I look forward to writing these Monthly Favorite articles every month, and I love to read other bloggers’ favorite things as well! It’s a great way to find some new hobbies, interests, and inspirations. Here’s everything I’ve been loving so far this summer. 

Lifestyle | Tie-Dying Literally Everything 

I talked about tie dye in my June Monthly Favorites, and guess what? I’m still obsessed with it. For one thing, doing your own tie-dye crafts is so easy and fun. A few weeks ago, I went totally nuts and essentially tie-dyed every white thing in my room, including two shirts and two pillowcases. I love the semi-pastel hues that they turned out, and considering I’d never actually tie-dyed before, I think the pattern came out decently as well. In regards to other tie-dye clothes I’m wearing, I also really love this dress I ordered online. Great for both sleeping and dragging myself to Starbucks in 90 degree weather for a midday coffee!

TV & Movies | 100% Hotter

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There’s nothing I love more than watching absolute trash on TV when I get home from work. The last few months, my comfort fix has been 100% Hotter, a cheesy makeunder show that you can find on Netflix. I think that transformation reality shows are an iffy concept in general, because why should someone change the way they look if it makes them happy, but this show is especially cringe and cookie-cutter. The best part is, 80% of the time, the contestants look better before their makeover rather than after. The makeup part of the makeover is usually pretty good, but the hair and the clothing styling is always SO hit or miss. Anyway, I highly recommend watching this show if you need some new entertainment. 

Fashion | Biker Shorts

If I had a larger disposable income, I just need you to know that I would buy dozens of pairs of biker shorts. I simply just love them enormously and find them so functional, comfortable, and stylish for the warmer months. Do you want to get a workout done and still feel comfortable while you run errands later, all at the same time? Buy yourself a pair of biker shorts. I currently only have one pair in black, but like I said, I would really love to expand my collection. They’re also really easy to find both online and in stores like Target, Old Navy, etc!

Entertainment | Bailey Sarian

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I was scrolling through Facebook one fine morning when a clip of Bailey Sarian appeared in my feed, and since then, I’ve just been totally hooked on her content. She makes beauty/makeup content on YouTube (thus making her a beautuber, of course,) but her spin on it is that she also talks about a true crime story while she does it. It’s a fun time, it’s interesting, and you get to learn about makeup all at the same time. I love putting on her videos and listening along while I do my own makeup; it feels like Bailey is my friend and we’re sitting down together to have gal time while we get ready. I recently found out that my mom and stepdad also watch Bailey, which I think is absolutely adorable. 

Health & Beauty | Wigs

While I’m waiting for my extremely damaged and gross-colored hair to grow out, I’ve been having a ton of fun playing around with wigs this summer! Right now I currently own two wigs, a curly ombre one and a straight black one, but I’d love to purchase a dusty pink one as well. It’s just such an easy way to switch up your look without worrying about damaging your own hair, and the possibilities for styling them are endless. The only thing I’m struggling with is learning how to keep them untangled and clean, so if you guys have any suggestions, drop them down below!

Music | Grimes

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Okay, I know Grimes is “socially problematic” and a lot of people hate her. You don’t have to remind me. But there’s just something about her that I find so endearing and refreshing. She reminds me a lot of myself, for example, with her simultaneously deep-thinking ways and cute, quirky external personality. Every time I watch a video of Grimes talking about her life and her thoughts, I think to myself, “Wow, this human is literally me.” I really love her music as well, of course, including some of the tracks off her newest album, Miss Anthropocene. In particular, my go-to song right now is “IDORU;” it’s so fresh, light, and full of sweet emotions. And no, I am not a fan of Elon Musk in any way, but I like to dissociate him from Grimes’ art and music and try to appreciate her singularly for what (and who) she is. 

Anyway, those are all my monthly favorites for July! Sorry this was a bit behind, I’m going to schedule it so that the date appears on the day it was supposed to be published. Let me know if we share any favorites this month!

Wednesday, July 15

Now that I have an AC, being stuck at home for most of my days is starting to feel quite more enjoyable! However, I think things will perk up even more next week, when I start my new job at Starbucks. I am so excited to meet new people and become a barista, and I’m even excited to get up early for my shifts! I definitely feel more productive and generally better about myself when I get up early.

I’m not sure if I’ve already mentioned this, but lately I’ve been trying to focus on making more positive lifestyle changes. For example, I’ve been trying to keep dibs on how much water I drink daily, and my current goal is to drink at least 60ml per day. I’ve also been working out a lot more, which was strenuous at first, but now it’s getting easier. I know it’s such a cliche when people say this, but I genuinely do feel great after a good workout! I feel energized and strong, and physically, my body feels amazing. 

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Peep my beautiful salad.

So those two things have been making me feel a lot better lately, and I’m really happy to be taking steps towards improving my wellness. Once I move in with Nathaniel some day, we’ll be able to motivate each other to stay healthy as well. He enjoys exercising as well, so I’m sure we’ll be hitting the gym together after it is safe to do so. 


Friday, July 17

I accidentally slept too much today, and as a result, my brain is feeling foggy. Does that ever happen to you? 

Anyway, it’s mid-afternoon now, I’m trying to combat my drowsiness by drinking lots of water and keeping my brain occupied. I’m looking for a new Netflix show to devour, so if you guys have any suggestions, let me know!

Anyway, I’m starting work on Monday, and I’m super excited to get out of the house and have something new to do. I’ve wanted to work at Starbucks for months now, and even though it may not sound like the most exciting goal to have, I genuinely am really looking forward to it. I think it sounds like an amazing opportunity to meet new people and keep my mind busy, as well as a much-needed income. 


Saturday, July 18

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all doing well. I’m doing pretty well, but I did have another rough night of sleep and I’m hoping this doesn’t become habitual for me. I’m also dealing with a bit of brain fogginess/dissociation, but unlike past experiences, I’m trying not to panic or overthink. I’m just doing my best to take care of myself and upkeep some sort of routine to comfort myself, so today’s agenda included laundry, mopping, vacuuming, and running errands. I was able to squeeze in a little baby nap after that (which I don’t normally do,) and now I’m burning my favorite candle in the living room and getting some writing done. There’s a chance I might see Buck at some point over the couple of days, so that would really brighten me up a lot. I’m planning a tie-dye/pizza date night for us, so I’ll be sure to let you guys know if that ends up happening! Stay safe, and continue to take care of yourselves.

 

As much as I like to jokingly refer to myself as one, I am not a “health guru” by any means. However, I do think I make a pretty good salad. I used to not be a fan of salads at all, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that making salad doesn’t have to be a dull experience. And thus, my fruity, crunchy salad was born through lots of trial and error. It’s super easy to find ingredients for and whip together, and it’s great for you, too!

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Another thing I enjoy about this salad is that it is easy on my wallet. I buy canned pineapple and frozen strawberries, which really brings down the price of items without compromising nutrition. There are several yummy elements to this salad, but here are the key ingredients:

Kale, as I’m sure many of you are tired of hearing, is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there. I used to admittedly not be a fan of it, until I decided to buy a sweet kale salad mix and I absolutely loved it. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C, which is perfect for the summertime, and it can also help to lower your cholesterol. 

Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables, so I was really happy to find a salad mix that has both broccoli and kale. Not only is broccoli crunchy and delicious, it’s also a great source of calcium and vitamin K. Both of those are important for supporting healthy bones, so you can feel good about incorporating it into this salad.

Pineapple adds a punch of sweetness to this salad, and it makes the salad look absolutely beautiful as well. I’m a strong believer that food tastes better when it’s pleasing to look at. While pineapple is very high in sugar, it also has several nutritional benefits as well. It contains disease-fighting antioxidants, and some people say it can even aid in a speedy recovery after a workout! I’ve been trying to work out more frequently, so I’ll have to let you know if I see any difference.

Strawberries are my favorite fruit, so of course I knew I wanted to add them to my salad as well. Normally I buy frozen strawberries because they are cheaper, but since the DTA has started increasing SNAP funds due to the pandemic, I’ve been able to splurge a bit and buy fresh strawberries. And what a beautiful treat it is! I love how shiny and vibrant they are, and they’re truly my favorite element of the meal. Just like kale and pineapple, strawberries also have lots of healthy antioxidants! 

Pecans are one of the few nuts I actually like, so that was my topping of choice for this salad. They compliment the crunchiness of the broccoli and kale very nicely, and even though nuts are relatively expensive, I felt like they were worth it for this meal. Also, pecans have loads of health benefits for you! They improve digestion, aid in weight loss, prevent skin problems, and boost your immunity. All good things that I would love to carry with me in 2020. 

The complete list of everything I use in this salad is the Taylor Farms Sweet Kale salad mix, a small container of canned pineapple, 4-5 strawberries, a sprinkling of pecans, and I finish it off with the Panera Poppyseed dressing. It’s sweet and vibrant, and it all mixes together beautifully! I’ve been enjoying this salad a lot lately, and I’m sure you guys will love it too. It’s also vegan and gluten-free, which means it’s also a very inclusive salad.

Thanks for tuning into Recipie of the Season! I’ll see you guys for another installment in the fall.

Saturday, July 11

Hi guys! It feels like it’s been forever since I sat down to write my newsletter, and that’s because I didn’t bring my laptop with me on vacation. I purposefully did so to have a bit of a technology detox, but I also wouldn’t have had much service in Maine anyway. I went with my lovely man, Nathaniel, and we stopped in various places along the way.

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What a sporty, athletic little guy.

Because we had to drive through Massachusetts and New Hampshire first, and I had a doctor’s appointment in my hometown, we decided to stay in Massachusetts at my father’s house for the first night. Then, we officially started our road trip! First we stopped in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which is an adorable little ocean-side city. It’s a huge tourist attraction in the area, and there are lots of little record shops and cafes to explore. Nathaniel and I spent a long while in one of my favorite record shops, Bull Moose, and we both found some great things there! Then we drove up to Portland, Maine, where we went to another Bull Moose, and Nathaniel found even more Grateful Dead CD’s! (Including one that he had been looking for everywhere. He was so excited, and it was adorable.) We reached my mom and stepfather’s little house in Maine on Tuesday afternoon, which was our final destination for the road trip. It was so lovely to see my family and my dog, and they were very eager to see Nathaniel as well.

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We slept in a tent for the first two nights to get a feel for that good ole camping vibe, but on the third and last night, we slept on the couch inside. The air mattress had deflated quite a bit, and now we had bugs, so that was when we broke down and decided to sleep outside. I’m honestly amazed I lasted even two nights out there to begin with. I was also on my period (sorry for the TMI,) so sleeping in a tiny, bug-infested tent while I was sweating and bleeding didn’t really come together in a lovely manner. 

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While we were up there, we did all kinds of fun things! Like I said, Nathaniel and I really enjoyed going to the record shops and finding unique little things. We also went for a hike with my mom and stepdad, which was exhausting for me because I’m so out of shape, but fun! The view of the fuzzy mountains fading into the distance is just absolutely incredible up there. On Thursday, we visited North Conway and the White Mountains, and on a whim, we decided to take the car up Mount Washington. Holy shit, that was so beautiful. I never knew Nathaniel was such a nature lover, but gosh, he was so thrilled to be up on the top of Mount Washington. It’s so bizarre to see the car driving through the clouds- I did not expect that to happen, and I was amazed. The views were breathtaking, and the temperature was actually really nice up there. In the distance, we could still see snow on some of the mountain tips. Afterwards, we walked around the village a bit (Nathaniel bought a cowboy hat,) and then we headed back to the house. We got to take a little ferry trip with my mom around the lakes, so we picked up on a lot of Maine history, and then we finished up the evening by swimming at the local lake. It was an action-packed trip filled with lots of exercise, gorgeous views, and plenty of family bonding time. We headed out pretty early on Friday morning, and believe me when I say I was so happy to sleep on my clean sheets in my own bedroom. And I’m sure Nathaniel was excited to get home so he could pop in his new CDs and vinyls. 

So anyway, that basically sums up the last week of my life. Now I’m home and back to crafting/running errands, which I’m enjoying a lot more now that I have a job lined up and I can actually spend a bit of disposable income. I’m really excited to start working next week, and I can’t wait to tell you guys how it goes. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great week! 

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Summer 2020 is officially here, and although it’s not looking as bright and cheery as many of us were expecting, I still have hope that this can be a fun summer. I’m personally not a huge summer person because I dislike the heat, so summertime to me is more about staying comfortable than it is about staying stylish.

With that being said, a lot of the clothes I’ve picked up for summer 2020 are exactly that: durable, comfortable, and safe to get messy. Buck and I are taking a trip up to Maine in a couple of weeks, so these are the staples I’m bringing up with me for a week of dirt, lake water, and campfires.

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As y’all know, I am HUGE into thrifting, so it probably comes as no surprise that almost everything here is either secondhand or consignment. Starting from the top left, the peach beaded top is a gorgeous chiffon little piece that my housemate got at The Garment District. She didn’t realize it had sleeves (and yeah, it’s hard to tell,) so she decided to let me have it instead of returning it to the store. I probably would have never picked it out for myself, but I actually really love it. It has that 70s vibe I’ve been really loving lately, and it looks so cute with a pair of bell-bottom jeans and some chunky wedges. This top will be perfect for going to sit-down restaurants and other events that may require more formality than a tye-dye shirt.

Speaking of, I’ve been SO into tye-dye lately. I was bored at home a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to bleach tye-dye some dark t-shirts I’ve had sitting in my closet. The first one I bleached was the Led Zeppelin shirt, which was a hand-me-down from my brother. I think I might have bleached it a bit too intensely, but I still really like it and I’ve been wearing it around the house frequently. I really love the way the top right one came out- I think the pattern is very interesting, and the shirt is baggy and perfect for humid summer days. Moving onto real tye-dye, get a load of that Wisconsin Tye Dyes shirt I picked up at The Garment District. It’s kind of hard to see, but it says “Grateful I’m Not Dead” with a picture of a skull in the top right corner. I freaked out when Erin spotted this on the tye dye rack, and honestly, it’s possibly my favorite purchase to date. Buck has also been loving it, and since I’ve let him borrow it, he’s hardly taken it off. So that was a great steal, and I don’t see myself ever getting rid of that t-shirt. 

For something a bit more formal and feminine, I was so thrilled to come across this thrifted Modcloth dress, also from The Garment District. What I love most about this dress is that it has the same colors as The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album- white, yellow, and green. I can already see myself going for strolls around North Conway and picnicking with Buck in this little number. It’s so cute and lightweight, making it perfect for the summertime, and I also think it’s just such a unique piece. It really symbolizes a lot of joy for me. 

As for other staples, I’m still on my scrunchie kick, and I’ve also been wearing this beanie a lot on the days that I don’t feel like fussing with my hair. The humidity really makes my hair get dry and puffy, so most days, I’ll either throw on the hat or toss my hair up into a scrunchie. The pink shoes are not thrifted; they were actually a gift from my mother. However, they are Rothy’s, which is an extremely ethical shoe brand that manufactures their products from recycled plastic bottles. The shoes are really durable and comfortable, and if you do get them dirty, you can just machine wash them with the rest of your clothes. I have another pair of Rothy’s in the color red, and I wear them constantly around the house. If you’re looking for a really durable flat, I highly recommend this brand.

Lastly but certainly not least, I have been LIVING in my thrifted Bugle Boy Co. shorts. I mean, come on, look at them. They’re fabulous. They’re so strong and perfect for day-to-day life, and they pair great with every single shirt in this picture. They do make my ass look about eight miles wide, so I try to get some of my waist back by pairing it with this thrifted Lucky Brand belt. Honestly, though, I have no complaints about how baggy they are. They certainly reduce the amount of times I get catcalled in the city, so thanks, Bugle Boy!

Anyway, those are all of the new additions to my closet that I’ve been loving this summer. I’ve been feeling so comfortable and groovy in these lovely items, and I’m really looking forward to wearing them out all summer. And as always, shoutout to The Garment District in Cambridge for always having an amazing selection of thrifted items!

Summer 2020 is going to be an odd one, isn’t it? It’s very possible that we’ll have to forgo beach days and shopping excursions, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream about what her summer could have looked like. I personally don’t even own any summer clothes at the moment, so after I get a job and a paycheck, you know I’m going to be ordering online until the thrift store opens again. 

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My hair curls like crazy in the summer humidity, so I’ve been utilizing scrunchies every day since the heat started to pick up. I got a twenty pack of scrunchies on Amazon a few weeks ago, and for the price, they’re absolutely perfect and they make a great addition to every outfit! I miss my long hair right now, so throwing it up into a scrunchie really helps me to feel like I have some more length and volume going on. 

Another staple I’m going to be loving this summer is the pair of pink bow-tied Rothy’s my mom ordered for me as a graduation present. I’ve been wearing my red Rothy flats for months upon months now, and they’re honestly some of the most reliable shoes I’ve ever worn in my life. They have never shown signs of wear or tear, and they’re easy to wash as well. It will be handy to have another pair of flats in my closet, particularly a dressier pair that I can break out for special occasions. 

My makeup hasn’t really changed much since the colder months, but I will say I’ve been really loving a dewy finish lately as opposed to a very matte, blush-heavy look. I still love to lay on the blush, but even more so, I’ve been packing on the highlight to give my skin an ethereal glow. I’m going to get super sweaty from the summer heat anyway, why not make it fashion?

As for aesthetics, I’ve been really into cactus and the color orange lately (particularly floral orange prints.) I haven’t bought any new clothes or things like that yet this summer, but I do have a lot of cactus-themed things and a lot of orange things in my cart right now, ready to go. There’s just something so fun and playful about those two elements, and I love incorporating them into my lifestyle. My phone background is cactus right now, and it just makes me happy to look at.

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While I was mostly into brighter lipstick shades in the colder months, I’ve actually been more into muted nudes and dark, plum-y reds as of late. My favorite lipstick shades at the moment are ‘Cinnamon Churro’ by Beauty Bakerie and ‘Cathedral’ by KVD Vegan Beauty; they’re both creamy, comfortable consistencies that I find much easier to swipe on and off than liquid lipstick. Particularly in such humid weather, liquid lipstick can feel quite uncomfortable to wear on the lips. I have to say, I’m not really a huge fan of Kat Von D, but I bought this lipstick at TJ Maxx and it’s an absolutely divine color.

I hope you guys enjoyed this article and found some inspiration from it! Hopefully I’ll be able to secure a job in the next few weeks, and then I can buy some actual summer clothes (because all I have right now is sweaters and jeans.) Let me know what trends and brands you guys are loving in the comments below!

I’ve always been so fascinated in clothes, makeup, and the general idea of how style evolves over time. For that reason, today I want to review all of the fashion/beauty trends thus far in 2020. I want to cover everything from what color palettes are “in” to what textures and prints people are loving right now. Without further adieu, let’s get into it!


60s Wallpaper Prints

Your Guide to the Top Trends for Spring/Summer 2020 | Elle Canada

Of all the trends I’ve come across online, this has to be one of my favorites. I’m a huge lover of all things vintage, especially elements that are particularly feminine. Fashion in the 60s was such a time of creativity, freshness, and truly, so much joy and freedom within the newfound wave of clothing. Back when I was studying fashion in college, I remember absolutely loving learning about clothes in the 60s and how paramount this entire movement of art really was. I can’t really afford any new clothes right now, but I’d totally love to pick up some vibrantly-patterned, colorful clothes for this summer. I also love the blocky shapes of the dresses as well!


Campy, Colorful Throwbacks & E-Girl Fashion

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This trend is particularly popular among the younger generations, as it draws a lot of inspiration from the early 2000s and the nostalgic, cartoonish feel of that era. I personally have been utilizing this trend myself in my own personal style: tons of blush, fake freckles, shaggy hair, and lots of pink eye makeup. I think it’s a really unique adaptation of the punk/emo movement combined with traditional Japanese fashion, and I think the elements with the look are so universally flattering as well. What do you think about this wild trend?


Bright Warm Tones and Faded Cool Tones

Looking ahead: spring 2020 fashion color trends

According to the Pantone website, top colors for the Spring/Summer 2020 are going to be bold reds, cool blues, army greens, and of course, a couple of pastels. I have to say, I actually think that this is a really gorgeous combination of colors, and totally unexpected in the best way. You normally don’t see such rich, primary colors associated with the warmer months, so I think it’s a really interesting twist on what to expect from NYFW. I’m personally loving the saffron, the coral pink, the biscay green, and the flame scarlet. In case you haven’t put two-and-two together, these colors also truly complement the 60s wallpaper trend!


Crochet

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To be honest, just looking at these pictures is making me itchy! I think crochet is absolutely beautiful to admire from afar, but I’m also pretty sure I’m mildly allergic to wool. Anyway, this is yet another totally unexpected trend that I didn’t see coming for 2020. I suppose it makes sense to use a warmer yet breathable fabric in the warmer transitional months, particularly since these crochet designs can be layered up or layered down easily. I also really love the intricate, boho designs of these pieces, and I see quite a bit of 60s influence as well. 


Hot Pants

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You can judge me all you want, but I think this recurring hot pants trend is absolutely fabulous. For someone such as myself with a curvy profile, high-waisted shorts tend to look much more flattering than anything super low-cut. You’re definitely not going to see me sporting anything cheeky, but those black high-waisted hot pants right there? I want them on my body right now. I love these looks from 2020 runways as well, particularly since they highlight so many fun textures and intricate patterns. 2020 has really taken hot pants up a notch and transformed them from trashy to chic. 


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Bermuda Shorts

For me personally, I think Bermuda shorts are kinda hit-or-miss. Depending on the cut, fabric, and size you choose, they can either look super momish or very high-fashion. I personally love the way looser, belted Bermuda shorts look, such as in the pictures I included above. I also totally love the way the shorts look when paired with a graphic tee- it’s so sleek and casual at the same time! Just like with the crochet trend, Bermuda shorts can be a great transitional garment to incorporate into your wardrobe as the months slowly warm up. 


Two-Toned Hair

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This style certainly isn’t for everybody, but I personally think it looks absolutely gorgeous when the right person pulls it off. For example, I could NEVER pull off Dua Lipa’s blonde and black streaks, but I think it looks absolutely stunning and so interesting on her. Definitely very 90s! I’ve also been seeing this trend pop up on my instagram feed quite a bit, particularly with colorful dye instead of traditional colors. I think it’s very youthful and creative, and I’m very curious to see how this hair trend changes over time. 


Anywho, that’s going to be it for today! What did you guys think about these trends? Would you try any of these? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you are enjoying this humid summer week! I am so excited to finally tell you guys all about my mini-trip to New York City and the meet-and-greet I attended while I was there. I normally don’t blog about my day-to-day life because I don’t think it’s that interesting, but this trip was definitely an exciting experience that I will remember forever.

I should start off by saying I wasn’t even planning on taking a vacation this summer, mostly because traveling can quickly trigger my anxiety. I also just tend to get tired of being away from home for too long, and usually start to miss my bed after just the first night. This vacation was inherently successful because I was only gone for one night, and I had so much to do within the two days I was there, I didn’t even have time to think about missing home. 

Anywho, I was scrolling through Instagram a couple weeks ago when I saw a post from Julia Zelg announcing her U.S. Meet and Greet dates. Julia and her wife Eileen are amongst my favorite youtubers, as some of you may know, and I have even written an article about her on my blog before (I’ll link it down below). Like I said, I normally don’t care for traveling or social events, but this one really stood out to me. For one thing, New York isn’t that far from me- I could have compacted this trip into one day if I wanted to. Secondly, Julia and Eileen live in London, so for them to be just a few hours away from me for a free meet-and-greet felt too special to pass up. I also felt that I deserved a little break from my dog-sitting summer job, because I usually work between 5-7 days a week. If I was going to take this trip, it was going to be the highlight of my summer, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I immediately RSVP’d, without even figuring out how I was going to get there. The good news is, it ended up being a very cost-effective trip. The meet-and-greet itself was free, so all I had to pay for was my train ticket and a little extra spending money for food/shopping. Once I got my mom and grandmother on board, we planned to leave Friday, August 9th (the day before the event), so we could spend some extra time enjoying the city. 

Rather than taking the bus from Boston to New York City, which would have been the fastest option, we decided to drive part way to Connecticut, pick up my grandmother and then take the train to Grand Central Station. It definitely extended traveling, but I was so happy to see my family and meet my lil baby nephew for the first time. The train ended up being easy, too, and I caught up on a lot of reading for my book club. Despite the fact that it was close to eight by the time we got to our hotel, that’s still considered quite early in New York City! We spent the evening dining, shopping, and just taking in the incredible chaos of the city. It was beautiful, but also extremely over-stimulating for an anxious person such as myself. I did a lot of laughing and smiling, but I also cried a few times seeing lost, homeless animals on the streets. I certainly could never live in New York, but I appreciated the artistic, bustling culture of the city. 

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Imagine having hair that gorgeous. Sigh.

I had a lovely time getting ready for the event the next morning. Because Julia Zelg is considered a lesbian icon in the YouTube community, I decided to wear this two-piece rainbow crop top with matching pants. One of the biggest reasons I was so excited for this event is because it meant I would get to meet other young, colorful, proud lesbian women, including Julia herself, and I’m happy to say that’s exactly what happened. I was expecting a ton of people to be there, but there were actually only about 15-20 people or so. This worked out great for us, because it meant we all got to have a chance to really meet Julia and have individual conversations with her. Sadly, Eileen was unable to attend due to a personal emergency, so it meant a lot to me that Julia put on a happy face nonetheless and carried on with the event (and good news, Eileen is doing much better now!). I met some beautiful, wonderful queer women at this event who obviously shared a similar love for Julia, and we had a delightful time picnicking in Washington Square Park. Julia also told me she loved my outfit, so that was a huge perk.

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I put the link to this outfit below!

 

Before I left, I had the opportunity to hug Julia and thank her for all she has done for our community, on top of inspiring me personally. She is the absolute sweetest person to talk to, and like I said, it meant a lot to all of us that she kept the event running despite her family emergency. I also told her that I am interested in pursuing media professionally and possibly exploring having a YouTube channel, and she was very supportive of that. All in all, she gave me some great advice, and just being there in such a wholesome, beautiful environment made the entire trip worth it. Like, 1000 percent. 

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Making new friends in the park!

The meet and greet was the main highlight of our trip, but we also visited some other areas in the city, such as the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial. If you are ever in New York City and have the time, I highly suggest visiting this beautiful memorial. The way the water fell silently in the north and south pools was strikingly eerie and humbling. I found it really touching that a rose is placed on the names of the victims on their birth dates. 

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I wasn’t aware that a shopping center was constructed at the World Trade Center as well, and I was immediately struck by the architecture of the building. To me, it does look like an airplane (I can’t decide if that was intentional), but it also looks to me like a pair of angel wings. What do you think?

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We headed back to the train after seeing the memorial, and then, after a few more hours of driving, we arrived back home around 1am on Sunday. I slept for a straight twelve hours, and I am perfectly okay with that. And now, on Monday when I’m writing this, it’s back to work for me!

This was overall a fulfilling, beautiful, eye-opening experience for me. I feel grateful for having supportive family members, for being lucky enough meeting Julia, and for making a handful of lovely new friends on my trip. The more I travel, the more prepared I feel to eventually move across the country to start my adult life after college. There’s a good chance I’ll be taking another trip this year with my friend Eli, so I look forward to planning that as well! Thank you so much for reading.


Julia’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIBkpuyXKU4B6dFv32LpRg

My article about her: https://diplomatsdigest.wordpress.com/2019/01/10/a-voice-for-the-times-my-favorite-lesbian-icon-julia-zelg/

Where I got the rainbow outfit: https://us.shein.com/Rainbow-Striped-Tie-Front-Crop-Top-With-Wide-Leg-Pants-p-765939-cat-1780.html?url_from=adplaswtwop01190611421XL&gclid=CjwKCAjwnMTqBRAzEiwAEF3ndq83tsFdFgHHso9RMxU3AlhTD2-S6YaVAUmOMPGLMw613eeFBg6wwBoC0zkQAvD_BwE

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Summer break is winding down, and though I want to, I sadly haven’t done any fruit picking thus far. That being said, there’s still time, and there are a ton of delicious fruits and veggies currently in season. Most of the produce in season isn’t too far off from last month’s, so don’t be shocked if you see any repeats. As always, I’ll also include recipes that I see fit with the produce I mention!

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I’ve mentioned my love for cantaloupe before on the blog, so it’s no surprise that I have to mention melon is in season. My other favorite variety of melon is honeydew, because it tastes absolutely delectable and almost dessert-like. That being said, melon is much healthier for you than what you may traditionally think of as “dessert”! Melons are mostly made up of water, so they’re an ideal snack to have on a hot day when you have a higher risk for dehydration. Although melons are high in carbohydrates, they’re actually considered ideal if you’re trying to lose weight! (I’m not quite sure how that works, but I’m sure Wikipedia knows. I’ve been kind of into tossing cantaloupe into my salad, which sounds kinda weird but is actually hella good. 


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Blackberries are another one of my “fan favorites” in the fruit department, and they’re extremely easy to work into recipes for baking. Like many other berries, blackberries are very high in vitamin C and can assist with healthy immune system functioning. One of my favorite blackberry desserts is blackberry tart, because easily customizable to be vegan and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients to make. I’ll drop the link below if you’re interested in making this delicious French dessert yourself!


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Peaches are debatably the most adorable fruit. They’re fuzzy, sweet, and apparently used in a lot of marketing for makeup. Seriously, I swear all of the cutest makeup is peach-themed. Not only are peaches delicious in a variety of different dishes, they’re also very good for you! Just like blackberries, peaches are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. Peaches can also aid in healthy digestion, so if you struggle with constipation or some other charming bowel movement, consider adding some more peach to your diet! Peaches are well-known for being great in baking, so if you’re interested in trying an amazing peach crisp recipe, I’ll leave the link below.    


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Plums, just like peaches, are yummy stone fruits with a juicy flesh and large pit. I actually remember having a plum tree in the backyard of my childhood home, and always being drawn to the beauty of it. Plums are less sweet than peaches, but I actually enjoy eating them just as much. Plums are low in calories and high in water, making them another ideal summer snack for humid, hot days. Although they taste fantastic on their own, I personally like them a lot better when they’re made into dishes and jams. I’m really interested in making this plum orange jam, because it’s already vegan without needing any tweaks. 


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Admittedly, I used to not be a fan of any peppers. I’m still not a big fan of anything spicy, but bell peppers have definitely grown on me. Fresh green peppers are always welcome in my salad and pizza, because they’re fresh flavorful without being too overpowering. In fact, I’m actually cooking with bell peppers for next week’s installment of Taco Tuesday! Peppers are a rich source of vitamin C, and actually contain 97% of your daily value. They’re also a good source of vitamin B6, which aids with the conversion of food into energy. Like I said, I’m picky about peppers, but I think this vegetarian chili with bell peppers sounds absolutely amazing. I’m a huge fan of Cookie & Kate, and I actually have one of their cookbooks on my shelf. I’m really looking forward to making this chili, especially once the weather cools down. 


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Squash is genuinely one of my favorite fruits (that’s right, it’s a fruit!), and it’s always a treat to serve it up as a side dish on Thanksgiving day. It has a naturally buttery, nutty taste, and even though it may not feel healthy for that reason, squash is actually pretty good for you. My favorite variety of squash is butternut squash, which is chock-full of a variety of different vitamins and minerals. It’s also a great source of carotenoids, which aid in anti-inflammatory health. Squash is fabulous on its own, of course, but I felt really inspired by this summer squash sauté. It’s simple and easy to make, but incredibly rich at the same time. It might be time to up my Thanksgiving game with this dish.


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Lastly, it’s time to finish up with a vegetable I actually hate: the very spongy, elusive eggplant. I actually really like the smell of eggplant, but as soon as it touches my tongue it becomes something completely different. I’m hoping that I can slowly develop a taste for it by starting simple, maybe with the eggplant Parmesan from my favorite Italian restaurant (minus the Parmesan). Eggplant is high in water but relatively low in essential nutrients, so I don’t feel that bad for not liking it. Nonetheless, I am trying to extend my taste palate, and I’m happy to start anywhere!


Recipes:  

Blackberry tart: https://juliasalbum.com/blackberry-tart-recipe/

Peach crisp: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/231532/moms-peach-crisp/

Plum orange jam: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/plum-orange-jam/ 

Vegetarian Chili: https://cookieandkate.com/vegetarian-chili-recipe/

Summer Squash Sauté: https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/summer-squash-saute/

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I’ll be honest: I’m not really a big fun-in-the-sun beach person. Summer is one of my least favorite seasons, right above winter, because I can’t stand the extremity of the weather. I’m much more a spring and autumn, and fifty degrees Fahrenheit is my perfect temperature.

That being said, I love fashion. I also love jumping in a cool, chlorinated pool as much as the next person, so I still occasionally browse swimsuits from time to time. These are my favorite swimsuits I’ve come across so far, and even though I probably won’t buy any of them, they are stunning! It’s also noteworthy to add that a few of these bathing suits are very expensive, particularly the ones from Unique Vintage and ModCloth.

The first swimsuit I fell in love with is this retro-style sailor bikini set. I think red is a universally flattering color for all skin types, and the high-waisted shorts would make me feel more comfortable about having a bit of a belly. I love that this bathing suit is covered up in all the most important places, but still remains sexy and flatters all silhouettes. It’s also noteworthy to add that the top and bottom are sold separately, as are all of the two-pieces. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but I know from personal experience that all Unique Vintage items are extremely well-made and designed to last for years.


You guys, I am OBSESSED with this one piece. This is the 1950s Barbie one piece that the original doll wore, and it really encompasses that vintage glamour I love and adore. This bathing suit is perfect for small-chested people like me, who can go strapless to the beach without worrying about a nip slip. I absolutely love the sweetheart neckline as well. This bathing suit retails for $88, which is a little pricey for a one piece, but is still slightly cheaper than buying the red bow halter set.


This is actually the first bathing suit I saw that caught my eye and inspired me to write an article about my favorite swimsuits. Isn’t this two piece just absolutely darling? The design feels very romantic and French to me, and yet again, has that vintage twist I adore. For some reason, it reminds me a lot of something Jane Birkin would wear in the 1960s. I also love that the bottoms are high-waisted, because that’s usually a deal breaker for me when shopping for swimsuits. This bathing suit comes in three other patterns, so pop over to ModCloth’s websites and see their other choices!


How could I not love this bathing suit? It’s from ModCloth, high-waisted, and super gay. I love it already, and I haven’t even worn it. This particular swimsuit set is cheaper than the others, and additionally, it has all five-star reviews. This swimsuit also comes in seven other prints, so if you love the cut but not the print, fear not. You’re bound to find another print you like- I particularly love the floral print as well! As I’ve become more comfortable with my homosexuality, I’ve began expanding my wardrobe into more rainbow attire. If I were to purchase a new swimsuit, this one would definitely be a top contender.


LafyKoly Women's One Piece Long Sleeve Rash Guard UV Protection Printed Surfing Swimsuit Swimwear Bathing Suit (M(US:6-8), Black&Floral&Stripe)

I used to not be a fan of long-sleeved bathing suits, but I’m starting to come around. For someone like my mother, who spends a lot of time in the sun and could easily contract skin cancer, I can understand how this swimsuit would be ideal. I love this pattern as well- it feels youthful to me, and the horizontal stripes have a slimming effect on the waist area. This bathing suit is also comparatively cheaper than the other swimsuits, but still has a four-star review from Amazon. It also comes in a huge variety of other funky fresh prints!


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Last but certainly not least, I was intrigued by yet another affordable Amazon swimsuit. This bathing suit has 4.5 stars from 131 reviews, and comes in a variety of adorable patterns. My personal favorite is this cutesy light blue one; it has a vintage feel to it, but the cut and texture both appear very modern. I normally would be wary of trying cheap clothes from Amazon, but the reviews state that this bathing suit is stretchy, well-made, and well-fitting. There are pictures to prove it, and I can confirm- this bathing suit is true to the picture.

Those are my top six favorites, but like I said, I probably won’t have a reason to purchase another swimsuit this year. I’d love to hear which ones are your favorites, and if you’ve purchased any of these, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below!


Links

Red Bow Halter (top and bottom sold separately): https://www.unique-vintage.com/products/vintage-style-red-bow-halter-swim-top

Barbie Chevron Onepiece: https://www.unique-vintage.com/products/barbie-x-unique-vintage-black-white-chevron-stripe-one-piece-bathing-suit

Yellow Floral High Waisted Bikini (top and bottom sold separately): https://www.modcloth.com/shop/swimwear/the-sissone-high-waisted-bikini-bottom-in-yellow-floral/163973.html

Rainbow High Waisted Bikini (top and bottom sold separately): https://www.modcloth.com/sho\=

bottoms/modcloth-the-sara-high-waisted-bikini-bottom-in-rainbow/164774.html

Long Sleeve Swimsuit: https://www.amazon.com/TracyGirl-Protection-Printed-Swimsuit-Swimwear/dp/B07CQLD4D4/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3LULVN09YDHME&keywords=swimsuits+for+women+long+sleeve&qid=1561342837&s=gateway&sprefix=swimsuits+for+women+long%2Caps%2C167&sr=8-4

Bandeau Bikini: https://www.amazon.com/Aleumdr-Womens-Printed-Strapless-Swimsuit/dp/B07P9XK9T2/ref=sr_1_44?crid=6KNASNDO0Z79&keywords=swimsuits+for+women&qid=1561342864&s=gateway&sprefix=swins%2Caps%2C207&sr=8-44#customerReviews


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