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December 10, 2017

easy like (SNOW!)

It snowed here yesterday! ALL DAY! We got maybe 2.5 inches max of snow, but it’s 2.5 inches more than last year! I don’t pretend to believe that D.C. will ever fulfill my super snowy winter dreams, but it’s nice to be surprised every once in a while, right? I got to see lots of friends this weekend, and had lots of fun seasonal holiday times.

I woke up with what seems to be a seasonal cold this morning, so I’m doing my best to get better in one day so I can work my last full week before X-mas vacation! We’ll see – if I’ve learned anything from the health issues this fall, it’s listening to your body, and self-compassion. I exercise, I eat right – sometimes I can’t control when I get sick.

Here’s what I was reading this week:

This account of the first woman to swim the English Channel is super badass

Love these fresh interior design trends for 2018

Cool read from FiveThirtyEight: what the last winter olympics would have looked like without Russia (as this year’s will be).

Super interested in LUSH’s solid shampoo bars and solid conditioners – if I try them out, I’ll let you know what I think!

I’m…kind of…shook at how great Abercrombie suddenly is?

Okay, short list because I’m gonna kick this thing, I know it.

Have a great week!


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December 5, 2017

easy like (december)

How are you this weekend? I’m a little jumbled, I’ll admit. December really snuck up on me. I’m scrambling to get christmas gifts ordered in time, and I’m also eyeing up some Ikea mattresses (a co-worker waxed poetic about hers and now I’m completely sold). Do any of you have a mattress you totally love? Tell me about it!

Other than that, I love the holiday season. I’ve got all my decorations up (Target for the win), and I’m anxiously awaiting my first snowfall (probably when I spend X-mas in Chicago, tbh). Here’s what I’m reading this week:
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November 27, 2017

easy like (x-mas music!!)

YES it’s finally allowed. I don’t let myself play christmas music until RIGHT after Thanksgiving. Did you have a great holiday? Mine was perfectly calm, and that’s the way I needed it. Now I’m back in D.C., stressin’ about work before the holidays, and how I’m going to see all the people I want to see and do all the things I want to do before leaving for Chicago again.

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November 19, 2017

easy like (t-giving)

Can anyone else really, sincerely not believe that Thanksgiving is in a few days? Isn’t this crazy? At times, I feel like 2017 just started – like I was squashing cockroaches in my Foggy Bottom apartment and hoping hoping hoping that DC would start to feel like a home only a few short months ago (in reality, this was in January).

This week, naturally, was a wee bit crazy. But I still have gift guides! One went up yesterday, and the next will go up tomorrow – then two the week after Thanksgiving! They’re what I like to call “ethical” gift guides about companies and brands that put people and the planet first.

Anyway, it’s cold-ish in D.C. this weekend, and I had a weekend full of work stress, Scrabble, and people who make it seem like it’ll all be okay. I made sushi with friends in the middle of the work-week, and it was so good.

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November 13, 2017

easy like (cold!)

Y’all, it is cold in D.C.! The mercury hit 30 degrees this weekend and I went into major cozy mode, especially after the week I had. After a slew of 14-hr days (read: all week…?), I took some time on Friday to hang out with a cute boy over a bowl of pho. Get to this pho place ASAP, because the Washington Post called it the best bowl of noodles in Washington, and it’s just steps from my apartment. Please don’t expect special treatment – yes, you will need to stand and wait for a table to open, no, there is no list. Order quickly, and come with a small group or alone. It’s that good, and so worth it.

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November 6, 2017

easy like (november)

Welcome to November, friends! This weekend was nice and cozy and rainy – I came down with a runny nose and sore throat on Friday but with lots of honey-tea and rest and sleep, I think I kicked out whatever baby cold was settling in for the season. I also worked out this weekend, and that seemed to help as well. Who knew the cure for a runny nose was some squats?

This coming week is going to be a bit of a doozy for me – I hope yours is a little bit calmer.

Here’s what I’m reading this month:

Loved this piece from Harling at Man Repeller about your selfies not really matching how you feel on the inside – and how that’s perfectly okay.

What we already knew: the Earth is hotter, and it’s our fault.

This piece about female cooking memoirs, and what they mean, how important they are.

Conde Nast is shutting down the print edition of Teen Vogue, so naturally, myself and all my friends who used the mag to inspire us into creative careers, are in mourning. The magazine has breathed new, fierce, deeply aware life into the teen magazine scene, asking “Why can’t teenagers by activists/innovators too?” (Additionally, if you’re not following their EIC, Elaine Welteroth, on Instagram, you are missing out.)

I still deal with anxiety, and maybe one day I’ll write a blog post about coping with it, but for now, this: 3 Actions to Take When You Feel Anxiety Coming On.

Roxane Gay wrote 13 rules for female friendships and I am *praise hands* here for them. 

I loved this: “Are you eating Instagram for breakfast?

Very curious about this coworking space in D.C.!

Omfg there’s a new matcha place WHO WANTS TO GO?

Okay, stay warm pals – it’ll get chilly this week on the East Coast.


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October 30, 2017

easy like (halloweekend)

Good evening! Today was lazy and rainy and wonderful, so I left this post until later, when I was catching up on my work emails and figuring out if I could afford to procrastinate a little bit longer.

This weekend began with a spooky shabbat hosted by my boyfriend and his friend – vegan (except for the candy corn I brought – oops!), fall-oriented, and really, really fun. Last night we headed to a Halloween/birthday party combo for a friend who I’m praying will stay in D.C. longer than December. I woke up this morning and was desperate for the weekend not to end – but there will be more great, cozy weekends in the future.

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October 23, 2017

easy like (exploring)

Good evening friends

I spent today doing a lot of stuff I like with people I like, and also found time to clean my apartment and go grocery shopping and check my budget. I like weekends like these, where you kind-of-sort-of have plans, but mostly lay around and cuddle.

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October 15, 2017

easy like (humidity)

Happy slow, humid morning, pals. D.C. has enjoyed a few too many days of near-100% humidity, which has been distinctly unfall-like. This weekend was full of friends who came in from out of town and a little bit of work and some birthdays. Yes, I’m still looking for a winter coat, but with weather like this, I may not need one. I also need to get better about texting back. It really helps to own up to your imperfections (that is by far one of the smaller ones).

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October 8, 2017

easy like (rain)

Good morning, good morning! It is very rainy here in the nation’s capitol, and we’re squeezing up every ounce of fall-ness the weekend has to offer. Last night I got to see a college friend who was back in town for one night only, and the night before that I watched the USA Men’s National Soccer Team beat Panama; if you’re keeping score at home, yes, I do think the Women’s National Team is way more badass than the men’s team – these are the facts, people.

I got a surprise day off on Monday, so I’m going to relish it for all it’s worth. Maybe I’ll bake some cookies, maybe I’ll bake some bread – speaking of bread, I’ve also created my very own little sourdough starter. I’ll let you know in a week if I can make it work!

Here’s what I’m reading this weekend:

What if platforms like Facebook are too big to regulate?

From your cheerful neighborhood girl (me): A first-person account of the recent Yosemite rockfall.

What’s up with the essential oil fad? Is it just a fad? I’m so perplexed by it, guys.

Sorry for all the seriousness today, but: 52 environmental rules on the way out under Trump.

I’m saving for a Casper mattress, which I’ve heard great things about.

Really psyched to dig into this new Netflix doc Ice Guardians about hockey “enforcers” – players who start the fights on the ice, often as a result of an obscure “code,” as a girl raised on hockey, this will be really interesting to parse out.

Yo, if nobody invites me to their cookbook club, I may just start my own.

Here’s a guide to exactly where the leaves are going to change (I don’t usually believe in guides like this – I can just feel it in my veins).

Really loving the winding career of The Cut’s Stella Bugbee.

My acne has only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older (read more about it here) but this post made me feel much less alone.

Man Repeller as always droppin’ some serious knowledge: When Did Work Stress Become Sexy? 

I’m off to enjoy this rainy Sunday and hopefully the rainy Monday to follow. It’ll be a hectic week, and I’m not too sure about my 5-year plan this weekend, but I believe if you set goals, you’ll figure out a way to achieve them – at least, that’s what I keep telling myself.