Currently...(Vol. 42)

I haven't done a 'Currently' post in about a month! April has been a crazy busy month and while it doesn't seem like it will be slowing down anytime soon I'm ready to at least take a few minutes for myself and get this post out for you guys. 
Work has been busy (what else is new?) but I also dealt with a bit of an emotional heaviness this week. I don't know how closely you guys follow Youtube news but I recently found out about a Youtuber who (as a "prank") appeared to emotionally verbally, and at times physically abuse his children. I don't want to link to the channel and bring in more attention to them but watching the kids being put through a lot of emotional trauma reminded me of some of the heavier things in my past. I don't want to talk about what I went through here in my blog but I do want give everyone who has ever been put through abuse of any kind a big virtual hug. You are loved and no one deserves to be abused. 
Now that that's done, here are some of the things that I've been enjoying:

#MyPerfectWorld with Origins | Magenta Heels and Camel Coat

Top: H&M sweater (similar here) || Coat: Zara (similar here) || Bottoms: H&M jeans ||Accessories: Loft sunglasses, Zara bag (similar here), Kate Spade necklace (similar here) || Shoes: Zara (similar here)

I recently attended an event sponsored by Influenster and Origins for their #MyPerfectWorld event. The closest event location to me was in Clarendon so Brian and I hopped on the metro and made our way to see what would make our perfect world. 
Before I go into the event coverage, I want to do a mini review of some of the products I was sent by Influenster. I was given five sample products from Origins' skincare lines for review. While I was given these products for free, all of the below reviews are my own opinions.

Formal Event Makeup Picks

I fell a bit behind in my blogging schedule and I meant to have this post up a lot sooner (sorry!) This is all about the makeup I wore to New York Fashion Week but honestly, this is a look that would work for a lot of different formal occasions. I made sure to pack my very favorites and I'd like the share them with you.

Spring with Tobi

Springtime (and especially early springtime) can be a difficult season to dress for. Here in DC the temperatures go from 45 degrees in the morning to 75 in the afternoon. How do you dress for that??
Lucky for you I partnered with Tobi to created two spring looks - one for cold spring days, and one for warmer days. 
Tobi is one of the brands I absolutely love for their cool-girl aesthetic! In fact, I bough a couple items from them in the past to prepare for my trip to Hawaii this summer. I'm really excited to style two very fabulous and trendy pieces this spring ; a lace-up bodysuit (that is sure to be a hit in the summer as well), and a floral convertible dress (that would also fit right in at the beach or by the pool).
Top: c/o Tobi, H&M jacket || Bottoms: Zara || Accessories: H&M bag, Loft sunglasses, Kate Spade necklace || Shoes: Sole Society

April 2017 Bucket List

Whoo what a month March ended up being! From two plays at the Shakespeare Theatre to nights at the National Gallery of Art, I ended up having a lot of social engagements. April is already shaping up to be a busy month as well! I've already had a blogging event I went to yesterday (I'll have a post up on that soon), and a few others lined up as well. 
Here are a few other items on my bucket list for the month: 

Lobbying 101 | Ruffled Sweater and Ankle Boots

Top: ASOS (on sale!) || Bottoms: J.Crew Toothpick jeans || Accessories: Ray Ban sunglasses, Kate Spade necklace (similar here), Kate Spade Cove Street Provence || Shoes: Old Navy (similar here)

I'm standing in front of the Capitol today which may be a good segue to introduce a topic that I've generally avoided on this blog: Advocacy and Lobbying.

In my day job I work as an advocacy researcher which means I spend my days finding helpful data for lobbyists. I know that outside of DC, the term 'lobbying' can be kind of a dirty word but it really shouldn't be.

Simchat Bat | Little Black Dress and Leopard Pumps

Dress: Zara (similar here) || Accessories: Kate Spade necklace (similar here), H&M bag || Shoes: Sole Society Jenn

This past weekend I went to a Jewish baby-naming ceremony for my friend's daughter. I definitely felt a bit like a fish out of water as I'm not Jewish, nor can I read Hebrew so I couldn't really follow along during the service. Still, this was such an interesting and diverse religious ceremony as Ghanian traditions were blended in (my friend's husband is Ghanian).
Again, as I had no idea what I was in for, I opted to wear my classic black dress (last seen here). It ended up being more casual than I thought it would be but I never regret dressing up.

My Fictional Crushes

As an avid reader, I tend to fall in love with fictional characters from books and I know I'm not alone (Mr. Darcy anyone??) Sometimes I think books have ruined my love life because no one in real life can measure up! Here are some of my fictional crushes that have skewed my expectation of what men should be (also to my boyfriend Brian - take note! 😉)

Winter 2016/2017 Favorites

Good riddance, winter - Spring is officially here! I have been so done with the cold, the snow, and the dry air that come with it. Even my outfit choices get difficult when the weather won't cooperate for blogging purposes. Let's hear it for Spring!!
To send off winter properly, I have collected a list of things that I really did enjoy this past season. I featured a lot of these items either in outfit posts or on social media so they shouldn't come as a surprise but I think this would be a good time to reflect on what I used so that going forth, I can keep this post in mind when I don't know what to wear, what to repurchase, etc. 

Spring 2017 Closet Essentials

Even though it's supposedly Spring, the past few days have felt only like the harshest of winters. We got a snowstorm and while it wasn't enough snow to close offices, it came with a biting cold that made going outside in any of my Spring clothes impossible. 
I'm hoping that with writing this post, I can passive-aggressively encourage Mother Nature to just Spring already! Here are a few things that I am planning to wear the crap out of once the weather starts to cooperate:

Book Club: Big Little Lies

SynopsisBig Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive

Product Review: Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Blooming Fit

I think anyone who's interested in makeup at all has heard by now how great Korean beauty products are. I've dabbled in Korean skincare products with great results so I thought I would venture into Korean cosmetics. As a Korean myself, I figure I would have better luck matching my skin tone with these products than I would at a drugstore. I picked up this BB cream by Etude House after I had great results with their BB powder foundation. Here are my thoughts on this:

March 2017 Bucket List

We have a conference we're organizing at work this week so I haven't been able to post much lately. This is not how I wanted March to start, but here we are.
I did want to get this particular post up - I really like writing bucket lists for myself every month. It's a great way (at least for me), to keep track of the big picture things and make sure I'm leaving enough time in my life to get these things done.

Emergency De-Stressing Kit

We have a convention coming up at work this weekend and I've been getting migraines up the wazoo. Poor Brian has been seeing me get stressed out a lot lately and was nice enough to cook me dinner when I had a particularly rough night and wanted to snuggle up. 
That said, when I needed my alone time to stew in my stress alone I pulled out my "Emergency De-Stressing Kit" - my handy kit for when life gets me down. I think everyone should have a de-stressing kit of some sort on hand as well (just in case you have a rough week like I did). Here's what my kit consists of:

Book Club: The Graveyard Book

SynopsisAfter the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family...

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

I struggle to come up with a generic gift guide for Valentine's Day - I feel like I'm pretty decent at getting gifts for people in my life but I also think the people in my life are really unique and I like getting them things that highlight their uniqueness. That said, I always scour the web for posts like this and if I can help some of you guys with your last minute gifts, I'm happy to do so. Here are some things I considered or actually got for my friends and Brian: 

Book Club: Fortunately, The Milk

I still haven't had my fill of Neil Gaiman books so it's with great pleasure I read Fortunately, the Milk. While I absolutely loved Good Omens, it took a bit longer to read (not the book's fault, I just got super busy). So I decided to read this short story by him so that I could quickly cross off something from my to-do list (finish a book). Gaiman wrote this wacky book for his children so obviously this didn't take very long to finish at all - just an hour.

Currently...(Vol. 38)

It's been a whirlwind of a week! I can't believe it's February! Like I said in my February Bucket List, this month is full of anniversaries for me! In fact, tomorrow is my blog's fourth birthday! I've mostly been preparing for all of these anniversaries this week and most importantly, Fashion Week (I still can't believe I'm going!) In any case, here are some of the things I'm enjoying currently:

Outtakes (Vol. 1)

I try and put my more curated photos here but to be honest a good chunk of the photos I take, I end up not using at all. Today I thought it would be fun for you guys to see some of the photos that I deemed unworthy to put in on this blog...until now. Once you see them you guys may see why I made those decisions:

Classics On My TBR List

Since reading has been a pretty big part of my goals this year, I thought that along with all the books that are sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read, I should also share with you guys books that are considered "classics" that I've just always put off reading for some reason or other. I'm actually pretty proud of the list of classics I already have read which I think is why it annoys me that I haven't prioritized making these particular books be on that "read" list. Hopefully with my transparency, it will give me the motivation I need to get these books out of my "To Be Read" list.

Book Club: Good Omens

Synopsis according to Goodreads: According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes NutterWitch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist...

February 2017 Bucket List

I can't believe we're almost one whole month into 2017! How are you guys doing with your New Years Resolutions?
January was tough for me as a DC resident working in politics and advocacy. I think everyone across the nation has been feeling that heaviness too. Now that the month is ending and I've caught a glimpse of the people who will fight for the marginalized and I'm feeling a renewed sense of optimism going into the next month.
In any case, here's what I'm looking forward to doing in February:

Harper's Ferry, WV

Last weekend my friends and I went to Harper's Ferry for some much needed R&R. As DC residents who work in politics, we were just really burned out by the election and the last thing we wanted to do was deal with the inauguration and the crowds of people. When we planned the trip we all agreed to a no talking about politics or the news rule. In order to achieve this we tried to find a place we could go for a three day weekend (so not too far away), that was pretty isolated and quiet (so no big cities), but close enough to nature for hikes (so that we could get some exercise between the food and drinks we would inevitably be consuming). We found a great house on Air BnB that had enough rooms for all eight of us, a giant basement area with a bar, and, best of all, a hot tub in the back! We jumped on that right away.

Emergency Compliment

Today is National Compliment Day! I know it's one of those silly holidays but still I think this is a much needed one. With a lot of negativity and hurtful rhetoric that's been floating around on the national stage, a compliment can only help. 
I found this cute site that dishes out an emergency compliment for when you really need one! Best of all, you can buy the print of the compliment you really can't get enough of! I also found out they have a book version of all of the compliments you can get here

Thanks for reading!