On deck for the weekend; blogging, relaxing, and no real plans...Oh wait, game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight!! I'm so proud of this team and I am not ready (AT ALL) for this season to be over. One shift at a time, boys! #LGR #ChangeTheEnding See you all Monday, xo!
Friday, May 29, 2015
This week was kind of all over the place, short work week, 2 trips to Manhattan, one throat surgery, and that was all before today! My Grandpa had a tumor removed from this throat on Wednesday and I'm happy to report that he is 100% back to himself. His voice has been a raspy, whisper for the past year and you can finally hear his real voice again, it's amazing. Check out some of our city adventures that I caught on Snapchat-blondek18.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Well look at this, I am actually putting out a monthly fave post! Wahooo, hang on a minute, I need to clean up the confetti. Okay, I'm back and let's jump right into my fave things for the month of May!
Beauty & Fashion
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes-this palatte is an extremely close dupe for the Naked 3 palatte. I love the colors and they are all really pigamented. I like palattes like this cause you can create so many different looks. And bonus, it's $9.98!
CoverGirl EyeShadow Quad in Blooming Blushes -I won't get into much about this product because it's the product I'm using to launch my new June series next Wednesday, but let's just say it's a major fave!
Sandals-I needed a new black flat sandal for the warmer weather. I will live in these. I need them in nude (they didn't have my size)...oh and at $8.96, you can get every color and you won't break the bank.
Silver hoops-Okay, I used to be a hoops girl. Like I wore three little hoops in each ear for ALL of HighSchool. My hoop love is back and in full effect because of my fave Kardashian. And as she says "the bigger the hoop, the bigger the hoe."
My mascara combo: Maybelline One by One in Brownish Black & Maybelline Lash Sensational in Blackish Black-I like to do two coats of each starting with the One by One. Layering the colors helps me get lashes that really pop. I've even been asked if they were my real lashes because together they look so natural and pretty!
The Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis-this book means tons to me for a few reasons, but mostly because it is SO WELL WRITTEN. Aven's writing style is just so real life, she was born to write Rom-Coms. Check out my review here and be sure to pick up a copy cause it comes out today!
Anthem Lights-My friend Dana got me hooked on them a couple weeks ago! Their covers and mashups are amazing! Definitely go check them out on spotify. While you're over there, follow me on spotify too-kpaine718!
Watermelon-When I was younger, watermelon was one of my favorite parts about Summer. I've recently fallen back in love with this delicious fruit. I've woke up out of a deep sleep and was craving some. It's the perfect thing to eat on a hot day. I love putting a few pieces in my water bottle too, helps me drink more!
Steaz Iced Green Tea with Coconut Water-btooth & I stumbled upon these a couple weeks ago in the Organic section of her grocery store. We've tried a few, but both agree this one is the best! The coconut water is what makes this green tea so good. We will definitely be enjoying these all Summer!
What were some of you fave things in May? Let me know, until next time, xo!
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Heaven Enough Is a poem about longing, about wishing for something more. "What would it be like if I had heaven enough?" it reads.
Matt Murphy reads these words for the first time at his wife's funeral. After a death shrouded with mystery, it is the first time he learns that she wrote poetry. He and Diva were married for nearly twenty years, yet he did not "know" her. A poet and lover of culinary delights, she is struck by a car and killed instantly—randomly—on the wrong side of town.
When her brother, the "monk," appears for the funeral, Matt is set on an unprecedented course. The two find Diva's computer filled with preparations to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Over 2600 miles from Mexico to Canada...and she was leaving without her husband.
Matt takes it upon himself to hike the trail and sprinkle her ashes along the way. What happens in the first two hours is dumbfounding.
What happens next changes his life forever…
Author and playwright, Ken La Salle’s passion is intense humor, meaningful drama, and finding answers to the questions that define our lives. Ken La Salle grew up in Santa Ana, California and has remained in the surrounding area his entire life. He was raised with strong, blue collar roots, which have given his writing a progressive and environmentalist view. His plays have been seen in theaters across the country and you can find a growing number of books available online. Find out more about Ken on his website at www.kenlasalle.com.
polished & bubbly: How did you get into writing?
Long ago, about 30 years back, I actually got into writing by putting my foot into my mouth. A friend had written a short story and, not to be outdone, I mentioned how I'd started a book. The problem was, I hadn't. And when my friends told me to put up or shut up I found myself writing the beginning of my first attempt at a book.
I had long loved to write but had never put any real effort into it. As I grew older, I never dreamed I could actually become a writer. I chalked it up to a pipe dream and built a career in marketing writing. Years of this showed me how unsatisfying it was and, a few years ago, my wife and I decided I should take the plunge into becoming a writer. The experience has certainly been unlike anything I imagined - for good and ill!
polished & bubbly: Authors who've influenced you?
The first author who really spoke to me was Kurt Vonnegut. I was drawn to his almost journalistic style and I think my own writing displays some of this.
Some of my other favorites include a variety of styles and genres, and they include Brian Lumley, Robert Pirsig, Bill Bryson, Garrison Keillor, John Irving, and Joseph Campbell.
polished & bubbly: How long did it take you to write Heaven Enough?
Normally, my book ideas gestate for a long time and it would be very difficult to answer this question. With Heaven Enough, however, I know exactly when I started because I remember taking a drive to Warner Springs, California in the fall of 2013 with my wife and letting her in on the story I wanted to write. It was the first time I would attempt something that could be classified as a romantic novel and I wasn't too sure about it. But she loved the idea and I completed my first draft in January of 2014. It came surprisingly fast; I felt so connected with the characters. And my agent signed it in April!
polished & bubbly: What's your writing process?
I usually work on a lot of things at once. For instance, right now, I'm working on preparing the launch of two books: Climbing Maya (which will arrive from Kal-Ba publishing in June) and Wormfood Island (coming from Vagabondage Press in July). I'm also promoting Heaven Enough and assembling the first draft of my very first comedy album, due out late in 2015/early in 2016. (It's still too early to say for sure.) Meanwhile, I'm also jotting down ideas for future books and such. That way, when I put aside a block of time for writing a book, I already have nearly everything I need.
This process was completely thrown out with Heaven Enough. I fell in love with the characters and the story and just dove in.
Bottom line, I try to keep myself flexible.
polished & bubbly: Fave breakfast food?
I recently learned how to make the perfect egg and cheese burrito - not too dry and full of flavor. The secret is in not overcooking the eggs! So, right now, that's my favorite.
polished & bubbly: Coffee or tea? How do you take it?
Strangely enough, it depends on the situation. Generally, I like my coffee and my tea a bit sweet. But if I'm trying something new or if I'm in a new situation, I'll surrender my desires and see where it takes me.
This is actually my attitude towards more things as I get older. On my own, I have my own way - but I've found that life is best enjoyed, sometimes, if you put your expectations aside and simply enjoy the experience.
polished & bubbly: Ideal day?
Writing, of course. I'm one of the luckiest people I know because I get to do what I love so much. Granted, writing has taken me down so many avenues. I record and produce audiobooks. I host a podcast. And I'm moving more into audio production. At its core, though, is the writing. I have so many projects I am itching to start that I can happily say I expect to do this for quite some time.
Recently, I've begun training and preparing for my own journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, which I'll be taking in 2017 if all goes well. This means spending a great deal of time hiking and jogging, getting myself into the condition necessary for such a task. So, when I'm not writing, my ideal day includes some of that.
My ideal night, by the way, always includes some time with my beautiful wife, Vicky. How lucky am I to be able to marry someone I admire and cherish so much? Very lucky, indeed!
polished & bubbly: What's up next in your writing career?
So very much! I wish I could tell you everything here but this is just a short list:
Climbing Maya, An Exploration Into Success - non-fiction coming from Kal-Ba Publishing in June 2015
Wormfood Island - a zombie horror novel that's like a romance novel gone horribly wrong, coming from Vagabondage Press in July 2015
Dynamic Pluralism, A Revolution in Ethics - non-fiction coming from Kal-Ba Publishing later this year.
Along with my first comedy album, more novels (with the possibility of a Heaven Enough sequel), more non-fiction, and a lot of projects I can't quite tell you about just yet, I think it's safe to say that you'll see plenty more from me in the future!
Here's a short article I wrote about why I wrote Heaven Enough...
Somewhere off of Highway 79 in Southern California, just outside of the little town of Warner Springs, you'll find an intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail. From this intersection, you can hike south-east through lovely, rolling hills under the bows of huge, California oaks until you reach the massive collection of rocks and boulders that has been well-named as Eagle Rock.
When my wife and I took this hike, I had long been considering my own Pacific Crest Trail (or PCT) voyage. This consideration had all been in my head, however. The PCT is not a journey taken lightly or without considerable planning but I was in love with the PCT before I'd ever walked on it. I had interviewed a PCT thru-hiker named Mindy Dunham for my podcast, So Dream Something. I had followed the YouTube videos of folks who had attempted the journey. I even planned out my own PCT trek, which will come together when I have the time and the money in April of 2017.
One of the perks of being a writer is that even if I couldn't take the trip myself I could write about others taking it. And I knew just who I wanted to go. It was a character based on a question my friend Sean and I had debated years ago. Sean had lost his wife to leukemia (which I talk about at some length in my forthcoming book, Climbing Maya) and I had lost mine to divorce. Those who lose their spouse to death are expected to mourn but those who divorce are expected to make the best of it. What is the proper response to loss, anyway?
And so, I put a man on the PCT who had lost his wife to a death he could not accept. I had him meet a woman named Heather, who had also lost so much. I put these two, lost souls out in the middle of nowhere in the hopes of finding some humanity in the desert - and was heartbroken by how they found love.
The resulting novel, I titled Heaven Enough. I took the name from a poem I'd written. The first line reads, "What would it be like if I had heaven enough?" I believe that's what most of us are looking for, not all of heaven, not the most expensive things or the most amazing adventures. When you suffer the loss of someone you love, sometimes you find yourself satisfied simply by heaven enough.
And, as it turns out, heaven enough is still heaven attained.
I hope you'll pick up and enjoy a copy of Heaven Enough, available in ebook and paperback from Limitless Publishing.
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Monday, May 25, 2015
Kenley Hunter finally has everything sorted out. Fresh from studying chocolate making in Europe, she's gambling everything on her new business, Confection Consultations.
All Kenley wants in life is people to take her seriously, to see the person on the inside rather than the blond beauty on the outside. While pursuing her passion of chocolate, Kenley discovered people seek her knowledge. They see past the exterior and fall for the chocolate delights in front of them.
So with work as her focus, Kenley is ready to start her career in Dallas. Men are out of her recipe, because she fears that once they get past her looks, they’ll be disappointed in what they find. Kenley decides she's all about the chocolate now.
Or is she?
Because a chance meeting with new Dallas Demon hockey star Nate Johansson might change everything. Sent to Dallas in a blockbuster trade, Nate is somewhere he doesn't want to be, for reasons that have caused him heartbreak on multiple levels. Nate knows he will never trust a woman again after what happened to him in Minnesota.
But when he meets a woman with an intriguing name and a passion for chocolate, Nate isn't so sure about his theory. And he might just learn a definition of icing other than the one used in hockey with Kenley as his guide...
I received an ARC copy of The Definition of Icing in exchange for an honest review. Now if you're read this, then you know that I like, no LOVE hockey. I love the sport so much, every part of it, including the hot hockey players. So when Aven said "Hey there, I wrote another story about a hot hockey player falling in love" I of course said "
Umm, writing about my future life I hope, I mean, yes of course I'm reading this..." Anyway, you don't have to have a hockey obsession like me to read this wonderful story. If you like rom-coms, then this book is for you. If you like well written chick lit that is hard to put down, then this book is for you. Nate and Kenley's characters are extremely life like, the dialogues just flow so well. Aven has a real knack for story telling that is original and life like. Her characters are so likable and you will be hooked on her writing style instantly. This 5 star book is by far one of my favorite books on 2015 and anyone who loves books that take you away to another world should definitely pick it up. I highly recommend The Definition of Icing as a beach book cause it will be like another getaway, xo!
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Well hello there! I've had a pretty long week and couldn't be more ready for a 3 day weekend. More NYR this weekend, campfire at my Grandpa's, and lots of blogging to do. I've planned a really fun beauty series for June to kick off a new type of post. My notebook where I do most of my planning and checklists has been looking jammed pack and I love that. PS. Every Monday thru June is booked with a book review, so be on the lookout for some beach read recommendations! Until Monday, xo!
my neighbor's flowers are the prettiest.
you know my Grandpa is home when it's diner breakfast for dinner & milkshakes
the snap caption says it all.
*ps. I know there are only 3 posts, I swear I can count. It's all I had, work with me people, it was a stressful week.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The great people over at VIICode (pronounced 'Vee Two Code') reached out to me and asked me to try their O2M Oxygen Eye Masks. I'll be honest, I had never heard about the company or the product before, so I was interested to see what it was all about. And I'm really glad I did! The first night I used the overnight mask, I was like leery about how it would stay on all night, would it reduce my bags and wrinkles, and how would it react to my dry, sensitive skin? I'm so pleased to say it did all of those things and more!
The easy to apply under eye masks have no smell to them at all. Once you apply to your clean and dry skin, you'll feel the cooling effect start to work. You don't have to head to bed right away, I read and watched TV in mine. There was no issue with feeling like they would fall off while you slept. When you awake up and take them off you'll see the difference right away. My under eyes normally look tired and puffy, but after sleeping with the VIICode Oxygen Eye Mask, I felt like they helped me look more refreshed and awake. The great thing about these eye masks is you can use them 2 to 3 times a week! So if you know you need to look like you got a full 8 hours of sleep, but only got 6 because you were with your bestie drinking champagne and lip synch battling to Celine Dion all night, your boss will never know!
They retail for $59.99 (but you definitely get your moneys worth) 6 pouches of 2 eye masks.
Head over to Amazon to purchase and find more information.
Packaging of a pouch which has 2 eye masks in it, some before bed selfies, and an actual #Iwokeuplikethis selfie. You can definitely see that my under eyes look nice and smooth, not puffy, and the area looks well rested & awake!
*This product was gifted to me by VIICode and all opinions are my own.
Emerson Sinclair, twenty-seven year old hotel heiress, has said yes. With just over a year to plan her extravagant, over the top nuptials to Logan Worthington, it’s all hands on deck with the wedding plans. A Sinclair marrying into the Worthington family is the talk of their small New Hampshire town, and ideas include filming the wedding for a TV segment. But as the items get checked off the list, plans start to go ... not as planned. From not getting a designer dress to a selfish bridesmaid and unaccountable best man, Emerson is afraid her wedding will be more a joke than anything.When both her mother and sister seemingly begin to lose interest in her wedding plans in favor of their own personal lives, Emerson fears her big day will turn into the forgotten wedding. With the pressure to pull off a beautiful and elegant event that everyone expects from their respectable families, Emerson starts to forget the reason why she is saying I Do in the first place.But her spirited Grams is there to make sure neither happens. With her help and guidance, Emerson not only has her wedding plans back on track, but she remembers the reason why they are going through the stress of wedding planning – because at the end of it all she gets to marry her true love, and marriage is defined by more than a wedding.
Dolls, can we just talk about how GORGEOUS that cover is?!? Omg, so beautiful. Be sure to check back for more information on when Up To I Do will be released. This book is so good and will be the perfect beach read. If Chick Lit isn't your thing, this story will get you hooked on the genre, promise, xo!