Travel Diaries: The Mountains Are Calling (Alaska Trip)

Hi all! Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog lately due to a number of things.  The first being, Andrew and I went on a trip to Alaska with his family for his older brother’s wedding.  I can honestly sat that Alaska is one of those states I never thought I would visit.  In addition to the super long flight across the country (I’m an anxious flier- especially when layovers are involved), I’m much more of a city girl than an outdoorsy girl.  My ideal vacation involves walking city streets, checking out bookstores and museums, indulging in local ice creameries, and admiring interesting architecture.  Alaska is the polar opposite.  We stayed in Girdwood which is “right” outside of  Anchorage (I air quote “right” because it’s about a 40 minute drive but according to native Alaskans, this is considered close-by) in one of the most beautiful log cabins I’ve ever laid eyes on.  It’s called Winner Creek Lodge and Andrew’s mom get’s all the credit for handling the discovery and booking of these gorgeous accommodations.  As scenic as the glaciers and mountains are, my favorite part of the trip were the mornings I was the first one awake.  I would head upstairs to the living room, made a large cup of chai tea, settle in with a blanket on one of the leather couches, and read my book next to one of the huge windows.  (My second favorite part of the trip was not having to wear work clothes for a week and getting to coordinate cute outfits.)  Initially I had been a bit upset about leaving New York when summer weather finally started to surface, but my attitude quickly changed when I realized we would be heading into autumn temperatures and I had a blast packing for an unusual week of my favorite seasons climate.  Even though it the weather was mostly dreary and rainy, it wasn’t like the torrential downpour of rain we experience in New York.  We didn’t even need an umbrella during our excursions and it wasn’t enough to ruin your hair.  The one thing I will say is that I have thankfully never been in a place before with more mosquitoes than Alaska.  They were E V E R Y W H E R E.

My favorite excursion of the trip was definitely the boat ride on the Kenai Fjords.  We took a very scenic boat ride out of a port in Seward to Fox Island which is reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film.  Not to mention, foxes are my favorite animal so I was bound to love such a quirky place.  On our way back to Seward, we were able to see a humpback whale (Andrew got an incredible photo of his tail!) and to touch a bit of ice that broke off of a glacier.  My sister in law Molly had been dying to see some otters and she was over the moon when we rode by some just lounging on their backs in the water.  On the way back to Girdwood (it’s a 2 hours drive) we listened to the Hamilton soundtrack which I’m sure I enjoyed the most of anyone in our car.  And speaking of animals, we had several bear sightings on our street and in our backyard, which basically made me a nervous wreck.  I had been dreading getting attacked by a bear or a moose since before we left and to see them so close to where we were staying really scared me.  I did however, enjoy seeing a ton of animals at the conservatory where they were behind barriers.  There was a reindeer there that I swear looked exactly like Sven from Frozen.  And foxes! As I mentioned, foxes are my fave.  We also did a bunch of hikes, one to a glacier, one to a hidden waterfall and one just around our neighborhood to see the mountains.  It was all very surreal and felt like wandering Middle Earth but by the end of the trip I was ready to be back in NY with the three b’s- books, buildings and the good bagels.

Overall, we had a wonderful time.  Having grown up in a family of four, it was really fun to wake up to an even fuller house of family members (we had 9 total on this trip- sharing 4 bathrooms so it all worked out okay!).  But I enjoy the chaos and conversation that come with so many lovely people in one place.  We were also visited by Andrew’s cousins Clare, Caroline and Nora and their parents Aunt Monica and Uncle Mike and it was so nice to get to spend more time with them since even though they too live on the East Coast, they live a bit further away from us.  We are going to plan a weekend trip to visit them in Philadelphia soon though!

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Furthermore Book Look OOTD + GIVEAWAY!

Hi Bookworms! I have another exciting giveaway to share with you today! I partnered with Penguin Teen to give one lucky reader a copy of Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi as well as some of Tahereh’s favorite things which include Rifle Paper Co journals (MY FAVORITE) and a super cute letter opener!  Tahereh’s new book has major Alice in Wonderland vibes so I was really happy to have been chosen to work on this.  In honor of Furthermore‘s release, I put together a Book Look in which I wore the brightest colors I could find in my closet.  This is the first book look that I’ve ever filmed for my YouTube channel but you can see the rest of my Book Look photos here. Good luck and below is a synopsis of the book!!

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places. 

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

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ModCloth Autumn Wish List

Lately I feel like I’ve been having a fashion identity crisis (which I recently tweeted about!).  I really want to add more basic staple pieces to my wardrobe and purge my closet of everything that isn’t autumnal or timelessly fashionable.  I want to be able to go into my closet at a moments notice, grab any dress or any skirt / shirt combo and be able to have everything match without giving it a second thought.  This means I’ve been filling my fall wardrobe with more reds, blacks, whites, blues, tans and plaids.  I’ve also continued to be really attracted to any pieces with heart prints, peter pan collars, ribbon neck ties, etc.  As for accessories, I’m loving any simple jewelry made out of silver or gold with the occasional statement ring, blanket scarves, oxfords and chunky heels.  My favorite store has always been ModCloth and I’m addicted to browsing their new releases each day at noon so that’s where I’ve been indulging in my evolved fashion choices.  What Fall trends are you looking most forward to exploring?  Have you also been feeling any wardrobe burnout? (If you want to view the full set & see where you can buy any of these items, click here)

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Book Look OOTD – Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

As far as life updates go, I’m still pretty obsessed with Pokemon GO so there’s not a ton of new things to report.  Right now I’m level 17, going on 18 and in the last 7 days Pokemon GO is responsible for wasting 79% of my battery life so that’s embarrassing.  I will say that I just love the sense of community that’s formed when I pass other people playing and we just give each other knowing nods whereas previously in NYC I wouldn’t ever think of engaging with a stranger under any circumstance.  I even made friends with a man in a suit and we sat together during my lunch break attempting to catch Pokemon at our nearest PokeStop.  Andrew and I have also been re-watching Sailor Moon<3 and we just finished the first part of the first season last night.  So far my favorite episode is the one where they have to battle an enemy who targets an anime artist working on the Sailor V anime.  I’m also just about finished reading the second volume of the Princess Jellyfish 2-in-1 omnibus manga.  So I’ve just felt like an Otaku for the past week.  Other exciting news is that we finally got a shower curtain and it’s the best shower curtain because it features the Death Star!

I’ve known for a while that I wanted to style a Book Look OOTD for Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan because it’s one of my favorite books of the year so far.  It’s inspired by Rapunzel (one of my favorite fairytales!) and the end left me CRAVING the next book.  You can read my full review here.  I can’t believe how lucky I was to find a shirt that matched the Reign of Shadows book cover so well! The funny thing is, I didn’t even realize until I was already wearing it.  A lot of times while I’m shopping I’ll buy a shirt or dress with a certain book cover in mind but this one was, as Dumbledore would say, a happy mistake.  I’m also wearing the shoes that I wore at my wedding.  I bought a pair of fancy sparkly Bagdley Mischka d’Orsay heels for the photos I took at my house before the ceremony but as soon as I left I switched into my new and blue bottomed Tieks.  I’m seriously obsessed with Tieks.  I have about six(?) pairs now and I have a wish list of more colors.  They’re just so comfy and I need that in a shoe when I’m walking 3+ miles per day in NYC.

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Outfit Details: Shirt – (ModCloth)  |  Jeans (Siwy – Similar)  | Headband – (FemmeDeBlom – Similar)

Shoes (Tieks)  |  Necklace (House of Harlow – N/A)  |  Bracelet (House of Harlow – N/A)

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Book Look OOTD: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Okay, so first things first, how many of you are also addicted to Pokemon Go?!?!  It seems like only yesterday that the game was announced despite it feeling like forever until the release.  The game slowly appeared in app stores across the globe but the U.S. had yet to get it yet so Andrew posted this hilarious video and literally one minute later we were able to download it for iOS!  We walked all over our apartment (where we both found an Eevee<3) and chose our starters (Squirtle for me and Bulbasaur for Andrew).  Obviously we wanted to keep playing so we walked around our neighborhood in mismatched pajamas scouring the land for Pokemon.  I didn’t go to sleep last night until the app was having server issues so I’m rather tired this morning but I am seriously looking forward to my morning commute! I can’t wait to see how many other Pokemon trainers I pass while walking the streets of NYC.  As for what else is new this week, Andrew and I went to our photographer and picked up all of our wedding photos on Tuesday night(!!!) so expect a post of those in the near future.

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley became an instant favorite of mine as soon as I started reading it (review here).  On top of that, I think this might be my favorite set of outfit photos thus far.  I love how the rainbow pastels in the skirt compliment the neon colors on the book cover.  And I’m wearing a favorite bow of mine behind my head because Andrew and I have been really into RWBY lately and Blake is my favorite character.    The top I’m wearing is actually a dress but I love how the yellow just amps up the bright and cheeriness of the overall look.

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Outfit Details: Top – which is actually a dress (ModCloth)  |  Skirt (ModCloth

Shoes (Melissa – N/A)  |  Necklace (Kate Spade – N/A)  |  Bracelet (House of Harlow – N/A)

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Book Look OOTD: Passenger

This has been a weird week.  The week preceding the 4th of July is typically a quiet one but several of the fandoms I love turned Monday to Wednesday into stressful days! On Monday I SCRAMBLED to get tickets to the NYC premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which JK Rowling herself and Eddie Redmayne will also be attending.  That was the most stressful of my experiences this week but more on that later.  On Tuesday I sat at my computer refreshing constantly to get my hands on a Mondo Ramona Flowers figure that had been previewed at San Diego Comic Con last year and seemingly disappeared into the void until they finally announced on Monday that preorders would go live the next day.  Andrew and I both scored one of these so we have an extra if anyone didn’t get one and is in need! And then Wednesday.  Wednesday was the NYCC ticket rush.  This is the first year that I will not be attending as press (I wasn’t able to go last year because I had to attend a wedding – literally a devastating moment for me) and now I have to join in the horrific ticket queue but I’m just happy to be going!  I already have a cosplay planned and I’m super excited that NYCC is adding a BookCon section this year!  The ticket queue was my worst nightmare.  It gave no indication of where you were in line or how long it would be until you were able to buy tickets.  Luckily, I teamed up with my friend Lauren and she got in first so she scored some of the last 4 day tickets before NYCC announced that they were sold out. VICTORY. Now today I’m too mentally exhausted to do a thing- bring on my three day weekend!

Anyway, on to my outfit photos :-) I put this outfit together with Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger in mind.  I was lucky enough to read this book early and I ADORED it (review here).  The conclusion to this duology, Wayfarer is due out in January of 2017 and you can bet I placed my preorder as soon as it showed up online.  I chose to wear my Chopin music note leggings and music note necklace because the main character Etta is a very talented violinist.  I also went with some more classic pieces, like a denim jacket and oxford shoes because Passenger is all about time travel and we meet the other main character Nicholas in early American history.

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Outfit Details: Jacket (Gap – Similar)  |  Shoes (Steve Madden – Similar

Necklace (Alex Woo)  |  Shirt (ModCloth – Similar)  |  Headband (Forever 21 – Similar)

Leggings (BlackMilk)  |  Ring (Kendra Scott – Similar)

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Book Look OOTD: Nantucket Red by Leila Howland

Ever since I read the Nantucket duology by Leila Howland I’ve wished that I could visit Nantucket for a summer.  While I don’t miss being in school, I do truly miss having a two plus month summer vacation each year.  Since I tend to mostly read YA novels, I feel even more envious of those with a long break just about every time I pick up a book.  Why I didn’t become an English teacher with summers off is beyond me.  Anyway, Nantucket Red is the second book in the duology and I think this series, more than any, really encompasses ~summer~  I love the main character Cricket and I would do just about anything for a third book because I often daydream about what she’s doing now.  When I saw this ModCloth dress, it immediately reminded me of something I could wear to walk the boardwalk so I paired it with my mermaid necklace, chambray headband and sunflower sandals to give it an extra bit of that summer something and make it Nantucket-worthy.  If you haven’t read any of Lelia’s lovely series, you can check out my review for the first bookNantucket Blue, and see if it’s something you’d be interested in.

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Outfit Details: Dress (ModCloth)  |  Shoes (Kate Spade – Similar

Necklace (Eclectic Eccentricity)  |  Sunglasses (Ray-ban)  |  Headband (Forever 21 – Similar)

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Outfit of the Day: Spider-Gwen

These are some photos that I took (and edited) last fall but I still hadn’t posted for some reason unbeknownst to me (actually now that I’m thinking of it, I took these photos the day of Melissa’s going away party when she moved back to Texas T.T).  Since my second tpb of Spider-Gwen arrived yesterday I thought I would get on releasing these<3 I think everyone knows that Spider-Gwen is essentially my comic dream come true (thanks again Dan!) so I’ve purchased just about every Spider-Gwen article of clothing that WeLoveFine has had to offer.  Even more exciting is that completely out of nowhere, my friend Eric asked for my address because he had a surprise for me… custom painted Spider-Gwen converse sneakers!!!!  I was DYING when he sent me photos of them and I couldn’t believe how lucky I was that he thought of me!  Each side of the shoes has a different design and I love them so much! To be honest, I’m super scared to wear them unless it’s a REALLY special occasion because I would be DEVASTATED if anything were to happen to them! I love that Eric even went so far as to customize the box!  I decided to put together this everyday outfit complete with a Gwen Stacy headband and show off my best web hands.  In other news, today is my first official day off for my wedding! I have some last minute appointments today and some crafting stuff to take care of and then I’ll be rewarding myself with a hot cup of tea while I savor every page of DC Rebirth!

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Outfit Details: Cardigan (WeLoveFine)  |  Jeans (Siwy) 

 Shoes (Converse – Custom made for me by SonsOfGeekery – Thanks so much!!)

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Book Look OOTD: Hamilton: A Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

My Hamilton obsession is still going strong.  I’m so happy that earlier this week Lin’s revolutionary musical broke records by getting 16 Tony nominations and I sincerely hope that they win each and every one.  I had a slow year when it came to seeing Broadway shows last year (I usually see a ton but I think I only saw 3?) but Hamilton was among those and I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to see it live.  I’ve been trying to relive the experience ever since (ie. listening to the soundtrack non-stop & singing the songs and the shows praises to all who will listen) so when Lin’s Hamiltome debuted in April, I waited eagerly for the mailman to arrive each day and deliver my precious.  Also in April, Jordandene’s shirt of the month was Hamilton themed so that was an insta-buy! The charcoal tank features a Schuyler sisters quote “Looking For A Mind At Work,” so I obviously had to strike a Schuyler sister pose for one of my photos.  Unfortunately this shirt is no longer available, but Jordan’s shop is full of other treasures.  If you enjoy representing your geeky side without sacrificing your style you’ll love all of her designs!  I can’t even tell you how many others I own and I wear them ALL THE TIME.  This month’s shirt is Kurt Vonnegut themed and Jordan also released a collab shirt with my 5 Fandom Friday co-creator Megan from The Nerdy Girlie!

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Outfit Details: Shirt (Jordandene – N/A)  |  Skirt (ModCloth

Necklace (ModCloth)  |  Cardigan (ModCloth) | Shoes (Tieks)

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Fashion Find: Wonder Woman Cosmetic Cases

I was so thrilled when London Soho New York reached out to me to see if I wanted to review their new line of Wonder Woman cosmetic bags and I’m pleased to say that upon opening the parcel they sent me, I fell completely in love with each of the products they sent me.  This limited edition line is exclusive to Walgreens and they’ll be available starting in May of 2016.  While the overall outside aesthetic of the bags are really appealing, it’s the details that really won me over.  My favorite piece in the line is the clear case with the Wonder Woman logo on the front because I love the little cape! The blue star background isn’t part of the case but I’ll be keeping that insert in because I like the way it looks there.  Each case has beautiful gold mirror star zippers and gold trim which matches the accessories Diana wears with her costume.  I also love the blue star lining in the other two cases (each of these are a satin material and they’re part of the case).  The biggest case is perfect for storing lesser used eye shadows, while the other two are perfect to throw in your purse when you’re on the go.  I’m even planning on using the adorable tags (seen in the first photo) as bookmarks! Each case will retail for $7.99 – $11.99 so they’re really affordable and it’s easy to justify picking each of them up.

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