Book rec // ‘Overlapping Lives’

I picked up Overlapping Lives, by Andrew Dicker, on a whim. I was looking for a quick read, something not too long or difficult, and what I found instead was an unconventional group of stories that really challenged and excited me. I would definitely recommend this book, and here’s why.

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Fashion ft. Vera the Great Boutique // Backlines

Today’s look is this gorgeous, flowy maxi dress that can be styled up for fancy occasions, or down for something more casual. I’m very excited about this look because it’s courtesy of a brand new boutique called Vera the Great that just opened. I’m a big fan of shopping from smaller shops every once in a while, just to avoid that mass-produced look. I mean, I’ll still shop Forever 21, don’t get me wrong–but shops like these make me excited to buy more unique pieces. I’m obsessed with this gorgeous, flowy maxi! 5-maxi-skirt-vera-great-5 Read More »

New book // ‘We Could Be Beautiful’ review!

Today, a book review! This new release (it comes out today) was on my recent summer TBR—by Swan Huntley, here’s my We Could Be Beautiful review.

we could be beautiful reviewWe Could Be Beautiful is about a 44-year-old rich woman named Catherine West. Catherine is all about the luxury and the privilege: she’s got a perfectly immaculate West Village home stocked with fine art, the best furniture, and a whole lot of hired help. She gets $80k a month from her trust fund, has a mother slowly succumbing to Alzheimer’s, and the thing that Catherine wants more than anything is to be married and have a child. Enter William Stockton, an impeccably dressed and well-spoken businessman who meets Catherine at an art gallery. It was love at first sight. Or was it?

Called “psychological,” this book aims to fully portray several characters in all their depth, foibles, and idiosyncrasies. There’s Catherine, who thinks she’s moral and strong, but who is actually petulant, childish, spoiled, privileged, and completely farcical. There’s William Stockton, a man who seems perfect but who is absolutely too good to be true. And then there’s Catherine’s sister Caroline, more honest and self-aware than her sister, and much more aware of her own privilege.
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Butterflies // New look ft. women’s watches by Jord + giveaway!

I’m not too much of a watch person. I prefer to wear nothing on my wrists because I spend my days typing, but I cannot get enough of this wooden Jord watch. I’m a fan of quirky style that’s out of the ordinary and that reflects more of my personality than a regular ol’ watch would. This watch is the Cora, and my particular wood is purpleheart, with a mother-of-pearl watch face. Purpleheart happens to be the wood my dorky circa 2007 Harry Potter wand is made from, so I was appropriately excited to receive this watch. 😉 I’m still nine years old, what can I say?

Here it is:

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Custom shampoo by Function of Beauty—a review

Beauty review today! I was recently asked to try out customized shampoo and conditioner by Function of Beauty. Here’s what I thought.

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In case you’ve never heard of this new brand, basically, Function of Beauty is a service that gives customers fully customized shampoo and conditioner sets based on their exact hair needs. You can pick almost everything about your particular formula based on your hair’s texture, and even pick what color and scent you want it to be! If you’re interested, use this link to get $5 off your order! Read More »

Fashion // Queen of Disaster

It’s finally maxi dress season, which means my outfits are going to get much easier to put together. I absolutely adore maxi dresses, and summer is the perfect time to wear one, because they’re the least fiddly of all the dresses—no need to worry about skirt length or whether your shoes match. Cause no one can see them anyway! (Usually.) I recently received this pretty blue paisley-print maxi and I like this dress because it’s really flowy, and because it’s versatile; you can even wear it as a top layer over shorts and a tank. I wore this to Mountain Jam, and also to work (my office fashion has recently become a lot more relaxed, because it’s summer and I’m getting lazier 🙂 ). The maxi dress becoming a go-to.

Tips for buying a maxi dress:

Keep your height in mind. I’m a middling height (5’5) so I don’t usually have issues with length, but girls who are either taller or shorter than average will want to check on the maxi dress length, especially if, like me, you tend to do a lot of your shopping online. Also, I usually go for a maxi dress with a slit down the side or some kind of opening on the bottom to provide some movement so it doesn’t look so much like you’re wearing a bedsheet over your body (I have dresses like those and they’re much more “meh”). I also like maxis with a lighter material, to provide aforementioned flow. Hope you like this look!3-shein_fashion_review_the_most_happy-5Read More »

Beauty Review // DevaCurl Delight, styling cream, Deva Towel

In case you didn’t know already, I am ALL ABOUT the DevaCurl. I credit DevaCurl and a dearth of heat styling with transforming my hair when I decided to stop straightening it circa 2011, and again last year when I fried my hair by dying like seven colors into it. Recently, I was gifted a new range of DevaCurl products called “Delight”—a shampoo and conditioner. I also received a styling cream and a microfiber towel, and here’s what I think about them!


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Fashion feat. Romwe // Flipside

New favorite romper! Floral prints and red are two of my favorite things, so this outfit is basically perfect for me. I have a little bit of trouble with rompers being too damn short, so I was initially very hesitant about ordering a romper from Romwe, but to my very pleasant surprise, this piece fits me perfectly, aside from a small pin in the neckline to make sure I don’t have any wardrobe malfunctions. 🙂

Romwe has been in the news lately for providing less than stellar pieces of clothing, which was a consideration for me when I accepted a sponsorship, but I think that with a few smart shopping tips, which I plan to talk more about in a future post, there are perks to doing some frugal, “fast fashion” shopping at these inexpensive sites.

I paired this romper with one of my favorite pairs of shoes for the season, from Nasty Gal’s collection. I bought them in 2014, and surprisingly, they’re still in style. (Truly, even if they weren’t, I would still wear them often.) I hope you like this look, because I certainly think this romper will become a staple in my summer wardrobe this year!

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Fashion // Pride & Prejudice scarf by Storiarts

It’s been a long while since I published. I gave myself a break at the end of May because I went away for Memorial Day Weekend, and because I managed to burn myself out doing too many things at once: i.e. having four-ish jobs! Anyway–you also may notice a different theme! I’ve also moved from a free hosted WordPress to a self-hosted one, and gotten a facelift in the mix! I’m loving the new theme, and am still tweaking it to perfection. Hope you like it too!

Today’s look features this beautiful summer scarf from Storiarts, and it’s got a passage from my favorite book written on it: Pride and Prejudice. Absolutely in love with this soft, romantic scarf, and so I styled an outfit around it using neutral tones for a cool spring day. It was in the 60s that day, and I was headed to work. This was a pretty comfortable and pretty outfit to wear.

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