I've been a shopping fiend lately. So many sales. I'm getting good stuff, but my wallet is depressed. You'll see what I mean when I do my Recent Purchases post soon. In the meantime, here's some other stuff I've got my eye on!
Asos Hampton Heeled Sandals, $76 - These aren't "me" at all, but I still sort of love them. The bright pink color is so fun and summery. If you paired these with a white dress (or black for that matter) it would look amazing.
LL Bean Sea Stripe Tote Bag, on sale $29.99 - I've got beach bags on the brain since I'm headed home to New England tonight for 11 days of fun in the sun (hopefully!). I'm into this nylon tote from LL Bean. It's simple, but high quality and really everything you need for a beach day. It also comes in orange.
Splendid Stripe Tank Dress, on sale $70.80 - I may have many striped dresses, but I don't have any in pink, so this one makes the cut. Splendid always uses the softest fabric and I like the slightly longer length here too.
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson - A God in Ruins is a sort of companion novel to Life After Life. It follows the life of Ursula's brother, Teddy, both during and after his stint as an RAF bomber during World War II. It's a compelling novel, taking Teddy's poet heart and dropping it in the middle of one of the most destructive wars we've ever seen. His life after the war is somewhat quiet, but those experiences never leave him. They bleed into his relationship with his wife, his daughter, and his grandchildren. Teddy is a wonderful character and spending time with him is very worthwhile.
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon - Miles has spent almost his entire adult life searching for his missing twin brother. Lucy has run away with her history teacher. Ryan has found out that his uncle is really his father. These three lives are all connected by the same thread, although they don't know it. Part thriller, part identity origin story, this novel takes awhile to get a feel for, but it eventually comes together in a beautiful way. What constitutes an identity? How fluid can our identities be? Await Your Reply explores these questions while giving you a hell of a story to read as well.
Perfidia by James Ellroy - This is my first James Ellroy. It's Book #1 in his 2nd LA Quartet (the first quarter including The Black Dahlia and LA Confidential). The Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbor and Los Angeles is reeling. The novel follows the stories of the Los Angeles police department, including drunk Captain William H. Parker, Japanese forensic scientist Hideo Ashida, and Irish assassin turned copper Dudley Smith. Kay Lake, local ingenue, also becomes embroiled in the dark world of policing. The novel is highly stylized and has taken me a long time to work through, but it is brilliant in its depiction of December 1941.
DT's best friend from home was in town and staying with us, so we had to show him a good time. Friday night we grilled dinner at home, had some beers, and then headed out to meet a couple friends at Bar Pilar. If you find yourself there, order the "Charles Is Not In Charge". Mezcal, aperol, and peach soda make for the most refreshing cocktail I've had in a long time.
After a drink, we headed to U Street Music Hall to see Miami Horror, who put on a great show. It was fun and dancey and everyone had a good time. After dancing for a couple hours, more food was in order, so we made a late-night stop at Taylor for sandwiches and risotto balls.
Saturday morning was lazy, but we eventually made our way over to the pool for more hang time with friends and more drinks, all before heading over to Red Rocks for another friend's 30th birthday party. There were cupcakes and happy hour prices, so I was happy. And then the rainstorm rolled in and we had an incredible view of all the lightning. It was epic.
That eventually turned into a dance party, as it is wont to do with us. We had to duck out and run across the street to meet up with DT's friends from his study abroad program, one of whom was in town from Cairo. More drinks, more food. Rinse and repeat.
Sunday morning was equally as lazy as Saturday, but we got our acts together to make it to Cafe Berlin's Sunday pig roast, which was just as delicious as it sounds. Suckling pig, German potato salad, red cabbage, dumplings, a liter of beer, all topped off with apple strudel.
As you've probably guessed, I'm quite a bit heavier and my wallet is quite a bit lighter after this weekend. But all of the calories and the dollars were well worth it.
And now, a 4-day week before heading north for a trip home through the 4th of July!
Big weekend coming up. DT has his high school best friend in town and staying with us. He also has a friend he studied in Austria with who is visiting DC from Cairo, so we'll get together with her too.
We're headed to the Miami Horror show at UHall tonight, which should be a dance-filled, sweaty good time. We're also celebrating a friend's 30th birthday tomorrow on H Street. And I'm sure the rest of our time will be filled up with other fun stuff.
In soccer related things, here's everything you need to know about every World Cup Team. PS. The US made the knock-out stage and play on Monday night. Watch! Also, an amazing read about the most iconic soccer photo ever taken and how it almost didn't happen. I remember watching that game and being so excited, so in awe of those women. And that ending was just spectacular.
Gap Stripe Straw Tote, $44.95 plus 40% off w/ code SAVE - Beach bags are so fun! I like the look of a casual straw tote that you can just dump out at the end of the day. The stripes don't hurt either. I'd wait for a sale (plus a coupon code) on this one. It also comes in white.
VIX Swimwear Moorish Giovanna Caftan, on sale $83 - Caftans for everyone! They're my new favorite. The more shapeless (less shaped?), the better. The giant ikat print on this is fun, as is the leopard detailing. It's a perfect poolside cover-up.