Working from home means I’m constantly on the lookout for cozy lounge clothes. I’ve probably saved a few dozen to my Amazon wishlist over the last week alone.
I know a lot of people will encourage you to actually get dressed in more public-appropriate clothes even while working remotely, but I am not that person. I am a firm believer in working in as comfortable conditions as possible while at home, so if I’m going to be a bad influence for you, goodbye.
However, if you are like myself, and also appreciate a cute lounge set to brighten your work days, then HELLO. This is for you. But please forgive my terrible photo collage skills. I literally threw this together on the Canva app from my phone in a matter of minutes. So while it probably looks awful, I was relatively impressed by how easily and quickly I created it.
Anywho, here are the links to each set…
I love this lounge set especially, because it gives me cozy fall vibes!
Admittedly, I wish I could be writing this blog post about books right now, but my reading practice has seen much better days than it has in the last year. Instead, I have been drowning my pandemic-related sorrows in exorbitant amounts of television (and more than a little bit of wine, tbh). Here is an exhaustive list in no particular order:
Never Have I Ever
Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
How I Met Your Mother
Parks & Recreation
Some of these, like the Marvel shows, I didn’t actually binge, because I watched them an episode or two at a time with my cousin as they were available. And some of them, like The Office, Parks & Rec, Gilmore Girls and Friends were obviously re-binges, as I’ve binged them hundreds of times already. And then the latest season of The Crown and the first season of The Witcher I think actually came out in 2020 or I didn’t watch them until 2020, so it was not a binge show from this year, but I loved them so much I wanted to add them to the list. And, just, one more thing…can we please start a petition already for more Mind Hunter? Enough already. I’m losing my friggin’ mind over here.
‘I found a dead body in the cucumber patch,’ I told them.
‘How very like you,’ Ophelia said, and went on preening her eyebrows.
Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Flavia de Luce and her two sisters live more or less destitute on an old English estate where Flavia experiments with chemistry, Daphne can always be found with her nose in a book, and Ophelia is in some state of grooming. Flavia almost never finds herself in a predicament that can’t be solved with her clever wit, but occasionally she oversteps and finds herself in a bind. Quite literally, but I won’t share any spoilers here.
One day, a series of events sends Flavia’s detective nose on a hunt that might at times seem over the head of your typical 11-year-old, but she’s basically the love child of Enola Holmes and Hermione Granger, so she is more than capable of keeping her head above water. Generally. But like I said, no spoilers.
Not only does she overhear a secret conversation between her father and a mysterious man, but then Flavia finds the mysterious man in his final breath outside the estate grounds, and then she finds a dead Jack snipe outside their kitchen door, its beak spearing an old postage stamp. This is too much for poor Flavia. She simply can’t help herself. She MUST investigate. So off she goes…
I’ll admit, it took me a long time to get through this book. That was not so much the fault of the book itself as to my poor reading habits lately, but if you’ve read anything about Flavia you know she is naturally curious, precocious, and has a lot of imagination to fuel the efforts of a murder investigation and royal conspiracy. Her narrative is high energy, and at times I found it hard to read for long periods. Again, maybe that had nothing to do with Flavia and more so to do with general mental fatigue and lack of focus on my part.
Overall, I thought the mystery itself was wonderfully British and well developed. I appreciated the descriptive language and inventive metaphors. Bradley’s writing I thought successfully married the cozy British murder mystery with a quirky coming-of-age tale. I look forward to reading more from the series.
Welcome to my blog! My name is Lauren Michelle Brock.
I’m a 31-year-old young professional living and working in Columbia, SC. During the day, I work as a mortgage assistant, but in my free time I am constantly playing around with content creation. Mostly as it pertains to blogging. When I was in my twenties, just out of college, it was my dream to someday get a job as a content creator, but the dream never reached fruition, so I continue to pursue it in my free time as a hobby. But I have a terrible habit of scrapping projects and starting over, because I am forever dissatisfied with my efforts.
Just the other day, I posted a photo to my Instagram, which I later archived (I have a terrible habit of doing that as well), stating that “I rather hate blogging anymore”, which is only half true. I do hate blogging, but only because I have a fickle nature, so really what I hate is my lack of self-confidence and inability to follow through on my creative projects. But the truth of the matter is that there are aspects of blogging that I really enjoy, even though I am often hampered by my own lack of direction.
However, it is my dream to reform myself as a creative. Part of my problem is that I struggle with personal branding, and therefore lack an understanding of what I should write about to project my authentic self and how I will most accurately portray who that person is. I have always said that I want to use blogging as a record of not only my life, but my educational journey as well. In doing so, I think this could be a lucrative personal project, but I have to find a way to be cohesive and disciplined. If I could at least dedicate myself to posting once a week, and potentially move up to several times per week, then that would be a good start.
I know this isn’t a very popular niche anymore, but I don’t feel comfortable writing about any particular topic with any authority at this point, so I imagine this will function as a simple personal blog until I figure that out. So I’d say if you are also a young professional in her 30s who is still trying to figure life out, then this will be the place for you.