I Read Four Books This Summer

I’m sure for everyone else this is a low bar, but four books in a summer is a really solid accomplishment for me. I’m very proud of myself. Here’s what I read by the pool every weekend. In case you don’t notice, I stick to non-fiction, because that’s how I roll.

1. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek. I’ve had this book on my nightstand for over a year, and I finally committed to reading it. It was pretty interesting. It was a little slow going at the beginning because he describes a lot of biological dynamics that relate to human feelings. It got a little clinical, but it got better. My main takeaway was that trust is essential for successful leadership.

2. Superficial by Andy Cohen. I’m a big Bravo fan (he’s an executive at Bravo). I watch almost all of the shows, so this book caught my eye. It’s his daily diary, and primarily documents his work and crazy busy social life. He rolls with celebrities around the clock, so it’s interesting to get a “behind the scenes” perspective. There’s some self reflection but it’s definitely not the most profound look I’ve ever read. It was perfect for the beach because it’s full of great gossip!

3. I Regret Nothing by Jen Lancaster. I needed a back up book for vacation and I looked up Jen Lancaster because I’ve read several of her books in the past. She writes really hilarious memoirs about her life.  This is her latest, and it’s great, just like the rest of them. She addresses a little mid-life crisis by creating a bucket list and working through the items one by one. It’s funny and subconsciously inspirational as you go through her journey of stepping outside of her comfort zone.

4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I knew I needed one more book to get through my weekend mornings by the pool and I read an article about the author of Glass Castle from the promotional tour for the movie. The story sounded unique so I thought I would give it a shot. It was a quick read, which is saying a lot because I’m a very slow reader. The story was pretty interesting but, at the same time, none of the characters are very likable. It was an interesting view of a family that is the polar opposite of my own family or really anyone I know.

What books have you read lately?

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Fall Staples: My Sweater Wardrobe Standbys

So I’m just going to pretend that the high today isn’t 89 degrees, because I’m ready for sweater weather. Here are the basics that I need in my sweater wardrobe every year.

  1. Chunky White Sweater– I would wear one everyday if I could. The cable look is so classic and it goes with everything. By everything, I mean all of my jeans.

2. Fine Knit Black Turtleneck– My go-to when I’m out of ideas. I throw this on with pretty much any skirt or dress pants for work. Not everyone likes wearing a traditional turtleneck but I think it’s so flattering.

3. Jewel Tone Long Cardigan– A basic for work. I love a long cardigan with basic black dress or a white blouse and dress pants. It’s good for days when a blazer just seems like too much. I like to have a couple lightweight, washable cardigans on hand in jewel tones that go well with black and navy.

4. Cowl Neck Tunic– this is every winter weekend with jeans or leggings. I love a cowl neck because it’s warm, comfy, and still put together if you’re heading out of the house.

5. Camel Fine Knit V-Neck/Crew Neck– I love a camel sweater with navy dress pants. It’s old school preppy which is not usually my style but it’s so easy, I’ll take it.

6. Something trendy– I need at least one or two trendier sweaters that I can throw on for brunch with friends when I’m trying to look a little more “with it.” There are so many sweater trends this year, you can take your pick: chenille, off the shoulder, eyelash, bell sleeves, rufflesrib knit

What are your go-to sweaters every year?

Last Five

Songs I downloaded on iTunes- Dance video edition.

  1. You Don’t Know Me by Jax Jones feat. RAYE.

2. Instruction by Jax Jones feat. Demi Lovato.

3. If I’m Lucky by Jason DeRulo.

4. Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars.

5. Look But Don’t Touch by the Empire Cast.

Bonus: Pony by Party Pupils.

If you’re wondering how I waste time on YouTube- this is it. The above are just the tip of the iceberg…