The Preppy Scientist

Friday, June 23, 2017

Currently Reading: The Hate U Give

I'm super excited about today's Currently Reading post because the novel I am featuring has received a lot of praise and recognition. Though technically a young adult novel, I do think the themes are appropriate for older audiences as well. When I was paying for this book (and some others) the bookstore cashiers all gathered around and told me how much they loved the story and admittedly, I was skeptical. I've bought books at the advice of bookstore staff before and didn't really like them - but I'm so glad I read this one! 

From the cover: 
"The novel follows protagonist Starr Carter, a 16-year-old black high school student who witnesses a white police officer shooting her unarmed best friend Khalil. Starr Carter moves between her two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school that she and her brothers attend. The balance of these two worlds collapse when she sees her childhood friend die at the hands of a cop. Khalil, Starr's best friend was unarmed. Everyone wants to know what took place that night and the only person who can answer that is Starr. But the problem is that what Starr says might endanger her life and her home."

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The Hate U Give is definitely not a quick or easy read, but it is a great story and I highly recommend it!

PS: I am on Goodreads!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nautical Hues

Full disclosure: I've worn this outfit a handful of times already. I loved it so much (and received a lot of compliments 😉) so I decided to bring it to the blog! 

I love combining navy and white. It's virtually impossible to look bad and the crisp colours are perfect for summer. For this specific outfit, I have a really fun cut out tunic paired with a pair of basic navy chino shorts. The fabric of the top is super lightweight and the cutouts make it perfect for a warmer day. The shorts are pretty basic and just really comfortable. With a fancier top - you really don't need an elaborate bottom. 

This outfit would be perfect for a date night or drinks with friends!

Top (similar) // Shorts // Purse // Shoes // Necklace // 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Why I Shop Local

This past Saturday was the opening day of my local farmer's market and I was super excited to wake up early and attend. Throughout winter, when it's more difficult to shop local farms - I long for the farmer's market. You can buy just about everything you need from the vendors: bread, cheese, vegetables, and even fresh pasta. After shopping at the market for a few summers now, I've come to realize that it's really important to support your local farmers and merchants. So this is why I shop local (when I can).

1. You support a local family
It feels really great knowing that when you hand money over to a farmer, it's going directly to the family and the farm. I've spoken with some vendors and they tell me how they use their farm earnings to send their children to extracurriculars, provide jobs, or simply pay their bills and I think that's wonderful. Farmer's work incredibly hard and the season is so short - so I'd much rather spend my money there than a multi-billion dollar company with little integrity.

2. You know where the food is coming from.
A huge plus for me is knowing that I'm getting food which is naturally in season and it didn't travel far to get here. In the winter, a lot of food is imported from all over the world - but a lot of the time the food is not in season and the quality is just not the same. Also transporting food from other places is not the best for our environment and invasive species sometimes make their way into the transport and disrupt ecosystems.

3. You waste less food
This is another big one for me. Since you have to use cash at the market, you tend to be more aware of how much money you are spending on food. For many of us when we grocery shop; we are focused on getting anything and everything, swiping our card and going home. I sometimes even forget what I bought or question how I spent so much on seemingly so little. I also end up throwing things away because I didn't realize it was in the fridge and it spoiled. 
At the market, because there aren't as many 'things' around, I go in with a plan of what I'd like to eat for the week and buy accordingly. Plus it's hard to carry a lot of things around at a market - so that's also a great incentive!

4. It's better for you
Combining the last two points, shopping local is better for you. Not only are you outside and getting some movement in your food isn't riddled with pesticides, preservatives, and growth hormones. Strawberries aren't the size of your palm, cheese is fresher and you will notice that the food won't keep as long. This is not a bad thing - in fact it's great! 

Do you shop local? 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Little White Dress

I think I have found the perfect white dress for summer. I saw this at Winners, immediately tried it on and loved it. It's just so cute and lightweight - which is great because we are currently experiencing a heat wave in Toronto.

The white is super bright - a true white - which can be hard to find. A lot of white dresses are actually an off white, which looked a little strange on.

The hemline detail is probably my favourite part of the dress. It's so cute.
I also love the fit of the dress. I sometimes have a hard time with button tops because of my chest, but this dress has a lot of room so there is no gaping. A huge win for me!

I love the look of white and turquoise paired together. These earrings are not fussy at all and there is also a matching necklace. The gold beaded bracelet is really unique and I love how it ties the look together. Adding a gold throw would be a good idea for a chillier day or if you wore the dress out at night.

Dress (similar) // Wedges // Throw // Earrings // Necklace (sold out online) // Bracelet // Sunglasses

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