black and white.

black and white layered look

black and white sweater, with denim

black and white with denim

layered rain look

rainy day look

rainy day look with hunter boots

Sweater: Target. (on sale! also love this similar one here.) Shirt: Old. (similar here.) Jacket: Old Navy. (similar here.) Coated jeans: Old Navy. (similar here.) Boots: Hunter kids. (adult’s here) Bag: Ivanka Trump. (similar here.)

Just in case you can’t tell by the state of my hair, it was raining so much when we took these pictures.  I’ve always enjoyed the rain, and it’s a good thing too because we get so much here.  My cost-per-wear on my rain boots has got to be down to a fraction of a penny by now.

I love this bridge.  It’s just a stone’s throw from our house and every time I drive past it, when I’m heading out to run errands or go into the city, I always marvel at the arches.  It’s not a big bridge or anything all that substantial, but it sure is pretty.  People create some really beautiful things.  I’m reading “Unbroken” right now (it’s so good, by the way) and the suffering and cruelty in it, the triumph, I don’t know, it reminds me not just how horribly inhumane humans can be, but also how beautiful and kind they can be as well, how indomitable.  It’s also put a lot of my own struggles into perspective and helped me see outside myself a bit– always a good thing. Which is just one of the many reasons why I love to read so much.  Perspective.  I remember feeling this way after I read Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search For Meaning,” years ago, and I think it’s about time I pick that book up again.

Which reminds me, I’ve almost finished “Unbroken,” and I’m looking for another great read.  Any suggestions?  It can be anything, even a silly novel.  Just a book you read and loved.  Ready, set, go!

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20 thoughts on “black and white.

  1. I just finished Girl on a Train and it’s definitely a page turner. More of a thriller and a little sad so I was looking for something uplifting next. I think I’ll give yours a try. Thanks for the recommendation. Maybe you and your readers should start a little book club? I’d love that. One that I would recommend is Running Like a Girl. I know you have said you like to run so this one is a good one. Pretty fun and inspirational.

  2. Here’s some I have enjoyed over the last few years:
    The secret history of the pink carnation
    Sarah’s Key
    Where’d you go Bernadette ( takes place in Seattle)
    Orphan train
    The queens gambit
    Broken for you (another Seattle setting)
    Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet (Seattle again)
    The zookeepers wife
    84 Charing Cross Road (I hear it is similar to one of your favorite books The Sweet Potato pie literary society)
    Love all your looks. Being a NW girl myself I appreciate your Seattle weather looks. So miss my hometown.

  3. Adorable, as always :)

    Try these – all great reads:
    Me Before You – Jo Jo Moyes
    The Girl You Left Behind – Jo Jo Moyes (love her)
    Reconstructing Amelia Kimberly McCreight (A hard read for moms of girls – but really really good)
    The House Girl – Tara Conklin
    Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett (a very long read but probably the best book I’ve ever read.)

  4. I just discovered the author Catherine Ryan Hyde about a month ago – my 2 favorites of hers are: The Language of Hoofbeats and Don’t Let Me Go

    I’d also recommend…
    The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
    The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
    Some Wildflower in My Heart
    The Girl Who Came Home
    The Thirteenth Tale

  5. I just finished “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. Totally life-changing! It’s about counting all the gifts God gives us, the good, bad, little, big, ugly. Right now I’m reading “Baby Catcher” a story by a midwife of birth stories. Funny and very interesting!

  6. I am reading Jim Gaffigan’s Food/Love Story and it’s pretty funny. The latest fiction I read and liked was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I think these are a bit fluffy, but so romantic and uplifting – Freckles and Girl of the Limberlost.

  7. These are some of my faves I’ve read lately:
    Pope Joan- Historical fiction, SO facinating
    The Book Thief

  8. The Pretty Little Liars series. The Hunger Games series. The Divergent series. And anything Karen Kingsbury!

  9. I really liked The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. It’s one of my favorite books I have read in the last few years.

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