Month: June 2016
Your Next Favorite Book: May Reads
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
When thirty-year-old Brooke Thompson unexpectedly runs into a man from her past, she’s plunged headlong into memories she’s long tried to forget about the year she spent in France following a disastrous affair with a professor.
As a newly arrived exchange student in the picturesque city of Nantes, young Brooke develops a deep and complicated friendship with Sophie, a fellow American and stunning blonde, whose golden girl façade hides a precarious emotional fragility. Sophie and Brooke soon become inseparable and find themselves intoxicated by their new surroundings—and each other.
But their lives are forever changed when they meet a sly, stylish French student, Veronique, and her impossibly sexy older cousin, Alex. The cousins draw Sophie and Brooke into an irresistible world of art, money, decadence, and ultimately, a disastrous love triangle that consumes them both. And of the two of them, only one will make it home.
As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They intend to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl’s unscheduled train reaches the bomb first.
Gretl is the only survivor. Though spared from the concentration camp, the orphaned German Jew finds herself lost in a country hostile to her people. When Jakób discovers her, guilt and fatherly compassion prompt him to take her in. For three years, the young man and little girl form a bond over the secrets they must hide from his Catholic family.
But she can’t stay with him forever. Jakób sends Gretl to South Africa, where German war orphans are promised bright futures with adoptive Protestant families—so long as Gretl’s Jewish roots, Catholic education, and connections to communist Poland are never discovered.
Separated by continents, politics, religion, language, and years, Jakób and Gretl will likely never see each other again. But the events they have both survived and their belief that the human spirit can triumph over the ravages of war have formed a bond of love that no circumstances can overcome.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Remember when I decided to be really cool and reupholster a vintage couch that I found in my neighbors yard. That was back in April (Easter weekend to be exact) and up until Memorial Day weekend I had literally done nothing in regards to said couch. It had just been sitting in our front living room being slept on and pooped on by the animals in our house.
During Memorial Day weekend I decided to finally get a jump on the project. I spent one whole day totally dedicated to the couch. I ripped, pulled, wiggled, and yanked at every piece of fabric, trim, batting, and at the hundred nails scattered around the couch.
Once it was stripped I was pretty excited about the next part. So excited in fact that I’ve officially decided to abandon the whole project.
I’ve realized that if I write out exactly what happened to make me come to this decision this post would be the longest post ever, so I’m gonna break it down to just 3 reasons I’ve decided to abandon the project.
[one] This couch needs A LOT of work. Ok so the amount of work this couch needs is unreal. The legs need to be replaced, all the batting under the fabric needs to be replaced, all three cuchions on the couch need to be replaced, the fabric (obviously) need to be replaced, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it needed to be fumigated and like de-bugged or something. When I first looked at the couch I thought….oh this will be totally do-able. But once i really started, there was a lot more work than meets the eye.
[two] This project was supposed to SAVE me money not cost me MORE money. When I sat down and really started to price out how much it was going to cost to re-cover this sofa, I realized I would be spending just as much re-doing it as I would on a brand new couch. I even looked into getting it professionally refurbished and that too would have been just as much as a new couch.
[three] While I’m confident I would do an ok job in the actual reupholstering of couch, I don’t want to spend $700 and the results just be “ok”. While I know I can get a professional to do to it and it would look great. I know that I can find something I’m just as happy with that is brand new for the same amount of money.
Overall, whole point of this project was too save myself some money. And once I realized I would not be saving any money, I became super disillusioned with the whole thing. Sad but true.
So I am back to square one on the couch front. I have already found one that I really like on that new app called Offerup. But I haven’t heard back from the seller yet. I’m hoping I do, because I really really like this couch. And I think it would go well with everything else in the apartment. But just in case I don’t hear back, I’ve already started looking for similar couches in hopes that I find one I love.
I’m sad to be letting go of the project because I was really excited about the prospect, but I just don;t think it’s worth all the time and money I’ll be spending.
I think I’ll stick with easy DIY jobs like stools and picture frames.
Reading…. A book I picked up from Target a few weeks ago. It’s called Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlap. So far so good. It’s an easy read which is what I’m looking for right now. The next book will be my next book club books. It’s called An Ember in the Ashes.
I will have a “Your Next Favorite Book” post next week, and I’ll sharing all the books I read in May. Including one of my new personal all time favorites…Me Before You. If you haven’t read this….GET ON IT NOW! It is so good.
Feeling…. a tad overwhelmed. It’s this couch project y’all. It’s not that I didn’t think it wouldn’t be hard. I KNEW it would be, but I dunno I thought it would be something else too. But as I really dig into the project I keep second guessing myself. I realized that the fabric I originally chose is going to be WAY to expensive. This project was supposed to save me some money not cost me more money. Then I keep thinking, what if I buy all this fabric and then hate it. What if I don’t pull the fabric tight enough and the couch looks like shit. What if I get it all done and it is the most uncomfortable couch in the history of couches (I always fall asleep on the couch, so it’s a must that this couch be nap-able) What if….What if….What if….BAH. So many what ifs, it’s giving me a little bit of anxiety and I am not an anxious person.
Drinking…. nothing at the moment. But I am thirsty and a Dr. Pepper sounds amazing. But I don’t keep it in the house anymore so water it is.
Watching…. Real Housewives of New York. These girls are so bitchy! And I love it. Sonya needs to get it together…I’m sorry but “Tipsy Girl?” Way to close to Skinny Girl if you ask me. Especially after Bethany invited her into a Skinny Girl meeting last season and she sat there and took notes!! Then all of a sudden she comes out with a drink called Tipsy Girl. Yeah I would be pissed too. Not cool Sonya, not cool.
Wanting…. New bedding. Which is the last thing I need right now, since I have an entire apartment I need to buy things for but still. It’s on the list, albeit at the very bottom of the list. Doesn’t stop me from walking around Target and picking out the one I want. Here the I think I like best right now.
Wishing…. I had about $1,000 extra dollars in the bank. (Don’t we all).
Thinking about…. That today is THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! Well technically I have to go to work tomorrow, but there will be zero students and it’s just a wrap up day.
Looking forward too…. Going home in two weeks. We’re gonna spend most of my week home at our family cabin in Ruidoso, NM and I cannot wait to get some mountain air. We’ll also be going to see my cousin and her new baby!
Loving…. These Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Sticks. I joined Influenster a few weeks ago and have loved reviewing some of my favorite products. I got my very first Vox Box in the mail the other day and inside were 2 of the new Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks. They are so fun! I received two different colors, a nude and a red. My favorite was the nude, called Nude Flush. It has a slight pink tinge to it and goes great with my skin tone. I’ve worn it to work everyday since I got it.
This is by no means an actual matte, it has a matte finish but is very creamy. It doesn’t have a dry finish it has a very creamy finish. It’s not that dries either, you will have to reapply it throughout the day, which is fine with me.
Well there ya have a little bit of what’s new with me. I seriously cannot believe it’s the last day of school. It feels like yesterday I was so excited for the start of the school year and now I’m about to say goodbye. WOO HOO!
Till tomorrow friends! 🙂
It’s the week of the link ups….linking up with Kristen for What’s New With You!
Current MakeUp Favorites
I’ve recently become obsessed with makeup.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved it. In fact if I could find a way to post the home video of me giving my cousin Jordan a make up tutorial I totally would. But I’ve never been one to really know how to do my own makeup. I pretty much have done my makeup the exact same for the last 10 years. And to be honest I’m fine with that routine. I know what looks good and I stick with it.
But lately I’ve been wanted to up my make up game. I attempted to learn to contour and that was a slight, ok major bust. I’ve watch about a million make up tutorials and am still not sure how to do it. I think I need someone to sit me down and walk me through it. But that’s neither her nor there at this point. While I haven’t mastered contouring I have added a few more steps to my makeup routine that I feel make me look a tad more polished.
Today I thought I would share some of my current make up favorites.
I am by no means a high end make up buyer. Save for a few things. I have this thing where I go to Sephora/Ulta with the intention of buying something a littler pricer that I want and then end up leaving the store with the drugstore equivalent. womp womp. But the following are a happy mix of high and low end products.