Books and Looks: Vintage Icons and 2018 picks

Aside from books and beauty I am obsessed and fascinated by old hollywood- actresses, icons, socialites and so on.  I have a huge collection of coffee table books on the subject and love a good non-fiction book about some of these amazing women.  I paired up some of my most anticipated 2018 picks with a few, just a few, of my favorite vintage glamour gals 😉  Happy reading!


Coming June 26, 2018

via ~ Penguin Random House

In the new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed, a woman is forced to choose between her family and her most deeply held values.

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. Her husband’s tech business is booming, and her adored son, Finch, is bound for Princeton.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs. His adored daughter, Lyla, attends Nashville’s most prestigious private high school on a scholarship. But amid the wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in.

Then one devastating photo changes everything. Finch snaps a picture of Lyla passed out at a party, adds a provocative caption, and sends it to a few friends. The photo spreads like wildfire, and before long an already divided community is buzzing with scandal and assigning blame. In the middle of it all, Nina finds herself relating more to Tom’s reaction than to her own husband’s—and facing an impossible choice.


Jackie and Lee- as classic and chic as an Emily Giffin novel.



Coming March 13, 2018

via~ Penguin Random House


Angelica Huston- strong, stunning and mysterious-. Bohjalian’s novels through and through.



Coming June 5, 2018

via~ Simon and Schuster

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Weisberger returns with a novel starring one of her favorite characters from The Devil Wears Prada—Emily Charlton, first assistant to Miranda Priestly, now a highly successful image consultant who’s just landed the client of a lifetime.

Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.

Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly’s ex-assistant, does not do the suburbs. She’s working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.

Karolina Hartwell is as A-list as they come. She’s the former face of L’Oreal. A mega-supermodel recognized the world over. And now, the gorgeous wife of the newly elected senator from New York, Graham, who also has his eye on the presidency. It’s all very Kennedy-esque, right down to the public philandering and Karolina’s arrest for a DUI—with a Suburban full of other people’s children.

Miriam is the link between them. Until recently she was a partner at one of Manhattan’s most prestigious law firms. But when Miriam moves to Greenwich and takes time off to spend with her children, she never could have predicted that being stay-at-home mom in an uber-wealthy town could have more pitfalls than a stressful legal career.

Emily, Karolina, and Miriam make an unlikely trio, but they desperately need each other. Together, they’ll navigate the social landmines of life in America’s favorite suburb on steroids, revealing the truths—and the lies—that simmer just below the glittering surface. With her signature biting style, Lauren Weisberger offers a dazzling look into another sexy, over-the-top world, where nothing is as it appears.


Natalie Wood- charming and bright- all things encompassing Weisberger’s books.



Coming July 3, 2018

via~ Penguin Random House


Marilyn Monroe- smart, game changing and naturally perfect- Cristina Alger’s collection of books.



Coming July 3, 2018

via~ Penguin Random House 

Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn’t tell anyone, not even the person who shares your bed? Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife who both have something to hide, this incisive novel pulls back the curtain on a seemingly-happy marriage, posing the question: how much do we really know–and how much should we want to know–about the people we love the most?


Katharine Hepburn- spirited and unique, the excitement I have for The Intermission!




Coming May 1, 2018

via ~ Harper Collins


An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

A night out. A few hours of fun. That’s all it was meant to be.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time.

When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar, they want a fun break from their daily routine. But on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow moms insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed.

Thirteen days. An unexpected twist. The Perfect Mother is a “true page turner.” —B.A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors

Babe Paley Avedon portrait

Babe Paley- classic and rich- the highest praise for Molloy’s debut novel!



Coming May 15, 2018

via ~ Simon and Schuster

From Jessica Knoll—author of Luckiest Girl Alive, the instant New York Times bestseller and the bestselling debut novel of 2015—comes a blisteringly paced thriller starring two sisters who join the cast of a reality TV series. One won’t make it out alive. So…who did it?

When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her castmates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America—and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.


Twiggy- Iconic.  The name Jess Knoll is building for herself with her writing.


Strong is the New Beautiful by Lindsey Vonn


Nowadays we are encouraging and seeing so many STRONG WOMEN!  Whether it be politics :), careers, education, the list goes on- we are seeing so many amazing females supporting and praising one another.  One thing that is always in the media is body image.  Raising a daughter of my own, I am always conscious about this topic.  More and more celebrities, sports figures and designers are coming forth embracing all sizes and shapes.  It’s so refreshing to see that a size o or 2 is not the norm and that we are all beautiful in our own way.  I was so excited to receive a copy of Lindsey Vonn‘s new book, Strong is the New Beautiful.  An Olympic athlete, role model for girls and stunning women she writes a part memoir, part food guide and exercise manual that is all about empowering women.  I loved this book so much and will continue to use this as a reference for healthy choices, inspiration and motivation as I come off my maternity leave.  I am always looking for ways to improve my eating and make exercise fun.  What I love about this book most was Vonn shares her favorite recipes, workouts, playlist and go-to everyday routines as well as opening herself up to the personal struggles she endured to get where she is today.



I am excited to try some of her recipes as well as incorporate her work out favorites into my exercise regime.  If you are looking for an empowering read from a kick-ass women this is it! I also recommend this book as a great gift for teen girls as Vonn shares so many positive messages about body image and self-esteem.  This book is the epitome of a BLISSFUL read.  Enjoy and stay strong and beautiful!


via Goodreads ~

Lessons in strength, fitness, food, and attitude from the popular world champion skier and beauty icon—Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn.

Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn wants women to stop thinking about “losing weight fast,” and instead focus on loving their bodies for what they are and what they can do. Lindsey is a small-town Minnesota girl at heart turned world-champion skier, but that didn’t come without hard work. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, Lindsey lays out the never-before-seen training routines and her overall philosophy that have helped her become the best female skier in the world—tailored for women of all shapes and sizes. Lindsey backs up her fitness program with advice on what to eat and how to work out, and kicks readers into high-gear, helping bolster their self-confidence and build a better body image, with the tips and tricks she’s learned as a pro.

This is Lindsey’s regimen, and she encourages people to take from it what will work for them. She bounced back from injury not by doing every single thing a trainer said, but instead, by thinking about the fitness plan that would work for her, and eating the right foods that would make her feel and get healthy. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, she interweaves her training and diet regimen with compelling stories of her life growing up in the heartland, her love of skiing, the challenges she’s faced—including injuries, illness, and depression—and her secrets to wellness, fitness, and recovery.

Supported by cutting-edge science and the latest studies on health and exercise, filled with routines even those hitting the bunny hill of working out can master, and illustrated with dozens of workout shots and photos from Lindsey’s own collection, Strong Is the New Beautiful will inspire and motivate you–whether you’re an aspiring athlete, want to get back into shape, or are eager to up your game—to make your body stronger than ever before, inside and out.

Thanks to Harper Collins for sending a copy for review.

You Made Me a Mother by Laurenne Sala


Mother’s Day is almost here and I found the perfect book for new mom’s, old mom’s and any mom alike!  The absolutely beautiful and touching You Made Me a Mother by Laurenne Sala.  This book was first a poem written by Sala and then made into a video for Boba, the baby carrier company, which went viral and touched so many women’s hearts.  Sala went with the popularity of the video and teamed up with the whimsical and charming illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser– the master artist of the Fancy Nancy series.  The two created a book that is so warm and magical you can’t finish without misty eyes, in the best way.


I am the mom of a two year old daughter, Chloe and one boy on the way.  The moments of joy trump the moments of questionable sanity, but boy its hard.  Its the hardest job I will ever have but the absolute best title I can call myself.  This book really depicts the realities of motherhood and reminds us with out all the crying, sleepless nights, gray hairs and terrible two’s we wouldn’t be who we are- Mothers.  These little beings made us that way.  This book is the perfect Mother’s Day gift, Baby Shower gift, book for any mother figure in your life, it will be loved by any one receiving it- guaranteed.  I was lucky enough to ask Laurenne some questions about the book and her writing process as well as some fun facts about her!  See below and try not to watch this video and not cry 🙂


  1. Growing up what was the relationship like with you and your mom?  

My mom was a single mom, so we were bestiestwo girls having fun in the Chicago suburbs. I really looked up to her when I was younger and thought she knew everything. She taught me how to work a toolbox and get things done without having to call on a man. We had fun, sang at the tops of our lungs in the car, and danced on Sundays to clean house. Then I became a teenager and hated her, but before that, everything was great!


  1. Moms are such inspiring figures in our lives.Who are some inspiring women in your life aside from your mom?

I learned to write within the ad industry, and there arent too many women in it! I havent had many female professional mentors until very recently when Robin Preiss Glasser, the illustrator of my book and the Fancy Nancy series, took me under her wing. Then, Lissa Price and Michelle Markel, two brilliant authors, came in to help me with this new career, and it has been a delight to be able to call on someone who knows the game and knows what I am going through right now.


I also look up to people who arent afraid to talk about their truths, like Brené Brown and Jill Soloway. Mainly, I am inspired by each one of my friends for their different lovely attributes. Its either their generous hearts or their zen attitudes or their assertiveness. My friends are all so great, and I am lucky to know them.


3.I know this was originally a poem, a beautiful one at that.  Moms were so in love with this message.  When you saw the responses to the video from social media how did that make you feel?

I was so absolutely shocked! I wrote the poem, and I didnt even know the video had been finished. Suddenly, I get a Huffington Post article in my inbox, and I got the chills.

I felt validated because I had been writing another book with the goal to make people feel,and it had just been rejected by a few agents. So, to know that I could make people feel made ME feel (happy tears and relief). And to know that I had really achieved the goal of capturing motherhood felt wonderful because Ive felt for a while now that Im ready to be a mom. Phew! It also meant I could hear the insights from other wonderful people (like my mom and cousins and friends) and turn them into something else, so that also felt greatlike maybe I can be a ghostwriter or write historical fiction. Ideas just opened up to me, and my mindset changed from being so hard on myself. I stopped telling myself I should probably quit writing and go wait tables.  


4.I know you are a speaker as well.  What type of talks do you give and what is your favorite part about speaking on such a great platform?

I talk about vulnerability and about how admitting who you really are can help open you up to things in life! I am so passionate about this topic that I started a storytelling show, Taboo Tales. I help people write out their stories and get them to release them on stage in front of a live audience. After seeing how being vulnerable has helped countless people, I started speaking about it at colleges. So far its been great, and Ive learned that most everyone is holding something in no matter how old they are and how taboo it is. This is a piece that explains how I got to that point. Its deep, so be warned.


  1.  As a writer, where is your favorite place to write?

I like to write in coffee shops with lots of plugs and nobody to kick me out if I stay too long.


  1. Name 3 blissful things that you can’t live without?

cuddling. real talk. reading books in the sun on the beach (with a friend and mimosas).


  1. What is the first thing you do when you complete a book?

When I complete reading a book, I love to look up reviews and see if others agree with me or not. When I complete writing a book, I either want to share it with someone or I dont. If I dont, its a bad sign.


  1. What was the last book that you read?

I read Laurie Halse Andersons Chainsand then Forgeimmediately after. I didnt realize it was a series, and I ran out to get the next one the very day I finished the first.


  1. While on tour what is a must-have beauty product in your make-up bag?                I’m looking for suggestions on how to be more of a make-up kind of girl. I bring some eye cream. Some Make Up Forever foundation. Some other creams… ? Help!


  1. Are you looking forward to any books that are coming out in 2016?

YES! Remember that trilogy I mentioned in #8? The third book has been promised for months, and its been stalled. I CANNOT WAIT! It must come out in October, or I will be forever lost.

The Wrong Man by Kate White

The Wrong ManKate White

Happy 4th!  I am starting my July reviews with a fabulous thriller.  I am a huge fan of Kate White’s and count the Bailey Weggin’s series in my top favorite books!  I knew that her newest book, The Wrong Man was going to be just as amazing plus there was something special about this book as there was going to be a character named after my daughter in it.  Yes, there was going to be a Chloe in the book!  Rewind.  We entered a contest last summer where Kate had requested readers to pose with her then novel, Eyes on You.  I sent a picture of Chloe with her detective hat and spectacles and we WON!  I was thrilled.  So reading throughout the book I was awaiting seeing her name pop up and it did, in a clever little way 🙂 Thanks Kate.  Like all of White’s books she leaves the most addictive cliff hangers at the conclusion of each chapter thus making the reader fly through this book.  I was so happy to read and review a mystery again.  It’s been awhile but they are oh so good.

The Wrong Man starts off with its main character Kit traveling for business in Florida.  Wanting a change of pace in this moment of life she decides she is going to do something spontaneous and fun.  She meets Matt Healy, also on business, who is mysterious, charming, the full package.  After a romantic dinner they both go back to the hotel and things develop from there.  They both have the mindset “no strings attached” and decide the next morning it was a great night and let’s leave it at that.  Kit is ok with this although there is a part of her that is drawn to Matt and wishes she could see him again.  She leaves Florida and heads back to New York but not before she gets call from Matt wanting to meet-up in NYC.  They decide the meet for dinner and Matt gives her all the details including where he lives.  Kit heads over there to meet him only to find out the man who lives there is not the man she had a fling with but yet his name is Matt Healy.  Let the mystery begin.

The Wrong Man is a thriller of deceit and murder.  From sunny Florida to gritty NYC, White takes you on ride filled with hairpin twists and turns questioning who can you really trust?  The spiderweb of characters and lies will have you hooked from the first page as in typical White fashion.  Whether this is your first or fifth novel of White’s she does not disappoint!  Without a question this is my fourth “Blissful Beach Bag” pick! Let’s keep our fingers crossed she is working on a Weggin’s mystery, I need a little Bailey in my life.

Miss Chloe in her winning picture as well as the new book.

The winning photo from 20142015 Winner

*The Wrong Man was sent to Bliss Beauty and Books for review purposes.