Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Playlist - April 2015

What have I learned this week?  Blogging ain't EZ.

Between a photo issue (finally fixed!) and now Spotify getting rid of their super easy embedding system, I've had quite the internet adventure over the past few days.

But I'm back, things appear to be working normally again, and all is well in the world.

Now, celebrate the fact that it is April and get down with your bad selves!

Friday, March 27, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Ralph Steadman illustrates Breaking Bad characters and it is perfect.

Monica Lewinsky is returning to the limelight and I respect the way she is going about it.

Just wow.

Luckily, I work out at studios that are mostly women, so I don't run into this problem, but here's how men should talk to women at the gym.  Hint: don't.

Dark Lord Funk is not something I knew I needed, but I did.

This blog post is brutally honest and kickstarts an imperative conversation.

Fran Lebowitz is cranky as hell and I love it.

Mother Jones takes an in-depth look at Miriam Carey, the woman who was gunned down at the Capitol  in 2013.

First and last frames from 55 movies.

As someone who is ambivalent about having kids, this was a fascinating read.

This dance scenes from movies mash-up made me so, so happy.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Four on Thursday

As if you couldn't already tell from my picks this week, I'm desperate for warm weather.  

Any time now, spring!

Clockwise from Top Left:

1 //  White eyelet just screams summer.  It makes me want to eat ice cream cones and drink iced tea and skip through a park or some shit.  Like, summer embodied, except without the "body" part because it's a dress.  This Loft version is very pretty and they're giving you $25 off at checkout for no reason at all because they're good like that.

2 //  DT and I share sunglasses.  It's a thing.  We've got 3 pairs of Ray Bans between us, but I'm looking to add another, non-unisex pair that will be mine, all mine!  The Erika style jumped out at me.  They're feminine and classic.  

3 //  My maxi dress collection (all 3 of them) needs to be revamped.  Two of the three don't really fit or are difficult to wear, so I need some replacements.  This navy and white striped dress looks like a winner.  It's my favorite color combination, a brand I like, and looks like the easiest thing in the world to throw on without thinking.

4 //  My bathing suit search continues.  I love the unexpected lobster print on this bikini, with its pastel colors and little frill details.  It's cute without being cutesy.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Currently Reading

1 // 2 // 3

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf - I really like Naomi Wolf's work.  She is smart and backs up her argument with fact.  I only just started The Beauty Myth, but her main argument seems to be that when women entered the work force, the pressure to be "beautiful" increased exponentially as a way to control women within male-dominated structures.  This book was published in 1991 and so much of it still rings true.  I'm excited to get deeper into it and see where she takes her argument.  It's depressing, but fascinating.  Maybe I'll throw out all my makeup when I'm done.

In the Heart of the Sea; The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick - DT likes sailing and whales and all things New England nautical, so I bought him this book for Christmas.  He flew through it while we were in Punta Cana, so I recently picked it up for myself.  Written as narrative non-fiction, we follow the story of the men aboard the whaleship Essex as they prepare and then set sail for their journey.  Tragedy ensues.  When you think the situation can't get any more dire, it does.  The crew does unthinkable things to survive.  In the Heart of the Sea is beautifully written, impeccably researched, and will stay with you long after the ship sinks.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - I'm loving this book.  It follows two characters, Ifemelu and Obinze, as they meet cute in their home country of Nigeria, and then are separated through their different lives, one in America and the other in England.  The characters are fully fleshed out, interesting, and realistic.  Their experiences of being immigrants are dark, funny, tragic, and enlightening.  Two very enthusiastic thumbs up.

Friday, March 20, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

In addition to bridesmaid dress shopping, I think we should have giant margaritas too.

You guys, patios are slowly starting to open.  That means it's time for day-drinking in the District.

Are you an SVU fan?  These are their stories.

Finally, someone else who hates all the fake national holidays!

Now this is what I call a lobster roll.

I'm shy.  I hate talking to people I don't know.  This article was really helpful.

You may have heard that Oklahoma is trying to "edit" the AP History test because it paints America in a bad light.  Or a truthful one, but who's counting?  A 38-year-old man takes the test.

Why Alabama Sucks or Why Endowments are Horrible.  I can't decide.

In one of the most liberal states in the country, they can't even pass abortion rights.  I'm so glad all these old, white, wealthy men are in charge of my body.

Kyle Chandler is my favorite.  I've been watching him since Early Edition.  And his new show, Bloodline, premieres on Netflix today.  Also starring Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini, and Sam Shepard (among countless others), the cast is incredible and I hope the show lives up to their talents.

Finally, I haven't watched The Jinx yet, but after all of the insanity that has unfolded, it's at the top of my list.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Four on Thursday

Weather permitting, I'm heading home to Boston tonight.  I've got some bridesmaid dress shopping to do for my bff's wedding in October!  She wants us in long navy dresses, and we're all pretty laid-back and easy, so it should be a fun day.  In the words of Mary J. Blige, no more drama.  

Clockwise from Top Left:

1 //  I've been really impressed with the quality of The Outnet's Iris & Ink line. Everything I've ordered from them has been a really great piece that has become a workhorse in my wardrobe.  This striped mini dress might be my next get.  Flat sandals and a crossbody bag, and I'm good to go!

2 //  White skirts seems fresh and clean for spring.  My work attire could use some freshening up and this pencil skirt would be a great addition and fill a definite hole in my closet.  The faux-wrap detail is great because you get the flattering look of a wrap without having to worry about any unwanted unwrapping.

3 //  Again with the stripes.  I can't help it.  This French terry pullover looks like the perfect spring pullover for cooler days.  It would also be perfect to put on over your bathing suit for sunset on the beach.  The price is really good too.  Also, LL Bean is giving out $10 gift cards with every order right now.  It's a win-win.

4 //  My black flats have seen better days and I'm desperately in need of a new pair.  I like the pointed toe on these Nordstrom flats.  It gives them a more polished look.  They also come in silver, coral, and blush.  Blush might also be necessary for me.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Recent Purchases

It's been awhile since I did one of these round-ups.  I guess my shopping has taken a downward turn.  That's what happens when you have almost 10 weekends of travel plans coming up!

Recent Purchases

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

[1]  Remember way back in November, when I hypothesized that I would obsess over this dress and then finally buy it when it went on sale and then be completely disappointed?  That is EXACTLY what happened.  I just know myself too damn well.  The dress was less black and white and more black and light yellow, which was not a good look.  Also, I ordered a size up and the dress was still super body-consciously tight.  Result: Returned. (Only available in 0, similar here or here.)

[2]  The Outnet is having a major clearance sale and I snagged a couple pieces at really good prices, including this striped top.  I've worn it once already, so it's definitely a keeper.  The cotton is thicker than I expected, but it was actually a pleasant surprise as I find that thicker cottons tend to last longer and not get pilly or thinned in the wash.  And you know that I never met a stripe I didn't like.  Result: Kept. (Sold out, but similar here.)

[3]  This fur scarf was another one of my Outnet purchases (and it's now even further reduced!).  Even though I'm dreaming of summer, I couldn't pass up such a good deal on a scarf that will be perfect for next fall and winter.  It's long enough to actually keep me warm and I plan on wearing it over both sweaters and coats, just to change up their look a bit.  Result: Kept. (Sold out, but similar here.)

[4]   Black denim is one of those things that I've been having a difficult time finding.  These jeans looked perfect (and are the same style as another recent favorite pair), so I was cautiously optimistic.  They arrived and they were perfect... except they showed up in the wrong size.  The waist was 3 times larger than my normal size, so they were pretty much falling off of me.  I exchanged them for what will hopefully be my real size, so fingers crossed!  Result: Exchanged.

[5]  Bathing suit season!  I can't wait to spend my weekends at our pool and am slowly realizing that I need some major upgrades in the bikini department.  Most of my tops no longer fit me and my bottoms have seen better days.  A solid black bottom is a staple and will go with almost any top.  These are a great material and the perfect basic.  They were a bit snug on me, so I exchanged for the next size up and think those will be the one.  Result: Exchanged.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Luck of the Irish

Sweater: J. Crew Factory (this season's version); Denim: Asos; Booties: LL Bean (love these); Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke (similar); Earrings: Amrita Singh via TJ Maxx (similar); Shades: Ray Ban

I may have done my celebrating on Saturday, but today is still St. Paddy's!

Rock some green, drink some beer, eat some potatoes.  You know, Irish things.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dessange Hair Care

Back in January, I got my first adult haircut.  29 seems like the right age to do that.  Since then, I've been making an effort to treat my hair well and to take better care of it.  Influenster sent me the Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Collection and it seemed like as good a time as any to try it out.

First off, the packaging is pretty and bright.  The oranges add some much needed oomph to my shower products.  Secondly, the scent of all three products is delicious.  It's slightly perfume-y without being overwhelming.  

After the first time I used the shampoo, conditioner, and replenishing oil, my hair felt much softer than it usually does.  I've been using the products for about a week and a half and my hair is softer, more manageable, and less frizzy.  Each strand is smoother.  It's a good thing.

The shampoo gets a great lather, which is something I know doesn't matter, but I'm a big fan of.  I lather that right up, and then rinse.  Next, I work the conditioner through my hair, let it sit for a few minutes while I do the rest of my shower stuff, and then rinse it out (with cold water if I'm feeling brave).  After I get out of the shower, I put two pumps of the oil into my towel-dried hair and work it through from roots to tips.  This ain't rocket science and it makes my hair feel great.

Dessange is available at Target, so if you're looking to try something new, I'd say go for it.  They also have a California Blonde collection if your hair happens to be say, slightly lighter than mine.   

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  I was not required to write a blog post, but because I really liked the products, I wanted to share them with you.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 13, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

So much good internet this week!

In case you missed it, even though I'm sure you didn't, there is a Zoolander sequel coming to a theater near you and they announced it in the most amazing way possible.

These women of the Supreme Court in Lego form are the best things ever.  Yet Lego rejected them because it was too "political".  Bad move on their part.

As someone who watches both RHOBH and VanderPump Rules, this article about eating at all three of Lisa VanderPump's restaurants had me giggling uncontrollably.

I recently started watching Broad City and it is just delightful.  Vulture has an awesome article with the show's stars and creators.

Despite the fact that Grantland neglected to even mention Love and Basketball, I do like their take on the greatest fictional basketball player of all time.

C-Span has an amazing series on the First Ladies of the United States.  Very worth checking out.

Want to run an inn in Maine?  All you need to do is write a 200-word essay.

Examining the myth of the "superhuman" black person.

Things like these are why I hate technology.  Giving me major 1984 vibes.

We all had a crush on Andrew Keegan.  Camp Nowhere, am I right?  I would totally follow a religion with him as my guru.  Apparently so would many others.

An oral history of Mad Men.  I'm excited for the final seven episodes and hope it ends in a smart way that represents how great the show has been.

National Geographic looks at why even reasonable people are rejecting science.  Will this lead to eve more of a push towards STEM education?

"Between 60 to 80 percent of migrant women and girls are raped on their journey" to cross the southern border of the US.  And yet religious groups who offer these women help want to deny them emergency contraception or pregnancy referrals.

Female serial killers fascinate me.  I have a theory that their numbers are so low because most of them don't get caught.  A recent study has profiled the 64 known female serial killers in the US.

Corporate profits are at an all-time high, yet the middle class is shrinking and the poor are only getting poorer.  This explains why.

The US as foods.  I want to live in Nutellaware.