Category: Favorite Things

What have you been up to?


It’s been a while since I last posted, and things are looking different around here.  The leaves are changing, so it’s the 1% of the year when it’s actually pleasant to live in New England, I’ve painted my room so I feel like a productive adult, and I’ve settled into life as a non-college student.  What does that make me?  A real person?

Anyway, I’m sure you’ve missed me and I’m happy to fill you in on what I’ve been up to lately.  Besides job-searching (which is hard!) and substitute teaching (which is fun!) here’s what’s happening in the Life of La: (more…)

What’s your favorite piece of advice?

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I’m great at giving advice, but I’m not so good at receiving it.  (That’s really just a more tactful way of saying that I’m good at being critical of others but I whine and complain when others criticize me.)  As I near the end of my senior year, I’ve become less and less welcoming towards advice, as my adult life looms and my plans remain uncertain.  I’d love to share a piece of advice that I actually did appreciate with the hope that anyone feeling a bit anxious about where they’re headed in life can take it to heart the way that I did.

This fall, Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz visited my college and spoke about the craft of being a writer.  I spent half of his talk loudly laughing at his dry wit and the other half wildly scribbling down anything he said that sounded useful to me as a writer (this was a difficult task as he was a fountain of knowledge).

One point in specific stuck in my mind, though, and I’ve been coming back to it as I near graduation and face a daily deluge of questions about my future plans. (more…)

What to Watch: The Grand Budapest Hotel


I’d forgotten what a treat it is to go to the movies until my roommate Alannah and I spent a rainy afternoon this weekend watching The Grand Budapest Hotel.  When the weather is lousy it’s easy to select a film from your Netflix queue and lounge on the couch in the comfort of your own home, but watching a film in a theater is a totally different experience.  I love setting aside a couple of hours to become immersed in a movie.  There’s something about a dark theater and a booming sound system that draws me right into the action of a film.  (It also helps that many theaters ask patrons not to text during the film – how often are you in a room with a hundred other people where no one checks their phone for two hours?)

As for The Grand Budapest Hotel, I can’t speak highly enough of it. (more…)

What do you do to treat yourself?

If you’re a fan of Amy Poehler’s NBC show Parks and Recreation, I’m sure you’ll recall the episode when Tom and Donna (played by Aziz Ansari and Retta, both of whom are worth a follow on social media) celebrate their annual “Treat Yo’ Self” day – a shopping excursion and spa day where anything goes.

As someone who can always find a good excuse to indulge, the “Treat Yo’ Self” motto fits me well.   (more…)

What do you wear when you want to feel fabulous?

Ever hear the phrase “dress well, test well”?  It really just refers to the idea that when people feel good about they way they look, they perform better.  While I don’t know of any studies that support the idea, I still love a good confidence boost and think that a carefully drawn streak of eyeliner or a new pair of jeans can do the trick sometimes.

If I wake up with a cold (or just a bad mood) I actually feel a little bit better if I put on an outfit I love or borrow a look that I usually reserve for special occasions.  It’s an odd quirk of mine, but I like to take happiness where I find it.

Now, I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to think that I don’t love a day spent in yoga pants and my favorite sweatshirt – in fact, I’ve enjoyed more of those days than I’d care to admit as a college student, but sometimes the trick to making a gloomy day good, or a good day great, is a look that makes you feel fabulous.

In the spirit of self-confidence and shameless materialism, I’m going to share a few of my favorite things in a two-part installment.  First up: beauty products and jewelry. (more…)