What I’ve Been Up To ~ Winter/Spring 2018

Hello and hi! I have been so super busy with school.  I know I always say that but the semester is coming to an end, and I’m internally crying over the amount of work I have to do and catch up on. On the bright side (literally), mother nature decided to skip spring weather and bring on summer temperatures of 85 degrees this week – but I’m not complaining.

School wise I am loving most of my classes, especially literary theory. My professor is the most brilliant and eccentric person I have ever had as a teaching figure. He turns such an presupposed boring topic into the center of our average lives. If you love psychoanalysis and thought provoking concepts and ideas, I would suggest reading Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher and Henry Jame’s Turn of the Screw. If anyone has read them I would love to have a discussion about either.

For easter break I took a long weekend trip with my boyfriend to my grandmother’s condo in Florida. I used to go down every year, but I stopped about six years ago. It brought back a lot of my favorite childhood memories, if not the best. We basically relaxed on the beach right outside the condo and ate at some good restaurants. The only annoying thing was my professors decided to make all my mid-semester papers due during break, so I was non-stop working but at least I did it in the sun.

Here is one of my favorite an effortless outfits during my trip. It’s perfect for spring. This is a super soft dark grey romper I found on sale at Urban Outfitters for only $15!!!! I paired it with some patent leather mules from Madden Girl and threw on some thick Valentino sunnies and called it a day. My favorite part of this romper, though it is not shown, it the entire back is open in a V shape. Btw, the Henri Bendel bag has a candle in it, and let me just say this is the best smelling candle with great burn time I have ever experienced. The scent is cashmere and it is better than my previous cashmere scented candles by a long shot.

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Trying to post like Amina Blue but she works it way better

Pupdate: My two doggos are the best. That’s really all I can say. I did a post about how your dog is your best friend, and I cannot stress that enough. I saw this meme online that basically said that you can see all your impurities and imperfections, but your furry friend sees absolutely no flaws about your appearance, personality, or any self-diminishing thoughts. Here’s one of the memes.

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Lastly, I would like to mention I am doing a new bit on the blog about my health and fitness journey. I’m unsure about the medium, whether it’ll be just writing with images or a video style or a mix of both. I would just briefly mention that I am doing this all on my own. I am not out of shape or trying to lose weight. I just want to feel healthy and strong. I have always been physically active between running, kickboxing, and weight training, but I was not consistent over the years nor was my eating habits the best.

That is just a quick update. I still have plenty of more to catch up on, but over the summer I will most definitely place my utmost attention and efforts into my blog because I really do love writing and reflecting on my personal life – even if no one reads it.

So goodbye for now and here’s just a few questions to conclude this post.

How is your semester or work going so far?

What are your favorite spring outfits?

 

Back to Florida

Spring break is finally here!!!

I have been super busy with school, so I couldn’t blog as much as I would like to. Being an English major requires a lot of reading and a lot of writing, which occupies most of my time when I’m not in school or working.

I finally got somewhat of a break from the crappy weather in New York and took a quick trip to my grandmother’s condo in Deerfield Beach, FL. Every year for as long as I could remember, up until I was about 12, I spent Easter there. Her condo is right on the beach and it was the perfect time of the year to lay in the sun all day and have a nice dinner outside at night. Also, I got to visit my cousin, who I wish I could see more often.

This year I took my boyfriend Dylan along because we both were in need for some relaxation. Unfortunately, I had a ton of work to do for school – one research paper, two reading assignments, and a midterm – but at least I got to do it while getting my tan on.

What did you guys do for spring break?

Travel Bucket List

Thailand

My mom and my brother have gone once before and it has always been a dream of mine – the floating market in Bangkok, Buddhist temples, the food! I mean c’mon.

India

Where Hinduism originated. I have always been fascinated by deities of different cultures, but the Hindi goddesses struck me as the most beautiful and meaningful. I even have a tattoo of Saraswati, a major goddess representing art, music, knowledge, and learning (love her!).

Ireland

Oh Ireland. The view from famous cliffs, renowned castles, sky scraping towers! I can only dream. Not to mention I am part Irish, though my looks say otherwise. My first name is Kaitlyn which is the American version of a Gaelic name; and my last name is McGuire, which translates from its Gaelic form to “son of the dun”.

Salem, Massachusetts

Where the infamous witch hunts of 1692 happened plus it’s not that far from me in New York. I recently became interested in reading about witchcraft and Wicca and how many people still practice it today. It has horrible misconceptions that it’s evil or related to the devil, but there is no such thing as Satan in Wiccan religion. The devil is a western evil, whereas witchcraft started in the eastern countries, like England. It’s just so fascinating learning about other practices and beliefs; it also came in handy in my British Literature class.

Germany

Again, I love reading about mythology, fairytales, and folklore so Germany is the place to go. One of my classes focused on the true meanings behind many well known fairy tales, like Snow White or Little Red Riding Hood. It all started by the two Grimm brothers writing these stories for an adult audience. There is a tour route of over 370 miles going through the dainty towns related to fairy tales and the Grimm brothers. Also the food and beer, duh.

There are so many other places I would like to travel to, but these are on the top of my list. What’s on your travel bucket list?

Engagement Party + OOTN

Love is in the air.

A very close friend, who is basically family, and his now fiancé held their engagement party at the Carlyle Hotel in Upper East Manhattan. The hotel itself is gorgeous and had a 1940s glam feeling. It felt like I was in an episode of Gossip Girl for the night.

Here, I am pictured with Geoff (left) and Matt (right). The lovely couple met at a social event last January and it’s been love ever since.

I am aware that gay marriage is not fully accepted in many parts of the world, but I find that love is love. Period.

Please do not leave hateful commentary for this is just my opinion.

As for my outfit, I chose to wear a sleek tux-like jacket as a dress with shorts underneath (so there’s no wardrobe malfunctions). I paired it with sheer black polka-dot tights for a more playful look. For the shoes I chose a chunky pair of black sandals because I love the socks with heels look.

Weekend Getaway + Tips on Saving Money on Vacation

This winter has been rough with the below freezing temperatures. My friend and I thought it would be a good idea to relax somewhere warm for the weekend. We booked a flight to Fort Lauderdale, FL and stayed at her family’s condo in Hollywood.

Tip #1 Constantly check different airline prices and times. If its worth sacrificing one day for a drastic price change, then make the most of your trip.

Unfortunately, we lost one day from four hours of plane delays due to bad weather. We made sure we got the whole day’s worth the following day, so we woke up extra early to go to the beach.

Tip #2 You don’t always need to do expensive activities. Going to the beach is free; you can go for a swim; and work on your tan (but don’t forget your sunscreen). If you’re planning on going to a city, then explore it. Look for cute cafes, funky music shops, or historic landmarks.

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As for my outfit, I wore an old checkered shirt my sister gave me and turned it into a crop-top/coverup. I paired it with some mid-waisted cutoffs and my Valentino sunglasses.

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The following day was a bit too cold for the beach, so we explored the town. We got some lunch at a cute tiki spot then took a stroll until it was time to go to my cousin’s for dinner and some catching up.

Tip #3 Going out to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner adds up. My friend and I decided to buy a carton of eggs, bagels, and fruit for breakfast or snacks. Plan and time your meals to avoid spending too much on food.

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The following day, we had a good breakfast and packed up. Even though it was a short trip, it was nice to get away from the cold for a bit.

Tip #4 Stick to a budget using only cash. We all know the dread of paying credit card bills. Using physical money visually helps tracking how much you spend.

 

I hope you guys will have an amazing weekend and thanks for reading!

 

Family Time

Hello all. I hope everyone is well. My cousins and her parents came to New York for a quick holiday weekend. Unfortunately I was not able to see them that much because I was busy with finals, but most of the McGuires gathered in the city for some classic Italian dinner and a quick pic with the famous NYC Christmas tree.

The McGuire family and some photo- bombers in the far back lol

I have not seen cousins in a few years, and it makes me sad that I cannot spend more time with them since I am not very close with the other side of my family. Everyone’s family works differently but I am grateful for all that I have.

In case you guys were wondering about my outfit… I always go for all black attire with something that stands out. Here, it is my classic beige coat.

Anyways, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Date Night Outfit + My Sister/BFF’s Band Performance

Hey guys! So my sister and my best friend of 10 years formed a little band, originally as a hobby. They wound up playing for local bars and last night was their first restaurant venue, so my boyfriend and I came for support and some dinner and drinks.

The band is called The MJ’s (Meghan + Jonna + James). James is the drummer who plays at some of their shows depending on what kind of music the owner of the venue wants. I volunteered to run their social media and communicate with new venue owners, so please feel free to follow them and show your support!

Here’s a snippet of Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”

Instagram: mjsband

Facebook: themjsband

https://m.facebook.com/themjsband/

BTW the Facebook page is linked to my personal Facebook account so go ahead and add me so we can be friends!!

OOTN

You can never ever go wrong with all black, which is my favorite color to wear because it can be dressed up or down and it looks good on everyone despite hair or skin color.

Shirt: Zara

Pants: Primark

Shoes: Express

Jacket: Urban Outifitters

Hobo bag: Stuart Weitzman

Thank you for visiting and let me know how your weekend was!

Book Review: Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

“So, how are you doing – wherever you are? Listen please: seize the moment. however worried you may be about what’s coming next. It’s your brain, it’s your life, it’s your attitude….”   

– Wisteria Allgood, Witch and Wizard

A little background about the author: Patterson, as most people know, is one of the most successful fiction writers today. He broke a Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. He is a Literarian Award winner for Outstanding Service to the American Literature Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. He has donated millions of books to colleges, school libraries, and bookstores.

Review

The novel takes place in a dystopian society called the New Order controlled by The One. His regime monitors every aspect of people’s lives, which led to jailing and executing anyone, children and teenagers in particular, thought to be a witch or wizard. The Allgood siblings discover and grow their powers as their treacherous journey progress. It is a modern day Salem witch trials story with that dystopian feat, which makes the storyline a little more interesting.

The story is told and developed through the Allgood children, Wisty, 15,  and Whit, 18. They are both extremely brave children who are willing to do anything just to see their parents again. The tone of their narrations are both comical and at times optimistic despite their bad situation. They have a strong sibling bond, which is what keeps them both uplifted when one is feeling down. The Allgoods learn about independence and their limits for how far reality could be torn away from them before they start to doubt their persistence.

The novel does not quite end on a good or bad note for it is a prequel to Witch and Wizard: The Gift. Basically, it concludes with Wisty’s insights of her situation and offers what she learned to the reader, which is the quote above. It is really an easy and humorous read that I had a hard time to put down. Of course now I cannot wait to read the second book to find out how the Allgood siblings go on their trek to save their parents.

 

Thank you for stopping by! Let me know what book you’re currently reading and maybe I’ll give it a read!

 

Wine Weekend 

Every year my brother and some friends try out different wineries each November. This year, I️ decided to come along.


There was about twelve of us so we took a limo to two   wineries in New Jersey. Out first destination was Working Dog Winery. I️t was a good start of the day. Many people brought their dogs and let them run around through the fields. There was this one wine we all enjoyed which was a dry white with a buttery finish.


Next stop was seven miles to Cream Ridge, another dog friendly winery. Undortunately I️ was not able to bring my two pups, but hopefully they’ll come next time to enjoy the fresh air.

Last stop was a local pizzeria, where we got a delicious clam pie and a banana pepper pie. We brought some wine fromCream Ridge and enjoyed the amazing thin crust with a little Pinot Grigio.

My outfit btw is very simply. I am just wearing black jeans, a black knit sweater, and black over the knee boots with a beige overcoat. Lastly, I wore my trusty Valentino sunglasses for the sunny day.

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What are you favorite types of wines, if any?