Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Outfit: Office Florals

Florals are an easy print for the weekend, but I love wearing it to the office as well! Large or small flowery prints on a dark background, like black or navy, is perfect for work. Matching the colors in the floral print to my shirt (or skirt or pants or shoes) makes me feel put-together and professional. I even matched my lipstick! #adulting 

My bestie's wedding is THIS WEEKEND!!! I drove down to D.C. two weeks ago for Jacquie's bachelorette party and now I'm driving down again this Friday for the rehearsal dinner and of course the big day! We've been friends for twenty years, so I'm crazy excited for her! Love ya, Jax! 
Top: LC Lauren Condrad x Kohls | Skirt: Charlotte Russe | Shoes: Marshalls


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Books For Food Lovers

Food is an essential part of our lives and sometimes it's an essential part of a character's life, too. I don't know about you, but I love reading about food, especially when it's written really, really well and makes me wish I could eat the food being described right that instant. There are tarts in Heartless, fragrant foreign delicacies in The Forbidden Wish, and of course butterbeer in Harry Potter.
The Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Kell
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Love Charms and other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Which of these have you read?

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Inspired By: Wonder Woman

I literally CANNOT wait until Wonder Woman! While D.C. tends to disappoint wth their movies (sorry, I'm more a Marvel girl), I am so pumped for this movie! I really, really hope it does well in the box office so that we get more female-centric superhero movies and I hope that one of those is Kamala Kahn AKA Kamala Kahn. She's one of my favorites!

Wonder Woman opens in the U.S. on June 2nd, but I just had to share some outfits now because I was too excited to wait!

Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
Amazon princess Diana (Gal Gadot) is a strong and intelligent immortal warrior who finds Steve Trevor washed ashore the island of Themyscira. She travels to World War I London in order to help stop the war and fight evil.  

For a subtle, updated version of Wonder Woman's classic outfit wear a green jacket, a red tank, embroidered black jeans, a brown bag, and metallic sneakers. Or for a decidedly Amazonian outfit put on a red, yellow, and blue jacket, metallic tank, ombre blue skirt, and gladiator sandals.

Steve Trevor
Steve Trevor
Steve (Chris Pine) is a captain in the U.S. Army Air Service who is rogue-ish and cynical but who is also charming. He enlists the help of Diana to stop World War I and finds that there's a lot more to her than meets the eye. 

For a feminine take on his uniform, put on a green patched jacket, gray asymmetrical shirt, jeans, a newsboy cap, and navy lace-up boots. Or throw it back to 1917 with a gray jacket, a chambray shirt, map watch, green trousers, and gray sneakers.

Etta Candy
Etta Candy
Etta (Lucy Davis) is Steve's loyal, friendly, and comical secretary who immediately befriends Diana while she travels to London. 

If black is your color throw on a black blazer, dress, wide brim hat, and lace-up boots with rose earrings, and a brown watch. Or wear a floral print dress, navy jacket, orange bag, and off white ankle-strap flats.

Are you looking forward to Wonder Woman?

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Outfit: Just & Loyal

Is it weird that this outfit feels VERY Hufflepuff-like? It's obviously got the yellow and black, but something about the added foresty green jacket and the loose top gives it that "just and loyal" feel. I mean, the Hufflepuff Common Room is super cozy with squishy chairs and has plants all over. Who wouldn't want to hang out there? 

Sorry I've been a bad blogger lately! This has been the busiest month of my life between my friend's bachelorette party (and wedding in two weeks!), three work events in three weeks, and meeting an amazing guy, so I'm just enjoying life right now and blogging when I have the time and motivation.
Jacket: Target | Top: Target | Jeans: American Eagle

What Hogwarts House are you in?

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Inspired By: New May Books

I am THRILLED about this month's books! The first one I'm currently reading and the other two I'm dying to get. I preorder Lois Lane: Triple Threat and might just have to preorder the others because I need them ASAP! So read what these young adult novels are about and get some cute outfit inspiration from them!

Lois Lane: Triple Threat
Lois Lane Triple Threat
Written by Gwenda Bond; For the first time, Lois Lane has almost everything she wants. Non-temporary home? Check. Dream job? Double check. Incredible BFFs? The absolute best. And now, her online crush, SmallvilleGuy, is coming to Metropolis. If all goes well, they'll turn their long-distance friendship into a some-kind-of-fairy-tale romance. But when does all ever go well? Before she can check boyfriend off her list, Lois must take down a mad scientist plus a trio of mutant teens, protect the elusive flying man from the feds (including her dad), and navigate her very first date with SmallvilleGuy.

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The Flame in the Mist

The Flame in the Mist
Written by Renee Ahdieh; The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place and her future has always been out of her hands. En route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back.

Add to Goodreads (May 16)


When Dimple Met Rishi
When Dimple Met Rishi
Written by Sandhya Menon; Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board.

Add to Goodreads (May 30)

Which of these books do you want to read?

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Outfit: Pink Sneakers

 
I have a new favorite pair of sneakers! Remember the gray rhinestone ones I wore two weeks back? Well, they KILLED my feet and I still have the blisters to prove it, so sadly I had to stop wearing them, but instead I got these lovely pink quilted ones from Amazon and they're SO comfy! Seriously, I never want to take them off. So if you're looking for cute sneakers, grab a pair of these.

As with every spring season, the florals are back in full swing, both in nature and on my clothes!
Shirt: via Poshmark | Jeans: American Eagle | Sneakers: Amazon

Are you a sneakers girl?
Do you like florals?

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Watch | Read | Listen {May 2017}

It's May! That means flowers springing up, warm weather, and my best friend's wedding! Let's do this! I've already seen the new Guardians movie and it was hilarious. The next on my list is the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I'm a sucker for those. What do you want to see and read this month?

MOVIES

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
The gang is back for another kick-ass space adventure with lots of action, humor, and heart. Old foes are back as allies and now there's a new unexpected villain. I've already seen it and I LOVED IT! (May 5)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to epic fantasy action adventure. Tracing Arthur's (Charlie Hunnm) journey from the streets to the throne after his father is murdered, Vortigen (Jude Law), Arthur's uncle, seizes the crown from him. It's only when Arthur pulls the sword from stone that his life begins to change. I have to say this looks really intense! (May 12)

Everything, Everything
Based on the novel by Nicola Yoon; Madeline, a teenage girl (Amanda Stenberg) who lives her life stuck indoors because of her immunodeficiency. When a boy named Olly (Nick Robinson) moves in next store, they develop a friendship and message each other back and forth, but Maddy wants to leave her house and see the ocean. I NEED to read this book before the movie comes out! I hear it's really good! (May 19) 

Baywatch
A reimagined Baywatch follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Zach Efron). Together they uncover a local criminal plot that threatened the future of the Bay. Who else thinks this looks hilarious?! (May 26)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies
Johnny Depp is back as everyone's favorite pirate! The latest adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javiar Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea--especially Jack. These movies are so much fun and I need to see it! (May 26)

Other movies:
  • Dead Awake (May 5)
  • Snatched (May 12)
  • The Wedding Plan (May 12)
  • Abacus (May 19)
  • Alien: Covenant (May 19)
  • Fight for Space (May 19)
  • Berline Syndrome (May 26)
  • Black Butterfly (May 26)
  • Drone (May 26)
BOOKS & MUSIC
May Books
--Astrophysics For People In A Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson -- The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. (May 2)

--A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas -- Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. (May 2)


--Into The Water by Paula Hawkins -- A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. (May 2)


--The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan -- After experiencing a series of dangerous trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he's gaining in new friendships. (May 2)

--Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield -- Nobody's ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one's allowed in the Spill Zone these days. (May 2)

--Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy -- Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. (May 9)

--Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdhieh -- The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place and her future has always been out of her hands. En route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. (May 16)

--York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby -- It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction. (May 16) 

--When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon -- Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. (May 30)


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Outfit: Little Teacups

How perfect is this teacup print dress for a tea party?! I wore this outfit to my friend Jacquie's tea party-themed bridal shower last weekend. We all wore cute hats and drank tea (peach and mango and guava!) and ate little sandwiches. And of course played the How Well Does the Bride Know the Groom Game and made wedding dresses out of toilet paper because no bridal shower is complete without that.

If you're looking for all-natural vegan make up that's inexpensive I would 100% recommend Glory Boon! All of the products are made in Connecticut by my friend Alexandra and they're all fantastic. The colors are pigmented and vibrant and well-made. I recently got the mineral lipstick in Heather and the Mermaid Lagoon highlighter, and she very kindly sent me the Beach Bum lip tint too. I am obsessed with the highlighter especially! It's so gorgeous!
Cardigan: old | Dress: LC Lauren Conrad | Belt: Anthropologie
Shoes: DSW | Hat: Amazon | Lipstick: Glory Boon in Heather



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Friday, April 28, 2017

Pocket Book Reviews {April 2017}

Who else is so happy that it's warm because now they can read outside?! I love grabbing a book and reading outside a Starbucks with a delicious iced peach green tea! It's such a great way to relax on the weekends. Where's your favorite place to read in the spring and summer?

Heartless
(4 hearts)

Written by Marissa Meyer; Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. She wants to open her own bakery, but her mother wants her to be queen. But at a royal ball Cath meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Now this is a dark, intense version of Wonderland! I really enjoyed following Cath's story from naive baker to the cold-hearted queen we all know from Alice in Wonderland. She starts off as a nice girl with big dreams of opening a bakery, but of course things never go according to plan, and slowly her kindness begins to shed, especially towards the end.

Her secret romance with Jest was so sweet and despite guessing how it would end I rooted for them nonetheless. Jest is an interesting character; he was charming and fun and had a lot of tricks up his sleeve...literally!

This version of Wonderland was intriguing: certainly not as whimsical, but still full of wonder. I liked how Cath's dreams manifest trees and flowers, how like from the original tale some foods and drinks could change your size and you had to be wary, that animals and plants could talk, and that Time was a real person.

The reason I took a point away and didn't give it a full 5 stars was because I didn't feel as connected to Cath as I would've liked. I found her interesting and I was rooting for her, but I found many of the other characters more three-dimensional than her. And I think I'm also a little sad at how Hatter was portrayed in this. He's not the fun and silly person we all love; he's a much crueler version.

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The Fill-In Boyfriend
(4 hearts)

Written by Kasie West; When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

You wouldn't think a YA romance could be deep, but this one is at times. Most of the time it's fun and charming and undeniably cute, but it also delves into self-doubt, lying to yourself and others, and pretending everything is okay when it isn't. Gia is the every girl. She's a good student, a good daughter, a good friend, and a good girlfriend. What I liked about this book in particular is that it shows that just being good to the people you're closest to isn't enough sometimes. Gia never really lets her friends and family get close to her and it harms her relationships. And it's the guy that fills in for her boyfriend and his sister that make Gia open up.

More so than Gia, I loved fill-in boy's sister Bec. She wears all black all the time, she's true to herself, she's tough on the outside but a teddy bear on the inside, and she's snarky. She was my favorite character hands down. At times the drama and the dialogue in this book were dumb, and yet I still really enjoyed this book.

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Dumplin'
(5 hearts)

Written by Julie Murphy; Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked until Will takes a job at Harpy’s and meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant. 

OMG! I don't think I can love a book any more than I love this one! Talk about a perfect contemporary read; it's full of sass, friendships, first love, hurt, harsh words, family, and lots of love!

Willowdean is my new favorite character! She's everything I wish I'd been in high school: she's sassy and confident, she stands up for people, she encourages her friends, and yet she's also a realistic and flawed person because she's bad at communicating, she's stubborn, and at times she's judgy. She really comes alive when reading this story.

This book is the perfect amount of awesome and entertaining story with a little bit of a morale-booster thrown in! Willowdean's words of encouragement to herself (and the person reading) are a delight and made me smile. Like how to wear a bathing suit: Have a body. Put a bathing suit on it.

And the part with the cross-dressing Dolly Parton's was amazing! I need more Willowdean, all of these characters, more pageant fun, and more of this little Texas town!

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Anne of Green Gables
(5 hearts)

Written by L.M. Montgomery; The spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

Why didn't I read this book sooner?! Anne of Greem Gables and Anne herself are a delight! She's firstly, stubborn, talkative, imaginative, compassionate, intelligent, and just downright amazing. I love how creative she is and renames beautiful things in nature to suit her, like the Lake of Shining Waters. Despite the misfortunes of her past, she rises above them and is a strong-willed and kind person who's always willing to help others, even though sometimes it doesn't turn out how she was expecting. All of the characters are so real and go through real problems that anyone could relate to.

You can now call me an Anne of a Green Gables fan! And I'm definitely going to continue reading the books!

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers To Absurd Hypothetical Questions
(4 hearts)

Written by Randall Munroe; Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his popular site XKCD. Every now and then, Munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. He liked these questions so much that he started up What If in order to answer them.

I'm not that big of a science nerd, but I do like knowing lots of useless, random information, so I found this book fantastic! Plus, the hypothetical situations were intriguing and made me really want to know how or if it could be done and what the consequences would be.

All of answers are scientific and yet easy to understand for the layperson and also pretty funny. I found myself cracking up a lot while listening to this. I think it helps that Wil Wheaton read this; his voice just lends itself to weird science humor.

I would totally recommend this!

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What did you read this month?

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