Monday, January 20, 2014

Vacation Reading List

Time for a vacation.  We'll be hitting the road Thursday evening.  Booked a 1-week cruise out of Texas.  Going with our good friends, Deb and Shevek.  After the cruise, we have another week to road trip - mostly around Louisiana where we have family to visit.  It's been 2 years since we've taken a long vacation.  I'm looking forward to some time off the grid.

With a lot of down time in the car and days at sea comes the need for some serious reading material.   This list is all over the place and could've gone on and on forever.  So here's top 12, in alphabetical order:

Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott:  I've only ever heard amazing things about her writing and this book (about writing) seemed like a good place to start.  But I'm open to other suggestions.  Anybody have an Anne Lamott favorite?  I'd like to know.

Divergent - Veronica Roth:  there's a movie comin' out, y'all.

Fashion 2.0: Blogging Your Way to The Front Row - Yuli Ziv: The blogging world intrigues me. Especially the professional blogging world. Honestly not sure if I could hack it. Always willing to learn more. 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling:  I know, I'm WAY behind.  I read the first book in preparation for Harry Potter World last summer.  Loved it.  Next please!

In the Fields - Willow Aster:  I love-love-llllllloved this book (remember, this author interview?).  So I'm re-reading it.  Might even finish it before the trip, but it will come with me anyway just in case I bump into Willow in New Orleans.  She'll be there around the same time for NOLA 2014 Author Event.  I desperately want her to sign my copy of the book.

Mindset - Carol S. Dweck:  Because it's about growth and I'm a girl who loves a rut.  Yep.

My Story - Elizabeth Smart:  I remember when this all went down.  Based on the reviews, my expectations are low as far as writing quality.  But it's such an unbelievable story that just so happens to be true, that I HAVE to read it.

The 4-Hour Workweek - Timothy Ferriss:  Steve and I talk about moving to a Caribbean island for part of the year.  I don't think that will ever actually happen, but the ability to be anywhere we want whenever we want is ultimately the goal.  This book may share some insight on how that could work.

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein:  A story about humanity from the perspective of dog = brilliant.  This one is for the ride home, as I put less distance between me and my furbabies. 

The Creative Habit - Twyla Tharp:  Good news.  I have come to the conclusion that I am a fairly creative person.  However, my brain is so full of crap, unburying that creativity can seem like an impossible task.  Maybe this book could help me with that.

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green:  They say crying is good for the soul and I don't think I cry enough.  It's going to be an ugly cry, isn't it?  It is. (sigh)

The Opportunist - Tarryn Fisher:  I've met this author too!  And she will also be at the author event in New Orleans.  Even though I can't attend the signing, I'm sort of hoping I can wrangle a autographed copy of this one as well.  I needed something saucy on the reading list and I'm confident this is the right choice.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kokoon SALE

Oh boy!  BIG SALE goin' on at Kokoon online through January 19th.  I have the Supercowl dress in black (remixed here) and Layer Cake skirt (worn here).  Both are traveling with me on an upcoming 2-week vacation.  So many ways to mix-n-match, and the fabrics will pack really well.  I'll be ordering the jeggings in time for the trip too.  Better hurry, before it's all sold out!

Used code SPOILS20 for an ADDITIONAL 20% off.

Don't Box Me In cardigan, $34.  Belle Weather skirt, $24.

Pocketful skirt, $59.  Mullet shirt in garnet, $19.

Supercowl dress in black and red, $59.

Peplum top, $32.  Layer Cake skirt, $49.

Anklet Jegging, $18.  Kanga poncho, $34.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sisu - Grand Opening!

Who loves a party?  Me!  (Jumping up and down with BOTH hands in the air.)   We've been checking in fabulous, new product all week, giving me a serious case of The Wants.  In addition, I just carried in a whole case of Champagne - cheers!  There will be cookies.  There will be swag from designer brands.  And at this very moment, I am staring at racks of new denim from Henry and Belle.

This is where you're going to want to be on Saturday:

2170F Eagle Creek Lane
Woodbury, MN 55129

Hi.  I'm excited.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Middle Toes Doth Protest

Hat & Boots: Gift from Steve (8+ years ago!),  Bag: Gap
Sweater: Hot Mama  Shirt (similar): Charlotte Tarantola,  Tunic Tank: NikiBiki,
Leggings: Matty M,  Socks: HUE & Target

Let's discuss layers again, shall we?

Hat.  Scarf.  Tank.  Long-sleeve shirt.  Wool sweater.  Gloves.  Leggings....on top of leggings.  Socks...on top of another pair of socks.  And fuzzy-lined boots.  And ya know what?  I should have doubled up the scarf too.

My middle toes keep going numb.  Just the middle ones.  You'd think they'd be the coziest ones, but apparently they're the wimpiest.

WalMart has fleece-lined leggings for $5.  Sold...X6.

Many schools and businesses will be closed Monday in anticipation of the coldest day in 20 years.  Ode to Joy.

We haven't had hot water in our kitchen for a week and a plumber is coming out today to help us thaw the culprit pipe and hopefully prevent disaster.  Grateful it's only in the kitchen...

It's like the cold version of hell.

22 days until vacation.