currently : listening

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The xx finally released a new album last week – their first in almost five years – and I can’t stop listening to it. (One member, Jamie xx, released his own album during that time which is also worth listening to). The first single, On Hold, reminded me of why I fell in love with the xx in the first place. It’s one of my favorites, along with Brave For YouPerformance, and Say Something Loving.

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burn out

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My job is one where the busiest time of our year is the holidays. I work for a nonprofit and (in case you didn’t know), most donations are made just before the end of the year. It leads to a super busy period for everyone in the office, not just me, and it tends to make me a little insane.

After the holidays, I try to use the new year as a time to reset and recharge after all this craziness. This year, I’ve struggled. A lot. Two weeks in and I was still unable to focus, definitely not reaching my full productive potential. For a person who lives and dies by her to do list and calendar, this has been abnormal. With the prospect of my annual evaluation looming, I had to take drastic measures to get things back in order. Here are a few things I’ve learned.

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weekend reading

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I started this week cold, dreary, and completely overwhelmed at work. After a few days of putting my nose to the grindstone, I’ve emerged on the other side feeling (slightly) less overwhelmed and ready for the weekend. So far, it’s shaping up to be very low key – watching football, reading, and cooking.

  • This chicken wonton soup immediately jumped to the top of my list of recipes that I need to make ASAP. Hello, Sunday night dinner.
  • As someone who curses a lot, this was a welcome revelation.

best buys : thacker

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A friend clued me into Thacker a few months ago, and so far I’ve been nothing but impressed. The premise behind their clothing (and accessories!) is that everything should be able to be mixed and matched, giving you a cohesive but minimalist wardrobe. They stick mostly to solids, nothing too crazy, and almost everything is appropriate for work. (I work in a corporate office, but still refuse to buy an actual). Best of all, right now they’re having a huge sale! Tons of items are currently 50% off. Do yourself a favor and go check it out.

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currently : reading

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I’m a bit late to the party on this one. I bought Sweetbitter last summer after it popped up on just about every reading list I came across. The author, Stephanie Danler, wrote the book about her experience as a server in New York and the restaurant is based on one of my personal favorites, Union Square Cafe. I finally got around to reading it last week. I wasn’t expecting to be blown away – I knew there were mixed reviews – but I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed it.

While I’ll admit there were portions of the book I didn’t love, I found that I loved the way she wrote about things, more than the story itself. Many times I read something and immediately thought to myself that I had felt the same way at one point. Her descriptions, less of New York, more of the way it feels to live there, dovetailed with my own experiences. She moved to the city two years before I did, two years older. That part of her experience felt personal to me.

There’s one moment where she describes how she feels about living in New York: “It is ludicrous for anyone to live here and I can never leave.” It so perfectly sums up my own feelings, and the internal conflict I felt when I finally made the choice to leave. Read this book, and don’t rush it. Also, have a glass of wine handy. The descriptions will make you thirsty.

in season : grapefruit

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Grapefruit is absolutely one of my favorite fruits and, while I happily enjoy them year-round, there’s something about fresh citrus in season that really stands out. Here are a few of my favorite recipes.

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best dressed : golden globes

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I didn’t realize the Golden Globes were last night until after they had already started. (That usually isn’t the case, but I blame a busy day of organizing combined with an attempt to spend less time on my phone). I did manage to tune in, mostly so that I could see what everyone was wearing. Here are my favorite looks from the night.

First up, Emma Stone. This girl can do no wrong in my book and last night her dress was undoubtedly my favorite. It’s pink with stars on it. What more does a girl need?

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