spring reading | 2018

Hey y’all!

Just wanted to pop in with a little spring reading update. I’ve been so relaxed for the past week or so ever since I finished my final exams last Thursday. I love spring break and being at home! I actually had jury duty yesterday but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. As long as you bring something to do to pass the time, you’re golden (a.k.a book for me!). I’m looking to hopefully go see Love, Simon in theaters before heading back to Seattle over the weekend. The soundtrack is great!! Have y’all seen it yet?

Since I’m about halfway through spring break, you can bet I’ve finished some books already. My last post about my recent reads was back in late February, and after that I was knee-deep in school work and final exams, so I hadn’t finished much until break. Luckily, I’ve been spending (too much) time in bed reading all break. Here’s a little reading update!

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various authors

I had read this romance anthology in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. The concept itself sounded so cute! I have to say I was a tad disappointed with it though. Out of the various short stories, I only really enjoyed three of them (Click, The Dictionary of You and Me, and The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love if you were curious!). I’d say pick it up if you’re in the mood for a collection of lighthearted stories to read in-between darker/heavier reads.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I had to (and wanted to!) read this one for the Panhellenic book club I’m part of, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Adichie does a great job developing both Ifemelu and Obinze, and also exposed me to some issues regarding race that I had never considered. It’s such an important novel for readers who want to be more present and aware about society and racism.

The Moth Presents All the Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown by various authors

You might remember me talking about this book a few times this year on my blog, and I finally finished it all in one go over break! Overall it’s pretty eye-opening to be able to read from so many different perspectives. So many of them were depressing though, which made me sad, but some had little hints of humor since many of the storytellers were/are stand-up comedians. I think I would still prefer listening to these Moth stories via podcast or liveshow.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aceman

If you haven’t heard of the hype surrounding this movie, you’ve been living under a rock. Ever since I heard the hype and the premise, I knew I wanted to see the movie, but obviously read the novel first. Y’all, it’s set in the Italian Riviera – that’s all I really needed to hear. But Call Me By Your Name is so much more; it was surprisingly really intense and while it’s not the most amazing book I’ve ever read, I was a little shook after finishing the book. Aceman has a way with storytelling that digs deep into emotions and thoughts about how love changes over time that I had never encountered before. I’m even more excited to see the movie now!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

My current read! After reading Call Me By Your Name, I honestly needed something light, so I went with something I’ve been meaning to pick up for forever – Jenny Han’s other infamous trilogy! It’s also being made into a movie, which looks adorable. I’m planning on binging the trilogy all in one go.

That’s it for now! What have you been reading lately?

Jen x


#girlbosses in seattle: nastea & co.

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It’s officially finals week and I have my last final tomorrow – I wanted to take a break from blogging but the stubborn part of me wants to keep meeting my goal of one blog post per week, so here we are. I’m so close to spring break!!

Today I wanted to share with y’all something super fun. As most of you know, I’m a business student studying accounting. However, my business school also has an Entrepreneurship option. Students who take that route are required to “create a company” and compete against their classmates to see who has the best pitch. Whoever wins actually gets funded to go forth and pursue the company, and some students go forth and pursue their company idea anyway.

NASTEA & Co. is actually a company that came out of my university! They’re a team of four girls and have really launched their product into Seattle stores. They recently created an influencer package and of course, I love supporting local (and all) #girlbosses. I decided to try out their two products, the white coffee dirty chai and the white coffee dirty matcha.

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I’ve been sipping in moderation because these drinks do have 3x the caffeine compared to regular roasts. One of my friends downed a bottle in one go and couldn’t sleep for two days! (she’s also very sensitive to caffeine, lol 😂)

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The influencer packages came with cute little stickers and a key tag – so adorable!


I’m a huge fan of these drinks (and the packaging, wow!). If you’re in the Seattle area, you can pick up these bottles in various markets in the city – go here to find where you can pick one up! They also deliver.

Thank goodness for NASTEA because they’ve been keeping me awake during my final exams studying! Good luck with y’all’s exams as well!!

Until next week,


happy list – spring

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How is everyone’s week going? I can’t believe winter quarter is already drawing to a close. This week at my school, it’s technically “dead week” since next week is finals week. I’m thinking about potentially doing a winter quarter reflection post – this quarter was really a whirlwind, to be honest.

A few days ago I found myself in not the best mood: it had been a really long week and I just needed some alone time. My mood was further dampened by the fact that the people around me were speaking negatively about someone else. If you remember from my new year’s “resolutions”, you might recall that one of mine was to be more intentional, especially with the people I’m surrounded by. This situation snapped me back into that mode. I didn’t want to be part of this conversation, nor did I want to contribute or listen any longer. I went home and compiled a list of things that are positive in my life right now – a gratitude list, if you will, to welcome spring with, and to push away the negativity.

I thought I’d share my list with you all today just because it really lifted me out of my cloudy mood. I think it’s definitely worth trying!

  • dinner with study abroad friends
  • meeting my loved ones’ loved ones over Facetime
  • having the house to myself in the early morning
  • eggs & Tapatio
  • meeting people who walk the walk they talk
  • downtown Seattle
  • people coming to me for advice
  • the buzz of caffeine, like I can take over the world
  • replying to emails
  • cute movies like Valentine’s Day or Up
  • getting to bed by 11pm
  • avoiding the flu all quarter
  • TJ’s: tired jollies, the uncontrollable laugh when you’ve stayed up too late studying and everything is funny
  • devouring Ugly Mug’s Belgian Waffles: the crunch of the waffle, the warmth of the syrup, and the hint of lavender in the whipped cream
  • introducing myself to someone after knowing them from afar for awhile

Thanks for reading,



spring style


It’s crazy to me that it snowed in Seattle all last week – I was definitely one of those people who refused to believe that it would snow in February. I’m so ready for spring weather! One of my midterms got postponed because the professor couldn’t make it in time. Needless to say, I was one of nine other students who asked to take it before the weekend started because I was really prepared to take it and get it over with.

I haven’t talked about style in awhile (since December, in fact), due to the lack of nice weather and availability to do photoshoots. However, I did want to share five spring transitional pieces from J.Crew that I’ve been eyeing and need in my closet ASAP.

Spring 2018 JCrew

1. Scalloped sidewalk skirt

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for anything that has a scallop trim. This beautiful green is perfect for spring – I can already see myself pairing it with my go-to lace-up flats.

2. Piped loafer mules in calf hair

Who doesn’t love mules?! These mules seem so convenient since they’re simple slip-ons, but they still look professional. I’m a huge fan of cheetah print and my current flats aren’t going to last me much longer.

3. Ruffle neck pullover sweater

Another style I love? Ruffles. This darling pink sweater has the most adorable detailing in the collar; springs in Seattle are definitely still chilly enough to wear light sweaters like this one.

4. Chambray ruffle tie-sleeve dress

Chambray always screams spring/summer to me, and this dress is something I’d love to wear on weekends shopping around Pike Place with a bouquet of tulips in hand or while getting brunch with friends. Yet another detail I love? Bows on the sleeves… I’m obsessed.

5. Bow-neck sweater

Lastly, another sweater! I think y’all get the gist by now: scallops, ruffles, bows, simple as that! This one’s a neutral color and I’d love to wear it with white jeans and maybe some booties.

What do y’all think? Are you guys craving for spring weather like I am?

Thanks for reading,


recent reads: january & february

Recent Reads - January and February 2018

Hi everyone!

How was everyone’s long weekend? I semi-enjoyed the extra day off but I was mostly in the library studying for my midterm that’s tomorrow (wish me luck!). My sorority did have our winter formal on Friday night though, which I had a great time at. Nothing like a little dancing to rid the mid-winter blues!

Today I wanted to share with y’all what I read in January and February so far. Consider these mini-reviews!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

If you’ve been following the most popular books of 2018 so far, you’ll undoubtedly come across Little Fires Everywhere. I solely picked this one up based on its hype, and from Celeste Ng’s prior praise from her debut, Everything I Never Told You. This story is one of those quiet, intricate, and poignant novels that keeps readers engaged the entire time. From the beginning, I felt like I was tiptoeing along an empty hallway, and every so often, there would be a creak in the floorboards. Little Fires Everywhere doesn’t necessarily have a big “twist” in the story, but there are multiple small ones all throughout the story. Ng seamlessly develops each character one by one without making it obvious when she shifts the focus of each character’s backstory.

One thing I thought was interesting was the setting, both location and time. It’s set in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and when Ng first introduces the town, I didn’t even realize it was a real place. It seemed too perfect, too quaint – but Ng captures that exact essence. Second, it’s set in the 90’s, and I’ve come to the conclusion that she chose this time period because of the lack of technology and resources that makes the story more compelling and mysterious. Essentially, the lack of technology makes it harder to track people down.

In all, I really enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere. While it was a little overhyped, I can certainly see the appeal that Ng has on her readers. I’m looking forward to reading Ng’s future novels.

Defiance by CJ Redwine

I’d say that these days, I don’t naturally gravitate toward post-apocalyptic fantasy novels, but I bought this one on my Kindle right when I got into ebooks and it was honestly probably on sale for $1.99. If you know what sunk costs are, know that I don’t believe them. I feel guilty if I don’t read what I bought!

Defiance had a lot of potential in the beginning; I forgot what it was like to be immersed in a fantasy world. As the story went on though, I was a little let down by how little world-building was involved. I think C.J. Redwine could have talked more about the history of the world and how it became.

What I did love was the dual perspective of the two main characters, Rachel and Logan. I really enjoyed reading about their character development and how their circumstances affected their decisions.

While it was an enjoyable read overall, I feel that there are better high fantasy reads out there with much better developed worlds. There are two books following Defiance, but I can’t say I’m interested and invested enough in the world and the characters to continue.

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

Y’all know that I’ve been missing Europe ever since I came back to the States mid-September. I find something almost everyday that reminds me of my trip, and my heart is squeezed by nostalgia every time. When I heard about I See London, I See France, I jumped on it. It’s a YA Contemporary about two best friends’ summer getaway to Europe. There’s drama, romance and all of the touristy things. It’s a super light beach read, but perfect for those who miss Europe (aka me). This was just what I needed. Definitely keep this fun read in mind if you’re heading to Europe anytime soon (or read it on the plane!)

Finishing three books throughout a month and a half is pretty good, I’d say! I’m currently making my way through Americanah which I’m reading for Panhellenic Book Club and Meet Cute, which is the ideal Valentine’s Day anthology. I’ve been sneaking in 30 minutes or so every other night to read a little before bed. I’m pretty happy with my consistency so far!

What did you read in January and February?

Thanks for reading,