There were a couple books chosen by the No-Obligation Book Club—like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern—that stole my heart this year. Though, if I had to pick a favorite, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles takes the cake. Any book that makes me miss my subway stop must be a good one!
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2. Daily Thought Quote: Monday, June 11
This May, the Daily Thought newsletter went in for a makeover. Our favorite sentiments are now bold and colorful, and there are plenty of good ones to choose from. My favorite quote from this year is simple, but reminds us that sometimes it’s the small things that count.
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My favorite problem solver is no secret around the office. This quirky product caught my eye and my feet are oh, so thankful. KeySocks help keep my toes warm, but my favorite thing about them is that they also keep my feet clean and sweat-free while walking to work.
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4. International Cooking and Recipes
What am I doing when I’m not working? If you guessed cooking, you’re spot on. Armed with recipes and tips for making all types of global cuisines, I’ve expanded my horizons in the kitchen (and even found a few new staples!).
5 of 6Photo: Elinor Carucci; Flowers: Studio Sweet Pea
5. Calla Lily and Peony Wedding Bouqet
I’m admittedly a bit weddings-obsessed, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to highlight one of my favorite bouquets. I’m usually a sucker for all things purple, but this pretty mix of calla lilies and peonies embodies elegance.
6 of 6Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Kristine Trevino
6. New Use: Rubberband as Jar Opener
Whether opening a jar of tomato sauce or a bottle of nail polish, I’ve been using this trick for as long as I can remember. It makes me feel a lot stronger than I really am!