Gift Guide for Book Lovers

May 20, 2017



2. Special edition of a favorite book.

3. Book art print. Some of my favorites are from Ideal Bookshelf.



6. Gift cards to buy books.

7. Book scented perfume. I like this one from Commodity.

CHARLENE ZALE
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Hyde Park Village with Jessica + New Bag

May 13, 2017

Last weekend Jessica (WonderRiot) and I met up at Hyde Park Village. We had a coffee date, visited the shops, and ate veggie burgers at an old-fashioned diner. I initially wanted to vlog our time together, edit the footage, and publish it on YouTube. What we didn't know was that Hyde Park is currently undergoing construction. The village is such a lovely place to visit, but all the construction made it a not-so-pretty place to film at. When I got home to look at the photographs I took, I realized that I didn't take many. I suppose I was just uninspired to capture anything. Regardless, we had such a great time together and we definitely want to visit again and try to make a vlog together soon. We are also looking into new places to explore together in Florida. So who knows where we may end up next.

If you looked closely at the first photography, you may have noticed that I was able to purchase one of my birthday wish list items: the Chloe Drew Mini in Cement Pink. It's actually more of a blush beige, the leather color, shape, and beautiful chain strap convinced me to get it. It was my first time wearing the bag out. I love it so much! It's feminine, has a timeless design, and comes in gold hardware. Everything I look for in a bag. Hard work really pays off. After I got my new job, I decided to finally invest in my ultimate dream handbag collection, so I purchased three new bags: a Mulberry Lily in black croc-embossed leather, this Chloe Drew Mini, and a Lanvin Jiji in brown leather. I also have a Henri Bendel bag in grey croc-embossed leather that I purchased last autumn. On my Polyvore account, I have already paired these bags with so many minimalist, feminine, and classic outfits. I'm not looking to buy any new handbags for a really long time. Within the next few months I do plan to publish a bag review for each of the three new handbags.


CHARLENE ZALE

Book Haul · April 2017

May 11, 2017


The Vine That Ate the South by J.D. Wilkes
"In a forgotten corner of western Kentucky lies a haunted forest referred to locally as The Deadening, where vampire cults roam wild and time is immaterial. Our protagonist and his accomplice—the one and only, Carver Canute—set out down the Old Spur Line in search of the legendary Kudzu House, where an old couple is purported to have been swallowed whole by a hungry vine. Their quest leads them face to face with albino panthers, Great Dane-riding girls, protective property owners, and just about every American folk-demon ever, while forcing the protagonist to finally take stock of his relationship with his father and the man's mysterious disappearance ..."

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
"East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent sabre rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master. When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking,and attractive, than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. Just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha's reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war ..."

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
"She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy's to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, 'in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.' Now it's the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It's chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now―her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl―but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed―and has not."

Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
"When ambitious grad student Kate Pearson’s handsome French almost-fiancé ditches her, she definitely does not roll with the punches, despite the best efforts of family and friends. It seems that nothing will get Kate out of pajamas and back into the world. Miraculously, one cringe-worthy job interview leads to a position in the admissions department at the revered Hudson Day School. Kate's instantly thrown into a highly competitive and occasionally absurd culture, where she interviews all types of children: suitable, wildly unsuitable, charming, loathsome, ingratiating, or spoiled beyond all measure. And then there are the Park Avenue parents who refuse to take no for an answer."

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
"Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost ..."


CHARLENE ZALE

Birthday Wish List · 27th Birthday

April 22, 2017

CHLOÉ Roses de Chloè.
Chloé Drew Mini in Cement Pink.
Northanger Abbey and Middlemarch in Penguin's Clothbound edition.
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea.


CHARLENE ZALE

Book Haul · March 2017

April 5, 2017


The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag.

The Muse by Jessie Burton.


CHARLENE ZALE
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