I want to read that Thursday

It’s time for me to return to this blog and give it a bit more structure. Thursdays = book days, specifically what I want to purchase to read. Here’s what I’ve been obsessing about since Thanksgiving:

The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry ThomasIt all started a few months ago with a Tessa Dare novel I picked up at the American Library Association Conference this summer. Since then, I’ve been obsessed with historical romance set in the British Isles. It’s a problem.

Not really.

In addition to Tessa Dare‘s lovely Spindle Cove series, I have been a huge fan of Sherry Thomas‘ novels. Her writing is amazing, her characters are real and flawed, and her love stories are all about mistakes, flaws, and grand reconciliations. They’re fantastic stories. Plus Sherry’s a Texan, so bonus.

On my want list for the holidays is a copy of The Luckiest Lady in London, which I’ll likely end up buying this week. It’s a precursor to her first romance novel, Private Arrangements, and it promises to be amazing.

If you’re new to romance novels or want to know what all the fuss is about, check out Sherry Thomas. My favorites are Not Quite a Husband and Ravishing the Heiress. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Swelter Weather, Part 1

Summer is upon us! It’s been muggy, rainy, and just a wee bit hot in the Mid-Atlantic these past few weeks. As a native Texan I know that nothing compares to the 100 degree, 100% humidity summers of Houston, but like all things, hot is a relative term. I packed away the last of my boots and winter Ts earlier this month and have finally decided that I’m mentally ready for shorts.

Shorts are tricky. What’s cute when you’re 18-25 can sometimes be a bit…um…scary when you’re in your 30s. I finally bit the bullet and bought a few pairs for the summer and as always, I have a wishlist in mind.

You know I’m a fan of all things polka-dot, so naturally, I found myself obsessed with these little buggers.

I actually bought these and they are fantastic. Slouchy, cool, easy: They manage to hide the scary inner thigh while still looking classy and fun with a nice pair of flats or wedges. Love ‘em with a bright T.

As always, Anthro does not disappoint. I am a fan of these kooky Ikat Shorts in yellow and magenta. It’s a fun contrast and if you’re going to wear color on your butt why not go big?

Coming up in Swelter Weather, Part 2: The search for the perfect tank.

A Pullover to Make You Smile

Hello pullover

I’ve been seeing this raglan pullover all over the fun-lady-fashion blogosphere lately and I am completely enamored with it. Yes, I know it is a sweatshirt, but it is just adorable here, here, and of course, here. The font makes me smile and inside every woman wearing heels is a lady who just wants to wear a cute pullover and leggings.

Get your own from Hello Merch.

 

Do Oxfords Make You Smarter?

I like to think the answer to that question is yes. I have been obsessed with oxfords recently. It may be the cold dreary mid-Atlantic weather making me wish it was spring, but lately my brain has been filled with visions of these beautiful slip-ons with sundresses and ankle skimming jeans in pastel colors.

Like all things Anthro, these suede lovelies are just beautiful.

I think this might technically be a flat, but it is oxford-inspired.

How cute is that little orange stripe? I want to wear these with something in seersucker.

I Bought That: Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain

Benetint Lip & Cheek StainThere are certain items that stay on my wish-list for a while for no good reason. As in, there is no good reason that I should have waited for years to buy Benefit’s Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain because it is AMAZING and costs less than a decent pair of shoes.

About the Name: Yes, the word “stain” does carry with it a certain horror-inducing connotation, but this is not like the stain that you found on your rug after stepping in dog poop. This stain is rosy and sheer and makes you feel like a fresh-faced twenty-something.

About the Application: Thank you, Benefit, for idiot-proofing your product for make-up dummies like me. It comes with instructions. FOR REAL. You just sweep three little tiger stripe lines on your cheeks, blend, and voila! Gorgeousness!

 

High-tech Doodling

Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet I’ll admit it. I’m a doodler. I draw during meetings when my brain can’t focus, I doodle when I’m on hold on the phone, and I always sketch out web designs on paper before I start creating anything online. Sometimes it’s easy to translate those doodles from paper to PNG, but other times not even the best Photoshop job makes them look quite right.

I’ve been curious about different options for computer-based sketching, but I’m no designer, so I don’t need anything too fancy. Enter the Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet, an easy way to take your sketches from pen & paper to your computer. I read about it on A Pretty Penny and experienced that familiar tech-longing that resulted in my first iPod purchase. This one’s going on my Christmas list!

Butt Dots, Ombre Skinnies, and Floral Pants

My friend April and I are on some freaky parallel fashion wavelength at the moment. We both recently purchased a pair of lil’ boots (although they were different ones) and today we both online-window-shopped during our lunch hour for a pair of polka-dot skinny jeans. I knew there was a good reason we’ve been friends all these years!

Perhaps it is because I am a child of the 90s but I love colored and printed denim. Case in point:

Do not try to tell me that these are all the same jeans. Seriously. Stop it. Notice the different in polka dot placement and size. Don’t even get me started about the color variation and fabric differences! I’m leaning towards the ones in the middle.

It butt dots don’t do it for you, maybe this pair of ombre skinnies will have you wishing for a new pair of colored denim.

Ombre Skinny Jeans

Free People Ombre Cropped Skinny Jean
Zappos.com

And lastly, my floral obsession:

anthro-floral

Megaflora Charlie Trousers
Anthropologie

I have no idea how these would look in real life, but I willing to give Megaflora a chance.