a week of goodbyes and a couple congratulations too

hello friends!

i sat down tonight to do a little clean up on my computer. i’m trying to catch up on all the end-of-school craziness that requires checking things off so we can settle into the summer groove.

this past week i think caroline was a little bored trying to find things to do for a couple of rainy days while i was completely absorbed in finalizing all the details for the summer style ecourse i’ve been working on. i’m honestly so excited for it to release and hope you find something new or you feel encouraged…you’re atleast going to laugh at my poor video making skills! it will release in two weeks ( june 24th) and you’ll be able to watch it/read it at your leisure for up to 6 months 🙂 $10

we said goodbye to savannah as she headed out for her 9week summer program. i’ll share more about that later.

we said goodbye to emi as she headed to memphis to work with some inner city communities. i’ll share more about that too.

we said congratulations to madison as she was just hired by Anthropologie!!! she’ll be at the West Side Provisions shop (incidentally my favorite one here in atlanta…free standing…and in a super hip new shopping area).

so on the last post i wrote about my latest reads. i shared i was reading the latest Kristin Hannah release, Fly Away. yeah, well i was not impressed. Firefly Lane ( the first of the two) was one of my top faves, but Fly Away was a disappointment. spoiler alert: too much talk about family dysfunction, depression, cutting, and talking to the dead. whatever. anyone want to book swap after that endorsement?

next up for this week is Bread & Wine and then Cold Tangerines.

the winner for a signed copy of sophie’s book is anna “i’m a mid-Atlantic girl, and would love to read this “taste of the south” and everything else it offers!! Am currently reading Anything, by Jennie Allen and The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout”.

congratulations!! i’ll send your information sophie’s way!

ps–the clutch shown in the top image is the Filipino Clutch from Noonday. currently on backordered but expected in two weeks. you may go ahead & order it to have your name in the first come, first serve list.


June 9, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Lori H - I loooved Bread and Wine! I have already made several of the recipes and they are wonderful! Besides the recipes, I loved reading Shauna’s story. I would like to hear what you think of it!

June 9, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Stacey - Can’t wait for your course!

June 10, 2013 - 8:43 am

Kerri - I want to read Cold Tangerines and Bread and Wine. Please give us your review when you finish! I absolutely love the clutch! However, it is sold out right now. 🙁 Words cannot express how touched I am by your girls! May God bless smk and emi as they do His work over the summer! And congrats to Madison! I am a fashionista at heart and I am a little bit jealous! I cannot wait for your e-course to begin! It is going to be so much fun! XOXO

June 10, 2013 - 9:25 am

Melissa - I read that book as well and wasn’t overly impressed.

June 10, 2013 - 11:31 am

Ella - It sounds like your house will be quiet, hope Caroline finds what to do. Congats to Madison on her new job. She looks great, I like her haircut. Wishing Savannah and Emily well.

June 10, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Shannon Wilhelm - Paige,
We don’t actually know each other, but I have followed your blog since I saw you speak at the pearl event in Nashville, and was so inspired by you and your testimony. I just want to extend an olive branch: My husband and I live in Memphis and would be happy to offer a meal, place to stay, home to relax in, or whatever your lovely daughter may need while here. God Bless.

June 10, 2013 - 1:56 pm

tiffany day - Hi Paige!

You will love Cold Tangerines – I am reading it now! So so good. I was going to start highlighting my favorite parts but soon realized the whole book would be highlighted!



June 11, 2013 - 7:53 am

tara - I’m reading Sofie’s book this week….laughing! Crying! So many memories coming up!

Cold Tangerines and Bread and Wine are the ones I’m taking to the beach next week. 🙂

So grateful to be reading again! Might have to make a special trip to Madison’s location this summer…oh, we should go together!

June 13, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Mimi - Bread & Wine is wonderful! In fact, I made her blueberry crisp tonight — so good!

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what i’ve been reading & a little art


so all this talk about what ya’ll are currently reading is great! i’m always up for a great book tip.

i’ve gotten a little carried away with book purchases recently but there seems to be a never ending list of great reads out there. since i usually only read at night before i go to sleep, the summer time is great for catching up. plus we had an unusually pleasant spring here in the south so i sat outside several days & just devoured a few reads.

the books below all purchased on the same day. a little manic book shopping for you! i loved the couple of reprints recently done of the works of C. S. Lewis. the book store dude thought i was quite intellectual when i plopped down a dozen lewis books & his latest biography….and then i added a copy of Southern Weddings  & Domino Small Spaces to the stack and the truth was out.

Dan’s a big Lewis fan & thoroughly enjoyed the new biography.

i jumped on the shauna niequist bandwagon & ordered a couple of hers. savannah started Cold Tangerines before she left for the summer & she really enjoyed it.i just started Fly Away last night & got about 1/4 the way through. i like it so far as i do all her books. it’s starting off a little hokey but good nonetheless. i LOVED Firefly Lane and this is the sequel.Southern Weddings. gorgeous publication. lara casey is the editor and publisher of the magazine and she is most certainly quite fabulous! her instagram is worth following too!

one of the most thought provoking books i’ve read is Freefall to Fly. i have it all post-it tabbed up as i need to go back in & unpack much of what rebekah had to say. highly recommend.

we’ve been harassing encouraging caroline to become a lover of books for quite sometime. we just new she’d fall in love with the Harry Potter series like her entire family did. no pressure. but to no avail. she’ll read but she hasn’t become a book worm. one thing that has helped has been to download books on my kindle for her. that seems to have helped. anyways. so this summer she was able to choose a couple books for her required reading before entering 7th grade. she chose Copper Sun and proceeded to read it in about 48 hours. she told me that i must read it…so i did. i too read it in about 2 days & loved it!!! the beginning really gives a pretty horrific but accurate portrayal of slavery in the 1700’s which obviously very sad and honestly so hard to even imagine, but as the story unfolds and the main character is truly inspiring. another high recommendation for all ages 🙂

i’ll be honest, i picked up gwyneth’s latest book purely based on its lovely photography . i have no desire to go on a major cleanse diet nor am i a vegan or gluten free but i will most definitely try several of her recipes….despite the fact that she’s quite the controversial figure. who knew? ( i’m really behind in all things hollywood related because i’m busy reading ya’ll! )

since we’re talking recent purchases i wanted to share this stunning wall-art canvas i purchased at target. gorgeous photography of irene suchoki. found her on flickr years ago & have always loved her work.

since we’re on to horses for a moment i felt i should share this super cute horsey towel from anthro…

also just had to share some of the canvases savannah worked on before she left…. due to the overwhelming response ya’ll gave her she’s considering opening an etsy shop when she returns to school in the fall. stay tuned…

i took a week or so off from blogging & really enjoyed just spending time with my family while we were all 6 under the same roof. i’ve also been putting in many many hours researching all things fashion & style for you as i prepare to release my summer mini ecourse in a couple weeks. registration is open now. it’s only 10 bucks so i’d love for you to join me.

it’s honestly to humbling to put something “out there” that requires a purchase… it’s like validation in finance form…it’s like high school acceptance in web form..i keep thinking…what if no one likes me??? gah!!  i told jeanne i feel like i’m running for homecoming queen and if no one votes for me i may crawl in to a little hole & become a full time book worm…

kidding. i kid. sort of.

in all seriousness, jeanne & her summer series team has put some fantastic courses for you! you can purchase the course of your choice & you’ll be able to view your course at your leisure throughout the summer. feel free to contact jeanne with any questions.

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June 6, 2013 - 10:04 am

Kerri - good morning paige! I am so happy you choose to write about books! As a teacher and a mom of two little girls, I have no time during the school year. So now that school is out in a week, I have been getting my list of summer reads together! Currently I am reading Hope in Jar by Beth Harbison. It is a quick and easy read and it is just what I needed to get back into reading! also, I am adding A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet and Sparkly Green Earrings to must buy list. As far as heavier reading, I bought Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Kerenina at our school book fair. And I plan to finish Edie’s monthly book club (I made it as far as October, lol!) so glad to see what others are reading! XOXO

June 6, 2013 - 10:11 am

Kerri - it’s lil ole me again! I just wanted to mention that I am joining you on your e-course (can’t wait!), love that SMK wants to open an etsy store! (wish I were more like her when I was her age!) and I also want Gwyneth’s book because it seems interesting!

June 6, 2013 - 10:30 am

D'Nese - I’m totally signing up for your e-course. I don’t know how I missed that blog post. I just tried to sign up from work but my work blocked the link. I guess they would much rather have me earn my pay vs. online things. LOL. I am SOOOOO glad you shared your book choices with us readers. I was hoping you would. I’m going to grab some of those. My hubby is due to go on deployment this Summer and I’ll need something to keep my mind off of the empty spot in my bed at night. A good book is just the thing. I am most def going to get Gwyneth’s book. I love her cookbooks. As the reader above said, I think it would be AMAZING if SMK opened up an etsy store. I am wanting one of those print showed above. If ever the option to purhcase one is made prior to the fall, please let me know. I’d love to get one.
I’m SOOOOOO glad you’re back to blogging although I’m glad you had a nice break with family.
Have a great weekend and God Bless you.

June 6, 2013 - 11:42 am

Susan - Those books look great! Here’s what I ordered on amazon yesterday: Conquering the ACT!!!!!!!! For J-bird of course! And, mine is Sophie’s new book, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet! I am in the middle of The Hole in the Gospel–love it. Still trying to read Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. Many books, but extra time is finally here. Signed up for your course–I need all the help I can get. Can’t wait.

June 6, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Kerri - I PROMISE this is my last post today! Will you please let us know what you think of Cold Tangerines? did SMK like it? 🙂

June 6, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Jennifer Pighini - I wish I had more time to read! I’m lucky to get through a few pages before bed before I pass out from exhaustion. But I have managed to get through a few books lately (and am still in the middle of several). More or Less is amazing and challenging, Unglued was even more convicting and I keep referencing it over and over. For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macauly was on the parent’s reading list for Gianna’s new school but it is about so much more than education and I am loving it! Just got Bread and Wine and can’t wait to get into it but I think I’m going to wait since Bloom is doing that as the summer book club later this month. Oh and tell Savannah she should definitely do an etsy shop, she is so talented!

June 6, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Kellie - I hope Savannah does do that. I would love some larger ‘it is well’ canvases!
I just bought Firefly Lane and Fly Away. I started Fly Away and thought I need this in audio form as well!

June 6, 2013 - 4:31 pm

Kellie - I meant Freefall to Fly on audiobook! Too many books with flying in the title! Ha!!

June 6, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Tiffany R. - Just added some titles to my TBR list! Thanks!

June 7, 2013 - 10:56 am

Tracey H. - Thanks for the look into your books for summer:0) Please oh please let us know about the canvas store from Savannah!! The state ones are amazing, would love a monogram one and the list could go on and on.. Heck, I could probably pay for some of her college with all that I would love to buy:0) Looking so forward to your online style course, already signed up!! Happy Summer

June 7, 2013 - 4:38 pm

patty - i love a good read, too… my difficulty is finding time… and your eseries looks exciting! your style is awesome, so i’m sure you’ll do great!

June 12, 2013 - 3:06 pm

LLH Designs - Just catching up. Love that we’re on the same wavelength with our book piles and reading lists! Don’t you love that about summer? Summer and books just go together for me. Love the CS Lewis stack! xo!

June 26, 2016 - 12:22 pm

Connie - What a plsaeure to find someone who thinks through the issues