My entire summer has oscillated between stressful and relaxing. There haven't been many days in between. Either I've got a full day of plans (or a job interview), or I've had nothing at all on my schedule. Whether I'm leaving the house that day or not, I still try to get myself ready as if I was having one of those jam-packed days. The routine does wonders for me: feeling like I've accomplished getting ready sets me up for a much more productive and confident day.
Recently, I've been reaching for products that won't weight me down and keep me glowing. You'll see from the picture that a lot of them are well worn (and well loved). Here's what I've been using:
In the series Deep Cuts, I'm taking a look at the lesser known works of famous authors that everyone has heard of. I think it's a shame that we only know, perhaps, the pinnacle of an author's work instead of his or her range and diversity.
For anyone who doesn't know, my favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. To me, there's something special and ultimately so impressive about the way Salinger crafts the character of Holden Caulfield and his coming of age. I could ramble forever about this young boy who simultaneously cares about nothing and everything, who covers up his fears with explicit language and not-so-random tangents, and who has a stream of consciousness so full of symbolism that may or may not be lost on him. But that's not what this post is about.
Here it is, in all its pixelated glory. The blog I've been talking about starting for months now. I've finally had the time to sit down and have a bit of a design brainstorm, and this is what I've come up with.
For those of you who don't know me, here's my hello. I'm Ivy June and I just graduated from college, so naturally, I don't know what to do with myself. What I'm used to is reading and writing for class, student orgs, and internships, and now I'm doing it for work and fun. I'm used to doing comedy in many genres: writing, sketch, and even a tiny bit of stand up (maybe someday improv will make an appearance, but for now, my plate is full).
Though I've always been pretty girly at heart, interested in clothes and makeup and all that fun stuff, it's only been a few years since my love of style and beauty really blossomed. I think it takes growing up a little to figure out what you really like, and now that I dress to please and comfort only myself, I can finally relax and enjoy it.
And that's about it. I'm a young adult in a transition period of my life, and I don't really know what's next. But what I do know is that I like writing things down and sharing what I love with others, and this seemed like the best way to do it. Maybe someday this blog will turn into something bigger than me and a glorified online journal, but even if it doesn't, I'm interested to see all of the memories I'll collect in these posts and links.
If you're reading, thanks so much, and I'll talk to you again soon.