Monday Memos // 16

[Apologies for the hiatus---BUT I JUST FINISHED MY LAST SEMESTER OF COLLEGE (literally today/beyond excited)!!!] 

Listening:

"Unstyled" A podcast by Refinery29/Christene Barberich. 

The latest of many superb creations by the people of Refinery29, I've already listened to all 6 episodes. The interviews are so inspiring as a woman, as a lover of fashion, and as someone who has big dreams. I hope they put out a thousand more!

I want to be Christene's best friend. (via twitter)

I want to be Christene's best friend. (via twitter)

Reading:

"Sweetbitter" by Stephanie Danler. 

"Tess moves to New York and lands a job at a barely fictionalized Union Square Cafe, where Danler herself once worked. As sure as she discovers her palate with her first oyster, as reliably as a junior somm learns to say, without wincing, “Champagne is the fulcrum of the terroir debate,” Tess develops a self-destructive appetite for too much sex and drugs and rock ’n’ roll." (NYTimes)

As someone who works in a restaurant full of emotions and human folly, sometimes the scenes are too real. But it's beautifully written and I'm excited to have more time to read it. 

Craving:

Today I was gifted some of the best cookies I've ever eaten. This is a bold statement coming from someone who has eaten the weight of the world in cookies. They were from Gideon's Bakehouse in Orlando, Florida (highest praises to my professor for the outstanding gift and not bringing grocery store cupcakes, etc.).

So, currently I want to eat all the Gideon's cookies.

I sampled "the classic chocolate chip" and the "cookies & cream" cookies. They were huge, practically the size of a biscuit, with an extremely doughy, almost-raw interior. So many chips and Oreo chunks. I wanted to try the "chocolate chip toffee pistachio" and the "candied walnut chocolate chip," but I tried to be rational. I'll be dreaming about these for some time. 

Is that not beautiful? I almost have no words, but really I have all the words. (via gideonsbakehouse.com)

Is that not beautiful? I almost have no words, but really I have all the words. (via gideonsbakehouse.com)

Wearing:

Sven clogs. 

I bought a pair on Instagram and have loved them for work and play. They are sturdy, but comfortable to wear all day. Plus, I love the slightly different Mary Jane-style of the strap with that little pointed shape. 

Mild scuffing, but well worth the major discount--70 percent off!! (via zoë)

Mild scuffing, but well worth the major discount--70 percent off!! (via zoë)

Watching:

"Westworld" on HBO.

Whoa, man, whoa! I can be complete in my assessment since the season finale was last night and that show is so good. It's like a mini movie each week (though that last episode was pretty much a feature-length film). I appreciate the twists and turns and especially love Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton. Future Halloween inspirations?

I'm already waiting for season 2.

I kind of want to try this look. (via blackfilm.com)

I kind of want to try this look. (via blackfilm.com)

Wanting:

This month of December has some extra special moments: my graduation from college and my birthday. In feeling really excited and sparkly, I've been wanting an outfit to mark the occasions. I've been drawn to gold skirts and metallic dresses.

This Zara dress is really fun. (via Zara)

This Zara dress is really fun. (via Zara)

That fur is a nice touch. (via Zara)

That fur is a nice touch. (via Zara)

Metallic + floral = yes. (via Zara)

Metallic + floral = yes. (via Zara)

With a Wes Anderson H&M commercial accompaniment. (via H&M)

With a Wes Anderson H&M commercial accompaniment. (via H&M)