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…”
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 Floor—think Gossip Girl meets Star Trek (except no aliens and set in New York, so basically just in the future.)
- The Hopefuls—if 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.
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:
- A classic shirtdress that I know will be a workhorse. Easily dressed up for meetings or down for brunch.
- The prettiest lace detailed tee.
- Bell sleeves on a budget because I almost never invest in trendier pieces.
- A new line of stripes I’m loving – I’m giving this unexpected combo a test run.
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. 😉