So in addition to being an amazing town (Nashville) and being super awesome in and of itself, The Southern Festival of Books introduced me to two new favorite things:
1. Kathryn Williams! We did a panel together about writing romance in YA and it was like we were separated at birth! One of her friends even thought we were old pals from the way we kept talking when we went to a Honky Tonk after the panel. Loved her! Excited to read her full back list. That’s us (signing next to Junot Diaz, *faint!*)
2. Fried bologna sandwiches. Let’s be honest–I am from the South so this was a reintroduction, but I hadn’t had one since childhood!
We went to Martha’s Vineyard with Dave’s family in September and it was like, “Oh yeah, THIS is what everyone talks about.” What a seriously amazing spot–bikes, ocean, farmland, forest, lighthouses! Gorgeous.
Pop culture aside: Lots of Jaws paraphernalia around, since they filmed most of it there. That movie, man, I can watch it whenever it’s on.
This photo of June with her dad by the ocean makes me miss my own father in a bittersweet way (but mostly sweet). Yay for daddys’ girls.
There was one dress that was super fun but a little too costumey on me (didn’t buy)…
And then there was the black and white dress that is a one-step party-goer (bought):
And the $20 bargain shirt-dress with the great gold-thread detail (bought):
And finally the dress that Sammy scoped for me that was labeled “Miss Fall 2012″ (bought!):
Ahhh, I love vintage shopping! Remember last time I went? It was like two years ago, way pre-baby! So glad to be stocking the closet again. Thanks, Sammy D!
A wedding in the Hudson Valley, with white sangria (Congrats, Amanda and Paul!):
The incredible Decatur Book Festival, with hotel pool and Teen Stage action!
The Hearst lobby was swathed in pink this week in honor of the dearly departed revolutionary Cosmopolitan editor, Helen Gurley Brown. My friend Amber wrote this essay about her, and I second many of her thoughts.
“Good girls go to heaven; bad girls go everywhere.” RIP, HGB.