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Coffee Talk

Well, hello Sunday, aren’t you a pretty one!!! Finally the heavy, overcast weather system that has been hovering over eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey has moved out, and I woke up to sunny skies with 60 degrees and low humidity… Dare I say it actually feels a little like fall? It actually worked out nicely because I wanted to style some fall outfits and it’s been so stinkin’ hot and humid lately, but today I didn’t mind at all.

I’ve been such a slacker with outfit pictures lately. I’m feeling very uninspired, to be honest. It seems crazy to style fall outfits right now, even though the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has me craving chunky cardigans and pumpkin spice lattes, and nothing I’ve ordered for summer outfits has worked out. I was trying to find some good wear-it-now-and-later pieces that I could style for you guys, but so far, no dice.

Anyway, thanks to this morning’s photo sesh, I have 4 ways to wear pine green jeans coming to the blog this week, as well as a roundup of cute and comfy pajamas, and I’m working on another 5 Favorites post. This time I think we’ll tackle jeans unless anyone has some other requests they’d like to see first. I still want to put together my Downeast Maine travel guide too, so maybe I can work on that this week, and I need to go through all the great suggestions y’all gave me a few weeks ago and see what else I can come up with.

I’ll be really excited when September gets here and I can go full-throttle into fall fashion, but for now, I’m going to keep the outfit posts sparse and focus more on fashion content and informational posts. I mean, how many variations on jean shorts and a t-shirt can you take?

So change of subject — I did a LOT of reading when I was at the beach. It’s pretty much how I spent every spare moment. I love to read but I rarely make time for it anymore except for when I’m on vacation.

I knocked out two books — Same Beach Next Year and The Hypnotist’s Love Story. I’m a huge fan of Liane Moriarty, and The Hypnotist’s Love Story did not disappoint. While it followed her usual formula and was written in her typical quirky style, the storyline was still different than anything else I’ve read by her and I was dying to see how it ended. It was a page turner for sure, and as always, very well written.

I didn’t love Same Beach Next Year as much, but I still found myself wanting to know how it was going to wrap up even though I thought I had a pretty good idea. I felt like some of the storyline and dialogue was contrived, especially towards the beginning, but it’s a nice light beach read if that’s what you’re looking for.

Now I’m getting ready to start The Captive Heart for our church’s summer book club that meets this Thursday. (I know, I need to get on it!!!) It looks like something I can read in just a few days if I make the time.

With all that, I’m off to church and then to our annual picnic afterwards. It’s a beautiful day for it!

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing Sunday.

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31 thoughts on “Coffee Talk

  1. Glad to hear you mention Liane Moriarty. I think I’ve read all of her books by now and she is one of my favorites. Entertaining, sensitive, thought-provoking original stories written in a light, witty style. I’ve listened to a couple of her novels via audio-books and they are very well done.

  2. It’s been so hot here this summer, way above average, that the thought of a chunky sweater and long jeans right now is just nope, nope, nope. I have yet to read a Liane Moriarty book.. Which should I start with?

  3. Today is definitely an amazing day in PA! It is so funny, I just blogged today about needing book inspiration, so I will have to check out your recommendation. Other than that, not much else going on!

    Have a wonderful day!

  4. We have my daughter’s 4th birthday party today at a park so I’m glad the weather’s nice; I didn’t make a backup plan!

  5. I’m in Idaho it’s HOT, 100 to 104 this week, ugh…..Can’t be outside very long with those temps. Makes me long for September, my favorite month, it will be here before we know it. I’m looking forward to Fall fashions but we still have a month of summer left. Have a good day everyone 🙂

  6. Hi Jolynn,
    I’m still struggling to find a great strapless bra for a smaller cup girl 🙂 I have my father’s barrel chest, but mother’s flat chest. Sigh…and I hate those bandeau types. Help pls!

  7. How about five ways to transition your summer stuff into early fall when the temps are still warm?!

  8. I LOVE reading & summertime is when I am able to read the most. I just finished “A Piece of the World” by Christina Baker Kline; very good fictiional story about the woman in the famous painting by Andrew Wyeth- takes place on a farm in Maine during the early 1900s thru WWII – same author as “Orphan Train” (which I absolutely loved and would highly recommend!)

    I would think August is a tough month to style outfits as its hot hot hot outside on most parts of the country, and yet in the stores we see long sleeves, sweaters and boots!
    I know we all love Nordstrom, but….since the sale was a little lackluster for me this year, I decided to go shop at some other favorite stores last week that I’ve kinda of neglected lately and had tons of luck and fun at Anthropologie! Found several great transitional pieces to wear now and well into fall. They’ve got tons of new arrivals that aren’t heavy or too warm and lots of great sale items too.

    1. A Piece of the World sounds great – I’ll add it to my list.

      August is the worst month for fashion blogging, I think. LOL. Glad you found some good stuff at Anthro. I always want to like their clothes but they don’t seem to be made for my personal style or body type or something. I haven’t ever had a lot of luck there.

  9. Love the idea of a favorite 5 for jeans. Maybe you could do two different ones? Fave 5 designer, then fave 5 affordable

  10. I hope y’all had fun at the picnic! It’s at 91 now, 2:47pm in GA, but lower humidity. I’ve gotten the yard mowed and edged, so I’m beat. The riding mower quit so I had to use my walk behind. I definitely got my exercise in for the day.

    God bless!

  11. I’ve read all of Liane Moriarty’s books and enjoyed all of them. I’m glad you’re enjoying one of her books. I’m currently reading Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. I’m only a quarter into it but I’d recommend checking it out.

    http://www.tulipsandpersimmon.com

  12. I love your honesty about being uninspired because I’m sure as a blogger it’s hard to try and reinvent the fashion wheel everyday. Also when we follow you for awhile, we sometimes can tell when the post are shorter and not as creative (or at least I can tell). As I’ve noticed this with Cyndi lately. But both of you are so good at giving us other helpful info like, hair and makeup tips and fitness wear and comparison pricing. Plus when you live in Texas and have 8 months of summer, it’s hard to buy fall clothes knowing you won’t be able to wear them for a while ????

  13. Your weather sounds lovely! I’m currently in Boston on vacation and the weather is fabulous! I am from Arkansas, so experiencing July in the 70’s is heaven. I may not go home…

    Since you like Liane Moriarty, you might also enjoy Jojo Moyes (she’s British, I believe). I am such a fan of both of these authors. Moyes wrote “Me Before You” (such a great book; be prepared to cry) and has recently followed it up with “Me After You.” Her other books are stand alones & I’ve enjoyed several of them. As for Moriarty, if you haven’t already read “The Husband’s Secret” & “Big Little Lies” be sure to read those as well.,

    1. I’ve read Me Before You but I didn’t know she wrote a follow-up. I’ll have to look at it. I loved Big Little Lies and I THINK I read the Husband’s Secret, but I can’t remember the plotline.

      Yes, Boston in the summertime can be lovely. I went to college up there. I love that area .

  14. Jolynne, what other books has your bookclub at church read? I am looking for some ideas for ours!
    Thanks,
    Natalie????

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