The Comforts of Home

Photo Credit: Madeline Beard

As I write this, I am sitting with my family listening to old vinyls of artists like Bob Dylan, The Beatles and The Manhattans. This is home. I am taking a brief moment out of this Christmas Eve to share with you all some of my favorite parts of this season, my own comforts of home. They’re simple pleasures that I have learned not to take for granted:

1. A roaring fire on a cold winter’s night

Photo Credit: Madeline Beard

2. My brother’s new slacklining hobby

Photo Credit: Madeline Beard

Photo Credit: Madeline Beard

3. My mother’s potato latkes for a belated Hannukah dinner

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4. Sharing the year’s best YouTube videos

5. Whimsical Christmas decorations

Photo Credit: Madeline Beard

Photo Credit: Madeline Beard

I am so lucky to be surrounded by family tonight, and I wish everyone a holiday filled with laughter, joy and love.

More Vegas adventures to come!

Alive + Well

Greetings readers! Excuse me a second while I brush the dirt off my clothes and squint up into the daylight — I have just emerged from a cave hidden in the deep recesses of my apartment, but good news: I am alive and well! Still running that academic marathon, but luckily I have a little bit of time now to catch my breath before the final sprint.

It’s times like these when I find myself daydreaming of the comforts of home — over the weekend my mom announced that she and my dad had officially started decorating for the holidays. Going home to me means weeks of being well-fed, sleeping in, crocheting holiday scarves for my grand children friends and family (because if you didn’t already catch on, I have a 70 year old alter ego named Phyllis) and focusing on a few personal projects that I set aside when the semester got hectic.

Tonight I thought I would share with you guys a wish list for some of my favorite holiday pieces, because nothing says productive procrastination like internet shopping while donning a Christmas sweater.

Holiday Cheer

What festive items are you looking forward to wearing this holiday season? Tweet me or comment below!


As I contemplated what to write about for tonight’s post over the course of today, I kept coming back to the same thought.

For students, this is the most wonderful hectic time of the year. Don’t get me wrong, Thanksgiving is really nice and the build up to the holiday season is great — however, with finals looming and x, y and z application deadlines due, all of the hype and magic of the season starts to get pushed to the back burner.

Reaching the head of this crazy time brings me to something that’s been on my mind for a while now. A few weeks back, my roommate and dearest friend Kelsey gave a speech in our Public Speaking class about how we (as millennials, as college students, as go-getters and as DC urbanites) need to stop glorifying the idea of busy. So what exactly does this mean? See example:

Friend: Hi, how are you? I feel like I never see you anymore!

Us: Ah, yes I’ve been SO busy! Stayed up all night cramming for a test, and then I’ve got my internship and this meeting and this project and this other meeting and then a different test that I have to study for! I’ve gotta run, but it was really nice seeing you!

I am the first to admit that these types of exchanges are all too familiar in my day-to-day, especially around this time of year. I find all too often I am only half listening to a conversation, with another part of my brain distracted by the constant running to do list I have going in my head. The busy carries over onto SLB when I start off a post with an excuse about how crazy things have been. Today I even mentioned in a conversation with my mom that Thanksgiving Break feels like a bit of an inconvenience because it falls on this time of the school year.

After getting off the phone, perspective hit me like an anvil falling from a cartoon sky — WHAT THE HELL AM I THINKING? Thanksgiving is an inconvenience?? When is it ever an inconvenience to be with people that love you, eat delicious home cooked meals and catch up on sleep for a few days? I realized that my mind had started to shift into busy overdrive — clouded by a packed schedule, the next deadline was all I could think about. And when that happens, you stop really seeing the good things, the little things, the things that make you smile. So to end this post, I want to share some of the little things I captured over the last few weeks that may have gotten lost amidst all my busy — serving as a reminder to myself of how important it is to find simple beauty even during the most stressful of times.

My first ever Friendsgiving party, filled with delicious food, laughter and discussion about what we’re thankful for — the best way to spend a weekend evening.

A cat shirt that continues to add a bit of personality to every outfit I pair it with.

The Pumpkin Spice cupcakes I made for my internship’s Thanksgiving potluck today — you can find the recipe here, the cinnamon cream cheese frosting was perfection!

My final book jacket for Cupcakes and Cashmere — I couldn’t be happier with the end result!

Wednesday morning I leave for Denver at the crack of dawn to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my parents, brother and extended family that lives there. I could not be more excited for the trip, not only because I will be spending time with the people I love most, but also because Colorado is simply one of my favorite states in the U.S. There are few other places with better air, views and natural beauty, and I am looking forward to the escape for a few days. More adventures to come and hopefully much less talk of all the busy.