Tuesday, August 7, 2018

july review

Happy August! Today I bring to you my month of July in review. July for me was a wild month-- I ended up all over the country and had a lot of firsts in the span of 31 days. On top of that I fell in love with quite a few new purchases.

e x p e r i e n c e s 

I started off the month getting to see lovelytheband open for the Neighbourhood at a music festival. The whole experience was absolutely incredible. I was familiar with a couple of lovelthetheband's songs, but seeing them live really made me fall in love with their sound, and I've since memorized pretty much every line they've written. The Neighbourhood did not fail to impress me as well.

I then went to Boston for a few days, which has been by far the highlight of my summer. I'm quite homesick for the East Coast now and can't wait to be back. We had a bit of flight trouble getting there though, and ended up roadtripping from Baltimore to Boston, which was actually really fun because we were able to see a bit of New York City on the way.

I also went to a couple of bookshops in Boston, including this super cool one that had an outdoor section!

I also made trips to Milwaukee and Columbus throughout the month. Between my traveling and other activities, I made a point to see the lake as much as possible as well. I started a rock collection in a mason jar where I'm keeping nice rocks I find (usually at the lake). I write the date, location, and the initials of who I was with on the rock when I get home with gold sharpie and drop it in the jar.

m u s i c 

I mentioned it already, but I fell in love with lovelytheband's music this month. I have a five hour-long playlist devoted to indie pop now. I'd also highly recommend the album Seven + Mary by Rainbow Kitten Surprise. I discovered that album this month, and I honestly have to say it's one of my all-time favorite albums. If you're into some darker accoustic sounding music with full harmonies and deep chords, you'll love them.

r e a d i n g

I had the pleasure of binge-reading Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. As the third and final installment in the Illuminae trilogy, I was very pleased. It was powerful and paralyzing as ever.

p r o d u c t s 

I burnt the Aloha Kiwi Passionfruit candle from Bath and Bodyworks this month and absolutely loved it. It was summery without being too cheap or tacky and wasn't too harsh or irritating. It never gave me a headache.

I also bought a couple pairs of shorts from J. Crew this month, my favorite being these high-waisted, reddish denim shorts. They're surprisingly versatile and throw in a very nice variety to my wardrobe. I love pairing them with a light button down, tucked into the waist.

My final product worth mentioning is the Crest Noticeably White Whitestrips. This product strikes a nice balance between reasonability and result. It only requires a half hour with the strips on, and they're super thin, so you can easily talk while using them. At about $20.00, they're some of Crest's more inexpensive options, which is exactly what I was looking for. I was very pleased with them, and only used about 10 of the 14 before I felt pretty good about where I was at.

July was quite a hectic month for me, but I did my best to wrap it up in a nice little review. I'm looking forward to August. As my last month before school, so far it's been about getting my life together in preparation for the upcoming academic year, and I anticipate many good things. My goals include finishing my two summer reading books as well as my summer homework and registering for the September ACT.

Happy August!

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