You guys — this winter is endless. Soon I am going to be dressing like this on the blog. All I have wanted to do is stay inside and read. So read I have done, lovelies. Here are the top five books I’ve read this winter.
In no particular order:
- A Lucky Child: I am a sucker for a Holocaust memoir. I find them so grounding and enlightening. This memoir is from the perspective of a child and it is so beautifully written. Read it.
- Dark Places: You’ve read Gone Girl. It was great. You were shocked. Now it’s over and you want something with just as many sinister twists and turns. You should go read Dark Places now. In my opinion it is even better than Gone Girl. It is incredibly broad in scope and will stay with you for a while. Actually, you should read all of Gillian Flynn’s books. Sharp Objects is also great.
- Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls: David Sedaris is my favorite — but I will say he is at his best when he is speaking about his family. I was shamelessly laughing aloud on the train, y’all. To note, you should be familiar with Sedaris’ writing style before you start this book. Holidays On Ice is a great Sedaris starter book.
- World War Z: You are probably like, ‘wait, Clare, are you talking about that silly Brad Pitt movie?”. Well, sort of. I actually bought this book because I thought it would be an easy read I could plow through while I waiting for my next shipment of books from Amazon. Oh girl, I was so wrong. World War Z is some in-depth ish! It is nothing like the movie (I am actually confused about why they even called that Brad Pitt movie World War Z). Even if you aren’t a zombie fan, this book provides a powerful look at a world devastated by an uncontrollable plague. Note that this book starts of slow… like text book slow. But stick with it. Trust.
- The Fault in our Stars: The tears. The tears. You guys, the tears! This book was so sad — but really, really good. A must read. But prepare yourself for the sadness of it all.
- Honorable Mentions: Old New York, Sharp Objects, Sarah’s Key
Black and white never goes out of style.
Shirt: Asos | Skirt: Asos (on sale!!) | Shoes: C. Wonder | Bag: White House Black Market
I have always been a bit of a product junkie. Products come, products go, but in the end there are a few that I could never give up. Ever.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment: I use this product mostly for my lips. But it also works well for cuticles, knees, elbows and other pesky dry spots. For lips, this product is extra amazing because it isn’t one of those chapsticks that just makes your lips more chapped.
Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil: I know I have already raved about this product, but it is the bees knees. I swear my face has been transformed into a beautiful, silky portrait of fabulousness. And I know you are probably like face oil?? Won’t that turn me into a pizza face?? The short answer — no. In fact, the black heads I had on my nose are pretty much gone, and my t-zone overall is smoother and softer. This face oil is the biz’ness.
Hair, Skin and Nails vitamins: Beauty starts from within, y’all. These supplements can really help. Now I am not saying that you will turn into Rapunzel taking these vitamins, but your hair and nails will be stronger and healthier looking and your skin will look much more glowy and clear.
Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine: If you struggle with dry hair — this product will deliver. The ingredients are all natural — and the smell is amazing. I could go on for days about how great this product is. Even if you don’t have “ethnic hair” this treatment could work great for a pre-shampoo treatment for any type of dry, damaged hair.
The best kind of snow ball fights are the ones you have with your ‘unarmed’ photographer.
shoes: ll bean | jeans: j.crew | chambray: j.crew | ruffle top: j.crew factory (similar) | blazer: zara (very old)
Oh you know, this is just me remixing an outfit I wore this past fall. Except this time there are way more layers and a baseball hat.
Booties: J. Crew | Pants: H&M (similar) | Jacket: J.Crew (sold out) | Sweater: Brooks Brothers (similar) | Shirt: Ralph Lauren | Turtle Neck: H&M | Hat: Columbia Bookstore
It’s Valentine’s Day, y’all. I actually don’t like Valentine’s Day because it’s totally made up. But I do like eating at restaurants. I also got engaged on Valentine’s Day, and I love my husband. So I like to think of Valentine’s Day as: Go to a Yummy Restaurant With Someone You Love Day.
Also, since it is snowy and gross and awful outside — I plan to wear jeans, a sweater and some snow boots to dinner tonight. Now, that just ain’t festive enough. So I did my nails to make up for my outfit.
Get excited because this is the easiest mani ever. You can probably do it at your desk.
Step One: Start by getting two nail polish colors. I chose a pink (essie’s Castaway) and a red (essie’s Garnet) because that seemed good for V-day. However, you can pick whatever two colors make you happy.
Step Two: Paint your nails the base color you chose. I chose pink.
Step Three: Get a Q-tip and cut one of the little fluffy ends off at an angle. In the end you essentially want to create a little drawing tool. I forgot to take a picture of my “drawing tool”. Sorry. But just cut the Q-tip at a angle like you would with fresh flowers.
Step Four: Use the angled side of the Q-tip to draw a little heart on your ring finger. You can see really well in this photo how I drew a heart outline first, then just filled it in. Make your heart as big or small as you like.
DONE! Also, if you already have a color on your nails that you love, you can skip the first two steps and just draw the heart on one of your nails for a festive V-day mani.
Happy Valentine’s Day!