Tuesday, June 27, 2017

bachelorette recap | week 5; night 1




End of Group Date: Kenny and Lee...Lee and Kenny. These two are just getting started. There's nothing to this, but the one one one time with Bryan. And to be honest, I was just staring at him the whole time. He gets the rose and I clapped I was so happy. Too good to be true, fine by me.

One on One: with Jack, good on paper guy. He's kinda awkward to me. Like he's having first date jitters, which is understandable, it's the first one on one, but still. Oh that first kiss, ewwwww so awkward. Poor guy. Wait a second, Jack thought that kiss was good? She pulled away and laughed. Oh this poor sob.

Weird cut to the guys hanging out bitching. Lee is acting like he's Rachel's eyes and ears. Lee has proven he's a racist by his tweets, I won't post them here cause I'm not about that life, but google it. Lee uses his words to hurt people on the show and on twitter. Lee is your classic pot stirrer, who likes to see how far he can push people.

back to the date, I think Jack is setting himself up here cause he's going home. You can tell Rachel is not feeling it. He's all over the place. I love Paris or did he say "parents? Maybe parents he followed it up with "is your dad funny?" like I've never had a first date ask me that. Also, when he smiles so wide and dips his head, he looks like a serial killer. I'm proud of her for just putting it out there. I feel like now I'm awkward after watching that! My mom texted me during and said "Jack is dying in front of our eyes" and she was so spot on.

Rose Ceremony: who is this Adam? Have I seen him before? Okay, I think he's going home and Iggy too! Cause I just don't see it and hate his name haha. If Rachel heard Adam say "this snack" about him, I don't think he'd still be there. Cya Iggy the Iguana. Also goodbye Tickle Monster. EW god, if I never see that again it'll be too soon. WHY couldn't he just hug her goodbye like a normal person? Guys, I need to find a bf asap, cause I can't have it be just me and Tickle Monster left in the single pool. Bryan in a suit, we need more of this, esp that black detail. Damn.

Bryan had his tongue out for a hot minute and my goodness...ohhh one on oneeeee.
One on One: with Bryan. What are you talking about crazy, Dean? She is into him. I'm so jealous of her, cuddled up with her on the train. Wow, what a cool date! I'm not adventurous like this, but it's a once in a lifetime, and with him next to me, done deal. Girl, Rach knowing about 187, my girl is hip hop. I like that he's so confident. I don't think it's him being overly cocky, but him believing in their relationship and what he sees in her. I'm really digging him (more than the looks now...) Rachel would be a good fit for him, but I can take him off her hands. People say I'm a catch too, Rach and I'm single af. What's wrong w/me? Not sure, jury is still out...get it, she's a lawyer. Her dinner outfit is fireeee, yasss girl. I think Bryan gets his haircut with scissors, it's very nice in the back. Bryan is back for another week ladies and gents, (I should just say ladies and Dad, cause he's the only dude reading...if he's not, let me know in the comments)

Group date: Okay, I have to say, I wish I could see Bryan in that outfit...any way, this group date was fun! I really liked how all of them got into it. Peter is SO into her. I liked that he was handsy with her. Good for Will for having some big ups and putting on a show. Aweeeee, Kenny FaceTiming with his daughter, so cute. Lee, looking at pictures in a book, doesn't count as reading...sorry, pal! Will's alone time was really good. Alex's too, I didn't hate his letter either. I feel like this is when it starts to get super confusing for her. All of the guys that are on this date are into her and it's showing. Josiah is a little over the top with this, laying it on so thick. I love how we see the alone time crashing and burning, but Josiah comes out and says "it was great. so good." Was it? Objection, prosecutor. (2 for 2 with the lawyer puns...!) Oh shit, Rachel is into Peter. And they are going for it, for a second I forgot it was a group date. Way to go, Will! You have been a slow horse, but I really like that you are you!

Two on One: Kenny & Lee. You can see what type of guys there are by how they exited...Lee walked through the door. Kenny walked through, but made sure it closed.  Keep that mindset, Kenny. Focus on her. I like that they have a little inside joke, which I think I missed, haha! Honestly, if onion time happened while Bryan was around, it was bound to go right over my head. Lee is a story teller and an actor. God Rachel, don't be this naive. I do think they both are trying to make themselves look better. But at the end of the day, none of the guys tell the same story Lee does. I have a question, why is Kenny and Rachel so cold, but Lee is chilling in his lightweight hoodie?! Kenny should've said "ask the guys." Also, he's kinda acting like a crazy person now.

Well, of course we're having a cliffhanger, but here's my overall take on tonight's episode-Bryan, Peter, and Will are in the lead. And I'm almost thinking both Kenny and Lee go home tomorrow after some dramz of course. Let's discuss in the comments or DMs-cause a bunch of you like to keep up with me there and I love it! Until tomorrow, peeps, xo!

Monday, June 26, 2017

a book in review!




Brief Summary:

A charming novel about falling in love (or like) in the digital age—the never-before-seen full story.
Madeline and Elliot meet at a New York City restaurant opening. Flirtation—online—ensues. A romance, potentially eternal, possibly doomed, begins.
And, like most things in life today, their early exchanges are available to be scrutinized and interpreted by well-intentioned friends who are a mere click away.


Review:

If you've ever been single, you can relate to this book. If you've ever given a single friend advice, you can relate to this book. I was hooked from reading the summary that this book was written in communication form only-text & emails. I laughed out loud, a few times until I cried. I got really pissed a few times cause boys are dumb and girls (myself included) can over-analysis anything. But seriously, this is a must read! It's perfect for a day by the pool or ocean. I recommend this 5 star book to anyone who wants to know what the opposite sex is thinking while dating, cause it's all here in black & white, xo! *ps-for nook and kindle it's on sale for $1.99!

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Also, for those of you asking I've read 30 books out of 52 so far! My Goodreads says 29, cause I've read one that doesn't come out until fall already...hair flip emoji ;)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

play by Sephora | June


I've seen a bunch of the June Sephora play boxes (or Play by Sephora!) on IG and all of them look pretty different. Which makes me so excited cause I love when everyone gets something different!

Here's what was in mine!




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

series | countdown to the best summer ever!



Back at it again and we're still talking skincare! This post is sponsored by Formula 10.0.6 and you can find their products at Ulta & Target! They sent me a PR package and here are the things that have been helping me get my skin in tip top shape for being outside.  



1- masks, masks, masks. I feel like the more I mask the better my skin gets. I switch between the Get Your Glow On peel off and Be Berry Fresh mud mask and sometimes I use both at the same time.

2- I've completely the masks, it's time to make sure I have no blackheads, so the 3 in 1 Three Times Sublime cleanser, scrub, mask is what I'll use a spot treatment. ps: this one smells delicious!

3- I use the One Smooth Operator scrub to make sure my face is super clean and all of the masks and treatments are completely gone. 

4- last, but certainty not least, I reach for the Picture Perfect Day daily moisturizer with 15 SPF. Which is the perfect size to throw in your bag and go! It's not sticky and doesn't clog my pores.

What's your summer skincare routine? Let me know your must haves below, xo!

*I received these products from Formula 10.0.6 and all opinions are my own.
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

bachelorette recap | week 4

 

Rose Ceremony:  Why does Lee have a knife with him? Also, have you heard about his twitter drama? He seems like handful and I don't think he'll be around for a long time. I really hate when they don't focus on Byran...well that didn't take long for my lady boner to pop up, did it? Okay, the wrestler what's his name? Willy? (sidebar: his name is Kenny!) Idk I could see him with Rachel. Oh crap, he's headed inside to met Lee. Grab some popcorn, kiddos, cause this episode is gonna get real...Ahhh, Bryan is so charming and I'm eating it all up. Sheesh, I don't even like this kinda BS that he's spitting at her and honestly, I can't even get enough. Phew. If he is the next Bachelor (no spoilers about the end, please!), I will send in my tape. I feel bad for Rachel, these guy are so high drama. I really love the ones that spend their time with her making it about her and their relationship. I'm glad she put an end to the cocktail party and got right to the roses. I really feel like this season has been producer driven in some of her picks. It really bothers me when you can tell he she isn't into the drama and BS, but then keeps those guys around...ps-I had no idea there was a guy named Diggy.

One on One: with Dean. I think that they are super cute together. I love that Dean is nervous about this blimp ride. I'm pretty stoked it's not a helicopter like every other episode. Rachel's sneaks are SO CUTE! The setup of this dinner is so magical and romantic. I would love a date like this...it looks like a fairytale. Dean has had life shit happen and that's why he's so mature. He grew up real fast. He's so into her, with all the little kisses and touches. I never remember his age and I don't think Rach really does either. He'll be around for a while.

Group date: on a boat...which prompted Bryan to lift his arms and show his abs. So I'm already in. And now his shirt is off...damnnnnnnnn. Okay, I'm gonna focus now. I love Kenny's rap. I live for a good freestyle...Peter's was funny. Those poor suckers thought they were just chilling on a boat and here they end up at a spelling bee! Eric looks PISSED. Let's see how they can hold up...waittt, Jonathan the tickle monster is a DOCTOR?!? No I need more info on this, stat! Spelling isn't for them. Why didn't we get to see Bryan spell? :( Okay on to the next part of this date...I'm looking for standouts. I think Peter and Rachel remind me of a couple that was matched up by friends cause they are a good fit. I like them together and can see it happening. To me Eric is two different guys-one type with the guys and one type with her. I don't hate it yet, but who knows what next week will bring. Josiah likes to win and that's clear with his goofy behavior after winning the spelling bee. Iggy, over him, boy bye. Lee is playing the victim there...both he and Kenny are at fault. Kenny rhymed journey and attorney...what do you got, Lee? Drunk, that's what Lee got. Ahhhh, Bry swooping in to save the day...Next week will be a doozy...wait, TWO NIGHTSSSSSS = more Bryan...yassssssss!

Yet another episode that doesn't end with a rose ceremony...I think I need to let it go cause clearly that's not he shows MO anymore. This week was pretty good and I definitely see Rachel finding a man out of this bunch...that's not my man, Bryan (in case that wasn't clear.) Let's discuss in the comments, xo!



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

series | countdown to the best summer ever!



Here we are week number 2 of this series and I'm excited about this topic-skincare! I'm a big believer in prepping your skin for the upcoming season. Here's the 2 things you can do in the shower (hello, my fellow lazy babes!) to get ready for dresses and shorts, well I don't really wear shorts, but you get the idea!



Okay, first up, it's time to prep your skin and that means one thing...EXFOLIATE. Honestly, I need this to be done professionally cause I have the driest skin on the planet. But the Jergens Natural Glow Color Primer makes this easy with in an in-shower scrub. It also will set you up for a streak free tan. I love the smell of this stuff and it really helps get the dead skin off-use a loofah or mesh mit for extra removal action! This is key for the next step...



Next up, start your tan in the shower as well! Jergens, the OG gradual self-tanning lotion now has Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer which is an in-shower lotion! Yup, you read that right, you can start that base color right there at the end of your shower. No rinse and it comes in fair to medium, which is perfect for me cause I'm super fair. Don't ask me how it works, but it does and I'm obsessed. Being able to get out of the shower with smooth and tanner skin, what more could you ask for?

What do you do to prep your skin for the long summer days? Let me know in the comments, xo! *ps-this post isn't sponsored by Jergens I just really enjoy their products, but Jergens if you wanna spon me, shoot me an email ;)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Random Fun Facts

Hello filler post...since the NBA finals cramped my style, here's a good old filler post. But you wanted to know random things about me...right?! Well even if you didn't, here we go!

I have an obsession with dinosaurs and cartoon dinosaur movies. I have a LittleFoot and Arlo stuffie on my bed...still to this day. LittleFoot is my ride or die. 

I didn't get my driver license until I was 26. I waited a really long time, but now I actually love driving.

I sleep with my mouth open and always drool. Weird? yes. Gross? definitely. But 100% true.

I've written a novel, but I'm terrified to edit it to get ready to send it to publishers. 

 If I could trade lives with anyone, I'd love to be Barbie...she's got it all and can do anything!

See you tomorrow for the countdown to the best summer ever, xo!

Monday, June 12, 2017

a book in review!


Brief Summary:

***Each book in the 3:AM KISSES Series CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE***
She's my best friend's kid sister. I don't do relationships, and I sure as hell won't do Baya.
He's a player and my brother's roommate. Bryson is a no-fly zone. I should want nothing to do with him--but that kiss we shared...

3:AM Kisses (Romantic Comedy) First base never felt so good!
From the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Addison Moore...Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison's books...easy, frothy fun!
***3:AM Kisses The USA Today Bestseller!***

Baya Brighton is looking forward to her first year at Whitney Briggs University, new friends, dorm life, and finally being close to her brother again. Love is the last thing on the list, but when Baya meets her brother's roommate she begins to have thoughts and feelings that make even her blush.

Bryson Edwards has a secret he prefers buried in the past and long forgotten. He keeps himself busy with the important things, loose girls, fast cars, and long nights working at the string of bars his family owns. When his roommate's sister shows up on the scene, she's far too innocent and sweet for him but he can't shake Baya out of his mind and worse, it looks like she's seeping into his heart as well.

Baya seems determined to show her brother she's not a little kid and equally determined to use Bryson's body to prove her point. It's been made pretty clear that Baya is off limits to Bryson but their undeniable sparks explode into a whole lot more than just a few 3:AM KISSES.

Review:

I was looking for a light read that had a sexy lead and fell upon 3 AM Kisses which was in my library (I get emails from Bookbub and Bookperk everyday with deals, so when I see titles I like for under $1.99, I pick them up for a rainy day). This story was predictable, light, and an easy read, but after reading heavy, it was exactly what I needed. I loved the secret relationship and Bryson is such a hot male lead. I also really like that even tho this book is part of a series, you can read it as a standalone! This is a great 3 star by the pool read and you'll be hoping for your own secret 3 AM rendezvous, xo!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

series | countdown to the best summer ever!

 
A few days ago I asked on IG (guys, I do a nightly chit chatty story-don't miss out on the fun; @polishedandbubbly) on what you would rather see; a countdown to the best summer ever or summer musts and busts...almost everyone said both, so here we are! Each Wednesday, I'm going to be sharing my ideas, tips, and tricks to having the best summer ever. Join in on the fun using the hashtag #pnbbestsummerever on IG & Twitter so I can stalk your lives! Now let's get started...

My first tip to having the summer best ever (or even just the best time ever) is making a playlist! I am the biggest fan of Spotify and you can make your own playlists for any event, mood, or even make a playlist that is the setlist to the concert you'll be going to in August cause you want your best friend to be able to sing along (Mikhaila...I'm talking about you.) I create a playlist for each season and I actually renamed my spring playlist for summer cause I've been adding to it and am still lovinggggg it. 

Checkout my playlist (so far...!) below and let me know what you think it's missing. Do you make a playlist or have any songs that remind you of summer? Let me know in the comments, xo!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

bachelorette recap | week 3


 

I just want to start with this...this is a recap, meaning I am watching the show as I write this. So I'm giving my thoughts and opinions as the show progresses, so yes there are spoilers. If you haven't watched yet, bookmark this and come back, xo!
 
Rose Ceremony: DeMario shows up and talks in circles, but Rachel is a smart girl and knows BS when she sees it. Do I think if he wasn't a grade-a douche could he have stuck around? Yeah and I'm sure if he actually said something truthful, she'd let him back in, but he seems to have repeaterettes. The guys out front killed me. They are such a bunch of teenage girls. Rachel needs a mic to drop after that speech, yasssss girl! Okay, I need to know how tickle monster got that job title...cause wtf? Now this Lucas & Blake shit is just bananas. Literally BANANAS. I told you last week if you use your time to put down someone else, she's gonna see right through that-Blake, talking about you boo. Coulda stuck around if you just let Whahboom shoot himself in the foot, he would have eventually. I could watch Blake and Whahboom argue all day, this is comedy at it's finest.

Group Date #1: I love Ellen. This is such a fun group date! I agree with Ellen about the tickle monster. I love these that take them completely out of their comfort zone. Bryan, if you want to kiss and tell, let me know boo. Was/is Alex a stripper?? Cause he's got some moves. I love never have I ever! This was a great game to play on a date too. I kinda love Fred and I love that they have a history. I think Rachel needs to give him a fair shot and drop the he was a bad kid. He's obsessed with her (in a good healthy way...kinda like me with Bryan.) Do I even need to mention this...but BRYAN IS MINE RACHEL. STOP IT, LEAVE HIM ALONE. Okay, phew. (I did find him on IG and really tho...why is he SO HOT?!) Anyway (I know, I know, no one is going read these recaps if I don't shut up about my lady boner for him...) Poor Fred...I'm so sad for him and I hate that she brought the rose with her to talk to him. I really feel bad cause he was so excited about her. I think she should've given it another week to see if she could get there. Standout: they are all pretty even to me with where they stand with her.

1 one 1: with Anthony. Horses around Beverly Hills and going into stores? What in the world? I liked that the date was out of his comfort zone (& her's too cause she's never been on a horse in the middle of a city) I love the Sprinkles ATM, how freaking cute! And the people yelling out "it's a one on one" are cracking me up. EWWWW, what did you think would happen riding around on horses? I guess the next time I say my job sucks, I don't have to pick up horse shit, haha! I will say they are super cute together. I can see it happening. I think they compliment each other really well. I feel like Anthony is so genuine. He's a front runner!

What are Iggy and Eric even fighting about? The men can be worse than the girls. It's wild to me how crazy they can get. But it comes down to people are competitive and this is a competition after all!

Group Date #2: I love that her girls from last season showed up to support! Side bar: was Corinne drunk or sedated? She seemed off to me or maybe that's the real her! Eric is gonna have his work cut out for him which two guys talking smack about him-also if I never hear "here for the right reasons" again it'll be too soon. Not sure why they would have the professional wrestler -Kenny on the wrestling date, seems a little unfair! Bryce came out of nowhere for me (and for Kenny-he kicked his ass!)...I think he'll be around for a while. And if not for Rachel, for Raven (wouldn't they be cute together?!?) I feel like the conversations all seem the same to me, no one is jumping out to me or Rachel really. What are they saying about Eric being inexperienced? What does that have to do with anything? Worry about yourself, Lee. (Cause you are in some HOT water with those tweets, Sir.) Standouts for me: None. I feel like they were all the same and Rachel gave Eric the rose to reassure him.

Rose Ceremony: Eric makes a valid point when he says "I'm not here to date you" to the guys. Which bottom line, he's 100% correct. I understand that you want your future husband to get along with people, but competition brings out the worst in people.  But all in all, I never understand what Eric and guys are fighting about...I have to agree with Eric on some level. Failing with Rachel is on him. (Guys, honestly whenever Bryan comes on the screen, I say holy shit. Cause he is hot AF.) Lee is a pot stirrer kids and next week is going to prove that.

What did you think about this week's episode? Let's discuss in the comments, xo!

Monday, June 5, 2017

a book in review!




Brief Summary:

Fans of Girl, Interrupted, Thirteen Reasons Why, and All the Bright Places will love the New York Times bestselling novel Girl in Pieces.
"A haunting, beautiful, and necessary book that will stay with you long after you've read the last page."Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything
   Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people do in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
   Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
  A deeply moving portrait of a girl in a world that owes her nothing, and has taken so much, and the journey she undergoes to put herself back together. Kathleen Glasgow's debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.


Review:

 This book was on my to be read list for quite some time so when I saw it was on sale for nook $1.99 (same price for kindle!) I downloaded it. Charlie's story is heavy, so heavy at times that you will need a breather. I like novels that have a dark place and Girl in Pieces is just that. But it makes you think, the characters you meet throughout the book all could be people you know. It shows you everyone and anyone can go through stuff and you may not even know it. This book brings to light a very dark topic no one ever really talks about, but should. I appericated how the author doesn't tip toe around the root of Charlie's problems. I recommend this 4 star book to anyone you liked My Heart and Other Black Holes or Thirteen Reasons Why, xo!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

bachelorette recap | week 2

 Okay, I asked on IG on Monday night if you guys wanted me to do a recap each week and here we are! (IG: @polishedandbubbly) Let's dive in! *ps-going forward, I'll try to have this up on Tuesdays!



1st group date: Whaaaboom (what even is a whaboom anyway??!) is clearly just there to be on the show and the producers had to force her to keep them. Tickle monster would be 30 times cuter if his job wasn't tickle monster. Ashton and Mila?! How freaking cool! The husband material challenge was super cute and funny. I think you can learn a lot about a guy from all of those things and Rachel clearly wants kids, so not being able to keep the doll in your pouch (Lucas/ Whaboom, I'm talking to you here...) isn't a good sign. I can't believe he won the challenge! I don't think Rachel needs someone to go out of their way to tell her he's not there for the right reasons. This early on you need to be putting her first and the BS second or you'll be out the door quickly. And your past beef is your past beef...also a female roommate is a red flag for me too. Blake & Lucas/Whaboom are my two losers from the date. Dean is a front runner for me, even after the first week interaction.

1 on 1 date: with Peter. OMG A DOGGGG. I am obsessed. Copper is too cute and I'm so sad about his leg. Rachel's outfit is so cute. Peter and Rachel have an ease about them and the date feels like a regular Saturday for them. Side note: Zoey totally wants to go to Barkfest. I love all the simialirities these two have. Keep your eye on Peter.

2nd group date: I love the sports themed dates. This one was so cool and with a basketball great! I think Rachel really likes DeMario even tho he dunked on her. But then all hell breaks loose, when his ex shows up. His reaction is like "shittttt...wait I'll play if off like I don't know her." Real smooth...not. The whole story seems very shady to me. Also, I don't trust a girl with a scrunchie on her wrist, but I don't trust him either. Rachel is such a strong woman and lawyer, like DeMario you dug a grave and homegirl wasn't having it. The singing from Alex was cringe-worthy, but props to him for knowing it was bad. Standouts: Eric who she said "just a hug?" too...cause I think she's feeling him. Josiah gets the rose, I think he'll be around for a while.

Cocktail Party/Rose Ceremony: Okay Rachel, stop kissing my boyfriend Bryan. OMG he is giving her a massage. STFU. Rachel send him home to me please...ugh. Chris is like the big brother we all need, he looks out for Rachel and does the dirty work. And of course this is where it ends. Do we all remember the special time when the rose ceremonies actually happened at the end of the episode? Same.

Next week looks mega dramatic and I can't wait. Let me know who your front runners are in the comments, xo!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

a book in review! & happy release day!



Brief Summary: 

Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star's fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt 
Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths.
There's nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star's got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he's settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary.
Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley's image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She'll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little.
Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there's no telling what your heart will do…

Review:

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. We all know I love me some Erin Watt, like full on l-o-v-e. So when I saw that they (Jen and Elle) teamed up to pen something else under Erin, I said sign me up! Now the cover of this book is gorgeous and I love it. Okay, enough about that, let's get to the review shall we? When It's Real has everything an Erin Watt novel would-drama? check! a female lead you'll want to be friends with? check check! a HOT male lead?? CHECKKKKKK! Ahhhh, Oakley is fineeeee and I want him to sing to me all day everyday. You'll be on the edge of your seat wanting to know if Vaughn and Oakley are going to get together. Erin Watt books are the definition of page turners. While this is written as a standalone, I feel like there could be a book two-hello Paisley, please tell your story cause we know you got one girl. If you are looking for your first beach read of the summer, look no further than the 5 star book that's When It's Real. I PROMISE you won't be disappointed, xo!

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Monday, May 29, 2017

a book in review!

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Synopsis
Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.

So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.

Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then and besides, it’s only a week, right?

Is it a second chance at something real or will their excess baggage ruin their shot at love after they leave Luna Island?

Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Excess Baggage is a cute weekend read. The story is very believable at moments and you'll feel every emotion. The main characters  tend to read a little younger than their ages, but that rounds out the whole story in the end. The supporting cast are captivating and really make the story complete. I love reading books that take places in holiday locations and Luna Island is the perfect local for this blast from the past romcom. I recommend this 3.5 star book if you want a quick getaway, xo!
 
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Release Day!

💜💚EXCESS BAGGAGE RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY!💜💚
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Win a SIGNED PAPERBACK & Amazon voucher (Details of giveaway below).

'An absolute must read this Summer!' Lady Living in Bookland
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Synopsis
Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.

So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.

Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then and besides, it’s only a week, right?

Is it a second chance at something real or will their excess baggage ruin their shot at love after they leave Luna Island?
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Check out the reviews on Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34994195-excess-baggage?from_search=true
GIVEAWAY!
Head on over to Laura's facebook page to enter her release day giveaway to be in with a chance of winning a signed paperback of EXCESS BAGGAGE and a £5/$5 Amazon gift card.


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Squad Goals

I’m shouting out all of my baes today. Really, I know everyone says that they have the best of friends, but honestly I think my group takes the cake! Here’s a little back story on each of my besties and why I love them so.


Let’s start off with someone you all know and love, babytooth. Btooth was born to be my bestie. Like literally tho, she was born and it became clear that she would be my PIC. From early on, we had a bond that no one could describe. We speak our own language and always know what the other one is thinking. I don’t know if it’s because our dads are twins or what, but from sounding the same (people can’t tell our voices apart ever “who said that?” is a comment we get often.) to dressing the same, we’re always on the same page.


I met Mikhaila at work about 4 years ago. We hit it off from the start and we say daily that we can’t believe we’ve only known each other for this small amount of time. It feels like we’ve been friends our whole lives. As an adult, I haven’t made many new friends, but I believe the ones I have are for a reason. I know that Miki and I will be best friends for the rest of our lives because our friendship is a bond that makes both of us grow. I’ll always be her biggest fan and ride or die bff.


Jen or JenPup413 or JMichele has been my besties since we were 8 years old. When you grow up with someone and they know all of our secrets, you have to keep them close. No really tho, if I become famous, I may make her sign a non-disclosure agreement in case she finds “the videos”. All joking aside, there’s something so nice about having a bestie that you don’t have to speak with every day, but know you can call them and you’ll pick up right where you left off!



Baby bestie is part of my squad for sure. When Bean was born, I was 16 and I loved spending time with her while she was growing up. I loved the stories my aunt would share with me about how she wanted to wear what I was wearing or that she was wondering about highlights at the age of 8. Now that she’s 16 our relationship is on a whole different level. Our bond is inseparable and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. From all the advice I give for all her HS drama to the laughs and inside jokes, spending time with her is good for my soul.

Sharing about my besties has made me want a girls night asap, so dolls, let’s get planning. Until tomorrow, xo!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Newsletter | May

Woo, already time for our newsletter for May…that I still can’t get on MailChimp. So here it is! (really tho, if anyone can help me with MailChimp, I’d love you forever)

Hi babes!

So, let’s start with my faves of the moment.
·         There’s Nothing Holding Me Back is hands down my favorite song. I can’t get enough of it.
·         I really really really loved When It’s Real by Erin Watt. The book comes out on May 30th –my review will be up that same day. If you love stories about two people getting together that make zero sense together, this will be the book for you! It’s the perf beach read cause it has romance, drama, and wit.
·         Still loving Lunchy Break on Clevver Style. They make me want to vlog so bad. But would anyone (besides the 20 people that subscribe to me on YT) even watch? Let me know your thoughts…


Anybody hear about Mommy Dead and Dearest on HBO? If you haven’t, but love twisted real life stories check out this long, but worth every word Buzzfeed article and then check out the special on HBO. I am OBSESSED with shit like this. Also, fun fact about me, I love crime shows and real life murder mysteries-I could talk about JonBenet and my theory for hours.

I’m still heartbroken over the Rangers second round performance. We had a really good thing going and just shot ourselves in the foot. I’m counting down the minutes until October cause I miss the boys so much already.

Let’s look ahead to the future and talk about what p&b’s got planned for the Summer. I’ll have another article in the summer issue of #NEXTonSCENE magazine, spoiler alert-I’m talking about what I pack for beauty must haves. I’ll be running a “get vacation ready” series leading up to my own vacation. I’m talking collabs with one of my favorite bloggers. And I have lots of fun PR packages to share with you. Oh and I’m thinking of doing a giveaway in July, so stay tuned :) If you have anything you’d like to see here on the blog or a collab idea-let me know! You can always catch me in the comments or email me: kpaine718@aol.com
 
Until June, which will hopefully drop into your inboxes, xo!

Monday, May 22, 2017

a book in review!




Brief Summary:

Chicago event planner Collins Brady knows how to make the magic happen for her clients. From elaborate weddings to cute baby showers, Collins knows what to do to make an experience breathtakingly perfect. In her mind, she adds the sparkle that makes everything shine.

If only she had that same sparkle in her personal life.

While she’s good at her job, her true career dreams lie elsewhere. If she could do anything, it would be to become an equestrian riding instructor. That dream, however, is shelved due to practicality. And that’s not the only thing Collins has shelved. After ending a relationship with her college sweetheart, Collins has taken her heart out of the game, too. She wonders if that magical kind of love can exist. But maybe it’s only a fantasy.

Or is it? All of that changes the night she meets Luca Ballerini, the rookie goalie for the Chicago Buffaloes. Passionate and fiercely determined, Luca has only made time for hockey in his life—until he meets Collins. Her spark hasn’t escaped him, and now Luca wants something other than his hockey career.

But following their dreams and hearts isn’t always easy. Can Collins and Luca find a way to live their dreams with each other?

Will love get past them? Or will this goalie make a perfect save of Collins’ heart?

Review:

Truth be told, I don't Aven could ever not write a 5 star book. Seriously, there's something inside her that sets up the perfect stories, from the leads, to the outfits, to the black moments. Save the Date has everything you want in a romcom and more. Luca is a HOT goalie who you'll be daydreaming about long after you finish. And Collins is the bestie you need to finish off your squad. You'll need to clear your weekend cause you won't be able to put Save the Date down. If you love stories that are written so well you feel like you're right there living with the characters, then start with Save the Date and then pick up the rest of Aven's books, cause you'll be hooked! I highly recommend this 5 star book if you're looking for your next get sucked in for the weekend read, xo!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

happy release day!

 


Chicago on Ice Series #3 - Can be read as standalone
230 pages
 Publisher - Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Release Date - 17 May 2017
 
Blurb
 
Chicago event planner Collins Brady knows how to make the magic happen for her clients. From elaborate weddings to cute baby showers, Collins knows what to do to make an experience breathtakingly perfect. In her mind, she adds the sparkle that makes everything shine.
If only she had that same sparkle in her personal life.
While she’s good at her job, her true career dreams lie elsewhere. If she could do anything, it would be to become an equestrian riding instructor. That dream, however, is shelved due to practicality. And that’s not the only thing Collins has shelved. After ending a relationship with her college sweetheart, Collins has taken her heart out of the game, too. She wonders if that magical kind of love can exist. But maybe it’s only a fantasy.
Or is it? All of that changes the night she meets Luca Ballerini, the rookie goalie for the Chicago Buffaloes. Passionate and fiercely determined, Luca has only made time for hockey in his life—until he meets Collins. Her spark hasn’t escaped him, and now Luca wants something other than his hockey career.
But following their dreams and hearts isn’t always easy. Can Collins and Luca find a way to live their dreams with each other?
Will love get past them? Or will this goalie make a perfect save of Collins’ heart?

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Extract:

“Luca,” I say, my tone serious, “why did you want to meet me after seeing that website picture?”
“It’s not obvious?” Luca asks, surprise resonating in his deep voice.
“No.”
“Have you ever seen a picture of someone that made you intrigued and want to know their story? That’s what happened with you.”
I furrow my brow. “What story?”
Luca is silent for a moment. “I think you have a lot of stories, Collins.”
Ooh!
“You are uniquely beautiful; I won’t lie. That’s what caught my attention at first,” Luca continues. “Then seeing you posing with a horse, I couldn’t get over how genuinely happy you looked. Livy told me the horse was yours. While she went on to talk about bracelets, I couldn’t stop thinking about you. The girl with the cool name. The girl with the freckles and the light-brown hair and the toffee-colored eyes. The girl who loves horses. I wanted to know her story. Your story.”
I stare back at him, impressed with his honesty. This is a man who doesn’t play games. Luca is direct. He takes charge and goes after what he wants.
He took action tonight, just like I did.
“Hopefully, my story will live up to what you envisioned,” I say.
Luca is quiet for a moment. His hazel eyes linger on mine.
“So far it has.”
 
 


About the Author

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

Links

Website/Blog - http://avenellis.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/@AvenEllis
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AvenEllis1
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7265661.Aven_Ellis
Amazon Page - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aven-Ellis/e/B00GHUYO90/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1455968038&sr=1-1
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/avenellis/



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coffee Talk

Coffee talk is a blog post I’ve been seeing pop up more and more on my fave sites, so I figured I’d take their lead and join in on the fun! I can’t promise I’ll do this weekly, cause let’s get real, some weeks I have nothing to really catch ya up on (I tend to either lead a jam-packed life or a very boring one). But if we were on a coffee date, I’d be drinking my new fave-2 shots of espresso over ice and half a caramel Premier Protein shake (for my fellow WW girls, that’s 1 spt!)

Oh speaking of smartpoints and WW, I’m fully back on track, so send me your recipes and inspo! I feel like I’m really locked in this go cause everyone I’m around either is on the plan or on a meal plan. It’s nice to know you have support everywhere you look! Also, putting it out there on my blog makes it so you all will hold me accountable too…!

I’m still extreme fangirling over Shawn Mendes. Like my Spotify playlist of his setlist is ALWAYS on. I can’t wait to see him in August. Concerts are one of my favorite things ever and getting to see someone you love live, is one of the best feelings. I love being around people that you have something in common with and singing along is the best!

Also on our coffee date I’d tell you that content isn’t coming as easy as it used to. I feel like every blogger I know feels the same way. It’s hard out there especially with the whole IG BS that’s going on. I could write post after post on it, but I’ll say this: I know I shouldn’t care about my amount of followers or likes that a post gets, but it’s really hard to continue on a platform that feels like you’re moving in slow motion. I look at my content and think “wow, I’ve put together a good feed.”  Or “this picture is great” and then end up with 35 likes when I have over 1,300 followers, it’s hard to think what you’re doing is good. Instagram needs to stop messing with the algorithm and the shadownbanning on hashtags. Don’t present yourself as an app that runs on hashtags and then ban people from being seen under them. 

Enough about that depressing topic, let’s move on to something fun, shall we? As some of you may know babytooth got engaged to the love of her life in February. We’ve recently started dress shopping and it’s so fun to see your best friend look like a princess. I’m excited to have the honor of being her maid of honor and can’t wait for more exciting things. Which leads me to a series I’ll be running next year on being a MOH and all of the events leading up to the wedding.

To round out our coffee date, I’d fill you in on what happened to Zoey last week. Last Sunday, I came home from dress shopping with the bride to be and Zoe’s right eye wasn’t opened all the way. I thought she was just sleepy (I came home in the middle of what was probably her 9thnap of the day-she really was made to be my dog!) and just disregarded it. Well a few hours later, she was really rubbing it and I noticed she was struggling to keep it open. I immediately panicked, but decided it was best to call the vet first thing Monday morning. We headed to the vet and they noticed a small growth on her waterline (which I had also spotted) and decided to dye her eye. After they put in the dye and turned off the light, it lit right up under the black light and I started to cry. Seeing a fairly big spot light up green on your small dog’s eye is super scary. The vet said it was an ulcer and sent us home with antibiotic cream and some painkillers. Putting cream directly on your dog’s cornea isn’t fun guys, she was hating me and my dad for a little while after each application. But Tuesday morning, she was able to open the eye back up and it didn’t seem to be bothering her anymore. We went back to the vet Wednesday to get her eye dyed again and this time, there was no lighting up green! The ulcer is completely gone and the growth (which now the vet believes was a stye) is a lot smaller. She’s also back to feeling 100% herself as just yesterday morning she stole one of her treats from my purse!

Fill me in on what’s going on with you in the comment section below and let me know what you’d share with me on our coffee date…until next time, xo!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

4pm pick me up!



guys, I have a new obsession. I'm proud to admit I watch hours and hours of Lunchy Break and I think you should too, xo!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Q & A | Part 2

 Time to answer more of your questions, part 2 on the Q&A is below! Thanks for submitting questions, can't wait to do this again soon, xo!


Daniellefortier asks what’s your fave makeup brand? Ohhh, this is a toughy. Drugstore-Maybelline Highend-I love tarte, Urban Decay, Kylie...the list goes on.

Theshibbyjean wants to know who is your makeup inspiration? I’m really inspired by a lot of people from Jaclyn Hill to Khloe Kardashian. I love how fearless Khloe is with her looks (including hair). But I also really love Miss Brie (IG) and ComsobyHaley

Thetaylorcherie has two questions and wants to know 1- if you could meet someone you’ve never met before that is now dead, who would it be? Honestly, I don't really know. But I would love another day with my Grandma.  2-what is your fave product ever? Okay, with the tough questions! Ever? Uhhh, I can't pin point it, but the one thing I couldn't live without would be mascara.


Ladykate92 wants to know what’s your biggest pet peeve beauty youtubers do in their videos? I don't think I have a pet peeve. I get into swings were I want to watch every video ever made by a YTer and then after a huge binge fest, I won't watch for a while. Currently, I'm obsessed with Clevver Style, especially Lunchy Break.

Cassie_beatzz asks who’s your favorite makeup artist? I love the super popular Jaclyn Hill, Makeup by Mario, Joyce Bonelli, but I also love Haley Wight and Ashley Landry-who I think is the most unrated on YT. Seriously, check her out, she does AMAZING work!

Stephhmoralesss wants to know what’s your fave type of food?  I loveeeee Thai food!

Simplyalex11 wants to know how long have you been doing makeup? I've been learning the ins and outs of makeup for about 4 or 5 years now. Before that, I only wore what I knew and the not that much of it.

Niwah.poddar asks who is my bestie? I’m actually super lucky and have a bunch of best friends! I have my best childhood friend, Jen who I’ve known since I was 8. Babytooth who is my little sissy (actually my cousin), but basically sister. Mikhaila who I became with friends 4 years ago, but it feels like we've known each other our whole lives. And my dad, who is the biggest pain in my butt, but truly one of my very best friends.

and our last question comes from a familiar name..._mikhaila_ asks you and your bff are planning a girls weekend getaway-where do you go and what do you do? Hmmm...I would say the Hamptons, but my best friend "doesn't know how to get there cause you can't drive to the Hamptons." But wherever we were to go-RI, CT, Canada, we'd take funny pics, endless boomerangs, yoga pics, and blog pics. Drink lots of wine and laugh until we cry. And then after that we'd walk holding hands and talk about how in love we are...cause that's what we do ;)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

PR Haul | Formula 10.0.6 & Franck Provost Paris




I was lucky enough to be sent all of the things from Formula 10.0.6 and the exclusive to Ulta (in store and online) Franck Provost Paris hair care line. Stay tuned for my review of each of the products coming soon-I like to use skin care a little longer to see if makes any difference, so maybe 3-4 weeks from now! To shop check out the links below!

 Formula 10.0.6

Franck Provost Paris
 



Monday, May 8, 2017

Cover Reveal!

💜💚💙LAURA BARNARD COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY!💜💚💙
How beautiful is this cover of Laura's latest romantic comedy, Excess Baggage? It's out on the 23rd and you can pre-order now myBook.to/ExcessBaggageLB
Details of giveaway below.

Synopsis
Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.

So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.

Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then and besides, it’s only a week, right?

Is it a second chance at something real or will their excess baggage ruin their shot at love after they leave Luna Island?
Add it to your Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34994195-excess-baggage?from_search=true
GIVEAWAY!
Head on over to Laura's facebook page to enter her cover reveal giveaway to be in with a chance of winning an ARC of EXCESS BAGGAGE and a £5/$5 Amazon gift card.


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