Thursday, April 20, 2017

4pm pick me up!



ahhh, beauty break ftw! Xo!

*remember tweet @lily_marston and tell her I'd be perfect to guest on beauty break :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Play! by Sephora | April



Take a peek what's in my April Sephora Play monthly sub box (or if you want to be technical, Play! by Sephora) Don't know Play! by Sephora is? It's a monthly subscription for $9.99 that has between 5-6 luxury samples! It's my fave subby box (like it so much more than Birchbox) Be sure to check back in 2 weeks to see what I thought of each item, xo! 

Inside the box

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beauty Matchup | Tarte vs GlamGlow



GlamGlow vs. Tarte

I have to admit I didn’t know either of these products existed before I was sent the GlamGlow Highlighting Moisturizer in my March Play! by Sephora (which I always call Sephora Play-whoops!). But this was right up my alley, so I was super excited to test it out. I grabbed the Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer as my 100 point perk at Sephora and decided these two should battle it out!

What they claim:
GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer full size 1.7 oz/50mL  $49 3 different shades; pearl glow, nude glow, sun glow Sephora.com says it’s “a hydrating, super-charged cream with iridescent illuminating pearl particles to blur, reflect, and enhance your complexion for an instant luminous finish.”

Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer full size 1.69oz/50 mL $32 Sephora.com says it’s “an oil-free, daily highlighting moisturizer that illuminates and hydrates skin.”  


What I think:
After using these both a bunch of times, I’ve decided that they could be siblings and not twins. Hear me out, I know you just read that and said “Kayla, they are both illuminizing moisturizers. How different can they be?” For starters, let’s start with the smell shall we? The Tarte one has no smell, but the GlamGlow smells like a creamsicle and what dreams are made of. Seriously, I don’t like smelly stuff of my face, but I want this on my face All. The. Time. It just smells that good! Now let’s move to consistency, while they both are pretty similar in thickness and how they spread on the skin, I have to say that the for Tarte one a little goes a long way! While I appreciate that my GlamGlow has a nude tint to it, it doesn’t add any real color to the skin. I do wear just this to my skating lessons each week to trick my “up before 8am on a Saturday” brain into thinking I’m getting some coverage (reality is, I’m not.) So what’s my overall consensus? Either of these are going to last all day under your foundation and give you a dewy finish! If you like that glow like I do, then you can’t go wrong with either of these! Seriously, even without a highlight or a dewy foundation, you’ll be glowing from within. The price difference is a little much for being the same size, but with GlamGlow you can pick the tint to the product and with Tarte it squeezes out which I like better than dipping into. So this battle is a draw for me!*

*I wanted to mention that we all know I adore the L’Oreal Lumi Primer, but this doesn’t compare to these as far as overall benefits to the skin. I would much rather use an illuminizing moisturizer than a primer just cause it kills two birds with one stone….#lazygirl

Have you tried either of these? If so, let me know what you think in the comments below, xo!



Monday, April 17, 2017

Newsletter | April

I wrote and set up a newsletter with MailChimp, but after spending close to 3 hours and not being any closer to figuring it out...I decided to post it here! If you want to sign up for my newsletter which hopefully will go out as an actual emailed newsletter next month, let me know in the comments! Anywho...here it is, xo!

Hey dolls!

I feel like I’m slipping into your DMs, but really it’s me slippin’ into your inbox! I’ve been wanting to dip my foot into the newsletter pool for a while, but kept reading articles about how newsletters are on their way out. Which maybe they are, but hey, why not give it a try, right?

My newsletter will be monthly and will include my fave products of the moment, random ass stories and thoughts, and anything else I decide to write about. So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Faves RN
  • ·         I’m totally feeling nude nails still-this week I’m rocking Zoya in Portia which is a nude-ish soft mauve and is too die.
  • ·         Dunkin Donut’s Coconut Cream Pie iced coffee with a splash of skim. UGH, this is the bomb.com. If you like coconut do yourself a favor and pick this up!
  • ·         I’ve been binging SO MUCH Beauty Break on Clevver Style (youtube.com/clevverstyle) Lily and Jocelyn (and the occasionally episode with Meghan) make me laugh so hard. I feel like I would love to guest star on it one day…hint hint to the 9 of you that will read this, tweet @lily_marston and let her know I’d be great on BB.
  • ·         I don’t have a current fave book…well that’s a lie. I do, but it won’t be out until September ;) I’m currently reading Solitaire by Alice Oseman and so far so good…I’m only on page 10, so don’t take my word for it just yet.
  • ·         The Amazing Race is back and I’m loving this season. The idea of being partnered up with a complete stranger to race around the world is pretty crazy tho. I feel like I would have to be pretty straight forward with the person and explain that you don’t get between me and money. ESPECIALLY a million dollars.
·         Oh crap, I forgot, my most favorite thing of all of the favorites…p&b is now a .com. Yup, that’s right. You can find me, any, and all things polished & bubbly at polishedandbubbly.com :)

Random Ramblings
April means lots of things…like what you ask? It’s my childhood bestie’s bday (Happy 33rd, Jenpup413!), Easter, a special brunch, a baby shower for Jenpup’s little girl (yay, finally a girl), and most importantly, it’s the playoffs. If you know me personally or follow me on any of my social meads, then you know that the New York Rangers are one of my most favorite things ever. If you asked me when my obsession (borderline unhealthy obsession) with NYR began, I’d take you back to the 90s. I remember being a little girl and watching hockey games on my small tv in my room when the puck had a laser in it so you could see it at all times. I remember begging (not hard at all) for my Grandpa to play Blades of Steel with me on the Nintendo for hours on end. I would ALWAYS be the Red & Blue team from New York (they didn’t have specific team names, but duh that was the Rangers!) I could name my favorite players and tell you what position they played. I was a girl obsessed. Cut to 2017, and I still feel like that little girl sometimes. There is nothing I love more than sitting down in a Rangers tee with my dad on the couch watching the Blueshirts take the ice. This time of year, I’m completely superstitious so I will wear my complete outfit if they win or move on to something else if they don’t, I’ll sit in the same spot each game-well I start out sitting and then I end up standing (especially in the later rounds), and I will barely answer my texts during the game. I just love the idea of being a part of something bigger than me and that’s what being a sports fan is! #LGR

So there we have it kids, my first newsletter! Let me know what you thought by tweeting me, commenting on IG, Facebook, or drop me an email. Also if you have any questions for me the girl behind polished & bubbly, don’t be shy ;)

Xo,
Kayla

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Look Wish List | Spring Fling!


I am digging this whole look for either a brunch with the babes, a farmer's market, or hitting a festival. I think it's the perfect mix and it has the standout color of the season...blush! Which I can't get enough of! What's on your Spring wish lish? Let me know in the comments and shop this look below, xo!
 
 sunnies | popmap.com
jeans | nordstrom.com
backpack | jcpenny.com
flats | metisu.com
watch | ninewest.com
phone case | skinnydiplondon.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

This or That?



I wanted to start something a little new on p&b so I'll be doing a monthly this or that! Give your answers below or put it on your blog and leave your link so I can stalk you out ;)

  • Coffee or Tea? Hmm, this is a tough cause it totally depends on the day. But I'll go with coffee...iced to be exact.
  • Shower or Bath? Shower. I do love a good bath, but I like a nice long shower so I can put on a whole concert.
  • Morning or Night? Night! I am a night owl through and through.
  • Natural or Glam? Glam. I am natural most of the time, but I love me some glam.
  • CoverGirl or Maybelline? This is another toughy, I think Maybelline. I have a lot more Maybelline then CoverGirl.
  • Chipotle or Taco Bell? Either or. I love both for different reasons!
  • Hot or Iced tea? I love a good glass of iced tea. 
  • Mascara or Eyeliner? Mascara all day, errday.
  • Bieber or Timberlake? Ha. Is this even a real question? Timberlake since '98.

Friday, April 7, 2017

#NEXTonSCENE | Spring Issue


The latest copy of #NEXTonSCENE magazine is on sale and your's truly is on page 40. Be sure to check it out and leave your feedback for me below!

 
Also, don't forget to check out my IG to get entered for my face mask giveaway, that ends tomorrow, xo!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring Negative Space Mani

I love to mix up my seasonal manis. I just got 'Backseat Besties' from Essie's spring collection and it's the perfect spring pink to test out a new mani. 



Products Used
Essie in 'Backseat Besties'
Essie Gel Couture top coat
binder stickers


After you prep your nails however you like (I file and buff mine and then wash my hands, nails, and cuticles) block off the sections on each nail. I like to do my dominant hand first so I know if all the looks will work using my non-dominant hand. I opted to do a french tip on the thumb with a small half circle near the cuticle, half moon on the pointer, diagonal on the middle finger, full nail on the ring, and french on the pinkie. The thing I love most about negative space manis is you can do all your nails the same or opt for a different look for each finger like I did.


What's your fave spring polish? Let me know in the comments and be sure to use the hashtag #polishedandbubblymani if you recreate, xo!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March Faves!

Woah, how did this happen? We're already in April and it's Spring! I don't know about you, but I'm pretty pumped :) Let's talk about my fave things in March, shall we? 

Beauty



Books 
 


 I've been on a Colleen Hoover kick. So my two faves for March are Hopeless-my review here and Slammed-my review here. I highly recommend both of these 5 star novels.

Random

Movies, I actually went to the movies 3 times in March-Beauty & the Beast, Fifty Shades Darker, and The Tomorrow Paradox-which was hands down my favorite. The movie is extremely smart and thought provoking. It also holds a spot near to me because my brilliant cousin Mikey co-wrote and co-produced it. Give them a follow on Facebook to see when it will hit your city or NetFlix!


 These sneakers from Charlotte Russe are my new obsession! I haven't had them long, but I love them!

This Express distressed sweater is another of one my staples. It's just heavy enough and the little holes keep it trendy. I've worn it 100 times and don't have a pic to share with you...same old Kayla ;)

What's your March faves? Let me know down below, xo!

Monday, April 3, 2017

a book in review!


Brief Summary:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hopeless and Losing Hope.

Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart.

Colleen Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them.

Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she's losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her.

Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery brings their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together and the forces that tear them apart. Only through the poetry they share are they able to speak the truth that is in their hearts and imagine a future where love is cause for celebration, not regret.

Review:

I could read Colleen Hoover all day every day. She can WRITE. If you want to feel every emotion, pick up one of her books. I read Slammed after Hopeless and loved it so much. Slammed has a story line that if you've been around p&b for a while you know it's one of my faves to read. I don't ever give things away, so I won't do that here, but it's a good plot twist! You don't need to be fan of poetry to let each one of these poems touch your heart. Layken is a lead you want to see come out of her darkness, she feels so real. Will is a male lead that you want to be your boyfriend and not because he's handsome, but because you can tell he wants to make you better. The roller coaster ride that is Slammed will keep you turning the pages late into the night. If you haven't read anything by Colleen yet, do yourself a favor and pick up Slammed...then clear your schedule, cause you will need to read all of her books, xo!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March Sephora Play | glow your own way



March Sephora Play | glow your own way


At first glance, I’m super amped on this box! I wasn’t sure which product would be my favorite, but I couldn’t wait to try them all. I’ll be back next week to let you know my thoughts on each one cause I’ve been trying them out so I can share my thoughts with you!

Do you get any monthly subscription boxes? Let me know which ones and what you love about getting samples sent to your home, xo!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Casual

 

One of my fave looks is an oversized tee, long cardi, and leggings. Add in a cute necklace, booties, and sunnies and I'm sold. I love this look for Saturday errands or Sunday brunch. To me it's the perfect, I look super put together, but I really didn't try hard at all.



outfit deets

oversized tee | Marshall's
maxi cardi | Target
leggings | H&M
sunnies | Target
bag | Dailylook
necklace | Forever21
booties | Target



huge shout out to babybestie for shooting this impromptu photo shoot in a parking lot where a bunch of people were looking at us like crazy people ;) xo!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cover Reveal & giveaway!



Brief Summary:

 “You must allow me to tell you...”

For over two hundred years, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy has captivated readers’ imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is established through Elizabeth Bennet’s fine eyes, how are we to know what his tortured soul is indeed thinking? How does Darcy progress from “She is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me” to “I thought only of you”?

In this romance anthology, fifteen Austen-inspired authors assemble to sketch Darcy’s character through a series of re-imaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times—from faithful narratives to the fanciful. Herein “The Darcy Monologues”, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love—all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm.

pre order now! 

Stories by: Susan Adriani * Sara Angelini * J. Marie Croft * Karen M Cox * Jan Hahn * Jenetta James * Lory Lilian * KaraLynne Mackrory * Beau North * Ruth Phillips Oakland * Natalie Richards * Sophia Rose * Joana Starnes * Melanie Stanford * Caitlin Williams


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Author Information

Formally trained as a fine artist and illustrator, Susan Adriani discovered her passion for storytelling over a decade after she graduated from a local art college near her childhood home in New England. Susan is the author of The Truth about Mr. Darcy and Darkness Falls upon Pemberley.

Sara Angelini is a lawyer living in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, three kids, two dogs, a frog, some fish, and a few hundred stick bugs. She never went to veterinary school but if she had, she would have been a true proficient. She enjoys writing from Darcy’s point of view in a way that shows his humor and vulnerability. Her first book, The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy, was published in 2008. She is the co-founder of www.austenunderground.com, where her other Pride and Prejudice-inspired works can be read.

Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of four novels accented with romance and history: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, At the Edge of the Sea, and Undeceived. She also wrote “Northanger Revisited 2015”, which appeared in the anthology Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer. Originally from Everett, Washington, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker.

J. Marie Croft is a self-proclaimed word nerd and adherent of Jane Austen’s quote “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.’ Bearing witness to her fondness for Pride and Prejudice, wordplay, and laughter are Joanne’s light-hearted novel, Love at First Slight, a Babblings of a Bookworm Favourite Read of 2014, her humorous short story, “Spyglasses and Sunburns,” in the Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer anthology, and a playful novella, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities, Just Jane 1813’s Favorite JAFF Novella of 2016.

Award-winning writer Jan Hahn is the author of four Austen-inspired novels. She studied music at the University of Texas but discovered her true love was a combination of journalism and literature. Her first book, An Arranged Marriage, was published in 2011, followed by The Journey, The Secret Betrothal, and A Peculiar Connection. She agrees with Mr. Darcy’s words in Pride and Prejudice: “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, lives in Texas, has five children and a gaggle of gorgeous grandchildren.

Jenetta James is a mother, lawyer, writer, and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practices full time as a barrister. Over the years, she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego. She is the author of Suddenly Mrs. Darcy and The Elizabeth Papers.

Lory Lilian fell in love with Pride and Prejudice thirty-three years ago and discovered the charm of Jane Austen fanfiction exactly twenty years later. She lives in Bucharest, Romania, is a proud mother of an amazing daughter, and addicted to anything Austen. After a career in business, she dedicates her time to reading and writing. Lory is the author of six bestselling books: Rainy Days, Remembrances of the Past, His Uncle’s Favorite, The Perfect Match, Sketching Mr. Darcy, The Rainbow Promise, and A Man with Faults. JAFF readers call her the “Queen of Hot Mush” and she loves it.

KaraLynne Mackrory is no newbie to the writing world. She made her debut as an author at the tender age of 13 when she wrote her first set of bad poetry. As a young adult, she steered clear of bad prose and achieved a degree in social work. Years later, she has published four Austen inspired novels so full of romantic sensibilities as to give you a swoon and hopefully a few laughs. Her books turned out better than her poetry and are: Falling for Mr. Darcy, Bluebells in the Mourning, the IPPY award-winning Haunting Mr. Darcy, and Yours Forevermore, Darcy.

Beau North is the author of Longbourn’s Songbird, The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and a contributor to the anthology Then Comes Winter. Beau is a native southerner who now calls Portland, Oregon home with her husband and two cats. She attended the University of South Carolina where she began a lifelong obsession with literature. In her spare time, Beau is the co-host of the podcast Excessively Diverted: Modern Austen Onscreen.

Mild-mannered business woman by day, hopeless romantic by night, Ruth Phillips Oakland was always a fan of the fictional gentleman from Derbyshire, but it was her discovery of Jane Austen fanfiction in 2006 that inspired Ruth to become a writer. Ruth has written dozens of short stories posted online and the published novel entitled, My BFF. Ruth lives in New England with her favorite husband of over thirty years and is thrilled to be included in this anthology with so many of her favorite authors and friends.

Natalie Richards is a writer, blogger, and singer. She started her book review blog, Songs & Stories, in late 2010 after falling in love with Jane Austen fanfiction. Her writing can also be found on Figment, the Darcy & Lizzy Forum, TeenInk Magazine, and in the Austenesque anthologies Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and Then Comes Winter. She resides with her family in the Oregon countryside and currently works as a waitress and babysitter.

Sophia Rose is a native Californian currently residing in Michigan. A long-time Jane Austen fan, she is a contributing author to Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and Then Comes Winter anthologies. Sophia’s love for writing began as a teen writing humorous stories submitted for creative writing class and high school writing club. Writing was set aside while Sophia pursued degrees and certificates in education, special education, family history, and social work leading to a rewarding career. Health issues led to reduced work hours and an opportunity to read, beta, and review books, and return to writing stories that lean toward the humorous side and always end with a happily ever after.

Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives in Canada with her husband and four kids. She is the author of SWAY, a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and the short story “Becoming Fanny” featured in the anthology Then Comes Winter. Her second novel, Collide, inspired by Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, is coming soon. You can find her at melaniestanfordbooks.com, on Twitter @MelMStanford, and on Facebook @ MelanieStanfordauthor.

Joana Starnes lives in the south of England with her family. Over the years, she has swapped several hats—physician, lecturer, clinical data analyst—but feels most comfortable in a bonnet. She has been living in Georgian England for decades in her imagination and plans to continue in that vein till she lays hands on a time machine. She is the author of seven Austen-inspired novels: From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley, The Subsequent Proposal, The Second Chance, The Falmouth Connection, The Unthinkable Triangle, Miss Darcy’s Companion, and Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter. You can connect with Joana through her website http://www.joanastarnes.co.uk/ and on Facebook via All Roads Lead to Pemberley.

Caitlin Williams is an award-winning author of two novels, Ardently and the best-selling The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, both of which spin the plot of Pride and Prejudice around but keep the characters just the same. Originally from South London, Caitlin spent thirteen years as a detective in the Metropolitan Police but is currently on a break from Scotland Yard so she can spend more time at home with her two children and write. She now lives in Kent, where she spends a lot of time daydreaming about Mr. Darcy, playing with dinosaurs, and trying not to look at the laundry pile.

Christina Boyd wears many hats as she is an editor under her own banner The Quill Ink, a contributor to Austenprose, and a ceramicist and proprietor of Stir Crazy Mama’s Artworks. A life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr. B, two busy teenagers, and a retriever named BiBi. Visiting Jane Austen's England was made possible by her book boyfriend and star crush Henry Cavill when she won a trip to meet him on the London Eye in the spring of 2017.



Blogs Participating in the Cover Reveal

My Love for Jane Austen
Margie’s Must Reads
My Jane Austen Book Club
Austenesque Reviews
Of Pens and Pages
More Agreeably Engaged
So Little Time
Diary of an Eccentric
Book Lover in Florida
My Vices and Weaknesses
Savvy Verse & Wit
Every Savage Can Dance
Obsessed with Mr Darcy
polished & bubbly
The Reading Frenzy
 Just Jane 1813

The Darcy Monologues Blog Tour Schedule


April 3 / My Jane Austen Book Club / Launch Post & Giveaway
April 10 / Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review & Giveaway
April 17 / The Reading Frenzy / Guest Post & Giveaway
April 20 / My Love for Jane Austen / Guest Post & Giveaway
April 24 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway
May 1 / From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway
May 8 / Just Jane 1813 / Excerpt Post & Giveaway
May 15 / Austenesque Reviews / Book Review & Giveaway
May 22 / Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post & Giveaway
May 25 / Of Pens and Pages / Book Review & Giveaway
May 29 / More Agreeably Engaged / Book Review & Giveaway
June 5 / So Little Time / Book Review & Giveaway
June 12 / Diary of an Eccentric/ Book Review & Giveaway
June 19 / Book Lover in Florida / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 26 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Review & Giveaway
July 3 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Book Review & Giveaway





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Release Day!


About the Book
She's a work in progress . . .

Bailey Meredith has had it. As an assistant at a prestigious interior design firm, she’s tired of making coffee and filing invoices. She’ll do just about anything to get out from under the paperwork and into the field for real experience. Then she sees an ad for a job that seems too good to be true.

He's a fixer upper . . .

Wilder Aldrich knew she would be perfect for the crew the moment he saw her. His hit home improvement show only hired the best, and Bailey had potential written all over her. It isn’t just her imaginative creativity and unmatched work ethic that grabs his attention. There’s just something about her.

With chemistry on screen, it’s only a matter of time before sparks fly behind the scenes as well. But with Bailey’s jaded views on romance and a big secret that could destroy Wilder and everyone he cares about are either of them willing to risk it all for love?



Monday, March 20, 2017

a book in review & giveaway!



About the Book
She's a work in progress . . .

Bailey Meredith has had it. As an assistant at a prestigious interior design firm, she’s tired of making coffee and filing invoices. She’ll do just about anything to get out from under the paperwork and into the field for real experience. Then she sees an ad for a job that seems too good to be true.

He's a fixer upper . . .

Wilder Aldrich knew she would be perfect for the crew the moment he saw her. His hit home improvement show only hired the best, and Bailey had potential written all over her. It isn’t just her imaginative creativity and unmatched work ethic that grabs his attention. There’s just something about her.

With chemistry on screen, it’s only a matter of time before sparks fly behind the scenes as well. But with Bailey’s jaded views on romance and a big secret that could destroy Wilder and everyone he cares about are either of them willing to risk it all for love?

Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Laura's writing style is so fun. She makes her characters are really likeable and you're totally sucked in from the start. I'm not much of a HGTV junkie, but it was definitely fun being along on set of Playing House! Bailey is such a great lead and you feel like you're her friend along for the ride. And Wilder seems exactly like the dreamboat you would watch marathons of pining over his personality and looks. This is such a fun weekend read, that's light and will leave you in a great mood. It will also make you want to redecorate your house! I recommend this 4 star book to anyone who needs a little fun and fixing up in their life, xo!

Available on March 21! 
Find it on:
Amazon | Apple | Barnes & Noble | Kobo


About the Author
Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, Going for Two, Three & Out, The Marrying Type, and Playing House. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. She loves talking to readers. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also get the latest news from her website, blog, and monthly newsletter.


***Giveaway***
This month, during the Playing House blog tour, you can enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of 1 free Audible copy each of The Marrying Type, First & Goal,  Going for Two or 1 $20 Amazon gift card.


 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy Release Day & a book in review!

 
Brief Summary: Plan Cee - getBook.at/PlanCee

Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.
 
Review:
 
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  Okay, first let's just talk about how I wish that was me on the cover...such a gorgeous setting! Cecelia is a lead that you want to help through her ups and downs. I found her very real and at times really relatable. Hilary has a gift to be able to really build scenes that makes you feel like you're right there watching them unfold. I recommend this 3.5 star book to anyone that likes a blast from the past, that leads to a wild roller coaster ride, xo!
 


 

Brief Summary: Plan Bea *free until 3/11/17-  viewBook.at/Plan_Bea

We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?

On the outside, Annabel O'Conner has it all - the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother's love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believes about her life. 

Could falling in love give a cold, stubborn, and selfish woman a second chance to open her heart back up to her family?

Beatrice Buchanan has spent more years than she can remember distancing herself from everyone close to her. She barely has a relationship with her grandchildren. The only time she manages to have a one way conversation with her daughter is during her weekly fifteen-minute commute to the nail salon. When Bea meets Walter on a cruise she realizes there may be more to life than designer clothes, killer handbags, and impressing the ladies at her posh country club. 

As the mother and daughter duo team up to plan "Long Island's wedding of the year" they confront the secrets and lies that have defined them. This humorous emotionally honest women's contemporary fiction novel will tug at your heartstrings and the twist ending will shock you.

"Although a light read, the subject matter was very sad at times and I found myself choking back tears, but in a good way! It was so authentically heart wrenching yet often very funny too. The characters were so well fleshed out and three dimensional - no one was perfect and no one was fatally flawed - like real life. I thought the twist was genius!" - Meredith Schorr Best Selling Author

 About the Author
By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her "characters." She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She's been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Storytime | I was Skin Shamed...!

I went back and forth on telling you guys this story, but you know what it needs to get out there. So here I am to tell you about a couple of weeks ago when I stopped by the Lancome counter in my local Macy's. I'm not sure if you've seen the video that's been making it's way around the internet of their new individualized foundations.  You can read all about it here on Buzzfeed. It caught my eye and at the time I wasn't aware that it was at Nordstroms only. But when I was headed through Macy's to hit up the MAC counter, I saw an ad at the Lancome counter that said "Find your perfect shade, 185 shades". And I said, sign me up!

I asked baby bestie who was my shopping buddy that day if she minded making a pit stop so I could get shade matched and she was in, so we stopped. There wasn't a salesperson waiting (like they normally are) so we just kinda looked at the things in case, including that rose highlighter. We chatted with the Orgins saleswoman and then finally the Lancome lady popped up. She stopped to help another lady who seemed to be looking at her phone and declined her assistance. So I said that I would like to be shade matched and she made her way over.

As she approached us, she didn't look like she wanted to be bothered to shade match me, but I thought maybe I was reading her wrong. Here's how the shade matching process went...

Saleslady: "Hi, so do you prefer your foundation to be darker than your skin tone? Cause your face is a lot darker than your neck"
Me *pretty dumbfounded: "Oh, umm, well no. Not typically. Actually I'm trying a new foundation and I'm not sure how it's wearing on my skin or if it's oxidized."
Her: "Oooookay. We have 3 different types of foundations. This one is a matte finish, full coverage. This one is more in the middle with a more dewy finish. And this one is our most dewy and raidant foundation."
Me: "Let's go with that one, I prefer a dewy finish. I have very dry skin."
Her *kinda annoyed I picked that one: "Oh, well, okay, this one is the most light coverage"
Then she takes the foundation and swipes a little on my neck
Her: "Oh this is WAY too dark."
Me: "Oh, yeah I'm pretty pale. Maybe we can try the middle one?"
Her: "I guess"
Swipes the middle shade on my neck
Her: "That's even worse."
Finally takes a mirror to show me
Me: "Wow, why are the undertones of these so warm? They're so dark for being the palest shade."
Her: "Yeah, I don't think we have anything that will work for you. The matte has the light shade we have, but you don't like mattes, so..."
Me *slightly annoyed: "Can we try it?"
Her: "I guess, it will still probably be way too dark."
Swipes it on my neck and hands me the mirror while saying "It's better, but still not great."
Me: "I'll take a sample of this one please"
Her: "Okay, I'll get that for you. Meet me at the other side"

Me to baby bestie: "Wow, why was she being so rude?"
Baby bestie: "Oh thank goodness you thought she wasn't nice cause you were being so nice to her and she is so mean!"

So now I'm standing there with swatches of "way too dark" foundation on my neck and don't see anything to get it off. The saleslady comes back around.

Me: "Oh, I'm sorry, can I get a makeup wipe to get this off?"
Her *really annoyed and almost had an eye roll: "We don't have makeup wipes, but I can give you a tissue with makeup remover."
Me: "That'd be great, thanks."

We make our way to the register and she hands me my sample and says "Well we don't have the new names for the shades so I can't give you that, but here you go. I guess if you were going to come back and actually buy something, I can give you my card." 

I thanked her for her help and walked away feeling like absolute crap about myself. I'm pretty confident, but after growing up being the palest person in my grade and being called very clever names like "Casper" or "Ghostly" my skin tone is something I really still struggle with. I used to go tanning every day just to try to make myself look more acceptable. I always try to embrace who I am and the things I can't change about myself, but this whole experience made me feel awful. My intent with stopping at their counter was to find my perfect shade out of 185, but clearly that wasn't the case. I felt like I wasn't good enough to be at the Lancome counter and not just cause they didn't have my shade, but because this woman wasn't making me feel welcomed. When you work at the makeup counter, you are the face of the company and it's safe to say, I'll never buy Lancome again.

Have you had a bad makeup buying experience? Let me know in the comments, xo!

Monday, March 6, 2017

a book in review!



Brief Summary:

From the NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author of SLAMMED and POINT OF RETREAT.

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

"Every word this author writes demands to be read. HOPELESS has such an impact that it will squeeze your heart tight, leave you breathless and make you feel." -Totally Booked Blog

"An intense, emotional read with just the right amount of "dark" and "light" to wrench your gut and make your heart sing. I devoured it." -Maryse.net

"Hopeless is a heartbreaking, yet beautiful tale that has been woven deeply into my heart. A definite must-read!" Autumnreview.com

Review:

Woah, wowzer, ahhhh, tears, laughter, OMG, gasp, WTF....these are all things that you will feel when you read Colleen Hoover's Hopeless. I've been a fan of Colleen for quite sometime and was looking for a new book to read. I hopped on GoodReads and poked around and this synopsis caught my eye so I downloaded it (it's $3.99 on Amazon and B&N right now). You better buckle up, cause Sky's story is one hell of a ride. Of all of the twists and turns, I only saw one coming and even then I wasn't ready for it. Colleen's writing style is so gripping, she makes you feel everything the characters are feeling and so much more. From Sky's everyday life, to Holder's major sex appeal, to Six's sleepy loveableness, and Brickin's idgaf attitude, every character is well thought out and you'll feel like you are in their lives. This is the definition of a page turner, so clear your schedule and be prepared to be messed up by this story for days. I recommend this 5 star story to anyone who needs to be sucked in for a night or weekend, it'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, and it will leave you haunted, xo!

To Purchase:


book goal for 2017: 
16 out of 52

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Goals!


I can't believe it's March. I am not great at monthly goals, but what the heck...here we go!

  • Blog every week Monday-Thursday cause Fridays seem to escape me lately.
  • Bank a bunch of outfit pics.
  • IG everyday (this is one I seem to always nail, so score one for the home team).
  • Edit my book that FINALLY has an ending and came back from my first Beta reader. One day I will share my baby with all of you.
  • Start to organize my clothes.
  • Only eat out once a week...this will be a hard one for me, but I will give it my all!
What are your March goals? Let me know in the comments, xo!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Beauty Haul

I don't know about you, but I love haul videos on YT, I love seeing what everyone else is getting. So, I thought I would share some of the goodies I've picked up recently!

 

I finally picked up the Butter Bronzer from Physicians Formula which is a cult fave. I grabbed another Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nude in Lace Me Up. (I also bought another two pack, but I forgot to add it to the pic-face palm) And I grabbed the new Wet & Wild photofocus foundation which I've been using and love! And I grabbed their new makeup sticks. I went for the concealer and highlight stick.

 

How stunning is that highlight color?! Ah, I can't wait to get this bad boy on my face. The concealer looks promising as well. I'll report back!


Okay and here's some new non-makeup products that I grabbed. I suffer from eczema on my fingers (I know so weird, right?), but it's getting a little out of control, so I wanted to give this lotion a try. You know how I feel about white teeth, I decided to give this system a try being it was time for a new toothpaste anyway! And last, but not least, my new holy grail. I hadn't heard about this, but when I saw it on the shelf and it said "extra dry skin" I said "you are coming home with me!" I am obsessed with this stuff. I put it on before bed and then I can still feel it on my skin the next day. The only downside is the smell. It's a little strong for me and you know that I "don't like smells on my face" 

What new products have you been trying out? Let me know in the comments, xo!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Red Carpet Style | Oscars

Okay, in case you missed it the Oscars had the BIGGEST fail ever. I had this all ready to go, but decided to hop on to talk about the person who is definitely hitting the unemployment line today...who gives the BEST ACTRESS envelope (that already happpened...) to the presenters for BEST PICTURE. This is the reason why I watch live awards shows, I can't miss these types of things. Also, the fashion...oh and JT SLAYED that opening. Okay, anyway, here's my Oscars look :)

For glam, I went with the OG smokey eye that has no liner. Dewy skin and a mauve lip. This makeup is so classic it can pair with any dress. Nails were a simple pale pink and I love Marc Jacobs polishes, so double win! For hair, a simple slightly messy ponytail. Glam is pretty simple because the dress is the main course.
 

 

My dress is Temperley London and the name is Stardust Rainbow...which screams Oscars, right? The dress is full of sparkle, with a cutout back and winged sleeves...I'm fully obsessed with this dress. It pairs the throwback trends we're seeing now with the bell sleeves, but still is glam. This whole look just screams girly and feminine. Paired with a McQueen clutch cause duh and diamond, pearl drop earrings. Top of the look off with Gisueppe Zanotti strappys and I think I'd be on the best dressed list. What do you think? Let me know if the comments, xo!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Makeup | Soft Glam



Yesterday I showed you how I would do Valentine's Day with full beat, but today I'm here with a softer side. I wanted to keep this look so simple, no real contour, no brow bone highlight, just easy peasy under 5 minute glam. Matte shadow in the crease, a little shimmer on the lid, and another matte light shade in the inner corner. Blush on cheeks with a little highlight. Mascara & brows, a pretty pink lip that makes me think of spring and viola! 

Products Used

 

 
 


 

Happy Valentine's Day, babes! Let me know your go to V-Day look in the comments below, xo!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Makeup | Full Glam

 

While I may not have any V-Day plans, there's nothing wrong with having a full glam look in your back pocket just in case. Here's what I would rock on a date where I needed to be beat to the max. 

Eye deets | After taping off to create a sharp look, I went in with nooner in my outer crease, keeping it pretty low. Then I went in with limit which I took up from the crease. I used small circular motions to blend this shadow with nooner. I wanted to make the look a little sultry, but still wearable which is why I went with all of the lighter shades in the palette. Taking burnout and dust, I used them on the rest of my lid. For the inner corner, I took a mix of strange and dust. On the lower lash line, I went in with limit again working that unto the whole lower lash line. I took a small amount of nooner and used that just on the outer edge. To complete the look, I went in with strange on my brow bone. 

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Check back tomorrow for my softer Valentine's makeup, xo!

ps-if you haven't seen my new rose gold hair, go check out my IG! It looks a little dark in these pics, but it's my favorite hair to date :)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

4pm pick me up!



Sometimes these are actually hard for me to come up with, but today we are throwing it back to one of my all time favorite covers from one of my all time favorite shows, xo!

Cover Reveal!



About Defining Her
Nellie Hawthorne is a woman who has it all. A devoted husband, her own business, a wealthy lifestyle. But the Nellie she is now is much different from her past. A past filled with abuse, addiction, and men. Nellie’s carefully constructed new life is suddenly in jeopardy when a blast from the past emerges in her small town and her overbearing mother-in-law starts pushing for grandchildren and questions start being asked. A budding new friendship presents itself at an opportune time, and a once friendless Nellie finds herself growing closer to Prue Doherty.
Prue Doherty is the quintessential good girl. Always making the right decisions, always playing it safe. Until she meets a man that could change all of that. Still reeling from a devastating breakup and betrayal that had her fleeing from Chicago and settling into suburb life with her mom close by, Prue finds herself in a damaging funk. But everything changes when she befriends Nellie Hawthorne.
Nellie is trying to escape her past. Prue wants that perfect future. While both women strive to change their lives, they continue to cling to the past. But what defines us? Who we were then . . . or who we are trying to be now? Lies, manipulation, and deceit are woven throughout the pages of this edgy women’s fiction novel, with an ending you won’t see coming.
This novel contains adult language & situations, including disturbing scenes.
 
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About Samantha March
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things beauty, fashion and fitness. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has four published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket, A Questionable Friendship and Up To I Do and one holiday novella, The Christmas Surprise. You can also find her on Youtube sharing beauty reviews and creating makeup tutorials. When she isn’t reading, writing, or vlogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.
 
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