Mixed Print Book Club

In our recently formed “Mixed Print Book Club,” we try to pick books for the group that are charming, fun, and an escape from reality (for better or for worse). The group consists of mostly working women (and yes, that includes full-time mamas!), so when we have a few minutes to slip away into another world, it helps when the main characters are swoon-worthy and silly.

Our picks so far have included:

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Next Read: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

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Attachments: A Novel, by Rainbow Rowell – Oh holy night, this is a heart-swelling, laugh-and-cry-out loud, swoony moony charming book. It’s told mostly through emails, so it reads quickly, and we guarantee you’ll be cheering by the end.

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The Rosie Project: A Novel,
by Graeme Simsion
 – This quirky romcom novel is fairly predictable but oh so enjoyable! The narrator is a man with Asperger’s, who is determined to find the perfect life partner, using a complicated set of rules and regulations. Also a quick read, and part of a series, for those who can’t get enough of Don.

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Kiss Carlo: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani – Our friend, book clubber, and surrogate sister Missy loves loves loves the author Adriana Trigiani, and has gotten us hooked. The Big Stone Gap series series is ten thumbs up! Kiss Carlo is a sumptuous throwback with beautiful descriptions and a world to definitely get lost in.

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel – The book that kicked it all off! Hands down, across the board, a winner. Told in a series of emails and letters, this Seattle-set satire is funny, smart, and delightful. Plus, that cover!

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What are you reading? Interested in joining in from afar? Message us and we can set up a post for commenting on each book!

{featured photo by Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash}

Favorite Things

Highlights of some of our favorite things, and where to find them!

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Plum and Punch Bright Eyed Yellow Pencil Holder (or zipper cactus holder…) – More fun planters found HERE.

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212 Everything Bagel Salt

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Ranunculus flowers. These papery, delicate flowers are inspirational as an artist and creator. Their symmetry and ombre color reflects just how mesmerizing nature can be. Test your hand at growing your own…or do like I do and call a florist. –Nicole {photo from @nikosaur on IG}

{featured photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash }

Welcome!

Years and years ago, we (Stephanie and Nicole) collaborated on a lifestyle blog, before we realized that lifestyle blogs were even lifestyle blogs. We called it “Cinco Style” and it was an assortment of photos, recipes, projects, and favorites. This was pre-Pinterest, pre-Instagram, if you can even remember that far back!

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In time, our professional and personal goals have aligned in such a way that we felt compelled to start an updated version of that old blog (which has since been deleted, sadly). Stephanie is a floral designer, landscape architect, fiber artist & quilter, hostess with the mostess, and visual merchandiser. Oh yeah, she has also two children. Nicole is a freelance writer, a painter, a bookkeeper at an arts council, an arts advocate, and an entrepreneur. Oh yeah, and she also has two children.

Because of our busy schedules, indulging in our favorites is a necessity. That means sparkling wine in fancy teacups, splurging on a shellac manicure, gathering friends for impromptu parties, and enjoying a fresh bouquet of peonies, grown in the backyard. It means making relaxing bath concoctions, and then taking those baths, going to the movies with our families, and sitting by the fire telling stories.

“Bubbly in a Teacup” will highlight all of life’s little luxuries that we can afford, on our boxed-wine budget. Whether it’s from eye-lash serum to perfecting a vodka gimlet, we hope to inspire you to seek out your own happiness and joy.

Cheers! –Stephanie & Nicole