What I Read August 2014

When I was trying to decide what to write today, I realized that it’s pretty much the end of August, which means that it’s time for my monthly reading wrap-up. Then I went to check what I’d read this month and I realized that I’d only started and finished one book! I guess that’s what happens after doing so much reading in July. This month, the only book I finished was Outlander, which I really enjoyed. I know I’ve mentioned this book here on the blog a lot this month, so I’m not going to babble on further; I’ll just point you in the direction of the post I wrote on Claire’s style and this video where I shared my thoughts on the book and TV series (you can also watch it below).

If you want even more Outlander, Roxane Gay (author of An Untamed State) has been writing hilarious recaps for Vulture and my friend Casee Marie has also written very eloquent reviews of each episode so far. Did I mention that I’m obsessed?

After that, I had a hard time deciding what to read next. I had several good options, including The Silkworm, And Then There Were None, and Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, but I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. All of that indecision means that I didn’t read anything for over a week, until I decided to go with Harry Potter #5. So far, it’s been going a bit slower than I expected, but the goal is finish it over this long weekend.

Up until Wednesday, it was looking like I was going to have a pretty uneventful weekend (which was fine by me). Then I found out that a high school friend is going to be in the city this weekend- yay! I was also invited to a birthday picnic in the park, which sounds like fun. Other than that, I’ll be taking it easy. I hope you all have a relaxing/restful weekend and I’ll see you back here next Wednesday!

Tell me: Got any big plans for Labor Day weekend?

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I’ve been dreaming about switching to all-white bedding for a long time. I just love how light and crisp it looks. The thought that stopped me time and time again was, “How in the world would I keep them clean?”

Guys, I practically live in my bed. When I get home, I make a beeline straight for my bedroom and chances are that I’ll be in my bed, typing away on my laptop, until it’s time for lights out. I eat on my bed, I paint my nails on my bed, I drink coffee/tea on my bed…you get the idea.

Well, I don’t know what made me change my mind, but I finally decided to take the plunge and I picked up a set of white sheets over the weekend. I LOVE THEM. I had dark gray sheets before and the change to white sheets immediately transformed my bedroom into a lighter and brighter space. I also had pair of white/cream blankets that I picked up at Ikea a few months ago and they look so nice with my white bedding. I haven’t bought a new duvet cover yet because my duvet is currently stowed away for the summer. I’m thinking something white and textured, kind of like this.

I’m still nervous about keeping them clean, but it just means that I have to be a lot more careful around my bed (soooo, no more messy pasta sauce on my bed!). I think it’s worth it though- I’m just loving this little upgrade to my bedroom.

Tell me: How do you feel about white sheets? Any tips for keeping them clean?

On a completely separate and unrelated note, my blog friend Maru is celebrating two big days- her blogiversary and her birthday! A few of us bloggers have come together to give away a $270 gift card to Amazon, Etsy or Sephora! This giveaway is open internationally and will be running until Sunday September 7th. You can easily enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck to everyone!

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t shirt and denim shorts

Did I mention that I’ve been living in these cut-off denim shorts? This has been my summer uniform: a top + cutoffs + comfy shoes, and then I’m out the door. I definitely wanted to be comfortable because yesterday my roomie and I spent the day running errands around town. Usually I’m all about having the laziest Sunday, but this weekend I wanted to pick up a few things for the apartment. We may have chosen one of the worst weekends to run our errands though… Turns out it was NYU move-in day!

stacked silver rings madewell striped tee

Outfit Details: Madewell striped tee, Gap shorts, Aeropostale Metallic Slip-On Shoe (c/o), H&M sunglasses and ringsFossil Erin Satchel (via Macy’s), Lips- Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout, Nails- Rimmel Salon Pro in Hip Hop | photos- my roomie

Matte Lips vs. Glossy Lips

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again- I definitely prefer matte lips on myself. I like a glossy lip on other people and think that it can be a really fun look, but I’ve found that matte lips just suit me better. That doesn’t stop me from picking up the occasional glossy lip product though. The other day I grabbed one of the newish Revlon Moisture Stains because I was curious and had heard good things. When I first tried it on, I wasn’t really sure about the color or the gloss. After wearing it for a bit, I decided I do like it a lot more when the color sinks in a bit and the gloss fades away. Anyways, I want to hear your thoughts on this!

Tell me: Do you prefer matte lips or glossy lips?

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