Lunchtime Reading: March 9

  1. The story behind James Ivory’s Timothee Chalamet t-shirt at the Oscars. (BBC)
  2.  I ordered a wrap shirtleggings, and a cardi from Nordstrom’s weekend collection. Will report back.
  3. Orange City: where the small town American Dream lives on. (New Yorker)
  4. I can’t wait to try on my new purchases from ModCloth: a maxi dress in cream, a two-tone shirt dress, this comfy jersey dress in black, and another maxi dress.
  5. Get ready for a night out with these fresh finds. (Into the Gloss)
  6. How to pack for travel like a pro. (Hitha on the Go)
  7. For plus-size ladies, Ellen Tracy makes amazing dresses. This blue sheath dress is sooo flattering and comfy too!
  8. The working girl’s guide to mastering your second day hair. (The Work Edit)
  9. I can’t get enough of Jessica Rose Parr and her travel blogging! (The Layover Life)
  10. A look at how micellar water actually works on your skin. (Hitha on the Go)

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Lunchtime Reading: February 27

  1. I found the cure for tired eyes: this concealer and this blending brush.
  2. If you’re visiting New York, don’t miss the Whitney, an amazing museum for modern and contemporary art. (CN Traveler)
  3. The spring cleaning checklist I’ll be using to freshen up my apartment. (Clean Mama)
  4. Modern feminism is ruining femininity. (Total Sorority Move)
  5. Once again, Timothee Chalamet absolutely kills the style game. (GQ)
  6. I ordered this sweater from Anthropologie and absolutely love it!!
  7. A guide to getting photogenic hands. (Into the Gloss)
  8. How to spend 48 hours in Aspen, Colorado. (The Zoe Report)
  9. It’s taking so much self restraint to keep from buying this gorgeous leather backpack from Everlane!
  10. Airlines could start charging different fares for different people. (Refinery 29)
  11. What a $1,500 rental budget will get you in cities across the U.S. (Urban Turf)

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Lunchtime Reading: February 22

  1. These trends for 2018 are amazing and I want to try them all! Especially the scrunchies. (The Everygirl)
  2. Five ways to wake up with the hair of your dreams. (Refinery 29)
  3. Army awards medal for heroism to 3 teens killed in Florida shooting. (NPR)
  4. Don’t miss Nordstrom’s semi-annual sale. This shirt and this bag caught my eye.
  5. Beauty products that you’ll actually use. (Into the Gloss)
  6. Modest fashion is a new industry that’s gaining traction, and earlier this week London held the second annual Modest Fashion Week. (The Daily Mail)
  7. Speaking of modest fashion, Shabby Apple is an American-based modest fashion brand.
  8. Timothee Chalamet has perfect hair and I’m all about it. (Refinery 29)
  9. There’s a new name for lengthy LinkedIn posts: broetry. (BuzzFeed)
  10. All the gear you need to actually sleep on a plane. (CN Traveler)

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Lunchtime Reading: February 20

  1. Loving this comprehensive list of great places to buy lingerie online! (Racked)
  2. What to do on a snowy day in Paris. (CN Traveler)
  3. Movie review: Clint Eastwood’s The 1517 to Paris. (The New Yorker)
  4. 9 signs you’re in need of a vacation. (Travel+Leisure)
  5. Why did Beyonce sell shirts that literally said “Boycott Beyonce“? (The Atlantic)
  6. Fifteen books to read right now. (The Everygirl)
  7. My newest Instagram obsession: this 19-year old makeup guru from Dubai.
  8. Currently swooning over Timothee Chalamet, the actor our generation needs. (GQ)
  9. What I’m eating for snack: this Maple Pecan snack mix from Sahale.
  10. Why yoga pants are bad for women: an opinion piece. (NY Times)

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Movie Review: Call Me By Your Name

Oh my goodness, my heart!

This weekend I went to see Call Me By Your Name. Starring Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer, CMBYN tells the story of Elio and Oliver as they fall in love during a magical summer in northern Italy. The movie is an astounding work of art, both spell-binding and heartbreaking.

I love the feel of this movie. It’s well crafted but doesn’t feel contrived. From the colors to the music, it has a distinct feel that pulls you in so that you feel like you are with Elio and Oliver in Crema, Italy. I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack on Spotify (Sufjan Stevens and classical piano, anyone?) SO GOOD. Also, the town is gorgeous. Be right back, booking a flight to Italy now!

While the aesthetic of the film is lush and idyllic, the interactions between the characters are anything but. Over the course of two hours, the audience watches the awkward lurches and starts of romance and attraction between Elio and Oliver, which somehow makes the two characters even more lovable than they already are. We see them as real, vulnerable, and unsure. Unlike the statues of Greek Gods that they unearth in they study with Elio’s father, these are flawed characters that we can relate to.

This film was very emotional. I expected I would get teary-eyed, but I didn’t expect to be bawling in the movie theater. The guy next to me even looked over to see what was going on. “Nope, nothing to see here sir, just me crying my eyes out…” Elio and Oliver confess their love for one another and enjoy a passionate but short-lived romance. There were a number of scenes that were so well done but so heartbreaking at the same time. In the moment when Oliver discover’s the peach, Elio is filled with shame. But when Oliver doesn’t shy away, Elio realizes that Oliver cares for him deeply and he breaks down crying, saying that he doesn’t want Oliver to go. There’s also the scene where Elio says goodbye to Oliver at the train station. He holds it together pretty well, until he calls his mom to pick him up and his voice cracks. My heart. Oh my heart. As if that wasn’t sad enough, we later watch as he digests the news that Oliver has gotten engaged. Timothee does such an amazing job of portraying Elio as he reels from the grief that comes with the loss of one’s first love, and I think it’s something everyone can relate to.

I don’t know how this movie will fully play out at the Oscars, and honestly I don’t fully know how it will affect me. Awards or not, what I do know is that it made me feel validated and seen and known, and I imagine the sentiment is even more so for those in the LGBT community. I am absolutely blown away and cannot wait to see more from Luca and Timothee and Armie.

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