Friday Favorites

September 19, 2014


I think it’d be fun to share some of the cute outfits I rocked this week.  Since looking cute is one of my favorites, Friday favorites it is.

1. Pants and shirt from Stitch Fix (you’ll be seeing that a lot) and booties from Dillard’s.

2. Thrifted dress, booties from Italy, and glasses from Warby Parker.  I love the back detail on this dress and the fact that it has pockets.

3. Dress from Stitch Fix, flats from Italy, and earrings from H&M.

4. Shirt and pants from Stitch Fix and flats from Italy.
It's a mustard kinda #stitchfixfriday #ootd @stitchfix


5. Dress from Stitch Fix, sweater from Target, and grey Toms.

A few other things I’m loving from around the interwebs:

Happy Friday!


The Harry Potter Project

September 16, 2014

I have never read Harry Potter.  (Let that sink in.)

It wasn’t until last year that I finally saw all the movies.  As a child, I wasn’t allowed to read them.  My Baptist school was certain that they were full of witchcraft and evil that would steal my heart away from Jesus.  So I read other children’s books and adult’s books and happily continued my literacy in Harry Potter ignorance.  I never pressed my parents about the issue because I was content reading The Phantom Tollbooth and Ken Follett. 



Then, when the movies started coming out, I was in college.  As an English major, I had more reading than I could keep up with.  Harry Potter seemed frivolous.  I was busy reading great works of literature, which consequently was burning me out on reading.  I was young and full of preconceived notions and didn’t realize that being well read didn’t mean reading only what academia considered great.  After college, I moved to Europe and didn’t realize that Harry Potter had completely integrated himself into American culture while I was gone.  I had dial-up internet at my house.  Tumblr hadn’t been invented yet.  The gifs wouldn’t load!  I totally missed how cool this fandom was.  My experience can be summed up in the words of Reagan from Fangirl, “What the fuck is the fandom?”

It’s been over a year since I’ve been back in the States.  I’ve finally watched all the movies, but I still feel like I’m missing out.  I don’t get the references.  I’m tired of being on the outside of the joke.  I don’t know Hermione’s cat’s name, and I feel like I should know Hermione’s cat’s name.  (She has a cat, right?)

Enter the Harry Potter Project. 

The plan is to read one book a week for the next 7 weeks.  I’ve ordered the box set, and it’s proudly, ominously sitting on my dresser.  Then I’m going to write my response as an adult reader who’s, kind of spectacularly, missed out on all the hype.  Hopefully, this will give a fresh take on the old favorite.  Or at least a less biased view?  Maybe not.  I really wanna love these books so that I can order a map of Hogwarts poster for my room.  And I want to wear t-shirts like these and know what they mean.  I need to feel the passion of this song.

Let the reading begin!


On Rereading

September 10, 2014

Today is the one year anniversary of the publication of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.  This was the first of Rowell’s books that I ever read.  In this year, I’ve listened to it through Audible three times, and I’ve read the paper copy twice.  Last weekend, I just started my third rereading.  This time with pencil and […]

Vacation Reads

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Local Eats: Southerly

August 5, 2014

When your mom is so excited about a new restaurant that she wants to get there early on opening day, you “force” yourself to eat two breakfasts.  Especially when the first breakfast was yogurt and the second breakfast is a chicken biscuit with parmesan aioli. Southerly is attached to the grocery/kitchen supply store, Southern Season. […]