Tuesday, January 24, 2017

#ootd | bundle up, baby!

In all seriousness, we've had a pretty mild winter. Yes, in the Northeast where I call home, we've had a few spells of down right frigid weather, but all & all it hasn't been too bad! A few weeks ago, babytooth and I had a photo shoot day planned (she runs the most amazing fitness IG | @rippedrobin go check her out!) Of course that day it was FREEZING and it snowed the whole time, but it gave me a chance to put together this #ootd for you! Stay warm, babes, xo!



hat | forever 21
blanket scarf | zara
vest | forever 21
sweater & tank | target
jeans | old navy
bag | dailylook
booties | target
lippie | Kylie Cosmetics in 'Gorg'

Monday, January 23, 2017

#2 | a book in review!

Brief Summary:

He’s not perfect, but he’s all I want…

I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.

But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me. So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.

And I’m going to let him.


I was a little surprised when I saw that Just Friends was part of a series (which I didn't know until I got to the end...), so I jumped on bn.com and picked up More Than Friends. I read these both in the span of 2 days and in hindsight I don't think I should have read them back to back like that. I think that the story lines are very similar and it was hard to not think "wait, didn't we go through this already?" That being said, I enjoyed Amanda and Jordan's story. Amanda and Jordan are like Romeo and Juliet in that they come from completely different backgrounds and you are just rooting to see if they can make it work! I recommend this 3 star book if you're in the mood lots of drama, xo!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Series | Feature Friday!

Back with the feature Fridays and I have the next few weeks all lined up. So sit back and get ready to meet some more of my fave people of the internet! Today we have my gorgeous and sweetest friend, Emma! Check out her blog after you get to know her, xo!

I'm 27 but still pretending I'm 23. I live with my boyfriend and our Frenchie Basil. I have 5 brothers and growing up being the only girl taught me a lot about the other sex and exactly how to get them to see things your way. I'm a chocoholic and a bit of foodie. I love to eat but only enjoy cooking when I have a lot of time. I've always been a girly girl who loves make up and nails but I'm not the best at either lol. I've been a book blogger for 3 years now and it's hands down the best decision I ever made. 

p&b-what made you start a blog?

I was actually reading I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk and the main character started a blog. I was so interested in it I wanted to start one. 

p&b-who or what inspires you? 

ooo this is a toughie. Lots of things inspire me. My favourite authors are a huge influence on me and I would say my boyfriend too. 

p&b-favorite author? 

Really just one? I can't pick one but my top authors are Aven Ellis, Holly Martin, Lindsey Kelk, Paige Toon and Karen Swan but there are sooo many others. 

p&b-favorite book or series of all time? 

Oh man! You are mean. I think I have to pick Christmas at Tiffany's by Karen Swan. I adore this book because the locations are amazing and so well described. The story is also very inspiring. 

p&b-you run a website based on books and reviews & even run internet book tours-why did you decide to base your blog around this?

I have read books since I was a little girl. I was the girl that had a torch and hid under her duvet with a book long after I should have been sleeping. When I decided I wanted to start a blog it was an obvious choice really. 

p&b-what's the best part of running a book blog?

Connecting with authors and when someone tells you that they have purchased a book because of your review. That's the icing on the cake really. 

p&b-you're hanging out with your girlfriends, are you staying in or going out-what's your girls' night look like?

Haha we are so terrible at girls nights. We have the best intentions but somehow the boys always appear. The last girls night we had was when I was living on my own and I had all the girls round for food, makeovers etc. it was a real old school slumber party. We even watched Clueless. 

p&b-must have product?

ooo recently I have become addicted to Benefit make up and I absolutely LOVE their Boing concealer.  

p&b-best advice you've ever received?

It was actually from our Momma, Aven Ellis. I was going through some tough times with my ex and trying to decide if the relationship should continue or not and it may seem like simple advice but at the time it was exactly what I needed. She told me to look after me. Don't worry about the rest of the world and what everyone else will think about my decision just make the decision that was best for me and at a time when you have everyone trying to give you their opinion it was the best advice and I thank Aven from the bottom of my heart for being their for me through that. 

p&b-where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This one is difficult. I tend to be one of those people that takes each day as it comes. I don't tend to look forward too much. I'd like to have children at some point and get married but I've never been one of those people that needs to rush at it. It will happen when it happens. 

p&b-favorite food?

Chocolate. Hands down. 

p&b-if you could switch lives with any celebrity, who would it be?

hmmm I'm not really one for the celebrity lifestyle. It would be great to not need to worry about the money but I would hate everyone knowing all my business. So it would have to be someone who's good at keeping their private life private. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Beauty Review | Best of beautycounter

At Beautycounter, we’re committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: We’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through our "Never List”—all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.

My new sweet internet friend, Mandy reached out to me to see if I'd be interested in trying some of beautycounter's best products. I've tried the line in the past, but it's been a few years, so I figured why not give it another whirl. After a few messages back and forth where Mandy asked me about my skin and what I'd like to get out of trying a new product, she knew exactly which best sellers to send my way. I suffer from SUPER dry skin and I'm not just talking on my face, I'm talking everywhere. 

Here are the products I couldn't wait to tell you about!


The most surprising product to me was the lip conditioner. I was so surprised how much I loved this. Between the smell and the way it lathers on my lips and lasts while I sleep, this is a lip product lover's must have!

The day cream kept my face feeling nice all day. It didn't matter if I had makeup on or not. The smell wasn't over powering at all which you know can be an issue for me, but the beautycounter products have a clean scent.

I was so impressed with the cream blusher! I'm not one to reach for a cream blush, but this one was easy to blend and gave such a good, rosy color to my cheeks. I liked how buildable it was. The color it left behind was very natural and not over pink at all. 

The body butter was the perfect cream to help my dry winter hands. I was reaching for it the second I was done washing my hands. Same clean scent as the day cream so it was nice to not have a bunch of different scents on at the same time. If you have dry skin, pick this up!

After checking out the website and seeing just how many products the beautycounter line has, I definitely want to test out the Lustro Shimmer Oil

Mandy & I have a teamed up to bring you a $25 store credit so you can get your hands on safe beauty products. All you have to do is head over to Instagram and like the giveaway picture and be sure to be following me & Mandy! Simple as that and you are entered :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Teaser

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

For Rose Hart, Luca Fascinelli is enemy number one. He's the means to an end. She’s been waiting years for this. Everything she has worked for has led up to this point.


Instead of being the one with the gun, Luca is now facing the barrel of one. Rose has questions and Luca may have the answers. But will it be the answers she’s looking for?

Will she be able to pull the trigger? Or has Luca snuck his way into her heart?
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7072981.Renea_PorterAuthor Page:https://www.facebook.com/AuthorReneaPorter/

Take-a-look Tuesday!

Because I'm already slacking on my schedule, hop around the web and check out some of my fave bloggers :) cya tomorrow, xo!