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I'm fully aware that I am *possibly* the worst blogger to exist on the face of the internet. I've hinted at this in a few other posts (trust me, they aren't that many...), but I've fallen out of love with blogging at the moment. This is not to say that I still don't enjoying creating content and pursuing creative realms, but the act of being an influencer and always being "on" has really taken a toll on me. I like to believe that I'll come back to blogging more reguarly, but I'm taking it in piecemeal. 

Last week, I took a much needed social media detox and simply deleted the apps from my phone. During that break, I realized that I do enjoy certain aspects of social media and the authentic content that certain individuals put out into the world. However, I came away knowing that I used to spend way too much time concerned with other's lives and the image they put out in the world than I should have been. In fact, I have been practicing the technique of consuming "mindful media".

For me, that means following people that promote positivity or provide something that I want to learn about and explore, and unfollowing accounts that don't do anything for me. It is also paying attention to what you consume apart from social media; think about podcasts, television shows, etc. I am much more chill with shows and movies though.... watching Baywatch was one of the best decisions I've made in awhile. Ha. 

To continue, another reason that I decided to refocus my energy away from social media and into the real world, is that I want to truly live in the moment. That my friends, is still a work in progress and probably will continue to be. I'm slowly finding ways to be present. Spending less time on Instagram is one way. I'm also training for a half-marathon and have found running to be mediative to me. Just me, the music, and my two feet. Speaking of music, I've been on somewhat of a "music exploration", thanks to Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Times. Music.is.just.so.cool. 

I can say it everyday, life is too short. There is no reason to not live your best life and do it the way you desire. Oh I know. It sounds so incredibly cheesy and cliche. However, as I've learned over the past several months, all of this takes time. So, start today or tomorrow. Just get out there and do what you love. Simply start.

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September's Best of the Best

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Why hello, it's been some time. September was a weird month full of transitions. I've been focusing on spending less time plugged into the internet and I've noticed that my mental clarity is much sharper than ever. Truth be told, another reason I've been MIA is that I just haven't been in the right mindset to blog. Social media is fickle and even after several years, I am still trying to find some balance in my life. To jumpstart my journey back to blogging, here are my long overdue monthly favorites. Oh, and tomorrow is my eighteenth birthday! 

Above (L/R): Mark Rothko Orange & Yellow (1956) and Orange, Red, Yellow (1961)

Through My Eyes

White Collar: USA Network totally peaked from 2009-2012 with its amazing lineup of Suits, NCIS, and White Collar. After catching up on Suits over the summer, I decided to switch gears to White Collar, the FBI meets con-man meets art theft show. It's one of those shows that becomes redundant after a while but still provides some mindless entertainment when necessary. 

Lady Gaga's music videos:  I have been the biggest Lady Gaga fan since her Fame Monster days and genuinely think she is the best artist of our time. One night this month, my brother and I watched a ton of her music videos, which are essentially genius pieces of musical and visual art. My favorites are forever Marry the Night, Paparazzi, and You & I. Go take a look. 

Autumn movies: You've Got Mail, When Harry met Sally, Hocus Pocus, Love Story, Rushmore, Dead Poets Society.... Autumnal movies should be a film genre of their own. I always find them to be both comforting and nostalgic. I recommend watching them all with a hot coffee in hand. 

In My Ears

Playlists: I've curated some new playlists for fall that you can access via Spotify. Here are some of my favorites right now:

Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac

Last Mile Home - Kings of Leon

No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand

Drinkee- Sofi Tukker

Wake Up - Circa Waves

Everything Now- Arcade Fire

Green Light (Chromeo Remix) - Lorde

Whole Wide World (Unpeeled) - Cage the Elephant

The Man- The Killers

 

In My Wardrobe

Vintage Kimonos: I purchased a vintage kimono style jacket via Etsy after being struck with sartorial inspo from nothing other than... The Parent Trap. Does the yacht dinner scene ring a bell? Instead of going the full mile, I plan to wear my new jacket with denim, t-shirts, and boots. 

Checkered vans: Speaking of funkier pieces, I finally jumped on the checkered vans wagon a decade too late. The ultra classic skater shoe received a modern update with a small platform. Safe to say, I have not worn any other shoes this past month. 

 

In the Kitchen

Tumeric: I've been reading up on anti-inflammatory diets and gut health in order to get my skin back in balance. A few things I've been doing are: 1) cutting down my coffee intake (at least a little bit), 2) drinking kombucha regularly, 3) taking a probiotic, and 4) sneaking in tumeric here and there. Some of my favorite ways are a golden milk latte or as a seasoning for tofu and vegetables. 

Waffles: Since it's starting to get cold again in the mornings, I have started to incorporate hot breakfast again, in lieu of smoothie bowls.  A favorite of mine is protein waffles. All I do is mix my favorite (vegan) chocolate protein powder, buckwheat pancake mix, baking soda, maca powder, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and some almond milk together. Pour it into waffle maker and out comes pure magic. 

Other & Other

Early rising: Getting back into a routine is always difficult. Add school into the equation and oof... One of the things I've been actively attempting to improve is my sleep habits. Truth be told, my sleep schedule is often out of whack, especially as school work piles on, so unless I make a conscious effort to sign off and get some shuteye, I'd be up till the sun rises. One of the biggest "hacks" that has helped me is having an Amazon Echo Dot. No joke. Having an alarm that you can't just switch off and roll back to bed makes a big difference in my morning. Once I hear that annoying sound, I am ~forced~ to get up and at it. 

 

California Cool

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As the dog days of summer wrap up and (most of) of the world sharpens its pencils for September, let us reminisce about sunny California. Back in July, I ventured out to Southern California for a few days. Prior to this, my only visit to the state was to San Francisco when I was ten. Let us not discount that former trip as it launched a long-standing admiration for West coast culture. San Diego was a whole new arena. My time was spent bopping around with my local friend (and best host) in San Diego, La Jolla, and Newport Beach soaking in the ~perfect~ weather and learning that surf culture is well and alive. I also learnt that California does açai bowls better than anyone else— Kaboose Juice holds a very special place in my heart. I took up long boarding, lived in denim cutoffs, and hiked not once, but twice. I deem that a complete conversion to California lifestyle. While I was sad to go, I can guarantee I'll be returning once again. Without much to say, I hope you enjoy this snippet of film photos from my time in sweet, sweet San Diego.

If you happen to fancy any local-verified recommendations, slide on over to Sailor's Travel Guide. 

 

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Cherry Crush

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Wow, it's been awhile since I've done an outfit post around here, I need to get those blogging muscles back in actions. Before I head back to school in due time, I have been a busy bee by working on a plethora of content to roll out over the next month or so. If I happen to go radio silent at all (which is 100% going to happen), odds are I'm piled up to my head in school work. Aha, oh help. In other news, I've developed quite a crush on cherries lately, both sartorially and gastronomically. This new Reál top is simply sealing the deal and kissing the lips on this love affair. 

Before you go, many of you ask what size I wear in Reál... I normally wear a medium in the tops/dresses, but then bring them to the tailor to get them taken in here and there. However, I'd recommend sizing up if you are in-between sizes.

Wearing: Réalisation Par blouse, Vintage Levi's, Chanel ballet flats, Brandy Melville denim jacket (in-store only)

Location: Greenwich, CT

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4th in Newport, Photo Diary

As you can tell from the title of this post, I'm veerryy behind in digital content. After the fourth, I went right to Texas, then home, then California, then Massachusetts, and now finally I am back home... before I head to Boston on Thursday. Ooof. 

Alas, here we are. Unlike previous weekend jaunts to Newport, which often involve a jamming sailing schedule, this one infolved a fair amount of beaching, surfing, and luxuriating-whilst drinking some Del's. Enjoy this photo diary and I'll be back soon to share my favorites from the month of July and begin working through my California content.

Location: Newport, Rhode Island