Friday, February 27, 2015

Favorite Things {February 2015}

Valentine's Day post card from Naomi, thrifted heart ring, 

Surprise gifts are the absolute best! I came home on Tuesday to find a package and immediately ripped it open. Martie sent me a "Good Morning Sunshine" pillowcase for Galentine's Day because she knew that I've been wanting it. It now has a permanent place on my bed! Thank you so much, Martie! And thank you to Naomi for the cutest Valentine's Day card!

Don't get me wrong, I love the library, but it's hard to get newly-released books when I want them, which is immediately. I just started using NetGalley and I'm already obsessed. So far I've been approved to read two books and I'm hoping more come my way. Do you use it?

 A few fun links:

 Gabriele's dedication to learn all the things has inspired me to start CodeAcademy!

 How awesome are these perler bead creations by Naomi?

 A fascinating post: On becoming a little bit American.

 Do Brits like the royal family?

 For writers: When you don't feel like writing and When the first book isn't the one.

 I like this clean slate post by Martie -- it's real and honest.

 How to squeeze more reading into your day.

 Kay has started an Artist Interviews series and Maja Wronska's paintings are beautiful!

 Life in a YA novel.

 Swap friends: You're in Brookelynn, Urban CashmereDisownedPiper & Lilith, Lily and Wes, My Life as a Teacup, Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups, Novelstyle & My Open Sketchbook.

 Fashion love: printed dress, scalloped colorblock sweaterpolka dot sneakerspeplum cami, elephant tank top, purple skater dress, blue lace romperDashshund letter holder.

What are you guys up to this weekend?
I might be going to a bake-off / open mic this weekend!

I'm looking for Books & Looks submissions! Click below for more info!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Inspired By: Broad City

Have you seen Broad City? Please tell me you have! It's like Girls, but for real girls. It follows Ilana and Abbi, two young woman living in New York City (and not Brooklyn), who avoid working as much as possible, get into misadventures, tell it like it is, and are self-professed feminists. And it's hilarious! Whenever I watch it, I find myself actually laughing out loud throughout the episode to how crazy and awesome these women are. 

It's on the second season right now and airs on Comedy Central. 

Broad City -- Ilana
Ilana (Ilana Wexler) is a huge slacker, who frequently smokes weed, she rarely does any work while at her office job, and somehow gets Abbi to follow her crazy antics. She's free-spirited and sexually liberated since she has a friends with benefits relationship with her dentist friend, Lincoln.

Dress like Ilana by wearing a long colorblock cardigan, a "Cold Pizza for Breakfast" graphic tee, yellow short shorts, and teal sneakers. Or throw on as little clothing as possble like Ilana: a gray knotted tank, a chevron necklace, a black mini skirt, ankle-strap heels, and "Oh Hell Nah" stud earrings.

Broad City -- Abbi
Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) is slightly older, more mature (but can still be immature), and responsible. She hates her job as a cleaner at a fitness center when what she really wants to do is be a fitness trainer and illustrator. She can sometimes be a pushover and wishes she were more fun-loving like Ilana. Abbi also has a huge crush on her neighbor Jeremy.

Go casual like Abbi by wearing a "Call Me?" white beanie, a navy and gray plaid top, jeans, a black and gold watch, and polka dot coral flats. Or wear something more sexy: gold dangly earrings, a black blazer, a cobalt dress, a heart ring, and strappy black heels.

Do you watch Broad City?

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pocket Book Reviews {February 2015}

Red Queen
★★★ (5 out of 5)

Written by Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen takes place in a world where you're either a Red (a normal person and commoner) or a Silver (a person with an ability who live like nobility). Mare, a 17-year-old Red is faced with going to war, but everything changes when she (and the king and queen) discover that she has an ability of her own, something entirely unheard of before. 

I LOVED this book! The world feels very real because it's not black-and-white like other YA dystopias. I rooted for Mare because she's strong, but also stuck in a place she doesn't yet understand, which makes her naive. The best part is the plot; you just never know what's going to happen next!

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon | Goodreads

The Sleeper and The Spindle
★★★ (4 out of 5)

Written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell, this is a graphic novel is a reimagined fairytale featuring Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. On the eve of her wedding, Queen Snow sets out to rescue a young woman who she learns has been asleep for decades, but it turns out its not what it seems. 

This story is beautifully-illustrated in black and white and gold. When I first got it, I found myself looking through the pages without reading it and just admired the art. I really enjoyed reading this and the twist. I only wish it was longer. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon | Goodreads

Work Workout*
★★★ (5 out of 5)

Written by Charles Harrington Elster, this book (I listened to the audio version) is a guide to help you build your vocabulary by teaching you new words and how to use them with a few grammar lessons thrown in.

Read my full review here.

*I recevied this book for free.

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon | Goodreads

Emma & Elsie Meet Fitzwilliam Darcy (#1)
★★★ (4 out of 5)

Written by Maddy Raven and Monica Leonelle, this first part of a continued series follows Emma Woodhouse and Elizabeth (aka Elsie) Bennet, who are best friends in Rosebelle, Louisiana. They're lives are changed when Chuck Bingley and Fitz Darcy, school friends of Jace Knightley, come into town. 

I can't turn down a free book and I love Jane Austen reimaginings, so this was a no-brainer. I got into the story so quickly because it's fun having Austen worlds come together. It's a quick and entertaining read and I look forward to reading the next parts. 

Buy the book: Get It Free! | Amazon

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Outfit: Sheer Blue

It's most certainly not a good idea to wear a sheer blouse when it's 30 degrees outside, but I guess I like living on the wild side. My middle name should be Frostbite.

Does it bother anyone else when rolled up sleeves don't cooperate? I like this shirt because of the pale blue color and relaxed fit, but the sleeves never stay and it annoys me to no end whenever I wear it. 

On an unrelated note, I've been wearing these Old Navy mesh pocket exercise pants when going to the gym and I love them. The mesh pockets make it easy to store my iPhone since I use the Nike+ Running app. I got them in petite small, but despite the petite sizing they're not capris on me, but more liked cropped pants, which is what I was looking for anyway. 
Top: Express (via giveaway) | Necklace: American Eagle | Jeans: Hollister | Booties: DSW
Glasses: Warby Parker | Lipstick: Revlon lip stain in Smitten

How's the weather where you are?
Do you use any exercise apps?

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Lusting: Hair Pins

You can now call me obsessed with hair pins! Ever since getting this one, I've been wearing it all the time and can't stop admiring all of the pretty hair accessories out there. How cool are those leaf and arrow ones?!

Hair Pins

What kind of hair accessories do you wear?

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