Hello There

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Remember me? I promise this is not a ‘sorry for not blogging‘ post; it’s more of an ‘I’m alive, in case you were wondering‘ post. To be honest, lately I haven’t had the energy to blog. For the past couple months, I’ve been working longer hours than before and by the time I get home, I’m mentally spent. Rather than put up something in a rush or try to force myself to be inspired, I’ve been taking a little rest.

Every time I go through one of these phases, I ask myself if I want to continue blogging. The answer for now is still yes- I miss blogging and just typing out this little update post feels so right. I’ve been thinking about the direction I’d like to move in, and I’ve also been thinking about giving this space a little makeover. I haven’t figured it all out yet, but for now I’ll keep blogging sporadically as the mood strikes me.

Thank you for still coming around to check this space. While I’m thinking about how to refresh my blog, I’d love to hear any post requests or general suggestions you might have for me. Thank you all and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Life Around Here 03.

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FEELING: Like I’d really like to get to a beach soon. Last summer I didn’t make it to the beach once, and that made me really sad. I’m not sure about my plans for early summer yet, since I’ll probably be moving sometime in July. That still leaves August and September to see if I can manage a beach trip.

THINKING ABOUT: What my future apartment will look like. As much as it sucks to move, the fun part is dressing up your new place. Although I have no idea where I’ll be living, it’s nice to daydream about changing up my bedroom and maybe having space for a large bookshelf (if only!).

LISTENING TO: Tove Lo. I typically discover new music in one of two ways: either through the New Music Tuesday playlist on Spotify or through recommendations from my roommate. I think I first heard Tove Lo’s music through a combination of both. I’d heard and enjoyed some of her singles before, but I didn’t sit down and listen to her full album, Queen of the Clouds, until recently. I liked it a lot- there are cheeky, upbeat songs that I could picture blasting in my car, as well as some slower songs that are fun to dramatically sing along to. I’ve been listening to the album on repeat and I bet my roomie is sorry that he told me check it out.

WATCHING: It’s season finale time in the TV world, and in some cases, it’s series final time. I just caught up on the last episode ever of Mad Men and it felt really weird. You spend so much time with these characters and in this world, and then one day it’s gone. At least we have summer shows to look forward to, like Orange is the New Black.

EATING: My sweet tooth has been acting up and the cravings have been stronger than usual lately. I keep buying Junior Mints (sorry dentist!) and last weekend I made a lemon drizzle cake. Also, my iced coffee budget has shot way up in the past few weeks. Is it really a spring weekend if it doesn’t involve iced coffee?

READING: After A Little Life, I was in the mood for light, fun, and easy reads. Right now I’m reading Murder on the Orient Express and I’m about halfway through. I couldn’t remember if I’ve read this before or not, but good old Agatha always delivers a solid story.

THANKFUL FOR: Being able to live in New York City (most of the time). I still have those moments when I look around and think, “New York, you’re so beautiful right now.”

LOVING: This lightweight denim tee at Gap, this star-print shirt, and this pretty pink sweater.

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Beauty Buys: Pastel Nail Polishes

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I think I’ll always have a weakness for pretty nail polishes. I mentioned that I did a bit of shopping a couple weekends ago and I picked up three new nail colors. I’m in love with them all!

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I went to Topshop specifically to pick up the color on the left (Blue Rinse). I first saw it on Anna’s instagram and it immediately shot to the top of my wish list. Blue is my favorite color and this shade just looked so pretty. This was my first time really looking at the Topshop nail polishes and they actually have a very nice color range. Since there was a 2/$15 deal, I thought, “Why not grab another color?!” I already own a few mint green nail polishes, but that won’t stop me from buying more. This one from Topshop is called Boy Next Door and it has a little more blue in it than my other mint nail colors (you can see how it looks on me here).

I finally visited & Other Stories in Soho and thought that the clothes were cute, if a bit overpriced. They have a nice section of the store filled with skincare and beauty bits, so I enjoyed browsing that. I was really excited when I saw this pale yellow nail polish because I’ve been looking for a color like this for a while. I hope that when I apply it on my nails, the color is just as pretty as it is in the bottle.

Easy Living

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It feels like I can’t stop talking about the weather, but I want to enjoy it while it’s still nice! The past couple of weekends it’s been warm enough for me to pull out the denim cutoff shorts that I lived in last summer. You know that comfort is key for me and I wanted to create an outfit that would be easy to wear in these warm spring days. I’m really into this pale, soft blue right now, so I love the color of this nail polish, along with the sleeveless button-down. Until I bring my toes out of hibernation and give myself a fresh pedicure, I’ll keep wearing cute and comfy sneakers like the ones above. I don’t know that I’m cool enough to pull off the backpack trend, but I really like the way this sleek white version looks this causal outfit.

Uniqlo linen sleeveless shirt // American Eagle denim midi short // Topshop smart leather backpack // H&M red sunglasses // Forever 21 geo faux stone drop earrings // Aeropostale doodles low-top sneaker // Boots No 7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in Glam // Essie Bikini So Teeny