Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ultimate Holiday Wishlist

I decided to not do gift guides this year and just make it all about me (you can still check out last year's guys & gals - most of the stuff is still valid - seriously, if you know a person who loves to grill Mangrates are a must!).  Wow, such holiday spirit, right?  I know, I know.  Sometimes it's just fun to make a list of things both crazy expensive and totally affordable that you would buy for yourself if you could.  So I thought I would share my list.
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Have a great Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Book Review - "The Body Book" by Cameron Diaz

The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

I had been curious about this book ever since it first came out, so I checked it out from the library, not really knowing what to expect.  Well, I'm glad I did, bottom line I was super impressed.  Now, I should say that this is not really a book aimed at my 40+ year old self, it's more of a primer to basic nutrition, how your body works, and the importance of taking care of your health, best aimed at a girl in her teens/early 20s.  Not saying I didn't get anything out of it, I did.  I enjoyed how she wrote the book as if she were having a conversation with you.  I appreciated that she wasn't preachy, instead she is encouraging and empowering, she's like a cool aunt/sister/bff.  I am absolutely going to be purchasing a copy to have in my library.  Bravo Cameron!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Book Review - "What Alice Forgot" by Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

The story centers around Alice who comes to on the floor of her gym one day after hitting her head during spin class and has forgotten the past 10 years of her life.  She's stuck in 1998, when in reality it's 2008.  She thinks she's pregnant with her first child, that her marriage is blissful, etc.  Unfortunately a lot has happened in that decade she can't recall.  Her quest is to try to regain her memory as well as marry who she was in 1998 to who she's become in 2008.  I had a super hard time getting into this book, I had to get almost halfway through before the way it's written (following Alice around, mixed in with her sister's letters to her therapist) stopped confusing me.  But once you get used to it, it really flies by.  Was it my favorite book by Ms. Moriarty? No. But it's still a solid read.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review - "#Girlboss" by Sophia Amoruso

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

Picked this up on a whim, I've been seeing a lot of people online posting about this book, so I was curious.  I have no idea what her shop Nasty Gal is #nottheirdemographic #old and had not a clue to who she is.  The book gives a summary of her background and how she built her company.  That part was really interesting.  The second part of the book is more advice for younger readers, ones that may not be in the workforce yet, or are trying to find their way (resume advice, cover letter advice, you have to start somewhere and do some things that may not be in your job description stuff - duh).  It's a quick read and would be a great gift to any girl who's graduating soon or pick it up if you just want an inspiring story of a woman who built a company and brand from nothing.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Review - "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

A tragedy has occurred during an school fundraiser. The book follows 40 year old mom Madeline, her best friend Celeste who seems to have it all, Bonnie who is married to Madeline's ex and Jane the young, single, new mom in the school.  As soon as Jane arrives and Madeline takes her under her wing, things start to unravel.  Jane's son is accused of bullying, Celeste's "perfect life" veneer starts to crack, Madeline's daughter wants to live with her father.  It's a good story, interesting and easy to read and follow.  For some reason I just had a hard time getting into the book, but once I was 100 pages in, it just sort of flowed.  I didn't like it as well as some of her other books, but it's still worth your time.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book Review - "Overdressed" by Elizabeth L. Cline

Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline

This one hits close to home for me, which is why I was eager to read it.  It's full of information about the manufacturing methods of "cheap fashion" and how we got to be so dependent on it.  It's a book everyone should read, especially if you have a crammed closet full of clothes you barely wear.  I found it oversimplified at times, preachy at others, but overall the message is good.  Having been in the textile industry for close to 20 years and then at school for textile and apparel management before that (I remember finding out NAFTA passed in class one day and we all collectively groaned, seeing our job prospects diminish in an instant) I've seen the decline of the domestic industry firsthand.  I've seen quality diminish, I've fought with overseas suppliers, I've pulled my hair out at customers wanting something for nothing, etc.  Maybe that's why I'm so conscious to how much I bring into my home.  My closet has never been vast, I thrift a lot, I buy quality over quantity, I wear stuff out, I mend instead of throw away or donate for the most part.  Sure I love my fast fashion fix every now and then but I'm fully aware of what I'm going to get at places like F21, H&M, Zara, Target, etc.  In fact I can't even walk into F21 without thinking "look at all this garbage".    I think the idea of the book can be summed up by one of the interviewees in the book, vintage dealer Sara Bereket when she said "We blame companies.  But at the end of the day we have to be responsible for our actions."  Stop buying so much stuff, buy better quality stuff, hunt out made in the USA items if possible, learn how to fix your clothes or find someone who can, shop with intention.  Ultimately it's in our hands, we created the demand, we can change the game if we are willing to be more mindful.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Review - "Tory Burch: In Color" by Tory Burch

Tory Burch: In Color by Tory Burch

I pre-ordered this book the second I was able to.  I'm a Tory fan from way back when there was just the one store on Elizabeth Street.  This book is gorgeous, instead of chapters, it's broken down by colors, a sort of personal scrapbook with gorgeous images and stories.  If you are a Tory fan pick this up.  Would be ideal as a gift!

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