Friday, May 27, 2011

Summer Reading

One of my favorite parts of summer is the opportunity to catch up on my reading- and since I never have time during the school year, I usually end up with a list of at least 20 books I want to read in a mere three months. As of now, Im on my fourth book, so it may actually be a possibility. Here (and also in the picture above) is the short list as of now:

1. Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard (Read it in just a couple days, adored every second. However, be careful when attempting any recipes- they don't have very good directions.)
2. The Girls' Guide to Hunting in Fishing by Melissa Bank (Loved it! Read it, read it, read it!)
3. One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell (Currently reading- typical guilty pleasure chick lit. 'nuff said)
4. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
5. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
6. Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs
7. Cane River by Lalita Tademy (Grandmothers Recommendation)
8. Classy by Derek Blasberg
9. All of Chelsea Handler' books

I'm doing my best to strike a balance between entertainment and literary value, including some comedic reads, but also some classics. I just love having the time and freedom to read for the sheer enjoyment of it, and forget how easy it is to be completely wrapped up in a book (doesnt often happen with business textbooks). Does anyone have any other book recommendations? Favorites? Classics? Quick reads?
Happy summer,

Friday, May 20, 2011

Prabal Gurung goes J.Crew!

As someone who not only loves but adores when designer's do collaborations with more moderately priced brands, I was exceptionally pleased to see Prabal Gurung's collection for J.Crew. While I have been obsessing over his spring collection that influenced so many of the color blocking trends we have seen this season, the pieces ridiculous price tags left them out of my reach. While Gurung's collection for J.Crew is in no way a bargain (pieces are still upwards of $250)..they are much more reasonable for even a college student's budget. Even better, the pieces are dramatically different from what he have seen from Gurung in the past, and to my pleasure, much more feminine. I am dying to purchase all of the "exploding bow" pieces when they hit stores next week. But lets be honest...I will probably wait to see if any of them will go on sale, which with my luck is very unlikely.

Source: via Kacy on Pinterest

Thursday, May 19, 2011

California Dreamin’

After Jenna headed home early to Palo Alto for summer break, I quickly escaped to the Los Angeles area for one of my friend's college graduations. As usual, the trip gave me the opportunity to explore Malibu and L.A. even more. Since I am preparing for my European excursions this summer, I vowed to not spend any money on the trip for anything other than food. This subsequently lead to me eating my way through Los Angeles. Here are a few of the pictures of my trip, courtesy of my best friend Allie & her grandma's Nikon D60. (Notice how the best pictures are really of the food...go figure!)