Happy Things

Happy Friday!  I’m been having a nice few days off, lounging at home, seeing friends and enjoying some much needed rain and gloomy weather!  I recently finished 50 Shades of Grey and was so massively dissapointed by the horrendous writing, lack of plot and the constant use of the phrases Jeez  and Oh my that I can’t couldn’t bring myself to buy the last two in the trilogy.  Instead, I whipped through Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn this week, one of my favorite authors.  I suggest all three of her books if you like thriller and crime novels. Her writing is outstanding.  I’m now onto Savages by Don Winslow, so I can read the book before I see the movie (can’t wait!).

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!  Here are a few things that made my week wonderful.  All photos are from Instagram (username: GourmetBeauty).

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{The great memories of my 10-year high school reunion from last weekend.  So nice to be reunited with my high school group of best friends}

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{Essie nail polish in Too Too Hot, the perfect coral red for the 4th of July}

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{Lazy mornings in bed}

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{A pretty statement necklace from Francesca’s that brightens up any simple summer sweater}

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{Jon and I spent the 4th with some great friends.  This is Paula and me enjoying the rainstorm, the fireworks and some beer.  A similar striped dress can be found here}

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{My tequila soaked watermelon was a HIT at the 4th of July party.  Simple and delicious recipe coming next week on the blog}

What are a few things making you happy this week?

Summer Dresses Under $50

I’ve always been more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. That’s my only characteristic that isn’t super girly. My goal this spring and summer is to wear more dresses. My friend Josa always wears cute dresses and she has motivated me to start doing the same. Not only are they feminine and stylish, they are so much simpler than having to put together an entire outfit. Just throw on a cute dress and you’re done! Plus they are comfortable and they keep you cool. My favorites are casual t-shirt style dresses with stripes or another fun print. I love love LOVE stripes.

This is in no way a fashion blog and any clothing posts will be few and far between. I just wanted to share some great summer dresses I’m loving! Here are some of my favorite and very affordable casual dresses, most of which I’ve recently purchased:

{Striped linen blend dress: $16.90 Forever 21}

{Striped dress with belt: $14.80 Forever 21}

{Belted stripe dress: $16.90 Forever 21}

{Striped maxi dress: $14.50 from Forever21}

{Strapless maxi dress: $44.99 The Webster at Target}

{Flutter sleeve dress: $42.99 The Webster at Target}