Lately: Lists

 I carry my journal with me pretty much everywhere I go. Lately I’ve been keeping lists of random things: things I see, nuggets of advice, etc. Just whatever I think is interesting, funny, or inspiring. I’d thought I’d share a sampling of some of my lists. Enjoy!

Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

When I flew home from London, I spent my last few pounds and bought The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene. The book was fantastic and I was excited to see the movie. My brother and I share a love for John Greene so we decided to see the movie together while he was in town. The movie was fantastic–just as good as the book.

Shailene Woodley played Hazel Grace and I thought she did an awesome. She was the perfect balance of cheeky but still slightly awkward the character demands. She wasn’t exactly how I imagined Hazel but she still captured the character well and I was pleased with her performance. 

Augustus Watters, on the other hand, was exactly how I pictured. This was some seriously good casting! Ansel Elgort was the perfect choice for Gus. Honestly, to a T how I pictured him. 

From start to finish, this movie was just amazing. The movie is pretty true to the book, which is always pleasantly surprising. I would, however, recommend reading the book first. I knew I would probably sob in during movie, but managed to keep it together. The director doesn’t overdue to sad parts of the story so your whole day is not ruined. Basically, it’s just an awesome movie and you should see it.

Also, on a slightly unrelated note, the previews for this movie (minus the obligatory horror movie preview) looked equally as good: 
What If//The 100 Yard Journey//If I Stay//The Book of Life 
I’m particularly excited for The 100 Yard Journey and The Book of Life!

My Life According to Pinterest

I have a Pinterest addiction. Sometimes I pretend that I don’t, but I do and most days I’m ok with that. Pinterest now has a feature that collects all your ‘interests’ (aka obsessions) into one place so you don’t have to sift through your feed. Very convenient and totally an enabler. 

So this is my life according to Pinterest, which I’m not sure is super accurate:

Johnny Cash
This interest is a bit of a mystery to me. While I love Johnny, he does not frequent my pinning repertoire. Although Walk the Line is one of the greatest love songs in my opinion. 

Eddie Redmayne
Yeah, I think he’s so handsome and I would have dinner with him any night of the week. He got engaged while I was in London and I swear you could hear my heart breaking all the way back in the States. 

London
Which brings me to London. My favorite city in the whole world. London recently got its own board (well, England did) and is the only place to have this honor bestowed upon it. Things are getting serious. 

Chambray
I love chambray. It’s a staple in my closet.  I like my chambray shirts paired with leggings, riding boots, and a chunky sweater. 

Vintage China
Recently I have been obsessed with china. Maybe it’s because I’m moving into my first ‘real’ house? Whatever it is, I am in love. 

This is how Pinterest sees me :) This is only a sprinkling of my ‘interests’. It’s kind of funny to check it sometimes. It’s like getting a glimpse of how your imaginary Internet friend sees you.

My Typical Sunday Afternoon

A girl and her bed on Sundays is an endless love affair.

Am I the only girl for whom this is true?

I don’t know what it is about Sundays, but I cannot seem to get out of my bed! It’s like this ritual: wake up, go to church, eat lunch, and crawl back into bed. I never, like, plan to lounge around all day, but without even trying I’ve read a whole book or watched four Netflix documentaries like it was nothing. I mean, that’s pretty impressive. Can I put that on a resumé? Does anyone else subscribe to this ritual?

So to help justify (not that I feel super guilty), I’ll share what I’ve been watching lately!

Ballerina: a 2006 documentary about the lives of prima ballerinas and up-and-comers in the Russian ballet world
So You Think You Can Dance: the only reality show that I watch every single episode
The Importance of Being Ernest: this movie came up on my Netflix ‘feed’ all the time and I overlooked it, but a friend recommended it and, holy cow, this movie is HILARIOUS. There were tears streaming down my face from laughter
Castle: I’m not usually one for crime dramas, but this one is good. It’s witty, fast-paced, and not gruesome. 

Spotify

I resisted becoming a Spotify premium user for as long as possible. Why? I have no idea. It’s only $5 per month for students, so really there is no excuse. This morning, as I was lying in bed and trying to muster up the will to get out of bed, I discovered the Genre/Mood section of Spotify. Most Spotify-ers probably discovered this day one, but some of us take a little longer. But, holy cow, I am in LOVE! They have a playlist for everything imaginable. I clicked on the “Travel” mood and this is just a taste of the playlists I found:

-Evening Commute
-Beach Day
-Summer for Hipsters (I don’t know how this qualifies as travel, but I’m in)
-Drive Through the Mountains
-TransAtlantic Lullaby (Love this one–I totally subscribed)
-French Holiday
-Hit the Slopes-Beginner (There is also an advanced playlist)
-Paris Métro 
-Cleared for Takeoff 

There were easily 50 more playlists just in Travel. And the other genres (some favorites: Country, Romance, Dinner, Focus) had just as many! I think I am in heaven. I hate it when I get tired of all the songs in my library, but that won’t be happening any more! 

An Excuse to Shop

Am I the only person who actively looks for excuses to update my wardrobe? Because I totally do; sometimes legitimate, sometimes not. Grad school provided the perfect excuse to add a few more pieces to my wardrobe. I’ve been surfing the internet for a few days and haven’t really found anything I like, which rarely happens. Then, all at once, I hit the jackpot, well at least part of it. Many know that Kate Middleton is my style icon. Her wardrobe is AMAZING and I found a few dresses that are replicas of her style. And the best part? All three are under $30! Yeah, amazing! They’re going to find their way into my closet :)

One//Two//Three

Quiet: Book Review

Is it kosher to write a book review before you’ve finished said book? Well, I’m doing just that :) A few weeks ago a friend recommended that I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. This book is amazing! I am learning so much and it is super validating. This may be surprising to those of you who know me, but I am an introvert to a “T”. I’m super uncomfortable in huge crowds of people and often would rather curl up with a book than go to a party. I’ll be reading a new section and Susan Cain will point out a behavior typical of introverts and I’ll mentally scream, “I so do that!” or “Yeah, I totally get that!” 

Throughout her book, Cain talks about the power introverts have. She explains how solitude can foster creativity, innovation, and deep thinking–not that introverts have a corner on these markets at all. I’ve found this book to be super validating and, interestingly, I’ve learned tons about myself. I highly recommend it, whether or not you’re an introvert.

PS. The author also did a TedTalk.

London (part 3)

My last night in London was one of the best of the whole trip. My travel companion had one thing that he wanted to do while in the UK, which was to see Les Miserables in the West End. At first we were told that that night’s show was sold out, but we ran over to the theater and scored some of the last seats. So lucky, right?

Now, I am partial to the 2012 movie version (not at all because I have the largest crush on Eddie Redmayne or anything), so I was a bit nervous about my lofty expectations. While the show was very different from the move (to be expected) it was still amazing. Both of the women who played Fantine and Eponine were phenomenal. I mean, wow! They were just so good. Val Jean was great as well. Really, I was impressed with the whole cast. But this is the West End, so I should have known it was going to amazing :) I am sooo glad that we made time to catch a show. Les Mis was definitely the right choice. There’s just something special about seeing a show where it first opened. 

I wasn’t able to take pictures or anything, so enjoy this clip from the movie, featuring Eddie Redmayne:

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PS. I also visited the Churchill War Rooms, a definite must see if you’re in London!