Hi everyone! It’s Honor, and I was recently inspired by Caroline’s post on her spring inspirations (check it out!). Summer is my favorite season of the year (only partly because my birthday is in August), and I tend to get most inspired this time of year, when I’m not too busy with school and such. Thus, without further ado, a few of the things I’ve been enjoying lately – arranged into three nicely alliterated categories 😉 .
– BLOGS –
Sugar Spun Run– I absolutely love to bake. I love eating the things I bake even more. This blog has the most delicious recipes, and the photography makes me hungry every time I browse this site (which is very often). I’ve tried about a dozen of the recipes on this blog, and I haven’t yet been dissatisfied with any of them. If you are concerned with healthy eating, though, this blog may not be for you – there are no sugar substitutes made 🙂 . Check out Caroline’s health blog recommendations if that’s your niche. But for those of us who are happiest when drowning in chocolate ganache… this blog is for you.
Babylon Bee – Is this a blog? No, not really. It’s a Christian satirical website that gives me much joy. Some of its satire gently makes fun of evangelical Christian quirks (bad foyer coffee and church softball teams, for instance), while some of it tackles current political issues. It’s relevant, it’s unabashedly Christian, and it’s very, very funny.
Brijee – This is the blog of an extremely talented girl I grew up with. She’s an absolutely amazing seamstress who specializes in vintage patterns and clothing. I need to confess, here, that I am not exactly what you’d call a sewing expert – I was proud of myself for making a romper (it’s gold with white flowers and I love it so much). Brigid’s styles, though, are lovely enough that even if you don’t sew, you might enjoy watching her work. I certainly do.
– BEAUTY –
Burt’s Bees bright lipstick – With Memorial Day a recent memory, and the Fourth of July just around the corner, summer is the time to break out the fun lipstick colors. Or at least, that’s my philosophy. And with Burt’s Bees, you feel good about doing it because their products are all natural. Plus, they come in a lovely tube. Nothing says summer better than a little splash of bright lipstick – check them out :).
Chase and Chloe bright heels – Yes, there’s definitely a theme here. If you know me, you know that I love collecting shoes. Especially heels, and especially brightly colored ones. This style is my absolute favorite. Not only are they comfortable and brightly colored, but there are over 30 different color options. Which means there are over 30 opportunities for me to go bankrupt.
– BOOKS –
Frederica – I have always been a fan of Jane Austen (what girl isn’t?). But when I recently learned about Georgette Heyer, the woman who is credited with reinventing the Regency genre, I had to check her out. Written in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, Heyer’s books are almost exactly like reading an Austen novel, with perhaps a little less social commentary, and a few more detailed clothing descriptions. The dialogue is witty and extremely clever (the number of literary references her characters casually insert will have you feeling modern and dumb quickly), and the period detail is so accurate that you come away having learned something. And spent a pleasant summer afternoon. Double points.
Everlasting Man – If reading Georgette Heyer is like eating a nice, fluffy cupcake (like this one), reading G.K. Chesterton is like digging into a high quality steak. It’s a bit of work, you can’t eat too much at one time, but it’s oh so rewarding. Everlasting Man explores the Christian faith in a way that highlights the astounding, the mysterious, and the wonderful.
The Great Gatsby – For some reason, this book always seems to remind me of summer. Perhaps it’s the wild spirit of the 20s, the elaborate outdoor parties, or the free and loose Daisy. Whatever it is, this novel exposes the emptiness of the 20s lifestyle, and the disillusionment of wealth and beauty – and does it in lovely, heartbreaking prose.
So there you have it! Comment below with your thoughts on any of my suggestions.