Get Inspired for Back-to-School

Even though I graduated college two years ago, back-to-school season is still something I love. Getting inspired by books, movies, and shows is something I always like to do at the end of summer to usher in a productive autumn whether or not I'm heading back to class. It's a tradition that will continue for me throughout my professional life, future MBA studies, and beyond. 

If you're heading back to school or just looking for some autumnal inspiration, see below! 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
Old School by Tobias Wolff
The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Class by Erich Segal
The Group by Mary McCarthy

Rushmore
Dead Poets Society
Legally Blonde
St. Elmo's Fire
The Social Network
The History Boys
Harry Potter series

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Gilmore Girls
Gossip Girl (season 1)
Grey's Anatomy (season 1)
Greek

Book Report: July 2017

Elle France, July 2017

Elle France, July 2017

As I've mentioned before, it's been a pretty busy month for me which resulted in my not getting to read very much. I'm in the middle of two books currently, which I'll get to in next month's book report but for now, here's what I read in July:

The Big Life by Ann Shoket
Ann Shoket, former editor of Seventeen magazine, wrote this book for millennial women on how to create the 'big life' you desire. It includes parts about career, leadership, side hustles, friendships, work/life balance, and relationships. The content wasn't necessarily groundbreaking, but I think this would be a great book for younger girls entering college.

Now that things have settled down, I'll hopefully be able to read a lot more! What have you guys been reading lately?

Weekend List {No. 14}

So sorry for the lack of posts lately, you guys! It's been a crazy few weeks but I'm finally getting back into the flow here. I can't tell you how full my inbox is or how crowded my Bloglovin feed has become. It's crazy what happens when you take even a few days of just casual disconnection! Haha. 

As much as I've enjoyed summer this year, I'm so ready for autumn. How about you? I've begun pinning things like crazy to my 'autumn' board on Pinterest. Modern Mrs. Darcy released her fall book club picks, if you're looking for some cozy reads.

Speaking of autumn and coziness, I found this great blog post listing several things to do in Scotland for Harry Potter fans!

Although I'm looking forward to autumn, I'm still trying to savor those little summer moments like the ones captured in these Christopher Burk paintings. Some of my favorite artworks are ones that center around capturing light, so I especially love these. The third and fourth pieces remind me so much of a photo I took of a house a few years ago while on a night bike ride through my college town.

How Cute is Brooklyn Farmacy?

A while back, I was really craving an egg cream so I looked up the best ones in New York and stumbled upon Brooklyn Farmacy. I headed to Carroll Gardens a few weekends ago to check it out and pretended for a second to be Holden Caulfield in that diner scene.

Brooklyn Farmacy ended up being incredibly cute and well worth going out of my way! It is this little corner place with a mint green exterior and the inside feels like an old-fashioned soda foundation with products lining the walls.

I sat at the counter to keep things authentic and ordered the classic egg cream. I had originally planned on getting a grilled cheese to accompany it but was still full from breakfast, so I stuck with the drink. It was the perfect treat for a hot day...chocolatey and fizzy and refreshing. 

This was one of those cute places that I desperately hope we as a society continue to preserve. I'm all about new, trendy dining experiences but places like Brooklyn Farmacy, which is located inside a 1920s apothecary, are reminders of our country's past and the nostalgic memories of our grandparents' and great-grandparents' childhoods.

Where to Shop at The Oculus

Whether you call it The Oculus or Westfield World Trade Center, it's a great new place to shop in downtown Manhattan, where everything is contained inside one astonishingly gorgeous building. It is unlike any traditional mall, with incredible architecture and a clean, white interior. So, where should you be spending your money here?

Aesop
For luxurious botanical products in gorgeous, minimalist packaging that will look perfect on your counter.

Caudalie
For old favorites like the Beauty Elixir and Instant Foaming Cleanser which will keep you fresh during the summer heat.

Cos
For structured, minimalist clothing at a low, mid-range price point. Perfect for filling up your summer office wardrobe.

Kiehl's
For your go-to beauty basics like Creme de Corps and sunscreen in simple, classic packaging.

& Other Stories
For all of your fashion pieces at affordable prices, check out H&M's sister store.

Stuart Weitzman
For those sandals and knee-high boots you've been dying to wear.

Smythson
For beautiful stationary and journals to keep track of your adventures and purchases or a great travel wallet to keep things organized.