Wednesday, December 17, 2014

best gifts for book lovers

As the holidays approach, Christmas trees don their best tinsel and ornament, menorahs sparkle with the blaze of eight burning candles, and...bloggers curate their gift guides. And as someone who just totally indulges this kind of gimmicky capitalism, I've jumped on the bandwagon and have compiled a list of the best gifts for bookworms.  

This cozy Le Petit Prince sweater from Out of Print Clothing ($42). Really, anything from their website is a good idea. 

Sherlock Holmes Case-book Notebook ($6) for keeping track of evidence. 

A bottle of Alice in Wonderland-inspired perfume from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab ($17.50 for 5mL), so you can always smell like our favorite curious heroine--a blend of milk and honey with rose, carnation, and bergamot. 
A handful of beautiful, but bad-ass bookish temporary tattoos ($5 for a set of two). 
This Sherlock's Study scented candle ($15) to infuse your own study with sweet pipe tobacco, cherry wood, and fresh rain. 

Ye Olde Book Pillows  ($18-$50) for reading with a flashlight under the covers, duh.

Two birds, one stone: patch up a wound and insult someone in Shakespearean at the same time! ($6)

If you have any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them! I'm always looking for new nerdy things to tote around with me :) 

Monday, December 15, 2014


Hi, there. I know it's been a hot minute since I last blogged, and I know I say this every time I blog, but it's been busy around here. But, really this time. Take every instance I've said I've been busy, add them together and multiply by ten, and you'll get just how truly busy things have been. 
Without going into too much personal detail, The Boy and I have split up. Albie and I moved out this week and are busy nesting away in our new digs. I will say this: it was an amicable, drama-free decision. I'm so proud of us for taking stock of what we are, who we've become, and what we want, and for making a choice that, although the hard thing, is the right thing. The Boy is someone who knows me better than myself and is a person I always want in my life. 
I'm looking forward to taking some time to just focus on me. Before anything else, I need to figure out how to make myself happy. I think this upcoming semester before graduation will be one full of discovery, exploration, and puppy cuddles. I'm already scheme-ing out my post-graduate plans and can't wait to move on to the next chapter in my life. As always, I'll keep you guys updated here on my wants, dreams, plans, and thoughts. 
So the past few weeks have been less than great. But at the same time, I'm constantly being reminded of how loved I am. My father drove nine hours just to help me apartment hunt and pick up the bill on some new furniture (considering that the only furniture I actually own is a barcart and some Target bookshelves!). My mother is always at the ready on the phone for anything I want to talk ups, my downs, my ramblings about lunch or my plans for the afternoon. My friends have been available for drinks and chitchat. The wonderful folks I work with have offered up bedrooms and old furniture, silverware, and Crock-Pots. 
My heart is on a roller-coaster. These days I feel either dizzying highs at the love and support I receive, or a plunging pain, a longing for everything I've worked and planned for. Either way, I feel grateful. In some sort of elevated, meta way, aren't I lucky that I get to experience all of the emotions life  can throw at me? I want to feel each and every one of them. 
And so here we are! Off to another adventure. ...after finals (yeah, can we play pity-party for a moment? What has two thumbs, is going through a break-up, moving, and finals week of her senior year? This girl). The holidays are coming up, I'm headed to Colorado for some quality time with the family. Meg comes to visit in T-14 days. The spring semester starts and with it, the promise of a real-life college degree. 
And thus, regular blogging should re-commence shortly :) 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

december goals

Hi y'all! Long time, no blog. Albie and I went home for Thanksgiving and made the decision to just totally enjoy ourselves: no homework, no blogging, just lots of important conversations with the people I love, cuddling on the couch with my sister, and nomming on every delicious thing my mother put on the table. 
But I'm back and it's time for my December goals! I really enjoyed writing and attempting to stick to my last monthly goals post (HERE) and wanted to try my hand at another. Firstly, here's a little recap on how my November goals went. 

1// be more focused study-wise
I can't say I succeeded at this by any means, although I will tell you I was definitely more on track with my school work this month than any other month this semester. This turn of events could be attributed to either a.) this goal or b.) the fact that most of my papers, tests, and presentations were all due in November. 

2// put an end to casual eating out 
Woo! Go team! I wasn't perfect, but spent way more nights munching on a quick bowl of pasta or plate of avocado toast instead of running to the nearest Noodles & Co.

3// turn off my phone at the end of the night 
This lasted approximately one evening. So. I'll be attempting to conquer this one for a few months to come, I think. 

4// start and finish each day with a happy heart 
This is a goal I struggled with. It's a goal I will continue to struggle with for a while, I think. I can't let my failures weigh me down, however. I have so many wonderful things to look forward to this upcoming month (finishing the semester, the holidays, MEG IS COMING TO VISIT), and I'm hoping all of those exciting promises will keep my mood up. I'm about to start some hard work on evaluating what makes me happy and how I can be my happiest, and I can't wait to get going. 

Moving on: December goals! 
1// drink more water...
I'm usually a total saint about drinking my 8 glasses a day, but over the past few months, I've been forgetting to slurp down the amount of H2O I need. As the temperature drops and my skin starts flaking off like snow, I'd like to make a conscious effort to drink more agua. 

2// ...and less sugar-milk coffee 
I'm almost embarrassed to share with you how I take my coffee. It's loaded with heavy milk, sugar, whipped cream, or whatever else Starbucks can con me into adding. I never feel good, or even awake, after my daily latte, but can't seem to stop ordering them (especially on a chilly afternoon at the bookstore). I'm a reasonable woman, so instead of ordering a grande whathaveyou every other day, this month I'm cutting down to one latte a week. 

3// turn off my phone at the end of the night
RE: last month

4// get stuff done
I won't go so far as to say I'm a chronic procrastinator. But the little things in life that take five minutes tops? I can never kick myself in gear and make that appointment, print out that paperwork, or fill out that form until the very last minute. I know, what even? It's such a weird, pointless, and lazy aspect of my personality that I'd like to work on. The plan is to respond to e-mails and texts as soon as I get them and stop putting off little things like making appointments.  

What are you planning on working towards in this upcoming month? I won't blame you if it isn't much--I think the hard work can be saved for January, don't you? 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

crunch time

You may or may not have noticed a lack of posts in general outfit posts as of late. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

weekend recap

This weekend was the medicine I sorely needed. On Friday night, I went out with two new friends for drinks and arcade games. We ended the night giggling over our Usher jukebox selection and with the most delicious boozy hot chocolate I've ever experienced. Saturday's forecast predicted a gentle snowfall starting around 2:30, but instead I woke up to thick flakes blanketing my car just in time for my 11 a.m. shift at the bookstore. After work, I took the most exquisite nap. Like, the kind where you wake up and don't really know what year it is? Yeah, you know. We spent Saturday night in binge-watching American Horror Story (I'm hooked. Like, in for the long run. Addicted.). Finally, Sunday brought us some cheery sun on sparkling, crunchy snow, a productive day homework-wise, and...more American Horror Story. 

And a most exciting development! On Thursday I went for the full chop: 10 inches and three years of growth donated! I'm no stranger to sudden hair changes (after I graduated high school, I pixied my locks without telling anyone!), and short hair has always (in my opinion) looked best on me. I feel much more like myself, it's a breeze to style, and no more hair stuck in the drain! Yeah!!