Friday Faves: Summer Reading

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What are you reading this summer? Here are a few things I’ve read & loved, am currently reading, or is on my to-read list:

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1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Currently reading and totally obsessed. I’ve actually begun waking up earlier so I can read this in the morning before I go to work. Also: shirking off household chores and other things I should be doing in order to read. It’s like a grown-up Twilight meets Charmed. I’ll likely finish the entire All Souls Trilogy this summer.

2. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. If I decide not to finish the All Souls Trilogy this summer — or if I finish them and am looking for something else — I’ll move on to Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, which my Dad really liked and lent to me. Don’t you love sharing books with family members?

3. Game of Thrones, Book 1: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I’m not even sure I can handle this one, but my friend Anton gave it to me as a birthday present. It’s just so daunting! I’m current with the show, so I definitely don’t want to read past it, but something tells me this book would take me a while…

4. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos. I picked this one up years ago at a consignment shop, but I never read it until this winter. It’s a quick but lovely and heart-warming read told from the perspectives of a spirited 31-year-old woman and a 1o-year-old girl with a distant father and bipolar mother. It sounds like it would be depressing, but I promise it isn’t. I love Marisa de los Santos’ writing style – informal, as if you’re a friend she’s telling a (sometimes) long-winded story to. It’s very much how I tell stories. This is a great summer beach read!

5. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos. This is the follow-up to Love Walked In. It’s a little heavier (emotionally, but also physically because I mistakenly bought the large print edition, ha!) than the first and I liked Love Walked In better, but it’s worth a read if you want to know what happens to main characters Cornelia and Claire after Love Walked In

I’d love to hear what you’re reading and your recommendations for my next books, in the comments!

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Help Support the Keydong Thukche Choeling Nunnery in Nepal

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Scarlett's lemonade stand

This weekend, my 12-year-old niece did something truly wonderful — she hosted a lemonade stand to raise money for a Buddhist nunnery affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Young Ani at Keydong Thukche Choeling Nunnery in Nepal

Scarlett met members of the Keydong Thukche Choeling Nunnery a few years ago when they visited Trinity College in Hartford CT to create a sacred Mandala. After hearing that the “Ani” — some as young as 3 — have been sleeping outside in tents since the earthquakes, Scarlett sprang into action. Through her lemonade stand, she collected over $200 to send to the Nunnery so that they can purchase teddy bears, children’s books, and other comfort items for the young Ani. And now we can help, too.

Keydong Thukche Choeling Nunnery in Nepal

Now through Saturday, May 30, I will donate 30% of all sales from my Etsy shop to the Keydong Thukche Choeling Nunnery. 

Or, if you’d prefer to make a straight donation without a purchase, please send a PayPal payment to sami@poorandpretty.com and include a note that says “Donation for Nepal.” If you use the “friends and family” option, I will not be charged a processing fee, which means 100% of your donation will be given directly to the Nunnery. Donations will be collected through Saturday, May 30.

Thank you for your generosity.

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The Pitches Are Back in Pitch Perfect 2

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I’m a lover of teen angst/bitchy girl movies (Mean GirlsThe Heathers, etc), musicals, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks, so Pitch Perfect is right up my alley. I’ve been rocking out to the soundtrack and trying to rap in the shower all week (not pretty). Wednesday night, my Mom, Suzi, Scarlett and I saw Pitch Perfect 2 and it was aca-awesome! Even better than the first! I won’t talk about all of my favorite moments because I don’t want to ruin the magic. BUT I can share with you some exclusive behind-the-scenes content, courtesy of PP2 sponsor Schick®:

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, do it! I’m seeing it again with Stan this weekend as part of my usual week-long birthday celebration. ;)

Pitch Perfect Limited Edition Shave Schick

You can also grab Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products at your local drug and grocery stores for the ultimate singing-in-the-shower experience. They’re part of my skirt season beauty essentials. All Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products will be available beginning April 2015 at drug and grocery stores nationwide.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine. Can’t get enough a cappella awesomeness? Check out the Schick® Rock Your Legs YouTube channel and show your support for more aca-awesome college a cappella groups!

 

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Wednesday Wishlist: Birthday Edition

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My 28th birthday is Sunday. 28!! I’m basically 30. I graduated high school 10 years ago. That is insane! I feels like only yesterday that I was in drama club (of course), that Jordan & I went to prom together, that I registered to vote… crazy. A decade! CRAZY. I can’t even. Let’s move on to the best part of birthdays: gifts! Here’s what’s on my wish list:

Wednesday Wishlist Birthday Edition

1. Patron Prestige Skirt in Pink via ModCloth. Flirty & feminine & pink & tulle. Yes, please.

2. Dream Catcher Eco Flowy Tank by Cinder + Salt. I pretty much want all of Rachel’s clothing in my closet, but this dreamy tank especially.

3. Florabunda Large Agenda by ban.do. What girl doesn’t want a giant planner with stickers and inspiring prints inside?

4. Cherry Pop Nail Polish by 100% Pure. I love this color! It’s a deep red with a dash of purple ~ super sophisticated.

5. Beginner’s Cold Process Soap Kit by Bramble Berry. I want this so Stan and I can finally make soap from scratch together! (We’re weird/awesome that way.)

6. Cupcakes from NoRA Cupcake Co. Okay, maybe I don’t need a whole truck, but a few cupcakes from NoRA would be heaven.

Let’s pretend I’m not almost 30, okay? Okay. xo

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Outfit: The Retro Polka Dot Dress

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Lots of outfit posts this month! I just have so many cute dresses and skirts to share with you. :)

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This retro rockabilly polka dot dress might look familiar because it was in my Skirt Season post last week, where I shared my essential tools for smooth legs all summer. (I love this photo – it looks like I’m about to take flight!)

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It’s also a celebrity! This dress was featured in a video I helped create at Timex for our new line of reversible polka dot Weekender watches. Turns out the dress fit me like a glove, so I got to take it home — perks of being the stylist! Check out the video:

So fun!!! I loved working on this, from concept to storyboard to shopping for and styling all of the outfits, to being on set and helping direct… it was such an amazing learning experience for me. I love being an Art Director!

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I can’t get over how perfectly it fits! And it’s very light, so it’ll be great for hot summer days and backyard barbecues at my Dad’s. It goes great with the polka dot sunnies I also swiped from our video ;)

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Outfit Details: Retro Polka Dot Dress: Maggie Tang, Amazon, $40 (similar). Polka Dot Sunglasses: Claire’s, $10 (similar, similar). Red Wedges: Merona, Target, $6 (similar, similar, similar).

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