Hello, Gorgeous!

If you’re a new reader, “Hello, Gorgeous!” posts are a round-up of beautiful, random links that are making me smile this week. Enjoy!

"Follow the leader." Seagrove Beach, 2013

I have to admit, we couldn’t have picked a better week for our little beach trip. A day & a half back to work and then a long weekend? Don’t mind if I do! There are a few things that made me smile this week while laying on the beach or riding in the car and today I just wanted to share a couple with you.



Last week, Ellen Foord tweeted about Valerie June’s song “Tennessee Time,” and I have been hooked ever since. Valerie June’s voice is both beautiful and haunting–just perfect for a little weekend listening.


Also, might I suggest taking a moment of silence in respect of her fabulous hair?

… {silence} …

Thank you.

Read It: Jen Lancaster's The Tao of Martha


My friend Beth has ridiculously awesome taste in books. It’s so good in fact that three of my most recent choices have been her recommendations. (Thank heavens she’s in Book Club.) After working together for a couple years, we are just now getting to know each other better so when she suggested Jen Lancaster’s latest book The Tao of Martha and I literally squealed, it caught her a little off guard. (She had no idea about the Martha idolization… probably for the best.) She had thought I would be excited about the subtitle “Why I’m Never Getting All of That Glitter Off of the Dog,” because of my well-publicized glitter ban following the great giraffe glittering of 2012.

Anyway, Jen Lancaster is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers, and I’m pretty sure we could be super fabulous friends in real life. You know, those quirky girls who have adorable lunches at nice restaurants and then drink too much and go home to glitter the Kitchenaid mixer? That could be us! I think she should be our first celebrity guest at a Book Club this Fall, don’t you?!

Check out the Tao book in which she documents her year of “living,” and then check out her blog: Jennsylvania. I could write a whole treatise on the book–she’s hilarious, she’s laugh-out-loud (aka not allowed to read in bed when Husband’s trying to sleep), she’s personal and relatable, her husband Fletch is a saint… yada yada  yada. Instead, let me just tell you that she inspired me. I love how she summarized things on the Today Show, and, coincidentally, in the last chapter:

“You have to try. You can’t fail, if you don’t try. And there were some things that went horribly awry but the things that didn’t were shocking…”

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