Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Resolutions Wishlist

My word for 2017 is progress. I want to make progress in many aspects of my life, most importantly my writing and my health. My goal is to have the second draft of my fairytale retelling done by March 1st. It's just a deadline I've given myself so I can push it back if I have to since I don't know how long it will take me to go through the first draft and make edits because I've never done it before. Wish me luck!

My other goal is to be healthier. I did really well the first half of last year -- I went to the gym with my friend Avra two or three times a week and I drank at least one bottle of water each day, usually two. But then in July things went downhill. I went gluten-free in September and it's made all the difference. I feel lighter and healthier and I'm more aware of what I eat, but there are still plenty of bad foods out there that are gluten-free (I'm looking at you, french fries!). So I'm going back to the gym and making a conscious effort to eat better.

A few smaller goals I have:
  • Take 20 minutes to read before bed
  • Make better choices with my money 
  • Actually use my planner
  • Use the makeup I already own before buying more
2017 Life Resolutions

What life goals do you have?

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Inspired By: Pantone Color of the Year {Greenery}

Say goodbye to Rose Quartz and Serenity, and hello to Greenery! This light green is refreshing and soft and I can see myself wearing it a lot this year (and for years to come). Pantone says "Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew." Something we all need this year.

Dresses
Greenery -- Dresses

Greenery is the perfect neutral color that works year round, but it's especially great for spring and summer. Pair a light green dress with a nude shoe for a feminine and classic look. When mixed with navy heels and tassel earrings, it makes for a cool, fun look.

Tops
Greenery -- Tops
Who says you can't go for an all-out green look? Mix Greenery with a beautiful emerald green for a darker, sexier feel. If neutrals are your thing then pair a light green shirt with jeans, and some taupe -- a watch, earrings, and booties.

Outerwear
Greenery -- Outerwear
Usually olive is a popular color for jackets, but show off your love of Greenery by wearing a yellow-green coat. Make Greenery feel light and girly by adding a pale pink dress and flats to your outfit. Or if you want to up the fun, sunshine-y factor, pair Greenery with a bright yellow cable knit sweater and Converse sneakers.

Accessories
Greenery -- Accessories
If you're like me and don't have a green thumb, you can wear Greenery accessories or add it to your home. Brighten up a black dress and booties with a green belt, watch, and nail polish. And Greenery pairs beautifully with this pale blue sweater and blue jeans.

Do you like Greenery?
Will you be wearing it?

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Outfit: A Vested Interest

Are there some items that remind you of your mom? For me, one of those items is vests. Particularly a brown or navy, squishy vest. My mom wears them almost year round. And it's exactly for that reason that I stayed away from them for so long. There's that saying that in time all daughters turn into their mothers and, well, I've finally given into the vest! They really do add an extra bit of warmth and they're pretty fashionable in the right color. 

So, I guess I am turning into my mother. Or at least starting to wear vests like she does. Is there something you've stayed away from because your mom wears it?
Hat: Charming Charlie (only $5!) | Vest: Van Heusen (gift) | Sweater: old
Jeans: Old Navy | Booties: DSW | Scarf: Primark

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Books For Circus Lovers

I love a good circus setting. A book featuring a circus can be whimsical or dark, realistic or magical or supernatural, and murderous or romantic. There's no end to the things a writer can do with a circus or carnival. Circuses intrigue so many because it's all about the mystery of what lies beyond the flap of the tent. It could be anything! Will I be astounded or terrified? 

I remember going to the Big Apple Circus in Manhattan in elementary school and have found them enchanting ever since. So, of course, I've been DYING to see a Cirque De Soleil performance for years. Someone buy me tickets, please!

The only one of these books I've read is The Night Circus, so I can't speak to how good or bad these books are, but they all seem to have great reviews on Goodreads. Let me know if you've enjoyed any of these novels. 
 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (literary fantasy, touch of romance)
 Joyland by Stephen King (horror, mystery)
 Johannes Cabal The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard (gothic fantasy, supernatural, comedy)
 Menagerie by Rachel Vincent (urban fantasy, fantastical creatures)
 Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (literary, historical fiction, romance)
 Geek Love by Katherin Dunn (horror, fantasy)
 Girl on a Wire (Cirque Americain #1) by Gwenda Bond (young adult, magical realism)
 The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day (historical fiction)
 The Lady and The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof (romance, historical fiction)
 The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy by Stewart O'Nan (non-fiction, historical)
 Big Fish by Daniel Wallace (literary, magical realism)
 The Barnum Museum by Steven Millhauser (fantasy, magical realism, short stories)

Do you like the circus? 
Which of these have you read?

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Inspired By: New January Books

As much as I'm happy that my goal is to read all of the unread books I own, I can't help but want to read the latest releases. Getting a fresh, new book is so exciting and these sound utterly fantastic. Luckily, I've already read RoseBlood because of NetGalley and it's an awesome book. You can read my review here. Do you have your eye on any of these novels? 

RoseBlood
RoseBlood

Written by A.G. Howard; Rune Germain moves to a boarding school outside of Paris, only to discover that at this opera-house-turned-music-conservatory, phantoms really do exist. RoseBlood is a Phantom of the Opera–inspired retelling in which Rune’s biggest talent—her voice—is also her biggest curse. 

Going to school like Rune? Stick to fun basics, like a graphic tee, distressed jeans, musical note earrings, and red flats. Or if you're headed to a party put on a dark red dress, a gray cardigan, rose earrings, and lace-up metallic flats. 

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Caraval
Caraval
Written by Stephanie Garber; Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live. Scarlett longs to see Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, and finally her invitation arrives. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

The colors on the cover are stunning, so throw on a navy blue dress, a red dress, a choker necklace, and lace-up black flats. Or go for something strange and whimsical: an eye print sweater, black jeans, a gold star cuff, and black booties. 

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Wayfarer (Passenger #2)
Wayfarer
Written by Alexandra Bracken; Etta Spencer didn't know she was a traveler until the day she emerged both miles and years from her home. Now, robbed of the powerful object that was her only hope of saving her mother, Etta finds herself stranded once more, cut off from Nicholas -- the eighteenth century privateer she loves -- and her natural time. 

If you're time traveling to faraway places, you need to be comfortable, so wear a purple embroidered tunic, black leggings, a pirate pocket watch, a purple ring, and booties. Or put on a gray lace sweater, jeans, a silver necklace, and black oxford flats. 

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Wires and Nerve
Wires and Nerves
Written by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate; In her first graphic novel, Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with an action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. 

Take on wolf-hybrid soldiers and swoon over cute boys like Iko, all while wearing a red scarf, a black cardigan, a gray tee, black and gray leggings, and patchwork sneakers. Or instead put on a red sweater, black jeans, navy stud earrings, this awesome watch, and Converse sneakers. 

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