Fashion, Travel, Poetry

Reminder: It’s Okay to Not Wear Makeup

Ladies, I've noticed a disturbing trend in our culture--by which I mean the culture of working women. I've had several conversations of late that left me feeling unsettled about the way we feel pressured to wear makeup on a daily basis. It seems that almost every working female friend or acquaintance of mine either wears makeup everyday because she thinks she has to or doesn't wear makeup on occasion and feels guilty and self conscious about it.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love makeup. I really like the way just a bit of eyeliner, mascara, and eyebrow filler can make my eyes pop. I love the way a bright color looks on my lips. To me, it's fun. It's playful. But it is not a requirement.

It’s the last day of 2016, can you believe it? I feel like the year has flown by. This year had its ups and downs like all years, though perhaps more downs than usual. Below you’ll find a roundup of my favorite outfits of the year divided by season as well as a roundup of… View Article

2016 Year in Review: Favorite Outfits, Highlights, and Book Reviews

It's the last day of 2016, can you believe it? I feel like the year has flown by. This year had its ups and downs like all years, though perhaps more downs than usual.

Below you'll find a roundup of my favorite outfits of the year divided by season as well as a roundup of the poetry I wrote and books I reviewed.

Here's to a Happy New Year's Eve, however you're celebrating, and a prosperous 2017. Happy New Year!

When I was in college, I had a crisis. At the end of my Sophomore year at the University of Michigan I was required to declare the degree I was pursuing. Until that point, at the earnest behest of many a well-meaning course counselor and several wonderfully dedicated Graduate Assistants, I had taken a broad… View Article

State of the Blog: Poetry

When I was in college, I had a crisis. At the end of my Sophomore year at the University of Michigan I was required to declare the degree I was pursuing. Until that point, at the earnest behest of many a well-meaning course counselor and several wonderfully dedicated Graduate Assistants, I had taken a broad variety of courses on any topic that piqued my interest. And I had many interests. I took courses in linguistics, medieval history, astronomy, the science of climic change, the economics of globalization, and even choir. You name it. So when I was asked to narrow it down to just one thing I had a full on melt-down. I eventually settled in on English as my major, but it was a tough choice.

When I posted “Scaling Back” in April I felt nervous. I worried I had overshared, that readers might think I was just whining, that maybe I hadn’t let my ideas ferment long enough before sharing them. What I didn’t anticipate was the outpouring of support and interest that post generated. Friends and longtime readers shared… View Article

Coming Back

When I posted "Scaling Back" in April I felt nervous. I worried I had overshared, that readers might think I was just whining, that maybe I hadn't let my ideas ferment long enough before sharing them. What I didn't anticipate was the outpouring of support and interest that post generated. Friends and longtime readers shared with me that they appreciated my feelings and honesty and hoped I could find a new way to approach blogging that felt more authentic to me.