||| wednesday wishlist | books for gifting |||

books are probably my favorite gifts to give and receive–you must check these out!

||| mr. boddington’s studio has added some flair to these penguin classics. |||

||| sticker fashion | i have an unhealthy obsession with stickers and fashion.  so obviously, this is a must.  also take a look at the author’s blog here–it’s one of my faves |||

||| 100 ways to chic your life | jonathan adler is my idol |||

||| decorate workshop | another one of my favorite bloggers, holly becker of decor8, has released her book…can’t wait to check it out!|||

||| grace: a memoir |  i am actually reading this one at the moment and it is fantastic–the perfect gift for the fashion-lover in your life. |||

||| in the spirit of palm beach | lately, i have been into everything palm beach and would love to look through this book every time i feel like getting away. |||

||| watch | read | listen |||

||| watch: hit and run | i cannot say whether this movie is terrible or amazing as i have yet to see it, but i am a big fan of comedy and i am definitely looking forward to seeing it soon |||

||| read: then again by diane keaton | i absolutely love the open and honest tone of this memoir. diane keaton is a brilliant writer with a clear and distinctive voice and she is such an inspiring and strong woman. |||

||| listen: sparkle soundtrack | i am a musical theater nerd so i know i am going to love this soundtrack |||

A Super Good, Really Helpful Book

Perhaps it’s ignorant (or lazy) of me, but I’m more of a “wait until the movie comes out” kind of gal.  Now I know why people are always telling me books are better.  Because they are!  I always thought the movie adaptation of “He’s Just Not That Into You” was adorable, but the self-help book written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (a consultant and a writer of Sex and the City, respectively) is even better.  The duo are witty, and the anecdotes told are moderately inspiring and extremely entertaining.  Check it out!


(p.s. I know I missed the boat on this one, but I was 13 when the book was published.  Give me a break!)

Enjoy your weekend!


Bookmarks: The Happiness Project

I just happened to pick up The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin at the airport when I realized I forgot to bring reading materials (an absolute must for me) and it has been an amazing source of inspiration for me lately.  I am not normally a self-help book kind of person but the tone of this book is more “everyone can have a happier life” as opposed to “you need to do this to be happy”—a good thing because I don’t particularly like having someone tell me what to do. 

Rubin writes in a way that is very straightforward and easy to understand with lots of lists (my favorite!) and ideas for staying committed to your goals.  For her research, she spent each month for a year working on a different resolution and recorded the trials, successes, and even failures she faced along the way. Each resolution focused on a specific aspect of her life, but can easily be adapted to fit anyone’s life.

 The way that Rubin writes about happiness makes it sound like a lifestyle that one can choose and this is something that really resonates with me.  You cannot always control the things that happen in the world around you, but you can control the way you deal with the issues as they come and the attitude you choose to have.  Also, if you are honest with yourself about the things that you like or dislike and what you are good at or not so good at, you can begin to play to your strengths and start reaping the rewards of working toward the goals that will bring you the most happiness.

She also keeps a blog, happiness-project.com, with directions and support for creating and maintaining your own happiness project, which I am just beginning—I will continue to update you on the progress of my project. 

 Her 2nd book, Happiness at Home is set to release on September 4, 2012. I can’t wait!