Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday Southwester Loafer Love

These are too good to be true. 

Happy Saturday!  
If you're at Washington College, be sure to stop by the AOII & PhiDeltaTheta cookout tomorrow from 12-3 pm at the quad.  Come meet the sisters and brothers of our Greek organizations and enjoy some free food & the start of the weekend off right!

I'll be spending the rest of it in my study carrel in the library.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Coffee Coffee Coffee

This week has been filled with early mornings at Evergrain.
If you are ever in Chestertown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, you have to make a trip to this quaint coffee shop.  They make all of their breads and pastries fresh every morning and have this little drink called the Nutella latte.. yeah.  It's perfect and puts all other lattes to shame.  
Evergrain Bread Company is the perfect fix to all of your European coffee shop desires.  

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sweater Weather

Like every other person online, I am completely infatuated with Fall. 
You will find me in sweaters until next spring. 
How perfect & comfy does the Favorite Boyfriend Cardi from Forever21 look?
I may or may not have ordered it in 2 colors. 

Who makes your favorite sweater?
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Funky Town

funky town

The start of Fall has me feeling funky and adventurous.  Check out some of my favorites from Society6 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

If You Can Read This, You've Got It Good

Everyone has been reposting this article, "How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex, and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps" from Kate Bartolotta at HuffPo.  It REALLY struck a cord when I finally read it.  Thank goodness someone is having this conversation.  Thank goodness we are picking apart our everyday discourse to bring it back down to a more humble understanding.  In addition to this, she is pointing out our biggest flaw; always wanting more & "I will be only happy when.." syndrome.  

At the start of her argument she makes a simple, valid point. 
 "If you can read this, you're life is pretty awesome." 

She explains to the average GenY or Millennial that by shear luck you have electricity, wifi that you are able to connect to, and a computer to use.  

But then I thought of something I had read earlier that day on Facebook posted by the Half the Sky Movement.  

"Globally, 123 million youth aged 15 to 24 lack basic reading and writing skills."

Let's drive the point home further.
"61% of them are young women."

In addition to reading this wonderful article, tonight Washington College hosted Don McPherson to speak to the student body about violence against women and the conversation revolving domestic abuse.  I could not be more grateful and excited about his basic message: Why aren't we having positive conversation?  Why aren't we working to love everyone around us everyday?  What is it in our human nature that flaws us so to assume the worst or fall to temptation to please the masses?  And most importantly, why aren't we talking about it?  

The former NFL quarter back introduced himself as a feminist and I nearly stood up clapping.  If only more men would join this conversation.  This isn't a women's issue, it's a human issue.  

Feeling pretty grateful today about my life, the opportunities I've received by luck, and the everyday experiences I am able to have.  

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Monday, September 23, 2013

New Glasses

Happy Fall & happy Monday!  

School is in full swing and I'm already behind on my copious amounts of reading.  Updating once a week is even a challenge but I try, just to stay sane.  

Here is a pic of me in my new glasses! I'm obsessed with them.  I'm also really into red lipstick right now; red lips for days.  I'm loving learning French, thesis reading, blueberry coffee K cups from Green Mountain Coffee, Bon Iver, my Inequalities class, google calendar, and apples with peanut butter.  

This is how they make me feel.  
I'm a happy nerd.

Happy reading! 
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Monday, September 9, 2013

1 Year Since København

I forgot to document a significant day.

Last week had been 1 year since I left home to live in Copenhagen, Denmark alone for a 5 month soul seeking, academically enriching journey.  

A year ago I would have never shared this photo.  I was so embarrassed by the way it turned out.  I went abroad with expectations of having fabulous hipster photos taken of me drinking coffee in cafes, walking effortlessly around history, and this is what I got. 

I remember being absolutely, 100% uncomfortable that day.  I was trying to be something I wasn't yet.  

My shirt is awkward, my bag was cheap and kept breaking, my hair was ungodly, I had the worst blisters from walking in new shoes that I thought I looked stupid in but I bought them because I thought they looked European...the list could go on forever.  
I also spent $8 on that chai (sorry, Mom).

Regardless of the amount of ways I felt uncomfortable while taking this photo, I can look back now and realize, I was struggling.  But I made it and I'm so thankful for such an amazing experience. 

Skål to my time spent in København

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Monday, September 2, 2013

[Organize] Free Calendar & Monday Inspiration

School is officially in session & I am already bogged down with homework and looming thesis deadlines.  I've really tried to cut back on my involvement this year so I can put as much effort into my thesis as possible, yet somehow I'm still freaking out. In effort to help me stay on top of all my work, I found these precious printable calendars from Oh So Lovely just in time for September.

In other news, I'm really enjoying my Political Inequalities class this semester.  I've discovered I have a real passion for human rights, economic and social inequality.  I was reading "Why We Can't Ignore Growing Income Inequality" by Timothy Noah and loved his reference from Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's The Spirit Level.

"Modern societies will depend increasingly on being creative, adaptable, inventive, well-informed and flexible communities, able to respond generously to each other and to needs wherever they arise.  These are characteristics not of societies in hock to the rich, in which people are driven by status insecurities, but of populations used to working together and respecting each other as equals."

I hope I'm still around to see that. 

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