Fat Tuesday FTW

Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as Mardi Gras Day or Shrove Day. It is a day when people eat all they want of everything and anything they want as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians.Source

Or, if you’re like me – you skip the whole fasting period afterwards and just enjoy Fat Tuesday.

Eat your heart out.

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Goldendoodle Pups

No one likes a Monday morning – or I don’t, anyways. So this Monday morning I’m sharing a post that will hopefully make yours a little brighter!

This weekend I was invited to tag along with my brother and his fiancé to help pick out the new Goldendoodle puppy that they will be bringing home next month! There were eleven puppies in the litter and they had third pick out of the boys.

The puppies were so tiny and SO soft. It was hard to leave them there after spending time holding them and watching them play! We were able to meet the parents – a Golden Retriever, Duke, and a standard Poodle, Georgia. Both were incredibly friendly so I can see why the Goldendoodle breed is known for having a good-natured personality.

If I didn’t already have Little Pop I would need to take one of those sweet pups home for myself. Thankfully I’ll get to spend time with Shawn & Sarah’s new puppy – Tucker – when he comes home in a few weeks!

 

Which Personality Type is Your Love Match?

If you are of the millennial generation, you’ve probably wasted a number of hours taking pointless Buzzfeed or other online quizzes. Are these quizzes really going to predict your life? Probably not. But they’re fun, mindless, and great for procrastinating. So here’s another one for you combining two of my favorite things – love, and personality type! ❤

This quiz is free and takes under five minutes. Bonus: it was created by Truity, which is actually a pretty reputable data source in the personality science realm.

My results:

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This is quite funny because my boyfriend is an INFP (yes, I’ve made him take the test) and I have to say, the detailed results described him pretty well. Maybe you’ll find your personality soulmate too.

Take the quiz here!

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(Sorry John.)

Book Review: The Opposite of Loneliness

We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.

The Opposite of Loneliness was one of my favorite books I read in 2016 (and I read a lot of them), which is why it was the first book I pulled off of my shelf to review and share with you.

The Opposite of Loneliness is a compelling book with a tragic backstory. It’s the kind of book you read cover-to-cover even though it is a string of individual stories and essays. The author, Marina Keegan, was an English student at Yale. She was killed in a car crash in 2012, just days after graduating magna cum laude. Her family, friends and professors compiled this award-winning collection of her work to honor her memory. The book title is taken from an essay Marina wrote for the graduation issue of the Yale Daily News. I won’t spoil the content for you, but if you read anything at all from this book, read that essay.

We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two year olds. We have so much time.

Right from the book’s Introduction, wherein Yale professor Anne Fadiman quotes a number of emails from Marina, I felt a connection with Marina and with the book. In her stories, you see the brilliance of her writing; but in her everyday emails, she’s a normal, young twenty-something who writes with the same passionate energy that I feel. Add this to the fact that her essay, The Opposite of Loneliness, hit me at the exact time in my life that she had been: a recent college graduate preparing to face life. I feel I might have to read this book again now (one year later) just to relive the experience.

I’ve listed a couple more of my favorite quotes from the book below. I invite you to order this book and bask in the wonderful work Marina left behind.

I will love for love and the rest will take care of itself.

It was subtle. Quick. But it said everything. Absolutely, absolutely everything.

 

 

Nasty Gal Closing Sale

In case you haven’t heard, our favorite #GirlBoss has closed the doors of her two retail stores, and is shutting down her business.

It’s a sad day for girl bosses everywhere. Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso inspired so many women, and she proved that you don’t have to wear a business suit to be a CEO. – Self

Many a female has read and been inspired by Sophia Amoruso’s book, myself included.

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Though I’m so sad to see the company go, the real reason I’m posting is to notify you that everything is 50% off on the the Nasty Gal website right now. 50% OFF. Including these adorably pink Jeffrey Campbell metallic flats, which I’ve already snatched for myself.

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Happy shopping you #GirlBoss, you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Though I am well aware that the world has mixed opinions about old St. Valentine, I LOVE this holiday. I always have; because I love love. Sure maybe Hallmark does capitalizes on this day, but who cares? (Hate to break it, businesses capitalize on your emotions on the reg). I think it’s really sweet that there is an official day dedicated to sharing love. ❤

I’ve spent Valentine’s Day in a relationship and I’ve spent it single, and I’ve had a great time both ways. My Vtine’s agenda is always just to spend the day doing whatever I want to do. This year, I celebrated early with a trip to the mall and some online shopping. Among other things, I purchased these for myself:

  • February Cosmopolitan mag with girl crush Ruby Rose on the cover – disclaimer, I didn’t even have to leave the house to get this one. It was delivered
  • Kylie Cosmetics Koko Kollection – okay I didn’t have to leave the house for this one either. I held off on purchasing anything Kylie for a long time strictly on principle. But then I realized that people actually loved her products. My willpower can only last so long
  • Too Faced Love Flush blush in Your Love is King – I could NOT resist this product as a self-given Valentine’s gift. Unlimited props to the Too Faced packaging team
  • MAC Shadescents Perfume in Candy Yum Yum – Did you know MAC has fragrance? I received a small sample with another order and fell in love with this scent. It’s delicious without going full Jessica Simpson Cupcake (tbt)
  • New Shades – Because I found a cute little boutique within the mall and they were under $20

 

Since my SO lives in another state, tonight is all about #1 (and #2). And since I already celebrated with my little shopping splurge, I’ll probably spend the evening watching Netflix and eating pizza. That’s love if I’ve ever felt it.


Fun fact for the anti-mushy crowd: “Valentinus” comes from the Latin word for worthy, strong or powerful — if that doesn’t inspire you to treat yo’ self then I don’t know what will.

So what is an “INFJ” anyways?

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I’m sure some of you are curious about my blog name – INFJacqueline. I’ve already been receiving questions as to what the INFJ portion of that stands for. I mention this briefly on my About page (quoted below), but I think the topic is worthy of a post in itself. So here goes!

If you don’t know what the “INFJ” in my blog name stands for, you’re probably slightly less nerdy than I am; it’s a nod to my Myers-Briggs personality type. INFJ‘s make up a pretty small portion of the population…in other words, we’re pretty rare sort of weird.

I’m a total geek when it comes to anything personality-related. Mostly because human behavior fascinates me. Also because I’m a researcher who likes to analyze, categorize, and understand things anyways. But I’m not the only one who is interested in this field…Back in 1943, Katharine Cook Briggs was so perplexed by her future son-in-law that she began researching different temperaments. She stumbled upon the work of Carl Jung (high school psychology class, anyone?) and her work began. The results of her study? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®).

My MBTI type is INFJIntroversion (I), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Judgment (J). My full personality profile is pictured below. My type makes up an estimated one percent of the population, but that didn’t stop INFJ’s such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa from leaving their mark.

You can find a ton of information detailing each personality type online. Here are some links specific to mine:

If you want to check out your own personality type, there’s a good (free) test here. Enjoy!

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Meet Poppy!

Say hello to my 8-pound sidekick, Poppyseed (aka “Poppy” or “Little Pop”). We think Poppy is a Chihuahua/Shih Tzu mix, but we’re not 100% sure since she was a rescue puppy.

I adopted Poppy from Good Karma Puppy Rescue at the end of October. The first day I brought her home, she weighed in at 1 lb 5 oz, and was so small she had to wear a ferret harness!

She’s about six months old now and has grown so much! Now she has one ear that isn’t quite sure where to go, and an oddly cute Shih Tzu underbite.

Things Poppy Likes:

  • Her favorite whale squeaky toy
  • Sniffing around outside
  • Eating leaves
  • Licking peoples’ faces incessantly
  • Hiding under my bed
  • Belly rubs

My mom brought home Poppy’s brother, Clayton, on the same day. The two are inseparable, so it wouldn’t be right to leave him out of the photos. These two crazy pups are in training school at PetSmart right now – so I’ll keep you posted on whether they pass their final exam in a couple of weeks!

Welcome!

You made it to my blog!

I’ve decided to take a leap and join the millions of others who share a little bit of their soul on the internet.

I’ll be sharing all kinds of posts: things happening in my life, (good) books I’ve read, food/recipes (if I can manage to make anything edible), and anything else that makes me happy! Please feel free to leave comments or reach out via the Contact page up above. I hope you enjoy following along!

xo