She: Muses, Visionaries and Madcap Heroines by Kate Spade New York

Abrams Books sent me a copy of She in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and from the heart. 

I keep thinking about a blog post I read about Kate Spade shortly after she died. “It is important to not only celebrate her life,” wrote Kate Arends, “but to try and understand her death in a way that changes the dialogue around what it means to create a persona and be a person.” The stark contrast between Spade’s public persona and private pain does not make her brand any less authentic, Arends says. “I can only assume that so much of the Kate Spade brand … came from a deep understanding of what it means to be human,” Arends says. “The highs, the lows, the beauty, the darkness.” It’s a great post and I could quote it all day (you should read it) but what I’m getting to here are two things: 1) that Kate Spade herself belongs in the pages of the brand’s fourth book, She: Muses, Visionaries and Madcap Heroines; and 2) that the women celebrated in the book — even those larger than life — each experience (or experienced) struggles that informed who they are: whole, fallible, three-dimensional people who can inspire us by their words and actions, regardless of how much of their inner lives they choose to let us see.  Continue reading She: Muses, Visionaries and Madcap Heroines by Kate Spade New York

Five things

How were your first few days of Fall, everybody? Do you welcome the season in your decor? I spend most of my time in the kitchen, so I love to pile a bunch of gourds on a cake plate and admire them throughout the day.

gourds square

Aren’t they gourd-geous? If you hop on over to So Fawned, you’ll see what I did with these babies.

gourd soup

Here’s a little peek. (I couldn’t resist!)

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You know I love a good kitchen gadget. This week we made some special personalized cookies using these cool cookie cutters. (On clearance at Winners for $5! Woot!)

cactus at market

Cactus at the farmer’s market yesterday morning. Maybe my favourite thing all season!

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Do you crush on pretty stationary too? I am loving my Kate Spade planner and notecards from Chapters. Almost too pretty to use!

And only three more days ’til Blissdom! Woot! What are you up to this week?

What’s doing for Summer?

Saturday marks the first day of Summer. Do you have a list of things you’re wanting to do? This one inspired me to write my own. What’s on yours?

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Eating / Strawberries we picked ourselves.

Drinking / More of these strawberry watermelon daiquiris.

Practicing / How to write without over-thinking too much.

Mastering / Video Games on the ukulele.

Learning / How to improve SEO.

Trying / To make jam.

Playing / With my camera.

Finishing / A bunch of projects around the house. Starting them too.

Reading / Picture Perfect Social Media and A Beautiful Mess Happy Homemade Home.

Remembering / Naps are good.

Wearing / The heck out of this Joe Fresh skirt. And my gold flip flops.

Cooking / More recipes from How to Feed a Family.

Working / On being less hard on myself.

Traveling / Nowhere especially. But the kids would love to go back to Mont Tremblant.

Wanting / To make lots of happy memories with my kiddos. And this Kate Spade planner from Chapters. I die!