I am relatively new to this whole Soup Dumpling craze, because I didn’t try them until two years ago when I was visiting NYC. However, after the first dumpling, I was addicted. I ended up ordering them every. single. day. I was spoiled in NYC with the endless options and then in Chicago with the famous Rainbow Soup Dumplings. I was disappointed at the lack of selection in Columbus, but I found two places that stand up to my expectations. So, I wanted to share them with you!

Soup Dumplings

The first place is called Helen Asian Kitchen. They serve XLB the traditional way, in a bamboo streamer and a group of 6 to 8. The soup has a very robust flavor, which is in my opinion, what makes a good Soup Dumpling. The filling is made of Pork and it is very juicy. They are honestly the best XLB I’ve found in Columbus, and I’ve been searching for over a year now.

Soup Dumplings

The Second place is called Asia Fusion. Their approach to XLB is more on the artsy side. They take six Chinese soup spoons and place a piece of cabbage and a soup dumpling in each one. I like this idea because it saves all the soup and makes it easier to get the perfect bite each time. However, the soup flavor is not as robust as the soup at Helen Asian Kitchen and the pork filling is not as juicy. 

The first coat is perfect for tall girls because it’s from ASOS’s Tall line. As a 6ft tall girl, I can promise you that this line is great. It is called the New Look Color Block Borg Coat and it’s only $79.

The second coat is a fall essential. In my opinion, checks and houndstooth scream fall. I love the faux fur accent and how it hangs low. This coat is by UNIQUE21 and it is $119. I think this coat would also work well for tall girls, even though it is not from a Tall line.

The third coat is an adorable Teddy coat by Abercrombie. It comes in mauve and brown, but I personally like the mauve version best. It goes for $120, but Abercrombie always has sales going on. Teddy material has gotten so trendy this year, so this will definitely keep you up with the times.

The last coat is the Pink Leopard Parka by Lazy Oaf and it is $178. If you couldn’t tell, I’ve been ranking them from least expensive to most expensive. I love this coat because it is perfect for rainy, foggy, and snowy weather but it isn’t too warm. It’s the perfect coat for layering and protecting yourself from the elements. Not to mention the colors and patterns are adorable.

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One of my absolute favorite things that brands do is when they offer Home Try-Ons. I don’t know if Warby Parker started the trend but a lot of other brands have started offering the service, like Barefoot Blonde. It’s usually free and it’s not hard to send the products back after you try them on. And the best part? — you don’t have to buy anything if you didn’t like them!

Shopping for glasses is usually a huge to-do for most people because you need to find the right balance of uniqueness and practicalness. Warby Parker doesn’t charge the insane amounts that my eye doctor does, so I decided to give them a try.

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I ended up trying on five different pairs and bought Haskell in Whiskey Tortoise. I am not kidding you guys, I have never gotten so many compliments on anything in my life! I literally had three different people in my law school class ask me where I got them and then they showed up in the same pair a few weeks later. It was hilarious!

I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for modern, unique glasses. I think Warby Parker is fabulous and their prices are unbeatable.

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When I was younger I loved finding new music from blogs. Two of my favorites were Miss Moss and Birp! because they had a lot of songs that I hadn’t heard before. I spent most of my teen years racing to send songs to my best friend before she found them. Finding new music has always been one of my biggest passions, but I also like a lot of popular music too. So, I decided to make monthly playlists that combine some of my favorite indie and popular songs from that month. I hope you enjoy them!