June 8, 2016

May Favorites

It's been a crazy week (and it's only Wednesday!). I have been spending most of my day packing, I am preparing for a girls weekend in Charlotte with one of my best friends, and I leave for Jersey in five days (!!!)

Also, who here watches The Bachelorette? This season is insane. I have so many questions, like what in the world does JoJo see in Evan!? Why can't I stop staring at Jordan every time he's remotely on my tv? And how in the world are there people rooting for Chad, because I feel like he's going to be the star in my nightmares from now on... anyway, back to my favorites lol

1. CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara: If you've been a reader for a while then you know if I love something (especially mascara) I gush, I admit I never thought I'd find a mascara I liked more than ItCosmetic's Hello Lashes. With recommendation from a dear friend (and a total envy crush on her lashes) I bought this mascara, and (no joke) two more people in my life have asked for the name and have gone out and bought it. When your lashes still look amazing via a crappy dusty iphone snap... then you know you find the one *insert hand making the ok gesture emoji*

2. Maybelline Master Pro Contour Palette: It's always such a depressing moment when your favorite high-end palette smashes into a million tiny pieces. I picked up this one instead because well a target is a lot closer than a sephora or ulta. I absolutely adore the highlight in this palette, I want to go around adding it to everyone I see lol.

3. Buxom's Lip Gloss in "White Russian": I won't lie, I originally only bought this because Taylor Morgan raved about it in her snap and blog. The next thing you know it's a staple in my everyday makeup routine. 

4. Secret Deodorant in "Macaroon Delight": Okay so I realize it might be slightly crazy and delirious  to include a deodorant and perhaps you're about to click that little red x above but I love the scent of this deodorant. I also love macaroons, so really it's quite a win win.

1. Victoria Secret Getaway Halter: I'm still mourning the fact that Victoria Secret will be discontinuing their swim line (I'm not okay...). I adore the color of this top, it's comfy and even being halter... I find myself picking it out of the collection more than I thought I would. I know it will be a go-to at work on the beach.

2. Swan Pool Float: If you're on basically any social media (Instagram, Pinterest, or Tumblr) then you know that pool floats are everywhere but there's something about the swan that keeps me going back to it.

3. Sun Bum Chapstick: I believe I've talked about this chapstick a lot on LookBrooke, but it's my absolute favorite. It leaves my lips feeling smooth, re-hydrated, and it leaves this sugary-sweet taste (just being honest.) 

4.  Ray Bans Aviators: Literally my favorite sunglasses ever, my dad actually bought me a pair for Christmas (they were Wayfarers) and they fell off my head during a boat ride and my life was shattered. (Okay, a tad bit dramatic...) One day while working at the beach though I saw something in the sand and pulled up aviators.

1. Guac This Way shirt: Lately, I've been wanting to add a bunch of crazy random shirts to my closet. I used to hate t-shirts but I feel like this is a fun way to add a statement and still be super comfy.

2. H&M Shorts: You always need a good pair of distressed jeans to take on the day, and with the price tag being $20, I'm swooning hard.... ;)

3. Steve Madden Nude Sandal: I barely own any heeled sandals and obviously a good nude sandal is the place to start, I can already imagine all the different outfits I could pair these shoes with! 

1. She's The Man: I know, I know this movie came out when I was like in 8th grade so how possibly could it be on my favorites but some movies you just become ya know? Like basically how we are the generation that might tear up a little bit if we hear the words High School Musical (I still remember feeling like a true star in the making when I was told to come to the board and write out how to correctly spell Zac Efron... yeah claim to fame right there lol) Anyway. I'm pretty sure everybody and their grandmas (except one poor unfortunate 24 year old male soul who now has been redeemed thanks to moi!) know this movie but I recently watched it for the first time in a while and forgot how genuinely funny it is. Also, any gif from the movie is the perfect reaction for boys on tinder ("Girls with asses like mine, don't talk to boys with faces like yours.") 

2. Yogurt Parfaits: If you follow me on instagram then you know the other day I sat down with a yogurt parfait and Southern Charm and began my morning (pure bliss!). Lately, I've been loving adding this salted caramel greek yogurt mousse to the bowl and topping it off with sliced strawberries, blackberries, and a little bit of honey roasted granola!

3. MUSIC: If you've been around a while then you know I'm a theatre nerd. A huge one in fact and if you're new to the party, I am so sorry. Lately there are two soundtracks I seem to have on repeat daily. Those are Spring Awakening and Hamilton, if you happen not to live under a rock then you know or have at least heard of Hamilton. When I'm happy, sad, tired, or just need background noise these two are the way to go. ((Also both have Jonathan Groff, so win win!!)) 

What are some of your favorites??

June 2, 2016

Off The Shoulder

Can you spot the bandaid? How embarrassing, the other day I was making muffins for breakfast and somehow slid the top of my arm onto one of the hot racks (ouchhh). It doesn't take long to realize I'm accident prone between the tripping, bumping of the head, and almost falling off beds that are a regular occurrence. *insert monkey covering his eyes emoji* A good friend of mine used to joke that I'd meet the love of my life by tripping into them or hurting myself... I'm beginning to think they are 100% right ha!

I know off the shoulder is such a big trend right now, but I honestly can't get enough of it. I had been searching for a good two months for the perfect dress to wear to a graduation and off the shoulder kept being a thing I knew I wanted the dress to include. I finally logged onto Francesca's one day and immediately knew I had found the dress!

Basically, if life was like a cartoon... my entire closet would be full with this little number. I'd wear it over and over again...


|Francesca's Off The Shoulder Dress|BCBGeneration Shoes (similar styles here and here)|Forever 21 Hat (Similar)|

June 1, 2016

Summer 2016 Reading// Looks Little Covets

Can you believe it's already June, like where in the world did these past few months go?? It feels like it was just fall and I was obsessed with Starbuck's caramel apple spice (yassss) and agonizing over whether to tell some a guy a joke. Now I'm getting ready to pack up for Jersey and can't stop day dreaming about Victoria Secret bathing suits (the struggle is real ya'll). Each summer I stock up on a few books to read because usually beach days can get quite boring if you don't have something entertaining by your side.

 Here are six of my favorites that you can add to your list...

Ever feel like everyone but you has their life under control? Isabella, Mary and Lauren feel like everyone they know has a plan, a good job, and a nice boyfriend. Isabella, on the other hand, thinks she might hate her own boyfriend, Mary is working so hard she's hoping to get hit by a car just so she can have some time off work and Lauren is dating a man who can't spell her first name. All three of them have been friends since college, and now - more than ever - they need each other, as they struggle through those thrilling, bewildering, what-on-earth-am-I-doing years when everyone else is getting married and they're just getting drunk.

Last summer my good friend Lauren actually texted me this book saying we needed to read it. Being at the age where everyone seems to be getting married or having babies (or getting boyfriends even) I sometimes feel a bit behind. Heck, I didn't know what I wanted to do or have a real plan for executing it til a couple weeks ago, I'm not ready to spend my days with someone else at this point. This is perfect for every girl feeling lost in today's #ringbyspring culture, Close reminds us that we are right where we belong and take our time enjoying the ride and awkward stories. 

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?). Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

This was actually a book that got lent to me in exchange for one of my own, not having any clue what I was getting myself into... I was surprised by how quickly I became invested in the story line. If you know me personally then you know when summer starts baby fever becomes an all too real thing for me, working on the beach means being surrounded and you mentally start shopping for your imaginary children. Since the book deals with a kindergarten class. I was instantly intrigued... it helps that while reading you feel as though Madeline is your best friend. 

Sophia Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school—a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward ten years to today, and she’s the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, a $250-million-plus fashion retailer with more than four hundred employees. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers. #GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.

I know, I know everyone and their momma has already told you to go out and buy this book. I was intrigued for a long time but never actually went out and grabbed a copy until this winter, To be honest I felt like the #girlboss inside me was slacking big time, and I wasn't doing anything with my life to help put this information into action. This book isn't just for the girl taking pictures of her outfits and typing away daily on her blog, the one that just got promoted in their job and are really making a name of themselves... it's for each girl in each time of their life. Rather you're CEO or completely confused at where your next direction needs to be... her tales of perseverance, learning lessons the hard way, and passion will leave you wanting to take the next step- regardless of what that needs to be. 

4. Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without A Date.
"I've been single for my entire life. Not one boyfriend. Not one short-term dating situation. Not one person with whom I regularly hung out and kissed on the face." So begins Katie Heaney's memoir of her years spent looking for love, but never quite finding it. By age 25, equipped with a college degree, a load of friends, and a happy family life, she still has never had a boyfriend...and she's barely even been on a second date. Throughout this laugh-out-loud funny book, you will meet Katie's loyal group of girlfriends, including flirtatious and outgoing Rylee, the wild child to Katie's shrinking violet, as well as a whole roster of Katie's ill-fated crushes. And you will get to know Katie herself -- a smart, modern heroine relaying truths about everything from the subtleties of a Facebook message exchange to the fact that "Everybody who works in a coffee shop is at least a little bit hot." Funny, relatable, and inspiring, this is a memoir for anyone who has ever struggled to find love, but has also had a lot of fun in the process.

I know I've mentioned this book before because I have yet to find a book I've loved more. As a girl who has never had a boyfriend and has only ever been on what I affectionately refer to as "date not dates" (I mean in this day and age you just don't know a show, dinner, and a kiss goodnight and I'm just gonna call it a date not date.) I felt like this story was written just for me. With non-stop anecdotes that will have you whispering yassss with each new paragraph...you can't help but fall in love with Heaney's writing and the awkward situations everyone goes through. This book is read best with a glass of wine and a willingness to remember all the embarrassing things you too did in front of a crush.

5. The Girl on the Train. 
EVERY DAY THE SAMERachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.UNTIL TODAYAnd then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I am currently reading this book and loving every second. At first, it felt a little confusing and mundane, like you were reading a list more than a story. I have finally reached the plot, and I couldn't be more invested, Not lying when I saw I get excited for the time during tanning I can crack open the book, or while lying in bed before sleeping. I know that it's coming out as a movie soon, and I can't wait to see the movie transferred from my mind to screen soon. I imagine this is a perfect beach read if you need to stay entertained but don't typically do well with staying still (which is my personal problem.)

6.  Dirty Rush.
In this shockingly true-to-life novel written by an all-star team of Internet phenoms from the Total Frat Move generation, you’ll get the first true glimpse of “real” sorority life in all its f**ked up glory. Dirty Rush by Taylor Bell is what happens when you take the creative minds behind Babe Walker (author of the New York Times bestselling White Girl Problems series) and add Rebecca Martinson to the mix. Rebecca Martinson—yes, that bitch—the former Delta Gamma sister responsible for the scathing, expletive-filled email that verbally assaulted her entire chapter for being “so f**king boring” at social functions, and threatened to “c*nt punt” every last one of them if their behavior didn’t shape up. Dirty Rush is a no-holds-barred look at what really happens when you “go Greek.” Taylor Bell comes from a long line of Beta Zeta sorority sisters, who all expect her to pledge upon starting at the university. But Taylor has other plans: she’s determined to give her family the proverbial middle finger and destroy the rich tradition they hold so dear by eschewing sorority life altogether. However, Taylor’s resolve soon melts when she falls in with a group of hilarious, ultra-saucy girls, who introduce her to all things Greek and soften her to the idea of joining. Resigned to the fate the Greek gods have dealt her, Taylor pledges Beta Zeta and embarks on a collegiate career filled with the kind of carousing sure to make any sorority sister proud. Soon, Taylor’s experience as a BZ starts to feel like a jacked-up, drug-infused, and X-rated fairy tale—especially when reality comes crashing down and a rather lewd sex tape is leaked. The girl in the video looks a lot like Taylor. Has Taylor gone off the deep end? Or is someone trying to frame her? Unless she can prove her innocence and re-ingratiate herself with the sisters who’ve accused her of leaking the video in a Kim Kardashian–style bid for attention, Taylor is at risk of losing everything she’s fought (partied) so hard for.

This book was a last minute target pick up (you know when you go in just to browse and end up with four shampoo bottles, kettle corn, a bathing suit top, and a book... true story.) as I went through check out the lady commented on how she had no clue what the book was. (I was slightly embarrassed I picked up a book centered around sororities and frats and may have turned into a tomato as I explained the plot.) With sentences like "...he was shitfaced. Cute but shitfaced." I think we can all say a silent amen as we think of the idiots we may have "once" had feelings for. I've never been in a sorority and I didn't grab it because I'm dying to know what it's like "on the inside" but I did grab it for a much needed laugh and an interesting story line- perfect pool side book material. Not to mention I finished the book in a week (in between packing, nannying, birthday dinners, and getting locked up in a room for an hour shout out to Locked Up Lynchburg!!)

What are some of your favorite books, I'm obviously looking for suggestions seeing as summer hasn't even officially started and I'm almost done with the books I already had picked out...
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