Seen / Heard / Worn / Etc. Spring 2019

Wednesday, May 22

It's timeeee for the round-up of all of my favorite things from the past quarter! Read on for all my favorite shows, albums, purchases, a cocktail, and MORE! 

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SEEN //
+ Shrill | I've watched a lot of...mediocre TV lately. This show stands out to me as my favorite thing I've watched recently! I was instantly excited to watch a show starring Aidy Bryant, but it was somehow different than I expected? I loved the approach it took to exploring issues that all women deal with, Aidy is a complete delight, a Portland backdrop is charming, the costuming lovely, the casting superb (favorite character = Aidy's roommate!!) The whole thing is just FUN. I watched it in two days & wanted more!

+ Drag Race | My old roommate Emily turned me on to Drag Race a few years ago (I literally walked in our apartment when she had it on and then couldn't take my eyes off of it for hours) but I hadn't watched it in a while, truly because I didn't have access to it. Well, I worked it out, and I'm so IN on this season! Most especially because we have a hometown queen, Brooke Lynn Hytes who is crushing it (I've seen her perform several times, nbd!) We're just two weeks away from the finale, still time to catch up!

+ Derry Girls | I downloaded hoursss of TV to watch en route to South Africa (we had SO much time to kill!) most of it was no good, but this was the sparkling gem. This is a Netflix original following a Catholic high school girl gang in 90's Northern Ireland. It basically just follows them and their hijinks! The ensemble cast is so wonderful, and those accents! I loved it.

+ Wine Country | Finally got to watch this over the weekend, "finally", even though it came out like last week, but I didn't get to watch it as soon as I wanted to, which was immediately! The premise of this movie is simple: a group of girlfriends gets together in wine country to celebrate a 50th birthday. The cast is star-studded (Amy! Maya! Rachel!) but also included some new-to-me faces that I loved (Emily! Ana!) Overall very fun and delightful and I can't wait to watch it again!

HEARD // 
+ Who Weekly | I consume true crime podcasts almost exclusively. My friend Mary Brenna turned me on to this one, a celebrity gossip podcast with a twist - as their intro says, "Welcome to Who Weekly where you'll learn everything you need to know about the celebrities you don't." Every episode focuses on two "Whos" (the idea is they're celebrities where if you heard their name, you'd say, "Who?") This show is genius and really funny. I rarely laugh out loud at podcasts, but there have been several episodes of this that have gotten me there! The use of musical/movie scene interludes gets an A+.  Bobby & Lindsey (the hosts) have created a really clever lexicon in their community, if you're not a "Who" you're a "Them", followers of the podcast are "Wholigans", the yearly award episode is the "Whomies", etc. It's great for when I need something lighter. I'm seeing this show live in June and I can't wait!

+ Girls, Girls, Girls - Various Artists | Here's my megamix of recent albums by female artists that I either 1) heard everyone else raving about or 2) already loved, and wanted to include or 2b) already loved, but they had new music to try! If you're like me, you have to be intentional about seeking out new music to listen to; but with so many ladies out there kicking ass right now, I had to! Give this playlist a try to discover a new female artist to love. Or, start with a few stand-outs: Ella Mai - Ella Mai, Historian - Lucy Dacus, The Future And The Past - Natalie Prass.

+ Dedicated - Carly Rae Jepsen | Let the church say amen! I am a freak that has been rationing this album since it dropped on Friday, but don't get it twisted - I did listen to it all weekend long. This is the highly anticipated follow-up to CRJ's Emotion from 2015 (so...start there if you haven't) that I loved absolutely every minute of (including the B-sides!) So far, I am loving it, and I would say it's more chill, less 80's sounding than Emotion. Favorite tracks so far: Want You In My Room, Feels Right.

WORN // Just a reminder to explain why this section is so boring. 
+ Espadrilles | I bought a pair of espadrilles at the Old Biscuit Mill Market in Cape Town, on our very last morning before heading back. This purchase was permitted in the souvenir category, and also crossed an item off of my Spring Purchase Ideas list. They have already been a welcome addition to my shoe wardrobe and I can't wait to wear them all Summer long (and hopefully feature them on the blog soon!)

+ Rainbow sundress | The Madewell rainbow collection from 2019 was seriously impossible to pass up (seriously, check out the whole line, I'll link above!) so I opted to make this perfect little sundress my one Spring purchase. Already planning to wear it this weekend for our Memorial Day Weekend trip to Kansas City, oh, and all Summer long!

+ One piece suit | I don't know how smart it was to wipe out my Spring and Summer purchases in just a couple weeks, but ultimately, I decided a new swimsuit was what I really wanted for Summer. I couldn't stop thinking about this J.Crew Factory one piece - classic, comfortable, a bright, unique color, and affordable (I think I paid $25 for mine? There's constant sales/coupon codes.) This suit fits me perfectly and I'm looking forward to wearing it this weekend and, say it with me, all Summer!

+ Wishlist | All the things I am forcing myself to NOT buy right now: rubber Birkenstocks (so functional!), everything in the Ratti x J. Crew Collection, a rainbow sweater top, anything in this very fun print by CeliaB, the Mara Hoffman dress of my dreams, some pink and/or throwback (or both!) kicks.

Etc.
+ Palomas | I made my first Paloma of the season last week, and have been drinking them since! This cocktail is surprisingly easy to make (basically grapefruit + tequila + soda), and so refreshing for warmer weather. Give it a try next time you're whipping up drinks at home - recipe here!

+ Chase Sapphire Reserve Card It feels silly to be blogging about this but I've been positively raving about my Chase Sapphire Reserve card since our trip to South Africa, when the perks were on full display! This cc caters specifically to travelers - with a universal point system that works for any airline/vendor, airport lounge access, a $300 travel credit/year, Global Entry reimbursement, and a lot more. Even if you don't travel a LOT, you can virtually pay for an entire international trip by using this card all year (give or take!) I've had no regrets switching to this cc, and I'd recommend it to everyone! I don't even have a referral code for you, this is just a genuine rec - learn more here!

+ Trader Joe's salad kits | Before we started getting our CSA this Summer, I was on an absolute TJ's salad kits kick! Do y'all know about these? They have so many great varieties but a few of my favorites are the Southwestern, Yellow Curry, and Gochujang (Korean.) About $4 gets you a very solid two meals. I love to add a protein to mine as well! This is not sad lettuce in a bag - these are gorgeous salad kits that come with all the accouterments and a delicious dressing, and make for a very satisfying work lunch.


Ok, please share your TV, music, podcast, shopping, & life recommendations with me below!

Golden Age

Friday, May 10

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| lipstick: Urban Decay Vice in Tampered | dress: Anokhi Boutique in Jaipur | cardigan: H&M | booties: Nordstrom |



Another week has come and gone! I don't know if I've recently shared my philosophy that's constantly on my mind - "It's always the weekend and the weekend's always over" ? That is truly how life feels to me!

This is less of an outfit post and more of a general blog post where I do happen to be wearing an outfit. Though, an unseasonable one (I mean, this is back from when I had long, blonde hair. Golden age.)! There's something so romantic and dramatic about a long, boho style dress like this. I found this in India last Fall, and it made for the perfect souvenir. Definitely check out Anokhi because what they're doing in awesome. If you ever find yourself in India, I would highly recommend checking out one of their locations! Such a great place to shop for gifts, and yourself, of course ;)

As is always the case as soon as the weather warms up - there has been so much going on! I feel like for the past few weeks I have had plans nearly every evening after work.

A few things on my mind this week:
+ My high school reunion is coming together by hook or by crook! Now that things are moving in a solidly positive direction, I can start to get excited about it instead of just being stressed! I might be the exception, because I truly loved my high school experience, and I'm looking forward to seeing people I rarely see anymore! 

+ In a twist of fate, I got to see Lizzo on Tuesday night! It was a super fun night of self-love and music that is so RIGHT, all with a very fun group of friends. She came on stage in her coat from the Met Gala THE NIGHT BEFORE and Bebe Rexha also randomly came on stage at one point?

+ My brother Sundar just deployed to Japan andddd - we're going! In October! We booked flights this week and I already cannot wait. We = so far me, my lil bro Amir, & Art. 

+ I spent a couple Saturdays ago getting my deck in warm weather shape, and have been spending as much time as possible out there! I have a few new plants (mint! basil! lavender that I am working very hard on! an African marigold! Supertunias!), my string lights still work, and it's my own little oasis. The longer days make life feel so much more full! 

+ Still consuming more pop culture than ever and I'm working on a Seen / Heard / Worn to share soon! 

Let me know what's going on with you lately in the comments! Thanks for reading and have a fabulous weekend. 

Here's What I Read in 2018

Monday, May 6

I like compiling and publishing this list for one simple reason: I am constantly on the hunt for great book recommendations. In my opinion, there's simply nothing better than being in the middle of a book that you cannot put down. So here's the full list of what I read last year! You'll notice I have a nice blend of...call it fluff, with pop culture favorites, and a "new classic" or two.

As a note, my goal was to read 18 books and I kinda made it - technically I finally finished The Goldfinch in January but it could count as at least three books so...you be the judge. 

These mini reviews are paired with a very simple rating system: would I recommend this book to you?

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1. Life After Life - Kate Atkinson | I started the year in a solid 1940s/WW2 mood (this selection was immediately following The Nightingale.) This story, and the way it is written, is incredible! Atkinson has a brilliant mind. This book follows a character who continuously dies and comes back to life, each time correcting what killed her the last. It's kinda like The Butterfly Effect but in World War II England? I absolutely loved the heroine, Ursula Todd, and another aspect of the story I thought was so special was her relationship with her younger brother, Teddy. But more about him below. Would I recommend this to you? A resounding yes! 

2. The Year of Less - Cait Flanders | I can't remember whose blog I read about this book on, but it intrigued me and then ultimately was a large part of the inspiration behind my no-buy year. This book chronicles the no-buy year of the author Cait Flanders, going month by month. It was a very interesting read with a lot of great ideas! I was fascinated to see how a no-buy year transformed the author's life, not only in terms of addressing materialism, but affecting her overall mental and emotional well-being. Would I recommend this to you? Whether or not you are interested in your own no-buy experiment, yes, there's something for everyone to learn. 

3. The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank | Can you believe I had never read this book cover to cover? Even after going through an intense Anne Frank phase as a kid, where I read everything I could about her...except for, yes, her actual book in full. I think the key to this book is a big fat dose of perspective. There are many wonderful words to take away, and when you think about them against the backdrop of when this was written, they are even more powerful. I'll leave you with one quote, "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." Would I recommend this to you? Yes, everyone should read this!

4. In Her Shoes - Jennifer Weiner | This falls into the category of "beach read classic", as the debut novel of the beach queen herself. Don't get me wrong - I love a fluffy read! I've tried to explore the classic works of all the beach queens - Weiner, Giffin, Hannah, Straub, etc. But this book was honestly one of the worst I've ever read. I can't put my finger on it but as is usually the case for me - I didn't enjoy either main character so I found it very hard to care about their story. Would I recommend this to you? No. 

5. The Actor's Life - Jenna Fischer | Is this a good time for me to tell you that I dabble in some talent work on the side? I was so excited to read this memoir/guidebook by the lovely Jenna Fischer (who is not a fan of hers???) It's peppered with stories that I absolutely loved about her journey into the biz, as well as super practical advice for anyone in the acting world. I really enjoyed reading this, so much so, that I'd like to read it again! Would I recommend this to you? Yes!

6. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline | Reading this was meant to be a peace offering/the perfect compromise in my relationship. My boyfriend loves anything SciFi, I hate it, but i DO love anything that draws on 80's themes. I wanted to read this so we could, for once, enjoy something SciFi related together and maybe go see the movie?? But I really don't like SciFi, guys. I found this book extremely difficult to follow, what with the multiple layers of the world/planets/galaxies? Maybe I'm just dumb. Would I recommend this to you? Eh...yes? If only for cultural relevance? 

7. Me Before You - Jojo Moyes | A heralded novel that I was a few years behind on. I loved reading this story - I especially loved the quirky heroine, and the description of her outfits, all amidst the lovely English backdrop. Be warned: it is a bit sad! Would I recommend this to you? Yesssss.

8. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara | I have been very interested in true crime for a looong time. I am a total wuss while at the same time have a strong stomach for it? I can't explain it. Anyway I had to read this book. Extremely well done, true crime but written like a narrative, and absolutely terrifying. I honestly lost sleep while reading this. The story of how this was written and then completed is both sad and triumphant! Would I recommend this to you? Yes, but be warned - it is not for the faint of heart. 

9. The Help - Kathryn Stockett | This was a re-read! For whatever reason I came across this book again and realized it was great enough to read a second time. Actually - listen to. Which made it even better? This is an excellent story with a cast of characters that is hard to top, and a message that is exceedingly relevant today! Would I recommend this to you? A thousand percent yes, this is a book every single person will enjoy. 

10. In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware | This recommendation was from Kate (the definition of a voracious reader who consistently posts reviews!) I think my genre of choice at this point is "beach read thriller" (right, me and everyone else), a cross between a classic beachy girl read and a crime mystery. This totally fit the bill! I won't say too much about it, but, a couple nice twists that I enjoyed. Would I recommend this to you? Yes. 

11. Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan | I am a staunch "book before movie" advocate (see also Me Before You and Ready Player One.) Naturally, with this movie being everywhere, I had to read the book first. It was a fun, cheeky, read! I had trouble following the many many characters chronicled, but otherwise enjoyed it. I have to confess I still haven't watched the movie! Would I recommend this to you? Yes.

12. A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson | This is somewhat the companion of Life After Life, but told through the eyes of the main character Ursula's brother, Teddy. It doesn't follow the same storyline exactly, but explores how Ursula & Teddy's lives overlap, and is also told through the lens of Teddy's daughter. I wanted to enjoy this so badly because I loved Life After Life, and especially Ursula & Teddy's relationship, but it was really hard to get through. Would I recommend this to you? No, unless you're very into WW2 because there are some dense combat chapters.

13. Yes, Please - Amy Poehler | I can't believe it took me so long to read this book! Actually, we listened in the car (on the way to New Orleans I think?), because with some of these memoirs written by comedians, you MUST listen to them narrate. I really enjoyed this at the time but can only remember bits and pieces. It's completely chock-full of hilarious anecdotes from throughout Amy's entire life, and was one of those books I immediately knew I would need to read again. Would I recommend this to you? Yes!

14. The Vacationers - Emma Straub | This was on all the book lists a few years ago, so I wanted to give it a try. I remember somewhat enjoying the story as I was reading it and not finding all the characters totally off-putting...it was only in retrospect that I thought to myself, uh, that book wasn't very good. Would I recommend this to you? No, I really think there are better options out there!

15. All We Ever Wanted - Emily Giffin | I've read and enjoyed a couple of Emily Giffin's books, and was excited to learn her newest novel was set in Nashville! Naturally, I had to give it a go, if only to laugh at the Nashville references. The story itself was just alright, but overall, I enjoyed it. Would I recommend this to you? Yes.

16. The Last Time I Lied - Riley Sager | Another rec from Kate! This is another "beach read thriller" that follows a woman facing her demons, by going back to a Summer camp where her three friends disappeared from years earlier. A few nice twists and turns, but overall, the characters were all pretty irritating to me. Would I recommend this to you? No

17. Molly's Game - Molly Bloom | This is cute - I was chatting with my brother last Fall, and he was talking to me about Poker (he's a talented player/scholar.) He always has interesting stories from being in casinos, and I asked him if he would ever write a book about poker, but make it more on the anecdotal side, for non-players. He proceeded to tell me about this, and I said "this is my kind of poker book." The book centers on Molly Bloom, who moves to LA and starts hosting a high-stakes poker game for celebrities and generally rich people, but eventually loses herself in the process. This book wasn't very good and ultimately her character was super irritating to me. Oh, it was also recently made into a movie! Would I recommend this to you? Yes, if only for the DiCaprio/McGuire antics. 

18. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt | This was my sabbatical read, but it took me wayyy longer than a month to finish. I admittedly started reading other things and only, finally finished in January. I had heard a lot about this book, from reading lists and friends who had read it, and I was familiar with Donna Tartt after reading The Secret History a couple years ago. I was hoping I would like this better than TSH but I have to say...I don't think I do. Tartt is a very talented writer, and I was initially intrigued by the set up of the story and the main character, Theo. I was disappointed by the ending and I have to say *SPOILER* I was really hoping for some sort of conspiracy/mystery with the painting or message from Theo's mom at the end. However, I somewhat understand that that's not the point of the book. I have continued to learn and better understand some of Tartt's themes by reading about the book after finishing it (meta.) Would I recommend this to you? I still think, yes, because it's a beautiful piece of literature. Not a breezy read!

Hope you found a book rec or two from this list! 

I would love for you to tell me the last great book you read. Let me know in the comments!