higher than a

one of my best friends and i have very similar taste in music, and he never fails to introduce me to artists i end up loving.

if you haven’t heard this song yet, you’ll probably listen to it five times in a row. the first time i heard it, i wasn’t impressed, but now that i’ve been listening to it on repeat, i love it. i actually listened to fka twigs’s song papi pacify first, and was enthralled by all the glitter in the video, which lead me to this song. apparently this is the more popular single, but i hadn’t heard it.

fka twigs reminds me of the weeknd meets janelle monae? i mean style-wise she’s not similar to janelle at all, but i think in terms of having a strong brand and similar target audience. what do you think? have you heard any good music lately?

back to school

first week down, 35 more to go.

year two feels better. it’s not easier, it’s not really that different, but i just feel like i’ve got control. i suppose it’s less unknown, less threatening. 

i’ve been going to sleep at a grandma’s bed time, close to 9 pm (or sometimes even 7…) each night. it’s definitely helped me feel more refreshed. i’ve also made a commitment to making more coffee at home rather than spending money on it. however, i do have a little coffee shop that i love. it’s locally owned and employs great people, so i feel very little guilt over spending money there. this is all to say that my mornings have become my favorite part of the day. i lounge around in bed for a half hour, get up, make coffee, and still have an hour or more before i have to get to school. 

in other news, it’s the beginning of fall. dreaming of wearing grays and browns and mustards all day. 

photo dump: summer’s end

got a new hair cut.. this is my sassy hair cut face

got a new hair cut.. this is my sassy hair cut face

bought this record the other day on my shopping spree <3 <3

bought this record the other day on my shopping spree

matchy matchy nails in bed

matchy matchy nails in bed

covered my notebooks for next year

covered my notebooks for next year

mega blurry shot of a fun night with friends, screenshot from a video

mega blurry shot of a fun night with friends, screenshot from a video

sweet blackberries

sweet blackberries

so i learned how to roller skate for a play this summer...

so i learned how to roller skate for a play this summer…

in the kitchen, with lemons

since i’ve been working in other peoples’ homes all summer, i’ve neglected my kitchen so much. today i got that itch that says, get back in the kitchen celeste! after reading my favorite blogs this morning, i decided to try this pasta al limone recipe by cupcakes & cashmere. um hello, it’s to die for.

i like my pasta a little saucier, so i added a splash more water and a touch more cream. also i got a little cheese happy before i snapped a picture, so it’s not the prettiest plating ever.



so rich, bright, and delicious. go home and try it right now, ok?


I’ve been living in this striped tee and my black j crew Minnie pants. I have two weeks left until summer is over for me, and I have to head back to work. Almost time to retire the chacos for some work appropriate flats…



i’m fan-girling hard on some j. tillman today. i’ve been listening to fleet foxes and father john misty all morning! here’s a flaming lips cover that is crushworthy!


summer is halfway over. i can’t believe it! I’ve had a beautiful summer so far, full of good times with good people!

here’s a photo dump of my summer so far, including my mostly finished Beyoncé project










do you ever mix patterns? sometimes I feel like all I ever wear is stripes. I am not ready to give that up, but I’ve been mixing things up by adding in some other patterns.


polka dots and stripes! this skirt is a kimchi blue skirt I grabbed at urban outfitters and the shirt is a favorite crew t from target. I apologize for not having a full outfit photo, but what’s a single gal to do?

I also have been wearing headbands nonstop. my hair is crazy long right now, and since my bangs are too long to do much with, headbands have been keeping my hair out of my eyes. to top off this crazy pattern outfit, I’ve got on a sweet floral j. crew headband.


what do you think? are you pro mixing patterns? are you even bolder than i am?

taking stock


Making : embroidery projects
Cooking : next on my list is this squash cornbread with the addition of jalapenos!
Drinking : too much alcohol, and iced green tea lattes
Wanting : more time in the day
Looking : at Kelly O’Connor‘s gorgeous collage work, like the piece above!
Playing : old gwen stefani, magnetic fields, and james blake
Deciding : how to treat myself this summer
Wishing : my sleep schedule would normalize
Enjoying : adventures with the kids i’m nannying this summer
Waiting : for cool autumn nights
Loving : sunbathing and online shopping
Watching : true blood! eek!
Wearing : stripes, stripes, stripes