Um, hi, I know summer for most of the northern hemisphere is long gone – but it’s the hottest time of year here in the Bay Area so I’m gonna tell myself that to excuse how late this favorites post is!
This summer was a blur: I moved and got a new job and feel like I haven’t rested a single second! Here are some of the things I loved wearing, reading, and watching these past few months.
1. I bought clogs for the first time and my transformation into a 25-year-old grandma is complete.
Although I tend to post super girly outfits on my Instagram, I actually dress like a grandma most of the time (or, as my coworker says, a Tibetan sherpa with money): the same vintage oversized cardigan, jeans, and a tee every day. And, now, to complete the look: my clogs from eco-friendly brand Earth.
Wow, have I been missing out! The clogs give me an extra 3 inches of height but the insole is basically an inch-thick pad of foam, which makes it ultra-comfy. I also think they’re pretty stylish, in a retro frumpy-chic kinda way!
2. My favorite poet wrote a novel and it’s, well, gorgeous.
Ocean Vuong’s first novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is written as a letter addressed to the narrator’s mother, who will never read it because she’s Vietnamese American and there’s a language barrier. His writing is so beautiful but also emotionally brutal because he explores themes of being a refugee, a person of color, and LGBTQ – and all the violence visited upon these bodies due to those experiences. There were a lot of mornings when I was literally crying on the train to work reading this book…but it’s absolutely breathtaking and a must-read. If you haven’t read his poetry, I highly recommend his poetry collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds as well!
3. If I can’t spend summer in Paris, I can at least dress like I am by wearing silk scarf tops.
I refuse to stop posting scarf tops on Instagram!! And with September and October being the warmest months in northern California, I don’t have to. It’s actually really easy to style this one shoulder scarf top!
4. The Farewell was the movie tribute to Asian grandmothers I didn’t know I needed.
This darkly comedic and beautifully cinematic film by Asian American director Lulu Wang hit me right in the feels. The film is based on Wang’s real life experience and is about how her Chinese family kept her grandmother’s cancer diagnosis a secret from her. It’s a tender and hilariously accurate depiction of a Chinese family on the big screen, which to me, makes it worth seeing alone; but Awkwafina’s first appearance in a dramatic role (she kills it, by the way) and the Wes Anderson-inspired cinematography are fantastic reasons, too.
5. My Buffy Breeze comforter has saved me from sweaty summer nights.
I hate sleeping without blankets but I also hate sweating…which makes summer nights a super struggle. Thankfully, I was sent the Buffy Breeze comforter to review and it performs exactly as promised: it’s soft and cozy but cool enough to sleep through the night. I have a full review here if you’re interested in reading more.
What were some of your favorite things this summer?
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