ON THE RUN

By July 11, 2014 My Life

Ever see one of those “what’s in my bag?” posts and wonder how people carry so much around? The kitchen sink syndrome is real – I’m so guilty of toting 4 lipsticks just because, random receipts, thank you notes, a stamp set (don’t ask), and everything other than what I really need. Well, hotter weather calls for a lighter load and I’ve managed to rid my bag of nonsense. Bonus? My back and shoulders thank me. Especially when I’m melting on a 110° NYC subway platform and it’s too hot for clothing. And the only bag you want to carry is a bag of ice. But I digress.

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What’s left are the essentials – one of the books I’m currently reading (sidenote: it’s a crazy good page-turner), the only lip balm I’ll ever need, my block out everything sunglasses, playing cards (you never know!), charcoal blotting papers as to avoid looking like an oil-slick, and the genius bronzing oil that makes my skin glow. And of course, my jolt of caffeine in the form of the Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Yep, I’m still buying these by the 6-pack, and I grab one on my way out of the door.

Details: Marni Tote (sold out but similar here), Westward Leaning Sunglasses, The Garden of Last Days novel, Dior Creme de Rose lip balm, Sephora Blotting Papers, Theory 11 Playing Cards, Carol’s Daughter Gelee de Soleil

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Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee beverages are the perfect blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk. Available in four delicious offerings: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk, Vanilla, and Caramel, Starbucks Iced Coffee ready-to-drink beverages are the perfect on-the-go refreshment to get you through the daily commute, big projects such as spring cleaning, or an exciting road trip with friends. Look for it at major grocery and convenience stores, available nationwide.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep the doors open at Love, Andrea!

RECTIFY

By July 5, 2014 Weekender

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photos via James Minchin

Aptly described as “the best show you’re not watching”, Sundance Channel’s Rectify is one of the best series to come along in ages. Set in a small southern town, the story follows Daniel Holden (Aden Young) as he struggles to re-adjust after having spent 19 years in prison. The premise is what initially drew me in, but the beautiful cinematography, writing, and excellent performances from the ensemble cast is what made me watch the 1st season 3 times (twice on Netflix, and once when it originally aired). Season 2 currently airs on Thursdays at 9pm. It’s so worth it if you’re looking for a slow-burning, evocative watch.

SUMMER BUCKET LIST

By July 1, 2014 About Me

It’s officially summer isn’t it? It’s sweltering, muggy and July 4th is right around the corner. I’m currently sipping a strawberry lemonade and thinking of a master plan – a summer plan that is. I don’t really like to make concrete plans, because the best summer days happen by accident. But here are a few things I can think of – life goals, food goals, doing nothing at all goals. Welcome, summer. Be good to me.

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THE JAPAN ISSUE

By June 25, 2014 My Life, Photography

Kinfolk Volume 8(1)

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Spending the morning leafing through my favorite issue of Kinfolk thus far, dedicated to the endless inspiration found in Japanese culture.