Wednesday, December 6, 2017

favorites: November 2017.

Happy DECEMBER! That's wild. The year is almost over... but my obsession with Kylie Cosmetics is only just beginning. Read on!

1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I can't even talk about this book right now without stumbling over my words. It's beautiful and upsetting and familiar and absolutely wonderful, and I think it's my new favorite John Green book. I felt so close to the main character, and the way he captures the voices of young adult women and gets right in their heads has always amazed me. It's like listening to the internal dialogue of my 16-year-old brain, and Turtles All the Way Down hit even closer because of those spirals that I've found myself in too.

I can't say enough about this book. (And yes, I cried.) Just read it.

Friday, December 1, 2017

a winter drink.

When I think about winter, I often think about peppermint lattes and gloves and scarves. I think about the sight of Central Park covered in snow before they shoveled it, and I think about the fogged up windows of Village tea shops. It sounds romanticized, but those were just a smattering of the moments I experienced living in a place where seasons were real.

Sometimes, I think that I miss it –  not the slippery, iced-over sidewalks that are impossible to walk or the packed subway cars filled with puffy coats and agitated commuters...but the quiet moments when the snow's untouched. In the last snow dump that I could remember before I left, I walked around my neighborhood and it felt as magical as the dreams I had of a place I never thought I'd live. 

When I think about winter, I think about wistfulness, about how things never feel quite right after autumn has passed. Instead, winter feels like a season to reflect on regrets and to wish for something better in the new year.