Recent Reads No. 9

While I have always done a good job of reaching for a book somewhere in my daily routine, I have found it especially easy to incorporate reading into my commute to work this summer – since there's no phone service in the subway, it's the perfect excuse to pull out a book for 30 minutes. Because I have less free time than during the school year, I've really loved taking advantage of this dedicated reading time each day. Most of my past Recent Reads posts have primarily included nonfiction reads, but I've found myself reaching for fiction lately – especially the coming of age stories in Where The Crawdads Sing and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Read more about these books (+ a few more nonfiction reads) below:

Where The Crawdads Sing

This is the book that has topped nearly every must-read and bestseller list over the past few months and if it isn't already, it should be next up on your list. The book intertwines a murder investigation with a coming of age story, while capturing the mystery and beauty of the lowcountry. It was really easy to get into this book and was one that I couldn't put down!


This was a book that had been on my 'to read' list since I read Invisible Influence last year. It ended up being on the reading list for one of my classes last semester and it has probably been one of the best books I've read on marketing + psychology. It dives into why some things — like modern speakeasies or Rue La La — catch on and why some things don't. If you're a fan of Malcolm Gladwell books and are interested in marketing or communications, this is a book that's both insightful and entertaining.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is another coming of age story that takes place during the turn of the century in Brooklyn. In this story, it's really easy to love the narrator and the way she romanticizes her tenement life and the small corner of Brooklyn that she calls home. This is one of my favorite reads because the characters are so likable and give you a glimpse into New York City in a completely different state than it is today.

Rising Strong

I finally hopped on the Brené Brown bandwagon and ended up loving this book. It was a really quick read and Brené's writing style makes topics like shame and rising after failure really entertaining and relatable. If you've seen her Netflix special, she talks about a lot of the same stories and concepts in this book, so it might feel repetitive, but if you're new to Brené Brown I would recommend this read!

Thanks for reading,

Morning in Gramercy

Hello from New York! I am thrilled to be back in the city for the summer and am finally getting around to sharing some photos from what I've been up to these past few weeks. Because I'm interning during the week, my friends and I have been go-go-go on the weekends trying to take advantage of all that this city has to offer. Yesterday, my friend and I headed down to the Gramercy Park area, which is just a few blocks from Union Square and Madison Square Park but is somewhere I hadn't explored yet. It's home to 19th Street's Block Beautiful and the exclusive park is lined by charming homes, making it the perfect spot to wander – with an iced coffee in hand.

We started the morning at Daily Provisions, a popular spot for breakfast where the line is always out the door – and with good reason. They are known for their bacon, egg & cheese sandwiches and everything that came out of the kitchen looked equally as delicious. For a quicker breakfast, grab a coffee and a cinnamon cruller to-go!

From Daily Provisions, we walked to the end of the block and found ourselves at the ivy-covered home made famous by Pinterest. Everything was in full-bloom and we wandered down Block Beautiful and over to Gramercy Park. The park is private and only accessible to residents who live on the park's perimeter, so we peered over the wrought-iron fence to get a glimpse.

Top (40% off!) | Jeans (30% off!) | Loafers (40% off!) | Purse | Sunglasses

This outfit has been one of my favorites this season – and almost everything I'm wearing is on sale right now! When I got to New York I had forgotten that temperatures weren't going to be quite as warm as they are in NC, so I had to pick up a few warmer pieces like these jeans, which have easily become a favorite in both my work and weekend wardrobe. I have always struggled to find wide-legged crop pants that hit at the right length and these Banana Republic ones fit like a glove so I picked them up in both vintage blue and white. I have found that they are really wearable and are the most comfortable jeans I own. Because this style of denim is on the trendy side, I paired them with a more feminine ruffle-sleeve top and a pair of loafers to keep the look classic, yet updated.  

Thanks for reading,

Chic Ruffle LBD for $20

Hello all! I finally finished up finals and am excited to pop back on the blog to tell y'all about this great wardrobe staple that is currently on major sale! It has been marked down from $90 to just $20 (!!) and has become an instant favorite in my closet. 

This updated shift dress features flutter sleeves, a tie belt, and a darling ruffle along the bottom. I absolutely love this twist on a classic LBD that makes it appropriate for nearly any occasion. While I've styled this dress with both Jack Rogers and loafers, for this look I paired it with these comfortable platform sandals and my favorite tortoise statement earrings for a more dressed up daytime look. 

The black dress is currently available in all sizes in regular, petite, tall and plus sizes. 

Thanks for reading,

Polka Dot Wrap Dress Two Ways

Denim Jacket | Mules (from last year, similar here)

Happy Monday, y'all! I think it's safe to say that the spring weather is finally here to stay and I couldn't be more excited. As the weather has been warming up, I've found myself reaching for this Dotted Skort Romper from LOFT Outlet for various occasions. It's so easy to dress up or down with the right accessories and is so fun to wear – it has shorts underneath so it's been fun to really dress it down with a pair of white sneakers! In today's post I'm sharing a more dressed up version with my new favorite heels that I wore on Easter this year, and a more casual look that I've been wearing to class. 

I always get a ton of questions about the espadrilles I'm wearing in this post and they are sadly no longer available. I haven't been able to find any that have all those fun elements combined, but I have found that Target looks like the place to go for espadrille mules this year! They have a ton of fun options that I can see becoming a staple in anyone's wardrobe this summer.

Thanks for reading,

Easter Elegance

dress | mini-tote (this year's version) | shoes (50% off!) | bee earrings

Happy (belated) Easter! Because I had a long weekend, I spent Easter at home in Charlotte this year. My family and I went to mass and brunch and then played nine holes followed by dinner at home. It was my first time playing golf in over a year, so it was so fun to get back out there! 

For mass and brunch, I wore this dreamy maxi dress from Gal Meets Glam Collection. It was my first purchase from the dress line and did not disappoint – this dress had every detail perfected from the pockets to the ruffled sleeves and the bow on the back. I picked this dress because I love how elegant it looks with heeled sandals, like the ones I'm wearing here, and how simple and wearable it looks with flat sandals. I think this will be a great versatile piece for spring and summer! 

One of my favorite new accessories that I paired with this look are these bee earrings. I had them on my radar for a while and finally found them in a boutique when I was in Savannah a few weeks ago. They are so simple yet whimsical and have easily replaced my pearl earrings in my daily looks. 

I also wanted to point out that the heeled sandals I'm wearing are on sale for 50% off! I usually stray away from anything with a heel but these are so comfortable and easy to walk in. I love how they look with everything from a dress to a pair of jeans and can see them becoming a summer staple in my wardrobe.

I hope y'all had a great Easter!
Thanks for reading,

Spring in Savannah

Purse | Scarf | Earrings (on sale for $18 with the code HELLO) | Sunglasses

As much as I wish spring break coincided with spring weather, I can't complain when I get to spend it in some of my favorite places. Yesterday my friends and I took a quick day trip out to historic Savannah, Georgia to grab lunch, do some shopping and daydream about the historic homes on Jones Street. I took this easy look that I've been wearing to class and added a jacket to brace myself for the cool weather down in Savannah. I have been wearing this outfit on repeat because it's so easy to take some of the most simple pieces of clothing like jeans and a white t-shirt and dress it up with loafers and statement earrings like I did here. These loafers have quickly become my most worn shoe and I love how they dress up any look. They're on sale for 40% off right now, but I found a nearly identical pair at Target for just $30! I sized down a half size and they have stretched out over many wears this season.

What do y'all think of this simple look?

Looks For Less: Shoes

As warmer weather approaches, I've been trying to find more ways to incorporate spring colors and trends into my wardrobe. In the past, I have never gravitated towards statement shoes, typically opting for a good neutral that I can wear time and time again. Lately, however I've been obsessing over fun shoes from brands like Loeffler Randall and J. Crew — but not ready to splurge on a shoe that isn't quite an everyday staple. But lucky for us, there are some great look-alike shoe styles for a fraction of the price!

Knotted Block Heel Sandals

I have been in love with Loeffler Randall's Knotted Sandal for quite some time now and they are constantly releasing new colors and patterns. This yellow color is everywhere this spring — even at Old Navy where you can snag a pair of nearly identical block heel mules for $40! I think this sandal would dress up a pair of jeans and look so effortless with a sundress. I just ordered a pair in red and can't wait to style them!

Old Navy is currently offering 40% off everything making this pair only $24!

Scalloped Pumps

I am so glad scallops are a trend that hasn't faded over the years, making a neutral scalloped pump like this one from Chloé a timeless staple. I think the scallops are such a great way to add a fun element to a business casual look or a more formal look, and you can do so for 10% of the price with this pair from DSW!

DSW is offering 20% off through Tuesday 3/19 making this pair only $40!

Gingham Heels

Draper James Gingham Heels vs. J. Crew Factory Gingham Bow Heels
When Draper James announced their collection with M. Gemi I was absolutely thrilled to see this gingham pair included. Gingham is everywhere again this season and this pair of heels would be such a fun way to dress up the gingham trend (how fun would gingham on gingham be)! I was surprised to see how expensive they were and found these look-alike heels from J. Crew Factory. While the list price is still above $100, J. Crew Factory always has some sort of sale going on that will bring the price down.

Right now, the shoes are listed at 20% off and J. Crew Factory is offering an extra 30% off making this gingham pair $75!

What do you think of switching up your look this spring with statement shoes?

Thanks for reading,

Recent Reads No. 8

If your goal was to read more in 2019, I'm with you! While I definitely do quite a bit of reading already, I wanted to make my habits a little more consistent this year so I made it my goal to finish 24 books by the end of the year (or 2 each month). So far I've stayed on track thanks to a relaxing January — Elon has a mini-semester in January where we take one class for three hours each day, so I was left with a lot of free time in the afternoons to duck inside away from the cold weather and finish a few books. Below are my four most recent reads — three I loved and one that I wasn't too impressed with.

Whiskey in a Teacup

I picked up Reese Witherspoon's book, Whiskey in a Teacup, on sale one day over winter break and flew through it in just one sitting. I was truthfully expecting it to be a coffee table book with little substance but I ended up loving how Reese tells the story of where she came from and how she has incorporated those values and traditions into her daily life. From family recipes to her favorite Southern reads (her library is to die for), there are so many tips and tricks any reader can find useful.

The Alienist

After reading Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and A Well Behaved Woman, I was ready for another book that took place in New York City around the turn of the century. I finally got around to reading The Alienist after meaning to read it over the summer, and while it's a long book, it's definitely worth the read. It tells the story of a team of detectives working to solve a series of murders around Manhattan and is engaging and fast-paced from the first page (it's also an Amazon Original Series if you would rather binge watch)!

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye is one of those classics that I never got around to reading in high school and I didn't have a clue as to what it would entail when I picked it up a few weeks ago. To be honest, not much happens in terms of plot and Holden isn't always the most likable character, but it's fun to follow his adventure around New York City. The way the book is written makes it feel like Holden is venting to us throughout his journey and makes it a really easy and enjoyable read.

Practical Magic

After seeing that Practical Magic and its prequel, The Rules of Magic, were highly recommended by Reese's Book Club and had appeared on NYT bestsellers lists, I was excited to pick this book up but was less enthusiastic upon finishing the book. Practical Magic tells the story of two sisters who are blamed for everything that goes wrong in their town and follows their lives when they are reunited as adults. I felt that throughout the whole book I was waiting for something to happen and then the book just ended. Additionally, for a book with "magic" in the title, I don't think they explicitly mentioned magic or their supernatural abilities once! Overall, I was disappointed in this read and would not recommend it.

Have y'all read anything good lately?
Next up on my reading list is Contagious (the prequel to Invisible Influence, which I talked about in this Recent Reads post) and Rising Strong.

Thanks for reading,

Winter Blues

Sweater (60% off with code GOBIG) | Jacket | Jeans  
Sneakers | Tote | Earrings

Hello all! I hope 2019 has been treating you well since I last posted. Speaking of - I want to thank all of you for your support of Shop Gimme Glamour. I am so excited to finally have the shop live and am so grateful for all the positive feedback I've received from y'all!
I took these photos on the same day that I took all of the product photos for the shop and am still obsessed with this look. When I bought this sweater, I was worried that the color would be a little too springy for January but love how it looks with my navy Barbour jacket for winter. I received this new Barbour jacket as a Christmas gift this year and love the subtle difference from my classic Beadnell one. This fit is a little roomier and I bumped up a size so I could wear it over heavier sweaters in the winter.
I also have to talk about these fun fringe earrings! I have always been hesitant to hop on the statement earring trend, always opting for my classic pearl earrings but have been itching to switch up my jewelry so I finally invested in two pairs from Loft! I love the vintage look of these fringe ones and how the gemstone ties in with the blue in my sweater and also picked up these tortoise ones! Now that I'm finally on board with statement earrings, I would love your recommendations for places with fun earrings!

Have a great week y'all,

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