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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Monday, February 13, 2017

Books For Bad Ass Gamers

Between computers, video games, and robots, it seems like technology is going to be our downfall, so you should probably turn your computer off right now and go live in the forest. I mean c'mon, Siri and Cortana are a little too snarky sometimes. I wonder what they're planning. *stares at iPhone with distrust*

If you like not only playing video games, but reading about them too, then these books are for you. I've only read Ready Player One, Armada, and In Real Life, so let me know if you've enjoyed any of these books. I hear Ready Player One is being turned into a movie and I can't wait!

P.S. -- HAPPY GALENTINE'S DAY!
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (young adult, sci-fi. dystopia)
Armada by Ernest Cline (young adult, sci-fi, aliens, romance)
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang (graphic novel, young adult)
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (young adult, sci-fi, aliens)
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (sci-fi, cyberpunk)
Stuck in the Game by Christopher Keene (young adult, sci-fi, adventure)
Erebos by Ursula Poznanski (young adult, sci-fi, thriller)
Reamde by Neal Stephenson (sci-fi, thriller)
Solarversia by Toby Downton (young adult, sci-fi)
CTRL ALT Revolt! by Nick Cole (sci-fi, post-apocalyptic)
Upload by Mark McClelland (sci-fi, romance)
For The Win by Cory Doctorow (young adult, dystopia, sci-fi, romance)

Which of these have you read?

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Inspired By: New February Books

I am so pumped for these books, you guys! I own so many unread books and yet I want to stop everything and read these books when they come out this month. They all sound fantastic; one is a workplace drama, one is a romance that touches on bullying, one is the final book in a bad ass fantasy series, and one is an honest look at what it's like to be black in America right now.

My Not So Perfect Life
My Not So Perfect Life
Written by Sophie Kinsella; Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely novel yet.

How cute is this cover?! Sophie Kinsella's books are so much fun to read and are a nice little break from reality. Add some color to your outfits by wearing a blue blouse, yellow skirt, red heels, red earrings, and floral phone case. Or throw on a ruffled green dress, gold belt, sparkly necklace, and pale pink heels.

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#famous
#famous
Written by Jilly Gagnon; Girl likes boy. Girl snaps photo and posts it online. Boy becomes insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent photo turns into a whirlwind adventure that forces them both to question whether fame—and love—are worth the price…and changes both of their lives forever.

#famous sounds ridiculously cute! Get inspired by the cover by wearing a purple tee, white jeans, layered necklace, black and white watch, and gray sneakers. Or put on a green tunic, jeans, "the struggle is real" phone case, and booties.

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A Conjuring of Light
A Conjuring of Light
Written by V.E. Schwab; Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle.

I'M SO EXCITED! This is the third book in V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series and I can't wait to read it. Dress like world-hopping Kell by wearing a white blouse, black jacket, black jeans, midnight blue stud earrings, and lace-up wedges. Or dress like bad ass Lila by throwing on a dark red tunic, leggings, black and red watch, gold rings, and black booties.

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The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give
Written by Angie Thomas; Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.

This book is a definite must-read for everyone in our generation! Stand up for what's right and be a voice for all people by dressing like the cover: a black and white baseball tee, jeans, "babe with the power" pin and "Black Lives Matter" pin, and red Converse. Or if you're marching wear a "Black Lives Matter" tee, red jeans, sunglasses, and awesome embroidered booties.

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Which of these books do you want to read?

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