Monday, August 11, 2014

Chicks With Books

I remember seeing this picture of Blake Lively about a year ago. When I saw it I thought that it might be one of the sexiest images I've ever seen. For a moment, I couldn't figure out why. It's a simple enough look - messy bun, evening gown, a bit too much boob. And then it hit me. The book! I love that instead of a clutch, or a date, Blake Lively is carrying a book. It really completes the whole look. It wouldn't be the same without it.

I used to be an avid reader. You couldn't separate me from whatever book I was reading. Oftentimes, I'd have two books going at once - one for school and one for home.

And then....I don't know what happened. Friends with cars and boyfriends and blogs: I got distracted. Which in a way was probably a good thing, I read a bit too much. But recently I've picked up the habit again and I'm loving it.

Reading is like yoga for your brain. It stretches it in ways you didn't know it could stretch. When I'm reading I find myself saying the most ridiculous words. The other day I said, "this bag is so cumbersome." I thought I was so cool. When was the last time you said cumbersome?

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I also recently got a smart phone. This may seem like no big deal, everyone has a smart phone. But I've been holding out for years. I don't like the way people behave with their phones. Please stop taking selfies. Please stop texting and look at me while I am talking to you. Please stop liking everything on Facebook. Manners and smart phones don't seem to go together. So I held down the fort. I wasn't going to do it. I didn't need a smart phone.

I caved about a month ago. I bought a new iPhone and got a teeny tiny data plan. I was so worried that my phone would change me, but thankfully nothing has really changed. I do like being able to look at my bank account whenever I want. And I like the GPS (I wish I had a dollar for every time I've gotten lost. Olie and I could both retire). Ok, and Instagram is pretty cool. But no selfies for this girl.

I think that books may be the cure for the smart phone. Chicks with books are the sexiest. Chicks with their eyes glued to their phones? Not so much. I think about this image every day when I pack my book into my purse. It's my new favorite accessory (despite the new phone) and honestly it makes me feel incredibly chic.

So what are we reading ladies?

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