Monthly Archives: May 2015


Beach Week + What I’m reading…

As you read this, imagine cool, crystal water lapping around your ankles.

Warm sunshine on your face. Bringing out your freckles across the bridge of your nose.

There is a whiff of something in the air. Coconut-scented suntan lotion perhaps?

There is a cool breeze blowing through your hair, not too much to be annoying, but just enough so that your ponytail tickles the backs of your shoulders.

Quiet conversations happening all around you.

And the sound of children’s laughter can’t be mistaken amidst the soft and melodic sound that comes with each ocean wave.

Yep! I am at the beach this week with my sweet family.

And I painted you that picture not for you to be jealous… okay, you can be a little bit… but to invite you in to my life this week and allow me to share with you “what’s happening now.” Isn’t that the whole purpose for this blog thing?!?

So, part of what I love about my beach weeks is that I catch up on the never-ending pile of books that congregate on my desk. My Goodreads “to read” shelf grows almost daily.

So, this is what I have my nose stuck in this week…

Every Secret Thing by Susannah Kearsley 

My love for all things Susanna Kearsley is no secret.

Nor should it be! I have loved every minute of every single one of her books I have read so far. I get lost in them. And I don’t anticipate this one to be any different. Mom already read it and touted it “her favorite Susannah Kearsley book so far.”

Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin

Another of my personal favorite authors. His novels leave me breathless and often crying multiple times before the end of the book. His characters, to me, are real people that I imagine long after I close the binding- they leap off the page!

GoodReads says, “They have one summer to find what was lost long ago.

“Never settle for less than the truth,” she told him.

But when you don’t even know your real name, the truth gets a little complicated. It can nestle so close to home it’s hard to see. It can even flourish inside a lie. And as Chase Walker discovered, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive–and as magical–as chasing fireflies on a summer night.

A haunting story about fishing, baseball, home cooking, and other matters of life and death…”

The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley 

I also have a habit of trying a new author each time I go on a reading binge. This summer, it’s Lucinda Riley.

This book was suggested to me because of my deep and abiding devotion to Kate Morton epics and have been told it’s a sweeping saga spanning from 1930s to present day and from war-torn Europe to Thailand and back again.

Can’t wait!

And I think that will keep me plenty busy these next few days…

But, I also wanted to share with you some books I have recently read that I really enjoyed. Maybe they will make your summer reading list?

Blackberry Winter

The Nightingale

And all I can say about that one is, “wow!” Been telling anyone that would listen, “YOU SHOULD READ THIS!”

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food

So… What are you reading?!? Anything good you want to share?

Can’t wait to catch up and reconnect with you when I am back from vacation, but for now, I am signing off to enjoy some relax time with family.

See you soon…

Have fun!



5 Summer Accessory Trends you should be on look-out for & Why

Summer is here!

Can you feel it?

But, more importantly, can you see it?!?

Summer 2015 is all about fun, summertime accessories and I am loading up on a few of my favorites, telling you where to find them, and most importantly, why you should wear them!

The Hat

Personally, I love hats. And I will be the first to admit, they are normally something in my regular rotation on a trip to the beach or on days where I am out in the sun a lot, but why not more regularly?

Why not? There is no rules.

The classic straw fedora with black or navy grosgrain bow is a classic for a reason.

Don’t know anyone who could not rock that look!

HM Straw Hat

from H&M for just $14.99

And this one from Banana Republic? Love!

Mel Fedora

And I love their Tina hat in solid navy too!

Tina Hat

And even the classic baseball cap gets an update. Chambray Baseball Cap from JCrew, $39.50

Chambray baseball cap

The Hair Accessories

Holy hair chains!

hair CHAIN .. wish I had long hair to wear this .. very very pretty

Hair chains are all the rage right now. I see them on Pinterest, in magazines, in weddings, and out and about in the city. They are elegant, chic, and an awesome accessory that certainly ups the ante.

Layered Hair Chain Head Chain Ponytail by JewelryTutusBowsOhMy, $15.00

Personally, I am a fan of the more discreet and simple variety, but I also love the idea of being fearless!

Here is a beautiful one from Etsy for more fancy events.

Copricapo d'oro con perle - Boemia matrimonio copricapo - copricapo catena oro - abiti da sposa o damigelle capelli accessorio - anni venti copricapo - UK

And then of course, there’s the classics.

Headbands, bandanas, and scarfs… oh my!

20 5-Minute Hairdos That Will Transform Your Morning Routine via Brit + Co.

When the weather is hot and the sun is out, chances are, this girl’s hair is up! Which is why I have a plethora of headbands, hats, and scarfs to get me through the summer months with flair.

How to wear head scarf this summer?

And here’s a great how-to on how to tie a headscarf, if interested.

20 Ways To Tie A Scarf In Your Hair That Don’t Look Like You’re Hiding Something

How very Jackie-O!

The Lace-Up Sandal

At first, I wasn’t sure about this one. I’m just being honest. Lace-up shoes tend to make us short-legged gals look even shorter.

Not my fave.

But, paired with the right outfit and finding the sandal that hits at just the right spot on your leg, just a bit above the ankle, is key to rocking summer’s hottest shoe trend!

The Lace-up Gladiator Sandal, from JCrew {also comes in black}

Lace-up gladiator sandals

And a sweet gold version from Topshop “Fig” Cutout Gladiator Sandals @ Nordstrom, $65

topshop lace-up gladiator sandals @nordstrom

Chainlike Details 

I love this trend. It’s so industrial-chic!

Chain Line Bracelet from Banana Republic, $59.50

Chain Line Bracelet

or a Pave Link Chain Necklace from JCrew for $88

Really, really lovely & easy to wear.

The Cross-body Bucket Bag 

A bucket of fun.

A chic combination of the always-classic shoulder bucket bag + the convenience of the cross-body purse.

GiGi New York | Stone Jenn Bucket Bag | Natural Grain and Embossed Python Leather | Haute Off The Rack Fashion Blog

Pictured above is the Jenn Bucket bag, in stone embossed python {comes in a multitude of colors}

And one a little less wallet-killing…

River Island Quilted Duffle, from ASOS currently on sale for $31!

I love the look of this feminine silhouette and there are tons of styles and colors to love! If you choose to invest in one, I know you will enjoy it for years to come!

So, that’s my crash course in new and upcoming summer looks, trends, and style tips.

Stay beautiful…