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monday mood

monday mood

orange you glad it’s autumn?

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Reading…
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Watching…
Westworld, The Night Of

Check out…
this DIY project for a beautiful pair of Loeffler Randall-inspired Nicolette heels by Miss Enocha / this NY Times op-ed piece by Julia Baird about eschewing age-restrictive dress codes / an amazing eye nail art DIY over at A Beautiful Mess / a personal essay by O.T. Marod on how to make a living as a poet via The Point Magazine / this chic fuzzy slipper DIY from The Sorry Girls / the groundbreaking news that Oxford University Press will credit both Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe for the three Henry VI plays via the Associated Press / how fashion can speak for a presidential candidate’s family, via the NY Times

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Happy Halloween! Today’s Monday Mood is a roundup of some amazing articles and essays I read this month, as well as a few fun DIY projects that I’m going to try soon. I also wanted to gather some street style imagery highlighting my current go-to hues—fiery orange and marigold. Blue has always been my favorite color, but lately I can’t stop obsessing over shoes, sweaters, and coats that feature these poppy autumnal shades. They’re perfect for transitioning seasons, and since summer is finally (but slowly, seeing as I live in San Francisco) fading into fall, I’m excited to rock a warmer color palette for the cooler months.

(Images, clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 )

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short and sweet

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Reading…
Sex with Shakespeare: A Memoir by Jillian Keenan

Watching…
Game of Thrones (yep, I’m very late to the party)

Check out…
this interview on Lit Hub with poet and novelist Ben Lerner on why people hate poetry so much (and why poetry should fight back) / this Washington Post op-ed about Justice Ginsberg and her damaging outspokenness over Trump / this critical look at how female comedians’ self-exposure may not necessarily be empowering over at The Guardian / this heartwarming article on Larry the Cat, David Cameron’s lazy mouse hunter

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Getting this one out late today. Happy Monday all!

(Images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5)

 

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the necessity of stress

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Listening to…
Devendra Banhart’s Mala, Andrew Bird’s Are You Serious

Watching…
Inside Amy Schumer

Check out…
this Atlantic article on Elena Ferrante’s book covers, and how they encourage us to accept fiction by and about women / the benefits of silence on the brain, via Science of Us / the emotionally-charged artwork of Scottish artist Peter Howson

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I’ve been quite anxious lately, which has led me to neglect my blog this past week. Take today, for example: I felt so stressed that I considered crawling back under the covers. In my mind, the day was already a total loss, and it was only noon. Instead of giving in, however, I realized that my time was precious. I would be a fool if I wasted it by feeling sorry for myself.

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red, white, and blue

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Listening to…
Sam Cooke’s The Man Who Invented Soul, Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele’s The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, Real Estate’s Atlas

Reading…
Breathing Lessons 
by Anne Tyler

Check out…
these beautiful visuals from jewelry companies via AnOther / Mark Ford’s close reading of Sylvia Plath’s poem “Ariel” / Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s op-ed piece on envisioning a strong female leader

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While most of the United States was swimming, barbecuing, and enjoying actual sunlight yesterday, I was voluntarily cooped up in my apartment binge-watching television and wondering how I’d become so lazy. I couldn’t even get it together enough to post a Monday Mood. Now it’s Tuesday, but I figured hey, better late than never, right? I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th—take this red, white, and blue collage as a sign of my patriotism.

(Image property of Mode and the Like)

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unfinished business

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Listening to…
Coast Modern’s singles, Mitski’s Puberty 2, Hinds’s Leave Me Alone

Reading…
Man Repeller 
by Leandra Medine

Check out…
some home office inspiration over at Glitter Guide / this Flavorwire article on, arguably, the most important punctuation mark of all / incredible digitally-constructed portraits by artist Zhang Wei / Vanessa Friedman’s tribute to the late, great photographer Bill Cunningham / an interview I conducted for SOMA Magazine with Adrian Cheng, business mogul and founder of the high-end lifestyle brand K11

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I’ve always thought of myself as a monogamous reader. I prefer to read one book at a time so that I can focus all of my attention on it. Recently, however, I’ve found myself in the middle of multiple novels. Uninvested in one, I pick up another, read a hundred or so pages, get bored, and the cycle continues. Whether this is due to the books’ content or to my own listlessness, I’m not sure. Whatever the reason, I’ve pondered permanently shelving some of them to search for more stimulating reads. This is a logical solution. It’s also one to which I’m deeply opposed.

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