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it’s friday + a winner!

Happy Friday! Where did this week go? I feel like it started and then in a blink of an eye it was over. I’m ready for a weekend filled with lots of time at home – whether it’s taking a nap, starting to figure out my art wall or just lounging in my bed catching up on shows I haven’t had time to watch. It’s a weekend filled with lovely indulgences. Including picking up some blossoms since May day is on Sunday, which was one of my favorite holidays when I was little. I can still see myself putting together bouquets for our neighbors.

Do you have any fun plans this weekend? Enjoy!


ps. The winner of the Minted giveaway is . . . Margaret, you’ve won and I’ll be emailing you right away. Thank you all for entering.

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spring reading list

Let me tell you something, I never in a million years imagined that these “reading lists” would be so incredibly popular. I’ve received emails from readers asking about when the Spring post would be published. I’ve got a fantastic group of amazingly talented ladies divulging their favorite reads . . . I want to go check into a cabin in Stinson beach with all of these books. That’s just how good they sound.

So grab a ice tea, find a chair at your local cafe and start reading!

As a lover of the written word and community, this book seemed like an easy inspiration and reminder to surround yourself with love, beauty and kindness.

This is my second 5-year diary and is a lovely way to gauge emotions and pinpoint memories — all in under 30 seconds a day!

I’ll admit it; I purchased this book simply to feel better about the endless stack of laundry I continually trip over.

By far the smartest “woman’s magazine” on the market…It’s filled with fantastic profiles of really interesting, intelligent ladies and artful fashion. I’m totally addicted.

I read an excerpt of this book in Vogue a few months ago and was hooked. There’s nothing better than a good memoir, and this one manages to combine motherhood, marriage and a love affair with yoga. It’s witty and self-depreciating…and deep down I’m hoping that the author’s yoga prowess will somehow be transferred to me through osmosis just by reading the book.

My husband and I have been in a couple’s book club for the past seven (!) years, where each individual takes turn picking a new book for the group to read every few months. Because it’s co-ed, the choices are hugely varied (from classics, to biographies…we even got the boys to read Twilight, due to the, umm… zeitgeist factor). We’re currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird. The last time I read this book I was 14. I’m excited to dig in again with an adult perspective…

How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum by Keri Smith
I love the optimistic message of this book. The lovely hand drawn typography and illustrations are an added bonus.

The Joy of Less: How to De-clutter, Organize and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay
Learning to live with less is something I’m always striving to do. I’m hoping this book will give me the boost I need to make some changes.

Bossypants by Tina Fey
I love all things Tina Fey, especially her honest and hilarious account of being a working mother in the entertainment business. Bossypants is available for purchase April 5th, I can’t wait to get my copy in the mail.

I discovered this magazine at a newsstand recently and was initially drawn to the graphics. As you can tell from the name, it’s a men’s publication, but I found a lot of things inspiring about it. The typography, the slightly vintage feel, the undone nature of the photography — all-in-all, it’s very visually appealing.

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July
A friend gave me this book as a gift not too long ago and I’ve been enjoying the subtle comedy and vulnerability in July’s writing. If you’ve ever seen Me and You and Everyone We Know, the vibe is very similar.

Food Matters by Mark Bittman
You may not think of a cookbook as bedside reading material, but lately I’ve been ending my days bookmarking what I want to try next from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters. I went to a book signing of his a few months back and his discussion about consuming food that is both good for yourself and good for the environment really resonated with me. I’ve yet to make one thing from here that isn’t insanely delicious.

Undecorate by Christiane Lemieux
I purchased this book for a few reasons. the first being that I love Christiane and her designs and the other because it is great non traditional approach to decorating.

Modern Vintage Style by Emily Chalmers
The colors and textiles are so fun in this book. I have found some great ideas for my own house.

Truth be told, I have never actually read this book. I have seen all versions of the movie so I thought it was time to read it for myself.
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Blogger’s Fall Reading List

This summer I featured a blogger summer reading list, because all of you loved it so much I decided that I’m going to bring it back every season. I’ve asked a whole new set of my favorite bloggers to chime in on their favorite reads for this fall – if you don’t have a stack at home already, you will soon. I’ll be getting a big box from Amazon after getting these reviews.

So grab a warm cup of tea, snuggle up in a cozy blanket and open one of these great new reads.

I read parts of this beautiful book when Leslie showed me her personal copy of the book. It’s hands down one of my all time favorite interior design/photograph books. The outside is breathtaking and then when you open the book you can’t put it down because of all the inspiration. Run don’t walk to the book store for this book!

Only five more days until I can go into my local bookstore to grab this must-have. My mom and I have been counting down the days to pour through this read.

As a kid, I couldn’t put down books that had to do with the Holocaust. I’ve had multiple friends recommend this book to me since it came out a few years ago, so I think it’s time I finally grab a warm blanket and read it.

This is at the top of my massive stack of books next to my bedside table. I can’t wait to dive into it this weekend because I couldn’t put down any of Lauren’s other books!

She Made Friends and Kept Them – Fleur Cowles
“She Made Friends and Kept Them” is a memoir of Fleur Cowles’ experiences with all of the fabulous people she’d met over the course of her life. It’s kind of like reading really good gossip! I love it.

Katie Armour suggested that I pick up this book, and I’m so thankful that she did. It’s composed of short biographical pieces about stylish women of the 20th century, ranging from Elsie de Wolfe to Daisy Fellowes. A very inspiring read!

I just bought the Pengiun Classis edition of “Emma” from Anthropologie a few weeks ago. “Emma” was really a life-changing book for me.. I try to re-read it once a year. I feel so fancy when I’m reading this specific copy :)

Take Ivy
I love the observatory nature of the book — it was written by and for Japanese readers about Ivy League style in the 1960’s. I’ve always been interested in Men’s Trad style, and this book is such an interesting little time capsule.

Gypset Style – Julia Chaplin
On the other end of the spectrum, I am totally obsessed with the idea of Gypset right now — the modern bohemian jetsetter. It makes me want to swathe myself in Matthew Williamson and Jules Reid and set my compass towards Bali.

Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga – Hunter S. Thompson
I never tire of Hunter S. Thompson, ad this book so far is just as terrifying as it is engaging. It recounts his years spent living with the notorious Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang in the mid 1960’s. I love learning about crazy counter-cultural sagas like this one.

Julia Child’s memoir, My Life in France, is such an inspirational one as it shows that it’s never too late to find and follow your passion. It’s also a very beautiful love story of loyalty, support, and commitment. The icing on the cake, however, is all the lovely recipes peppered throughout that’ll have you rushing to your kitchen to try out!

I haven’t read this one, but I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of Kelly Cutrone’s If You Have to Cry, Go Outside! I adore Kelly’s no nonsense, frank approach to business and am curious to see how this has helped her build her formidable fashion pr empire.

This was a memoir I could not put down! It recaps the story of a woman who lived through a rather tumultuous upbringing and the way she turned her difficult childhood into her adulthood success. It’s inspirational, thought provoking, and truly an unforgettable story.

Lucia Lucia – Adriana Trigiani
This is my second time reading this book and I love it even more! Adriana Trigiani is my favorite fiction author. I adore the Italian families she creates and the recipes she includes in all her stories and the easy flow of her writing makes it an easy escape read. Lucia Lucia is about a young seamstress looking for love and a way to express her creativity.

True Compass A Memoir – Edward Kennedy
Living in Massachusetts I saw first hand the impact Ted Kennedy had on our state and our country. I have always been fascinated by the Kennedy’s and their amazing bond as a family. This book takes us through his entire life and was written by him in his final year. Truly inspiring!

At Home with Town & Country
In one line… because it is GORGEOUS and daydream worthy!

DV – Diana Vreeland
Vreeland was a force of nature! She took every opportunity that was given to her and ran with it! I can’t wait to learn even more about her life at Vogue & Harpers Bazaar.

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needing some r & r

I’ve been running in a million different directions buying paint, working on projects, and preparing for my trip to Portland tonight. Last night, I had a dream about being somewhere like this – laying in a light filled room with a cup of ice tea and a good summer book in hand. I’m in need of some lazy days off, but am excited about everything coming my way (especially coming home to a freshly painted on Sunday). See you all back here this afternoon. Have a wonderful morning!

{photo courtesy of greige via coco + kelley}
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Happy {cozy reading} Weekend + Link Love

Hello weekend, it’s wonderful that you’re finally gracing me with your presence. With a whirl wind week that felt like I never stopped to breath, I’m definitely ready for the weekend.

We’re heading to the Oregon Duck game against Stanford; let’s hope the rain doesn’t come. It should be another great game, especially since we’re going with a huge group.

Sunday I’m taking it easy by catching up on my reading and hanging out with my BFF. Reading needs to happen Sunday because I haven’t even started my book club book and our dinner is in two weeks, whoops.

If you haven’t read any of these posts, they are a must read! Welcome to my new Friday link love: 

It’s an everyday life with Paloma from La Dolce Vita.

Loving convex? Well, I am and fell in love with some of the images Plush Palate featured.

Looking for a chic New York hotel to say at next time you plan a trip, stay at The Crosby

Take a peak into Kevin Chin and Nancy Liu Chin’s San Francisco loft that coco+kelley gave us.

Office inspiration is something I can look at for days. Check out what Delight by Design featured. 

Who doesn’t love winter whites? Dress, design & décor show us how soft and romantic it can be.

Have an amazing weekend lovelies. I hope all of you have some time to relax this weekend as well.

xo, C

{photo courtesy of Julia}

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