December was a slow but good month for reading. I always think vacation is going to be a great time for reading but I end up handing out with family and friends and not reading as much.
Where the Crawdads Sing (5/5 Stars): One of my last reads of the year ended up being one of the best. I just can’t even explain how moving this novel is. It seemed really hyped up to me and for some reason I never was really excited to read it but I ended up getting it as an audiobook for our car ride to Savannah. I was totally hooked from the beginning. I am not sure why but the story of this girl who is abandoned by her family and her relationship is just so interesting and wonderfully written. She just has this relationship with the marsh she lives in that is beautiful. There is also a story that has to do with Kaya’s relationship with people after being abandoned by her family.
Red, White and Royal Blue (4/5 stars): I have so many thoughts about this one. It is the story of the first son of the United States and the royal prince of England. They have a very interesting relationship that weaves together politics, romance, acceptance and family. I thought it would be a fluffy romance, which it kind of is, but there are some aspect of it that made me think and that made me so sad and happy. It is basically an alternate reality post Obama and brings in the press and the public and how all perceive public figures (and what is expected of them).
The Nickel Boys (4.5/5 stars): This is a great read but also quite heartbreaking. The only reason I am not giving this one 5 stars is that because I listened to it on audiobook I feel like I did not pay 100% attention all the time and I think I missed some things. I know that is on me and not the book but I just can’t give it five starts when I feel like some things were missing. One of my goals is to reread it in 2020.
2020 is here! It is a little crazy. The holidays have come and gone and another semester is about to begin. This break has been a fun one and much needed!
We drove out to Boulder the week before Christmas. Leaving was pretty stressful since we had a lot to do and I was still working. The holidays at my parent’s house were so fun. I just love our traditions and we always switch a few things up. We saw a show on the 23rd and did our usually Christmas Eve dinner. It was so fun to have Hazel around this year. She was just adorable. Charlie (my parent’s dog) warmed up to her a bit more so it was fun to watch them.
Little Hazel got to open her stocking and it was so so cute. She could smell the treats so she really tried! Christmas morning was spent at my parents house. Our Christmas brunch is one of my absolute favorite meals! In the afternoon we headed to the airport for our flight to Newark. It was direct so we got in around 9:00pm and had late night tacos and Christmas with Aiden’s family.
We spent two more days in New Jersey hanging out and meeting up with some of Aiden’s friends and family. We took a long walk around their town the day after Christmas and had coffee with his mom’s uncle the next day (Aiden actually was really sick that day and stayed home). On the 28th we headed to Pennsylvania to visit the Morris Arboretum. The lights and trains were pretty cool! We ate dinner at Farm and Fisherman Tavern (so delicious) and then stayed in a nearby hotel for the night. We drove on to Maryland the next day to visit some friends of Aiden’s family. They were so so nice and we had a great day eating delicious food and playing fun games. The next day we drove to Arlington and stopped for lunch with some of my family before heading on to Savannah. It was a very long drive but I loved Savannah so it was totally worth it!
I might do a separate post on Savannah even though we were only there for a day. I just loved it so much! It is very walkable and there is so much interesting history. It kind of reminded me of Charleston, South Carolina.
On New Years Eve we drove from Savannah down to Fort Meyers, Florida. It took almost seven hours and we ended up getting in around 11:30pm. Just in time to check in and watch the ball drop and the fireworks throughout Sanibel and Captiva.
We took the first opportunity we could to look for shells along the beach. We had great weather and took a couple of much needed swims in the ocean. Aiden’s extended family was down there so we also spent a lot of time hanging out with them around the pool areas.
Captiva has very quickly become one of my favorite places for so many reasons. The beaches are beautiful and usually not very crowded. There is also always so much wildlife. Just one short walk on the beach ends up being a pelican watching session. There were also lots of manatees and several dolphins!
Our last day in the Captiva area was today (Saturday). We spent the morning bird watching at Ding Darling (a wildlife reserve) and then headed up to South Seas Island Resort for some lunch. A big thunderstorm rolled in so we took cover and watched the rain. Once it cleared Aiden went fishing with his uncle and I sat in the hot tube for a while. We ended the day with dinner in Sanibel and then a couple episodes of Dark (we finished a few months ago but started watching again with Aiden’s family). Tomorrow we are headed to Orlando for a couple of days at Universal.
Some 2019 favorite products. Thanks for including some great sustainable products in your favorites Taylor (I am also a Dudley Stephens superfan)!
Political story of the week: what is the deal with Iran? This is definitely complicated so I am going to link some other articles as well. The Evergirl has an overview of what happened. I would actually recommend listening to the Special Report episode from NPR’s Up First. Friday and Saturday’s episodes also talk a lot about what is going on in very understandable terms.
Wearing: I have to mention this Amazon dress since I have been wearing it in Florida a ton. It is so comfortable and perfect for warm weather.
Watching: So yes we are re-watching Dark and it is just as amazing the second time around. I highly recommend it! I will say to stick with it, some people think it is really scary but it kind of just has that feel in the beginning… its not actually scary (I don’t want to give anything away).
I am skipping straight to another Week in Review since I have not had a whole lot of time to post but want to at least stay up-to-date with what has been going on in my life. This has definitely been a holiday week. I had a ton of work to get done as well and really tried to cram that into the first few days of the week. It was busy since we also had to pack, take Hazel to the vet and tie up all the loose ends around the house.
Our drive back to Boulder was quite an adventure. I have to say that one of the biggest struggles we have had with having a puppy is travel. I knew this would be tough but I was always saying to myself that since we drive from Utah to Boulder it should be fine. Hazel hates the car. She whined for so much of the drive. We also had to stop to take her out a lot which is fine but when we did stop it took a while to actually get her to pee and eat/drink if was time. At Little America it took at least 30 minutes just to get her to pee (it was almost 0 degrees so she got really cold and we had to get her warmed up). Anyway we eventually made it to Colorado.
I still had quite a bit of work to do from home so I spent the rest of the week doing that and Christmas shopping. It was really nice to be around my family though! We had a great birthday dinner for my dad and brother! I have been doing yoga as much as I can even if it is just an online class (I do Yoga with Adriene and really like it). I also got in a cycle class that my friend teaches at Rush. I also got to spend some time catching up with that same friend (which was long overdue!). The weekend has been overall very chill and nice. Saturday we took Hazel up to Wonderland Lake and she met so many people and dogs. It took us two hours just because we met so many people and she played with other dogs. We baked lots of cookies and had some family/friends over for dinner. Today we baked more and hung out with Hazel.
Articles/links (yes I am a little light on these since I have not really been on my computer this week for anything other than work):
Women to watch in politics. So this is not just women who are in office (what I expected) but minority women who hold jobs that relate to politics. This is such an interesting and exciting read!
Ideas for New Years Eve. I feel like the New Years Eve hype can be harder as I get older! These ideas for staying in on New Years are great.
I will also say that something else I have been really following this week are politics in general. There are lots of both interesting and frustrating things going on right now. I highly recommend following Jessica Yellin on Instagram for a great recap. I also listen to NPR’s Up First podcast.
Wearing: Lululemon align joggers are amazing. I was picking up some gifts in Lululemon and somehow found my way to these. I am already a huge fan of the align legging so its not really surprising that I fell in love with these. They are so comfortable and flattering and I have been wearing them almost every day since I got them!
Watching: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3 is out on Amazon! I love love love this show and am so excited. I started watching this week and of course its amazing.
This Week in Review is long overdue. It has been several weeks! So much has happened. My last big Week in Review post was just before we left for Thanksgiving break in Boulder. That break ended up containing a big life change for us! We drove back to Colorado the week before Thanksgiving, once I had finished teaching. I-80 can be scary to drive in snowy weather so we left early to avoid in incoming snowstorm. I am just going to jumps straight to the big news (I did mention this in a post last week). In short my aunt’s dog had puppies and we ended up taking one home with us! She is such a cutie and we named her Hazel Jane.
Okay we spent lots of time with the litter while we were home. They were seven weeks when we got there and just the cutest little things. I helped my aunt take five puppies into her work on Friday and Monday and it was such a blast. I met some great people and got to spend lots of time with the pups. My brother and sister also came home which was so fun! One of my close friends happened to be visiting other friends in Leadville so she stopped by for a night. We went downtown to Pearl street for some fun at into the wind and dessert. I also was able to get brunch one day with one of my high school friends!
It snowed twice while we were there. The second time (just a few days before Thanksgiving) we got over two feet of snow. It was crazy! I feel like I haven’t seen that much in one storm since I was a little kid. We had actually taken Hazel home right before the storm so it was so cute to have her around for all that snow. The morning after the bulk of the snow came in I got up early to take the puppy out. I ended up shoveling and shaking out the branches for a while. Hazel was so adorable but definitely could not go beyond the paths I shoveled for her! We spent lots of time by the fire with warm drinks!
Thanksgiving itself was a blast. We had lots of family and friends over for a delicious meal. Our neighbors were snowed in so they ended up coming as well! As always most of the day was spent cooking and making last minute trips to the grocery store (I am pretty sure I went to the store four times in two days). We had lots of delicious food and then played several rounds of Telestrations.
We got sushi downtown and spent some time in Boulder Bookstore on Friday night. Both Friday and Saturday were crazy windy. The snow had stopped but the wind caused pretty much all the major highways around us to close. I got a little worried about the drive home. We left Sunday and took I-70 which is a much longer drive. Luckily the roads were clear but with Hazel (we stopped a ton) and the longer route we took almost 13 hours to get home (usually it takes about eight on I-80.
Ever since we got back to Logan I have been super busy with work. I finished teaching but I have some big projects that really need to get done by the end of this semester. There have also been a ton of holiday parties and other social engagements. The week we got back I also hosted our Ecology Center speaker (every month we invite a professor/professional from somewhere else to come speak and share their research) which was amazing but ended up being a lot of time and logistics.
This weekend has been much more chill but we do have lots to do before leaving for winter break. On Saturday we did end up going over to a friends house for a bit so Hazel could meet their little daughter. We also watched The Christmas Chronicles which I missed out on last year and am glad I took the time to watch this year. Other than that we have spent a lot of time playing with Hazel. I also got some reading in!
On a side note I went down a bit of a rabbit hole with mormon mommy bloggers this weekend (you will see why when I talk about the podcast I have been listening to). That whole world is just fascinating and gives an interesting take on social media and blogging. I just wanted to preface since several of my links are related to this topic.
Emma Watson’s Bag. I hadn’t been on YouTube in a while and went on last week to this amazing video in my recommended. I just love her so this was incredible.
Watching: We are on the final season of Parks and Rec. It is the best show and I am so sad that it is almost over.
Reading: Right now I am reading Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Yep it is another book about royals. I am really on a role right now. I am about halfway through and I just want to keep reading!
Listening: Okay so I am definitely late to the game on this but Kate Kennedy’s podcast Be There in Five is amazing. I found her through Bad on Paper’s interview. I went back and listened to her Mommy Mormon Blogger’s deep dive which was so fascinating. I live in Utah which is very mormon so it was really interesting to here this take on the culture and learn about why blogging is such a big thing for mormon mom’s.
Wearing: My current clothing obsession is by KJP moose socks. They are so perfect for winter! I also do have to add my J. Crew fleece lined boots since I worn them a ton with all the snow. They are so warm and have great traction.
Thanks for stopping by and I apologize for the long and very puppy-filled post!
Hello everyone! I hope you have had a decent week despite the tragedy that struck Parkland. My posts are a little off schedule right now but I have quite a few things rounded up so I really wanted to write an Around the Web post. The past week has been very olympic filled for me with some long work days thrown in. I finally got to relax a bit and it is feeling great. One of my good friends was in town as well which was a blast! This week’s internet round up includes lots of videos because somehow I have ended up on YouTube quite a bit.
How I Built This: I highly recommend the Patagonia episode from the NPR podcast, How I Built This. My dad is a huge fan of Patagonia because they have such a solid and ‘noble’ mission and philosophy, so I have been family with their story for a while. This episode is a great way to see a bit about what they do, how they are unique and why they are so successful.
Solo Van Life Video: I am including this video because it sparked a realization in me. I keep struggling with whether or not to settle down and find a real nine to five job when thats not necessarily what I want. I know there are other options that I am considering but for some reason I didn’t feel like other things were real feasible options. This video just made me realize that it is possible to do what I want and enjoy the world especially at this time in my life. If I can make a little money and find a way to explore and travel as much as possible than that is what I want to do.
Refinery29 YouTube Channel: I have been familiar with Refinary29 for a while but I never have seen their YouTube channel. I am super into it! So far I have been watching lots of Try Living With Lucy but there are lots of other inspiring, unique and funny videos.
The Olympics: I had to include this because I am 100% a winter olympics person and I have been watching as much as I can. Mirai Nagasu’s triple axel was incredible to watch as she made history being the first US women to land the jump in the Olympics. I also just watched Nathan Chen land six quads in a single performance. It was amazing! We haven’t even got to my favorite events… alpine skiing. Mikaela Shiffrin’s giant slalom win was beautiful. Despite the US falling short in slalom and super G, watching all the amazing skiers has been so fun. Also, the snowboarding events were all so fun to watch this year!
Color Block Swimsuit: I just ordered this adorable navy and pink color block two piece swimsuit from ASOS. They have some great options for swimsuits this year that are all really affordable. Also J. Crew is totally killing the gingham swimwear this season. I just love the ruffle top but there are so many other options as well. One last swimsuit is this bow brief. It is almost sold out but probably the cutest thing I have seen in a while!
Black History Documentaries: I was so glad to see a list of documentaries like this. I am so intrigued and definitely will be checking them out this weekend.
Quick last note, Patagonia is having a sale right now so its a great time to check it out if you are in the market!
As much as I love writing a weekly post compiling all my favorites from around the web, I have decided to make it every other week and include ten favorites instead of five. I am going to still publish it on Mondays but now it will switch off with a style post. For example last week I did accessory essentials. Basically they will both be meatier but slightly less often.
Anyways… here are my favorites from around the internet from the past several weeks. I hope you enjoy and I would love to hear about things you have found!
Stranger Things: My number one for this week is definitely Stranger Things 2. It came out October 27th with 9 episodes and it took less than a week for me to watch the whole thing. I loved it, maybe even more than the first season. I won’t spoil anything but it is pretty amazing, with a bigger story line and some great new characters. I also enjoyed some of the new relationships between characters that I didn’t expect. Along with Stranger Things is Beyond Stranger Things which is also on Netflix. Definitely watch the show first but I really am enjoying hearing what the actors, producers and creators have to say.
Glamour’s Women of the Year: This is such a great list and beautiful article. It is so worth taking the time read about these women because they are pretty amazing. True role models with amazing drive, style and ethic.
Inside Chanel: I am not sure why I just discovered this but Chanel’s short films of previous iconic products in incredible. Each film is a couple minutes but well done and succeeds in giving you a glimpse into the history of Chanel. For any fashionista they are a must watch.
Fall Movies: I wasn’t going to include this one at first but I ended up spending quite a bit of time on Saturday going through this list and watching trailers. I actually got pretty excited about some, including Murder on the Orient Express (one of my absolute favorite books). I am also intrigued by The Mountain Between Us and Wonder (which came out this weekend).
iPhone Photo Improvement: This short list of things to improve iPhone photographs is super helpful in upping your Instagram game. The app VSCO is one I highly recommend for editing photos especially for stories and for posts.
The New Lion King Cast: Remaking beloved classics can be especially tough and often remakes fall far short. However the cast for The Lion King was announce and it is the perfect casts. It includes Beyoncé so how could it not be amazing!
Winter Velvet: So I know it is still pretty early but of all the holiday and winter trends, velvet is probably my favorite. I am psyched to find my perfect holiday dress and I am sure it will be some kind of velvet. The linked Madewell pieces are some fun inspiration to get you excited!
Après-Ski Sweater: This Talbots sweater is number on on my wishlist right now. It would be perfect for this winter’s many ski trips. I seriously think it is amazing and hopefully cozy enough for the snowy slopes.
Texas Mass Shooting: I debating sharing this one, seeing as most people have heard about it in the news but I decided that I needed to since I have spent lots of time thinking about the tragedies that have been brought upon our country this year. It is horrifying and scary. My own thoughts on humanity have become much more depressing. Holding these people in the light is one of the best things we can do, as we have seen we never know what will happen or where it will happen.
The Internet & Social Media: If anything this is just an interesting article to read regarding how internet search has gone from looking for something very specific to finding news. It also inspiring me to pick up a book and get reading!
Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful week!
Good morning! I hope you are having a good start to your week. I just spent half the weekend watching Harry Potter films on Freeform and the other half watching Broadchurch (my first ATW pick). I guess its a strange sort of mix but both are amazing and for some reason Harry Potter always reminds me of the holiday season. I love it! Here are my picks from around the web this week.
Broadchurch: This show is on Netflix right now and it is amazing. My friend kept recommending I watch it so I finally got the chance to watch it this weekend and I am totally hooked. We binged the first season (luckily its only eight episodes) and the second is already so good. The characters are all so intriguing and relatable plus the mystery just keeps on coming. The premise is basically the journey of two detectives trying to solve the murder of an eleven year old boy in a very small coastal town, where everyone knows each other and everyone has something to hide.
Eco-Friendly Brands: I am always looking for lists like this because I love supporting brands that are conscious of the environmental impact humans have, especially the fashion industry. I have been really into Reformation for a while but they can be a little bit pricey. I hadn’t heard of some of these brands before but I will definitely be using them in the future.
Fall Photographs: This photos on the National Geographic website are very beautiful. They are depictions of fall in different places. I felt that they are different than your typical fall foliage photo but really inspirational and gorgeous. I think upstate New York will be my goal destination for next fall. Such gorgeous photos.
On Just Being You: I really respect this stylish woman’s take on being you regardless of age. Society puts such a huge pressure on everyone to look very young and youthful but she makes the point of saying she just wants to be herself, to look her age and a very positive way. I enjoyed looking at the posts in general on Advanced Style because it is such a different aspect then a lot of what is out there, a different generations take on current style. It also reminds me of my grandmother who had a major influence on my life, especially on my love for style.
Stranger Things Season 2: Yes this one has been seriously anticipated and I am so excited. It official comes out on Netflix on October 27th. The trailer has me hyped and I am sure it won’t disappoint. The timing around halloween is perfect (although I know very planned).
Happy Monday! The weather is finally supposed to cool down by the end of this week and I am really looking forward to it. This week has been all over the place but there were a couple things that I was intrigued by, like this blog I linked, and several things that I think will be super useful, like the tips and tricks in this travel hack video. Here are my findings from around the internet!
Travel Hacks Video: I don’t usually watch a ton of YouTube but I have found myself on there quite a bit more recently and this video popped up for me. It was actually incredibly useful, I am sure I will be using some of these hacks next time I travel. It definitely inspired me and I went straight to Skyscanner to check out flights around the world. I am really wanting to travel more right now but I am definitely on a budget since I just graduated from college.
Town & Country’s Fall Movies: So one of my goals for the month of October is to watch lots of halloween movies, or halloween related movies which would included anything autumn. I know of a few greats that I watch almost every year but my hope is that by making this a goal I will find some movies I’ve never seen before. This list was a great addition for me because I had not thought of any of them and I decided that really including anything fall is a great way to go.
Penny Loafers: Watching Nancy Drew again really sparked my love of penny loafers again. I linked the Everlane website because I just love so many of their shoes but there are lots of great options out there. I recently bought ones from Nordstrom which I will be sharing in a post later this week but I also am loving these Talbots loafers (they also have the cutest equestrian embellished flats). The amazing thing about loafers is that they look so classy but are very comfortable and great for walking around.
A Clothes Horse: I found this blog while just browsing on Bloglovin and I was struck by the gorgeous photographs. I just love the colors and vibe. It is the essence of fall and I can’t wait to read more of her posts.
iNaturalist: This website has been around for a little while but I recently discovered it and it is a pretty cool resource. If you are going on a trip or spot some creature and would like to know what it is this website is a great way to find out. It crowd sources species identification and lets you contribute to science. I would definitely recommend checking it out, especially if you are going somewhere you know you will see lots of wildlife.
Happy Saturday morning! Here is my round up of interesting articles I have been reading this month. I did include a book that I am reading now as well, Classic Style, which is amazing! Just a warning this Around the Web is definitely mostly fashion.
Rodarte spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear: Rodarte and Proenza Schouler debuted their 2018 ready-to-wear collections at the fall 2018 haute couture week in Paris. This is impressively a whole season ahead of most designers. Although this is so far ahead considering most people are just focusing on the fall season, it is definitely an interesting move on the designer’s parts. There were lots of florals, texture and blush (not going anywhere!), there was also some black in the Rodarte collection.
Lucinda Chambers interview: This fired vogue editor goes at the fashion industry in a way you would not expect. Yes this news is from the beginning of July but it was just such an interesting perspective to me especially because she is really wasn’t afraid to say what she wants about the industry. It is definitely worth the read.
Classic Style by Kate Schelter: This book is definitely changing my perspective on how I create and define my style. I am not finished reading but it has been so great so far, I can’t rave about it enough. She addresses how classic style is not about having tons and tons of clothes but quality pieces that really define who you are what you stand for. Her illustrations are also beautiful!
Misty Copeland poses as Edgar Degas paintings: This is such a cool project, putting a twist on classic paintings. I love Misty Copeland and these photographs are incredible and definitely help to redefine a part of our culture.
Walking Dead season 8: Strange as it might be, I am such a huge Walking Dead fan and I am so excited for the next season. I have been waiting for a while and it is set to premiere on October 22nd.
Goop Summer Reading Guide: This has been pulled up on my computer for at least a week because it has given me such great ideas for reading right now and really inspired me to get into a more regular reading routine. I am really excited to read several of their new picks and their classics list definitely gave me some ideas.
Wonder Woman has really hit it big with this movie! I am going to see it this week and I am absolutely ecstatic because all I have heard are good things. This review sums up the impact pretty well, highlighting just how incredible it is to have such a strong female super hero as a role model. Also, Wonder Woman’s theme song is such a powerful song that is sure to amp you up for any game, workout etc…
Jupiter fly by, this footage is beautiful. It is a compiled video of all the shots taken of Jupiter during spacecraft, Juno’s fly by of the planet. The footage is definitely out of this world. Although this is not really related at all this storm footage compilation is stunning and kind of mesmerizing.
The Antarctic Series is an amazing virtual reality created to show people a more personal look at what some of the harshest environments on the planet are like and to raise awareness of climate change. It is amazing! You can see penguins waddling around, what its like at the research station there, underwater ice caves and much more. I was so surprised at how incredible and interactive it is.
TerraCycle is a website/program that allows you to recycle almost anything. It is a great step in personally reducing your carbon footprint especially if your area does not have a recycling system or if you do not know where to take special items. Basically it allows you to recycle almost anything. It can be kind of expensive but the do partner with some brands to make those items free to recycle. I definitely recommend checking out their website.
Alex Honnold making climbing history. This may not sound very important but what he did was an incredible feat. He free soloed El Capitan in Yosemite which is one of the most iconic but difficult climbs in the world. He scaled a 3,000 foot rock wall with no ropes or assistance in under four hours.