“I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire. It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes.” -Jeannette Walls

Review: The Glass Castle

>> SPOILER ALERT <<

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The Glass Castle movie picture, found on Rotten Tomatoes.

Thanks for clicking!  Today I’m sharing a book and movie review of the Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeannette Walls turned into a movie, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.  It just so happened that I finished reading the book a few weeks before the movie came out, so I really enjoyed comparing the movie with the book and seeing Walls’ words come to life through the incredible acting of Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Brie Larson, and others.

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“I cried my eyelashes off.” -Rachel Lindsey

Both the book and the movie caused me to experience almost every human emotion possible; from ugly crying unstoppably, to laughing at the lovable yet cruel parents; I loved every minute of the movie.  Woody Harrelson was especially good in this role – if he doesn’t win some sort of award for his performance, I will be shocked.  He played Rex Walls, Jeannette’s dad, who despite his love for her and his undoubtable sense of adventure, couldn’t keep it together long enough to take care of his family.  So, he left Jeannette and her siblings Brian, Lori, and Maureen to raise themselves and find a way to survive and ultimately, to escape.  I loved how they focused on the complex but loving relationship between Jeannette and Rex, and how despite everything, she still wanted to believe in her dad.

The only thing I didn’t think the movie captured well was Naomi Watts’ character. While I had no problem with her portrayal of Jeannette’s mom, I think that the script writers made her seem more normal than the way she was presented in Walls’ memoir.  They left out the parts where she spent her entire paycheck on art supplies or candy bars that she hid and kept to herself even though her children hadn’t eaten for days.  Also, the part where Rosemary’s inheritance gives her two free houses but she instead selfishly chooses to make her children squat in abandoned buildings without running water or heat in the winter, was totally omitted but, in my opinion, necessary in understanding why Jeannette had such a hard time getting along with her mom.

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Still, both the book and the movie are ones that I would highly recommend- it certainly caused me to realize how lucky I am, and how incredible it was that all the Walls children managed to survive, thrive, and eventually, learn to love their parents for who they could have been instead of who they were.

 

 

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Dorm Room Reveal

Thanks for clicking!  Today’s post is one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time- today is my dorm room reveal!

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I went with a black, silver, and gold color scheme for my comforter and storage spaces, to better set off the colors of my pictures, posters, pillows, and other decorations.

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I learned very quickly that college prep is all about maximizing and creating extra storage, which is what I tried to do here.  I really love this ivory colored library cart that is both cute and functional, and of course my other storage units that matched the color of my bedspread.

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You’ll notice I also went with a kind of literary theme, including pillows and posters of some of my favorite books.  And of course, college wouldn’t be complete without bring a few new reads with me!

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It was also really important for me to surround myself with not only posters of my favorite movies and books, but also with pictures of the people I love.  I printed out TONS of pictures at CVS that I’ve tacked them all around my walls and a few collages on my desk.  Since I’m not living at home this year, I thought I’d bring the most important elements of home with me!

I’m so excited to start my freshman year at Miami, and this has room is a great start! I love all of my decorations and my pictures especially- I was able to create a patch of home that will keep me sane and happy while I go on new adventures!

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Styled by Kate!

Hello everyone!  Here at Bibliophilia today, I’m doing my first ever collaboration with one of my high school friends, Kate, who runs my favorite blog: Kate’s Internet Cafe – definitely go follow her if you haven’t already!

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Kate and I graduated together, and while I go off to Miami, Kate is going to study audio engineering at Belmont.  She really loves fashion, beauty, and of course, music, and hopes to have a job in the media some day.

We decided that it would be kind of fun to dress each other in our own unique styles and then photograph the results!  One of the things we have in common is our belief in championing all women, and exploring our own personal styles.

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For Kate, I decided to put her in something more colorful, since, like me, she mostly wears lots of neutrals that are loose fitting.  I had her try on this multi-colored jacket that is brighter than most of the clothes in either of our wardrobes.  Then, I paired it with one of Kate’s black shift dresses that is a tighter fit on her, and some simple black heels to accent it.  Her shoes were from DSW, and the shift dress was from Urban Outfitters.

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Overall, this was a really fun experiment and I loved letting such a stylish friend put me in something that was out of my comfort zone because of how easy-going and loose fitting it was, but that I ended up loving (you’ll have to visit Kate’s blog to see what I looked like)!

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A huge thanks to Kate for doing this quick collaboration with me before heading off to college, and to our best friend Addy, who was nice enough to have lunch with us and unknowingly become the photographer for this post.

As always, don’t forget to follow Kate’s blog (click the link above), and follow me, here at Bibliophilia to get emails about new posts!

 

 

 

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To see how Kate dressed me, head on over to her blog, Kate’s Internet Cafe to see her post! 

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College Countdown: Holistic Life = Happy Life

With my college move literally a few days away, I’ve decided to share a few of my thoughts about the importance of taking care of myself holistically.  For a long time, I only devoted myself to more ‘intellectual’ pursuits; meaning I worked hard in school, read all the time, and that was the extent of which I took care of myself.  In short, in the equation ‘mind, body, soul’, I was caught up in the ‘mind’ category only.

But what started as a decision to lose weight soon became the understanding that I can’t completely be my best self unless I also take care of my body.  Now, I’m not perfect; I certainly have my fair share of cheat days and I don’t always eat what I should (I’m a work in progress when it comes to trying new foods- especially when they are green, leafy, and look like they could be growing in my back yard), BUT I’ve come to appreciate the efforts that I do make to monitor what and how much goes in my body.

And that’s why, while transitioning to school, I’ve made a series of small goals and challenges for myself, to try and give myself a head start to becoming the best version of me.  While I can honestly say I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been, in all facets of my life, I know that it’s all about getting better and better.

I try little tips and tricks every day that seem to help me, which I’ll share here:

  1. Meditating; a few quick minutes every morning and evening can completely bring the focus inward and change my whole outlook for the day.
  2. Read more, Netflix less; I’ll admit, this is an incredibly tall order.  I often throw this practice out of the window in favor of watching another episode of the Office or of Gilmore Girls, but what’s important for me to realize is I always feel my best when I’ve read right before bed the night before.  Reading has always been a soothing activity and gives me the chance to prepare myself for the next day.
  3. Finding exercise that I like; I HATE exercising.  A lot of people talk about the mid-exercise glow, but I have never found it.  So, I’ve been looking for more creative ways of burning calories.  My two favorites are Zumba, which mom and I have been doing every Wednesday, and swimming laps in the pool (regardless of my horrible form and technique).  I try not to pay attention to how I look while doing it, or get embarrassed about how I look while dancing in public (it’s not great to say the least…), because as long as I’m being active and having fun, that’s all that counts.

Those are just a few of my lifestyle goals that I try to stick by in order to live a better life.  If you have any other tips for how to live a more holistic life, please pass them along in the comments below!

Summer Look Book 2017

I’m the first person to admit that this post is really out of the ordinary for this blog, but I’ve been trying hard to improve and work on my style.  So, what better way to show off some of my favorite summer looks than on my blog?

I’m going to be showing 5 of my go-to styles below.  If you like anything you see, comment below for information on sizing and where I got them!  Also, I’d like to give a shout out to my mom for supplying and creating all the jewelry seen in these pictures!

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Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 3.11.08 PMI love this outfit because it looks put together but it’s really easy and comfy.  I really like the detail of the shoulder cut outs and the embroidery on the shorts (which is a trend I’m obsessed with!).  I don’t normally wear a necklace with this look because of how high up the shirt goes, but, by pairing it with some cute earrings and some easy sandals, you’re ready to go out the door!

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IMG_2745I’m a sucker for rompers of any type, so I’ve included four of my summer favorites here- they are both easy to dress up and down depending on what you like; either add sandals or heels to get the look you want!  Due to the lower necklines of these pieces, I like to find a nice necklace to compliment the cut, but I’m careful not to draw too much attention away from the patterns on the fabrics.

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This outfit is really comfortable and chic.  It goes with a variety of different shoes and the top underneath is interchangeable.  I love overalls because they provide such a relaxed look and even though they are long, they’re loose and light, which makes it easy to stay cool on those hot summer days.

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Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 2.45.04 PMThis easy look is for a night out with friends.  As I’m sure many of you know, I love wearing black on black, so I paired the simple top and pants with red velvet shoes to really make the ensemble pop. I love this tank top because while it certainly isn’t fancy, it’s flattering, and doesn’t look out of place when I wear it with heels.

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Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 1.54.01 PMI’ve included this look because I’m a firm believer that you can still look good while working out (or, in my case, trying not to die at the gym).  This look makes me feel slim and confident and is paired with my favorite Nike tennis shoes and a black bandana, that is both good to keep my hair out of my face and accessorize my outfit.

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So there you have it!  These are some of my favorite summer looks!  Remember, for more information on sizing and where I bought them, comment below or send me a message on any of my social media!  Otherwise, I’d love to see what summer outfits make you feel your most beautiful and confident self.  Leave pictures of your ensembles in a comment below!

College Countdown: What I’ve Learned So Far

The lessons I’ve learned throughout the application and pre-college process have been many to say the least.  But one of the things I think is important (and often undiscussed) is that of decorating your dorm room.

Maybe this is something unexpected (or completely expected of a superficial teenage girl), but hear me out.  We college freshmen are entering a life that is totally unknown to us; filled with challenges in every form.  From going to new classes, to having to make all new friends, to cooking for ourselves, to  cleaning up after ourselves, and to holding ourselves accountable (maybe for the first time), college is a scary place.  And, what I’ve learned from the really fun experience of dorm room shopping, is that in a world of unknown variables and unlimited uncertainties (how about that alliteration), your dorm room ought to be the one place you feel at home and comfortable.

Your dorm room is where you can bring the best parts of your home with you, and feel at peace in your own energy- every space filled with your tastes, comforts, and decorations that project YOU.

I, like many others I’m sure, went into it with the tendency of choosing decorations and supplies to impress others (I found myself picking things out because I imagined that’s what people would find most modern, whether or not it was my favorite), but what I realized along the way, is that the necessary collegiate journey of self discovery begins with your home away from home, and that every pillow, blanket, and even the silverware you pick out, are the starting points for that change.

Aside from our first houses and first apartments, this underrated but also essential home is our first chance to identify our individuality and create a environment that supports and promotes it.

So, when you do go dorm room shopping, I’d just like to say, you aren’t superficial or silly for wanting things ‘just so’, or for picking a color scheme- these steps are incredibly important in giving you a SECURE and COMFORTABLE haven to rest your head at night, while you discover more about the person you want be, and the person you will endeavor to grow into over four years.

 

 

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Adventures in the Mediterranean

Almost 24 hours and three time changes later, my dad, grandparents, and I are finally home!  While travel days aren’t my favorite- and make for incredibly long periods of time without sleep- I had such a great time exploring Spain, Corsica, Sardinia, France, and Italy.

We took the metro to see the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, we spent a day on a catamaran off the coast of Palma de Mallorca, walked up a steep hill to see a castle in Cannes, explored several old cathedrals in Ajaccio, Corsica, and walked around the ancient ruins of Nora in Sardinia.

After last week, now more than ever I am convinced that I will someday call one of these places home.  For those of you who don’t know, it has been a dream of mine for several years now to emigrate to London after college to begin my career, and, while I’m sure the picturesque panoramas we were seeing while off the cruise ship were tainted with a certain level of ‘disneyfication’, I cannot wait to hopefully call one of these places home and to take part of their cultures and blend them with my own.

And, while maybe not directly related, our experiences off the beaten path reminded me even more of the collegiate journey I’m about to embark upon.  Traveling for me, always seems to be accompanied by an almost spiritual feeling; I’m reminded even more of the person I want to be just by the life-changing experiences I’ve already been able to take part in.

I never would have pictured myself navigating the Barcelona metro, for example, and taking chances in totally different places, almost all on my own.  And, it’s in this way that I draw parallels with the next four years to come at Miami of Ohio; my own sense of self will continue to be warped, molded, and challenged as I continue grow in a setting that will force me to be more independent than I’ve ever been before…and even though this is daunting, I’ve never felt more ready.

While I may not have all the answers to this existential understanding and reflection that I’ve been experiencing ever since graduation last May, I feel more prepared than ever to go headfirst into the unknown, try new things, and work toward my best, most accepting, most tolerant, most easy going self, just as I feel I’ve been able to do during my week in Europe, both through doing my best to participate in new cultures and totally immerse myself in them.  And I’m so thankful of trips like these to continually remind me of the life that I want and the ‘I’ that must go along with it.

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