Monday, May 2, 2016

Watch | Read | Listen {May 2016}

Some months I never step in a movie theater and other months I pretty much live there. There are three movies I'm dying to see in May (Captain America: Civil War, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and X-Men: Apocalypse). It's a take-all-my-money situation. I also NEED A Court of Mist and Fury this instant. Luckily, it comes out tomorrow. 


Captain America: Civil War
In Captain America: Civil War, one year after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultronan act regulating superhuman activity fractures the Avengers into opposing factions. Tthe United Nations is preparing to pass the Sokovia Accords, which will establish an international governing body to monitor and police the rapidly growing superhuman population. The team is divided over the actTony Stark supports oversight because he feels responsible for creating Ultron, while Steve Rogers has lost faith in the government because HYDRA manipulated S.H.I.E.L.D. since its foundation. {Watch the trailer} This looks amazing! Can't wait to see it! (May 6)

Love & Friendship
Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark) -- and herself too, naturally. {Watch the trailer} I've actually never read Lady Susan, which I'd like to change before watching this film, which looks wonderful. (May 13)

The Angry Birds Movie
Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to three unlikely outcasts - Red, Chuck and Bomb - to figure out what the pigs are up to. Voiced by Peter Dinklage, Tituss Burgess, and Jason Sudeikis. {Watch the trailer} I never played the game, but I'm always up for seeing hilarious kids movies. (May 20)

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland (this time through a Looking Glass) to find The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in a horrible state, with that she must save her friends from Time, a creature part-clock, borrow the Chronosphere, which The Red Queen (Helena Bonham-Carter) wants also, and change the course of Underland's fate to save The Hatter. {Watch the trailer} Yay! I love these movies! Tim Burton's movies are so wonderfully weird. (May 27)

X-Men: Apocalypse
Since ancient times, the first and most powerful mutant known as "Apocalypsehas been worshipped as a god. But when Apocalypse awakens from a hibernation of thousands of years, he is disgusted to find out what the world has come to and decides to destroy humanity and build a better world. Now, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) lead a team of young X-Men to face Apocalypse and defeat him. {Watch the trailer} I love the X-Men movies since I've been watching them since I was a kid, so I'll definitely be seeing this. (May 27)

Other movies coming out:
  • Dark Horse (May 6)
  • Phantom of the Theatre (May 6)
  • Amerigeddon (May 13)
  • The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (May 13)
  • High-Rise (May 13)
  • Money Monster (May 13)
  • Art Bastard (May 20)
  • Manhattan Night (May 20)
  • The Nice Guys (May 20)
  • The Ones Below (May 27)
  • Princess Shaw (May 27)

Books & Music -- May 2016
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas -- Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. (May 3)
  • The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan -- How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favor. (May 3)
  • Even If The Sky Falls by Mia Garcia -- One midsummer night. Two strangers. Three rules: No real names. No baggage. No phones. A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of one of life’s greatest dangers: love. (May 10)
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale -- A dark take on Peter Pan. London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders. Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. (May 10)
  • Cures For Heartbreak by Margo Rabb -- Less than two weeks after fifteen-year-old Mia Pearlman’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, she dies, leaving Mia, her older sister, and their father to face this unfathomable loss. As Mia struggles to navigate her grief, she’s also forced to examine the truth about her parents’ rocky marriage, her unexpected feelings for a guy with leukemia, and the nagging health phobias that plague her on a daily basis. (May 24)
  • Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims -- Joy killed Adam Gordon for what he did to her sister, Grace. At least, that’s what she thinks happened. Now Adam can’t hurt anyone ever again, and her sister can be free from the boy who harmed her. But someone else knows what Joy did, and they’re going to out her as a cold-blooded killer if she doesn’t expose the scandalous secrets bubbling just below the surface of her mundane town. (May 24)
  • The Last Wave (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey -- Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves. In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves or saving what makes us human. (May 24)
Thank You by Megan Trainor (May 13)
The Heart Speaks in Whispers by Corinne Bailey Rae (May 13)
This Is What The Truth Feels Like by Gwen Stefani (May 27)

What are looking forward to in May?

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Favorite Things

{Thin Mints cookies, Marshalls journal, Marshalls teacup, 

Chocolate and coffee in a candle?! Yes, and it's the best thing ever. Every time I burn this Frostbeard candle it makes my apartment smell like a bakery. I used this little candle so much that I already ran out. I have several other Frostbeard candles, so when they run out I'm getting this one again. It's that good. 

In March, I got a starter kit from Young Living that came with eleven essential oils and a teardrop-shaped diffuser and I've used the oils every single day since I first got it in the mail. I like to put lavender, frankincense, purification, and peppermint in the diffuser to make my room smell good. I put some drops of lavender on my hands before I go to sleep. I use panaway on my muscles when I work out too hard. I use stress away when I'm feeling anxious. There are so many ways to use these oils and I love it!

 A few fun links:

 7 hair confessions I hide from my stylists (so true!)

 A guide to mixing fashion and fandom

 How to avoid social media burnout

 Bookstagram hashtags

If you're thinking about going vegan, here's what to know

 How to throw a dinner party like a real adult

 Another reason why I love The Met (need to check this out!)

 10 handmade Mother's Day gifts

 A Beautiful Mess shared some of their favorite podcasts

 Home decor items from around the world

 5 blog photo mistakes I've made

What's your favorite candle?
Have you used essential oils? 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Outfit: Punk

Have you seen that SNL skit with Adam Driver playing Kylo Ren on Undercover Boss? If you haven't, please click here. If you have, go on watch it again. You know you want to. You know a skit is one of your absolute favorites when you can watch it five times and still find it hilarious. I discovered Jordanden√©'s creative, fandom t-shirts through Instagram and had to have this "Kylo Ren is a Punk Bitch" shirt

The fabric is American-made and super soft, so I'm thinking of getting another one for my birthday in June. Do you think I should get the "I Solemnly Swear I Am Up To No Good" shirt or the "Mischief Managed" one
Cardian: Old Navy | Tee: Jordandené | Jeans: Old Navy
Flats: DSW | Headphones: Amazon | Bracelet: Fandom of the Month Club

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Pocket Book Reviews {April 2016} + Giveaway

At the beginning of the month, I decided I wanted to read as many graphic novels as possible. It started when I went to the comic book store my with brother and realized that he had a bunch of comic books hidden away in his room that I wanted to read. I read eleven books overall and seven of them were graphic novels, so I think I did pretty well. Are you a graphic novel reader? 

Madly (Potion #1)
 (5 out of 5)

Written by Amy Alward; When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors traveling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

I loved this! I found it interesting that it's set in the 21st century, but magic and potions and fantastical creatures (unicorns!) exist. It could be weird, but somehow it works. It didn't feel forced or strange. And the fact that the princess fell in love with herself? Hilarious! This book is definitely on the light, fluffy side and not to be taken completely serious. It's a fun, adventure ride through the eyes of Samantha, a teen who has a knack for potion-making, as she hunts down the ingredients for the cure. The one thing that really sold me on this book is Sam. She's down-to-earth, smart, naive at times, self-conscious about love, and just a good person. I also adored her grandfather and bad-ass Kirsty. Yes, sometimes the book was a little over-dramatic and unbelievable, but it is fantasy and overall it's just a fun read!

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Gotham Academy, Vol. 2: Calamity
 (4 out of 5)

Written by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher; Olive has received information that her mother might be alive—and now, she and her friends must investigate! Of course werewolves, ghosts, and new student Damian Wayne won’t make it easy!

The reason I like Gotham Academy is that it's dark and fun at the same time. The backdrop of Gotham and the mysteries surrounding Olive's mother adds an air of mystery and drama, but Olive's friends, particularly Maps, brings the humor and a lighter touch. Definitely recommend reading this series!

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The Woods, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
 (4 out of 5)

Written by Amy Alward;  On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness.

Wow! I wasn't sure what to expect with this series since I picked it up on a whim, but it's ca-razy good! Not only do you get to know these teens while on a strange alien planet, but there are flashbacks to their lives before they all vanished. It has a bit of a Lost vibe, but I feel like we get even less answers than with that show and that's saying a lot. 

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A Study in Charlotte
 (5 out of 5)

Written by Brittany Cavallaro; Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances and Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. 

I suppose murder mysteries are usually dark and gritty because death and murder and bad guys, but one of the reasons I really enjoyed this book is because it's not dark and scary and unnecessarily raining half the time. Yes there are dark moments and themes, but I appreciate that it's a light mystery. This book is delightful and smart and focuses on deduction (obviously) and the growing, at times strained, and strange relationship between Charlotte Holmes and James Watson. They're modern counterparts of their ancestors, but they're still learning the ropes. I enjoyed that the mystery was Sherlock Holmes-related. The story lost me a little towards the end, but a re-read of the end made me understand it better. And it didn't take away from my admiration for this clever mystery and story. Definitely worth a read!

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Beyond Citadel 
 (4 out of 5)

Written by Marcos Efron; Jacob has been groomed his whole life to succeed his father as High Minister of Citadel, the last of the walled cities that rose from the ashes of the Cloud Wars. Beyond the impenetrable walls of Citadel lies the Fallow, a treacherous and barren wasteland. When Jacob's father is found dead and he’s accused of murder, Jacob escapes into the Fallow, where all the terrifying tales of savagery are confirmed. 

I want to put it out there that this is my cousin's novel and I proofread the manuscript, but all opinions are my own. This book is everything you want in a dystopian novel: fast pacing, adventure, an interesting setting, great characters you root for, and horribly evil bad guys. I read this so fast because I had to know what was going to happen. The latter half is a little predictable, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment. 

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Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope 
 (2 out of 5)

Written by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini; Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth's surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun's scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy to search for a new home among the stars. Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart in a conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope.

Hmmm....I had high hopes for this, but really didn't like it. Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of the art, the story was confusing, and the dialogue was weird at times. The story itself didn't go in a direction I thought it would, which can sometimes be good, but I wanted it to focus on finding a new planet, not her lost daughters. And why are the women always half naked? Pass.

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Black Science, Vol. 1: How To Fall Forever 
 (5 out of 5)

Written by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, and Dean White; Anarchist scientist Grant McKay has done the impossible. Using the Pillar, he has punched a hole through the barriers between dimensions, allowing travel to all possible universes. But now Grant and his team are trapped in the folds of infinity with no way home.

Imaginative! Beautiful! Emotional! Cool! Terrifying! Fantastic! These are words I would use to describe Black Science. A team of people are stuck hopping from one crazy dimension to another after their invention, the Pillar, is sabotaged. The story and artwork flows so well from one panel to the next that at times I felt I watch watching a cool tv show. Seriously someone needs to make this into a show! It's dramatic, thrilling, and just plain amazing.

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Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery 
 (5 out of 5)

Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch; A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they're in the business of killing all god's creatures for profit. 

Reasons why I'm now obsessed with Rat Queens: awesome, butt-kicking female characters, absolutely hilarious, imaginative cursing, sorcery, and cool, mysterious quests. This is one of the best comic book series I've ever read. And Betty is literally one of the greatest characters ever!

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Remember Me? 
 (4 out of 5)

Written by Sophie Kinsella; When Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed. 

A light, fun, easy read that had me laughing out loud. I decided to try listening to another Kinsella audiobook and I'm glad I did. This story is completely predictable, but so funny and the characters feel so real. I did get annoyed at how often Lexi had to remind people that she couldn't remember anything, but it also felt believable since people tend to forget things that don't concern themselves.  

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Inspired By: The Huntsman Winter's War

Let's the honest, the best part of Snow White and The Huntsman was Charlize Theron as Ravenna, so I was thrilled when I heard that the next movie was going to be a prequel about her. She completely carried the first film and I have no doubt that this movie, The Huntsman: Winter's War, is going to be amazing, especially with Emily Blunt playing her sister. 

In The Huntsman: Winter's War, Ravenna learns that her younger sister is having a baby that will grow to be more beautiful than her, but if any harm comes to the child it will unleash her sister's power. After the baby's death, Freya's suppressed ice powers come out and she isolates herself in an ice castle while building herself an army. The movie comes out in theaters today.

The Huntsman -- Ravenna

Ravenna (Charlize Theron) is a powerful sorceress obsessed with beauty, so when she learns that her sister's child will be more beautiful than she Ravenna does something horrible that creates a rift because her and her sister. 

Show off your dark side in a black lace dress, cut-out heels, raven phone case, and gold earrings. Or put on a gold sequin top, scalloped-edge skirt, raven necklace, and nude heels. 

The Huntsman -- Freya
Freya (Emily Blunt) is a normal young woman in love with the Duke of Blackwood and has a beautiful baby girl, but everything is ruined when her baby is murdered and Freya's ice powers are unleashed on the kingdom. 

Dress like the Ice Queen by wearing a lace black top, silver skirt, silver necklace, and black booties. Or a simple white dress, silver rings, and metallic heels. 

Eric & Sara
The Huntsman -- Eric & Sara
Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) are two of Freya's best warriors, but they fall in love and love is no longer allowed in Freya's world, so she separates them and lets them both think the other is dead. 

Show off your fierce, hunter side by wearing a yellow top, quilted black vest (it's rather cold in the ice castle), green pants, and brown booties. Or if you're into almost all-black then throw on a green fringe vest, black tank, black pants, and black booties. 

Are you seeing The Huntsman this weekend? 

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