Birthday Wish List · 27th Birthday

April 22, 2017

CHLOÉ Roses de Chloè.
Chloé Drew Mini in Cement Pink.
Northanger Abbey and Middlemarch in Penguin's Clothbound edition.
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea.


CHARLENE ZALE

Book Haul · March 2017

April 5, 2017


The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag.

The Muse by Jessie Burton.


CHARLENE ZALE

Exploring Dunedin with Lea + My First Vlog

March 19, 2017

Last Saturday my friend Lea and I explored Dunedin, I also filmed and edited my very first vlog. I believe this was my third or fourth visit here, but it was her first. I remember once I had told her that Downtown Dunedin reminded me so much of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls, that was back when they still had the little independent bookshop. Ever since then she always wanted to visit and we found the perfect opportunity to go. The skies were blue on Saturday and it was a beautiful day. We drank coffee at Sips, which is one of our places for "coffee dates", before we began our little journey to Dunedin. When we arrived we looked around at all the shops, we probably spent the most time browsing the thrift shops. Soon after we began to look for a place to eat. We ate lunch at a place called Cafe Alfresco. Earlier we decided to eat an Irish pub, but we ran into two problem. We were being ignored for far too long and never really got a chance to order, also the place wasn't too vegetarian friendly (I'm the vegetarian, not Lea). After lunch we went to the ice cream parlor to grab a treat and from there we went to visit the other shops which were closer to the water. We have already started planning for future adventures, one will take us all the way to Washington D.C. later on in the year.

The next day, a grey rainy Sunday, I sat in a bookshop for five hours to finish my literature work and put together my first vlog of our trip. It was a lot easier than I had imagined. That said, my vlogging and editing skills have a lot of room for improvement, but I'm quite happy with the way my first one came out. You can find my vlog at the end of this post or at youtube.com/charlenezale.

CHARLENE ZALE

Book Haul · February 2017

March 5, 2017


The Age of Enlightenment by Variety of Authors

The Elements of Style by E. B. White and William Strunk Jr.

Thomas Jefferson: Author of America by Christopher Hitchens.

Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen.

Lost Histories by Joel Levy.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America by Thomas Flemming.

CHARLENE ZALE

Meeting Jessica

February 27, 2017

After almost a decade of friendship, Jessica (Wonder Riot Blog) and I finally met in person for the first time yesterday. The crazy part? We live in the same city. We first became friends in 2008 via MySpace. I attended high school with a mutual friend of ours. I believe that was how she stumbled across my profile and discovered we had similar interests, so she sent me a friend request. I'm not going to lie, our friendship has been rocky throughout the years, but I refuse to go into detail because it no longer matters. What I will say is that I am so happy we remained friends, stayed in touched, and finally met. My only regret is that we didn't meet in person sooner. If we had, I think there would have been some incredible memories behind us. The good thing is that I now know that our mutual love of the arts, coffee and tea, trying new foods, photography, and traveling is going to result in plenty of adventures in the future.


I initially thought our meeting would be awkward, but surprisingly it was anything but. We first exchanged gifts in a parking lot (okay, maybe that's a little awkward). I received my second Ravenclaw gift from her, among other lovely picks. We then had brunch over conversation at The Grind, a local coffee shop. From there we decided to head over to Mojo Books & Records since Jessica had never been before. I had to introduce her to that magical place. I did buy a few books (I'll mention them later in my February Book Haul post) and I purchased one American History documentary. She purchased two DVDs, although I still say she should have purchased a Star Wars book. I spent the most time browsing the books in the History, Classics, and Young Adult sections. While she took interest in the Christian and Science Fiction genres. After our purchases we sat in the cafe area to drink lattes and talk some more. I certainly foresee more books and lattes in our future. This was just the beginning.

CHARLENE ZALE
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