I was recently sent this adorable Slay the Rosé cooler tote bag filled with lots of goodies! In the tote bag were cans of Conniption Rosé Spritz and Conniption Cucumber Vodka Soda by Durham Distillery. These drinks are so refreshing and perfect for summer (since it’s still in the 90’s in North Carolina)! The Rosé Spritz has bubbly club soda, all-natural strawberry and lemon flavors, a blend of Rosé and Petite Sirah wine, and Conniption American Dry Gin. The Cucumber Vodka Soda is a mix of bubbly club soda and our distilled cucumber flavored vodka. I love that these two drinks are already perfectly blended, and they were the perfect beverages to bring along with us while staying at the beach for a week!
Photos by GloryRoze Photography
A big thanks to JNK Public Relations for sending this tote bag
Here’s another outfit that I wore during our beach vacation! I wore this outfit to dinner one night when we ventured out to Swansoboro, NC where they had the most gorgeous views. I recently picked up this dress from Target and it’s only $25 which is definitely a steal. It’s perfect with these fun statement earrings by Sugarfix x BaubleBar and Marc Fisher slide sandals. I can also see myself transitioning this outfit into fall with a denim jacket and a pair of ankle boots too.
Target dress | Straw bag | Marc Fisher sandals | c/o Sugarfix x BaubleBar earrings
Charlotte Walsh Like To Win: Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate back in her home state of Pennsylvania. She is a COO at a tech company in Silicon Valley, but is moving back home with her husband and 3 children to run her campaign. The book covers how dirty and difficult the Senate race is for her as a woman, and also showcases the difficulties that this campaign has on her marriage. The ending wasn’t my favorite, but the rest of the book was so good and I loved the main character.
Rating: 4/5 stars
American Spy: Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. Her career has come to a halt, but she’s been given an opportunity to join a task force at working to take down Thomas Sankara (the president of Burkina Faso). She joins the force and is involved in a coup that ultimately brings him down, even though Marie has developed romantic feelings for him. The book switches back and forth between present time where someone has tried to kill her, and the past which shows what led to her joining the FBI. To be honest, this book wasn’t my favorite, and I had to make myself finish it only to find out that there wasn’t a true ending.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Park Avenue Summer: Alice wants to be a photographer, and decides to move to New York City from Ohio to pursue her dream. She gets a job as an assistant for Helen Gurley Brown at Cosmopolitan magazine. Many people at the magazine don’t believe in Helen because she’s a woman running the magazine, and they try to sabotage her. Alice is very loyal to Helen, and it follows the story of her career, her love life, and her family. I loved this book, and it had me in tears at the end.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Three Women: This book is non-fiction, but it reads like fiction. It took the author 8 years to write, and she drove across the country 6 different times while researching and writing this book. It follows the lives of Maggie who is involved in a court case because she was romantically involved with her teacher, Lina who is in a loveless marriage, and Sloan who has an open relationship with her husband. This book was so interesting, and it portrayed how the desires of women are inferior to men and what impact this has.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Mrs. Everything: Jo and Bethie are sisters growing up in Detroit in the 1950’s. They experience a lot of trauma and tragedy, and their lives don’t end up quite like they had anticipated. The book discusses gender and racial roles, and it really shows about women are supposed to do it all and be ‘Mrs. Everything.’ This book is a long one, but it is seriously so good and one of the best books I’ve read lately.
Rating: 5/5 stars
You can see my last round-up of books that I read here.
If you follow me on Instagram (@akeeleywhite) you saw that I spent a week at the beach with my family! We were staying in Emerald Isle but also ventured to Morehead City, Beaufort, and New Bern and it was so fun to explore different parts of the coast. I wore this outfit to dinner in Morehead City and I’m in love with midi length floral print kimono that is currently on sale. I love wearing it with a black tank and shorts paired with a straw bag and statement earrings. It’s the perfect casual outfit for the end of the summer. What do you think about kimonos?
American Eagle kimono | Rock & Republic shorts | Jack Rogers sandals | Old Navy tank | Straw bag