Weekend Reads #19

April 29, 2011 · 15 comments

in Arts & Culture, Community, Unsorted

It’s been a while, hasn’t it, since I’ve done one of these posts? I’m sorry for that, but if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook you’ll know I try to share some of my favorite posts throughout the week when I’m taking part in FBFF on Fridays. This week, though, I was feeling nostalgic. And more than anything I was feeling the bloglove; there were so many great posts this last week and so many feel-good moments. I’m blessed to have all these inspiring people in my life!


Little Girl, Big World – Spotlight On: Cotton

Ashleigh wrote a perfectly genius piece on the fabric of our lives as part of a new weekly series in which she’ll be spotlighting different fabrics, textiles, methods and treatments. I love the idea of learning more about fashion as a substance, all the things that go into making clothes what they are whether it be a material or a process. In the case of cotton, it’s quite fascinating. It was fantastic to be educated on a material that pops up so often in the lives of most of us fashionistas.


Viv and Larry – Ten Reasons Why Gone with the Wind is Still Awesome

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of vivandlarry.com; Kendra, as you all experienced last week, is a fantastic writer and when it comes to classic film, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and Gone with the Wind she’s the ultimate authority. This post is a perfect example of her understanding for all the elements that go into the making of a film; I learned a lot from her piece on what makes Gone with the Wind the epic it is.


Beautifully Invisible – Retail Therapy: A Few Tips for Saving

This spectacular bit of blogging brilliance is not for the faint-of-heart shopaholics. Consider yourself warned. In the way for which she’s become revered, B goes above and beyond to share her tips on smart and savvy shopping. She highlights some of her favorite ways to save money while shopping, including some of my own standbys, but she also introduced me to a whole lot more. Go check it out, but I’m telling you you’ll never want to leave. Except maybe to find your closest Runway at Maxx and begin the hunt for a pair of Louboutins at bargain prices. It’s okay, you can squeal. I’m doing it, too. Nobody judges over here.


Vote for Gracie – Classic Castaways

If you’re a classic film fan you have to read Meredith’s post on the not-so-fondly remembered gems (or are they pebbles?) from Hollywood’s golden age. And if you’re not a classic film fan I think you should still go check it out for her fantastically witty writing. When a lot of us think of vintage Hollywood it’s usually the same thing – Roman Holiday, The Wizard of Oz, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, those fabulous Technicolor MGM musicals – but Meredith exposed the underbelly of the era, the films with such greats as Gregory Peck, Bette Davis and David Niven who might just turn over in their graves at the memory of the final productions. And they all just rocketed to the top of my to-watch list.


The Loudmouth – April Inspiration: Anika of By Anika

Stephanie of The Loudmouth (who’s fabulous, by the way) featured the also-fabulous Anika of By Anika as her April inspiration; this is such a must-read, I can’t even begin to put into words how much I love it. Anika writes on her life, love and liberation through fashion blogging and beyond. I’m sure everyone who reads my blog knows how much I adore Anika and this post perfectly explains why. She’s genuine, with insurmountable kindness and she’s one of the few people in this world who makes quiet-as-a-mouse me bust out laughing. A favorite line: I don’t ski (I can if properly motivated, but there are so few shoe stores at the bottom of skiing slopes, you know?). Go read it and experience the amazing charm that is Anika!


I hope you all have a lovely weekend; and to my Janeites, our Northanger Abbey rewatch and Twitter party is happening in just a few hours! For anyone who doesn’t have access to the film you can catch it in parts on YouTube. Cheers!


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Anika ByAnika April 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Well I am just moved. Thank you so much my darling friend. That you have let me into your life is nothing short of an honour. I love you so much.

And, as you know, I trust your taste, so I know I will love the blogs you mentioned that I don`t know that well. I think you are very good about sharing during the week, but I do love these posts of yours as well. I love that you stick to your own routine of doing the posts you feel like. Happy weekend to you sweetheart! xxxxxxx


Casee Marie May 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Thank you so much, dear! You know I love you and your vivacious style. Mwah!

And I’m glad to know you like these posts; I tried to keep them going and balance FBFF but it just started to feel too crowded, too busy. But I definitely don’t plan to lose them entirely. (:


Anika ByAnika April 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

And you are spot on. Steph IS fabulous!


THE-LOUDMOUTH April 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Aww, thank you so much! I’ve added this to my list of features on my sidebar. I’m happy we connected through our mutual blogging friends, and I plan to be a regular visitor here! :)

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Casee Marie May 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Oh, you’re too sweet. Thank you so much! I’m thrilled we connected as well and can’t wait to get to know your fabulous self. x


Lauren Nicole April 29, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Wow. First off, I love your layout. I follow your blog on blog lovin’. Your “weekend reads” is an awesome idea and I agree with you on the feature of Anika.

I’m going to read more of your posts now.

Tiwitter @LaurenNjordan


Casee Marie May 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Thanks so much, Lauren! I’m glad you like the layout, it’s become a favorite of mine that I’ve had on here. (: And thank you for following!


Anika ByAnika May 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

Just stopping by to give you a big warm hug dear. xxx


Casee Marie May 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Feeling the hug, lovely, thank you! You made my Sunday. ;)


Ashleigh May 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Darling – thank you sooo much for including me!! You never know what kind of response you’ll get when you divert from some of the normal topics… I’m so glad to know you enjoyed it and got something out of it! And I’m honored to be in such great company! I was actually thinking about your weekend reads earlier last week, keep ‘em coming!


Casee Marie May 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Thank you, dear! The post was really marvelous. I know what you mean, taking a differ route can always be a gamble. But it certainly worked! (:


Meredith May 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

casee-a belated thank you so much for the spotlight! i’ve been in the midst of moving so missed this post somehow but really appreciate it<3 you'll have to let me know what you think when you watch.


Beautifully Invisible May 9, 2011 at 10:50 am

I actually read all of the individual posts you mentioned above, but thank you so much for the shout out! I’m still a bit surprised that post was received so well, and it caused a bit of controversy in the comments too. Conversation of any kind is a good thing!

I am honored you felt it worthy of inclusion above!


Casee Marie May 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Oh, of course you’re welcome. It caused controversy, really? I don’t know why it would, but it was a fantastic post. You have this way of putting so much information into a post while still making it look effortless. And the result is enjoyable, not overwhelming. It’s a talent!


Anika ByAnika May 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

Here is a Tuesday-hug for you! <3


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