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Usual | Unusual

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I know posting on a Thursday is a bit random, but I didn’t want to wait until next week for this one. Yesterday I had been feeling (once again) a serious lack of motivation, especially in my writing. I was groggy and out of it, which led to guilt, which led to more grogginess, which in turn led to me mentally yelling at myself to snap out of it. What better way to find motivation again than to seek out places that inspire you? This time, it happened to be the house where the fictional Elizabeth James lived with her daughter Annie. Yes, that’s right. The house featured in these photos is from the 1998 version of “The Parent Trap.” Admittedly one of my favorite movies (mostly thanks to Natasha Richardson and the character of Elizabeth), it had an odd way of cheering me up. Something about a woman owning a successful business and reaping the rewards in the most classy way possible makes you feel hopeful. I mean, look at this house!

Another decision I made that day was to don these new embroidered pink boots from Topshop that I scooped up during their sale. Everyone has their favorite hoodie and jeans combo, but why stop there? Add something unexpected and bright, something very you, and what was before something usual becomes unusual in the best possible way. Reminding myself that I’m the only one of me was a good way to get myself back on track. Even though around this house I should have been wearing a co-ord tweed jacket and skirt. Next time.

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24 Hours in New York

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Friends and fellow English majors Emma and Bailey

Today’s post is a little different because I wanted to dedicate it to my very quick trip to New York City. I was there for an English majors career roundtable with some UMass alum. We got to sit down with half a dozen UMass graduates and hear them talk about what they’ve done with their English degrees, and no, none of them were teachers. The event was extremely insightful and all participants were engaging and enthusiastic. Even though I had a mild I’m-just-a-kid crisis, it was good to see people doing real things in the big, bad world in the biggest and baddest city.

Because I was only there for effectively 24 hours, I dressed pretty minimalistic, opting for pieces I knew would all work well together. New York was pretty gray and rainy the entire time and I felt I flew somewhat under the radar in a black drawstring-sleeved crew neck and jeans. I hate looking like a tourist. In the two days we were there we walked about 25,000 steps, so my Adidas and my chelsea boots were must-haves. From having lunch outside the Flatiron, to wandering the Met, we — my two friends and I — managed to pack a ton into a short amount of time and I was grateful for chic walking shoes. We even got to visit By Chloe, a vegan restaurant I’d wanted to try. I was exhausted by the next day and I loved it. Before I knew it we were running to catch our bus and heading back to campus and to all the deadlines I’d been avoiding. x

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