Sit Down With Scarlett: 1.19.18

Welcome back to another Sit Down With Scarlett post! If you like more personal blog posts, sit down and grab a cup of tea and keep reading.

Right now I am in the January term at my school, where we have an intense 3 week class before we start second semester. Freshman year I took a really easy photography elective, and last January I was able to travel to Jamaica to learn about disabilities in a developing country. But this year I had to take neuroanatomy, which has the reputation as being one of the hardest Speech Pathology classes. And I would say it lived up to it's rep!

I had class from 8:30-12, and then spent the rest of the day trying to memorize everything from that day before class the next day. It wasn't too bad the first few days luckily, which means I was still able to do a few fun things the first weekend like make cut out cookie with friends and go ice skating!

But then it got more intense and more material, and by the end I would go home, study through lunch, and then go to the library for the rest of the afternoon and night. Luckily one of my best friends who I study really well with was in it with me, so we were able to study together a lot too! We had our second and last test yesterday, and my friend and I present our project together today, and then I am officially done! It will be so nice to have a week off to relax, catch up on reading and blogging, and then start second semester fresh!

I also just got my observation assignment for clinic next semester and I will be observing an adult aphasia client! Last semester I had a pediatric client with articulation and phonological problems, so it will be great that this experience will be completely different!

After this class, I am honestly excited to start second semester and have a normal routine again that doesn't involve school all day every day. I am taking Linguistics, Physics for Health Sciences, Aural Rehabilitation, Visual Rhetoric, Language Disorders Across the Lifespain, and Volleyball. Which should be interesting because I don't think I have even touched a volleyball since senior year when I played in high school! But at least I should remember the basics after 6 years of playing, right?

And that's about it! Not too exciting thanks to neuroanatomy, but I can't wait to write up some of the blog post ideas I have!
What has been the best part of your January so far? Share in the comments below!
xo, Scarlett


Top 10 Books I Read In 2017

This year I wanted to do a fun recap of my favorite books that I read! I ended up reading 64 books this year, which is crazy to me! This year I didn't fall into many reading slumps and was able to keep up reading throughout most months. Since I did share so many in my Recently Reading posts, I wanted to share my favorite 10 in this post so you can start out 2018 by reading some brilliant books!

Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen- see my thoughts in this post.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen- see my thoughts in this post from May. This is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books!

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer-
I actually had to read this one for a lit class last spring but I ended up loving it and finishing it way before we had to finish it for class! See my full thoughts in this post.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes-
I read this back in June and I am still thinking about it and recommending it. That is how you know it's a good book! See more thoughts in this post 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio-
I know the movie for this just came out and you have probably already seen it and loved it, but I definitely recommend reading the book before watching the movie! This was a quick but powerful read, and you can see more in this post

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris-
One of my favorite thrillers I read this year! Read more here

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens-
Another really good thriller! If you want a book that will mess with your mind, this is a great choice! Read more here

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst-
If you are looking of a good nonfiction book that will encourage you, this is it! Read more of my thoughts in this post

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight-
Like the cover states, this book does an excellent job of combining a crime story with relationship drama. Read more of my thoughts in this post

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas- 
Great story, great writing, brilliant ending. Loved the complex characters and I would highly recommend this thriller! Read my full opinion here

Have you read any of the books in this post? What was the best book you read in 2017? Share in the comments below, I would love to hear! 

xo, Scarlett


Recently Reading: December 2017

During December, so many books that I had requested from my library this fall came in, so it was a good month as far as reading goes! Today I wanted to share what I actually thought of each book, and which ones were maybe hyped a little too much. 

The Dollhouse- Fiona Davis
"When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong—a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.
Over half a century later, the Barbizon's gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby's involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman's rent-controlled apartment. It's a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby's upstairs neighbor, to resist—not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose's obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed."

As I've said before, I enjoy books that alternate between perspectives, or in this case between present day and the 1950s. The stories of these two women are very well interwoven, and this book had the perfect amount of suspense and mystery. It was a nice break from the many thrillers I have read recently, but I enjoyed that there was still a mystery in this book. The historical fiction aspect of this book was also very well written, and I loved the ending of this book and how well the two separate stories melded together. 

Would I recommend? Yes! 

You Are A Badass- Jen Sincero
"In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you've never made before."

Honestly, this was a good book that I have recommended to a few friends. I loved her attitude of if you want something you need to start working for it now and make your life awesome. But I also didn't agree with a few things she said, and truly there was nothing in it I hadn't heard before. This book was a good pep talk though, and if you are feeling "blah" about life or feeling like you can't do something that you want to, this book will kick your butt into the right mindset. 

Would I recommend? Yes

Turtles All The Way Down- John Green 
"Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis."

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

Honestly, this might have been my least favorite John Green book, which pains me to say because I really was excited to read it. The writing was definitely good at times, but I also felt like this book wasn't really about much. It was mainly just philosophical teens not really doing a whole lot. By the end I did like the main character Aza, but I felt like the plot of the missing billionaire actually took away from the story even though it was supposed to be the main storyline. I also really didn't like her best friend Daisy, but that could be a whole other rant. 

Would I recommend? Maybe (after you've read other John Green books first)

My True Love Gave To Me- Stephanie Perkins 
"If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love."

This book was a really easy read to get me in the Christmas spirit. I loved that they were short stories so I could read one a day and not get sucked into a long book when I should have been studying for finals. But at times I was really sad to finish one because I had liked the story and characters so much. On the other hand, there were one or two that I just could not get into and ended up skipping. My favorite two stories in this book were "Welcome to Christmas, CA" by Kiersten White and "Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell.

Would I recommend? Yes, but not all

The Couple Next Door- Shari Lapena
"Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years."

I requested this book over the summer, and I finished it quickly once I got my hands on it over Christmas break! There were plenty of twists and turns in this book, and you never knew who you could trust and who could've been in on the kidnapping. I did like the first half more than I liked the ending. It all came together nicely, but almost a little too conveniently nice if you get what I mean? It just didn't seem very realistic, though I still was shocked at parts. 

Would I recommend? Yes! 

Dangerous Girls- Abigail Haas 
"It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off on a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. 
As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer, she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine..."

This book has been on my to-read list for years, but for some reason I kept skipping over it. I am SO glad that I gave it a try this month, because it is definitely one of my favorite books I read this year. This book had me guessing until the very end, and I was shocked by the last few pages. I liked that this book went back and forth between before the murder and after, which made it even more intriguing and made me relate to the main character, Anna, more. The ending was great, but the story itself was very satisfying and the book was written very well! I really loved how complex the characters were, especially Elise. If you read or watched Pretty Little Liars, Elise reminded me of Alison, which might be part of the reason why her character intrigued me so much. 

Would I recommend? YES! 

What good books have you read this month? Share in the comments below! 
xo, Scarlett


2017- Year in Review

Ah 2017. It was a great year in many ways, but it also had its bad moments. Today I decided to do a quick recap of the year because it is an easy way for me to look back and remember 2017! The only time I have done this before was in 2015, and I love rereading that post and remembering all the highlights of that year!

I spent almost all of my January in Jamaica! It was such a fun trip and it was eye-opening to learn about disabilities in developing countries during it. To see my full post on it, click here!

Honestly I don't have fond memories of this semester since I only liked one of my classes and I did not like my living situation. But, luckily I have some great friends at school and I was able to get out and do fun things in Michigan! I tried quite a few new restaurants, like this delicious crepe place! One of my best friends from high school also came to visit me and it was so fun to show her around my school and Grand Rapids! At the end of spring semester, my grandma passed away, so of course that was one of the lows of 2017.

Last summer was one of my favorite summers I can remember. I nannied for a family with the sweetest twin boys and was able to unwind a bit after a tough semester. My brother also moved down to Atlanta, so my family traveled down with him in June to help him. I loved this ferris wheel and the aquarium! See my full recap in this post!

In July I nannied more, and went to a 2 day balloon show! The same BFF who visited me in Michigan during the spring came with me one of the days and it was so fun to introduce her to hot air balloons this summer! See my full photo diary from the balloon show here. My roommate from college also came down to visit me at the end of July, and it was so fun to show her all of my favorite places in my hometown!

Another one of my good college friends came down to visit me in early August. I also tried to make the most of my time left with my high school friends before everyone moved back to school. Most of my friends were gone by mid month but I didn't move back up until Labor Day weekend, which means I spent the last few weeks reading quite a few books and packing. On August 21, I went with my family to southern Illinois to see the solar eclipse and it was so cool to see how dark it got at 1 in the afternoon!

I moved into my first apartment in September! It was a great month because the beginning of the semester was not too bad, I was living with two of my best friends, it was very warm still (aka beach days!), and I got to go to a cat cafe! I also began observing in clinic this month, and continued throughout the semester.

In October I had lots of midterms, but also lots of fun times with friends! We enjoyed Art Prize in downtown Grand Rapids at the beginning of the month. Then we went to a Corgi event at the end of the month and got to pet dozens of Corgis! 

In November I observed a cochlear implant surgery, signed a lease for a house next year, and continued to improve my bowling skills in my bowling class haha. 

I turned 21, The Trendy Chick turned 6 (!!!), and I finished up my 5th semester of college! Only 7 semesters to go!

Goodbye 2017, thanks for being mostly good. Here's to hoping 2018 will be even better!
xo, Scarlett


Favorite Faux Fur Pom Beanies

If you have been following for a while, you will know that this blog started out doing only posts like this! I would scope out the trends and share how to find cute and affordable options. Obviously, I have expanded over the years, but today I wanted to go back to my roots and do another trend post!

One trend that has popped up everywhere this winter is faux fur pom beanies! I for one, love the faux fur trend, especially for faux fur vests. So why not add a cute hat with a pom pom too?! If you live somewhere that is cold (I'm looking at you, Michigan winters) then these hats are not just cute but also really functional.

But when I clicked on one of the hats that I saw a fellow blogger wearing, it was over $60! And once I got looking into them more, I found some that are over $100! Personally, I cannot justify spending that much for a hat that might get lost in a month or go out of style by next winter. So that gave me the idea to round up my favorite beanies under $15 to share!

There are so many cute and affordable options that you might even be able to justify two or three different colors! 

I also recommend checking out any stores in your mall too! I saw quite a few cute options in store at Forever 21, but there are not very many options online. The one I am wearing in the top picture is actually from Gordmans, and it was under $10! I definitely was not expecting to find one there, but ended up finding one I loved. Unfortunately they do not have an online store, but as you can see from this post there are plenty of other cute and affordable options! 

Do you like the faux fur pom beanie trend? Or are you over all the faux fur? Share in the comments below! 
xo, Scarlett


Top 5 Posts from 2017

Today I wanted to share a quick post to recap the 5 most popular posts on The Trendy Chick in 2017. It is always so fun to look back and see which posts did the best, and I love seeing when other bloggers do recaps of their top posts too! Sometimes it can be hard to catch every post, so consider this your highlight reel to catch up on the best of 2017.

Which was your favorite post out of these? It definitely seems like outfits and bullet journal posts are the most popular, but let me know if you like other posts (college, recipes, etc.) in the comments! 

xo, Scarlett


Sit Down With Scarlett: 12.23.17

Since it has been 2 months since I did a Sit Down With Scarlett post, I wanted to do another one to recap the second half of my semester! Grab a cup of tea or coffee and catch up with what's new in my life!

At the beginning of November, I had the chance to observe a cochlear implant surgery, and it was really interesting since I was in Audiology this semester. I will learn even more about cochlear implants next semester, so I can't wait to be able to apply the stuff I observed to what I am learning in class.

I also mentioned in my last sit down post that I was observing for the first time in clinic this semester. The time with our client flew by and it was such a good experience. I am so glad to be able to finally apply what I am learning in class. I also had the chance to do clinic by myself one week because of a conference, and it went really well! It is kind of weird to think that in a year I will be doing clinic by myself 3 times a week, and I will have an underclassman observing and helping me! Next semester they do not require us to observe in clinic again, but I definitely want to if it fits into my schedule!

Another exciting thing that happened is I signed a lease for a house for next year! This year I live in an apartment with 2 friends, but we wanted a little more space. So we found another friend and found a cute house for next year that isn't too far from campus.

When I mentioned before I was in a bowling class this semester, I know a lot of people were surprised. It ended up being such a fun class, and I am glad to say my bowling did improve throughout the semester. Aka I only throw a few balls in the gutter now ;)

Other than that, the past few weeks of break have been really low key, and I am very grateful for the chance to relax after a semester that was a lot of work! I go back a week from today and start my Neuroanatomy class and have that throughout January. So if you don't hear from me at all during the month, just know I am dying. Just kidding, but it is known to be a tough class! Definitely wish I was flying out to spend January in Jamaica again...

What's one thing that has happened in your life in the past semester? Share in the comments below as I love hearing about your lives as well!
xo, Scarlett