My Summer Reading List

Hey y’all! This post is going to be a little bit outside of the scope of what I usually share with you but I am really trying to get outside of my comfort zone.  I want to share my summer reading list.  One of my goals at the beginning of this year was to read more books that had meaning, not just my usual “beach reads.” Well somehow, this year snuck right by me, as they usually do and now it’s May and I have read about 2.5 books all year.  Oy vey. So, it’s been long overdue that I make good on this resolution and pick up a really good book! Today I joined Reese Witherspoon’s book club Hello Sunshine  to help me find books that will help me do just that. I love that her book club chooses books that are “centered around a complex woman and her unique story” because let’s face it, every woman loves a book with a strong female lead. It’s also Reese Witherspoon’s book club and in my world, she can do no wrong, it was an easy choice.

So, below I’ve shared those five books with you.  Each of them handpicked by me (and some by Reese) with the hopes that each of them will help me grow as the strong female lead in my own story.  Some of them are self-help, some are stories about other women, and some are just meant to provoke your thoughts. I hope that by writing this post and by ordering these books, I am held accountable take the time to stop at the end of each day and settle into the comforting pages of a really good book. I’m not convinced that there is any better self-care than getting lost in a bookstore, in the library or in a really good book. I do my best thinking in a Barnes and Noble… I wish I was kidding, I’m not. Anyway, I’m done rambling on about how much I love books and now I’m just going to share my fab five with you.

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  1. Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley – I’m actually in the middle of reading this right now and I love each and every page of this book. Learning to strive for grace, not perfection is not an easy feat for this Type-A girl. I constantly struggle with comparing myself to others, taking on too many projects and beating myself up when I am not perfect.  This book walks you through how to prioritize your commitments, how to simplify your life, and how to give yourself and those around you grace.  After feeling overwhelmed by life and all of my commitments, this book was exactly what I needed and I hope that it does the same for each of you.                  51oTzUGhPjL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_
  2. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn – This was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick and I am so excited to dig into it! “A female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.”                                                                                                          5169YLchmiL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_
  3. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close – This book keeps showing up on my Pinterest and on Amazon… so I finally gave in because the description is the best description of life in your 20’s… “Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and cakes. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working a dead-end job, Mary is dating a nice guy with an awful mother, and Lauren is waitressing at a midtown bar and wondering why she’s attracted to the sleazy bartender.”                                                                                                                                                                                                51Nu-VjkudL
  4. I Thought it Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I am enough.” by Brene Brown – This was a no-brainer for me because Brene Brown is the QUEEN of the social work/therapy world. Her other books were phenomenal and I could watch her TEDx talks over and over again. This book talks about guilt and shame and their impact on our lives, feelings, behaviors, and self-esteem. I’m so excited to read this one and share with my clients.                                    51fRrYZt84L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_
  5. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – This was a last minute find for me but I love everything Shonda Rhimes has done. (I mean you guys, Olivia Pope is life goals.) Shonda explains that she is actually an introvert and struggles with fear and anxiety. To get out of her comfort zone she decided to spend a year saying “YES!” to everything that scared her and to share it with the world… Super excited about this one as well and I’m hoping to have my own “Year of Yes.”

 

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Liv

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Embroidered Bell Sleeve Dress

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Happy Tuesday Sweet Peas! I’m finally getting photos edited from our trip to Punta Cana back in April. Does anyone else feel like they are forever running behind?! That being said, I love getting to look back at all of the beautiful photos that we took on this trip. Huge shout out to Tyler for being the unofficial Sweet Pea blog photographer, he’s the best!

Anyway, I wanted to show you all this sweet embroidered dress that I found at a boutique in Fort Myers called Saratoga Sundress (They also have a location in Saratoga Springs, NY and Naples, FL). I truly believe that you can’t go wrong with a bell sleeve, embroidered dress like this beauty.  How fun are those pops of red?! Naturally, I had to go for the red Steve Madden sandals to really make it pop. You can find my exact sandals here and a shorter version of them here.

Unfortunately, Saratoga Sundress no longer has this exact dress, but they do have a TON of other cute things! I’ll make a list of links for things that I love below this post and I was able to find you some similar dresses which you can find here from Target and here from ASOS.

I promise there is tons more content and pretty things coming y’alls way this week, so stay tuned!

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Pily Q Smocked Swimsuit

IMG_6450IMG_6464IMG_6465IMG_6468IMG_6460Hi Sweet Peas! I’m sorry that it’s been forever since you’ve gotten a new post from me. Work has been quite the challenge recently as we have grown exponentially and I always believe that I owe it to my clients to give 110%. Unfortunately, that meant putting me on the back burner. However, do not fear! I am back, well rested, and rocking a little tan from our trip to Punta Cana that legitimately brought me back to life. I’m also thinking that a post about balancing life and self-care is in the near future, as I know I’m not the only 20-something still trying to figure all of this out… anyway, let’s move on to the fun stuff!

This week, I will be featuring a few different photo shoots from our trip! First up is this adorable Pily Q smocked swimsuit. I love the simplicity of an all black swimsuit and the details on this one make it a classic. The lacing can go up the front or the back, so feel free to make it as conservative or sassy as you feel comfortable with.  The little sleeves also tuck perfectly into the sides of the suit, making it perfect for sunbathing!

I have also been getting a ton of messages on Instagram about where I got my sunnies! They are Ray-Ban petite aviators and as usual, I will link everything at the end of the post!  I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday, I am heading into J.Crew to help them prep for their new spring/summer line this afternoon! YAY!! Would you all be interested in a post about my favorites from that line?

Happy Sunday my little loves!

XO- Liv

Outfit Details:

Swimsuit – Top – PilyQ Smocked Off-the-Shoulder top  Bottoms – PilyQ Ruched Seamless Full Bikini Bottom | Sunnies – Ray-Ban similar pair here

 

 

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Maaji Swimwear

IMG_5758IMG_5770IMG_5777IMG_5785IMG_8730IMG_8684IMG_5792Happy Wednesday from FREEZING cold and very snowy Michigan! I’m still dreaming of the 75-degree weather in Fort Myers that I got to enjoy this weekend, so I wanted to share a sunny post with you all to warm us up! How cute is this suit that I found at the Beach House in Naples’ Waterside Shops? I am obsessed with Maaji swimwear for so many reasons, first, the fabrics they use are beautiful and so well made. I always struggle to find swimsuits with fabric that isn’t flimsy, but I am always impressed with Maaji! Second, I love the fit of Maaji suits. They always have a swimsuit for each body style.  I have a couple of one piece suits from here and multiple mix and match bikinis.

I hope you all are staying warm in this snowy weather! I’m going to go get in my cozy pj’s and plan a vacation for Tyler and I so we can get out of this cold!

XO – Liv

Swimwear Details: Suit – Maaji Swimwear – I found it at the Beach House in the Waterside Shops – here is a link to their site and here is a link to Maaji’s | Sunglasses – RayBan | Flip Flops – J.Crew – don’t be discouraged by the limited sizes, they always bring these back in the spring! |

Christmas at My Parent’s Home

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your families and friends. What fun traditions do you all have?

XO – Liv

Home Decor Details:

Sofas – Art Van – no longer available but they have so many similar ones! | Dining Room Set – Pottery Barn – TableChairs | Christmas Trees – Hobby Lobby | Lanterns – Pottery Barn and Hobby Lobby | Birch Trees – Pottery Barn – no longer available | Bar Stools – World Market | Stair Garland – Hobby Lobby – no longer available but they bring it back every year! |