Friday, July 29, 2016

Watch | Read | Listen {August 2016}

August is a great month for books! There are so many coming out that I want to read, like The Thousandth Floor. August also means Suicide Squad. I've been waiting and waiting and waiting to see this movie for months ever since watching the trailer. My brothers and I already have our tickets for it! What are you excited for this month? 


Suicide Squad
The world's most dangerous super-villains with nothing to lose teaming up with the government to send them on super secret, dangerous missions. What could go wrong? Will the team of villains (Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevigne and more), hand-picked by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), die trying to succeed or stick together? {Watch the trailer.} Already bought my ticket because I'm that excited to see this! (August 5)

Pete's Dragon
A reimagining of Disney's beloved children's movie, Pete's Dragon is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be a dragon. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, and Karl Urban. {Watch the trailer.} This looks so cute! (August 12)

Sausage Party
The first R-rated animated movie about one sausage (Seth Rogan) leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they're chosen to leave the grocery store. Starring Kristin Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, and more. {Watch the trailer - NSFW} This movie looks completely ridiculous, but also hilarious. And of course my brothers want to see it. (August 12)

Kubo and the Two Strings
In fantastical Japan, clever and kind-hearted Kubo (Art Parkinson) has a humble life telling stories to people in his seaside town, but his quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which comes to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) on a quest to fulfill his destiny. {Watch the trailer.} This movie looks incredible and I adore the animation style! (August 19)

The Space Between Us
Shortly after reaching Mars, an astronaut dies while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet. Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) is an inquisitive, intelligent boy who reaches 16 only knowing 14 people. While searching for clues about his father, he begins an online friendship with a girl named Tulsa ( Britt Robertson). Finally, he gets a chance to go to Earth, but discovers that his organs can't handle Earth's atmosphere. {Watch the trailer.} Asa Butterfield is such a great actor and I'll watch anything with him in it. Plus, this looks like an interesting movie. (August 19)

Other movies coming out:
  • Five Nights in Maine (Aug 5)
  • Little Men (Aug 5)
  • Anthropoid (Aug 12)
  • Ben-Hur (Aug 12)
  • Edge of Winter (Aug 12)
  • Florence (Aug 12)
  • Imperium (Aug 19)
  • A Tale of Love and Darkness (Aug 19)
  • War Dogs (Aug 19)
  • Hands of Stone (Aug 26)
  • The Intervention (Aug 26)
  • Mechanic: Resurrection (Aug 26)
Books & Music -- August 2016
  • Cherry by Lindsey Rosin -- Four best friends make a pact during their senior year of high school to lose their virginities—and end up finding friendship, love, and self-discovery along the way. (August 16)
  • The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer -- Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of personal and observational essays. She mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is—a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. (August 16)
  • Ghostly Echoes (#3) by William Ritter -- Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, to solve a decade-old murder—her own. But when a new murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all. (August 23)
  • 100 Dayes by Nicole McInnes -- Agnes doesn't know it, but she only has one hundred days left to live. Moira has been Agnes’s best friend and protector since they were in elementary school. Boone was friends with both girls in the past. An unexpected event brings Agnes and Moira back together with Boone, but when romantic feelings start to develop, the trio’s friendship is put to the test. (August 23)
  • Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor -- Cameron Smith attends an elite boarding school and has just been accepted to Princeton University alongside his beautiful girlfriend, Claire. Life for Cameron would be perfect, except that Cameron Smith is actually Skip O’Rourke, and Skip O’Rourke ran away from his grifter family four years ago…along with $100,000 of their "earnings." But when his uncle tracks him down, Skip’s given an ultimatum: come back to the family for one last con, or say good-bye to life as Cameron. (August 23)
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys -- Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war. As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. Yet not all promises can be kept. (August 24)
  • A Torch Against the Night (#2) by Sabaa Tahir -- A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts. (August 30)
  • Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall -- Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling for his best friend, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do. (August 30)
  • Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow -- Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you. (August 30)
  • The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McPhee -- New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.Welcome to Manhattan, 2118. living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have. (August 30)

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Frostbeard Studio Candles

My fellow book nerds (AKA you guys) know that us book lovers like to collect anything remotely bookish, whether it's bookshelf prints, pillows with quotes, Funko Pops (hello Harry Potter!) or cute jewelry. I'm also obsessed with collecting hoarding bookish candles and my favorite place to get them is from Frostbeard Studio

On my own, I've bought Reading at the Cafe (my favorite because it smells like chocolate and coffee!), Sexy Librarian, Winterfell, and three of their one-month-only candles: Divination Classroom, Wordsmith, and Sherwood Forest. Yeah, as you can tell I really, really love their candles, so I was thrilled when the lovely owners, Roxie and Tom, wanted to send me two more! I got Sherlock's Study and Pemberely Gardens

So why do I love their candles? The main reason is because they're so fragrant! Lit or unlit, they have a strong smell that fills the whole room. The second reason is because the scents are based on books and what book lover could refuse that? Certainly not me!

Plus, they have scents for everyone; candles that smell like tea or florals or coffee or books themselves. And they also have soy tarts if you can't burn a candle and sample packs if you're indecisive. 

**Thanks to Frostbeard Studio for sending these candles. All opinions are my own.**
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Are you a bookish candle lover?

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Pocket Book Reviews {July 2016}

I've officially surpassed my reading goal of 60 books! I knew I was going to reach my goal but didn't think I was going to read this many books this fast, so now I've upped my goal to 80 books. Ideally though I would like to hit 90, which would be the highest number of books I've ever read in a year. So far it's been a great year for reading! There are so many incredible books coming out in 2016.

I Am Princess X
♥ (5 stars)

Written by Cherie Priest;Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, about their heroine, Princess X. Then a few years later, Libby was in a car crash and died. Now May is sixteen and walking when she sees a sticker with Princess X. But no one else knew about the character. So who's creating the webcomic? Is Libby not as dead she May thought?

I LOVED this book! I turned the pages so fast and literally couldn't put this book down because I had to know what would happen and whether Libby really was alive. May goes on a hunt for the truth and I got so invested that I started to feel like I was May searching for the clues. What I loved about this book: it's mostly words, but also beautifully drawn purple comics; May is a loner and like words and is both brave and scared; Trick is funny and not as good at hacking as he'd like; they're dynamic works so well and I like how sassy they are to each other; the parallels between the real world and the comic were genius; the plot and pacing was amazing; and there was no romance! This whole book is about friendship.

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The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)
 (3 stars)

Written by Rick Riordan; Annabeth and Percy tumbled into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

I'm a little disappointed in this book. Percy and Annabeth and are stuck in Tartarus, which is essentially the underworld for Titans and Giants and all sort of bad monsters, so I thought it would be an exciting adventure. And sometimes it is. But it just seems to drag on forever. And I didn't care at all about what any of the other characters were up to. (Sorry, Leo! You're still the best!)

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Fortunately, the Milk
 (4 stars)

Written by Neil Gaiman; "I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road." "Hullo," I said to myself. That's not something you see every day." And then something odd happened.

Super amusing! This is a short book for children and I can imagine little kids laughing at what happens to this dad on this wild adventure when all he wanted to do was get milk for his kids. Since the audiobook is only an hour, I decided to listen to it and Neil Gaiman's voice is so soothing to listen to! Cute little read!

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Not Exactly A Love Story
♥ (3.5 stars)

Written by Audrey Couloumbis; It's 1977. Fifteen-year old Vinnie isn't having a good year. He's recovering from the worst case of galloping acne his dermatologist's ever seen. His girl moved to California without even saying good-bye. And the ink on his parents divorce papers is barely dry, when his mom announces that they're moving from Queens to Long Island. The silver lining in all this is that they move next door to Patsy—everyone's dream girl. Not that she'd ever notice him. But when Vinnie calls Patsy one night, it leads to a chain of anonymous midnight conversations. Under the cover of darkness, Vinnie becomes Vincenzo, Patsy's mystery caller, and the two share a side of themselves they would never reveal in daylight and develop a surprisingly real connection.

I liked this! It's cute and funny and a little strange. It's not all that memorable of a story, but I enjoyed listening to it and looked forward to listening to it during my drives to and from work.

This book is mostly conversations between Vinnie and Patsy at 12am. He calls her to make a prank call and they end up talking every night even though she has no idea who he is (and that he lives next door). It's funny to me that this story takes place in 1977 because most of the time it feels very timeless; it's just two people talking on the phone. There are only certain instances here and there where you recall the time period (no cell phones, no caller I.D., no internet, the references to Butch Cassidy). 

Sometimes the conversations between Vinnie and Patsy were weird to me. I couldn't really follow why their conversations would take a particular turn or why that little detail was important. 

But I enjoyed listening to Maxwell Glick's voice (he played Collins in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!) because it lends itself very well to awkward and nerdy. Overall it's a fun story!

This Savage Song
♥ (5 stars)

Written by Victoria Schwab; Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father and August wants to be human—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. Soon, Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

This book is an absolute gem! It's dark, strange, scary, thought-provoking, and beautiful. The characters are what make this story sing (pun intended): Kate is fearless (mostly), tough, hardcore, and wishes she were a worse person that she really is; August is lost, torn between what he is and what he wants to be, sad, and kind. I would follow these characters anywhere! They're both fascinating, but their friendship is what made me keep reading. 

Once the plot started, it was like a gunshot went off and the runners in a race started. It couldn't stop and it was mesmerizing. The book has so many turns and twists and I couldn't stop reading.

My only complaint is that the beginning of the book is super confusing. What do the marks on August's skin mean? Why does a Sunai go dark? What does that even mean? What happens if someone kills in self-defense or by accident? All of these questions were answered eventually, but at first it made getting into the story a little tough. Overall, I LOVED this book and I can't wait for the second one!

Children of Icarus*
 (4 stars)

Written by Caighlan Smith; It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.

This book surprised me in many ways. I was expecting a dystopian-like society where they send their children into a labyrinth for some evil reason, I was expecting a love triangle, I was expecting a race to find the door that leads out of the labyrinth, but this is something entirely different. Something more mature than the YA book I was expecting. This book is hard; it thrusts you into this world with little explanation and you have to figure it out for yourself, much like characters in the book. 

The action is intense, the monsters are terrifying, and the people at Fates could be cruel. This all makes for a very interesting story. This labyrinth is strange and gruesome and no one is coddled. Everyone lives day by day and it made me think about what living in this giant maze would be like, living this bleak life.

However, it annoyed me to no end that the main character has no name (why???) and that for 75% of the book she does nothing to stand up for herself and barely talks. I know she's scared and I know I would be, but come on! She lets herself be humiliated and yelled at because she was too afraid to talk. I know I have some social anxiety, but parts of the book made me want to scream. 

For a book based on the tale of Icarus, I didn't find much connection to it or Greek mythology. I'm not very familiar with the story, but I thought this book was going to be based more on mythology than it was. The ending was fascinating and it made me want to know more. If there is a second book, I would definitely read it to see what happens.

*Thanks to Switch Press for sending me a copy.

Giant Days, Vol. 2
♥ (5 stars)

Written by John Allison, Whitney Cogar, Max Sarin, and Lissa Treiman; Winter is here, but that doesn't mean the drama will cool down for Susan, Esther, and Daisy. There are old foes, new boyfriends, and weird sports analogies. 

This graphic novel series is one of my favorites! It's laugh-out-loud funny, emotional, cute, and awesome! Susan, Daisy, and Esther are the best and I love how their friendship is growing and changing. I seriously can't pick a favorite storyline because they're all marvelous.

My Lady Jane
♥ (5 stars)

Written by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows; The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

I loved this book from the first chapter! My Lady Jane is a mix of tweaked history, humor, and magic--and it's so well done. It sounds like an odd combination and yet it works so well because the three wonderful main characters: Jane is smart and bookish and doesn't want to get married; Gifford is awkward and a horse when the sun is up (literally!); and King Edward is young and naive and just wants to kiss a girl. I love how the writers took history, made some changes, and ran with it. I will admit it's pretty cliche most of the time, but I found myself not caring because this book is so fun and I laughed so much. A fantastic read!

Have you read any of these?
What did you read this month?

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Inspired By: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child {#PotterMonth}

Can you feel the magic in the air? That's every single Harry Potter fan anxiously awaiting the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I'm literally counting down the days! I'm sadly not going to any midnight parties, but I'm so excited to have the book in my hands. I still wish it was a novel rather than a play, but I'll take it.

In case you don't know, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place seventeen years after the events of the 7th book. It follows Harry grappling with being an overworked worker at the Ministry of Magic and father as well as the friendship of Albus Potter, Scorpius Malfoy, and Rose Granger-Weasley during their time at Hogwarts. The past and present come together and evil comes from unexpected places.

The book comes out on July 31st.

Harry Potter
Cursed Child -- Harry Potter
Harry (played by Jamie Parker in the play) now works at the Ministry of Magic, presumably as an Auror, and even with Voldemort dead he is overworked. He finds it difficult to balance work, being a husband, and being a father. 

Keep it classy for that magical government job by wearing a navy blazer, light blue button up, jeans, and oxford flats. Or instead put on a navy dress, lightning necklace (you know I had to), blue watch, and green wedges. 

Albus Severus Potter
Cursed Child -- Albus Potter
Albus (played by Sam Clemmett) is the second son of Harry Potter, the first being James who has a much easier time with magic and making friends. Albus is shy and worried about school and struggles with the weight of his family legacy. 

Put on an outfit perfect for studying at Hogwarts: a gray cardigan, a green blouse, black jeans, a watch, and gray sneakers. Or go for something more casual in a striped shirt, mint necklace, jeans, and cut-out oxfords. I included a ferret stuffed animal because Albus brings one to school. 

Scorpius Malfoy
Cursed Child -- Scorpius Malfoy
Scorpius (played by Anthony Boyle) is the son of Dracy Malfoy and befriends Albus Potter at their first year of Hogwarts. He resembles his father, but apparently is a much kinder person. 

Throw on a black cardigan, white button up shirt, black jeans, Slytherin hat, and black loafers. Or wear something more casual: a green sweater, gray jeans, a white necklace, a snake ring, and black flats. 

Rose Granger-Weasley
Cursed Child -- Rose Granger-Weasley
Rose (played by Cherrelle Skeete) is the daughter of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger and is just as smart and capable as her mother. Ron doesn't like that she's going to be in the same class as a Malfoy and tells her to do everything better than him, but Hermione tells her to be herself, so Rose befriends Scorpius. 

For adventures in Hogwarts wear a gray sweater, sriped skirt, black watch, and red flats. Or instead throw on a dark red sweater, gray braided bracelet, jeans, and black flats. 

Will you be reading the new Harry Potter book?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Outfit: A Head Full of Dreams

This is what I wore to see one of my favorite bands: Coldplay! They played Metlife Stadium this past weekend and it was INCREDIBLE! This was the biggest concert I've been to (the stadium seats up to 60,000 people) and you could almost feel the excited energy in the stadium. I went with a few friends and it was an experience I'll never forget. Now I'll think of Coldplay and hear these songs and think about this night. 

One of the best parts of the concert (it's hard to pick a favorite though between the band playing all my favorite songs, the fireworks, and when the crowd did the wave!) was when they did the Instagram request. A video came on the screen and it was Chris Martin's son, who asked his dad to play him a song from their favorite movie, Back to the Future. So who did Coldplay invite onto the stage? Michael J. Fox! They played "Earth Angel" and "Johnny B. Goode" and everyone loved it.

Also, how cute is this bright blue swing dress? It's so stretchy and comfy!
Dress: Marshalls | Belt: thrifted | Sandals: Forever 21
Bag: Out of Print | Sunglasses: Warby Parker

What's the best concert you've been to?

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Lusting: Lace Bralettes

I want one of these cute lacy bralettes so badly! It's summer and it's just too hot to care about your bra showing, but I wouldn't mind showing my bra off to the world if it was one of these pretty lace ones. I especially want the burgundy racerback one because it would look cute with open-back shirts, don't you think? 
Lace Bralettes

Would you wear a bralette?

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Inspired By: Summery Book Covers

I love a good, light-hearted summer read! There's nothing better than having a book in one hand and a cold drink in the other while the sun is shining. These four books below are not only great reads, but they have some kick-ass female characters who are hardworking (sometimes at the wrong thing), imperfect, funny, and have some boy (and girl!) problems. 

Love Charms and Other Catastrophes
Love Charms & Other Catastrophes
Written by Kimberly Karalius; Aspiring love-charm maker Hijiri Kitamura was excited to come back to Grimbaud for her sophomore year—until she learned about the upcoming charm-making competition. Now she wants to competeand win!but Love itself has delivered her a special gift: the perfect boyfriend.

So cute! This book is too cute for words! (Read my review here.) Hijiri makes simple but wonderful love charms, so she dresses in cute basics, like a purple cardigan, a green dress, and black flats. Or dress like her love interest Ken in a pink t-shirt, jeans and teal sneakers. 

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Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here
Written by Anna Breslaw; When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school.

If you like books about fanfiction, writing, and snarky characters then this is for you! (Read my review.) Dress like Scarlett herself in a chambray top, gray tee, black jeans, and Converse. Or put on a floral dress and green espadrilles to dress like Ruth, Scarlett's weed-smoking 73-year-old neighbor.

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Paper Girls Vol. 1
Paper Girls Vol. 1
Written by Brian K. Vaugh; In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

An interesting graphic novel about four girls in 1988 who encounter some odd things. (Read my review.) Go back in time to wear some 1980s-inspired clothing: an olive jacket, a graphic tee, jean shorts, and black boots. Or maybe a burgundy bomber jacket, striped top, gray sweats, and pink Converse.

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Giant Days Vol. 1
Giant Days Vol 1
Written by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Whitney Cogar; Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of boys, experimentation, and academia, they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. 

I LOVE this graphic novel and the second volume too! The three girls are so real and funny and a great example of friendship. (Read my review.) If you're feeling a little tomboyish go for an outfit that Susan would wear: a striped sweater, jeans, and ankle boots. Or maybe like nerdy girl Daisy by putting on an embroidered top, striped skirt, and pink flats. Or if you have a flair for the dramatic like Esther then dress in a plaid dress, skull ring, sunglasses, and black booties.

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Have you read any of these?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Outfit: Books of Wonder

This is what I wore to see one of my favorite fantasy authors! Last Thursday, I hopped a train to Books of Wonder, a children's and YA bookstore on 18th St, to see Victoria Schwab. She's written books such as A Darker Shade of Magic, Vicious, and The Archived. Her stop at Books of Wonder was for the release of her latest book, This Savage Song. I already started reading it and it's fantastic. Her writing is so crisp and vivid and her characters come alive off the page. 

It was great hearing her talk (and on her birthday no less!) about how she organizes her books in rainbow order, how everything she writes is a new twist on something (multiple dimensions, superheroes, death, monsters), and that writers should be creative every day. Victoria Schwab said this writing characters and I had to write it down: "It's about prying loose small truths." So true!

When it was my turn to meet her and get my book signed, I told her that her writing inspires me to write and she said I was brave to go into the insanity that is writing. You are so right, Miss Schwab!

This was the first book signing I attended and I definitely want to go to more!
Jacket: Aeropostale | Top: via Poshmark | Pin: Kookoobird 
Jeans: Hollister | Shoes: Keds via Poshmark

Have you ever met one of your favorite authors?
Do you go to book signings? 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Hufflepuff Pride & Thoughts On Ilvermorny

I'm a Hufflepuff through and through! When I was younger, I liked to think I was a Gryffindor because Harry, Ron, and Hermione are Gryffindor and who wouldn't want to imagine themselves being their friend and helping them fight for the Wizarding World?! But now I'm proud to say that I'm a Hufflepuff. #HufflepuffForLyfe 

Surprisingly, I don't have that much Hufflepuff gear. I do have a cute Hufflepuff pennant art print (thanks, Naomi!) and Hufflepuff socks. So I obviously need more "just and loyal" stuff to show off my Hufflepuff-ness!
Hufflepuff Pride

So has anyone else been sorted into their Ilvermorny House on Pottermore? I didn't know anything about the Houses before taking the test, besides their names. But it seems we don't know much about the Houses anyway. I really took my time with this test because I wanted to consider my answers and make sure I wasn't making any hasty decisions. These questions were tough guys!

In the end, I got Thunderbird, which "represents the soul" and "favors adventurers." Not what I was expecting! Me an adventurer? That's a laugh. I know it's a different school than Hogwarts and therefore has different Houses for different types of people, but I can't help but want to make some sort of connection between my two. To me, Thunderbird doesn't feel like the Hufflepuff equivalent. I think Pukwudgie is, which "represents the heart" and "favors healers." 

I guess I could retake the quiz, but I chose my answers thoughtfully and honestly. So maybe I'm just a Thunderbird and have to come to terms with my adventurous side. I'm sure it's in there somewhere.

UPDATE: Just saw someone comment this on a Youtube video about Ilvermorny and thought it was very insightful about the Houses: "The Pukwudgie represents the heart, which means that when you make decisions you rely on your emotions in the moment, and usually very caring. The Horned Serpent represents the mind, which means that you make decisions based on what you think is the most logical answer, which means they're very analytical. The Wampus represents the body, which means that your decisions mainly rely on action and less of thinking, making them pretty straight-forward. Lastly, the Thunderbird represents the soul, which means that you make your decisions based on looking inside yourself, and figuring out which will protect/benefit you, and those you care about."

What Hogwarts and Ilvermory House are you? 

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