Friday, July 11, 2014


Don't know if you've noticed but.... sneaks are totes in! 

For the last couple of years I've noticed white Converse sneaking into all sorts of blogs and outfits.  I've had the gray ones since college but found them hard to pair sometimes.  The white is genius!  They are so cute with everything.  Here are some of my favorite inspiration pics:
{Carly from C.Style}
She wear sneaks in so many ways and makes them adorable every time!

 {Emma from A Vintage Vice}

{Julie from Sincerely Jules}
Makin em look good with a "dressy" outfit!

Well...I was just about to take the "plunge" and invest a cool $50 when I spotted a new look on the horizon.


Yes, those skater shoes that kids wore in middle school.  They're back.  I first spotted them on an adorable mom of one of my students and thought, "Genius...why didn't I think of that?!".  Then I saw a version at Gap and then the real thang at J.Crew!  I bought the white and have been loving them!!!  I am also digging the checkerboard (as seen on previously mentioned mom).  What do you think?

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Monday, July 07, 2014


So I recently posted my book recommendations based on what I have read as of late.  As promised, here is a list of books that are on my "to read" list. 

*again, book descriptions hail from Amazon

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Every year on 9/11, I read The Man Who Walked Between the Towers and this seems like a fictional extension of that true story.  My interest is peaked!

"In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people."

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

"Why does Skippy, a fourteen-year-old boy at Dublin’s venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop? Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. As the twenty-first century enters its teenage years, this is a breathtaking novel from a young writer who will come to define his generation."

Marie Antoinette's Head: The Royal Hairdresser, the Queen and the Revolution by Will Bashor

Is anyone else obsessed with Marie Antionette ever since Sofia Coppola's 2006 film?  Is it just me?

"For the better part of the queen’s reign, one man was entrusted with the sole responsibility of ensuring that her coiffure was at its most ostentatious best. Who was this minister of fashion who wielded such tremendous influence over the queen’s affairs? Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, and the Revolution charts the rise of Leonard Autie from humble origins as a country barber in the south of France to the inventor of the Pouf and premier hairdresser to Queen Marie-Antoinette."

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

"Here's the funny thing about family: there's no one you love more than your relatives, and yet they're also the people who push your buttons the most. Emma Straub has captured this dilemma in her pitch-perfect second novel The Vacationers. The Post family’s vacation to the Balearic island of Mallorca is one fraught with jealousy and quiet secrets. It's an anniversary for parents Franny and Jim, who are making amends for some rocky marital misgivings; their son Bobby and his much-maligned older girlfriend Carmen have a financial favor to ask; and high school-age daughter Sylvia has made it her mission to lose her virginity to her Spanish tutor."

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr thing with WWII.  What can I say?  {got this recommendation from Emily at Jones Design Company}

"Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge."

Has anyone read any of these?  I would love to hear your opinions!  If none of these interest you check out my Amazon Wish List for more options!