Number one on my to-do list this summer was to visit a garden or greenhouse. I don’t have much of a green thumb (I kill most everything I try to grow honestly) but places filled with greenery, plants, and flowers feel so peaceful, and are a beautiful show of the season. I may have waited until the last minute, but we made it.
This time around, there wasn’t a clear book that pulled ahead for me. They were all enjoyable, but middle of the road. As I thought about it more though, themes of the past, nostalgia, and how imperfect life really is tied these two books together.
Now that August is almost through, I’ve been thinking a lot about the parts of summertime I want to squeeze in before it’s gone. I think it’s a little better than simply waiting for fall to arrive, and a lot more fun. While I’m gathering my friends together for one last nice, summer day, I’ve also been thinking about the summer clothes I’ll hate to pack away. This led me right to this lace Aerie Bra (again) and my good old Teva’s.
At the first thought of attending a wedding I was all for recreating a characters’ look. There are so many dramatic dress reveals in sitcom and movies alike, and my mind went to all the flounces and bustles and bows and patterns in the world. Then I remembered it’s August. So, that means instead I had to find a costuming moment that met the perfect summer wedding guest dress in my head; mainly lightweight, church appropriate, and rewearable.
The sustainable principal of wearing a lot more of what you own and buying less has been a hard one for me to learn. Shopping and hauling clothes has been a part of my life for so long. I still have fond memories of going back-to-school shopping each year. But those clothes just don’t last, and even now I get a little disappointed with the amount of clothes I’m willing to part with.
Since It’s still far too hot to wear anything stylish, and the excitement for fashion is rising as we get closer to fashion month, I figured it was about time to share my fashion book collection. I’ve certainly always loved fashion and books, but my love of these gorgeous books peeked when I was in college. Walking into independent bookstores and finding shelves upon shelves filled with books about every aspect on fashion had me in awe. My little suburban town Barnes and Noble couldn’t compete.
Lately I’ve been feeling a little lost when it comes to fashion. Some part of my brain just kept telling me I wasn’t in love with it like I used to be. So I challenged myself to find some things that I still love and find exciting about fashion and style today. It was far easier than expected. Maybe my brain wasn’t right this time around.
As I’m writing this the weather people say tomorrow will be sunny, but then it’s on to our third solid week of rain. *sigh.* I may be going a little stir-crazy. I’m all for getting cozy at home, but it’s hard when all I want to do is go out biking or to the beach. At least it’s still fun to dress like the sun is out.
Over the years my preference for foundation has crept down from mask-like high coverage to a more medium and sometimes sheer look. In the summer, especially when it feels like my skin is melting off, the last thing I want to do before going out is put on thick foundation. Of all makeup categories to search for within cruelty free brands, I thought foundation would be pretty simple, but that is not the case.
Picking one book to rec this month was a challenge. Anansi Boys had me sucked in from the beginning, Snot Girl had me laughing at the woes of bloggers, and The Sun and Her Flowers took me through a rainbow of emotions. But I had to talk about Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion because it gave me so many questions.