• fashion,  Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    Currently Coveting No. 6

    t-shirt | earrings | sneakers | jeans I haven’t done one of these in a hot minute, but I was inspired by these Golden Goose look-alike sneakers (aka dupes)!  Tbh, I never loved the Golden Goose sneakers, because I feel like they look too distressed. I like their design, but I just wasn’t a fan of the price point or the scuff marks.  Tangent aside, I saw these Steve Madden sneakers and I thought I would create an outfit with them.  I paired the sneakers with this adorable ~almost~  rugby style t-shirt and straight legged jeans, both from J. Crew. I’ve been really interested in straight legged jeans lately and…

  • fashion,  Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    Currently Coveting No. 5

    sweater | earrings | watch | headband | sneakers | necklace | jeans Here is a super simple outfit that I wear a variation of practically every day.  I actually bought these jeans, and they were too small! If you have a muscular body type, I would definitely size up or try one of the other cuts of denim. I also love wearing a scarf in my hair. I find that its a such a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit. I like to stick with my neutrals, so scarves are a great way noncommittal to add a pop of color. So you don’t have…

  • fashion,  Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides,  wellness

    How to Curb Your Shopping Habit

    1. Stop browsing – if whatever format  If that’s blogs, emails from your favorite retailers, social media posts from your favorite brands, or just scrolling through your amazon webpage – stop browsing. 2. Mandate a waiting period  For example, if I see something I want to buy, I’ll sleep on it. If in the morning, I still want it, then I’ll consider buying it. Generally, I won’t want it in the morning. Another way I’ve seen people do this is to use a 72 hour waiting period for purchases under $100 and a week long waiting period for purchases over $100.  3. Make a list If you need something, write…

  • Academia,  Lifestyle,  productivity,  Shopping Guides

    My Picks for Eco-Friendly Notebooks

    One of  my big goals for my life is to be more environmentally friendly. I’ve been thinking about the whole paper notes vs. iPad debate and others like it. For example, instead of going out and buying a Tesla or Prius, it’s actually better to keep the car you currently have provided it isn’t  a massive gas-guzzler like a Hummer (or some other mechanical abomination)! So, I’m keeping my 2003 Camry until the wheels fall off, and then, I’ll replace those wheels! Anyways, the iPad vs. Notebooks debate is sort of inconclusive. But what is clear is that if you’re using notebooks made with some fraction of PCW (Post Consumer…

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    The Items of my Perfect Wardrobe – My Favorite Pieces

    This is a long one, I hope you enjoy it! Nay, you better enjoy it, this took me like a whole 3 hours to make, so applause and external validation will be expected in the form of kind comments below. Thank you and enjoy the post 😉  Sweaters From left to right: Black Turtleneck | J. Crew Boyfriend Sweater | L.L. Bean Fisherman Sweater | Uniqlo V-Neck Sweater | Uniqlo Crewneck Sweater I live in New England, and it’s cold a lot. Accordingly, I wear sweaters a lot! I like to have a turtleneck sweater for those extra cold days. I also like to have a v-neck sweater which is…

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    My Goal of a Personal Uniform

    Uniforms, I had one when I was in elementary school. Then, I didn’t love it, but I respected its utility. It was nice to not have to make an additional decision when you woke up in the morning. It was simple: On Mondays and Thursdays, I wore a red polo with khakis, on Wednesdays I wore a white button down shirt with a jumper, and on Tuesdays and Fridays, I wore my gym shorts and a khaki skirt. It was simple and easy. Then middle school came and nothing was easy, especially the intricate calculus required for getting dressed for school each morning.  By the time 8th grade rolled around,…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    Adorable Summer One Piece Swimsuits!

    Row 1: black and white gingham | green scalloped | black and ivory Row 2: blue and white flutter | blue tie | red, white, and blue stripes Summer is upon us, and it is officially swimsuit season. Here in New England, after an unusually cold Spring, it is finally warm enough to go swimming. I like one piece swimsuits for a couple of reasons: They can be more generous in fitting different body types. As a busty person, one pieces in my experience have been far more accommodating than bikinis. They protect more of your body from the sun. They’re more comfortable. I don’t have to worry about how…

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    In Shower Self Care

    Seriously, self-care is so important. Caring for yourself is the first step to caring for other people. I encourage you, to take an extra ten minutes to do a face scrub or exfoliate in the shower. It’s so nice to feel fresh and new after a long day.