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Best of the Looks, Best of the Books 3.20.15

2015 March 20

I’m feeling a little blog-nostalgic today, so I decided to do a Friday links post, for old time’s sake. Though snow is in the forecast for the northeast this weekend, it IS the first day of spring, and for that, I’m grateful. At a party last weekend, someone asked me what I was most looking forward to for spring. I responded immediately, “Sunshine. Warmth. Being able to walk outside.” Honestly, I don’t have any big plans this spring beyond just getting outside when I can, and DOING things because I’ve felt shipwrecked this winter. Ironically, I plan to spend this weekend hibernating–marathoning old Mad Men episodes (the last season premieres in 2 weeks!) and doing some writing. What are your plans for the first weekend of spring?

Best of the Looks:

vintage dress

I always love Steffy’s looks–so bohemian and cute and effortless. She wears the kinds of things I’d love to wear but fear I wouldn’t pull off, and she has a knack for vintage that I admire.

This Anthropologie shirt dress would get the job done at a summer picnic or a day at the office.

I read two different blog posts this week recommending Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy blush--I might have to try it for the name alone. Have any of you used it?

I am currently obsessing over pointy-toed flats for the spring. Honestly, I’ve been obsessing for a while now, but haven’t yet pulled the trigger. I like these J. Crew Factory D’Orsay flats. Thoughts?

In an effort to give my shoulder a break, I downsized from my giant tote to the Madewell mini-transport cross-body (monogrammed, of course). It’s cute and definitely more portable than my previous bags, but it’s a little smaller than ideal–especially since I carry a book with me everywhere I go.

 

Best of the Books:

I just discovered that one of my favorite bloggers, Maria Popova of the wonderful Brain Pickings, has a side project called the Literary Jukebox that pairs book quotes with a fitting song. 

The Los Angeles Review of Books has launched a new online literary magazine, The Offing, and I really like it so far. Check out this beautiful poem by Kamilah Aisha Moon.

Poets making money.

I read Norman Rush’s novel, Mating, last fall and am still trying to process what it means, and what it meant to me. Luckily, the Paris Review is hosting a book club reading of the novel, so if you haven’t read it, but have been meaning to, now is a great time to read along!

 

That’s it! Have a great weekend.

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