Book Club: 1Q84

Guest post by Jen Muller

My quick review of this book is that it was thrilling to read. The story never took me in an expected route and the characters were utterly fascinating. Harukami Murakami is truly a master of metaphors and he uses his unique writing style to immerse the reader in the world he has created.

Murakami is one of those writers people either love or hate. I am personally in the group that love him and I have read a couple of his other books and short stories, so I am not surprised by the odd plots or unique writing style, though I know a few other people who call his style jarring and too unconventional for them. Before I recommend this book I would say that it was originally written in Japanese for a Japanese audience, and I am not sure if every the style translates universally. That being said I truly enjoyed this book and the journey it took me on. I would suggest giving it a shot if it at all seems like something you'd enjoy. 

My Everyday Makeup

Terrific Tuesday beauties!
Today's post is all about my makeup routine. Before entering the workforce, I almost never wore makeup. It just wasn't my thing. Once I graduated college, I realized that like clothes, wearing a bit of makeup and looking like you put in some effort because you actually care about how you present yourself on the job is important. In fact, studies show that women who wear a some makeup (not overdone, just an enhanced version of yourself) is beneficial to women in the office. 

Currently... (Vol. 14)

Superb Sunday everyone!

This was quite the week on the blog - I had a post every single day! I haven't done that in a while. This month's goal was to get organized and diligent and I think it's safe to say that I'm on track! Anyways, let's get on with this week's post on the things I've enjoyed:

Product Review: Dior Addict Lip Glow

I wanted to share a quick review on something I've been using for a while now: My Dior Addict Lip Glow.
I bought this because I got a gift card for Sephora. It originally costs $32 which is quite a hefty tag. Is it worth the price? Well... it's hard to say. I usually look at three criteria before I determine whether or not a product is worth a repurchase: Packaging, Formula, and Price.

Coffee Break: Quartermaine Coffee

Welcome to the newest series of my blog: Coffee Break - a column dedicated to reviewing coffee shops in the DC area and beyond. With a blog called "Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes," it's only natural that I would have a section dedicated to coffee, isn't it?
I'm going to kickstart this series with a place called Quartermaine Coffee in Bethesda, Maryland.

Let's Get Organized: Makeup

I finally cleaned out my makeup collection for the first time this past year! I had just waaay too much makeup for my own good, most of which I didn't really use. The process inspired me to create a post on organizing makeup. I don't think I can stress enough how important it is to keep your makeup organized because a lot of times bacteria can build up on our tubes of mascara, lipgloss, etc. Here are some things to keep in mind if you go on an organizing spree: 

What's on My Bedside Table

On the weekends, I spend a good portion of my time in my bed. I'll put on my super comfy PJs, grab a book or my laptop and just stay in bed while I just chill. Because of this, I try to keep the table next to my bed organized and clean while maintaining all of my weekend essentials:

Tips for Landing a DC Internship

Since many of my readers are in college I wanted to write a post on tips for landing that awesome internship.

My experiences mostly come from applying (and working) in Washington, DC. I attended university in the district and while I currently work in politics and non-profit advocacy, I studied public communications in college (which is a fancy term for public relations). When I applied for internships I decided that I didn't want to be tied down to one industry just yet - you can do so much with a PR background (politics, entertainment, fashion - the sky's the limit) and since I wasn't sure which field would be best for me, I decided to market myself as a worker whose skills are transferable. I've worked for a trade association, a boutique PR firm, a large PR agency, a political campaign and even on Capitol Hill. I think it's safe to say I know a bit on how to make yourself marketable to HR departments. 
Now, before I get on with some of my tips, I want you guys to know that some of them will sound a bit harsh. But chin up, ladies! It's a tough world and we'll all have to get tougher. 

Movie Night: Imitation Game

During my flight to and from Korea, I managed to watch all of the Oscar-nominated movies in one sitting (it was two 14 hour flights - I had all the time in the world). One of my favorites was definitely Imitation Game.

It's no secret I love Benedict Cumberbatch. I think his interpretation of the great detective Sherlock Holmes is on-point and brilliant (not to mention he's just sooo charismatic and an overall good person). It probably isn't surprising, then, that this was the movie I started my flight with. The movie is, obviously, about Alan Turing - the debatably greatest puzzle-solver, inventor of the first computer, and the code-breaker of Enigma. What a man.