summer books to read & listen to

summer books to read & listen to

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hey all!

to me, summer has always been the best time for pleasure reading. honestly, during the year, i REALLY can’t get any done, i was always too worried about homework, after school activities and social life (let alone my blog too!) to get any reading that i wanted done. i was never one of my classmates who didn’t read the school books, i always read those (i get it, i’m a nerd) but i genuinely like to read, and because i was getting graded on it why not! since its finally summer, i am back in action with my reading! with almost 3 weeks down i have completed two books AND i’m working on a third – and finally feel better about getting back to reading.

since summer is MY favorite pleasure reading time

as always, a note to all my readers – this post does not mean i own any of the above, or that i will buy any of the above. it just means that i like it visually and (unless noted) i do not own it; all that i will write about is stuff i hear from friends and other users of the product as well as the visual aspects of the product which i will mention in the comment below!

c2sl-square-orig.jpgfeminist fight club (listened & loved)

this nonfiction, almost self-help guide taught about the dangerousness of qualifiers (ie: “not sure if this is right” etc), the importance of mentors and simply how each one of us can bring up another in the workforce in any field. it was amazing because it quoted studied, important female empowerers and used examples of famous women and what they did or did not do to complete their goals.

i listened on audiobook & finished in four days, would recommend as a “beach read”, or a good thing to listen to while you drive through traffic!

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the animators (out of my mind LOVED) download

as an art major, i could not relate harder to the prologue, its insane, and i feel how thats gonna be already due to the narration. the class and the teacher felt all so real to me. but the book REALLY gets going about 3 chapters in with an INSANE plot device. it made me laugh, cry, laugh and cry again. so many things were amazing about this novel, and its probably one of the best i’ve read in awhile, and i really mean it.

i’ve gotten a pretty far way into the book. the characters are interesting – the dialogue is a little cliche and expected, but the details are what i am HERE FOR. and as an artist, i know how sharon feels to be ‘not the best in the room’. for a fiction book its just the perfect length to keep you going.

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static1.squarespacethe mothers (haven’t started yet!)

i’m pulling from overdrive’s summary here: “Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.”

i honestly only clicked it because of the cover. #judgingbooksontheircovers, but i read the synopsis and it was so entirely intriguing, so i put it on my list.

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c3zo-square-orig.jpghere i am (great author)

lets get it straight here, all of the rest of these summaries will be from overdrive. “Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Amis the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home—and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.”

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51F8xuqPJpL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_modern lovers (another cool cover)

“Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch to their own offspring.” – overdrive 

this one has been on the list for awhile, and i feel as though i might have shared this before, but i want to read it

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51SJjlmVGpL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_the girls (pure cult fun)

“Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader.” – overdrive

with unlimited great reviews, this one seems like a really amazing novel, and i’ve sorta been obssessed with listening to crazy cult stories, because they are just real and terrifying enough to deal with.

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4164RkY1yFL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_when: the scientific secrets of perfect timing (non-fiction!)

“Pink shows that timing is really a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule?  How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married?” – overdrive

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41GlixPmiiL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_asking for it (hard but important topic)

“From Congressman Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” gaffe to the high school rapists of Steubenville, Ohio, to the furor at Vanderbilt, sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the feminist term “rape culture” has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it?” – overdrive

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enjoy & i hope you found some of your own summer reads!

xoxokatewins

 

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Must Haves: Dorm Room Stuff pt 1

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hey all!

you know that this month i would see where i am living. and! i did! i am living in a quad in the building i wanted to live in which is super exciting! i am living with my absolute oldest friend (i.e. i have known her all but two weeks of my life, and that is just because she was born then). anyway, we (and our two other roommates) have started to chat about living together at gw, and because i’ve basically been planning a total dorm look since i was a freshman in high school (y’all its BAD, but i’m obsessed with this kind of thing) i know its just the time to start!

i’ve decided to make a collection, with LINKS of some of my favorite stuff i’ve seen so far!

as always, a note to all my readers – this post does not mean i own any of the above, or that i will buy any of the above. it just means that i like it visually and (unless noted) i do not own it; all that i will write about is stuff i hear from friends and other users of the product as well as the visual aspects of the product which i will mention in the comment below!

& since i’m a member of the dormifam – you can get 20% off your order with this link!!!

check out my pinterest list here! (click the image to get there!)

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but here’s more

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 / 1. belkin valet charge dock for apple watch + iphone /  2. serene house ranger essential oil diffuser / 3. instax multi-picture frame / 4. brass hangers in ‘hay’ / 5. keepcup cork brew travel coffee mug / 6. monogrammed wamsutta bath towels / 7. target storage quarter bin in solid white / 8. rifle paper co. washington d.c. art print / 9. gourmand ‘macaron rosé’ candle / 10. poppin fin file sorter / 11. silver mesh stackable shoe sorter / 12. ‘you make me a better me’ art print /

enjoy all!

xoxokatewins

Blue Pants in West LA

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hey all!

last saturday, i went down with my sister to melrose place to shoot this adorable summer look – and to shop the new glossier store! she needed some work clothes and of course i came with her, because A) i am a shopping FIEND B) (i think) she thinks i have good style, or basically know what looks good on others (and i think she’s not wrong). anyway, we headed to the YUPPIE basic store h&m to find her some appropriate work level styles. while we were there, i found stuff for her of course, but i also found these TO DIE FOR blue striped wide-leg pants. i’ve been eyeing styles like this for awhile, but since they were UNDER $20 i just decided to go for them, and i styled them in a look that i am loving!

here’s my look!

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/ topshop straight neck bodysuit / h&m creped pants / steve madden carrson sandals / /louis vuitton speedy purse / rayban evolve sunglasses / diamond stud earrings /

y’all know my oh too real obsession with bodysuits, and i also love this bodysuit not only for its versitility, and price (UNDER $20) but for the actual lightness of the fabric. in the hot LA weather i can’t exactly deal with something that is too hot, but this is also nice because it can be layered and also worn in cooler weather! and i’m just in love with these pants – they feel like pajamas, but are much more chic. because they are a tad cropped (idk if this is just a thing because i’m tall) but i decided to pair them with heels, but they also look awesome with my high top sneakers!

enjoy!

xoxokatewins

Graduation

Graduation

hey all!

you know because i already posted about it, but i graduated from my high school on june 3rd, 2018.

its crazy to think, but its already been a WEEK since i’ve graduated and it all kinda feels the same.  i mean, i’ve been putting together my schedule for next year, meeting my roommates and starting to put together my dorm, worrying about moving across the entire coutry and dealing with WINTERS, and of course what i will be wearing in these winters (after all i am still a blogger!). its all so real, except not so real yet, like i know i am leaving in a little longer than two months, but it still feels foreign to me, i still feel like i am gonna go back to mayfield.

maybe because it felt like the ending was abrupt, maybe its because i loved my experience so much but i feel as though i didn’t have closure. its really hard to say why i don’t feel closure, i mean i finished my classes, went through transition week and i GRADUATED, the white dress, the roses, the whole ceremony & MY DIPLOMA. i mean its over, like i’m done with high school but i feel like i haven’t had the emotional response i usually do when things are over.

maybe i feel like i am ready, to leave high school, to leave my home and to leave LA and thats why i haven’t yet freaked out that its over? maybe i prematurely freaked out during college decision time so i decided i was done with the anxiousness? but i can’t be completely sure you know, it’s so odd to me.

i have always had a reaction with moving on and change, i get intense ‘graduation goggles’ – meaning when i am preparing to move to the end of something i get so nostalgic of the ‘good times’ i had in whatever place/thing that is ending. i get this when i have each birthday for as long as i can remember. weeks going to my birthday i can’t be more excited, and even the day i have my birthday i am so excited but the last few hours i finally decide that i actually don’t want to get older, and i don’t want the year to be over.

i feel as though my ‘graduation goggles’ did kick in, however the second part, the sadness, the wanting to stay in the moment not wanting to move on never happened, and thats why i don’t really feel like this moment is over, at least not yet.

thanks for reading my anxiety-ridden piece.

xoxokatewins

Summer Look: Vol.1

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hey all!
how’ve you been all! i feel like i haven’t personally checked-in in a long time, and even though i am not explicitly doing this today i wanted to see how your own summers were turning out (so far) i know its probably only been a week for you all (like me) but i think i have actually gotten alot done and have planned super fun things for y’all this month & the rest of the summer on m&mh!! so i’m very excited and i’ve done a few shoots lately, and will try to share as many actual pictures of me as possible, here’s a look i built for y’all!
as always, a note to all my readers – this post does not mean i own any of the above, or that i will buy any of the above. it just means that i like it visually and (unless noted) i do not own it; all that i will write about is stuff i hear from friends and other users of the product as well as the visual aspects of the product which i will mention in the comment below!
here’s the look!
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i have been loving body suits lately (y’all know me!) and these pants just scream out for a cute bodysuit! i love the neutral style and the tie on the waist. they are a nice fabric not too hot or heavy like jeans sometimes are! i love these lower white heeled sandals, i love the ankle tie on them, and the lil-gladiator style! you know my feelings about bucket bags, (i love them)! and scrunchies are always my style!
enjoy y’all!
xoxokatewins

Disney Style: June 2018

Disney Style: June 2018

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hey all!

(anyone correct me if i am wrong, but!) there is this tradition called ‘grad night’ at different theme parks to celebrates high school seniors for graduating high school, and of course, since i just graduated i got to visit disney’s california adventure park all day and then into the night along with a few other groups of other high school seniors. i decided that this would be a fun chance to wear a cute outfit and just have fun with my friends, soooo…

here’s my look!

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 / topshop bodysuit / levis wedgie jeans / free people halter bralette / ray ban sunglasses /  / jansport belt pack / hoop earrings / minnie mouse ears / converse high tops /

i paired a topshop straight neck bodysuit with my favorite pair of levis jeans. to carry my stuff, but to keep myself totally hands free i opted for my favorite fanny pack! its big enough to carry your wallet, sunglasses, portable charger and a bar, but you can also opt for a cuter belt bag, but i went for a functional one instead of a cute one! i put my halter bralette because its super comfy and also cute! finally, i wore my minnie mouse ears to show my disney excitement!

enjoy!

xoxokatewins

 

Looks for Less (& favorite Quality Dupes!)

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hey all!

i love to shop, but i always find that things cost too much for my own good! i mean i am a young adult and i really can’t afford to buy everything that i want. and it would be crazy if i did really buy everything, i love the styles but not the price, and that is what dupes are for. i found some super cool dupes for y’all to check out!

as always, a note to all my readers – this post does not mean i own any of the above, or that i will buy any of the above. it just means that i like it visually and (unless noted) i do not own it; all that i will write about is stuff i hear from friends and other users of the product as well as the visual aspects of the product which i will mention in the comment below!

here we go!

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#1 : staud bissett bucket bag 

    dupe : topshop dupe bucket bag 

#2: self portrait azaela fit & flair dress

dupe : astr lace fit & flare dupe 

#3: tassel drop earrings 

dupe : target dupe tassel earrings

#4:  adam selman x le specs ‘the last lolita’ sunglasses

dupe: zeroUV dupe cat eye sunglasses

#5: cult gaia box bag

dupe : target dupe cult gaia bag 

#6: gucci slide loafers 

dupe : target ‘a new day’ dupe loafers

#7: mansur gavriel calf circle bag

dupe : forever 21 structured round bag dupe 

#8: marc fisher adalyn espadrille sandal 

dupe : target ‘universal thread’ espadrille dupe

xoxo

xoxokatewins