Book rec // ‘The Woman on the Orient Express’

Hey all! Book review here, of a new release entitled The Woman on the Orient Express. If you like Agatha Christie and historical fiction, you’re going to want to read about this new release!

the woman on the orient expressThe Woman on the Orient Express is set in 1928, during Agatha Christie’s impromptu visit to Mesopotamia, i.e. Iraq. She travels on the Orient Express to escape her failed marriage to Archibald Christie (who is set to marry his mistress in a few days’ time) and the embarrassment of her “disappearance” and scandal that occurred two years earlier (her very own “Gone Girl” moment!). While on the Orient Express traveling to Iraq, she meets two women: Katharine Woolley and Nancy Nelson. All three women are harboring huge, life-defining secrets that haunt them, but all three eventually forge deep bonds of sisterhood and learn about themselves during the journey.

Halfway through the novel, Christie and her three-dimensional companions do reach Baghdad, and thus the second half of the novel is a glittering and realistic portrait of life in the Middle East during the late 20s. We visit a Bedouin camp, a Yazidi temple, open-air markets, and learn about the customs, lifestyles, and traditions of the Iraqi people during this time. The main portion of the novel is set on an archaeological dig at Ur, where Agatha Christie eventually met her second husband, Max Mallowan. And it is also the place where Christie absorbed enough material for half a dozen (or more) of her novels set in or inspired by Mesopotamia and the dig at Ur.Read More »

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Fashion // Renaissance Faire style

I’ve got a fun look for you guys today! For years now, I’ve been going to the Renaissance Faire at the end of summer with my family and friends, and it’s always a great day of silliness, food on a stick, gorgeous handmade jewelry, shows, and of course, it’s an excuse to dress up! One year I went as a pirate, but this year I’m going back to my usual, with a dreamy dress and some kind of fun headwear. It’s not a super costumey look, but I like that it seems more laid back!

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DIY coffee scrub, 3 different ways!

DIY-coffee-scrub All my life, I’ve had very dry skin, and to add to the frustration, I rarely remember to moisturize daily. Even when I do, it’s clear that just a daily moisturizer isn’t enough to deal with my chronic dry skin, so I’m always on the lookout for an all-in-one solution. Recently, my sister turned me onto a coffee body scrub, and I seriously have never been so impressed with a DIY, at-home solution for so many skin conditions. Here’s why.

Coffee body scrubs are so effective because they do so many things: the caffeine in the coffee grounds are supposed to minimize the appearance of cellulite, for starters. Cellulite is notoriously difficult to get rid of, and even though exercise is one of the most effective ways to break it down, caffeine also helps.

Secondly, coffee scrubs can be combined with other kitchen items to make one product that can do a lot of stuff in one step. Here, I’ve put together three different formulas to target what you may need in a body scrub, from cellulite reduction to exfoliation and more.

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Book rec // The Girl at the Lion d’Or

Hey all! A book recommendation today for anyone who loves character-driven novels with romance and history! So, that’s definitely me. I stumbled across this book called The Girl at the Lion D’Or a couple years ago at my favorite bookstore, Westsider Books. I like thrifting at secondhand bookstores because you find books that have been forgotten or lost, and you can find some true gems.

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Fashion ft. vintage-style shorts by Simple Retro

I’m a huge fan of anything that is vintage or that looks vintage, so I immediately fell in love with these polka dot, vintage-style shorts from Simple Retro. Since they’re A-line and high waisted, they look and feel more like a skirt, but they’re waaaay more comfortable! I styled these awesome vintage-style shorts with a simple white top and then added some simple accents in gold and black.

Also wearing: my new Kylie Cosmetics lip kit in Leo! It’s no secret that I loooove these colors and formulas, and this shade, a deep burgundy, is way out of my comfort zone. But when I tried it on I absolutely loved it. Another reason I love fashion and beauty is the random ways that changing up your style or look makes you feel more confident! Hope you like this look…

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Snapshots // Sun & summer days

Hey all! I’ve been having a swell summer so far and I thought I’d share some snapshots of my extended vacation, and share some travel tips as well. My time off this year has been more of a stay-cation, because I can’t truly afford a trip anywhere. Instead, when my family and I took time off, we made day trips to places around Manhattan and Brooklyn, and it was a great opportunity for me to be a tourist in my own city. Here are a few photos of what I’ve been up to lately!

Smorgasburg

My sister and I went to Smorgasburg this past month, a food festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with dozens of local food places setting up booths. It’s an incredible place to try so many new kinds of food, and this particular festival was right near the water, with amazing views of the Manhattan skyline. I would absolutely recommend visiting Smorgasburg, although on the day I went, the heat of the day made it a little more difficult to eat my weight in food. I’d recommend going on a cooler day in September. Still—that view!

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Reads & Recs: summer and fall new releases!

New 2016 book releases for ya! All of these books are ones that I’m dying to read. One has already been released, and the others are shortly coming to a bookstore/e-reader near you. I love the excitement of finding and reading an amazing new book, so here are my recommendations for summer and fall new releases in fiction!

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Fashion // And you’re very free

Hello all! Back with an outfit that’s a little out of my comfort zone today, inspired by the 90s trends that are currently coming back like crazy. I wore this outfit to a concert in the city recently. I borrowed this soft shirt dress from my sister, and paired it with some accessories that remind me of Kylie Jenner doing throwback 90s trends!
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An in-depth Zaful review // hit or miss?

Here on The Most Happy, I like to showcase trends as well as personal style, and because my style tends to change a lot based on the season, shopping the latest trends can get expensive. I like getting deals and being frugal about my shopping habit, so of course, sites like Romwe, Shein, and Zaful have often appeared on my computer screen. But it’s also a risk to shop at sites like these, because they’re often a rip off. I’ve already reviewed Romwe and Shein, and today I thought I’d do an in-depth Zaful review.

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Full disclosure! All of these items were in a PR package provided by Zaful, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be 100% honest in my Zaful review! So, without further ado, here’s what I ordered from Zaful and whether it was a hit or a miss.
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My Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review (spoilers!)

I have been counting down feverishly to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for MONTHS, and on Saturday night at midnight, like so many other die-hard Potter fans around the world, I finally got my hands on it.

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I don’t need to explain what this eighth story means for Potter fans: it’s like coming home, revisiting the magic we fell in love with when we were kids, and feeling like that magic won’t ever end. It meant reading more about the characters and where they ended up, and for me, it meant being immersed in that amazing world again. And even though this story is only in the form of a scriptbook, most of us had little to no doubt that the last story would shine as bright as the other installments. However, after reading the book, a lot of people felt a little disappointed. Here’s what I thought.
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