Law School Summer Wrap Up! (& July Favorites)

I can’t believe it, I have officially completed my first law school course! My last class was on Thursday then I had a four day weekend filled with studying (and a little time enjoying the warm weather and sunshine too).  I take my final later today (so I guess at that point it becomes officially official). However, due to the nature of grading law school exams I won’t know my score (which constitutes my entire class grade) until the last week of August. Luckily I’ll be busy exploring Munich and hiking in Switzerland so hopefully the wait won’t bother me too much. Just to catch everyone up, my school offered the option to take a single law course during the summer prior to 1L fall semester. I hopped on the opportunity to lighten my fall class load and get a head start learning how to manage law school. Everyone told me law school is so much different than undergrad which terrified me, so I wanted as much of an advantage as I could get. I definitely do not regret taking criminal law over the summer. I feel like I have a bit of a head start for the fall as I already know how to read a case/casebrief, outline for a court and prep for an exam. I’m 1000% sure I still have a whole new world to learn about but it quells my anxiety to know I took advantage of the early start opportunity. Perhaps the best part was getting the chance to meet a few of my classmates! Now that I have a few friends, whom I am lucky enough to share my fall classes with as well, it is easier to envision myself powering through the next three years. I think friends to study with is a necessity and I am sure I will want people to talk about law school with non stop when everyone else in my life is gets sick of hearing about it.

Jordan was so supportive over the weekend he let me explain case after case to him and even asked thoughtful questions on legal concepts so I could help cement the holdings into my memory. I know I learn SO much more efficiently when I can teach a concept to someone else so his patience listening really was better than if he left me alone to study by myself. I didn’t want to miss the beautiful weather on Saturday completely so I took a set of flash cards with me to a botanical garden and Jordan quizzed me on the trails.

That’s my current update on law school pretty people! I have a two week break before I start full time for the fall. I am planning on squeezing as much time as I can outside, adventuring in the sunshine before I am locked in a library all day for 9 months.  I just know August is going to fly by, but first I want to share a few of my favorites from the month of July.

A much needed evening by the pool with my friend, Nicole.

July Favorites

Read: Out of Orange

Fans of Orange is the New Black, Out of Orange is a MUST READ! Cleary Wolters (who inspired the character Alex Vause in the Netflix show) shares her true story from the moment she first agreed to smuggle drugs into the United States to her time in prison (substantially longer than Piper’s one year sentence) to her release and the aftermath. I didn’t have much time to read this month but could NOT put this memoir down. I became interested in the criminal justice system in the U.S. when I started OITNB on Netflix a year or so back and loved that this book helped me to think about the issues I was learning about in my criminal law class in the context of Cleary’s story. If you haven’t already, read Orange Is the New Black first, then follow it up with Out of Orange.

Eat: Cafe Lago AND Cafe Turko

Normally I am really boring when it comes to eating out. I know what I like so I go to the same restaurant and order the same menu items over and over again. This month we ended up eating out a LOT and consequently tried a handful of new restaurants. Cafe Lago and Cafe Turko coincidentally have similar sounding names and are both sure to be added to my rotation of favorites.

Cafe Lago, a quaint Italian restaurant in the Montlake neighborhood must be a local treasure. The atmosphere is charming and laid back but the most important factor was the food! Jordan and I split a caprese salad to start, though you can never go wrong with mozzarella and tomatoes in my opinion I swear it the tomatoes were perfectly juicy and oh so delicious. The star of the evening was hands down, no questions asked, my entree! I ordered a basic cheese lasagna and I have been thinking about it ever since. The pasta was light and fluffy and every bite of lasagna melted in my mouth. Cafe Lago is my new favorite Italian restaurant; I am already dying to go back.

After one of my favorite history professors recommended Cafe Turko in Undergrad I told myself I wanted to try it but forgot all about it for a solid three years. On a whim one evening, Jordan and I wandered in for a casual summer date night. The outdoor seating with a  view of the city skyline and Lake Union could have made the worst food palatable but luckily Cafe Turko was delicious! I don’t have much experience with Turkish food but the dolmas and Beyti with eggplant were delectable. I can’t speak from experience but the Yelp reviews claim the restaurant is very authentic. Jordan and I were so pleased that we took my uncle and his mother back to Cafe Turko the next week. I guess the three year wait was worth it! (;

Brunching in Portland.

Pierre is always excited to size up the hotel bed and see how it measures up. I can’t blame him!

Getaway: Portland

Jordan and I made a quick weekend trip to Portland mid month to celebrate his best friend’s birthday. On the car ride up we jammed out to 90s rap music, planned what we would do with our lottery winnings and stopped roughly every hour for refills of our iced coffees (it’s a summer staple right?). We brought Pierre along so we stayed at the dog friendly, Hotel Monaco. The whole true was super laid back (lots of eating, visiting street fairs, window shopping, etc) but it was a really wonderful time.

Riding a Limebike through Gas Works Park.

Do: Limebike

Last Saturday I needed  a study break badly (I was really getting grouchy) when Jordan suggested we try out Limebike, a bike rental app that had launched in Seattle that very day. I had noticed lime green and yellow bicycles parked all around the city for a few days so I was curious to see how the system worked. I downloaded the Limebike app which displayed a map of all the bikes in my area. There were dozens within walking distance of my apartment so it was easy to find a bike. With the app I just scanned the individual QVC code, which unlocked the bike and started my ride. Over the weekend rides were free, but normally you can rent for $1 per 30 minutes. Biking makes such a great date night or summer activity with friends and at just $2 an hour it is a really affordable way to get a little exercise, jot from place to place or relax in the sun. I really liked that the app tracked how long our rides were and

Shop: My #NSALE Purchases

Though there are only a few days left of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale I thought I would share my purchases. There are always a lot of great pieces on sale for fall, and though I hate thinking that summer will ever end my love for shopping won over. I picked up a black, ribbed choker bodysuit that looks great with a high waisted skirt or with jeans & heels for a night out. I cannot resist mini skirts and this suede option in burgundy NEEDED to be in my closet for fall. I was practical and ordered a few new colors of my favorite Natori bra (it is the ONLY bra I wear). For my trip to Switzerland I will be hiking for a few days, I picked up this Zella strappy tank in pink so I can sweat in style. My favorite sale purchase of the year was probably these high waisted Rag & Bone jeans. Admittedly it will be too warm to wear jeans comfortably for awhile but I know these cute, dark wash jeans will be a staple in my closet throughout the fall winter, and spring.


Now I am off to take my first law school exam, crossing my fingers and hoping all of my studying paid off. I hope your week is off to a great start!


What I used to Study for the LSAT

It’s been roughly 7 months since I gathered around a hundred or so other law school hopefuls to pour my brain into the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Unlike many of the other graduate level admissions tests out there, the LSAT is still taken entirely on paper (as opposed to on a computer) and is only offered a handful of times every year (instead of the GRE which you can practically waltz into a testing center and take at your convenience provided you have an appointment).

About the LSAT

For all official information regarding the LSAT you can reference the LSAC website. Prior to registering for the LSAT you will need to create an account with LSAC. You will also use your LSAC account to apply to law schools and send your LSAT score later on. The LSAT is given four times a year in September/October, December, February and June.

What Costs are associated with the LSAT?

At the bare minimum you will need to pay to take the LSAT ($180) and pay for the Credential Assembly Service ($185). Many students will choose to take the LSAT more than once and sending your LSAT scores to potential law schools is $35 a pop. Law school is expensive so it seems fitting that the LSAT for law school entrance starts by prepping students to spend inordinate gobs of money on what seems like made up services (ha!). Fee waivers are available and can cut down on LSAT related costs substantially so it is worth applying if you think you may qualify.

Study materials for the LSAT can also add up quickly. LSAT workbooks come from a variety of test prep companies and start at roughly $20. LSAT courses can be purchased online (usually at a bit of a discount) or in person. Class prices differ but it is average for a class to cost anywhere from $1000-$1500. Many students find an LSAT prep course helpful as it holds them accountable and provides a study plan and a teacher to answer any of your questions.


What did you use to Study for the LSAT?

Thinking LSAT Podcast

Listen here or subscribe on iTunes

Nathan & Ben, two LSAT teachers host a biweekly podcast all about studying for the LSAT and applying for law school. When I first started studying for the LSAT I had no idea where to begin. I didn’t have any close friends or family members who had gone to law school or who were studying for the LSAT at the same time as me. I think I googled “podcasts about LSAT” and was happy to discovered “Thinking LSAT”. During most episodes Ben & Nathan discuss common LSAT questions (sent in from listeners), LSAT news (yeah, that’s really a thing), the law school application process and general LSAT study tips. Towards the end of each episode they go in depth working through one LSAT practice question. As an added bonus Nathan and Ben broke down which LSAT courses not to take, which companies are reputable. I chose Blueprint because of their recommendation and threw out the Kaplan book I bought initially as they both had a lot of issues with the Kaplan curriculum and the way Kaplan teaches the LSAT.

This podcast was my Bible for three months, I swear. I listened at work, in the car, at the gym, etc. The Thinking LSAT podcast broke down the test taking process including the day of rules/schedule/etc. I didn’t realize how much it would help me to familiarize myself with test taking procedures until I noticed other test takers getting psyched out and reprimanded for breaking silly rules (like bringing a water bottle that was too big to the testing center) while I was cool and relaxed. I highly, highly recommend the Thinking LSAT podcast for anyone getting ready to take the test.

A Cadre of Experts: An LSAT Novel

Find A Cadre of Experts: An LSAT Novel on Amazon or Audible.

While I was studying for the LSAT I was working at a job that allowed me to listen to podcasts/audiobooks/music/whatever all day long. I made the most of my time at work by listening to podcasts (like the one mentioned above) and books throughout the day. I bought A Cadre of Experts on Audible prior to any studying as an introduction to the LSAT. I really wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. The book, in novel format, tells the fictional story of Alexandra as she begins studying for the LSAT until she takes the test and applies for law school. The story is a little cheesy but much more interesting than just reading a list of LSAT study tips. I thought it was entertaining to learn about study tips through a story. I found I recalled the study tips more accurately because I thought of the tips in terms of the story.

As I mentioned previously I didn’t know much about the LSAT or law school admissions prior to studying so A Cadre of Experts helped me understand all the basics while providing valuable information and study tips. I listened to the book once before I studied at all and a second time after I’d been studying for a month or two. This book was helpful but definitely not a “must read”. If you’re like me and had a lot of time to “listen” but not necessarily “read” I think this book is a great addition to a study plan. If you are choosing between actual study time with practice problems and reading A Cadre of Experts definitely go with the practice exams. All of the LSAT novels out there are no substitute for real practice!

Blueprint Class

I enrolled in the Blueprint live LSAT prep course. The course met 3-4 times a week for 2.5 months leading up to the December LSAT. Each class session was long (4 hours) and in between classes there was online homework assigned. The course content was helpful, no doubt about that, but all class materials were available online and in the workbooks. Since lessons were available online and I didn’t have many questions for the instructor I personally felt I should have saved a few hundred dollars and taken the online Blueprint course instead of the in person Blueprint course (especially since my brain was dead during the last hour of class, 9:00-10:00 PM). If you are pretty good at learning material on your own (or have successfully taken online courses before) I recommend considering the online version of the course as a way to save a little money, you’ll need it for law school (;

Overall I thought the course was incredibly helpful. Blueprint had entertaining online videos to break down concepts as well as specific questions. There were practice questions, quizzes and even games to encourage students to study for the LSAT. I thought the online videos were really helpful for explaining concepts I didn’t understand and I used the online practice questions constantly (all questions are real questions from past LSAT exams).

Nathan Fox Logic Games Playbook

The Logic Games section of the LSAT was the most confusing to me right off the bat. I also knew that the games section was the easiest to improve on from listening to the Thinking LSAT podcast. Nathan Fox, one of the Thinking LSAT Podcast hosts has a series of books for helping prepare for the LSAT. I believe he uses the books for his classes but you can also buy the books individually on Amazon. I used the The Fox LSAT Logic Games Playbook and tried to order the The Fox LSAT Logical Reasoning Encyclopedia: Disrespecting the LSAT but accidentally ordered another copy of The Logic Games book #FAIL. I found Nathan’s book really helpful as he broke down real LSAT logic games step by step providing thorough explanations on how to get to every correct answer. This book really helped me to noticeably improve at the logic games.

I haven’t used any of Nathan Fox’s other books but I assume they are all equally fabulous. They can be found on Amazon as well:

Official Practice Tests

All LSAT students want to use official practice tests to study. If nothing else I suggest you pick up a book of 10 practice tests which can be purchases from LSAC or on Amazon. Most experts recommend using the more recent tests before using the older tests. Here are a few of the test booklets:


*Other Resources*

The following resources don’t necessarily have to do with the LSAT but are good resources if you are thinking about law school.


Are there services you wish you had used or would recommend that you did not use?

Of course the most well informed advice comes from materials I have actually used and courses I actually purchased, that being said I have heard really good things about the following courses/books:

Nathan Fox’s Prep Course: Online or In Person in Los Angeles & the Bay Area

I used one of Nathan’s books (The Logic Games Playbook) and listened to the Thinking LSAT Podcast. I definitely wish I would have known about his online course options beforehand.

Ben Olsen’s Strategy Prep Course: Online or In Person in Washington D.C.

I listened to Ben on the Thinking LSAT Podcast and can definitely vouch that he knows his material!

I am currently in the process of studying for my first law exam so it honestly feels weird to reflect on the LSAT. I started studying at the end of August last year and took the December LSAT a couple months later. Leaving the test room felt like such a big accomplishment! Though I have taken loads of standardized tests in my academic career the LSAT felt different, more serious, like so much was at steak. If you have taken the LSAT I would love to read about what you used to study. If you’re currently studying for the LSAT, good luck! At times the LSAT can make you feel defeated but your persistence will pay off!


What to Wear while you Sweat

I don’t often discuss athleisure or workout fashion on the blog, but for the past six or so years I’ve been a die hard Lululemon fan. I seriously have two full drawers of workout clothes 95% of which originate from the company made famous for it’s ultra flattering yoga pants. I realized my workout clothes could use a bit of an update in the spring when I donated or tossed shorts that had shrunk in the washing machine over time, pilled leggings and tops that had been sweat in and worn down for years. I assumed I would eventually replace the pieces I parted with, with more Lululemon Speed Shorts, Wunder Unders and tank tops as soon as necessity dictated. With my upcoming hiking trip in Switzerland I figured it was the perfect time to pick up a few new workout pieces. I planned to get a few fresh pieces for my trip to Europe and naturally, I could replenish my supply of gym clothes in the process.

When I hit up my local Lululemon stores (there are two in Seattle) I was annoyed and disappointed. All of the cute tops (like this one) and the colors I liked and had seen online were sold out in my size. While I definitely could have found shorts and tanks to “make do” I didn’t want to drop a few hundred dollars on workout clothes I wasn’t even excited about. I decided to expand my horizons beyond the walls of Lululemon (an act my former Lulu obsessed self wouldn’t have even believed I would do!). I ended up ordering a few pieces from the Free People workout line as well as from Nordstrom’s in house activewear line, Zella.

Though I didn’t purchase all of  the pieces features in today’s post, all pieces can be found at Nordstrom (a few of which are part of  NSale).

1.Adidas Athleisure Dress: Love the idea of throwing on this dress for class with a pair of sneakers for a day spent studying and running errands.

2. Zella Strappy Tank: This tank is part of the NSale and comes in both pink and black.

3. Mesh Cutout Workout Top: This top feels so edgy and fashion forward meaning you’ll be getting compliments left and right at yoga class.

4. Free People Movement Canyon Tank: I couldn’t resist the strappy back on this Free People tank top.

5. Ivy Park Logo Shorts: Every girl needs a pair of black shorts in her workout repertoire and the Ivy Park logo makes this pair extra fun.

6. Free People Movement Leggings: These leggings have quite a few details without feeling busy. I can’t wait to wear them with #9!

7. Zella Lace Up Leggings: The lace up detail on the side is both functional (to keep you cool) and stylish.

8. Ivy Park Sports Bra: With a sports bra this cute you’ll want it to peek out if your top at the gym!

9. Free People No Sweat Tank: While the front of this tank is cute, the back really steals the show.

10. Ivy Park Sleeveless Sweatshirt: This sleeveless sweatshirt is perfect for throwing on for a morning workout where you start off cool but warm up quickly!

11. Zella Wrap Top: Pair with your favorite sports bra and head to a casual brunch after a sweaty workout.

12. Ivy Park Logo Leggings: I’ve read these leggings are ultra soft making them perfect for a hike or throwing on for coffee & a walk with a girlfriend.

I don’t plan on abandoning Lululemon forever but there’s certainly no harm in diversifying my workout wardrobe. Now that I have a handful of cute, new pieces for hiking in Switzerland my trip feels SO real. I can’t wait for the adventure! Where do you find your favorite workout clothes?


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