'I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.'

Elsie de Wolf


Crisp fall air, sitting in an air-conditioned car after a hard workout, long runs, limes, lanterns, dance floors.


A caught-up journal, morning workouts that put you on track for the day, bright t-shirts, dripping candles, deer in your front yard!

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I wouldn’t be able to run a blog without the help of some very fine friends + colleagues who helped me get my start in the book world. All the love in the world to Reut, Willa, Aneeqah, Emily, Brent, Jeremy, Jeffrey, Alexa, Erica, and others, including the personal friends who keep me going outside of the cybersphere. The pitfall of an acknowledgements section is that I could go on forever!


Being around children, vintage posters, light flickering through trees, peaches, clean ballet lines, sea air, getting caught in the rain.

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rediscovering old playlists loaded with music you listened to in middle school, noticing new details about a space you spend a lot of time in, watching talented people.

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swimming under waves, salt-dried hair, cheeks pink from the sun, standing up!!!

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Images from Pinterest.

While I love to read and journal, one of my favorite pastimes in the digital sphere is to capture things that make me happy. There’s so much inspiration! I’m a huge “little things” girl. Most books I love contain those elements: the specificity and sensory images that make a story feel real. Call it a mood or aesthetic if you want. You can find specifically curated mood boards here. Here’s what makes me happy at the moment.


Jazz playlists before sleeping, doing homework with friends, successfully cooking a risky meal, caprese salads, English breakfast tea, genuine questions, genuine answers, Bean the Bear, fresh school supplies.

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Handwritten letters from good friends, new muscles forming (and being sore!), playing piano while it’s raining outside, coffee-flavored ice cream, dogs being excited to see you.

outdoor showers, wispy blouses, lavender, tan lines…


Birds hopping around when you’re at a table outside. Hammocks. Sitting on bales of hay.


Clunky shoes, watching kids’ movies for comfort, slow dancing songs, crinkly maps, sweater socks.


A hot bath, the sensation of awe, skylines, Leon Bridges.

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Massive t-shirts that swallow you a little, embroidery, a cold glass of water when you’re really thirsty, homemade desserts, LONG walks, being proud of others.