Grad School Diaries No.2

I took a much needed month off from The r|s edit. I missed it, but it was so necessary. I was finishing up my first year of grad school! And boy can I tell you it feels SO good to be done! The last month my desk has been a mess with books, stacks of papers that I spent more time looking through than doing anything with, spilled link (literally), blackout poems, and more coffee cups than I could count.

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Spring Reading List

Spring has sprung and it is about that time to get crackin’ on some pre-summer reads!

I feel lucky because Spring time means that I am almost done with my semester and I am right on the cusp of being able to read whatever, whenever – and oh what a joy that is! I still plan on reading tons of poetry, but for the sake of my Spring Reading List, I wanted to fill it with tons of goodies.

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OC Weekly’s Fresh Toast

Brunched my way, girl. Let me TELL you!

I recently attended OC Weekly’s Fresh Toast which brings together a bunch of the top vendors in Orange County for a big giant brunch festival. Literally, what could be better than bubbly, and brunch bites?

I am going to break this down into a few sections: venue, food & drinks, and atmosphere & aesthetic.

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Holy Grails: Skin Care

Skin care products has always been some of my favorite things to buy, to research, to test. However, now that I am a bride-to-be, it is more important than ever to lock in those holy grail products so I can be lookin’ glowy and fresh on my wedding day!

I had pretty okay skin (as okay as you can as a teenager) throughout high school, but it wasn’t until I started college that my skin started to get funky and demanded my attention. Ever since, I have been pretty obsessed with finding products that make my skin happy and fully locking in my skin care routine.

Skin care and routines can be really fun, but it can also be really difficult and sometimes stressful to find that right combination. We all have different needs for our skin, all live in different climates, all have different dailies that ultimately drive what we need out of a skin care routine. So – if you’ve been feelin’ down because trying to get the perfect skin care line up has felt impossible, don’t worry, you are not alone. We all struggle with it but I am here to hopefully add some really great products to your shelves.

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Chicago Travel Diary

Chicago recently stole my heart.

I was there for a quick trip to celebrate my brother graduating from Naval boot camp. He graduated! (and a side note: we were all so emotional and proud of him). We were all so excited to see him, and so proud of such a huge accomplishment. Even though we were only able to see him for a day (he left for school and more training early Saturday morning) it was still so lovely to be able to share our first deep dish pizza experience together & lemme tell you it was DELISH.

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wedding planning | pt.1

I haven’t done an actual wedding update yet!

Luckily, I was able to share our proposal story, and our how we met story, but I haven’t actually talked about planning (THE BEST PART – besides the whole getting married to your best friend part)  and how I am staying on top of timelines, and all the wonderful things that come with wedding planning!  I am so excited about this!!

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res·o·lu·tion(s)

 

UGH the dreaded new year, new me post. BUT I promise you it is going to be less of a resolution list (because what are those even?) and more of a mind dump list.

So, what even is a resolution and why do most people talk about their resolutions, set them, write them down, memorize them, blah, blah, blah? I can tell you that resolutions are bullshit. COMPLETE bullshit. I sound so cynical (duh, I am a writer) talking about this, but hear me out for a second.

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Winter 2017 | Reading List

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Winter is here! I think Winter and Spring are the two most underrated times of the year. People obsess over Summer and Fall, but there is something so lovely about the juxtaposition and refreshing restart to Winter and Spring!

Since Winter just happened (last week!!!) I wanted to share my stack of books that’s fillin up my shelf!

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Grad School Diaries No. 1

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I have been slightly mia, buuuuuuut

I FINISHED MY FIRST SEMESTER OF GRAD SCHOOL!

What a semester. So full of everything I needed, and wanted out of a master’s program. I met so many amazing, wonderful and talented people who filled my literary circle and community. It was amazing to be able to be in a program that gave their first year students so many wonderful opportunities.

It was the first time I really felt right about career choice so far, and I am really excited to see what my future has in store.

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The Magazine Issue

I feel like people always forget that magazines are not just all about celeb gossip and who wore it best. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some trash gossip every now and again. But what I like and what I wanted to do is celebrate the fact that culture, and art, and writing, and fashion can extend outside the celeb gossip magazines and into amazing magazines that are true pieces of art.

I wanted to share six magazines that I really like, especially the current issue. I tried to include a few scholarly lit journals in there too because, well… I love that sort of stuff and the writing is truly top notch.

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