weekend reading 600x900 Friday, you’re my fave. This is another one of those weeks that dragged on, but hey, we made it, and now it’s Friday. I’ve been participating in a read-a-thon all week (I’m attempting to start and finish 7 books!) and so far it’s been going well. The goal for the weekend is to take advantage of the extra hours for reading. Other than that, I have no major plans, although I wouldn’t be surprised if I went to brunch one day or enjoyed some time in the park. Here are a few good links to carry you into the weekend:

- It’s been a long time since I clicked on to the Cosmo website, but I really enjoyed this interview with Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of The New York Times.

- Hallie curated an awesome guide of things to do in New York City this summer.

- A great article from Zadie Smith on what it means to be addicted to reading.

- Chelsea shared the loveliest film photos from her recent trip to Italy.

- I’m not sure why, but I’ve been listening to this old Juanes album on repeat this week and it’s still so good.

- I found it interesting to read these thoughts on designing a book cover.

Solange is on the cover of Lucky Magazine’s August issue- my love for her continues.

- I just heard about this cool tumblr called Subway Book Review. This blogger snaps pictures of people reading on the subway and asks them to give a mini review of the book.

Hope you have a good weekend!

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Tropical Print

I don’t know about where you live, but here in NYC we’ve been experiencing a lot of thunderstorms lately. I kind of like drifting off to the sound of rain at night, but they’re not so fun when they’re surprise thunderstorms and you’re caught without your umbrella! I feel like the tropical print trend fits in really well with this weather- when it’s monsoon season in the tropics, the rains can stop and start suddenly without warning. There are so many variations on this theme and today I’m sharing a few of my favorite picks.

Tell me: How do you feel about tropical print? Would you wear it?

(tee, skirt, bikini, dress, sneakers, shorts, tank)

Blog Birthday Celebration 600x719 Yesterday my blog turned four years old. The first thing I want to say is thank you to anyone who’s ever read a single word on this blog. When I started this, I just wanted a space to document my thoughts. I never knew how important it would become to me, the opportunities I would have thanks to the blog, or the friendships that I would develop with other bloggers.

We all get discouraged from time to time, but at this point I can’t imagine giving up this blog of mine. I put a lot of effort into it, and as I’ve mentioned, I get so much from it. It’s been amazing to connect with and talk to other people who like the same things that I do, whether it’s fashion, beauty, culture, or books.

I think blogging has also forced me out of my comfort zone a little. Those who know me in real life know that I’m a fairly private person, but for some reason, I feel perfectly comfortable putting my life on the internet and sharing it with you here (go figure). I’ve gone to events for the blog and made myself meet new people, I’ve gotten slightly less awkward when taking outfit pictures in public, and I’ve recently started making videos too (still not used to hearing myself speak though!).

I feel so happy when people tell me that they enjoy my blog and I’m proud of the content I create here. If any one of my posts has affected someone in a positive way, I think that’s wonderful.

All right, I’m done with the sappiness. Thank you again to all you lovely readers and cheers to the future!

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Rifle Paper Co. x Puffin in Bloom I’ve professed my love for Rifle Paper Co. many times here on the blog. I just love their aesthetic and pretty much every single item they produce. When I saw that Anna had designed covers for a series of classic books, I just had to share them here. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Last May I made an effort to read more classics. I read The Great Gatsby in anticipation of the movie and I also read Little Women. I’d forgotten how delightful Little Women is and I’m so glad that I reread it. I want to make it a goal of mine to read more classics again this year. There are so many that I haven’t read and I’d like to start tacking my list. I’m not sure yet if I want to dedicate one particular month like I did last time, or maybe aim to read one classic a month for several months?

I’ve also been thinking that I’m going to allow myself to buy pretty editions of the classics that I read. I feel like I’m willing to spend a little extra money for a cover that I love since it’s a classic and I plan to keep it in my collection forever. There’s not a ton of space in my small NYC apartment, but one day I dream of having the space to display all of my books properly. I’m plan to buy the entire Harry Potter series soon too since I’m reading them. I’ve been borrowing them from the library, but I already know that I want to own the books as well!

Tell me: What’s your favorite classic?

(These Puffin in Bloom editions will be available on August 28th!)