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THT-What I’ve Been Reading, Watching, Doing and Buying This Summer

Hello friends, I am sharing some of the things I have been doing this summer. It can’t be August already!


Wrong Place, Wrong Time

From Amazon-

New York Times bestselling author Gillian McAllister has created a thriller unlike any other in this endlessly clever, twisty story of a mother who must move backward through time to prevent tragedy from striking at the heart of her family.

Can you stop a murder after it’s already happened?

It is midnight on the morning of Halloween, and Jen anxiously waits up for her 18-year-old son, Todd, to return home. But worries about his broken curfew transform into something much more dangerous when Todd finally emerges from the darkness. As Jen watches through the window, she sees her funny, seemingly happy teenage son stab a total stranger.

Interesting book so far, and it keeps you wondering how does she stop it from happening.


While everyone went to Barbie, I wanted to see Oppenheimer. When we were standing in line for the popcorn, a 25 year old guy asked me , what is that about, who is “Oppenheimer”. Ah, well.

I watched the TV show, the Manhattan Project, a few years ago, and became very interested in the show and history. He is called, “The Father of the Atomic Bomb”, and to learn more about this theoretical physicist was interesting.

I said, there were three movies playing at this theatre, Barbie, Oppenheimer, Mission Impossible. I dubb a new movie Barbieheimer Impossible! LOL.



When I was in the worst shape years ago with my EDS and PN, I watched so many English mystery shows, from Ms Marple, to Line of Duty, and Misommer Murders, just to name a few. Another was, Vera. who is often disheveled and a bit frumpy, but is quick witted and passionate about her job as a DCI Inspector. She will get justice; she is no holds barred. This show is based off of books by Ann Cleaves and there is a 6th season I have to watch! If you love British Murder Mystery shows, this is a must-see! You just can’t help but love Vera!

Theatre – To Kill a Mockingbird

First, we went to our favorite haunt in town, Chichetti’s, the Italian Tapas bar. Their food is amazing and service impeccable! Put it this way, the manager hugs us when we come in! We enjoyed some food and wine before the show. Mom saw it with us.

The book was published in 1960 and dealt with serious subjects such as racial inequality and rape. Would you believe the lead character’s father, Atticus Finch, was played by Richard Thomas! John boy. He has been in so many shows, but to me will always be “John Boy”. The show was brilliantly done; I remember reading it in high school.

Charleston and Beach

If you missed my two posts on Charleston, read PART 1 and Part 2.

We had the best time with family, and also celebrating our 22nd year Anniversary. We rode a large schooner, “manned “by 3 women. I volunteered to hoist one of the sails.

Exploring the history is something I love to do, and looking at the houses, I am always in awe of the beauty and architecture. The food was amazing, as seafood is my absolute favorite. We had beach days and exploring days, overall, a wonderful trip.

What I’ve Been Buying Lately

Since I have a lot of clothes, when I buy new clothes or shoes, I either sell others on Poshmark,, send to Uncommon Threads, a charity for underprivileged women who want to get back into the workforce and go on interviews, or give to Lydia’s Loft.

I bought these high rise chinos in this camel color and black for our trip to Italy. Great style for everyday as well .

I loved this faux leather wrap skirt for Fall. It’s on SALE now too! It will be so versatile!

Another steal was this orange colored top. Perfect to transition into Fall.

Another top on SALE, I loved this knit button down and that it had long enough sleeves!

Another item on sale, is this pretty Chiffon blouse. Just thought it was so elegant!

For Italy and all of the walking, I bought these Cole Haan Grandpro Topspin sneaker. Mine have little lemons on the back ( thought they would remind me of Italy) and very limited sizing, but they also have white with a little leopard print on the back.


I have these ultra soft lounge pants in 3 different colors. They are buttery soft and I wear them out walking too.

Love these mulberry silk scarves. I love a great neckscarf sometimes instead of jewelry, and there are so many beautiful patterns. I bought 3.

I’ve purchased these packing cubes for Italy and they are wonderful compression cubes, that allow me to fit more in the suitcase.

Medication packs that keep your meds cool. I needed something for a medication of mine that needs to be refrigerated. I thought these packs would be good for the 9 hour flight to Italy. They were originally for Insulin and keeping it cool, now you can use other meds. I didn’t think I would be asking the flight attendants to keep my stuff in their fridge!

Paddleboarding/Pool Time

Let me know what you have been up to. I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Have a great day!

Jess xx

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  • Michele
    Posted at 12:46h, 14 August Reply

    Hi Jess!

    Looks like you’re having a fun, busy summer. No time to be bored for you!! Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ve already put in a request for it on Libby (I read on my phone, but I’m missing holding a book so I may go back to that!) Enjoy the rest of your summer and thanks for sharing all your fun activities!


  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 19:49h, 12 August Reply

    I haven’t seen Oppenheimer yet – it’s the kind of film I need to be in the right frame of mind for. A colleague said it’s a bit complicated so I might not follow it!

    Emma xxx

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 00:12h, 11 August Reply

    I still haven’t seen Oppenheimer—I’m worried I’m going to have a hard time following the story because there are too many men in it that look alike ((didn’t have that problem with Barbie!). Glad to hear you liked it!
    Cheryl Shops |

  • Jill
    Posted at 22:23h, 09 August Reply

    I saw the Barbie movie a few weeks ago and want to see Oppenheimer next. That faux leather wrap skirt is calling my name!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • jodie
    Posted at 17:28h, 09 August Reply

    Another friend just told us we need to watch Oppenheimer. We might go this weekend,

  • Gail
    Posted at 02:13h, 09 August Reply

    I saw Barbie and wasn’t blown away…Oppenheimer would have been a better choice. Enjoyed your picks and there are several things I love! xx

  • Midlife and Beyond Blog
    Posted at 18:09h, 08 August Reply

    Really looking forward to watching Oppenheimer. It sounds like a fascinating story. I’m a fan of Cillian and Christopher Nolan the director, so can’t wait. I have never watched “ Vera”, though, again I’m a huge fan of Brenda Blethyn. This series is filmed in my neck of the woods (North Eastern, England). did you need subtitles to understand our northern, geordie accent haha?. Whenever we come to America our accents are mistaken for Scottish, which is understandable as we’re only a few hours down the road.. I would love to visit the restaurant/ theatre, that sounds like my kind of evening.
    Alison xx

  • Di
    Posted at 16:50h, 08 August Reply

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful summer so far! I’m loving the black pleather wrap skirt for fall, and the Mulberry scarves. I wear a lot of scarves and the prints on these are so beautiful. Enjoy your week and thanks for the link up!

  • Rosemary Davis
    Posted at 14:31h, 08 August Reply

    You are enjoying a busy summer. Of course, you know I love your fashion style and the outfits you have selected. Seeing Oppenheimer is still on my to-do list for summer. The trailers look amazing!

  • Penny DC
    Posted at 12:53h, 08 August Reply

    Sounds like a fun summer, and good to hear it’s been a better one for you. I’m not sure if I will watch Oppenheimer when it’s available online. I imagine it’s pretty tough viewing. I have never watched Vera, I’m more of an Endeavour fan. Just brilliant. Love your outfits, you’re reminding me that my wardrobe needs a little tlc.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 11:40h, 08 August Reply

    I still want to see Oppenheimer!! Of course, I’ve seen The Barbie Movie ha ha! Oh, I want to get back to Charleston sometime soon too… I love the food (scallops!! biscuits!!) and the architecture too is much to marvel at.


  • Wendy
    Posted at 08:24h, 08 August Reply

    Thank you for featuring “my” blue-eyed lady, Jess!!

    Love the skirt — I’d be a little overdressed in Trader Joe’s.

    Love the tennis shoe! I bought a pair last year, but I’d love a little leopard on mine.

    Are you learning some Italian?


  • mireille
    Posted at 08:14h, 08 August Reply

    We’ve enjoyed going to the pool this year. It hasn’t been as crazy hot so it has been enjoyable. I love that you resell and donate your clothes.

  • Kellyann Rohr
    Posted at 07:12h, 08 August Reply

    I need to check out that book – sounds like something I’d love! I’d also like to see Vera. You bought some great pieces, I think I need to check out one of those silk scarves, I struggle tying a scarf correctly and I love the way they look. This was such a fun post!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 05:16h, 08 August Reply

    I still need to see Oppenheimer! I’ve seen Barbie twice though!

    Curated by Jennifer

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:33h, 08 August Reply

    I totally love Vera! And I’m hoping on a new season. The wrap skirt is stunning and the chiffon blouse too. Would make a fabulous look!

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