Mood...






Watch- Michael Kors
Necklace- Kate Spade(old) 
Ring- gift
Nail polish-  Sally Hansen - Sorbet #08
Flowers: Carnations 



I spent the weekend buying Mother's Day gifts, going to Pilates and napping. I swear Sunday afternoon naps are the best thing ever.

There was another devastating world tragedy this weekend, and today I got some news that a friend that suddenly fell ill has taken a turn for the worse.  Every day I am reminded that I need to just do the things that I love and be kind to myself and everyone around me, regardless of the constant chatter to climb higher, go longer and spin faster. I have a very laid back personality so I have to be careful not to come across as aloof.  It's not that I don't care it's just that along the way I realized this- 

  "My heart is at ease knowing that was meant for me will never miss me, and that what misses me was never meant for me" - Imam Al-Shafi (at least according to the inter webs). 


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I've Been Stalling...





I finally got a library card at the end of 2013 and as a result I read more books in 2014 than I had in the years past. Most of the books I read were e-books. I decided at the end of the year that I would buy the books that I liked the most. These four made the cut. My initial idea was to give a short review of the four books. However I'm terrible at reviewing books. If you ask me about a book I read you usually get something like:

Me:   Well, there was this girl who was born a guy sort of. Uhhmm her people were inbred and
         after some stuff with her family she starts being a guy and then she meets a girl and it
         kind of works out. I really liked it.

You: What?

That is why we are almost half way through 2015 and I'm just finishing this post.  They say the only way to get over your fear of doing something is to actually do it, so without further ado I give you the inaugural of the comely book review.  No refunds will be given after this point.



First up we have Edwidge Danticat's- Claire Sea of Light.  It's the story of a young girl and her father in a fictional seaside town in Haiti. The little girl goes missing and the hopes, dreams and disappointments of various people in her community are interweaved in the story of the search to find her.  As you can see from the picture above I own several books that Ms. Danticat has written.  The setting of most of the books I have read by her is Haiti. She has a lyrical writing style and there is always an element of mysticism in her stories that I have come to associate with that island.

  • Quick read
  • A little bit of mystery,  a little bit of mysticism with some Haitian culture as the backdrop


The Sleepwalker's Guide To Dancing is on the surface a story about an immigrant Indian family told mainly from the perspective of the daughter Amina.  Dig a little deeper and you will find a story about sacrifice,  acceptance, forgiveness and love.
  • Good combination of humor and realism
  • Nice exploration of father-daughter dynamics




I'll say from the start that The Goldfinch is a very long book.  It is 771 pages.  Before you turn away though I want you to know that this was one of the best books I've read in a long time. I actually listened to the audio book but it still feels strange to say I listened to a book. The book jacket tells you that the tale begins with a boy losing his mother. What happens to him and the twists and turns his life takes after that event kept me enthralled to the very end.  It's a sweeping narrative that covers the life of the boy, Theo from young teen to adulthood.  My heart soared for him when things went well and my soul was crushed when they didn't. 

I like to read the bad reviews on a book first because I think you get a lot more from them than the five star reviews. And, yes there were quite a few people who hated this book. I agree with some of their critiques. Yes, it could have been shorter.  Yes,  there were some sections where the story lagged. However,  even with that I would like you to give it a shot. There are characters in that book I still can't stop thinking about. 
  • Suspenseful and moving story with some art history as a backdrop
  • Unforgettable characters




Hyperbole and a Half is the first book that I'm aware of by blogger Allie Brosh. It's based on her blog of the same name. Read it. It's funny. You'll thank me later. You are welcome.

  • Laugh out loud funny
  • Check out her blog where she uses her special brand of humor to address everything from depression to trying to be a responsible adult- "Clean All The Things" 


If you have made it this far I thank you for your patience! Let me know about what you're reading now, and if you've read any of the books from this post. 


Edited to Add: Turns out April 23rd is World Book Day so my procrastinating was right on time :)



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Et Voilà





This is the time of year when I get the urge to do something different with my hair.  I've been toying with the idea of cutting it for some time now but my hairdresser has told me no. Yes, that's how it works with us.  I tell her what I would like and then she does what she wants.  To be fair though I always end up liking what she does. She went out of town recently for an extended holiday and left me to my own devices.  Naturally I turned to the Internet for guidance, and this is what I came up with.

On freshly washed hair I took each individual lock of hair and bent it so that the bend was just at my chin or in some cases my collar bone and then wrapped the hair around itself. If I was a better blogger I would have had before and after photos with numbered steps.  In my defense I had no idea I was going to be able to pull it off. I was seriously just winging it, and wouldn't you know it worked.

The reaction from the peanut gallery was very favorable. There were a lot of questions about how I got it to stay (gravity? - insert shrug here) and several comments about how I looked so much younger(insert side eye here).  I took these pictures in the last days of the style for posterity.

Do you change your hair with the seasons?



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#Slightly Obsessed: Spring Edition

Hello guys. I hope all is well. Spring has sprung and with it comes my updated slight obsessions.

Cole Haan Flats



There is no easy way to say this so I'll just spit it out. I'm getting old. That four inch plus heel ship has sailed and it is never coming back. You will find me in these comfy and cute flats from Cole Haan as I sit by the dock reminiscing about things past.




Apple & Rosehip Tea Stick





I picked this up in Japan last year.  It was one of the few things in the local convenience store that was in English so I figured what the heck I like apples and rose hip didn't sound like it would kill me so I gave it a shot. I ended up loving it. The packet contains a granulated powder that you add hot water to.  I still don't know what rosehip is but I taste a lot of apple. It also tastes great hot and cold so if you fall asleep waiting for your tea to cool( Am I the only one that happens to?) you can still enjoy it when you wake up.


Nude nail polishes



Flowers: Sea Holly
Nails: JINsoon Doux (2 coats)


I've been wearing a lot of nude polishes lately. There was a time when I thought nude polishes were just for old people who got a headache from bright colors. Yet another sign that it is time to bring on the pudding cups.

Diptyque & Jo Malone Scents



Okay so this one is a year round obsession. These are what have been in regular rotation for me this Spring.

Pineapples



I can be very persnickety when it comes to fruits. These past couple of weeks the pineapples from Whole Foods have been bringing me joy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they can keep it up through the summer.

What have you been slightly obsessed about so far this spring?

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