Posts Tagged ‘Reading Pretty’

Reading Pretty: The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson

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The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson is the perfect book for a beach getaway. At times I wanted to yell and scream at Allie the main character. The book’s underlying theme of wanting something you know isn’t really good for you, but you are trying to make it fit. I was recently speaking with a friend who has been married a long time and she says “people marry an idea of a person instead of the actual person. It’s not rose colored glasses, it’s a rose colored life. People are always trying to make things fit like a bad shoe.” I couldn’t help but laugh because it’s true. As women we grow up with this idea of the perfect person, job, car, and house. Then life happens and for many it may not be what they really want when they get it. The idea of the perfect life doesn’t exist. The idea of what is right for you exists if we are wiling to make necessary changes and get uncomfortable. As my mother says it’s this part of your life that you find out who you are really are. Momma wisdom.

This post was inspired by the novel The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson. Allie thought she had the perfect husband, until she finds him and another woman in a compromising position in their own apartment. Join From Left to Write on April we discuss The Idea of Him. Join us for a live chat with Holly on April 3.  As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.


{3.28.14} Le Weekend

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I feels like spring. I know I shouldn’t be so happy, but 50 degree temperatures make this girl very happy. Although, the forecast call for rain, I don’t care as long as I don’t have to wear a puffy coat. I looked at the calendar and I’m like where has this year gone. It’s flying by. April is upon and it’s time to ponder new spring dreams, aspirations, and fun.

Here’s to the weekend and a few of my beautimous favorites. Cheers!

Nest Midnight Fleur Rollerball. This is the rollerball that will make her debut in Napa Valley next weekend. I am always working on my travel fragrance collection. A girl must smell nice while living a life en route and this is a new favorite.

Soy Sauce for Beginners. I can never get enough of coming to age story and this one has made their way to my Kindle. Excited to step out of my reading rut of series books about killers, madmen, and secret agents.

Paddywax Passionfruit & Guava Boheme Candle. This is what happens when you work part time at a yoga studio that also is a boutique. You discovery new candles that you can’t live without. This is the current candle in the office rotation. My friend Maria told me it reminds of her spring break. It reminds me of Kauai and all I need is some fresh papaya.

Reading Pretty: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

The Divorce Papers

The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger was a fun and enjoyable read. I will say this is a good book to add to your summer reading list. The book is obviously about a couple going through a divorce, but to me it shows what happens when we don’t communicate with the people we love in our lives. Technology brings us together and separates us at the same time.

I love technology and all that it brings. I’m all Apple. At times I want to throw my phone across the room because the art of conversation seems to be a dying breed. I still crave human interaction via a phone or in person. I love hearing my nieces and nephews voices on a call. It’s nice to get a text from them, but I don’t want to live all my words on a tiny screen. My mother is a big text-er. At times it is great, but a lot of times I just want to hear her voice.  Her voice is so grounding and soothing even when she’s asking me something about her iPhone. She loves it as much as I love mine. I’m learning to embrace my inner geek as I long for more substantial connections.

Words mean things. And sometimes they are better left offline. Do you miss real phone or in person conversations? Let me know in the comments.

This post was inspired by the novel The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger. Young lawyer Sophie unwillingly takes her first divorce case with an entertaining and volatile client in this novel told mostly through letters and legal missives. Join From Left to Write on March 18 we discuss The Divorce Papers. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

{3.14.14} Le Weekend

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I hope your week has gone well. I always look forward to Friday. It’s usually my time to drink wine and watch documentaries on Netflix. It’s day two of bathroom renovation craziness. Seriously, this is not my thing. Thank God my husband has more patience in this area and has been dealing with the contractors. I want to deal with what happens after everything is done. I only want to deal with the decor of the bathroom – new mirrors, lights, and storage for all my beauty products. You know the important stuff. Have a beauty-full weekend dear hearts.

Here are my loves for the week.

Liquid Coconut Oil. I am a huge fan of coconut oil. I cook with it, use it on my hair, and body. But if you ever used coconut oil you know you have to melt it. I found liquid coconut oil and this is perfect in all the areas I need it. I have been mixing my own bath oils and excited to add this to the bath time mix.

George Washington’s Peach Brandy. I live rather close to Mount Vernon. Many people don’t realize that it is also a distillery. They make a fine whiskey, but it’s been over 200 years since the property made peach brandy. It goes on sale April 1 and is limited edition.

The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson. I loved Holly’s first book Manny and have been reading this book since I received an advanced copy this week. The book comes out April 1. If you are looking for a book to start your spring reading journey – grab yourself a copy and imagine it’s summer. Holly’s books take you away.

{2.21.14} Le Weekend

2.14.14 Le Weekend

Let’s hear it for the weekend! I want to curl up with my new book, paint my nails a happy and summery color, and sip this Coppola Santé wine. It’s supposed to be in the 60s here tomorrow. Hallelujah! Winter has been crazy and I’m hoping we can stay past 50 degrees  for the next few weeks. It’s been nice not having to wear long johns, multiple thick layers, and gloves.

Here’s to the weekend baby!



{2.7.14} Le Weekend

{2.7.14} Le Weekend

I’m looking forward to the weekend. Not just because I want to rest on Sunday, but the closer it is to the weekend, the closer we get to moving forward with hopes of the warmth of spring. Yes, I know. In New York it’s fashion week so the news will be telling us what we are wearing in the fall. Yes. Read that sentence again. I digress. I’m looking forward to yoga, naps, and finishing my new book.

I wish you lots of smiles, beauty, and a good book. Stay warm!

Self-Inflicted Wounds by Aisha Tyler. I came upon this book because I discovered Aisha’s podcast. Yes, I know she’s on a talk show, which I don’t watch, was on Friends, and is funny as all get out. But, it’s her show that I fell smack-dab head over heels. Aisha is funny, super smart, and my kind of girl. And she likes Bourbon – more points. Her podcast is Girl on Guy and if you listen to her interviews you will be hooked. I grew up in the house with 5 men so I love that she is a guys girl and a girl’s girl. When I first discovered her podcast it was episode 54 with Lisa Kudrow. Then what did I have to do? I had to start all the way with the first one. Now I’m all caught up. It took me a few weeks because I’m a big podcast listener. Get with it. Download it now.

Kobo Leather Mahogany Candle. It has been over two years since I had this candle in my presence and it’s two years too long. Candles make me a happy girl.

Essie Russian Roulette. After months of dark and bright nails I had to go back to an oldie, but goodie. This is a classic poppy red. Sometimes there is nothing better than a classic red nail. This is one of my favorites.

{2.1.14} Le Weekend

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Are you ready for the weekend? I am and I’m excited for the Super Bowl. I love football so it’s bittersweet. I want to watch the two best teams in the league this season battle it out, but it also means I won’t see another game until the fall. Here are a few favorite items I have been loving over the past few weeks.

Aura Cacia Chakra Balancing Oils. Everyone has chakras. These are energy systems in the bottle. At times they can get a little off. These balancing oils are roll-ons and they are easy to carry around and use when you feel not quite yourself. If I’m doing a home yoga practice I apply a few oils together to my pulse points and let the sent embrace me.

The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte. Danielle Laporte is one bad mamma jamma. Her book is based on goals, but goals with soul. Does your goals have meaning? Usually when we think of goals when think of accomplishments and not the why? This book helps you find your why?

Glam Balm Lip Balm. My lips are drinking in this lip balm. I can’t get enough. I was first sent this lip balm to test out, but I liked it so much I have one in my office and another by my bed. Yep, it’s that good.

Have a great weekend. I wish you fun, lots of laughs, and beauty.

Wellness Wednesday: Pick Your Yoga Practice by Meagan McCray

Pick Your Yoga Practice

I always say there are so many books and not enough time to read them all. Between my current Daniel Silva, self-help, and yoga books I need to go away for two weeks and do nothing but read. Yoga is such a huge part of my life and I can’t imagine my life without my practice. With that being said I’ve had numerous questions regarding yoga. Most people assume that you have to be super flexible in order to attend a yoga class or you have to know all the poses. That’s why it’s called yoga practice, not yoga perfect. It takes time to learn the practice like most things. Don’t be discouraged that you can’t put your foot behind your head. I can’t either, but every time I step on that mat I am happy.

I received a review copy of Meagan McCrary’s Pick Your Yoga Practice and I am glad Meagan chose me as a reviewer. This book is great for anyone interested in learning the different types of yoga and useful tips to get started. The book is written like a friend giving you information so you can determine if vinyasa or kundalini is for you. When I came to yoga I had no clue there were so many different kinds. I am a natural explorer and love to try new styles, but my practice is vinyasa based. Meagan’s book comes at the right time. Yoga is everywhere now and Meagan’s book is the guide to getting your OM on.

Namaste darlings.

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