6 Spring Outfits-Casual Days or Date Nights

6 Spring Outfits

for casual days or date nights

Spring is heeeeere! I love spring because it means summer is just around the corner. Days are getting longer and warmer and it is the prettiest time of the year. (You can find a post about my favorite spring flowers here)

With things around me finally becoming more open I thought it would be fun to put together some spring outfit inspo.

Taking 3 different pieces and styling each for both a casual look and a dressy statement look.

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Book Challenge Update

For 2021 I am rekindling my love of new books and actually reading more new books than rereads this year. You can read more about my goal in my past post here.

The Book Challenge. 

Total to read: 50. 

Read so far: 19

Books to go: 31

Now four months into this year I am doing surprisingly well at this goal. With having to read 4 books a month to keep it up I am ahead of schedule!

I have read 19 books so far… though six of them were rereads oops… 

Meaning I am going to have to read 4 extra books already to get to 50 new books, but I am on track if I shoot for only 40 new ones. Although I will say I would have read less of the old books if the online library database would actually have some of the books I am looking for. Either they don’t have them at all OR one ebook has a hold list of up to 6 months (true story). I am on hold for a book with a 6 month wait on it and am slightly obsessed with refreshing the webpage everyday to see if somehow it is available for me to download. 

Because I want to do a comprehensive book list at the end of the year, for these challenge check-ins I am only going to tell you one stand out book for each month. 

January 

The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkein 

I have only heard good things about this series from everyone I know who has read it but so far I don’t feel invested in the way I anticipated. The writing is beautiful and the world building is excellent but the story laaaaaags. Basically 200 pages in they are still in the Shire and I just thought ‘HOW,’ and while I get the need to describe the setting sometimes it felt that maybe I didn’t need to read a couple pages dedicated to just the trees. 

I have decided I will read book 2 but I have to know… do they ever do anything else but WALK???

February

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

It is a book with two time periods 2005 and WWII era set primarily in France. The main premise is, main character Eva, a polish Jew living in Paris with her family who upon trying to escape to Switzerland finds herself involved with foraging papers and wants to find a way to preserve the true identities of the children who she is giving new ones to. If I explained that well at all. 

The plot of the book was really interesting and I am glad that I decided to pick it up but I think there were things in the execution that could have been better as well as the main character could be annoying. 

Also there were some of the 2005 time events that felt like it stopped the progression of the story although some of the information was overall relevant.

Overall I would recommend reading it if you like historical fiction.  

March

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

“Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.”

My friend recommended that I read it but I wasn’t prepared to practically read it in one sitting. 

“The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.”

I loved the superhero vs the antihero plot of the book. Anything with superheroes is just too good. The ending of this first book was a great cliffhanger and really makes you want to get your hands on book 2.

The main character Nova is very hot-headed and a lot of what she does just made me want to punch her but also I was invested in everything that revolved around the storyline. I do wish we got more about the rest of the side characters, instead of just Nova and some from the other main Adrian, because they were interesting.

I have finished the series since reading it and can state while not as amazing as the Lunar Chronicles this series was still an engaging read. 

April

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli 

This is the sequel to Stargirl, which has now been made a movie on Disney + starring Grace Vanderwaal, which is a book I LOVED when I read it all the years ago. It tells the story from Stargirl after she has moved away from Arizona written in a slightly diary style format. 

It is a quick read and enjoyable but nothing close to how great book one was. The character of Stargirl felt a lot more magical and vibrant in the original book and there seemed to be a lot of whining from her that seemed out of character in book 2.

It was the stand out of April specifically because I honestly didn’t know there was a second book (although it came out in 2007 oops).

I’m excited to see what other interesting books I end up reading by the end of the year. I’m hoping I find a book that will be another for my top book list.

Do you have any recommendations of other things I can read next?

What are you reading right now?

(Please send book recommendations so I can have enough books for the year.)

Currently reading: Augustine’s Confessions by Augustine of Hippo and What Once Was True by Jean Grainger 

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Into the Upside Down- Stranger Things Experience

Since its premiere in 2016 Stranger Things has quickly become a favorite of many. I know I got sucked in when I binged it with my brother before season 2 came out. (I was a bit late to the party) Season One is by far my favorite because I think it’s the best overall season but I am invested and the pushback of season four is not something I am happy about. 

While we are all waiting for the next season to finally grace our televisions there is another way to visit Hawkins.

Located in downtown LA, Hawkins has been brought to life in the Stranger Things Drive in Experience.

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Pillar and Pearl Unboxing!

The Lenten Season has begun! So I thought it would be the PERFECT time to talk about Pillar and Pearl and show you the super cute curated box I just got.

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Pillar and Pearl is a Catholic company that collaborates with over 100 Catholic makers and companies to sell cute faith-inspired items. Stickers, printables, their main curated gift boxes, and more! 

Boxes they sell include Saints, home, ones based on Sacraments like Baptism. 

They also now have a Box Subscription to get a new box curated for each Liturgical Season. How cool! 

 “When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens, I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.”

― St.Therese of Lisieux 
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50 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge- A list of books I hope to read this year

Ever since I was little I have loved to read. I devoured the Magic Tree House books, every book by Beverly Cleary and Andrew Clements that my elementary school library had, and I won Summer Reading programs at the library by having the most books done in two weeks. I just love reading.

 

This year I am adding a twist to my normal reading challenge. Every year I try to read at least 40 books and normally over half of these books end up being rereads.

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