Read & Friday links.

These heels are a new wedding go-to.

A fun project has me staring at this site all day every day (and even included a trip to the Merchandise Mart)!

These ginger jar prints are cute.

Pete and I celebrated two years (!!!) on Monday with dinner at avec. We were obsessed with the chorizo-stuffed dates and the chicken liver crostini. Mmm!

Heading up to Michigan on Sunday for the week and I cannot wait!!!!



Read & Friday links.

Two James Taylors on a Seesaw. I love James. Jimmy is brilliant.

I just started season three of Orange is the New Black. I haven't gotten super into it yet. I hope it's better than House of Cards season three... Pete and I are watching that soooo slowlyyyy.

Love the cut of this Lilly.

My team at work hosted lunch for everyone yesterday and we ordered pasties from Bridgeport Pasty. Um. YUM!!! (I got the ratatouille.)

Fun weekend ahead - Pete's cousin's wedding on Saturday, golf on Sunday, and we're celebrating TWO YEARS on Monday!

Happy Friday!



Read & a recipe.

A new fish recipe from Ina's Make It Ahead cookbook! It was a fun one since it was a little different cooking it in parchment paper packets.

{8 oz. cod - you can also use snapper - with salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh thyme and castelvetrano olives.}

{Brush the outside edge of the parchment with beaten egg whites and fold into little packets.}

{Place packets on a baking sheet and cook at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.}

{Cut a hole in the parchment, rip it open and serve immediately.}




Read & a reading update.

As I mentioned back in January, I am aiming to read 30 books in 2015. My count is 12 as of today, so it looks like I'm going to have to move a little faster to stay on track to my goal!

"Yes Please" - Amy Poehler - She is hilarious. An easy read with some fun behind the scenes of SNL and Parks & Rec.

"Interpreter of Maladies" - Jhumpa Lahiri - A collection of short stories. I loved this book. It also was a nice change of pace from the novels I normally read.

"Not That Kind of Girl" - Lena Dunham - I thought I would like this more. I think Lena is really funny, but I don't know, I didn't love this.

"Three Wishes" - Liane Moriarty - This was ok. Triplets dealing with their own lives as well as secrets between siblings.

"A Wild Sheep Chase" - Haruki Murakami - This book was SO weird but I didn't hate it. I can't even explain it here... I'm sorry. If you're into very strange sort of mythology, then read it.

"The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins - You have probably heard about this one! Read it in two days. Couldn't put it down. Wouldn't say it was the best written book, but definitely a page turner!

"The House Girl" - Tara Conklin - It's set in two time periods (always love those) - modern day and Virginia in 1852. This revolves around a slave whose paintings may have been falsely attributed to her owner and the lawyer in the present day who is trying to tackle the mystery. I definitely liked Josephine's (the slave) story better than the present day parts, but overall a good read.

"Code Name Verity" - Elizabeth E. Wein - It took me a while to get into this one, but I am glad I stuck it out. It got really good about a third (or even half?) of the way in. It follows the lives of two best friends whose British spy plane crashes in France during WWII. I really like reading WWII books, and this was a good one.

"The Age of Miracles" - Karen Thompson Walker - Really interesting read. The Earth's rotation starts to slow down so the days and nights get longer and longer. The book follows a family through this new world. I really liked it.

"I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Boy and girl twins grow up very close but then something happens that tears them apart... a little young for me, but I liked it.

"Station Eleven" - Emily St. John Mandel - I really like this book set in the post-apocalyptic Midwest. It goes back and forth in time and among different characters and I've always loved books like that.

"The Distant Hours" - Kate Morton - I absolutely loved "The Forgotten Garden" and "The Secret Keeper" by Morton, so I was hoping this would be on-par with those two. My sister Linds told me ahead of time that it wasn't as good, but I decided to read it anyway. I liked it. Didn't love it. It was also super long for just an ok book (560 pages!).

Happy reading!



Read & a recipe.

How good does this salad look??

I was bopping around on Pinterest last week and came across that picture and knew I had to make it. Did anyone watch Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee? Ha. I remember watching it in high school for some reason. This dinner could be on an episode of that. I was so tired and famished last Thursday after work that I didn't even buy raw chicken at Whole Foods... I went from the pre-made section and picked up some pre-grilled chicken... Absurd! ;)

They called this a BLT salad, but since I added grilled chicken, it reminded me of a cobb.

{Boston lettuce, arugula, sweet corn, avocado, cherry tomatoes, bacon, feta, lime juice, 
olive oil, salt, pepper.}



Read & Friday links.

Quite possibly the busiest two weeks in a very long time...! Friday links are back.

I like Emily's new "My World" series.

Favorite new jumpsuit.

The cereal lover in me NEEDS to make these.

Love this maxi on Mackenzie!

Added more to my Tradsey closet. Besides the fact that their shipping kits take forever to ship, I am really liking this site for selling clothes.

Happy weekend!



Read & Friday links.

150 Best Bars in America. I've been to 12!

One of my fav pairs of earrings (I have them in blue) - now come in green!

This is my new favorite dress.

Very interesting personality test. (Thanks, Cam!)

My youngest sister, Whit, is graduating tomorrow!!!! End of and era! So excited to be celebrating with my family this weekend. YAY WHIT!!!


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