2.19.2018

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!

Criminal- 
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!

Stranglers-
"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

2.12.2018

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.

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

Cons:
 -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. 

Pros: 
-great olive green color
-warm and cozy

Cons:
-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. 


2.05.2018

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

1.29.2018

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

1.22.2018

February 2018 Bullet Journal Spread


Let's start with a little confession. I began this bullet journal over the summer and consistently added to my monthly spreads as well as my lists such as my list of books I have read. But in the middle of October once the semester got really busy, I stopped doing monthly spreads and just never really had time to get back into it. But this past week I decided I needed to get back into it and make a monthly spread for February!
I still have been keeping up with my non-monthly pages in my journal, so not all hope is lost! I just hope that in February I can get back into the monthly pages as well.

Since I didn't have a ton of time to spend on my February spread, all of my pages are pretty simple and there is nothing too fancy. But I still went with a red and pink Valentine's day theme since that is what I think of when I think of February.

I have been adding my gratitude list to a different journal I use the past few months, but I want to get back to putting it in my bullet journal next month! So I made a simple page to write in 3 things I am grateful for every day.

I also have my habits list again in this month. I haven't been too good at keeping up some of these habits the past few months, so I am excited to get back into them! I also added in a section at the bottom for goals and a quote to motivate me. I haven't decided what my monthly goals are quite yet, but I will write that in once I decide!

Finally I have my expenses page. Basically I just write down any time I spend money on this page so at the end of the month I know how much I have spent and I can see if I spent way too much on a certain thing that month and adjust accordingly for the next month.

Overall this layout is super simple, but it works really well for me! Checkout my past bullet journal posts here!

xo, Scarlett

1.19.2018

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

1.08.2018

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