Monday, February 23, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
If you're like me and love the weirdness that comes with Murakami's novels, or can't wait any longer for the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, then you might want to check out Lev Grossman's The Magicians Trilogy.
A couple of years ago I picked up the first book on a whim and loved it. I knew the sequel came out but I kept passing by it. However, yesterday I finished The Magician King and wondered why it took be so long to read it. To give myself a break before the final book I'm reading Amy Poehler's Yes Please (which is great) because I am partially not wanting to finish the series just yet.
The idea behind it is what if you grew up loving Harry Potter and wishing it was real- and finding out a whole magical world is real... but it's not quite what you thought.
Here's a quote from Amazon that I think captures the first of the series well:
Mixing the magic of beloved children's fantasy classics with the sex, excess, angst, and anticlimax of life in college and beyond, Lev Grossman's Magicians reimagines modern-day fantasy for grownups. Quentin Coldwater lives in a state of perpetual melancholy, privately obsessed with his childhood books about the enchanted land of Fillory. When he’s admitted to the surreptitious Brakebills Academy for an education in magic, Quentin finds mastering spells is tedious (and love is even more fraught). He also discovers his power has thrilling potential--though it's unclear what he should do with it once he's moved with his new magician cohorts to New York City. Then they discover the magical land of Fillory is real and launch an expedition to use their powers to set things right in the kingdom--which, naturally, turns out to be a much murkier proposition than expected. The Magicians breathes life into a cast of characters you want to know--if the people you want to know are charismatic, brilliant, complex, flawed magicians--and does what Quentin claims books never really manage to do: "get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better. " Or if not better, at least a heck of a lot more interesting. --Mari Malcolm
Saturday, February 14, 2015
I've recently had to replace some of my favorite go-to items in my closet that I've worn out. If a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes are way past their prime, or are literally falling apart, it not only shows how much I like to wear it, but that they are extremely versatile and can go with just about everything. I decided to make a list and share my closet staples that are essential to my wardrobe. It's worth noting that my style is very relaxed and casual so the stuff I reach for usually falls under those lines.
striped shirt // A no brainer and a must-have for a girl's wardrobe. Saint James stripe shirts are a classic but I also wear this one all the time.
denim shirt // I wear this shirt at LEAST once a week. Under a sweater or cardigan, over another shirt like a jacket, dressed up or down... the options are endless. Here is the same shirt but in a different wash.
military jacket // For those in-between season times, I always reach for this kind of jacket. The one I have from Urban Outfitters is almost 4 years old so come spring I'm going to replace it perhaps with this one.
long cardigan // I like my cardigans long and simple. It's both practical and chic in my opinion. This one from Topshop fits the bill and I am also living in this one.
mini shirt // An easy thing to throw up to dress up the rest of my look- like my striped shirt or denim one. I'm loving this leather one right now.
black jeans // I am boring and wear black jeans almost every day. My favorites are these because they keep their shape and their color over time.
legging jeans // Legging jeans are not everyone's cup of tea but I love the stretch and comfort of them. These might be a bit pricey, but to me they are worth it considering how much I wear them.
smart black boots // I love how put together these look but the small heel makes them super comfortable. They are just so classic I love them.
combat boots // Living in the city I need a pair of sturdy boots for stomping around in. My old pair finally bit the dust so I upgraded to these doc martens. Perfect for all weather.
accessories // To shield from the elements, a go with everything scarf and a neutral beanie completes any outfit.