Thursday, August 16, 2018

Reads | Summer Recs!

Originally seen in the summer issue of #NEXTonSCENE Magazine!

Is there any better place than by the beach or pool to enjoy a good book? Reading in the sun is one of my favorite things to do. Not sure what to read? Don't worry, I have beach reads of all types for you! Below are my book recommendations for this summer. 

For the hopeless romantic:
A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
Squeeze Play by Aven Ellis 
One Small Thing by Erin Watt
Yours to Bare by Jessica Hawkins
The Force of Gravity by Kelly Stevenson
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Thrillers & Mysteries-which are my personal fave genre to read on the beach:
Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
The Next Girl by Carla Kovach
You by Caroline Kepnes

Chick Lit:
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank
The Six: Kristy by Samantha March
Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by Katie Cross
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Have you read anything good this summer? Let me know so I can add it to my growing TBR list, xo!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Beauty | Do's & Don'ts for the rest of summer!

Have you been loving summer?! Of course you have! I wanted to share some last minute Do's & Don'ts for summertime skin.  
Don’t skip the SPF cause you’re going full glam! Use a BB or CC cream that includes some; my fave is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, $38.

Do set your makeup even if it’s a light glam day; my pick is Tarte Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist, $25.

Do up your skin care game by putting your makeup wipes and sheet masks in the freezer for a nice treat after a day in the sun. My faves are: Simple Micellar Makeup Wipes, $6; KNCBeauty Collagen Lip Mask, $25; and Masqueology Intensive Moisturizing Rubber Mask, $4.

Don’t skip on mascara just cause you’re heading to the beach or pool-use waterproof mascara and take it off with baby shampoo later! 

Do go with a dewy look. Summer is the best time to glow; use a liquid highlighter mixed with your foundation like Cover Fx Custom Enhancing Drops in 'Moonlight,' $42.

Don't skip the beauty sleep, use a pillow spray before you rest your head. My pick is ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, $29. *Bonus tip: throw it in your fridge 15 minutes before spraying it!

Do use a DIY shimmer setting spray: Mix a loose highlight like Kylie Cosmetics  loose highlighter in 'Fiji,” $14, with a setting spray like my holy grail MAC Prep + Prime, $26, and shake it up. Viola, you have a DIY dewy setting spray!  

What's your favorite summer Do? Let me know in the comments or let's chat on IG, xo!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Life update | Where have I been?

I know, I know-where the heck have I been?! But the good news is I'm back-well, I'm trying to figure out a schedule-but you get the gist! I think for the time being I'm going to post twice a week; Tuesday and Thursday. This was I can pre-plan content and not aim to have a Monday post. 

Now to talk about why I dropped off the face of the interweb, I've been busy. I know people say that and really they have a thing or two going on, but if you could've seen my July planner/calendar you would understand. I had something pretty much every single day-after my 9-5, on the weekends, etc. Between planning babytooth's bachelorette party & bridal shower (which were a month apart), to my Grandpa needing to see a surgeon in the city, to Miki getting ready to give birth, it's been nuts.  Now I know you're reading that saying okay, but you aren't going through these events, which is true, but planning parties and doctor's visits on top of working is tough work! 

I'm not complaining in the slightest (alright, maybe a teeny bit, I just need like 325 hours of sleep and I'll be good.), but it's taken me away from blogging which is my thing. The next few weeks are a tad crazy; my Grandpa is having surgery today, babytooth gets married on Sept 1st, and there will be a new man in my life v soon-Mik is due the 31st! (yep, my besties really like to pile on the life events!) I couldn't be happier for my family to grow by a brother in law and to become an aunt to a sweet little babeee!

bday dinner with my fave coworkers!  

showering my baby mama with love! 

loving on that bride-to-be who will soon be walking down the aisle!

sweatymesses with my fave roadtrip partner in Canada!

So bare with me, peeps! I promise I'll fall back into a swing of things and you'll be seeing a lot more on p&b real soon ;) in fact, Tuesday & Thursday for next week are in the que! In the meantime, tell me what's happening with you in the comments and be sure to follow me on insta: so you can see sneak peeks of posts to come, xo!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Happy Release Day!

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Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken Series: Cruel Summer #1 Publication Date: August 2, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis: Spoiled Princess is what he used to call me.
We were an inferno of hate and passion wound up with a dash of chaos.
For four years I watched him mow my lawn.
For four years I watched my friends make fun of him.
For four years I hated myself for wanting him, but even more for the way I treated him.
And then I had him.
For one night, we put all labels away and I spent the best night of my life in his arms.
Then the next day, with my secret night under lock and key, I looked the other way while my friends shamed him.
But now the jokes on me, because the scrawny lawn boy who I secretly loved from afar is now the director of Hollywood's most exclusive summer camp.
And I'm on his staff.
Now it's his turn to punish me.
His turn to make me pay.
His turn to take his revenge after years of humiliation.
He's no longer a boy you can ridicule.
But a college graduate who can have any woman he wants.
I want him to look at me the way he did that one night we had together, but right now
the look in his eyes tells me he's going to enjoy having me under him for two straight months.
I don't know where his hatred ends, his passion begins.
All I know is he wants revenge.
And I'm his lucky target.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Nails | Color Street Review & Giveaway!

This post was sponsored by Colorful Nails with Darci, all opinions are my own.

It's no secret that I loveeeee all things nails. Polish, stickers, art, doesn't matter, I'm into it. I will wear any and every color, nothing is off limits! So when Darci DMed me to say she always loved seeing my nail pics on Insta, I knew we had something in common.  She asked me if I've ever tried the Color Street nail stickers and I hadn't and seeing all of the options, I was curious! 

I picked out Toyko Lights and the rest is history. These are a pink, glittery dream and are perfect for my bday week :) 

Reasons why I think you need to try Color Street:
  • Easy to apply-so easy I did them quickly before bed (which is why I have no pics of the process...face palm).
  • NO dry time...they're stickers so they just pop right on!
  • I have bigger nails and these fit like a glove. They're easy to fit.
  • Remove with regular nail polish remover. I messed up one, but took some remover and ta-da it just came right off.
  • They have an color or design you could want! Even french manicures! Seriously, I have my eye on the Charleston Blush cause it's gorgeous!

Ready to order? Use this link and you'll have beautiful, no fuss nails in no time, xo!

Now on to my birthday #giveaway which includes a gorgeous blue set of Color Street stickers! This goes live on IG tomorrow, but if you DM me: before it goes up, you'll get 3 bonus entries!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

a book in review!

Brief Summary:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author duo of The Royals and When It’s Real comes a sensational new novel about a girl falling for the one boy she should never have met…

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems like a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. When I see that Erin Watt has a new book coming out, it goes right on my to be read list. One Small Thing doesn't disappoint. Between Beth's sheltered life to Chase's secrets, it's a roller coaster ride. You'll feel for both of these main characters and want to knock some sense into everyone around them. This book will have you wondering how many times you put away your feelings so you can blend in with what everyone around you is telling you to believe/feel. I did predict the ending, but it doesn't make it that less special. One Small Thing has a bigger meaning and it's one I'm glad Chase shares with Beth, because it reminds us all to look for it. I recommend 4 star book to anyone who needs that good by the pool read, xo!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

bachelorette recap | week 2

Okay, let's get into these dates! 

Group Date; with Clay, Nick, Chris R, David, Jordan, Connor, Lincoln, Jean Blanc starting off with changing into tuxes with Becca having a hard time keeping her eyes off the eye candy. Jordan thinks women still wear pantyhose (real Princesses do, it's part of the royal code, but real women not so much!)...I cannot stand him. OMG BRYAN, HIIIIIIIYEEEEEEE! Missed you cutie, phew! Ah, I love a good obstacle course. The ice bath is hilarious, I love that they did that cause some of these guys are being such bitches about it! Lincoln is a complete cheater-sheesh, I'm super competitive, but play by the rules. 

Cocktail party after the course, I can't get a good read on Lincoln, is he being genuine? I'm not totally sure. Becca seems into the kiss, but also like he's being a little too aggressive. The guys are not happy about this photo! I feel like Clay is going to cry every time he talks. Lincoln is talking with the picture and kissing it, he is this season's Corrine. Connor throws the picture and breaks it and Lincoln gets more time. These guys are worse then the women. I really like the Becca just handles these things and steps up right away. Past seasons, they let it linger and talk to others rather then the culprit. I LOVE HER OUTFIT. Sorry for the caps, just realized. Jean Blanc gets the rose (even though it sounded like they were calling him Shawn...idk.)

Photogate is a hot topic amongst the men, no one can figure out if or when Lincoln will strike next. Or will Connor go home? Let's see..

One on One; Blake. He looks very young to me, it says 28, but he looks 24. Becca let Chris Harrison plan the date. Blake and Bec show up at a warehouse where Chris tells them they get to demolish stuff, which to me sounds like a fun time! She is making those coveralls look good with that belt. Everything they are going to eff up is stuff from her past with Arie. I'm all about an ex purge, but not with your new potential man! Becca is definitely going to smash things if they turns badly for her again, so beware boys. 

Dinner (even though they don't eat) portion of the date and I think they are having a great time. Blake seems level headed, fun, and a tad reserved which balances Becca's outgoing & bubbly presence. They are having a great conversation and I can see them together. I think he is a front runner, I'm DEF rooting for him! He gets a rose-well duh!

Group Date; with Garrett, Trent, Leo, Wills, Colton, Ricky, Christon, John, I missed a name or two... a school bus picks these guys up and they are headed to play dodgeball. It was fun to watch them and Leo is a great competitor. 

Cocktail party, next to the pool with Garrett. I like them together, he is very cute. They complement each other nicely. Ut ohhh, some drams is headed our way. Colton dated cute little Tia from last season (who we all know I loved!). Bec and Tia are friends, yikes, this could get bumpy. Oh wait, he said " a weekend together" sooo, not a relationship per se, but still messy. She is DEAD quiet when he tells her, she says he's really attractive, but this is putting her in a strange position. Wills gets the rose which surprises me, but their one on one time was good.

Rose Ceremony; Clay's one on one time was kinda cute, but he is still so MEH for me. Becca looks great in blue! I thought John's poem was going to end with "I promise you I'm a big nerd" instead of "I promise you I'll never get you hurt". Connor redeems himself by having her launch his photo. Jordan decides to go out to his one on one time with Becca in his underwear...cause he's a male model. WHY DO WE HAVE TO KEEP SAYING MALE MODEL? We get it, he is a male. His time with her is weird and then he argues with whoever he stole her away from (sorry, I missed his name!) Jordan has got to go, I get why they need him (to draw in all the viewers to see what dumb shit he'll do next, but come on!) Oh she kept Colton! Let's see where this leads...cause if anything it'll make for great TV. Alex was this season's first crier, they breakdown earlier and earlier it seems.

Next week looks good with some cute moments and it looks like my fave Blake is having great times with her. TIA IS HERE. If I hear one more time that Jordan isn't "here for the right reasons", I'm gonna lose it. See you then babes, until them DM me, comment, email, whatever let's just DISCUSS this episode, xo!