Outfit / Jester Pants

Friday, November 6

It's been hot, hot, hot lately--too hot for fall! Two days this week hit 70, when, in my mind, November should never venture past the 50s.

DIY / Miss Frizzle

Wednesday, November 4

DIY / Miss Frizzle | Pennies & Paper Blog

This Halloween I finally put together a costume I've wanted to for years--Miss Frizzle! Making this definitely embodied her most famous phrase: "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" Everything that could have gone wrong did, but I think it came out very well in the end.

Outfit / Jeans & Jord

Wednesday, October 28

This outfit features a whole bunch of new items. Apparently I was so excited about said items that I inadvertently put them all on at once. 

You can probably spot my new Jord Watch--the Cora in Maple & Silver, which I reviewed last week. But do you see those boots? They were, I admit, a bit of an impulse buy (I needed boots, but perhaps not burgundy ones with three-inch heels). And I've been on the search for new jeans for a while, and lucked out at Target (but not with the boyfriend jeans--that was a horror show!). I've been wearing these everywhere. They're comfy enough to relax in at home, but nice enough for work, and high-waisted so I can wear them with nearly all my shirts.

And to pull it all together, these photos were taken with my new 50mm lens. Can you believe I've never had one before now? They're such photography staples. I'm loving the depth of field and quality.

Sunday Brunch / 10.18.15

Sunday, October 18

1.) On Sunday the 11th, we held a cookout in honor of my grandfather, who passed away October 4th. He always loved making things, including this kit triceratops that watched over the bonfire. 2.) Foggy weather in Boston, one of my favorite types. 3.) Beer and Italian food in Cambridge with Matt. 4.) Sneak peek of an outfit with my new watch c/o Jord. 5.) Honey mead and friends at King Richard's Faire (and I may have bought a bodice...so I have to go next year!) 6.) Lazy Sunday.

Happy Sunday, everyone! I previously did a monthly Instagram recap and have seen lots of bloggers do "weekly recaps" of some sort, and I thought it was time I brought it back. I chose a "Sunday brunch" because brunch on Sunday makes up for the impending Monday :) I think some photos and some favorite links are be a nice way to round out each week. 

Many of these photos are from my Instagram--follow along at @JuliaEDom.

I only want to include one thing today. At my grandfather's funeral on Friday I closed the service with a poem. It's a beautiful one, and also very bittersweet. I hope if any of you are going through a hard time you find some comfort in it.

Crossing the Bar by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 

Sunset and evening star,
      And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
      When I put out to sea,

   But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
      Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
      Turns again home.

   Twilight and evening bell,
      And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
      When I embark;

   For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
      The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
      When I have crost the bar.

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Review / Jord Wood Watch ft. Cora in Maple & Silver

Thursday, October 15

Jord Wood Watch Cora Maple & Silver, Pennies & Paper Blog

Every so often, one of those companies comes along that is just so me. Jord Wood Watches (yes, wooden watches!) highlights sustainability and modern lifestyles while creating a range of beautiful products. When Jord reached out to me to review one of the timepieces, I had to say yes!

My normal impulse is dark and flashy--I very nearly went with the Purpleheart & Mother of Peal Cora--but decided to go with a more neutral look. After all, I don't wear watches and really should, so I realized one that matched all outfits would be ideal. I settled on the Maple & Silver Cora, which retails at $275 (although I'm really digging the Fieldcrest series in Maple or Zebrawood--Christmas gifts, anyone?). Before I get into the review, quick shout out to Jord's customer service, who promptly responded when the watch ended up in Maryland (as in, not where I live).

Outfit / (Town) Forest Fairies

Wednesday, September 9

In my hometown, one of my favorite places to go is the town forest. There are miles of hiking trails and a massive hill (pictured here). Most of the trees were planted at the same time, and they were arranged in rows. The effect is a bit unsettling but endlessly fascinating and beautiful.

Book Review / Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

Wednesday, September 2

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Leave Your Mark
by Aliza Licht
May 5, 2015 by Grand Central Publishing (Hachette)
Goodreads || Barnes & Noble || Hachette

I picked up this book during one of my many failed attempts to join an online book club (someday, I will join an in-person one that will keep me accountable!). It's not a book I would have picked up on my own, but I ended up really appreciating it's career-forward focus.

I've known I wanted to work with books since I was in kindergarten, when my parents would handwrite my dications under my rough illustrations (I'm no artist!). I've shifted from amateur picture book author to Editorial Assistant for English textbooks, but almost all of what I did in high school and college focused on training for a career with words and publishing.

Since I am happy with my current career path, Part I of the book ("Landing Your Dream Job") was more a confirmation of a job well done so far. Part II ("Killing It in Your Career"), is full of all those things I have yet to really worry about--promotions and having trouble with co-workers and things to avoid doing. I loved the fun call-outs (especially the "Take a Selfie" boxes--and I'm not just saying that because my thesis was about selfies!). I loved all of Licht's personal stories and how she would parse them to develop tips and tricks for the reader. Licht's voice was one of the strongest aspects of this book. She was funny yet blunt, and seems to actually care about helping her readers be successful in a job they love.

The entire book is promoted as a "must-do" instead of a "how-to," which is a cute marketing play. But I felt the book's specificity was a drawback, especially in this area. Licht is (was!) a social-media-focused PR powerhouse for DKNY, both things I am quite interested in. For those looking for a career outside of fashion and social media, some of the tips seem a little narrow, and Licht's attempts to broaden them do a diservice to her stories. Not every career is the same, which Licht addresses only briefly before going on to say how everyone "must do" what she is suggesting. (The fact that Licht does not address work-life balance--which she seems to excel at--bothers me less since the book was not marketed itself that way.)

That may not bother everyone, however, and her stories are, at minimum, endlessly inspiring. They make me want to chug coffee and get all of my projects done in one day, then jump up and do everything that needs doing but no one has time for. That's essentially what Licht has done in her career. And if she can do it in red lipstick and heels, so can I.

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P.S. This book has also reminded me of the extensive list of nonfiction essay books I've been meaning to read (Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, It's Complicated by danah boyd, Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, Never Have I Ever by Katie Heany, The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan...). Does anyone recomend one of those over the others?
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