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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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monday mood

monday mood / aug. 4th

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Listening to…
“Obvious Child” by Paul Simon / Gem Club’s Breakers / Jenny Lewis’s The Voyager / Bombay Bicycle Club’s So Long, See You Tomorrow

Reading…
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

Check out…
the film Boyhoodan informative Israeli-Palestinian Conflict book list / the problem with books, films, and art being criticized for relatability / the seven psychological functions of art / a gorgeous step-by-step weaving DIY project

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Well, today I head to O’ahu for nine days to visit family… so for my first Monday Mood post I thought I’d share some lush, teal-green hues that remind of me of the sparkling waters and sumptuous foliage of Hawai’i. What I like about these images is their general ambience—plant life is surrounded by clean, concrete spaces that seem almost constricting and lifeless. I honestly see a lot of resemblances between these images and my experiences in Hawai’i; O’ahu has its picturesque parts, but it’s also home to the state capital, Honolulu, which is a bustling, overwhelming, tourist-ridden city.

I used to find trips to Hawai’i as escapes from the middle-of-nowhere I considered my home (Napa Valley), but since I live in San Francisco now and get all the city I want, I see them as adventures in another culture. I go for the vacation that feels like a home away from home; for the oppressive embrace of humidity; for the chance to explore a side of myself and my heritage that seems so site-specific, but is always with me. It is this clash of nature and urbanity, of past and present, of familiarity and otherness that brings me back. There is something new to discover whenever I am there, and it inspires me to seek out the unknown in the commonplace on a daily basis.

Anyways, these posts will set the tone for my week, similar to a mood board… I’ll share what I’m listening to, what I’m visually inspired by, what I’m reading, etc. Enjoy post #1. I’m off to paradise!

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