Thursday, August 16, 2018

Reads | Summer Recs!

Originally seen in the summer issue of #NEXTonSCENE Magazine!

Is there any better place than by the beach or pool to enjoy a good book? Reading in the sun is one of my favorite things to do. Not sure what to read? Don't worry, I have beach reads of all types for you! Below are my book recommendations for this summer. 

For the hopeless romantic:
A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
Squeeze Play by Aven Ellis 
One Small Thing by Erin Watt
Yours to Bare by Jessica Hawkins
The Force of Gravity by Kelly Stevenson
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Thrillers & Mysteries-which are my personal fave genre to read on the beach:
Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
The Next Girl by Carla Kovach
You by Caroline Kepnes

Chick Lit:
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank
The Six: Kristy by Samantha March
Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by Katie Cross
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Have you read anything good this summer? Let me know so I can add it to my growing TBR list, xo!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Beauty | Do's & Don'ts for the rest of summer!

Have you been loving summer?! Of course you have! I wanted to share some last minute Do's & Don'ts for summertime skin.  
Don’t skip the SPF cause you’re going full glam! Use a BB or CC cream that includes some; my fave is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, $38.

Do set your makeup even if it’s a light glam day; my pick is Tarte Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist, $25.

Do up your skin care game by putting your makeup wipes and sheet masks in the freezer for a nice treat after a day in the sun. My faves are: Simple Micellar Makeup Wipes, $6; KNCBeauty Collagen Lip Mask, $25; and Masqueology Intensive Moisturizing Rubber Mask, $4.

Don’t skip on mascara just cause you’re heading to the beach or pool-use waterproof mascara and take it off with baby shampoo later! 

Do go with a dewy look. Summer is the best time to glow; use a liquid highlighter mixed with your foundation like Cover Fx Custom Enhancing Drops in 'Moonlight,' $42.

Don't skip the beauty sleep, use a pillow spray before you rest your head. My pick is ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, $29. *Bonus tip: throw it in your fridge 15 minutes before spraying it!

Do use a DIY shimmer setting spray: Mix a loose highlight like Kylie Cosmetics  loose highlighter in 'Fiji,” $14, with a setting spray like my holy grail MAC Prep + Prime, $26, and shake it up. Viola, you have a DIY dewy setting spray!  

What's your favorite summer Do? Let me know in the comments or let's chat on IG, xo!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Life update | Where have I been?

I know, I know-where the heck have I been?! But the good news is I'm back-well, I'm trying to figure out a schedule-but you get the gist! I think for the time being I'm going to post twice a week; Tuesday and Thursday. This was I can pre-plan content and not aim to have a Monday post. 

Now to talk about why I dropped off the face of the interweb, I've been busy. I know people say that and really they have a thing or two going on, but if you could've seen my July planner/calendar you would understand. I had something pretty much every single day-after my 9-5, on the weekends, etc. Between planning babytooth's bachelorette party & bridal shower (which were a month apart), to my Grandpa needing to see a surgeon in the city, to Miki getting ready to give birth, it's been nuts.  Now I know you're reading that saying okay, but you aren't going through these events, which is true, but planning parties and doctor's visits on top of working is tough work! 

I'm not complaining in the slightest (alright, maybe a teeny bit, I just need like 325 hours of sleep and I'll be good.), but it's taken me away from blogging which is my thing. The next few weeks are a tad crazy; my Grandpa is having surgery today, babytooth gets married on Sept 1st, and there will be a new man in my life v soon-Mik is due the 31st! (yep, my besties really like to pile on the life events!) I couldn't be happier for my family to grow by a brother in law and to become an aunt to a sweet little babeee!

bday dinner with my fave coworkers!  

showering my baby mama with love! 

loving on that bride-to-be who will soon be walking down the aisle!

sweatymesses with my fave roadtrip partner in Canada!

So bare with me, peeps! I promise I'll fall back into a swing of things and you'll be seeing a lot more on p&b real soon ;) in fact, Tuesday & Thursday for next week are in the que! In the meantime, tell me what's happening with you in the comments and be sure to follow me on insta: so you can see sneak peeks of posts to come, xo!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Happy Release Day!

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Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken Series: Cruel Summer #1 Publication Date: August 2, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis: Spoiled Princess is what he used to call me.
We were an inferno of hate and passion wound up with a dash of chaos.
For four years I watched him mow my lawn.
For four years I watched my friends make fun of him.
For four years I hated myself for wanting him, but even more for the way I treated him.
And then I had him.
For one night, we put all labels away and I spent the best night of my life in his arms.
Then the next day, with my secret night under lock and key, I looked the other way while my friends shamed him.
But now the jokes on me, because the scrawny lawn boy who I secretly loved from afar is now the director of Hollywood's most exclusive summer camp.
And I'm on his staff.
Now it's his turn to punish me.
His turn to make me pay.
His turn to take his revenge after years of humiliation.
He's no longer a boy you can ridicule.
But a college graduate who can have any woman he wants.
I want him to look at me the way he did that one night we had together, but right now
the look in his eyes tells me he's going to enjoy having me under him for two straight months.
I don't know where his hatred ends, his passion begins.
All I know is he wants revenge.
And I'm his lucky target.
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
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