Sunday, June 26, 2016

An Ode to Short Hair

the above drawing is by tumblr user mayasinfinity

I had a short little bob when I was about 10 years old, back when my hair was so untamable, so frizzy. It was arguably the worst haircut of my life, tied with the time I got grungy, choppy layers in the 7th grade. Both haircuts are practically the reason I hadn't been too adventurous with my haircuts in the last 7 years, before I cut my hair into a bob again in January 2014. And even then, it was a last minute decision, something that I decided the night before the haircut and kept to myself, mostly. I only told my best friend, Arlette.  It wasn't that I didn't admire short hair on other girls, in fact I've always thought there's something so incredibly feminine, youthful, and downright flirty about short hair. And every time I'm scrolling on tumblr, I always see these girls with the cutest little short haircuts. Honestly, I miss my little bob. I miss putting it in two tiny ponytails or three tiny little coils at the base of my neck, I miss how easy it was so wash it and how it never fell out of my hairdo when I was working out. I miss how all I had to do was brush through it a few time and mess it up with my fingers to have it look beautiful, and how when I did want to curl it it only took a fraction of the time it would take now. I'm seriously considering cutting it again, maybe right before my move to New York, so as to have a fresh start, complete with a new look. Anyway, here are some of my favorite pictures of women with short hair:

a vintage picture of Henri Mattise's assistant in 1953

this lovely picture by Abby Beatrice Quick

lovely shot by Roza

this gif by Lumi Tuomi

Alexa Chung, of course.

Just for the hell of it, do you think I should cut my hair short again?

Have a lovely sunday!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June Playlist: Workout Mix

June is always a rough month for me. I'm not entirely sure why, but for as long as I can remember it's always when all the exciting things come to a screeching halt and everything becomes a challenge. Maybe it has something to do with it being the middle of the year. Regardless, I've been too busy, too exhausted, too anxious to come up with post ideas. I actually started a new job, four weeks ago and it's been a huge challenge for me, mostly because I've been beating myself up for not being a fast enough learner, not being loud enough, not being smart enough, etc. I also started meditating again, after reading a book by Deepak Chopra. It's been helping, but reading has been helping too, and so has the time I spend working out. All of that is cathartic. I managed to get back into a good workout schedule, and I've been better about eating healthy lately. What I usually do is I do BBG and I go on a 30 minute run on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Then on the in between days I go to yoga or spin class. I was originally going to make this post about my relationship with fitness and food and the challenges I've faced with that and where I am today, but I just don't feel like it would be right right now, not after the sort of day I've had (a pretty perfect, mindful one). So, I'm going to post about that another time. The point is, I really love having loud, upbeat music playing when I work out, whether I'm doing Kayla Itsines BBG at home or going on a run, and I really can't stand fitness classes where all they play Adele and the music isn't upbeat haha. I always just need the music to be PERFECT and I'm usually pretty good about making a new playlist every month, so I wanted to share it with you guys this month. It's about an hour long and it's pretty dang crazy - think lots of Sleigh Bells and Chairlift. I hope you love it.


  1. Romeo - Chairlift
  2. Swords - M.I.A.
  3. All We Ever Knew - The Head and The Heart
  4. Kill V. Maim - Grimes
  5. Crown On The Ground - Sleigh Bells
  6. MCs Can Kiss - Uffie
  7. Bullet - Chelsea Lankes
  8. Born Again Teen - Lucius
  9. Turn You - Rocky Rivera
  10. Class Historian - Broncho
  11. Can't Get Enough of Myself - Santigold
  12. Moth To The Flame - Chairlift
  13. Best I Can Do - Misterwives
  14. Venus Fly - Grimes
  15. What's It Gonna Be - Shura
  16. Riot Rhythm - Sleigh Bells
And, you can listen to the playlist right over HERE.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Pink Agendas + More Pink Agendas

from top to bottom: Rifle Paper Co. // // Rifle Paper Co. // Lilly Pulitzer //

It's the most wonderful time of the year... PLANNER PRE-ORDER SEASON !!!!!! Just kidding, it's not that exciting. It still is one of my favorite things to do come every June. Last year I ordered a really cute floral one from May Designs. I was considering monogramming it, but then at the last minute I decided it would be better if it just had "Agenda" written on the front. That was literally fate because then my best friend sent me an agenda for my birthday and I ended up gifting my May Designs agenda to another close friend who was in dire need of a planner for the Spring semester.

Anyway, I've had planners I've loved and planners I've been indifferent about and the main difference is that when I have a cute agenda I feel really motivated to use it, therefore I end up being more productive. Whereas when I've had planners I'm indifferent about, I'm prone to just setting it aside and forgetting it even exists until weeks later.. yikes! The best agenda I've had so far was a Lilly Pulitzer Large Agenda, so this year I was originally going to just get another but before I settled on the perfect one, I decided to check out Rifle Paper Co and since I had heard lovely reviews of their planners as well. Well, it looks like this year I'm really digging pink agendas!

one of the important things you have to consider when you're selecting an agenda is the aesthetic. With Rifle Paper Co. agendas, the pages are very clean and elegant. You won't find spreads with quotes in bubble letters, as you might in a Ban.Do agenda, and you definitely wouldn't find tropical watercolor paintings as with Lilly planners. One thing I will mention is that the stickers that come with Lilly agendas are a lot more practical than those that come with Ban.Do agendas. Of the three, I would consider Lilly ones to be the most traditionally youthful. I mean the main reason I got one of those in the first place was because I associated Lilly with retro Jackie Kennedy-esque dresses as well as sororities, which I associated with college and I was just starting college. It just made sense. As for planners, they're a little bit retro, a little bit cheeky. They're really feminine and very beautiful. They're also very similar to Lilly planners but without the timelessness.

Another thing I should mention is that these are all roughly the same size - about 6.5" x 8", and most are spiral bound, except for the little pink Rifle Paper Co. one, which is what sort of convinces me against that one. I tend to carry my agendas everywhere I go, so I need them to be durable and easy to use. I'm not sure a traditionally bound book is going to be the best choice for me, although I do love how adorably vintage it looks.

Another thing I always look it is how the weekly spreads are laid out. I  use my planners to write all the tasks I have to complete in a day, including homework, errands, and meetings. So I always need my planner to have plenty of space. I'm still not sure if I prefer lines or not, to be honest. They keep the sections tidy, but they also limit how many things I can fit in a section. I really like how with the Rifle agendas there's a checklist and all the sections have two columns. That would be so ideal for someone like me. Although I guess I could do that with the ones too. I'd just have to manually draw in little check boxes. One thing I love about the and Rifle agendas is that they have little weekly quotes. I find that sort of thing to be really motivating.

I'm still not entirely sure which agenda I'll chose, although I'm leaning more towards the Ban.Do ones. Which one would you pick? I'll let you know when I decide for sure!

Alright, have a lovely Thursday!

x / Ceci