winter break to-read list

Winter to-read list

Happy December!

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving Break? I hope all of my US readers got to spend time with family and eat lots of good food; I got to go home for a few days, saw my family and an old friend from high school, did some low-key Black Friday shopping, and while I had to study for some quizzes and finish some homework assignments, I did read I Am Malala and catch up on Riverdale.

With the quarter coming to a close, I’ve been studying hard for my final exams, but after that comes the holiday break! I’m more than stoked to be cuddled in bed for days on end with my nose in a book and a cup of Earl Grey tea in hand. I’m only on winter break for two weeks, but I have no other obligations, so I’m planning on finishing a couple of reads! I’m so behind on new releases and debuts, but I think since I’m home, the goal is to read a lot of the books I already own. Here’s what I hope to read during my holiday break:

Quiet by Susan Cain

I’m so sad that I haven’t finished this one yet! I started it earlier this fall and got about a third of the way through, and never found the time to finish it again. I should be able to finish this one really soon since it’s so engaging and self-reflective.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I’ve had this one on my Kindle for forever, and now that the movie is out, I want to read it before seeing it! I have pretty high expectations – we’ll see how it goes.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Okay, even my mom knows about this book, and she doesn’t even read. I’ve known about this one for awhile now too and am totally in the mood for a cute, charming story like this one!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Don’t yell at me – I’m screaming at myself for not ever having read this one yet. I feel like it’s time though, you know? It’s a fat one but winter break is the perfect time for it. If I’m reading historical fiction, it better be set in WWII. Don’t worry, I’ll have tissues near by!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Who knows if I’ll have time for a fifth book, but I would love to squeeze this one if possible. It’s been too long since I’ve reread Anna. If you don’t know, Anna and the French Kiss is one of my favorite reads ever and really inspired me to go to Paris. I have yet to reread Anna since actually going to Paris this summer – it’ll be fun to know the references this time around!

That’s it for my two-week holiday break! What are you planning on doing?

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los angeles recap

Hello hello!

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty relaxing because I was just trying to catch up on sleep and homework. My sorority had our initiation, but that was the only big thing this weekend.

This past Thursday and Friday, I was in Los Angeles! I had to miss some school and I was pretty sick the entire time (thank goodness for DayQuil), but I had the most fun time. I was in LA because of a case challenge that was hosted by Deloitte. My team and I have been working on the case for a month and finally flew down to Deloitte’s office in southern LA to present it.

On Thursday morning, me and three other teammates drove down to the airport at 5am and got Qdoba’s breakfast burritos – it was my first time eating one and it’s actually life-changing. We hopped on our flight at 8am and got to LA at about 11am. Y’all, I love flying.

When we got there, it was around 75 degrees and sunny! I hopped off the plane at LAX with my dream and my cardigan; we checked into our hotel and y’all. The hotel booking was through Deloitte and I got my own room on the topmost floor. I was quite pleased!!

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Then we all headed out to lunch at Little Sister, which I highly recommend. I got a rice paper wrap, but we all shared food among each other.

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We had a few hours to kill before our networking dinner, so we walked around south LA. We stopped by The Last Bookstore (!!!!!), Gelateria Uli, the Grand Central Market and an ice-skating rink. Lots of good laughs and eats.

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We got back to the hotel and all napped a little bit since we were all exhausted. Then, I got ready with the girls for our networking dinner at Perch, which is a rooftop bar and venue space. It was so cool getting to mingle with other Deloitte professionals and the students from other schools! After the event, we all headed up to the rooftop to enjoy the LA skyline.

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The next day was competition day! We got up bright and early and ate breakfast and sat through a couple of presentations, and then we presented near 11am. We got an office tour and then found out that we made it to the final round! We presented again, this time with a much more challenging Q&A section. At 2:30pm, the two winners were announced – unfortunately, not my school – but honestly, we all let out a sigh of relief.

We gathered our belongings and drove to LAX immediately after the awards ceremony. Dinner was at LAX, and then after we found out our flight got delayed, we boarded, flew, and got home to SEA at about 11:30pm. Needless to say, I felt miserable and exhausted – I felt like I could sleep for days. I did get to watch Wonder Woman on the plane though, so I’m not complaining!

Overall, my experience in LA was incredibly memorable and fun; I feel so grateful to have had this opportunity and the people I got to meet and know are people that I’ll cherish forever. It’s going to be so weird to not meet three times a week to research or work on the Powerpoint slides. I learned a crazy amount in this month that I worked together with them though, and knowing that I’ll be going through recruiting with these crazy kids is so comforting. I couldn’t have asked for a better team!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jen x

october & november life updates

As you’re reading this, I’ve probably already landed in sunny California! Seattle’s been raining for the past couple of days, so I’m glad I get to escape and enjoy perfect 75-degree weather for a bit. Look out for an LA recap (and why I am in LA in the first place) to come next week! (Also: how is Thanksgiving next week?!).

As I promised and hinted at in my last few posts, it’s definitely time for a life update! Think of this as a coffee catch-up – grab your favorite drink because this is going to be a little lengthier of a post!

October was incredibly hectic, but in the best way possible. My class load isn’t bad at all this quarter, and I have great friends in each class, which makes it something I look forward to every day. Classes definitely went into full swing though, which means I had to buckle down and keep up with the material (and spend copious amounts of time in the library). Honestly, there wasn’t much of a routine in October for me – I didn’t even get to celebrate Halloween and dress up because my schedule was so packed. 😭

November was a lot more eventful. My business school turned 100 this year, and so they held a centennial celebration dinner at The Westin Seattle. My school always puts up really nice dinners, where multiple corporations such as Boeing, PACCAR Inc, and Nordstrom come to speak or present. We even had the CEO of Godiva as our emcee. The most extra thing about the whole night? The ice!! Sculpture!!

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Pacific bass with potato and eggplant torta – go Dawgs!!

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The same night, my sorority hosted our feed, where the proceeds go toward our philanthropy, the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s always a fun time to have students come to our house to grab snacks.

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Just a boy and his dino nuggets!!!

I “celebrated” my 21st birthday this month as well, albeit in the library. I had that tax midterm that I had to study for, but a group of girls in my sorority surprised me by bringing a cupcake, birthday party hats, and a FAT birthday balloon to the library (that thing is currently in my room and is going to take forever to deflate), and utterly embarrassing me by whisper-singing the birthday song to me. Not going to lie, it sort of made my day though.

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One of the things I love about UW’s Panhellenic community is that they really are making an effort to diversify the Greek community. There is a Diversity Chair who sits on the Panhellenic Executive Council, and they decided to start a book club! I hopped on it immediately because I can’t say no to great discussions, meeting new people, and free books. This month, we’re reading I Am Malala, which I’ve been meaning to pick for forever. I’m definitely looking forward to curling up with the book over Thanksgiving Break and meeting back up with everyone after the break to discuss. Our first meeting was wonderful – we met at a coffee shop at night and they treated us to a drink of our choice.

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Then it was time for big/little reveal! Our reveal is one week long, where the bigs basically shower the littles with gifts each day, and the reveal happens on the last night. It was so fun decorating and putting all the aesthetic pieces together. My favorite part? Not having to dance around the bushes anymore – I get to spend all the time in the world with my little 💖

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Another little exciting thing from this month? I’ve officially declared another minor: Informatics! Ever since taking my first informatics class, studying abroad in the UK and looking at high-tech, information and big data have never felt more pressing and relevant. I know I want to keep learning about the topic because it’s only going to become more important in the upcoming years, so I declared it. I would still be graduating “on time” (within four years total of undergraduate education), so why not?

Lastly, I had the privilege of attending an exclusive boardroom discussion with executives from Alaska Airlines when they came to our school last week. To be honest, it was pretty intimidating because there were C-Suite executives there and a ton of MBA students. However, it was incredibly engaging as we discussed the acquisition of Virgin America and how they’re marketing to their new audience and adjusting to cultural differences. I got the nerve at the end to talk to the CIO and asked about – you guessed it – disruptive technologies and how Alaska will be implementing them in the future. It was a different way about learning about a company, and I feel truly honored that I was able to be part of the discussion about Alaska’s future.

So that’s it for now! I don’t think I missed anything; what’s going on in your life?

Thanks for reading!

Jen x

inspiration from unexpected places

Hello everyone!

I had to take a mini-break because this week was incredibly hectic. I had my tax midterm (that really didn’t go as well as I thought it would, but I’m fine, this is fine), and big/little week. I was in a crazy good mood the entire week, which felt amazing. It all started with getting up at 5:40am to register for my classes and then watching the sunrise (it was absolutely gorgeous!!). I felt like I was thriving all week long.

This upcoming week, I’ll be going to Los Angeles! More on the reason why in a later blog post, but basically, there will be business networking involved. I’ve been planning what to pack and I actually remembered a really beautiful outfit — wait for it — a recruiter wore once that I absolutely loved. I wanted to recreate it for my networking outfit that I’ll be in for LA. Sometimes, you get inspired from the most unexpected places.

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Cardigan (similar) // Skirt (similar and similar) // Nude heels // Necklace (similar)

All of my pieces in this outfit are pretty old, but that’s the best part: styling old pieces to form a new outfit! The key here is to find a form-fitting cardigan that can be buttoned all the way up and tucked into a skirt. I’ve never thought to wear a cardigan buttoned all the way because it looks very conservative. But tucked in, it looks very put-together and neat. Ann Taylor always has a great selection of cardigans.

My skirt is one that I hold near and dear to my heart, because I traveled with it for all three months this summer in Europe. It’s elegant, light, and formal.

My nude pumps are a favorite of mine – Nine West does an amazing job designing classic, professional shoes.

What do y’all think? I think this outfit is still professional but definitely more on the “smart casual” side. I’m so excited to wear it this week!

Thanks for reading,

Jen x

 

founder’s day outfit

Happy Saturday!

I hope everyone’s had a wonderful week and start to the weekend. The temperature weirdly dropped all of a sudden in Seattle, and it actually snowed a ton yesterday. Let me tell ya, fall leaves and snow are not a great mix.

This weekend, I’m stuck at the library studying for my tax midterm. I was able to take a little breather yesterday though at my sorority’s Founder’s Day banquet. I always love getting more dressed up than usual! Here’s what I wore:

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Dress // Flats // Pearl Necklace (similar)

It’s pretty traditional to wear pastel colors for sorority events: they’re delicate and quiet which brings a lot of class to any occasion. So many girls in my sorority have shopped at Tobi before and now I can see why! I’m obsessed with the scallop cut on the sleeves and trim of the dress. I’m so sad I couldn’t find a pair of similar flats though since I got them at Nordstrom Rack just last month! They’re Nine West, which is a trusty brand for sure. They have the slightest heel, and I love the clicking sound it makes when I walk places.

I’ve forgotten how fun it is writing about style posts – it’s hard to find photographers, time to meet up, and a nice day in Seattle now that winter is coming, but I’m definitely going to make an effort to write more of these because they’re so fun. I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do!

Thanks for reading!

Jen x

 

**Thanks Tobi for sending me the dress in exchange for an honest opinion!