8 Lessons In Long-Distance Love

    photo 1One year ago, I was hesitant to start a relationship at all, let alone a long-distance one. After a tumultuous breakup that resembled a World War, I took a hiatus from exercising my poor choice in men and embarked on a personal project. With somewhat of an “Eat, Pray, Love” mindset, a handful of unappealing first dates, and a library of female-focused literature of the “Lean In” variety, I was bent on staying single.

    While my persistence was focused on solidarity, I had a suitor who was just as determined. He was intelligent, extremely accomplished, driven, and ridiculously kind; his level of morality soared far above the bar my last relationship set. It all sounds flawless, but he was 1,000 miles away from being perfect. Continue Reading


    For the Record: Kishi Bashi

    Courtesy of NPR

    Courtesy of NPR

    Genre: Read on…

     Favorite Tracks: “Atticus in the Desert,” “Q&A,” “Chester’s Burst All Over the Hamptons,” “Manchester” and “It All Began with a Burst”

    Everything that defines conventionalism is everything that Kishi Bashi lacks. He is irrefutably the most unique performer I’ve ever seen live, unparagoned by a majority of artists in his genre – or should I say realm? See, Kishi Bashi has created his own superlative with a genuine sound that is difficult to categorize. You can try to frame it into indie, psychedelic, electro pop, but after much debate you’ll only be settling.

    K. Ishibashi (known as Kishi Bashi), previously in Jupiter One and Of Montreal, has the potential to push the bounds of musicality. TEDMED couldn’t have put it better: “Like the words that inspire him, ichi-go ichi-e – each moment is unique – Kishi Bashi’s multilayered violin-techno-pop music is truly one of a kind.” This may sound slightly hyperbolic, but I’m over the moon about this artist and here’s why:

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    Life as a J. Crew Virgin

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    I recently entered the golden gates of J. Crew [insert confusion, head scratch, wail, or “what the heck” sentiment here] and made a purchase for the very first time. On its surface, J. Crew has always been pretty people selling pretty items that were pretty expensive for the struggling college student I was. While visiting Orlando’s Mall at Millennia, I decided to take a peek to see what I was missing… and I was really missing a lot.

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    There’s nothing comparable to the feeling of turning a page. Whether fact or fiction, books have a magical pull to take us into another world or even propel us into our own future. Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS has recently dominated my reading list. Amoruso, fashion arbiter and CEO of Nasty Gal, reminds us that sometimes climbing up the generic ladder is the quickest way to go nowhere. After failing to follow suit in college and the workforce, she cultivated one of the fastest growing companies on purse ambition.

    To celebrate National Book Lovers Day, I’m giving away a new copy of #GIRLBOSS.  Here is how you can get your hands on one:

    1) Follow @cupofcharisma on Instagram

    2) Repost the giveaway photo on your Instagram and tag @cupofcharisma and #charismareads 

    BONUS: Comment on this blog post with your favorite book and receive two extra entries!

    A random winner will be chosen on Aug. 15. Happy reading!

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    A Wordy Wardrobe


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    Bibliophiles rejoice – your love for style and curling up with a good book have joined forces. Some of us love a turning a page as much, if not more, as playing dress up. Out of Print Clothing is the out-of-this-world library of fashions you are going devour.

    Clever clothing, dainty jewelry, and social good are a few of my favorite things. I, of course, was beyond ecstatic when I stumbled upon Out of Print Clothing, a brand whose pieces revolve around iconic and often out of print literature. The company works closely with artists, authors, and publishers to make this awesome anomaly real.

    The best part? While you celebrate your love of literature, you’re spreading your passion to others who lack the resources you do. Get this straight: every product sold = one book donated to a community in need with Books for Africa.

    Before you pat yourself on the back after finding your favorite novelty look, here are a few of my must-haves:

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