Book Quotes // Endless Harry Potter Wisdom

Everyone knows how much I love Harry Potter…right? If you don’t, well, I love Harry Potter. I’ve read the books dozens of times, and I have made it a point to read them about every other year. 2017 is one of those years, and this July I’ve been revisiting the series very happily. Something about these books feel like coming home again, every time I read them. So here’s a short post today, just to share a couple quotes by Dumbledore, one from the first book and one from the last, that nicely encapsulate everything that Harry Potter has taught me in the past 16 years since I first read the books.

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Summer, as told by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s officially summer! Deep in the winter months, it seems like summer will never resurface, but it does! And it has! Today I thought I’d share with you a quote from The Great Gatsby, about summer and new beginnings:
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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

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Spring in the City // New York Botanical Garden

Hi all! My obsession with flowers and spring continues, this time at the New York Botanical Garden. I went to Fordham University, which is literally across the street from the NYBG, so I knew it well. I visited the New York Botanical Garden this spring to enjoy a nice walk and some gorgeous pink trees (I’m obsessed). Here are some rambly photos:

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Exploring Central Park in Spring + Some Photos

Hi all! When spring rolls around all I want to do is be outside. Since spring has gotten warmer I’ve been planning a lot of outdoor events, even if it’s as simple as having a drink outside in Bryant Park. Last Friday I had the afternoon off from work for Easter weekend, so I went up to Central Park (a pretty short walk from my office, which is so nice) and took my camera along with me. It was a bright and warm day, and the park was pretty full. I took some photos, and here they are. I hope you like them. transitioning to spring outfits-2

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A Poem about Spring, by Rainer Maria Rilke

One of my favorite poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, did indeed write a lot about spring. A few weeks ago I shared a poem he wrote about early spring, but now that the season has finally come around, I want to share another, one I love even more.

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Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.

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A poem about early spring, by Rainer Maria Rilke

Happy Monday! Or is it happy? 😉 Today I wanted to share a poem by one of my favorite authors/poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, a German poet who was famous at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. He wrote one of my favorite poems, The Duino Elegies. Here’s a simple one he wrote about spring!

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New beginnings & my new year’s resolutions

Oh my! It’s been a crazy year already for me and it’s hardly been two weeks. I’ve been posting a little less than I have in the past because there have been some exciting new events in my life that have kept me busy in a very good way. I thought I’d reflect on them here, and think about my goals for the upcoming year.

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Holiday Gift Guide: for the bookish fashionista

Here on my blog, I get to combine some of the things I love the most, like books and fashion and travel. I like to emphasize one’s ability to enrich their life through art, travel, and self-expression, and I also like to rate and review the things I’ve loved and hated. So here’s my Holiday Gift Guide for girls like me: those who love a good book, an amazing pair of shoes, a new destination, and an optimistic attitude. 😉

Most of these things on my list are things I’ve bought or been gifted, but some of them are on my real life wish list this season! I hope you find some inspiration for the special people in your life, or even some new things to put on your own wish list this year. The holidays aren’t about giving/getting presents, but there’s no harm in wishing for a few nice things in your life. So here’s my Holiday Gift Guide:

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On being 25…

Today is my 25th birthday, a huge milestone for all of us, and milestones like these always make me very introspective and thoughtful and goals-y, so I thought I’d write a little bit today about how I feel to be a quarter of a century old!

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