Blogger Book Fair: Jackie of Ruby Flats

Who needs a good book to read this weekend?  I'm excited to have another contributor to the Blogger Book Fair:  Jackie of Ruby Flats.! Jackie is a stay at home mom like myself and will soon be a mother of two, as her next child is due shortly.  So of course I feel a bit connected: same name and same career! Holla!  Make sure to check out her blog, where she posts lots of hip and cool finds in fashion, kid stuff, recipes and more!  Plus she has great post titles that make me crack up, like "Romancing The Scone".


Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your Blogger Book Fair!  Your blog was a huge inspiration to me when deciding to start up my own blog, and continues to be one of my favorite daily reads, and am so honored to now be a guest!  I am so excited to share some of my favorite books with you-and its quite an eclectic mix!

Domino, The Book Of Decorating
Talk about inspiring!  This book is a great source of motivation for me to get my house in order, and also just a great source of eye candy.  The rooms in this book are to die for, and they break down each one with the paints, fabrics and furniture pieces they used, so you can duplicate them yourself.  The book teaches you to start with your inspiration for particular decor, and then step by step, how to execute it.  It also includes great tips for decorating, and how to best decorate to suit your own personal style.  It is a perfect book for someone like me who really appreciates a beautiful space, but maybe doesn't quite know how to go about re-creating it myself.
This is such a great novel, I mean, the kind you could read in one sitting (if you had the time!)  It draws you in from the very beginning.  It's a unique mix of darkness, heart, family and love, all rolled into one.  I literally finished this book and immediately handed it to my husband to read, who also loved it.

This book has been an inspiration to me since I started reading it.  It totally encouraged me to look at my own habits and quirks and see that not only are they normal, but just a little adjustment here and there can make a big difference in my daily life.  Gretchen Rubin is not only an author, but a normal person who set out for a year to try and make her life happier, all through her own thoughts and actions.  This book is a perfect example of how becoming just a little more aware of yourself and the interactions you have with other people in your life can bring more happiness to everyone.

Once upon a time, I worked in a flower shop, and I absolutely loved it.  I think my ultimate dream would be to work with flowers in some capacity-events, arrangements, parties, etc.  I first saw this book in our shop, and have never forgotten it.  Preston Bailey is an absolute genius in the way he can transform a space with flowers and decor.  Every last little detail is what makes his work so incredible, and you will look at the photos and be amazed about what he thinks to use to create his masterpieces.  Each picture in this book gets better and better as you move through.  What I wouldn't give for a day with Preston Bailey, just to follow him around to learn and absorb all of his creativity and passion.

I really enjoy cooking, and although my husband isn't the most adventurous eater, he is a serious pasta eater, and this cookbook is a sure bet.  Giada is absolutely at the top of our list when it comes to trying new recipes, and I have never cooked a Giada recipe that wasn't a hit-pasta, appetizers, desserts...all a success!  She uses really fresh, simple ingredients to deliver a delicious end product.  Makes me want to crack this book open tonight for something new...mmm!

Believe it or not, I picked this book up after hearing about it through Dina from the Real Housewives of NJ (please don't judge!).  She had written how great it was and how it helped her learn to be more present and to live in the "now", regardless of what has happened in the past.  Its a great book to pick up every once in awhile, or to read all at once.  I'm not one to read self-help books, but the points Tolle makes in this book really gave me a lot to think about, and definitely being more present is a huge goal for me, as my life seems to be changing and getting more exciting every day!

Thank you Jackie for participating!  Love that you got that last rec from the Real Housewives.  See- reality TV isn't all that bad!


  1. I'm not sure I can trust a Dina recommendation...have you seen her choice in cats???

    I think the Domino book is on the bookshelf of everyone, everywhere, except mine. Maybe I should be picking this up?

  2. ohh i really want to read the happiness project and water for elephants!!! i keep seeing the domino book all over too, i'm going to be adding these to my amazon wish list!!

  3. Jackie, Thanks so much for having me at your Book Fair! I had fun putting my list together! xo Jackie

  4. That Domino book is on my list- miss that mag!

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