Green & Gold {St. Patrick’s Day 2016}

Happy St. Patrick’s Day people! In my world, this day really comes down to green & gold nail art and taking pictures with green things… So here’s a fun photo of just that!

St. Patrick's Day Nail Art // Novels and Nail PolishI went with a simple color-blocked design for these nails, with a couple polka dot accents. St. Patrick’s Day is one holiday where I’m not a huge fan of literal manicures, so every year it’s my mission to find new, CUTE ways to celebrate this holiday. I’m pretty sure this is my favorite one yet!

Happy Reading!

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Literary Mamas {Happy Mother’s Day}

A mother holds her child’s hand for a moment, and their heart for a lifetime.

Happy Mother’s Day all! Grab all of the incredible women in your life and tell ’em ya love ’em. While thinking about how awesome my mama and Nonna are, I realized that there are so many iconic moms in literature, both LEGIT and terrible.

Mother's Day Book Stack // Novels and Nail Polish

Ladies I LOVE

Mrs. Weasley – “Not my daughter, you bitch!” What a badass, am I right? Molly Weasley is one of those moms you wish you knew in real life. She is kind, loving and inviting, but at the same time fiercely protective of her brood.

Lily Potter – While we never actually meet Lily, we get to know her kind heart throughout the 7 books. Her love for her son is what keeps him alive time and time again, and I think we all can agree that if she had lived, she would have been pretty damn awesome!

Marmee – Mrs. March is the central figure in the 4 girls lives as they grow up in Little Women. She is incredibly strong and takes so much pride in helping her daughters grow into wonderful women.

Mad Mamas

Amy Dunne – This is one crazy B that should never procreate, yet she used her evil powers to impregnte herself at the end of Gone Girl. Lord help her future children.

Linh Adri – Like the classic evil stepmother she is based off of, Adri of The Lunar Chronicles is pretty foul. She probably loves her biological daughters, but she sort of uses Peony’s death to leverage other situations which makes her terrible!

Which literary moms do you love and hate? Happy Reading!

Classics Favoritism

I’ve recently become aware of an interesting phenomenon that I have decided to dub “Classics Favoritism.” While all men may be created equal, literary works are not, and this has become apparent in the misguided distribution of redesigned book covers.

So many of us book lovers find joy and inspiration in beautiful redesigned covers of our favorite classic novels. I must admit, my obsession with lusting over fresh Classics began the moment I laid eyes on the F. Scott Fitzgerald beauties by Coralie Bickford-Smith. I mean, come on! If that doesn’t say opulence and jazz, I don’t know what does.

F Scott Fitzgerald Book Covers

Since that day, I’ve scoured each and every publishing website to find new, beautiful covers to decorate my shelf. But the more I looked, a sad realization dawned on me. What am I supposed to do with 10 COPIES OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE? Does Little Women end differently in the pretty Penguin Threads edition, or does Beth live in the Mr. Boddington version? While I can appreciate purchasing pretty books, at what point does it become excessive? These words generally never come out of my shopaholic mouth, but I really got to wondering.

Why not branch out from the Jane Austens of the world? I will say though, the Leanne Shapton Jane Austen collection is GORGEOUS:

Jane Austen Collection by Leanne Shapton
Jane Austen Collection by Leanne Shapton

Maybe this rant is coming from a place of jealousy that my favorite classic, Gone With The Wind, isn’t one of the lucky ones handed a new cover every 6 months. Even so, I believe I have a valid argument, supported by photographic evidence below. I invite you to gaze upon a couple collages of Classics that seem to find themselves lucky enough to get all of the cover redesigns. I will begin with Little Women:

Little Women CollageThis book is one of my favorite children’s classics, and I’m also a HUGE fan of its musical theatre adaptation. I own the Penguin Threads edition of this novel, and it is one of my prized possessions without a doubt! The other two shown above, Mr. Boddington for Anthropology and Anna Bond’s Puffin in Bloom covers for Rifle Paper Co., are equally gorgeous, and fill me with the knee-jerk reaction of an impulse buy waiting to happen. It was coming down from that high that actually inspired this post!


Pride Prejudice CollagePride and Prejudice. What is there to say about this work of art that hasn’t already been said? I read it in high school, and (here comes unpopular book lovers opinion time) didn’t particularly enjoy it. It required a book report and hideous video project, in which I played Mr. Darcy because I was the “theatrical one.” I haven’t be able to force myself to read it again as an adult, but buying one of these pretty versions (Mr. Boddington, Penguin Classics Couture Deluxe Edition and White’s Fine Edition) might help!


Other lucky classics include novels by the Bronte Sisters:

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre


In the end, I will probably still end up with multiple versions of these beloved classics. I’ll be the first to admit that I can truly admire pretty things, and these covers are just that: WORKS OF ART.

Do you collect redesigned classics? Are they to read or to act as decor/art? Happy Reading!

{Note: These gorgeous pictures were found via the most amazing searches of Google and Pinterest. I do not claim any of them as my own!}

Inspired Instas {4}

My lovely cousin Mallery turned me onto the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout this past week, and I’ve been reading them NONSTOP! I conveniently downloaded the first one, Obsidian, for free a couple weeks ago, but I finally started it. Even though there is a very close scene by scene parallel to the Twilight series, the main character, Kat, has WAY more personality than Bella! In the past 7 days, I’ve read the first three and am a quarter of the way through the fourth book, Origins. Unfortunately (or fortunately… however you look at it!), I have them only as e-books. While it makes my purse much lighter, it is going to make cover-inspired manicures very difficult. But hey, maybe I’ll end up featuring my first e-book mani!

Bookish Backs: I love my copy of Disney A to Z by Dave Smith. I already know a ton about everything Disney, but during those rare moments when I find myself at a loss, this book always has the answers! And it doesn’t hurt that it has a great cover, so I needed to feature it for the #bookishbacks tag on Instagram.

Bookish Back

Stolen Inspired Mani: I was worried my manicure would be too simple for Stolen because of its minimalistic cover, but I really like how it turned out with the rose gold glitter!

Stolen Inspired Mani

All The Essies: I used this photo for my Happy Weekend post a couple days ago, but let me let you guys in on a little secret! I don’t actually own these pretty polishes. I had a mini photo shoot in Target’s home decor section the other night with my best friend!

Essie Nail Polish

Sunday Brights: Bright colors and warm weather truly go hand in hand, so Sunday was the perfect day to liven up my wardrobe with bright whites and pink. Throw in my  Penguin Threads edition of Little Women, and I was good to go!

OOTD

Happy Reading!