SEPTEMBER GOALS + PLANS | Reading List, And Updates

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Happy Wednesday, and Happy September!

September has always been my favorite month. For one, it's my birthday month. This month is also pretty exciting because I'm finally moving to France! I feel like this process has taken forever since I was accepted in April, and I'm leaving later than I had originally wanted, but I am so excited to move. There's a lot that needs to happen between now and when I leave, but that's what goals are for!
Last month, my goals were broken up by category, which worked pretty well! My notable goals were to post to Paper Macaron twice per week (which I didn't do - ended up only posting twice in the whole month), taking another calligraphy class (which I did do! Should I write a blog post about it?), and to read 5 books (I read three!).

This month, my goals are very similar, but more focused on preparing myself to leave at the end of the month.

1. Read 5 books.
Instead of just making a goal and not having any plans for achieving that goal like last month, I decided to set out which 5 books I want to read this month. Check out my Reading List section for my list of books, and let me know in the comments what you're reading this month!

2. Pack. Everything.
I'm the worst at packing. However, there is a week in between the day I leave my current job and when I have to board a plane to France, so each of those days will be devoted to one category of things I need to go through so that my room is empty when I leave.

3. Start planning some travel!
Moving to France is also such a great opportunity to travel and see places in France and Europe that I've been wanting to see forever.
I've already started (and finished!) some of the books on this list, but this is my somewhat ambitious reading list for September:

1. In Order to Live, Yeonmi Park
I've been reading a lot about North Korea lately, and I definitely read this book in less than a day. It was so heartbreaking, but also very uplifting. It was about this girl's escape from North Korea through China, and it highlighted how horrible humans can be to other humans, but also the resilience and kindness that humans can bring out in other humans. It was a quick read, and very worth it.

2. The Light of Paris, Eleanor Brown
I will always read books about Paris. This one follows two women - a grandmother and her granddaughter - in a sort of parallel timeline of the grandmother's adventure in Paris at the same time as the granddaughter is figuring out what she wants in her life and for herself. It's about art, Paris, and loving yourself.

3. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
I've actually started watching the series and I am addicted! It's about a woman who travels in time from WWII to 1743 and to the Scottish Highlands, falls in love with a rugged Scot, and basically learns how to live her life in a different century. I love the mix of history, romance, and action. It's long, but not terribly difficult, so hopefully I can get through it pretty quickly!

4. The Crown's Game, Evelyn Skye
This is another one of those history remix books that I adore, but this time set in Imperial Russia. Two sorcerers are trying to become the Imperial Enchanter, and the one who doesn't win will die. History mixed with fantasy is so much fun!

5. How to be Parisian Wherever You Are, Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Carline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas
Following up my favorite book from last month, Flirting With French, I decided to read another book about being French, and the language, culture, and fashion of my favorite country.

What are you doing this month? Any interesting books or plans? Let me know in the comments, or on Instagram!

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AUGUST FAVORITES | Pens, Notebooks, Tea

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Happy Thursday!

Overall, this summer has been pretty quiet, what with moving to France occupying most of my time and energy. However, August was by far the  most adventurous month, as I was able to take a mini-trip to Los Angeles! But today I'm sharing some of my favorite things, experiences, and events this past month before preparing for September!

Make My Notebook (

I bought one of these notebooks at the Denver Art Museum gift shop with quotes from the artists of Women of Abstract Expressionism. I must say that I was surprised how much I loved this notebook. I used one up, and then bought another. And then bought one in a different design. They are cute, made in Colorado, and the paper is pretty good quality! All of the notebooks from the DAM shop are a combo of lined, grid, and sketch paper. I wish the lined and grid paper were more fountain pen friendly, but most of my finer pens work pretty well. I use the sketch paper a lot for calligraphy practice and just general sketching. I'm considering buying one as my next bullet journal, that's how much I love them.

Bottom line: I love these notebooks.

Yellow Lamy Safari (M) 

I bought this pen because it caught my eye at an art store, and it just looked so happy! I don't usually go for yellow anything, but I have been loving this pen all the same. I reach for it a lot, whether I'm taking notes or just journaling.

Fortnum & Mason Queen Anne's Blend - Loose Leaf Tea

I bought a set of tea bags of this tea when I was studying abroad, and blew through them. So when I noticed that Williams Sonoma was carrying this type of tea, I definitely bought a tin of my favorite blend.

Field Notes Notebooks

I have been loving the pocket size lately, especially with Field Notes notebooks. I actually got a Fountain Pen Day traveler's notebook, and I have been using this size for my journal (my dear diary type stuff), brain dump, and list notebook. They are so cute, and when I carry a smaller purse I can just throw it in there and go!

Copperplate Calligraphy Practice

I took my 2nd ever formal calligraphy class this month, and I am so glad I did! I personally love the whimsical and unique style of more modern calligraphy, but learning the Copperplate alphabet was such a fun and unique challenge that I enjoyed every second of the two day class. Plus, it was at my favorite stationery store in Colorado.


This is kind of broad, but my particular museum favorites from this month were the museums I visited in Los Angeles - especially the Getty Center.

That's it for August! What did you love last month?
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