Summer 2016 | Morning Routine

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cool Girl Jeans

Monday, July 4, 2016

I've been dreaming for a pair of Levi's 501 jeans since I don't know when. However, I've always been a little wary of spending so much money on a pair of jeans. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm just not ready to make the leap just yet. Meanwhile, I'll admire how these girls style theirs.

July Reading List

Friday, July 1, 2016

1. Best Instagram hashtags to use.
2. The perfect words to describe things.
3. How to build a classic wardrobe.
4. Solutions to decorate if you're renting.
5. Five things to do.
6. DIY essential oil diffuser.
7. A fresh take on swimwear.
8. Instagrammers you should follow.
9. A wonderful interview with Rihanna.
10. Books you should read this summer.
11. More books to read this summer.

(#10 via Cupcakes & Cashmere)

TSU Book Club | June Discussion

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ruby by Cynthia Bond was our June TSU Book Club pick. This book follows the mysterious life of Ruby in her small town and Ephram who has loved her since childhood. This book is very dark and hard to read, yet beautifully written. If you haven't read it yet, please do not continue reading as there are many spoilers ahead.

1. Celia and her dad are very similar, yet innately different. What she sees as a child is highly misinformed, yet her actions echo some of the attitudes her father and those around her in the town had. Is she an innocent or just as guilty?

- I think as a child, Celia was very much a victim of a social mindset. Like many children, she idolizes her father and looks down upon her mother, based on what others have said. She represents the collective memory in this book. However, an older Celia definitely should take responsibility for her actions and act in a different manner, which she did not.

2. I would say this book is classified as magical realism. The setting really was a character that acted on, through, and alongside the rest of the cast. Would you agree with this?

3. How did you feel about Ephram? At the beginning I thought he was very shy and almost without a backbone. I am happy that in the end he came onto himself and got more courage to fight for himself and Ruby against Celia and the town.

4. This book is an example of 'history repeats itself.' How do you think this is true (or not)?

- In a way, Reverend Jennings is kept alive through his daughter. Similarly, Ruby's aunt is alive in her. It seems like the end scene might have been a cleanse or a break from that for some characters.

5. How do you feel about the Dybou? How did these feelings evolve?

- At the beginning, I was confused as to this 'character.' I wasn't sure what it was, what its intentions were, and what role did it play. I'm still unsure about it, but I feel the Dybou is a symbol of the past merging with the present and having an acting role in the present characters' life.

I'm leaving it to 5 questions so that we can further interact and discuss in the comments down below. Feel free to bring up any points or questions you did not understand. Thank you so much for reading along!

XO, Patricia

The Fundamentals of Caring

Monday, June 27, 2016

If you haven't watched The Fundamentals of Caring, what are you waiting for? This past weekend I watched the talked-about film starring Selena Gomez, Paul Rudd, and Craig Roberts. The plotline was simple, yet beautiful, and the acting was superb (I'm so impressed by Selena!). You'll really enjoy the film.

Want to watch something else?

This past Saturday, June 25th, Bill Cunningham, legendary fashion photographer (he invented street style photography, basically) passed at 87. If you haven't watched the documentary Bill Cunningham New York on Netflix about his career, you're really missing out on what an amazing artist this man was. 

Summer Watch List

Friday, June 24, 2016

Like probably many of you, I live most of my time on Netflix. During the summer, especially, I have more time to find new movies and shows that might be underrated. I love watching international films, particularly Spanish films. Netflix has a wonderful selection and they're all subtitled. Here's a list of some of the things on my Netflix Watch List.

1. Palm Trees in the Snow: Killian's family had been colonialists in the island of Fernando Poó, where they raised cocoa. In 2003, Clarence discovers a letter that reveals a clue about her family's past. She sets out to the former Spanish Guinea to uncover it.

2. Frida: Starring Salma Hayek as Frida, this is a biopic of the famous surrealist painter, Frida Kahlo.

3. Ché: Puertorrican actor, Benicio del Toro, stars as Ché Guevarra in this biopic about the revolutionary leader.

4. The Central Park Five: This is a documentary film about the case of Trisha Meili, a jogger who was assaulted in 1989 in Central Park.

5. Roman Holiday: Everyone knows this classic with Audrey Hepburn but I've never watched it.

The Perfect Staycation!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

If you're staying at home for the summer, it doesn't have to be boring! Here are a few ideas of what you can do to enjoy your stay-cation. Thank you to Crane & Canopy for contacting me for this video!

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