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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Fashion // Backfire

I feel like I’ve been talking about work a lot this year, from dealing with my commute to figuring out how to look cute and professional at the same time. But I haven’t ever shared an example of what kind of outfits I usually put together, so here’s one!

I love this dress because it’s lightweight and the length is perfect, but it’s still very much my style, and it’s also endlessly customizable. I’ll wear this a couple times a month and change out my belt, shoes, or cardigan, and it looks different every time. It’s also soft and breathable, so it’s great for the whole year, from dark winter months to warm spring.

I think it’s really important to have versatile, work-horse pieces in your closet that you can fall back on when picking out yet another outfit for work becomes a major hassle! This dress is that for me. Paired with a burgundy shrug, a ribbon belt, and these old Anthropologie shoes I’ve had for years (they’re called “Bronte” boots!). Hope you like!

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Fashion // Noir

Put this outfit together, looked in the mirror, and thought of Taylor Swift circa 2012. So I put on some red lipstick and went with it! (Also because my hair is straight here!) Wearing some old pieces I found, since I’m not shopping right now, and one of my newly-acquired Kylie Lip Kits (I’m a huge fan.)

I love high-waisted anything, and this outfit also reminded me of another much-loved icon, Zooey Deschanel. So really, this is very me! Hope you like. 
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Fun with a capsule wardrobe

Lately I’ve been really interested in the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I don’t think I’ll ever fully commit to the idea because it means giving up the trends I love so well, but it got me thinking about what I would stock my capsule wardrobe with if I had the guts to give it a try.

I decided to pick a color scheme and a season: so this would be early spring, and this is my color palette:

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It’s a lot of the colors I already wear, with one notable addition: navy blue, a color I almost never wear. But I found these amazing heels and I thought a cool tone would be a nice addition for a pop of color for this “dream” capsule wardrobe.

Check out what I threw together:

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Now, this isn’t a true capsule wardrobe; it’s far too small for one thing, and for another, it’s missing some mix-and-match pieces, but this would be a start for me.

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Fashion | Let us be happy

Obsessed with this dress. I love the diagonal lines and how slimming it is, love the little slit on the side, love the neckline. Don’t you just love finding a dress that’s both so comfortable and so flattering? Makes me feel like a million bucks, hey.

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dress c/o newdress.com, necklaces from Forever 21

Then the little mermaid sighed, and looked sorrowfully at her fish’s tail. “Let us be happy,” said the old lady, “and dart and spring about during the three hundred years that we have to live, which is really quite long enough; after that we can rest ourselves all the better.”

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Fashion | From day to day

As you can probably guess, I just can’t get away from my color obsession, despite my current neutral-toned wardrobe. Even though this amazing Boohoo romper is a pretty neutral blush, I had to wear it with this multicolored vintage blazer I scored for cheap. I’m into this whole monochrome effect right now, so the blush Jeffrey Campbells were the perfect choice. Funny thing: this old blazer has some serious shoulder pads.

Also: pretty body chain! Simple and subtle, from Forever 21. I love wearing florals all day EVERY DAY.

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romper from Boohoo.com, shoes from VillainsSF (Jeffrey Campbell),
hat and blazer thrifted, chain from F21

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Fashion | Wild Canyons

I love this sage green maxi from Forever 21, it’s got a romantic, slightly Grecian feel to it. I also love how I can wear all these muted colors and still look bold and loud, cause my hair’s this colorful accessory! I paired this dress with some old peacock-feather earrings I bought from Etsy a little while ago! Yaaay for color!
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dress from Forever 21, belt from H&M, earrings from Etsy, purse thrifted

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May Reads & Recs

The month of May, my favorite of the year, requires some great books as an accompaniment to beautiful weather and long warm nights. Here’s what I’ll be reading this month.

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1. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith — this book is on my Top 10 Favorite Books list, and it’s my sister’s favorite book. She pushed it on me when I was about 11 years old, and I didn’t read it in full until I was about 17. It’s a true classic, written by the author of 101 Dalmatians. It’s about a 17-year-old girl, Cassandra Mortmain, whose eccentric family lives in an old castle ruin in Suffolk, England. It’s a coming-of-age story about falling in love and finding yourself. Utterly poetic and breathtakingly beautiful. This book personifies spring for me. This is a re-read, for the third time, at last count.

2. Forever, Pete Hamill — this book was also on my December book list, but it fell through the cracks. I revisit it for the third time this month. It’s about an immortal man living in New York throughout the centuries. New York + history = magic!

3. Trilby, George du Maurier — the classic story of Svengali and Trilby, which spawned the popularity of the “trilby” hat (hey, fashion!) and coined the term “Svengali” as a controlling older man.

I tend to pick books based on the time of year and how I feel at the moment. I want to read about magic and love, and apparently, mind control…? 😉 How do you pick books to read?

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Fashion | Slip away across the universe

Happy May Day! Go dance around a maypole with a flower crown on.

This spring I’ve been gravitating toward muted colors—blush, cream, gold, taupe and gray are all on the agenda—which is apparently why I just dyed a bunch of colors in my hair. Looks like I can’t get away from my color obsession. I love feeling like a mermaid. 😉

Here’s an outfit I styled with a dress from Marshalls and these amazing new Jeffrey Campbell sandals I scored on sale. Whenever spring comes around, I get so much more excited to put together dreamy, romantic outfits.

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A poem by Sappho

Sappho is one of my favorite poets, and every time I open my book of her poems, I’m always entranced by the ethereal, dreamlike nature of her work. Of course, Sappho’s work only exists in teeny fragments, but even though the verses are cut off at their knees, it’s still possible to understand the beauty and passion behind her work. Her voice is so raw, honest, and evocative. Her poems also remind me of spring, with images of nightingales, sunlight, the moon and stars, flowers and grass.

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As Long As There Is Breath

You might wish
a little
to be carried off

Someone
sweeter
you also know

forgot

and would say
yes
I shall love     as long as there is breath in me
and care
I say I have been a strong lover

hurt
bitter
and know this

no matter
I shall love

from Sweetbitter Love: Poems of Sappho translated by Willis Barnstone

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