Thanks to Talbots Summer Book Club and their “Give a book. Get a book.” book exchange for sponsoring this post.
Every once in a while I like to share the little things I’m loving these days. Here’s my list for early summer.
1. Fashion tape.
This stuff is genius; I’ve been working on the same little tin for years. I hardly ever use it over the winter, but I dig it out of the drawer when the temperature rises to keep pesky bra straps out of sight for barer warm-weather apparel.
2. One-shoulder styles.
I don’t understand the appeal of the cold-shoulder look (you can’t raise your arms!) but I love the one-shoulder styles. (With fashion tape, of course.) Like this swimsuit, this dress, or this top (which I just wore to Hamilton—and can’t you see I needed fashion tape on both shoulders?),
3. Cold brew.
It’s that time of year, finally! I love how it’s SO EASY to keep it prepped in the fridge and pour for my 2pm coffee break. Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Iced Coffee is a standby, and when I’m feeling lazy I lean on Grady’s Cold Brew.
4. Farm box.
We’re doing a CSA for the first time in years. (It’s delivered straight to my husband’s work, which made it almost too easy to resist.)
We’re definitely having to get back in the habit of doing a ton of veggie prep on delivery day, but the early spring offerings have made it more than worth it already. Strawberries! Asparagus! Snap peas!
5. Old books.
This time of year I always feel pulled back towards the old stuff. Right now I’m tackling the giant stack of books I picked up at a local used book sale earlier this spring. I won’t read them all, but it’s the stack I’m pulling from for my bedtime reading, and I’m loving it.
6. Little libraries.
I feel like every time I turn around, I see another library—sometimes in the most unexpected places! That photo above is from Talbots.
This summer, Talbots is launching a Summer Book Club with a “Give a book. Get a book.” book exchange. Bring in a favorite book to your local Talbots store and pick up another one that someone else has enjoyed and recommends.
You can also pick up adorable bookplates in stores and online that encourage you to write a note about why a certain book is a favorite before you pass it along. It’s your chance to play librarian for the next reader who comes along.
Plus, if you are looking for a new summer read, Talbots is partnering with best-selling Random House authors, including Nancy Thayer, Fannie Flagg, Lisa Wingate, and Susan Elia MacNeal, to introduce their latest books through exclusive interviews, sneak peek chapters and special offers.
Visit talbots.com/summerbookclub to learn more.
My family loves doing outdoorsy stuff together … but we don’t do it all that often. I think we get out of the habit during the colder months, and then forget once spring rolls around.
So on Memorial Day Will wanted to pack everybody up—that’s all six of us—and go paddleboarding and rowing at a nearby lake. I thought he was crazy—we didn’t have time for that, and would it even be fun?
Long story short: we did it and we all had a blast; it was great family time (and great exercise). And I also noticed that the next day I got so much more done than usual—I felt like I could think better. Maybe it’s coincidence, but I hope it’s because leaving my phone in the car for eight hours was good for me. (Thoughts?)
What little things are YOU loving right now? I’d love to hear all about them in comments.