Friday, February 24, 2017

Inspired By: February Reads

Talk about genre-hopping! I went from a graphic novel to a romance to mystery to a young adult comedy, and that's only four of the books I read this month. In case you're wondering, I would 100% recommend all of these books. 

After reading The Last of August, a Sherlock Holmes-inspired book, I'm curious: Who's your favorite sleuth? The first mysteries I read were Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot books in middle school and then later I got into Sherlock Holmes. I like them both for different reasons, but Poirot was my first private detective.

Wires & Nerve
Wires & Nerve
Written by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate; In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, 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. 

Kick ass and take down hybrid wolf-men like Iko in an effortless ensemble: a red cardigan, a black blouse, black leggings, red scarf, wolf ring, and heavy boots. Or dress like the new Queen Cinder in a blue dress, a flower crown, a moon ring, and gold sneakers.

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The Hating Game
The Hating Game
Written by Sally Thorne; Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head, and Lucy refuses to back down. 

Dress like Lucy in a yellow shift dress, a red necklace, red lipstick, strawberry earrings, and black pumps. Or put on a Josh-inspired outfit: a baby blue blouse, trousers, a simple black watch, and blue heels. 

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The Last of August
The Last of August
Written by Brittany Cavallaro; Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. Then Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ringand the game is afoot once again.

While walking down the streets of Berlin looking for clues, wear a very Charlotte outfit: a black dress, a long coat, a magnifying glass necklace, and black booties. Or instead dress like August in an olive jacket, a chambray top, black jeans, and beige boots. 

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Denton Little's Deathdate
Little Denton's Deathdate
Written by Lance Rubin; Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom. Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

Death is right around the corner for Denton, so he dresses casually in a plaid shirt, distressed jeans, skull ring, and red Converse. Or instead dress up for the senior prom in something purple (you'll get the joke if you've read the book): a purple floral dress, a purple watch, purple heels, and a gray hoodie.

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Have you read any of these books?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Outfit: Pretty Plaid

Lately, I've been shopping less at conventional stores and more on Poshmark. I could say that I'm doing it because it's good for the Earth since buying used clothing means that it's being "recycled," but really it's because it's cheaper. Most of the people selling on this app are just regular girls trying to get rid of clothes and make some money, though there are a few "shops" that sell new clothes too. 

One new-to-me item I just got from Poshmark is this pretty plaid shirt! I like the exaggerated peplum, the colors, and how soft this shirt is. I'm convinced there's nothing better than wearing a soft shirt. It's like wearing a blanket all day! Do you shop on Poshmark?
Top: via Poshmark | Jeans: Hollister | Bag: Target
Boots: Amazon | Long Necklace: Primark

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Cozy Essentials Wishlist

I keep hearing the Danish word hygge, which is "a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special," and it's officially the way I want to live my life. I mean, I'm already a lazy bum, who pretty much only lounges on my bed reading or watching Netflix, but hygge takes it to a whole other level of comfort by appreciating the coziness. The Danish clearly know what's important in life.

Hygge gained popularity because of The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking, so if you want to embrace the homebody life then this seems like a great place to start. Below are some cute cozy essentials that everyone clearly needs.
Cozy Essentials

Are you all about the cozy life?

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: Bite Beauty Lipstick

You know when you go to Sephora and just beeline for a certain brand? For me, one of those brands is Bite Beauty. I've loved their lipsticks for a few years now because they're so creamy, smell so good, last a long time, and come in a ton of colors. My first Bite lipstick was Vouray, a rosy pink, and the next was the 2014 Color of the Year in Radiant Orchard, so I was thrilled to get a box from Influenster with two Bite lipsticks in Honeycomb (a beige nude) and Whiskey (a rich mahogany with red) as well as two lip pencils (in 020 and 044) and a pencil sharpener.
What I like: the formula is fantastic, they're super creamy, they can be worn as a stain if you dab it on or as a true lipstick, they're very pigmented, and they smell amazing, like a subtle mix of mint and floral. The same goes for the lip pencils, which really helped when applying the dark color.

What I don't like: I'm just not in love with either of these colors on me. I personally don't like nude lipsticks, so the Honeycomb is a no, and I think the Whiskey is a little too brown and I was hoping for more of a berry color. I also have to warn you that Bite lipsticks are really drying when worn for long periods of time. Lip balm will be needed.

So while I love Bite Beauty lipstick and always want more of them, I just don't find these two colors particularly wearable for every day. I'm more of a pink and berry girl I tried mixing Vouray and Whiskey and it turns into the prettiest purple-berry color! Do you like Bite lipsticks?

**Bite Beauty products received from Influenster. All opinions are my own.**

Have you tried Bite Beauty lipstick?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Outfit: Blue Stripes

After going through my closet two months ago, I decided to listen to some of the closet-cleaning blog posts I've read. These posts always mention putting clothes you're not sure you want to get rid into a bag and not looking at it for a few months. The goal of this is that if you don't think about the items within the bag after a month or two, then you should get rid of them. Any of the items you do miss, you can add them back into your closet. I got rid of all of the items except for one: this blue striped button up. It's a good way to "get rid of items" without getting rid of them because you just store them away for a month or two. Have you tried this method? 

I have to say, it was so nice wearing a sheer blouse in the middle of winter! It was nearly 60 degrees last week and I loved it! We got a little taste of spring and then, of course, it was snatched away the next day by a blizzard. Thanks, Mother Nature. 
Top: Old Navy (old) | Jeans: Old Navy | Boots: Amazon
Bag: Target | Necklace: gift (thanks, Avra!)

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