styling: sparkly socks and cable knits

November 30, 2016

Ellie glasses from EyeBuyDirect / thrifted GAP sweater (similar here) / JCrew Maddie pants / Swedish Hasbeens Lotta Clog / metallic socks (similar here)  / Apple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

When I bought these clogs on clearance this summer I was already scheming about the socks that I could wear with them. When I was traveling in Japan that was something I noticed, all of the fun socks, and they can look so chic. So, I went for it today. Also, my love for this sweater just won't die. 

Happy almost December. ♡

three favorites: november 27, 2016

November 27, 2016

1. Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Skin Mask. This is a lovely clay mask that isn't drying. I put it on when I need to relax. I take off my makeup, and smooth a thin layer of the mask on. It is tingly, and smells so beautiful. My skin feels renewed when I take this off.

2. Yogi Egyptian Mint Tea. Ooooh, this tea is so delicious. I bought this a while ago when I wasn't feeling well, and it is so soothing and warming and sweet and just all around good. If you are looking for a sweeter, spicer tea to keep you warm as the weather cools, this one is it.

3. Moonlight. I went to go see Moonlight with a dear friend while our husbands were playing Magic the Gathering. (Yes, I married a nerd.) We made the right choice because this was such an amazing film. It tells the story of Chiron, a boy growing into a man in Miami, who is dealing with his mother's addictions and his own attractions to men. The film was beautifully and masterfully shot, with many quiet moments to reflect Chiron's quiet and removed sensibilities, and many dizzying shots that communicated the turmoil of growing up and struggling to survive and be loved. I am still thinking about this striking depiction of an African American man's growth and life. You have to go see it.

styling: light pink and lace up ankle boots

November 23, 2016

Ellie glasses from EyeBuyDirect / thrifted LOFT blouse / LOFT cardigan / JCrew Martie pants / Target lace up heels / Apple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

I absolutely love to blend newer purchases with thrifted items from my closet. I also often feel a little thrill when I blend an item that I bought new from a brand, and a thrifted item from that brand. I'm thinking that I want to challenge myself to only buying thrift and vintage for a while... Anyone done that before?

three favorites: november 20, 2016

November 20, 2016

1.  Maybelline "The Buffs" lipstick in Maple Kiss. This lipstick is lightly moisturizing, with a satin finish. I am trying to switch to more moisturizing formulas across the board as the snow starts to fly here in Minnesota. There are a bunch of colors in this collection, including some sheer brown shades that I want to check out. Maple kiss is a sheer brownish red shade.

2. Tights. They mean that I don't have to shave my legs, can stay warm, and can keep wearing skirts and dresses even when it is way too cold out.

3. Sia's cover of "Satisfied" for the Hamilton Mixtape is giving me life. My friends were talking about how one of the ways they are surviving the election results is to listen the Hamilton soundtrack and its mix tape ad nauseum. My favorite song from the play is Satisfied, and it always makes me cry. Plus, I have loved Sia since I was in high school. So, when I heard this, it was done.

What have you been loving this week?

three favorites: november 13, 2016

November 13, 2016

Oh my. This week was exhausting. There's so much to do. There's so much to do.

1. Target's Signature Soy Candles. I love most of these. They burn for a long time, and the scents smell natural and nuanced.

2. This article, "What Do We Tell The Children?", from the Huffington Post helped me to gather my thoughts about my students and what they needed to hear this week. Honestly, on Wednesday, I just offered hugs, snacks, and offered support if any of my students needed it or felt sad and scared. I spent a lot of time telling my students that they were allowed to be angry. I'm at a loss for how to perfectly address the racism and xenophobia and misogyny displayed in our election results. But, I do know that there are actions I need to take to continue to hone my teaching, and my curriculum to combat these problems that are so obviously present in our country.

Here is one of my favorite sections from the article. "Tell them, second, that you will honor the outcome of the election, but that you will fight bigotry. Tell them bigotry is not a democratic value, and that it will not be tolerated at your school. Tell them you stand by your Muslim families. Your same-sex parent families. Your gay students. Your Black families. Your female students. Your Mexican families. Your disabled students. Your immigrant families. Your trans students. Your Native students. Tell them you won’t let anyone hurt them or deport them or threaten them without having to contend with you first. Say that you will stand united as a school community, and that you will protect one another."

3. This American Life Podcast, "Will I Know Anyone At This Party?". This podcast is a sprawling look at the Republican party, and looks closely at the issue of immigration in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. It's hard to hear people speak about their fear of their Somali neighbors as many of my students are Somali. But, for those wondering "what happened?" this election, I think that this podcast provides a window into part of it.

"I remember one time a guy stood up at one of the other meetings. And he's active in the party. He's one of the better volunteers in the area. Everyone loves him, but he just stood up and he said, "This is why we lose. Whether you're right or wrong, you're coming off extremely racist. And if you want to make an argument that the reason the refugees coming is bad is because economically this, that, the other, we'll have that conversation, but right now it sounds like refugees are bad because they're Muslims." And he was pretty passionate about it. He got up and left. And he said the right thing and I think he looked better for it. But everyone else was like, oh, wow. I can't believe he thought we were racist. We said we're not racist."

three favorites: november 6, 2016

November 6, 2016

Hello all, it is Sunday night, and I am taking a moment to reflect on my three favorites from this week. My school week was a blur of creating models for final projects, and managing the chaos of the week before finals. I am in denial that the quarter ends this next week for our school. But, here are some items that helped me to survive, and sassed up my weekend.

1. Revlon Colorstay Foundation for oily/combination skin. I love this foundation, and it is the only full coverage foundation I own. This formula doesn't break me out, it lasts me a whole work day, and I am often impressed by how it melds with my skin when I get into my car to drive home. I think this is a good foundation to wear to work, especially if it will last me through teaching high schoolers, it should last someone who works in an office the whole day.

2. A thrifted black silk camisole. I recently found an untagged silk camisole at an Arc's Value Village near my house for three dollars. This weekend I wore it tucked into a pair of high waisted jeans under a cardigan, and I am in love! It is light and airy, and I loved having a layer that didn't cling to me. I may have to do some research to see if there are any reasonably priced silk camisoles out there.

3. Shalimar perfume, pretty sure I am wearing the eau de parfum. I found a perfume sample from Nordstrom this weekend that I had squirreled away. I've been thinking about warmer scents as the weather cools, and and low and behold, my sample was Shalimar, a classic oriental fragrance. This is a perfume that was worn by flappers, and is a smoky and powdery vanilla with a hint of citrus hidden on the edges. I am a sucker for anything vanillic and powdery. I threw on a red lip, sprayed my pulse points, and felt like a whole new person while running errands. I may need to order a decant of this for going out and weekends.

Here's a snap that sneakily captured all of my favorites, from my foundation and perfume to my silk camisole.

What were you loving this week?

reading: Blood on Snow

In the fall and winter I love to find books that are a little bit darker than usual, and settle in for a good read. Maybe I seek out these books because of Halloween and its after effects, maybe I like to read things that are darker because it reflects the weather and the darkening days. Who knows.

But, I found Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø at my local library and read it in a day. It fulfilled my need for something darker that I could snuggle into my couch and read, and it was really impressively written.

Blood on Snow is narrated by a Norwegian mafia fixer, a man who admits he doesn't read or write well, who tries to help people if he can but the only thing he is good at is murder. He kills people for a living. It was really interesting to have a story narrated from such a unique personality and point of view. There was suspense, a twist, and the setting of a dark, cold, Scandinavian city was the prefect backdrop for the story.

“Listen, I am someone who had chosen to earn their daily bread killing other people. I'm inclined to give people a bit of leeway when it comes to their actions and decisions.” ― Jo Nesbø, Blood on Snow

I would highly recommend this if you appreciate true crime, if you find yourself watching things like Criminal Minds as the weather gets colder, or if you enjoy having a view into unique psychologies.

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