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Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer is a Verb

Dress: Cynthia Rowley via Marshalls; Sandals: Jack Rogers; Necklace: Enise; Shades: Ray Ban

Just recovering from the best wedding weekend ever.  It's more of an emotional recovery, as I'm mostly depressed that it's over.  That's the problem when you have the most fun ever.

Friday, July 25, 2014

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Hooray! I'm taking the day off to head to Annapolis for what it sure to be one of the most fun wedding weekends ever!  It only seemed appropriate to post this random photo of my trip to London to visit the bride last year, considering they got engaged in London and are now getting married in Londontown.

I can't wait to see so many of my friends all together in one place, including all the silly ones that moved to the West coast, and to drink and dance the night away.

Wedding season, it's the best.

So many good things this week.  Let's start with Blake Lively's website, Preserve.  Before it launched, we all wondered what we were in for.  Then we found out, sort of.  We could buy some pretty unintentionally hilarious stuff.  But really, this breaks it all down better than I can.

This has been making the rounds, but it's so funny I had to share it.  As someone who is bad at Instagram, this makes me feel much better about it.

If you live in Massachusetts, I'm sure you've been following the Market Basket story.  It's amazing and getting better every day.  Save Artie T.!

When women claim they don't believe in feminism, my eyes sort of bug out of my face.  I love Caitlin Moran's line of questioning:  Do you have a vagina?  Do you want to be in charge of it?  Congrats, you're a feminist.

Speaking of things that make me go whaaaaaaat?! a nurse is suing a company for not hiring her to give women birth control when she said that she would not give women birth control.  Yes, you read that correctly.

Amy Poehler is a goddess.  And I don't care if you don't like it.

Related: IDGAF what you think.

Ivy League: not for everyone; maybe not for anyone.

Finally, some moves I plan on busting out on the dance floor this weekend. #turndownforwhat

Have a great weekend, I know I will!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Four on Thursday

1 //  Normally, I don't go for rucheing (ruching? anyone), but I'm making an exception in the case of this adorable and super comfortable-looking tee dress.  It comes in both black and white and looks like it would solve every weekend case of the nothing-to-wears.  The genius comes in its simplicity.

2 //  Speaking of simplicity, these sandals have that in spades.  A great neutral color and a manageable heel are two things that I'm always on the lookout for.  That price isn't half bad either.

3 //  My yellow canvas tote gets its share of use (last seen here and here), so I can only imagine the damage I would do to a white one, but I just love everything about this bag.  The leather trim and white canvas are a perfect combination for a great summer bag.

4 //  Ready or not, sweater season is coming.  Those cool summer nights where you can still wear shorts, but pull on a cozy sweater are some of my favorites.  This Vince sweater looks like a great transition piece as we move into fall.  I'm not trying to rush things, it's just happening.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Currently Reading

1 // 2 // 3 // 4

MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood - So, this was awesome.  It's smart, witty, scary, tragic, everything you want from a novel.  Set in the not-so-distant future, the trilogy follows a handful of characters as they deal with the spread of a disease that wipes out the majority of the population.  The first book is mainly Jimmy's story and follows him through adolescence into adulthood.  His friend Glen (aka Crake) plays a major role in both Jimmy's life and the spread of the disease.  The second book is my favorite.  It is anchored by Toby, a woman taken in by God's Gardeners, a seemingly radical "eco"-cult and Ren, a young girl whose own story intertwines with Toby's.  Each of them survive the outbreak and have to find a way to live afterwards.  The third book finds all of our characters back together.  I don't want to say too much because this is just such an enjoyable read and I'd rather not spoil anything.  Also, HBO just signed Darren Aronofsky up to direct the adaptation, so this is going to be a hot commodity in the next couple of years.

In the Woods by Tana French - This book had me hooked from the beginning.  I loved everything about it - the characters and their relationships, the Irish setting, the mysteries (yes, there are two major ones), everything.  And then it ended and I was completely unsatisfied with the ending.  Isn't that the worst?  It bothered me for days.  Anyway, the quick plot summary is that the body of a young girl is found at a construction site, prompting an investigation into her family and the small town where she lives.  The tricky part comes when the cop assigned to the case is from the same small town and is the only known survivor of a tragedy that took place years before.  Although he has removed himself from that town and changed his name, going home takes a great toll on him.  The writing is terrific, I'm just ruined by the ending.  Bleh.

Thirty Girls by Susan Minot - Over one hundred girls are stolen in the middle of the night from their school.  Their headmistress nun goes after them, and is able to negotiate for their release, with the exception of thirty girls.  This is those thirty girls' story, told mostly through Esther, one of their own.  juxtaposed with the unspeakable horrors that these girls face is the story of Jane, running away from all that she knows in America to come to Africa, explore the country, explore herself, and hopefully write the girls' story.  Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, is the villain in this story, the leader of the rebels who have taken the girls.  The girls are starved, beaten, raped, forced to marry, forced to kill. It is horrendous.  Jane meanwhile, stays with wealthy, white friends in Africa, living in luxury behind their gates, before traveling to Uganda to see these terrible things up close.  A tough read, but very worth it.

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson - So the thing about this book is that I started it and it was wonderful and then DC Public Library tweeted about how it was their book of the day, so I responded saying that I was actually reading it right now and loving it and then the mothereffing author of the book tweeted at me and said "Bam!".  Moral of the story: Twitter can be amazing.  Anyway, Pete is a social worker in rural Montana, a pretty serious alcoholic, and going through a separation.  Terrible, right?  Well, it gets worse.  Pete's life is a never-ending wave of shit that happens to or around him.  Why did I like this?  Firstly, it's an incredibly interesting, wild, and amazing story.  Secondly, the writing is superb.  It's depressing as hell, but in the most beautifully done way.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Red Wedding

Dress: Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx (this J. Brand dress is gorgeous and on sale!); Sandals: Franco Sarto via TJ Maxx (these are great); Clutch: via TJ Maxx (similar option); Necklace: Groop Dealz (cute version from Kate Spade, on sale); Shades: Ray Ban

Wedding season is in full swing.  I've got #4 of the year this Saturday, but I wore this little number to wedding #3 just before the 4th of July.  The wedding itself was beautiful, with perfect weather, great details, and fabulous entertainment.  It's also great to get to spend time with people, in this case my high school friends, who I don't get to see often enough.  Throw in an open bar and a dance floor and you've got one hell of a party.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stripes and Sunsets

Top: H&M (super old, similar and under $6! here); Shorts: Asos (similar); Bag: Target (great option); Sandals: Forever 21 (similar); Shades: Ray Ban

This weekend was pretty great.  Friday night, we had a leisurely dinner at a friend's house with burgers on the grill.  There may have been curly fries involved.  After dinner, we headed to a going away party that combatted the sadness of a friend leaving with delicious infused vodka cocktails.  

Saturday was one for the books.  I woke up at 8 (who am I?), went to yoga class and the farmers' market, grabbed an iced coffee, and chatted with my mom, all before noon.  That is unheard of in my house.  I spent the rest of the day being lazy by the pool, but working my way through about three months' worth of magazines and catalogs that have been piling up, hence the influx of Athleta gear added to my Pinterest wish list.

Yesterday was also pretty awesome, starting with a 90 minute yoga class that kicked my ass, which is exactly what I needed after about three weeks off.  After that, DT and I scuh-rubbed our apartment.  Like, pulled out the stove and the fridge and washed those floors.  So gross.  But now our place is super clean and feels amazing.  

Now I'm looking forward to a short week and next weekend's wedding of two of my favorite people!

Friday, July 18, 2014

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

My weekend is wide open, with no mandatory obligations.  After all my recent traveling, that is a very welcome thing. My plan is to read, lay by the pool, clean, and do some cooking.  It's all very domestic of me.

Next weekend starts back up with all the big, fun, exciting things!
Nordstrom's anniversary sale is now open to everyone and not just those magical fairies with cards.  I did some damage.

Who is really fighting against marijuana legalization?

Related: the racial and economic implications of legalization.

One actress's stance against the media's portrayal of violence towards women.

I love the blog Tomboy Style.  My love grew exponentially with this post.

Immigration.  Here's a different take on the "border kids".

Despite all the conservatives' ranting, the Affordable Care Act is working!

I used to read Television Without Pity religiously and when it got shut down, I basically started internet-stalking all of my favorite writers from it so that I could find out where they would continue writing.  Amazingly, Gawker started a tv page called Morning After and my very favorite of the TWoP writers, Jacob Clifton, is working for them.  For a hilarious and awesome taste of why he is my favorite, please read all about Sookie Stackhouse's erotic journey.

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Four on Thursday

1 //  I'm wearing head to toe white today, so it's safe to say I'm a fan.  I love this laser cut top (also available in black).  It's perfect for summer, can be worn with almost anything, and fits for any occasion.  

2 //  This necklace is great.  It's a little preppy, a little nautical, and a lot of fun.

3 //  Another striped dress?  I can't help myself.  The color combination is not your average pairing and the rope belt adds some nice definition to the waistline.  

4 //  Yes, I've still got white sandals on the brain.  The simplicity of this pair is what grabbed me.  Easy, clean lines and a chunky heel are exactly what I'm looking for.

As always, you can find these picks, as well as many, many more on my Pinterest Wish List page.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Currently Watching

The Leftovers // HBO's really going for the literary crowd lately, adapting novels for their shows.  I read The Leftovers a few years ago and like my experiences with many of Tom Perotta's novels, thought that it was a fascinating idea that didn't live up to its potential.  The show is three episodes in and while I wouldn't say I'm hooked, I'm cautiously optimistic.  Mostly this is due to the cast, who I think are doing outstanding work.  My one complaint, and I'm not alone in this, is that the show is too dark.  Yes, a tragedy occurred, but people cope in different ways, often with humor.  It is exhausting to be that dark, that heavy all the time.  This is a character study and I hope that other sides of those characters are shown.

The Conjuring //  As much as I love a bad horror movie, I love a great horror movie even more.  Again, this promarily leans on the cast for its greatness.  The story is not an original one, you've heard it all before, but the cast, including Lily Taylor, Vera Farmiga, and the eternally beautiful Patrick Wilson, really sell it and the directing is superb.  There are a few jumpy scare moments, but overall, the film successfully builds a feeling of unease that is truly creepy.

Hemlock Grove Season 2 //  "Good" is not a word I would use to describe Hemlock Grove, but that doesn't mean it isn't entertaining as hell.  Season Two was released on Netflix last Friday and I'm a few episodes in.  People who left town have come back and others who seemed dead don't seem that way any longer.  It's terrible in a "so-bad-it's-good" way.  Also, Bill Skarsgard (son of Stellan, brother of Alexander) has the largest mouth I've ever seen and since the majority of his actions are pouting and kissing, it's hypnotizing to watch.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Top: Aeropostale (super old - similar here); Shorts: Asos (similar); Sandals: Jack Rogers; Clutch: Target (love this one); Shades: Ray Ban; Earrings: via Rosie and Rockers

The past few weeks have been insane.  Between a wedding, a few days in Maine, the 4th of July in Westport, a weekend trip to Charlottesville, and last night's Bastille Day celebration, I'm spent.

I love all of these things and enjoying summer as much as possible, but sometimes I just need a nap.