October 16, 2014

Ultimate Cash Giveaway with Oh My Gosh Beck


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October 13, 2014

5 Books to Read This Fall

There are a ton of absolutely dynamite books coming out this fall, so here's my guide to what should be on everyone's shelf to get them through the rainy days and blustery winds of autumn this year.

1. Yes, Please - Amy Poehler


If you're not looking forward to the memoir from this hilarious lady, you need to check yourself. After the wildly huge success that was Bossypants, Tina Fey's memoir (aka, Amy's bff) the entire world is waiting impatiently to see what hilarious and slightly off color pearls of wisdom the actress, writer, and comedian is going to share.

The book will be released on October 28th, but is available for pre-order now.

2. Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham


Another amazing funny lady, her new book of personal essays and narratives is taking the world by storm. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sobering, always poignant, Dunham's book paints the portrait of a young woman in today's society - she's like the Judy Blume for Generation Y. 

I recently purchased the book, and after devouring the first half of it within a few hours, I can attest to the fact that it's one of the best books that I've read in a long time. Her wit and unabashed candor is absolutely phenomenal - but I'm sure there will be more (much more) on this later. 

You can buy it now on Amazon (and wherever else you can get books).

3. How to Build a Girl - Caitlin Moran


Last year I read Moran's memoir entitled How to Be a Woman and was blown away - I highly recommend it. It covered topics such as growing up, first jobs, college, love, and feminism brilliantly with lots of humorous wit and anecdotes to spare.

She has recently come out with her first novel, titled How to Build a Girl, which is all about self invention, growing up, and becoming who you want to be (whether or not that's a good thing). 

From the book description: "Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters, and a head full of paperbacks, enough to build a girl after all? Imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease. How to Build a Girl is a funny, poignant, and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention, as only Caitlin Moran could tell it."

I'm so excited to get my hands on it - you can check it out on Amazon.

4. Girl Online - Zoe Sugg


One of my all time favorite Youtubers, Zoe Sugg aka Zoella, is coming out with her first novel! I cannot wait to read it, as it speaks really incredibly to my life - its all about a blogger who is trying to balance real life and blog life, on top of the anxiety issues that she's struggled with all her life. Though it is a novel, I can tell that a lot of this is being pulled from Zoe's own experiences as well, as she's often spoken out publicly in her videos and on her blog about her anxiety, depression, and panic attacks that make things hard for her sometimes, which is one of the huge reasons I love her.

Her book is being released on November 25th, and you can preorder it now.

5. Grace's Guide - Grace Helbig


Another of my favorite Youtubers and funny ladies is writing a pseudo-guide to being an adult! Part memoir, part field guide, part activity book, it looks like this is going to have it all - plus it's full color too! Grace is absolutely hilarious, so I know this book is going to be a riot. I'm still not 100% sure what to expect, but I know it's going to be good.

Grace's Guide will be released on October 21, but you can preorder it on Amazon.

What's on your book list for this fall?


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October 10, 2014

Style Post: Satellite Heart








Dress: c/o eShakti (similar); Socks: Charlotte Russe; Shoes: vintage

So, velvet is having a major moment this fall. I've been seeing gorgeous, lush looking velvet skirts and dresses everywhere recently, and I've completely fallen under their spell. It just looks so luxurious and glamorous to me! Plus it has that total 90s grunge rocker chick vibe, and it's basically perfect.

Not to mention that berry and plum colors are everything during autumn. So basically, this dress is perfect for the season. I decided to pair it with berry lips and gold shadow to really bring out the autumnal feeling. 

I got this dress from eShakti, which is an awesome clothing site where you can totally customize your item - custom size, length, fit, even sleeve style. They have every possible size imaginable, and if you don't see yours, you can enter your measurements for a completely custom fit, which is amazing. Really, why doesn't everyone do this?

A huge thank you goes out to Lexi, who took these gorgeous photos for me! I had way too much fun with this - I felt like a librarian from the 1950s. Or a Lemony Snicket character.

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October 1, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Binge-Watching Gilmore Girls

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If you've been paying attention to the internet recently, you may have noticed that like, one or two people are sort of excited that Gilmore Girls will finally be available on Netflix Instant today.

As for me, I've lived the Gilmore philosophy of "Eat fast, talk faster, and drink lots of coffee" since I was a 10 year old bookish Rory Gilmore wannabe, so I couldn't be happier. My mom and I watched this show together every single day religiously from 2004 to, like, 2009 when it was on ABC Family at 5pm. I have seen every episode approximately, oh, 30 times (I wish I was kidding). I have very strong feelings on which of Rory's boyfriends was my favorite (JESS, HELLO) and I have the theme song on my iPod. Yeah.

I thought I'd put together an ultimate guide to binge-watching Gilmore Girls this weekend, so whether you're a first time viewer or a long-time resident of Stars Hollow, curl up with some hot coffee and some dessert sushi (you'll understand soon enough) and get to it!

Don't forget to follow along with me using the hashtag #gilmored (I'm about to lose SO MANY Twitter followers! Yeah!)

Before You Begin

>> Cancel all prior commitments, call in sick to work, alienate your friends, and isolate yourself in your room. This is serious business.

>> Get cozy. Seriously: sweat pants, blanket, pillows, etc. Go all out - you're gonna be here a while.

>> Have your phone at the ready to Google all the pop culture references you don't understand. Trust me, there will be many, and they will be coming thick and fast. Stay ahead of the game and you will come out of this smarter and more (pop) cultured.

>> Set your Facebook relationship status to "Watching Gilmore Girls" so people get the idea.

>> Grab some tissues! Now, I'm not saying the show is a sob fest, honestly you'll be laughing more than anything, but there are some moments when it gets really real - if you're anything like me, you'll be glad you came prepared.

>> And bringing me to my next section, don't forget the snacks!

Snacks


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Lorelai and Rory love their junk food, that's for sure. That, combined with the once-an-episode trips to Luke's, and Sookie's amazing home cooked cuisine, means that food might as well be another co star. Here are some great snack recipes and ideas for your binge-watching experience.

>> Coffee, coffee, coffee! 


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You're gonna need tons of coffee to keep you awake for binge watching and to honor the main driving force of this show - caffeine. I'm drinking a special 20th Anniversary of Friends brew, which is perfect, as it's both a hot, caffeinated beverage and a pop culture reference - two of Lorelai's favorite things.

>> A Burger and fries. At some point, after watching burger after burger pass through Luke's diner, you're going to want one of your own. Take a break and make a quick trip to McDonald's. Plus ten if you go to a local joint. Bonus points if you convince your roommates to pick it up for you. But in true Gilmore fashion, never ever cook your own!

>> Dessert sushi.


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Another of Lorelai's ingenious inventions, dessert sushi is exactly what it sounds like - sushi made from candy. Experiment with things like Oreos, Fruit Roll Ups, Red Hots, gumdrops, and frosting. And don't worry, you won't get this one til season 7. 

>> Finally, literally every kind of junk food. Twizzlers, Twinkies, pizza, Mallowmars, Cheese Doodles - literally everything. Make them proud.

Fun Facts

>> Alexis Bledel, the actress who plays Rory, actually doesn't like coffee IRL. She spent seven very long seasons drinking soda out of coffee mugs.

>> Liza Weil, who plays Paris Gellar, originally auditioned to play Rory. While she wasn't quite right for the main role, the producers liked her energy so much that they created an entire character for her.

>> Due to the fast talking action of the Gilmore ladies, the scripts for each episode were sometimes nearly twice the length of a regular hour long television script - they were able to pack so much more into each episode that way!

>> Stars Hollow is based on a real placed called Washington Depot, Connecticut (if you need me, I'm on my way there now).

>> Luke was originally supposed to be a female character, but the showrunners thought it didn't have enough testosterone in the first place. After that, he was only supposed to be a one-off character, but once they realized how much chemistry Scott Patterson and Lauren Graham had, he was a regular!

You can read more here!

Mid-Point Check In

After you've watched the first couple seasons and you're pretty far into the plotline and invested in the characters, you may want to take a break to process what you've seen and maybe, oh, determine your feelings about Rory's boyfriends or make a top 10 list of Lorelai quotes.

If you're starting to feel burnt out - or are just filled with a burning desire to know - here are some great quizzes to take in your down time.

>> Which Gilmore Girls Character Are You?

>> Which Gilmore Girls Guy is Your Soul Mate?

>> Which Rory Gilmore Are You?

>> How Many Books From Gilmore Girls Have You Read?

If you're interested, my answers were Lorelai, Luke, High School Book Nerd Rory (all my life, basically) and 63/334 (man, I'm slacking).

This is also a good point to restock your no doubt depleted snack stash, maybe go out for that burger now, check in with your family and friends so they know you're not dead, and then right back at it!

After the Finale

The final episode has been viewed, the last tears have been shed (no spoilers now), and you've come out of your Stars Hollow-induced stupor to realize you've been sitting in a pile of Twix wrappers and empty Cheetohs bags for the last week. So now what?

Now you join the rest of us Gilmore-less sad sacks as we make our way back to the real world - but if you did it right, you should be talking twice as fast, reading a lot more books, and rethinking every decision you've made in your life (along with looking up info on moving to Connecticut).


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Will you be following along on Netflix?

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September 30, 2014

September Instagrams + Sponsor in October


What a month! Does anyone else feel like September literally flew by? Here are some highlights!

1// My favorite new candle from Bath and Body Works on a rainy day - fall came early in mid-Michigan!

2// A beautiful shot of the prematurely changing leaves as a storm rolled in on my way back to school.

3// Another rainy day from a car window - I just love photos like these!

4// If I haven't mentioned it, an essay I wrote got published on Hello Giggles - and ZOOEY DESCHANEL SHARED IT ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE! I couldn't believe the response I got to this piece, it was beautiful and completely unexpected! To date, it's been shared over 17,000 times, which floors me. You can read the pieced, titled "To My 16-Year-Old Self, Falling in Love For the First Time" here!

5// My new favorite purse from Target, plus my library candle (still not over it) and the first of many pieces of Lindt HELLO chocolate for my previous post.

6// My studded sweater DIY - and my new hair color - got a great response! If you missed it, check out the step by step tutorial here!

And, another exciting announcement - October June is once again accepting monthly sponsors! At this time, there is only one package available, but it comes with lots and lots of goodies, like social media shout outs, comments on new blog posts, and your choice of spotlight posts!

You can check out the stats and purchase a package here - get yours before they all go!


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