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.

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Today, we have a navy gingham midi wrap dress from the Gap, strappy white sandals from Target, tassel earrings from The Tiny Tassel, a necklace from KJP, and an adorable hair scarf from H&M.

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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 is would be the perfect introduction into midi dresses, as I tend to stick with mini dresses.

Strappy Sandals

I think I saw Kate from Lonestar Southern wear these. Honestly, I don’t really remember, but these sandals are adorable nonetheless! I could actually see myself wearing these with a nice little sundress in the summer.

Michele Watch

I was introduced to this brand by Dorothy from Prep in Your Step. I wouldn’t buy this $2,300 watch for myself, but it sure it pretty! Also, I’m not a big fan of metal watches – I definitely prefer leather watches.

Kate Spade Enamel Bracelet

I love a good enamel bracelet! So clean, so classic, so chic! You can’t go wrong.

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Me wearing enamel bracelets when I met Ayanna Pressley !!

Hair Scarf

I love hair scarves! Love. Love. Love. I think a cute scarf in your hair totally elevates your look. 50% of the time, you can find me with a scarf in my hair. Pro tip: you can use hair scarfs to tie up your hair (like a hair tie) when you run out of hair ties. 

Pearl Necklace

This necklace is actually really similar to a necklace my mom gave me that I wear almost every day. I love how simple and classic it is – I can literally wear it with anything. And I have!

Tassel Earrings

Generally, I am *against* tassels  in all their forms, but these are acceptable (and cute). These earrings are from Tiny Tassel. This is a Black owned company based out of Charleston, SC! We love to support Black owned businesses!

Sincerely,

Marie

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!)

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Shout out to my friend Joaquin for sharing this meme with me!

 

Anyways, I made a content to consume list in Notion, my new replacement for Notes.

I started by making a new page within my one of my notebook in Notion aptly titled “Notebook”.

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Next, I created two separate pages within the content to consume page: instagrams and blogs. In hindsight, I probably should’ve just made two separate sections for instagrams and blogs on the same page. But if it’s not overly complicated, then did Marie really make it? I think not.

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Last, I just used bullet points to make my lists. I like to hyperlink the text. To do this, select the text you want to link, while the text is selected press command + K and voila! A box should appear and you can paste in the link and press enter.

 

Later, I combined the two lists onto one page to simply matters. Overall, like this layout much more.

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Happy list making! (But for real, how can list making not be happy?!?)

Sincerely,

Marie

Book Review: Such a Fun Age

Warning: minor spoilers ahead

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Although, I read most of Such a Fun Age in bed, outside makes a far better picture. 😉

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Rating: ★★★★☆

I have a lot of thoughts about this book – perhaps more than I can make sense of. Then again, having too many thoughts to make sense of is my perpetual state of being anyway, so what else is new?

One

I think this book is honestly, just indicative of how white people act sometimes. As an African American growing up in a wealthy, white, and liberal suburb, Alix’s actions don’t surprise me at all.

Two

I thought this book did a great job as a smart and sharp social commentary while still being fun and enjoyable. I find that books that aim to be social commentary can be isotonic and lofty and overall not super fun to read; I didn’t feel that way about Such a Fun Age. 

Three

I love how Reid uses Kelley and Alix as foils for one another. As far as I’m concerned, it was literary mastery. Also, the weird love triangle was nothing short of delightful! I love a good rom-com or trashy romance beach read, so the love triangle was just pure fun!

Four

Reid does a great job of making you sympathize with the “antagonists”. I totally saw myself in Alix; Alix’s ambition and constant professional FOMO was super relatable. I also was totally with Emira’s friend, Zara, in wanting Emira to “get her life together” and start working a “real job” with possibilities for advancement.

Five

As for Alix, Reid does a great job of intertwining the socioeconomic and racial motives for Alix feeling superior to Emira. It was particularly poignant to see how often Alix referred to Emira as “hers” – her sitter, her friend, her nanny, her family.

Six

The antagonist. This book is a character vs. society external conflict. In the case of this novel, it quite literally Emira against the world. Alix, Kelley, Tamra, and the grocery security guards are part of the racist, elitist society that is causing harm to Emira.

Seven

Tamra – she’s such an interesting character. Tamra’s wealth makes her feel superior to poor Emira. Essentially, Tamra feels comfortable taking away Emira’s agency because Tamra must know best as she is more financially successful than Emira. This, in particular, was as fantastic and sharp criticism of capitalist and socioeconomic caste system the United States is. This type of paternalistic view towards the less fortunate is exactly what empowers people like Donald Trump to say that those on food stamps should have better and healthier food selected for them, as opposed to letting people but their own food to suit their own needs.

Eight

The more I think about this book, the more I like it. It’s been masterfully written.

If you’re been thinking about reading Such a Fun Age, read it! You won’t regret it!

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Sincerely,

Marie

Must Have Supplies for High School

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Ahh, high school – what a time!

One of the things that stressed me out about entering high school was the utter lack of school supply lists / the lack of consensus on what you need for high school. As a Type-A, ESTJ worrier, I was super freaked out an overwhelmed. And I’m the oldest out of the kids, so I didn’t have any older siblings to tell me what to buy.

First, high school is very different from middle school, but the supplies you need basically stay the same. The thing that will change the most is probably your organization system, but that’s a *whole* other blog post.

Anyway here’s what you need.

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//ONE// A binder for every class

If your school isn’t paperless, you will likely need a binder (or two!) for every classes. This is where you will store old handouts, worksheets, tests, and quizzes. You won’t take these to school with you every day. It’s best to keep this organized chronologically. Alternatively, you could use one binder for all the classes, but thats a) more expensive for one 3in binder b) hander to organize. I got mine from staples. I recommend getting D-ring binders.

//TWO// Notebooks

This one is a bit trickier. It’s hard to gauge whether a class is going to need a whole notebook to itself or not. For example, my freshman history only took about 40 pages of notes for the entire year. I’d recommend buying one 3-subject notebook and two 1-subject notebooks. That way you can put the classes that don’t take a ton notes altogether. Alternatively, one the first day, you can ask your teachers what supplies they’d recommend for their classes. You can always return items if you don’t need them, but you can’t buy things after they’ve sold out.

//THREE// No. 2 Pencils

You will definitely need some No. 2 pencils for scantrons and standardized testing. I like the Dixon Ticonderoga and the Pilot Dr. Grip Mechanical Pencil. You can use mechanical pencils as long as the pencil is using HB grade lead.

//FOUR// Colored Pens

This one is pretty simple – having multiple pen colors is super helpful for drawing diagrams, annotating texts, spicing up your notes, and basically everything. I have a set of colored gel pens and a set of colored ballpoint pens.

//FIVE// Colored Pencils

You will have a project or a poster to create. You will need colored pencils. Do your future self a favor, and buy the 24 pack of Crayolas. This is save you from the inevitable last minute, late night dash to Staples the night before your project is due.

//SIX// Pencil Sharpener

I’m always surprised by the number of people who don’t have a pencil sharpener – don’t be like those people. Assume that the pencil sharpeners in your school are trash (they probably are) and bring your own. I keep a mechanical one on my desk at home and a manual one in my backpack. The manual one is my absolute favorite pencil sharpener. I’ve had mine for 3 years! And I absolutely love it!

//SEVEN// A folder for every class

This is what you’ll carry around with you every day. I like to store ONLY the handouts relevant to the current unit in class. It is imperative that you keep this clean and organized. I’ve used these really cool 4-in-1 folders and these basic 2 pocket folders. I’d definitely recommend getting these in plastic, so they are more durable.

//EIGHT// Pencil Case

I will never understand the people who just throw their pens and pencils all willy-nilly into their backpacks! I high recommend using a pencil pouch that has two pockets like this one. That way you can have one for your post-its and erasers – things you don’t to get dirty with pencil marks all over them. Plus a separate compartment just for your writing utensils.

//NINE// Planner

Honestly, I probably should’ve put this first. A planner, agenda, assignment book, whatever you want to call is one of the keys of long term success in high school. You NEED to know *exactly* when your assignments are due and when your tests are given. A planner is key to that. You don’t really need a planner that’s any bigger than 5in x 8in. That’s the size I use. It’s slightly smaller than the A5 size.

//TEN// Watch

A watch is essential for me. I know in my school, at least 2/3 of the clocks in my school are broken. Also, most of time, teachers won’t allow you to whip out your phone to check the time. This is why a watch is the best thing ever. I genuinely wear a watch every day. I get watch tan lines. Here’s the watch I currently use! One really important feature for a watch to have is the date – I constantly forget the date, so having it on your wrist is super convenient and useful.

Good luck with high school – You’ll need it!

Sincerely,

Marie