Monday, July 24, 2017

a book in review!

I ended up crushing my book goal of reading 4 books on vacation and read 6! So stay tuned for all the reviews coming your way!

Brief Summary:

"This is the best slow-burn romance I have ever read."--New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward

If I closed my eyes, I could still see them--all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake's gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany's tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would've walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I'd keep enough distance. If I'd learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine--even if it would be for somebody else.

Book two in the Something in the Way series, an epic, 3-book saga of forbidden love...


I love Jessica Hawkins writing style and read everything she puts out, so when I saw book 2 was out in this trilogy I know I needed to read it. Someone Else's Sky picks up months after Something in the Way left off, but your instantly sucked right back into the love triangle. This story will leave you wanting more for Lake for sure. Tiffany is more likeable in this novel than she was in the first. I feel like this story is a must for what's next and what's next is going to be epic. If you like love triangles, pick up this series and hit the beach to read distraction free, xo!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

series | countdown to the best summer ever!


This week I'm talking about products I can't travel without! But you'll have to head over to the latest issue of NEXT on SCENE and read my article-I'm on page 34!

Shop the article below

Wide tooth comb
Headache relief essential oil in a custom rollerball

What are your must haves for travel? Let me know in the comments below, xo!

*note some of these products were sent to me for PR, I wasn't paid to put them in this post or magazine article :)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

bachelorette recap | week 7

Hometowns! Here we go! *remember this is a recap which includes spoilers 

First hometown: Eric in Baltimore. Okay with them sitting on the bench & playing bball, I can see what it would be like for them as a couple. I like what Eric's friend is saying about him, feels real and genuine. Digging the vibe with his family, them all dancing on the couch was super cute. I'm glad Eric's Aunt brought up race. Rachel needs to understand bottom line she's being judged by everyone, doesn't matter her color or who she chooses, people judge. Eric chatting with his mom is giving us a lot of insight into Eric's past. I feel like Eric is absolutely ready. Wow, Eric and his dad are having a moment, I'm proud of who Eric became. I have good feelings after this hometown date, but I feel like Eric is going to get his heartbroken in the end. As much as I see them together, I feel like he's more into her than her of him. 

Second hometown: Brayn in Miami. He is handsomeeeee, ugh guys I can't. He's gonna dance?! Stop don't tell me he's gonna dance. His ass in those pants while he's dancing...damn. His momma is obsessed with him, went right into to hug him. I mean I get it. He is really a momma's boy. His mom is saying he's been a player, but she doesn't think this could happen for him so quick. His mom didn't laugh when she threatened Rachel's life...she's dead ass serious. But I do think she will be on board with whatever he wants ever. Ugh come onnnn, his voice when he said he loved her made me wamna say it back. He is so handsome, sheesh. I feel the feels too Rach, I feel em too. 

Third hometown: Peter in Madison. Note: this was the first run into his arms! I see these two together. To me, Peter doesn't see this as a competition and never has. Oh bringing her to his spot! That's serious stuff. I love when you can tell that those are he's people, like that's how I get when I see my friends. Peter is letting his hair down and I'm seeing a different side of him. Peter keeps it SO REAL, props to him. I feel like a lot of them get so caught up in the show, but Peter is really thinking about what it could be out of this. He's adorable with his niece. Side bar: Rachel likes a lot of ice in her drink, has to be a Texas thing as my good friend does too. I feel like the biggest issue here with P&R is he won't propose. I feel like if she geniuely sees it then it doesn't matter if it happens at the end of the show or a month or two later. 

Last hometown. Dean in Aspen. I've been looking forward to this date the most to be honest. Preach, Dean. Having a different relationship with a parent is something you don't get until it happens to you.  I feel really bad for him as he's walking up. He's just so embarrassed by his dad's life. Rachel is. Wing a sport to show Dean this isn't defining him. Side bar: is that girl's hair whiter than mine?! Dean's dad is still heartbroken over losing Dean's mom. I wish Dean didn't have to go through this on tv. I feel so bad for Dean. He didn't need to try to repair this relationship to build one with Rachel.  

Rose Ceremony: oh boy...I was so sure who would be going home tonight at the beginning of this episode and now I'm not so sure. Bryan...check! Eric...check! Peter...check! I knew Dean would be sent home. But I thought for a second that it could happen. I know it has nothing to do with his  family, but I hope he understands that. 

33 of my favorite things!

Today is my 33rd birthday...yikes that's weird to say, but it's the truth. I decided to do something different and fun for this year's blog post. I saw one of my fave bloggers Lauren ( do something like this for her bday a few weeks back. Since I love the "favorites game", I asked my 3 people who have known me the longest ; Jen, babytooth, and Aunt Chrissy (baby bestie was away being fabulous in Italy while I was putting it together) to ask me questions about my fave things. Things they may not even know about me. So keep reading if you want the answers to those questions as well as some never before seen pics (well at least I don't think I've shared them before.)


Jen's Questions

1. Favorite movie? The Santa Clause
2. Where would you live, if you could live anywhere? I think I really would pick Canada (hot guys & hockey aside) it seems like a nice place...
3. If you could only upgrade one room of your house, which would it be and what would you do? Oh this is a good question! I would say my room. I'd want to have a custom vanity with good lights for pics. Also, I'd give anything for someone to come in and clean my room.
4. What is your favorite thing about yourself? I think I'm a really good friend. I also love my sense of humor. I genuinely love when people laugh at things I say or do.
5. What is your favorite flower? Peonies or Hydrangeas
6. Who is your biggest hero? This is hard. It's hard to pick just one cause there's hero-like qualities in so many people in my life. Especially you, Jen. You are a SUPER WOMAN, doing it all & doing it so well!
7. What do you love to shop for? Anything beauty related.
8. What is your biggest guilty pleasure? The Disney Channel
9. You're in NYC, where would I find you hanging out? Hmmm, there's so many places I love. I love strolling down 5th, or hanging in Times Square, but hands down I'd have to go with MSG. For obvious reasons...#NYR
10. What is your best memory? This is the hardest question ever. I have so many!! I'll pick one with you that will always make me laugh...remember that time we were laying in my bed and you said "kay, you forgot to tape popstars!" and I said "oh shit!" like it was life for death and then we laughed until we cried? Oh you know what's another one I love? A little song I made up for you...which you're now're welcome.
11. You're favorite song of all time? know damn well I can't answer this. I'll give you some from my top 10; *nsync's for the girl who has everything (not the version from the album, the other one with Justin), whatchu like by dabrat featuring tyrese, there's nothing holdin' me back by shawn mendes (I know this is still new, but it puts me in the best mood), let me be by britney spears, let's take a ride by Jt...

babytooth aka Robin's Questions

12. What's your favorite donut flavor? I love strawberry frosted with sprinkles. Or chocolate frosted with sprinkles. Or boston cream. Ohh or maple.
13. Where's you favorite place to go when happy and when sad? my bed, haha! I feel like I do my best thinking there or sleeping if I'm sad.
14. What's your favorite childhood memory? I really have so many good ones. Here's some of my faves with you...playing b's. Or that time we played private eyes in the backyard with Jeffy. But I think my hands down fave childhood memory of all was when we went to Rookie & Rene's wedding all by ourselves. (In 1996, btooth (she was 8) and I (I was 12) went to a minor league baseball game alone for the mascots wedding!)
15. What's your favorite IG filter? Clarendon
16. What's your favorite place to eat out? Magnolia's or ihop
17. Favorite cocktail? champs!
18. Favorite make up product ( only ONE)? mascara, while I don't really have a fave anymore, it's the one thing product I couldn't live without.
19. Favorite thing about being blonde? I feel like blondes are a dime a dozen these days and I like being part of a secret club where we can have more fun!
20. Favorite quote? "What's for you, wont pass you" is the quote that's gotten me through some hard times and the one I live by. I also absolutely love this quote from the book The Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Skyes where the main character is describing her dream man; "I want someone smart and fun, who I can moan and whine at for hours and they'll still adore me" another quote I live by.
21. Favorite breakfast food? french toast!
22. Favorite time of day? night time, around 10/11.

Aunt Chrissy's Questions

23. Fave Movie Star? Denzel Washington & Rachel McAdams
24. Favorite Nail Polish Color? that's a mega hard question cause I love to wear every color, except maybe orange
25. Favorite Makeup Brand? another hard one...I think they brand that never lets me down is Kylie Cosmetics...I wear something from them at least everyday
26. Fave Ice Cream Flavor? cotton candy! Or soft vanilla w/rainbow sprinkles
27. Fave Vaca Spot? PI where I am currently!
28. Fave Person? too many to name!
29. Favorite Disney Movie? Frozen or Wall-E
30. Favorite Author? ohh I love Chevy Stevens, Sophie Kinsella, Aven Ellis, Courtney Summers
31. Favorite High School teacher? Mr. Spinelli or Ms. Costa
32. Fave DJ? DJ Big Momma aka DJ Mommy Momz, duh
33. Fave Hockey Player? Rick Nash aka Boo

Monday, July 17, 2017

Cover Reveal!


Brief Summary:

After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak.

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame.

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP?

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . .

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?

*not a spoiler, but trust me, this is Aven's best couple to date and their first kiss is A++++++++

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

series | countdown to the best summer ever!


Back at it again and this week we are talking about my favorite vacation must have...books! It's no secret I love reading, but I get a good chunk of my reading done on vacation. I always try to top my number of books read each year, so this year I'm aiming for 4! Here's my reading list for vacation as well as some book recs for you! 

My Vacation To Be Read List

*now truth be told, this line up may complete change if I get a B&N gift card cause I have a pretty expensive to be read list and all of these were under $2.99! Stay tuned for reviews in the weeks to come to see what I read :)

Vacation Read Recommendations

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens-or anything by Chevy Stevens...if you like twisted thrillers, she's a must read author for me!

What have you been reading this summer? Let me know in the comments, xo!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

bachelorette recap | week 6

Okay, Rach is hitting them hard with this week's rules. No rose ceremonies, 3 one on ones, and a group date!

One on One: with Bae-yan...I mean Bryan. He is hot af. I can't. I'm glad she's starting off the night right. His suit, damnnnnnnn. She said get ready and got ready he did! Honey, he would look good behind the wheel of a '94 Civic. HE IS JUST TOO HOT. They get in a Bentley and drive off to a watch store. Oh what a segue, to tell you quick about something I am working on! I've teamed up with JORD Wood Watches to share my vacation style. So stay tuned! Okay, back to the date. Did she pay for them really?? Or did ABC? That is a nice watch. I love a man in a watch.

Cut to Adam bitching. If I'm being honest, I had no clue he was on the show until last week...
Now Dean is talking some shit. EXCUSE ME? You are a manboy, sit down young man.

Cut to the date. I feel like Bryan may be a sweet talker, but I genuinely do see that he's into her. It would be a plot twist if he rips her heart apart in the end. Maybe that's just me wanting to push my way in there. What are your thoughts on Bryan? He seems to be like Jordan on JoJo's season...who I loved! And they are still going so strong.

One on One: with Dean. I feel like Dean and Rachel haven't been together in a bit. Their last one on one was really cute and I could see it happening, but since then they've fizzled a little. Let's see how this goes. I like his Sunday best. I feel like Dean is on edge and it's making their date awkward. Last time wasn't like this. I feel bad that he has family drama. She's forcing him to talk, except he can't get serious. I think he needs to man up and put it out there. There's the manboy I speaking of earlier. Bryan may be too much, Dean isn't enough. 2nd part of their date is just as awkward as the beginning. He is having a hard time being vulnerable, but he should understand she gets it, she went through this. I'm surprised he got a rose cause it was so difficult to watch the first part of this date. She's right tho, she isn't looking for a new family, she's looking for an extension of her partner.

One on One: with Peter. So far I'm 3 for 3 in my picks for top 4, just an FYI ;) Okay, I'm calling it 2 is Bryan and Peter. AWE DOGSSSSSS! Yayyyyyyyy. I hope they aren't mistreated. I'd be too busy talking to the dogs to pay attention to the mountains or my date.

Cut to the guys bitching again. Eric I think will round out the top 4. Idk who this other bad hair guy is. I know I talked about him before and to be honest, idk how he's still around.

Back to the freezing date. I like that Peter is being honest with her. There's probably nothing worse than watching the show back and seeing your potential partner talking about how they want to leave. This process isn't for the weak. Peter isn't my cup of tea, but Rachel seems to be digging him hardcore.This date is kinda boring. I get that Peter had to share with Rach his past, she can't worry about him proposing yet. I think she needs to meet his family first.

Three on One: with Adam, Eric, and Matt-bad hair guy. That date card was awful. Setting up the drama. Those guys thinking Peter was going home are nuts. It's a fight to the death dudes, man up. Adam thinks his relationship is stronger than anybody else? Huh? Did I miss an episode where he was the star? How many guys does it take to help one lady into a boat? Adam please stop talking. He is on a different show right now cause he acts like Rachel is "oh Adammmm, save me from these lugs." And that is NOT the case.

She pulls Eric aside first. Eric has grown a lot this season. He went from bitching and moaning every second to being lowkey and more about Rachel. Eric has a point, life is hard. I like their time they spent together.

How is Matt-bad hair guy still around? I swear he just showed up week 4 and then I thought he was gone week 5. He isn't getting the rose. Poor guy should've been let go weeks ago. He's probably very nice, I just don't see them working or on the same playing field as a Peter or a Bryan (man, I wish he was on the screen.) She's basically telling him "if we met on, it'd totally work, but we met on national TV and I really don't know you."

Adam is still left because he believes this isn't difficult and knows he's the one for her. *major eye roll* I really can't even remember them having any alone time until the viking date. HE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE ALONE TIME IN PART ONE OF THE DATE. Ayi ayi ayi. "A whole new light to your eye" that doesn't even make sense. Please send this bag of rocks home...when Adam says this could've all went different if she went to his hometown, isn't a positive statement. You need her to fall for you first and then fall in love with you family.

 And we're headed home, kids! Top 4; Eric, Dean, Peter, and Bryan.

Woah next week looks like a doozy.
I am going to try to have my recap up like normal next Tuesday, but I'll be away on vacation, so hopefully I can make it happen! Let's discuss this week's episode, xo!