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Book Club: Good Omens

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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...

My review: The rapture has never been funnier.
I don't know what exactly I thought I would be getting from this book when I picked it up at Powell's in Portland. I thought I'd just get another easy funny read for my flight. This book really consumed me in a way I can't explain - I found myself constantly thinking about the schemes of Earth's demon and angel, both working together to prevent the apocalypse. I found myself drawn to the hijinks of the Antichrist, Adam Young - a boy who grew up with no knowledge of his mission in life in a very normal suburban English town of Lower Tadfield. I found myself cheering for the descendant of Agnes Nutter herself, Anathema Device who, I must say, is a refreshingly charismatic feminist character. I could barely put the book down until I was finished and when I was, I found myself getting sad that there wouldn't be more of that book to read. 
It's been a while since a book gave me feelings like that. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has lost that feeling and have been searching for it. Good Omens will not disappoint.

Double Date | Turquoise Midi and Wrap Body Suit

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Top: Forever 21 (similar here) || Bottoms: Forever 21 (similar here) || Accessories: Prada bag (similar here), LOFT tights, Kate Spade necklace (similar here) || Shoes: Sole Society Daphne (on sale!)

On Friday my friends and I went out on a double date in City Center! I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with all things David Chang so I suggested we all eat at Momofuku. Best decision. Always!
My friends Kevin and Alyssa got engaged last month. Funny story, Kevin was actually snapchatting at a zoo, looking at the lights the night he proposed. I happened to be at the Smithsonian National Zoo, also looking at the lights that particular night and I thought we were at the same place. Naturally, I called him and said, "Where are you?? We need to meet now!" excitedly. He sounded a bit weary but as we tried to coordinate a meeting, we found that we were at completely different zoos so we scrapped the idea. 
Later that week, his girlfriend Alyssa posted on Facebook that Kevin had proposed...on the night of the zoo! I almost ruined the proposal!!
They agreed to the double date though so obviously all was good but I couldn't help but feel that this was very classic me. We all had a laugh at my expense and ordered a round of dessert so all is forgiven :]

February 2017 Bucket List

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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:

  1. Attend New York Fashion Week: I can't believe I'm typing this but I got an invitation to see a show at New York Fashion Week! I've never been to a real fashion show much less one for NYFW so 'excited' is an understatement! It's not one of the big shows (I'm not that cool hehe), but I'm still very excited for it. 
  2. Celebrate my 4th blog anniversary: Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes is turning 4 this year on February 6! I can't believe I will have been doing this for four years this year! This blog that started as an after work whim has grown so much and I'm so excited for the opportunities going forth!
  3. Celebrate my one year anniversary with Brian: February is the month of anniversaries for me because Brian and I will be celebrating our one year as well! I met Brian at a mutual friend's birthday party. The kicker? That friend's birthday is on Valentine's Day. It was all very accidentally romantic! I still can't believe we made it this far but like my blog's future, I'm excited for my future with Brian!
  4. Watch all of the Oscar-nominated movies: This is a goal I always have around this time of year right before the Academy Awards. I like doing an Academy Awards bingo every year and predicting the winners! 
What's on your bucket list this month?

My Life in Books

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Childhood: Matilda by Roald Dahl
My childhood is defined by Roald Dahl books in general but I think I truly fell in love with reading through Matilda. It's funny because I actually discovered this book while I was grounded for something I did (that I don't remember haha). In my six year old frustration at my parents, I happened to notice the back cover of this book where they synopsis stated that Matilda was great at teaching her awful parents lessons in manners. Guess who liked that? (hehe) She was a smart girl who liked to read but lived a lonely life without friends. As a kid who moved around a lot growing up, I could relate to that loneliness. Through reading Matilda, I discovered the joy of reading and my life was never the same. 

Early Adolescence: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
I was a shy kid when I got a bit older than my Matilda reading days. I was also usually the only Asian kid in school people thought I looked funny, spoke differently, ate weird food, etc. It was a hard. When I discovered the first of the Harry Potter series, I felt like I gained three friends that would always be there for me when I needed to escape to this magical land. They helped me to be imaginative and brave and just as Harry had no friends until he went to Hogwarts, I learned I was also deserving of good friends and my weirdness didn't make me any less deserving of them. 

Late Adolescence: Asylum Denied by David Kenney-Ngaruri 
I interned at an international law firm as a teenager and I met the writer of this book - a Kenyan immigrant who applied for U.S. citizenship by seeking Asylum. As a child of immigrants, I was never really confronted with my own privilege of being born a U.S. citizen until then and I had never really thought about how others had to fight and wait and jump through hoops to have what I had. This book opened my eyes and it made me more aware of the struggles of others. 

Early Adulthood: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
I first read this book as an undergrad in college - wide-eyed and eager to be independent and make it in the big city. College was so different from anything I had ever done before and I was feeling overwhelmed by the experience when Breakfast at Tiffany's came into my life. While Holly Golightly had a lot of character flaws (a bit selfish, flaky, and unreliable), I also saw how scared she really was and I found beauty in her character. On the outside she seemed to have everything but on the inside, she was just barely keeping it together. If that doesn't seem relatable to a college student, I don't know what will.

What books defined your life?

Harper's Ferry, WV

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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.
Of the eight of us, two had cars. They offered to drive all of us up to the house but Brian, my friend Courtney and I decided to take the MARC train for $12. Who says public transport is dead? 😉
To be honest, the first day it was raining so we stayed in and played a ton of board games. We ventured out maybe once that day for drinks at a bar nearby but we mostly took advantage of the kitchen. Two of the guys in our group were cooking enthusiasts and one of my friends brought his Sous Vide so we ate well without having to go out. 
The second day we started off with a hike on the Maryland Trail. I got my butt kicked on that hike - it was a mountainous trail that was a steep uphill all the way. Before I knew it we were almost 400 feet above up and my glutes were on fire! I couldn't even catch a break on my way down because the trail was so muddy I had to be careful not to slip and fall. At least I felt better about being such a glutton the day before. 

Finally when we made it down we headed straight into the town. I'm not sure what I expected Harper's Ferry Proper to be like but I really enjoyed going into all the restaurants and shops. It was so quaint! There was a bit of a western feel and I was reminded of the show Westworld as I walked around. 

A few places I recommend: 
  • Country Cafe and General Store: They have the best of everything! I think of all the places we ate at, this was not only the most affordable but the best in quality! 
  • Potomac Grille: I didn't have high expectations of this place but I really loved my meal! I got a chicken parm sandwich but my friends who got a steak sandwich were just as, if not more, satisfied with their lunch. To be fair, we had all just finished our hike and were starving but I still would go back.
  • The Coffee Mill: I was actually surprised to see a lot of negative reviews on Yelp for this place because I actually had a pleasant experience and I thought that my coffee tasted fine (and I'm pretty difficult to please when it comes to coffee). I think people who didn't like the service here came in the summer, the peak of tourist season. Harper's Ferry was like a ghost town when we were there so the employees were more attentive to us as there were only so many people that required service. 
Thanks for reading!

Emergency Friendcation | Sherpa Cardigan and Duck Boots

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Top: Forever 21 shirt, H&M cardigan (similar here) || Bottoms: J.Crew toothpick jeans || Accessories: Kate Spade necklace (similar here) || Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider

During inaugural weekend, a few friends and I decided to escape DC and go to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia for a much needed emergency Friend-cation. We found a nice house in the woods on Air BnB with a hot tub (which was awesome!) and access to a lot of mountainous trails. The agreement we all made: We are not to talk about politics all weekend. In fact, Brian sent a letter to Hillary Clinton inviting her to join us and promising we wouldn't talk about the election (she didn't respond). 
I knew we'd be doing a hefty amount of hiking through forests and muddy trails so I brought my Sperrys back out for the trip. Also, this sherpa cardigan has been the best! I love layering it under a parka for extra warmth! 
I've scheduled a post for tomorrow on some of the activities we squeezed in during our three-day weekend there. 

Thanks for reading!

Emergency Compliment

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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!

These Boots Were Made for Walking | Ruffled Sweater and White Jeans

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Top: ASOS || Bottoms: J.Crew toothpick jeans || Accessories: Kate Spade necklace (similar here), Tory Burch Robinson bag || Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)

Brian and I took these photos on a nice day last week (before we went off to Harper's Ferry). I really loved the ruffles on this sweater and while I have since worn it with blue jeans, I wanted to highlight the fabrics and the elevated elegance of it by wearing it with white jeans. There's just something summery about this look that I really like but winter whites is also one of my favorite trends! 
Also, I've had these boots forever but I find myself never really wearing them. For a pair of shoes from Forever 21 that I paid less than $40 for, they've really held up! Who says you have to fork over lots of money for good pieces? 

Thanks for reading!

Currently... (Vol. 37)

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This weekend I escaped Washington, DC and went to a cabin in the woods - Harper's Ferry, WV to be exact. I know I could have marched with my fellow women but honestly, I was just tired. The idea that I would be a neighbors with a president who is surrounded by so much controversy was enough to exhaust and overwhelm me. When I feel like that, it usually means I've been expending a lot of emotional energy and need a break.
I was, however, incredibly happy to hear that collectively, 2.5 million people around the US (and the world) came out to march for women. Two and a half million people who believe in equal rights came out to say they don't agree with the way the new President has spoken of and treated women. Two and a half million people who stood up to say that we will fight any form of bigotry. Two and a half million people who were fired up and ready to go. Thank you all for doing what I should have been doing. I work in politics myself and I promise will fight the good fight too. 
That's not to say I regretted going to Harper's Ferry. As I saw the millions of people marching and my friends in town saying they couldn't get on the metro because it was so crowded, I was kind of glad I went away. I don't do too well in crowds. It was nice to breath fresh air, hike a mountain pass, and visit the quaint (and cute) little town. We took the train both ways and the scenery was gorgeous! I'm planning on writing a post all about it soon. 
Anyways, on to the things I've been enjoying currently: 
  • Reading: Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman - I love all things Neil Gaiman and this short story was definitely a wacky and fun read! If you like nonsensical stories that actually have a point, I recommend this one. It should only take you about an hour or so to read it so it's not a big commitment. 
  • Wearing: Sperry Top-Sider Saltwater Duck Boots - I know, I raved about these boots in my last Currently post but I love them! They were especially handy when hiking the muddy (and I mean muddy) mountain trails in Harper's Ferry!
  • Listening: Hamilton Mixtape - I love Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda so of course I loved the mixtape! As a 90s kid, I was so excited to see Ashanti and Ja Rule singing Helpless! So amazing for sure!
  • Loving: Harper's Ferry - I never thought I would find anything I would love in West Virginia but I'm so glad I was wrong. There's something so quietly charming about this town. We were already making plans to come back in the summer to go tubing, in fact! If you're ever in a hiking mood, definitely try the Maryland trail - that was the best workout for my glutes in a while!
Thanks for reading!

Social Loner | Lace Up Sweater and Duck Boots

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Going off on my post on being an ambivert, I think I’m a social loner more than anything.  Case in point: When I was in school, I hated studying by myself in my dorm room because it was too quiet. I had to study in the library but once I was in the library, I would stare daggers at my friends who would see me and want to talk to me. I just wanted to be in a social environment...alone. Years later, I'm still the same way. I don't mind going out with my friends but I like being quiet and observing people when I'm out rather than actively participating in whatever my group is doing. I guess I just want to be invited to do things more than I actually want to participate. I'm complicated. 

Are there any social loners out there as well? How do you cope? Let me know in the comments!

Party Night | Blush Cami Dress and Black Booties

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Dress: H&M (similar here) || Accessories: H&M bag, Kate Spade necklace (similar here), Julep nail polish in 'Evelyn' || Shoes: Sole Society Daphne

This post is late - as in 16 days late! I actually wore this outfit on New Years Eve! We actually had pretty mild weather that day (highs in the high 50s) so I told Brian that I'd go sans jacket for these photos. The things I'll do for a nice photo...
Anyways, I got this dress at H&M a while back because I really liked the shimmery fabric and the simple silhouette. I knew this would be a great outfit for nights out because of the split and could be dressed down by layering a sweater over it. Don't you just love versatile pieces?

Thanks for reading!