LATELY I’VE BEEN…

Three weeks post-Paris and I think it’s about time I got a blog post up, don’t you? Hitting publish after a hiatus always seems so daunting so let’s tear the band-aid off with a mish mash of all the things I keep saying to myself “I really need to blog about that…”

READING:

After burning out on business books around New Years (could I be more cliché?) I’ve been craving lighter, less motivational reads. I’ve been so disappointed by best sellers recently (Sweetbitter, The Girls, Truly Madly Guilty, Beautiful Ruins…Anyone else with me?) I wanted to share a few easy reads that I haven’t seen recommended nearly enough.

  •  The Thousandth Floorthink Gossip Girl meets Star Trek (except no aliens and set in New York, so basically just in the future.)
  • The Hopefulsif you’ve ever lived in DC you’ll get a kick out of this one. Jennifer Close captured some of the more eye roll inducing aspects of the Washington political scene and all of its characters perfectly!
  • The After Party & The Swans of Fifth Avenue–I unintentionally went on a 1950s marathon and read these back to back (followed up by Valley of the Dolls, what a streak!) Big hair, big jewels, big drama.

BUYING:

If I learned anything from my first Spring/Summer in North Carolina last year, it’s that I desperately need to upgrade my warm weather wardrobe. I’ve been picking up a piece here and there so hopefully I’m a bit better prepared. A few favorites:

DESIGNING:

I’ve been so busy with client work I haven’t had much creative bandwidth to focus on our home, but after a few 75 degree days I’m turning my attention to our patio where I know we’ll be spending much of the Spring. I snagged a vintage Russell Woodard spun fiberglass settee and chair last fall, but if I hadn’t, I’d be all over this outdoor furniture collection – so good!

Next up on the to-do list is reupholstering the seat cushions and picking up a pair of garden stools. Not quite design related, but I’m considering getting Garrett a grill for his upcoming 30th–is the Big Green Egg as great as everyone says? Would love your thoughts as I’m admittedly out of my depth on this one. 😉