Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Five (4)

So I thought it might be fun this summer to try writing a more personal post every Friday highlighting some things going on in my life that aren't necessarily book related.  Let me know what you think!

1.  Dust Off the Shelves- Last week, I wrote about how I am epically failing my pledge to read allllll the books on my shelf in 2014.  I decided that I would aim to read one or two by the end of this summer and you guys voted that Just Listen by Sarah Dessen should be my next "oldie-but-goodie" read. I love Dessen and have read most of her books, so I am excited to pick up Just Listen soon.  Thanks for the feedback!

Source - This is the set I bought. They are perfect!
2. More Etsy Finds - I love photography and I came across this local-to-me photographer, CT Costa Photography. I have been on the hunt for black and white photographs of shore birds for almost a year, specifically sand pipers. (My bathroom has a shore bird vibe to it.)  I can never seem to capture the birds just the way I want to, but Chris Costa definitely did. Check out his gorgeous photography here. I love all of his beach scenes, too!

3.  Across the Way - I am obsessed with this store in Cape May and Stone Harbor, New Jersey. I have been going to the Cape May location for a few years now and have found really great artwork for my son's room, our kitchen, and even a few unique pieces for our house (antique-ish large skeleton keys!). I just love their stuff. You can even order some of their items online. Check it out, especially if you like one-of-a-kind pieces.

I go crazy for cherries in the summer. Obsessed.
4.  Farmers Market - I have been trying to eat more locally grown fruit and veggies this summer. We usually hit up a lot of the farms down the shore, but I recently tried out the Farmers Market that is walking distance from my house (duh, why didn't I go sooner?) and I loved it.  There's nothing better than fresh fruit in the summer. 

5. Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs- Guys, why am I just seeing this now? I knew these two fabulous authors got married, but I somehow missed the pictures they posted. Their bookish wedding is stunning. I had to wipe the drool from my mouth. Perfection, right?

Happy Friday,


  1. LOVE those skeleton keys! I want them in my house immediately:) And I had no idea Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs got married? So cool. I will checking out their gorgeous wedding as soon as I'm done leaving this comment. This is such a fun feature, thanks for sharing Christina!

    1. That was my thoughts exactly when I saw them. I adore them! Wait till you see the pictures, Jenny. I know you'll love their wedding as much as me. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Ooh, Sarah Dessen books! I usually reread her novels each summer, but I haven't started yet. I'll have to dust off my shelf and get on it!

    Love the skeleton keys! I've always liked the way those older ones look.

    Re: Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs - It looks like they had the most adorable wedding!

    1. I am hoping to get to Just Listen in the next few days! And I agree…Tahereh and Ransom's wedding is absolutely adorable! Thanks for dropping by, Lea!

  3. Sand pipers? How neat. I love it.

    OMG that wedding. Wowzas. SO cool. I love how her dress is part hip and part old fashioned. What a gorgeous striking balance.


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