• Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    Shopping Ban Update No.2

    First, some updates about Marie Speaks. Posting 3 times per week isn’t super feasible for me right now, so for the time being I’m only going to post once per week on Wednesdays! Thank you so much for reading, and I appreciate your time! I’m about a month into my “shopping ban”. Honestly, I’m really over buying stuff in general. Like I’m tired of shopping. I have bought  a couple of essentials so far.  Bras In my original list of approved purchases bras were one of them. Recently, I’ve worn out a couple of my bras, so it was necessary to replace them. I got two of this style.  Whitelines…

  • Academia,  study tips

    10 Secrets of Highly Effective High School Students

    Successful people have habits. Successful high school students have habits. While they may not be secrets, not everyone knows or understands these important habits. My goal is to share the wealth. Here are some of the most helpful strategies I have learned over my *illustrious* high school career.  1. Writing it Down When in doubt, write it down. Your teacher said something you didn’t understand – write it down. You thought of an interesting idea for an essay – write it down. You don’t understand how to do a certain problem – write it down. Keeping a log of questions and/or ideas will help you when you have a chance…

  • Academia

    What You Need to Know to Crush the SAT: Reading Edition

    Honestly, the reading and writing part was the easiest for me. It’s also one of the hardest parts to prepare for (or for which to prepare if you’re really into grammar). My First and Best Tip:  Read, Read, Read! You should practice reading high level articles, books, and such to prepare yourself. I’d recommend reading from the following publications The New Yorker The Atlantic The New York Times (specially the Saturday Essays) Foreign Affairs The Council on Foreign Relations The Washington Post The Wall Street Journal You should also challenge yourself by reading some fiction. Here are some books my English teacher recommended: Wuthering Heights – Bronte Invisible Man –…

  • Academia,  Lifestyle

    I Just Discovered Classical Country Music, and I Think I’m In Love

      Not Our First Goat Rodeo, by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile A few weeks ago, I had the house to myself. And as one does, I asked Alexa to play classical music. Background: I’ve been really into classical music lately. Since quarantine, I’ve been listening to SO much music – but the constant flow of lyrics was beginning to feel oppressive. It felt like sensory overload – I wanted to listen to music but sans words. Words were too much; they required too much brain power. I can’t be the only one who occasionally feels this way. Anyways, back to the original story, on like…

  • Academia,  study tips

    What You Need to Know to Crush the SAT: Math Edition

    Here is the second installment in my series on test taking and prep strategies for the SAT. My parents paid an arm and a leg for SAT prep, so your parents won’t have to! 😉 General Test Taking Tips Test questions are ordered from easiest to hardest. The test is ordered from least missed questions to most often missed questions. For the grid-in problems the difficulty resets. So as you go on from the first grid-in problem to the last grid-in problem, the questions will get progressively more challenging. You can either focus on doing as many easy problems as possible with reasonable assurance that you got them correct. OR,…

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    Currently Coveting No. 4

    Having just announced my shopping ban, I felt a bit hypocritical writing this book and online window shopping. Ultimately, I came to this conclusion: this blog is my creative outlet and one of my creative hobbies is creating fun and pretty and outfits. Honestly, most of these outfits are so different from my usual uniform of jean shorts and a T-shirt – I like living vicariously through these Currently Coveting posts. dress | sandals | watch | bracelet | necklace | scarf | earrings Gingham Wrap Midi Dress I hate midi dresses. I love wrap dresses. I’m not sure if I’d love or hate this dress. I do think this…

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    Making Content to Consume Lists

    A few days ago, I came across a massive post on Carly the Prepster’s Facebook Group. It was a list of small bloggers and micro-influencers. I clicked on every link with the intent to follow, read, or just check out all of the blogs listed. I didn’t get to it that day, so when I opened my computer the next day – I HAD 30 TABS OPEN. Now, I’m the kind of person who gets super stressed out when I have too many tabs open. It’s just visually overwhelming and urgh! I’m just not a fan. Then I had an idea! Eureka! (I’m like basically Pythagoras now!)   Anyways, I…