See You Monday!

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Happy Fall everyone!  Did you miss me?  I missed you.  I’m sorry that I’ve been gone so long.  I’ve been doing some soul searching and by soul searching I mean ripping myself from the grips of the retail world and searching for a bonafide big girl job.  I’m whipping up some posts for Monday that I hope you’ll love but, in the mean time, here are some gems I found that made me think of you.  Happy clicking!

Let’s be honest, the best thing about cold weather is all the great layering you get to do.  The folks at The 3rd Piece have all the finishing touches for your chilly look.  I’m really loving this scarf and I’m all about this hat.

I have an itch to throw a low-key dinner party.  I have a feeling this salad and appetizer would be on my menu.

I’ve been listening to the silly yet soothing podcast ‘Sleep With Me’ to lull me to sleep on restless nights.  I would try to explain it but I think you better just give it a listen. Sweet dreams…

My mother recently gave me this productivity journal and I can’t tell you the wonders its done for my time management and focus …. okay, and my productivity.  Mother knows best.

Speaking of productivity, Erin Condren has released her new drops for 2017.  While she’s known for her Life Planners™, she’s got everything imaginable to keep you organized in colorful style.

I just recently finished this incredible book by Susan Rebecca Whit.  It’s a deep, heartfelt story that you won’t want to end.

Next time you’re at a cocktail party and feeling a little under cultured, bring up the Hugo Boss Prize. Read up here and impress all your ultra artsy friends.

If you find yourself actually being interested in the Hugo Boss Prize, check out this wildly interesting book.  Interested but not that interested?  Here’s the book’s review.

Ever wished there was a blog devoted entirely to pretty pajamas and unmentionables totally worth mentioning?  Good news: I found one.  Here it is!

The wonderful Rifle Paper Company has come out with a new fabric line!  Any one of the prints would be perfect for bringing old chairs and sofas back to life or even curtains.

I’m a true crime nut.  Call me strange, call me creepy but I’m a sucker for a great who dunnit.  Which leads me to this pressing question: Have you watched all the Jon Benet Ramsey specials??  I listen to Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff’s wicked weekly podcast My Favorite Murder religiously.    Hardstark just wrote a two-part article on the specials and a bonus article on the new Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox.  Here they are.

Happy weekending and I’ll meet ya back here Monday.

Whatchya Readin’?

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It was a resolution of mine to read more books this year.  ( Much more doable goal than the illusive six pack.)  So far I’m off to a great start.  I’ve been a reading fiend the past few months and it’s been absolutely wonderful.  I’ll show you my reading list if you show me yours, deal?  Ok, perfect.  Here’s what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what’s next on my list.

5172b0s2busvl-_sx329_bo1204203200_    Look at the Birdie by Kurt Vonnegut  In college I had a bad Vonnegut experience so I was reluctant to humor the boyfriend and give his favorite author another go.  That being said, I’m so glad that I did.  Look at the Birdie is a collection of unpublished short stories from the late author.  It’s an incredibly easy and pleasant read that reminded me how much I love great storytelling.  While the products of both are completely enjoyable to read, I find that there’s a great difference between a great writer and a great story teller.  Fortunately for us, Vonnegut is both.

dont-worry-it-gets-worse-alida-nugent-cover-676x1024  I already wrote a post about this insanely hilarious and completely on-point book about navigating life as a twenty-something.  Here it is.

midnight-in-the-garden-of-good-and-evil  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt  About halfway through this book, I knew it was going to be one of my favorite books of all time.  The characters are so eccentric and illusive and the story is so fascinating and entertaining that it’s hard to believe it’s based off of entirely true events.  Once you start, you won’t be able to stop. It’s The Great Gatsby meets murder mystery with a seventies southern twist.  Best read with a julep in hand.  There’s also a film adaptation with a seriously killer cast, pun intended.  If you finish the book and just can’t get enough of Georgian history, check out my previous post about my impromptu road trip through Georgia.

 

513okn5tcjl-_sx320_bo1204203200_ Doctor Sleep by Stephen King  I’m a Stephen King nut.  My grandfather, a former publishing executive, introduced me to his first book, Carrie, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I’m in the middle of his novel Doctor Sleep which is the long-awaited sequel to his lauded book, The Shining.  (Another must-read.)  While it’s a hefty book, it’s a serious page turner with both familiar and new characters.  Fear not my fellow Shining fans, Danny Torrance is still at the center of it all.

41giajvpdkl-_sx332_bo1204203200_ Summer of Night by Dan Simmons  After hearing about my love for a good mystery, Dylan suggested this book.  Once I read the synopsis, it quickly moved to the top of my reading list.  It’s creepy and suspenseful and, after peaking at the first few pages, beautifully written.

517r8gmvvzl-_sx283_bo1204203200_ The Class by Erich Segal  A dear friend of mine gave me this book a long time ago for Christmas.  It sounds like it’s a book best read slowly, with lots of breaks to sit and think.  From what I gather, it echoes the moral magnitude of the Dead Poet’s Society.  It’s one of those books I know I’ll love, I’ve just been waiting for the right moment.

 

Any of these titles do it for you?  Have you read them before?  What should I add to the list?  Tell me everything.  Speaking of reading, here’s another post you might like.Happy reading!

What I’m Packing: A Weekend Road Trip

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I’m a big believer that always having something to look forward to is a great way to motivate yourself through the sludge of the week.  Since we work during the real-person weekends, Dylan and I consider Mondays and Tuesdays our weekend.  This “weekend” we’ve decided to take a mini road trip and head to Western Massachusetts to go hear Gloria Steinem speak (eek, I’m so excited), visit some dear friends of ours and stop by some of our favorite spots from our boarding school days.  I’m particularly looking forward to eating at our pre-prom taco spot and my favorite bookstore  in the entire world.  Since I’m already thinking about what to pack, I  thought I would share with y’all a little bit about my weekend-away essentials.

The Perfect Packing Tote– When it comes short road trips, I’m a big fan of packing all of my stuff into a giant tote rather that zipping it up in a smaller duffle or a piece of luggage.  When I’m riding in the car I’ll often want to grab something like a scarf, hand creme or a snack and it’s a pain to rifle through a perfectly packed and zipped bag.  I love this tote (pictured above).  Not only is it huge, it’s also got giant pockets all the way around.  I’m able to fold up all of my clothes and leave them undisturbed in the middle and pack my toiletries and all my other goodies I might want during the ride in the easy-access pockets.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes-  I have to admit that, when it comes to clothes, I’m a bit of an over-packer.  I like to have options and feel prepared.  To avoid looking like this dude, I try to pack versatile pieces that are comfortable and can be dressed up or down depending on the the plan for the day.  I pretty much never go anywhere without at least one of my denim shirts. (I’ve had this one forever and it’s only gotten better with time.)  I also always bring two pars of pants, usually jeans, because spills are eminent in my life.  A scarf is also a must for me because I’m constantly cold.  Plus, it can double as a blanket, makeshift pillow or even an eye mask.  Layering is pretty key for me during any trip so my jean jacket is a frequent travel companion.  Lastly, I always pack two pairs of shoes: one neutral pair of sneakers that will go with everything and one pair of nicer boots or sandals that can elevate any of my outfits.

My Not-So-Big Beauty Bag- I like to keep my beauty routine pretty brief when I’m on any vacation so that I’m not stuck in the bathroom for an hour in the morning.  That being said, I do have a few must-haves.  I bring my face wash, cleansing brushtoner,  moisturizer, and a spot treatment.  I also bring my own Dove Beauty Bar.  Hotel soap usually dries my skin out and makes me itchy and there’s something about the smell that makes me feel so clean and comfortable.  I’m a pretty big fan of bringing some sort of brightening mask because traveling always makes my skin look a little tired.  These sleeping masks from Sephora are fantastic and super reasonably priced.  I never pack a toiletry bag without perfume (I’ve been loving this floral one lately).  It’s the last thing I put on when I get ready and it makes me feel totally pulled together.  Finally, I hate washing my hair when I’m only gone for a weekend; If I do that then I have to bring a hairdryer and it’s so clunky and takes up so much space so dry shampoo is a must.  This one is my tried and true.

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Whether I’m going to be gone for two days or twenty days I always have a book.  Here’s my latest read.  Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

Hand creme is another important bag essential.

What are your musts for a weekend away?  Anything you do mid-drive to make the drive go by?

I’m Late, I’m Late…

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for a very important [blog] date.  Sorry that I dropped the ball yesterday.  I don’t know about you guys but this week has been tough.  Hopefully the weekend will bring less stress and give some time for some much needed R&R.  How are all of you spending your next 48 hours of freedom?  Here are some interesting things I found around the web this past week.

Madewell teamed up with Daryl Kerrigan, creator of the New York- based brand Daryl K.  The whole collection has an easy,cool and casual 90’s rock vibe that is pretty obsession worthy.  Check it out here.

Liv Tyler has been a style and beauty icon of mine for a long long time.  Check out this killer interview she gave where she spills some of her greatest beauty secrets.

This past week I’ve felt seriously under qualified to be participating in adulthood.  This quiz helped reassure me a little with my 0% score.

I can barely put this book down.

These fragrances are seriously to die for.

This blog is great when you need a little inspiration for some productivity.

Does this salad not sound super amazing?

I’m so incredibly excited for this show to come back.

This impression of Rachel from Friends was crazy good.

Have such a lovely weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

 

“Don’t Worry It Gets Worse” Makes Everything Better

dont-worry-it-gets-worse-alida-nugent-cover-676x1024This book is every female twenty-something’s new best friend.  It perfectly narrates all the struggles of figure out how to adult and growing into adulthood with anecdotes of her own experiences.  Each chapter more relatable than the last, Nugent walks you through the very real struggles of apartment hunting, post-graduate night life, the daunting tasks of dating and her life-altering experience with a grilled cheese sandwich.  Go buy this book now.  In fact, buy multiple copies and send it to other people too.  Go.  Now.  Why are you still reading this?  You have a book you need to go buy!

Happy Friday!

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Hi Everyone!

Let me start by saying, I’m sorry I stood you up.  We have this deal that I’ll be there on Mondays and I wasn’t and I’m sorry.  To make up for it, here are some little gems I saw on the web this week that I absolutely had to share.  I’ve got a well balanced weekend planned of equal parts work and play.  Saturday will be spent at a food and wine festival and Sunday my friend and I have scheduled an indulgent afternoon and a local spa.  In between, I will be purging my kitchen and, much to my chagrin, my closet.  I’ll also be spending some quality time with my storage unit sorting through junk and probably combating the bugs that have nested in said storage unit.  What do you have planned?

 

With the holidays coming up these books look like such great gifts.  I’d love to have a whole library filled with these collections.  I’d also just love to have a library…

I’m just about to finish this book.  It’s a fun and quick read filled with lots of wit and honesty.

This movie just came out and I’m dying to see it.

This video with Bryan Cranston and Stephen Colbert is absolutely dynamite.

If you’re a sucker for romantic moments, you should read some of these ring stories from Stone Fox Bride.  The rings are unique and the stories are human and lovely.

I thought this quiz was kind of neat.  I got Debbie Harry, what about you?

I think I might try these before I got to bed tonight.

Bulldogs have the best advice.

I love candles and I especially love these new ones from Diptyque.  They’re pricey but they last forever and they smell AMAZING.

I hope you have an absolutely wonderful weekend.  See you Monday, I promise.  Tell me what you’re up to!

xo

Courtney