• Lifestyle

    My Favorite College Youtubers!

    As a high school senior, I am deeply into the throughs of college youtubers. I just love watching “Day In My Life” videos. It just feels so nice to immerse yourself into someone else’s life. //ONE// Gracie O’Connor I don’t even remember when I started watching Gracie’s video. She’s just such a bundle of joy. I really enjoy her bubbly personality. I aspire to have Gracie’s positive outlook on life. Gracie goes to University of Alabama. //TWO// Lottie Smalley I have been watching Lottie’s videos since 2014. I love her videos so much!! She definitely posts inconsistently, but I just love her so much! I’ve literally just grown up watching…

  • Lifestyle,  wellness

    Why I Love My Peloton

    shoes | look delta cleats | shorts (TTS) | water bottle | shirt (similar) So, I meant to write this post about a month ago. Then, I got stitches on my knee and couldn’t do any “strenuous exercise” for two weeks. Then, I was so intimidated by the bike and the thought of my hard workout distressed me. And I was totally afraid of busting my stitches wide open. I mean, that’s the stuff of nightmares, at least it is for me.  Today I rode in a little over a month. It felt really good. I can feel my body getting stronger. I’m feeling good.  Peloton has given me an…

  • 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,  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…

  • Book Reviews,  Books,  Lifestyle

    Book Review: The Year of Less

    The Year of Less by Cait Flanders Rating: ★★★★☆ This book convinced me to stop buying sh*t. That in and of itself is an accomplishment. Really. If you don’t believe me, you should see my amazon account … Yikes. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book. One, I *love* memoirs that are narrated by the author. It just feel that authors know exactly where to put the emphasis and it just works. Ya know? I’m a big fan. Since lockdown, I’ve been doing a lot more chores. Normally, during the school year, I barely have time to sleep, so my parents are pretty lax about my not doing chores. In lockdown, my…

  • Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    Simplicity at Its Finest

    There are some things that are super simple, but when they’re made well – it makes a world of a difference. In this post, I’m rounding up totally random items that I use every day that are just super thoughtfully designed and well-made. Pomelo Pill Dispenser My doctor recommended keeping my meds by alarm clock so I could take them as soon as I woke up. I wanted something cute and functional – this is that.  Kindle I love my kindle! I’ve had mine since 6th grade – it’s the 2013 2nd Generation Kindle Paperwhite. It’s so old you can’t even buy it anymore. Kindles are amazing! If you enjoy…

  • Books,  Lifestyle

    What I’ve Been Reading No. 1

    I’ve been reading a lot lately. //ONE//  The Results Are In for Remote Learning: It Didn’t Work Wall Street Journal I thought it was super interesting to hear about other parents’ and students’ experiences with home based learning. I haven’t enjoyed it, but it is nice to have more freedom in choosing when and how I want to work. On the other hand, though, I miss having instruction and lectures from my teachers. Without their teaching, I get so lost so quickly in my school work. //TWO//  The New World Disorder The Economist I’m a big fan of the UN. I keep a miniature UN flag on my desk. I…

  • Lifestyle

    The Skincare Tip that Changed the Game

    I'm new to this whole skincare game. I learned a lot of new things for example: You can't use salicylic acid and retinol together. You shouldn't use cleansers with microbeads Anyway, this has been a huge learning experience for me. I've been reading a lot to learn more. One tip totally changed the way I thought about washing my face.

  • Lifestyle

    Currently Coveting No. 3

    shirt | sandals | watch | hair clips | earrings | necklace | skirt In this edition of currently coveting, I have selected a cute and classic summer outfit. I love a classic silhouette. As a busty person, I am always trying to avoid looking like a refrigerator, so I try to stick with v-neck tops or belted bottoms/dresses to give the illusion of having a defined waist (something I don’t have). Banana Republic Cropped Tank I think this shirt is super cute. I like the ruffle detailing on the straps. I also appreciate that the shirt is cropped because it’s so much better than constantly tucking in full-length shirts. Also,…