Beachy Authors

Spring is the best time to knock out a few books that have been sitting on your bookshelf all year. The weather is nice, the days are longer, we find ourselves at beaches and pools more.

It is just a good situation all around.

However, finding an excellent beach author can be tricky.

While we want to read amazing novels on all our outdoor adventures (read: drinking things by a pool), tanning weather is not the time to try your hand at War and Peace. There is a delicate balance needed between a hearty read and yet one that won’t cramp your mojito style because the plot is too complicated.

Below are a few of our favorite authors as you hit your favorite vacay spots in the upcoming weeks and try to get your tan on.

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All the Light We Cannot See

You have probably seen the cover of this book everywhere. It was all over Pinterest for more than a minute and was named one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2014.

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A couple weeks ago we wrote on The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and how that story of two sisters kept us crying for days as we flew through the pages.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr should be the next book you read.

The story follows orphan Werner as he studies at a school for the Hilter Youth, and Marie-Laure, a blind girl being raised by her father.

It jumps back and forth in time, so that readers learn how these characters came to find themselves in the disaster that is France in 1944.

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Write That Resume

One of the fastest way to eliminate yourself from a prospective job is to have a poorly written resume. Your experience may be incredible, but nothing distracts from a solid resume faster than copy editing and formatting mistakes.

Here at 810 Showroom, we want everyone to live their best life. This includes killing it in the job sphere. And as many people get closer and closer to their graduation date, this post feels more topical than ever.

Read on for ways to make sure that your resume is looking as fierce as you are.

It is one thing to not get a job because of a lack of experience. It is another thing entirely to knock yourself out of the running with a bad resume.

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Listen Up

Happy Wednesday! I hope the first half of your week has been lovely and that the next few days will go by peacefully and kindly as we make our way to the weekend.

As we have been travelling a lot recently — and looking forward to all of our summer trips — we are having to find ways to keep our road trips fun and exciting.

While we will never underestimate the power of a great Spotify playlist, sometimes the mood to blast Backstreet Boys is just not there. Crazy, but true.

Over the last year we have found some pretty amazing (and some pretty terrible) podcasts that make a five-hour road trip go by faster than we could imagine.

Planning your next trip or looking for something new to listen to on your daily commute? Give one or some of these a try and let us know what you think!

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It Was Kinda Like Home Alone … but Worse

I always think that I like flying in airplanes. Until I fly in an airplane. And I am reminded that the whole experience is exhausting and gross and feels a lot like claustrophobia.

Then a travel nightmare played out last week that gives me a headache anytime I now consider future travel.

Due to an insane security line, a man who talked so slow I thought he was joking, and a missed flight, it took a colleague and me twenty-three hours to travel from Jacksonville to Las Vegas. Ten hours spent in the Dallas airport will start with you chuckling softly at all the cowboy hats and end with you thinking that it is perfectly reasonable that there exist cow mannequins who model leather clothing. Cause that’s not offensive at all.

And while the trip was not what we planned, spending all of those hours in the airport (sans Netflix) wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

If you end up in the airport for the long haul, read below for ways to keep your sanity and not completely nut up.

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Airport Reads

Whew. We are halfway through this insane week! Definitely enjoying every second, but not at all ashamed to admit that I am dreaming of a long bubble bath at home this weekend. Let’s keep at it, 810ers!

Today, since we are all running around like confused ducks, I wanted to spread more book love.

Liane Moriarty.

If you haven’t read any of her books, Amazon Prime one of them to yourself immediately. It honestly doesn’t matter which one; they are all brilliant.

Big Little Lies (soon to be a HBO series starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman). The Husband’s Secret. What Alice Forgot. The Hypnotist’s Love Story. Three Wishes.

All of these books are on my “All Time Favorites” list.

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I Sleep It Off, Sleep It Off

Every morning is a process of swearing and demanding that tonight, tonight we must go to bed earlier. Humans should not be this exhausted.

Then, around 10 a.m., I can take on the world! This is great! This coffee is great! My sweater is great! Today is going to be a great day! I can stay awake for years!

Welcome to 2 p.m., which feels like a slow torturous death, where 5 o’clock seems years away and the energy it would require to go fill up your water bottle seems insurmountable.

Yay! It’s 6 p.m. And I’m home! I have so much to do! I can cook. I can clean. I can watch all the Netflix. I can take a bubble bath! I can read some of my book. I can get ahead on work! I can do everything!

Midnight! I should probably go to sleep soon.

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4 Tips for Stress-Free Travel

This is a whirlwind season for us. We are getting ready for Project Vegas and Coterie and getting all your favorite brands in your favorite stores by spring.

We all know what this means! Lots of lovely travel.

Traveling can be a, delightful, holding-your-floppy-sunhat-to-your-head, laughing into the camera with your big sunglasses perched on your nose, hot Starbucks in your hand, kind of adventure. Or it can be the special kind of nightmare that finds you licking the corners of a crumpled Bugles bag before you drive another five hours with an amazing caffeine headache because you can’t afford to stop a million times to use the bathroom if you grab a latte.

We pick Door Number One, please.

The key to a successful travel story is the same thing that makes a successful brain surgery – prep and experience. It is the same thing. We watch Grey’s Anatomy. Trust us.

So whatever your travel schedule looks like as we make our vacation plans for the year, read on to learn four quick tips for improving how you move from Point A to Point B.

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The Nightingale is Here. Bring Tissues.

Nothing makes devoted readers happier than sharing a wonderful book find with others. If you are looking for your next bubble-bath-on-a-Sunday, I’ve-got-a-long-car-trip-this-weekend, I’m-Netflixed-out book, this is it.

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If you’ve never read a Kristin Hannah book, may I recommend that you start. She is one of the best writers I have encountered who is able to write with conviction and strength about the many layers that make up female friendships.

I tripped into my first Hannah book, Firefly Lane, due to a random Amazon “give me a good book to read” search.

It was one of the first books I remember reading that didn’t have a good girl and a bad girl — it just had girls. Who grew into women. Together. It was so refreshing to experience the pain that a friend can cause, even though neither is the villain.

In literature, it is very easy to find dynamic female relationships in which there is clearly a “better” woman. Even as you’re reading Gone with the Wind and you are loving Scarlett’s spit and fire, you are fully aware that Melanie Hamilton is the model we are supposed to strive for. The perfect, kind, soft woman.

And, yet, there is no such thing as a better woman. Beyoncé says it best.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

Mean Girls is a timeless masterpiece that will stand the test of time for ages to come.

It is easily one of the most quotable movies for Millennials and is applicable in almost any situation.

Last week, we were having a Writer’s Workshop at work and were assigned with crafting Tweets centered around a marketing idea. I know. My work sounds super prestigious.

Naturally, I wrote the only sensible thing that came to mind.

“You’re value proposition is like really strong. So you agree? You think your value proposition is really strong?”

My boss (who I’m not really sure knows Mean Girls well enough to quote it) praised my genius for the afternoon.

The moral of the story here is that Mean Girls, when used correctly, will land you a promotion and a better car.

Thank you, Mean Girls, for continuing to make the world a better place.

To celebrate, I have pulled the top five applicable Mean Girls quotes now that we are adults. Because Mean Girls grows with us, and takes on newer, deeper meanings.

This is all true.

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