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Blog Birthday Celebration 600x719 Yesterday my blog turned four years old. The first thing I want to say is thank you to anyone who’s ever read a single word on this blog. When I started this, I just wanted a space to document my thoughts. I never knew how important it would become to me, the opportunities I would have thanks to the blog, or the friendships that I would develop with other bloggers.

We all get discouraged from time to time, but at this point I can’t imagine giving up this blog of mine. I put a lot of effort into it, and as I’ve mentioned, I get so much from it. It’s been amazing to connect with and talk to other people who like the same things that I do, whether it’s fashion, beauty, culture, or books.

I think blogging has also forced me out of my comfort zone a little. Those who know me in real life know that I’m a fairly private person, but for some reason, I feel perfectly comfortable putting my life on the internet and sharing it with you here (go figure). I’ve gone to events for the blog and made myself meet new people, I’ve gotten slightly less awkward when taking outfit pictures in public, and I’ve recently started making videos too (still not used to hearing myself speak though!).

I feel so happy when people tell me that they enjoy my blog and I’m proud of the content I create here. If any one of my posts has affected someone in a positive way, I think that’s wonderful.

All right, I’m done with the sappiness. Thank you again to all you lovely readers and cheers to the future!

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Five Summer Goals Collage

A couple of years ago I made a summer bucket list and I thought it would be fun to do it again this year. Here are the five things I hope to do this summer!

01. Go to a concert- Last summer I went to see Beyoncé and it was the best concert I’ve ever been to (not that I’ve been to tons, but it was seriously amazing). I really enjoy concerts and this summer I’d like to go to another.

02. Go to an outdoor movie- Every summer I say that I’m going to watch a movie in Bryant Park, but it hasn’t happened yet. On one hand, it seems like it’s always super crowded, which is not really my scene. On the other hand, I’m sure I’d have fun if I went. It needs to happen!

03. Go to the beach- It’s not summer if I don’t make it to the beach at least once.

04. Read the Harry Potter books and watch the movies- I’ve mentioned that I’m reading all of the books and I’ve been watching each of the movies as I finish each book. My goal is to finish the whole series before the end of summer.

05. Go to a barbecue- What’s better than grilling your own hamburgers and enjoying an ice-cold refreshment on a nice summer day? There’s no space to barbecue in my apartment, but maybe a few of my friends will get together for a summer potluck in the park.

Tell me: What’s on your summer bucket list?

(images via- Barclays Center, blanket, umbrella, sunglassesbook, grill)

TMI Tag Youtube Thumbnail 600x337 I told you guys I was working on something behind the scenes and today it’s finally ready to share- I made a video! This is something that I’ve been meaning to try for a while and I finally got everything together and sat down and filmed it. For my first official video, I figured I’d get personal and do the TMI tag- I’ve answered 50 random questions about myself. Heads up, it’s a bit of a long one since I had to get through 50 questions (!!), so grab your cup of coffee or tea before you settle down to watch this. You can watch it over on Youtube or down below (if you’re reading this in the middle of the night, the video should be up around 7am EST)!

I’d love to get your feedback and find out if you guys would like to see more videos from me (I promise the next one will be a lot shorter!). I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this (I’m half excited/half nervous). If anyone else feels like answering these questions (they’re all in the description box on youtube), I’d love for you to join in. You could do a blog post on it or do your own video. Or just pick your favorite question and tell me your answer below!

P.S. Today’s my best friend’s birthday and I wanted to give her a little shoutout! Thanks E for being the best and encouraging me to do this.

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Listening to “Am I Wrong” by Nico & Vinz. I’ve had this song on repeat for the past couple of weeks and I’m still not tired of it.

Looking forward to Summer Fridays! Today is our last full Friday and then Summer Fridays start next week. I like to take advantage of the few extra hours in my day by doing a little shopping or meeting up with friends for a little picnic in the park.

Reading the first two chapters of An Untamed State by Roxane Gay. I first heard about this book on one of the podcasts I listen to and then I was reminded of it when I read a review on River City Reading. Longreads published an excerpt of the first two chapters and after reading them, I’m further convinced that I need to pick up this book immediately. From what I’ve heard about it and read so far, this novel is tense, gut-wrenching, and hard to put down.

Watching Orphan Black. Does anyone else watch this show? I watched the first season last year and I was so excited when season 2 began a few weeks ago. I don’t want to give anything away, but I’d say that if you like sci-fi with a bit of action mixed in, you may like this too. Mostly I can’t get over the acting chops of the lead actress, Tatiana Maslany. Somebody give this woman all the awards!

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