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Friday, September 12, 2014

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Finally, it's almost the weekend.  I've just been tired lately and need to catch up on some sleeping.  My soccer season also starts on Saturday and we may take a trip to the magical world of the Maryland Renaissance Fair.  Things could get weird.  

Let's read/listen to/look at fun stuff.


While I hate the phrase "skinny bitches", this song is catchy and I can never get enough of The Roots.

But let's talk about this cover right now because this girl's voice is insane.  All about that stand-up bass, indeed.

When did "basic" become a thing?  I pay no mind and I'll do all the fall activities I want to.

In case you missed it, it was New York Fashion Week.  Here's Elle's round-up of the best runway looks.

Need a new blog name?  Look no further.

Childish Gambino gives an incredibly interesting interview and then freestyles like whoa.

I struggle with this so much because the NFL is bullshit, but I still want to watch and root for my team.

Lena Dunham can write.  Like, this essay is everything.

Walter White is Ned Flanders.  Why didn't I see this?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Four on Thursday

Last week it was gray, and this week I'm having a navy moment.  The weird thing is, I don't even try to have a theme for these posts.  It's just happening lately.

Black dominates my closet, especially in the colder months, but I want to branch out.  More navy.  It's a little warmer, a bit less harsh, and I just feel better in it.  



1 //  This coat, I don't know, I love the look of it, but have no idea how to wear it.  And it has a boxy fit, so I'd want to size down, but I just don't know.  Let's get real: I'd throw this over leggings and a white long-sleeved shirt.  And I'd look fly as hell.

2 //  Lace is a favorite of mine for fall.  We're all busy bundling up, so a little skin goes a long way.  This sweater manages to look both cozy and sexy, which is no small feat.

3 //  Sweaters from LL Bean are the BEST.  Like, the best quality you will ever find at a reasonable price.  Most LL Bean products are like that, but the sweaters, man, those are real sweaters.  These things are made in Maine.  They know what cold is.  This navy waffle is where it's at.

4 //  I'm always freezing.  For example, right now, it's September, and my office has the A/C cranked up, so I've got a blanket wrapped around my legs and am sitting on a heating pad.  Normal.  What do I do (and of course I mean what do I do when it's actually cold outside as opposed to this faux cold created by machines for no reason when it's a perfectly lovely temperature outside?!)?  I layer.  Turtlenecks are such an important part of that layering.  And this one is striped.  Striped, I tell you!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Holy Water




Sweater: Cotton Addiction via MyHabit (or similar here); Shorts: Old Navy (similar); Bag: Target (similar); Sandals: Forever 21 (this season's version); Coral Necklace: Stella & Dot (similar); Shades: Ray Ban 

I've got to get into September back to school mode.  Since I haven't actually gone back to school in, oh, 6 or 7 years, it's a little difficult.

Back to workouts, back to organization, back to routine.










Monday, September 8, 2014

Summer Favorites







This post-Labor Day daze felt like as good a time as any to look back on the summer.  There were some  sartorial themes - namely stripes and black-and-white combinations.  What can I say? I'm a sucker for the classics.

The older I get, the faster every summer seems to fly by.  Luckily, I've gotten progressively better at squeezing in as many trips and events as possible in that time.  That skill should come in handy this fall, because it is jam-packed too.  

In totally unrelated news, I'm writing this immediately after having a Gin Blossoms sing-along and dance party in my kitchen, so I'm really getting the hang of this adulthood thing.







Friday, September 5, 2014

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Weekend!  


We lost a comedy legend this week.

Who knew AP history could cause such a ruckus?

I've read many, many articles this week about the stolen nude photos from celebrities' phones, but this one not only links to all of them, but it makes very good points of its own.

Which led me to this older article that is terrifying.

Honorable mention to this one: this isn't a scandal, it's a sex crime.

I just love everything Jimmy Fallon does, even if it involves Adam Levine.

As someone who is constantly trying to clean out her closet, I feel this.

To kill time until the next season of Game of Thrones airs (in forever), some fan theories.

Finally, stuff like this is why I'm proud to be a Masshole.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Four on Thursday

I'm very into gray right now.  So much so that I'm thinking of just doing a capsule wardrobe for the next month or so - black, white, gray, camel.  Maybe some navy thrown in for good measure.  Any and all of these items would work.


1 //  Endless summer!  This is fairly expensive for a simple cotton dress, but Splendid uses the softest materials and I would wear this thing all the time, so I think it's a good deal.  Wear it as is now, and layer up as the weather turns chillier.

2 //  I've got a few dressy events this fall and love the look of this gray dress.  The pencil shape looks great on me (straight up brag) and the lace details are perfect without being over the top.

3 //  The best thing about fall is sweaters.  Period.  I like the relaxed shape and the pattern of this one.  
4 //  Another perfect "transition" dress.  It's good to go now as a one-piece easy way to get dressed, but add tights, boots, and a chunky sweater on top for cooler weather.  For whatever reason, this strikes me as an apple-picking dress.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Currently Reading

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One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson - Kate Atkinson writes great books.  Period.  She's incredibly talented and while not quite as good as it's predecessor, Case Histories,  One Good Turn is no exception.  It is the second in the Jackson Brodie series.  The now retired Brodie and his girlfriend are away on holiday in Edinburgh when Brodie witnesses a man being attacked during a traffic jam.  This sets off a series of events that lead Brodie back into the police world, unofficially partnering up with a local female detective.  It's fun, it's smart, and Brodie is an extremely likable character.

The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich - Nonfiction!  Who knew I could do it?  Well, I may not do it again soon because I was underwhelmed with this book.  A group of young women currently working at Newsweek see their less qualified male counterparts getting all the stories and promotions.  They end up digging into the magazine's history to discover that in the early 1970s, the female employees of Newsweek filed a discrimination lawsuit against their employer.  The story follows the women of the 1970s and how they began the discussions of the discrimination, banded together, and ultimately fought the man.  While this is incredibly brave and amazing, I was incredibly disheartened that in the 40 years since, nothing has really changed.  Female Newsweek employees today are still facing the same challenges and discrimination.

The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud - I don't really know what to say about this book.  I didn't particularly like it, but I also was drawn to it in a weird way.  It follows three college friends in New York City in their late-20s.  They are all falling apart in one way or another.  Marina is failing to actually write the book she's already been paid an advance for.  Danielle is fumbling romantically and being dismissed at work.  Julius finds himself in an abusive relationship.  The book is extremely well-written, but it just didn't grab me.  Mostly, I found the character of Bootie, Marina's cousin, to be so irredeemably annoying.  The last few chapters were a huge surprise to me though, and somewhat made up for Bootie's character.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain - This book is perfect.  I'm not interested in the military, in football, in politics, but amazingly, I loved everything about Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.  On leave from Iraq, Bravo Squad is brought back to the states on a hero tour, culminating in their attending the Thanksgiving Day Dallas Cowboys football game.  The book takes place over the course of the game, with flashbacks filling in the blanks.  Perfection.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ode to Summer

When a winter is as long, as cold, and as unforgiving as last year's was, it makes summer seem like a far off dream that will never come true.  As it tends to do, summer did eventually come and it was glorious.

Summer was busy, filled with friends and laughter.  We watched our friends make adult decisions, whether it was saving up to buy a house or becoming husband and wife.  Old, good friends moved away and new friends were made.

We took trips, mostly home to see our families.  Those beaches that we grew up on felt smaller, but more familiar.

Weekends were packed, whether we were away for a wedding, throwing a pool party, or running around the city to get to the next thing on the list.

Evenings were lazy.  We grilled and drank wine.  We finally finished watching Breaking Bad.

Despite our best efforts, we couldn't fit in all of the things we wanted to do.  There are events we didn't get to, walks that we didn't take, and some of our favorite places will have to wait another year.




Monday, September 1, 2014

Playlist - September 2014

Happy Labor Day!  And first day of September!  Wow, that feels crazy to think about.  I'm milking the last of this long weekend today and denying that I have to head back to DC and my office and real life tomorrow.  To help me do that, here's my September playlist.  Enjoy this last day of unofficial summer!


Friday, August 29, 2014

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

I'm in Maine for the long weekend and life is good.

Middle school girls are standing up to their school's sexist dress code and it's awesome.  And then I read the comments and hated everyone again.

You may have read that 4 dudes created a nail polish that changes color when it comes into contact with a date rape drug.  While I think that is amazing, here are 11 better ways to prevent rape.

Why are rape and death threats your go-to?

One man's attempt at collecting data regarding deaths caused by police led to this website.

An NPR piece on the subject.

However, there's hope.

Long read, but very worth it.  I've got some serious reading to do.

Head spinning.  How?

Wow, this has been a depressing round-up.  Time to get inspired by the Little League World Series and one coach's perfect speech.

Let's all listen to Santana's "Smooth" to lighten things up.  It's only the best song ever.

It's post-Emmys, but I'm still loving this.

Shelley Long, you are my spirit animal.