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Best of the Week

18 Apr

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Happy Friday everyone! Below are some great reads and life tidbits from the week.

Attended the Bright Bazaar book launch at West Elm. What a fabulous evening!

A lot of talk around the blogosphere about the benefits of adopting a “uniform” – less anxiety when getting dressed, no buyers remorse, more closet space, etc. Pretty tempting, considering my wardrobe is a constant source of grief!

How not to be obnoxious at restaurants if you have food restrictions. Great tips for dining out.

Love everything about the styling of these book shelves. 

Home design trends: What’s out and what’s in. Not gonna lie, I’m getting a bit tired of chevron.

Are we too hard on companies when they make a social media blunder? In many cases, yes.

Comic Sans just got a makeover. What do you think of this new take on the font everyone loves to hate?

Great list of content ideas for social media. 

When you get a moment, make sure to check out last week’s posts:

Looking for more news round-ups? Here are some of my favorite blog reads on Friday:

Any fun plans this weekend?

xoxo,

Andi

My Reading List – Steal Like An Artist, The Happiness Project and The Fault In Our Stars

2 Apr

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As you may recall, one of my resolutions was to read more.  I love to read, however rarely seem to make time to do so. Well, I’m happy to report I’ve managed to keep this resolution and have read 2.5 books! Full disclosure – I’m only halfway through The Happiness Project. Although I’m enjoying it so much, I may finish the book by the end of the week!

If you’re looking to add some great reads to your book list, then I would definitely recommend Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Each one is insightful and definitely worth reading. Here’s a quick review of each:

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The Fault in Our Stars book review

It seems like everyone and their sister is reading this book. Its graced nearly every book club reading list and the movie is coming out this spring. To be honest I was pretty hesitant to read this book. I really wasn’t that excited to read a love story about two teenagers with cancer. I’m still recovering from the movie A Walk to Remember. But I finally gave in and purchased the book right before my recent trip to the UK. Because it’s a young adult book, it’s a super easy read and I managed to finish it quite quickly. So how did I like it? Well, to be honest, I have mixed feelings about it. Wait a minute – didn’t I just recommend the book to you a second ago? Yes indeed I did. I think it was wonderfully well written and the characters are real and lovable. What I didn’t like so much was the cancer. As heartwarming as the book was, it’s hard for me to love a book that makes me cry. So if you don’t mind shedding a few tears, then you better join the masses and get to reading before the movie comes out!

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Steal Like An Artist book review

I love this book. I love it so much I’ve already started to read it again! I came across an article reviewing Steal Like An Artist a few months ago (I linked to it here) and was amazed at how much insight I gained just from the excerpts. It’s a really quick read and features lots of fun illustrations. This book is about the importance of finding inspiration, bettering your craft (whatever it may be) and constructing a life that cherishes creativity and promotes results. Every pearl of wisdom is easy to digest and implement in your daily life. So if you’re in a creativity rut or simply want to live life better, than this book is for you.

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The Happiness Project book review

As I mentioned above, I am only halfway through this book, however I like it so much I know I will finish it by the weekend. Now this book is actually somewhat controversial and the reviews are mixed. Why? Well the author had a pretty great life before she started her happiness project, so many felt her quest for more happiness was entitled and naive. Critics would say, “there are real people with real life struggles and this gal (the author) had the gall to think she deserves more than the average person.” Although I can somewhat understand this viewpoint, I think it’s silly to think we are all allowed only a finite amount of happiness and expecting more is shameful.

All too often the bestselling self-help books are written by and for people who have hit rock bottom. And I simply (and thankfully) can’t really relate to most rock-bottom life circumstances. I’m employed, I found someone to marry me and I do fun crafty things on the weekend. Although I would classify myself as happy, I could certainly be happier. And Gretchen Rubin gave me permission to find more happiness. Some of the tips in this book are silly and some are really insightful, so if you’re looking to add a bit more happiness to your life, this book outlines a path.

Now that I have nearly finished three books, I’m looking for recommendations. What book have you read lately that you just couldn’t put down?

xoxo,

Andi

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