Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

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One of my bookish goals for 2019 was to read books featuring diverse voices. One of the books I’d seen pop up on Instagram was Fruit of the Drunken Tree, Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s debut novel about two young girls in Escobar-era Colombia. Told from alternating perspectives, this story is about Chula, a seven-year-old girl from a wealthy Colombian family and Petrona, a thirteen-year-old girl from a poor family works as a maid in Chula’s home. The two voices diverge in important ways. Chula’s voice is marked with naivete and immaturity, which serves as a sharp contrast from Petrona’s voice, which is one tainted by early loss and understanding of the dangers in their world. Still, Petrona’s age does come through at important moments, specifically when she is easily manipulated by a character in the book. Continue reading “Fruit of the Drunken Tree”

Daisy Jones & The Six

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To write an entire novel in the form of interviews is an ambitious task. Personally, I have trouble reading interviews that are longer than a few pages. So, when I saw Daisy Jones and The Six floating around the bookstagram world, I wasn’t sure it was for me. I’d heard Taylor Jenkins Reid was a compelling storyteller, but I was hesitant about the structure of her latest hit. However, when this novel was an option through Book of the Month, I jumped on the bandwagon. After finishing my last final (ever!), I started this one. I figured it’d be a nice into fun reading after law school. I was right but this story is far richer than I expected. Continue reading “Daisy Jones & The Six”

Fine Jewelry with AU|rate

Fine Jewelry with AU|rate

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I spent last weekend in Washington, D.C. and it got me thinking about the next few months. I graduate law school in May, then will spend two and a half months studying for the Bar Exam. I’ll then move to D.C. to start working! It’s a very exciting time, but it’s also quite hectic. Still, as I was walking through the streets of D.C., I was getting so excited for the next chapter of my life. A major change associated with the next chapter, however, is that I will spend a majority of my life in business/business casual clothing. As a young professional, I think it’s important to always look my best. I also enjoy adding touches of my personality to otherwise standard business wear. Continue reading “Fine Jewelry with AU|rate”

February Reading List

February Reading List

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I’m here with my February reading list! I read three books in the month of February that I want to share with you. I’m hoping to read more in the month of March, but seeing as we’re already about halfway through, I’m not sure it will happen. I’m nearing the end of the semester, and with every week my to-do list grows in anticipation of graduation and bar prep. I will be sharing a life update soon! I have exciting news to share. Continue reading “February Reading List”

Sweat: creating my own workout playlists

Sweat: creating my own workout playlists

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I don’t have a Soul Cycle near where I go to school and it’s really hard to motivate myself to work out now because I just compare each work out to a Soul Cycle class. As I’ve discussed on here before, I did Soul Cycle regularly while I was in D.C. last summer, and I fell in love with the workout type. Continue reading “Sweat: creating my own workout playlists”

Read this when: you’re nervous about the future

Read this when: you’re nervous about the future

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I am in my last semester of law school, and even as I type that, I can’t really fathom how it happened. In many ways, it feels like I just started law school. The last three years have gone so so quickly. The last semester of law school feels very different than the last semester of undergrad. I remember being so excited to finish undergrad because I knew exactly what was coming after: I was moving to the east coast for law school. Now, standing in the last semester of law school, I can honestly say I have no idea what is coming next. Continue reading “Read this when: you’re nervous about the future”

TV Shows to Watch

TV Shows to Watch

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In college, I wasn’t really a big TV person. I pretty much watched Friday Night Lights and Gilmore Girls on rotation. I didn’t have cable or Netflix, so it was hard to watch new shows. In law school, however, I’ve fallen prey to the mindless TV watching before bed habit. It’s the easiest way to unwind after a full day. I wanted to share some shows I’m loving and that I highly recommend. Continue reading “TV Shows to Watch”

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo

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Toward the end of fall semester, I started feeling like I had too much stuff. I think the feeling was exacerbated by also feeling like I didn’t have enough space to adequately store my stuff. Lack of closet space, lack of bins to put miscellaneous items, etc. all contributed to feeling really overwhelmed. Over the last few years, I’ve said I need to go through my closet but just haven’t made the time to do it. Continue reading “Marie Kondo”