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From My Favorites: Trending Red

I hope you all had a nice week-end. I kicked off our week-end with a solo lunch in the East Village at City Bakery…they have incredible coffee and delicious food, especially their salads which are perfect Primal fare. I highly recommend it. On Friday night, we attended a work function at my favorite Italian restaurant in Iowa, Bambinos, which is located on Orilla Road in Cumming. We used to go there all the time when we lived down there, but now we never seem to be out that way for dinner, so it was a special treat. I love the pizza, but my go-to dish there is the stuffed pepper. It reminds me of home every time.

I spent all day on Saturday sitting on the back porch making beaded wrap bracelets and enjoying the fact that it wasn’t 105 degrees outside. Keegan smoked ribs and some friends came over for diner and a few beers.  I was in bed by 10:00, enjoying having the the windows open and reading until I fell asleep. Right now, I’m making my way through a book on running an interior design business, and last week I read War Brides for free on my Kindle. I’d give War Brides a 3.5/5.0…not great but definitely better than my previous read, 5o Shades, which was probably the worst book I’ve ever read in my life. I seriously don’t get the hype…it’s just bad.

Yesterday, I spent most of the afternoon with a huge stash of new jewelry making supplies, getting ready for Market Day this coming week-end. If you’re local, the hours have changed from 7:00 to 1:00, so you can combine your early Farmer’s Market shopping and breakfast with supporting your local handmade artists. I’m taking September off, so I won’t be back at Market Day again until October. Hopefully, I’ll get around to adding some of my new designs to my shop this week, but in the meantime, I’ve rounded up a few of my latest favorites…

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My favorites always tend to follow a theme. If I search back through them page by page, I’ll notice very distinct collections emerging. Lately, I’ve been into pops of red, bold patterns, and modern typography. I think that vintage wallpaper would look so pretty in a kitchen with white cabinets and butcher block countertops.

Summer is winding down, for me anyway, so I’m going to take advantage of every minute I can spend outside or out and about in Des Moines. I hope you have a great start to your week!

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  • Rose November 30, -0001, 12:00 am

    I read War Brides for free too. I agree with your rating. I feel like it was decent but definitely could’ve been more interesting or exciting. I read a few excerpts from 50 Shades and I don’t understand the hype either! Not even counting the absurd plot line, it just seemed very poorly written and I can’t stand reading books like that. How did that make it through an editing process? :/

    • Jillian August 13, 2012, 1:32 pm

      The popularity of 50 Shades is mind blowing to me. I’m reading another new one now by the author of Winter Sea that’s pretty good so far. I’m a sucker for time travel books set in England.

      • Rose November 30, -0001, 12:00 am

        Yeah, mind-blowing is a good way to put it haha. I agree. You’ll have to let me know if the one you’re reading now is good because I loved Winter Sea! Have you ever read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series? Time travel… England… Scotland… it’s really good.

        • Jillian November 30, -0001, 12:00 am

          I have Outland on audio book but haven’t listened to it yet. I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Rose November 30, -0001, 12:00 am

    I read War Brides for free too. I agree with your rating. I feel like it was decent but definitely could’ve been more interesting or exciting. I read a few excerpts from 50 Shades and I don’t understand the hype either! Not even counting the absurd plot line, it just seemed very poorly written and I can’t stand reading books like that. How did that make it through an editing process? :/

  • Rose November 30, -0001, 12:00 am

    Yeah, mind-blowing is a good way to put it haha. I agree. You’ll have to let me know if the one you’re reading now is good because I loved Winter Sea! Have you ever read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series? Time travel… England… Scotland… it’s really good.

    • Jillian November 30, -0001, 12:00 am

      I have Outland on audio book but haven’t listened to it yet. I’ll have to give it a try.

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