High Five / 09

Hi everyone!

high-five-09Happy Sunday! How are things? I myself am so grateful that the weekend has arrived – after a busy few days, the time at home {and the chance to finish my current read, Mindy McGinnis’ The Female of the Species} is much appreciated. I have many a homework assignment to attend to and a new autumnal recipe I hope to try this morning, but in the meantime, I wanted to share another edition of High Five; I always enjoy the opportunity to catch up! How was your week?

[1] First up is my current television obsession: New Girl! When the news of the New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine {another favorite show of mine} crossover was announced, my sister and I thought it was high time we watch the quirky comedy ourselves. The sitcom has been on for several years now, first premiering on Fox in 2011, but we were delighted to find five complete seasons of the show on Netflix – and we’ve already made our way through two! Jess and her roommates, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston, have warmed their ways into our hearts, and the jokes have us both laughing out loud. At the rate we’re going, we will likely be caught up with the current episode in a few weeks time, and then it’s just a matter of tuning in each week. Do you watch New Girl at all?

[2] As I mentioned in my previous post, these past few days brought my final Spirit Week and homecoming celebration! It’s the first of many “lasts” that come with senior year, but fortunately, it was such a good one, in no small part to my creative and enthusiastic friends. We went all out for our themed days, including my personal favorite, Pajama Day {let’s agree, there’s nothing better than staying comfy at school} as well as Tacky Tourist Wednesday and Decades Day. As an added bonus, I was named Homecoming Queen by my class at our pep rally. The tradition is a tad outdated, but nevertheless, I was honored to take the crown and my family was so sweet as to come and support me – that’s me and my sister Lulu above at the game that night! If you too are in high school, how do your homecoming festivities work?

[3] I don’t think there was any ever doubt, but if this year has proven anything, it’s that the Knowles is certainly one talented family! Solange’s new album, A Seat at the Table, is a testament to that fact, addressing race, and in particular, Black America, in an honest and unabashedly proud manner. Her gorgeous voice comes alive on each and every track, but my favorite songs of the bunch are “Rise” and “Don’t You Wait.” If I haven’t already made it clear, I absolutely adore it, and I believe it’s not only what the music industry needed, but society at large. At the very least, I’ve found it the perfect soundtrack to my calculus studying! Have you listened to A Seat at the Table and/or Lemonade, Beyonce’s stellar 2016 release, yet?

[4] In other weekend fun, my mom, sister, and I attended the Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors yesterday! Due to family schedules, we could only attend the latter half of the event – meaning I missed Cece Bell, author of the delightful El Deafo – but it still made for a wonderful afternoon of panels and signings. Elizabeth Wein, who wrote Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire, spoke about her literary inspirations and first attempts at writing; acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier shared images and messages from his portfolio of work; and Chris Van Allsburg finished strong by answering questions about his career. I haven’t attended many bookish events, but after this one, I have my fingers crossed I’ll be able to go to more in the future!

[5] Finally, Boden’s Roald Dahl collaboration has me wishing one thing: that the pieces came in bigger sizes! Taking inspiration from Dahl’s literary classics such as The BFG and James and the Giant Peach, the line is all sorts of cute and makes the designer in me oh-so happy. Boden always rocks it with their creative direction, and this time is no exception; hop on over to the website to take a peek for yourself. I, unfortunately, won’t be adding the Matilda Dress or the Rainbow Drops Dress to my wardrobe anytime soon, but that’s alright, I’ll simply save my tips for the next Boden release! Have you bought any cute pieces for fall recently?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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