“But halfway through the inspiring story, the documentary takes an all-too-predictable turn. Our beloved Taylor swaps her cowgirl boots for a new urban chic identity, clothes, and friends….Then, Swift reveals what she thinks of these people, referring to Blackburn, President Donald Trump, and their conservative supporters as ‘racists,’ ‘homophobes,’ and even ‘fascists.'”
“Writing in the New York Times, Arthur Brooks summarizes modern happiness research: ‘It turns out that choosing to pursue four basic values of faith, family, community and work is the surest path to happiness.'”
Excellent writing and from an important perspective. Had me hooked by the second line! READ HERE in this month’s Fathom issue (and enjoy!)
“I’m already in the car when the message comes, stuck in traffic but halfway to work. We think someone at the office may want to try and kill you today.”
Beauty & Style
Caroline over at Un-fancy.com is modeling some of Elizabeth Suzann’s gorgeous winter pieces. ES is a local designer to my home of Nashville, where she makes slow/sustainable garments for women that look easy to live in (and easy to love!) My favorite looks on Caroline are #2 and #5. Go take a look!
“Paris Musées, a collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public on their collections website. Artists with works in the archive include Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others.”
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“People are overwhelmed with decisions and can only make those decisions on the basis of feelings.” (from Renovation of the Heart, p 126.)
“Our context may be distinctly post-modern, but thankfully, this isn’t the way of the Christian. In Psalm 139, David cries out to God, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Only someone secure on an unmovable foundation, one that isn’t based on wavering emotions or changing circumstance, can have the boldness to pray that kind of prayer. He has chosen to place his trust in the only steadfast option–in God himself!”
That’s your reading list for the weekend, folks. And if you’re not already following the Big Bang Decision of 2020, get on over to Instagram and par-ti-ci-pate! See ya there.
So glad you decided to swing by! Here’s a *virtual* cup of something warm and delicious. Most of my current days are spent working on final papers for the semester (reading and writing and editing some more) while also thinking about what dessert I’m going to make for Thanksgiving. Last year I did the classic move of two (homemade, of course) pumpkin pies, but this year I want to do something a little more Southern. Maybe Pecan? Ooh…even better…Jackson Pie! YUM.
As if you didn’t already know this, but September is traditionally fashion month. (Because I know “fashion month” is at the top of your priority list…) New York Fashion Week always happens in September and the “September issue” of Vogue is always the thickest and glossiest issue of all. It’s also back-to-school month, which stirs up nostalgia for picking out that first day of school look. Do you remember what you wore to the first day of seventh grade? I do. A black a-line skirt dotted with tiny colorful flowers paired with a black, short sleeved mock-neck sweater from The Limited (and probably low cut sneakers.) I would 100% wear that outfit today.
This September, I’ve decided to route some of my creative energy to my wardrobe. My goals are to 1.) figure out what pieces I don’t wear (or hesitate to wear) and 2.) get more creative with the pieces that I do wear. Here I’m sharing the custom method that I’m crafting as I go along (feel free to implement one or all of these suggestions to your closet!)
Here’s the thing about blog writing. It gets under your skin a bit and seeps into the corners of your life. You may be living a perfectly normal day: refilling another cup of coffee, responding to an email, taking a walk to the mailbox, choosing the right pair of shoes for the busy day ahead…and then THE question weasels its way in-between the daily tasks, “Should I write about this?”
Sorry if that question seems a little out of left field…I know there are more pressing issues happening in the world right now (I mean, just look at Rod Rosenstein’s un-blinking dead gaze.) But I’m curious- do you wash your hair every day? Every other day? Once a week?
It’s Friday, and while I may be swamped in research papers and never-ending assignments, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want a 5 min scroll break while studying. Instagram is my favorite of the social apps because it fuses the best parts of entertainment media: beautiful images, interesting conversation, and easy-to-discover good content.
Remember that scene from Clueless where Cher goes to her closet to get dressed and instead of pulling hangers of clothing out from her closet, she sits at a 1995 Apple and clicks through a computer program to select her outfit for the day? It’s like ancient digital paperdolls, which I’m 100% here for. If you are too young to recall this epic scene…enjoy it here!
I’ve been thinking about mindsets lately and specifically about our mindset as it’s connected with fashion and shopping and how we get dressed. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I like to post #LOTD (or, look of the day) shots because honestly, I love seeing other people’s looks- they inspire me to be more creative and they give me ideas for new ways of wearing things.
I’ve always loved getting dressed and when I was younger (especially during my teen years of freedom and part-time job money) I spent a good chunk of my time combing the local thrift stores looking for sartorial gems. When I think about those days, I miss the sense of exploration, like treasure hunting in your own hometown. Getting dressed was all about *fun* and about expressing what I was thinking or feeling in that moment- not about trends or what was expected of me from any outside source.