Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Currently Reading

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The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant - Told by a grandmother to her granddaughter, The Boston Girl is the story of Addie Baum, born at the turn of the century to immigrant parents in the North End of Boston.  From her slightly rebellious teenage years to her start as a career woman, Addie is not your typical girl.  She is intelligent, curious about the world around her, and not content to sit and watch life happen around her.  Addie serves as a lens to view the changing world throughout the 1900s.  Her story is both personally and historically fascinating.  Maybe it was the familiar setting (I love Boston and Rockport) or maybe it was Addie's gumption, but I loved reading this.  

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer - This book is hard.  It's brutal, in fact.  But it's also incredibly important.  Krakauer dives right into the entitlement that athletes often feel and in fact, are given, by the team, school, town that rallies around them, even when they are accused of horrendous crimes.  While a true story, Krakauer's writing is fluid and almost reads like a novel.  He provides important facts and background information, without ever coming across as a lecturer.  No one is left off the hook here, from the police officers to the attorneys to the community at large.  Some may call Krakauer biased (I'm not one of them), but given the evidence that he presents, it's hard not to see his point.

The Invaders by Karolina Waclawiak - Cheryl is a discontented housewife.  Teddy is her drug-addict/dealer stepson, recently kicked out of Dartmouth.  Together, they make a strange pair, but over the course of a summer in their quiet Connecticut coastal town, they find that they share common ground.  Looking at the darker side of a "perfect" world, Waclawiak captures the feel of a wealthy community intent on isolating themselves from anyone they consider less-than.  Both Cheryl and Teddy, although officially part of said community, feel at odds with those attitudes and have become outsiders.  Smart and haunting, this was a good one.

Friday, January 22, 2016

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

I hope you're prepared for Winter Storm Jonas!  DT and I have a pretty good stockpile of food, booze, and tv to watch, so we'll be good.  And when we get cabin fever, I have faith that our local bars will welcome us with open arms.

Stay warm and safe out there!
SMC, February 2008
Picture stolen from Kelsey!

Dave Holmes is my favorite and has been ever since the travesty that was the MTV Wanna Be A VJ contest that he very unfairly lost to that absurd Jesse dude.  I'll never forgive my generation for that.  This is why Trump is leading in the polls, you guys!  Anywayyy, this Twitter story of him grifting some terrible grifters is a thing of magic.

New York City bachelors hit 40 and realize that they might want to get married and have kids.  

MLK doesn't belong to you.

If you need a Valentine's Day card, look no further.  Dean + Jerry 4eva. (Side note: We've watched 9 of the 10 episodes of Making a Murderer and I'm still not sure what I'm watching.  Too many questions, not enough answers.)

When all else fails, you've watched all the tv, you've eaten all the comfort food, you're almost out of wine, I highly suggest putting on some tunes and having a Soul Train style line dance party.  I will 100% be stealing some of these moves.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Weekly Wishlist

This seems like a good week to focus on bundling up.

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Glamorous Grizzly Faux Fut Coat via Asos, on sale $83 - Why not add some drama to your look with a baller faux fur coat?  

Ray Ban New Wayfarer Flash, $150 - Speaking of ballers, I'm getting the itch for some new Ray Bans and these bluish-green tinted lenses are pretty sweet.

Matty M Herringbone Print Faux Fur Topper via Nordstrom, on sale $46.90 - Another faux fur topper, but with a cool print added.

Rebecca Minkoff Bass Merino Wool-Blend Dress via The Outnet, on sale $108.90 - A great and warm dress.  Add tights, booties, and a necklace.  Go.

Banana Republic Oversized Turtleneck Sweater, on sale $69.99 plus 50% off at checkout - My favorite words : oversized turtleneck.  Also in blush and orange.

Lands' End Furry Textured Vest, on sale $58.97 - A coat too much for you?  Try a vest!  Keep it neutral in black or add some punch with the baby blue version.

LL Bean Cotton Ragg Camp Socks - Two Pack, $19.95 - Socks!  My winter sock collection is somewhat out of control.  They keep your tootsies warm and can jazz up those basic black tights you're already sick of.

BB Dakota Chris Blanket Coat via Shopbop, on sale $80 - We've done the blanket scarf, so the obvious next stage is the blanket coat.  It's essentially a better fitted Snuggie.  That's a compliment.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Recent Purchases

Christmas presents!  From DT and from myself... to myself.

Recent Purchases
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Asos Textured Clutch Bag with Panel Detail - DT bought me this clutch (exactly what I wanted) and I couldn't be happier.  The color and texture are beautiful.  The inside is large enough to hold the essentials.  This will be getting serious use.  Result: Kept.

Athleta Stripes Chaturanga Tight - Another gift from DT, these tights are a new favorite.  This is my first pair of bottoms from Athleta and I'm really happy with them so far.  They're incredibly comfortable and give me compression without losing movement.  And the stripes are just fun.  Result: Kept.

Gap Bralette Bikini Top - When a bikini top goes on sale for $7, you buy it, no matter what month it is.  Unfortunately, this top didn't work out for me.  The seam caused a weird puckering.  I think this would work better for an A or a B cup, but ultimately, it didn't offer me enough support.  Result: Returned.

Athleta Floral Crush Chaturanga Tight - Seeing as I loved the striped tight, I grabbed this floral pattern when they went on serious sale.  Although these are the exact same design, the quality on this pair seemed lacking.  They were completely see-through when I did any sort of bend, which is a minor problem if I planned on doing yoga or barre in these.  Disappointing.  Result: Returned.

Athleta Tee Racerback Dress - This dress was incredibly soft, flattering, and comfortable.  Unfortunately, I bought a medium as that was the only size they still had in stock and it was just too big on me.  I think a small would have been perfect and I'll keep an eye out for restocking.  Result: Returned.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Wayyyy back in 2015 (it already seems so long ago, doesn't it?) we attended our last wedding of the season on Halloween.  A gorgeous winery made for a stunning setting and the foliage was past peak, but still beautiful.

We got gussied up.
Full outfit post here

As did our friends.

The bride looked beautiful.

The ceremony was short, simple, and sweet.

Afterwards, everyone wanted to pose for pictures.  Especially these two.

Despite the wind, we managed to look pretty good!

The newest boy band.  Their album drops eventually.

A good time was had by all.

Friday, January 15, 2016

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

This weekend, why don't you...send some snail mail?

DC, January 2016

This was a rough week.  First, we lost David Bowie, or as I referred to him to my friend Bryan, beautiful unicorn of a genius, and then Alan Rickman.  Both 69, both from cancer.  It's a sad week.

To cheer you up, these moments from the Golden Globes are delightful.  Who wrote those captions (because I'm obsessed with you)?

Related: Oscar nominations!  I'm all in on Tom Hardy.

Esquire asked some awesome women what books everyone should read.  Here are eighty.

An interesting article on the racial component of college athletes not being paid and who is truly making the money.  Yee argues that the players themselves are the only ones who can make a change.

A dress for every fancy occasion.

I'll hopefully be checking out some of the new places that have popped up in the Shaw neighborhood this weekend.  There's so many!

Happy weekend!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Weekly Wishlist

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Banana Republic Mixed Stitch Turtleneck Sweater, on sale $49.99 - You know I never met a turtleneck I didn't love.  Jenny Slate and I have that in common.  This sweater looks cozy and warm and not too boxy.  It comes in twelve (12!) colors and all are on sale at varying prices.

Old Navy Funnel Neck Fleece Zip Jacket, on sale $24 - I heard that the athleisure trend is going away, but I for one will not be listening to that.  This jacket makes the perfect transition from the gym to errands.  And Old Navy's fleece is the softest.

Sam Edelman Seamed Faux Fur Coat via Saks Off 5th, on sale $99.99 - Faux fur all the time!  I love this coat and want to be wrapped up in it immediately.  Only sizes Medium and Large left!

Warehouse Long Sleeve Knot Detail Dress via Asos, $72 - Long-sleeved dresses are my favorite for the first months of the year.  If my shoulders are cold, I'm cold, and this is a way to add just one more layer to help with that.  The knot detail is cute and will help hide anything you want to hide.  And gray is the best color.

Everlane The Street Fleece Sweatshirt, $50 - I've sort of stumbled around the Everlane website for a couple years now, but have never made a purchase.  2016 is the year that changes.  I'm definitely hopping on the fewer, better mentality and love so many of their pieces, including the new street fleece line.  Perfectly simple and easy.

Topshop Chunky Cable-Knit Sweater via Nordstrom, on sale $94.99 - The bigger the knit, the better.  That goes double for chunkiness.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Currently Reading

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Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes - A short story collection, Barbara the Slut tackles sex, intimacy, and relationships.  Each story showcases a slice of the character's life, whether that is a trip to Mexico to visit their mother, or a quick-burn fling with a European who then takes over their apartment, or posing as a lesbian to get a job at a sex shop.  I found each story smart, funny, and often painful in its honest look at relationships.  The title story comes last in the collection and was my absolute favorite.  I hope Lauren Holmes has novels in her future.  

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng - This was my book club's December selection (I joined a book club!  It's great!) and luckily, it was a quick read in between all of the holiday insanity.  The story surrounds a Chinese-American family living in Ohio in the 1970s.  Each family member struggles with their identity as part of a mixed family in their own way.  When teenage Lydia disappears and then turns up dead, the family is forced to confront these issues head on.  Beautifully written and well-paced, this is definitely worth a read, even if there are some cliches.  The characters are all flawed, but in realistic ways, so even though I didn't like any of them, I understood their motivations.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware - You know those books that would be good if they were 30% shorter?  This is one of them.  Nora gets invited to Clare's hen do, which is odd considering that they haven't spoken in almost ten years.  After debating whether or not to attend, Nora makes the decision to go.  The story splits time between the time spent at the party weekend and the time afterwards, when something horrible has happened.  All of this is great.  And then Nora's memories of the weekend stop and there is a huge chunk of the book that simply drags, with Nora trying to remember what happened.  Also, I figured out the "huge" mystery almost as it was presented, which is never a good sign.  Waiting for the characters to catch up seemed to take forever.  Ultimately, a fun read, but could really have used another edit.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cabin Life

It was so easy to get comfortable with cabin living during our New Year's weekend trip.  A slower pace of life and getting in the outdoors was exactly what I needed after a crazy holiday season.

Our ski house came complete with a cat!  Well, not quite, but there was a neighborhood cat that hung out on our deck for most of the time we were there, trying to sneak into the house.  Maybe we shouldn't have fed him some leftover ham...

Mittens and I got along swimmingly.

We managed a group photo with the self-timer!
Jacket: Barbour (similar here or here); Leggings: AthletaSneakers: Nike; Beanie: Athleta; Shades: Ray Ban

This hammock was the perfect spot for lounging.

And if you bet that this outdoor fire pit was used, you would be right.  Although, only the boys ventured out to it.  Us girls were content hanging out in front of the fireplace inside the house.

What really makes a lazy weekend in a cabin?  A puzzle!  A 500-piece doozy of Amsterdam, complete with bicycles, a canal, and so many flowers.  While it took us awhile (and we thought we lost one of the corner pieces), we eventually finished our masterpiece.

DT and I had the lofted master bedroom, which had the luxury of looking down on all of the action and also having a sliding screen if we needed privacy.  On our last night, we stayed up late grazing, watching The Revenant, and drinking the last of the wine.  Leaving was not going to be easy.

Monday, January 11, 2016

New Year's Day

Ok, so you've eaten all of the cheese, drank all of the wine, moved from one year into the next, slept in, and had a hearty breakfast to alleviate the hangover.  What's next?

A beautiful walk around the neighborhood!

Bundle up, it's chilly out there.
Jacket: Barbour (similar here or here); Leggings: Athleta; Beanie: Athleta; Shades: Ray Ban

You may even stumble upon a teeny tiny airport.