Beach Reads

Beach Reads

If you have not already noticed I love a good mystery novel even better if it is part of a series. But there are times when I want to try something different. When I am at the beach I often choose something light and fun to read. Below I have reviewed some of my favorite beach reads. I hope you see something that peeks your interest.

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500 MILES FROM YOU

by Jenny Colgan

I adore Jenny Colgan’s books because they are always great for a fun light read. If I am ever getting down I can always count on one of her books! I also love her books because many of them involve baking which is my second love! My husband can always tell when I have read one of her novels because I will be in the kitchen baking after I have finished reading. This book does not center around baking which is good for my waist line. It is a cute love story set in a small Scottish town and in London. As always, Jenny Colgan does such an incredible job describing the quaintness of the town so that I want to move there immediately. This is a quick read that is great for a sunny afternoon.

THE COTSWOLDS COOKERY CLUB

by Alice Ross

This is my idea of a perfect quick and light read. It is short and sweet! This book combines all of my favorite things…motherhood (with a sense of humor), reading, cooking, the Cotswolds, intimate group of new friends and a love story in the background. I must worn you Alice Ross leaves you hungry for all things Italy and longing for a cottage in the Cotswolds!

LOST LAKE

by Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen is another one of my favorite authors. She takes an ordinary small town and adds a touch of magic. I am not usually into books that have “magic” but Sarah Addison Allen does such an amazing job of creating a subtle almost believable magic that I can never put her books down. This book is not as light hearted as her other novels but is still a good read. It starts off with a death but the ending leaves you satisfied and whole again. I grew up going to lakes in the summer so this book hit close to home and brought me back to my own childhood. If you love a good book that will make you cry and then laugh this is the pick for you.

THE LAST MRS. PARRISH

by Liv Constantine

I am not usually a “thriller” reader but I saw a review on another blog and decided to give it a try. It is suspenseful. I did find that I figured out the “twist” fairly early on. But I am glad I kept reading because the author throws in a fun more twist and turns to keep you glued to the book. This is definitely a moodier book so if you are looking for something light than this may not be it. I did actually read this at the beach but I was glad I had all that sunshine to help brighten my mood. The book ends on a happy note which is important to me. I either want a happy ending or one that leaves me feeling content.

Happy Reading!

Jordan

Summer Home Décor

Summer Home Décor

I adore seasonal touches for my home décor. It is such an easy way to change things up. I am constantly looking for ways to make our home feel happy and cozy! I went all light and bright with my picks for summer! I added just a few new fun pieces to my Kitchen and changed things up on my coffee table.

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I really got into the citrus this year! I not only got a faux plant, tree and stems but I also got a fun citrus print. I do love decorating with subtle color and I find the little pops of color from fruit to be just right.

My coffee table is one of my favorite spaces to change up. I enjoy finding new items but I like moving things around that I already own even better. Of course my husband prefers when I just use what I already own! I wanted to add some lighter tones to my coffee table for the summer so I went with all neutral pieces. There is nothing that says summer like Palm stems and sea shells. I found this great hurricane at Target and decided to use it as a vase instead. These cane hurricanes are so popular right now and I have seen them everywhere. I thought at $10 this was a great price! I also got this whitewashed wood bowl at Target. I already had some reindeer moss leftover from another project so I decided to keep my bowl filler simple by just adding the green moss. I love my little artichoke and have had it for years. I am often asked where I got it but it is no longer sold so I linked a similar one below. Of course I had to include a candle and this lemongrass smells amazing. In case you missed my Candle review click here.

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Happy Shopping!

Jordan

FRIYAY 5

FRIYAY 5

DRESS/LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY/GASPARILLA INN/GREEK YOGURT FRUIT TART/PLANTERS

Happy Friday! I am sharing my FRIYAY 5 today which is a combination of my 5 favorite things from the week whether it is fashion, design, beauty, travel, home décor or a book!

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DRESS

I think this is the perfect beach dress! I liked it so much I sent it to my mom and sisters to purchase. The color combination is so bright and fun. I like the midi length and I do not mind a little sleeve on a lightweight dress. I can easily see using this dress for dinner on our summer vacation.

LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY

This is such an adorable book. I am an avid reader and bakery so this book was meant for me! Even though I am not a huge romance fan I like Jenny Colgan’s light hearted reads. I also am obsessed with traveling to Scotland these days so the amazing descriptions of this tiny Scottish island really make me smile. If you are looking for a quick light beach read this is the book for you!

THE GASPARILLA INN

I recently saw another Blogger’s (MaryandCrew) photos from her vacation to Gasparilla Inn and now I am hooked. I love a beautiful resort but to top it off this is a historic inn which gives it even more character. My husband and I have visited Boca Grande before but we did not stay here. The beaches here are gorgeous! We went to a public beach while in Boca Grande that was small and private. It was amazing!

GREEK YOGURT FRUIT TART

I have made this Fruit Tart from Sally’ Baking Addiction so many times and it gets better with each try! Not only is this delicious but it is a pretty healthy dessert. When I make the recipe I do not use as many dates I probably only use about 12. Depending on who I am making the dessert for I will change up the fruit toppings. My kids are not big fans of Kiwi so I go heaven on the berries for them. I have also made this for breakfast when I have guest who I know are watching what they eat. I would definitely recommend this recipe to everyone!

PLANTERS

These planters are so adorable! I like that they look like a basket but are cement. They will definitely hold up well outside. I am going to get two of the largest size planters for my side yard. I have some ferns that need planters so I think these will work perfect. I also saw a similar version of these on Amazon.

I hope you enjoyed my weekly picks! Have a great weekend!

Jordan

FRIYAY 5

FRIYAY 5

SCALLOPED MARBLE BOWL/INA GARTEN’S ROAST CHICKEN/

THE PEARL HOTEL/LONGBOURN/LEOPARD TEE

Happy Friday! I am sharing my FRIYAY 5 today which is a combination of my 5 favorite things from the week whether it is fashion, design, beauty, travel, home décor or a book!

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SCALLOPED MARBLE BOWL

I adore anything marble! This cute little bowl is so versatile. It can work as a dipping bowl, candle holder, dish brush holder, or used in numerous ways to add a layered look to your home décor. I want it for my side table to place a candle on. I would take every item June Home Supply has in their online store! They have so many great neutral pieces.

INA GARTEN’S ROAST CHICKEN

My family enjoys this recipe so much I make it at least twice a month. I do substitute the fennel for celery though. My kids do not like fennel so I had to adjust the recipe. I also often will substitute Olive oil for the butter. I have cooked the chicken both ways and do not find it makes a huge difference whether I use the butter or not. It does take over an hour to cook so I usually make this recipe on Sunday nights or I will prep it in the morning so I can get it in the oven as soon as I get home from the office. Our family highly recommends trying this simple yet delicious recipe.

THE PEARL HOTEL

The pictures of this hotel are gorgeous! A friend of mine stayed here one night on her way to Key West. She said the hotel is wonderful and more then worth the price tag. I think this will be a trip Brandon and I take on our own. Rosemary has a lot of great restaurants and shopping as well. I think I will spend my time by the pool or at the beach with a book.

LONGBOURN

I really enjoyed this book though I usually do not like to read books that imitate the work of Jane Austen. I am a huge fan of all of Jane Austen’s work and find that many modern romances are not to my taste. I decided to try this book because it had good reviews and I was in a lull. Sometimes I have periods where I cannot find a good book. I will try out lots of different books but none satisfy me so I never finish them. It was during a period like this that I decided to give this book a try. I am glad I did because it is not really a retelling of Pride and Prejudice at all. Pride and Prejudice is just the background story to this book and the main tale is about one of the servants in the Longbourn household. I would defiantly recommend this book. I enjoyed it with a cup of tea and some homemade scones. Reading and Baking are my favorite activities!

LEOPARD PRINT TEE

I find I am always buying clothes for work so that now I do not have nearly enough weekend outfits whether casual or for a night out. I saw this tee at the store and loved it. I like that it is comfortable and a great fit but also fun! I think the print really adds something special to this crew neck tee.

I hope you enjoyed my weekly picks! Have a great weekend!

Jordan

Decorating with a Clam Shell Bowl

Decorating with a Clam Shell Bowl

My oversized clam shell bowl is one of my favorite décor pieces. I put it on my Friyay 5 list last week and had a question about how to style a clam shell bowl. I decided it would be fun to do a post with different styling ideas. Sometimes I like to keep it simple and leave my shell empty but I enjoy adding in fillers to change up my décor. My absolute favorite idea is to use Orchids and Moss which I have pictured above. I also added a close up shot of the orchids below. I usually start with a large oasis in the bottom of the clam or a foam board if that’s all I have. From there I can add my orchids or other faux flowers and greenery. I then add in my moss to cover any spots where you can see the oasis. In the Orchid picture above I actually have a mix of real orchids and faux (a trick from my mom). If I do not have enough height from just placing the oasis in the bottom of the shell then I will add some Target bags under the oasis. This way all the décor pieces can be seen and they sit above the edge of the shell. However, if I want to keep thigs quick and easy I simply add some decorative balls or orbs into the empty shell. You’d be surprised how good the orbs alone look but you can add in moss or eucalyptus to give more depth and color. I have a picture below where I used decorative orbs and some greenery. I used the same reindeer moss and moss orbs in both of my clam shell filler ideas.

PINTEREST INSPIRATION

I am addicted to Pinterest whether I am looking for recipes, travel ideas, gifts or party themes. My favorite thing is to find styling tips for my home décor. I have included some of my inspiration pins for filling my clam shell bowl. I hope some of them will inspire you! If you want to see my Pinterest boards you can always click on the “P” icon at the top of my website or click here.

Above Sources: Completely-Coastal.com; Oncewed.com; Simpledetailsblog.blogspot.com; Birch Lane; Coastalvintage.com.au

SOURCES FOR CLAM SHELL FILLERS

Below are the items I used in creating my clam shell décor. Just click on the image to be directed to the websites.

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SOURCES FOR CLAM SHELL BOWLS

Happy Shopping!

Jordan

FRIYAY 5

FRIYAY 5

ROUND MIRROR/NAVY BEACH TOWEL/AFFORDABLE ART/GIANT CLAM/SEA MIST

Happy Friday! I am sharing my FRIYAY 5 today which is a combination of my 5 favorite things from the week whether it is fashion, design, beauty, travel, home décor or a book!

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ROUND MIRROR

This Mirror has such a beachy vibe to it. I adore all things rattan. This mirror is a great price too. I think this mirror would work great in an entryway. I was thinking of using it in my niece’s room which is all navy and white. It is not a large mirror so I was thinking of adding some fun hanging baskets with it. If you missed my post on hanging baskets click here.

NAVY BEACH TOWEL

I have been planning our summer vacation recently so the beach has been on my mind! I purchased two of these towels and everyone in my family fights over them. I am going to have to order 2 more this year. They are large and my kids like to use them as a blanket. My sister in law loved them when I brought them with us to their lake house.

AFFORDABLE ART

I am always on the lookout for affordable art. I am very picky about my art and it is hard for me to find a lot of options that I really like. When I do find something I love I purchase it as long as it is in a reasonable price range. This piece is perfect for me because the colors are my favorite and I adore the beach! It gives me a calm and relaxed feeling which we could all use more of these days.

GIANT CLAM

I have this oversized clam shell in my family room and it is one of my favorite home décor items I own. During holidays I fill it with Christmas ornaments, flowers, eggs, greenery or whatever I can find. Unfortunately my kids and husband also like to hide there gaming accessories in my shell too. I am constantly putting away their things when I spot them in my shell.

SEA MIST

I have never tried this product before but I have seen it numerous times on other blogs. I think I will give it a try because I do not like to fix my hair when I am at the beach. I have naturally curly hair so I want to see if this helps. If it is effective then I may add it to my morning hair routine.

I hope you enjoyed my weekly picks! Have a great weekend!

Jordan