Friday, February 17, 2017

Business Casual

Jacket and Blouse: Zara, Shoes: Banana Republic, Purse: Primark
It's embarrassing, but I actually don't have that many business casual outfits, especially for the winter. So when I recently had a business casual event to attend I had a small moment of panic. I could have worn one of my black or navy dresses, but when the weather is under fifty degrees, just the thought of wearing a skirt makes me shiver. Thankfully after a friend let me borrow some dress pants I was able to create an appropriate (and warm) ensemble. 

I bought this light jacket last month while I was studying abroad in Paris and London. One of my favorite things about Europe was how unapologetically put together everyone dressed. I loved the edgy trends and how people embraced the color black. Before I left I wanted to buy something that emulated that style. I was drawn to this jacket because the leather trim makes it edgy, but the soft knit makes it classy. I'm able to wear it with flats to a business event, but also pair it with boots and jeans for everyday. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Reading Wishlist

Thanks to my mom, who always made sure I was working on a book, I developed a deep love for reading at an early age and grew up an avid reader. Unfortunately in college, the only times during the year I seem to be able to finish a book for fun is during the summer or holiday season when I'm on breaks from school. One of my goals this year is to carve out more of the leisure time I spend on the internet with reading books I'm interested in. Right now I'm on a non-fiction kick. With the start of the new semester I've learned about some new reads from my classes, Christian fellowship, and friends. Hopefully it won't take me too long to get through all of them. I just have to remind myself more reading, less Netflix...

1. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
I learned about this book, which is credited with helping kick-start the second wave of feminism in the 1960s, in my women and television class. Friedan, who went on to be the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), writes about the phycological patterns she saw among stay-at-home mothers. I have a deep interest in continuously educating myself about feminism for myself and for the sake of being engaged with public policy and social issues. I recently started on the first chapter of this book, and it's already rapturing.

2. You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan
I had never heard of this book before, but was familiar with the authors, who are pastors of a church in San Francisco. As I grow further into my twenties, the possibility of getting married and starting a family within the next decade becomes more and more real, especially as I see close friends becoming involved in serious relationships, and even getting engaged. Marriage, while wonderful, can be a scary thought. But I love to hear realistic perspectives on relationships and commitment.

3. Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
I bought this book for my mom, who is the reason for my interest in feminism, a few Christmases ago. As a Christian, feminism has been a confusing subject. Interpretations of the Bible have made it seem like the two don't mix. I used to believe that, but over the past few years have gained wisdom and insight on how the two subjects are not necessarily exclusive. I'm excited read the author's argument and her evidence from the Bible.

4. Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
If there has been one big theme of my year, it has been setting boundaries. Last year I received wisdom from others on how to gracefully say no, for the sake of preserving myself, as well as loving others better. Like many people, I often drain myself going places and doing favors for others to the point that I am no longer doing them out of love. A friend of mine, who is often doing the same thing, was recommended this book, which I can't wait to learn through as well as be convicted by.

5. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
This is the only book on my list right now that is technically classified as "fiction." Before I came to college I didn't really know too much about C.S. Lewis outside of The Chronicles of Narnia. Last year I read Lewis's The Great Divorce with my mentor and it literally blew our minds. Lewis has such a creative mind that gives you so much insight about Christianity and the Kingdom of God. Screwtape Letters is written from the perspective of demons who are trying to make a human fall away from Christ. From this unique perspective Lewis shows the different ways the devil tries to ruin our walk with God.

Do you have any book recommendations? I would love for you to share them with me!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Forest Green

Blouse: H&M, Sweater: Target, Boots: American Rag

Forest/emerald green is one of my favorite colors. I love how it can be regal as well as calming. I was drawn to this blouse first and foremost because of the color, but also because of its versatility. Because it's so long it can be worn over leggings- which is great for days when I want to look nice but also want to stay comfy. Also, because it's so silky and lightweight it can transition into the warmer months. I can't wait to experiment with it in the spring and summer.