Books Books Books

Ok so two places I totally go to for my reading news, Amazon and GoodReads, put together a list of books one should read in a lifetime.  I’ve decided it’s time to go back to the classics, the ones I never got to read in high school or college. I’m not gonna set a time limit on it, but I’m going to do my best.  How many have you read?  Do you agree with this list? I have to say, I enjoyed The Hunger Games, but I don’t think it really warrants a book everyone should read in their lifetime.  

Goodreads 100 Books You Should Read in a Lifetime

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  4. 1984 by George Orwell
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  6. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  11. Fahrenheit 451: A Novel by Ray Bradbury
  12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  13. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  14. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  16. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  17. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  18. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  19. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  20. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  21. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  22. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  23. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  24. Night by Elie Wiesel
  25. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  26. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  27. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  28. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  29. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  30. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  31. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  32. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  33. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  34. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  35. The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery
  36. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  37. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  38. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  39. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  40. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  41. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  42. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  43. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  44. The Holy Bible: New King James Version by Thomas Nelson
  45. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  46. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas pere
  47. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  48. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  49. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  50. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  51. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  52. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  53. The Stand by Stephen King
  54. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  55. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  56. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  57. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  58. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  59. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  60. Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel by Arthur Golden
  61. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  62. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  63. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  64. Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) by George R.R. Martin
  65. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman
  66. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  67. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  68. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  69. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  70. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  71. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  72. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  73. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Book 2) by Suzanne Collins
  74. Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
  75. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
  76. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  77. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  78. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  79. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingslover
  80. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  81. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  82. The Odyssey by Homer
  83. Celebrating Silence: Excerpts From Five Years of Weekly Knowledge 1995-2000 by Sri SriRavi Shankar
  84. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  85. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  86. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  87. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  88. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  89. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
  90. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  91. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  92. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  93. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  94. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  95. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  96. Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  97. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  98. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  99. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  100. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

List originally from : Kansas City Mamas via Pinterest. 


Kentucky Derby Day Party!



I have always wanted to throw a Kentucky Derby party.  The hats, the bowties, the endless amount of seersucker, its a preppy girls dream.  My friend Lauren and I FINALLY decided to bite the bullet and go all out with a Derby Day Party this past weekend.  We spent weeks on invites, decorations, recipe searching, we even put a pinterest inspiration board together.  Now that it’s all over, I wish we could have a Derby party every month because it was so much fun.   Everyone who walked by asked about the party and why we were so dressed up, a random stranger even pulled her car over to take a photo with everyone because she loves the derby so much (true story).    That being said I thought I’d share some of the photos from the event maybe to inspire you to have your own derby party (or hey even just a lets get dressed up party).  Enjoy!

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If you noticed some of the signage throughout the party you can thank HWTM for the free printables (which I just changed the colors around a bit to match the rest of the decor)

Paper Love



My love of paper products began when I was a teenager.  I worked at Hallmark for over 5 years throughout High School and when I was home from College.  I LOVED working there, to this day I can’t walk through a store (or rather any store) without fixing the cards so that they are all in order.  I would look forward to the day when we got new cards in store so I could read through them all.  I would insist on sending out only Hallmark cards, and if someone gave me a card that wasn’t Hallmark they clearly didn’t “care to send the very best”.  My taste has evolved over time and I’m not quite as much of a Hallmark snob, but a snob of good paper and design still stays true.  I could spend hours at Paper Source or some of my favorite local Paperies like SugarPaper and Urbanic for the perfect card.  I even buy cards months in advance (i.e. I bought my my Mother’s Day & Fathers Day cards last month…).  I don’t get cards in the mail very often (outside of all the beautiful wedding invites I’ve gotten over the years) and I don’t send out as many as I should, (Perhaps I should start!) but everyone can appreciate good products when they come in.   Ha, now that my rant is over take a look at some of my favorite prints & companies I love to buy cards from!

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p.s. if you want more check out my paper love Pinterest board here!

Spring Inspiration: All About Nautical

Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you — I have a certain knack for all things nautical.  Maybe because I spent so much time in the water growing up… who knows.  If I see something with an anchor or a boat on it, generally speaking I’ll most likely buy it.  That being said over the past few years the rest of the world has caught up to my love for all things nautical as it has been quite the trend recently.  Old Navy has gone crazy over it, and Kate Spade did a whole nautical collection earlier this year.  I decided to curate some of my favorite nautical things online and put together a little best of list on pinterest.  You can see my full collection HERE, but take a peak at some of my favorites below.Slide1

Joss & Main | Target | Sperry Top-Sider  | Sugar Paper | Lindsay Letter  |
Kiel James Patrick  | Kate Spade | Scout’s Honor  | Vineyard Vines

Let’s Talk Books.


I love to read, and I find I buy a ton of books and never get around to reading them.  I am trying to make it a priority to read one new book a month this year.  In case you are looking to jump start back into the reading game, here are a few recents reads that I would absolutely recommend.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
I can not give this book more love than it already has.  I started reading it after work one night, and stayed up till 1am to finish it.  I could not put it down.  It’s a mystery, but hilarious, charming, and endlessly entertaining.  If you haven’t read it yet, put it at the top of your list.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
OK so this one isn’t a completely new read, I read it last year — but I enjoyed it so much that I felt it worthy of this post.  It’s poignant, both heartwarming and sad, also incredibly charming (I’m sensing a theme here),  and will make you want to take a trip over to Guernsey immediately.

My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir
Apparently I didn’t read the “A Memoir” part of the title, because I had honestly no idea this was a true story until after I finished reading the book.  It also makes me want to read every single book about Eleanor Roosevelt I can get my hands on (anyone have any recommendations!?).   This is a super easy book to read, and completely inspirational, funny, and introspective.  If you are looking for a kick in your pants — start here.

I’m a few chapters into Anthropology of an American Girl , I’ll keep you all posted on what I think.  Do you have any recent books you’d recommend!?

100 Happy Days: The Beginning

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Have you heard of the 100 Happy Days campaign? It’s been flooding my social media feeds lately and when I went to the website I was really inspired by the site.  I can’t believe over 70% weren’t able to complete what I thought inherently is a simple everyday fact of life.  Apparently not!  There are a lot of things over the past few months that have made me stressed and down in the dumps, but in general I feel like I have a pretty happy demeanor.  I thought this would be a great challenge to help me keep my inner and outer emotions focused on the happy and positive things I have going on my life.   That being said I’ve been trying to decide when to start this challenge for a few weeks now and while driving to work today it hit me, why wait let’s start today!  Whilst sitting in the unending LA traffic a beat-up white truck drove past me with a huge Eagles sticker on the back of the car!  Clearly I had to let them know about my Philly pride as well.  After I starred them down and made sure they could see my Eagles licence plate holder we both played the “how do we express our shared Philadelphia Eagles love awkward hand signals” game.  Regardless that in addition to the song “Happy” by Pharrell playing simultaneously put me in a happy mood to start my day.  I’ll be chronicling my journey via instagram— which you can see to the right of this very column.   Here is to 100 Happy Days (which also happens to end just three days after my 30th birthday AHHH)

Look at Me! 


Woah one of my designs was featured on Grey Likes Baby!  See that adorable Birth Announcement?  Yup, that was done by yours truly!  Many thanks to the lovely Tali for the shout out amongst the rest of the amazing prints in her son Jordan’s room.  (Seriously he is the cutest thing ever.)  Also a big shout out to the equally amazing Hello Pinecone who takes absolutely stunning photos. (Check out her site!!) Soon and very soon you will be able to order one of these yourself on my to be launched Etsy site.  Stay tuned!!