Mindy Kaling “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” Review

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While on my beach vacation back in August, I finished a book I had been meaning to read for a long, long time- Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. I’m generally a fan of the books female comedians put out (I loved Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Chelsea Handler’s collections have me almost peeing my pants), so I was looking forward to this one.

Although there are things that Kaling and I don’t have in common, like our ethnic background, high school experiences (hers sounded terrible, while mine was enjoyable), and our various jobs prior to and after college, I still found myself enjoying her stories. Sometimes, it’s even more interesting to read about people’s lives that are different than yours rather than too similar. Mindy and I share the same sense of humor, stubborn ambition, and love of pop culture. And sometimes that’s all that matters.

But then there are the stories and sentiments Kaling describes that fit into my life a little too well, like the chapters “Men and Boys” and “I Am Not an Athlete”. Amen, sister. Whether she’s telling the tales of her babysitting adventures for a rich family (where she gossiped about N*Sync and ate all the Bagel Bites in the freezer) or the hilarious excuses she has used to leave a party (the classic “Irish Exit” which I clearly need to master), she does so in a way that makes you feel embarrassed for her- but in a good way.

I ended up finishing the book in 3 short beach trips, which means it definitely kept my attention even in the hot weather. Her highs and lows showed just how far she has come from her days as a chubby child to one of comedy’s best writers and actresses. I now truly wonder, “why was everyone hanging out without Mindy”?

Denim for Fall

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I’ve always been a denim girl. In the summer, I love wearing denim shorts, despite the fact that people say they are ugly and call them “jorts”. I think that a simple pair of dark skinny jeans looks good on just about anyone and that there are so many ways to dress them up or down. And while I’m not on board the denim overall trend currently, I wore the shit out of them during my childhood.

Over the years I’ve went from wearing bell bottom jeans, skinny jeans, light-washed jeans that somehow don’t look good with any color expect white, and even jean skirts. Yuck. Luckily, denim and jean items are still in style, but in so many new ways. I fully embrace chambray shirts (my favorite is from Target a few seasons ago) and have taken an interest in printed denim as well.

The good news? You don’t have to look like Miranda Kerr or Olivia Palermo (above) to rock denim this fall. You just have to work to find the right wash (light, dark or somewhere in-between), the right fit (baggy boyfriend jeans or jeggings) and a confident attitude. What is your favorite way to wear denim?

denim for fall
Modcloth Lovesome and Thensome Dress  |  J Crew Vintage Denim Jacket in Melrose Wash  |  Gap 1969 Legging Jeans  |  Topshop Denim Look Flippy Skirt  |  J Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt  |  Kate Spade Indigo Denim Clutch  |  Aerie Denim Baseball Hat  |  Topshop Moto Utility Denim T-Shirt Dress

The Perfect Work Tote

I really miss back-to-school shopping. I loved picking out my outfit for the first day of school, stocking up on fall clothes and- oddly enough- shopping for school supplies. Working in an office allows me to still shop for most of those things, but just in a different way. Instead of shopping for the coolest backpack, now I shop for the perfect work tote. It needs to be large enough to carry my essentials- keys, train pass, wallet- as well as larger items like my lunch or any books or papers I need to bring home.

My current work bag is the Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote, and I love it. It’s still holding up after a year of wear-and-tear and it matches any outfit, so I’m sticking with this one until it falls apart. But if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect work tote or bag, here are a few to look into.

perfect work tote

Top:  Madewell The Transport Tote  |  Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote  |  Sole Society Faux Leather Tote

Middle:  Kate Spade New York Small Cedar Street Harmony Tote  |  Tory Burch Small York Saffiano Leather Buckle Tote  |  Michael Kors Large Jet Set Reversible Tote

Bottom:  J Crew Downing Tote in Perforated Leather  |  Modcloth Triple the Charm Bag

Shake It Off

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Damn you, Taylor Swift. Damn you for making such a catchy song. Damn you for making me enjoy your music even though I generally detest your personality.

If you haven’t heard Swift’s latest single, “Shake it Off”, you need to do so ASAP. It’s pure pop perfection. I dislike 90% of what is on mainstream radio currently, but I will not deny my love for a well-written pop song. In fact, the song has taken over my brain so much that it created me to write this blog post. From the catchy chorus to the way it makes you literally start dancing in your seat, “Shake it Off” can’t be beat.

The song focuses on all of the negative things that the public has said about Swift. This includes, but is not limited to, how she’s dated half of Hollywood, is a dumb blonde, and is an awkward dancer. Yet instead of whining about it, she’s making fun of herself for it. She’s acknowledging what the media thinks about her and how you can’t let it get to you.

I feel you, girl. Whether it’s the girl who continues to tell mutual friends I’m a bitch or the anonymous online commenter who told me I had a big nose, I feel you Taylor. No matter how successful, famous or amazing you are (Swift is successful and famous, not me obviously), there will always be people who are going to say nasty things about you. So what do you do? Just “shake it off”, of course.

There’s something liberating about being able to throw your middle finger in the air or laugh off a back-handed compliment, and I applaud Swift for making it acceptable for a “good girl” to do so. Dare I say that this makes me like her a little bit more?

Sole Society Fall Shoes

Right now it’s that weird period of time where summer isn’t officially over, and fall weather hasn’t hit us yet. It’s way too hot to be wearing boots already (although a few weirdos on my commute have worn them on 80-degree days), yet I feel silly wearing strappy sandals all the time.

Since I have no “back to school” shopping anymore, I don’t really buy new clothes throughout the year unless I desperately need them. Or there is a major sale. But that doesn’t mean I can’t browse online for the fun of it, right? Here are some great summer-t0-fall transition shoes from Sole Society that I have my eye on.

The flannel loafers are a personal favorite of mine (although I’d probably get a ton of blister since my feet hate me), and I’m all about T-strap heels this season (so feminine and pretty!) Which pair is your favorite?

sole society fall shoes

Navy Suede  Modified T-Strap Heel  |  Green Fabric Pointed Toe Loafer  |  Black Leather T-Strap Pump  |  Taupe Suede Stacked Heel Ankle Bootie  |  Warm Rose Leather Flat  |  Ruby Suede Tassel Loafer  |  Black Faux Patent Mid Heel Pump  |  Red Ochre Ankle Strap Flat