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February 21, 2019

Reading List

Brittany Fuson, fashion illustration, Paris, reading list
We aren't quite into the longer days of spring, so I'm still craving cozy nights in. BUT, I need something to entertain me. A good book is sounding like the answer, so what are you reading? I plowed through a few books at the beginning of January. Now I'm wanting to start something fresh, uplifting, rom-com-ish, you get the idea. Feel free to send recommendations my way! 

June 01, 2018

Christine

I recently had the privilege of working with Christine Handy, a breast cancer survivor and author of Walk Beside Me. Her feminine and flirty style was a key element as we wanted to highlight her stunning book cover and personal style. 


February 07, 2018

The Scout Guide Nashville, volume 6

When features fall into place organically, they end up being the 
best partnerships. I was thrilled when the team at The Scout Guide
Nashville reached out wanting to include one of my illustrations in the
latest edition. See the guide below. I was also pleasantly surprised to also
see my notecards included in the You're Invited feature in TSG. You can
shop locally in Nashville at You're Invited for all your party needs!

How gorgeous is not only the latest TSG, but also this new coffee table book? Cast is the perfect addition to my extensive coffee table book collection. I love not only the contents of the book, but the stunning cover. It makes my neutral-loving heart beat wild. Pick up a copy of Cast here

August 19, 2016

Spark Joy

Surely you have, and if you haven't I urge you to pick up a copy of it and it's sequel, Spark Joy. Your life will be changed, I promise. While I like to think my closet is quite organized, in the midst of implementing the KonMarie method, I came across a handful of items I had completely forgotten about. Buy it. Read it. And prepare to be amazed. The folding methods alone are enough to make you jump for joy. My drawers have never looked so pretty when I open them. My tanks are finally lined up so I can see all of them at a glance (which made me realize I have about 10 black and 10 white tanks - half of them went to Goodwill). I hope your life is changed and your life is filled with joy again! 
 
This is me carefully examining a dress with the tags on it. I've never worn it and after trying it on, I realized it's entirely too short. It went to the Goodwill pile as well. The pink Uggs were a toss while the cowboy boots were a keep. 

April 05, 2016

Book Club: March in review, pt. 2

Grab a tissue.

Did you guys read Me Before You



Here's what I liked about the book:

I'm trying not to spoil the ending for those who haven't read it, so I'll tread carefully...
It's a love story to it's core (if you can't tell from the movie trailer), a really gut-wrenching love story, and who doesn't love a good love story? I think it helped seeing the movie trailer first (I actually saw it before I ever knew about the book), so as I was reading the characters had faces. It made it more real.

While the story unfolded completely different than I would have expected, it was a quick read. Granted, I was sobbing by the last chapter, it was beautiful in it's own way. The story is predominantly told from Lou's (or "Clark's") perspective, though there's a few chapters sprinkled in from a different character's perspective. I'm not sure what else to say because it left me at a loss for words. All I can say is READ IT. Read it before the movie comes out in June.

My only complaint is that I felt like the author put it in fast-forward in the end. I felt like it could have used a little more time, more pages, more details. The last few chapters felt like an actor who just won an Oscar and has already gone over his or her 30 sec. allotted time for the acceptance speech. I wanted her to drag it out a bit more with no musical interruptions. But again, read it.



I'll be announcing the next book in the coming days, but do you have any recommendations?
I'm still narrowing down my picks. 

April 01, 2016

Book Club: March in review, pt. 1


#GIRLBOSSes unite
Ok, so while I don't agree with everything in #GIRLBOSS, it certainly lit a fire in me that usually burns out every year around Christmas (end of the year, Q4, taxes, you can all relate to the burnout I'm talking about). Buy this one, don't borrow it, and re-read it every time you feel a slight sense of self-doubt.


Here's what I liked about the book:
It truly did light a fire in me. As an entrepreneur that started her business at approximately the same time as Sophia Amoruso started Nasty Gal, the journey has often been long. I love her honesty about the trials and tribulations of not only starting a business, but of life itself. The hilarious tales of her past mixed with encouraging words about her present make it truly inspiring and encouraging - encouraging to know that the things we question in ourselves, the things that make us truly unique are what can make you (or your brand) stand out. Even if you have no aspirations of ever starting your own business, read it. It's a quick, easy read that I guarantee you'll plow through in a few days. You won't regret it! From one #GIRLBOSS to the next, you do you and I'll do me (my new personal mantra). If you liked #GIRLBOSS (and might still be searching for work-place motivation), try reading:
Juggling Elephants  |  The 4 Hour Work Week


Currently accepting recommendations for our April read... leave comments below! 

March 08, 2016

Book Club: February in review


Who did their homework? Who read along with me?




Let me start with this: I picked Z because The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books. I had to read it in high school, but I've since re-read it (twice) and seen both versions of the movie. I've long had a fascination with the '20s, flappers, and everything that time period represented. Change the setting to Paris in the 1920's and you've got my attention.


Here's what I liked about the book:

The chapters are short so it's easy to pick up for a few minutes with a clear stopping point. The writing is quick, witty and easy to understand. I found myself getting a little lost in the long list of supporting characters and the numerous characters named "Sara", but overall it was everything I had hoped it to be with quite the somber ending.

I became even more fascinated with the Fitzgerald's story. While I'm sure it's exaggerated in parts, to imagine living the way they actually did - my liver would've quit by age 28. I had a hard time getting into the story, but once I was about half-way through, I couldn't put it down. The downward spiral of not only their lives but also their careers proved to be more fascinating than the blissful romance in Part 1.

What did you think? What were your favorite parts?

If you loved Z, try reading:
The Great Gatsby and/or The Paris Wife

Also, try watching:


I feel like this group of ladies should be the patron saints of books clubs worldwide. I imagine them sitting around the table playing Bridge, drinking wine, talking about books and sudoku. I hope to be as cool as them one day....




We're switching gears in a big way this month. Since most will be traveling for Spring Break (or just a quick Spring get-away), I've picked two options that both make great beach reads.


   


I'm about a year late in picking up a copy of #GirlBoss and can't wait for a kick of motivation. If that doesn't strike your fancy, I'm also tackling Me Before You (not only have I heard great things about it, but have you seen the movie trailer? I'm already hooked). Pick up one or both and read along with me this month!

Also, leave a comment below of your favorite reads and ideas for next month's book club.


February 08, 2016

Book Club: February

I go through phases where I'll read ten books in a row and then won't pick up another one for months. I think it's good for the brain, and there are so many books I want to read. So, I'm enlisting you to hold me accountable by starting a book club. Yay! Who's with me?

I'm starting with a book I've had on my nightstand for about 6 months, Z. I'll admit that while I'm usually a quick reader, I started this one in January and still haven't gotten very far (taxes have gotten in the way). Join me as we read it over the next month! My goal is to finish by the end of February before picking up another book.

Comment below with suggestions on what I should read next. I'd love your feedback! Also, here's what else is on my nightstand - great reads for the month of February...