Must-Read Book // American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Long ago, I made it my mission to read every Neil Gaiman book I could find. So when I saw the first trailer for the Starz adaptation of American Gods, I knew it was way past the time when I should have read the book. Luckily, I was able to read it through before beginning the show, and now, it’s a definite must read for everyone interested in Americana, fantasy, mythology, and just plain good literature.

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New Look // Mixing Patterns: Blue Stripes & Pink Florals

Hey everybody! It’s officially the season for summer dresses. This time of year I always stock my closet with versatile, lightweight, and girly summer dresses that make getting ready, whether for work or play, a total breeze. I played around wit mixing patterns today, pairing this beautiful, fit-and-flare blue striped dress with pink floral heels, combining some of my favorite style elements: florals, full skirts, and a contrasting color palette. Hope you like!

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Styled by Trendage, a Review — Plus Some Thoughts About Sponsored Blogging

Hi there, today I have a sponsored review of a new app, Styled by Trendage, that claims to recreate the iconic Clueless closet. We all know the one, and we all wanted it when we were kids: software that lets you try on endless combinations of clothing in your closet without ever having to actually change your clothes. Now, I hope that software comes along sooner rather than later (I mean, come on, it’s 2017 and we don’t have this exact thing yet? Seems wrong!) but my experience with the Styled app is that Cher’s closet it is not.

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See, I was given the opportunity to try this out in exchange for a small payment, and when I first started playing with it, I was in shock at how negatively I felt about the whole experience, but I have to be 100% honest with how I feel. One of the things I think is most important about this whole blogging thing is transparency. Just because something was a gift, and there are certain expectations built into the gifting process, doesn’t mean I sacrifice honesty. This is one of those rare times I truly dislike a free product or service.Read More »

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New Look // A Girly Summer Outfit (With Bunnies!) ft. GlassesUSA

Hi all! Since it’s finally summer and all, I thought I’d share a fun outfit with you today, featuring cute prints and silhouettes, and new sunglasses from GlassesUSA. I’ve worked with them before–they’ve sent me a pair of prescription glasses that made me actually like wearing glasses again after not owning a pair for like seven years, and their sunglasses are pretty awesome, too. The outfit I have to share today is definitely cutesy–hope you like it!

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Beauty // The Groove: An In-Shower Head Massager from Vanity Planet

If there’s one thing everybody on earth universally loves, it’s a head massage. That’s often the best part of getting a haircut or blowout—that amazing shampoo and massage combo your hairdresser gives you that leaves your scalp tingling, and relaxes you into falling asleep at the sink. Recently, I tried a product called the Groove, a scalp massaging shampoo brush from Vanity Planet! Here’s what I thought.

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Book Rec // ‘Possession’ by A.S. Byatt, one of the best books I’ve ever read

Guys, I think I have a new favorite author, and I’m very late to the game. A while ago I was gifted a copy of Possession: A Romance, by A.S. Byatt, and strangely enough, I’d never heard of it even though there was a movie adaptation in the early 2000s and the book itself won the Booker Prize in 1990! This past month I finally read it, and it’s easily one the best books I’ve ever read.

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New Look // Vintage Dress from the 1950s (That Makes Me Happy)

Hi all! This year I got obsessed with one thing: finding perfect and beautiful vintage dresses, prompted by a pin I saw linking to Etsy. I got lost in the world of Etsy vintage listings, and wound up buying two amazing cotton dresses from the 1950s, one yellow and blue, and one off-white and light brown. This one is the latter.

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Recently, I’ve been all about the full skirts and midi lengths. There’s something about them that’s so feminine and empowering. I love the swish of the fabric and sitting down and seeing the skirt billow around me! Plus, I love twirling. 😉 So fun! This dress is from an Etsy shop I found that has a ton of vintage dresses. This one was probably handmade, as it’s unlined and has no tags. I love that vintage clothing has history, and also it’s nice to buy secondhand sometimes.

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Book Rec // ‘The Thorn and the Blossom’ by Theodora Goss

Every once in a while, you come across a book that feels like a present. The Thorn and the Blossom was that for me. Published in 2012, this book was on my list for a while, but I always seemed to forget it existed. I remember wanting it when it first came out, then I completely forgot about it. A few weeks ago, I saw it on the bargain priced shelf at Barnes & Noble; it was only $5 and I threw it on top of my purchase pile and that was it. In March, we had a snow day from work, and I read this book in one sitting.

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New Look // Retro Shorts + Pastel Colors for Spring

Hello all! Today’s look is all about spring pastels and retro vibes. Last summer, I was sent a pair of vintage-pattern polka dot shorts from Simple Retro, and they quickly became one of my favorite pieces ever—I wore them a dozen times, in summer and in the winter, and got so much use from them that I decided to buy another pair. Here they are, in a soft, dusty lavender color! They’re perfect for spring!

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Beauty Review // NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

Hi all! Today I have another cult favorite skincare item to review, as always, on my quest to find the perfect skincare regimen! I’ve locked into a good routine, but I always like to switch it up to find out what could work better for me. Today I’m reviewing the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash, a strong, pH-balanced foaming face wash with 18% glycolic acid. I’ve used glycolic acid face washes before, and was eager to try it out!

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