mid-week round-up

Hey peeps! How have you been? Last week I took an adventure into the Everglades (tell ya more about it later this week!) and managed to get a trillion bug bites. And the last couple days I’ve been in full blown allergy mode so I’m basically itchy and sneezy. Wonderful, eh? Hope y’all are faring better as we slide into Summer, and here are a few links…

A family’s slave:  “She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.”

We can end police violence in America. Join Campaign Zero.

The surprising pattern behind color names around the world.

I have this bra in beige but now I really want it in blush!

Related: In Search of the Comfiest Bra

Recently discovered Melissa Voigt and I’ve been binge reading her blog posts!

This 90-year-old lady seduced and killed Nazis as a teenager.

The cutest zebra mug.

In honor of Mother’s Day last weekend, 25 famous women on their mothers.

The people behind “The Handmaid’s Tale” know they’re giving you nightmares.

Design your own “thinking of you” greeting card.

This Appalachia Life opens up about his first Mother’s Day without his mom.

10 years on, Amy Winehouse’s best-known songs still hurt and heal in equal measure.

P.S. Here are a few links from me you may have missed — Irresistible Me Review and Books to read if you’re in search of a history lesson…

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DIY: Paper Flowers on Canvas with Home Made Luxe

I love craft tutorials. I love pinning neat DIY’s to my Pinterest boards. I love watching YouTube videos where the creator whips up a clever craft. And sometimes I love hauling my butt to the craft store, loading up on supplies, and parking myself in front of a project.

But here’s the thing. I’ve pinned so many projects to Pinterest that sometimes I’m not sure where to begin. The nearest craft store to me is basically a nightmare. A lot of my craft supplies get bought, used for one project, and the extras sit in my closet for months on end.

So when I heard about Home Made Luxe I was anxious to give them a try! Home Made Luxe is a monthly subscription box containing all the materials you need to make a beautiful home decor project. No need to fight my way down the crowded aisles at my local Michael’s. No need to scour my Pinterest board for the perfect craft. Everything just shows up in a box, including detailed step by step instructions and a link to video instructions as well. Score!

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Let’s see how I fared with my May box from Home Made Luxe…

All the supplies and instructions arrived neatly packaged (and even included a handwritten note just for me!). The May box included everything I needed to create a trio of paper flowers on gold painted canvases. As I put mine together, I thought it might be fun to give you a little tutorial on how to make your own! But without your very own Home Made Luxe subscription you’ll have to scavenge the supplies on your own. 😉

What you’ll need: 

The picture above shows you everything my box included (+my cat’s butt) –

  • Heavy cardstock
  • 3 8×8 canvases
  • Gold paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paper flower templates
  • Glue Sticks
  • and a paper drop cloth

Not included in the box but also needed –

  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Pencil

and how it all comes together: 

Step one. I applied a first coat of gold paint to my canvases.

Step two. I used the provided paper flower templates to trace and cut out the petals and center of my flowers. Each flower needs one center and about seven petals of each size.

Step three. Second coat of gold!

Here’s everything I needed to start constructing my paper flowers – 3 centers + 21 large petals + 21 medium petals + 21 small petals. Note: This is the part of the project that takes the most time…or maybe just feels like it takes the most time because it’s the most boring. Luckily, I was watching the Netflix reboot of Anne of Green Gables as I traced and cut. 

Step four. I used a glue stick to roll back the edges of each petal and then cut a slit about halfway up.

Step five. With the curled parts facing back, I overlapped one side of the slit on top of the other and glued in place with my glue gun.

Step six. Flower assembly time! I glued the large petals together at their sides to form a circle. Next, I glued the circle center in the middle. Then I glued the medium and small petals down by their ends to form a layered effect.

Step seven. To make stamen for the center (or is it the stigma?), I used half a sheet of cardstock, folded it in half and cut down the fold, creating a comb pattern. I made six of these “combs” in total and glued them shut.

Step eight. I rolled them up (2 combs per flower), gluing as I rolled, to create these.

Step nine. These I glued in the center of the paper flowers.

Step ten. And finally, I glued the completed paper flowers on the center of the gold canvases! My trio of paper flowers on gold canvases was complete. 🙂

Now to decide how to style them. They’re such a fun statement piece hanging on a wall!

And I love how this one looks as a centerpiece on a shelf. Ultimately, I’d like to hang them all side-by-side in my bedroom. Such a fun 3-D pop!

If you’d like to try Home Made Luxe, and I so encourage you to do so, you can purchase a subscription HERE. If you’re like me, you love to craft but don’t always have the time to gather supplies…or your indecisiveness about WHAT to craft leaves you project-less altogether. Home Made Luxe solves this conundrum! It truly is Pinterest delivered to your doorstep.

What do you think? Do you love making crafts and DIY’s? Would you ever try a subscription service to facilitate the hobby. I gotta say…so far I’m pretty into it!

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7 YouTube Channels to Check Out For Capsule Wardrobe Inspiration

Thinking of starting a capsule wardrobe? Might be a fun weekend activity if you’re in the spring-cleaning mood or have recently been bit by the minimalism bug. These YouTube channels have videos which may provide some inspiration…

1. My Green Closet – Capsule Wardrobes | Project 333 playlist

2. Mademoiselle – The Minimal Wardrobe playlist

3. The Anna Edit – Style/Capsule Wardrobe playlist

4. Light by Coco – Capsule Wardrobe playlist

5. Miss Louie – Lookbooks playlist

6. Jenn Rogers – My Capsule Collection playlist

7. Bookish & Belle – Fashion & Style playlist

Do you have a capsule wardrobe? Thinking of starting one? Where do you find minimalist fashion inspiration? I’d love to know!!

P.S. My 50 Piece All-Season Capsule Wardrobe.

Don’t Hide Your Hustle: Emily, Career Coach

Welcome to Don’t Hide Your Hustle, a new series on Finding Delight that explores the myriad of ways to make a living in 2017. I’m asking folks to share how they hustle over the course of one work-day (which usually extends far beyond a 9 – 5 situation).

Today, I present you with Emily’s story. Emily blogs about all things career over on cultivitae.com. After a whole lotta long days, she turned her career coaching side-hustle into a full-time gig and now travels the world by day and works by night (thanks to wifi and time zone differences). Let’s check out her hustle!

DHYH Emily

Hi, everyone! My name is Emily Liou and I am the founder of CultiVitae, a career coaching company that helps millennials in transition reach their career goals. I started CultiVitae (which means Cultivate Your Life, a play on words from Curriculum Vitae) because I wanted to empower the underemployed and help others navigate through one of the largest aspects in our lives: career!

When I was in college, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I just chugged along and eventually graduated while thinking the world was going to be my oyster! That thought quickly faded in my first sales job when I realized selling expensive undergraduate programs for an online university wasn’t my jam. I could have really used a career coach back then but didn’t realize they existed.

Luckily, I fell into recruiting shortly thereafter. As a recruiter and HR professional, I was able to be on the other end of the interview table for once and that was so enlightening. I recruited for Fortune 500 giants to Silicon Valley startups and saw firsthand what companies were looking for – but most importantly – not looking for.

One of the things I wanted to do as a recruiter was give advice and feedback to everyone who wasn’t given an offer or an interview. But I couldn’t. It wasn’t my job and we were trained to give a politically correct canned response. Fast forward six years later, I started to consult on the side. From giving free career advice to my friends to eventually building a following out of trusted referrals, CutiVitae was born. (Here’s an article I wrote an article about the 5 steps I took to turn my hobby into an online business.) In my first year, I helped over 150 professionals all over the world figure out how to conquer their dream jobs! It is extremely rewarding and my favorite job yet! Here’s a day in my life…

Friday

1:35 pm – Just landed in the Keflavik airport in Iceland! One of my favorite things about owning my own business is the freedom to work anywhere with reliable wifi connection and a laptop. Because of this, I can take advantage of cheap air flights. $300 round trip ticket sale from LAX to KEF? Yes, please! I can’t wait to blog about my adventures over on my travel blog Happynfull.

2:00 pm – Just got my luggage and bought a bus ticket to take me to the city Reykjavik (thank goodness for autocomplete). 

2:05 pm – Stepping outside of the airport terminal… what is this white fluffy stuff falling from the sky? Oh my goodness it’s snow! My SoCal/Arizona background can’t contain my excitement. This is the first time I’ve seen snow falling from the sky!

2:15 pm – As we take off from the airport, I can’t help but stare outside my bus window and look at all of the beautiful snow pile on the ground. The terrain out here is so beautiful with so much open farmland. I admire the hairy horses and sheep, and take mental snapshots of the rocks that are stacked on top of one another for what seems miles and miles.

2:30 pm – Just realized this bus has wifi! Woohoo. I thank T-Mobile again for giving me free international data. I boot up my email and see I have 3 new client meetings scheduled and questions from 2 clients about their job search strategy needs. I respond to each of them just in the knick of time as I hear the bus driver shout out we have arrived at my stop.

3:00 pm – I check into my Airbnb. I admire the Scandinavian design. Everything here is bought from Ikea but I love the simple, clean lines. I am admiring the kitchen when I realize our host was gracious enough to stock us up with fresh ground coffee beans and a French press. Woohoo! I know I will be depleting this fast.

3:30 pm – My fiancé and I are starving. We decide to explore the town a little in search of food. It stopped snowing but since we’re cold, a restaurant called Noodle Station catches our eyes as we see people slurping noodle soup through the window. I order a Vegetarian noodle soup dish because the meat is $6 more and I already feel like $10 for a bowl is expensive.

4:30 pm – We head to the Tourist Centre and chat up a nice man who says he is off shift but would be happy to help us. What customer service! 🙂 We tell him how many days we are here and he looks up the weather conditions and helps us plan our itinerary. Apparently, 3 of the days are going to be rain/snow so those are good city/museum days (and also working inside the Airbnb or a coffee shop). There are 3 days of sunshine so I plan on taking full advantage of the good weather. I look at my calendar and rearrange my schedule to plan accordingly. Luckily, my calls are already pre-scheduled on the bad weather condition days.

5:00 pm – We decide to explore for a few more hours just to get the lay of the land. I find a bookstore and am inspired by the design and layout. It reminds me I need to update my social media and I snap a photo for Instagram.

 6:30 pm – Tired from our flight and the cold, we head back to our Airbnb. One of my biggest goals this week is to rebrand my website. My graphic designer just sent me back my logos so I update my website with the new colors to match. 

7:30 pm – Website looks a lot cleaner now! I quickly save before I lose all of my edits. Next on my list is compiling my weekly newsletter. I send out to my subscribers every Sunday. I just received 23 new subscribers so I’m happy about that and want to make sure I deliver the most useful content!

8:30 pm – Happy with my newsletter, I decide to tackle a client’s resume. I put on my Spotify playlist and the first song that comes up is Ryan Leslie’s “Gibberish”. I am so productive when I’m in my groove. 

9:30 pm – Woohoo! Finished the resume edits. I email it over and realize I have 5 unread emails. I respond to these, too. I’ve learned I’m most productive by limiting the amount of times I open my email each day, but when I do open them up, I respond in chunks. 0 unread messages is my favorite thing! Well, only after receiving messages. If it were always at 0 I’d be discouraged. Keep the emails coming! 🙂

10:00 pm – The flight was exhausting and I didn’t sleep well. I decide it’s best to shower and get ready for bed as we have an early departure tomorrow for a tour taking us to the Golden Circle to see waterfalls, geysers, and a national park.

Saturday

4:00 am – Oh no. Jetlag. I can’t seem to sleep so I decide it’s a good idea to work on a client’s resume. It’s actually quite a therapeutic thing. This time, I put on Light’s acoustic album hoping it will help me sleep.

5:00 am – Very much still awake. I decide to work on another client’s LinkedIn profile audit.

5:30 am – Woohoo! Just finished. OK. I really should go to bed.

7:30 am – Waking up very excited as today is our 7 hour tour to explore Iceland! Feeling good that I got out several clients’ requests so I can focus on photographing this beautiful country for the rest of the day.

Thanks so much for sharing your hustle, Emily! Do you guys have any questions for her? Do any of you hustle while traveling the globe?  

P.S. Are you a hustler willing to share your story? Let’s chat! I would love to know how you’re making money while following your dreams in 2017. Shoot me an email — ebeth.berger@gmail.com. Thanks!

mid-week round-up

How have you been, friends? I spent the weekend sleeping in + eating brunch + wandering around Coconut Grove + buying way too much local food. (Oh and I finally watched this movie! So good.) I did not spend the weekend doing laundry + cleaning my apartment. Whoops! Kinda don’t care. Sometimes you just need to do YOU for a weekend, ya know. Ok, here’s a few links for your enjoyment…

On spring-cleaning your life (not just your house).

Related: How I did with my April resolutions.

Block people and pretend they died.

I did a sheet mask last night and now I want to impulse order a million on Amazon.

An eye-opening text convo reveals the reality of everyday abuse.

One fifth of American students wear school uniforms. Do they level the playing field or just further marginalize poor kids?

Forty-nine straight hours inside Trump’s Washington hotel.

So, is Gwyneth Paltrow a modern-day snake-oil saleswoman?

Related: Maybe so, but her food IS good.

He convinced former CIA operatives he was one of them. Was he an impostor?

A paper flower replica of your wedding bouquet would be the sweetest 1st year anniversary present EVER! *HINT, HINT!* 

Help deliver a truck to the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project.

Living by the Girl Scout law, even without a home.

I’m ordering this shirt and this one to wear all summer long!

Savannah Eats: Where + What

As promised, today I thought I’d tell ya about some of the food we ate on our recent trip to Savannah, GA. We were in town for the wedding of our dear friends so we were completely spoiled by meals at the restaurants selected by the bride & groom. Savannah has some pretty delicious offerings (and many restaurants boast beautiful views of the river or are located in gorgeously historic buildings) so if you’re planning a trip you’re in for a treat! But even if you don’t have a trip to Savannah on the horizon, I couldn’t help but include some budget-friendly meals that will work for general travel as well.

Savannah Specific — 

Lizzy’s Tequila Bar & Grill – We kicked off the weekend by enjoying dinner with the soon-to-be newlyweds. This restaurant is right along the river and had the perfect festive atmosphere to get celebrations started. Afterwards, we nabbed a drink at O’Connell’s Irish Pub which we were pretty convinced was haunted but the bartender would not play along.

HITCH – Before a night at the bars for the bachelor/bachelorette party, we fueled up with dishes that took a modern twist on Southern favorites. I had the chicken pancakes — thin and crispy peppered pancakes with fried chicken, chili aoli, and strawberry salsa. 2 thumbs up!

B. Matthew’s – After rehearsing the ceremony we scampered over to B. Matthew’s for the rehearsal dinner. This place had such a cool, historic vibe — exposed brick & beams, fireplaces, and a bar that looked straight out of the turn of the century. We dined in an upstairs room (with a private bar) that felt equal parts intimate and grand. Perfect for a gathering of the couple’s closest family and friends!

Vic’s on the River – And finally, the wedding reception itself was at a beautiful venue overlooking the river. The light from the setting sun pouring in the huge windows cast such a warm and romantic glow on the newlyweds. We dined on pork tacos, crawfish beignets, and a shrimp and grits bar (!). And topped it all off with two types of cupcakes baked by my mother especially for the occasion. My mom is a pro at baking wedding cupcakes. (She’s made cupcakes for my brother’s wedding and mine!) But this was the first time they got a “feed each other a bite and smash it in the face” MOMENT.

General Travel —

I wouldn’t be me without offering you some insight into how I keep travel affordable.

AirBNB Cuisine – One of my favorite benefits of staying in an AirBNB is that they come equipped with a kitchen. Why not take advantage of this and bring along food for at least some meals? I’m totally the girl who brings oatmeal and nut butter with me wherever I go so I was set on breakfast every morning. We also had sandwich fixin’s, baby carrots & hummus, chips, and cookies for quick lunches in between wedding-related errands and late night munchies.

Whole Foods – If you’re looking for a place to stock up on necessities, I’m a big fan of seeking out a Whole Foods. It’s a great place to double down and nab that soap you forgot to pack, a 12 pack of La Croix (because hydration), and ALSO treat yourself to a fairly inexpensive lunch. When you know you’re gonna indulge at dinnertime, Whole Foods comes through in the clutch with tons of healthy options for brekky, brunch, or lunch. Balance, people!

Have you ever been to Savannah, GA? What were your favorite dining experiences while there? Do you have any tips for cost-effective eating when on the road? Share below!! 

April Resolutions — How Did I Do?

Happy May, Finding Delight readers! This year, I decided to approach my New Year’s resolutions a little bit differently. I wrote out all the months in my  journal and have filled in things I want to work on in 2017– 2 items per month. Not every item is filled in yet. I want to give myself space to grow over the year, to not set my resolutions in stone.

My hope is that, once something is set into practice for a month, I’ll continue the habit throughout the year.

I’d like to share results and thoughts at the end of each month because accountability. (You can check out past months HERE.) Here’s how I did in April…

April Resolution #1. Spring clean my closets and drawers. 

I don’t know what it is but every Spring I get this terrible, insatiable urge to THROW EVERYTHING I OWN AWAY. Is that weird? Maybe it is something to do with the natural rhythms of the seasons. Hoarding everything away in a little nest during the Winter and then purging once the weather starts to get warmer. Whatever the case, my space starts to feel cluttered.

Instead of tossing stuff willy nilly, this year I evaluated what areas needed decluttering the most and focused my efforts. I hadn’t done a proper Kon Mari (ie. throw everything you own on your bed and go through it piece by piece) clothes clear out since moving to Florida and it was high time. So I definitely wanted to tackle my closet and dresser. Organizing my desk drawers has been on my To-do list foreeever, and so has our linen closet. So those went on the list too.

How did it go? Well, I Kon Mari’d the HECK out of my clothes and was able to rid my room of TWO TRASH BAGS full. (It still boggles my mind where this stuff comes from!) All the drawers are done…save for one pesky desk drawer that accumulates crap no matter what I do. (But doesn’t everyone have a crap drawer? Isn’t that like a law of LIVING?)

The linen closet still hasn’t happened. But there’s always this month!

 

Going forward: Declutter the dang linen closet! Oh, and actually transport those two trash bags that are in the trunk of my car to a donation location.

April Resolution #2. Examine spending habits through the lens of happiness. 

Recently, I signed up for a FREE Money + Happy Bootcamp through one of my fave blogs — Yes and Yes. The whole thing was chock-full of helpful advice about how to navigate spending habits while staying in tune with what brings you joy. (Sound helpful? You can sign up in the sidebar of the site.)

One exercise that really resonated with me asked us to take our bank statement and go at it with three highlighters. Pink, yellow, and green. The pink highlighter was for regrettable purchases. The yellow highlighter was for necessary purchases (like bills and groceries). And the green highlighter was for those purchases that brought about happiness.

Since taking the mini-course, I’ve kept up this highlighter rigmarole and have found the visual wildly helpful. And since I had data for the entire first quarter of the year, I thought April was the perfect time to crunch the numbers, evaluate how I did, and decide if there were changes I wanted to make going forward.

I pin-pointed a few trends. I got a clear picture of how much I’m spending and on what (as well as if the “what” brought me joy or regret).

 

Going forward: I will continue to go through my bank statements with highlighters every month and examine the results more thoroughly each quarter. I’ll try to get my pink purchases down and my green purchases as up as my bank account will allow. 😉

Alright friends, let’s keep things going in May!

How are YOUR New Year’s Resolutions going? Four months down! Tell me how you’re doing in the comments below (#accountability) or feel free to email me – ebeth.berger@gmail.com – if you’d like to keep it private. You got this! 

P.S. Need help sticking to your 2017 goals? Check out this post. Oh, and “Like” the Finding Delight Facebook page! I’d love to have ya!

mid-week round-up

How have you been, guys? We had a fantastic time in Savannah celebrating the wedding of our friends Katie & Marc! It was so much fun getting to spend time with them, along with other friends and my family, and experiencing a bit of such a great Southern city. (I’m thinking of writing a post about some of the restaurants we enjoyed while there, if y’all are interested!) They had a beautiful garden ceremony in historic downtown and the reception was at a restaurant overlooking the river. So, so magical! Now that we’re back to reality, I’m slowly but surely getting unpacked and slogging my way through a very full inbox. Beam me back to champagne toasts and Spanish moss, plz!

Links for you…

A horchata-inspired protein shake perfect for summertime breakfasts.

How water affects people attempting to cross the Mexico – U.S. border.
It’s expected that anyone crossing the border will lose access to clean water. Bonds compares the journey to the Hunger Games — and the audience is everyone who watches, especially during this administration, without doing a thing. “You’re hunted,” she says. “Maybe water falls from the sky if you’re lucky on that day. You’re going to die or almost die trying to get here.”

Related: Border Angels leaves dozens of gallon jugs of water in the desert along high-traffic migrant paths. DONATE HERE.

Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel lays bare the horrors of collusion with the patriarchy.

So many cute things in the new Cupcakes and Cashmere online store. (Especially these earrings, this candle, and this pillow.)

An open letter to the creators of S-Town.

Books Through Bars distributes free books and educational materials to prisoners. (I love that they have an Amazon Wishlist so it is super easy to donate!)

Related: I’m near the end of Season One of Prison Break and if those dudes don’t bust out soon I SWEAR TO GOD.

Gorgeous copper flatware would certainly elevate your next dinner party (or weeknight meal).

A day in the life of a food vendor.

What began as an attempt at a simpler life quickly became a lifestyle brand. #vanlife
Scroll through the images tagged #vanlife on Instagram and you’ll see plenty of photos that don’t have much to do with vehicles: starry skies, campfires, women in leggings doing yoga by the ocean. Like the best marketing terms, “vanlife” is both highly specific and expansive. It’s a one-word life-style signifier that has come to evoke a number of contemporary trends: a renewed interest in the American road trip, a culture of hippie-inflected outdoorsiness, and a life free from the tyranny of a nine-to-five office job.

Love the idea behind this craft project subscription box!

Buckets of opportunity in Rural America.

Crime, addiction, and religion meet at the greyhound race track.

P.S. Here are a couple Finding Delight posts you may enjoy — Meal Planning for Beginners in 7 Easy Steps and It’s All an Illusion.

April Unboxed: Beauty Box 5

You guys! I recently got my third box from Beauty Box 5 and would love to share the contents, if you’re game. In case you missed previous posts, Beauty Box 5 is a subscription service that sends 5 new beauty products straight to your doorstep each month.

The boxes are $12/month ($10 if you order quarterly and $9 if you pay for the whole year!) and are guaranteed to include at least $35 of product. The brands are a mix of drugstore tried & trues, innovative indie, and deluxe…and so far the majority of products included are full size. Oh, and did I mention FREE SHIPPING on U.S. subscriptions? Ka-ching!

Here’s everything that was included in the April box! 4 out of 5 of the products were full size for a total retail value of about  45 buckaroos. Let’s take a look…

Highlight Fan Brush from BB5 (Retail: $12)

This brush is super soft and the perfect shape for applying all sorts of products (I found this video to be a helpful tutorial). This versatility allows me to apply the accompanying blush as a highlighter, too!

 

Rose Gold Lash Curler from Sweep (Retail: $15.99)

While I may not be game for falsies (see: last month), an eyelash curler I can handle. Since I didn’t currently own any, I was happy to receive one (and in such a pretty rose gold no less!).

 

Gold Bobby Pins from Did Hair (Retail: $8.50)

As someone who pretty much lives in a ballerina bun, I can always use bobby pins! The true shade of gold isn’t picking up in the pic but trust me–these will elevate my fave everyday hairstyle.

 

Blush in SPOILED from Be a Bombshell (Retail: $6)

The color of this blush looks lovely on the apples of the cheeks but also makes a pretty highlighter when dusted on the high points of the face. I love any product that can play double duty!

 

Vitamin-C Sheet Mask from Jean Pierre (Retail: $12.99 for set of 5)

This sheet mask contains Vitamin C extracts which help to brighten, regenerate, and hydrate skin. I can’t wait to #treatmyself to this at-home spa treatment.

 

Overall, I love that Beauty Box 5 includes hair and skin-care products along with new-to-me makeup. Which product would you be most excited to try out? Do you have a favorite makeup subscription service? I would totally recommend Beauty Box 5 (even if you’re product clueless like me!). 

*Note – This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Finding Delight.

Savannah Bound! (+ a few links)

I’m off to Savannah, y’all! This Saturday, my dear friend Katie is marrying the love of her life! I can’t wait to celebrate such wonderful people in such a beautiful city. We’ve got a pretty packed schedule so I won’t be ’round these parts much until next week. I’ll be too busy drinking copious glasses of rosé and gushing over how beautiful my BFF looks in all her wedding-wear!!! (But feel free to follow me on Instagram.)

Here’s a few links before I go…

A course called Dolly’s America at the University of Tennessee is devoted to the life story of Dolly Parton + music, history, and Appalachian pride. Sign me up!

An archivist uncovers LIFE magazine’s mysterious quarter.

Light-skin-tone emojis are used far less often in the U.S. than their darker counterparts. Does shame explain the disparity?

Inside the underground anti-racist movement that brings the fight to white supremacists.

This adorable Jyn Erso cosplayer handed out Death Star plans to every Princess Leia.

Hope you have a great week! xoxo