Tuesday, April 14, 2009

2009 = Simplify

I've mentioned before that my "word" for 2009 is SIMPLIFY. To be completely honest, i haven't exactly been living up to it. Sure i've decluttered my apartment (somewhat), got rid of my cable (really missing my daily dose of Friends but i still think it's a good thing overall!), and attempted a shopping hiatus (key word: attempt). But i still feel like my physical and emotional life is so cluttered with stuff. Baggage. Excess. C'est la vie Americaine...

I first heard about Mary Carlomagno's book Secrets of Simplicity while flipping through the pages of one of my many magazines. Since then, my beloved Kimberly Wilson had done a podcast with her, and several other bloggers (like Holly from decor8) have jumped on her bandwagon. What better purchase is there for moi considering my theme for 2009 is to simplify? (Plus i received a $50 amazon gift certificate so it was like this purchase didn't count as shopping!) The book arrived this morning at work, and i can't WAIT to dive in! The beautiful matte finish cover, spiral binding, and cute tabs make for one of the most beautifully executed nonfiction/self-help books i've ever seen.

Spent the remainder of my gift certificate on Influence, the lovely coffee-table-esque book from Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (how come no one ever says Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen?). I saw the twins on Oprah when this book was first released, and i've been wanting to get my hands on it every since. God i just LOVE books - don't you?? I'm dying to get the Kindle 2 in an effort to be a bit more eco-friendly about my reading (plus it's sooo great for traveling, n'est ce pas?). Does anyone have it? Any thoughts? It's a little too expensive for my taste. Plus i wish it came in a fun metallic pink, like the Nintendo DS (which i also secretly want but will not buy b/c i already own the regular pink version and let's be honest, i don't play with it that often)!

(Also? I totally miss my Amazon Prime membership. That thing spoiled me rotten!)

5 comments:

Kirsten said...

I'm torn on the Kindle. I would love to be Eco-friendly - but I love books. Love holding them, writing in the margins, cover art, etc.

Nina (femme rationale) said...

oooh, i'm gonna check out that book. sounds like something i need right now. haha

as for the kindle...i'm w/kirsten. i just love the physical aspects of books - the cover art, the smell, the pages between your fingers...it feels more personal than a machine.

shannon said...

i recently finished reading secrets of simplicity and loved it. i also just bought living artfully by sandra magsamen which looks really fun.

Melita said...

i'm with the others on the kindle. as cool as they are, nothing beats having a book in your hands.

Angela said...

I LOVE books but I LOVE my kindle. You can't beat it for traveling -- you have several books right at your fingertips and it's SO light.
A word of warning: it just gives you two ways to purchase books. You will spend more money. :)