Monday, February 8, 2016

Galentine's Day Gifts

Galentine's Day is this Saturday! It's a holiday in which us ladies celebrate each other and how awesome we are! #girlpower 

Galentine's Day should always be spent with your bestie or girl squad, so I'm spending the day with my best gal, Avra. We haven't made plans yet, but our day will probably involve Starbucks, shopping at Sephora and LUSH, maybe seeing the movie Hail, Caesar!, and singing along to Coldplay in the car. On a slightly unrelated note, Avra and I started going to the gym together last week and it was awesome. Exercising isn't so bad when you can chat with your bestie!
Galentine's Day
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How are you spending Galentine's Day?

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Review: Novelly Yours Candle Shop

I'm sure you all know this by now but Harry Potter is my favorite book series. But you might not know that my second favorite series is the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Cinder is one of my favorite books ever; it's a fantasy retelling of Cinderella and it's wonderful, so when I saw that Novelly Yours had a Cinder inspired candle I had to have it. 

Firewood, storms, and white tea? Yes, please! It has a musky and lightly sweet scent that I really love and I've burned it three times now since getting it last week. The scent isn't overpowering while lit, which is nice because sometimes lighting a candle in a small apartment makes me woozy, but not so with this candle. 

Novelly Yours is a shop with candles inspired by popular young adult novels, like Truthwitch, Fangirl, and Harry Potter. The woman behind the shop, Brittany Smith, hand pours all the candles, which are made of all-natural soy wax. Get $4 off four or more 8oz tins with code STOCKUP4.

How perfect is this mug? If you've read this book, you know that it's totally what Cinder is thinking most of the time!


**I received this candle for free. All opinions are my own.**

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Outfit: Layers & Banned Books

There's definitely a chill in the air now! After a mild winter, Mother Nature has unleashed the cold. I've taken out all of my scarves now and this plaid one that I got last year has made a reappearance because it's heavenly; warm and soft! 

I love this banned books tote bag! What's a banned book you like? A banned book that I've always enjoyed is Fahrenheit 451 . It's about a dystopian future in which books are outlawed and firemen set fire to books rather than putting them out. It's about censorship, stifling intellectual freedom, and keeping the average person ignorant of the greater world around them. Reading this book makes you realize that the more you read and know, the more you can form an opinion for yourself and, therefore, fight back against injustice. So what's the message here? Read A LOT of books!
Jacket: Target | Sweater: Hollister | Jeans: American Eagle | Scarf: Target
Necklace: ℅ Favoring Brave | Booties: DSW | Bag: Out of Print

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Watch | Read | Listen {February 2016}

February is looking to be a good month for movies and books! There are A TON of books I want to read that are coming out in the next few weeks. Since one of my goals is to read all of the books I already have, I only preordered one of them (The Forbidden Wish), but I'd be okay with an anonymous benefactor buying me all of them! *wink wink*

MOVIES

Hail, Caesar!
Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a Hollywood "fixer" helping the production of the upcoming film entitled Hail Caesar starring famous actor Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). When a hungover Whitlock is kidnapped by a group named The Future, Mannix is the one in charge of collecting $100,000 and rescuing him. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Scarlet Johansson, Frances McDornmand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, and more. {Watch the trailer.} This looks so over the top in the best way and hilarious. (February 5)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century Britain, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry. Casting aside personal pride and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another. {Watch the trailer.} YASSSS! SO excited to see this! (February 5)

Deadpool 
In an effort to cure his cancer, former special forces operative Wade Wilson (Ryan Renolds) was subjected to an experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin, an unstable mind, and a "dark, twisted" sense of humor. Armed with new abilities and a new identity, Wilson hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. {Watch the trailer.} Deadpool is one of THE best superheroes ever for his snark and humor, so I'll for sure be seeing this. (February 12)

How To Be Single 
New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, and what Alice (Dakota Johnson) and Robin (Rebel Wilson) and their friends have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Based on the novel by Liz Tuccillo and produced by Drew Barrymore. {Watch the trailer.} This looks so funny and I absolutely love Rebel Wilson. (February 12)

Zoolander 2 
When the world's most beautiful musical celebrities are assassinated with formerly famous male model Derek Zoolander's iconic "Blue Steel" look on their face, Interpol recruits Derek (Ben Stiller) and his friend Hansel McDonald (Owen Wilson) to infiltrate a new and different world of high fashion in order to put a stop to it. {Watch the trailer.} How can I not see this movie?! It's like my childhood coming back! (February 12)

Other movies coming out:
  • The Choice (Feb 5)
  • Misconduct (Feb 5)
  • Tumbledown (Feb 5)
  • Touched With Fire (Feb 12)
  • A War (Feb 12)
  • Where To Invade Next (Feb 12)
  • Crazy About Tiffany's (Feb 19)
  • Risen (Feb 19)
  • Eddie The Eagle (Feb 26)
  • Gods of Egypt (Feb 26)
  • Triple 9 (Feb 26)

BOOKS & MUSIC
Books -- February 2016
  • Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection by Marissa Meyer -- The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies? (February 2)
  • Starflight by Melissa Landers -- Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. She needs a fresh start and she's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable in high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith. (February 2)
  • Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard -- Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. (February 9)
  • I'll See You In Paris by Michelle Gable -- The key to unlocking family secrets starts with a mysterious book about an infamous woman known as the Duchess of Marlborough. Annie’s quest to understand the Duchess takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside to Paris where answers will be found at last. (February 9)
  • These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zakus -- England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society. When her sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she travels to London to find her. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. Sebastian Braddock claims that both sisters have special healing powers. Turns out, her sister is in graver danger than she feared. (February 9)
  • Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman -- Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything. (February 9)
  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig -- Nix Song is a time-traveller. She travels the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship. Old maps allow Nix to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times. But Nix's father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix's existence rather dangerously in question. (February 16)
  • The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine -- Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that she’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen. (February 16)
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Koury -- When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. (February 23)
What are you looking forward to this month?

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Favorite Things {January 2016}


I feel like I've been looking for a natural-looking concealer for ages and I finally found it. Glory Boon's Heal & Conceal cover up is amazing! You'd think that a concealer that only comes in one shade would be too dark for me and too light for others, but it blends seamlessly while still covering up redness and spots. This thing is like magic! 

I love Luna Lovegood! She's strange and free-thinking and sees things that others tend to overlook, so she's also been one of my favorites, so I had to get this adorable magnetic bookmark of her. 

 A few fun links:

 20 free resources for creatives.

 Secrets about Central Park.

 How to help someone who is grieving.

 Solo female travel tips: 20 things you should know.

 10 ways to actually stick to your healthy eating resolution.

 Why I taught myself to procrastinate.

 Mascaras that live up to the hype.

 10 books to make 2016 your best year yet.

 Sponsor Love:
I didn't have any sponsors this month, but I want to talk about two companies, one that was just featured and one that will be featured soon:

  • Qtee is website where you can customize the colors on any piece of clothing; shirts, sneakers, hats, tote bags. I've worked with them a few times now and they're a laid back company with fast shipping. (Get 25% off with code "GETCUSTOM25.")
  • Novelly Yours is a new shop with literary-inspired candles made with eco-friendly soy wax. One of the candles is called Loyal, which is based on Hufflepuff! (You can get $4 off four or more 8oz tins with code "STOCKUP4.")


Do you have any cute magnetic bookmarks? 

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