i have not been reading nearly enough lately. and i love reading and get immense joy from it. it’s the perfect summer escape. so when go mighty and rivet & sway eyeglasses offered to sponsor a find your joy post based on my goal of reading more i thought i’d give back to you readers a little and sponsor a find your joy summer reading group. i can’t read without eyeglasses, which is what inspired me to promote reading — it seemed like the perfect fit. so, here’s my plan: i’m going to give away one pair of women’s prescription rivet & sway eyeglasses, and i’m also going to give away 10 books to kick off the summer reading club — one hardcover book to 10 sfgirlbybay readers who’d like to join the group and read along together. then, i’ll host an evening of book club, live on twitter so we can all share our thoughts on the book. anyone will be welcome to read the book and join in on the online book discussion!
the first book of the summer is gillian flynn’s novel gone girl. have you heard about this book? it’s a really intriguing whodunit which has been at the top of the new york times best sellers list for a while now. we’re going to read three books this summer, and i’ll announce the other two book giveaways in late june and july.
• visit rivet & sway and tell us — what’s your favorite pair of eyeglasses?
• share your favorite rivet & sway glasses here by tuesday, may 28th at midnight PST.
• so sorry, this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
• as always, please be sure to leave a way to contact you via twitter, facebook, your blog or email.
• if you enter, please be prepared to read the book and join us if you can in an online book discussion one evening the last week of june, live on twitter. i will email winners with date to be announced and announce it on twitter so anyone can join in on the discussion.
all rivet & sway glasses are on sale at $50* off right now through May 31st, too! rivet & sway offers free home try-ons exclusively for women’s eyeglasses. they also ship your designer glasses directly to your home, with or without a prescription once you choose the pair that suits you best. so happy reading, people! let’s start the sfgirlbybay summer reading club!
just in time for Spring — the newly revamped Girl Crush site is live. have you ever checked out los angeles-based Wendy Wither’s clever blog dedicated to inspiring women everywhere? well, if not you should. the new site is Designed by graphic maven Mary Frances Foster, and the collage-style aesthetic perfectly captures the core of what Girl Crush is all about: sharing stories of women from all walks of life. wendy was inspired by this mood board below of images she created, and mary frances created the new site from this inspiration. spot-on and beautiful!
The visual overhaul of wendy’s site means the main page now exclusively features rotating Girl Crush stories of awe-inspiring ladies and what they do. Everything else — from wendy’s personal bits, to interests and events, to the latest about what Girl Crush is up to – will live over on the Girl Crush blog page. check out the beautiful new Girl Crush space, where you can find your regular doses of female-powered inspiration.
i’m just home from a long weekend away which was so wonderful. you know how when you leave town and go on holiday, the prospect of it is just so exciting? sleeping in a new place, with new adventures ahead. and then, after a week or so, maybe even less than that, you have a hankering for something a bit more familiar. usually for me, it’s my bed. i love my bed with it’s soft white linens and all the comfort and contentment it brings. no surprising pillows that simply won’t fluff just how you like them. no foreign bumps in the bed, or in the night. just home, just your very own bed calling you to surrender from your travels near and far. your sanctuary — ahhhh home. serenity now.
when i went to antwerp, belgium a few years ago, i couldn’t help but notice the neoclassical influence in the architecture there. i was given a tour of the Cogels-Osylei neighborhood with gorgeous old gothic homes, once sitting in ruin, that had been restored to their original beauty by a community of locals artisans in the city who banded together to save them, and eventually occupy them. so when i saw this NEOCLASSICAL GALLERY HOME IN BELGIUM which also serves as a gallery in dwell’s newsletter this week it brought back all the memories of those Antwerpen homes, and my desire to have a peeked inside them. luckily dwell had access to this beauty so i’m finally getting that voyeristic itch scratched. visit dwell for the full story.
• Photography by Chris Tubbs.
happy friday readers! i am actually taking the day off today. i’m up in sonoma county with my family celebrating my mum’s birthday. we’re staying in a great house, it even has an airstream in the backyard, which is where i’ll be sleeping tonight. i think it’ll be a little like camping — fun! so, today, i thought i’d share a few more ideas for relaxing and roughing it — decorating with vintage cots. add some cozy throws and pillows and you’ve got a great place to curl up with a good book or have a lazy afternoon nap. we have one from elsie green at makeshift society in the loft, and you can often find someone nodding off up there. you can find them all over — from army/navy surplus stores, to etsy and ebay. have a great weekend everyone and i’ll be back on monday!