loving >> week 136


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Red Band Society1 ♥ Red Band Society My September may be busy, but I have tried to squeak in time to watch the line-up of fall television shows! While I’m still waiting for some seasons to start, one new program I like so far is Red Band Society on FOX. Of course, only the pilot has premiered, but I am excited to see how the story lines and characters develop over the next few episodes. Have you enjoyed any new shows this season?

Raisin in the Sun{scene from Broadway production; I would love to see it performed live myself!}

2 ♥ A Raisin in the Sun In my English class, we just finished up our first book of the year: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. I actually knew very little about the play before starting it – except for the Tony nominations it received for its’ most recent revival – but I really enjoyed it! I don’t read plays on my own often, but it’s such an interesting change of pace from my usual YA novels. It may even make it to my list of favorite classics, which is when you know to give it a try.

Boden New Arrivals3 ♥ Boden’s New Winter Arrivals Well, it isn’t a Love List without one mention of Boden and/or J.Crew! :) My day was made earlier this week when Boden released a whole slew of new products, and believe me, it was hard to narrow my favorites down to just four. I could easily list ten more! Anyhoo, the top four items I finally decided on are the oh-so festive Graphic Tee {how perfect would it be for the holiday season?!}, the Printed Tea Dress in a new vintage floral, the Philippa Top with its added shine, and the fun penguin fair isle sweater. Do you like any of their new arrivals?

March Family Letters4 ♥ The March Family Letters A few weeks ago, I mentioned Frankenstein MD, a modern video adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic, and now I have another series to add to my watching list! The March Family Letters {produced by a different company} takes on Little Women by Louisa May Alcott in the modern day. Although the full season doesn’t kick off until this December, they’ve released a hilarious pilot that you can watch HERE. If that doesn’t get you hooked, I have no doubt that their new episodes soon will!

Talk Like a Pirate Day{via}

Talk Like a Pirate Day Finally, I couldn’t let this post go by without mentioning today’s unofficial holiday! You can go full-out pirate mode or make a small, subtle celebration; either way, be sure to give the {sort-of} official site a look :)

Have a lovely Friday!


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Eye on Art / 01


Eye on ArtI have had this feature idea for a while now, so I’m super excited to actually start it today! Like my other new monthly feature, Musical Moodboards, Eye on Art grew out of something I love; this time however, instead of focusing on my passion for theater, I’m switching to the visual arts.

I could look at one of my favorite artist’s portfolios for days, gathering inspiration from just about everything, including their color choices and composition. Eye on Art will allow me to share three or four artists whose work I adore, whether it’s delightful illustrations, gorgeous hand-lettering, or something entirely different. My first three choices are ones I’ve all discovered through other blogs, but even after taking one glance at their work, I knew I would be keeping up with their art. Take a look for yourself! :)

Slide1I found Emily McDowell’s work on A Cup of Jo, and I instantly fall in love with her hilarious choices in quotes and, of course, her signature style of lettering. She owns a stationery shop, so you can send one of these fun beauties in the mail, although I’m tempted to buy a few cards just to hang up! {website}

Slide2Alyssa Nassner’s illustrations were love at first sight. I found her work through a graphic design blog, A Pair of Pears, and I then realized that I had previously seen her pictures in issues of American Girl magazine. There’s no doubt as to why she was chosen to work with them; her bright color palettes and oh-so fun subject matters {donuts, anyone?!} are sure to make anyone smile. {website}

Jessica HischeFinally, Jessica Hische is a queen at lettering, which you can easily guess at from her portfolio! I’ve seen her work on dozens of blogs, but it was just recently until I read up on her a bit more. I adore the mix of typography styles she uses, and she certainly serves as excellent inspiration for any budding typographer. {website}

What do you think, friends? I’m looking forward to sharing more of my favorite artists in the coming months, but in the meantime, I would love to hear of any you recommend checking out.

Have an amazing Thursday!

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nine authors i need to

Hello!Top Ten TuesdayCan you believe it’s yet another Top Ten Tuesday?! This week, we are discussing authors that we’ve only read one book from, but need to read more. It’s a fun topic, but nevertheless, a difficult one for me. When I have a positive first experience with an author’s work, I usually shift my reading priorities; this way, another novel of theirs moves to the top :) However, some authors, no matter how much I LOVED their book, had escaped my mind! Thankfully, just drafting up my list reminded me why I need to return to these authors. Do our lists have any similarities?

Ten Authors I Want to Read More Of[1] Jessi Kirby / Despite how much I enjoyed Golden, I’ve yet to read any other novels by Jessi Kirby! Clearly, it’s a problem I need to fix, but it’s hard to choose what to read next when all of her books have such rave reviews. {my review}

[2] Ruta Sepetys / I wish I could say that once I finished Out of the Easy, I immediately went out to get Ruta Sepety’s Between Shades of Gray, but sadly, it’s lingered on my TBR list for far too long. It’s a situation I hope to be out of soon! {my review}

[3] Rachel Hawkins / I’ve already dubbed Rebel Belle one of my favorite reads of the year, so Rachel Hawkins was a no brainer for this list! I’m anxiously awaiting her next book, Miss Mayhem {due out in spring 2015}, but in the meantime, I need to read her other series, Hex Hall. {my review}

[4] Miranda Kenneally / Miranda Kenneally’s books took me way too long to finally check out, and I now feel the need to make up for lost time! I’m so excited to return to the Hundred Oaks from the beginning, as I started with Breathe, Annie, Breathe. {my review}

[5] John Corey Whaley / John Corey Whaley’s novel, Noggin, impressed me with its unique, entertaining plot, and I’m hoping it’s the same with his other book, Where Things Come Back! Whaley is quickly proving himself one of the best male voices in the YA market.

[6] Amy Spalding / Ever since I read The Reece Malcolm List back in the winter, I’ve searched to the ends of Earth {or, at least, my local library branch :)} for Amy Spalding’s other book, Ink is Thicker Than Water. I have yet to find it, but believe me when I say I’ll be reading it the moment I have it in my hands! {my review}

[7] Kasie West / KASIE WEST. The fact that she is even on my list is one that’s both shocking and disappointing. I devoured Pivot Point in one day, so you know I need to get to her other novels. {my review}

[8] Rainbow Rowell / Rainbow Rowell is a YA and adult book queen – at least in the blogging world – so there should be little questions as to why I enjoyed Eleanor & Park so much. Next book to get to? Fangirl! {my review}

[9] Andrew Smith / Although I never formally wrote my thoughts down in a review, please take note when I say Winger is a novel worth checking out. Andrew Smith is a terrific writer, and I can’t wait to read his latest release, 100 Sideways Miles!

Have an awesome Tuesday!



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Pros & Cons / Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandit by Michael D. Beil


Pros and ConsLantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits {by one of my favorites, Michael D. Beil} fits right in with this discussion of underrated middle grade novels from last week. It flew under my radar this spring, and it certainly hasn’t caught the attention it deserves since then! Historical fiction and mysteries are two of my favorite genres {although let’s be honest, I like them all :)}, so when paired together, already I start the book off on a good note. I will also admit that my reading of the 1930’s is limited, so Lantern Sam was really winning it, even before I looked at page one! Fortunately, I was still loving it by the time it ended, as you’ll see in my full thoughts below.

Here’s a quick summary from the publisher, as usual: Lantern Sam is the wise-cracking, sarcastic, talking cat {for those who can hear him, that is} who lives onboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner train and is one of the best detectives no one knows about. He doesn’t have much patience for humans {unless they bring him sardines}, but when 10-year-old traveler Henry can’t find his new friend, the exuberant Ellie, Sam’s enlisted to help. A ransom note is soon discovered and just like that, Sam and Henry are on the case, with the help of Clarence the Conductor {who supplies Sam’s sardines}. But is Ellie still on board the train? Did the salesman with his trunk full of samples sneak her off? And why does that couple keep acting so suspicious? {Goodreads}

Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits Pros and ConsLet’s discuss! Goodreads isn’t helping at the moment – I can’t find out if Beil has any new books coming soon. I’ll take anything, whether it’s another adventure with the Red Blazer Girls or Lantern Sam! This could easily be made into an entertaining series for readers to return to. Do you have any other terrific middle grade mysteries to recommend?

Have a lovely Monday!


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loving >> week 135


The Love ListI’m loving…

J.Crew Factory New Arrivals1 ♥ J.Crew Factory’s New Arrivals I promise that my J.Crew clothing obsession extends to much more window shopping than actual buying, because with all of the new things I love, my wallet would be emptied in a flash :) Anyhoo, out of the new arrivals from earlier this week, my four favorite items are shown above. I love the owl tee-shirt – graphic tees are the best to throw on, especially in transition season! The plaid scarf is gorgeous with its deep purple and bright red accents. The sweater is oh-so fun; I think it would be perfect as we approach the holiday season. Finally, the box tee-shirt just makes me smile. I think it’s the colors! You can take a look at all of the new items HERE.

Color Collective and Bath and Body Works2 ♥ Color Collective & Bath and Body Works Over the past year, Color Collective has become my go-to resource when creating images for blog posts or projects for school; Lauren’s artistic eye picks out the best picture and color combinations! So, of course, when I heard she was partnering up with Bath and Body Works to make color palettes based on their packaging design, I was all over it. While there are only a handful of combinations up now {my favorite so far being the bright yellow paired with soft greens and blues, above}, I believe more on their way – and thank goodness for that!

The Breakfast Club3 ♥ The Breakfast Club You don’t know how many films I have yet to watch that are deemed classics, but I did manage to cross off The Breakfast Club last weekend {one step at a time, right?!}. While I recognized the iconic ending, the movie was far from what I was expecting; fortunately, I enjoyed it all the same! I can see why so many people have connected with the film, and I have no doubt I will watch it again.

Happy Fall Girl (c) Melonheadz{via}

4 ♥ Fall! We’ve had a few low 80’s days here and there this month, but my mind has already shifted to everything fall, regardless of the temperature! The next few days look promising weather-wise, and it will only be a few more weeks until everyone is talking about pumpkins, apples, and sweaters. If you haven’t already guessed, I am a complete and utterly shameless season fanatic :)

Friday Balloons{picture source unknown. help would be appreciated!}

The Weekend Finally, I don’t know about you, but this week couldn’t go on any longer. I am quite ready for two days off from my day-to-day routines! With a few good books to read, blog posts to write-up, and school work to catch up on, this weekend will be the perfect opportunity for me to recharge for the week ahead. I hope you have an amazing weekend too!


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