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Our book selection for the month of June is....

It Happens in the Hamptons by Holly Peterson
You can grab the book here

Okay, here's a quick recap of how our book club works.

*You have the entire month of June to read the book. 
*You can post pictures on Instagram while you're reading the book or when you finish. Just remember to use the hashtag #lalalifebookclub so everyone that is participating can read your thoughts and share their own! 
*If you aren't into posting pictures, just comment on others or my pictures so we can discuss the book. 
*I'll post when I start the book and when I finish. 

I can't wait to dive into this summer read and hear y'alls thoughts on it! 
Happy reading, friends! :)

Hey y'all! I'm so excited that summer is officially here and there's much more time for fun stuff like reading! I've decided that it's the perfect time to start a book club. This is something I've wanted to do for awhile now and I think it could really be fun! 

So you're probably here from my Instagram post, which had a few details in it, but I'll go into it a little more here. So here's what you do:

1) If you want to participate, comment on my Instagram picture with your book choice #. I'll have a short description of each book below if you want to research to see which sounds best to you. I've never read any of these so I'm excited for any of them!
(June's theme: summer! Duh!)

2) I'll tally up the votes and announce the winning book on Wednesday. 

3) Once we've decided on a book, it's time to read! You can post your own pictures and thoughts or just comment on my pictures. Whatever gets us discussing the books! Just be sure and use the hashtag #lalalifebookclub so that everyone that is participating that month can follow along. 

4) If you have an Instagram account and don't really post pictures but still want to participate, just comment on others! The goal is to talk about the book! 

So now that we have that out of the way, let's find our very first book!

When Katie Doyle moves across the country to the Hamptons, she is hoping for summer employment, new friends for her young son, and a chance to explore a new love affair with a dazzling investor. What she finds is a strange cocktail of classes, where society’s one-percenters vacation alongside local, hard-working people who’ve lived in the Hamptons for generations. Though she’s looking forward to their move, Katie is wary about mingling with her boyfriends’ East Coast elite circles. She soon discovers Southampton isn’t all that it seems to be on the surface—and neither are the people who live there.

As George takes Katie on a whirlwind tour of country clubs, haute couture, and lavish events, she is amazed to witness sudden whims become dire needs, extra-marital affairs blossoming right and left, and people purchase friends and loyalties like a pair of shoes. Even the middle-class townspeople maintain a determined façade while maneuvering like sharks among the wealthy summer invaders.

The more Katie becomes immersed, the more she learns the secrets of both the upstairs and downstairs, the upper crust and middle of the road. The combustion between the classes becomes explosive as the summer tears on. Betrayals, a sexual predator, and a missing person lost in murky waves drive the reader on a racing Learjet ride through impossible twists and turns until landing at the shocking conclusion. When she meets Luke, a local surfer and middle school teacher, he makes her question what it is she really wants as she understands the life she’s begun for herself is built on shifting Hamptons’ dunes.

Book Choice #2 Slightly South of Simple

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

Book Choice #3 On the Island 

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments -- instead of his friends. 

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

Book Choice #4 The Lake Season

Set in the weeks leading up to an idyllic New England wedding, this “enticing and refreshing” (Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author) novel sparkles with wry wit, sweet romance, and long-kept family secrets.

Iris Standish has always been the responsible sister: the one who studied hard, settled down, and always made the right choices—even when they came at the expense of her passions. Meanwhile, her sister Leah dropped out of college to “find herself” by hiking through Yellowstone and switches jobs nearly as often as she switches lovers, leaving Iris to pick up the pieces in her wake.

But now Iris’s life is coming apart at the seams, and when Leah calls her back to their childhood home with a desperate cry for help, she is thrust headfirst into preparations for her sister’s wedding to a man their New Hampshire clan has never met…with her own marriage and family on the brink.

Still, despite the rush of dress fittings, floral arrangements, and rehearsal dinners, Iris is learning to put herself first. And amid a backdrop of late-night swims and a soul-restoring barn renovation comes Cooper Woods, a high school crush who beckons with the promise of a new start.

While Leah faces a past that has finally caught up to her, Iris prepares to say goodbye to a future that is suddenly far from certain. As Hampstead Lake shimmers in the background, Iris must decide when to wade in cautiously and when to dive—and, ultimately, how to ferry herself to safe harbors in this “glittering…memorable” novel of second chances and the ties that bind

Book Choice #5 On the Rocks

Six months ago, Abby's life fell apart for all the world to see. Her longtime boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Ben, unceremoniously dumped her—on Facebook—while she was trying on dresses for the big day.

When the usual remedies—pints of Ben & Jerry's, sweatpants, and a comfy couch—fail to work their magic, her best friend, Grace, devises a plan to get Abby back on her game. She and Abby are going to spend the summer in Newport, in a quaint cottage by the sea, enjoying cool breezes, cocktails, and a crowd of gorgeous men.

But no matter how far away they go, Abby and Grace discover that in the era of social media—when everyone is preserving every little detail of their lives online—there is no real escape. Dating has never been easy. But now that the rules are more blurred than ever, how will they find true love? And even if they do, can romance stand a chance when a girl's every word and move can go viral with a single click?

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Friends, I have two days left until Summer vaca starts. 2. days. I'm running out of energy fast, so I'll just hush up and start with the post for today. Here's what I wore last week! :)

tunic // leggings // straw handbag // shoes

cardi // top // pants 

dress (Old Navy, old) // handbag

dress (see more pics here)

dress (Target last year, but they still carry it in stores this summer!) // shoes // necklace // leopard clutch

Hi y'all! Summer is almost here (yes, that's probably the billionth time I've mentioned this fact...can you tell I'm excited????) That means I'm gearing up for some much needed time out in the sun, tanning and reading! Today I'm sharing my top 10 summer books that I am most excited for! Click the link to add them to your Goodreads shelf (and friend me! I LOVE Goodreads!)

Y’all know my favorite genre is Romance and one of my favorite tropes has to be the hate to love storyline. The Hating Game was one of my absolute favorite books of last year (and now all time!), so I’m constantly on the pursuit of a book that recreates that feel. Dating You/Hating You sounds like it could be a fabulous book. It’s by the author(s) of the Beautiful Bastard series. I read the first one in the series (there are tons!) and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I’m hoping this one is a winner because it sounds so cute!

 I have to be in the mood for a thriller and summer isn’t usually the time I read these kinds of books, but there are so many thrillers that are coming out this summer that sound soooo good! This one sounds like a thriller version of The Breakfast Club. Plus, the cover is gorgeous! 

Okay, this might be my favorite cover ever! I LOVED Laura Dave’s book Eight Hundred Grapes and this one sounds like it could be even better. It’s about a successful culinary star with a huge online following who has everything going for her until she gets hacked. I can’t wait to read this one!

Another thriller! Ruth Ware wrote In a Dark Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. I really liked the first one and just thought the second one was okay, so I’m anxious to read this one. It’s about a group of friends who have secrets. The main character receives a text from one of the friends that simply says “I need you” and so she returns home. It sounds kind of like Pretty Little Liars…

K.A.Tucker is an author who I really enjoy. She isn’t a favorite of mine, but I’m always interested in her books. They are usually quick, new adult reads that I can quickly get through during the busy school year. Her newest book sounds really good. It’s about a girl who saves a man’s life and the man turns out to be a celebrity of sorts. 

 I love a good magical realism story-when it’s done right. This one sounds like it’s going to be really good! It’s about a girl who divorces her husband and he dies 10 months later. She goes to their summer house and he shows up trying to rewrite the past now that he’s seen the error in his ways…now that he’s dead. I have my fingers crossed that this one turns out good!

 Okay, I read Erin Watt’s book The Paper Princess and absolutely hated it. I thought it was so vulgar and unrealistic. I’m really hesitant to read this one, but it sounds good and I’m hoping it redeems the author for me. It’s about a celebrity who needs to makeover himself over so he gets a fake girlfriend and the two struggle not to fall in love…another favorite type of romance!

nother hate to love story…in young adult form! This one is about a girl whose parents arrange a marriage for her and she hates the “groom”. This one sounds like it will be so cute! Fingers crossed!

This one might have the most intriguing plot of all these on the list. It’s about a girl who picks up her child from school. She sees a high school boy cross the street and she waves at him. As he waves back, he doesn’t see an approaching car and is ran over and killed. The mother struggles to get over her role in the accident and starts to befriend the boy’s father. Sounds so good, right??

Oh Sarah Dessen, I use to LOVE Sarah Dessen when I was in college and discovered her during a Teaching Literature course. She was always my go to author. An author that I knew I would love anything she wrote…until I read The Moon and More and hated it! This one sounds like the old Sarah Dessen though…and I’m a sucker for a good wedding story! 

Hi friends! I just had to pop in and share this gorgeous dress that I ordered and wore this weekend. My sweet little cousin graduated high school yesterday. I ordered this dress early last week and didn't plan on wearing it to the ceremony but then when it arrived Friday, I fell in love and just had to share with y'all! It was so comfy and cool and would be the perfect dress for a upcoming event. I have never worn anything by Madewell before, but I know I'll be shopping there more often now! :)

You can get the dress here. I paired it with the peach Kate Spade necklace that I found at TJ Maxx a while back and these jcrew earrings (which are currently on sale!). 

It's Friday y'all! Whoo Hoo!!!!! One more week and then it's SUMMER! I have so many favorites to share with y'all today so let's jump right in! 

Isn't Ellen just the best person on the planet?? I loved watching highlights from her show's current season. Reese Witherspoon was on this week and looked adorable in Draper James! If you missed her episode, you can find it here

Since we are on the topic of talk shows, I love subscribing to all the late night shows and catching up on them in the afternoon when I get home from work. Goodness knows I can't stay up late and watch them when they actually come on! #teacherlife. 
Harry Styles has been on James Corden's show this week and I just loved this sketch they did! Anyone else still obsessed with Sign of the Times?? I sure am! 

I love finding new hair products that actually work and let me tell y'all...these do! Let's talk about the left product first. This oil is suppose to smooth and combat dry hair. I tried this product after reading another blogger's post about how it has helped her hair grow. I don't know if it can actually do that, but something has definitely helped my hair grow after being cut in a short bob last summer. I feel like this product helps make my hair feel healthier as well. It's kinda expensive, but I've been using the same bottle for about 5 months so it's very long lasting! I will definitely be repurchasing.

The product on the right is one that I discovered in a magazine and I found it at Target (I've also seen it at CVS). I love trying out new heat protectants. I had been using the Kenra Blow Dry Serum, but my Ulta stopped carrying it and switched to the spray. It's the same product, but I don't like the sprary form so I switched to Drybar's Hot Toddy. I liked it okay, but I didn't love it. I picked this one up without very high hopes because L'Oreal isn't the best for hair products for my hair. I have noticed a huge change in my hair texture after drying my hair with this on it. I just put a little on damp hair before I dry it. The weather right now is humid and my hair is in desperate need of a blonde appointment, so it isn't doing the best job right now but I really do love this product! 

Okay, this is random, but I ordered these under cabinet lights from Amazon about 3 weeks ago and I just LOVE them! I have a small kitchen in my house and it has very little light at night besides the overhead light, which I hate to leave on. I thought these under cabinet lights would cozy the space up and it did! They are really easy to use too! It comes with stickies like a command strip and you just peel and stick. They hold really well too and are battery operated. I love! 

How cute are these shoes?? I love a good Old Navy find!

My Ulta never carries Drybar, so when I walked into the store and saw this special display I was so happy and knew it would be a Friday favorite! I LOVE the Triple Sec texturizing spray and the flat iron and hairdryer are simply the best. I bought a can of their dry shampoo because y'all have been telling me how great it is. I can't wait to try it out! 

I shared this Charming Charlies necklace on Instagram last week and I'm just loving it! It's sold out online, but I'll keep checking and update y'all if it becomes available again. Such fun colors for summer! Have y'all been to their website lately? OH MY GOODNESS I want it all!!!!!

I am so happy with how my DIY spray painted bistro set turned out! It's a definite weekly favorite! You can see more pictures of this and my screened in back porch here. It's a work in progress!

Need a summer book to sink your teeth into at the beach? I'm sharing one of my favorite trilogies in this post from yesterday. 

Friends, I found Draper James at TJ Maxx this week. I was so surprised to find this brand. Have y'all ever seen it there?? I reeeeeeally want to get this lemon print shoulder bag, but I didn't love it $60 worth. Hoping it's still there and clearanced next time!

That's what I've been loving this week. I'm sure next week will be filled with favorites since it's the LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL! Summer is almost here! :) :)
Happy weekend, y'all! 

Hi friends! Summer is just around the corner and that means it's time to start planning your summer reading! I love reading all year long, but there's just something extra special about summer reading. For teachers, summer means much less stress, so bring on all the books!

Today, I want to review one of my very favorite trilogies: the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy. I read the first book when it first came out back in 2014. There have been two more books added to complete the trilogy and I thought I'd share my thoughts on each. Like I said, I LOVE this series, so if you're looking for a new YA (young adult) book/series to read this summer, definitely pick this one up!

This series follows Lara Jean Covey and it starts out when she is a junior in high school. She lives at home with her dad and two sisters. Their mom died when the girls were younger. The three sisters are very close and have great relationships with each other. 

Early on in the first book, we learn that Lara Jean likes to write letters to all the boys she's had crushes on (or "loved") but she never mails them. She puts them in a hatbox that her mother gave her. The letters end up getting mailed out and one of her old crushes, Peter K., confronts her about it. She brushes it off and goes about her day until her current crush (and older sister's recent ex boyfriend) asks her about his letter and in trying to play it off as no big deal and a silly misunderstanding, Lara Jean tells him that she's started dating Peter K., who just happens to be walking by at that exact moment. Lara Jean runs and jumps in his arms and kisses him....a very unlike Lara Jean thing to do!
The story progresses from there as we see Peter and Lara Jean maintain this fake relationship in order to make Josh (LJ's current crush and older sister's recent ex) and Gen (Peter K.'s on again/off again girlfriend) believe it. Of course, the two main characters start to develop feelings for each other and then something happens. 
The first book ends on a cliffhanger. Not really a cliffhanger per se, but it leaves much unresolved and requires you to read the second book! The second book ends with the reader knowing the fate of the characters. This series was originally a duo-logy, so the second book was suppose to be the end. I was worried about what would happen in the third book, but I loved it!  

Fun fact: I hate to read a book without its jacket, but these are even pretty naked! I just love the colors!

Okay, now I'm going into detail on the plot of each book, so be warned!

Since I've already told y'all what the first book is about, I'm going to start my top favorite Peter K. and Lara Jean moments. <3

When LJ runs and jumps into Peter's arms, surprising him with a kiss. 

The Halloween costume contest. How sweet is it when Peter is noticeably jealous of Josh and LJ's coordinating Harry Potter costumes??

When Peter refers to Kitty as "my girl" when she promises to bring him a Korean smoothie I just love how sweet Peter is with Kitty. 

When Peter and Lara Jean study together in the library. I want to shake LJ for being so awkward during this part of the book. I love LJ and I know she's a quiet and shy character, but she was just so uptight in this part. 

When LJ hangs out with Peter's friends for the first time. I love how much Peter's friends like LJ and how Peter acts pleased with this fact. 

When Peter comes over to take LJ to the party but helps her with the cupcake bake sale instead.  He even remembers to take his shoes off because he remembers they are a "no shoes" household from when they all hung out together in middle school.

When Peter and LJ go to the estate sale. One of my favorite parts!

When Peter and Lara Jean pass notes in chemistry class and Peter asks if he can come over to study and LJ replies no, but is really joking. I can just imagine the other kids watching them interact and totally believing the "fake relationship" because we all know it's developing into a real one. 

When Lara Jean kisses Peter on the cheek for being so nice to Kitty

When LJ and Kitty show Peter their dance and Peter has that look on his face.  Swoon

When Peter gets jealous over Josh's cookie entry in the cookie contest

When Peter brings doughnuts for LJ on the bus ride to the ski trip.

Now, let me say, the second book is my least favorite. The second book introduces a new character and a small love triangle is formed. I do not like John Ambrose McClaren and since the book heavily focused on him and didn't show Peter's positive aspects as much, I didn't like it. I also felt like the author created more distant between Lara Jean and Peter in this book. It's like she added a lot of situations that highlighted their differences and made them fall out of sync with each other. I like how it ended, but there was just too much JAM. And Peter did some questionable things in this book that I would rather not remember. (Bringing Gen to the tree house?!? Oh my goodness I wanted to strangle him!) I understand why he did these things, but I just didn't like it. I still love Peter K. The third and final book redeems him!

The third book is filled with such cute Lara Jean and Peter moments. It opens up with them at a party and Peter knows Lara Jean wants to leave just by a look she gives him. Even though he is the life of the party, he leaves because she wants to. I love this book. Not a lot of major stuff happens, but I still love it.
It mostly focuses on their senior year and what colleges they are going to and how they struggle to stay together even though they won't be going to the same school. 
My only complaint about the ending of the series is the lack of epilogue. I wish there had of been a "4 years later" or something. I would LOVE if Jenny Hann wrote an adult book of LJ and Peter's relationship like Ann Brashares did with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. How great would it be to see Peter and Lara Jean as adults?? Married, of course! :)

If you're looking for a great summer read, please pick up this series! I just know y'all will love it! :) :)

Hey y'all! My back porch is coming together and I couldn't be happier. Summer is almost here and I can't wait to spend my days outside in this fun space. I finished one section of the area and that's what today's post is about!

Here's an overview of the space. I have some close up shots posted below of different things so I'll talk about things in more detail there.

This is the little DIY project I mentioned on Instagram last week. As you can see in the before pic, this bistro set was black and I wanted to spice it up. A can of spray paint to the rescue! I've had this bistro set for about 5 years so it needed a refresher. Now it's like I have a new piece. I love it!
FYI: This was the easiest thing I've ever painted! 

I just love these Lilly Pulitzer pillows. I used them last summer on my front porch but I'm doing something different this year so I moved them to the back. When I redid this bistro set, the pillows went with it perfectly!

The water can was a Target Dollar Spot find. I love using watering cans at flower pots.

Can y'all tell pillows are kind of my thing?? I love decorating a space with fun pillows. Plus, they are easy to change out and make an area feel new and different. 

I got the sun and surf pillows at Ross. I bought them to display backwards since the back is blank, but then when I got them home I realized I kind of like the words. Plus, I can always add something else on the back with my Silhouette Cameo. Another DIY project!
The pink fern pillow is Lilly Pulitzer and I bought it at Swoozies, along with the other Lilly pillows that are on the bistro set. 

The blue and green tea cup pillow is familiar, right? I posted about it in my TJ Maxx Tuesday post a few weeks ago. I found this Kate Spade pillow there and loved it, but decided to be good and pass it up. I told myself if they still had it when I came back that I would buy it and they did! I am so thrilled to have it on my back porch. I didn't even know Kate Spade made pillows!

I'm not a huge birdhouse fan but there's just something about this one that I LOVE! My mom and I found it at a little odds and ends store that is local and I just had to have it. 

DIY Flower Pots post here!

When I went up to grab my Lilly pillows from last year out of storage, I found this burlap lemon that I had completely forgotten about! I found it at Hobby Lobby at the beginning of last summer. I love it! Next to pineapples, lemons are my favorite fruit. Not to eat, just to decorate with! LOL!

Have y'all seen all the doormats at Target?? I'm obsessed! I wish I had more doors in my house so I could buy them all. Love, love, love!

And of course, I've gotta have some reading material. I'm currently working on .a book review for the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy so I've been going back through the first and making notes. Be sure and check back Thursday for that post! 


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