styling: gold mini dress

July 19, 2017

Atmosphere glasses from EyeBuyDirect / thrifted bandana, gold mini dress, and shoes / Target hoop earrings (similar) / Banana Republic military jacket / Apple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

Oh man, this jacket was such a good purchase. It serves me well through summer, fall, and spring. Here, I have styled it with a gold mini dress that I found at Goodwill. This look is pretty indicative of what I have been wearing this summer: bandanas, dresses, and hoop earrings.

small goals: july, 2017

July 17, 2017

I was inspired to start posting monthly goals by Nicole from Writes Like a Girl, who is a continuous source of lovely ideas, honesty, and outfits for me. I'll be posting five goals at the beginning of each month, and then assessing how I did in achieving my goals as I start a new set. If you want to join the link up, you can refer to Nicole's post about her July goals here.

July has been a muddled time for me. I feel the need to really dig in and get work done, but I also still feel the need to recover from my year of teaching and rushing around. Hopefully, some of these small goals will help to give me some direction and structure for the rest of my summer, and help me to feel less stressed about what needs to be done. Here are my July goals:

1. No new clothes or makeup for the month.   // I feel like I am consistently siphoning money away from my savings and into collecting more things. Finally, I think I am ready to pump the brakes on that and use what I have. This may become a longer goal or capsule situation if I have the will power. 

2. Run at least once a week.   // I hate running. But, I need to get some cardiovascular exercise into my routine. I am hoping that this will be sustainable as it is only once a week and something that I could carry into the school year. 

3. Start a Donors Choose campaign for my classroom.   // One of my colleagues this year filled her room with a lovely collection of books that could excite readers. I want to get better at offering books, and having options for resistant readers that go up to our school's library and come back empty handed. Donors Choose could be a great way to create a list of some good books that represent a variety of races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities. 

4. Read at least two books about teaching.   // I am almost done with "It Wont Be Easy" which has been an encouraging and candid account of teaching from a teacher in my area, Tom Rademacher. I also would love to read "Whistling Vivaldi" which deals with stereotypes, and will be discussed for a book club that I am interested in joining at the end of July. 

5. Finish two DIY projects.   // I have a Game of Thrones cross-stitch that I am almost finished with, and would also like to sew an off the shoulder top. Lately, I have been missing the crafting that I did when I was in high school; after sorting through and clearing out many of the supplies I had held onto, I want to take advantage of my newly organized supplies, and get back into the process of creating

three favorites: july 16, 2017

July 16, 2017

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to view every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. These red heels from Aldo. I bought these for my birthday. My mind was telling me that I needed them. Of course, I did not. However, these heels fit just right, and are a lovely pop of color to add to my wardrobe. Now, I just need to orchestrate a date to wear them on...

2. Dusting my baseboards with socks. Slowly but surely, I am systematically cleaning my house so that I can wait another year before deep cleaning it again. Part of my crusade against grime and dust this summer has been to dust my baseboards with a sock. It's magical. The sock grabs the dust in each crevice along the wood, and can be washed like wasn't tasked with picking up dust that has accumulated for probably five years. I am loving the way the tackled rooms feel so much more crisp.

3. That summer glow that is half highlighter and half sweat. You know the one. That shine that develops on your face because it is summer and it is hot. I am loving that right now and not even fighting my face's oily state. I am totally embracing it and combining it with highlighter, because I'll be wishing for skin this lush in the winter.

styling: short skirt and shorter hair

July 15, 2017

Penelope sunglasses from EyeBuyDirect / SugarFix bow choker from Target / GAP chambray camisole (similar, but darker) / Urban Outfitters a-line skirt (older, similar, similar, similar) / Target sandals / Apple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

Well, my hair is growing out, which is exciting. It's fun to watch my hair become fuzzy, and develop and lose cowlicks. Here's to summery outfits and summery hair. May they keep us cool.

three favorites: july 9, 2017

July 9, 2017

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to view every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Burberry Earthy Blush.  This has grown on me. Honestly, a forty dollar blush shouldn't have to do that. However, this one has. Yes, it is fragranced. Yes, it is ridiculously priced. But it is a great color that sits somewhere in between a blush, bronzer, and contour shade. It somehow does it all. When I want to quickly get ready in these summer mornings, this is what I dust on my cheeks. It makes me feel both subtle and glamorous.

2. Bandanas. I can't help it. All I want to wear is a bandana tied jauntily around my neck. Maybe it's because I buzzed off all my  hair. Maybe it's just because it feels right. If you aren't feeling like tying your neck scarf around your neck, Man Repeller has some advice for you.

3. Lake Weekends. Sigh. It's so good to get away. Even when I am on summer break. I bring my books, I bring my sunscreen, and we get away for the weekend. I think last summer we spent most weekends away from home. For the teacher in me that has to spend Sundays at home during the school year, I love to get away for a whole weekend during the summer.

three favorites: june 18, 2017

June 18, 2017

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to view every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Essie Nail Polish in Master Plan. I love this color of nail polish. It never clashes with anything that I am wearing, and looks modern. I love the Essie formula, too.

2. Curriculum design work. Yet again, I worked for my district to design curriculum and edit what we have already created. It's great to get together with other teachers, and really dig into curriculum. I find that I have a better sense of priorities for my teaching next year if I do this kind of work over the summer. Some things that are one my mind: streamlining my feedback on writing, intentionally grouping students for feedback or remediation or giving them an extra challenge, including more choice reading into my curriculum, and including more resources for my ELL students.

3. This recipe for chilled cream of basil soup from with food + love. I made this for some friends this week, and it is a great vegan option for the summer! It uses cashews, basil, and garlic for a soup base that is flavorful and creamy, and then has a tart corn and cucumber salad that goes on top. The flavors blended really well.

three favorites: june 11, 2017

June 11, 2017

1. This eye shadow stick from No. 7. I grabbed this from Target a while ago, and it is really coming in handy now that the weather is hot and humid in Minnesota. This eye shadow stays put all day, and comes in a variety of shades- my favorites are Cool Mink and Velvet Truffle.

2. The Baz Luhrman Romeo + Juliet. My freshmen always finish up the year by watching this movie I never get tired of hearing them freak out about the slight changes to the end of the story. I also love the detailed world and vision of Verona Beach. It was a good way to end this school year. I have my students analyze how changes in setting and props can affect the themes emphasized by the original and the remake.

3. The newest Wonder Woman movie. I went to go and see Wonder Woman with friends this weekend, and it was really enjoyable. Although some of it let me down (like the constant objectification of Diana), it was one of the better super hero movies I have ever seen. The movie also had me wondering about the origins of the comic, which were much more interesting than I expected. This article from the Smithsonian talks about the secrets of Wonder Woman's creator, his connections to Margaret Sanger, and his dubious beliefs about women, bondage, and power.

styling: the last day of school

 Ellie glasses from EyeBuyDirect / SugarFix star drop earrings / school spirit tee / thrifted JCrew pencil skirt / older GAP metallic flats / Apple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

I officially gave up on pants the last week of school after Tuesday. This was my outfit to end my fifth year of teaching. It was nice to feel polished, but have some school spirit mixed in. Happy Summer!

three favorites: june 7, 2015

June 7, 2017

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to view every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Sonia Kashuk hair brush. I bought this about a month ago, and I love it. This brush feels great against my scalp, and can really brush down any cowlicks I have developed while sleeping. It also looks quite chic sitting among my lotions and beauty products on my vanity.

2. This article about Geminis from the Nylon website. I found this article through Joy the Baker, who not only produces delicious recipes and lists of great web findings every Sunday, but is also a fellow Gemini. This article is a loving tribute to "Gemini, the low-key psychopath of the zodiac." I loved the way the author used voice, and the kick butt metaphors they used to describe a Gemini's personality. They also really delved into the fact that Donald Trump is a Gemini, a fact that I didn't know. I found this article to be a reminder to write about myself creatively, to control the impulse to fly too close to the sun, and to use my Gemini skills to fight for those around me.

3. Graduation ceremonies. Our seniors graduated last night, and it was really lovely to see them in that space between an end an beginning. I am so proud of the graduates. I have known many of the students since they were freshmen, and have really enjoyed watching them grow up and grow into who they are. It's hard to explain the pride I felt for all those different stories and experiences coming together to celebrate a universal milestone in their diverse experiences. I want all the best things this world has to offer for these young adults as they head into their futures.

three favorites: may 15, 2017

May 15, 2017

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to view every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Sunscreen. I love this spray on sunscreen from Neutrogena. It's colorless and doesn't leave my skin feeling super greasy. It's really nice to be able to throw it in my bag and go.I typically use 30 SPF on my body. 

2. Looking through old family photos. It's shocking to me that family memories can be so easily lost. I know a decent amount about my grandparents' parents, but feel that the generation before them were largely a mystery to me for a long time. This Mother's Day, I looked through my grandmother's records of my relatives that immigrated to the U. S. in the 1860's. It was a reminder of all the lessons on immigration that have been swirling around me lately: that many have forgotten that their families traveled to North America to settle land that was taken from Native Americans, that many of my students are experiencing moving to a new culture, and that many of my students' ancestors were forced to come to America. I want to stay humble, and remember that my culture is not normative. 

3. Pulling weeds. Now that my husband and I purchased our house, we were pulling weeds in the front yard. The creeping charlie was working really hard to sneak to the middle of the yard from both sides, and it was really gratifying to yank stalk after stalk of the bitter green and purple plants out of the soil. To be outside and get some dirt under my nails was really grounding. 

three favorites: may 5, 2017

May 8, 2017

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to see every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. ROC Retinol Correction Eye Cream. This eye cream is light is moisturizing. I have had some issues with eye creams making my eyes burn, or leaving my eyes red in the morning, but this one just leaves my eye area plumber, and hydrated. 

2. This recipe for mole spiced chickpea tacos from Snixy Kitchen is magical. All the components come together really well, and they were a hit with company I had over at my house this weekend. 

3. Plants. I ran out this weekend, and picked up some tiny potted herbs, and a little baby succulent plant. I am hopeful that I can keep them alive. I've never owned plants before. 

styling: victoria beckham for target

May 4, 2017

 Ellie glasses from EyeBuyDirect / Victoria Beckham for Target floral dress / Swedish Hasbeens Lotta clogs Apple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

Oh my, once I saw this dress at Target, I knew that my plans to stop buying clothes, newly started, were already foiled. The dress is a mildly stiff cotton, with a lining, and darling scallop details. I love the length and the loose silhouette. The buttons in the back are murder, though they are cute, because they hook with tiny elastic loops that are quite stubborn. Overall, this will be in my rotation for classroom or date nights, and because of the lining can be paired with tights for cooler weather as well as spring and summer.

three favorites: april 30, 2017

April 30, 2017

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to see every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Neutrogena Moisturesmooth Color Stick. I love these. They smell like mango. They keep my lips moisturized through a day of teaching. It's awesome. 

2. Striped tee shirts. I am obsessed with them. They are my sitting at home/weekend uniform. I know that many people feel this way, but if you haven't gotten on the black and white striped shirt bandwagon, you should.

3. Checking things off my adulting list. This week, my husband and I bought the house we had been renting. I'm excited to settle in a little more into putting down some roots, and it helps me to feel like our decisions tell a comprehensive story. Now I can be immature, and everything will average out. That's how these things work, right?

What have you been loving this week? 

styling: cool spring layers

Ellie glasses from EyeBuyDirect / thrifted coat / vintage Coach purse /Target black turtleneck / thrifted GAP skirt / Forever21 platform oxfords / Apple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

It's been cold and dreary in Minnesota. Despite my best efforts to get outside, I tend to stay in with a cup of tea. (Who am I kidding, I do that when it's sunny out, too.) But I went out for lunch recently, and bundled up, combining some springy items with some of my winter stuff.

three favorites: april 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to see every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Seche Vite top coat nail polish. This is the best top coat that I have ever used. It is shiny, dries in a snap, and doesn't trap bubbles like so many other top coats that I have tried.

2. This amazing recipe for a quinoa bowl from Parsnips and Pastries was a highlight for me. I loved the dressing, and the way the spring vegetables blend together. It also pairs really well with this recipe for a curried ramen from Vegetarian Ventures. A lot of the leftover vegetables from one recipe can be transferred to the other.

3. I was listening to music with one of my classes of freshmen, and I was reminded of a song that I first heard my freshmen year of high school. Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John sounds like spring to me.

three favorites: march 17, 2017

March 27, 2017

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to see every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Green tea, especially the Harney and Sons one with coconut and lemongrass. I love the change from winter to spring. It's so optimistic to be able to switch from winter coats to spring coats, and from dark coffee to light teas and milky cold brews. This tea comes in such a beautiful tin, and has a hint of something tropical. It's great.

2. Henna. For a fundraiser, my school's Muslim Student Association was giving henna tattoos after school, and I got a flower that snaked across my forearm and the back of my hand. I am thankful for my thoughtful, brave students who share their culture with others, even during times of uncertainty and fear.

3. A clean house. We are getting our house appraised, and the feeling of going through things that hadn't been touched in years was worth the hassle of scrubbing and sorting.

What are you loving this week?

styling: pop of red from Arc's Value Village

March 26, 2017

Here is a collection of my three typical looks, styled with pieces from Arc's Value Village. I've got a little date night, a little casual weekend, and a little classroom outfit action coming your way.

D A T E    N I G H T :   French Connection dress (10.99) and red purse (3.49) from Arc's Value Village / vintage brooches from my grandmothers / SUGARFIX by Bauble Bar earrings / ankle strap flats from Gap

C A S U A L :   bandana (1.09), Land's End striped shirt (7.99) and Gap jeans (6.99) from Arc's Value Village / sneakers from Target

C L A S S R O O M :   vintage blazer / Gap dress (6.99) from Arc's Value Village / clogs from Swedish Hasbeens

What are your favorite items to find at the thrift store?

my tips for successful thrift shopping

items clockwise: metal bin (1.49), red purse (3.49), bandana (1.09), metallic candle votive (1.49), Sriracha mug (1.49), Uglies (1.49) and Twilight (2.49). 

I'm posting to Arc's Value Village's Instagram (@thriftstylist) today as the #VillagerforaDay. They are a local chain of thrift stores in Minnesota, and my favorite location is the one in Richfield. They are a nonprofit which works to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

I've loved thrifting ever since I was little and my mom bought me a pair of jeans embroidered with daisies from a thrift store, and since high school my friends have wondered how I find such gems while thrifting. (Not to brag or anything, but I really am a great thrifter.) So, without further ado, here are some tips for having a successful thrifting trip.

1. Look through more than you think you should, especially when it comes to clothes. Check sizing above and below your size, because you never know when a vintage find will defy modern vanity sizing, or which oversize shirt will drape just right on you. Touch the fabrics, and see if something surprises you; click through the hangers on just about everything.

2. Pay attention to color. I stick loosely to a color palette in my wardrobe, which has made my thrift shopping more effective. I look for red, pink, blue, and neutrals. I especially like black and white patterned pieces, which I can often find while thrifting. I feel more focused, and I am happier with my closet as a result of (mostly) sticking to a set of colors.

3. Check the tags. Most of my best finds from the thrift store come from brands that I love already. I especially get excited when I find J. Crew, LOFT, GAP, or Banana Republic in the racks, because I know I like their style and sizing. I also check tags to make sure that I can wash my finds; I usually try to avoid "dry clean only" items, because odds are I will forget and ruin them in the wash.

4. Have a thrift bucket list, and keep an eye out for it. I keep in mind new trends or styles that I would like to try but don't want to spend a lot of money on. Some things that I have wanted and found on my most recent trip to Arc's: a red dress, a red cross body bag, and some metallic details for my house. I still have my eyes peeled for a menswear inspired wool coat, another pair of mom jeans, and a leather mini backpack.

three favorites: march 20, 2016

March 20, 2017

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to see every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Elnett Hairspray. I love this stuff. It's a fine mist, unscented, and a can lasts forever. I appreciate that this can hold my pixie in place instead of flopping all over.

2. Talking with students. I had two really nice conversations with students today that were really renewing, whether it was talking about poetry or personal struggles. It's a reminder that the spring is a time to witness planted seeds of trust bloom.

3. Dungeons and Dragons. I've been working hard to include more time in my week to see friends and set a routine again. My routine has come to include grading with friends at a coffee shop on Sunday, which is so renewing, and playing Dungeons and Dragons Sunday evenings. It's so nerdy, but it is so fun to create a story of adventure and trials with a small community of people. I didn't know what the game would be like, but it takes so much imagination, which I love. I am buying my own set of dice.

What are you loving this week?

three favorites: march 14, 2017

March 14, 2017

Sephora Cream Lipstain in Always Red

What I am loving this week:

1. Skam. I watched all the seasons of this Norwegian teen drama in about two days a little while ago. If you poke around the internet you can find all three seasons with fan created English subtitles. The styling and the supportive friendships are tied for my favorite parts of the show. The characters dress in the loveliest coats, hats, and scarfs, plus they are there for each other when drama strikes.

2. Sephora Cream Lip Stain. This matte liquid lipstick has been my favorite for a while. I love the color Always Red / 01 (pictured above), which is a straight up neutral red, not too cool or warm. While I was watching Skam, I loved the dark red lip that one of my favorite characters, Noora, wears. After a trip to Sephora, I was glad to learn that the color Rosewood / 42 is a perfect warm dark red that isn't purple, and won't end up on your teeth or smearing around. You can see it on my face in the picture below. I plan to pair it with a knee length wool coat and a turtleneck while the weather is still chilly.

3. Golden Coconut Lentil Soup. This recipe is both affordable and deliciously aromatic, blending lentils, carrots, ginger, and turmeric with fresh cilantro and creamy coconut milk.

three favorites: february 5, 2017

February 5, 2017

1. This pen. The Bic Atlantis fine tip pens are giving me life this week. I know, there's a lot going on in America. All of those things are stressing me out. It's nice to find a pen that makes my handwriting look at its best all the time, and doesn't bleed through paper.

2. Podcasts are keeping me sane. I especially appreciate Pod Save America, Another Round, and The Daily. These podcasts are balancing acknowledging how bleak things feel politically with resilience. Pod Save America is hosted by two previous Obama White House staff; they are knowledgeable and candid about their opinions of our current political climate. Another Round has been one of my consistent favorites, and host Heben is back after being away; I love that she and Tracy center their blackness and find joy and meaning in whatever is happening. The Daily is hosted by Michael Barbaro, who hosted the Podcast "The Run Up" for the New York Times and now has focused in on a new show that asks some of the questions underlying the news that don't always get asked.

3. Archer Farms Cinnamon Honey Almonds are the "healthy" snack I have been waiting for. Yes, they are coasted in a buttery sugary shell, but they are almonds that last me a week in my car, and keep me from eating Cheetos on my ride home from work.

what now? things to do after the women's march

January 21, 2017

I am of two minds on the Women's March- it was both beautiful and disappointing.

I was encouraged by participating in the Women's March today. It was good to be out on the street, in a crowd of people, and do something about my concerns. The march was a reminder that feminism was what taught me that injustice in any form is abhorrent. 

I felt disappointed because although the march was impressively attended in my city, it was populated overwhelmingly by white women- myself being one of them. 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump. Even if the women who marched with me today didn't vote for him, I feel like we are complicit in this problem- that often white women don't activate for other women or other injustices outside of their experiences. 

Here's how I am going to try to make my feminism more intersectional and strengthen my work against injustice, how I am going to show up for marginalized groups, and how I plan to activate my own leadership.

1. Read more books by powerful authors that experience marginalization because of their identity. Reading has always been my escape, and the way that I learn about others. I want to pursue knowledge and an understanding of diverse perspectives, and my book choices can help do that for me. Currently I am reading Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks and it is inspiring me to examine my teaching practices through the lens of gender, race, and freedom. If you are looking for something to help you here are some books that I've read that have made a difference for me already in opening my eyes to injustice: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Giovanni's Room, Flight, The Round House, Persepolis, Between the World and Me, Woman Warrior, and The New Jim Crow. 

2. Further diversify who I follow on social media. I can intentionally make sure that I am following people who know more about fighting injustice than I do. My twitter feed, and my facebook feed can be places that teach me everyday about new perspectives and avenues for justice. Accounts that I already follow and appreciate: on twitter- @blacklivesmatter, @nativeapprops, @mnnoc, @thegayya, @blacklibmn, @weneeddiversebooks, @blackvoices; podcasts- Another Round, Code Switch, Two Dope Queens; on facebook- AJ+ and SURJ.

3. Support true journalism. I need to get a subscription to the New York Times. I've been meaning to and I haven't. Media is coming under fire, and I need to support journalism that will report what is taking place and report with nuance and accuracy.

4. I need to streamline my leadership and activism. Education is where my heart is at. My work needs to be centered there- fighting discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs in my classroom. I want to think more about what this will look like, but my work needs to be more fearless and more innovative. I want to continue to show up for Black Lives Matter marches and rallies, and recommit to attending the SURJ meetings for anti-racist teachers in my area. The place for teachers is the revolution, so that's where I will be.

5. I need to take better care of myself. I need to take time to eat vegetables. I need to take time to be creative. I need to take time to move and exercise. Otherwise, the rest won't happen. 

I'm going to let one of my favorite quotations from Martin Luther King Jr. guide me: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

styling: burnt sienna and ankle boots

January 17, 2017

Ellie glasses from EyeBuyDirect / Old Navy key print scarf / thrifted Banana Republic blazer / Banana Republic chambray peplum (similar here) / GAP stretch 1969 true skinny super high rise jeans / Target bootsApple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

Well, here I am in all my orangey-brown glory. I really enjoyed this outfit. The coordination of the boots and jacket, the layers, and the inclusion of chambray all helped this combination be an instant favorite. Surprisingly, although these are some of the less represented colors in my wardrobe, I got a lot of compliments on this outfit.  What colors do you get complimented on while wearing?

three favorites: january 8, 2017

January 8, 2017

1. Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. I just finished my bottle of this, and I am devastated. Partly because I love this cleanser, and partly because it is so expensive. This cleanser is the best physical exfoliant I have ever used, as I usually prefer a chemical exfoliant. The cleanser has a very very fine grit that almost just feels like a powder suspended in a nourishing gel base. My sensitive combination/oily skin flourished with this cleanser. I saw clearer skin and a refined texture from using this as my morning cleanser. The ingredients are lush, and the cleanser is truly organic and made in small batches. If you are at your wit's end with drying or dulling cleansers, or if you are looking to make your beauty routine align with your values, I would encourage you to check out Tata Harper.

2. Ebay. I just sold a skirt on Ebay and it was so exciting. Listing items, and printing postage once they are sold are so easy. I am so excited to have a little pocket change!

3. Hidden Figures. This movie was so beautiful. To see women (especially women of color) unapologetically represented as themselves- smart and capable- in roles as scientists and mathematicians was beautiful. Right from the beginning when bright Katherine was moved to a new school to foster her inquisitive mind, and she masterfully solves a math problem and then pushes her small angular glasses up her small nose I was crying. Then, to watch these women persevere despite often gasp inducing everyday discrimination, was beautiful. It makes me so happy to see a movie like this, that supports understanding and helps marginalized groups to see the history that exists for them, but is never taught. This movie, like Selma, is one that not only captures the mood of the time for civil rights, but also reflects what we are concerned about now- Intersectional feminism, the lack of representation in STEM fields, and the need to change systems of power that don't make sense anymore. Please go see this!

three favorites: winter break, january 2, 2017

January 2, 2017

1. Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil. What a ridiculous name! But the product is lovely. It is a citrus scented oil that can start more as a milky cream and will emulsify on the skin. When I put this on my lips or cuticles at night, I wake up with moisturized and glowing skin. This is great if you are suffering from dry patches this winter.

2. Steger Mukluks. I went down to the large and hilly dog park in my city yesterday, and all of the ground, including a considerably long hill, was covered in thick clear ice from all the rain Minnesota got around Christmas. I managed really well in my mukluks and stayed warm. The only person who outmaneuvered me was my husband who was wearing crampons.

3. Twin Peaks. I just started watching this thanks to good friends with good taste who forced my husband to give it a shot. (Michael isn't the hugest murder mystery fan.) I was so happy because I am loving the drama of this series already. I love everyone's hair, and the absurd way that Detective Cooper talks into a handheld dictation device.

I feel rested, and ready to take on the rest the quarter at my school. I wish you the best this first short week of January!

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