July 29, 2010

Thirsty Thursday: Lilly Pulitzer Bowen Dress

Ok, so I know that Lilly Pulitzer has some negative connotations for a lot of people.  But if you browse carefully, you can find really cute Lilly things almost every season.  Not everything she makes looks like this.  This dress for example:

*Image via Lilly Pulitzer.

So cute.  I would totally wear this on my honeymoon.

July 24, 2010

Book Report.

Oh my, this week has been a whirlwind.  Our house is FINALLY coming together, and we're told that we can start moving back in on Monday!  On top of that, I had to make a quick trip down to Florida to do my bridal portraits yesterday, and J is three days away from beginning the bar exam.  Whew!

With everything we have going on lately, it's a wonder I've managed to read even one book this summer.  On the contrary, I've gotten through quite a few in the past month or so and almost all of them have been really good.  I just thought I'd share in case there are any fellow bookworms out there looking for some new material.  And please share your current favorites in the comments.  I'm always looking for my next read.

1. The Help: My thoughts on this one have completely changed since I first read it.  If you want to discuss, I will be glad to email with you about it.  

2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:  If you've ever benefitted from modern medicine, you need to read this book... and try to remember, it's nonfiction.  Skloot does a fantastic job of explaining complex scientific/medical facts and terminology, while still keeping the book completely readable.  There's a little something for the lawyers in there too.

3. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Maybe I'm a little late to this party, but better late than never, right?  This whole series is fantastic and I highly recommend reading all three books.  Murder mysteries, espionage, conspiracy... what else could you want?

4. A Reliable Wife: A dark gothic novel set in Wisconsin in 1907 about a rich man who places a newspaper ad seeking "a reliable wife" and ends up getting more than he bargained for.  The book starts off slow but it takes a bunch of twists and did not end the way I was expecting (which I love).

5. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: I happen to love Gabriel Garcia Marquez and 100 Years of Solitude is one of my favorite books, but I understand that magical realism is not for everyone.  This book, though, is much more readable than Marquez's novels, despite the non-traditional writing style (don't expect any quotation marks... there aren't any in the entire book).  The narrator, Rose, can taste the emotions of anyone who prepares her food - a "gift" that she first discovers when she tastes a lemon cake her mother makes for her on her birthday.

6. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang: No summer reading list would be complete without a little "fluff."  Just read it.  It's hilarious, and, if I dare say so, even better than Vodka.

July 15, 2010

Thirsty Thursday: Tucker Leopard-Print Silk Blouse

I have written about my lust for Tucker before and I can't wait for the Tucker for Target collection to hit stores this September so I can finally own a piece (or two) for myself.  And now Gaby Basora has gone and made this:

*Image via Net-A-Porter.

Ahh.  How gorgeous would this top be paired with some skinny white jeans and metallic wedges? Yum.

PS- I'm not the only one with Tucker lust.  See here, here, and here.

July 14, 2010

Wanderlust Wednesday: South Beach

Woohoo, Wanderlust Wednesday is back!  And with this killer heat here in SC and along most of the Eastern seaboard, I can't imagine going anywhere else but to the beach.  And there is none more stylish than Miami's South Beach.  Since this is my fantasy, obviously I have no budget and I will be staying somewhere ridiculously fabulous: The Tides.  The Art Deco hotel was designed by Kelly Wearstler, who is known for her bold, colorful style.  I love this hotel because it's pretty understated for her (and just plain pretty) but her signature aesthetic still comes through.  There are layers of gorgeous textures and fun, bright colors are tempered by the soothing, sandy background neutrals.  The overall effect is beachy, modern, and soothing.  Hopefully someday I'll be able to rest my pretty little head here in real life.

July 13, 2010

Summer Sparkle.

Just because the Fourth of July has come and gone doesn't mean that you should put your sparklers away until next year.

{ASOS Sequin and Jewel Dress - $143.18}

{BCBG Max Azria Two Tone Sequin Clutch - $128.00 via Endless}

{J.Crew Sequined Starland Tank - $79.99}

{Sequin Tie Back Metal Necklace - $69.99 via Piperlime}

{Plastic Island Le Flash Sequin Skirt - $67.00 via ShopBop}

July 12, 2010

City of Light.

Hello lovelies, Happy Monday.  Wouldn't your week be so much better if you could spend it stolling around Paris in a fabulous outfit munching on some Laduree macaroons?  Oui, mine too.  But I guess this will just have to do for now.

Did you spot the tiny little moon next to the Eiffel Tower?  Swoon.

PS- Do you like the new layout?

July 10, 2010

Change Purse.

How gorgeous are these handmade purses?  So retro, classic, and preppy.  Love.

*Images from BagatellesAndCo via With This Ring.