boyfriend

things to do while you’re waiting for a text back

I don’t know if they’re abandonment or attention issues, but something is definitely wrong with me. My thoughts always shoot to the worst-case scenario, and this has negatively affected many past relationshipsIf he’s not texting me back, he’s probably on a date with someone else. Maybe he’s ghosting me. Why’s there a weird emoji next to his name on Snapchat? Did he unfollow me on Instagram?

Aaaaaand that’s just a little taste of how psycho I am. Here’s what I do to come back to normal.

1. Write a blog post.

2. Do some squats.

3. Browse through Tumblr.

4. Call my mom.

5. Go grocery shopping.

6. Knock out some freelance work.

7. Slap on a face mask.

8. Play Words with Friends.

9. Make a cup of coffee.

10. Go on Pinterest and look at wedding photos.

11. Eat a spoonful of Phish Food.

12. Read your entire text history and wonder where you went wrong.

 

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links i loved this month

Has February been flying by or what?? I know it’s the shortest month of the year, but it felt ESPECIALLY brief this year. I think the worst part of getting older has been realizing how quickly time goes by…I guess my parents were right about that!

Anyway, if you’re having a slow Monday at work, here’s some entertainment from around the internet.

This Man Repeller piece I literally LOL’ed at.

Videos of Adam Rippon skating. I want so badly to be his friend.

Refinery29’s tour of this lofted Bushwick AirBnb.

Anine Bing’s advice on designing your dream job.

A beautiful article about my favorite artist, James Turrell.

Julie O’Rourke’s photo tour of a Portugal summer.

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my reading bucket list

When I was growing up, I read books like they were going out of style. I used to get overwhelmed by how many books there were at the library, taking out a dozen at a time and begging my mom to let me stay up an hour (or three) after my bedtime to I could keep consuming literature.

Then in high school, I stopped reading for fun. I had so much reading to do for school that I didn’t have time to read for pleasure…and reading became a dreaded assignment instead of a hobby. Recently, I’ve been pushing myself to pick up a book every once in a while, and I’ve begun to remember why I enjoyed reading so much. One of my favorite sites, Man Repeller, has put out a lot of great book round-ups, so kudos to them for the literary inspo.

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24 years later

Another year older, another year (I feel a little) wiser. Birthdays are bittersweet for me, but when I think about where I am on today, this year, versus where I was on this day last year (job-hunting, dating two jerks, unhappy), I feel so, so, so, so, so grateful.

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I made a lot of hard decisions at the end of my 23rd year…I chose to take a break from New York, to leap for a job outside of my comfort zone, to re-evaluate my priorities in life, and to really set goals for myself. I’m really happy with these decisions so far, and I’m so goddamn excited for my 24th year.

My birthday always makes me think about the future. Will I feel different next year, when I turn 25? What about 28? Or 30? Will I be married? Have kids? A mortgage? Stop coloring my hair?  It’s a mystery, but there is definitely some stuff I want to accomplish in the next few years. So, true to form, I’ve made a list. And I’ve given myself a pretty big window. Anything I should add?

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24 things i want for my 24th birthday

I shared my general holiday/birthday wish list with you guys around Christmastime, but here is an updated version featuring TWENTYFOUR things (material and hypothetic) in honor of my 24th birthday on January 31.

1. Better sleep quality.

2. REALLY REALLY REALLY good Neapolitan-style pizza.

3. These Brother Vellies boots.

4. A massage.

5. La Mer face cream.

6. This way-too-trendy Chloe bag that I can’t stop thinking about.

7. To stay at The Plaza Hotel for one night.

8. Tickets to Hamilton.

9. Doughnuts from Kane’s.

10. To see James Turrell’s Roden Crater.

11. Those shiny number balloons that every basic bitch takes a pic with on her birthday.

12. Love Style Life by Garance Doré.

13. Rose gold Birkenstocks.

14. Flowers.

15. Lunch with Mindy Kaling.

16. A custom necklace from Smith + Mara.

17. A Kale Caesar salad from sweetgreen.

18. Warm weather.

19. A bath in a clawfoot tub.

20. Chocolate cake. (I’m going to make this one.)

21. A jacket exactly like this but with my last name on it.

22. I Hope You Find Me: The Love Poems of craigslist’s Missed Connections by Alan Feuer.

23. A Moroccan wedding blanket. (I regret not buying one of these when I was in Marrakech every. damn. day.)

24. A weighted blanket, which was marketed to me once as “Advil PM for your whole body” and now I’m going to die if I don’t get one.

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places

my no-fail packing list

One of my resolutions for 2018 was to travel more, so I’m super excited to already have two trips planned. Both are long weekend adventures, so I’ll be squeezing everything into my carry-on suitcase. In addition to the basics like passports and tickets, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks for making traveling as comfortable as possible.

Since you can’t bring liquids through airport security, I definitely suggest bringing an empty water bottle with you. Fill it up in the bathroom before you board, and keep track of it during the whole trip – paying for water is my biggest pet peeve, and unless you’re going somewhere where the tap water is undrinkable, keeping that bottle in your purse will save you lots of $$$.

Sunglasses are the #1 thing I ALWAYS forget, so those are usually the first thing on my packing list. Painkillers, like Advil, are another thing that is super annoying to spend money on when you’re supposed to be on vacation. Bring a small bottle with you along with your prescription meds.

What are some things that are always on your packing lists? Comment below!

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P.S. Pin this handy graphic to your travel-inspired Pinterest board for quick reference!

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my wish list this year

Last month, I wrote about why gift-giving is so important to me. I enjoy exchanging gifts with my family and friends, and every year I send my parents a list of gift ideas (I promise, they appreciate the suggestions) to be used for Christmas or my birthday- which is in January! So, I thought I’d share a few of the things I asked for this year in case you need an incredibly last minute idea for the lucky lady in your life.

a new calendar.

I ask for a new calendar from Rifle Paper Co. almost every year. It’s one of the first things I see when I wake up in the morning, and the charming illustrations and quaint text always bring a smile to my face. I especially love the travel ones.

pajamas.

In line with my ongoing quest for improved sleep quality, I requested a pretty pajama set for Christmas this year. I picked out a pair at Marshalls that I liked, but the offerings from Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, and Hill House Home (below) are particularly cute.

shoes.

I ask for shoes every year, and never get any…probably because on a scale of 1-10, I have a Carrie Bradshaw amount of shoes in my closet. Anyway, I’ve been lusting after pairs from Mansur Gavriel, Dear Frances, and Brother Vellies (below).

 

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