A Peek at the Peerage with Julian Fellowes’ ‘Snobs’

If you have an Instagram account, the chances are high that you’ve been inundated with posts about Glastonbury this past weekend. Did Kanye exceed expectations or fail to deliver? Did Gigi and Kendall really arrive via helicopter following Taylor Swift’s concert in Hyde Park? All riveting questions, but if you’ve come to this blog for the answers,…

The Anatomy of ‘The Bone Clocks’

   Earlier this summer, during a search through the blogosphere for some additional books to buy, I found myself on the British website Telegraph, perusing their list of the ‘Best Books of 2014.’ I noticed David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks had a rather eye-catching cover, and, on this alone, decided to do some further research….

Requisite Read: All The Light We Cannot See

     To be honest, when I first heard about the buzzy (and now Pulitzer Prize-winning) novel All The Light We Cannot See, the plot did little to pique my interest. I am very particular about my historical fiction, generally preferring works that take place in England, particularly Tudor England, so this, a World War…

Reading Hemingway in Paris

Though academics might scold me for holding off on Hemingway, I had the unique pleasure of discovering his memoir, A Moveable Feast, in perfect time with my trip to Paris. I began the book on the TGV train from Paris to St. Raphael, and his rich descriptions of café crèmes at the Cloiserie de Lilas…

Summer (Must) Read: Enchanted August

Given that I just graduated college, for the past twenty-two years of my life I have been blessed with the blissfully long three-month summer; a time when, regardless of my internship obligations, my biggest worry is whether or not I’ve applied enough SPF to continue baking in the sun. However, I’m a restless person, not…

Mommie Dearest: Top Tales of Dysfunctional Families

1. Chanel Bonfire, Wendy Lawless The book I’ve chosen to top off this list reads like an absorbing – yet depressing – work of fiction, but the unfortunate reality is that it’s a memoir, and the author, Wendy Lawless, and her sister had to grow up coping with Georgann, the psychotic mother at the center…

California Dreamin: The Best Books Based on the Left Coast

Early on in my love affair with reading, I stumbled upon Bret Easton Ellis’ seminal work, Less Than Zero. I devoured it in a matter of days, equal parts fascinated and terrified by the fast-paced, drug-fueled Los Angeles lifestyle. However, as a native New Yorker, it wasn’t the casual drug use and mammoth trust funds that impressed me, but…

Book Review(s): Gone Girl & Its Most Notable Successors

If you opened this post expecting a review of Gone Girl, a. I’m sorry to disappoint, and b. how have you not read it already? I apologize for patronizing, but, seriously, head to your local bookstore, grab a copy, and watch your afternoon disappear before your eyes as you get caught up in the world of…

Blog Post: Colby Crushes Takes Facebook by Storm

As published in The Colby Echo Blog,   As of late, Colby Crushes seems to be inundating the News Feeds and infiltrating the conversations of nearly every student on the Hill. The Facebook fan page, founded just last week, has most definitely hit the ground running. The founder of Colby Crushes, who wishes to remain…

Book Review: Beautiful Ruins

As published in The Colby Echo     As much as I love to read, I find that I am often plagued with an inability to choose a book with a riveting blurb and a bland cover over an artfully bound volume with a decent plot. Unfortunately, this often leads to disappointment in the books I choose…

Blog Post: Core Fusion Extreme

As published in Exhale Spa’s Well Well Well blog, 2015 Q: Is Core Fusion Extreme just an extreme version of the other Core Fusion classes? A: No! CFX is entirely new to exhale, and it’s a HIIT class. HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts involve performing exercises at your maximum capacity for a short period of time,…