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Spring break season is upon us. And no matter where you’re traveling, we’re certain your plans involve devouring a good book. Here to bring out the bookworm (not to mention the gadabout) within you are the spring break plans of five hip stylemakers and the books they’ll be bringing on their journeys.


Here’s one (daring!) way to chill out with a good book. Our models are wearing our Sea Pines tunic in Savannah Floral and Navy Ruby Floral.


Who: Lauren Lefevre, blogger and stylist at Edit by Lauren

Where To: “I’m headed to Austin, TX, where I plan on soaking up sun, eating my weight in fresh guacamole, and enjoying a few margaritas!”

Book: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
“I have heard great things about this bestselling love story from so many friends, that I pushed it to the top of my must-read list.”


Holly Williams, musician and owner of White’s Mercantile

Where To: “My spring break plans including  having baby number two and moving into our new house, likely within the same couple of weeks! Maybe next year will be a warm beach with cold margaritas!”

Book: Crazy Busy by Kevin De Young
“Between three stores, babies, and my music career, I frequently feel like I’m going to cry from being overwhelmed. I’m constantly searching for that working mom balance and trying to be a good wife in the midst of the chaos. I’m hoping this book will help.


Who: Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes

Where To: “I’m going to Sun Valley, ID, for a spring ski trip with my husband and two boys.”

Book: Born To Run by Christopher McDougall
“This book is basically an ode to running. The plot follows the fascinating story about an ultra-race involving a tribe of Tarahumara Indians of Mexico, the greatest long distance runners in the world. At the same time, the author builds a case that humans were biologically created to run long distances. It’s impossible not to be inspired to strap on your running shoes!”


Who: Camille Styles, lifestyle expert and blogger

Where To: I’m off  to Miami with friends for a few days of great food and sunshine—and most importantly, unplugging from email and work calls!”

Book: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
“I love Anne Tyler’s writing. And after a lot of ‘productive’ reading lately (self-help, memoirs, and business books), I can’t wait to lose myself in a great story for sheer escapism.”


Who: Matt Bolus, chef at The 404 Kitchen,

Where To: “I’ll be in Charleston, SC for the 11th annual Wine + Food festival. While I do have to work several events that week, my wife is able to join me, and we will get to spend some time in the evenings enjoying one of the most beautiful cities in the South.”

Book: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
“Though this is a memoir of a writer, it somehow feels very similar to the life of a young cook climbing up in the culinary world of today.”


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