My PopSugar Must Have Box – October!

Arlington Darling | Popsugar Must Have Box October

I was very worried about the travels that this poor October Box had to endure: making it all the way across the country with the threat of Hurricane Sandy!

But it finally arrived, unscathed, and I was so excited to open it and see that many of the items (though I’m sure it wasn’t intentional) were perfect for weathering out a storm. My favorite item is a toss-up between The Casual Vacancy and the workout socks (gotta love socks). I didn’t lose power during the storm (I was so lucky!) but I was still glad to have the contents of the PopSugar box, nonetheless.

PopSugar, you’ve done it again. Though this box isn’t as large or varied as September’s, it still packs a punch:

  • The Casual Vacancy, by J. K. Rowling. How could I not be excited about this? I’m cheap so I probably would have never purchased the hardcover book for myself, but I’ve been wanting to read it ever since it came out (and I’m currently patron #485 on the library’s waitlist, ugh). I love the books in the PopSugar boxes so much it almost makes me think I should cancel my subscription and just subscribe to a book delivery service…just kidding!
  • Crescent Moon Grippy Socks. When I first opened these, I just thought, “socks, yesss!” and then I realized they are for working out (“double yesss!”). I’m going to wear these when I do my at-home Barre3 workouts.
  • Red Flower Petal Topped Candle. Smells delicious, though I don’t really need a candle.
  • OPI Pink of Hearts Nail Polish Duo. I have tried them on already (hey, what else was I supposed to do while I was stuck inside during Sandy?). I like the way the pink looks with just one coat – very subtle and mature. The glittery one…I’ll be saving that for summer pedicures. Or maybe for New Year’s?
  • Pirate’s Booty. It was gone in 20 minutes. ‘Nuff said.
  • Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy. I didn’t need these and I wish they were full-sized, but I’m always looking for new hair products to make my hair healthier.
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar Gummy Bears. Okay, I’ll ‘fess up: I don’t like gummy bears. However, this isn’t PopSugar’s fault. These beautiful-looking gummy bears will get eaten by my roommate and/or coworkers, for sure.

To sum up: not as much “wow” as September’s box, but I still enjoyed it – there are enough key items in here (workout socks, book, nail polish) to keep me happy. I’m expecting a knockout box for November, just in time for the holidays. Get yours here.

Anna Karenina: the Fashion, the Literature, the Film

I have finally finished reading Anna Karenina after letting it languish on my Nook for almost a year. It’s a tough book to get through! The beginning was a little painful, but the plot picks up pace about halfway through and by the end I was actually enjoying myself.

That’s why I’m very excited that the film is coming out this winter. Very good timing for me! Though I have mixed feelings about Kiera Knightly, I do think she will make the perfect Anna. The trailers that I’ve seen so far are spectacular and very cinematic, and I’m looking forward to seeing it. (Side note: I don’t know why I’ve been so into movies lately, when usually I only see one or two a year…)

Typical of the kind of cross-promotion we see everywhere these days between brands, Banana Republic is debuting its Anna Karenina collection and has invited shoppers to experience it in-store on November 1st. Head to the Georgetown (3200 M St. NW) or Downtown (601 13th St., NW) stores at 5pm to enjoy complimentary refreshments and 25% off full-priced items. The fur, the jewels, the lace, oh my! Pick up a fur stole or some sparkly necklaces to wear to the theater (the real theater, not the movies, that is :)).

Recap: Homecoming in Williamsburg

The College of William and Mary had its annual Homecoming this past weekend. I attended, as did many of my friends from the DC area, despite the warnings for Hurricane Sandy’s approach. Luckily the storm hadn’t made its way inland yet (it barely rained) so we were okay getting there and back, but one of my Facebook friends summed it up nicely:

“I like how, despite the mounting threat of a ‘potentially devastating’ hurricane, THOUSANDS of people are skipping gleefully into the Williamsburg area this weekend. Like a reverse evacuation. W&M, you are a glorious freak show.”

Yeah. We’re crazy.

We frolicked around campus, saw a few familiar faces, and ate too much of our favorite Williamsburg foods (The Cheese Shop and Aroma’s specifically). I actually had a gift card to Aroma’s that has been in my possession since at least 2008. They accepted it — which meant free croissant/egg/cheese sandwiches! I guess I’m still a poor college kid at heart…

Some photo highlights from the weekend are below. Can’t wait to go back next year, or hopefully sooner!

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Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Last night I saw The Perks of Being a Wallflower, courtesy of Popsugar. I’m writing this in my post-movie high — I’m in such a daze from this movie. I couldn’t find anyone to go with me, but in retrospect I’m really glad I went by myself. The emotion in this film could have been hard to process with someone else.

The movie takes you right back to high school, while somehow remaining relatable and not trite. And the acting? Absolutely, totally brilliant. And the music? Ditto.

I laughed; I cried; I yelled “what?!” at the screen. A movie hasn’t moved me this much in a long, long time. I’m reluctant to compare it to another movie because I feel like that dilutes it somehow, but Perks has a “Garden State” quality to it. Just go see for yourself, and be prepared for the feeling after it ends where you want to go find your high school best friend, hug them, and cry because you are both happy and sad…

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” — Stephen Chbosky

Pictures from Ricketts Glen

Arlington Darling | Ricketts Glen 1

This weekend I went hiking and camping in Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania. It was totally worth the long drive (4.5 hours) and near-freezing temperatures (low of 39). The fall leaves were gorgeous, we saw over 22 waterfalls, we made fabulous new friends, and we learned to appreciate the ridiculous country songs that one finds on the radio in the middle of nowhere :).

Here are some of the pictures from our hike:

Arlington Darling | Ricketts Glen 2

Arlington Darling | Ricketts Glen 3

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