Females in Fiction // my favorite quotes!

The female characters I love the most in fiction are a mix of the very fiesty, the very cunning or smart, and the very brave. I grew up devouring books whenever I could, and in books I found dozens of amazing female characters that felt not only like role models but like friends. I grew up admiring them and wanting to emulate them, and obviously, this all had a lot to do with how they acted and, most important, what they said. Here are some of my favorite characters in fiction ever and the quotes that made me fall in love with them. (In no particular order!)

Scarlett O’Hara

I LOVE Scarlett O’Hara despite all of her immense faults because in the face of adversity, Scarlett does anything but give up. She is constantly fighting to keep her family together, keep her house, and stay alive.

“I’ll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”

Elizabeth Bennet

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Book rec // ‘The Last Days of Night’ review

Raaave review coming! If you’re into historical fiction like me (I would say I’m more obsessed), then I would absolutely recommend a new release called The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. Set in the late 19th century, The Last Days of Night really intrigued me because it promised a fictional account of a subject I didn’t know so much about: the legal and dramatic battle between George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison to answer one very important question: Who invented the light bulb?

the last days of nightIn school, we learn that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, but the truth is actually muddled, confusing, and varied. The narrative of this book is from the perspective of a man named Paul Cravath, a Tennessee-born New York lawyer who, at 27, is a precocious partner in a law firm with a lot to prove. He’s approached by George Westinghouse—and threatened by Thomas Edison—to lead a countersuit against Edison for the right to manufacture the incandescent light bulb.

Sounds dry, but within the historical narrative is intertwined drama, attempted murder, glitzy New York parties, THE Nikola Tesla, and a snapshot of New York during the Gilded Age. I ADORE New York fiction because I grew up here in the ‘burbs (and attended college in Manhattan and the Bronx) and so New York was always my playground, and I absolutely love reading about the history of what I consider “my city.”
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Fashion feat. Dezzal review // Hollywood

HAPPY FRIDAY! Honestly, I’ve been having a wonderful first week of unemployment. This week was my parents’ vacation, so the entire family got together every day to go to the beach, visit Coney Island, have dinner, and watch movies together. I’m already so much less stressed than I was, and I know I made the right choice.

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Summer vacation wish list ft. Orchard Mile

Hello, all! With my recent unemployment, I’m afraid I’ve been shopping too much and planning too many expensive vacations (which are fun to daydream about even if they won’t happen). 🙂 I blame my sister: she’s going to Greece in August and so she’s the inspiration for this wish list, a Greece-inspired collection with a lot of white tones, blues, and flowy silhouettes. I found all of these pieces on Orchard Mile, a gorgeous website with designers like Alice + Olivia, Fleur du Mal, and Lela Rose.

Even though I’m not going to Greece, I may go to California or maybe even an island this summer! Here’s what’s on my wish list for a beach getaway vacation: orchard mile Read More »

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Featured Photographer // Alex Marcano

Happy Monday, all! Today I have a special feature on a New York photographer friend of mine who has recently shot some amazing, professional photos for me for The Most Happy. I’m really excited for some professional photos here (in case you didn’t know, I don’t have a “real” photographer—my mom usually takes my photos for me 🙂 ) and wanted to take the chance to highlight Alex’s amazing work. He shoots weddings, portraits, engagements, families, and the most stunning landscapes. This is his story:

“I’m a 23-year-old photographer with a bachelors in psychology and music, currently taking pictures of paintings as a 9 to 5 job, or in my case a 9 to 6. Plans changed a little over time and I found myself gravitating away from the thing I studied for four years. I felt more comfortable behind a camera capturing a wedding day than I did working in the psychology lab at Stony Brook. I guess you can say I have the typical story of shooting with my dad’s old camera and taking pictures of lawn chairs and fences in black and white for my high school photo class.

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New look ft. the perfect dress

Have you ever been out shopping and came across the utterly perfect dress? I was shopping at Forever 21 a few weeks ago looking for some cheap trends, and I came across this gorgeous white maxi dress that might actually be “Lisa” in dress form: the lace, the off-white color, the laces on the bodice. I bought it immediately.

This outfit of the day post is a little different from my previous ones because they were shot by a professional photographer: my friend and former co-worker Alex Marcano, who is crazy talented. He had the idea to do a collaboration, and I jumped at the offer. Usually, a member of my family or a friend takes my photos, so it was a new experience for me to be photographed professionally. Of course, I picked my new perfect, favorite dress to wear for the occasion!

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“If not now, when?” Why I decided to quit my job

First of all, I don’t take working lightly. I’ve been working since I was 12 or 13 years old, and this year, I had a total of four jobs that kept me busy for sometimes 15 hours a day. But my full-time job, a job I landed in January, is the one I recently quit, without another waiting for me. Here’s why the best decision for me was to quit my job.

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End of summer wish list // transitioning a wardrobe

Okay, I know it’s not the end of summer yet, but when I shop mid-July, it’s usually because I’m transitioning a wardrobe to work in the early fall, too! I’m a big fan of the boho look, but with tailored pieces and soft accents, and this year is no different. All summer I’ve been really into florals, maxis, and my good ol’ easy fallback, the romper. (Actually, now I’m realizing that my favorite summer looks are one-piece, easy to style outfits, which makes perfect sense for an easy summer wardrobe!) So for early fall, when it’s still warm during the day but cooler at night, here are some of the things on my wish list:

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Book rec // ‘Overlapping Lives’

I picked up Overlapping Lives, by Andrew Dicker, on a whim. I was looking for a quick read, something not too long or difficult, and what I found instead was an unconventional group of stories that really challenged and excited me. I would definitely recommend this book, and here’s why.

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Fashion ft. Vera the Great Boutique // Backlines

Today’s look is this gorgeous, flowy maxi dress that can be styled up for fancy occasions, or down for something more casual. I’m very excited about this look because it’s courtesy of a brand new boutique called Vera the Great that just opened. I’m a big fan of shopping from smaller shops every once in a while, just to avoid that mass-produced look. I mean, I’ll still shop Forever 21, don’t get me wrong–but shops like these make me excited to buy more unique pieces. I’m obsessed with this gorgeous, flowy maxi! 5-maxi-skirt-vera-great-5 Read More »

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