Poolside Reads

Memorial Day often marks the beginning of summer, and while my summer break from grad school won’t start until mid-June, I’m already making a summer reading list. No surprise, I have a TON that I want to read (I’m already up to 20 books — yeah, right). I love reading in the sun, and I always bring a good book to the pool with me in the summer. If you’re looking for some good books to dive into this summer, whether you’re laying by a pool or a beach or even on an airplane, here are a few suggestions!

Beautiful Beach

The perfect reading spot

Poolside Reads

1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling — I picked up this book because I have an undying love for The Office, and Kelly Capoor was easily one of my favorite characters. Mindy Kaling is a comedic goddess, and her book really delivers. Laugh-out-loud funny, quick and easy to read, and you can really hear Kaling’s voice as you read!

2. Creative Block by Danielle Krysa — This is just a really fun book to flip through. It compiles brief interviews, examples of art, and tips for getting out of the “creative block” from over 50 artists. Whether you’re just looking for some new art inspirations, or some ideas for experimenting, this is the book.

3. Just Checking by Emily Colas — Colas’ memoir is really unique, because it’s a compilation of poems that uncover her struggle with OCD. It’s eye-opening, heartbreaking at times, and gripping. And it’s brutally honest. Really a great read!

4. Bossypants by Tina Fey — I just started reading this one this weekend, and I already love it. It’s entertaining and honest, and I relate so much to the awkward teenager/young adult Fey was. 30 Rock is one of my favorite shows, and learning about Fey’s life makes the show even more enjoyable! Love it.

5. 100 Unforgettable Dresses by Hal Rubenstein — Not much to read in this book (although each dress has a description and a little history about it or its owner), but it is just so much fun to flip through! There are really some amazing gowns, and it was really neat to read about them. Very drool-worthy!

These are just a few good reads to pack in your pool bag this summer, if you try any of them I hope you find them as enjoyable as I have! Happy Memorial Day weekend.


Home Décor Dreams

As a grad student, I’m still pretty far from having “my own place” that I can decorate and tailor the way I want to. I’ll probably be renting for what feels like the rest of eternity, so even when I do have “my own place” to call home, I won’t be able to make a whole lot of changes. But it’s still so much fun to dream of that elusive place — I have at least 3 Pinterest boards dedicated to home décor ideas, and I can’t wait to be able to use them one day.

But for now, I’m stuck dreaming. I thought it might be fun to share some of the home décor looks I’ve been drooling over with you! Click through the pictures to find the source.

1. Pops of color — I love the modern style, but sometimes it just feels too stark. I love bright, bold colors, and I think a little goes a long way.

YellowMagenta dresser


2. Fun prints — I know they’re a little crazy, but how much fun would it be to have one of these in a small space?

wallpaper.black and white striped wall

Easy and cheap! Make a statement wall with paint pens (click through for tutorial)Wallpaper

Wall color. ObsessedCute table

3. Wood Walls — I love the way a wood accent wall cozies up a modern room. So pretty!

Small Home ~ Pearls & Cowboy BootsWood

Bedroom loftWood panel wall

These are only a few of my favorite home trends, and I’ll absolutely share more with you all soon! What are your decorating dreams?


Currently I’m…May

We made it to May! It feels like such a big deal, since the winter was so long and so cold. Here in Pittsburgh we’ve launched into some July weather (humid, 80-90 degrees!) and while it’s unexpected and sudden, I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible.

I have a busy week next week — lots of exams, client days, and numerous things are due — so I’m going to do my best to bunker down this weekend and get some serious studying in. Summer semester sure is hard! At least it’ll go by much quicker than a typical semester. I hope you all have a great weekend!



Book Talk: Collected Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ve been working on “Collected Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald” for over a year now, and I’m happy to have finished it! While Fitzgerald’s most popular work today is probably “The Great Gatsby,” he was a really popular short story writer in the 20’s and 30’s, and this collection is truly amazing.

Collected Short Stories

The nice thing about taking on a collection of short stories is that you’re not committed to finishing a full-blown novel in a timely fashion; you can just read one short story at a time, as slowly as you need to go, which is perfect when you don’t have a lot of free time.

Some of my favorite short stories in this collection were “The Offshore Pirate,” “Bernice Bobs Her Hair,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and “Jemina the Mountain Girl,” among all of the other stories. I can’t wait to read this collection over and over again, because I can tell it’s the type of book that you get more out of every time you read it.

If you’re looking for a good read, definitely check this one out.