Friday Faves: Reads for Book Lovers Day

Favorite Reads for Book Lovers Day via @poorandpretty

I have a tendency to book jump. At any given time, I could be reading five or so books in various genres. Since tomorrow is National Book Lover’s Day, I thought I’d share with you a few of my recent favorites and current reads:

We Are Water by Wally Lamb: I have a special love for Wally Lamb because of shared personal experiences and will read everything he writes, so naturally I picked up his latest novel. I just started it, so I am only about 45 pages in. However, his very deep character development (which is so typically Wally) has already engrossed me and I hate putting the book down to go to bed, or eat, or work, or any of those annoying must-do’s that keep me from reading.

Make Me by Rhiannon Holte: I’ll admit it. I still read a ton of young adult literature. I’ve shared my love for The Hunger Games, The Perks of Being a Wallflowerand as with Wally Lamb, I’ll read everything by YA writers Francesca Lia Block and Ellen Wittlinger. Make Me is a wonderfully fresh young adult novel about a former child actress on the cusp of adulthood, determined to make her comeback after falling into the pit of drugs and alcohol. Like so many young celebrities, she takes some pretty drastic measures. She and a friend (the author, Rhiannon) create a website where her fans can suggest and vote on ways to “make Anya over.” Pretty quickly, it turns into a battle between Anya’s true and loyal fans versus the seedy underbelly of the Internet. It’s unlike any novel I’ve read and I am proud to be helping the author promote it.

I Spy DIY Style by Jenni Radosevich: Do you read the blog I Spy DIY? Like me, Jenni shares a love for DIY and unique fashion. While working at InStyle magazine, she developed a monthly do-it-yourself fashion column which eventually turned into her blog and this book! The book is filled with fantastic fashion tutorials for things you’ll actually wear. The tutorials range in skill level, from needing to know how to glue to sewing and using a grommet tool. It’s a great book to keep on hand for inspiration.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I listened to the audiobook twice during my Road Trip; first on Day 7 as I drove down the Pacific Coast Highway and again on my last day, driving home. Then when I got home, I immediately demanded that Stan and I see the movie that weekend, which we did. The movie was cute, true to the book, but you’ve got to read the book. As I mentioned during my road trip, I was bawling my eyes out listening to the audiobook, narrated spectacularly by Kate Rudd. It’s a beautiful story about star-crossed young love and courage in the face of cancer. Unlike Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is very real, raw, and does not shy away from the harsh reality and unglamorous side effects of imminent death. Having watched my Nana suffer from and eventually succumb to lung cancer when I was 11, I am all too familiar with the feelings of pain, empathy, and unconditional love that come with it. All I can do is thank John Green for really getting it and helping others to understand.

Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart: As a certified beauty and health coach, Jolene Hart knows beauty from an inside-out perspective. That is: outer beauty is more dependent on what we put into our bodies than what we slather on our skin. She dives into the right (and wrong!) foods to eat for skin cell renewal and repair, healthy and shiny hair, better sleep, a healthy metabolism, and more. The book also provides a list of where to get a healthy dose of carbs, fats, and proteins, and what to avoid. She even has chapters on what to eat during each season of the year, based on what is in season and of course shares a few healthy recipes. This is not a DIY beauty book, it’s more of a healthy lifestyle guide. And let me just say: I need to eat more fruits and veggies. Good thing we’re growing some!

P.S. You’ll notice that many of these links to not go to Amazon, but instead to Better World Books. This is because they have truly amazing charitable efforts such as Book for Book — every time you purchase a book, they donate one to a children’s literacy program. They also donate profits to Books for Africa, Room to Read, the National Center for Family Literacy, and other global literacy non-profits. They reduce landfills by never throwing away a book. They either find it a home or recycle it — to date, they’ve reused or recycled over 190 million pounds of books. AND in addition to free shipping worldwide, you have the option of carbon-balancing your shipment for pennies. So yeah, I kind of love them.

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Friday Faves: Summery Sandals & Flats Under $35

Favorite Summer Sandals + Flats Under $35 via @poorandpretty

Favorite Summer Sandals + Flats Under $35 via @poorandpretty

These Roxy sandals are my absolute favorite summer footwear, which is why they’re so well-worn. I bought them years ago, and they’ve lasted longer than any other pair of sandals I own. They’re comfortable and casual, but dressy enough to wear to work and nice events, too. Unfortunately, these aren’t available anymore, but I did find a few more sandals and flats to complement your summer wardrobe.

First, let’s talk about how awesome it is that jelly shoes are back! Yes!!! These are definitely my favorite style icon from the 90s.

Favorite Summer Jelly Shoes Under $35 via @poorandpretty

1. ASOS FUNKY Gladiator Jelly Shoes (ASOS). 2. Confetti on the Dance Floor Flat (ModCloth). 3. Juju Seven Yellow Flat Jelly Sandals (ASOS). 4. Flat Lattice Jelly Sandal (American Apparel).

Favorite Summer Flip Flops Under $35 via @poorandpretty

And what would summer be without the iconic flip-flop? 5. Roxy Firenze Flip Flop (DSW). 6. DV8 Splash (Zappos). 7. Women’s Classic Flip Flops (Old Navy). 8. O’Neill Wander ’14 Women’s Sandals (6pm).

Favorite Summer Bow Sandals + Flats list

Bows are also big this year. 9. Dizzy J-Drop Flat Sandal (DSW). 10. GUESS Tutu 2 (Zappos). 11. Mel Pop Ballet Flat (DSW). 12. Jelly Bow Thong Sandals (Prima Donna).

Favorite Summer Dressy Sandals Under $35 via @poorandpretty

These sandals are a bit dressier, so you can wear them to work or summer soirées. 13. Zen in Rome Sandal (ModCloth). 14. Billabong Tassle Me (Zappos). 15. Mootsies Tootsies Pamela Wedge Sandal (DSW). 16. Sunset in Your Ways Flat (ModCloth).

Favorite Summer Flats Under $35 via @poorandpretty

And finally, a few flirty flats! 17. Morning Amour Flat (ModCloth). 18. Lily Pad Ballet Flats (ASOS) – these would look great with DIY glittery cap toes ;) 19. White Crochet Women’s Classics (TOMS). 20. Frolic in Fresno Flat (ModCloth).

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Friday Beach Faves: 20 Bikinis & Swimsuits Under $45

Sad fact: I was so caught up in my road trip this summer that I have not yet been to the beach! I need to remedy this. And possibly buy a new suit for the occasion. Here are a few of my favorite one pieces and bikinis under $45. In the words of Barney Stinson, “Swimsuit up!”

 

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 1-4

1. Scallop and Down the Beach One-Piece. 2. Rocker Chic Swimsuit. 3. Lovely at the Lake One-Piece in Seafoam. 4. Polka Dot High-Waisted Pin-Up Bikini.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 5-8

5. Ruffle Teal Bustier Bikini. 6. Strappy Neon Bikini. 7. Marina Del Ray Swimsuit. 8. Cool in the Cove bikini bottom – mix and match this with lots of fun tops!

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9. Pool Party Picnic in Blue Gingham: Top & Bottom. 10. Marlene One-Piece11. Bow Accent Color Block Bikini12. Dot Bow Bandeau High-Waisted Bikini.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 13-16

13. Mast from the Past One-Piece14. All Day Aquatics: Top & Bottom15. Anchor Values: Top & Bottom16. In Print: Top & Bottom.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 17-20

17. Frill-Trim Bikini with Skort18. Floral & Cherry Print Bikini19. Queen Bay One-Piece20. Floral Midkini.

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Friday Faves: Springtime on Etsy

Springtime Etsy Faves via @poorandpretty

I love how many beautiful, springy things there are on Etsy right now. Maybe because we’ve had such a harsh winter, we’ve kept ourselves busy creating lovely handmade goodies.

These are just a few of my favorites: 1. Pastel Berry Twig Hair Crown by littlehoneypies. 2. Layering Beaded Strand Necklace by NestPrettyThingsShop. 3. Set of Painted Wooden Vase and Candle Holders by ShadeonShape. 4. Rainbow Carrot Mix (250 heirloom seeds) via SmartSeeds. 5. Pastel Triangle Felt Garland by CoutureByAyca.6. 5 Pastel Painted Mason Jars by StyleJarsandCans.

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Friday Faves: Alt for Everyone goodie box #2

Alt For Everyone 2 goodie box - poorandpretty

I spent most of last night cramming so many great tips from amazing bloggers into my brain during the second Alt For Everyone online blogging summit. From Chris Gardner’s (ManMade DIY) session on important Blog Documents to the super cute and spunky Alison Faulkner’s (The Alison Show) tips on using Illustrator for blogging and Photo Styling 101 with House of Brinson, it really was a lot to take in! Not to mention, I received another fantastic goodie box from all of the fab sponsors. Check it out:

Alt For Everyone 2 goodie box open - poorandpretty

Alt For Everyone 2 goodie box contents - poorandpretty

So many great & funky things! A few of my favorites are:

Alt For Everyone goodie box - Kluster bracelet - poorandpretty

The handmade Banana Split Bracelet in Yellow Magnesite from Kluster. Not only do I love the quality and beautifully bright color of this bracelet, I also love the company’s motto: happy jewelry for happy people. :)

Alt For Everyone goodie box - ever so lovely earrings - poorandpretty

If I didn’t have orbitals for earrings, I would totally wear these sparkly little things! But, I think they would look super cute on Scarlett, too. They’re handmade by Brandi Bowen of Ever So Lovely. Visit her Etsy shop here.

Alt For Everyone goodie box - Good Home dryer sheets - poorandpretty

While opening my Alt for Everyone goodie box, I knew something was making it smell like a beach house. Turns out it was these eco-friendly dryer sheets from The Good Home Co. They’re made in the USA without parabens, phthalates, or sulfates.

Alt For Everyone goodie box - capsule wallet - poorandpretty

Then, there’s the capsul. It’s a durable,  minimalistic wallet made from recyclable & non-toxic polypropylene. I’m currently using it to hold business cards (it holds up to 50), but I will definitely slip credit cards and an ID in there on days when I need to travel lighter (like, for instance, when Stan and I go to Universal in 32 days!!!!)

Alt For Everyone goodie box - mustache! - poorandpretty

Despite my better judgement, I was somehow convinced to wear this Mario-esque mustache for the Alt for Everyone Pajama Bash meet-up last night. I can only say that it’s because I love the Alt community so much, and it was far past my bedtime. If you want to see the horrifically embarrassing photo of me wearing it, you’ll have to check my Instagram. Let’s just say, I am decidedly not one of those hipster chicks who can look cute while wearing a fake mustache.

Happy Friday!! xo

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