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.
Summer hit me pretty hard this year. I’m sure there’s a small part of me that appreciates the heat after those long winter days and endless spring rain, but I was not prepared for heat rash and constantly feeling sticky from sunscreen and bug spray. Not the most glamorous image of summer days, but that’s been reality for the past week. It’s hard to get dress when you feel like you’re melting.
All of spring felt like a rush. There was about a week of true spring weather, lots of rain the rest of the time, and lots of me juggling birthdays, life changes, and family time. I feel like I need to nap through July, but sadly that wont be possible. Instead I’ll start thinking about all the things I must do before summer ends. Before the list making starts, lets take a look back at spring.
I find it difficult to write at the moment. Everything in my personal life is good but overwhelming, and everything I seem to find about this country and the world at the moment seems bad and overwhelming. It feels as if everything I attempt to create or do seems too little or misplaced.
Over the past few years, I’ve loved finding rare spots wherever I travel. You know, the hidden nook/ no tourists has ever been here culture cultivated by edgy travel shows and hipsters. It can be a way to make your experience in a new place unique, and have a moment to take a breath away from the crowds.
I took a weekend trip to Toronto, Canada with some friends a couple weeks back. It reminded me a lot of traveling to Dublin in a ‘why do I always travel to places that aren’t known for sun’ kind of way. The city was covered in a gray clouds and we were fighting the rain more than fellow tourists. It may have been chilly, but a ride to the Toronto Islands was still beautiful.
I don’t know where my bad packing habits came from, but I’ve settled on blaming it on Rachel Zoe. Too many episodes of The Rachel Zoe Project in my youth has my mind screaming ‘options!’ every time I pack for a trip. Though I don’t think I’ll ever get down to being a ‘minimalist’ I have worked my way down from serious overpacking to something more reasonable; Here’s how I did it.
Despite taking what feels like years to finish American Gods, I’ve been in a very bookish mood. I blame it on the weather. It’s finally warm enough to start dreaming about days in the yard or on the beach reading a juicy, scandal-filled novel. I will certainly be on the hunt for the next Crazy Rich Asians, but first we’ll start with a sweet and lighthearted book recommendation.
Camp Collection Carrie shirt, H&M shorts (similar), Quay Sunglasses, Adidas Stan Smith sneakers
Time seems to be sneaking up on me quickly this year. I can’t believe it’s May, much less that the sun has finally decided to come out. Thankfully the surprise is a pleasant one because I’m always up for a Star Wars inspired outfit on Star Wars Day.
Oh Tina Belcher, what can I say about you? She’s the most relatable, hilarious, and her determination in adversity is down right inspiring. Not to mention her simple and classic style is perfect for the first days of spring.