Back to Britain // Back at Home

Kelly and I returned from our trip to England at the beginning of April, and I've been meaning to write a series of recaps ever since. Where did the past two months go?! The week went by so quickly – it felt like we'd just arrived when it was time to head back home. If you were following my blog last year, you may remember that Kelly and I recapped 2018's trip with a series of three posts. I decided to do it again this year, even though it's so late.

I've already reviewed the books I read abroad and recapped our trip with favorite photos and things from each day. But I almost didn't do this post – about what I'm doing back at home – since it's two months late. But I love the format of Kelly's Mug Life feature and couldn't resist. In it, she uses photo of a mug and book + an acrostic to chat about what she's been up to lately. We did it for last year's recap, and I had to continue the tradition!

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My Current Read // Lovely War by Julie Berry was one of the first books I picked up when I got home, and it's my favorite read of the year. I honestly don't think anything will knock it from the spot in the next six months! It's a gorgeous historical fiction novel that ought to be on everyone's radar. I loved it so much that I haven't even been able to review it yet. But I finally started working on my post this week, so hopefully you'll see that review soon!

Underneath the Mug // I'd hoped that Harry and Meghan would have their baby while we were there so that I could buy a commemorative mug. It would have been perfect since I forgot to get one for their wedding last year! But alas, he arrived much too late... and would I even want a mug with the name Archie on it? I think not. Instead of my London mug from last year, this Rae Dunn BFF mug seemed like the best way to honor my week with Kelly.

Get Nailed // While we were in England, my nails were painted in Butter London's Ta-Ta! My nails weren't painted on last year's trip, and Kelly definitely noticed. I couldn't disappoint her, so I made sure they were freshly painted before I left! When we got back, I swapped it out for Essie's Bikini So Teeny. It felt like spring, so I was reaching for pastels. But in today's post, I'm wearing Butter London's Poole. The soft blue-green just felt like summer to me.

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Look Book // It wasn't as cold on this year's trip since we were traveling in late March/early April as opposed to February, so we didn't have to bring our heavy coats. Thank goodness for a promising forecast that ended up being everything we could have hoped for and more! But with the possibility of rain and a bit of wind, I treated myself to J.Crew's Perfect Rain Jacket. It was exactly that – easy to pack and a great light layer on the days I needed it!

Inspired By // I'm going to go with bookstagram! I haven't been motivated to do travel journal for this trip like last year, though I'm hoping that will change. But bookstagram has definitely been inspiring me lately. I've been posting there more regularly, trying to take creative photos, and am generally feeling reenergized about sharing my love of books. It's been great! My heart is still with blogging, but I'm excited about that community, too.

Frame-Worthy Moment // I shared my favorite photos from our trip in yesterday's post, and I will probably be framing several from that post. And the look on my son's face when he saw me at the airport was definitely frame-worthy. But since I don't have a photo of that moment, please enjoy the one I included below! I took it about a week after I got back while we enjoyed the petting zoo at our neighborhood's spring celebration. 

Explore // While there aren't any major trips on my horizon, I know we'll be visiting the North Georgia mountains (about an hour away) several times this summer. We just went in May and are already itching to go back! I'm hoping to go to the beach in September, but we'll see if it works out. And, obviously, I'm begging Kelly to come back in the fall. It already feels like its been ages since I've seen her because FaceTime doesn't count.

What have you been doing lately?

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  1. LOVELY WAR IS AMAZING! I just loved that book so dang much. The way Julie Berry decided to tell this story really worked for me, and I also love that I experienced it via audio first. I can't wait to reread (both by listening to the audiobook and by reading the actual novel) it!


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