Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"Grown Up Wishlist"

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say this is a "grown up" Christmas wishlist, as I have a ways to go before being deemed a "grown up" (externally and internally). Either way, I'd like to think my wishlist has evolved quite a bit over the years (now dominated by clothing and gadgets instead of American Girl dolls and craft kits). Now, I'm actually excited — thrilled even — to unwrap a nice pair of socks (whereas little Libby would've been incredibly disappointed with such boring practicality).

T'is the season of giving, as cliché as it is. I can say with utmost sincerity that I love giving gifts — and I'm not just saying that in an effort to portray myself as a morally noble person (truly, I love picking out and gifting presents to the people I love). However, I'd be lying if I said I didn't like opening up gifts myself. That being said, the people over at Spring challenged me to feature my own "Grown Up Wishlist" for this season. They're a really cool brand inspired by the array of boutiques lining NYC's Spring Street in SoHo, created to emulate the experience of having all of these shops available in one place. Check them out here!

Monday, December 7, 2015

New Year's Eve / Holiday Fashion Inspiration (!?)

A New Year's Eve post, already? I know what you're thinking: it's not even Christmas yet! Just hear me out...This is the best time of the year, undoubtedly. If you don't agree, then I'm not quite sure where your head is at or if we even live on the same planet. Nonetheless, because this is the best time of the year, making the most of it is essential. To do just that, it's important to think realistically -- to-do's, shopping lists, and timing. Timing, in particular, is crucial. Whether we like it or not, today will transpire into tomorrow,and the 25th of December will soon become the 31st. I don't know about you, but I want to have the best holiday season possible (which includes both an awesome Christmas and an amazing New Year's Eve). Soo my point? You need to get your outfits together now to avoid the stress of putting looks together last minute (just what you were thinking, I know). I promise, the enjoyability of your holiday season will only increase when you're able to comfortably shut the "what am I going to wear!?" box in your head. I've got you covered...

The luxurious Fairmont Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego is hosting a Grand New Year's Eve party and has challenged me to put some looks together for the big night (inspired by their stunning resort). Thus, without further adieu...

1. You Better Not Pout (Fur Real)...


Monday, November 30, 2015

15 of my Favorite Feelings


We all have little things that make us smile: objects -- moments -- feelings. Somehow, feelings seem to get overlooked often. There are many feelings that make me happy, touch upon a certain sentiment (no pun intended), generate a sense of comfort, and so on. Although we all have them, it seems that some people are more perceptive of their own feelings than others. I happen to be quite perceptive of what and when I feel, so I decided I'd share a list of 15 of my favorite feelings -- perhaps ones that will resonate with you, spark thought about your own favorite feelings, and/or shed light upon these overlooked wonders overall.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

PUMPKIN ROLL with Cream Cheese Frosting



Happy belated Thanksgiving (to those of you who celebrate/live in the US)! Thanksgiving is all about the food, and I'm a person with a huge sweet tooth. As my sister and I were saying, we may as well just skip the dinner part if it means we can double the amount of dessert we're allowed to consume (within the boundaries of what's socially acceptable, that is).

I'm not a pie person. Are many people even pie people? Who really likes pie? I'm not opposed to pie, but I would much rather have cake or some other, more decadent dessert over pie. I'm using the word pie a lot.

The solution? My sister and I baked this Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting (2 of them, as we had quite a lot of people at our Thanksgiving celebration), and it was a huge hit. I figured it'd be worth sharing, despite the fact that Thanksgiving has now come and gone. Who says one can't enjoy fall flavors at all times of the year? Keep reading for the recipe and more droll-worthy photos ☛

Sunday, October 25, 2015

(Guest) OOTD: Grace & the Big Red Wall


I miss childhood TV shows. I don't know about you, but I was a PBS Kids gal all the way. I loved Arthur, Dragon Tales, Cyberchase, Curious George, and (most importantly): Clifford the Big Red Dog. I wanted to be Emily Elizabeth and secretly, deep down, thought I was her (possibly because my first name is Libby -- nickname of Elizabeth -- which is the second (less important) half of her two-part name)). I was a weird kid.

Watching these shows was a very exciting privilege that my sister and I shared, which we jokingly look back upon now. Although I was not a fan of this rule throughout my childhood, I can now respect my parents' decision to only allow the two of us to watch TV on the weekends (including Friday afternoons). That being said, it was part of our routine to hurry home after school on Fridays, grab the parmesan Goldfish Crackers out of the cabinet, plop ourselves down on the couch, and flip the TV to PBS's channel. We both shared a love for Clifford, as 1) the show is inarguably adorable and 2) Clifford reminded us of our large, goofy Bernese Mountain Dog named Chester. 

To FINALLY make my rambling relevant, this wall is very Clifford-like to me. That's not the reason I'm featuring the following photos in this post though -- I truly really like the outfit Grace wore this day. So, without further aideu...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Praising Portland & Pai Men Miyake



I live in a pretty cool place. Often, I overlook this level of "coolness" -- the food scene, the artistic flair, the diversity of people. Seeking a change, I spent part of last weekend taking in my surroundings, comprehensively and sensorily: the sights, the scents, and particularly -- the TASTES. 

The Miyake restaurants in Portland are quite famous, known for their outstanding, gourmet Japanese cuisine. Saturday, we decided to be a bit more adventurous than normal (by we I mean my family of four) -- we ventured downtown for a unusual lunchtime excursion. Unregrettably, we found ourselves at Pai Men Miyake on State Street, stomachs rumbling and chopsticks at the ready. Their menu is fairly small but provides a vast range of options for those with particular dietary needs, varying levels of "pickiness," and perhaps a present desire to branch out and try something new.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

OOTD: Earthy Ease


Morning! Well, that is, it's morning here -- so naturally I decided to commence today's post with a start-of-the-day "hello" (while sipping my still-full mug of coffee and happily sporting my frumpy pajamas). Yesterday was quite the day, as my sister made the trek home from college for the weekend. That being said, Saturday was a family whirlwind filled with restaurant dining, manicure-getting, errand running, and up-catching (get it...like a backwards "catching up"...I know, I'm definitely not as clever as I deem myself internally). We spent a large chunk of the day downtown, wandering through the city amid unquestionably brisk weather. From this day forward, I can safely say that the annual autumnal chill is in full-swing (yesterday's high was 54º F). Not only is my body struggling to adapt to this cooler weather, but also my wardrobe is facing a multitude of difficulties.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Importance of Slow Living


Right now, you are in motion. Although you may be physically stationary (as I am currently -- joined by my laptop and my favorite blanket), you're positioned upon a moving mass. Our earth, without cease, is rotating on its axis. This is true now; this was true seven seconds ago; and this will be true tomorrow morning. Quick disclaimer: this post is not intended to be a recitation of an elementary level science lesson. Instead, this post's aim is to make you think; contemplate; ponder.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

COMFORTING Garden Veggie Stew / Curry Pot



So...another food post. Sorry? I just can't help myself; food means a lot to me. Today's recipe is a deliciously wholesome Garden Veggie Stew / Curry Pot (a bit of a wordy title, I know). In essence, it doesn't seem like the most exciting dish. HOWEVER, I promise this one will not disappoint. Pull out your cutting board, your favorite chopping knife (we all have one), and a cast iron pot: it's stew time.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Untrendy is the NEW Trendy?


Through the daily scouring of my Instagram feed, assorted magazines, the blackhole of Tumblr, and even the streets, I've come to a pivotal realization: ugly is "in"! Due to the sudden rebirth of the 70's trend, it appears that I'm not the first to recognize this fad...Nonetheless, you know the hand-me-neck turtleneck your grandmother gifted you a few years back -- ribbed, mustard yellow, and a (painstakingly) perfect rendition of its label (when worn, you literally morph into a turtle -- bug-eyed, extendo-necked and all)? Well, dig that sucker out! It's time to do a closet excavation.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

A FALL Mixtape (My Music Picks)


To so many of us, music is a central component to our daily existence. Music has the ability to capture the essence of an internal emotion, a special place, a time of the year, and so on. When reflecting on the past, I find myself sectioning off certain periods in my memory based on a collection of songs, an album, or a specific artist. For example, when I think of last September, I think of "Menswear" by The 1975; James Vincent McMorrow; Atlas Genius; songs from Ed's "+" album; etc. To get to my point, we all have experienced music's power to induce a certain feeling. Thus, I figured I'd put together a playlist that celebrates the changing of the leaves and amplifies my inner autumnal excitement.

Cuddle up, inhale the crisp air, and enjoy!

Friday, September 18, 2015

FALL HARVEST SUPERFOOD BOWL & I have some explaining to do...


Welp...Long time no talk! Feeling lackluster and uninspired is quite a discouraging feeling. Lately, this discouragement has felt perpetual. September is (undoubtedly) my favorite month of the year. In the past, come the first of this month, I'm struck with a newfound sense of vitality. Unfortunately, things didn't quite unfold in such nature this time around. This year, September 1st meant that it was officially time: to start the summer homework I had been procrastinating, to prepare (mentally) for the start of school, and, frankly, to just get my sh*t together. These past couple of weeks, I've found myself preoccupied with an overflow assignments, a shortage of coffee breaks, and an overall sleep-deficient self.

This dullness I've been feeling hasn't solely involved a lack of creative inspiration either -- physically, the cooler weather is taking a toll on my health (as I sit here writing and sniffling beside a box of tissues). As a result, I've been trying to pack in the nutrients in order to feel my best and ward off whatever illnesses are swirling through the halls of my high school.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Wandering Without Purpose


So many things we do are purposeful. If you're like me, most things you do are thought out; planned; prearranged. Why? I guess it's based on one's individual nature/character. Additionally, how we've been brought up likely influences whether we're more inclined to act on spontaneity or rationality. Either way, I think purposeless acts are beneficial every once in a while. Such acts, big or small, draw upon our inner adventurer. Thus, as I said, it's important to let that person emerge every now and again.

I know -- I'm probably boring you with yet another random and weirdly philosophical post. Thereby, I'll do my best to twist it a bit in an effort to increase its interestingness(?). For the majority of my childhood, I went to visit my grandmother on an island for a couple weeks during the summer. It's quite a small island with very little going on. There's the ice cream parlor (the hot spot for locals and vacationers alike), the Island Market (the "grocery" store -- with quite a slim selection of groceries...), the Yacht Club (where the wealthy summer-ers mingle), a small, cottagey shop (with overpriced goods that are often, if not always, just admired instead of purchased), and a multitude of beaches (it is an island, after all). Despite the lack of activity, it's a place that has captured my heart since I was very little. Maybe it's just the nostalgia, but there is no denying the beauty of the island itself.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Labels & Personality Types: Who Are You?


I have a mild obsession with online personality quizzes. I love finding out which flower represents me, who my celeb best friend is, which Spice Girl I'm most like, etc...I'm not going to lie, I still visit seventeen.com to check out their latest tween quizzes on a regular basis (my guilty pleasure, what can I say). There's something about reading a written categorization of myself that I find incredibly intriguing.

I went through a phase a couple of months ago where I made everyone who's close to me in my life take a (modified) Meyers-Briggs test (linked here). This, of course, was after I had taken it and was completely awed by the accuracy of my results. In essence, it's a ten minute online quiz that provides one with a "concrete, accurate description of who you are and why you do things the way you do, for free." Sounds invigorating, right?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My SUMMER SLEEP ESSENTIALS

My friend used a quote the other day that really resonated with me: "August -- the Sunday of summer." August is like the calm after the storm. In a way, this month is a bit upsetting; the anticipation of the crazy months to come is constantly lurking (especially as a student). Similarly, Sundays are bittersweet, as 1) they're incredibly relaxing and necessarily lazy but 2) the (unavoidable) resentment toward the impending Monday is clearly present. Today is not just a Sunday, but it's a Sunday in August. This prompted me to think a bit. Why bother resenting, mourning, and allowing this negative energy to exist? Instead, enjoy -- revel in the moment, be it a Sunday, August, or even a Sunday in August.

The topic of sleep may seem extremely unrelated to this post's content thus far, but the connection makes sense in my head. Here, I'll explain:

I don't sleep all that well during the summer, and I'm assuming I'm not alone. The humidity, mugginess, and brightness don't amount to the most ideal slumber conditions. Thankfully, now that it's August, I'm finding that the nights are becoming noticeably cooler and, in turn, I'm getting a better night's sleep. Perhaps it's a mind over matter kind of thing, but I'm definitely sleeping both longer and sounder lately -- luxuries that I will inevitably lose out on come early September. That being said, what better time than now to share my summer sleep essentials to help you make the most of (or, sleep the most throughout) the remainder of August. 


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chocolate Sugar Cookies w/ Raw Turbinado Sugar


Holy. Moly. Just LOOK at these cookies. Today has been a rainy Tuesday that I (accidentally) slept through the majority of...I laid down at around 11 AM with the objective of taking a short, 20 minute snooze. Three hours later, I awoke looking zombie-esque and in a confused, groggy, and hungry fluster. I immediately gained a burst of energy when, after making my way downstairs, I found my sister perusing the ingredient cupboard and preheating the oven -- it could only mean one thing. My stomach is still smiling at the thought (and at the lingering, chocolatey smell that is still present in our kitchen).

About an hour later, these beauties emerged from the oven. Chocolatey. Rich. Buttery. Soft interior. Crunchy exterior. Bliss. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Healing Stones.


Whilst on my trip to Scotland, we did quite a bit of shopping. Whenever I travel, I try to take home unique items that act as tokens -- reminders -- of the given trip. We went into a very earthy store on the Isle of Arran that sold incense, woven bowls, dream catchers, stones, and other related trinkets. The stones are what caught my eye, surprisingly. You know how there are those kids who collect stones? You know, the reason why every single museum sells collectable, "rare" rocks and crystals -- be it one of art or antique airplanes? Maybe that kid was you, but I can guarantee that we all can think of at least one...Anyways, in this store, that kid would've been in heaven.

 Baskets of stones lined the store's exterior, each with an accompanying index card reading the gems' meanings. I found myself totally enthralled in reading about the capabilities of these small, solid fragments. They were beautiful -- don't get me wrong -- but it seemed a bit silly to me to think that a mere rock could have the power to "reduce anxiety" and "stimulate creativity."

Naturally, I bought three.

Friday, August 7, 2015

(Guest) OOTD - Saturdays, Soft Shades, & the Spinach Search


My sister and I share a lot in common but, in particular, we share a love for food -- all things food. We love grocery shopping. We love cooking. We love blog hopping. We love creating our own recipes. And we love...eating. I guess this is how the term "foodie" came about. Anyways, Grace and I live in a place that many consider to be a "foodie hotspot" (aka we're surrounded by many like-minded people as well as incredible restaurants and markets). With that said, supporting local farmers is highly valued and promoted here. There's a strong emphasis on buying an abundance of fresh produce, eating organic foods, attending nearby farmers' markets, and thriving on a healthy & wholesome diet overall.

So to rewind a bit...As I said, there's a strong emphasis on attending nearby farmers' markets. When the two of us were clicking around on our laptops the other night, we came across an article that rated the top farmers' markets in the country. Little did we know that OUR local farmers' market had made the list and we hadn't ever been before. Outrageous, I know. Needless to say, our upcoming Saturday plans were booked.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

(Day) Trip to Boston: A Photo Diary


Boston's an interesting city; one in which a strong sense of pride is always present. Bostonians love their city, their Sox, their beer, their historical worth, and so on. I've always felt a strong connection to this city (it's where I was born, where my parents met, and where we traveled frequently as a family throughout my childhood). Although Boston is distinctly contrastive from mod New York and chill Chicago, it's very...authentic. The people may not be the warmest, nor is the local fashion particularly noteworthy for its chicness, but it's unlike any other city out there. That being said, it will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

OOTD: Metropolitan Monochromatic


I recently day-tripped to Boston with my friend Mere (as you'll see more thoroughly in an upcoming post). Unfortunately, we happened to choose one of the hottest, stickiest, and still days of the summer to venture southward (it was about 90ºF which, as a New Englander, is wicked hot -- pun intended). I didn't necessarily choose the most weather-appropriate outfit, but I wasn't unreasonably uncomfortable (all was well). Style over practicality any day, right? I went with a fairly summery/beachy vibe while maintaining my simple, relaxed style.

Friday, July 31, 2015

...True or False? - "Incessant happiness is attainable."


I know that I've spoken about this topic on here before, but I felt a desire to delve into it a bit more in today's post. This matter is something I think about quite often; the subject of happiness and all that this basic yet enigmatic word entails. Because I could take this discussion in nearly any direction, I'll start straightforwardly with a question:

Are you happy?


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Trip to SCOTLAND: A Photo Diary

So...I'm back! After quite a crazy July, I'm finally home and ready to start cranking out some posts once again. I figured I'd get back into it with a simple post on my 10 day trip to Scotland. I mentioned this trip in my previous post, but I'll recap a bit. We began our adventure in Glasgow (we being myself, my immediate family, and three of our close family friends), where we briefly explored, ate, shopped, and wandered. From what we saw, it was quite a beautiful city (despite the sudden shower we got caught in -- all was good though, we found shelter under a tree during the ten-minute downpour).  


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cafe M I L K - Edinborough, Scotland


I want to start by apologizing for the poor image quality (all iPhone pictures)... I'm currently in Edinburgh, Scotland -- seemingly casual but pretty crazy to me. Basically, the wandering I've been doing around this stunning city is the motive behind today's post. We arrived here Tuesday and have spent the past couple of days sightseeing & eating (as one does when traveling). To avoid a dull narration of our past couple of days, I decided I would focus in on one of the cafes we visited -- my favorite to be exact. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Etcetera, etcetera... (ft. OOTDs and Reunion Rendezvous)


As this post is being uploaded, I will have just of touched down in Scotland (!!) for a week's long vacation. The reality of the trip's proximity hasn't quite sunk in yet. Even so, my excitement is through the roof.

With the Scotland stuff aside, I figured I'd feature two of my favorite people in the world in today's post: my sister, Grace (who you've met), and my incredibly stylish friend, Casey.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

(Healthy & Wholesome) Cherry Coconut Scones


While I was making a smoothie the other day, I came across a pouch of frozen "Dark Sweet Cherries." Due to a lack of other frozen fruits, I decided I'd toss them in with a banana and other miscellaneous berries to form a random concoction of whatever was in the freezer. Before adding them in, I figured I'd taste-test a couple. Soon enough, a couple became a handful -- which then become multiple handfuls. These cherries were so incredibly delicious, I was sure they had to be infused with sugar or some other sweetener. When I checked the ingredient list, only the word "cherries" was listed. I was pleasantly shocked. Thus, I subsequently decided I had to find a way to incorporate these delicious cherries into a recipe.

Friday, July 3, 2015

My Summer Bucket List

I'm a list-maker. Yes, I'm one of them... I can't help it; there's just something about a written brainstorm of tasks, goals, dreams, groceries, cute boys, or whatever else the mind conjures up. I'd also say I'm a fairly ambitious person, one who dreams big and craves achievement. There's one thing I lack though: an authentically adventurous spirit.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

DIY SCENTED CANDLE (Soy Wax)


I'm completely a candle junkie. I justify the insane amount of candles I own by saying that I "collect" candles as a hobby. That makes it sound more reasonable, right? Anyways, as much as I love buying candles, they're quite expensive (my favorites are from Urban Outfitters and Anthropology -- they typically range from $20-$40 a candle). I decided I'd try making my own for a more affordable approach. As an added bonus, making one yourself gives you the ability to customize the scent, size, look, etc!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Coffee Contagion...


So... I will openly admit that I have a problem; a coffee problem. Now, I want to make a clear distinction. I definitely consider this issue to be one of coffee as opposed to caffeine. You may be thinking: Libby, what's the difference? Well...

Friday, June 26, 2015

Scone Date, OOTD, & the Subject of Sentimentality


I've been so content lately. I know it's incredibly cliché, but the fact that summer embodies so few responsibilities and such little pressure is invigorating. Yes, I can go out for coffee on a Thursday morning. Yes, I can sit and chat with ease for hours without feeling rushed. And yes, I can spend the subsequent few hours meandering through the city, the feeling in the pit of my stomach shouting "I should be doing work" or "I need to be more productive" completely absent for once. Although I always make an effort to maintain a mindset that emphasizes/embraces the here & now, everything about life lately has been making that task all a bit easier. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana (Quick) Bread


This bread is the PERFECT breakfast bread, as it's not all that sweet. However, the maple syrup and blueberry combination is 100% enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. Ideal with coffee, this bread is moist, flavorful, and downright decadent. Plus, it's sugar-free and whole wheat, making it wholesome, healthy, and filling.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

(Guest) OOTD - You Look So Cool


Meet Mere. Yes, you have already met her in my "Meet My Best Friend" post (which provides a much more thorough description of who Mere is as an individual). I thought I'd feature her again because 1) she's alright I guess and 2) I absolutely love this outfit she wore to a music festival we attended recently. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

An Ode to my Favorite Mug


If you clicked on this post... 1) I'm surprised and 2) I hope what I'm about to say will resonate with you even on the slightest level. Routinely, upon waking up, I head down to the kitchen to make myself either a cup of coffee or tea. I'm not going to explain the whole process in detail, as I'm sure you know how it goes: either turn on the stove or the coffee maker, shuffle around lazily until the whistle of the teapot commences or the machine's red light goes out, then grab your mug, fill it up, and enjoy. But, wait up -- what about the "grab your mug" part? Why did we skip over that step so quickly and casually?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Old Port Festival & Ambling Adventures - A Photo Diary


The Old Port Fest is an annual event that, despite its extreme closeness to where I live, I haven't attended in full, ever. With that said, my friends and I took to the streets of Portland, which were lined with art booths, food trucks, stages, performers, and lots of people. It was a sweltering day, but this drawback was overshadowed by the amazing performances, the prime people-watching, and the energetic aura of the city overall.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

OOTD - A (Not So) Summer(y) Sunday


Yes, it is June. Yes, I am still pulling out the turtle-necks and tights. I live in a place where it can be 80º, cloudless, and humid on one day, then 55º, overcast, and bitter the next day. Particularly, on this day, the sky was blanketed with clouds and there was a bitter bite to the air (I sound like Robert Frost or something). I don't mind this weather, as it gives me an excuse to enjoy a hot coffee and cozy up in my favorite cafe without overheating or feeling unproductive/lazy.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Brand Focus: Essie & My Favorite Summer Polishes

 
I admit it: I'm incredibly lazy when it comes to doing my nails. It has been months since I've actually sat down and painted my own nails (meaning I've spent a little too much money at the nail salon over the past couple of months...). As of now, I'm trying to curb this bad habit of laziness by revisiting my stash and exploring the varying colors, tones, and finishes of all my polishes.

Friday, May 29, 2015

What does it mean to be "smart"?


Today's post is a bit random and arbitrary, but it involves a topic that I feel needs addressing. As I've mentioned on here before, I'm currently a high school student. In particular, I'm a junior, meaning I have one more year to go before heading off to college. In today's day and age, high school (and schooling in general) has become the equivalent of a full-time occupation...The last thing I want to do is ignorantly and inconsiderately pick apart the education that I'm ridiculously blessed to have access to. Instead, I want to call attention to a societal stigma surrounding educational status and numerical representations of intelligence.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

EASY DIY TERRARIUM - Room Decor Idea


I know I'm not the only one with this problem, but I unhealthily adore both Anthropolige and Urban Outfitters. I definitely consider both to be on my 'Top 3 Favorite Stores' list (with my local bookstore topping it off). I've always loved Anthro, but because one was recently put in 20 minutes away from my town, my obsession has only been heightened. However, to quote my sarcastic yet extremely accurate coworker, one downside is that "it's so expensive and enticing that you get charged for simply walking through the door."

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Meet My Sister


Hello! Today’s piece, the second “interview style” post, features my sister, Grace. She’s definitely been mentioned here on my blog before, but very briefly. I’m incredibly lucky to have a sibling so close in age, let alone a sister who shares a very similar sense of style to myself (one of the many reasons why I love her). It would be inconsiderate of me not to share her with you guys. The other day, while we were grabbing bagels at my favorite local coffee shop, I made her sit down with me and answer a few questions. That being said...


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Sweetest of Spring: Fashion Essentials & Inspiration

Lulls in outfit ideas are not only discouraging, but also very prevalent when one's wardrobe is transitioning from one season to the next. To help solve this dilemma, I've put together this post in an effort to provide spring/summer fashion inspiration & to fill you in on my current favorites.

Laze & Daze
This first outfit is the epitome of comfort and radiates "farmer's market chic" (a new term coined by me). It's the perfect warm-weather look for casual adventures and day-to-day wear. I love this romper from Urban Outfitters, as it adds interest without being overpowering (subtle colors, rustic buttons, a soft print, etc). As an added bonus, the loose fit is flattering and incredibly comfortable.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

5.10.15 - A Day for Mom & Whole Wheat Crepes

Hey everyone, I hope you're all having a wonderful Sunday :) Today's not just any Sunday; it's the lovely Hallmark holiday of Mother's Day. I think this day is a great reminder to show an appreciation for the maternal figure in one's life, as many don't take the time to express such gratitude on a daily basis (including myself). Personally, I'm incredibly lucky to have such a supportive and loving mother; I love you, Janet. Thank you for putting up with me and my "passionate" spirit (as you like to classify it). Overall, today's post is an appreciation post for all the moms out there.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Meet My Best Friend


Hey everyone! I want to introduce this post by saying that this is something I've been meaning to do for a long time. I love the concept of "interview" style posts that feature other individuals (largely so you, as the reader, don't have to continue hearing about just me all the time, as I'm sure that becomes dry quite quickly). Also, there are many important people in my life who I selfishly hog but whose voices deserve to be heard and shared. I'm going to start by introducing you to my best friend, Mere (I'd say soul mate, but that sounds a little over-the-top/cheesy). So, without further adieu...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Trip to the Windy City: A Photo Diary


Brief but a blast, my dad and I explored the city of Chicago last weekend for the first time. Our weekend was composed of college touring, delicious food, shopping, photo-taking, and more wandering. The weather was absolutly beautiful (65º and sunny), which I did not expect given the city's "brutally-cold" reputation. Instead of captioning each photo, I figured I would summarize some of the weekend's highlights by bulleting some excursions that I would recommend to anyone visiting Chicago (not all are pictured above):

Thursday, April 2, 2015

These are a few of my favorite things...


I'm kind of a horoscope junkie. No, I'm not an astrology whiz at all whatsoever. However, I do check my horoscope on a daily basis (a proud Taurus) and designate quite substantial validity to whatever the day's short excerpt encompasses. With that said, I understand that it seems ridiculous to some; that I let a random, fabricated jumble of sentences dictate my daily optimism. Weird, right? I know. Checking my "DailyHoroscope" app has become habitual, a part of my routine. In a way, its psychical aspect makes me feel as if my life is movie-like; a story that is being retold, in which I am the main character. Even if things don't play out in the way my horoscope predicts, I know that the day will still have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Somehow, I find that comforting.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Minimalist Movement




Hello everyone! Long time no... speak? With the month of March now in full swing
(aka 31 days of dullness, dreariness, and grayness), I've been lacking inspiration in
multiple facets of my life. That being said, I've been striving to seek out such inspiration
through more simplistic means; the weather, daily life, and the overall essence of each
and every singular moment.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Trip to NYC: A Photo Diary

Hello! Because today's post is photo-heavy, I'm going to keep the text to a minimum. This past week encompassed more college visits. This time, my mom and I headed to NYC to tour some schools (NYU, Parsons, etc.) and explore the city. Of course, because I consider New York to be one of the most photogenic cities I've visited (if not the most), I had a bit of a photography field day.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Winter Playlist: My Music Picks


Music is an extremely significant aspect of my life. Although I'm not much of a musician, I absolutely love discovering new music and artists, attending concerts, developing personal connections through music (be it a lyrical connection, a song two people can share together, the generation of self-reflection, etc.) and much more.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Trip to St. Augustine: A Photo Diary


 - 2.7.15 - Tropical Tones & Winter Warmth -
Hello everyone! I'm currently coming to you from a hotel, as we abruptly decided to take a spontaneous getaway down south for a weekend of sunshine, family, and college tours. It's been so nice to escape the brutal winter weather at home (I think we're going on around four feet of snow)... We spent yesterday in Saint Augustine, Florida; a city that hadn't ever been to and was very pleasantly surprised with! The city itself is a bit polarized, with some incredibly touristy sections but also an abundance of quaint little side-streets lined with coffee shops, eclectic restaurants, thrift shops, book stores, and so on.