Working Girl

Guess who starts her first big-girl job on Monday?!
I've been waiting to announce it for a while, but have been biding my time meanwhile trying to figure out the perfect first day outfit (because, priorities), creating all sorts of contingency plans for anything that could possibly go wrong, and not thinking about how I no longer get any breaks unless I plan them. Also, somehow I've made it this long without owning an iron, which I'm thinking probably needs to be rectified. But do I get an iron or one of those fancy steamers? (#firstworldproblems)
I really enjoy these and already have a khaki skirt, but there's the constant nagging worry that I'll look like a schlump because of my figure and height. Also, sorry, random girl, for putting your picture on my blog. As I've never had the need for them previously, I have a distinct lack of "work staples" in my closet, but I'm trying to focus on just first day for now, because I'm not too sure on what the work culture is like re:clothes, and will probably have to adjust accordingly.
I don't know when I got so modest, but I have been in the market for some really good below-the-knee, slightly-flared/A-line skirts for months! They are a little problematic to wear in the winter, which is a bit of a downside (unless anyone has tips for that), but otherwise, I would be all up on this outfit. It looks so comfy!
And finally, I guess I have to get some pants and probably some blazers. I love this color, and love the cropped pants trend, but am not excited about trying to find things that I don't have to have tailored.

What are your work staples? Where do I find them where my poor, broke ass doesn't have to shell out an arm and a leg? Help, I want to dress like Blair Waldorf!


Back to School

I am reading. Hooray! Perhaps it's something about not being in school and having required reading, but my brain seems perfectly capable of accommodating leisure reading again (thank goodness, because I was seriously worried for a while there). I've been reading old favorites, like Battle Royale, Howl's Moving Castle, various Agatha Christie, and just for the hell of it, I cracked open my stats book yesterday (can you tell I kind of miss school?).
Speaking of school, this is the first time in my whole life that fall hasn't meant going back to school. It's weird. I've been summer binging Gilmore Girls and somehow, this is the same feeling I got when Rory took time off of Yale. It just doesn't feel right. It's scary and weird and who knows if this is it, and I just don't go back. I know it's normal and one really can't just be in school forever, but somehow, that hasn't felt very comforting.
Someone commented to me recently that August is like the Sunday of the year, and that seems like a perfect description. How is it possible that it's almost over?? I'm in a full-fledged end-of-summer Sunday-slump about the inevitable cold. This summer went by insanely fast. Maybe I will get a cat for coping and winter cuddles and re-reading Harry Potter.


Recipe: Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

One of N and I's favorite things to do together during visits (insert gripe about how much long-distance sucks here) is cook together. Neither of us are particularly avid cooks usually, and we both kind of get hangry, so we end up picking easy-medium recipes and divvying up the tasks. He doesn't like cutting raw meat, which I don't mind so much, and I don't like cutting garlic, which he doesn't mind, so basically we make a perfect team. This time around we went for this recipe for chipotle shrimp tacos with avocado salsa. In addition to the recipe, we added some cabbage mix, avocado slices, and mozzarella to the tacos. And, let me tell you, they turned out fantastically. Like so darn good that N ate nine of them in one sitting (don't tell him I told you that). I don't think my stomach's actually physically capable of eating nine tacos at once, but I can assure you that both of us needed some food-coma-rest-time after that. Point being, highly recommend. Eat on!


Tuesday Tunes: Bollywood Edition!

Oh man, the last Tuesday Tunes was way back in November! This Tuesday, I want to get my Bollywood on! I actually can't believe I haven't done a Bollywood edition, because though I go through phases with Indian music, there is some great stuff out there, dancey and otherwise. Here are some of my favorites! Also, if you're the type, some brief Googling could easily get you the translations.

1. "Dilli Wali Girlfriend" - Arijit Singh & Sunidhi Chauhan (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
2. "Chaiyya Chaiyya" - Sukhwinder Singh & Sapna Awasthi (Dil Se)
3. "Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen" - Manna Dey (Waqt)
4. "Taal Se Taal" - Sujata Trivedi, Alka Yagnik, & Udit Narayan (Taal)
5. "Ishq Kamina" - Alka Yagnik & Sonu Nigam (Shakti: The Power)
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