OOTD: Summer 2017 {Part 3}

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Today marks week three of summer vacation. The weather has jumped from 60º to 90º in the quickest of time, which called for a major closet clean-out. Actually, after coming home from school and Norway, a lot awaited me in terms of cleaning. During winter break I had this grand vision for my bedroom. My parents were remodeling parts of our second level, so they figured they'd do some paint work in my room while they were at it. "Some paint work" might be an understatement for the total redecoration and remodeling that actually occurred.

I like too many things, so it was hard to pick one style to follow as a decor guide. I love French-provincial, mid-century modern, art-deco and also modern preppy (is that a thing?). It's too hard to choose! I'm not going to provide pictures of my room, because this is not a décor blog and that also seems slightly invasive, but I went with an eclectic fusion of Scandinavian hytte, french provincial and vintage bits. Those three elements don't even really encompass the complete hodgepodge of things in here, but needless to say, it's very Minnesotan/Norwegian and it's very me.

Since all of this was happening while I was gone, my parents threw my clothes all over the house. I swapped out my winter and summer clothes (which has left a wonderful amount of space in my closet) and I did massive purging. So refreshing! So now I have all my summer clothes splayed in front of me, but I'm noticing that I really only have black, navy, and cream-colored clothes. I'm working on it. I just bought, however, a practically-fluorescent pink shift dress from Victoria Beckham's Target collection yesterday, so we're making improvements! It was also like, $10. I don't know what happened with her collection but Target is flushing the pieces out at over 70% off retail so I would head over ASAP if you're into it. I tried on a few things and I noticed that A) sizes run large, and B) the body-type that I'm assuming she had in mind is slender and boxy. Therefore, I found that of the maybe six pieces I grabbed, only one was even remotely flattering on my petite and curvy frame.

This is all rather irrelevant information since I'm not attaching photos, but loosely related to this subject is the next OOTDs I'm attaching. Up north by my cabin I found this adorable navy and white striped dress by Alythea, which I'm thinking is perhaps a tunic. I'm very short, and this dress is even too short on me. Like, don't ask me to grab something off the shelf short. I'll let you decide.

My mom actually noticed it first. The sleeves are so adorable. I typically hate the "cold-shoulder" look but this dress did it so tastefully, and I'm a sucker for navy stripes!

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I've been dying to wear these shoes. I would say that gladiator shoes have been in for maybe 6-7 years now, as the "it" summer shoe, but for a few of those years they weren't for me. Very overdone, impractical... but I'm starting to warm up to them again and this pair from ASOS won my heart. All leather with suede tassels! Really great quality and ASOS is such a powerhouse when it comes to affordable shoes.

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Next OOTD which really isn't a comprehensive overview is this Rebecca Taylor top that I got consignment. I'm still trying to figure out how to wear it but I'm obsessed with it. Don't know that I've mastered the look yet but pupperoni is too cute not to share :)

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Here are some other pics of food and vintage shopping that I've been filling my days with... (aside from working and interning a whole bunch)

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Pictured above: Moods of Norway top, Isles, Bun and Coffee scone + iced coffee and Caramel Sticky Bun

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^ Arlee Park, the new store near Nokomis which is stunningly adorable

Below: Food from Pizzeria Lola on Xerxes, Zoodle Pad Thai from the Sassy Spoon (off of Minnehaha Parkway) and the Nisswa Turtle Waffle from The Iron Waffle in Lakeshore, MN IMG_0215

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That's all for now. I'll keep updating you on my Foodie-crawls and outfits!

Feel free to leave a comment! (pls)

T

OOTD: Summer 2017 {Part 2} + MPLS FOOD

Hi again, Another post, and so soon! Incredible! Upon my return from Oslo, I was eager to dive back into the Minneapolis food scene. It's one of the best I've encountered, if you're willing to dig.

So our first stop, as is tradition, was Yum! Kitchen and Bakery. My family has been going there consistently for years. YEARS. It's a tried-and-true joint (of two locations) that caters to the masses, nearly perfecting every recipe. I didn't take any pictures, because I always do, but I got their Pad Thai and of course, their Paddy Cake. You have not lived if you have not tried their Paddy Cake. It's probably the most moist chocolate cake you will ever encounter. It keeps well, too. I'm considering applying for a job just so I can get my hands on that recipe. Like a real-life Plankton, this is my Krabby Patty secret formula. To put it in perspective: My brother does not really eat or like chocolate (he sounds like a psychopath, I know). But he, like everyone else, LOVES Paddy Cake. Why? I couldn't even tell you.

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Second stop was The Copper Hen. A very rustic, Minnesota-chic cafe-turned-restaurant on Eat Street. In addition to being very aesthetically pleasing, the restaurant offers a curated menu of adapted American and Western-Euro dishes: You have hipster American burgers, pizza, fish & chips... etc. Don't let that scare you off though. For the bougie, granola foodie maven like myself, these dishes taste as exciting as they look.

Warning, however, their food is surprisingly salty. We all shared the same thoughts on each of our dishes. I don't think that's a bad thing though ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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The final stop on this weekend's food fest was The NightHawk on Nicollet for Brunch. This is a diner, but for some reason my family decided to dress up. This is actually where the OOTD came from. You'll see below. I was so overdressed it's not even funny. I was even slipping on the hardwood floors because these new heeled mules have zero traction. But I digress. We sat at the bar and got to watch the incredible chefs making the food: Grilled AND baked French Toast, Lemon/Blueberry pancakes, Chorizo/Corn pancakes, cloud biscuits and gravy... It's like the jacked diner of your dreams. I will be back very soon.

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Oh, I also got a puppy. Tiny detail I forgot to mention....

Here's the OOTD! Everything I'm wearing is new, so I just had to put them all together. I bought the pants at Monki in Oslo. Monki, Weekday, Mango and Zara are my fave stops in Oslo and beyond. I believe the former two are originally Scandinavian. These four are GOLD MINES for the trendiest and cheapest clothing. At stores like Zara I typically head to the sale section first, but the first three are so affordable I can get the most up-to-date clothes without the guilt.

My mother bought me this shirt from WhoWhatWear's collection at Target, I believe. Good stuff. The Mules are from ASOS, the affordable and trendy shoe empire. Despite having zero traction on well-buffed hard floors, they're surprisingly comfortable and easy to walk in. Not to mention how adorable and versatile they are! I recommend these or any version of them if you're trying to slowly add color into your shoe game.

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I love the flared sleeves with the flared culotte-esque pants. They compliment each other well. Gingham, also, is the better cousin of florals in the spring staples family. So I try to pounce whenever I happen to see clever pieces clad in the pattern.

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Top: WhoWhatWear for Target

Pants: Monki

Shoes: ASOS

Bracelets: Cape Cod bracelets and anklet

 

That's all for now. Catch ya l8r

T

OOTD: Summer 2017 {Part 1} + Oslo

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(That's hi in Norwegian). As my Instagram will tell you, I was just in Norway. I realize I haven't posted on here in almost exactly a month. I had finals and it was, like usual, the worst. Fortunately they were all papers, but don't let that fool you into thinking I had a jolly time. It was actually my first time pulling an "all-nighter". But I digress.

IMG_6568I went to Oslo for their Constitution Day (Syttende Mai). You may or may not know this, but I am very Norwegian. I grew up in a Norwegian household, eating Norwegian food, folk dancing... etc. So to have the opportunity to go back to Oslo to experience their Fourth of July was so unbelievably special to me, not to mention getting to wear a festdrakt for the occasion. Add to that my magnetic urge to return to Norway after having studied there last summer. I kid you not, I thought about Norway every single day. This is all so strange to me, because never before have I felt such a strong connection to and such a strong love for a place. I've lived in Boston for almost two years, and while I am completely obsessed with it, I still do not feel as strongly connected to it as I do to Norway. I have been trying to figure out why.

IMG_6744Regardless, I will show you some photos, as well as my slightly-lame OOTD. In order to get the cheapest flight possible, I could only take a carry-on, and it had a weight limit. So packing was extremely difficult, considering I'm an extreme over-packer. I packed probably like 15 outfits for three days. Go figure.

While I was there, I shopped, met up with friends, went out, ate incredible food, and visited the Munch museum, which I hadn't done last summer. It was honestly a bit underwhelming. But that's a different story. My friend and I met two guys and one of them taught me a bunch of phrases in Norwegian, including how to order food and drinks, which I successfully used a few times. I live for this kinda stuff.

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I love this area, it's kind of behind Akershus fortress.

Sunnies: Westward Leaning

Jacket: Mod Ref

Top: Mango

Pants: Zara

Shoes: ASOS

Purse: Mango

A new post is following quickly behind this one, all about Minneapolis food, more updates, and another OOTD! Oh my! Stay tuned, and thanks for reading :)

T

 

 

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 22} + NEWPORT

IMG_0385 Another day loving life. I'm in this weird limbo/internal struggle where I don't want school to end, because I won't be back for quite some time, and school is also awesome. But then when school ends, I get to go to my favorite place ever, and then I get to go HOME! SO MANY GOOD THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO! But also good things are happening right now. It's too much to handle.

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Okay so I'll just throw some updates out:

  1. I determined that my Minnesota summer playlist is going to consist primarily of Keith Urban & ZBB, Brandon Flowers, and early 2000s U2. Have you heard of anything more perfect? No. The answer is no.
  2. I took a cold-turkey hiatus from my only social media left, Facebook and Instagram, this past week. Over time my Blog-stagram has grown to be more socialized, which I didn't really mean to do. I mean, I deleted my social Instagram 2.5 years ago for a reason. There were a ton of reasons why I took said hiatus this past week, but in the end my conclusions are thus: My life felt nearly unchanged... in the best way possible. No withdrawal symptoms, no constant phone checking. Just living my life, like they did in the old days I guess. Taking pictures, just for me. No one else. Nothing to prove, living for me and not the internet. Super refreshing, and now I'm considering doing it for good. I'll ruminate some more. But I was so roped in so I don't know why I felt so good about it? Hmmm
  3. I got the cutest red suede boots ever, for $40. FOURTY. For SUEDE. A post to come later, where to find them, how I found them...etc. As well as pics. I've been wearing them nonstop. That's when you know you've made a good investment: When you want to crawl into bed at night with your boots on. Or is that just a me thing?
  4. I went to Newport, Rhode Island today (yes, I was just in RI). For a sweet deal I took a school trip to tour some of the mansions there. I had been to the Vanderbilt's Breakers mansion, but never the Berwind's Elms! They're both so stunning. There's this internal debate between, "Wow I'd love to somehow have enough money to build a summer home like this" and "I feel like this is maybe a bit much? Do you really need gold-embossed Italian leather walls?" I low-key think I liked the Elms mansion better, just because it was more subdued..? I guess I don't know if you can even remotely call that subdued. Super cool though overall. Thank goodness for the Preservation Society of Newport County!
  5. We wandered around Newport and settled on this little, hidden shack that was 1 moneys and like, Jamaican-themed? Anyhow, that was probably the BEST burger I have EVER had in my life. I was told that the Chili Cheese Burger that I had my eye on was supposed to be "hardy and very filling" and when it came out it was pretty teeny and I was almost disappointed. First bite and it was nothing short of psychedelic!!!!!! It was comforting, it was cheesy, it was juicy, it was warm! Perfect for a rainy day for a hungry girl. And no, I did not need a second burger. My eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach. It was the perfect amount. And the chili even had little corn chip bits in it, which I love. I talked about it for a solid two hours after eating. It was that good. A little gem in little Newport in little Rhode Island. Perfecto!

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Sorry that was like the most overwhelmingly enthusiastic post. It's just been a great day! I love exploring and eating! And honestly being away from social media is quite possibly the most wonderful thing ever, but I feel like I'm inextricably bound to it to keep up in this world.

So here's the OOTD that was promised. The weather was 52ºF and cloudy. How do you dress for that?? How?? I spent a hour trying on different tops, and perhaps that sweater/denim jacket combo was slightly impractical and cold. But I didn't perish so it was okay. But yeah I love these Zara pants that I got for a steal... definitely second-skin material. They're high-waisted, but also a bit too big so they double as Justin Bieber drop-crotch pants. Score! Haha. This is the denim jacket I talked about from Nantucket (Vis-A-Vis), OBSESSED. And I got the wide turtleneck sweater in Amsterdam at And Other Stories. This whole outfit was meant for warmth and function. The former was not super successful :/

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Scarf: And Other Stories

Denim Jacket: Mod Ref

Sweater (that you can't really see haha): And Other Stories

Pants: Zara

Shoes: Report

Tote: Cuyana

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OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 20 & 21} + Nantucket

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Happy late-Easter everyone! I hope everyone got to spend some quality time with loved ones and got to eat the world. I sure did. I'll just throw some pictures up here and talk about mopeds, restaurants and clothing, the usual. My family went to Nantucket, this time period marking the beginning of their season. That being said, a lot wasn't open yet, but it was still cool to explore and try their fab restaurants (though all pretty pricey).

One of my fave restaurants was b-ACK Yard BBQ. I'm not always in the mood for barbecue but I was feeling it that particular day, which probably swayed my opinion, because I don't know if I can say that it was stellar, but it was pretty good regardless. I got a brisket sandwich and just layered their BOOM sauce on it (some sweet sauce mixed with a golden, tangy mustard).  Their cheddar cornbread was grilled (?) and FANTASTIC on its own, not even needing like a honey butter or anything. So if ever you go, request that as a side.

As to the mopeds, we explored the island this way. Cool to see that they had different villages and farms on such a small island! The mopeds were so. much. fun. If you follow my Instagram you probably saw the pic of them. I felt like Hilary Duff in the Lizzie McGuire movie, except actually not at all considering the only similarity is the moped. But whatever, I kept playing "Sugar" by Stretch Princess in my head, although that's from a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie. But I believe they had mopeds too! I digress.

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Anyway, I loved wandering the city with my family. Especially my mom because all of my mannerisms and exploring habits I get from her, so it's like exploring with another me. She just gets it! So we shopped a bunch and looked at all the pretty buildings and flowers, even went to a brewery!

I bought this killer cream denim jacket and a lovely, simple Cape Cod-style ankle bracelet that will probs be in my next OOTD post since I plan on never taking it off. This one store, called Vis-A-Vis, had a very eclectic collection of things, my favorite being their Estate jewelry collection in the corner of the store. They were having a mega-sale on jewelry and the collection was spectacular. I didn't get anything but my mom got this gorgeous bracelet for a steal. I'm trying to find places like that in Boston that have curated collections of unique jewelry!

Speaking of shopping and clothes, Nantucket is the preppy capital of the world. PSA to all frat guys: All your salmon-colored short dreams can be realized on this island. I'm not even kidding, basically every clothing store had its own section dedicated to this Nantucket Red. It was overwhelming to say the least. But I bought into it and purchased the world's comfiest zip-up, perhaps a little basic but I'm fine with it cause it's like a warm hug. IMG_6004

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Next on my to-see list is a flower festival somewhere in New England... ^ killer daffodils, right?

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Sunnies: Westward Leaning

Vest: J.Crew (cause preppy...)

Dress: Tommy Hilfiger

Shoes: ASOS

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They're known for woven things and ivory (?), like baskets, and my mom and I adored these bracelets. However, sneaky expensive.

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Sunnies: LeSpec

Top: Subtle Luxury

Jeans: Just Black

Shoes: ASOS

Bag: Louise et Cie

Scarf: And Other Stories

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That's all for now! Sorry that was a lot. Enjoy the week!

T

Exercises in Adulting: Rhode Island

IMG_0171 A long time ago, I read a Cosmopolitan article that enumerated little initiations into womanhood. The only one I remembered, however, was "acquire the ability to go out to restaurants alone". Though the article was published in 2013, the first time I actually put this into practice was my freshman year of college. I must have been so hyped about new levels of independence that I immediately threw myself into the city and wandered until I found the perfect restaurant. It was weird. It was uncomfortable. But it was definitely worth it. I remember specifically reading a huge book (Great Expectations, I think...) at a candlelit table, linens AND ALL. I looked up to see the waiter pitifully and stealthily lifting the second set of flatware and menu from the other side of the table. I fought my discomfort. I ate pasta and I read. And it was refreshing.

I often reflect on this seemingly trivial and negligible experience, wondering what made it so profound, and today I remembered why.

I'm just gonna skip to the good stuff. Keep reading if it interests you. On the T into town, I was cutting it close with time. This is kinda dumb but I was super giddy that the train I thought I needed to be on was the One After 909. I ended up having read the map all wrong, go figure. Anyway, when I got into Providence, I was determined to keep my phone in my purse (inspired by the age-old question, "How did our parents get around without cell phones?"). I followed some businessmen leaving the train station into the downtown area, and from there found my way to the RISD museum which is where I got my art-fix (Providence is apparently the creative capital of New England) and a map. I then, enveloped by nostalgia, followed a super steep hill up to Brown. What's a bit unsettling is that I had this jamais vu experience throughout my stroll around campus, like I had walked up and down this hill, marched through and loitered in this quad many times yet they didn't feel any bit familiar to me today, despite the fact that my emotional memory typically clings to everything.

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I then made my way through the "Downcity Arts District" (???) to find the shopping that Racked recommended, on Westminster. The street is so cute! Maybe it was because it was a random Wednesday, but it was just super quiet and deserted. I visited some of the stores that were recommended and I honestly did not like any of them that much. If anyone is genuinely curious, I can write a separate post about all of that but I just felt like that would take up too much space in this one.

Anyhow, I fumbled with this weirdly creative map (that had its own set of recommendations), trying to make my way toward Federal Hill, which apparently hosted many of their fave restaurants. I legitimately felt like I was in a movie because, along the way, I stumbled into a super cool bookstore sandwiched between pubs, and up a steep and dark staircase in an old building. But Federal Hill is defs a hike. Well, a pretty easy walk I guess but it's not downtown... it's across highways. Good reviews online but overall gave me sketchy vibes. And not as pretty as the downtown part but I can see where it would have its own charm/community feel.

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Side note: I'm gonna try to minimize all the words so we're gonna try to get very succinct. Ate at a place called the Grange. Not gonna lie, it seemed very out of place. Nothing much around it, but it's a hipster, vegan food place that's super Minneapolis-esque. From the photo you can see I had a roasted veggie bowl with a cranberry-orange scone!! 10/10. Reasonably priced, awesome atmosphere, quiet. (I ate lunch at like 3 PM so that's probably why lol). I made an effort to put all things away and just sit and eat. It felt so unnatural, which is kind of shameful. When, nowadays, do we ever just eat and stare off into space? It's like I got bored or something. Eating, while a favorite past-time of mine, is not a past-time in and of itself. It must be accompanied by something else to make it enjoyable. Like running: Good for you but it's near-intolerable unless you have music. I digress. Eating and just kind of staring off into space or people watching is why I thought back to that Cosmo article. This time around, though I felt slightly bored, I felt super comfortable and so content. I mean, I wish I had had a buddy with me, of course, but still. I was making the most of my free day, exploring (my absolute favorite thing) and reflecting. Life just felt so right.

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After lunch I found these two stores near the highway. The first was Rocket to Mars, a highly curated vintage store. Her collection was unbelievable (home decor, home goods, clothing, pictures...etc) and also fairly priced. That was my complaint about the Vault Collective: Great selection and interesting vendor concept but outrageously priced. We're talking like, $50 for jeans. (why???) Then I found Share Space and met the nicest guy there. It was less vintage and more of a like a collection of independent designers, but I bought two random pins to add to my denim jacket. It's borderline weird now, how many pins are on it, but I'm pretending that it's hip. They also have nothing to do with anything other than being bright and possibly retro-inspired (do Vincent Van Gogh and Marshmallow Fluff count as retro and hip pins???)

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Tried to find the water, walked through Kennedy Plaza, crossed the river to the pretty part and wandered the steep streets on College Hill. Went inside the Providence Athenaeum. Super gorgeous. Went in some other libraries, Old State House, etc etc. That was basically the rest of my day! I covered a ton of ground.

I forgot how small Providence was. It's a reminder that Boston is just the most incredible and awesome city! But I'm happy to have gone, seen the sights, crossed it off my bucket list and soon I can tackle more destinations in New England. But most importantly, I'm just kinda proud of myself for adulting and venturing off into Rhode Island by myself and sticking to the basics. I like to think I'm getting the hang of it, a bit!

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T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 19}

IMG_0070 Hiya,

I don't have many updates for you all so I might just go ahead with the outfit. BUT FIRST...

  1. You may have seen via Instagram/Insta-stories that I got to preview Tom's BaoBao's new flavor: Sausage and peppers!! Super good and I highly recommend. It's being released in honor of the beginning of the Red Sox season which makes it extra fun. So, go to Harvard Square (which is always funnnnn) and treat yourself to some bao. I'd never tried it before and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious and fluffy and wild.
  2. I discovered this blog Double3xposure on Instagram and it's literally so cool. Something about the minimalism, the lighting, the color scheme perhaps? I aspire to have her style, but I just don't know if I can pull it off! She's so creative and has such an eye!

Anyway. Now on to the outfit. So I had visualized this outfit the night before in my sleepless state but with my party pants, which are apparently infamous. I tried the whole outfit on the next morning with 10 minutes to spare before I had to run to class. It looked fine but in all honesty, I think I was too nervous to wear the party pants to class. I'm trying to be the type of person who is fearless and wears whatever, ya know? But I also feel like those party pants are a bit overkill for a theology lecture... So I toned down the frill and went for these awesome pants from Zara.

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Sunnies: LeSpecs

Top: Vintage Dior

Pants: Zara

Shoes: Asos

Jacket: Theory

Life Update: The past month

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After returning from vacation I feel like it's a new year. Therefore, I am making certain changes to my life (that I imagine will return to old habits in a few weeks time, BUT that I'm going to try to keep up) as if I am a completely new person. Perhaps I even am a new person. Let's investigate.

First of all, I am going to post more often (haha yes I do say this every blog post...). After a long rumination I determined that I am okay with the direction in which my blog is going. Anyone who follows my Instagram can probably tell that I've strayed away from food and fashion a bit, and I am disappointed in that, but at the same time, this blog is developing with me as a person and that is, at its core, the original intent of my blog: To document my musings and style changes over time. Right now it is apparent that I am expanding my interests! And I am more thrilled about this. First semester I was super into the food scene and felt a need to upload a picture of any and every meal, regardless of what it was or how it looked. It made sense at the time, considering the foodie group I was in, but now I cringe at the idea. Other than losing all thought and intent behind my Instagram, I felt like I was also losing the part where I'm posting for myself and not for others.

(Also, you may be wondering why I put so much thought into my Instagram. I wondered this too, but I treat my Instagram as a personal photo album/visual diary of my life and style. It's a highlight reel, in a sense.)

Second of all, I think I'll go to bed earlier. I'm already laughing at this one.

While there are a few more, I think I'll skip them and get on with this life update post. A few weekends ago I traveled to Vermont to ski. We stayed in Burlington and then drove to Stowe. It was around 50º so the snow was quite slushy but I'll take what I can get! It was sooo difficult getting back into skiing. The people I went skiing with are avid and frequent skiiers so it was impossible to keep up. I never wiped out though, so that must be an accomplishment. I remember standing at the top of some "blue square" hill (???), watching them fly down and disappear into the horizon in a matter of seconds, muttering to myself each time I hit a mogul. Honestly, it was more of a climb and less of a smooth ski down that hill. Good leg workout though! Aside from that hill, my skiing technique was a combination of sharp zigzags down the hill and lots of pizzas. Lots and lots of pizzas.

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The past week I was on vacation in Europe. We went to Paris, Bruges (Belgium) and Amsterdam! I loved them all for different reasons. Sometimes it's easy to think that all of Europe looks the same, and I'm learning that that is so false. For the first time, I started to notice vast differences in architecture and could compare them across wide ranges. For example, the buildings in Belgium looked like a combination of Scottish and Dutch designs. Why Scottish, I don't know. Probably something to do with English channel/North Sea trade. But lots of gable roofs in steps. I also don't know where I learned the term gable but I just googled it to double check and a bunch of pictures of Bruges came up, oddly enough, so I'm pretty sure I hit the nail on the head with that one. Yayyyy

To briefly touch on food and clothing, I have a few conclusions. Granted, I've noticed most of these things before, but every time I go it reiterates the point. And the style changes every time so that's exciting to see.

As it pertains to food, 1) they eat very few vegetables. I'm really curious as to how they have regulated systems, to be honest. But other than that... 2) the bread is infinitely better than in the states, and that is not limited to just France... like don't even lie to yourself and say that you don't like bread. I genuinely thought that I wouldn't want bread for a hot minute but then got there and tasted it again and it was a whole new world, 3) Waffles and crêpes, waffles and crêpes! And then wash them down with a tiny espresso shot. You don't even have to like espresso, it just looks cool.

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As to the ~fashion~, 1) platform shoes and comfortable brogues rock, 2) they NAIL coats. Like dusters, wool, cocoon, camel...etc. It's very inspiring. Seems like puffer coats are uncool? But also it was like 45º there and not 15º like it is here, 3) they embrace all hats. I like this!, 4) Anything is a biking outfit. Even heels!, 5) Color is cool. I've always struggled with color, I generally gravitate to muted pastels or shades of black and navy. I'm gonna work on that.

Overall, another amazing trip. I feel so blessed to have experienced it, and I do always feel a bit different after leaving. I'm gonna post some highlight photos but not all. Some of these might have been on my Instagram so sorry for redundancy!

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That's about as condensed as I can make it I think. I hope you all enjoyed! Stay tuned for more I guess. Hopefully an OOTD soon :)

T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 17}

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I don't think I've posted since getting back to school. So here are some brief updates...

My schedule is wonky so I have some very free, open days and some very packed days. I suppose it's kind of nice, because it gives an illusory semblance of free time. I always say I'll fill this time with exercise, excursions to the city, productivity, and errands. But naturally, I end up sleeping longer and spending more time making food (not necessarily a bad thing, though...). Like, I spent my morning making this extravagant steel-cut oatmeal bowl. It took me about an hour to make, arrange and eat. But it was SOOOO good. It was like a healthy peanut butter cup....? I've recently become obsessed with chocolate protein powder because it makes everything taste better and is supposedly good for you ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  Go out and get some, dudes!! Except don't get the one with chia seeds. Those things ruin just about everything and they're super hard to clean. Like when they hit water, they gel up and then stick to all sponges :|

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The winter in Boston has been relatively mild. I actually got wind burn on my face for the first time ever on Saturday, which I spent in the city, and I had to layer up two jackets because I was ill-equipped. But other than that, it's been quite nice. I've been dying to run outside but I still can't even run on the treadmill yet.

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I've been trying to explore the city more. A few weekends ago I went to the east side of Cambridge to find a cafe called Loyal Nine. I had heard a bit about it and knew I needed to try it. I didn't know where it was, however. Pretty far, in a place I've never explored, and SURPRISE! It's like sitting on a railroad track. I was in the cafe portion of the restaurant, daydreaming/procrastinating from my reading, when all of a sudden, this loud rumble and quaking startles me and I watch this huge train flash across the garage-like windows that make up the walls. Nobody reacted except for me, so I tried to keep my cool and sip on my super-hipster tea that I only pretended to like (not the cafe's fault; I'm just a wimp when it comes to tea). Overall the whole experience was so cool. I explored East Cambridge after Loyal Nine closed, and walked toward Kendall Square, where I naively thought I would get a spot at Tatte on 3rd street. Wrong. So I went to Clover Food Labs by MIT and it was soooo delicious. Good Sunday for me.

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Processed with VSCO with c8 presetThe last update I have for now is the Super Bowl. Obviously most people here are Pats fans, so I had to bandwagon that. Everyone who watched knew what a close game it was, and how incredible the Pats' comeback was. So naturally, when they won, celebrations erupted everywhere. I tried to go to bed at midnight but there was still screaming and running down the hallways, banging on every wall. We heard about stuff downtown so a few of my roommates and I drove downtown and had the best time. The Prudential building was lit up with "Go Pats" and cars were honking all over the city. People were running all over the streets and sidewalks screaming. It was so cool to see! We went to the Commons to see if that's where the large crowds were, but we ended up stumbling upon the largest crowd in Downtown Crossing, where everyone stood jumping and chanting Brady's name in the middle of the intersection. It blocked traffic for the longest time. After we grew tired and decided to leave, squads of motorcycle cops flocked from all parts of the city. Overall it was so fun and unifying to be with all types of people in late-night Boston. I loved running through the commons with my roommates, jumping on benches, spinning around tipped trash cans and high-fiving strangers on Boylston. It was just so cool, euphoric and spontaneous and was a helpful reminder of how blessed I am to live in this city and to have the friends that I do :')

Those are the last updates I have for you. Here's my outfit...

I was feeling a navy and gray theme because it was very cloudy. I wear these shoes almost every time I go into the city, because I walk so much. I mean, I don't totally think they're the most trendy. But sometimes you gotta make sacrifices... Same with the leggings... comfort is needed. You can't see the top but I'm wearing a striped tissue turtleneck underneath this really cool flowy, long-sleeve navy cropped blouse. This coat was new, I had actually just purchased it at Zara. They had this amazing 70% off sale, end of season I'm assuming, and so things were flying off the racks (some on to the floor, or mixed in with the jeans table haha). The scarf matched my initial outfit super well, and I actually kind of like it with the addition of this pink coat. And as for the sunglasses, well, I just loved them so much that I rule that they go with anything :)

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Sunnies: Mugler

Scarf: Blarney Woolen Mills

Coat: Zara

Turtleneck: J.Crew

Top: Zara

Shoes: Ugg


Let me know what you think, what you did for the Super Bowl, etc.

Ta ta for now,

T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 16}

I do my best writing late at night. I feel like I hear an agreement on that subject among many people. For example, my friend's dad is a journalist and stays up till nearly 4 every morning because his best writing comes out then. It seemed absurd at first. I'm not saying that my frivolous blog is anywhere near as intense as that career. But it's like how some people do their best thinking in the shower; My best thinking is at night, in the quiet, when the faint, covert drumming of information has stopped swirling and I can see my thoughts. Which leads me here. Last night was probably the most therapeutic of my days spent at home during break. After having worked and indulged in Minneapolis' most famous ice cream at MilkJam Creamery with friends, I was on my way home. I was on such a roll belting out some early 2000s Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte and Panic! At The Disco gems, and also of a sudden I had taken a movie-sharp right towards the chain of lakes. I drove around and around. I stopped at Lake of the Isles to admire the luminary poles they have set up, and the dragon or Loch Ness monster built of snow. It was definitely not the most convenient of times to do this, of course. But regardless, I walked on the lake and walked out to far reaches and looked around and up. It was the silence and the crisp stillness. The rumble of an airplane interrupted it and I realized my toes had frozen. Silly me, ill-equipped in cotton socks and boots. That passes in 25ºF maybe, but certainly not 2ºF. I ran back to the car having forgotten how long I had walked around. There were rows of buckets filled with frozen water. I wonder what they'll build with all of those rows! Naturally, it took roughly 30 minutes for me to regain feeling in my toes, but it was worth it. Lake of the Isles is so pretty. Minneapolis is so pretty. Boston is so pretty. How lucky am I! One of these things I realized is that I need to be more grateful. For New Years resolutions I've focused too much on negatives... or what can be better, or what needs to go. That's all fine and well but I often overlook the importance of the small, good things in life. Surely Lord Henry Wotton would agree with me!

So this morning, with a spring in my step and a fresh face I headed to brunch at Tullibee in the North Loop (what an absolute delight!) and went on my merry way. Tullibee is a must-see. The Hewing Hotel is absolutely stunning. It has refined, Nordic-themed décor that has notes of Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie home feel. And the food is just as exquisite! The coffee cups have Faribault Mills cozies and there are tiny "centerpieces" with little bits of pine trees to complete the Northern look. I could keep babbling for days but it really is just as cute as you've seen on any MPLS Instagram account.

So here are some photos. Plus keep scrolling to see my outfit!

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Trying to keep up with some sort of a Northern look! I have a light Obermeyer ski jacket on underneath this vintage wool cocoon coat, which I've discovered is literally the secret to life. I briefly skimmed a Man Repeller article about how layering is the key to winter (kind of a  "Thank You, Captain Obvious" moment, but also a "pure genius disguised as simple advice" moment). I never have coats that are sufficient to combat the northern weather but putting this ski jacket on underneath has changed the game forever. Anyway, yeah. You know by now that I would probably perish without my blanket scarves so there's that. More to come later, friends!

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Thanks for sticking with me. I know that was a lengthy post...

xoxo, T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 12}

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So finals are approaching quickly from the horizon, and I'm getting back into the routine of going downtown to cram for work, then promptly getting distracted :).

Today Meg and I got brunch at Tapestry in the West Fens area of town (which is sooooooo underrated, by the way)! I've been in the neighborhood a few times now and it's so quaint and quiet. The only downside is that it's not super accessible by T, but I suppose that forces me to squeeze in 10k steps? Lol no.

Anyway, we had pesto and quinoa scrambled eggs with avo and then I nibbled at a Vanilla Glazed Capt'n Crunch donut. Literally SO. YUMMY. I like to think myself something of a donut connoisseur, and I give a solid 1 thumb-up here. Not two , though, cause I'm partial to Old-Fashioned's (but still).

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Anyway, then we went to the South End to post-up in a cafe to do work. I wasn't nearly as productive as I would have liked to have been but what's new, eh? Walking through the South End is always a treat, and I'm convinced it doesn't matter what time of year it is. The fall was gorgeous and brightly colored, as you may have seen from my Instagram, but even in the winter when the leaves are falling, it starts to become decorated with Christmas lights and wreaths! And walking by the brownstones you can see Christmas trees in the windows and it is just the most delightful feeling in the world.

One more thing I'd like to add before talking about my outfit from today is that I'm changing up my blog and Instagram. You may have noticed the color-scheme of my Insta changing a bit and I'm much happier with the way they look now. Before it was very much all over the place. Yes, I love boosting the saturation and warming up the temperature of the photo. But that creates a hodge-podge of colors and it was just unprofessional and unfulfilling aesthetically. That probably sounds like very nerdy and superficial jargon but it's something that I enjoy so I don't associate it negatively, as such.

Anyway, here's my outfit. It's mostly new, actually. I knew I wanted to wear the new jeans I got, and the only thing that would tuck super well to show the frayed waist was my J.Crew turtleneck that I think I wear literally everyday. The coat was a must because it pulls together any outfit, and the sunnies seem to have the same effect. img_9319

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Coat: Atmosphere

Sunnies: Bottega Veneta

Scarf: Zara

Turtleneck: J.Crew

Pants: River Island

Boots: Aquatalia

xoxo, T

Where do you like to get donuts? LMK

VERTS Mediterranean Grill Tasting Event + Weekend with Nick

Hi everyone! I decided to mix two posts in one that I'm rather behind on. I'm recovering from double pink eye and an ear infection so I've been quite flustered.

So, to begin. VERTS Mediterranean Grill just recently opened in Boston and they hosted a tasting event for us foodies. I brought Madison and we were first ushered to a "spice bar", of sorts. We grabbed spoonfuls of various spices and threw them into tiny jars, creating our very own VERTS secret spice mix. Then we sampled little dishes such as lamb or their falafel. I was surprised to learn that VERTS is more like a sweetgreen or a Chipotle. We bought Mediterranean bowls, I got chicken with lettuce and quinoa and some other stuff and I'm not even sugar-coating this, the chicken was AMAZING. So basically I recommend this to anyone. It's also fast and healthy so that's a bonus :) Here are photos...

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The weekend after that, or the following weekend (I can't even remember now!) Nick came to visit. It was so surreal! I feel like I have three different worlds now... My at-home life, my college life, and now my Oslo life. How wonderful to see them mix! It was so fantastic to be able to relive things I can now only see in my memory. To be able to reminisce with someone so freely and they understand everything is so refreshing. Anyway, Nick and I, on Saturday, walked, I kid you not, from the Boston Public Library to the Old North Church with a detour in Chinatown. I was so beat by the end! But we ate a bunch of good (and not so good...) food along the way. Chinatown is a bag of mixed nuts I guess. We got lost trying to find the Egg Puffs. Apple Maps doesn't tell you that Egg Puffs are hidden in some tiny market. Like is it even called a market? You walk in and it's about the size of a few phone booths collectively, and there are three restaurants and a tiny Egg Puffs waffle stand in the way back. I was hounded with menus while I ushered my way through seats of talkative non-Asian people. The woman nodded as I walked up and handed me the waffle (?) in a brown bag as I handed over $3. $3 is not bad for Boston! I walked out, turned to my left, and ran into the Chinatown arch that I'd only seen once before, when leaving for Cape Cod. So obviously I had to stop and get this glorious photo.

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Then we wanted rice at a traditional Chinese place, not one that was Americanized. As we were lost and walking in circles, we found this Zagat-rated place on the corner so we walked in. We got weird stares walking in... not unwarranted, but still uncomfortable. I wanted just a pot of rice and some tea but Nick insisted that we be adventurous so we tried Pig's Feet. Obviously this photo probably looks cool and artsy but we could. not. eat. it. Like, we really tried. I gave it a go. After my experience with Haggis in Scotland I was a bit less inclined to be as adventurous as my mind likes to think. So basically, don't let this picture fool you. It was not only kind of gross but also they make little effort on presentation so that you are VERY WELL AWARE that you are consuming Pig's Feet, which, in reality, I don't know if that is anyone's natural inclination to eat.

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On a more delicious note, you may have noticed from Instagram that I was OBSESSED with Flour's sticky buns. For those of you who don't follow me on VSCO, I gave you a closer-up below.

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We took the Orange line to the North End (okay so I lied teeny bit. We didn't walk 100% of the time). At this point I was super tired, so I dragged him down Hanover St, pushing past the curling and looping Mike's Pastry lines, with a quick left to Bova's and up Salem to the Old North Church. We popped into a quaint millinery. That was useless information but it was cool, regardless.

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That's all I have for now. Stay tuned for more!

T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 10} + Life Update

img_8900 This post comes really soon after the New Menu Launch post. One of my friends from high school was in town this weekend so it was awesome to see her. After my Poli Sci exam I just felt this huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I'd had my face in a textbook for a solid week. It was miserable.

On Friday, I was so pumped to get back on track with my life again. Robyn joined me and we went to Oona's Vintage in Cambridge, which was AWESOME. Then we walked to Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage. It was a total hole-in-the-wall, which I love. Though the outside is so inconspicuous, and dare I say ratchet-looking that I would never think to walk in. Fortunately, it was packed which means it's good. Their menu consisted of quite possibly a million burger combinations each with funny names, like mine was called the "Roger Goodell (Trump Should Have Fired Him)" or something. As we walked down Mass Ave, we stumbled upon Zinneken's Wafflehouse and I'd heard soooooo much about it that we had to stop in and try it. Everyone who worked there spoke french so you can imagine I was simultaneously overjoyed, having a field day but also very panicky and awkward. The waffle was covered in Chocolate and Speculoos Butter and was edible heaven. Anyway, we then backtracked down Mass Ave to Boston Burger Company to get a Pumpkin Pie "freak shake". It was literally out-of-this-world amazing and I would have one every day if I could. But unfortunately I'd get diabetes or something real fast. And yes, it is extremely likely that I gained upwards of 10 pounds after this feast/Cambridge Munch-Crawl!!

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On Saturday, some roommates and I went to another vintage store in Cambridge and we stumbled upon HoneyComb Creamery and got amazing ice cream that reminded me of home. It was very gourmet, not fanciful or extravagant. I got Brown Butter Apple and Honeycomb caramel. They also had Vegan Pumpkin Spice Crisp or something, and I wanted to try the Apple Cider Donut with Caramel Swirl because it had chunks of UNION SQUARE DONUTS in it. What more can you ask for?! What a serendipitous find on our part!!

Then we went to Rick Walker's Vintage on Newbury as well as Second Time Around, the classic. Rick Walker's was awesome. It's western-oriented, so obviously a very limited, specific and curated inventory, but it was still an awesome atmosphere that is uncommon to Boston (or the east in general) and I got two pins to add to my denim jacket.

We finished the night off by meeting more roomies at Thai Basil... another hole-in-the-wall, inconspicuous restaurant on Newbury that shows signs of credibility through how packed it was, the fact that it's on Newbury to begin with, and the Zagat sign in the window. I got Pad Thai (go figure) and it was so peanut-ty, 9/10. Love.

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Jacket: Marni

Army Jacket: Vintage

Top: Vince

Bottoms: J Brand

Sneakers: Puma

xoxo, T

Loretta's Last Call New Menu Launch

Hi all!! If you like southern food, or if you just like food, or if you like music, or if you like Western-style bars, or if you like bars in general, then Loretta's Last Call is for you! So Loretta's Last Call, a Southern BBQ joint near Fenway/Kenmore, hosted a bunch of foodies to try out their new menu. It was such a fun experience to meet the faces behind Boston's biggest food accounts! However, the lighting in the restaurant, while great for a fun and lively date, perhaps, is not great for food bloggers who need optimal lighting :) But it was even more fun to see what Loretta's had in store.

personally only consumed their Buttermilk Biscuits, their Pork Belly appetizer, and their House Made Andouille Sausage sandwich. A lot of people had Blackened Scallops or the Shrimp Po Boy (I have a possible shellfish allergy), or some variation of steak (not a huge steak fan), so therefore I cannot attest to those aspects of the menu. However, they received pretty great reception from the other foodies. I'll provide pictures below of some of the meals around the table.

Buttermilk Biscuits: I'm obsessed with biscuits in general. Top 5 foods probably. I'm weirdly particular about them as well. Pillsbury crack and bake? No thanks. The first time I tried southern-style buttermilk biscuits was in the 10th grade, at Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama. According to Southern-natives around me, the ones we had were particularly dry but I loved them anyway and had them at every breakfast. I think this explains why I like my biscuits on the drier side today. So I LOVED Loretta's biscuits. They were on the drier side and quite crumbly. I would give them an 8/10, since I love a good, fluffy biscuit, but I was disappointed that they only had regular butter. I don't mean to be snobbish I guess but the biscuits were so savory and the butter rather flavorless so some foodies and I agreed that it would have been better to have Honey Butter to compliment the salty-taste of  the biscuit.

Crispy Pork Belly: Madison and I were super hesitant to try this once we learned that Pork Belly is, quite literally, the fat from a pig's belly. I was initially attracted because I liked the sound of mushroom and grit cakes with a balsamic reduction, which accompanied the pork belly. Turns out, this was my favorite part of the whole meal! The pork belly was chewy and on the sweeter side because of the balsamic reduction, the perfect bite size, and the grit cakes were even tastier. 9/10!!

House Made Andouille Sausage sandwich: I didn't actually know what Andouille sausage was. And frankly, I still don't. But I figured it sounded pretty good. I would probably give this one a 6/10. It was alright... worth eating for sure. It was just a tad spicy, and I was not a fan of their choice of ciabatta. Not to mention the ciabatta was just...plain. Not baked or warmed up... etc. But the sausage was extremely flavorful so that was good. And the "dirty rice" on the side was FANTASTIC. It saved the dish, really. I'm not sure what they meant by dirty but it seemed like there may have been beans in the rice as well? Not sure but I mixed eating the sausage with the rice as opposed to the ciabatta and it was quite delicious actually. Why this did not receive a 7 was because the ciabatta and ancient grain mustard did not do the sausage a ton of justice.

That's all I have for personal thoughts on food. To conclude my thoughts, Loretta's Last Call offers a wide variety of southern comfort food and barbecue that made my heart skip a beat. They seem to have a kind of no-frills attitude which is kind of refreshing but also falls short in a few areas. Regardless, the drinks were also fabulous and the environment is spectacular. You feel like you've been teleported to the South, with their swing-dancing stage and acoustic country music, along with western/cowboy paraphernalia adorning every inch of the wall. Their new menu is both fun and fabulous. I'm definitely going back and you should too.

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What's your favorite kind of southern food? Let me know in the comments :)

xoxo T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 8}

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To catch up... I went to the Brattle Book Store near Boylston and Downtown Crossing (?) a while ago... super cute. Would recommend. I bought way too many books but they're so cheap! I got a Homemade Pop-tart from Oakleaf Cakes bakery... Super adorable and very delicious. Not much seating. When walking by you wouldn't necessarily know that it was a cafe... just looks like a bake shop. I would recommend going in for the Pop-tart, scones or sweet bread!

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This past weekend was a whirlwind. On Friday I had to work an event downtown for school, one for which I needed a formal-ish outfit. Silly me, I decided to start looking two hours prior. All I could conjure up was pairing a long-sleeve peplum top with metallic shorts, heels, and a curled pony tail. Oops.

One of my best friends, Marisa, came into town to visit. I was so excited to show her all the random stuff I do at school here! So on Saturday we went to get Brunch at InHouse Cafe. It looks super sketchy from the outside, not gonna lie. But I looked past this because A) I had seen great reviews on Yelp, and 2) It was packed! Like nearly impossible to find a seat. That's the number 1 sign of good food. We got a Country Crêpe (filled with scrambled eggs and covered with Hollandaise *heart eyes*) and Cheesy French Toast. WHAT. It was absolutely delicious and came out super fast. I must say, however, that it wasn't like, fancy, by any means. But it was fast and it was tasty and inexpensive.

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Next we walked across the street to go to the Boston Foodies meet-up at Oppa Sushi! This was awesome. I met a few of the people behind Boston's biggest food accounts. We ordered a bunch of different types of sushi and it was comical watching all the cameras flashing and different angles being sought with the arrival of each dish. Unfortunately I don't really care for fish, let alone raw, so it was a struggle for me. However, I'm an adventurous soul and gave in to peer pressure. I'd say the craziest thing I tried was a "flamed yellow fin something" (hahahah????)  or raw octopus!! Conclusion: Oppa Sushi is on the fancier side of sushi (apparently), but don't take my word for it because I have nothing to compare it to. Do I like sushi? No. Did I die? Also no. How was the octopus? Eh.

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Then we went to the Regatta and to see Dennis at Harvard. The foliage, despite the rain, was GORGEOUS near the Business School campus. That's where these pics were taken. Ugh, Harvard. Smh.

The rest of the time with Marisa was mainly just regular college things... tailgates, parties...etc. My fave part was getting mini milkshakes with her just before the 1950s diner across the street closed. SO NUMMY AND CUTE.

But anyway, here was my outfit. I definitely felt out of place at Harvard and the Regatta. Some may argue that I should have worn a J.Crew sweater and plaid scarf with Bean boots, maybe. But, BORING. Pretty, but boring. Yes, I do like preppy clothes. "Preppiness" manifests itself in many different combinations of colors and patterns and is sooooo aesthetically pleasing. But after a while it's hard to get creative with it. I like to play with bright colors occasionally, and different shapes. So while I can be preppy at times, I sometimes have to step out of that zone to experiment and let my creative forces work with different styles, and with that I'm not bothered. Yes, I would love to have just one singular style that is "me". But this blog and my Instagram is basically my journey to find myself as it is expressed through food, activities, travel and fashion. In the following outfit, nothing matched, not even my sunnies but I loved it. And I matched the leaves!!

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Sunnies: SEE eyewear

Choker: ASOS

T-shirt: Philosophy

Dress: Monki

Boots: Aquatalia

xoxo, T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 7}

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I am gonna make this quick for everyone's convenience. I went to Salem today and we visited the Salem Witch Museum, got a psychic reading, got apple cider, went to the Witch Dungeon museum, got food (bad Yelp review) and then walked around and went back.

Would I go again? Good question. I am going to say yes but only 1) at night, and 2) for a Pub Crawl or something. There's seriously not a whole lot to do during the day but it's definitely a bucket list item. If you've ever been to an amusement park around Halloween time, you'll know what Salem is like then. Basically just a ton of people in costume walking around and a lot of decorations. Honestly, it was super cute but I pretty much saw most everything in the one day that I was there walking around.

The psychic reading, however, was the highlight of the experience. I initially swore off psychic readings forever, because I believe too much in fate and didn't want to know if something bad was going to happen. However, I figured, if there's ever a time to get a psychic reading, it is today, here in Salem (basically the capital of Halloween?). I won't go into detail but she was basically spot-on with knowing things about me, to the point where it was frightening. I therefore trusted the things she said. A few unsettling predictions about my life but overall it was just a mind-blowing experience.

Here was my outfit. High 50s and mostly sunny, minimal breeze. I planned my whole outfit around the pants and jacket. The others just fell into place.

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Sunnies: Gucci

Neck Scarf: ASOS

Top: J.Crew

Jacket: Banana Republic (old)

Pants: Larry Levine

Booties: Marc Fisher

Have you been to Salem? Tell me what you did there in the comments!

xoxo, T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 6}

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It's been a rough and busy week for sure. I went to Cape Cod this past weekend. It was pretty wild. Fortunately for us, the weather was spectacular! (Except for Sunday when Hurricane Matthew hit). On Sunday we decided to go to a museum and then out to eat. I think it was like a "Category 1 hurricane" by the time it got to Mass or something, but it was nevertheless pretty forceful. Trying to get lunch was difficult. I distinctly remember trudging through a parking lot, all of us, ill-equipped, barely able to walk because the winds were so strong and getting completely pounded with rain. It was out of a movie!

Overall the weekend was awesome. A lot of good bonding and a lot of very New England things. Super cozy.

Yesterday, I met Madison downtown and we wandered around Boston, specifically Beacon Hill, one of the most charming areas. You're definitely correct in thinking that I must get no work done, considering I do this stuff all the time, haha. But anyways, we set out on a mission to find the famous Acorn Street! Haven't heard of it? According to Instagram, this is the most photographed street in America (although, I don't know how much I believe that considering it's practically hidden). It's this cute, steep, cobblestone-studded street with red bricks, vines, lanterns, and a Revolutionary-type American Flag hanging in the middle. It's positively adorable! All of the doors to the homes are each a different color with shuddered windows, intricate door knockers and pretty ornaments. When we got there, there were at least 3 couples taking engagement photos. Ugh. So adorable, but still. So thus I decided to take blog photos here.

Here was my outfit from yesterday. I knew I wanted to wear the skirt so I planned around that. I figured, since it's not scorching hot, I should do long sleeved. I put this on but could not perfect the tuck. I think, in the end, it turned out pretty decent. Then I put on the booties because it seemed more fall. That was about it, haha. I love this top so much and it means a lot to me. Not only does it go with just about everything, but I actually bought it at a store called Carlings in Norway. Every time I look at it, I think and dream of my time in Norway all over again. But anyway, on to the outfit. Also, keep scrolling to get a closer look at the jewelry, most of which I've gotten in Cape Cod and also appeared on my Instagram.

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Top: STAY: Scandinavian Esthetic - Carlings

Skirt: Parker

Booties: Marc Fisher

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Bracelets: The Silver Seahorse

Shell and Fish rings: The Silver Seahorse

Thin stackables: from an Art Fair, unknown jeweler

*Note: The Silver Seahorse is a local jeweler located in Hyannis that offers many varieties of New England-style jewelry, such as the ones I have shown. They're either Sterling Silver or 14k Solid Gold. On top of this, their prices are super reasonable. This is not an ad nor a sponsored post, I am just very fond of them and that's why I have so many of their pieces. You will most likely see them in many of my future posts :)*

Let me know what you think in the comments!

T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 3}

img_8392 Happy Sunday,

I just got back from brunch with Dennis downtown. We went to my new favorite place: the South End!! The restaurant was called Stephi's on Tremont. I had Eggs Benedict with avocado and we split a CINNAMON BUN. You know I've been on the hunt for Boston's best cinnamon roll. To be honest, I have not found it yet, though Stephis' was definitely a step in the right direction. I think my next stop will be Flour since I've heard sooooo much about it.

Since my last post, about a week ago, I've been so busy with school. I had my first test this week which was kind of a rodeo to say the least. I've been desperately trying to get my ducks in a row. Really the whole week was a blur preparing for that test.

But anyway, this is my outfit from Friday night's dinner with Robyn and Michelle! I've been dying to wear this vintage suede jacket. I tried to not mix metals with this outfit so you can see that the zipper matches the details on the jacket. I loved the extra details added with the clutch, and I kept the shoes minimal but matching with these new mule sandals I purchased from ASOS. They're faux-suede which I felt was probably acceptable to pair with another color suede since it's so small? Idk I liked it so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . Since the jacket was pretty bulky, I tried to keep the top minimal so as to not distract from the major pieces.

Sorry for the word-vomit. On to the outfit!

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Jacket: Aldo

Top: Zara

Skirt: MiH

Shoes: Truffle Collection (via ASOS)

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

What do you think? Know where I can find a good cinnamon roll? Let me know in the comments :)

T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 2}

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This morning Francine and I went to Cambridge to have brunch. In deciding where to go I told her that all I needed was a good cinnamon roll. She knew the perfect place!! Alden & Harlow's the name; in Harvard Square. Lovely setting... kind of rustic mixed with industrial that reminds me of Minneapolis a bit. The skillet roll that came out looked so lovely... perfect for Instagram. I realize that's probably the most annoying sentence ever but oh well! I'm gonna be honest, I took like 50 aerial shots of the food before I got the one I posted. Francine and I joked about how stupid it was, even the people next to us were giving us major side-eye, kinda like the "suspicious dog" from the Simpsons. Apparently the restaurant's menu is meant as shareables, so we shared three additional dishes that were corn pancakes, maple-glazed pork on cheesy grits and eggs on quinoa. I forget the names now but I HIGHLY recommend the restaurant as a whole. Stellar. I wish we had more restaurants like that close to my campus!!

Anyway, here's the outfit I wore. You may recall from my last post that I talked about some guy on campus wearing green loafers and Lennon-style sunnies. The significance of that blurb is that the sight of him kind of jolted my existence (dramatic, I know). His outfit was so cool and he looked so original that I questioned literally everything I do. Why do I dress the way I do? Do I dress for me or for others? How do I feel when I wear these clothes? Am I doing activities because I enjoy them or because they look good on a resume? The last question has been especially important to me recently because I've tried to re-orient my life in such a way as it is perfectly crafted from my own heart and spirit and not for some other reason. I want my personality and being to be reflected in the way I live my life. I had noticed that my style was slowly slipping into the normcore trends and, as stylish as they may be, I couldn't stand it! It wasn't me. Frankly, I realized I was only picking them out because I wanted to blend in. I wanted to impress those around me. But I wasn't impressing myself and that's the most important part. I didn't feel like myself when I wore, say, a choker. I actually kind of like chokers but it's just not entirely my style (which has yet to be defined. As of right now it has many facets). So anyway, this guy in the loafers basically inspired me to start living the way I want to live instead of just dreaming about it.

This outfit deviates from most of my posts because of the color. I don't normally wear lots of color even though I wish I did. I love this dress, even though I recognize that it's not the most flattering for my body shape but hey, next to nothing flatters my body shape. I loved the sleeves and the colors go with anything! I had just purchased these oversized sunnies and am OBSESSED. I love pale/pastel pinks and I felt like they kind of fit the retro theme. It seemed very summer/fall transition to me, given that it was like 80ºF today. This outfit, though it may not be perfect, is a fairly good representation of where I want to start heading in terms of expressing my personality.

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Sunnies: SEE eyewear

Dress: H&M

Bag: Louise et Cie

Shoes: Forever 21

Lipgloss: NYX butter gloss

OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {Parts 13 & 14}

Hieeeeeee! I'm beginning the arduous and anxiety-inducing process of packing up the last 6 weeks of my life to bring back to the States. I specifically recall my mother telling me at the airport, "Now Taylor, don't purchase much while you're over there". I definitely kept this in mind, but you know that I can find justifications for just about any purchase, as much as I would like not to...

So I'm scared of the weight of my suitcase, and also scared of how everything is even going to fit in the first place. But this is probably the least of my emotionally-relevant concerns. I have to say goodbye to this wonderful place that I've called home for the summer! And even worse, I have to say goodbye to the lifelong relationships I've formed in the short time I've been here. This isn't like college where most of these people are from the US. Some of my friends here live all over the world and I may not see them again, or at least for a very long time. Thank goodness for social media (one of the only times you'll hear me say that). But I guess, such is life. Or, so it goes, as Kurt Vonnegut would say.

Speaking of Mr. Vonnegut, another of his quotes is terribly relevant here. It goes, "I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and to exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is'". This is a very important message that I've tried to channel this entire summer. There is such a stark contrast between the anxiety I feel when cramming for a test in the dark corner of a library in a place that can, at times, feel more like an enclosure than a blissful college campus and the liberation/serenity that comes from standing on top of huge mountains gazing at the world's most incredible views or dancing and laughing with people from every corner of the earth. (Excuse the run-on sentence please, there was too much to say.) My point is this: I've tried with every bone in my body to relish every breath of the fresh Norwegian air and let the laughter warm me like champagne and to hold on to these moments, so that they may carry me gracefully back into college life where I'll need them most.

Today I'm going swimming... which I don't actually enjoy doing that much but I figured that I probably need to cross that off my bucket list. I should be studying for finals cause I haven't really done much work for my class at all but I feel like those can wait?! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah :/

On to the most recent outfits. The first is a very plain outfit, but comfortable, that I wore to visit Ekebergparken for my art class to admire the sculptures. I don't really have more to say about it because it was a last-minute, no-effort look since I was lazy.

The next outfit I wore on one of the few lovely days to go shopping and cute-café-hunting with my roommate. It actually had spaghetti-straps but I tucked them in since they were bothering me and it looked cuter showing a little shoulda :). The shoes are terribly beat up since I've worn them out so much but I love the olive green mixed with the browns and gold tones. The necklace I added was simple-enough to compliment (as opposed to overshadow) the ruffle and the lipstick choice was also a warm tone to fit that theme. My makeup was meant to be dewy to go with the shoes and match, again, the warm, sun-kissed feel of the outfit as a whole. So basically I put more thought into this outfit over the other one lol.

Part 13: Ekebergparken

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Top: ASOS

Pants: J.Crew

Sneaks: Puma

Part 14: Shopping

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Dress: H&M

Necklace: J.Crew

Shoes: Chloé

Sunnies: LeSpecs

Bag: Longchamp

I am not sure yet if I will be able to post this week, so this may have to suffice until I get home. I tried not to get too "in the feels" but yeah.

TTYL and xoxo,

T