It has been a while since I did a Latest Loves post here on Be Colorful Coastal, but to stay in the loop just scroll down to see a blast of my recent favorite things.
For starters, this is a fun read that you won't regret adding to your TBR stack.
Plus, this book is on sale this week in ebook form on Amazon for only $1.99!
What an unexpected delight. I was reading this novel on an airplane and found myself in that awkward moment of realizing I was gut laughing out loud and attracting a raised eyebrow or two from my fellow passengers. But as humorous as this book is, it also has a message about grief and moving forward. I was surprised by the layers in this book. It is more than just a funny story about a gay uncle whose young niece and nephew move in with him for the summer. At first glance, the guncle is hoping to help them move through their loss but as it turns out they are also able to help him finally find some closure and recovery too. In three words: I loved it.
Next, I want to share (and brag) about the over-the-top clever idea my daughter came up with
with to celebrate our granddaughter's third birthday...
Welcome to Mastering 3,
otherwise known as a Master's golf tournament birthday party.
The attention to detail is incredible and made this event so much fun.
She had the golf-inspired centerpiece shown above for the table and this one for the buffet island.
The Master's colors with a little pink and the number three thrown in on repeat were delightful.
I am so impressed by these adorable and delicious Master's themed cookies that she made herself. She didn't get that skill from her mama.
Our little three-year-old doesn't like cake but loves donuts so these green-sprinkled mini donuts were the perfect addition.
My daughter even researched the foods that are served at the tournament and incorporated them into the menu.
I love the green sandwich bags and the egg salad and pimento cheese labels. It was another one of those fun and something extra details that made this party so unique.
Click here for more of her incredible inspo.
What inspired me design-wise this month?
Two different images jumped out at me recently. This first one has the vibes and colors of our empty-nester home up north.
I love that rug, the design colors, the black shiplap wall, the chandy, and that cocktail table/ottoman.
I am embracing that they didn't find the need to add books or a tray of tchotchkes to it.
This next image inspires me for our Florida home. I already have a piece of art above our fireplace that was my jumping-off point for our living room but I am swooning over the green bases under the modern chinoiserie planters and the layered effect of those Asian-influenced sconces. The dashes of colors that were pulled from the artwork are design genius. I'm a total fangirl of this look.
But what is a home without some accessories to trick it out?
This winter we received a couple of these eco-friendly Geometry brand kitchen towels from our daughter and son-in-law and although I loved the fun colorful designs, I didn't really appreciate them until we actually put the tea towels to use. They are super absorbent and dry quickly. All of the Geometry products are sustainable and made from recycled materials and according to the website, each kitchen towel is equal to 3.5 recycled water bottles.
Not only are they functional but their designs are contemporary and add an element of style to a humble product. How appropriate are these two patterns for our Florida home?
You can purchase them here.
I have been struggling with how to add some additional ambient lighting to our lanai where we have a limited number of outlets. Recently these stunning rechargeable battery-powered lamps showed up in my Instagram feed. How DO they know? LOL. I was hesitant to order them because I was worried they might have that hideous cool white glow but no, they add a wonderfully soft and adjustable warm-hued glow. I like them so much that I am thinking about adding two more in either gold or black to the inside of our home.
Solariko rechargeable cordless lamps. Available here.
Those of you that follow Be Colorful Coastal know my obsession with throw pillows. Etsy shops have become my go-to when I am looking for new pillow covers and that is where I found my latest little lovely.
This shop does such a nice job of finishing. I really like a corded edge like this one has.
Then there were the style influences that inspired me.
This gold tote from Tom Ford made my Handbags That Take My Breath Away Pinterest board.
And this more down-to-earth option was an actual add-to-cart purchase.
I loved the color and the fact that they are a budget-friendly summer option.
find them here.
Another recent great find is this firming facial cleanser from boscia. I have used and liked other products from this company in the past but this is my newest fave.
It smells nice and has a cooling sensation. You can feel it firming but it isn't drying.
My latest love nail color?
It has to be Zoya's Lola. It is a perfect happy shade for Spring.