Next to stripes, gingham is probably my all time favorite pattern and right now gingham is having a major moment. There are so many great pieces out right now, it’s hard to keep up with them all!I purchased this dress during the latest Shopbop sale because I knew it would be a great transitional dress. It can be worn with boots and a jacket on cooler days and with cutout heels when it’s warmer. (Full disclosure though, it was absolutely freezing the day we shot these! I probably should have opted for the boots and jacket look. #BloggerProblems) You can shop this look, plus more gingham pieces all under $100 below.
Tomorrow night Brett and I are going to Cincinnati to visit his family. Brett will likely be doing all the driving, which means I’m going to get plenty of time to dive into my spring reading list.I’m currently reading First Comes Love. To be honest this isn’t my favorite Emily Giffin book and I’m a little disappointed by this. I’ve always enjoyed her books and Something Borrowed is one of my favorite movies. I’m about halfway through and I’m just not connecting with any of the characters. I keep hoping it gets better, but I’m not holding my breath. Did anyone else read this and feel the same way or is it just me?
Small Admissions: When ambitious grad student Kate Pearson’s handsome French “almost fiancé” ditches her, she definitely does not roll with the punches, despite the best efforts of family and friends. It seems that nothing will get Kate out of pajamas and back into the world. Miraculously, one cringe-worthy job interview leads to a position in the admissions department at the revered Hudson Day School. Kate’s instantly thrown into a highly competitive and occasionally absurd culture, where she interviews all types of children: suitable, wildly unsuitable, charming, loathsome, ingratiating, or spoiled beyond all measure. And then there are the Park Avenue parents who refuse to take no for an answer.
The Futures: Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, a scholarship student from a rural Canadian town, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia–blond, beautiful, and rich–fits perfectly into the future he’s envisioned for himself. After graduation, and on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008, they move together to New York City, where Evan lands a job at a hedge fund. But Julia, whose privileged upbringing grants her an easy but wholly unsatisfying job with a nonprofit, feels increasingly shut out of Evan’s secretive world.
The Fortune Hunter: Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, is the Princess Diana of nineteenth-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse.
Victoria: Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world.
The Summer Before The War:East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.
The Ramblers: Set in the most magical parts of Manhattan—the Upper West Side, Central Park, Greenwich Village—The Ramblers explores the lives of three lost souls, bound together by friendship and family. During the course of one fateful Thanksgiving week, a time when emotions run high and being with family can be a mixed blessing, Rowley’s sharply defined characters explore the moments when decisions are deliberately made, choices accepted, and pasts reconciled.
The Here and Now: Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love. The world Prenna James comes from is in ruins. She and the others who escaped are here to prevent humanity’s destruction. But if they don’t follow The Rules, everything that matters will be gone: Friends. Families. Dreams. Love. Ethan Jarves can never know Prenna’s secret. That she’s not from another place. She’s from another time.
The River At Night: A high-stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident, The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.
As always, if you’ve read a great book recently and it’s not on my list please leave a comment!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FeedDogsPurina #CollectiveBias The first time we traveled with Riggins, I think we packed more for him than we did for Brett and I combined. I even joked that traveling with a puppy is like traveling with a baby! A few trips later and we have a much better idea of what he needs and doesn’t need when we go away. Since we travel fairly frequently I made a box with all of Riggin’s travel essentials so we can just grab and go the day of our trip.
I was able to get everything I needed for Riggin’s travel box at Target and right now you can save up to 20% on Purina products when you use the Cartwheel app. Here’s what I included in our travel box:
Purina BENEFUL® Original Dog Food: Obviously his food is the most important thing to pack. At home we buy the giant bags of dog food, but the 3.5 pound bags are perfect for traveling. Purina has a lot of great dry dog food options, but I like that meat is the #1 ingredient in Purina BENEFUL® Original and also includes whole grains and vegetables.
Plastic Dog Bowls: We have these navy and white stoneware bowls for everyday use, and brought them along with us the first few times we traveled. I like having separate travel bowls though and since they are plastic, I don’t have to worry about them breaking in transit. I also have a set that we keep at my parents house since we visit there frequently.
Dog Wipes: We use these dog wipes to wipe down Riggins almost daily. It’s especially important to keep English Bulldog’s folds clean and these wipes do the trick. (I can’t say Riggins is the biggest fan of them though!)
Towel & Lint Roller: We want Riggins invited back again! I like to have a towel to wipe his paws with when he comes in from outside and lint roller to give to our hosts to remove any unwanted dog hair from their clothes or furniture.
Treats: Riggins inevitably gets spoiled with treats whenever we go visit family. Purina Beggin Strips are one of his favorite treats. I like to keep them with me in the front seat so I can pass back a treat or two during the car ride to keep him calm.
Miscellaneous Essentials: When Riggins spent the week at my parents house when Brett and I went to New York, I left my mom with a few of our shirts to put in Riggins crate so our sent was with him. We also bring one or two of his favorite toys, but again he usually gets new toys when we go visit family so I don’t bring too many.
This has been kind of a rough week for me because I just haven’t felt the greatest. I finally started to feel better yesterday, but a good part of the week was spent either in bed or on the couch. At least Riggins got lots of extra snuggles! All this rest time meant I got to catch up on a lot of reading I haven’t had time for lately. I’m sharing my favorite reads from the week, plus a few items I’m currently coveting (if only I hadn’t given up shopping for Lent!).
Ella Elli opened in Chicago and I’m dying to go. Anyone been?
Have you watched The Arrangement? I’ve only seen the first episode, but I kind of like it. I read that it’s loosely based off the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes relationship. Not sure if that’s true or not, but does make it more interesting if it is!