Friday Fancies


You may have seen these Kailijumei lipsticks on Buzzfeed, but they really are as cute as they look in photos. The actual color changes with body temperature and generally looks like a lightly tinted lip gloss. The texture is not sticky at all. Obviously, I mainly got this for the tiny flower and specks of gold.
fullsizerender-4I usually don’t go for trendy pieces, but as I’m still on the fence about the Lisi Lerch tassel earrings, I decided to compromise and try BaubleBar’s Piñata Tassel Drops. They’ve been a hit so far! I’ve received a lot of compliments, and they automatically make any outfit seem fresh and fun.


I’ve gotten a new agenda book every year, since I was in the fifth grade, and this 17-month planner is hands down my favorite. It’s the perfect size, since there is less of a border than with most “designer” agendas, which cuts down on the bulk and makes it more convenient to carry around. And the adorable graphics just make my day! This is the first time I’ve had an agenda that isn’t lined, which I’d originally thought would seem less organized, but I’m actually appreciating the freedom. For more agendas, check out Sally’s post featuring some of my other season favorites.


Anyone who knows me well knows that I’ve been wanting a cape for roughly ten years. So when I came across this Ellen Tracy cape during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I finally decided to make my dream come true. I love that this particular cape can be dressed up or down more easily than most, and the pop of baby blue in the lining and hood is a unique touch. DC’s mild autumn weather lasts longer than most cities, so I can see myself wearing this a lot this year. If only this current summer weather would end soon…


Have you checked out Book Marks? It’s a “book review aggregator,” which is essentially Rotten Tomatoes for books. Perusing the reviews on books I’ve read, they generally match my own ratings, which is pleasantly surprising. This is truly the best thing since Goodreads.

New York To-Do Listicle 2

Leaving later this morning to spend Labor Day weekend in New York City with my family. Haven’t been to NYC in almost four months, the longest it’s been since I moved back to DC last winter. Obviously couldn’t sleep until I’d made a list of things to do:

  1. Order a Black Tap milkshake. If you haven’t seen these on social media yet, you must not be on any social media. Beth just moved next to the SoHo location, which means she’s also near Dominique Ansel Bakery
  2. Visit the Statue of Liberty. I’ve been to New York at least a dozen times now, but have yet to see this iconic symbol of the American dream. We’re planning on taking a ferry and possibly climbing up to the crown. When I was in the fourth grade, I read the entire Dear America series, including the diary of Zipporah, a Russian Jewish immigrant who found hope in viewing Lady Liberty from her ship… Before her family was subjected to humiliating physical exams on Ellis Island and, later, her friend burned to death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. (The epistolary form truly can convince kids to read anything.) I’ve wanted to see the Statue ever since.
  3. See the Roof Garden Commission at the Met. Of all the items on my previous NYC to-do list that I didn’t get to accomplish, this is the most important, in my mind.
  4. Participate in Sleep No More. This immersive theater experience features scenes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which take place over four floors of a Manhattan warehouse transformed into a 1920’s hotel. Audience members wear masks and can “choose their own adventure,” exploring the different rooms and possibly even interacting with the characters. Every detail of the 1920’s-themed sets is immaculately designed. I’m especially looking forward to finding the room that is supposedly dressed up as a candy shop–complete with actual candy! Also, I had to stop at the library today to brush up on Macbeth, since I haven’t come across the play since high school!
  5. Visit the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. This new WTC subway station looks like an architectural wonder in photos. There’s a good chance we’ll also visit One World Observatory, since my parents really enjoy seeing cities from obscene heights.
  6. Order bubble tea at Meet U. This new bubble tea place in Chinatown has those Insta-worthy cups shaped like light bulbs, as well as knotted bendy straws. Presentation is everything.
  7. Shop. With my family, not to mention Labor Day sales, I imagine we’ll do a fair amount of shopping. Fairly certain I won’t need anything to wear this fall other than this cape, but half of the shopping in New York is for the experience. I at least want to stop in the Club Monaco on 5th, which has a Strand bookstore attached.
  8. Attend The Upright Citizens Brigade‘s ASSSSCAT 3000. I’ve seen shows by this improv troupe (featuring tons of famous comedians, including Amy Poehler) on tour twice and would love to see the full cast on their home turf. The show is free on Sunday nights (and really cheap every other night)!
  9. Find tickets for the Museum of Ice Cream. This pop-up museum dedicated to what I love most in life sold out immediately and ends next weekend. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. (Currently combing through Craigslist for reasonably priced tickets.)
  10. Win the Hamilton lottery. “I am not throwing away my shot.”

View of Manhattan skyline from Smorgasburg in Brooklyn

New York To-Do Listicle

NYC this weekend! Some of my best friends will also be visiting, so we could do absolutely nothing and still have the best time, but just in case…

  1. Order a cotton candy bubble tea float at ViVi Bubble Tea. This is at the top of my list because I’d really wanted to go last month, but the LES location was a bit inconvenient. Also wouldn’t mind going for round two of rolled ice cream.
  2. Get drinks at Please Don’t Tell. To find this hidden speakeasy, patrons enter via a vintage phone booth inside a hot dog place. Their cocktails have been voted the best in the world, but I mostly want to go because the idea of covertly stepping into a different world reminds me of so many of my favorite books. And I still haven’t been to a speakeasy, unless you count the Safe House.
  3. See the Roof Garden Commission at the Met. This summer’s exhibit is a loose replica of the house in Hitchcock’s Psycho! There’s a bar on the roof, as well.
  4. Choose a Broadway show for Sally. She’s only seen one musical before (The Lion King) and wasn’t too impressed. But she’s finally willing to give it another try, and I’m making it my personal mission to make sure she doesn’t regret it. Currently wanting to see: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The CrucibleBlackbird, Do I Hear a Waltz?and A Streetcar Named Desire (obvi).
  5. Win the Hamilton lottery. By now you’ve probably heard how much the record-breaking tickets are going for. Never mind the fact that there are apparently over 10,000 lottery entrants per show…
  6. Go to Smorgasburg (and Brooklyn in general) for the raindrop cake. It’s so wild! If the line is too absurdly long, the ramen burger would be my second choice.
  7. Do a moderate amount of shopping, mainly for Lollapalooza festival wear. Also on the hunt for an appropriate shirt for my first Pizza Club meeting next week.
  8. Stop by CW Pencil Enterprise. Initially, I felt that a store devoted to pencils sounded annoyingly hipster and pretentious. But on second thought, for avid readers and writers… Why not?
  9. For one last food goal, drop by Dominique Ansel Bakery–not for another Cronut, but for the burrata soft serve and all the other amazing pastries they have.
  10. A major EDM festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, will also be happening this weekend. Just putting that out there…


May 2016 Playlist

It was suggested to me that I change up the theme of these playlists. So instead of choosing tracks based on the month or season, I’ll post whatever’s been on repeat of late. Essentially, no theme! Just a random collection of songs, old and new, and all gems. Listen below or on my Spotify page. For more hip tunes, check out this previous May playlist.

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