Thursday, April 24

the boy behind the blog: mr. q's turn to post!

It's time for the second fun new link-up I'm joining this week!  The Boys Behind the Blog is a monthly link-up hosted by Mal Smiles and Never the Same Spice Twice to give bloggers a chance to get the guys in our lives more involved in our blogs.  I was initially hesitant to ask Mr. Q to participate (I think he's convinced that I have an Internet addiction), but he didn't mind at all!

1. Your significant other’s blog; a blessing or a curse?  I would say a blessing 97% of time.

2. Do you read your wife's blog? No.

3. What is one thing you can do better than anyone you know?  It would have to be a multitude of things in conjunction with each other.  That's what makes us individuals.

4. What is your favorite TV sitcom from the 90's? Fraggle Rock.

5. If you were opening a small business or shop, what would it be? What goods or services would you sell?  A bike/coffee shop, since most of the time you want coffee either before or after cycling, and in the winter people could come in for coffee and get interested in cycling.

Mal Smiles

Wednesday, April 23

wedding wednesday: bridesmaids in white

Last year, I started exploring the history of bridesmaids wearing white to match or complement the bride's gown.  It's a look that works particularly well in spring weddings, and, whether the bridesmaids wear matching dresses or an assortment of frocks, can give a wedding a uniquely bohemian look.  Here are some of my favorites from around the web.

I love how unique each bridesmaid's dress is in this wedding party - maxi dresses, midi dresses, and sundresses in various shades of ivory and white, with brightly colored flowers and loose boho hairstyles - does it get any more hippie chic than this?

With a bride in ivory ruffles, bridesmaids in lace-trimmed white sundresses really stand out - the baby's breath bouquets are another great way to tie in the white color scheme.

How gorgeous are these long, vintage inspired bohemian gowns?  The bride still stands out since her dress is more structured and formal than her maids' flowy styles.

Gorgeous long dresses, matching wraps, beautiful curled hairstyles and classic rose bouquets unite this elegant wedding party.

I love the sheer lace on these bridesmaids' skirts - and the way the bride's white bouquet and flower crown makes her stand out.  What an ethereal wedding look!

Tuesday, April 22

Black and White for Spring

Well, my dears, it's the week after Easter, which, if you're Southern, means your white shoes and clothes have finally come out of storage. This week, I'm inspired by pretty a-line dresses, mod-inspired details, French everything, and pairing white with a hefty dose of its polar opposite.  

Black and White for Spring
View this set on Polyvore

1. Madewell striped dress  2. Old Navy eyelet dress  3. Old Navy striped ponte dress
4. Old Navy pointelle sweater  5. Old Navy graphic tee  6. Merona floral scarf from Target
7. Merona colorblock ballet flats from Target  8. Kate Spade sunglasses from Nordstrom
9. J. Crew Factory lace tank  10. Merona geometric hinge wallet from Target

Linking Up With:
Style Sessions at Style Elixir
Casual Friday at Two Thirty-Five Designs
Passion 4 Fashion at Rachel the Hat
Three-Fer Thursday at Perfectly Coutured

Monday, April 21

what i'm reading [literary junkies link-up]

This week I am excited to be joining a few new-to-me link-ups.  I love linky parties because they are such a great way to connect with bloggers who have similar interests but very diverse viewpoints.  I have learned a lot from visiting and participating in link-ups and met some great blogging friends!  The first new link-up I'm going to be featuring is Literary Junkies, hosted by Life With a Side of Coffee and Pink Heels Pink Truck.  As a book lover, I couldn't resist!

1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!

As a middle school teacher, I consider it part of my job to read a LOT of YA books so I can make recommendations to my students, and my students know that I am a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy - "the weirder the better" is my reading motto.  I'm currently reading the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer - fun fairytale retellings set on a post-WW4 Earth whose citizens have colonized the moon, developed cyborg technology for accident victims, become reliant on androids for mundane tasks and menial labor, and fallen victim to a devastating plague.  I have had a thing for fairytale retellings for years, and  I really enjoyed the first two books, Cinder (a Cinderella retelling set in China) and Scarlet (Red Riding Hood set in France).

2. Divergent, Hunger Games, or Twilight. Which do you prefer and why? (If you’ve never read them which do you think you’d prefer?)

Out of the three series, I think I prefer the Hunger Games books - without their success, I don't think we'd have this current wave of YA dystopia (including Divergent) that I love.  I actually enjoy what a flawed character Katniss is - it's kind of refreshing to have a main character who can be selfish, depressed, and occasionally bitchy and still drive a story's plot toward a satisfying resolution.  I got the most emotional over the Divergent series - I did cry when I got to the ending of Allegiant.  The Twilight books just didn't do it for me and I didn't finish the series - though I would totally get behind a spin-off about Alice and Jasper if Stephenie Meyer ever decided to write it!

3. TV Series Based on Books: they start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are you thoughts on this?

When I think about TV series based on books that I've watched, two very different shows come to mind - Christy, which was one of my favorites as a kid, and The Walking Dead, which I've gotten sucked into now.  I hadn't read Catherine Marshall's novel when Christy was on -- since it was way, way over my reading level at the time! -- but when I finally read it in college I was surprised by how many stories the television producers were able to spin off from the characters and setting of the book.  I ended up buying the series on DVD to rewatch and love how they took some of the story's minor characters and really gave them their own lives while being true to Marshall's characterization.  As far as The Walking Dead goes, I started watching that show before reading any of the graphic novels and I think it's good that the storylines have separated because it keeps both formats interesting.

4. You’ve just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your favorite book to the big screen. What’s the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters?

My favorite books, Jane Eyre and The Time Traveler's Wife have already been made into movies - the first several times!  My favorite book that isn't a film yet is probably Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, and I think with the premise of that book (everyone has plastic surgery at sixteen to become perfect-looking) it would be best to cast unknown actors so people aren't thinking "how am I supposed to believe this movie star is ugly?"

5. Going back to the above question, do you keep it word for word the same or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better?

It's been several years since I read the series, but I'm sure a lot would have to be cut for time - they are long books!

6. After you finish a physical copy of a book do you keep it for a reread, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to Goodwill, or do you just not purchase physical copies of books?

It depends on the book - middle-grade books and YA that's not too racy goes to my classroom library, books I'll want to read again go on the shelf in my office (and don't collect dust for too long), and books I didn't enjoy enough to read twice or don't think will be a good fit for my students go to our local Paperback Exchange so that I can get some new-to-me books for free!

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Sunday, April 20

sunday social: essential 5's...

1. 5 songs you'll listen to the rest of your life
  • The Beatles - "Get Back"
  • Billy Joel - "My Life"
  • Tracy Chapman - "Give Me One Reason"
  • Alabama Shakes - "Hold On"
  • Johnny Cash - "God's Gonna Cut You Down"

2. 5 things on your bucket list
  • Publish a novel
  • Own a house
  • Visit New York City
  • Visit California
  • Run a complete 5K

3. 5 celebrities you'd love to hang out with for a day
  • Ellen
  • Tina Fey
  • Amy Poehler
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Ellie Kemper

4. 5 things you always carry in your purse

  • Cell phone (current wallpaper is from Breanna Rose)
  • Lip gloss (current favorite: Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick)
  • Hairbrush
  • Glucose tablets in case my blood sugar drops
  • Wallet (driver's license, debit card, insurance card, and library card)

5. 5 books on your reading list
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

6. Share the last 5 pictures on your phone

Here are my answers to this survey from last year.

sunday simplicity: Easter morning