Happy Friday! I have been looking so forward to weekends lately — since I’ve been back at school, every single one has been booked to the max with fun friend outings and excursions! This weekend, however, will be strictly books for me — I have some papers to write and a midterm on Monday. There could definitely be worse things than cozying up in a cafe with a pumpkin spice latte and studying American history though, so I really shouldn’t be complaining. Hope all of your weekends are enjoyable as well! Now for this week’s Latest Obsessions:
To support the Pajama Program, which provides books and pajamas for at-risk kids (the idea being that a good night means a better day), vineyard vines is donating a book for each whale drawing colored in and shared across social media. The window to color and post is through October 21, and you can find the whale coloring template here. I started seeing these pop up on my Twitter feed, and I will definitely be drawing one in support. It’s such a simple and fun way to support — I recommend checking it out!
This past weekend in Carmel, I went to my friend Molly’s house. Outside her family’s quaint cottage, they had the most adorable pumpkin with their name carved into it. I was incredibly surprised to find out the pumpkin was not an artificial decoration, but a real pumpkin! Turns out, if you carve something into the green bud of a pumpkin over the summer, it will scar the pumpkin and actually create a permanent pattern as the pumpkin grows. How neat is that? I found this tutorial about to do it, and I would definitely love to give it a-go some future fall season.
Also over the weekend in Carmel, we ate a lot of food. Almost all products were sourced locally from the farmers’ market, which made the whole affair feel extra special. Molly’s family had a slight obsession with Ina Garten’s cookbook, and though I was familiar with Ina Garten, I hadn’t given her recipes a try. We sampled quite a few over the weekend, including this saffron risotto with butternut squash (we made a vegetarian version without pancetta) and this layered ice cream bomb, and I was impressed! I highly recommend trying the risotto — it’s so perfectly fall!
Christian Louboutin has come out with a baby shoe, and I think it is the cutest little thing. I mean, picture “Mommy & Me” Louboutins! I texted my mom about it and she replied, “I’ll be buying my grandchild the first pair! ;)” I almost died laughing hehe — my mom can be a hoot sometimes. So, in the far, far future, maybe me and little baby will be donning the red soles. 😉
Ever since I was a little girl, I remember my mom picking up a box of TJ’s pumpkin bread mix and making it for us during the fall — sometimes in bread form, sometimes in muffins, and almost always complimented with zucchini, dark chocolate, or walnuts. We never really used boxed mixes in our house, except this one. It’s simply the best. On the first day of fall, a group of friends and I picked up a box and baked a loaf. I swear, within about 5 minutes, the whole thing was gone! Round 2 is happening this weekend for sure.
You may have seen this TED Talk before, but before a sorority workshop I attended this past week, I was completely unfamiliar. It’s about the way certain companies create a “gut-feeling” reputation, as in, we just feel right about them intrinsically. It outlines how we are driven by purpose, and are fascinated by the “why” behind an action. For me, this hit home in a lot of ways. Why do I commit time to YC? As I’m writing this now, it’s late at night. I have a paper to start and could use some sleep. But I care about YC. Why? In high school, I remember feeling like my identity was pigeonholed into one all-encompassing box — I was bookish, academically driven, a journalism fiend and mock trial leader — and that was that. When I got to college, I realized I didn’t want to hide my creativity or love of fashion any more, out of fear for being judged. I just wanted to own it, and blogging allowed me to unabashedly do so. My reasoning behind YC is to empower other girls and young women to embrace their own creativity and love who they are.
Did anything exciting happen this week or are you doing something special this weekend? Comment below!