November 30, 2016

November Favorites

This laugh-out-loud, blubber-cry Netflix series
Grace and Frankie are two ladies in their golden years whose husbands of 40 years dump them for each other. This leaves Grace and Frankie left picking up the pieces of their shattered marriages and figuring out how to live as singles. This show is not only good for genuine laughs, but for heartfelt sentiment as well. As one of the biggest Golden Girls fans ever, this show really appealed to me and I love the way Netflix is handling issues like gay marriage and aging in a society that emphasizes the need for youth. This show packs a powerful emotional punch that will keep you reaching for the tissues constantly--both tears of joy and heartbreak.
Find Grace and Frankie on Netflix

This gut wrenching book from Donna Tartt (her first in 11 years!)
This book is a lot. It's a lot emotionally, it's several hundred pages's just a lot. The Goldfinch tells the story of Theodore Decker who survives a museum bombing and begins on a long, at times, depressing journey--all while tied to this stolen Goldfinch painting. I'm not even through with this book yet and I already know it's going on my Classics/Favorites shelf. Recommended to me by a friend, and now I'm recommending it to you.
You can find The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt on Barnes &

The Batong Boys, aka BTS: one of the most popular K-pop boy bands
K-pop has become more popular in the Western world as of late, but spending my high school years in Asia it was everywhere! I even met a K-pop star once, in an airport on a school trip. I didn't know who they were exactly but it was a thrilling experience nevertheless. I more recently stumbled upon "Save Me" by BTS--and instantly fell in love. This song has been on repeat for weeks and weeks now. I highly suggest checking out the rest of their work (and try to not fall in love with Taehyung and Jimin, the way I did ahem)
You can find BTS on iTunes

When I had the opportunity to try this famed fast food place for the first time when I visited Mom in Nevada, you best believe I jumped at it. As a vegetarian, there isn't an option for me technically, but their not-so-secret menu revealed that ordering a grilled cheese was a popular vegetarian option. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this grilled cheese sandwich....was one of the best of my entire life. Mom, resident carnivore, liked that all the ingredients tasted fresh and more natural than other fast food joints, and her order of animal-style fries were gone in seconds. All in all, In-n-Out deserves all the hype it gets and I'll definitely be returning anytime I'm on the West Coast.
Find the closest In-n-Out to you here

These thigh-high blue velvet boots from ASOS
Hi I'm Kate and I'm a boot-aholic. The minute I spotted these crushed blue velvet beauties they made it onto my Christmas list and I've been drooling over them ever since. They come in this color (that makes Elvis proud) as well as in black (sold out at the moment). They have half sizes available....and they're currently on sale at!
You can find these boots here on for $58.00 USD
November 14, 2016

9 Ways to Improve Your Life Right Now

The holidays are approaching and though they are my favorite time of year, they often indicate the most stressful time of the year. School is stressful with exams, the end of the quarter is approaching at work, and trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list is definitely trying. With all this in mind, here are my 9 ways to improve your life right now.

clean // all that clutter in your room, apartment, house, garage, car etc. is not just cluttering up your space it's cluttering up your mind as well! If you take the time, an hour, a day, however long you need, to clean out your space you will feel so much better about approaching the other stressful aspects about life. Plus, it's just much easier to relax in a space where everything is tidy.

get ahead // if you can prepare for that presentation, paper, proposal, concert now, you won't have to stress about it when you have less time and more responsibilities. Believe me, procrastination is enemy #1 when it comes to being stressed out. Even just jotting down a quick outline for that task and working on it a bit everyday will take so much weight off your mind!

treat yourself // my personal favorite way to de-stress! Treat yourself to a day of doing nothing, a day of movies and junk food, a sleepover with friends, a special outing with your besties, or a day at the spa! Sneak off and get a pedicure or a massage after a grueling day or take a Saturday, invite your best friends, and plan to not budge from your sofa for as long as possible. Friends + food is the best stress-busting combination.

get exercise // as much as I hate to admit it sometimes, Mom is always right when she suggests doing some exercise to help solve my problems. We all know that "exercise releases endorphins blah blah blah" but the real trick is that if you work out extra hard then you feel extra kick-ass and that will prepare you to tackle anything stressful in your path. 

read a book // taking time away from a screen and reminding yourself why you love reading is a great way to beat stress. I find I don't have a lot of time to read if I don't specifically set a time where there is nothing else I should be/want to be doing and just read. Pick up a random new book, get a recommendation from a friend, check bestseller lists, or even read an old favorite! Just sit and read for a chapter or three it will calm you right away. (Bonus relaxation points if you read in the bath)
go out with friends // after a stressful week, month, or semester sometimes there's nothing better than going out and cutting lose with your closest friends. In high school, our after-prom party was at a club and the entire grade was so grateful to cut loose after the grueling month of IB exams. At college there are plenty of parties available to cut loose when you need it, and as an adult you and your friends can hit any bar or club any weekend you want!

head outdoors // if you don't have the time for a full treat yourself day, or even a night to go out, a nice walk outside can do wonders for your stress levels! Take a stroll through a park, up and down the street, through a farmers market, or down a walking path with your four-legged pals, with a friend, or even alone. Being in nature will refresh your mind and a bit of exercise will prepare you to tackle whatever is stressing you. 

unplug // social media, instant news updates, a cacophony of sounds and video assaults us constantly these days. Unplugging completely by turning your phone off, not just silencing it, and turning off the TV and laptops/tablets for the night will greatly decrease your stress levels, and help you sleep a lot better.

take a nap // sleep is one of the best ways to recharge your batteries! Whenever I feel like something is too difficult to finish or I'm getting frustrated because something isn't working the way I expected it to, I usually take a 40-60 minute nap. It's a simple way to refresh your mind and get you back on track. Now, napping is not to replace an entire nights' sleep and I never recommend pulling an all-nighter, but napping? I'll always recommend napping.


What are your tiny tricks to improving your life?
November 9, 2016

My Open Letter to Every Trump Supporter

I don't get very political on my blog. I don't think it serves any purpose usually, and usually I'm not feeling as much about it as I am today. So, this is going to be a departure from my usual due to the election that occurred in America last night. Please feel free to leave comments supporting any political view or ideal, I would love to have a discussion about this. But please note that any comment that is degrading or rude will be deleted.
November 2, 2016

October Favorites

These Halloween bat balloons from ModCloth
Happy November 2nd! I don't know about you but I like to stock up on everything Halloween related these few days after the holiday. Everything's on sale! Halloween candy, dresses, costumes, accessories...and these balloons!
Normally retailing for $19.99 these fun bat balloons are only $11.99 right now on!

Greeting cards from Papyrus
I'm a sucker for getting mail the old-fashioned way. Since I've been off to college, Mom has been sending me a few random cards here and there--and it really makes my whole day when I get them! Papyrus is one of my favorite greeting card companies (you can get the card pictured above here) and I love all of their cute designs! Take this as a sign to send someone you've been thinking about lately a funny Thanksgiving card!
Most Papyrus cards retail around $5

These bat, stars, and moon tights from ASOS
In keeping with the Halloween-related sales, these absolutely adorable tights are on sale! Because Halloween was a Monday this year, a lot of people didn't wear their costumes on the actual day. If you're someone who isn't entirely comfortable wearing your sexy T-Rex costume to the office or to class, you can always slip into a pair of tights like these to keep the spooky theme with you all day!
These tights are on sale on for $8.50

"Chronic" by Phoebe Ryan
This hazy, sweet-as-sugar song belongs at the top of your playlist for the next month. If you're not a winter fan, this song will definitely have you dreaming of spring break. The retro beat is perfect for everything--from rollerblading down the boardwalk to doing homework in your room. You'll have it on your mind, promise.
Find Phoebe Ryan's Chronic on here

This ugly Chimney Santa sweater from Forever 21
Now, I know I told you I'm stocking up on my Halloween supplies for next year. And that's true! But as soon as the clock hit midnight on Monday, I was ready for the holiday season. There's no better way to get ready for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, or New Years than to partake in the ugly sweater tradition! Ugly sweaters are a staple of this time, and this year Forever 21 has a whole line of them!
This Chimney Santa sweater retails on for $24.90