Sit Down With Scarlett: 3.12.18

Time for another quick life update since I am already over a month into second semester! This semester started out really slow for me, which was very welcome considering how crazy January term was for me!

First can we take a moment to appreciate the new growth on my poinsettia plant and the fact that I have kept it alive for over 3 months now?! 

Anyways, I am in 4 classes currently, plus one I am auditing, and a volleyball class that I will start after spring break! As I mentioned in my last SDWS post, the four I am in are Linguistics, Visual Rhetoric, Aural Rehab, and Physics. I have never liked physics, so this is definitely my most challenging class this semester. Thankfully the first test in physics went pretty well, so I am not too concerned. And the other three have been pretty easy so far, so I am not super concerned. Then I am auditing a Monday night class which is Language Disorders Across The Lifespan. Night classes are never fun, but at least I just have to go and listen during this one since I am auditing it and not getting graded! It is interesting for the most part too, and one of the only Speech Pathology classes I am in this semester.

I have also had a completely different experience observing in clinic this semester than last semester, but in the best way! I am observing a different grad student, so it is interesting to see the different ways different grad students do things. And having an elderly client instead of a child has been very different, but I have also really enjoyed it! It is so crazy to think that in just 6 months I will have clients of my own!

I've also been able to be more intentional and spend more time with my friends this semester since I haven't been as busy, which has been so fun! With the Olympics, we have had a few Olympics watch parties. I also attempted watercolor painting one night with a friend, and tried red velvet pancakes for the first time for lunch with a friend! Who knew red velvet pancakes were a thing?! So good!

I can't believe how fast this semester has gone, and that is it my last one before I start grad school in the fall! Do you feel like 2018 has flown by so far? Share in the comments!

xo, Scarlett


Recently Reading: February 2018

This semester started out pretty slow for me, and we got heavy snows the first two weekends in February! This meant I had a lot of free time while I was stuck in my apartment those weekends, so I took advantage of that time and read a few books that have been on my list for a while!

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
"Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series."
I don't usually read fantasy novels, but the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children is the series I make the exception for. I really enjoyed the 3 books in the series, so when I saw this book too I thought I would love it! It is full of short stories that don't connect to each other, so I ended up liking some better than others. Overall it was a quick read, but I do have to say I didn't like all of the short stories.

Would I Recommend? Yes, but after reading the other 3 books in the series since they were better!

Dewey's Nine Lives by Vicki Myron
"Dewey's Nine Lives offers nine funny, inspiring, and heartwarming stories about cats--all told from the perspective of "Dewey's Mom," librarian Vicki Myron. The amazing felines in this book include Dewey, of course, whose further never-before-told adventures are shared, and several others who Vicki found out about when their owners reached out to her. Vicki learned, through extensive interviews and story sharing, what made these cats special, and how they fit into Dewey's community of perseverance and love. From a divorced mother in Alaska who saved a drowning kitten on Christmas Eve to a troubled Vietnam veteran whose heart was opened by his long relationship with a rescued cat, these Dewey-style stories will inspire readers to laugh, cry, care, and, most importantly, believe in the magic of animals to touch individual lives."

I did not realize that this book wasn't mainly around Dewey and that there was actually another book written before this one about him. But this book ended up being full of great cat stories, which I obviously loved since I love cats! If you are also a cat lover, you will love these hilarious and poignant stories too.

Would I recommend? Yes! 

Since You've Been Gone Morgan Matson
"It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um... 

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?"

This book has been on my to-read list for years, and I finally decided to try it this month! I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought, because it was cute without being cheesy. It also reminded me a lot of Paper Towns (girl goes missing... leaves behind a clues... etc.) but it was still very different at the same time. But if you have read Paper Towns and enjoyed it, you would probably also enjoy this! 

Would I recommend? Yes! 

The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn 
"Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems."

This book was full of suspense and a great page turner... I loved it so much I couldn't stop reading and finished in less than 24 hours. I got similar vibes to The Girl On The Train since it was the same premise of a woman witnessing something but she is unreliable and no one knows if she actually did see anything. So this book is anything completely new or groundbreaking. But it was still a very well written thriller and I did not guess the ending at all! The characters were developed perfectly and we also figure out what happened to make Anna stay inside all the time as the book unfolds. I also loved certain parts of it, such as the fact that Anna is a psychologist but has a psychological disorder herself. 

Would I recommend? YES!

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
"The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other."

This was another book that I had heard great things about and had been on my list for years but I never actually picked up. But I got about a third of the way through before I decided I just was not enjoying the story at all and gave up on it. I rarely stop reading a book without finishing it too! I didn't connect with any of the characters, the plot just wasn't interesting to me, and it made light of some pretty heavy issues such as drugs and rape. Perhaps part of the reason I did not like it is because I've never watched or read anything to do with Sherlock Holmes, but I feel like I wouldn't have liked this book regardless.

Would I recommend? No, please don't waste an hour or two of your time like I did.

Since You've Been Gone by Anouska Knight
"How do you learn to love again?
In one tragic moment, Holly Jefferson s life as she knows it changes for ever. Now to the external world, at least she s finally getting back on her feet, running her business, Cake. Then she meets Ciaran Argyll.
His rich and charmed life feels a million miles from her own. However, there s more to Ciaran than the superficial world that surrounds him, and he too is wrestling with his own ghosts. Will Holly find the missing ingredient that allows her to live again and embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow?"

First off, I just realized I read two books with this title this month! This was another one that I had wanted to read for years and I finally got to it this month. I loved that this was set in England and that Holly owned a cake shop! I also liked how the author portrays Holly's grief well without making it a depressing read. I also really like the happiness and fun that Ciaran brought into Holly's life. Overall, it was a fun and heartwarming romance that would make a good beach read! 

Would I recommend? Yes! 

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell 
"Meet the picture-perfect Bird family: pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and towheaded twins Rory and Rhys, one an adventurous troublemaker, the other his slighter, more sensitive counterpart. Their father is a sweet, gangly man, but it's their beautiful, free-spirited mother Lorelei who spins at the center. In those early years, Lorelei tries to freeze time by filling their simple brick house with precious mementos. Easter egg foils are her favorite. Craft supplies, too. She hangs all of the children's art, to her husband's chagrin.

Then one Easter weekend, a tragedy so devastating occurs that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass and the children have become adults, while Lorelei has become the county's worst hoarder. She has alienated her husband and children and has been living as a recluse. But then something happens that beckons the Bird family back to the house they grew up in—to finally understand the events of that long-ago Easter weekend and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home."

I ended up liking this book more than I originally thought I would. Lisa Jewell did a great job of portraying this complex family and Lorelei's hoarding problem that contributed to tearing the family apart. We get glimpses into different years of their lives as the story unfolds, and we slowly become aware of all of the other secrets that tore this family apart. I loved how smoothly this book still flowed even though it was jumping back and forth throughout decades of their lives. This is the second book I have read by Lisa Jewell, and I will definitely be picking up more in the future. 

Would I recommend? Yes!

What good books have you read recently? I would love to hear your recommendations in the comments! 
xo, Scarlett


March Bullet Journal Spread

Who else is excited that it is already almost March?! Luckily it is warming up a little bit in Michigan (aka not snowy and 20 every day!) so I am excited for March to finally be here! I tried to bring a little green and life into this month's spread, because hopefully by the end of the month plants will be starting to bloom again! 

If you have seen any of my other bullet journal posts, you will know the layout I tend to keep. 4 pages works great for me for each month because it it gives me a cover page, a gratitude page, a goals and habits page, and an expenses page.


As you can see, this month's spread is fairly simple and not too intricate since I am busy in school and didn't have a ton of free time to be creative with. The best part of bullet journal is how customizable they are though. Some months you can make your layouts really detailed and pretty, and other months you can keep it simple and functional. As you can tell, I tend to go in the middle with functional, but still a few cute details.

To see more of my bullet journal posts, click here!

xo, Scarlett


6 Podcast Recommendations

This year I have listened to my fair share of podcasts during my drives back and forth home, and occasionally while walking to class or doing the elliptical in the gym. I have found a few new favorites since I shared a list over the summer, so I wanted to do an updated post and share them!

How I Built This: Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard-
This was such an interesting listen with the creator of Patagonia, the popular clothing company. His way of running his business is so different than anyone else, and the fact that he encourages people to buy a few pieces and keep them forever is so different than most people in our consuming society. Highly recommend!

Planet Money: #672 Bagging the Birkin-
I always knew the Birkin was hard to get, but I had no idea what some people go through just to get this bag! I have not listened to any other episodes of this podcast, so I cannot say if they are good or not. But based on this one I would listen to others in the future!

The Porch Watermark -
I have listened to about a dozen sermons from this church after hearing Jeanine Amapola talk about it in her vlogs. I have loved every one I have listened to, and they definitely speak some difficult truths! If you can't make it to church one week, or need a little Jesus boost one week, I highly recommend checking out their sermons online or in podcast form. Recently my favorite one was Entitlement & Gratitude. I should also mention that these sermons are geared towards college-aged/20 somethings, so I find that they apply really well to where I am currently and they touch on things I am going through/have struggled with. But I think that any age could find something useful in them!

Okay, I did mention this podcast in my last podcasts favorite post, but it is still a favorite! The episodes are short and they only come out every 2 weeks, so it isn't hard to stay caught up. But I always make sure I download the new episodes that have some out before I set out to drive home or to school!

"From June, 1962 through January, 1964, women in the city of Boston lived in fear of the infamous Strangler. Over those 19 months, he committed 13 known murders-crimes that included vicious sexual assaults and bizarre stagings of the victims' bodies. After the largest police investigation in Massachusetts history, handyman Albert DeSalvo confessed and went to prison. Despite DeSalvo's full confession and imprisonment, authorities would never put him on trial for the actual murders. And more than 50 years later, significant doubts continue to surround the case. Was DeSalvo really the killer? Was there more than one Strangler? And did the Boston PD and the FBI do everything necessary to find and stop the murderer?"
And if you like crime podcasts too, that summary probably intrigued you. This one was overall a good podcast, but I did like other crime podcasts, like Up and Vanished, better. Overall, I would still recommend if you have made your way through a lot of the popular crime podcasts and need a new one! 

In The Dark- 
I just finished the first season of In The Dark, which is looking at the case of Jacob Wetterling. He went missing in Minnesota in the last 80s, and for 27 years the case went unsolved. I loved that they focused on the story, but also how law enforcement mishandled the case. With only 9 episodes, it felt like just the right length! They are also coming out with a second season about a different topic this spring, so I can't wait to listen to it too.

What's your favorite podcast currently? Share in the comments below!
xo, Scarlett


Shein Sweater Review

I just want to preface this post by saying this is not sponsored and I just wanted to share my personal experience with SHEIN with you guys!

For years I have heard about SHEIN, but I was skeptical since items on there are pretty cheap and sometimes the reviews are not great. So I ordered two sweaters to see for myself if they would actually be good quality.

This first sweater is the Drop Shoulder Chunky Knit Jumper and it is $14.

 -looks like the picture
 -is cropped to a good length

 -sleeves are a little too long

Overall, I really like this sweater and I know I will be wearing it a lot for the rest of winter. I was a little hesitant that it might be cropped too much, but it looks great with a pair of high waisted jeans! My only complaint would be that the sleeves are a little long, but that doesn't annoy me too much and just makes it more cozy. For both of these pieces I would compare the quality to Forever 21 sweaters. They are obviously not going to be the best quality since they are so cheap, but they are still very comfortable and feel like they will last at least a few years.

This second sweater is Olive Green Drop Shoulder Textured Sweater and it is $16. 

-great olive green color
-warm and cozy

-sleeves are just slightly too short 
-is not long like the picture shows 

This is a piece that doesn't look like the picture at all, except the color is pretty similar. But I read the reviews beforehand and saw other peoples pictures, so I expected it to look like this! I really like the fit personally, but my only complaint is that the arms are slightly too short. But they aren't short enough that it looks bad, so I am still wearing it! I will also probably roll the sleeves up once it gets a little warmer out to make it a 3/4 sleeve sweater. Overall, I really like this piece too and it matches so many pieces I already own! 

Some overall tips for SHEIN:

The shipping is free, which is always a bonus in my opinion. But it did take almost 2 weeks to get to me. I went into it assuming it would take a few weeks though, so honestly that wasn't a downfall for me. 

Always read the reviews. I read the reviews and looked at pictures for dozens of pieces before I chose these two. SHEIN is notorious for not having the picture look like the actual product, or having weird sizing. But people are usually spot on in their reviews, so just checkout any reviews on the piece before you try it yourself! 

Would I order from SHEIN again? 
Yes, I would. I love both of the sweaters I got and I have already worn them quite a bit over the past few weeks. Like I mentioned though, I would always read the reviews first so you have a better idea of what it actually coming in the mail. 


Recently Reading: January 2018

Recently I feel like I am turning into a book blogger with all of these book posts, but I love documenting what I have read here and sharing my favorites too! I always love it when bloggers I follow post about what they have read so I always have plenty of recommendations for what to read next

"Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she's a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…. 

Maybe someday… "

I had seen a few bloggers recommend Colleen Hoover's books, but this is the first one I have read. I honestly really enjoyed it and I will definitely be reading more of her books soon! I think I also enjoyed this book because of a twist with one of the characters that connects to me being a speech path major! I wish I could say more about this but I don't want to spoil anything because it was such a good, unique read! I also feel like if you were in the music field this would also be super interesting from that aspect, but since I definitely enjoyed it even though I am not in the music world at all. 
Overall, I would highly recommend this book if you like romances! 

Would I recommend? Yes

"As far as Haven is concerned, there's just too much going on.
Everything is changing, and she's not sure where she fits in.
Then her sister's old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect. . . .
But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing."

To be honest, I read this at the beginning of the month and now I can barely remember anything about this book. So, it clearly wasn't anything great. But since I am trying to read all of Sarah Dessen's books, I read it and it was fine. Would definitely recommend some of her other books first though, such as Saint Anything! 

Would I recommend? Probably not 

"Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father's temper. One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. As events spiral out of control they find themselves in a horrifying situation and are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.

Eighteen years later, they are still trying to forget what happened that summer. But when one of the sisters goes missing, followed closely by her niece, they are pulled back into the past. And this time there's nowhere left to run."

This book was another good thriller by Chevy Stevens, and I was rooting for the Campbell sisters from the beginning. I definitely questioned some of the choices made in this book, and many of the things that happened were portrayed very vividly which made it even more interesting. Some parts were hard to read though, due to the events occurring, but I was hooked and had to keep reading.

Would I recommend? Yes, but be aware that some of the parts of this book are described vividly.

"Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind...

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville's notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever..."

The beginning of this book was slow and not too thrilling to me, even though there was a lot of things happening. I just wasn't super hooked on the story or the characters, but also I only had a few minutes each day to read it so that could have been the problem too. But once I got about halfway through, I could not put it down! This book had a few good twists throughout, but the ending was on another level! I had no idea how it was going to end, and it definitely exceeded my expectations! 

Would I recommend? Yes! 

"A Brief Encounter for our time, The Last Letter from Your Lover is a sophisticated, spellbinding double love story that spans decades and thrillingly evokes a bygone era. In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing—not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply "B," from a man for whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers' fate—hoping it will inspire her own happy ending. Remarkably moving, this is a novel for romantics of every age."

This book had a similar layout to The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, and it is a layout I love! I love that the beginning of the book is all the in the past, but then there is a part two that skips to the "present" which was 2003 in this book. Then it goes back and forth between the two and everything weaves together perfectly. This book also did a great job at portraying how life was like for women/wives in the 1960s. It is always so interesting to see how things have changed when I read historical fiction like this. I will say my only complaint was that the first part of the book was hard to get into and follow, but once I got around 50 pages in, it started to become better!

Would I recommend? Yes! 

What books have you read and loved recently? Share in the comments below! 
xo, Scarlett


5 Shearling Jackets Under $50

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One trend that has been popping up everywhere over the last month is the shearling jacket. I am all for cozy trends like this, so today I wanted to highlight some of my favorite jackets that are under $50!

I think the suede and shearling combo looks so cool and I love that this jacket would be so versatile!

This corduroy jacket is also a great find because the two textures together look so cute! Plus this neutral tan jacket would match so many things!

We all know that a basic denim jacket is a must have piece, but adding one lined with shearling into your winter wardrobe is such a cozy idea!

I like to call these coats teddy bear coats, but regardless of what you call them you can't deny that they look so soft and have been so popular this season! Coats like this are great as we start transitioning into spring and slightly warmer temperatures, but you still need a jacket.

Foldover jackets like this option have also been popular recently, so if you are loving that style this jacket could be a great choice!

Don't forget to follow my Style board on Pinterest to see plenty of pins that include styling shearling jackets like this one, as well as other trends!

Do you like shearling jackets? Let me know in the comments if you would wear one and which one from this post was your favorite!
xo, Scarlett