Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Release Day!

💜💚EXCESS BAGGAGE RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY!💜💚
Grab your copy now - myBook.to/ExcessBaggageLB
Win a SIGNED PAPERBACK & Amazon voucher (Details of giveaway below).

'An absolute must read this Summer!' Lady Living in Bookland
'Quintessential British humour, I felt like I was on a girls holiday with my own chicks.' Persuing Princesses Book Blog
'Almost made me pee myself I laughed so hard!' Shelly's Book Corner

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?
myBook.to/ExcessBaggageLB
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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Thursday, May 4, 2017

4pm pick me up!



I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS SONG. I listen to it at least 30 times a day...no lie. I <3 SM, xo!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Product Spotlight | Wet n' Wild



I’ve decided that the one Wednesday of the month will be dedicated to a brand that I’ve been loving. This month’s spotlight is going to Wet n' Wild which has really become a staple of mine. From foundation to mascara and everything in between W&W has really upped their game. Here are my picks from the popular drug store brand!

Liquid Catsuit-the formula of these is AH-maz-ING. For a liquid lip, they hydrate and stay on for hours of eating & drinking.
Eyeshadow Palette-well this should be no secret that I’ve included this palette on here…this is one of my staples especially in the fall. The pigments are great and you can really blend the shadows out to perfection.
Contouring Duo-it’s pretty hard for me to find a good contour shade that isn’t too dark or gets muddy on me. While this one can get a little muddy if I’m too heavy handed, the banana powder helps to clean it up. So this is another win for me!
Highlighting Stick-the one I have is has a pink undertone and it the perfect base to help make your fave highlight pop.
Mascaras-I have both the MegaWear and MegaLength and for their price point, they slay! Honestly, most days I layer these two and am good to go!
Game Changer-Photo focus foundation. This is the latest foundation from Wet & Wild and it’s the bomb.com. The coverage is medium, but buildable. I like to apply a few dots around my face and then use a paddle brush to blend. I also like the finish when using a damp beauty blender.

Do you have a fave W&W product? Or a brand you think I need to try and showcase? Let me know in the comments, xo!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

You asked...I answered | Q & A pt 1

I've been collecting questions for a Q &A and here's part 1. Stay tuned for part 2 next week, xo!

Leslie from Peaches & Willow asks what's my number one passion in life? Which is a tough question. I'm super passionate about lots of things from my family & friends, to the Rangers, to reading. Obviously, p&b is big on my passion list as well.

Samantha from Samantha March on YouTube asks as someone who watches YouTube, what draws you to a YouTuber's videos/channels and what makes you subscribe and keep watching? My fave YTers are people I'd want to hang out with. I love being able to get sucked into a tutorial that feels like it's a friend teaching me how to do my makeup or laughing along during a storytime video.

Pepper B from MeetPepperB.com asks what's your personal hidden beauty secret tip or trick that's a part of your routine? I don't think I have many hidden tips or tricks, cause I'm constantly sharing what I learn, but I think my fave tip for blonde's is letting purple shampoo sit on your hair. I know so many blondes that never even heard of purple shampoo which blows my mind! Another trick, if you must pop your pimple, use a Q-Tip, instead of your finger nails which are the dirtiest part on your body!

 Simona from Simona's Corners of Dreams asks if you could only wear one nail polish colour and had to choose your fave piece of clothing, what would you pick and why? Sheesh, Simona, ask a harder question why don't ya? Okay, nail polish color would be Blanc from Essie. Cause I love a good white polish. Or Sheer Nirvana by Sally Hansen which is the most perfect pale blush ever. Ugh-I'd miss a dark polish tho...I hate having to pick haha! Clothing, lately it's my distressed Express sweater because it's black and goes with everything!

babytooth aka RippedRobin on IG asks there was a stage in your life you hardly wore makeup, what sparked your passion for beauty? It's true, pre 2008 (?) I hardly wore any makeup at all. I'm not much of a morning person so I never would put it on and then I started wearing minimal makeup. And then about 4 or 5 years ago, I really got sucked into YouTube and beauty gurus and the rest is history.

My internet Momma, Aven Ellis wants to know my fave holiday and why? I love me some Christmas because I love the whole season from Thanksgiving through NYE. I love spending extra time with the fambam as well.

Queenshirin asks how did you get into makeup? YouTube! I started watching the Fowler sisters and then I was hooked on trying every product they showed.

gisselle_delacruz asks what’s your favorite go to makeup product? It really depends, but something I reach for every time I do my makeup is the Loreal Lumi Highlighting Powder. It has a white shade in the brick and it can add the right glow to any look.

Dzoccoli wants to know if you could only meet Khloe Kardashian or Rick Nash aka Boo, who would you pick? Hi Dana! Well, I already met Khloe so Boo, duh! But if I hadn’t already met KK, then I’d still pick Boo, cause he is the most handsome in the world…cue the boo song :)

Monday, May 1, 2017

IG Recap | April

Here's a roundup of my fave posts that I posted in April! Be sure to give me a follow over on Instagram so you don't miss any of my future posts (or giveaways...hint hint.) Xo!

 

officially the MOH for babytooth's upcoming nuptials. I'm so excited! Do you have an MOH tips? Let me know :)


did you really think that I wouldn't try the Unicorn Frapp from Starbs? I loved it, which doesn't seem like it was the overall concusses. #yolo


fave mani of the month featuring Essie's Backseat Besties from the Spring 2017 collection. Loveeee a good Barbie pink!


and here's something that was on my IG story that is a spoiler of a review coming your way soon ;) xo!