Sakura Poncho from Johnny Was and Ora Delphine’s Bucket Bag

Hi guys! I finally started shooting again and I’m so glad. I feel a lot better and I’m getting back on track with everything. So last time I filled you in I think I told you that I went to get x-rays because I was having really bad chest pain. Well, I ended up getting a lung infection too…so more antibiotics. It also made (and still makes) me really tired because it’s hard to breathe and doing normal things just wears me out. I went to my doctor this last week though and he said both of the infections look like they are getting better. It’s just going to take time until I feel all the way better. I definitely feel WAY better than the last few weeks and I finally finish all of my antibiotics tomorrow!

I wanted to share this amazingly gorgeous blouse from Johnny Was Clothing with you today. Their embroidery is my favorite part, which is all created from scratch by their designers. They gather their inspiration from all over the world. The ‘Sakura Poncho’ that I am wearing was inspired by a Japanese painting that the head designer loves. This is the perfect top for summer because it is loose, flowy, light, and the colors used in the embroidery are beautiful. It’s just like wearing art.

I also have to tell you about the Claire Bucket Bag I’m carrying from Ora Delphine. The shape is totally on trend right now, and I love the side zippers for quick access to on-the-go items. The leather is incredible soft, so you can just cinch it and go! You should also check out the other colors, and their other styles! I love this brown because it’s so versatile, but they have some great stand out colors.

Last, but not least, the last week or so my headaches finally went away, so I was able to do a lot of reading. I posted them below, but take a look at some of my recent reads! I highly recommend Paper Towns, by John Green and I’m really interested to see the movie now. I heard the ending is a lot different than the book so I need to go see is asap! I just started Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, but here are some of the other ones I finished: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowery, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and a quick fun mystery, The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark.
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Blouse – c/o Johnny Was Clothing; Shorts – 7 for All Mankind (similar here); Handbag – c/o  Ora Delphine; Sandals – Free People

Photos: Roxana B Photography

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I’ll Walk Alone

I recently finished I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. I'll Walk AloneIf you have ever read her books, they are kind of typical, but something makes me like them. I love mysteries and I read them so fast so I think that is why I liked this.

Her books are all very similar. There is a well educated, well dressed, successful woman as the main character/target for every story. There’s usually an aloof police man who is never the one to solve the case; someone who has won the lottery that makes themselves part of the story (usually…which I think this is funny…how many people can win the lottery. I do think some of these characters have been used in multiple books, but really how many crimes can they solve just because they won?…so it’s not realistic, but I still like it.); usually some older lady who decides that she is a detective and snoops around to find clues; and half the time there is a religious figure like a priest involed. The murderer or “bad guy” is always not who you would expect, although I have gotten pretty good at guessing who it is now!

I’m making her books sound completely predictable, but I still love them! They aren’t always predictable in the end and they usually have different plots at least. They’re just really fast fun reads and you want to keep going to find out what happens. Mary Higgins Clark definitely leaves you hanging at the end of her chapters so you can’t stop reading.

Anyway, this one is about a successful interior designer, whose son has been missing for two years. New evidence turns up pointing the finger at her, so she has to prove her innocence and try to find her son and who is framing her. It’s good. Read it at the pool or something this summer or when you’re stuck inside because of a storm!

The Lost Years

This summer I’ve been reading a lot of super easy, reads. This is another one of those.

I have always loved Mary Higgins Clark. She writes suspenseful, mysteries, which are kind of my guilty pleasure. I always read them fast because I just want to know what happens next.

Heather and I listened to this book on tape while driving back from California, so this one went extra fast.

Mariah’s (an investment banker in New York) father is shot in his own home. The police assume that it was her mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s and was found holding the gun in a closet. However, her father had just made an enormous discovery in antiquities, so of course there are quite a few other suspects that begin to come into play.

This book is from the point of view a few different people, and sometimes the time period flips back and forth so you have to pay attention to that. It’s also very slow with character development, but as soon as it finished with that it picks up pretty fast. I would definitely recommend it for a light, quick read.