Sunday afternoon I wandered around West Seattle in search of hot apple cider. I was in somewhat of a gloomy mood without much of a reason, I knew a walk through the park and a yummy beverage would help cheer me up. Sure enough breathing the ocean air and gobbling up coconut macaroons helped give me a little perspective. Life isn’t so bad after all right? For the most part I consider myself an optimistic person. I strive to be sunshine-y, filled with happiness and light, but every so often life gets in the way. I like to think coffee is there to help, and for those of you who don’t drink coffee I say apple cider does a pretty good job too.
I thought it would be fun to invite you guys to have a virtual coffee (or, er…apple cider) date with me today. One of the best parts about blogging is all of the wonderful connections and relationships you make, one of the worst parts is rarely ever meeting those connections in real life. I can’t tell you how many times I have wished I could invite one of my blogging friend’s over for wine and girl talk, for a silly blogging photo shoot or on a coffee date.
If we were on a coffee date right now I would tell you how much I despise watching movies about darkness! I am a total brat and usually refuse to see action movies, horror films, or anything I deem un-fun in theaters (or at all). I avoid action movies by any means necessary. I hate the sound of guns, I hate loud cars and I’m constantly annoyed that pretty much every woman in action films are half naked at all times for basically no reason. Yet, I love Jordan so I’ve consented to watching action movies now and then. If you’re similar to me at all, and think you’re hardcore when you watch an episode of Orange is the New Black or Narcos on Netflix DO NOT go see Sicario. The entire film can be summarized as “guns, bullets to the head and watching a sad little boy loose his father”. Maybe you want to prove you’re a really good girlfriend, now is the time to read Cosmo and think of a few other ways to show your affection.
Still sipping your hot apple cider? Good! Next I want to tell you all about the cool sites I’ve become addicted to recently. If you’re a total nerd like me and can’t get enough of school (even when you’re done with school) you have to check out Coursera. Coursera offers free online courses from actual universities. I basically freaked when I found out (another excuse to buy cute notebooks and highlighters, woot)! I’m currently enrolled in a marketing course and luxury fashion management course but have many others on my list for the future. Check it out and let me know what you think (I already find the whole site LIFE CHANGING). #NerdsUnite
I’m totally eyeing your coconut macaroon by this point in the coffee date so you probably should eat it before I do. Okay, okay I had the most interesting conversation with my friend Laura on the phone the other day. Laura is currently living in Tennessee and going to graduate school to be a school counselor. She mentioned how often she feels out of place or foreign, even though she has grown up in the United States, the community in Knoxville is just so different lifestyle wise than the community in Seattle. She got me thinking a lot about regional stereotypes, life expectations and norms. Seattle is known for being tech-y, liberal, unfashionable and a little granola. What stereotypes describe your community, how accurate do you find them?
Before we end our coffee date I want to share my outfit details with you (because all good friends talk about clothes right?) (I mean you wouldn’t buy a skirt without asking your friends if it looks good on you first). My long sleeve floral dress is from SheIn, a fabulous online shop featuring thousands of pieces at a Forever 21 price point. I found the dress featured was a great combination of stylish and comfy for a Sunday afternoon stroll. I love boho styles and with this low cut, free flowing dress I felt just the right amount of hippie. Since the front of the dress is so low cut you can’t really wear a bra with it. I’m a pretty free spirited in the undergarment department (#NoBraNoProblem) but I know for some girls with bigger chests the no bra thing can totally be awkward. I think this piece would also work well as a tunic with denim and would pair well with a simple flower crown. What do you think?
Play along with my apple cider date and answer a few questions for me? (I can’t do ALL the talking and be a totally rude friend).
1.Have you seen any wonderful (or horrible) movies lately? Share the details!
2. Do you take any courses online for personal enrichment? What have you taken and where did you take it?
3. What do you think are key characteristics that accurately describe the stereotypes of your city or region? Do you feel like you personally fit into that mold?
Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope your week has been filled with all the pumpkins and glitter out there!
***Disclaimer: The dress I am wearing was provided for me by SheIn. I am very grateful for this piece, however all opinions are 100% authentic I pinky swear.***