summer entertainment: to-read/watch

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Hey hey!

How is everyone’s week going? I had a relaxing weekend in Seattle spent with a lot of friends – I crossed off two items off my bucket list: canoeing and the Starbucks Reserve Roastery! I’m halfway through my first full week of my internship and y’all, I am really tired but learning so so much already!

Even though I’m exhausted at the end of each day so far, I’m still ready to power through my list of books to read and TV shows I need/want to watch. I thought I was going to have tons of free time this summer but after really sitting down and planning each day, I have a limited amount of time. Between interning during the day, going to the gym, spending time with friends in the city, traveling, and studying for the GMAT (crying 😭), I’ll only have commutes and maybe an hour before bed that I can read at my leisure and watch Netflix. So here I am, planning ahead which books and shows to best entertain myself this summer.

If you saw my post from two weeks ago, you know I want to finish 20 books this summer – very do-able, in my opinion, but I’ve selected my top five books/series I want to complete this summer. Here they are:

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I’m usually not one to read high-fantasy in the summer since I gravitate toward light summery reads, but I’ve had some of these books on my Kindle for way too long and I just need to full send and binge-read these fantasy series. They are all highly praised though, so I’m not too worried about being disappointed. I added Crazy Rich Asians to my list as well because who else is STOKED for the movie (out on August 15!)??

As for the TV shows I’m planning to watch, let me give you some background first: I don’t have Netflix during the school year for the sake of staying focused on my grades 😂. SO, I haven’t seen a lot of must-see shows…summer entertainment 3

The Office is the #1 show I’ve heard people gasp at when I tell them I’ve never seen it; now that my humor has been primed from Parks and Recreation, I think I’m ready to fully enjoy the humor. I finished the first season already and I do have mixed feelings but I’m definitely going to push through. Of course, I’ve been following The Bold Type on Freeform (the best #girlboss show ever). I’m excited to dive into Black Mirror and Friends as well. I tried watching The Crown earlier this year but it was hard to get into – I do want to try again though because I’ve heard it’s worth its while.

What books or shows are you entertaining yourself with this summer?

Thanks for reading!

Jen

 

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the ideal internship wardrobe

Hey y’all!

I’ve officially had a week of summer already! I went home for the week and it was nice to be able to be a potato for the week and do nothing. Although, knowing me, I did attempt to be productive by doing a lot of planning, setting goals for myself, and making a list of things I want to accomplish this summer. I’ve finished a few books already too and finally completed all the seasons of Parks and Recreation (I’m going to miss those characters so much!!).

Since my internship orientation starts tomorrow (!!) I was getting ready to plan my outfits for the summer. Most Seattle firms aren’t as formal as you might think – no jeans, but not business professional either. My real struggle is the heat getting to and from work and trying to stay sweat-less, but also battling the air conditioning of the office space 😂 BUT I think from my browsing the J.Crew site, I’ve found some basic pieces that I’m drawing inspiration from. I’ve also been loving Fran’s outfits – she’s also interning this summer and her ‘fits are killer!

I’m not able to purchase all of these pieces, but I do own some similar-looking pieces that will do the trick. I think I definitely need to find myself a pair of black mules though because they are all the rage and they look so cute and comfortable.

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the short sleeve button-up // the long-sleeve button-up // the classic oxford // the ruffle-sleeve wrap // the wide-leg khakis // the pant suit // the triple-bow pencil skirt // the striped dress // the classic bow dress // the simple flats // the textured mini-skirt // the leather mules // the cognac block sandals // the wide-leg tie pants

I’ve been toying around with the idea of starting the capsule wardrobe lifestyle (if you’re not sure what a “capsule” wardrobe is, Caroline from Un-Fancy is the ultimate queen), so I’ll keep y’all posted.

Wish me luck on my first day of my internship tomorrow!! Thanks for reading!

Jen x

summer bucket list 2018

Summer Bucket List 2018

Hello!!

How’s everyone’s week going? I can hardly believe that I’m taking my last final tomorrow. I’ll be moving into my new place right after my final and then going home for a few days before I start my internship in a week. I’m so excited!!

In the meantime, I’ve definitely been daydreaming about summer and curating my summer bucket list. What’s tricky about my bucket list this year is that I’ll be gone on the weekends traveling, and interning from 9-5pm on the weekdays, so I won’t have all that much time in Seattle during the day. Ideally I’ll be doing fun things while I’m traveling in different states, but I love Seattle summers so much and I haven’t been able to do a lot of the tourtisty things I’ve wanted to do. Here’s what I have on my list!

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What’s on your summer bucket list?

Jen

tourist in seattle: chihuly x evoke

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How was everyone’s long weekend? I’m having a pretty quiet week, but I am taking two finals on Saturday so I’m gearing up for that right now. When the weekend started, I sat down with some girls in my sorority for a movie night and watched Bridge to Terabithia (I read the book in 4th grade and loved it, but sadly did not cry while watching the movie) and Mamma Mia (my first time seeing it and LOVED! Can’t wait for the second one to come out this summer). In between studying, I also headed down to South Lake Union by the Space Needle to go to the Chihuly Glass museum! It was gorgeous, so I wanted to share my experience in this (bear with me) photo-heavy post. This will be another Tourist in Seattle segment!

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One of my closest friends in my sorority is interning with a communications firm and managed to snag two free tickets to the museum. Having lived in Seattle, I’ve never been to the Chihuly Glass museum, so I was more than excited to make my way to South Lake Union to see it. I remember seeing Chihuly’s work in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum, so it’s really awesome how Chihuly’s work has touched people even internationally.

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The exhibit was pretty small; my favorite shapes are the chandeliers for sure. I was looking forward to the infamous room with the hanging flowers – I even intentionally wore something that would match the flowers for optimal photoshooting! It was really fun; at one point, I was laying flat on my stomach getting the best shots of my friend with the hanging flowers.

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Side note – I got this top from J.Crew for $5 – you heard right. I don’t usually gravitate for orange tops but I’m so glad I bought it because it’s the perfect shirt to wear to Chihuly!

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How gorgeous is the Space Needle from down here?!

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We spent about an hour at the museum, so not too long. I haven’t spent a lot of time in South Lake Union in my three years in Seattle, so when I’m down there, I try to see new things (because it’s a trek to get down there by bus too). We walked to Evoke Coffee, a relatively new place that I’ve seen on Instagram a lot. It has the infamous “but first, coffee” sign and even a shop dog!! Unfortunately, the dog takes its off-days on Saturdays, so it wasn’t there when we went.

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I ordered a 12 oz. latte and it was great – they serve coffee from Heart, which is a coffee shop from Portland, Oregon. They also had acai bowls, breakfast foods, and more on their menu, but it was pretty pricey. The space itself was really minimal and open, with multiple outlets and different types for seating. I can definitely see myself coming here to study or just read a book! The glass for holding my hot latte was really cool too: double-walled so it was insulated and not hot to hold.

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A fun weekend indeed! I just need to power through this week now, and then I’m home free!! Talk to you all next week before my last final! Thanks for reading!

Jen

end-of-year celebrations

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How’s everyone doing? I can’t believe school is over in just two short weeks – I’m almost not ready to let go of junior year. Last week I reflected on the year, but today, I wanted to share with y’all the crazy events I’ve been attending! I don’t think I’ve ever been invited to so many cool things in such a short period amount of time; they’re mostly end-of-the-year banquets held by student organizations, but it still gives me and excuse to dress up. The weather’s been absolutely lovely too (that photo above is from my run to Gasworks Park!!).

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Two weeks ago, I attended a spotlight dinner held by my business school: it’s where we highlight faculty, students, and the organizations for the year. It was a pretty nice event! I’m wearing my grey dress from Banana Republic (old) with a huge bow in the back. This was the perfect event to wear it to!

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Last week, my business school held a Pub Crawl and I went mostly in part because my student group was running it, but also because I’ve never been on a pub crawl! I showed up late because I was at a scholarship reception in Bellevue, but for the time I was at the pub crawl, I had a great time meeting new people and catching up with old friends.

The next day, I was invited to a social for one of the accounting firms and y’all, it was at the Columbia Tower Club!! I’ve been to the Skyview Observatory (way cheaper than the Space Needle, and it has a view of the Space Needle itself), but the club is two floors higher and has an event space. Before attending, I had heard to visit the women’s restroom – like it was a must. Curious, I went, and indeed, I see why:

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Is that a view or what?!

Later that night, I went to my good accounting friend’s sorority formal and danced the night away in Capitol Hill. The next day, I went to a business fraternity banquet with one of my close friends in my sorority. It was so fun! I wasn’t able to get good pictures at the venue in South Lake Union, but I did take a mirror selfie before I left the house:

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Spring quarter is never-ending with the banquets and celebrations – in fact, I’m going to another one tonight, lol. Looking at my calendar, it looks like tonight’s is my last one, but I will be heading to a gala in a few weeks (eep, that means long dresses!!). Thank goodness though because it’s definitely time to buckle up and study for finals for the next two weeks.

What have you been celebrating these past few weeks? As always, thanks for reading!

Jen