Recent Reads No. 7

After a long Thanksgiving break and plenty of time to catch up on my reading list, I can finally share some more books I've read recently. These are some of my favorite posts to write because I love hearing about what books other people are reading so hopefully I can provide some helpful recommendations for y'all! 

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

This is one of the few fiction reads I have reached for in the past few months and really enjoyed it! Z tells the story of Zelda Fitzgerald and her life with F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's biographical nonfiction, so it's based off her real life but is a really interesting and engaging story and I loved reading about the Jazz Age and the Fitzgeralds' adventures around the world. Fowler also wrote a similar novel about the Vanderbilt family, which I think would be an interesting read as well! 

The One Thing

I had been meaning to pick up The One Thing after seeing it at the bookstore for months and am so glad I finally did. It's a pretty quick read and is unlike a lot of business and personal growth books I've read in the past. Each chapter starts out with something the author deems to be a myth – like multitasking or a work-life balance – debunks it, and relates it back to how to focus on your one thing. I pulled some great tips and motivation from this book and highly recommend picking it up! 


Psycho-Cybernetics is somewhat of a classic in the self help genre and did not disappoint. Where many other books talk briefly about the subconscious and how it controls much of our confidence and success, this book really dives into how to actually use your subconscious to improve your life. The author was a plastic surgeon who realized that physical change was not enough to improve an individual's self image and potential for success and provides a really unique perspective.

Work Party

I'm sure a lot of y'all have been following the Work Party movement, which was started by Jaclyn Johnson, the founder of Create & Cultivate. It tells the story of how she started her company and offers advice for entrepreneurs. I love reading about the journeys people take to reach success and loved hearing Jaclyn's story and what she learned throughout the process of starting Create & Cultivate.

Looking for more reads? Check out my past posts:

Thanks for reading,

All the Fall Colors + Cyber Monday Sales

Coat (50% off today with the code CYBER) | Sweater (50% off today, no code needed) | 
Tweed Skirt (50% off today with code CYBER) 
Mini Tote (25% off today with code SHOPALLDAY) | Boots (this year's version, 30% off) 

Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing an outfit I wore at home over Thanksgiving. The deep purples and browns just scream fall to me and I think this is a great outfit to wear for any upcoming get togethers this holiday season. I picked up this skirt from LOFT and love the tweed and button detail on the front. I think this is a great piece that can be dressed up or dressed down! I paired it with a deep purple, almost maroon sweater and this red mini tote that I haven't left the house without since I bought it. It's the perfect size for everything I need on a daily basis and is such a beautiful fall color. 

Nearly every item in this post is on major sale, so check out the links above. 
Now is the time to pick up staple items like my coat and my tote!

Thanks for reading, 

My Go-To Look This Fall

Jacket | Sweater (old) | Jeans | Booties | Tote | Sunglasses | WatchHoops

I feel like I share an updated version of this look every year when fall rolls around, but that just shows how timeless it is. This has been my go-to look for nearly any occasion this season. It's so easy to pull together a sweater with jeans and booties and immediately feel put together. I've had this sweater for years and still find myself reaching for it in my closet. Since it's no longer available, I've linked some of my favorite camel colored sweaters above. 

I paired this outfit with my booties from Tecovas which gives it a casual Southern look. I mentioned them in my fall favorites post earlier this month and I've been wearing them so often since they're so comfortable but still so classic. I also added some tortoiseshell accessories - my favorite being these hoops! It takes a lot for me to ditch my pearl studs, but I've been reaching for these more and more this season. They're so light, which makes them easy to wear! 

This is a great outfit to recreate for a casual Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow! I know I will definitely be wearing a version of this outfit for dinner at home with my family. 

Happy Thanksgiving y'all! 

Thanks for reading,

My 5 Favorite Coffee Shops in NYC

When I decided I was going to spend the summer in NYC, one of the first things I did was start bookmarking coffee shops to try. I had always seen so many unique (and Instagrammable) New York coffee shops on Instagram and Pinterest and I was more than ready to check them all out, camera in tow. 
Because I was living in a dorm for the summer, there wasn't really anywhere to sit other than in my bed before and after work, so I camped out with my computer at a lot of these spots to get out of my room. As much as I would have loved to try out even more coffee shops, I found these to be my favorites and kept them on rotation for my daily coffee fix.  

Toby's Estate Coffee

Toby's Estate was my most frequently visited coffee shop over the course of my internship. There was one conveniently located in between where I got off the subway and where my office was so it became part of my morning ritual to stop in for an iced mocha. I frequented the location on 5th Avenue which was actually a part of the Club Monaco and Strand Bookstore. It was a really unique setup, so this is definitely a place to stop in for a coffee rather than sit and get work done. However, the Flatiron building and Madison Square Park are just a block away so there's plenty of outdoor seating close by! If you're looking to get some work done, I would recommend checking out the location in Williamsburg. It's their flagship location and there's plenty of seating to camp out with your work or laptop.

Variety Coffee

Variety was recommended to me by a friend and has one of the coolest atmospheres of the coffee shops I visited in the city. I only made it to the location on the Upper East Side which was complete with white and gold details, a black and white geometric floor, and palm leaves. It's a friend's go-to for cold brew but I went for my usual mocha and it did not disappoint! From looking at their Instagram, it looks like each location has it's own unique feel so I would love to check more of their locations out.

Red Fleece Café

As a huge Brooks Brothers fan, I was really looking forward to checking out the Red Fleece Café in the basement of the Red Fleece store in the Flatiron District (luckily, just a short walk from my office just like Toby's). The atmosphere was everything you would expect in a coffee shop run by Brooks Brothers: cozy, classic, and all-American. They brew Stumptown Coffee which can be found in quite a few coffee shops throughout the city, but the cozy couches and old school collegiate feel give it an atmosphere unlike any of the other coffee shops I visited in the city.

Remi Flower + Coffee

Remi is truly a unique spot to stop for coffee. Half coffee shop, half florist, the tables are surrounded by flowers and succulents which makes it such a beautiful and interesting spot to visit. It's a pretty small shop and there are only a handful of tables here, so if you can snag a seat, it's a great spot for catching up with friends!

La Colombe

I was familiar with La Colombe because you can purchase their draft lattes in Target and they carry them at Elon, but I loved going to their brick and mortar locations! They have lattes on draft that are awesome, but, as usual, I almost always went for an iced mocha. I don't think their locations have the best seating options, but they have really great coffee.

What are some of your favorite coffee shops that I should add to my list?

Thanks for reading,

5 Favorites This Fall

1. Tortoise Hoops

I'm never one to stray away from my trusty pearl studs but I've found myself reaching for these tortoise hoops more than a few times this season. I've always been hesitant to jump on the statement earring trend because they can be so bulky and heavy but these are actually a hollow plastic which makes them super light! I've loved throwing these on to dress up my look when I forego doing my hair in favor of a low bun.

2. Cowboy Booties

I had been on the hunt for cowboy boots for years and after obsessing over the line of boots from Tecovas, I finally caved and ordered a pair this year. They're a direct-to-consumer company so it's a great place to get high quality boots without a big markup and each pair is handmade! I have the Penny in Bourbon Calf and love how simple they are, making them easy to pair with nearly anything. I can't wait to wear these more as the weather cools down!

3. Yeti Mug

This is hands-down one of my favorite recent purchases. I love my 30 oz Yeti Tumbler but it's pretty big to carry around and is much more ideal for cold drinks than warm drinks. As the weather cools down and I bring hot coffee (or apple cider) to class or the library, this has been my go-to travel mug. It's the perfect size and keeps my coffee hot for hours!

4. Silk Scarf

Since the weather isn't quite cold enough to warrant wearing big warm scarves yet, I've been opting for ones like this silk scarf that are light and can be tied around the handle of a bag. I particularly love how this one looks on my tote and it goes with nearly everything in my fall wardrobe!

5. Zip-Top Transport Tote

I got this tote before I went to New York this summer so I could use it to tote all of my everyday belongings around with me (pro tip: it fits a 15" laptop and zips)! I wasn't really a big tote bag girl before purchasing this one, but it's quickly become my most used bag. It's a great neutral color and the perfect size to fit everything you need for class or a meeting.

Hope y'all enjoyed reading about a few things I've been loving this fall season! I would love to hear what some of your favorites are, too!

Thanks for reading,

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