Reading & Reflection

It certainly has been quite a while since I last posted.

I finished my second year of university recently. It has been quite an eye opening experience, coming to the realization that you’re halfway through, and that much closer to making a living in the “real world.”

I will be departing for London in August, and cannot wait to see what this new adventure holds for me.

I’m determined to write more this summer, and get back into this passion of mine.

Another determination of mine is to read a lot of literature this summer.

I’ve recently read , I’ll Never Be French (no matter what I do), a fantastic memoir about an American man who moves to Brittany, and the cultural barriers he faces on a daily basis.

In excitement of my trip to England, I’ve read the literary classics Pride and Prejudice, and Emma by, as you know, the one and only Jane Austen.

I’ve vowed to read all of her works this summer, and to also check out other 17th and 18th Century English classics.

Turning over to music, I’ve been really into the band Rose’s Pawn Shop recently. Out of California, I saw them play several times at FloydFest over the years. My mother made an acquaintance with the lead singer, Paul.

They have a folksy Indie feel, which I love.

Check them out!

xo

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214 & Counting

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last checked in with the blogosphere, but I’ve just been so preoccupied.

In about 2 weeks, I’ll have my first meeting about my semester abroad in London!

I might be taking a photography course, a contemporary British theatre course, and an art course, where I’d be spending time in some of London’s collections.

214 days away and counting!

xo

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I’m daydreaming about returning to the Upper East Side in the near future.

Update!

Happy Tuesday!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m still alive on the blogosphere.

Sometimes life (aka school) gets in the way.

Now that finals are over, I’m ready to reboot over Winter break.

I’ve been busy Christmas shopping as well!

Lately, I’ve really been into The LOFT and J Crew Factory.

My must haves on my wish list this year include shift dresses, romantic blouses, and infiniti scarves.

I’ve also become obsessed with the James Bond OPI collection. Currently, I’m sporting “You Only Live Twice,” which is perfect for the holiday season.

xo

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Updates

Happy Thursday Everyone!

I’ve been busy getting through another set of examinations before I go home on Monday for my Thanksgiving Break!

In other news….

I’VE OFFICIALLY BEEN ACCEPTED TO STUDY ABROAD IN  LONDON FOR FALL 2013!!!!!!

I’m so excited! I cannot wait to get the details worked out!

xo

Falling in love with dinner parties

Happy Post Election Day!

I cannot believe the election is over! Speaking of elections, I felt inspired by celebrations going on across the country, and began dreaming of how I could organize a dinner party to celebrate with friends and family, just for the sake of being able to spend time together.

Now I know Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but I want to organize a dinner party for my friends when I’m home during my next break.

I’m feeling in the mood for a kind of autumn and leaves “rustic” feel to celebrate the rest of the season until the tide turns for the winter holidays.

Here are some ideas I found I’d like to work with:

Courtesy of Martha Stewart, glass votives, wrapped in dried cornhusks, cast a soft glow and make beautiful fall favors.

I found this on style me pretty. I like the use of burlap and the texture the twine adds to the mood. Very autumn outdoors. The jewel adds a touch of vintage antique that makes it classic.

Here’s another take on the burlap textured look from Pinterest. I would stick to autumn themed colors.

This table number idea I found on Pinterest would also fit in great with the theme. Though instead of numbers, I might use these jars for my guests’ names.

I love this pumpkin candle centerpiece, also from Pinterest. It adds to the “shabby chic” factor with the small sparkle added to the napkin ring seen above.

It also hints at the sparkle to be expected once the winter holiday season kicks off soon!

xo

Shop It To Me Trendsetter

Happy Wednesday everyone!

As you might have noticed, I have my first official link/advertisement/whatever you want to call it on the right hand side of my blog.

It’s a link to sign up for Shop it To Me.

A while back I posted about a cute Anthropologie jacket I found via Shop it To Me.

Well somehow, it caught the attention of Shop it To Me, and I received an email from them asking me to become a part of their blogger Trendsetter’s program!

I couldn’t believe it!

Here’s what they sent me:

“Trendsetters is an elite group of bloggers, similar to you, that serves as kind of an advisory board for us. We make sure you’re the first to know about exciting news, updates, and fun blogger opportunities(giveaways, interviews, events, etc.). It’s little work with fun perks!”

So I will definitely be keeping you posted on anything that comes up, and will definitely be sharing it on here!

Here’s a link to their blog, and of course, you can always check out their website by clicking on my handy referral badge to the right!

xo

Some cute jewelry I found while perusing Shop it To Me.

Kate Spade

Banana Republic

Urban Outfitters

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!

I enjoyed my first day of fall break by sleeping in as late as I possibly could, and by watching some movies on Netflix.

I finally watched the Oscar nominated True Grit, and I must say, it was fantastic. (And that’s coming from someone who has nothing to do with western films.)

Random fact to throw out there: I actually auditioned for the role of Maddie Ross in True Grit.

Anyways, with the leaves casually beginning to fall off the trees at my house and the air beginning to grow crisp, I realized it’s time to begin to break out the cozy sweaters and cardigans.

Which brings me to my Friday Favorites.

Here are some sweaters that are on my wish list for the cold weather ahead.

xo

The LOFT Chunky Open Sweater Jacket: $79.50

Ann Taylor Foyer Sweater Jacket: $98

J. Jill Textured Alpaca Vest: $30

Boden Fairisle Jumper: $118

New Writing

I just wanted to share with you all that I have started a second blog called Politichic.

It’ll highlight my love of two of my favorite words: “Politic” and “Chic.”

I’ll be focusing on my love of political fashion.

“The art of dressing politically.”

Please check it out!

politichicblog.wordpress.com

xo