Summer Wrap-Up

As the summer comes to a close, it is time for many of us to return to school.  If your summer plans included an internship, a job, or a volunteer commitment, make sure to come full-circle with those experiences in order to gain the most out of those opportunities.

1. Write thank you notes!

Write thank you notes to anyone that you feel would be appropriate: your supervisor, your boss, the girl kiddy-corner to your cubicle and showed you how to work the Keurig, you get the gist.  If you question whether or not you should write the person a thank you note, remember that you can never be too gracious, and write them a nice little note.

2. Update your resume

It’s best to update your resume as often as possible, in order to ensure you remember all of the responsibilities, duties, and tasks you had on all of your awesome projects.

3. Reflect

Is this something you will want to do again>?  What parts of this position could you see yourself doing in another job?  Life is short, and the ability to have opportunities to try out a variety of positions and fields is a valuable opportunity.  Take the time to truly learn from every aspect of this summer.

4. Squeeze in every last drop of summer fun

Sangria, lake houses, tanning, light reading, back-to-school shopping, family, friends, the great outdoors, beaches, and outdoor dining are a luxury for many of us.  Take the time to relish in all of these wonderful summertime treats, because before you know it, flip flops will become boots, lake houses will become log cabins, and light reading will become dense textbooks or documents.

I hope your summer was as fabulous as mine, and here’s to the best fall we’ve ever had!

xxKathryn

Talking About Time

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As I get older, the value I place on certain things has shifted.  While in middle school popularity ruled my priority list, family fell down the priority ladder.  In high school my dating life and academics overruled any concern of popularity or friendships with other girls.  In college I have worked towards more balance, I have been able to find a place where my family, friends, academics, and relationships have held (close to) their rightful importance, without forsaking one of the components.

As I thought about this balance, I realized that time was the value factor in this equation.  Time is the most valuable resource, because time is something we can never get back.  When you make the decision to spend time with someone, you are giving them something that you can never get back.

Now, to many this may seem like an obvious notion and a waste of time, however for those whom have not pondered this value equation there is a lot to learn.  The greatest of all compliments is when someone generously and freely gives you their time.  Especially today, there are so many alternatives for ways to spend the day, whether that be by yourself, with others, or working.  

To whom do you give your time?  

Photo credit to my new favorite blog-crush, Elle Yeah: http://www.elle-yeah.com/2012_08_01_archive.html

A new low for Weiner

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I love to think about women in power.  We are talking Madame Clinton, Oprah, Palin, Sawyer, and the like.

How do women lead as women?  Why do I find that more often women scrutinized for their hair and make-up rather than their arguments and character?

Which is why I would like to highlight a woman who has created quite a stir in the press, Olivia Nuzzi.  Former campaign intern for Anthony Weiner leaked information about his scandalous actions, resulting in being called a “slutbag” (is that two words?  Slut bag?), the c-word, and twat by Barbara Morgan, Anthony Weiner’s former communication director.

After being fired, re-hired, and God knows what else, Nuzzi is gracing the cover of the Daily News, and taking to social media to share her story.

Nuzzi’s actions can rightfully be considered obnoxious, snarky, and unprofessional, however she has become the new face of younger women in politics and I hope she uses this power with authority, and caution.

Reading Nuzzi’s contributions to NSFWCORP, it is clear that she is intelligent, quick-thinking, funny, and relevant.  She is an educated woman with something to say, and an interesting and provocative way to say it.  She has the potential to forge a new path for women in politics, showing that younger women have something to share with our nation, and the power and intelligence to do so.

However, it should not be forgotten that tact, class, and grace are a trait that both women, and men in politics could use more of.  Although it is funny to reveal the story about Weiner calling the female interns, “Monica”,  there have been ties cut and bridges burned.

It is easy to get caught up in the he said-she said, who leaked what, but there is a larger message here.  Weiner’s sexting issue was going to be revealed eventually, somehow, from someone.  Nuzzi choosing to reveal that information, and Morgan choosing to react have put both Morgan and Nuzzi on a national platform.  Rather than pointing fingers and calling names, they take the opportunity in the spotlight to educate and serve as a role models for younger women aspiring to be in politics.

Yes, Morgan should have shared Nuzzi’s lack of work ethic in a more delicate fashion (i.e. avoiding the four-letter c word).  Nuzzi should have adhered to non-disclosure agreements, and shown up to work more often.  Politics is sloppy, and Nuzzi and Morgan’s scandal should by no means cast a shadow over Weiner’s sexting problem.  If, in fact,  this intern/Communications Director quarrel is really just one giant, orchestrated conspiracy to create a shadow over Weiner’s sexting scandal, then I surrender.

Exploiting a cat fight in an effort to smolder Weiner’s, erm, addiction…? is not only classless, tasteless, disrespectful, and shameful- it’s just bad politics.

Pita Pizza

This may be a lot to handle for a casual blog post, but you should know that my roommate suffers from CGS3 (Compulsive Grocery Store Shopping Syndrome).

Symptoms include, but are not limited to

  • Impulse purchases of display food items
  • Surplus in specialty and gourmet items such as hand pressed peanut butter and artisan bread
  • Hour minimum spent per grocery shop
  • Sporadic conversations with delicatessen staff and other grocery store crew members

Now, you may think this is some sort of heavy burden of which I have to bare, but I assure you, this syndrome has it’s perks.

Like when your roommate brings home DELICIOUS fresh mozzarella and makes you the most incredible and easy pita pizza ever!!

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Kale Chips

This snack is great because it feels healthy but really, they’re just glorified potato chips!

Wash kale

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Dry kale and tear into snack-able size pieces.  I like to use the leafier part, and avoid the hard center of each piece.

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Drizzle with olive oil and salt

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Bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, or until crisp, and enjoy!

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Growing Girls Love Inventions

You know the section of Vanity Fair called “My Stuff”? The part where someone cooler than Blake Lively, but not as cool as Heidi Klum, lists all of their favorite things? From luggage to moisturizer to sheets to socks. These people get hella specific, name dropping the Homage camp tee in red or Dr. Jart’s charcoal-infused face mask. I desperately want to be on that list of luxury, but until then, I’m settling for a variation of Vanity’s finest. This edition of “My Stuff” is brought to you by a lack of sleep, dehydration, and a wandering mind.

My Stuff: Things that should exist

1)    Sparkling Coffee: Whether it’s Pellegrino and Starbucks or supermarket brand and Folgers, this drink is such a power play. Can we start experimenting by adding sparkling water to the Keurig? If this catches on and becomes a thing, you are all so very welcome.

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2) iPhone to iPad charger: I tend to either have 5 iPhone chargers tangling themselves together in my bag, or none at all. Having a cord is great, but without a computer or the pesky wall charger, we’re SOL. If sharing is caring, especially with the uniformity of Apple products, why can’t one device power another?

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3) SoundHound for Faces: Whether you use the beloved SH, or silly Shazam, being able to recognize an unknown song in just a few seconds is more magical than the Triwizard Tournament (I went there, get over it). What if we had this for FACES?!? See that chic girl with the most amazing eyelashes you’ve ever set your own eyes on? Sneak a pic with the app, and you may have met your new best friend. The bartender isn’t wearing a name tag, but you MUST see him again? Snap, scan, and you and John will be skiing down the Andes shortly.

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xxLucy

A Closed Letter, To You.

Dear Blogosphere,

I hope you are doing well.  I think of you often.

I imagine you- You are peering through your “prescription” Ray Bans, typing furiously into your MacBook Pro, documenting your road trip to Pitchfork.  Your eyeliner is perfectly winged, your finally ombré-free hair falling into tendrils, and your mustache pendant necklace clacks against the edge of the table.

Blogosphere, be honest with me, do you look that good all the time?  With new outfits and perfectly coordinated accessories, my Target and Forever 21 sponsored wardrobe is starting to feel inferior, and a little sad.

Seriously though, Blogosphere, how do you find Channel wallets, plaid button ups, and chic fashion jewelry at your local vintage shop?  Whenever I go into thrifting all I can find is black mini menswear vests from H&M circa 2009.

Enlighten me, Blogosphere.  How do you always eat at restaurants that have dimly lit interiors, staff wearing Converse high tops, and cocktails served in mason jars?  And on the topic of food, how do you always manage to arrange your vegetable choppings and herbs perfectly on a rustic wooden cutting board? And on herbs, do you really only use fresh rosemary from your urban garden?  When did McCormick stop being good enough?

You know what, Blogosphere?  I’m actually starting to think that maybe you think you are too good for me.  You know, I tried to take cute pictures on the roof of my apartment once, but the parking garage and dumpsters was just so not the candid chic aesthetic I was going for!

Will I ever be good enough for you, blogosphere?  Will I ever write as eloquently?  Will my photographs ever have that masterful grain that makes everything look so much more alternative than it really is?

I think I just need some time.

Yours,

Kathryn

 

 

Please note: This is sarcastic, not intended to look down on fashion and food bloggers, only intended to poke fun at myself, and the Blogosphere world.