Oxford’s Covered Market

Oxford's Covered Market | Lexie Winslow
The Covered Market decked out for Christmas, including the fresh geese.

I spent my junior year abroad at Oxford University and it was an incredible experience in a wonderful place. One of the parts of Oxford that charmed me the most was the historic Covered Market. This assemblage of storefronts and stalls feels like a holdover from another time. You can buy fresh game, handmade leather goods, exquisite cakes, flowers, and nicknacks of all kinds. It was especially festive this time of year – I’m pretty sure nobody loves Christmas quite like the British do, and without Thanksgiving in the way, the merriment of the season basically begins in October. I loved the rainy fall afternoons when I would duck into the unassuming doorway and make my way through the curving narrow alleys, admiring the displays and browsing the new items, and always ending the visit with a hot chocolate chip cookie from Ben’s. Continue reading “Oxford’s Covered Market”

Into the Gloss

Into the Gloss | Lexie WinslowIf I had to recommend a single beauty blog, it would be Into the Gloss. For one thing, this blog isn’t just a parade of high-profile products and the beautiful women who wear them. ITG profiles an amazing range of actual beauty industry professionals: makeup artists, business people, and experts of all kinds. (And as far as the beautiful actresses, singers, and models they feature, it is an eclectic, often captivating group.) Continue reading “Into the Gloss”

Starting and Quitting

Starting and Quitting | Lexie Winslow
A stack of my half-begun story ideas.

I’ve been keeping up with my daily blogging for three weeks now. We’re right on schedule for my interest to wane. Two-thirds, three-quarters of the way through, I usually quit my creative projects and start a new one. I’ve proven to myself that I can do it, I’ve learned a few new things, and I can walk away without much feeling of regret. The allure of a new project is much more compelling for me than the completion of an existing one, especially when the work already feels done.

As far as I can recall, I never spent too much time reflecting on this tendency, besides a vague feeling of disappointment that it’s in my nature to be more driven by inspiration than by discipline. Then, I read a blog post by Gretchen Rubin this summer that put a much finer point on the topic. Continue reading “Starting and Quitting”