Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A little catching up to do...

Hello my dear blog friends,

My mother has recently guilt tripped me into getting back into my blog. I totally agree with her, hence this post is reaching you today. Now if only she knew that I am writing this on the Tuesday morning of my first grad school finals week, I think there would be a different conversation happening altogether. Nonetheless, here I am, feeding my craving to have a little chat with you all. I will just justify my untimely blogging with the words of my professor, "You are always exactly where you are meant to be." So there we have it, we can't argue with these great words of wisdom, now can we? ;)

While I have been away, here is some of what I've been up to:

I have been reading loads lately. I've always been consistent with reading non-fiction books, but lately I have jumped head first into fiction and I am loving every word! Some books I have read lately are When You Reach Me, The God of Small Things, Thirteen Reasons Why, To All The Boys I've Loved Before, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stop Pretending: What Happened When my Big Sister Went Crazy, Esperanza Rising, and One Crazy Summer.

Some non-fiction books I've read lately are Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Why Not Me, and Lean In.

I am also wanting to explore genres I have never been too interested in, namely science fiction and fantasy. So, I have been scouring the internet for suggestions and I've settled on two authors, Ameriie and Tahereh Mafi. I am hoping to get their books soon and read them over the summer.

I am also a member on Goodreads. I do at least rate the books I read and write reviews only when I feel particularly inclined to, both positive and negative. If you would like to connect with me on Goodreads, click here for my profile link!

I have also been writing plenty of new things, mostly poetry and some flash fiction (1,000 word short stories). I know what you're thinking, "Why should we care? It's not like you're posting it on here!" It's just that it takes a lot to share creative work and I am still contemplating how I want to go about it. You may love it or you might think it's garbage, either way, I'd have to take a risk to find out.

To completely transition into vain endeavors, I am literally obsessed with makeup at the moment, more specifically LIQUID LIPSTICK. I don't know, I just  love it so much! I have a few from NYX Cosmetics that I love and I have a collection of 15 colors coming in the mail soon that I am hoping to write a review on. Spoiler alert: it has an orange shade!!

Last but certainly not least, my wedding is approaching pretty soon (June 30th - July 4th)! My family and I have been having the time of our lives preparing for it. My mother suggested that I post the prep we are doing on my blog and I want you to know, it will be done, God willing. I will post about things like DIY projects we are doing, color stories and why I chose them, and probably a lot of accessories related things. Also, I want to talk about how I planned it out and am getting the tasks completed (with the help of my parents of course), the things that are important, and also the things I feel are unimportant and a waste of time and money. There is a lot I could talk about, so if there is anything in particular you would like to see, just let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for sticking around, guys! Hope you're having a great day!

xo Aneela

Saturday, January 21, 2017

First Day Thoughts

It is currently 6:20 AM. I want to write about school before the last of my firsts is over. I started grad school this week, which has conjured up a lot of feelings. One of those feelings is that of knowing absolutely nothing. Over the years, I have learned to embrace this feeling in a big, warm hug. 

You walk into the first day of class, with nothing in hand but your willingness to do something you've never done before. You don't know anyone or, anything really and you get that funny feeling in the pit of your stomach. The fluttering of the butterflies of possibility. There's only one way to go from here, up and beyond your aspirations for yourself. 

I am in love with this feeling. It humbles me and makes me feel about the size of a pebble. I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to continue my education, to learn, and to grow. I realize how much I missed being in this environment and how I have something many people never get to experience. 

This morning, I have my first Saturday class. Yes, I'm a bit nervous, the butterflies have been fluttering about since last night, but I am also hopeful, and excited, and delusionally optimistic, the way a learner willing to gain new perspectives ought to be.

xo Aneela

Thursday, January 12, 2017

In-Flight Fashion Essentials for Smooth Travels

If you find yourself having anxiety over the perfect outfit to wear while traveling, I've got just the thing for you! I've scoured the Internet and curated a list of affordable (and fashionable!) clothing and accessories to remedy many of the annoyances people have about traveling by plane; whether it be feeling too cold, too hot, or just generally uncomfortable and inconvenienced by the clothing they've chosen to wear. So, feel free to use this list to build the perfect in-flight outfit and fly like a seasoned traveler! I've included images of my favorites with shop-able links below.

One of the keys to a great in-flight outfit is LAYERING. Cardigans are great for this, guys! They are super comfortable, come in so many cute styles, and the best part, a cardigan can double as a pillow when smushed up into a ball!

Much like the over-sized cardigan, I also have a special affinity for blanket scarves. If you're not picking up on the pattern here, it's the bigger the more cozy mozy kind of vibes. You could use a blanket scarf as a shawl, a blanket, or a make-shift neck pillow. And of course I chose plaid ones because fashion, duh!

When I travel, top handle and shoulder bags are totally out of the question. I believe the easiest bag to carry is a backpack. I mean, you're barely "carrying it". It distributes its weight evenly on the body, making it super comfortable and ergonomically pleasing. It also allows for the hands to be free which is a huge incentive in my opinion. And with one of the options I've listed below, you won't be compromising on style!

Booties are more comfortable than typical heels and more "put-together looking" than sneakers. And they're just so stinkin' cute and trendy. I bought a pair this fall and I practically never take them off. I am very obsessed with the ones I've chosen for this post! Check them out!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a super great day!

xo Aneela