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Who can believe summer is actually here? Last week, yes. This week? Well, the weather is a bit confused about whether it’s almost July or if we’re back in spring shower mode. Random rain sprinkles at 2 pm? Eh, no thanks. I’d rather be basking in the sun, book in one hand, a glass of wine in the other.
For the gray days where all I want to do is to do is curl up on my Burrow armchair, or for the beach trips or long plane rides you have planned this summer, you’re going to need a good summer read. And for that reason, I thought it was about time I dust off the old bookshelf, dig into some of my archives, and pull together a list of some of my most recommended books, plus a few new releases! While I haven’t finished each of these quite yet, they are definitely going to be read before summer is over.
If you’re curious about my top book picks AND are interested in a giveaway for a special book package to kick off your summer reading, then read on!
I may be the minority in saying this, but I love figuring out that books are waiting for me under the tree. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to receive just any old book. When I was younger, my favorite books to receive were those that taught me something. One of my favorite book presents was from a close friend in high school who knew my affinity for makeup and picked out an extensive beauty manual. I honestly couldn’t even find the book that she gifted me all those years ago, and while it wasn’t exactly the most in-depth or best beauty book ever, it was a thoughtful gift based on my interests.
With Christmas coming, what’s better to give a fellow beauty or fashion lover than the gift of knowledge? I picked out a few books that I’ve personally read in the hopes that you’ll find something on this list that’s perfect for your giftee!
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I think I say this every single month, but honestly, how is it already November?! October just flew by and was an incredibly busy month, hence why this is a little late! Being busy is always good for my wallet, as it means less free time for me to spend shopping. I believe my purchases (or lack there of) this month really reflects that as well. Without further ado, onto what I’ve been buying, reading, and using up recently!
What I Bought // October Shopping Budget
Stitch Fix: I kept this cute plaid shirt that I’ve since worn a ton to work. It works great under a leather jacket for a night out, and it’s super simple to pop on for a day at the office.
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Thanks so much for your feedback last month on this style of post. The consensus (and mine too!) was that the style was good, but the book reviews were cray. I was hoping to eliminate the book reviews and just share my favorites… and I kind of failed at that. The truth is, that while I love reading, I just don’t love writing reviews.
SO, this month I’m going to try to do better and just share a handful of favorite books, what I bought, and my empties. If you want more information about what I’ve been reading, add me on Goodreads! I track and rate all the books I read over there.
What I Bought // September Shopping Budget
I’m really proud of myself this month. I went 3 weeks out of the month without buying a thing. Then I was invited to a pop-up shop for Emerald Cuff and purchased an adorable (and not yet available) striped cape. I also purchased the owl romper from the LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection. (See my entire review of the collection here.) I told myself no new makeup this month, which I did successfully, and apparently I resisted the urge to buy all the clothes even though I ended up attending two fashion shows and had numerous other temptations.
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I’m doing things a little differently this month. Instead of sharing an entire post about my budget, I thought I’d try out something new by combining a few of my “month’s end” posts into one. Let me know what you think of this new format, it’s been something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while.