December Favorites

I took some time off from updating the blog to enjoy being home. I didn’t do one of these last month so I figured I would do one this month! Also, happy new year. I didn’t think this would be procrastinated as much as it is. Expect more posts in the next few days.

for your eyes

Jack and Jackie: Portrait of an American Marriage by Christopher Anderson – I love John F. Kennedy and this book is exactly what the title says. It gives a lot of detail into JFK and Jackie’s lives before their marriage, leading up to it, and during it. I am almost done and it’s been so much fun to read. I don’t know how accurate it is but I don’t even care.

Brown Eyeliner – My thing all throughout high school was winging my Stila Stay-all-day black eyeliner. I perfected it and it just became part of my image. But now I prefer to wear brown eyeliner, with smaller wings. I feel like it’s less extra and it highlights the color of my eyes better than the black did.

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The Whitney – I went to the Whitney for the first time this week. It’s an American art museum in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan. They have a really interesting exhibit right now, I think until February, that’s all about anime and the future and screen art. There’s this one video game about refugees of communist countries in the early 1900s and I was completely entranced by it for probably an hour. It definitely infiltrated my nightmares.

VSCO – I literally don’t even care how basic this is. I love VSCO. I love how secret it feels. I love how people with private Instagrams still put it in their bio. It’s like a secret girl club where everyone posts a ton of pictures of wine bottles and car rides and photos that didn’t make the cut on their Instagrams.

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133rd Street Subway Station – Michael took me to his favorite subway, which is literally 125 ft below ground. The only way down is through an escalator which when you get on it feels like you are about to fall all the way to the ground and die, it’s so steep. I had vertigo the whole time. It was insane. It takes you to the 7 train.

for your ears

I made two soundcloud playlists this month, Broke bitch and Vanilla. The first is a playlist I like to listen to while showering or driving and the second basically encompasses a lot of the soundcloud songs I’ve liked recently. My favorite is This is a song. It’s amazing.

Wanderer, Wandering

Miracle Mile

Morocco

Sweet n Sour (this one definitely should have been in Gossip Girl)

Bad and Boujee

Cash Machine

Straightjacket

Rap Caviar playlist on Spotify

White Girl- White Girl is a movie on Netflix about a girl who moves off campus of her Manhattan school to the border of Queens and Brooklyn and what happens to her. It’s shot in a captivating and realistic manner and it’s the kind of movie that scares you and makes you uncomfortable.

Animal House- I hadn’t ever seen Animal House, but when I watched it, I fell in love with the portrayal of the school and everyone’s outfits. Especially in the hearing scene. It’s a classic National Lampoon bawdily funny movie that everyone should see.

everything else

American Eagle Holiday Flannels I received one of American Eagle’s new flannels for Christmas this year and it is the softest thing I own. I have a hard time fitting into flannels in both the chest and arms (it usually fits in the arms but not in the chest), but their size XL looks perfect on me. It looks and feels like a nice quality shirt and can be dressed up with a vest or dressed down with leggings.

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Candy Cane Lane This candle from Yankee Candle has been my go-to candle this holiday season, besides my all-time favorite Frosted Cranberry from Bath and Body Works. I usually hate sweet Christmas scents but this is a perfect mix of candy cane peppermint and pine.

G-Zen Over break I went to this restaurant in Branford, Connecticut with my friend Carolyn. The service was great, the ambiance was calming and lively at the same time, and the menu was phenomenal. It’s on the pricier side considering the kinds of restaurants I go to, but it’s still really fair for the price and quality of what you’re getting. It’s a completely vegan menu, which is amazing because I’m not used to being able to eat everything on the menu!!

Moscow Mule Out of the limited scope of mixed drinks I’ve had, this is the most refreshing one. I love the mint leaves and the ginger beer is delicious. Whoever made this up was a genius.

Poshmark- I made a Poshmark a few weeks ago, and I am in love with it. It’s partially the reason I’m broke, but I’ve also been selling items on their app too. My username is @mainaeliz. So far I’ve had a really positive experience with the app and it’s been a great resource for getting rid of my old jeans.

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October Favorites

for your eyes

The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley– I read this book in the span of a super busy week, and when I wasn’t in class or studying I was reading this book. It’s a great length and is basically what its review on Amazon says: “a love letter to New York City.” For someone who misses the city very much, the familiar imagery and references made me smile and even pointed me in the direction of places I want to visit next. It’s very WASP-y, and naturally all of the characters attended Ivies, but it’s easy to get past those elements with the vibrant setting and internal troubles of the characters.

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Vermont in the Fall- I may be super negative about Vermont on this blog, but it’s genuinely one of the most beautiful things I have seen during this time of year. Of course, Connecticut is beautiful this time of year too, but the mountains and the endless abundance of trees, combined with drives in New Hampshire as well… it’s a sight I have only seen on National Geographic before.

Nude York– This post changed my life. “If you are not where you are supposed to be right now, one day you will be.”

for your ears

Spotify– I got a Spotify account this month when my free trial with Apple Music was up. So far I’m enjoying it. I like how public it is (you can see what other people are listening to) and their method of suggesting music for you to listen to is so much less annoying than Apple Music. It definitely kills my battery way more than Apple Music does, though, and it doesn’t have Taylor Swift or De La Soul, so keep that in mind if you decide to get it.

Listen to this, this, this, and this.

Nancy Duarte’s Ted Talk– I watched this during a public speaking seminar and it instantly fascinated me. I never thought that a system could be applied to great speeches like those of Steve Jobs and Martin Luther King, Jr. I always cry during empowering speeches, and dissecting the structure of these talks put all of my emotions in perspective.

I’ve been listening to these two Soundcloud playlists recently: 633 main st and coconut pear chapstick.The first is for walks down the street to get coffee by myself and the second is for needing to pretend I’m in Florida.

everything else

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Boston– As you probably already know, I spent half of my October weekends in Boston. I can’t wait to visit more. It’s super cheap for me to go if I use Wheeli (which I TOTALLY recommend), it only costs me around $8-10 for each ride there and back. I love it there and going for those weekends have recharged me and reminded me of what is important in life.

Toast- I love bread and I like to get creative in my dining hall. I usually opt for the classic two slices slathered in peanut butter, topped with banana slices and cinnamon sugar, but I add honey sometimes. When I’m not feeling peanut butter (rare, but it happens), I go for strawberry jam and honey with grapes on the side. Don’t forget the butter.

Morning Showers- Since sixth grade I have been a die-hard night shower person, I think my dad instilled it in me. But since I have 8:30 AMs almost every day, it serves as a way to actually wake me up. Or at least get me out of bed.

The Verbal Translation of Nervously Jiggling Your Legs

It’s one of those Friday nights where Soundcloud makes you sad, you’re tired of your candle scents and your hair is crunchy and sweaty but you don’t want to stand under the cold, low-pressure flow of your dorm’s shower head.

It hasn’t really felt like my life has permanently changed until now. College has felt like one long weekend, but now, as I type this without distraction of hastily made friendships, it feels like forever. And I don’t like that.

If I could attribute a feeling to Flume’s latest album, Skin, it would be a sad Friday night, one where your plans fell through and you start realizing things. Like how you’re almost out of meal points, and how behind you are on laundry.

Waiting sucks. I call my mom, I tell her my problems, and she tells me to wait. Friends come in time, good grades come in time, ideas come in time, everything comes in time. I want college to be done, I want a degree in something, and I want to be eating unseasoned rice on the floor of my Manhattan apartment with someone I feel comfortable reading my journal to. I never thought I would be fortunate enough to find my people in high school, to find my best friend at fourteen, and I took it for granted. I kind of realized how precious it was when Catie would come home for weekends last year, and we would all wake up groggy, making pancakes and listening to twenty one pilots, but now that space in time seems even more far away.

Yes, home would have gotten old. I needed a change. College is important and good, and I hope it either gets important and good or I transfer somewhere important and good. I hope my Rosa DiLauro essay gets me places for very cheap so I can wake up in a world where Ubers across town don’t cost $10.97 on off-peak hours and Saxby’s shops dot every other corner.

Burlington doesn’t have any grime. Yes, the city is dirty, but the air is too clean for this to be a real city. The bus system is too unreliable. I could sit here and complain about how much I feel so disconnected from the place I live, but it’s not going to get me anywhere. I have to accept that nothing is permanent, people have other things to do and can’t pay attention to you all the time. And it’s important to note that I am doing good. I have never been late to a class and have done all my homework. I take showers every day (with the exception of today) and get to work on time every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I paint. I write. I finally got to the Yale part of Gilmore Girls.

Someday I’ll find people that I will click with, and until then, I have my repetitive candle scents as a sense of stability.