Another Year Older, Another Year Bolder (Hopefully)


Forever 21 Gray Longline Wool Coat (similar), H&M Black Turtleneck Long-Sleeve (similar), White Drop-Waist Ruffle Dress c/o LuLu*s (similar), H&M Black Thigh-High Socks (similar), Black Lace-Up Combat Boots c/o LuLu*s (similar), Assorted Gold Thin Rings (similar)

I'm such a sucker for birthdays. I don't know why, but they're the absolute best. There's just something about making such a fuss about someone until they can't handle it and want to hide in a hole. But then even when they're hiding in that hole they love it because all the embarrassment is worth knowing that people out there are lovin' you extra hard. That's how I feel right now.

Today I am finally 25. I don't know why I use the word finally, but it seems like there's just so much surrounding this number that makes it such a statement age. All my friends have been telling me that everything changes when you're 25. Everything is different, from the way people treat you, to the way you see yourself, to the way you view the world. But hey, age is just a number, isn't it? (I sound like such a cougar.) So, I'm going to go into this next year with a clean head and an open mind and just see what happens. No goals, no resolutions, no expectations. I'm all yours, 25.


The Wild Duck Chase


Forever 21 Gray Longline Wool Coat (similar), Gap Gray Knit Sweater (similar), Black Tanya Jeans c/o Level 99 Denim (similar)H&M Pink Blanket Scarf (similar), Burgundy Mittens (similar)

Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I haven't even begun to fill my belly with disgusting amounts of food or drink a few too many glasses of wine to keep myself sane. Since my family is on the west coast this year, I'm spending the long weekend with Jeremy's families. It's been a little lonely not being able to hop on a train to make a quick visit to my parents, so it's nice having a second family in the meantime until I can hop on a plane. 

At Jeremy's mom's Thanksgiving, we usually all agree on letting another turkey roam free and opting for some ducks instead. This isn't because we're nice pro-turkey people, don't get the wrong idea (I heard this one podcast about this crazy-ass attacking turkey named Tom); it's only because we prefer nomming on ducks. But let me tell you, it's been a wild duck chase all weekend long trying to get it from a local farmer. We've been driving all over North Jersey trying to get our hands on these ducks, from the farmer's wife's house to farmer's markets that they sell at. Somehow the ducks his mom reserved just keep ending up at the opposite location we travel to. But today...today is the day we get the ducks. My determination outweighs their ability to hide from our grubby, hungry hands. 

Hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving is currently recovering from too much family love and too many hearty meals! 


Taking on the Streets of Somerville


Forever 21 Gray Longline Wool Coat (similar), Joe Fresh Striped Long Sleeve Tee (similar), Gypsy Warrior Denim Vest (similar), H&M Gray Knit Skirt (similar, similar), Anne Klein Black Tights, Black Combat Boots c/o LuLu*s (similar)

I'm still pretty damn pooped from a weekend of wandering the streets of Somerville, a town right along the outskirts of Boston. Our friend Steve just moved into his own apartment up there so we spent the past weekend exploring his new neighborhood and also indulging ourselves with at least four meals a day and scummy college habits. I definitely could have had a couple less beers and a few more hours of sleep. I don't know how we kept rebounding from days like this back in college, but I'm not going to slow down anytime soon until, one day, my body yells out, "I've had enough!" And hopefully that won't be for years to come. Like, decades.

Here's to being hopeful and resisting the inevitable struggles of aging!


Cerulean Shadows in Astoria


Forever 21 Gray Longline Wool-blend Coat (similar, similar), Gypsy Warrior Dream Girl Mini Dress (similar, similar), Volcom Olive Green Hat c/o LuLu*s (similar), H&M Thigh High Black Socks (similar), Aldo Black Suede Wedge Oxfords (similar), Miscellaneous Thin Gold Rings (similar), Triangle Ring and Heartbeat Ring c/o Happiness Boutique

One of my friends just recently moved into a new apartment in Boston, so a bunch of us are making the drive up north for some belated celebrations with him. These celebrations will mostly involved eating more than we should and drinking enough to balance out the food. The last time we were all together in Boston, about half a year ago, we collectively splurged on the Sam Adams Barrel Room collection. By the end of this weekend, every drop of those bottles will happily have made a home in our bellies. Yesssssss. 

And just in time for the bitter cold that is Boston, I've recently snatched up this beauty of a coat. It was exactly what I was looking for on a budget so I couldn't be happier. On the other hand, Jeremy refuses to call it a coat due to the lack of buttons. Fuck practicality though, you know? Let the wind seep in, I say! 


Getting Hungry Tonight + Cute Dogs


Navy Boyfriend Coat c/o StyleMoi (similar), H&M White Striped Tee (similar), H&M Oatmeal Sweater (similar), Black Tanya Jeans c/o Level 99 Denim (similar), Olive Ankle Boots c/o LuLu*s (similar), Beyond the Stars Ring c/o Kitsch (similar)

Tonight is the night. HUNGER GAMES. I have to admit, I used to be insanely reluctant to jump on the Hunger Games boat, mainly because everyone was raving about it and I didn't want to join the bandwagon. Then two of my best friends went to go see the first movie without me and insisted that I wasn't allowed to come since I hadn't read the book first. That's when I furiously rolled up my sleeves, grabbed a book, and fell in love with it. And now, look at the monster that I've become. I'm seeing the final movie on the day it comes out.

Well, technically, it's the day before it comes out. Instead of premiering at midnight, some movie theaters have started showing it as early as 7 PM the day before, to give themselves even more opportunity to earn that cash money. It does take away the excitement from seeing a movie at midnight for the first time; then again, I'm not complaining and you will find me eagerly sitting in my seat with a massive amount of greasy, buttery popcorn.

Also, I spotted a cute dog strutting past me and this is how I react to cute dogs:


Parks, Recreation, and Gossip


Joe Fresh Vegan Leather Jacket (similar), Madewell Mustard V-Neck Tee (similar), Love Culture Striped Pencil Skirt (similar), H&M Black Thigh-High Socks (similar), Love Culture Ankle Strap Black Suede Wedges (similar), Urban Outfitters Black Suede Crossbody (similar)

Getting up this morning was a little bit harder than usual and all I can think about is how nice it would be to make a little home for myself on my couch and watch Netflix. Lately, I've been re-watching Parks & Recreation and I'm finding myself addicted all over again. I'm one of those people who watched up until the fifth season and then never got back to watching it after they took a short hiatus. So now, I'm starting from the beginning until I finish the entire series; it helps that Jeremy has never seen it and is now just as obsessed with it as I am.

And in more shameful Netflix news, I have officially started watching Gossip Girl. That show was on my list of things I would never watch in my entire life and I stuck by that for the past eight years of my life. Until now. It's hard to find shows that I can watch on my own time since all of the shows I want to watch are usually also on Jeremy's list, so we watch them together. So as I was scrolling through some options on Netflix, curiosity got the best of me. What made it all the rage back in the day? I needed to know...and now I regret it because I'm hooked in the worst possible way.

It's full of all the things I hate but I can't look away. And I'm ashamed but I'm not and I just sit there simultaneously uncomfortably watching it and thinking about my poor life choices. What have I done?


Throwing It All the Way Back


Forever 21 Denim Jacket (similar), Urban Outfitters Oatmeal Cropped Sweater (similar), Floral Maxi Skirt via My Mom (similar), What Time? Watch c/o Rakani (similar), Urban Outfitters Suede Fringe Crossbody (similar, similar), Pale Pink Heels c/o LuLu*s (similar)

This past Summer, my entire family packed up their bags and moved out of my home in New Jersey where I spent over a good decade of my life growing up and being an angst-filled kid. Now that they're all the way on the west coast, it's not as easy as a two-hour train ride to see them. To keep them close despite the distance, I made a point to take as many little things from the house before they made the big move, one of the things being this skirt. It's from my mom's collection of things she hasn't worn in years and it was too beautiful to just let it go to waste. 

The skirt actually reminds me of Lauren Conrad's latest collection which features a similar skirt. My mom was stylin' and apparently way ahead of the game. You go, Mama Hsieh! 


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