Recently #24

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You guys…February was a bit of a doozy. With travel, work, and the third bout of flu since Christmas (!!), it is no wonder I dropped off the face of the earth for a while.

Amidst the madness, I took a moment to think about blogging. As 2017 is gearing up to be an intense and busy year, I am going to try out a more manageable schedule to what has arguably been my favorite hobby for the past three years.

Instead of a M-W-F schedule I am going to implement a new two-post line-up come March in the hopes that posting on a Tuesday and Friday will give me the opportunity to be more consistent in the future.

So… nothing much will change, but I am looking forward to give you more product reviews (there’s gorgeous newness coming up soon!), playlists, book recommendations and more!

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Recently #23: Planning 2017

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As January comes to a close, I am staying determined to make 2017 a productive and creative and plain fun year. To stay on top of everything, I am once again relying on a paper and pen planning system (in addition to a very overworked iCal) to keep everything in check.

After a few years of being faithful to the Moleskine planners and their Star Wars collecting in particular (which, to my knowledge, has sadly been discontinued), I choose a desk planner from Rifle Paper Co.

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While it came a bit larger than I expected, I love having an overview of my week and everything in it on my desk and have been very happy planning away and keeping it nice and neat. I had considered trying out a bullet journal for this year and even though I have incorporated a few aspects of it into my note-keeping, I just couldn’t pass up this beautiful planner for now.

I am looking forward to this year so much and I hope you are too! 2017, here we go!

Bookshelf #14

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One resolution (if you could even call it that…) for this new year has been to read more for fun. I love books, but with the weight of researching and writing a dissertation on my shoulders, I often feel guilty about reading anything outside that very specific realm.

This year, however, I will make an effort to read the novels and essays that have been sitting on my nightstand forever and take time out of the day to do something nice and engaging that is not connected to additional screen time.

One idea that I found extremely inspiring and feasible came from one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo. Joanna talks about creating an ‘articles club’ where, just like in a book club, you regularly discuss articles with a group of friends. I love this idea!

Books are great, but articles can be prepared ad hoc and related more closely to distinct areas of life or political/cultural/economic world events. You could also relate this idea to short stories or longer essays, whatever strikes your fancy.

So I am thinking about starting a club like this IRL, to make reading more into a social event, but also to keep myself accountable in my efforts to read more.

What do you think?

Scented Candle Favorites

One thing that just screams fall and winter is burning a scented candle. While one could view it as literally burning money, a beautifully scented candle is just so cozy and adds to that quintessential feeling of warmth and home that is one of the most beautiful things of the winter months.

While there is a plethora of candle offerings on the market, the P.F. Candle Co. ones are firm favorites for me. Diptyque and Byredo are beautiful but out of my student budget and the sickly sweet and artificial scents of Bath and Body Works are plain migraine triggers.

P.F. Candle Co. sits nicely in the middle with sophisticated and seasonal scents at a decent price. And they look beautiful as well. Housed in a simple brown glass container with a gold lid, you can easily keep them from getting dusty and gross and use them with almost every decor all year round.

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One of my favorite scents is their best seller Teakwood & Tobacco, are gorgeous woody and warm scent that is wonderfully unisex and not too cloying. With hints of leather, tobacco, and cedar. It evokes scenes of dark cigar lounges and cozy gloomy days. Fun fact: I also own a mini size of this one, I love it that much.

Another seasonal fave is Apple Picking. While definitely a sweet scent, it is not to heavy or sickening but delivers a beautiful waft of fresh and warm apple and cinnamon goodness. This scent just screams fall, but works equally as well in winter, which is why I love it so much.

Finally, a bit of a fresher scent is Golden Coast, a herbal and light offering that takes home scents nicely throughout the whole year with a woody undertone of Cedar and Palo Santo.

I know it is slightly decanted to rave this much about candles, but I really do love them. The candles look chic and cozy and add so much warmth and atmosphere to my home. If you are a candle addict as well, please let me know about your favorites!

Recently #22

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I sure could need a piece of cake right now because the past few weeks really seem to have knocked the wind out of me. To say that it has been busy might be an understatement, but to be honest it has been a good busy.

Not only have I been granted a few new and and exciting opportunities regarding my research while trying to churn out a few decent pages for my current writing project, fall also seems to be the time of social obligations with tons of birthdays and events.

But while my calendar seems to be overflowing, I must say, I’m loving it. My body though – not so much. With the first cold of the season and a bad back that has been playing up like crazy, I’ve been trying to take it slow whenever I can and really, what’s better than curling up with a hot cup of coffee, something sweet, and a great book to delve into on a slow weekend? Finding the right balance now is key and I’m looking forward to try and enjoy both the busy and the quiet times these coming months.

Music Monday #19

Last week, I was driving along in my car, listening to some of the records that have really shaped my youth. I truly believe that the favorite albums from your teenage years become formative of your music taste and make for the fondest of memories.

One of the records in the roster was Fall Out Boy’s From Under the Cork Tree, their 2005 sophomore album that became an instant favorite for me at age 17. While they are certainly no longer under the radar and have become one of the most prominent pop rock bands today, the completely opened up my world to witty, emo pop punk a good ten years ago.

Their lyrics might come across a lot more campy nowadays, but they still are beautifully tongue in cheek and warrant a good car singalong. Their song titles of course, used to be so long and convoluted that nobody could remember them, but after a quick check, here are my all-time favorites from that beautiful record – Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner, I‘ve Got a Dark Alley and a Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song), and A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me’.

I would love to know, what are your formative records that you still love to listen to?