Top 5 Books for Summer

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Ever since I was young, I have been reading. I love reading, I love reading stories about others lives. Today I will be sharing my top 5 book choices for this summer!

Faithful by Alice Hoffman // I read this book while I was recovering from my wisdom teeth removal and was pleasantly surprised. The book starts off very dark, but then has a bright turn. This novel shows how easy it can be to get lost in yourself but how happiness can be right in front of you.

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman // It took me FOREVER to decide to finally read this book. I kept getting it out from the library then never getting around to reading it, but I have no idea why I did that! This book is amazing. It fills you with hope, although it is about the Holocaust so there are some disturbing chapters. This story is about a lost love that finds their way back to one another.

Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews // I was given this book as a gift a couple of years ago and just left it on the shelf. I finally got around to reading it a couple of months ago and it was so sweet. It has an amazing story about people being actually deeper than you think.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed // This is an amazing summer book! It’ll inspire you to get out and find adventure! It’s a great story about being independent and doing something on your own- and feeling the rewards of that.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena // This book is actually very terrifying. It is full of twists and turns, the most unexpected thing is what ends up happening. I flew through this in a couple of days, it’s a great (and frightening) story!

Weekly Recap

Hi everyone! After another long and busy week, I am so excited for the weekend! I have a fun new job (see my last favorite of the week for more details) that I am so excited to finally start! I took a fun trip to Scottsdale for the first part of the week and came back ready to start the week!

1. Lululemon Run Times Shorts // Okay, so I know just about everyone loves these shorts. I am not really big on workout clothes, but I do love the occasional splurge at Lululemon. On my trip to Phoenix I realized how essential these are for me! I wore the black ones for our casual activities both days and they were perfect! I also picked up the jaded color, which is gorgeous.

2. Bobbi Brown Beach Perfume // I’ve mentioned this perfume before but I just can’t get over it! It smells amazing and I’ve gotten back into wearing it this week. It’s so light and perfect for summer!

3. Say Yes to the Dress // I used to watch this show every Friday night back in high school, and I’ve fallen back in love! I’ve been going through every episode- and I’ll admit, I cry at least once every episode.

4. J.Crew Factory Embellished Slingback Sandals // OBSESSED with these!! With my new job, these are not exactly something I’d be wearing but I can’t get over them! The embellishment is so cute, I’m hoping to pick them up soon!

5. And now onto the big news.. // I got a job at Kate Spade! As difficult as the decision was, I decided to start fresh and begin working for Kate Spade. I love love loved J.crew but I decided it was time to part ways. Especially with the current state of my life (over halfway done with college!) I need to start making some decisions about my future. As a possible resume booster (and fun opportunity!) I thought this company would be the perfect switch. I will always be a loyal J.Crew customer, but I am so excited to see my style evolve with this new job.

And I promise, more outfit posts soon! Now my face is much less swollen and I’m not constantly on vicodin, I’m so excited to start taking pictures again!

xo, Shelby

Weekly Recap

Hi everyone! After a long (almost) week and a half of laying around recovering from my wisdom teeth surgery, I am finally starting to feel better! Since I was stuck in bed for almost 9 days straight, I did quite a bit of online browsing, movie watching, and book reading. I loved having the time to relax and work ahead on my summer class- now I’m ready to get back out there! Here is everything I have been loving this week.

1. Day Designer // I can’t believe I waited so long to invest in this planner! After using a Lilly agenda for three years, I decided that I needed something a bit more structured. I have a lot of different appointments, classes, and a work schedule that changes every week- sometimes it gets hard to keep track of it! The Lilly agenda wasn’t cutting it, so I decided to try this one out and I LOVE it! More on this later, I will be making a blog post all about how I organize mine.

2. Poshmark // Since I have been stuck at home, I have been updating my Poshmark quite frequently! A new job calls for a new wardrobe, and since I can’t wear a lot of my old work clothes I decided to list some to get them a new home!

3. J.Crew vintage cotton t-shirt // It’s no secret, I love this t-shirt. I went forever searching for the perfect white t-shirt, and this is it! For the countless doctors appointments I’ve had this week, this shirt has been amazing because it’s so simple but still feels better than wearing a plain t-shirt.

4. Faithful by Alice Hoffman // Just a warning, this book is quite dark- but with a happy ending. I started reading this book the day after my surgery and I was immediately shocked. But I couldn’t put it down, I finished it within two days! I loved having this to read while I was on bedrest, it is a really inspiring story about how a girl turned her life around and found happiness.

5. Something Borrowed // I vaguely remember reading this book when I was much younger, but I never knew it was movie! It is currently for free on demand and when I was looking for a movie to watch I knew I would love this! If you love Kate Hudson and rom-coms then this is the one for you!

Outfit of the Day: Casual Summer Look

Wow, I cannot believe June is already halfway over! It has been such a busy and crazy month I have hardly had a few seconds to sit down and relax!

Today I am showing you one of my favorite basic outfits for summer. I love pairing a fun colored t-shirt with white jeans, it’s such an easy look! When it’s 100 degrees outside every day, all I live in is a lightweight t-shirt and white jeans.

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Top: Old J.Crew (similar here), Jeans: J.Crew, Sandals: Old J.Crew (similar styles here)

Hope you are all enjoying this summer so far!

xoxo Shelby

Weekly Recap

I know I’ve been gone for a little… but now I’m back! It was a busy couple of weeks getting into the swing of summer. I started a summer class and went to Vegas to find my best friend her wedding dress! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks but now I’m excited to get back into the swing of things. So, anyway, here is everything I’ve been loving lately!

1. 13 Reasons Why // I know that I’ve talked about how much I loved the show 13 Reasons Why, but I finally got my hands on a copy of the book and it was amazing! While the writing isn’t totally amazing, it does a much better job at talking about mental health. It was much more interesting than the show, as it talked more about Hannah’s actual state rather than just things happening to everyone else. It was a great read and I definitely recommend!

2. Taylor Swift // Okay, I will admit I love love love Taylor Swift. Her music is finally on Spotify and I’m so excited to listen to all of my favorite songs again!

3. Sugar lip balm “Tulip” // I was very against these lip balms after a bad experience with one melting on me in San Diego a couple of summers ago. But I decided to go for one again, after seeing this beautiful color, and I love it! I’m going to just take precautions with this one and keep out of the sun! This lip balm does an amazing job and the color is an added bonus!

4. Tory Burch Perfume // This perfume from Tory Burch is a favorite. I’ve been struggling to find a perfume that lasts longer than 15 minutes and this one does the job! I’ve been using this a ton this week and it’ll last all day!

5. Mickey Drexler stepping down from CEO of J.Crew // I’m extremely devastated over this news. I love J.Crew and Mickey, I think he’s done an amazing job of guiding this company! As upset as I am, I’m excited to see what the new president will do and where he will lead the company.

Weekly Recap

I decided to spend the first week of my summer break relaxing and getting back into the swing of things. I’ve been so excited to start working out every day and having plenty of hours in the day to get everything done!

Now onto everything I’ve been loving this week..

  1. Supergoop Sunscreen // As I’ve been outside a LOT more (between riding my bike and laying out to enjoy the sun- I spend about three hours in direct sunlight every day), I was on the lookout for a good sunscreen. I received the Supergoop sunscreen as a reward at Sephora and I LOVE it. It’s not greasy and does not come off, it’s a perfect every day sunscreen. I will definitely be purchasing the full size in the future!
  2. Body Bootcamp Workouts // Summer is my favorite time of the year to make a routine for working out and eating healthy. This year, I decided to do a workout video routine rather than just working out on my own. I found this one and I love it! Every week she comes out with a new video for the series, with a different focus. I have been trying to do one video 6 days a week, starting at once daily and working up to four times per day!
  3. Harry Styles first solo album // I’ve been obsessed with One Direction since my freshman year of high school. I remember before they came over to the States (they were primarily popular in the UK) freaking out over them and no one knowing who I was talking about. Harry was always my love, and I am obsessed with his new music.
  4. Essie Sunset Sneaks // I’ve had this nail polish on pretty much constantly since summer started! It looks amazing with a tan, definitely going to be a favorite this summer!
  5. J.Crew Beaded Ball Earrings // I always end up buying statement earrings then never wearing them, but I think these are different! I saw these at J.Crew and immediately fell in love. I love the color and I think it’s be perfect with all of the blue and white I always wear during the summer!

Currently Loving: New Arrivals at J.Crew

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with J.Crew, at this point. It seems like with every collection, J.Crew manages to capture every trend I’ve been loving- and more. And with that, this new batch of goodies was no exception.

Here are my favorite pieces from the new collection! Shop it here.

J.Crew 5/16

xo, Shelby

Summer To Do List

Summer is absolutely my favorite season. I pretty much live for the summer and I always make it my goal to have as much of an enjoyable summer as possible! I take the time away from school to work on myself and get ready for the school year!

Onto the list of things I want to do this summer, I can’t wait to start crossing them off!

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  • Read 10 new books
  • Pack a backpack with goodies and go on a hike
  • Visit a local market & enjoy lunch
  • Clean out my phone and computer to prepare for the next semester
  • Donate any old clothes to a good cause
  • Bake a fruity cake
  • Explore local botanical gardens
  • Plan a picnic in the park
  • Create a summer inspiration board
  • Plant a flower (or two!)

What do you plan on doing this summer?

xo Shelby

Brunching in Beckham

IMG_2176Brunch is one of my favorite things in the world, literally. I love going to brunch, especially when the food is as yummy as it was when I went out to brunch with friends the other day!

My favorite part of brunching is not the fun juices or the delicious food on the menu, but getting dressed. I find myself always dressing so casual unless I’m going to work that I’m always longing for an excuse to pull out something a bit nicer.

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Hat // Top (Victoria Beckham for Target, sold out) // Jeans // Sandals (sold out, other colors here)

I recently picked up the Panama hat from J.Crew, and I am in love. While I normally opt for baseball caps, I found this Panama hat allows me to dress still a little casual but it ties the look together. No matter what I’m wearing, if I have this hat on I feel put together!

What is your favorite thing to wear to Sunday brunch?

xo Shelby

Weekly Recap

Hi everyone!

After a long two weeks, the final semester of my sophomore year of college is finally over. I’m glad to have it behind me, now onto my final years of schooling!

Now onto the things I’ve been loving this week..

1. Cruiser bike // I recently purchased this bike from Target and I have been loving it. I’ve been taking it to a local path and riding, which is a quick and relaxing workout. I bought this adorable wicker basket to attach to the front of my bike, carrying my essentials for the ride!

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2. Melon juice // Since I’ve gotten back into working out I’ve started to think more about what I eat before and after my workout. I found this recipe for a delicious juice, which is super easy to make and perfect for after working out!

(watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, lime, mint, pink himalayan salt)

3. J.O.A. dress // I purchased this dress from Shopbop last week and it finally came in! I love the fit, it’s so cute and I can’t wait to wear it this summer!

4. olehenriksen Walnut Scrub // I received a sample of this facial scrub from Sephora and I love it! It’s the perfect exfoliator, not too intense but does the job! My skin feels so soft after using it, I’m definitely to be purchasing a full size!

5. J.Crew Panama Hat // I saw Lauren Conrad wearing this hat from J.Crew- meaning I immediately had to go out and purchase it. I’ve been wearing it non-stop the past couple of weeks, it seems to look perfect no matter the outfit!