I’ve been seeing my friends a lot more this year and have been visiting the city with them more often. I think we’re all feeling like there’s a lot to see and do before we graduate and leave for different places. But these outings haven’t felt like sad “lasts.” I’ve been happy and I’ve been working hard. Though I definitely need to get a move-on on the job front.
It’s been a slow reading month. I didn’t finish any books, which is kinda crazy if you look at all the books I’ve been reading in previous months. Currently reading Touch by Courtney Maum. I already renewed this book from the library twice, and I only get two renews, so I’ll definitely have to finish reading this book by October 16! Luckily I have fall break starting October 13, so hopefully I’ll be able to go on a book binge then!
Movies & TV shows
So… I’ve been making bad decisions. Like staying up until 3:00AM binging Gossip Girl (I’ve started the series several times but have never finished); I never feel like watching Gossip Girl, but once I start, I can’t stop. I’m going to try to give up Netflix completely for this week, and then maybe after this week I’ll allow myself to watch movies, but I’m swearing off TV shows!! (I’ve been meaning to watch Newsies, Chicago, and How to Steal a Million) Although… Empire‘s new season recently started, so I miiiight keep up with that. I mean, as long as I’m not binging then it’s okay right??
In other news, I finished Criminal Minds, had been alternating through Lost, Gilmore Girls, and Grace and Frankie, and had just started working my way through the new episodes of The Walking Dead on Netflix. But no more! No more TV shows!!
My artist of the month has been Daniel Caesar; I’ve been listening to his album Freudian on repeat. Some songs to start with are “Best Part” ft. H.E.R. and “Japanese Denim.” His vibe is super chill (or as Spotify says, “soul songs bathed in ambient electronics”) and great for cosy autumns and winters in.
“Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man · “Not Me” – Melvv ft. Two Feet · “Untouched” – Julian Lamadrid · “Hostage” – Griffin Oskar · “Where the Love Goes” – Anjulie, Oskar Flood · “Christina” – Sean McVerry
Lil Pop Shop – honey lavender pop, basil lemonade pop, apple cider pop · Snap Pizza – Kennett square pizza · Hope’s Cookies – turtle cookies · Green Engine Coffee – latte · Saxby’s – pumpkin spice cold brew · Dunkin’ Donuts – maple pecan iced latte · Daebak – bulgogi bibimbap · SuGa – wild mushroom dumplings, barbecue pork ribs, shrimp and scallops, miso salmon, warm chocolate cake, coconut tapioca · White Dog Cafe – double cheddar burger, chocolate haze · Shake Shack – shack stack · Bonchon – japchae, soy garlic fried chicken
Birkenstock Arizona oiled leather two-strap sandals, tobacco | I wear these almost every day. I don’t like washing socks.
J.Crew corduroy shirt in colourblock | Originally $88, but bought it for $16 because I got $50 off as a VIP and 25% off with my student ID at the Her Campus x J.Crew back-to-school party.
Madewell retro tee in stripe, antique cream | Will probably buy this eventually. Just waiting for when it goes on sale. Tried it on in-store already so I know I’ll get it in S!
Badgley Mischka faux leather trim long trench coat, fog | I’m not allowed to buy anymore coats, though I don’t have a trench…
Lack of Color The Carlo | On a quest to become a hat person.
Maria Tash opal x diamond 5 row pave eternity hoop | This is soooo pretty. But also soooo expensive and sold out.
Mango velvet pleated trousers, green | I’m v into green velvet this season.
J.Crew Avery velvet pumps, dark forest | Tried this on in-store. Curse my wide feet!! I want a pair of green velvet pumps more than I do a pair of green velvet trousers.
Mejuri halo necklace, gold vermeil white sapphire
Mejuri halo studs, gold vermeil white sapphire
Mejuri midi hoops, gold vermeil
Made the most beautiful peanut butter banana smoothie bowl with honey roasted sliced almonds, shaved chocolate, and strawberries, and then dropped a jar of peanut butter on it. Bought two bushels of dried lavender at the market. Shopped at J.Crew as a VIP for the Her Campus x J.Crew back-to-school party. Popped by Campus Philly. Magic Gardens with Georgina and Victoria during Philly Free Week. Pedicabs at the Fireflies installation by Cai Guo-Qiang. Midnight snack in the lab as we finished up our design project due the next day. Bake sale for She’s the First. Waiting for the bus with Bomi after a club meeting. Dinner in Chinatown with Kat, Steph, and Ann. Partying hard with Steph.
Even though I’ve begun writing weekly recaps/highlights, there’s still so much of my life to share in these monthly recaps! The only thing that has really changed about the monthly recaps is that there isn’t a “highlights” section anymore, as those have been recounted in the weekly recaps, and some of the photos from the “lately” section might look familiar if you’ve been keeping up with the weekly recaps. Sometimes I can hardly believe how much happens in a month!
How was your September, and what are you planning for October?