The Goldfinch

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I picked up The Goldfinch because it is the next big literature sensation. Every blog that reviews books is writing about it and every big book store is featuring it on their website. 

It even won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize! 

I may be in the minority with my opinion, but I didn't fall in love with the novel. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but I certainly didn't think it was the best thing I've ever read. 

The book follows the life of Theo Decker, a young Manhattanite, who loses his mother in his early teens. We read about his experiences as he grows into a young man and how the tragic loss of his mother impacts his life. 

My problems with the novel are two fold. One, Theo has experiences that are just too surreal for this novel to be believable. I know that this is fiction, and I'm supposed to take the novel as is, but I think this is taking fiction, and unbelieveable-ness, to a whole new level. It's not that the experiences themselves are out of the ordinary, it's that all these things happen to just one person. 

My second issue with the novel lies with the writing style. I found that the writing towards the end of the book felt disjointed from the writing in the beginning of the novel. I know we're supposed to view the book from Theo's perspective, so the writing style mimics his thoughts during certain experiences, but at times it was so confusing that the narrative was hard to follow. 

The funny thing is, I miss Theo. I walk to the subway and I think about how I'll be in his world soon and then I realize I'm done reading the book. Even though I disliked many aspects of this novel, there are only a few books that have ever left me longing for more. 

*Collage created by me.

Monday 4.14

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Sweatshirt: Lovers + Friends, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Jeans: American Eagle, Boots: J. Crew

*Photographs taken by the BF.

OOTD: Dream, Believe, Achieve

Sunday, April 13, 2014

1. Sincerely Jules, 2. Ray-Ban, 3. Alex and Ani, 4. Alex and Ani, 5. Pandora, 6. Nettie Kent, 7. 3.1 Phillip Lim, 8. Nike, 9. Old Navy

Recently, I caved and bought a Sincerely Jules sweatshirt. 
I have to say, it's incredibly comfortable. 

One of my fears was that Jules's products wouldn't be made to fit us bigger folk, seeing how tiny she is, but the sweatshirt is big enough that I actually have room to spare. 

Bravo Jules - I will be returning for more. 

Also, Old Navy does it again with a pair of incredibly stylish, and comfortable, drawstring pants. I'm beginning to believe they can do no wrong. 

*Collage created by me.

Thursday 4.10

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Headband: Asos, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Vest: Forever 21, Sweatshirt: Forever 21, Tee: Old Navy, Skirt: Asos, Bag: Coach, Shoes: Vans

*Photographs taken by the BF.

"I Cannot Lie: I Love Eileen Fisher"

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I'm angry about the article, "I Cannot Lie: I Love Eileen Fisher". Not because Molly Fischer isn't right, Eileen Fisher is the bomb, but because I've known this for years. When I read it, I feel like Molly has taken the words right out of my mouth and put them on paper for the whole world (mostly NY'ers) to read. 

I want to be a toddler and whine for a minute - I knew Eileen was great before she did, I swear! I love Eileen Fisher so much, that I even go to J. Jill to buy cheaper imitations of her clothes - now that's devotion

I'm scared that the Eileen Fisher secret is out and people will flock to one of my favorite stores. 

I have become the face of paranoia. 

I am 25 years old and I love Eileen Fisher. 

If you haven't read the NY Mag article, do so, because even though I didn't write it, my sentiments are so similar to Molly's, that it sort of feels like I did. 

*Collages created by me. Article excerpt taken from NY Mag.

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