Hello, hello! I'm loving these coffee talk posts I've started doing. They're a great way to share some of things on my mind that don't necessarily warrant a full post. Quick note, I saw quite a few new movies this month, so a lot of this post will be little movie reviews.
But first! I wanted to share a few of the cutest places to eat in the Orlando/Winter Park area. Orlando is one of the most visited cities in the world, yet so many people only know the Disney side of it. You guys, there is so much more to Orlando than just the theme parks. I'll be sharing more recommendations in the future, but for now here are some spots to grab a meal: Prato, Briarpatch (my personal fave), Canvas, Plant Street Kitchen, Chroma, Ethos Vegan Kitchen, Craft + Common, and Deeply Coffee.
working with a life coach // I had the chance to work with a life and career coach earlier this month and it was so interesting. This is something I've wanted to do for awhile and finally had the chance. I took a behavioral assessment called the DiSC, then sat down to discuss my results with her. What's cool about this assessment is that it isn't for the purpose of changing your personality, but rather teaching you how to use your personality to its greatest potential. I highly recommend working with a coach like this if you ever have the chance.
college classes that matter // Emma recently posted about the college classes that helped her in real life, which was timely because I had been thinking about the topic just beforehand. I've always loved school, so it's hard for me to relate when people feel that any class is pointless, but I still thought it'd be helpful to share which classes really have helped me in "real life". For context, I'm an event planner but have also worked in PR for film and marketing for the beauty industry. I'd say that my top 5 most useful classes were Management Information Systems (basically Excel), Art History (having those creative references has been vital), New Venture Creation and Development, Business Law, and just basic English Composition classes.
eating more vegetables // I've been seeing a lot of articles lately about how Americans don't early nearly enough vegetables. I'm pretty good at eating vegetables considering my family has been primarily plant-based for years now, but even I think I can still do better. So then, I stumbled upon this list of Mark Bitman's 101 Simple Salad ideas. This list is such a good resource that's helpful for really appreciating and learning about different vegetables and how you can pair them together to make easy, delicious, healthy meals. I actually have my own go-to, simple salad that I eat nearly everyday. It's butter lettuce, thinly sliced Granny Smith Apples, Organic Girl White Cheddar Dressing (it's way healthier than you'd think), a sliced hardboiled egg, and candied walnuts. To make the walnuts, you just heat up some maple syrup in a pan and toss walnuts in it then let it cool in a dish for a few minutes.
mission impossible: fallout // My dad and I went to see this earlier in the month and it was so, so, good. I love all things having to do with spies and thought the trailer for this film was absolutely incredible, so my expectations were high and they were definitely met. It's nonstop action and twists with beautiful fight choreography. I've read a lot recently about how Tom Cruise does all of his own stunts which made the movie even better. Also, I noticed that while it was violent, it wasn't at all gory and could actually be a good movie for younger audiences too.
eighth grade // I'd been dying to see this movie for awhile now and was so glad to see it playing in my nearby theater. I'm a big Bo Burnham fan and think it's fascinating he decided his directorial debut would be a film about what it's like to be a girl in 8th grade. I thought it was such a good portrayal of that age group, especially of today's generation. Even though I wasn't nearly as awkward of an 8th grader as Kayla (that's not to say I wasn't awkward, but it wasn't as bad as this specific portrayal), I thought both Burnham and actress Elsie Fisher did a great job with a realistic portrayal of an 8th grader's personality and quirks. There's this great scene when Kayla goes to a pool party hosted by the 'cool girl' and the entire scene just paints this picture of her terror as she enters a pool full of the 'cool kids'. But as an adult, the scene really shows the 'cool kids' for what they are, which is weird, freaky, goofy, non-threatening little thirteen year olds.
crazy rich asians // SO. GOOD. You all know by now how much I love Kevin Kwan's series of books. I had high expectations for the movie and I was impressed. We got to the theater early for the 8:30 showing but it was already sold out! We ended up going to the 10:20 pm showing and were surprised to see that even that late showing was packed to the brim. That makes me so, so, so happy. The movie was funny, beautiful, and just really cute. So happy to see that they're making the sequel China Rich Girlfriend, that the film is killing it at the box office, and that it's having such a huge, cultural impact! Definitely go see it if you haven't already.
skyfall // Finally got the chance to watch this one! I couldn't find anywhere to watch it for years, but it happened to be in stock at my library this week. This was a really good Bond film, for sure. Loved the locations and the story line. My mom even liked it and she's not super into this kind of movie. I have to say my favorite is still Spectre, but this is a close second.