Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My 15 Resolutions for 2015

1 thing I know about myself is that I hold myself to very high standards. If I make a goal, I have to make sure I accomplish it. My to do list is simultaneously a strength and weakness, as it allows me to be organized but even leaving one minuscule task undone makes me feel disappointed in myself. So, this year, I'm making resolutions that I know I will be able to keep. While that may seem like the real-world equivalent of retaking an elective for an easy A, I don't really care. This year I am going to try to give myself credit for what I do, even if it's something as small as making my bed. I will get back to you in a year and let you know how this little experiment works out.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Favorite Music from 2014

Those of you who know me know I'm all about female power in music. The last couple years have seen some awesome releases from female artists in every genre, and as I was creating my "Best of 2014" playlist to celebrate the end of the year, I found that this year was no exception. There were some serious anthems written and sung this last year. Lucky for you, I've compiled my 45 faves into my latest 8tracks playlist. Check it out here and read the tracklist below.

  1. Murda Murda – Nicki Minaj
  2. Trendsetter – Lil Kim
  3. 7/11 – Beyoncé
  4. Bo$$ – Fifth Harmony
  5. Do It – Selena Gomez
  6. Killing It – Cher Lloyd
  7. Hard Out Here – Lily Allen
  8. Bitch, Please! – Jessi Smiles
  9. Afterlife – Ingrid Michaelson
  10. Casper – Russian Red
  11. Free the Animal – Sia
  12. Kiss and Not Tell – La Roux
  13. Sexercize – Kylie Minogue
  14. Sucker – Charli XCX
  15. Strip – Jessie J
  16. Get It – Kyla La Grange
  17. Creation – The Pierces
  18. Easy Easy (cover) – Willow Smith
  19. Glow – Ella Henderson
  20. Alex T – Russian Red
  21. Drama (feat. Drapht) – Kate Miller-Heidke
  22. A Rose By Any Name – Blondie
  23. My Dilemma 2.0 – Selena Gomez
  24. Jerk Ribs – Kelis
  25. Dollhouse – Melanie Martinez
  26. Money Power Glory – Lana Del Rey
  27. Video Girl – FKA Twigs
  28. Goldmine – Kimbra
  29. Blank Space – Taylor Swift
  30. Do It Again – The Ting Tings
  31. L.A. Love (La La) – Fergie
  32. Jersey – Bella Thorne
  33. So Good – Jennifer Lopez
  34. Flawless Remix (feat. Nicki Minaj) – Beyoncé
  35. Idle Delilah – Azealia Banks
  36. Monsters – The Pierces
  37. You Know Me Well – Sharon Van Etten
  38. (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You (cover) – Ingrid Michaelson
  39. Are You That Somebody (cover) – BANKS
  40. Maia – Kyla La Grange
  41. Wanker! – Lily Allen
  42. Speeding – LIGHTS
  43. Sapphire Blue – Katy B
  44. No Rest for the Wicked – Lykke Li
  45. Runnin' – Kelis

Saturday, December 27, 2014

OOTD: Black & Blue

Shoes: Sam Edelman
Skirt: Similar from Lulu*s
Shirt: Similar from Avenle
Sweater: Similar from Mango
Necklace: Target

As much as I love layering, I must admit: it can be pretty difficult to create a cute outfit that looks cute with or without every item of clothing on. I've come to the conclusion that a cute layered look inherently cannot be low-maintenance. Taking off this sweater took some skill to avoid ruining my hair or button-up underneath, and putting it back on required me to stand in front of a mirror for at least a minute. If I had to lose a couple minutes of my day to look cute, I'd say the sacrifice was worth it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

And So Ends Hanukkah

Last night was the last night of Hanukkah, and I must say, my family had a wonderful Hanukkah. We all got to be together for 3 of the 8 nights and we even Skyped the extended family on the last night to light the menorah together. I'm so fortunate to be able to spend the full holiday with my family. I also love how this year Hanukkah flows seamlessly into Christmas! This year, I only asked my parents for one thing: a new camera. My parents are awesome and gave me a beautiful new Fujifilm camera, which I got to use to document several of the nights of Hanukkah.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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