thank god it's friday. i'm ready to get home, throw on a swimsuit, and brave the cold because i can't stand being this pale for a second longer. here's what we're listening to and what you should be. perfect for your commute, evening run, or poolside fantasies. as always, let us know what you're bumping and which song we've made your new favorite.
a rush of blood // coasts
good day // nappy roots
i try // macy gray
breezeblocks // alt-j
change your ticket // one direction
shake // the head and the heart
the girl // city and colour
weight of living, pt. i // bastille
mr. brightside // the killers
cheers to the freakin' weekend
images via tumblr
you are under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago. this thought, or mantra if you will, keeps me going. this is a thing, a thing that i can do. and i love that i have the freedom to do it. hearing those words for the first time actually blew me away (in a life-view-altering kinda way), which is why i want to share it with you.
we are often stuck in this mentality of “new beginnings": "i'll start on monday” or "i'll start next month” or "i'll start on new years". but why are we waiting? especially when we aren't even guaranteed our next hour. i'll say it again: you are under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago.
it is such a refreshing statement to live by, and i try to remind myself of it more often than i'd like to admit. "wow i really don't like how i've been eating today, i'll have something super healthy for dinner." "i was kinda in a bad mood, but i am choosing to be an optimistic person." "imma be a dog person from here on out." (i am forever trying to convert people into dog people. i mean, i like cats and all, but more than dogs?? that's just unnatural). you can truly be whoever you want to be. if you watch a documentary and it makes you so squeamish that you decide to go vegan, that's a huge lifestyle change you made in just a few seconds! if you watch a sermon and you adopt religion, holy cow! you can be whoever you want to be because you are a lil galaxy walking on this earth!!!! how cool are you!!!!!
hey, you under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago.
photography by alyx gardner
my name is sara wesson, and yes, people call me by my first and last name in everyday conversation. i'm the newbie over here at aubstronomy. because of that fact, i feel like it is only necessary to share a little bit of random facts about me.
i can't wait to see where aubstronomy goes and i'm so happy/blessed that i get to have this experience with some of my best friends!
withs lots of love and coffee,
*editors mark: i would like to point out that sara and i met many moons ago but this was truly the moment we fell in love. (love, aubrey)
guys, i have a confession. i am a shopaholic. my mother will be proud and disheartened by my admittance of this. but there are some benefits of my condition! i have seen the errors of my ways (or rather my bank account statement), and have become quite the savvy shopper! i will almost only buy things on sale. also, i was rightfully dubbed an "ebay diva" by a close friend, and i am ok with that. no one will look at your sweater (that you got brand new with tags for dirt cheap!!!) and say "oh, you got that from ebay, didn't you?" you can have nice things and pay your rent too!
throughout my shopaholic years (oh yes, i was diagnosed in middle school), i have found some really incredible brands, and i cannot wait to share them with you. one that i'm crushing hard on right now is wildfox couture. i have a couple sweaters and hoodies from them that i absolutely adore. they are high quality, adorable, and oh-so soft. i am by no means a graphic tee kinda girl, but these are just so freaking cute, how could you say no? they are great pieces for everyday wear and also many of them are beach themed (can you tell i'm craving summer?). check them out and snag a pair of their sunnies while you're at it!
here at aubstronomy, we’re pretty tasteful people. we’re into a myriad of cool things, so today i thought i’d share some of those with you. kind of like a “what i have been doing with my life to distract myself and neglect my studies”.
therefore i decided to compile a list (if you haven’t noticed, we’re really big into lists here):
here’s a not-so-secret secret: people are going to try to make you feel bad about what you like, what you’re into, how nerdy you are, how cool you are. and they always will. sometimes it’s hard to ignore, sometimes it’s easy. but honestly, like what you like and don’t feel bad about it. it’s part of who you are.
so check out some of these things, and let me know what you think. also, i am always down for new suggestions and new distractions. comment and let me know if there is anything super cool i’m missing out on.
forever dorky & young
maybe it's this cold weather. maybe it's that dumb groundhog's opinion. or maybe it's because i've been in colorado skiing for the past few days. but oh my god, am i ready for summer.
don't get me wrong, it's absolutely breathtaking up here (despite a wee cold and a slight case of altitude sickness). but it hit me earlier today when i actually got excited that the high was 32*. the high temperature was the freezing point of water. and i was happy about that. now that is just wrong. i live on the beach. i am cold if it's under 70*. i hate wearing pants. i have never been more acutely aware that i am ready for sandy hair and salty air than i am right now.
and so i have a few ideas on what is going to be hot this summer (other than you). right now i'm loving:
what's your summer style forecast? i'd love to hear your feedback in the comments!
wake me up in april.
change, who am i?
who is this girl wearing the ugliest sweater ever and why don’t i recognize her? (thoughts middle school me would have if she saw high school me)
okay so you’ve just now realized you’re not that into pokemon anymore, and it’s really bumming you out. i’m with you. hello, my name is mary lynn and i just turned 19, and my first year of college is coming to a close. (can you say mini freakout???)
in middle school, i was this crazy tiny person who ran around and was crazy. in high school, i was this girl who read a lot of books, and was “chill”. now, i’m in college and i have no idea what is a single word that can describe me in all of my complexity. change happens to the best of us. in fact, it happens to all of us. you won’t notice it at first, but one day you’ll be scrolling through your facebook photos and realize you are not the same person who enjoyed the suite life of zack and cody. some things won’t change either. like fall out boy is absolutely still my favorite band, and i still hate oatmeal. yet i am an entirely different mary lynn these days.
it’s kind of scary you know? how could i have become so different without realizing it, and what can i do to stop it. you can’t. you just have to roll with it. the thing is that, you are incredible. really. you are made of bones, and blood, and veins, and organs, and muscles, and they all talk to each other to make you work. it’s truly incredible. you can form thoughts every day and you have opinions on the weather. you are alive. and every day you are learning new things about yourself. how do you know that you love greek food if you haven’t tried it? isn’t that amazing. there are a billion trillion places you haven’t been and food you haven’t eaten and people you haven’t met that will influence you in ways you can hardly begin to imagine. have you fallen in love yet? what, me neither! but i hear it’s life-changing. and we get to experience that.
change is inevitable, because change is growth. growing into who you are, who you want to be, discovering yourself. so don’t be scared, even though it is scary. i promise you this though, it is entirely normal perhaps even a little exciting?? so embrace the change! take on the weird and the wonderful! do the dangerous! live your life and love yourself! fall in love with someone who doesn’t speak your language! adopt a dog!
this person that is you is waiting to be known. go and find her/him.
i’m doing the same.
p.s. i know my word now. i’m that person who gets really deep, really fast.
happy friday! over here at aubstronomy, we can't think of a better way to kick off the weekend than with some fresh tunes. mary lynn and i (along with our friend sara, who will be joining us in march!) will be compiling little playlists periodically of songs we can't stop listening to. not all of these are brand new or even obscure, it's just what we turn up when they come on shuffle. enjoy, and leave some recommendations of what you're jamming to in the comments!
things sure have changed // the lonely biscuits
by the way // nick gill
avalanche // walk the moon
like real people do // hozier
maps // the front bottoms
say my name (ft. zyra) // odesza
thunder // penny & sparrow
my door // dan hyde
budapest // george ezra
let us know which ones are your favorites!
sunnies: ray-ban jacket: forever 21 shirt: h&m jeans: forever 21
shoes: jeffery campbell arm candy: cartier watch: fossil
photography: dylan mitchell
it's my party and i'll have a complete mental breakdown if i want to.
nothing can prepare you for turning eighteen. it's not like other birthdays where "it doesn't really feel like my birthday," because oh my god it does feel like your birthday. it also feels like a the biggest semi-truck ever running over you 2,346,924 times. and for some reason, everyone tells you "happy birthday" in the worst ways possible. for future reference, please never congratulate someone on another year of not dying with the following:
all of these questions and exclamations are absolutely terrifying. i don't like being reminded that i can now kick it behind "big-girl" bars. i have no idea where i'm going to school yet so ask me again on move-in day. overnight, i have tuned into an "adult". there is a reason peter pan is my favorite disney film. growing up is terrifying and i don't really want to do it.
but at the same time, it's almost a relief to reach the big 1-8 milestone. it feels like you can leave the past completely behind if you want to. the awkward middle school years feel like they happened to someone else instead of you. and you have so many birthdays still ahead of you. thirty feels like a lifetime away. i still have college and getting married and a career left in me. i haven't stopped growing yet. and that's a really good feeling.
another candle please
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if you're like me, you probably wait until the very last minute to buy gifts. i know boys are also super notorious for this (blame two brothers for making me "just one of the guys"), so i've made a little list of some of the things girls really want for valentine's day. you can thank me later, buddy.
and just like that, all her friends are saying she's "sooooo luckyyyyy" to have a guy like you. these are all great for any occasion, so refer back to them for birthdays, anniversaries, surprises, and other wrapping paper holidays. you'll be glad you did.
what you wish someone had told you about your first semester of college:
college is fun and awesome and wonderful, but first semester isn't all sunshine and rainbows and casually getting adopted by that group of cool hipsters.
especially if you’re me, and especially if you are maybe not as well-adjusted as you thought you were. change is a word that in theory, i am totally all about, but in reality terrifies me. you see, the thing is i like to know that if i’m going to starbucks to do homework, aubrey is hands down 100% going to be there too, or know exactly where i will sit and who will be there during break at school.
which is why i have no idea why i thought going to a university six hours away from home, in the middle of nowhere, on top of a mountain where i virtually knew no one, would be a good idea. but as it turns out, it totally was. i just had to get through the dreaded first semester.
of course it is not that bad at all and i’m being super dramatic, but i’ve compiled a list of things i wish someone had told me anyways.
and just like that first semester is over. you still have your doubts at this point, like maybe this school isn’t what i thought it would be, maybe it isn't right for me. then christmas break happens, and you realize that you miss your school and the weird people you have met there. then second semester starts, and you are driving back to a place you can now call home and you finally feel like like you are accepted and that you belong.
college is absolutely wonderful, guys. i hope everyone gets to experience it. remember that you chose that school for a reason, so give it a chance. you won’t regret it.
all my love & best of luck,
p.s. i go to sewanee: the university of the south, and if anyone is interested/has questions i would be more than happy to answer them (seriously i could drone on for days about sewanee. YSR!).
p.s.s. we didn’t rush till second semester and i would love to give advice/offer my opinion on that as well. it’s an awesome thing.
i am eternally grateful for my favorite lil photo fairy alyx for taking the first session of my senior portraits a few months ago at the county fair. nothing gets you feelin' yourself quite like a glittery dress and a wee bit of editing.
self-confidence is something that everybody struggles with, especially young girls and women. it's something so gripping and so ignored. it can't be cured with a simple "no, you look fine" or "just love yourself, honey". it's fueled by multi-billion dollar industries and glossy magazine pages. it takes so long to build up an immunity to it, but can be broken down with one word. why do we let these things define us? it's not easy to change how we see ourselves in the middle of this highlight-reel society. loving yourself won't just happen overnight.
but there are little things you can do. and one day all those little things will add up to one big thing and you'll have a moment when you realize "oh god, i love myself". here are some little things that get me through the bad days:
it won't be fixed forever. you will still have doubts and you will still have bad days. but it gets so much better. try one of these, or make a list of your own to go back to.
go drink some tea
okay let’s talk books. are you one of those types who feels an immediate sense of comfort when you walk into a bookstore? or do you often claim that barnes & noble is your favorite store? and you have this sort-of issue where you’re always buying books even if you never read them?
whelp that’s me! a bonafide book nerd.
i’m mary lynn and this is my space to vent. welcome.
i have been book-obsessed for about seven years now, but obviously over the years my tastes have varied and changed. no worries, we are going to cover all genres here. as a nineteen-year-old with a laptop and a car, books can be surprisingly hard to find. i’m a cover and synopsis type of gal, yet sometimes these things can be less than satisfactory. so i know how hard it can be to find some really good fiction, which i fully believe is something that we all need.
and here, i will be your supplier with things like recommendations and book reviews and all sorts of book-nerdy things. i hope you enjoy.
today, we are starting with my twelve-year-old self because she was great. and little twelve-year-old me was obsessed with PERCY JACKSON by rick riordan.
(here are the original covers for the five novels)
these novels are awesome. seriously. they are filled with excellent dialogue, kick-ass adventures, cool-as-cucumber characters, and the best part is i got to read them as i grew up (in the first book percy is twelve too aka awesomesauce).
i read these like last year and they were still just as great the first time around for various excellent reasons, but i shall list some of my faves:
also, they recently recovered the novels and they look epic. rick riordan has written other series based off mythological legends that are definitely worth being checked out. thanks guys, look out for more book recs coming your way.
p.s. me and aubrey are deeply in love
"soulmates? i think they exist. just not always romantically. i think there are certain people you will meet in your life who you just connect with more than anyone else and you just know it isn't a typical thing and you understand each other perfectly. and this person won't always be your "significant other" i mean it could be your friend or sibling or parent or teacher or the person you're dating or whoever, it could be just about anyone you've ever interacted with." (author unknown).
have you ever heard the greek myth that people used to have four arms, four legs, and a head with two faces? zeus feared the power humans had and split them in two. now, we are wandering through life, in search of our other half. there are people out there and they will make you believe this myth to be true. one of these people for me is my best friend mary lynn. we have been inseparable from my freshman year of high school and she is my second favorite human being on this earth (i love my mum too much).
mary lynn has been considering blogging as well, so why not collaborate? you'll be seeing her around aubstronomy doing book reviews, making playlists, and maybe posting her own work? on thing is for sure though, this lil lady is an english major specializing in creative writing at sewanee, so she knows what she's talking about! she has so much talent and heart, and i can't wait to see where she takes aubstronomy.
watch this space!
hello! my name is aubrey, the author of aubstronomy. i started my instagram page the summer of 2011 as a fun way to interact with my friends and family, but have picked up a few more followers along the way. several of those lovely people brought up the idea of blogging, and here we are! the transition from high school to college is a huge and exciting one, and i cannot wait to document everything along the way. these are the years of self-discovery, especially in style. my personal tastes have grown so much and i know they will continue through this scary journey called "young adulthood". in a nutshell, i blog because i love life and want to share it (and because one day i'll want to remember a wrinkle-free me).
here's to the fun years!
documenting the fun years.