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June 5, 2019

We’ve found your new June beach read and you won’t want to miss it! Work Party by the gorgeous Jaclyn Johnson of Create & Cultivate is the story of one woman’s rise from fired corporate employee and failed business partner to the owner and CEO of one of the most lucrative and inspiring women’s social platform.

TRUST ME… YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!

THE ART OF BOOK BINGE – WORK PARTY BY JACLYN JOHNSON – IMAGE COURTESY OF SMITH HOUSE PHOTO

You may be familiar with the name Jaclyn Johnson, especially if you adore a tough woman. As the owner & CEO of the much talked about community Create & Cultivate, Jaclyn has been through ups and downs, failures and successes, and devastating and beautiful experiences; and she has turned each and every one of these lessons into teaching moments used to move and motivate other entrepreneurs and business owners.

THE ART OF BOOK BINGE – WORK PARTY BY JACLYN JOHNSON – IMAGE COURTESY OF SMITH HOUSE PHOTO

A smart book, filled with genuine business love and the most wonderful advice, you won’t regret spending your free time enjoying this good read. Pick it up here and tell us your comments below!

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August 16, 2018

Something in the Water: A Novel

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

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Still Lives: A Novel

Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women―the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others―and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

As the city’s richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum’s opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution’s flailing finances.

Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala.

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Ghosted: A Novel

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.

Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation.

Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.

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The Last Time I Lied: A Novel

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. When the paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale, she implores Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor. Seeing an opportunity to find out what really happened to her friends all those years ago, Emma agrees.

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The Last Thing I Told You: A Novel

From the acclaimed author of The Evening Spider and The Broken Teaglass comes this psychological thriller about the murder of a psychologist in a quiet New England town and his former patient whose unreliable thread will keep readers guessing until the shocking end.

I hear myself whispering. Not again. Not again.

Why did I ever come back here? Surely because of you. Because I thought of something I’d always meant to tell you. Because you were the only one I ever really wanted to tell it to…

Therapist Dr. Mark Fabian is dead—bludgeoned in his office.

But that doesn’t stop former patient Nadine Raines from talking to him—in her head. Why did she come back to her hometown after so many years away? Everyone here thinks she’s crazy. And she has to admit—they might have good reason to think so. She committed a shockingly violent act when she was sixteen, and has never really been able to explain that dark impulse—even to Fabian. Now that Fabian’s dead, why is she still trying?

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The Favorite Sister

When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America—and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.

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* Book summaries courtesy of Amazon.com. Featured Image The Book Myth, find her here for your next great read!

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June 14, 2018

Here are a few of our favorite Book Binge reads! Enjoy, loves!

The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a gorgeously written tale by Ruth Ware about a less than well off Londonite that finds out she may be the heir to an incredible family fortune. Add a bit of mystery about her newly acquired family members and her own place in the family, and you have a wonderful little mystery book with Agatha Christie overtures. Love it! Find it here. 

The Favorite Sister has all the characteristics of a fun mystery mixed with the reality of a battle tested sister relationship and feminist power stance. Easy to read and incredibly poignant in today’s political climate, this thriller written by Jessica Knoll, is a favorite for sunbathing. Find this one here. 

Kate Spade New York: SHE: Muses, Visionaries and Madcap Heroines. This book is a tribute to the beauty and color that Kate Spade brought to the world. Sharing her own favorite boss ladies allows us to dive into the mind of a true revolutionary artist and how her world famous work was inspired. Read this book here. 

Library of Luminaries: Jane Austen: An Illustrated Biography has us absolutely swooning in delight over the cute illustrations and storybook style writing. Find out everything you need to know, and some things you didn’t, about OG girl boss Jane Austen in this easy to read, visually magic book. Of course, we are biased, we have a bit of a girl crush on Nina Cosford. Gah. See this book here. 

Killing Monica is a great beach or park read by the author of Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell. Funny yet incredibly well written, this book is pure chicklit, but it is also well thought out and “can’t put it down” entertaining. Find it here. 

Everyday WaterColor Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days has made my Book Binge list at least 3 three times, mainly because it is a really great book for anyone looking to improve their Watercolor skills. Written by the gorgeous Jenna Rainey, founder of Mon Voir Design and a contributor to the Modern Calligraphy Summit, this book is full of awesome tips and easy to follow instructions. Check it out here. 

Hand Lettering for Relaxation is a great book for artists of all hand lettering levels; however, it really hits the nail on the head when it comes to easy, stress reducing projects that will keep your mind off of the negative for hours on end. See it here. 

Enjoy these reads and view more of our favorite books here.

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May 8, 2018

It’s almost Summer, friends, and we don’t know about you, but we are ready to discover a new and exciting book to pass the warm days! In an effort to relax a bit over the next few months (and tone down the serious nature of our most busy time) we have picked up some gorgeous Fiction books and have literally devoured them with excitement.

These are our picks for our Spring Fiction Picks Book Binge! Let us know how you liked the options in the comments!

  • Then She Was Gone is a fabulous fictional thriller set in modern day London and featuring an intense cast of characters who are dealing with the disappearance and subsequent search for a missing 16 year old girl named Ellie. While this book is what we would consider a pretty quick, easy read; it is also extremely well written and structured.If you like a tiny mystery wrapped in a family drama, this book is for you! Find out what happened to Ellie and where she has been for the last 10 years here. 
  • In all honestly, I haven’t actually read this book yet, so maybe we could do a bit of a  Book Club reading group for The Favorite Sister! Let me know your thoughts! This is one of my most highly anticipated books of the year, so when it is released on May 12th, I will be dropping everything to dig in. When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…  The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America—and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable. Get your copy here!
  • Everything You Want Me to Be I loved this book, mainly because it was so well written while still providing such a twisting story line that every time you think you know what happens, you find out you are wrong. Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to death.Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction? Find out here.

 

  • You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories – With this first collection of short fiction, her “astonishing gift for creating characters that take up residence in readers’ heads” (The Washington Post) is showcased like never before. Throughout the ten stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided.With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we’re all thinking—if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.

 

  • The Flight Attendant is another amazing thriller that you won’t be able to put down! Set in the “sky high life” of an American flight attendant who becomes embroiled in murder and espionage while visiting Dubai on a standard work trip, not different from any others she would embark on. This is an adventurous but easy beach read as it slightly low on action but high on drama! Get your copy here. 

 

  • The Women Who Made New York– Ok, I get it, this is DEFINATELY not a fiction read, but it is SO good that I had to include it on this list. The Women Who Made New York reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world. Many were revolutionaries and activists, like Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde. Others were icons and iconoclasts, like Fran Lebowitz and Grace Jones. There were also women who led quieter private lives but were just as influential, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband became too ill to work.Paired with striking, contemporary illustrations by artist Hallie Heald, The Women Who Made New Yorkoffers a visual sensation–one that reinvigorates not just New York City’s history but its very identity.

 

*Featured Images: Small Image Courtesy of Margo and Me • Large Image Courtesy of Kelly Knox

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April 13, 2018

A Trip to Central Park – This weekend in NYC we will finally be experiencing the first 75 degree day of 2018. The hubs and I discussed various ideas on how to “celebrate”, from taking a day trip upstate to hike to spending the day on a blanket of the Big Lawn at Central Park.

Ultimately, Central Park won, which led me to start thinking about how I would spend my time in the sun (with a glass of Rose in hand) and of course, what I should bring with me to read. Doing a little sun soaking yourself this weekend and want a good book to keep you company? We’ve got you covered. These are this weeks Book Binge picks, all under $5 and available for immediate download!

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Luckiest Girl Alive is one of those books that will leave you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It is a pretty quick and easy read, which makes it perfect for a weekend lounging session, but it is also so well written that you won’t be able to put it down.

As a teenager Ani FaNelli endured a shocking experience that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, living in NYC, working in a glamorous position at a high end fashion magazine and engaged to the man of her dreams, she seeks the truth about what happened to her in the past.

Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and to remain silent in the face of abuse or humiliation, all with a mysterious twist you wont’ see coming. Get your copy here for only $1.99 (limited time offer).

Meet Cute is adorable on the inside and outside, featuring cover art by the spectacular Nina Cosford! Another fun and easy (and inexpensive!) read that will take you through a relaxing weekend,  this collection of endearing stories will set you on the right path for the week ahead.

The stories are written by well known authors such as Sara Shepard, Nina LaCoeur, Meredith Russo and many more and will insert a little magic into your life, if even for the moment. A book about faith, love, relationships, and fate, Meet Cute won’t let you down! Get your copy here for a limited time $1.99!

Our Book Binge wouldn’t be complete without at least one life changing, passion fueling read, and this week we have chosen 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think.

Over the past few years, Brianna Wiest has gained renown for her deeply moving, philosophical writing. This new compilation of her published work features pieces on why you should pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine, and become aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. Get your copy for only $4.99 here!

Need More Good Books? We’ve got you covered! Check out our OG Girl Boss Book Binge here. 

 

 

 

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April 6, 2018

Nina Cosford is one of my personal “artist” hero’s, so it is a no brainer that I would include her newest book on this current Book Binge.

My Name is Girl: An Illustrated Guide to the Female Mind by Nina Cosford

Nina Cosford, a delightfully British artist that specializes in cute illustrations ranging from Coco Chanel to Buckingham Palace to Jane Austen (and her super amazing illustrations of scenes from HBO’s Girls), recently released this ode to women, our emotions, our strengths and even our weaknesses.

Written in a satirical tone but holding true to reality, this read will make you laugh out loud while simultaneously making you realize that we really aren’t all that different from one another.

The only downside to this book is that it only comes in print format, so you’ll have to wait on Snail Mail, but I promise you will love it! Get your copy of My Name is Girl  here. 

Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

This is my first, middle, and last favorite book of the entire year so far, and while I think that the title is slightly misleading (causing some to resist picking it up due to political overload), the content is spectacular.

This inspiring read, written by former Hilary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, is far from political, but instead is a deep study of the current female predicament, how we got where we are after years of being on the “rise”, and what we are doing wrong if we really want to conquer the world.

Palmieri is exactly the right person to write this book as she has been fortunate enough to have watched, learned from, and examined some of the most influential women our nation has ever seen, giving her a hard edge when it comes to moving the gender forward.

Forget everything you know about how to work, live, and experience life as a woman and give this thought process a shot. Get your Copy here.

 

The Woman in the Window

I. Loved. This. Book. One of the two fictional books on this list, it is a must read if you are totally into thrillers and mysteries.

Set in NYC, this Hitchcock-esque novel nestled in Upper Manhattan follows the story of an alcohol addicted Psychologist who suffers from agoraphobia after a tragic event in her life.  The tale quickly goes from a sad story about a desperate woman to a stunning, hard to put down read about the mysteries surrounding her past, her present, and her new NYC neighbors.

Want something with a little edge that will keep you on your seat without keeping you awake from fear? This book is for you. Get your copy here. 

How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything so They Can Achieve Anything

I’ll bet you never thought that doing everything would keep you from achieving greatness. Ok, fine. As a whole, we as women are most definitely “getting things done”, but are we really doing the things that mean the most to us, our loved ones, our clients, or our associates? The answer is more than likely no.

This book discusses the freedom that comes with prioritizing your to do list so that you are spending your time cultivating things that matter, and that you enjoy. It teaches you how to decide what is actually important in your personal and work life, and how to say no to the RIGHT things while accomplishing more in the areas that you DO deem important.

This book is super funny and entertaining, written by a self proclaimed procrastinator and constantly “late-on-deadlines” author with the desire to change her negative ways and grow her success. It is also full of lessons on falling down and getting back up, never quitting on yourself, and trusting your intuition. Get your copy here.

The Interestings

The second of our two fictional Friday Reads is one of my all time faves, The Interestings.

This elegantly written book features the tale of 6 friends who meet at an Art Summer Camp they attend as teenagers, and the evolution of their lasting friendship throughout their college and adult years in NYC. This book, full of good friendship vibes as well as some tragic circumstances, will make you remember why you love your own tribe so very much, and how they have changed your life for the better.

Ready for an emotional but thoughtfully told story this Friday evening? Check out The Interestings here. You won’t be sorry!

How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir

I always WANT to include this book on my Book Binge lists, but in the past have been a bit nervous about pulling the trigger. This book is the ultimate guide on how to completely f**k up your life, career, and relationships while progressively spiraling down the rabbit hole of drugs and alcohol. All topics that can definitely be a bit of a downer.

With that being said, it is also the ultimate guide on getting it together, learning acceptance, and having your own back. It is also the story of women at work and in life, and how they do their best to support and elevate other women, even when it seems nearly impossible.

I love this book because of it’s intense honesty and devil may care attitude, and also for its energetic tone and bare naked reality. This book, written by Cat Marnell, former beauty editor at Lucky Magazine and writer at XO Jane, is for the fashion lover, the struggling career woman, the party hard city girl, and every woman in between. Learn more about Cat and get your copy here.

 

In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist’s Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector

This is a must read for any artist, calligrapher, or hand letterer who loves to create their projects on REAL paper with REAL pens and pencils, but also needs to vectorize their work at some point, either for sale as prints or for graphic design work.

In Progress takes you on an encouraging, inspiring journey through artist and designer Jessica Hische’s sketchbook from the beginning of projects all the way through the end. Educational and easy to follow, Hische will guide you through her process of creation and how she transfers her work to computer vector format. Need a tutorial like this? Get your copy of In Progress here. 

 

Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days

I feel like this beauty makes my read list almost every time that I write one, but trust me, it’s for a reason! I love Jenna Rainey and obviously think she is a wonderful creative boss in her own right. I also love the structured, easy to follow watercolor plan that allows you to learn to paint like a pro.

Rainey splits the book up into daily projects that will further your knowledge of how watercolor techniques work, but you also provides detailed instruction on how to hold/use your tools and how to manipulate your water and paint for amazing results.

When I first began reading this book, I was already a pretty experienced watercolor artist; however, the excellent tips, tricks, and instruction definitely gave me a new perspective on the craft and a lot of new skills that have elevated my work.

Get your Copy of Everyday Watercolor here.

Looking for more great books? Find another amazing Book Binge here. Love Nina Cosford and want to see more of her beautiful creations? Find it right here.

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January 25, 2018

Are you craving a bit of reading material that will help you set your sights on 2018 as the year of your dreams, but don’t want to delve into a typical “self care” book full of the same advice you have heard a million times? We totally understand, and have been loving the following books for exactly that reason.

These beautiful reads are full of amazing experiences, stories, and antidotes that will not only help you to reach new heights, but will inspire you to be the best you that you can be, whether in your personal life or business life. We highly value creativity and living well, and think these books will help  you to develop the mindset needed to do just that!

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  Well-th: How I learned to build a life, not a resume. by Jason Wachob

This gorgeous book created by Mindbodygreen genius CEO Jason Wachob discusses how one can obtain the true tools needed to build a successful, wealth filled life: happiness, health, and living well.

Jason shares ways in which you can gain and utilize these building blocks instead of chasing the path of the most money and material items, leading you to a much more enjoyable life experience both in mind and body.

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The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman

I love this book not only because of the valuable and creative information found inside pertaining to home decor and thoughtful interior design, but also for the pretty and fun images throughout by the uber talented Virginia Johnson.

For those who don’t know this dynamic duo, Deborah Needleman is the Editor and Chief of Domino Magazine and truly values living a luxe life right in your own domain.

Virginia Johnson is an especially creative illustrator that we have respected for years and are super excited participated in this book! Get Your Copy Here!

The Love & Lemons Cookbook by  Jeanine Donofrio

I honestly can’t say enough good things about his beautifully created cookbook. From the writer and blogger behind the incredibly popular Love & Lemons website, you will find a collection of not only delicious but also easy and efficient recipes that will please even the most discerning guest or family member.

We love the small lessons on stocking your pantry, cooking with what you already have, and creating eye candy on a plate. If you need a bit of a tutorial in creative cooking and entertaining, this books is for you.
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In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney (from Design Sponge notoriety)

Anybody who knows me, knows exactly how much I love this book. There is a reason it is on our permanent shop page as well as in this post!

In the Company of Women explores the lifestyles and attitudes of a number of women in many different creative industries and how they cope with the day to day of the work/life balance. Gorgeously written, each participant is asked a list of the same general questions about their personal and business lives, and their answers may surprise you. My fave question of the bunch: What is the best piece of advice you were ever given? You will love the multitude of answers! Get Your Copy Here!

Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen 

This is another book that will give you goosebumps not only from the words written but the illustrations presented. Gah, you won’t tire of looking at the watercolors created to accompany each woman’s historic tale, all by Ann herself.

Learn more about the courageous, fun, and encouraging women that helped to mold the feminist future, including Billie Holiday, Cleopatra, Amelia Earhart, and more.

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Bonus Read for Little Creatives: 

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo

The first in a two book series, this wonderful read incorporates super pretty illustrations with 100 tales of extraordinary women.

Give the gift of education and girl power to the little one in your life by helping them to fully understand the steps take by the ladies who came before them, and how they can incorporate creative bravery into their own lives.

Get Your Copy Here!

In a creative rut when it comes to all things outside of your work? We understand and we’ve got you covered! Take a look at our complete collectionCreative Lifestyle Posts here. 

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