OOTD: PINK DENIM DRESS + MY FAVE BEACH READS
Happy Tuesday guys! God, I love saying Happy Tuesday on what feels like a Monday! Not only does it feel like we're already halfway through the week, but it also means that Friday will feel like a Thursday... But it'll be the weekend already! It's just the gift that keeps on giving, ha!
Today I'm doing something a little special: Two posts in one! You see, when we got together at the beach with my friend Jackie to shoot these pictures, she brought a few books. Which reminded me of how much reading at the beach is one of my favourite things in the whole wide world.
So on top of telling you guys all about that lovely dress, I decided I was gonna spill the beans on my fave beach reads, too.
But first things first: THE DRESS!
At first glance, wearing a dress at the beach may not seem like the most practical thing ever... But I feel like actually, it is! A dress is super simple, takes a second to put on and off, and it's actually dressed-up enough for when you wanna stop and grab an afternoon drink after your beach day, without looking like you just escaped from a deserted island. Case in point, that cute little pink dress.
It's cute and feminine, but it's actually made out of denim, which means it's also super practical. You can just slide in and out of it at the beach, and then look adorable AF when you're leaving the beach.
I mean, it's fine to wear denim shorts and a bikini top in a beach town - which I do quite often on the Venice boardwalk, if I'm being totally honest. But I feel like as soon as you leave the boardwalk and enter the "real" city, it's a little, hum... Inappropriate? I don't know, I just feel like in doubt, you should probably put some clothes on, ha!
All that to say, that little pink denim dress is super easy to transition from the beach to the city. It's also super comfy, and since it's cotton, you won't be sweating your balls off. (See more pictures + link to shop below!)
Now that we went over the dress, let me introduce you to my favourite beach reads...
BEACH READS, BABY:
Those of you who have been reading THB for a while probably know that I mostly read books about business, personal development and human behaviour.
I absolutely love reading, and I do it quite often, so I like reading books that actually bring me value. On top of it, these are all subjects that I find fascinating, and since I love learning new things, it's really what fits my needs the most. BUT, that being said, at the beach, I like to take things smooth.
There's something about the sun and the sound of crashing waves... And if we're real honest, the white sangria/frosé/champagne, that just puts me in the most relaxed vibe ever. Like, so relaxed that if I'm not reading or talking Sasha's ear off, I'll probably be building a sand castle like a motivated 6 year old. No shame in the game!
But back to books... Since a lot is usually happening at the beach, I like to keep my reading light and fun. So while I will sometimes bring a business book if I'm by myself, usually I like to keep it to these 3 categories:
I know, I know... It's embarrassing. Whatever. I don't really give a shit if the people on the next blanket judge me for not reading a journal of quantum physics while I'm tanning my butt in a thing bikini, you know? Just keeping it real real here, guys. Truth is, I basically haven't read a chick-lit book since I was 17, unless I'm at the beach. I feel like in terms of beach reads, it's kind of hard to beat it though. It's funny, light, and doesn't require too much thinking... If any at all. Perfect for when the frosé is starting to hit your brain, right? Ironically, I'm kind of picky when it comes to girly novels...
I like the ones that are a little gritty, like when the main character has mental issues or does coke on the reg in seedy clubs. So sue me. If the author is sarcastic and funny on top of it, I'm sold. I particularly enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada (a classic) and Everyone Worth Knowing, both by Lauren Weisberger. Sophie Kinsella also has a ton of fun reads, the last one I read was I've got your number. It's also impossible to go wrong with the insanely funny, sexy and politically incorrect Sex & The City, from Candace Bushnell.
Another type of book that I don't really take the time to read on the reg are coffee table books. I LOVE collecting beautiful coffee table books, because they just give me life! But to be totally realistic, I don't really take 20 to look at beautiful pictures on any random Tuesday afternoon... So when I go to the beach, I love bringing one and just enjoy getting inspired by all the gorgeous shots. It's important to notice that not all coffee table books are huge and heavy. I wouldn't bring a 20lbs book to the beach, but some of them are paperback and light to carry around.
I particularly love Aimee Song's book Capture your style,which is all about fashion photography and Instagram for bloggers... Most likely, I don't need to explain why it's such an interesting one to me? Ha! Some of my other favourites also include Garance Doré's Love Style Life and The Sartorialist.
I must have mentioned fashion magazines at least 10 times on this blog, because I'm obsessed! Ever since I bought my first one at 14, I've been collecting fashion magazines in mint condition. I have a ton, and I refer to them for inspiration on various topics like fashion and style, but also writing topics and creative ideas.
While fashion magazines don't only qualify as beach reads to me, as in I don't feel guilty taking some time to read them on any given day, they're still kind of the ideal beach read. You don't have to concentrate too much to enjoy them, and they provide a variety of topics in one issue. My 3 go-to's aren't very original, but they're Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle. By the way, these 3 links bring you to $5 and $10 yearly subscriptions of each magazine, which is such an incredible deal, it's not worth passing up!
Other Honourable Mentions
While they're not falling into any of the 3 categories mentioned above, here are a few other books that I read at the beach (or the pool) and particularly enjoyed:
Furiously Happy (Read my full review here) - By far one of the funniest books I've ever read. Like laugh out loud until your stomach hurts funny. It's also a very interesting perspective on mental illness. I know, that doesn't sound very funny... But somehow it is.
The life-changing magic of not giving a f*ck - A funny, sarcastic AF parody of The changing magic of tidying up, by Marie Kondo. While I enjoyed the Kondo book, this one is a little more my style, with the word f*ck being used at least once per page. Hilarious and accurate, too.
The subtle art of not giving a f*ck (Read my full review here) - Same topic, different approach. A little less cute and a little more researched/scientific. Still funny and light enough for the beach.
The Glitter Plan - The story of the 2 women who started Juicy Couture. This book is described as "part memoir, part business manual, 100% juicy" and that's exactly what it is. A real page-turner and a super fascinating read for anyone trying to make it big in the fashion industry. Or any industry, for that matter.
That's all for now guys! Hope you enjoyed my list of beach reads... Although there are at least a thousand more I could have included in there, I feel like that's a good start!
Let me know if you would like more book recs, I read a lot so I have a few up my sleeve, on various topics.
I would also love to get your book recs, so please leave the title of a book you absolutely enjoyed below, bonus points if it's a non-fiction!
I hope you all had a super relaxing Labor Day weekend and you're ready to kill that new week!
I'll talk to you soon.
Love, Jenny xx