FRANCES & BERNARD
by Carlene Bauer
I read all my books on my kindle, but love to wander the isles of Barnes & Noble sipping on a latte searching for my next book, because I’m sucker for a pretty book cover and it’s the perfect Sunday afternoon activity. Frances & Bernard got me by it’s cover — the photo, the font and it’s color choices — I loved it all. I probably should’ve peaked inside and read a page or two, then I would’ve known it’s a series of letters exchanged through friends over a couple of years. Not my typical read and can be a bit confusing until you read the signature. Overall, this book was just okay, not one I’d recommend.
THE SLIVER LININGS PLAY BOOK
by Matthew Quick
I picked up this book in anticipation of the movie release. After reading the book, I never actually went to see the movie. The book was good, entertaining, but a little predictable, which is a characteristic of a book I always dislike. It had a few good twists and turns towards the end, but nothing spectacular where I’d have to recommend it to friend immediately after finishing it. Overall, it was good, yet average read in my opinion.
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
An American classic and for good reason, it’s a great story! I did find it a little confusing in beginning with all the different characters, so I hopped onto the sparknotes to read a little recap of the first two chapters, which helped a ton! Now, one of these rainy afternoons I need to see the movie.
by Colleen Hoover
I’m not sure if it’s normal at 26 to really love young adult fiction, but I love it! It’s probably the hopeless romantic in me that can’t put them down. It’s started after college with the Twilight series, then a year ago with the Hunger Games and now, Hopeless. I flew through this book in a week, but I’ll warn you the beginnings a little slow. Then something happens and you can’t sleep until you finish it. I can’t tell you what obviously, so you have to read it! I already pre-ordered the second book in the series that doesn’t even get released until mid-summer!
P.S. I actually really dislike the coverwork of the book, but don’t judge it by its cover! Hopeless is now one my favorite reads!
Have any good books you’re reading this summer? You can see all the “On My Nightstand” post right here.
I’ve started a new series on the blog that’s entirely local to Minnesota! Shopping local and supporting small businesses is something I love. Last Christmas, I bought almost all of my presents from local businesses here in the Twin Cities and I discovered some real gems! The series will spotlight some of my favorite shops and companies native to Minnesota. I hope all my local reads enjoy it and if you have any suggests I would love to hear them!
I stumbled Wind & Willow via Etsy’s local search. If you aren’t familiar with this, get familiar cause it’s an awesome tool! Wind & Willow makes the most beautiful handcrafted colorful home goods. I’m totally obsessed with their little succulent pots and minimal candle stick holders. And I really need in a new and more beautiful set of wooden spoons in my kitchen!
It’s finally open! I think my heart skipped a beat the instant I set my eyes on all those adorable sugar creations just waiting for me behind that glass. There are rows and rows of the most beautiful and delicious italian pastries. I have a feeling I’m going to become a Sunday regular here!
I had a couple of macarons, espresso and an aaaammazzing mango mousse pastry. Joel had an espresso and chocolate eau claire. We left stuffed and buzzed up on sugar. I can’t wait to go back!
The St. Paul farmer’s market opens this Saturday! I’m so pumped! Walking to the farmer’s market is my favorite part of living downtown St. Paul in the summer. Here’s a round-up of some adorable, yet practical totes perfect for carrying around your farmer’s market loot…
J.Crew: Bamboula Ltd Market Tote & Sea Bag Tote
Anthropologie: Ombre Straw Tote & Seaside Striped Tote
Etsy: 1. OneElevenStudio 2. jennarosehandmade 3. Womensgirl 4. annajoyce
I’m still obsessed with my new espresso maker and have been making flavored syrups to jazz up my morning lattes. This lavender honey syrup tastes wonderful in coffee in the mornings. It’s also makes a delicious martini!
Step 1 : Bring water and lavender buds to a boil.
Step 2 : Reduce heat to low and add suger and honey. Stir until dissolved.
Step 3 : Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Then allow it to fully cool before bottling and storing in the refrigerator.
Christina’s pins are always full of color and lots of sparkle! Scrolling through her inspiration just makes me smile while wishing I was covered in head to toe pink sequins.
I really love Lisa Golightly‘s work.
I absolutely adore every single one of her pins! Hannah’s got an eye for uniquely wonderful patterns along side a tomboy’s basics, yet there’s a subtle touch of femininity throughout her inspiration.
J.Crew coat // Banana Republic sweater // H&M pants // Shoemint heels // Karma Boutique bag
Apparently, I was in some serious need of caffeine because that latte looks bigger than my head!
The weatherman is spreading a rumor that today, we could get 8 inches of snow! Not cool. Not cool at all. To make today a little less painful I present you with Christina from Fash n Chips, who is a master of dressing with the perfect amount of cool while staying cozy. I love her twist on classic menswear. I’m especially diggin those metallic blue heels and plaid crop pant combo.