The Preppy Scientist

Monday, January 22, 2018

Three Winter Reads

I challenged myself to read 30 books this year, and while I started off strong my momentum has definitely slowed a little bit. I'm going to tackle my challenge by trying to a read a book per week. It seems like a lot, but I think doing that will force me to make time for reading instead of treating it as an afterthought. I've picked out three books I will read over the next three weeks and I'm rounding them here today!

What I Know for Sure // Oprah Winfery 
I have always been a huge Oprah fan. I'm not sure if it's because my mom wanted to name me Oprah at birth (yes, really) or simply because she is such a force in the world. I was so so moved by her speech at the Golden Globe awards and from that day on I was more obsessed with Oprah than ever before. What I know For Sure started out as an article in O magazine, which later transformed into this book. It's filled with Oprah's knowledge and advice for life's harder days. 

This Changes Everything // Naomi Klien
I picked this book up on a whim and I'm so glad I did! Naomi explores the intersection of capitalism and climate change. There is no doubt our climate is changing rapidly, and it's possible to slow it down - but we really need to address the way huge companies take advantage of our environment. 

The Little Book of Hygge // Meik Wiking
I know I am super late to the Hygge trend - but I did some research and I'd really like to adopt the way of life. Hygge is a Danish word not easily translated to English, which essentially means comfort and togetherness. The Little Book of Hygge teaches you different ways to incorporate the practice into your life. I'm excited to dig into this book and add some more happiness to my life!

What is next up on your reading list?

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Weekend Links

I'm bringing Weekend Links back! When you spend a significant amount of time online - it's easy to find links and videos you want to share, but running into the issue of it not quite being enough for its own post. 

This week as a whole was pretty unremarkable, minus the fact that I got to the gym 5 times this week. I'm really committed to my goal of climbing the CN tower and I count every work out as a small victory to making it there. 

One // Filmmaking Is A Sport 

Casey Neistat is one of Youtube's top creators and his newest video shows why. In the video, he explores why he began making videos on YouTube. The way he redefines what it means to be successful is truly inspiring and I really felt like I could do anything when the video was over! 

Two // Shay Mitchell's 'Shaycation' 

I am (not so) secretly obsessed with Shay Mitchell's YouTube channel. The videos she does with the PLL cast are so cute, but I stay for her Shaycation series. The videos are essentially high-quality ads for the places she visits, with a behind the scenes twist. I love that she shows actual activities you can do and that she makes an effort to interact with the locals wherever she goes. Her Greece video is my all-time favourite of the series! 

Three // Sherpa Sweater 

It has been so unbearably cold in Toronto for the past few weeks that I have gone crazy buying cozy sweaters. I picked this sherpa sweater up on a whim - and I'm so glad I did. It is SO cozy and layers perfectly under my coat. It's currently 20% off 

Four // Toronto Makes the HQ2 Shortlist 

Amazon recently revealed the 20 cities moving on to the next round of selection for it's newest Headquarters. The whole thing (bizarrely) feels like sorority recruitment - as I imagine they will cut the qualifying cities down to 10. I'm so happy Toronto made it to the shortlist because I think having HQ2 here would be awesome. I was also rooting for Detroit because their bid video was so powerful and I went to university in the area, but sadly they didn't make it. 

Five // Canadian Olympic Flag Bearers
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have been named as Canada's Olympic flag bearers. I am so happy for them and really excited to watch the opening ceremonies. They will be the first ever pair to lead Canada into the Olympics so it's a really special moment. Aside from being excellent ice dancers, Tessa and Scott are a fun, humble pair and a joy to watch on the ice!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Valentine's Day Dress Ideas

This post may seem early - but it's just under a month until Valentine's Day! I didn't realize how soon the holiday was approaching until I saw a huge (and slightly creepy) Valentine's Day teddy bear display at Wal-Mart.

Though I have been chronically single for the past few (read: lost count) Valentine's Days, I still love the holiday. It's cheesy, it's fun and if you're in the same boat as me - it's a great day to show some extra gratitude to the people who love and support you. On Valentine's Day, I usually watch the namesake movie (I can't resist) and get dressed up for fun! I love anything pink, ruffly, sparkly and flowy! 

Whether you are having a date night, Galentine's Day party or just want to dress up for yourself - a fun feminine dress is necessary. 

Below you'll find some of my top picks for Valentine's day dresses!

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