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Lifestyle: Sunglasses from Serengeti Eyewear

Hi Guys. I got a new pair of sunglasses back in March, right as the lock down was happening.* So I wanted to jump on here today to let you know how much I have been loving them this summer!

The shades are from a company called Serengeti Eyewear, and the style I picked is called Lela, a 50s-inspired look. My love of all things vintage knows no bounds! I choose the brown and rose gold color combination. I have been wearing them exclusively since I got them. Even to things like outdoor yoga classes!

I’ve noticed I am not squinting at all when i wear them. With gradually adjusting Photochromic lenses and glare-reducing Polarization, they really do block the rays. And Spectral Control technology keeps colors crisp and clear. In bright sunlight or while driving, I see clearly and comfortably.

These glasses are also pretty durable. I’ve dropped them a few times (OK, more than a few), and they don’t have a scratch! They look just as new as the day I got them. The only thing? They didn’t come with a case. But maybe that’s not a big deal, if you already have a case you like. And yes, Serengeti sunglasses can be made to fit your prescription.

You can check out all the different Serengeti Eyewear looks here. And you can find Serengeti Eyewear on Amazon or at optical stores across the country.

Tell me. Are you particular about your sunglasses? Do you have a brand/style you really love? Tell me about it in the comments!

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* The sunnies were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

Book of the Month: Quaran-reading

I’ve always loved to read. It’s one reason I became a writer. When I was two, my parents and I lived in Scotland for three months. We actually had to join the local library over there to get books for me.

So I was psyched to be gifted a subscription to Book of the Month last fall. It was a very generous gift from the Newswomen’s Club of New York for serving on the Front Page Awards committee. I wanted to jump on here to tell you about two selections I have really enjoyed.

The Library of Legends, by Janie Chang. This novel takes place in China during the Sino-Japanese War in the late 30s. During the war, Chinese universities had to evacuate, and students and faculty walked thousands of miles inland to avoid Japanese bombs.

Chang’s novel follows nineteen-year-old student Hu Lian on such a journey. As they try to elude the Japanese, Lian and her fellow refugees also have to protect a five-hundred-year-old collection of Chinese folklore called the Library of Legends. The Library awakens mysterious, immortal spirits as it travels across China. These spirits change the country’s fate, and Lian’s, forever.

The characters had an intriguing air of mystery about them, which kept me reading to find out more. And I’m fascinated by the fact Asian folk tales have survived for thousands of years. Plus, Chang kept mentioning Chinese dumplings, which are my favorite food and the quickest way to my heart.

My litmus test for if I really enjoyed a book is whether or not I would read other books by the same author. In this case, the answer is yes! Chang also wrote Dragon Springs Road and Three Souls, which I look forward to reading.

The Book of Longings, by Sue Monk Kidd. Kidd is best known for her novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, both of which l loved. This story is a little different. It imagines what it would have been like if Jesus was married, in this case to a woman named Ana.

As someone who went to Catholic school for 13 years, I thought that premise was a little weird. Jesus was defintiely not married! But the book is very well researched, and Kidd is a good storyteller.

As you read her novels, it’s like you’re sitting around a campfire, and she’s telling you a tale. Her prose flows that easily. I am currently reading her book The Invention of Wings, which is the story of the relationship between a white girl and her black slave in early nineteenth-century Charleston, South Carolina. It gets you thinking about how deeply-rooted racism is in this country.

Tell me. Have you been reading more during COVID-19? Do you have any recommendations for me? If so, please drop them in the comments!

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Miranda’ing My Way Through 2020

I recently got the chance to interview Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni, authors of the new book, We Should All Be Mirandas: Life Lessons from Sex and the City’s Most Underrated Character.* It’s a (kind of) self help book based on their popular Instagram account, Every Outfit on SATC.

As Fairless and Garroni pointed out, SATC went of the air about 15 years ago. A lot has changed since then, making flame-haired attorney Miranda Hobbes a more realistic heroine than viewers originally thought. If we look at the show with modern eyes, we really see Miranda as an aspirational character, if not the most aspirational character.

“A big part of the book is having people reclaim their identity as a Miranda and be proud of it,” said Fairless.

If you’re like me, January seemed like it lasted a whole year, and your New Year’s Resolutions don’t seem so new and fun any more. So if you’re looking to re-jump start your life in February, why not take a few cues from Ms. Hobbes?

Miranda was a smart (Harvard-educated) woman who didn’t apologize for her success. “One thing we liked about Miranda was she was very unapologetic about how ambitious she was, and how much work meant to her,” Garroni told me.

Miranda was also the most pragmatic of the Fab Four, which Garroni and Fairless think is an important quality for women to have. She would never max out yet another credit card on a pair of Manolos, like another SATC character did. <cough> Carrie <cough>

Miranda put a lot of effort into being self-sufficient: she prioritized long-term goals, such as owning her own home and making partner at her law firm. She also understood that every relationship begins with loving yourself. “I don’t think you can be a relationship without having a somewhat decent relationship with yourself,” said Fairless.

In the chapter “How to Love Like a Miranda,” the authors tried to show that marriage is not the final answer. “Marriage was a big focus on SATC, and I think it is one of the things that has changed since the show has gone off the air,” said Garroni. She also said there are many ways to have a relationship, whether that is with yourself or in a long-term relationship.

Ironically, I’m too much of a Charlotte, SATC‘s resident romantic, to ever be a complete Miranda. I’m what Fairless and Garroni call a ‘Miranda with a Charlotte rising’. Much like the fictional Charlotte York Goldenblatt, I’m in love with the idea of being in love. I admit it. But this year, I’ll keep calm and Miranda on. I’m focusing on experiences, like photography classes, rather than material things, like shoes. (I pretty much live in the same two pairs of sneakers, anyway.)

I’m also actively looking for more freelance clients this year. Don’t get me wrong. I love writing for The Doctor Will See You Now, and plan to continue, but no one wants to eat the same thing for dinner every night. So I’ve taken two seminars at the CUNY graduate school of journalism, and plan to take more at some point. I think Miranda would approve!

Tell me. Do you think women today are as focused on getting married as the ladies of SATC? Or are we starting to embrace our inner Mirandas? Let’s talk about how far we’ve come in the comments!

You can pick up We Should All Be Mirandas here.

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* A review copy of the book was sent to me for my…review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

What I’m Looking Forward To This Fall

Took this night shot in Hoboken for Photo 2. Doesn’t it look eerie?

Hmm. How come I haven’t posted in over two months?! Now that we’re on the other side of Labor Day, and I see a few new people have subscribed to the blog (hi, ladies!), I need to step it up. I hope you all had a great summer!

That said, I love the fall. There’s so much to look forward to! I am doing a photo trek to NYC’s Chinatown and the Eldridge Street Synagogue on September 29th. I’m also doing a trek in mid-October to the Chrysler Building and the UN, and another in early November to the Statue of Liberty.

Bridal Fashion Week is coming up from October 3 to 6. So far I’ve gotten invited to just. one. show. Boo! Hopefully, I’ll get invited to more!

I am a big reader. I can’t wait to read these two new books:

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. This spy drama is set during the Cold War. It combines Mad Men-era style with a good thriller, according to EW.com. I’m in! This book just came out on September 3.

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman. EW.com says it’s a Holocaust survival story that has elements of ‘magical realism’. Three young girls on the run use unconventional ways to elude their Nazi pursuers. This one comes out on September 24.

And on September 17 and 18th, I’ll be at the BlogHer 19 Creators Summit in Brooklyn. I can’t wait! Speakers include actress Connie Britton and Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisburg, co-founders of theSkimm! (Trust me, you need theSkimm in your life. And did I mention it’s free?!)

Tell me. What are you looking forward to this fall? Let’s get seasonal in the comments!

I’ve actually been more active over on Instagram thus summer. I retook Photo 2 starting in May, and the class ran through July. I did my final picture story on the Gramercy Typewriter Co., one of just two typewriter repair places left in the country. They sell and repair typewriters, and apparently supply typewriters for Broadway shows, movies, and TV. (They supplied the typewriters for Can You Ever Forgive Me? with Melissa McCarthy.) You can see the highlights of my photos on my Instagram here.

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Purfect Bracelets

I recently got a DM on Instagram about collaborating with a Boston-based company called Purfect Bracelets. They make cute printed bracelets, and donate a percentage of the proceeds to a different animal shelter each month. Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about rescue, so I was more than happy to help.

I chose the bracelet in the Burberry print. (see below)* But they have other fun prints available as well. I love the Lily and the Seashell print. They kind of have a Lilly Pulitzer vibe, if you are into Lilly Pulitzer. Check out the cute pics on Purfect Bracelets Instagram here. You’ll be glad you did!

The rescue for February was Five Acres Animal Shelter in St. Charles, MO, and the rescue for March is Tree House Humane Society in Chicago, IL.

The bracelets are like collars.

They call the Burberry print the Purrberry!

Petey loves the camera.

Mesa is a bit more indifferent.

It is important to me that my cats be rescues. Can you please share pics of your rescue fur babies in the comments? I’ve already gotten us started…

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* I bought the Purrberry print bracelet. Opinions are my own.