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WEEKEND READING!

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Earlier this week, after yet another day of depressing election-related news, my mom texted me and said, “Everything is awful.” And it’s true: everything going on in politics (and the world in general) right now feels terrible. We don’t have cable at our house, and honestly, these days I’m glad–I don’t think I could stand being bombarded by it all day in and day out.

That being said, I’m trying really hard to focus on the positive right now. The weather is beautiful, for one thing–it’s finally gotten to the point where I don’t sweat when I take Rambo out in the morning. We’re planning a trip to Savannah, one of my favorite cities, too, and I can’t wait to spend time walking through all the squares and soaking up that city’s Southern Gothic charm–it’s been five years since I’ve been there and I’m so excited to get back. And next weekend, a bunch of family members (my brother and sister-in-law and Rob’s mom and sister) will be in Florida, and we’re so excited to see them all, especially my six-month-old twin (!!) niece and nephew.

So yeah, there’s lots of good stuff going on, too. And if you’re online this weekend, here are 13 links for your reading pleasure:

The ultimate guide to not being a shitty human.

The omnivore’s dilemma.

We spent three days in Western North Carolina (specifically Spruce Pine) this summer and can’t wait to go back. Bookmarking the NYT‘s “36 Hours in Asheville” for when we do.

Ace & Jig makes the prettiest clothes, and this dress is no exception.

Two new cookbooks I’m loving: Deep Run Roots and Small Victories

Perfect fall lip color: Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche in Liquorice, a gorgeous oxblood.

How to do a digital detox.

Love these cropped wool pants in mustard.

A colorful home that is so cool.

What’s your go-to restaurant?

These earrings are lovely.

Making this pumpkin bread ASAP.

Time for the annual reread of this. (Also: MUGS!)

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weekend links

WEEKEND READING

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Hello, happy October! (How is it October 2 already?! This year has flown by.)

I’ve got plans to be around this space more, and lots of things to share and catch up on, but I’m easing back in with some of my favorite recent links. I hope you’re having a great weekend so far–happy reading.

If you haven’t seen it, HRC on Between Two Ferns is hysterical. 

Everyone should read this. (via Sarah at Whoorl)

Marie Kondo’s tips for tidying your inbox.

No shame: I love Gwyneth Paltrow (unattainable lifestyle tips and all), and I loved this interview, partially because the writer totally fangirled.

This pizza sounds amazing.

An ode to striped shirts.

Perfect lipstick for fall.

Cannot wait to watch this.

This bag is beautiful.

The ultimate guide to frosting a cake.

In my Amazon cart: this cookbook.

A quick yoga practice that’s perfect before bed.

This gal’s got great style.

What a gorgeous bathroom renovation.

Easy little life hacks.

Shameless plug: I got to talk to Vivian Howard (of A Chef’s Life, which I’m obsessed with), and she was just as delightful as you’d expect.

Shameless plug No. 2: We went to North Carolina in August and I got to write about that, too.

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FOLLOW HER: RUPI KAUR

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I was first introduced to poet Rupi Kaur through this great article on Create + Cultivate, and after reading it, I immediately spent way too long scrolling through Kaur’s Instagram. Here are some favorite posts, although her whole feed is brilliant, and I’m positive her book is, too.

Follow her @rupikaur_, or order her book of poems, Milk and Honey, here.

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constantly practicing loving me. there is no finish line.

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SUMMER READING LIST

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Hello, I’m back! (I know, it’s been a while.)

There’s lots to catch up on, but I thought, for now, I’d share a list of what I’ve been reading (or have bought and plan on reading) this summer. Who doesn’t love a book list, right?

So, without further ado, here we go:

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney: One of my recent favorites. The story follows a dysfunctional family whose members are obsessed with getting their hands on their inheritance–the “nest” of the title–and, needless to say, hijinks ensue. I really loved this one and plowed through it in like a day. (Fun fact: the author is a close friend of my wonderful cousin.)

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler: In this novel–which was released to a chorus of great press–a young woman named Tess moves to New York City and becomes a server at one of the best restaurants in the city. The book chronicles Tess’s journey navigating the New York restaurant scene and its inhabitants, and it’s fascinating, but I couldn’t relate to the main character on an emotional level. If you’ve read this one, I’m curious to hear what you think.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff: This one has gotten nothing but glowing reviews since it came out last year, and I actually began it this spring but kept putting it down for some reason, so I need to just totally restart it. It follows the love story of Leo and Mathilde, and Amazon describes it as “a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power.” Will report back, but I’m really excited (um, again) for this one.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub: Bought but haven’t started. The Skimm described this book as Friends meets Almost Famous meets a great beach read–so, you know, that checks all my boxes. Again, will report back.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: Warning: be prepared to cry. In this beautiful book, the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi–a neurosurgeon–describes the life lessons he learned after being diagnosed with lung cancer at the peak of his career. I can’t recommend this one enough.

You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein: Bought but haven’t started. Really looking forward to reading this collection of essays by the head writer of Inside Amy Schumer. (Klein’s Fresh Air interview was great.)

Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam: In the middle of this right now. I love a good friendship story (see also: Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters, one of my favorites), and this is not disappointing. Also, I’m impressed by how well Alam–a man–channels the female voice.

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld: I struggled with this one–I kind of hated some of the ways Sittenfeld updated the plot of this book (several of the storylines, to me, were just annoying and/or lazy), but the prose was great and the pacing kept me turning the pages. Sittenfeld is one of my favorite writers, but I’d recommend her Prep or American Wife before this one. (And if you’re an Austen purist, skip this entirely.)

What’s on your reading list this summer? I’d love to know!

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WEEKEND READING!

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Happy Sunday, friends! How have your weekends been? Mine’s been fun–last night, we went to see Brian Regan, one of our all-time favorite comedians, here in Sarasota, and he was great–as were his openers. It was a really fun night, and shows are not something we generally go to, so it was a nice change of pace, too.

If you’re in the mood for some reading today, here are 11 fun links:

The cover of next week’s New Yorker is wonderful.

Made me laugh: Every interaction between two strangers walking dogs, ever.

Romantic comedy jobs updated for 2016. So funny.

Eight tips from Queen Elizabeth’s party planner.

Productivity hacks that make sense.

‘Tis the season for iced coffee!

A guide to email sign-offs. Love this.

Cutest striped tee.

23 ways to treat yourself without buying or eating anything. Some good stuff here; I always go for food-as-reward, so I loved this list.

Sweet potato falafel: yes, please.

These sandals are everything.

Have a great rest of your Sunday!

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A MORNING AT SELBY GARDENS

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Last week, my mom came to visit–as has become tradition when she’s on spring break; she’s a school administrator–and we spent a morning at beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Selby is gorgeous any time of the year, thanks to its waterfront location and huge variety of orchids and plants, but this year marks its 40th anniversary, and to celebrate, the gardens put on a stunning orchid show that ran from Valentine’s Day through last week.

My parents used to have a greenhouse in their backyard where they kept orchids, and my mom is always looking for an excuse to buy another one, so I knew she’d love the show–but I don’t think either of us were prepared for how truly beautiful it would be. Here are some of my favorite snaps from our morning. How amazing are these flowers?!

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WEEKEND READING!

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Happy Sunday, friends!

I know. It’s been awhile. Between work, the wedding, my brother’s just-born twins (!) and, you know, life, things have been busy and this blog got put on the back burner. But I have missed writing here, and I feel like things have calmed down enough that I can get back into the routine of doing so.

I’m easing in with some favorite links…here are 11 things I loved on the Internet this week. Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend.

Refinery29’s Money Diaries are weirdly addictive to me–love reading them.

Love the bows on this top.

Also: cute sneakers.

This salad sounds great. (Spicy peanut dressing!)

Making this soothing tea ASAP.

How to make an oversized frame on the cheap. (Need to do this for a print I’ve been holding on to for years.)

I love Camille Styles’ “Getting Dressed With” series, and this one is amazing. That closet!

Can’t wait to watch Everything is CopyLove Nora Ephron.

Ann Patchett has a bookmobile, and I think that is awesome.

Speaking of books, I’m currently reading this, and it is amazing.

Some good home organization/spring cleaning tips. 

Have a great rest of the weekend–and happy Easter if you celebrate!

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DECOR INSPIRATION

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Last weekend, Rob and I were lucky enough to be able to take a trip to the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island for work (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen my photos from the trip). I’ll write more about the experience when my piece for work is published, but for now I’ll just say that it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time and that I’m totally inspired to redecorate my apartment after staying there.

The cool thing about the inn is that it’s actually one of the Carnegie family homes (the island was their favorite getaway and many of them lived there at some point), so a lot of the furniture and accessories are family heirlooms, from the furniture to the first-edition books to the accessories. I was particularly struck by the loveliness of the library, which is warm and welcoming and full of pattern and personality. You can’t see it from the photo, but there’s a fireplace in there, too, and since it was cold when we were there, it was always crackling away.

I’d been thinking about giving our living room a bit of an update lately–we’re getting a new sofa soon, and I’ve always wanted a colorful Moroccan rug for the floor. But I couldn’t quite think about that in any cohesive terms until I saw this particular room. And now I want to copy everything. If only we could wallpaper…

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SOME NEW YEAR’S THINGS

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I was saying to my friend Chelsey the other day that I have always loved the idea of a new year as a fresh start–it makes me think of that Latin phrase I learned in Catholic school all those years ago: tabula rasa (blank slate). Making resolutions is exciting; it’s fun to think about all the things you want to accomplish, to see the year ahead through rose-colored glasses before real life interrupts, as it always does.

That said, I also think resolutions are made to be broken, and that they put an unfair amount of pressure on us, and I find I’m at my best if I just focus on being a good person and working hard. But as I mentioned, it’s exciting to make them, and I still do it every year. So, here are seven things I’d like to do in 2016 that I think are actually pretty attainable and that, resolution or not, I’d be thinking about (and hopefully, you know, actually doing), anyway. Continue Reading