My Favorite Beauty Appliance

Ladies, I have found the holy grail of beauty appliances. Continue reading


Things I Love

Have you ever had a week where so much has happened that it’s hard to get a grasp on things? It’s not that anything bad happened this week, quite the contrary, but it was just so much. Classes started and the preverbal ‘they’ was not lying about the amount of reading in grad school. It never ends. Continue reading

Girl in DC

Orientation has started and things are starting to settle down which is a huge relief! On Thursday my class took a trip to DC to visit the World Bank. After all ‘official’ visits, we were given a few hours on the National Mall. Most of my classmates went to grab lunch and then on to the Air and Space Museum. I snuck away to the National Gallery of Art and loved every minute of it.  Continue reading

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!

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. 

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. 

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.

The Best Dry Shampoo

When I first heard about dry shampoo, I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical and maybe slightly grossed out. Put more product in my hair instead of washing it? That sounded a little backwards to me and, let’s be honest, a little too good to be true. I think we’re all fans of second (or third) day hair. I tried a few brands of dry shampoo but never found one that I loved. They left my hair feeling more gunky or smelled weird or left grey residue no matter how far from my head that I held the can. I eventually settled on Tressemè. 

While I was in Europe, however, I found myself in a pinch. I hadn’t brought my dry shampoo (major oversight!) and I was tired of having to wash my hair every day. While I was in Oxford I ducked into Boots, the UK’s version of Walgreen’s except way classier. I LOVE this store. My normal brand of choice was a zillion pounds so I browsed the aisles for a cheaper alternative. The dry shampoo gods must have been smiling down on me that day because I found the best dry shampoo for just £2 or about $4. Luckily, Batiste is sold in the US too! You can find it at Ulta or Asos. Batiste smells great, leaves my hair light and soft, and doesn’t leave anything behind. I use it before I go to bed and when I get up and I can go three days in between washes. Blush is my favorite ‘flavor’; it has a light, sweet scent without being too overpowering. 

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 :)