Books to Read – September Update

Books to Read – September Update

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hey all!

happy sunday my friends! i’ve been having such a weird weekend because i thought yesterday was sunday and i have so many things on my plate for my schedule sundays so i just freaked out! but thank g it was saturday and i still got to take my sunday chill and work on a very important art project due this week! CRAZY! i’ve got a super insane week ahead but i am ready for all it has to bring for me ahead! although i spend most of my ‘entertainment’ time watching netflix, big brother (its almost over!) and listening to podcasts (this is pretty much mostly when i am running) i’ve been hearing so much about some amazing books both coming out this fall and ones that have come  out at the end of the summer so i thought i would share them with y’all now!

also if you wanted to know, this cover photo on this post is a sketch by a famous artist that i got to sit with for TWO hours this past friday #onlyatGW #onlyinDC! its so surreal and art school is so insanely cool!

just a note, i have not read any of these books but i am very excited to get to read all of them soon! so here we go!

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by tahereh mafi 

“It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.”  – amazon 

a few years ago when i was really into the book fandom communities on twitter, i got a follow from tahereh mafi. i  had never heard of her before, so naturally i stalked her, and following a quick google search and a twitter search and i’ve basically been a fan since then. when i heard that she had a new book coming out i was so so so excited! naturally i read the  summary and was just hooked! i’m so excited to read it!

pre-order here on amazon!

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by lisa brennan jobs

“Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents―artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs―Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be.

Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s poignant story of childhood and growing up. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide, marveling at the particular magic of growing up in this family, in this place and time, while grappling with her feelings of illegitimacy and shame. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling story by an insightful new literary voice.”  – amazon

this one came out only just a few weeks ago but totally grabbed me by the face when it did. its written by the daughter of steve jobs, and recounts not only her role as the daughter of the creator of the device which i am typing on right now but really drags me in because of her life which i cannot even begin to relate to!

buy it here on amazon!

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by bill cunningham

“For Bill Cunningham, New York City was the land of freedom, glamour, and, above all, style. Growing up in a lace-curtain Irish suburb of Boston, secretly trying on his sister’s dresses and spending his evenings after school in the city’s chicest boutiques, Bill dreamed of a life dedicated to fashion. But his desires were a source of shame for his family, and after dropping out of Harvard, he had to fight them tooth-and-nail to pursue his love.

When he arrived in New York, he reveled in people-watching. He spent his nights at opera openings and gate-crashing extravagant balls, where he would take note of the styles, new and old, watching how the gowns moved, how the jewels hung, how the hair laid on each head. This was his education, and the birth of the democratic and exuberant taste that he came to be famous for as a photographer for The New York Times. After two style mavens took Bill under their wing, his creativity thrived and he made a name for himself as a designer. Taking on the alias William J.–because designing under his family’s name would have been a disgrace to his parents–Bill became one of the era’s most outlandish and celebrated hat designers, catering to movie stars, heiresses, and artists alike. Bill’s mission was to bring happiness to the world by making women an inspiration to themselves and everyone who saw them. These were halcyon days when fashion was all he ate and drank. When he was broke and hungry he’d stroll past the store windows on Fifth Avenue and feed himself on beautiful things.

Fashion Climbing is the story of a young man striving to be the person he was born to be: a true original. But although he was one of the city’s most recognized and treasured figures, Bill was also one of its most guarded. Written with his infectious joy and one-of-a-kind voice, this memoir was polished, neatly typewritten, and safely stored away in his lifetime. He held off on sharing it–and himself–until his passing. Between these covers, is an education in style, an effervescent tale of a bohemian world as it once was, and a final gift to the readers of one of New York’s great characters.” – amazon

this book’s cover and its title really made me excited! then i read the summary and liked it even better. with my interest in the fashion industry, i think i would really love to read this and this would be a great thing – a nice and happy read of the life that i find so amazingly cool!

buy now on amazon!

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by rosie nixon

“Amber Green loves working at Smith’s, London’s ultra-exclusive boutique frequented by everyone who’s anyone, including Mona Armstrong, the stylist to the stars. She is fierce, demanding, and can make or break a career with a snap of her manicured nails.

When Mona’s latest assistant walks out and with awards season arriving faster than you can say “Rodeo Drive”, Amber finds herself agreeing to work for one of the most infamous—and volatile—women in Hollywood. And the stars aren’t much better. Amber’s life is turned inside out as she becomes familiar with all Hollywood has to offer, on and off the red carpet.

As she begins to enjoy life in the dressing rooms of the hottest stars, Amber discovers she’s the one in the spotlight when she catches the attention of two very different men. But Mona’s behavior is growing increasingly erratic and unless Amber can out-style everyone in Hollywood, she’s in danger of being Mona’s latest fashion victim.” – amazon 

with compared origins with ‘the devil wears prada’ this fiction novel is supposed to be a more updated 2018  version of a similar story. i am so excited to read more fiction about fashion in LA and amongst the stars – instead of classically in new york within the publication industry!

purchase it here on amazon!

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by jasmine guillory

“When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…” – amazon

okay, y’all know i LOVE a good romcom – to all the boys i’ve loved before DONT GET ME STARTED! i am just in the MOOD for a book like this! something nice and lighthearted with some great LA twists! what could be better!

buy it here!

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My College Food Experience

hey all!

long time no see! just kidding i heard from y’all sunday but 1 day here feels like 3 days in reality and it scares me, i always have so much on my schedule and the days feel like they last forever. but one of the weirdest things about college (for me) was the DRASTIC food change.

so here’s the thing, i go to school in washington dc at a school called george washington. we are in the LITERAL HEART of dc, not like the other schools in dc we go to school between the white house and the state department!!! 5 blocks from the lincoln memorial, 3 blocks from the white house and i could go on but i won’t. since i live in a part of dc that is mostly offices there tend to be a really decent amount of places to go out but let me tell you my school’s dining caveat, we do not have a traditional dining plan.

do you either a) remember when you were in college b) are in college now c) or have toured any colleges? yes! great then you probably know one thing or another about college cafeterias. some people argue its the worst food on the planet, others love it but its pretty common to  the college experience to have a dining hall/cafeteria.  one thing that GW is pretty famous for is the fact that we don’t have any cafeterias in foggy bottom (the main campus). yes,  yes we have one on the vern but am i gonna take 20 minutes of my time to take the vex just to get cafeteria food, no, no is correct.

so, since we have no dining halls we have our ‘gworld’ cards where we have a balance every semester to buy food with for ourselves. we can buy food from local restaurants, chains like chipotle or sweetgreen, or markets like our local fobogro, whole foods or safeway. but here’s another note, since we have a balance, its very easy to calculate how much we have per day, and we have about $18 /day.

i know what you’re gonna say, kate that seems like a lot of money. yes, almost $20 is actually alot of money, but think of it this way. a steak burrito bowl from chipotle is $8.60 where i am. one ‘meal’ is 8.60 which is about half your daily spending. and no, i usually only eat 1/2 of a chipotle burrito bowl at a time but you can easily see where this can get very complicated. i think if i was a person who ate a lot more, with eating out 2/day that the money would disappear very quickly,  because you would only be able to eat twice a day instead of three times and this would not include snacking.

in trying to be very money conscious, i usually only eat one meal out per day, this meal is usually chipotle, sweetgreen, &pizza (a local personal sized pizza chain), roti (a mediterranean chipotle style chain near us) and whole foods prepared stuff. now what do i do with my other meals?

all of the places that i would go out and eat from although act as ‘single serve’ restaurants i try to make ‘two meals’ out of. i do this by either, a) going, eating  half and bringing the rest home b) eating between lunch and dinner to fool my stomach. and i know this isn’t always sustainable, sometimes i come back from a 5 mile run around the capitol and i can eat an entire chipotle bowl, and that’s okay, and i know i should fully be nourishing my body and i am eating real food.

for my other two meals of the day here’s what i’ve been doing.

for breakfast: RX bars, apples and peanut butter, cheerios and almond milk

for lunch/dinner (depending on my schedule): frozen meals, soup (pre-prepared by whole foods), microwave meals, leftovers and whatever i can easily cook!

i am still trying to work out a food plan that i’m more comfortable with but for right now this works for me and is satisfying. but i will be sharing one of my favorite ‘easy’  college recipes soon!

enjoy all!

xoxokatewins

Fall Look: Vol. 4

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hey all!

happy sunday! i hope you all had a beautiful and restful weekend so far and that you have a beautiful rest of your weekend. this was a very challenging week for me so i was so excited to just be able to phone it in on saturday and have a chill day of working today! and its all good and i can just get some rest in for the next busy and challenging week ahead! so i decided i’d do a little outfit post again 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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/ dress: free people dynomite in denim minidress / bag: kate spade maple street kenzie leather convertible backpack / earrings: cult gaia kennedy tortoise acrylic hoops / shoes: madewell boardwalk post slide sandal /

xoxo

xoxokatewins

Looks I’m Loving for Fall

hey all!

i’ve been seeing SO MANY amazing looks for fall on my instagram. and although i know its NOT OFFCIALLY FALL YET – my weather is intensely rainly, thank you hurricane florence! but i’ve definietly been wanting to get into my fall looks because i just wanna be all warm and comfy while still being cute! so i picked some of my favorite looks i have seen on instagram this fall! obviously none of these photos belong to me and i encourage you all to check out these bloggers instagram accounts!


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Yesterday en route to @tibi in the rain. 📷 by @jaylim1 ☔️ #tibi #nyfwss19 #wardrobenyc #tibiss19

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you know i’m obsessed with aimee’s style (she’s the amazing gal behind song of style!) and i’ve been following her for longer than i feel like i can admit. right now she’s doing the whole NYFW thing and i was super inspired by this look featuring a beautiful brown tibi blazer!

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i love the history in high heels instagram! i absolutely love how ashley styled this look – i specifically am loving the blazer she’s wearing in this pic! i also love the skirt combo to this look!


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Fully embracing the animal print trend. Rare shot of me and my @endoxist 🖤 _____ #MonDoxistFW 📷 @heedlee

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in this photo i love monica’s snake print jumpsuit. obviously animal prints are HUGE in this fall season! but the way she styles this is super cool!

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you already know that i am loving animal prints! i love lavenda’s dress in this pic! i love that she wore shein – showing that NYFW is not all designer goods 24/7!


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Off to my first show bringing my new @chloe Tess bag 😍 #chloegirls

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i am in LOVE with brittany’s pants in this photo! they are paired so classically with this white button up top and THOSE BOOTS! just swoon honestly!


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Tuscan hills 💫 A photo cannot capture what this view looked like in person. #acxitaly

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right now, this blogger, alexandra chloe is studying abroad in italy! #jealous! i love this top she paired with a simple pair of jeans. its casual yet dressy at the same time!

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i LOVE LOVE LOVE andrea’s rain photos –  the composition is beautiful as well as the look! i love the trench coat and shoe combo – you can’t go wrong with some beautiful slingbacks!

enjoy all!

xoxokatewins

Must Haves: Frank Body ‘Anti Angry Face Mist’

Must Haves: Frank Body ‘Anti Angry Face Mist’

(before i go ~on with the show~ i gotta mention that this is an #AD BUT i would NOT be sharing it with any of you if i thought in ANY way it was a bad product, you can read more about that HERE)

hey all!

happy sunday! i missed y’all thursday, but college got TOO REAL and i needed to step back for a moment. and because i wasn’t just about to half write this blog post i decided that i would take a few more days and REALLY get the content you all came for, and the content that i am used to creating on a regular basis! so now finally on with the show!

so a few weeks ago i got an email from an AMAZING BRAND which i have truly been using for years which is called ‘frank body’. you ~might~ know them as the brand that created that coffee body scrub – which is like magic BTW (it seriously helped some minor keratosis pilaris on my arms). they reached out and mentioned that they were getting in the skincare game and i just had to jump at the idea! i mean i consider myself to be a minorly skincare obsessed person (that’s what acne prone oily skin does to ya folks!).

i was so excited to see their product ‘anti-angry face mist’!

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if you know me at all, you know that i have been using both the mario badescu rosewater spray and kora organics balancing rose mist back and forth for probably ~about 8 months~ almost everyday – but definitely if i wear makeup.

one of the many things i’ve learned since i started school is that college messes with your skin. for me, i am in a different climate, something that is ALOT more humid than i’m used to because LA weather is majorly dry. also your diet is different in college, i will go into detail later about college food – and especially the situation at GW but i cooked so much at home and ate so much home food so thats really different. also STRESS, its already probably the most stressful thing i have ever experienced in many different ways. ALSO, in high school i NEVER WORE MAKEUP in my day to day life. like only on special occasions. obviously as i worked during the summer i wore a bit more but i am trying to JUST use concealer and then fill in brows and do mascara but thats even more than i am used to.

all of these things are MAJOR acne triggers for me and basically my chin has been in constant break out since i’ve been here. glossier solution has been keeping my forehead in great shape but its always hard to keep up with the acne on my chin. so i was SO OPEN to try something new skincare wise.

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in comes frank body anti-angry face mist!

and dude the name does NOT lie! *apologies for my nails, for some reason i didn’t think to bring my FAVORITE nail polish with me! so i’ve been riding with unpainted chipped nails for awhile, but bear with me!*. one spritz of this spray REALLY makes you feel alot more refreshed, which my college skin is having a DAY with! it makes you feel refreshed even after waking up in a dorm room after staying up for you know how long and studying for HOURS on end.

i love love love the smell of this product, its a bit lighter than other similar products and i prefer the smell over the rose scent! this product really is perfect to throw over makeup for just a little necessary refreshment in your day!

the product is available for purchase at ulta cosmetics and frank body for $12.95! its a super competitive price and you should really try it if you’re looking for something new in your routine!

enjoy all! i hope you try this out!

xoxokatewins

Fall Look : Vol. 3

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hey all!

it was just labor day weekend and it was nice and restful, but we’re already back to school today! its gonna be a weird week because we just passed syllabus week and we’re finally into ~more~ real classes this week. i also have a really weird schedule and whole sitch but i’ll get into that whole thing later when my actual post is regarding school and my first month in.

i’ve been getting lots of fashion inspo lately from who what wear and the zoe report, as well as from instagram and i thought just went for some cool outfit posts, just because i can’t do irl outfit posts since i am still in transition here and i don’t really have anyone who will do my photos like my sister did, so i’m still figuring out all the stuff out here!

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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/ top: topshop check print crop top / skirt: topshop horn button down denim miniskirt / sunglasses: ray ban 53mm round sunglasses / shoes: converse high tops in black / bag: danse lente bobbi leather tote /

so i found this top and was instantly inspired. although the gingham vibe is a little bit more of summer mood, i think the dark overall style and the long sleeves give it a more fall feel. i paired with a black denim miniskirt with the buttons down the front, i also paired with the iconic plain converse high tops and this super unique danse lente bag. i’ve been loving bucket bags, like the staud bisset bag, but when i was looking at nordstrom online i came across this baby and i REALLY loved it. i think its so so so cool!

enjoy!

xoxokatewins

September 2018!

hello all!

welcome (or welcome back) to macarons and must haves! in short, its september which is totally back to school season and we’re definietly more into the fall season. even though its still pretty hot for me, i feel once school starts: fall starts, so fall has started. feel the fall! PSLs are in, and although i don’t drink them (too much sugar, i prefer my sour patch kids thank you VERY much) but this is an official fall moment now.

here’s a few things to look forward to this september!

#1: an update for my first month in college

#2: a partnership with a beauty brand!!!

#3: some new fall LEWKS

#4: talking all the truth about ~college food~

#5: the labor day break from school

#6: some bullet journal updates

#7: general life updates!!

#8: some DC fall outfit pics

#9: some of my favorite college going out picks

enjoy!

xoxokatewins