Wednesday, October 17, 2018

happy release day & a book in review!

Brief Summary: 
Taylor always thought if she and Hunter could be in the same city at the same time, their chemistry might lead to romance-and this winter in Chicago, they are about to find out...
After landing her dream job as an assistant buyer for a luxury fashion retailer in Minneapolis, Taylor Hartigan's life becomes a nightmare. Performing mundane tasks and catering to the ridiculous whims of the boss from hell, she sees no opportunity for advancement. Though she's never quit anything in her life, Taylor walks out and heads home to Chicago, the city that holds her heart. With her confidence shaken and no job on the horizon, she knows she has to find herself again.

Once she arrives, she's shocked to learn hockey player Hunter Riley has been traded to the Chicago Buffaloes. Taylor met Hunter the previous season when his hard-hitting play broke the glass in front of her. Meeting him after the game, something passed between them--and has stayed with her ever since. Since she followed his career, she knows he's coming off a disastrous season in Houston and must rediscover his game in Chicago--or face losing his hockey dream.

The timing couldn't be worse for the pair to become involved since they're both at a crossroads but the chemistry between them can't be denied. Taylor worries that their budding relationship won't survive the challenges of rebuilding two broken careers. Can the new versions of themselves fit together? Or tear them apart?

Or will love be the bottom line, after all? 

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. The rom com genius that is Aven Ellis does it again. It's unreal to me how well she can write a book that has wit, tugs on your heart strings, and overall just gives you all the feels. This books was a little different for because Chicago plays such a huge role and Aven writes the city beautifully! I told her she was making me want me visit there asap because I wanted to experience every little thing that Taylor and Hunter were. Taylor has the likable qualities that you look for in a new friend and Hunter is EVERYTHING. If you're in the mood to head to Chicago to keep up with next best rom com, look no further! The Bottom Line is a 5 star read and needs to be the next book you snuggle up with, xo!
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Life | Halloween Donut Decorate Off!

My oldest childhood best friend Jen and I love the Netflix show Nailed It! (For those of you who haven't seen it, you have to watch-it's hilarious!) Basically the show takes non bakers and has them attempt to make epicially decorated desserts. Think like everything you see on Pinerest and then attempt to make it as beautiful and you "nailed it!". It's an amazing concept, so I had this idea that we have our own decorate off! We'd each design 6 donuts-3 regular glazed and 3 chocolate glazed for Halloween and then have the internet vote-loser buys the winner dinner at the restaurant of their choice! (winner is listed down below!)

Here's a shot of all of our decorating items, minuses the ones we made her husband run out to buy ;) 

Here's our final products-Jen's 6 donuts are on the left with mine on the right!

This is my fave one I made; a 4 eyed monster! Breakdown on what I used to make him cause it's pretty epic if I do say so myself!

For the body, I used;
regular glazed donut
vanilla frosting that I dyed blue using 3 different Wilton food colorings
middle eye is a gummy candy
3 top eyes are candied eyes
blue & green sugar sprinkles
 His tentacles are Crunchy Cheetos aka skinny cheetos that I covered with Wilton black sparkly gel frosting. 

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 Jen's 6 donuts (on the left) won! By a lot, which makes me v sad, cause I'm a sore loser, haha! I'll keep you posted on where we go for dinner :) But honestly, this was the most fun I've had in a while and I loved being so creative. We've decided this is our new tradition and will be doing it again at Christmas! If you decide to have your own decorate off, send us your pics and use hashtag #pbdecorateoff so I can stalk your posts, xo!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Life | Something New

I once read an article that to be successful in the bloggyblog world you needed to stick to one topic. I never believed in that (clearly-ha!) which is why I run a lifestyle blog full of beauty, books, fashion, and my life. I normally keep things around here light and fun which is pretty much how I live my life, but there’s one obsession I have and it’s something I want to start sharing here.

I’m really passionate about missing people. And if by sharing the stories of missing people here and getting a little bit more exposure for them and their families, then why not?! I think I’ve always been interested in missing people cases. I can recall a missing poster that was up in my local mall when I was way younger that I tried to memorize (I can still remember that he was wearing a black puffy winter jacket in the photo). I’m not sure if he was ever found (and it’s not like my dad was really willing to follow the storyline for his 7 year old daughter-haha!).

As a kid, I watched A LOT of Unsolved Mysteries. I mean almost every Saturday night I was tuning in with my grandparents to keep up with the true crime of America. There were times I would be seriously creeped out at what was happening, but I always wanted to know more-the why, how, etc. As I’ve gotten older my love for true crime has only grown with my focus really in missing people. 

Here are the cases I’m currently following;

Maura Murray; a 21 year old woman who went missing in Haverhill, NH on Feburary 9th, 2004- if you have any information at all, please contact NH State Police 603-271-2663

Sheryl Sheppard; a 29 year old woman who went missing in Niagara Falls, ON on January 2nd, 1998- if you have any information at all, please contact

Crystal Rogers; a 35 year old woman who went missing in Bardstown, KY on July 4th, 2015- if you have any information at all, please contact the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at 502-348-1870

Angel Riley Izraael; an 11 year old girl who did not get on the school bus on Thursday, Sept 6th, 2018- if you have any information at all, please contact the East Orange PD CIB at 973-266-5000

In the next few weeks to come, I'm going to share each of these stories with you just so they have another place on the internet. Remember, someone knows something. 

What's something that you love and wish you could do more to help with? Let's chat in the comments, xo!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Beauty | Glow baby, Glow!

Highlighters have been around for years and have been the trend for about the past 2 or 3 years, so when a coworker stopped in me in the kitchen to ask where she should apply it? I was baffled! But then I realized that it’s really just hitting drugstores in full force and some makeup newbies may not know. So I was inspired to share my fave highlighters, some tips on how to wear it, and my current combo that gets compliments on the daily!

When it comes to this glowy trend, you want to make sure you are wearing it on the highpoints of your face where the light will naturally hit. I’m talking tops of your cheekbones, above your brows near your temple, down your nose, tip of your nose, Cupid ’s bow, and chin! You can go crazy and hit all these spots to up your glam or you can just hit the tops of the cheeks and call it a day.
Pro tips for looking like you’re glowing from within;

Use the right brush; either a fluffy, come to a point brush like Morphe's M501 or a fan brush Morphe's E60

After applying with the Morphe’s 501 use a damp beauty blender to gently tap the highlighter in-this will soften the highlight and it will literally look like you are just naturally glowing.

Use a fan brush when you want a smaller amount of highlight for a small pop of glow.

Grab a loose pigment highlighter, like Kylie Cosmetics Fiji and mix it with a setting spray like MAC's Prep + Prep use this to set your makeup and have a hint of an overall glow all day!

My current highlighting combo; Kylie Comestics Koko Kollection palette and Wet N’ Wild’s

What’s your fave highlights? Are you on board with the glowy trend? Let’s chat in the comments, xo!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Life | Fave Podcasts

*image from Google

Podcasts…I never really listened to podcasts before Serial and then I took a break after, but now I listen to podcasts all day long at work. I find that sometimes I like getting sucked into a story rather than bopping along to the beats. Sharing with you my favorite podcasts below and clearly you’ll see a theme…

    •    Missing Maura Murray
     •    Up and Vanished-season 1
    •    Someone Knows Something-season 2 *currently binging this one!
    •    Serial
    •    Don’t Blame Me
    •    NEXTonSCENE

What’s your take on podcasts-love em or leave em? Let me know your faves below, xo!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Beauty | Fall FabFitFun Box

Knowing my FabFitFun box is coming always gets me excited. FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription service that provides full size products for $39.99. From new skin care to something fun that I would normally never buy, I know this box will be good. The fall one that just came in is no different! Let's take a peek inside...

Products inside:
 Vince Camuto tote 
Alfred Teapot
Catherine Maladrino Umbrella
Grown Alchemist polishing facial exfoliate
 touch in SOL dual lippie
Glamglow bubble sheet mask
Soap & Co Roma Blue in Capri shower gel
Simply Whimsical tea towels

This box has a retail value of $360.97


To hear more about each product, head over to IG to my highlight reel where I added the unboxing!

 I'm certainly looking forward to testing out the bubble Glamglow mask and already have been taking that Vince Camuto tote out on the town! Do you subscribe to FabFitFun? Let's chat in the comments and let me know which product you are most excited to hear more about below, xo!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall Bucket List

Fall is my fave season. I live for the chilly nights, scary movies, and gorgeous foliage. This coming season I wanted to make a list for myself to make sure that I get outside more and really enjoy my favorite season. So in no particular order, here’s what I want to do before its winter!

    •    Peach/Apple Pick-living in the Hudson Valley we have the best apples and I never get out & pick them. In all fairness, my dad works at a golf course on an apple orchard and brings them home to me haha!

    •    Bake with picked fruits-apple crisp, peach crisp, applesauce, apple cinnamon buns, the list is endless…(also if you want my Grandma’s famous apple crisp recipe, let me know and I’ll share it here!)

    •    Horror movie marathon! Self-explanatory.

    •    Bonfire with smores-totally doable at my Grandpa’s for our end of season partay.

    •    Go for a hike!

    •    Haunted House or Great Pumpkin Blaze-there is tons of Halloween based events in my area and I never take the advantage to get out to them.

    •    Pumpkin picking!

    •    Apple cider donuts for breakfast on a lazy Sunday-if you haven’t had one of these donuts, run do not walk to the nearest stand that sells them. And warm is better.

    •    Have two photoshoots to bank some content

    •    Switch my lotions to a warmer, more fall scent and actual use them

    •    Same goes for candles-faves are Leaves from Bath & Body Works and anything apple!

What’s on your fall bucket list? What’s your area known for? Leave it below, xo!