“People said Ove saw the world in black and white. But she was color. All the color he had.”
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman,is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. It’s a story about Ove, who has lost his one true love, his wife Sonja, and how he wants to give up his own life because he doesn’t see purpose in life anymore. While he tries to come up with multiple ways to end his life, he always gets interrupted by something happening in his neighborhood.
Ove seems to be bothered by the fact that nobody in his neighborhood will let him carry out his mission, but secretly he loves that he feels needed and is reluctant to help his neighbors even though he knows he can fix whatever it is faster and more efficient then them. He likes to complain about young people, cars, hospitals, coffeeshops and everything and anything else. The book is filled with many quirky characters and Ove is the quirkiest of them all.
It’s a beautifully written novel about loss, love, acceptance and moving on. It’s sad, heartbreaking and funny all at the same time. You may even tear up a bit. Take the time to read each chapter and to appreciate them as they are. The connections between the chapters will all make sense, eventually, so take your time reading and soak up all the words. I highly recommend reading this book and definitely read it in a coffeeshop (you’ll understand)…
I’ll take summer in February every year, please! What a gorgeous weekend we had here in Chicago and what a treat! I’m glad that I have today off as well to enjoy the beautiful weather just one more day before going back to work and before winter decides to come back later on this week. I instantly felt like a whole different person this weekend because of the weather. I loved swapping out my winter coat for a light spring floral bomber jacket and these fun heart embellished coral spring sling-backs. Since my summer wardrobe constantly consists of overalls, I thought it was appropriate to wear them this weekend as well.
Asides from the gorgeous weather, I had an fun-filled weekend with Monica. We went out for sushi, saw High Fidelity the Musical (which is amazing and so well done), then we were part of a lookbook for Holly & Tanager, a Chicago-based handbag brand (I can’t wait to share images: here’s a preview 1 & 2) and now we’re brunching and blogging at Soho House. I also attended a girl power workout session of cycling and yoga at Studio III with my other favorite chica, Sapna. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend and better friends to hang out with. What did you all do this weekend? Anybody else want summer to stick around in February for just a tad bit longer!
Old Navy: Overalls (option) & Tank Top (option) // Xhilaration: Bomber Jacket (option) // Marc Jacobs: Shoes & Sunglasses // Marc // Hermes: Bracelet as necklace
Today, February 16th, in honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day, and the upcoming celebration of the hotel’s third birthday, Loews Chicago Hotel is hitting the streets to treat Chicagoans to everything from free coffee to pet-friendly treats for their third annual Random Acts of Kindness celebration. Loews likes to give back to the very neighbors that welcomed them so openly into the Chicago community two years ago. The event will take place throughout the entire day, so make sure to stop by and help them celebrate!