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Fun Friday links

20140530-084830-31710090.jpgHello friends, its a lovely sunny Friday in our part of the world! I feel like the weekend has begun.  What lovely plans have you got for the weekend? Before heading out, check out these lovely links…

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but there’s something to be said about lovely colored gems.  And their popularity is seemingly back on the rise.

After reading this article, this reminded me of a book I’ve had for awhile (but have not had the occasion to read) on this very topic. Buried Jewels (reprinted under the title Jewels: A Secret History) by Victoria Finlay is all about her search for the origins and stories behind certain gems.  I can’t wait to dive into it this weekend!

While we’re talking about books, I read an interesting article about the rise of bookshop cooperatives as a response to the declining number of independent bookstores. I love this idea!!  Where do I sign up to get on board?  Here is the full article.

Last but not the least, how about trying out some new photo-enhancing apps over the weekend? There are 5 photo apps that you need to download if you want to do more with your photos.  Check them out here.

Eh voila! Happy Weekend everyone!



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Weekend reading


Hello friends, we’ve got a long weekend ahead of us and I’m going to dive head first into this gorgeous book.  It’s pages and pages of beautifully photographed Venetian beads with a short chapter on the history of bead making in Venice. This bead loving heart of mine is happy at the prospect of such reading!

And while we’re on the subject of gorgeous books, check out this absolutely stunning new book on jewelry.

Happy Weekend everyone!!

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Summer reading

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Long the winter may have been, summer’s going to have its way.  Its finally here along with the Summer fair with its rides and popcorn fare, the smell of barbecue grilling and the long awaited family vacation. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to pack up a bunch of books that I’ve been wanting to read and bring them along to wherever we may end up going. Often, the books outweigh all the clothes I need but summer to me means more time to read all those books I’ve been eyeing during the rest of the year. So I thought I would share with you some of the books in my reading list…

The Orphan Master’s Son -this book has garnered a lot of critical praise and has won the  the Pulitzer Prize.  Prize aside, what intrigues me is the writer’s depiction of North Korea, one of the most closed societies of the world.  I am so curious to see the author’s depiction of this society and I would like to ask him how he this tale came into being.

The Painted Girls–set in Belle Epoque Paris, this is the story of two sisters, one of whom becomes the model became for Edgar Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.  I love historical fiction. I love the idea of imagining the stories behind artworks and historical figures.  And sometimes its good to be immersed in another period altogether.

Detroit: An American Autopsy– I think its only fair to learn more about this notorious city with such contrasting faces. Crime ridden yet blessed with one of the country’s best art collections. I want to know more.

The Fault in our Stars— I’ve been a fan of John Green since I read Looking for Alaska  so I’m really looking forward to his newest one. It has cancer in it though so I’m preparing a box of tissues.

Paris Haute Couture– This is a comprehensive history of Parisian high fashio.  Good enough reason for me to read it!

Market Day in Provence— Provencal markets have such romantic allure. I love markets.  But this book dissects the mechanisms behind such markets and dissects its economic workings and implications.  That’s quite a different take on markets and I’m curious to see what the author has to say. Plus, its set in the beautiful town of Carpentras of which I have many fond memories of.  I can’t wait!

How about you dear friends, what’s on your summer reading list?