I used to play the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone PC game religiously in middle school. Besides totally owning Quidditch practice and mastering my spells, I loved the school uniforms in the game. They were slightly different from the movie versions, and became my fashion benchmark. I bought Mary Janes and wore my socks (that were not knee high socks) as far they could stretch up my leg with my Catholic school uniform. I liked the look, despite the teasing at school about my socks.
Fast forward to today, and I still like the school uniform style. I actually plan to purchase a more grown-up style of Mary Janes for fall, but until then, I paired a loose button up blouse with a striped skirt that is fit for a Charms lesson.
Despite waiting in thunderstorms for the bus and not being able to escape the smell of urine on the train, my morning commute has been a little sweeter thanks to ‘Where’d you go, Bernadette?’ by Maria Semple. Semple used to write for Arrested Development, which is very evident in this novel. If you like stories with an unconventional structure and quick wit, you’ll love this book.
“Grace said, “I’m bored.” “Yeah,” Bee mimicked, “I’m bored.” Bernadette pulled the car over, took off her seat belt, and turned around. “That’s right,” she told the girls. “You’re bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”