April 3, 2016

My Monthly Favorites


On My Mind
I apologize for a somber start to this post, but yesterday, Azerbaijan's President Aliyev launched the worst attack on Artsakh (historical Armenian lands with the majority of the population being Armenian) since the ceasefire in 1994. This attack killed 18 Armenian men, including a 12 year-old boy. As many world leaders show support for the tragedies which have occurred in France, Belgium, Lebanon, Syria, and other parts of the world, they are for the most part ignoring and doing nothing as innocent Armenian men (and a child) are killed. The location of where a crime against humanity occurs should not dictate how much/how little aid or attention these innocent people should receive.
Dear friends, readers, and collaborators, I typically keep politics out of the realm of my blog, but this is an issue of humanity. Please take under 1 minute out of your day to sign this letter to the Minsk group and the US State Department. Thank you so much 

Reading
I recently finished "Tell No One" by Harlan Coben- granted it was a relatively easy read, but I finished the book in one evening cause I couldn't put it down! If you like mystery/thriller novels this one's for you ;) My next book is "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey. Since the setting is in a psychiatric hospital, it sounds like a perfect read for this future psychologist! Have you read it yet?

Wearing
I just picked up this chambray button-down top (this one's super similar), which I already know is going to be on repeat this summer. Since I only just started this blog in January of 2015, I was still toying with my style a little bit last summer. This summer, however, I don't think I'll be able to imagine myself without short sleeved button-downs in several colors, especially since I always wear a long sleeved version on cooler days!

Beauty
Update: the Josie Maran day cream with SPF (mentioned here) was no bueno, for me at least. It left such a greasy film on my face, that not even an oil-blotting sheet could save the day. I gave it a chance for about a week, but decided it wasn't for me. However, if you have dry skin this product could totally work for you! But normal/combination/oily-skinned gals- I stick by my trusty Kimberly Sayer SPF 30 day cream. All-natural, super light, won't cause breakouts, and oil-free. Sometimes it's okay to stick with tried and true favorites, amiright?!

Desire
...to get into the graduate school of my dreams. Jk. Kinda. But more relevant to this blog- I used to be unsure of bucket bags, and maybe even felt strongly enough at one point to say I disliked them very much. Now that they've been popping up everywhere- fashion magazines, stores, fellow bloggers- I may be willing to give it a try. Since it's a trendy piece, I don't think I'm quite ready to splurge on super high-quality leather or an expensive designer. If I decide to get it, this will definitely suffice. I don't like paying for super high-quality items unless I'm sure I'll be loving it years from now, but that doesn't mean I'm gonna miss out on the fun of new trends either! ;P

Have a wonderful week, thanks so much for reading! 

Xo, Sophia


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