Monday, May 25, 2015

Guest Post: Super Space Chick

Hey, friends! I'm taking the week off (except for Wednesday) because I've been so busy, 
but I have an awesome line-up of guest posts for you this week!
Hi everyone! I'm Kristin from Super Space Chick and I'm so excited that Sara decided to share her blog with me today!  I recently started a BookTube channel and I can honestly say it's the most passionate I've been about anything in a really long time!  I'm one of those people that can spend HOURS in a bookstore multiple times per week (my poor, poor boyfriend), I must know what everyone around me on the train is reading at all times, I'm able to lead people to the exact shelves of the book they're interested in while book shopping (you can ask Sara!), and my eyes LIGHT UP when anyone tries to engage me in any conversation about books, so really, a BookTube channel just ~made sense~.

Now that you are aware of how deep my bibliophilia runs, I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to some of my favorite BookTubers (because when I'm not reading or talking about books, I'm watching other people talk about them as entertainment). All the BookTubers I watch focus on YA fiction, but there are others out there if YA isn't your thing!

1) Regan of PeruseProject - Regan is my favorite BookTuber.  I love watching her videos because of her awesome personality and because of how often I agree with her reviews so I feel like I can trust her opinions. She reads a lot of fantasy, but she also mixes in some contemporary YA, adult fiction, and classics. A good video example of how helpful Regan's reviews are is her Favorite Books of 2014 video which can be seen below.

2) Sam of Novels and Nonsense - Sam is my go to for fantasy recommendations!  She makes a lot of unique videos, one my favorite being her Arthurian Retelling recommendations and she often participates in the Top 5 Wednesday challenge for which the topics are available to view on Goodreads.

3) Kat of Katytastic - Kat's bookshelves are to die for (seriously you must watch her bookshelf tour!).  She's been on BookTube for years so sometimes I like to go back and watch old videos that I may have missed in the past.  Kat is one of the members of the Booksplosion book club which posts an jn in depth discussion once a month.

4) Raeleen of PadfootandProngs07 - Raeleen is adorable!  She works at a bookstore so you know her recommendations are on point.  Her BookTube name is an obvious homage to the Marauders from Harry Potter, so I was destined to enjoy her videos from the start.  I love this video of her auto-buy authors.

5) Maureen of maureenkeavy - Maureen is a BookTuber that I discovered recently and I just adore her.  She's incredibly funny and sarcastic and I love watching everything she posts.  Here's a recent Harry Potter tag video she posted!

Who is your favorite YouTuber?

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Dear Reader Pt. 4

I'm currently in Pittsburgh! Are you following my adventures on Instagram?

I'm so excited for this summer! The past month has been crazy busy and I'm definitely not one of those people that glorifies being busy. In fact, I hate being busy. It kind of stresses me out when I have too much on my schedule, so this summer I want to relax, read a lot (which I would do anyway), hang out with friends, take trips into the city, go to museums, and relax even more. 

I would love to know:

  • current favorite drink
  • the book would you bring to a deserted island
  • what I wished I'd done sooner
  • a summer goal
  • currently reading

I'll go first:

  • iced chai latte or the Starbucks s'more's frappuccino
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or Attachments
  • hang out with other bloggers because yay fun
  • downsize my closet
  • Before Tomorrowland

So who are you?

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Inspired By: Spring Activities

Are you planning any fun activities this spring and summer? One of my favorite things to do is reading outside (when there are no bugs nearby) with a glass of iced tea and chips. When I was in Austin, my brothers and I stumbled across a farmers' market. There are a bunch near me and I really want to start going to them more regularly.  

Fields of Flowers
Fields of Flowers
Flowers, flowers, flowers! They're everywhere and they're beautiful. Pretty pink petals are all over the grass and flowers of all colors have sprouted. If you're going to be inspired by flowers, you have to go for something feminine: a pale pink printed dress, a floral necklace, yellow flats, and a yellow backpack. Or put on a blue peter pan collar top, a floral midi skirt, a moon necklace, and black loafers. 

Farmers' Market Shopping
Farmers Market Shopping
Who doesn't enjoy some Saturday afternoon farmers' market shopping? Picking up fresh seasonal fruits and veggies as well as pretty flowers, handmade soap, and delicious chocolate is always a good time. Wear a casual look: a striped tee, jeans, a black watch, and black pumps. Or throw on something a bit girly: a red cardigan, a black printed dress, pink bracelets, and nude flats. 

Picnic Time
Picnic Time
Picnics are the best, aren't they? I'm all about spending time with people I love, whether it's a significant other, friends, or family, surrounded by fresh food and cold drinks and maybe some grilled burgers (or veggie burgers). Throw on a plaid shirt, a long necklace, jeans, and teal sneakers, or a gray cardigan, a pink dress, blue bracelets, a floral backpack, and black wedges. 

Reading Outside
Reading Outside
Grab a new book (or an old favorite), a cold drink, some cookies or chips or a fruit salad, and head outside. Relaxing in a hammock would be ideal (le duh), but I also love reading by the pool or at a bench in a park or sitting outside a Starbucks. Go casual and chic: a pale pink jacket, a gray tee, black high-waisted jeans, and beige booties. Or put on a purple blazer, a black dress, gold rings, and brown heels. 

{via Britta Nickel}

P.S. -- I'm headed to Pittsburgh! Yay! Follow my adventures on Instagram!

What's your favorite spring activity?

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag {May 2015}

How great is this bag?! I got "Contents: My Life," but I saw on Instagram that others also got "Contents: Pretty Important Stuff" or "VIP: Very Important Products." This month's theme is Jetsetter, which is perfect because I'm hopping on a plane to Pittsburgh tomorrow and I'll be using this bag to house my make up.

What I received:
♥ Skone Cosmetic's Pretty Eyes Automatic Eyeliner in Navy {full size $15}
♥ IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream {full size $38, sample $7}
♥ Briogeo's Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray {full size $20, sample $4}
♥ Klorane's Smoothing and Relaxing Patches {full size $21 for 7 sets, sample $6 for 2 sets}
♥ Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil {full size $16, sample $5}
♥ BONUS: Urban Decay's High-Color Lipgloss in Failbat & Bittersweet

Skone Cosmetic's Pretty Eyes Automatic Eyeliner in Navy 

I generally don't wear anything other than black and brown eyeliner (sometimes an Urban Decay dark purple eyeliner), so at first this color kind of scared me. This "navy" is pretty bright to be called that. But I wore it this past weekend and liked the way it looked. I don't think I'll wear it all the time, but it's something fun to wear during the summer.  

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream 

I've tried BB creams before, which were too thin to really cover anything, so I didn't think this CC cream would be that much different. Luckily, this is right between foundation and BB creams; it's not too thick, but it does a good job of covering redness. Plus I like that it smells like lemon and has SPF 50+. I would definitely recommend this. 

Briogeo's Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray

I've tried other products by this company before and really liked them, but this one by far is the best. My hair gets frizzy in the summer (New York is notoriously humid), so sometimes every day I need something to calm the frizz after coming out of the shower. This liquid-y spray has a light floral scent and works wonders. 

Klorane's Smoothing and Relaxing Patches

I love using these! I think it's fun to use the blackhead patches on my nose and pull them off to see what grossness is there. Please tell me you like doing this too! These are different of course: these soothing ones have cornflower and are meant to moisturize and brighten tired eyes. I didn't see a difference, but they sure were fun to use. 

Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil

To be honest, I haven't tried this yet, but I've heard great things about it. It's a clear lip pencil that you use on your lip line or your whole lip before putting on lipstick or lipgloss. I'll definitely be using this to make sure my lipstick stays put. 

BONUS: Urban Decay's High-Color Lipgloss in Failbat & Bittersweet

Unfortunately, I'm not a lipgloss girl. I find them too sticky and I don't like that I can feel something on my lips. However, I decided to try the bright pink (FailBait) and it's not as sticky or uncomfortable as I thought it would be. I think that because it's a thicker gloss, almost like a liquid lipstick. I'm excited to try the purple one (Bittersweet).

Have you tried any of these products?

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Outfit: Chambray For Day

I got this dress from a family friend; I didn't like it when I first tried it on, but decided to give it another shot and ended up really liking it. Go figure. Does that ever happen to you? You love it and then hate it, or hate it and then love it. 

A new goal of mine is to take pictures in new locations. These pictures are still within my apartment complex but on the other side. In a few weeks, when I have more time, I want to start taking pictures in somewhat public places. I still don't have the guts to do it on a sidewalk (mostly because I have to be several feet from my camera and tripod and I don't want someone running off with it), but maybe a cool wall or a park or a quiet street would be nice. 

I would love to take pictures on train tracks, but the only ones near me are for the MetroNorth, which go into Grand Central, and they run every twenty minutes. Plus, I think it's illegal here. 
Dress: H&M (gift) | Bag: Modcloth | Necklace: Bella's Boutique 
Sandals: Sole Society {similar} | Sunglasses: Firmoo

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