Thursday, June 26, 2014

Life is Short, Buy the Shoes

"I want a ridiculous extravagant pair of shoes, I find a way to buy them". This past week I took a page out of Carrie Bradshaw's book and bought a ridiculously extravagant pair of shoes. 

I've been coveting (read: obsessed with) the Chanel espadrilles for months now. Every time I would see someone wearing them I would have a little twinge of jealousy so I knew eventually I would have to break down and buy them. But as luck would have it, just as I fell in love with them, so did the rest of the world and they were completely sold out everywhere. After trying on a different version at Bergdorf's last weekend I became a woman on a mission, I had to track them down. Luckily my fabulous Momma is much better at detective work because she located them in Chevy Chase! Yada yada yada…they arrived yesterday! 

Eat your heart out Carrie Bradshaw. 

Can you say #happyfeet? 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The One and Only Review

So here's the deal, I just finished Emily Giffin's new book The One and Only. You may recall, Emily is one of, if not my favorite author. I consider at least four of her seven works to be amongst my favorite books of all time so I'm always excited when a new one is released. I have to admit that I wasn't initially sold on the synopsis but since it was by Emily I knew I most likely wouldn't be disappointed. It took be two weeks to finish, which is pretty slow for me, mainly because initially I was trying to savor it but found myself losing interest along the way. Even after having finishing, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. 

The premise is of a young woman, Shea developing feelings for her best friends, recently widowed, father who is twenty+ years her senior. Giffin usually has a knack for making you feel empathy, or at least be able to identify slightly, with her flawed characters. But I just couldn't understand Shea. I found her to be incredibly whiny and selfish. Perhaps it also had to do with the fact that I couldn't really understand the attraction to Coach, aside from his George Clooney good-looks. He seemed dull and way too mature for Shea's antics (not to mention the incredibly icky factor that he essentially raised Shea). The book was also rather long for what transpired, I feel like Giffin definitely could have condensed it considerably, I feel like it was just filled with a lot of white noise. I just think she pushed the envelope a little too far with this one and I have to say it definitely wasn't a favorite of mine. 

I know it will definitely be on everyone's summer reading lists but feel the need to pre-warn you to enter with lower expectations than normal. Also, prepare yourself for a plethora of useless college football knowledge. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the book, if you've finished it! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Delayed Weekend Recap

Not to worry, I'm not going to bore you every week with my recaps, but this past weekend was too great not to share. My parents came to visit for Father's Day and we had the best time. I'm lucky enough, that for the summer, I have pretty much every Friday off so my parents came in early Friday morning and we got a bonus day together. Preemptively we noticed that the weather wasn't supposed to be that wonderful so we planned on a trip to the Museum of Natural History. It's seriously the most incredible place and I could spend hours in there exploring (I know where I'm headed the next rainy Saturday afternoon).

After some intense thunderstorms, we caught a late dinner at one of my favorite sports in the city, The  Smith. It has a laid back, bistro feel, with the most delicious food. If you go, order the Deviled Eggs, you will thank me. Since it turned out to be a nice night we walked around, just the three of us, and caught up and grabbed some dessert.

Saturday momma and I grabbed a quick mani/ pedi while dad caught up on The World Cup. Then we headed out shopping. We popped in FAO Schwartz so I could pick up a few birthday presents for a certain little lady's first birthday! Then headed over to Bergdorf's where they were having their designer sale. Their shoe department is what I hope my heaven looks like and the deals on some of their shoes were amazing!

We then headed to Ferragamo, after going to mass at St. Patrick's where I picked up these little babies. I'm completely in love!

Sunday was the perfect weather, so after running a few errands, we headed down to the river and laid out and people watched.

It was just the greatest weekend and I hated saying goodbye to my parents. I cannot wait for them to come visit again soon.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up

Do you ever have those weekends that actually leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated on Monday morning? I have to admit, more times than not, Sunday night sneaks up on me and I'm left in more of a panic than a calm because of all the things I didn't accomplish because two days just doesn't seem long enough. Thank goodness this past weekend wasn't like that!

This past weekend I made my first trip of the season to The Hamptons and have to tell you, I'm madly in love. I've always been a beach girl, but there is something for refreshing about the exhordanent amount of space, the lush green foliage, and the insanely gorgeous homes. I was lucky enough to skip town Friday morning and snag an extra day by the pool. 

Friday night we went to Wolffer Vineyard and enjoyed some wine and live music. 

Saturday we hit the beach for some more sun.

I grabbed a late Jitney home so I could grab dinner with some friends and hit the town.

Sunday was my lazy day and even though there were a few things on my to-do list that I neglected to finish, I did manage to do my laundry and hit the grocery store so I'd still say it was a successful day.

How did you spend your weekend?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

May Book Review

Before I delve too deeply into my new book, The One and Only by Emily Giffin, I wanted to make sure that I got my previous book review out so that it would be fresh in my mind. Last week I finally finished Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. 

I feel like I was the only remaining person on the planet who had yet to read this book, but it sounded so similar to other ones I had finished that I was wondering if it was even worth it. Well I'm happy to say that it definitely was! The story is told through the eyes of a young teen age girl, Bee, whose mother, Bernadette, vanishes into thin air. Bee is determined to find out what happened to her mother so she spends hours and hours pouring over old emails and letters, even receipts, to piece together the story. I really enjoyed the structure of the book, reading the letters made the book move very quickly and kept my attention. Usually when reading a narrative I like to be able to identify with at least one of the characters, or at the very least feel empathy toward them, but similarly to Gone Girl, I strongly disliked the "victim" in the story. All the characters have very strong eccentricities that made it very difficult for me to rationalize their actions. But the story was so crazy that you desperate to find out what happened next! It's a short and easy beach read for those few people who have yet to check this one off their list.

Like is aid, I just started Emily Giffin's book and I'm already very into it. I have mixed feelings thus far since I can predict where the plot is going and I'm not sure how I feel about it, but Emily never disappoints so I'm sure, ultimately, I will love it. I was telling my friend Michelle that Emily's book are so difficult because they draw you in so quickly so that you are dying to find out what's going to happen, but since her books only come out every few years, you want to savor it! Gosh, life is so hard!

What have you read recently that you would recommend?
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