How to Feel Better (When You’re Sick)

Here’s how it goes down: It’s cold outside. You run outside in a hoodie, instead of a proper coat like your mother taught you. Surprise! You get sick. Okay maybe that’s not how it goes down for everyone, but you get the idea. The point is you’re sick, you feel miserable, and here’s what to do about it.

  • First thing first, DRINK WATER, you should do this all the time but especially when you’re sick. I like to fill a jug with water and keep it in my mini fridge, so I don’t have to leave my room.
  • Next up, sleep. Sleep like a dead bear. Don’t worry too much about your sleep schedule you can worry later.
  • After laying in bed for a while, I find that I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. To pull myself out of the abyss I take a hot bath/shower. The steam helps clear your senses, and it’s just so luxurious to be clean. I would not suggest fixing your hair (unless you want it out of your face) or putting on makeup. Honestly, pants are totally optional when you’re sick.
  • Now that your body is squeaky clean, go and do the same for your surroundings. Especially change your bed sheets! Vaccum, pick up dirty clothes, and take all your mugs back to the kitchen to be washed. Now is a good time to open all the curtains and let in a little sunshine, the best kind of medicine.
  • Eat something good for you. Not just for your soul (I’m looking at you chocolate chip cookies) Your body needs a healthy kick to get back to gold. I like high protein salads and avocado toast (or literally anything else with avocado) Juices and iced teas are good too; just make sure you’re not drinking mostly sugar. (Let me know if you want a recipe for iced kiwi green tea)

That’s about it really, except of course the obvious step of going to a doctor. What do you do to feel better?

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2016 Resolutions

Hello, 2016!

New year, new you as they say. Every year we like to set some goals for ourselves. Last year I met my goal of cutting out red meat, so this year I wanted to set some more.

Mr. Kate gave me the idea of a mantra for the year. After thinking it over, I decided that “Bloom” is the perfect word for 2016. This year I want to grow as a person and be the best version of me.

When thinking of my resolutions I sat down with my Erin Condren planner and wrote out where I want to grow with my blog, in school, and personally.

Planner Goals

Then, looking at this list, I came up with words to summarize it. I took these words to write around my blooming flower above.

So, what are my resolutions?

  • post twice a week
  • create a solid theme both on my blog and on Instagram
  • be an inspiration to others.
  • earn an A in Chemistry
  • practice French to become fluent
  • exercise consistently (expect a blog post about this)
  • cut out all meat and become a full-blown vegetarian
  • eat 3 meals a day
  • create more by and for myself

What are your resolutions?

 

My Wardrobe Essentials

To create the perfect wardrobe, you must first know what you need. For me, I need pieces that can be worn tons of different ways, dressed up or down. Here are my must-have items.

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Denim Shirt

Whether they are tucked in or layered, I love my denim shirt. The cool blue color matches everything.

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A-line Skirt

My favorite silhouette, the a-line skirt accentuates the waist. Perfect for cropped sweaters or tucked in tees.

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Ankle Boots

My favorite style of shoe ever, ankle boots bring a little edge to your outfit. A short, and quiet heel, is a must for me.

What are your essentials pieces?

Christmas OOTD

On Christmas morning do not expect me in anything more than pyjamas, but by the time Christmas dinner rolls around I will be fully dressed and ready to be merry.

I like to dress up but still be comfortable.

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OOTD for Christmas

Dress from Hot Topic

Blazer from Willow Boutique

I will pull on my black heels if I go out, but for around the house, black flats are fine. If it is cold out black tights might add a little warmth.

For jewelry, festive earrings and a black and red bead bracelet are perfect.

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Christmas Accessories

Happy Holidays!

Thrifting Finds 12.24.15

My brother and I were supposed to be running errands but when we saw that the rarely open local antique store was open we just had to stop.

Having grown up with an appreciation for music and vinyl records, we both started digging through the hundreds of albums.

Once we got past all the Elvis and Johnny Cash we found loads that we loved. I found Alice Cooper ($7) for my brother and some Def Leppard ($4). I almost screamed when I found Fleetwood Mac Rumors ($8), which has been on my wishlist for ages. My brother and I both loved Michael Jackson’s Thriller ($20) and I grabbed it. I also got Kansas Leftoverture (free) even though it was pretty scratched up. It will look great on my record shelf (built by my brother.)

We spent, at least, an hour in the store and actually came back with my mother to show her the hanging lamp ($35) we thought she might like.

Overall, it was a good day.

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Vintage records to add to the collection.

Book Club – Dec. 2015

“What’s it going to be then, eh?” – A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

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Invisible Bookshelf from Urban Outfitters

Let’s start with a big thank you to my brother for helping me put up my invisible bookshelf yesterday. If you saw my posters you would quickly realize that level is not in my vocabulary.

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

This month I only read one book for pleasure, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I saw the very strange but visually striking movie of the same name in October and once I learned that it was a book I knew I had to read it. I often find that if a movie is a bit strange and sometimes confusing the book helps fill in the gaps.

A Clockwork Orange is about a teenage boy named Alex who goes out and commits crimes with his friends at night in the dystopian world they live in until he is betrayed and arrested. After spending two years in jail, Alex goes through an experimental reform that changes him. The book makes you really think about what it means to have a choice.

“Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?” – The Jail Priest

I love how the book uses a unique form of  rhyming slang from the teenagers  (I find it more beautiful compared to modern slang) and Alex, or Your Humble Narrator, describing the events of his youth to you. The edition I bought has an extra chapter at the end that was originally left out of the American version. I suggest you stop before the last chapter and think about the book as a whole before reading on. It is incredible to see how one more chapter can change the meaning of the book.

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This month I bought Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I have been wanting to get this for away. I ended up getting it so I could qualify for free shipping on Amazon. I love the cover art and cannot wait to get started on the book.

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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The next book I am going to read is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  I am less than a hundred pages in and I am already in love. The author describes things so that I feel like I am in the main characters head and her narration just has a calming effect to it. Bees are one of my favorite animals so that is a big bonus. I am sure after this one I will read more of Kidd’s books.

That is all for this month’s book club. What are some of your book suggestions?