the weekend list no. 53

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My low this week has simply been the fact that I’ve been having technical difficulties surrounding my work several days this week 😣 I know I’m not alone because I saw a couple posts on Instagram about other people having annoying tech issues that made them less productive. Whenever things like that happen, I think of this post from Sara Blakely’s Instagram which is sooo accurate.

My high this week has probably been getting to take some new photos for a brand collaboration (see: yesterday’s post). Oddly enough, it was my first time going out to take photos in 2019! Although it was really cold and windy while shooting, we got some pictures that I really like and that’s always a fun thing. My other high has just been doing yoga everyday and seeing more progress in my flexibility. I’ve been working out consistently since my senior year of high school, but have always switched things up a lot and have never really stuck to one practice. But, I’ve been committed to solely focusing on yoga lately and I’ve already seen progress in things like getting into crow pose and getting my heels to the ground in downward facing dog.

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I hope this doesn’t come off the wrong way, but the past few weeks have really been focused a lot on the grind. I’ve definitely done a lot of fun things this month with friends and family, trying new restaurants, and so on but for the most part, January has been about setting up my habits for the year and getting back on track after the holidays with work. I didn’t complete my bucket list for the month, but I’m making an effort to do more in February and to have some more adventures and fun experiences. I’m not saying January wasn’t fun, it’s just that I want to do even more next month.

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How happy is this bar in Austin?

The greatest style inspiration.

I’m all about yoga skin.

Victoria’s post has a really interesting perspective on the meaning of age.

This post from Brighton about finding your priorities was so thoughtful and well done.

I’m loving Kortney’s series on the South! Here’s ten rules for classic Southern style.

You must read this interview with the Crazy Rich Asians costume designer!

Victoria has a great, in depth guide for creating a vision board.

Here’s a wonderful 20 minute power yoga flow I’ve been loving.

Appropriate for self love month here on the blog!

hello, february!

I know people say this all the time, but I genuinely can’t believe how fast last month went by. It feels like just yesterday was Christmas and now we’re already in the second month of 2019. Like I mentioned last month, every month this year will have a distinct theme on the blog which all of my posts will relate back to. Last month was starting fresh, getting organized, and setting up good habits.

February’s theme is a little bit more relaxed. In my eyes, this month is all about self-love and enjoying little luxuries. From the perfect Chanel lipstick to a homemade cup of your favorite tea, these are the things that don’t cost much but have the ability to make everyday feel really special.

Why this theme? The big holiday this month, of course, is Valentine’s Day which is, truthfully, a holiday I’ve never been quite fond of. Even years when I’ve had “a Valentine” to spend the day with, the concept always rubs me the wrong way because I feel like it’s promoting the commodification of love and the only real purpose for the holiday is to sell this idea that we a) have to buy things to show we love someone and b) that romantic love is the end all be all in life.

The point I’m trying to make is that the theme for this month was born out of wanting to subvert the typical narrative of February and Valentine’s Day, turning it on its head and making it about self-love. After all, as RuPaul says, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” Or, if Diane von Furstenberg is more your style: "The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.”

Posts this month will show you ways to treat yourself kindly, how to enjoy the little things, and just generally how to keep cozy and sane this February. As for the visuals, I’m really inspired by the images below of pink and red, champagne bubbles, sweet treats, soft pajama sets, and beautiful textures.

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book report: january 2019


It feels so fun to be starting fresh with my book goals at the beginning of the year. For 2019, I’m upping my goal to read 70 books through the end of December. That’s about six books a month, so I’m right on track having read exactly six this month.

Progress: 6/70

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
This was the eighth book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, which currently consists of fourteen books and counting. Unlike the majority of the books, this one took place outside of the village of Three Pines which isn’t my preference but I really enjoyed this story. A group of monks at a secret monastery in Quebec become famous after a recording of their Gregorian chants goes viral, then the abbey prior is found dead and the Chief Inspector is sequestered in the abbey until he finds the killer. This book has a lot of character development, especially for the Chief Inspector’s right hand main Beauvoir. As always, it’s a beautifully written, intelligent mystery.

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Where do I start? I already loved Michelle Obama, but after reading this, my respect and admiration for her has only grown. I also realized that Barack Obama might be my dream man, but that’s another story! I love that this book tells the story Michelle’s life from growing up on the south side of Chicago to Harvard Law through all of the iterations of her career and, of course, her time as First Lady. Her life story is so interesting and inspiring, but reading this also brought me back to the Obama presidency and all of the milestones that represented. Her warmth and candor really came through in this book and it’s definitely a must-read this year.

Wellth by Jason Wachob
This is a book by the founder of Mindbodygreen, a website I love for articles on everything from nutrition to meditation to fitness. Over the course of thirteen chapters, he discusses the different facets of wellness and what it means to build a life around wellness rather than building a resume or working super hard until you die, basically. While the information was a little bit basic for me, I think this is a great book for someone just getting into wellness or those times when you just need a little refresher in a certain area or two.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Like many people, I read a lot of stories set during World War II because the sheer number of different perspectives and experiences are endless and it’s an event that should never be forgotten. If you like WWII books, this is a must read and it’s one of my new favorites. I think I’d compare it in tone to “The Nightingale” which was incredible. However, this is the only Holocaust related story I’ve ever read where all three main characters were not Jewish which was super interesting. It follows three women, a New York socialite, a Polish girl who gets sent to a concentration camp, and a female doctor at one of the camps. I have to say, the female doctor character (who is based on a real person) was extremely scary to me because she seemed like a “normal” human being, yet she adamantly defended all of the heinous things she did to women at the camps. Long review, but I could write so much more! You have to read this.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
I gave this book a solid three out of five on Goodreads and I’ll tell you why. The story is about a woman who is accused of killing her husband and then she suddenly stops speaking and is admitted to a psychiatric hospital where she is monitored by a psychotherapist who has a keen interest in her. First the positives: I breezed through this book because it was quickly paced and definitely held my interest. I also like the way the author tied in a certain Greek myth. However, I saw the ending coming from a mile away and though it was pretty meh. If you’re new to psychological thrillers, you might like this because it is a compelling read but if you’ve read quite a bit in the genre, you’ll probably find it quite predictable.

The Light Over London by Julia Kelly
This was another WWII novel I read this month that was just released earlier this month on January 9th. It was different than most WWII novels I’ve read because the content was a little bit lighter and it was more of a relationship drama than a novel about the atrocities and politics of the war. That’s not to say it wasn’t good, just different! There are two storylines, one in the present and one in the past, that link together. This is a good read for a weekend where you want something historical with vintage vibes but not too heavy.

the skincare line you have to try


I went to Ulta earlier this month with my mom to get her a new cleanser, vowing that I wasn’t going to buy any new skincare until I had finished every last product I have at home already. BUT, one of the sales associates and I started talking about K-beauty and she showed me a product from this brand (which isn’t a Korean brand, but had a K-beauty inspired product) called DermaDoctor, which is a clinical line from the office of Dr. Audrey Kunin. It’s an award winning line that’s also cruelty free, soap free, synthetic fragrance free, and more. The products have a high end delivery system and come in quality packaging comparable to La Mer to keep the product in pristine condition.

We ended up spending a ton of time there with her testing out all of these products, particularly a cleanser which immediately showed a difference on my hand within just a few seconds. I couldn’t not leave without it, so I broke my rule and took it home along with a ton of free samples.

Kakadu C Cleanser // When I started using this cleanser, I was at the tail end of of a purge breakout from using Biologique Recherche P50 Lotion 1970 (which I love and still use). I used it on my face and within a day or two, I saw results. My skin was clear and glowing and super hydrated. This is a cleanser, toner, and makeup remover all in one, containing high quality ingredients like aloe, lactic acid, and citrus. It is an AHA, so definitely wear sunscreen after using but you’re fine to use it day and night.

I truly did see results immediately after using this, especially along with the face peel I mention below. I took the above photo after using it for two days or so and I’m not wearing any makeup save for a little dot of RMS concealer right above my lip where I was still recovering from the P50 skin purge. This is a strong and highly effective product, so you might have to play around with your moisturizer a little bit. I was using one I usually like from Eminence, but I didn’t feel hydrated enough so I switched to one with lots of coconut oil and a milkier texture.

Intensive Vitamin C Peel Pad // I really think the cleanser works best in conjunction with these peel pads, but you definitely don’t need both to get started. I used my samples of the peel and will definitely be buying them in the future, but I want to finish my P50 first. These peel pads are packed with incredibly ingredients like glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, willow bark extract, algae, ferulic acid, Vitamin E, squalane, and more. The blend of AHAs , BHAs, and antioxidants slough off dead skin cells while also brightening and hydrating

KP Duty High Potency Body Peel // This is the other product that we bought full size and wow, is it necessary in the colder months. I have really stubbornly dry legs and these have already begun to help. They’re similar to the face peel, but they come in packets with two steps. First, use the resurface sheet with glycolic acid, lactic acid, phenol and more. Apply to your legs, arms, and torso then let it sit for two minutes. Rinse in the shower, then follow up with the Quench sheet which moisturizes skin with ceramides.

Lucky Bamboo Jukyeom Water Gel // I’ve used a couple samples of this following the cleanser and facial peel. I love a water gel because it feels so much more hydrating than a heavier cream to me. This is actually the product that the sales associate at Ulta used to draw me in! It contains Jukyeom 9x which is purple roasted bamboo salt crystals created by Monks nearly 1,000 years ago, as well as magnesium, zinc, and more.

I highly recommend checking out the line! It’s one of the most quality lines out there in the mainstream market at places like Ulta, Sephora, and Dermstore and it’s surprisingly affordable. The cleanser, which is 6oz and will apparently last about a year, is only $36. The peels are more expensive ($78), but they come in boxes so you can split them with a friend, too. Still, for such high quality, the products are priced really well.

style inspiration from classic films


Almost everyday while I work, I have the Turner Classic Movie channel on in the background. I’ve always been a fan of classic movies but having TCM on in the background everyday, I’ve recently begun gathering some amazing visual inspiration especially when it comes to style. I have my old favorites, the classic films, mostly starring Audrey Hepburn or Anna Karina, that have played a part in developing my taste but have also had the chance to get inspiration from new-to-me films.

I really want to write more about film and I thought a fashion centric film post would be a great place to start, so here we are! These are really just a few of so many films that inspire me visually.

kill bill
Beatrix Kiddo is one of my favorite style icons, from the iconic yellow jumpsuit to the shaggy blonde haircut, but my all time favorite look is her Japanese t-shirt which has inspired two of my own Japanese inspired purchases. It has a street style vibe that feels very ahead of its time.

the life aquatic with steve zissou
Really, any Wes Anderson movie is inspiring, but this one is filled to the brim with good style. The matching blue tops and rain slickers are very Balenciaga in a way and the pop of little red hats is a really nice detail. My favorite, though, is when Steve wears his red cap with a tuxedo and a cigarette. That visual is one that’s on my mind quite a bit.

psychout for murder
This Italian film from 1969 really is one that’s representative of the kind of themes you saw a lot in the films of that era. A guy has his girlfriend go to a brothel for a night to get evidence to blackmail her father, but then her father sends her to an asylum. She then basically plots her revenge against everyone who conspired to have her sent away. It’s all kind of a hot mess, but Adrienne Larussa is so chic in everything she wears.

breakfast at tiffany’s
A classic, of course, but it’s not the iconic black Givenchy that gets me. There’s the white sleep shirt and the coral, buttoned up coat with big sunglasses. However, my all time favorite look is that stand-up collar sweater in beige with the dark wash jeans and head scarf, barefoot on the fire escape. The absolute greatest.

funny face
Obviously this has to be on the list because it’s one of the most ‘fashion’ movies of all time. There’s a lot to pull from here but I love Audrey’s black on black ‘hipster’ looks and the beautiful wool tunic at the bookstore and the camel coat she wears in Paris. This movie has a lot of great inspiration you can bring easily into your everyday outfits.

call me by your name
My entire summer vibe is inspired by the boys in this film. Elio and Oliver wear these short shorts with shirts barely buttoned up and these great 80s sneakers. Everyone’s tan and relaxed and it’s just so beautiful.

a warm december
This is a film from the early 70s about a doctor who visits London and meets a gorgeous dignitary played by Esther Anderson. Her character Catherine has the most amazing, early 70s, kind of mod style that is so fun to look at. I’m having trouble finding good quality photos of her looks, which is a shame, but she wears these mini skirts and shearling coats and has gorgeous natural hair. Luckily, the trailer shows more of her than I can find in photos. To me, she’s like the original Penny Lane in terms of style.

pierrot le fou
Really any Godard film with Anna Karina gives me good style vibes, but I really like Pierrot Le Fou because it’s in color and has the best beach/resort/vacation outfit inspiration. It’s definitely the kind of vibe you get from current girls like Jeanne Damas and even the brand Sonnet James.

sweater | jeans | flats | perfume

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