year in books - part three

I can't believe that it's the end of September! This year has flown by! My new years resolution is going strong and I've read 12 books so far this year. The books that I read over the past three months, a brief description, and my thoughts are listed below. If you've read any of these books or have a recommendation for me please share in the comments below! 

July: I was really excited to read Jennifer Weiner's new book, "All Fall Down". I love her and I though the subject (a mom who's addicted to painkillers) would be a nice change from the typical chick-lit subjects. Unfortunately I was not a fan of this book at all. I could not relate to the characters and the book dragged on and on. 

Genre: Women's Lit Audience: Women in their 20s and above Perfect for: Can't honestly recommend Rating: 2/5 stars 

August: My Mom has an extensive book collection so on my last trip home I decided to grab a couple of books, "If I Stay" was one of them. After seeing the trailer for the movie I couldn't wait to read this book and it did not disappoint. If you haven't seen the trailer, the book is about a girl who was in a car crash with her family and her decision to stay or "go". It was a heart wrenching quick read that left me completely stumped at the end. I can't wait to see the movie! 

Genre: Young Adult Audience: Anyone Perfect for: Weekend at home or beach read Rating: 4/5 stars 

September: Another book that I picked up off of my Mom's shelves was "Thirteen Reasons Why". This is a tricky book to recommend because it was such a sad subject. A teenage girl had a terrible series of events happen to her that led up to her taking her own life. It was very very sad.

Genre: Young Adult Audience: Anyone Perfect for: Rainy weekend Rating: 3/5 stars 

The second book that I read this month was one of my all-time favorites so far this year. Into The Darkest Corner is a "psycho thriller" in truest form. The story jumps between two time periods of the main character Cathy's life. In 2003 she is a happy-go-lucky club hopping twenty-something. In 2008 she's suffering from severe OCD and is trying to start her life over. I flew through this book! 

Genre: Psycho Thriller Audience: Anyone mid-twenties and up Perfect for: Any weekend/vacation read (although warning - might give you nightmares) Rating: 5/5 stars 


Posted on September 30, 2014 .

girl talk - the best bra ever

If you're an avid blog reader, you may have noticed that Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere and Grace from Stripes and Sequins have both mentioned how much they love the Natori "feathers" underwire bra After receiving such praise....I decided to put my Victoria's Secret relationship on hold and try something new. 

It's love. For some reason I was a strictly Vicki's gal before trying this bra and I was shocked when pulled this out of the box and I saw how lightweight and soft it was. Aren't bra's supposed to be heavy and hard? I was used to the overly padded and uncomfortable bras that I had reluctantly gown accustomed to. 

Not only is it lightweight but it's also supportive and looks amazing! I cannot say enough good things about this bra. If you're looking for something new, and even if you aren't I strongly recommend giving this bra a try. It's pricey but it's worth every penny! 

I'd love to know....are you a Vicki's gal? Or do you have another brand that you swear by? 

Posted on September 25, 2014 .

shop crush - the everygirl

tumbler // paris picture // print // coffee mug

The Everygirl has been a daily read of mine for over a year. If you haven't visited their site I highly recommend adding it to your queue!  The Everygirl features articles about fashion & beauty, travel, career advice and more. Lately, however I've been obsessed with their shop! 

The prints and coffee mugs are at the top of my wish list. We all could use some daily motivation! 

Have you checked out The Everygirl's shop? Which item is your favorite? 

*all images via the everygirl

Posted on September 23, 2014 .

life lately

Despite being sick all last week, life has been pretty great lately. I've been taking this time in-between jobs to not only reflect on what I want to do next, but to enjoy our new city. We've been very lucky with weather lately and we've been taking full advantage by walking everywhere. Ok, maybe I'm also nervous to try public transportation, but the walking has been amazing. 

Our first week here we were blessed with summer-like temperatures which I took full advantage of by laying on our rooftop deck and reading a good book. You simply cannot beat that view. 

Our favorite part of the city so far? The food! Two of my favorite spots so far have been Quartino and Henry's, both in the River North neighborhood. If you're looking for a great meal and atmosphere for a decent price Quartino is perfect! Their doughnut desert was delicious!

We tried Henry's our first weekend before a night out and were blown away by not only their food but their service. Henry's is new to the neighborhood and specializes in gourmet sliders and hand crafted cocktails - need I say more? 

Chicago has been amazing so far. I'm looking forward to trying out more restaurants and checking out workout studios next. If you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments below!  

Posted on September 18, 2014 .