taught me are to be thankful for small moments, and to appreciate what I have. I am taking her advice, and featuring some of the small things that made my week.

1. Annabel glasses from Eye Buy Direct. I love these frames, and often I wear them around the house, especially on long weekends when I want to be cozy and feel a little different. The blush color is so lovely, and this type of frame is one that I have never had before. I really appreciate the prices from Eye Buy Direct, and right now they are having a buy one get one free sale.

2. Penelope sunglasses from Eye Buy Direct. These frames have an iridescent sheen to them, and are great for blocking the sun on all of my adventures, like walking my dog on my time off, or an early morning trip to the library. They are a good combination of eccentric and classic.

3. The board game Acquire. This game is what Monopoly should have been. It involves buying and selling properties, merging with other companies, and investing in stocks for each company. It's really fun, and I was reminded of this when we played with some friends. The level of focus needed isn't too overbearing, and everyone gets drawn into growing their companies and profits.

styling: polka dots and a jean jacket

October 19, 2016

Ellie glasses from EyeBuyDirect / thrifted Madewell jean jacket (similar here) / thrifted LOFT dress (similar here) / fleece lined tights / Target ankle boots / Apple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

It's MEA weekend here in Minnesota, and so I am heading into a four day weekend. I am looking forward to getting organized and entering into the end of my first quarter with focus. 

three favorites: october 16, 2016

October 16, 2016

1. H&M Matte lipstick in Route 66. I bought this lipstick in the summer and wore it a lot while I was traveling in Seattle. It was a good shade this week. It's a lovely brown nude tone, and the formula is even and velvety. If you are curious about their makeup, you can find the collection here. I especially recommend the lipstick, brushes, and plastic travel containers.

2. The New York Times Run-Up podcast. I've been relying on this podcast to get me through this election, as they produce two episodes a week on the content everyone is talking about in relation to politics. The coverage is interesting, and explores topics in depth. The two most recent episodes focused on gender and power.

3. White Cheddar CheezIts. Target had these crackers on sale, and they are my snack of choice currently to keep me from buying gas station donuts everyday on the commute home.

reading: Claire DeWitt series

October 14, 2016

“Be grateful for every scar life inflicts on you. Where we’re unhurt is where we are false. Where we are wounded and healed is where our real self gets to show itself. That’s where you get to show who you really are.” ― Sara Gran, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

I read and loved the ClaireDeWitt books by Sarah Gran during this summer while I was trying to read through female authored murder mysteries. Claire DeWitt is a unique detective who is prickly, superstitious, and is guided by a mysterious book on detection that has been integral to her life ever since she was a teenager. I loved reading a series that views the detective genre in a new way. These books turn the usual logical, and fact based work of solving mysteries into something based on instinct and almost spiritual. If you are looking for a good set of mysteries, and a refresh of the detective novel, these are a great option.

Here's a peek into the mysterious book, "Detecion", that captures the mystery and unique perspective of these books: “The detective thinks he is investigating a murder or a missing girl. But truly he is investigating something else altogether, something he cannot grasp hold of directly. Satisfaction will be rare. Uncertainty will be your natural state. Sureness will always elude you. The detective will always circle around what he wants, never seeing it whole. We do not go on despite this. We go on because of it.” ― Sara Gran, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

styling: navy dress and layers

October 13, 2016

 Ellie glasses from EyeBuyDirect / LOFT cardigan / older Banana Republic dress (similar here) / Forever21 heeled oxford (similar here) / Apple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

I like it when I get to wear an outfit that is professional, makes me feel good, and is cozy. This outfit checked all those boxes.

three favorites: october 9, 2016

October 9, 2016

1. Hermes L'Ambre des Merveilles perfume. This is my favorite cold weather perfume. It's an ambery cloud that hangs around me all day, getting progressively more powdery and soft as the day goes on. It's gorgeous, and the right mix of spicy and sweet.

2. Witch Please. I can't get enough of this podcast, as it brings together two of my favorite things: Harry Potter and feminism. I would highly recommend this podcast to Potter fans and to people who have long commutes. This podcast makes the afternoon drive home from work pass magically fast.

3. Charmed. I am late on the bandwagon with this show, but the story of three witch sisters learning about their identity as witches, and as family, is great. I especially enjoy the 90's styling: spaghetti straps and sassy short hair styles abound. It's a great show to stream while grading essays. Highly recommend.

reading: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

October 7, 2016

It feels fairly impossible to explain the impact that the Harry Potter series has had on me, and others from my generation. I learned about good and evil, friendship, bravery, and sacrifice from the magical stories about Harry Potter. To me, they are a beautiful example of the power of story, and a hopeful picture of love's triumph in the face of bigotry and prejudice.

When I heard that they were publishing the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I was really excited. I read a lot of Harry Potter fan fiction in my spare time, as it's fun to see the stories and characters continue on, and be re-imagined by fans. So, I was pumped and curious to see a continuation of the story that J. K. Rowling had collaborated on.

I really enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It seemed right to watch Harry struggle through being a parent to his son, Albus. The idea that Harry has to confront his own prejudices, and learn how to be a good dad to his misfit son made sense. I was pleased to see Harry work through a new stage of life. In talking to friends, some of their complaints were that they felt the villain of the story was far-fetched. Personally, I have read way crazier stuff online, so I wasn't phased. I think I also wasn't bothered by the story because I just slotted this book in with all the other imaginings of the future of the characters. I didn't try to give this story more weight than others, I just enjoyed the exploration of a possible future for characters that I love.

Overall, Cursed Child continues the magic of Harry Potter for me, and is a lovely picture of the struggles and triumphs of parenting, adulthood, and trying to understand your family.

styling: deep red and lace up ankle boots

October 5, 2016

  Ellie glasses from EyeBuyDirect / LOFT cardigan and dress / Target lace up booties / Apple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

This is one of my favorite dresses. For a really long time, I had a lot of neutral dresses. It's been fun to add a pop of color and pattern into my dress options. 

three favorites: october 2, 2016

October 2, 2016

1. Target lace-up ankle boots. I picked these up, even though I hadn't been planning on buying any new clothes for the fall. They were too cute, and too on trend. I did get a blister my first time wearing them at the front of my foot, but took a break, formed some calluses, and haven't had a problem since. I also like that these don't look like medieval footwear, which is the vibe that I get from some lace-up flats.

2. Star Trek the Next Generation. My husband and I started watching this show together, and it's giving me Dr. Who vibes. I love the humanist focus on moral issues, and the styling is both hilarious in the case of Lamar Burton and enviable in the case of Lieutenant Tasha Yar. Her haircut kicks butt. If you are looking for something longer to watch and fill up these chilly autumn nights, I think that Next Generation is an interesting option.

3. Lindt Hello My Name is Strawberry Cheesecake chocolate bar. I tend to pick up one of these while I am grocery shopping, and have to work really hard not to eat the whole thing before my drive home is finished. This is one of my favorite chocolate bars; it's creamy, a little crunchy from the graham cracker crust pieces, and blends two of my favorite things - chocolate and cheesecake.

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