Recent Reads – Crazy Rich Asians

This has turned out to be a slower reading month for me… which seems odd because I feel like I’ve been reading a TON! I’ve only *finished* one book this month… BUT I read a lot more! I read a bit more of a huge biography I’m slowly working through, I started a new audiobook, I started a new library book, and I’ve been busy reading the book for my summer bible study! So while June is kinda skimpy, I have a feeling that July’s recent read post will be EPIC.

Earlier in June, I read Crazy Rich Asians and I really liked it a lot!! I wanted to read the book before the movie comes out this summer, and I’m so glad I did. The story was fun, the characters were likable (even all the minor ones!), and the plot moved along at a nice pace. Here’s the summary from Amazon:

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers. 

I didn’t really know anything about the plot (beyond what I saw on the movie trailer) when I picked it up, and I really enjoyed the story line! I’m so curious about if that’s what it’s really like for the ultra rich in Singapore or how much was fictionalized, and now I can’t wait to read the other two books in the trilogy!! The characters were all seriously so fun, and I can’t wait to hang out with them some more for two more books!

Have you read the book yet? Let me know what you thought! If you haven’t read it yet, do you plan on reading it before you see the movie?


Sweet Tooth Hotel

Do you ever see things that people have done on Facebook or Instagram and you think to yourself “Man, I can’t believe people paid money to do that…” Well, I just did one of those things, and it was 100% fun and 100% worth it!

There was an art pop-up near downtown Dallas called the Sweet Tooth Hotel that was 1,200 sq. feet of neon, candy-themed rooms and it was crazy and super random and so awesome! If I’m being honest, there was really no point to going except for seeing something fun and getting fun pictures for Instagram. Which I definitely did. And the pictures don’t even do it justice!

My favorite room was the first one, with tons of mirrors, neon cacti, and ringpop-inspired lights. It was so trippy to see 18 of you at once in all the mirrors (and it was hard to find an angle for a picture where my friend and I weren’t seen!)

The next room was a crazy candy bathroom, complete with a donut mirror, glittery foam in the sink, and candy at the bottom of the bathtub!

Next on the tour was a neon and candy bedroom (this is *technically* a hotel, after all!) The bed was made out of recycled Nike shoe soles, which they wanted to make sure everybody knew, and there were macaron-shaped bedstands and lights that I fell in love with!

The last official room in the Sweet Tooth Hotel was a little kitchen, which made it feel more like a Sweet Tooth Apartment, but whatever it’s fine let’s just go with it. There were so many props you could pose with, a fun phone that didn’t work, and lots of surprises inside the cabinets!

That must be it, right? WRONG! There is a secret room that you get to by going THROUGH THE FRIDGE!!!

This was the CRAZIEST room of all! All neon, all stuffed animals, all crazy! Like, who thought of this?!?!?

While those were all of the rooms at the Sweet Tooth Hotel, there was plenty to see in the hallways, too! There was a neon sign that said something that might have been “sweet dreams” (I don’t remember!!), there were more props to pose with, a cotton candy-esque rainbow wall, and a cloud that glowed brighter and brighter the louder you spoke!

What a fun, random place, right?!?! I still kind of can’t believe that I paid money to go see this for 45 minutes (they say you get an hour time slot for your ticket, but it was really 45 minutes…) but at the same time, it was fun and I had fun with my friend, and so that makes it worth it in my mind.

Summer 2018 Dallas Bucket List

I’m so happy that summer is almost *officially* here (even though it has felt like summer for a while now in Dallas)! It always goes by SO fast, with working and traveling and more traveling – it always seems like the summer is over and I realize that I didn’t do nearly as many fun things as I had set out to at the beginning of the season. I really want to make a conscious effort to make more fun memories in Dallas this year, so this is going to be my attempt to do so! (I’m all about planned fun, haha, and maybe this will remind me to go do fun things instead of watching Parenthood again on Netflix because yes that’s what I’ve been doing for the past week.)

Summer 2018 Dallas Bucket List

Try a new fitness class. There are so many great ones to try and I want to find a fun one and give it a go! There are so many “fitness events” around Dallas where you try a class at a cool location and there’s snacks after, so I’ll be on the lookout for one of those. I keep being out of town for all the ones I’ve previously wanted to go to!

Explore flea markets. Not that I really need anything, but I do enjoy looking around a good flea market! I haven’t been to that many in Dallas, so this is the perfect opportunity to find some and see what treasures they have inside!

Visit a new museum. I’ve done a pretty good job over the last 3 years of visiting a lot of the “touristy” spots and museums, but there are still a few that I need to check out. I love fun facts and trivia and this is a great way to learn more.

Try some fun desserts. It seems like there are fun new desserts places popping up ALL THE TIME in Dallas, and I haven’t tried ANY of them! I need to get on that!

See the murals around town. There are so many great murals around town and I have seen like, none of them up close!

Hear live music. Nothing says summer like sitting outside on a patio with a cool drink while listening to some live music. I’m thinking this will need to happen at Truck Yard or the Rustic. Yes.

Try a new brunch spot. There are so many that keep opening up and I’m falling behind!!

Find a “go-to” coffee shop. And not Starbucks. I want to find a place I can go do some work and have a delicious drink at the same time. Not too loud, not too quiet… just right.

Walk the trails close to me. There are so many nature trails up in north Dallas and I want to try them! But not at night. And not alone. And not in the middle of the hot summer days. So… this one will be tricky, but I can do it!

Five for Friday #42

Hello from Kansas City!!! Well technically hello from Olathe, Kansas. I’m in town for a really good friend’s wedding tomorrow and I can’t wait to see her as a gorgeous bride! I just saw her and all our friends less than 2 weeks ago for her bachelorette party weekend, but I am so excited for more fun friend time. And cake. And I’m told there will be mini pies, so obviously I’m excited for those, too. It’s a bummer I couldn’t fit my workout shoes in my carry-on because I’m going to be eating ALL the food this weekend and will need to burn some calories! I head straight to San Diego for a work trip after the wedding, and I plan on doing a lot of walking there, so that will help. Except I’ll be eating more yummy food in San Diego…. it’ll be fine.

I’m currently sitting in a Starbucks doing the reading for my bible study for next week and waiting for my gal pals to get to town and realized I hadn’t posted yet today! And it’s a Five for Friday which is my FAVORITE, so here we go!

One || Have you heard of the enneagram before? It’s a kind of personality-type system and it’s the topic of my current bible study series and it’s ALSO the basis behind a series of songs from one of my favorite singers, Sleeping at Last! He is creating a song for each of the 9 enneagram types, and they’re all just SO good and SO on point and SO beautiful. The song for number 5 came out TODAY and you need to listen!! I’ll leave the song for 2 below, because right now it’s my favorite.

Two || Look at these adorable gingham donuts!! While I’m not a donut maker (YET!), I definitely want to try and decorate some of my sugar cookies with this gingham style… I think they’ll be adorable!

Three || I’m obsessing over these adorable little journals! Do I need more cute journals in my life? Nope. Do I still want to have them in my life? Yup! Rifle Paper Co. can do no wrong in my book. I’m still drooling over their little flagship store that I got to visit while in Winter Park, FL!

Four || I need to do some serious de-cluttering in my apartment (and my life if I’m being brutally honest) and this might just be the online inspiration I need, courtesy of Emily over at Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Five || LOOK AT THIS DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am absolutely in love with it! I bought it to wear to Brook’s wedding tomorrow and I just want to wear it all the time. It fits so well and is SO flattering on me, which was a real gamble since it was only available online and I couldn’t try it on at the store and I had no idea what size to get. Yes I did order 3 sizes because you just never know. One fit PERFECTLY and the other two will go back!


That’s all from me for now – I’ve got some more reading to do before all the exciting stuff starts this weekend! I hope y’all have a wonderful and safe weekend and also get to eat some mini pies! 🙂

Desktop Backgrounds for Summer

Hi there! I’m here with another installment of some of my favorite desktop backgrounds! I’m trying to keep my work desktop looking bright and fun during the summer, and these will definitely help me do that.

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Since I change my desktop background every week on Monday (I don’t get people who have had the same one for years – crazy!), I’ve used my fair share of fun images over the past few years. Check out other desktop backgrounds I’ve loved and shared here, here, here, and here!