May was obviously a phenomenal month with a lot to celebrate – at least for me! First and foremost, the undeniable highlight of my month (and year) as you’ll very well remember, the beautiful birthday post that Jenmarie and so many of my lovely blog friends put together for me on SHE. You all know how much that truly made my day so special. Also special this month was Audrey Hepburn’s birthday and the countless tribute posts that beautified the internet in her honor. I was honored, too, that Jamillah of Made to Travel submitted my Audrey tribute to Beautifully Invisible‘s Link Love with a Twist! There was also the fantastic spring-themed Full Time Fabulous Community blog event as hosted by Kristy Eléna of Full Time Fabulous. I had so much fun creating my little contribution to the event. The next one is happening this Wednesday! Very excited. Another blog event I was thrilled to participate in was Stephanie of The Loudmouth‘s Show Me Your Buns post, where a bunch of us showed off our “blogger buns”. In literature I got to review Haunted by Debra Glass, which was a delight. And of course, the pièce de résistance, my gorgeous new Foley + Corinna bag that made its debut in an outfit post. There were guest posts at Holly Knitlightly and lifeanditsotherdrugs, and we wrapped the whole month up with my first anniversary reader contest!
May was a little wonderfully out of control, wasn’t it? Here are a few other things I was loving in May…
01. Hors de prix (Priceless) – watch the trailer
I’ve been wanting to see Hors de prix (aka Priceless), Pierre Salvadori’s re-imagining of the unanimous classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, since it was first released in 2006. And now, five years later, I finally got around to it! Audrey Tautou was (if you’ll pardon the pun) priceless and perfect as gold-digger Irène and Gad Elmaleh showed adorable charm as Jean, the smitten bartender who chases her. I loved that the story was such a departure from the Audrey Hepburn film because you didn’t feel like you were watching a basic remake; it felt in many ways like an entirely different story. And of course, being that it’s a lavish romantic comedy with one of France’s most fashionable actresses in the leading role, it’s incredibly stylish. The story ventures easily into silliness, but in the most enjoyable way, and I really thought the comedy was refreshing. If you’re ever looking for a feel-good romantic comedy, this is definitely high on my list of favorites!
02. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips – buy them online
If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter you will have heard about my new-found love for Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips; in short, they’re amazing! I had a singular incident with the application, and that was because I opened one of the protective cases that houses the strips a few weeks before I actually applied them and the strips dried out. Luckily there was a secondary case with lots of extras so it worked out, and a week later they’re still on! I applied a top coat after first applying the strips and later on throughout the week as they started to catch on fabric, etc.
03. Bullett Magazine – official site
I actually bought Bullett – which focuses on fashion, film, music, art and culture – at Barnes & Noble back in April but it took me until this past month to really get the opportunity to dive into it. So good! Bullett is edgy, unique and very stylish. I’m crazy about the talent in this magazine, from the contributors to the featured artists, which in spring’s Volume 2 consisted of Stephen Moyer, James Frain, Lykke Li, Kristen Wiig, Donald Glover, Jena Malone, Lea Seydoux and countless others. I’m very excited to grab the summer issue which is on newstands now, including Saoirse Ronan, Tom Felton and photography by David Urbanke.
04. The Civil Wars – official site
The Civil Wars is Joy Williams and John Paul White performing some of the lovliest folk rock music ever. Adele said of them, “They make my heart hurt but make it a bit stronger at the same time too” and I couldn’t agree more. Their debut album Barton Hollow was just released in February, and they’ve already garnered a lot of attention from Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles as well as being featured in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. You can buy their album at their official site, but they also have available a live-recorded set for free! They’re the perfect sort of thing to listen to when you’re having a quite night in.