Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Weekly Download

So I got absolutely FRIED on Sunday.  It wasn't supposed to be a nice beach day and then turned into a wicked nice beach day, I'm already very fair & being on antibiotics did not help my cause.  My shins are burned to the point I can't have anything pressing on them or keep my comforter over them because there is WAY too much heat being generated.  My chest is burned (just down the middle and parts of my neck) to the point that it is blistering which is about as fun as it sounds...

So what has been going on in my world?


 I will admit that this is from last week but whatever. OOTD ft. a filling.  I'm wearing Zara jeggings that I bought last summer and they are so comfortable it is ridiculous. I broke out one of my J.Crew vintage t's which I forgot how much I love. All of my are pretty light or colored and if you follow this blog, you know I don't wear much of either. I'm also wearing Jack Rogers sandals and brought my beautiful MCM bag with me.


I suck at poaching eggs.  I have tried and they always fail so my solution was to soft boil an egg and scoop it out of the shell - genius, I know.  I put it over two slices of a toasted french baguette and it was amazing.  Some days I love a complicated multi-step breakfast and somedays I just need something simple.  This breakfast is so simple, so easy, and so good; try it out!!


I love lattes well a latte. I finally broke down and bough a milk frother for my house and it was one of my better investments. I use the cappuccino attachment in mine. I have used coconut milk and a mix of regular milk with my fat free hazelnut creamer and both come out fantastic. The coconut milk has to be run another time to froth up a lot but if you don't like a lot of froth do not worry about it.  I top my little coffee drink with some cinnamon. Also, shout out to the Lilly Pulitzer mug for being able to fit all the froth that I want!


Some days are just a bold lip kind of day.  Neon pink matte has been my obsession for this past year. I once saw a girl on a bus and she had bright pink lips and I thought it looked amazing. I used the MAC Giambattista Valli lipstick in the color Tats. I have a couple of pretty bright pinks and I'm thinking about making a comparison post. My hair is fading something fierce but I still really like the color. It's funny because some days it looks really brown and some days it looks really red and constantly looks different depending on what light I'm standing in which I think is pretty cool. 


Yesterday I went on an outing to Barnes and Noble. I LOVE to read and I have been reading a lot on my kindle/computer lately but sometimes it is nice to have a real book in your hands.  Yesterdays OOTD was me trying to cover up as much of my burn as possible from the sun while making sure my skin could still breathe.  I wore and Emma and Sam tank that I just got in the LF sale that is cut with a high neck (y'know the 90s cut that is really in right now). I paired it with Mossimo Supply Co pants that I bought from target last year and are one of the comfiest pants I own.  I actually own them in two colors and they are perfect for lounging but don't look sloppy if you are out and about.  These pants were great yesterday because they are so lightweight and they did not trap the head of my sunburn against my sensitive skin. 


I went to B&N for this book yesterday. It came up in my Amazon recommendations and I figured I could use a trip out of the house. I got a couple other books too but this on was my first goal. I bought it yesterday and I have already finished. I started it around 4pm and was up until 3 am because I could not put it down once I got close to the end. By close to the end I mean in the 200s which still leaves about 200 pages to go. If you're into the YA fantasy books set in the past instead of the dystopian future and don't mind a little magic then I would say this one is worth a read. 

Another little update: my breathing is doing much better, I finished my antibiotic course! I don't know when I'm allowed to workout again and I'm still using the inhaler but I am doing so much better than I was last week!

Suggestions, comments, concerns? Comment below, I'd love to hear from you!

xox



Saturday, August 8, 2015

Read & Read


So in less than 24 hours I DEVOURED An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Holy moly.. The story is told through two points of view: Laia and Elias.  

Background:

Laia and her family are Scholars, slaves under the Martial Empire.  Some Scholars are lucky enough to have a trade, the others do the grunt work.  Laia can make jam, press clothing and hair, mend clothes, cook, clean, etc.  Slaves are supposed to be able to barter at the market but are not supposed to be able to read; luckily, Laia can. Laia's family bond are the foundation for her side of the story - all of her adventures come out of her trying to save her brother from his impending fate.  Where there is suppression, there is typically a rebellion. 

Elias is a solider, a Mask (in training), the most elite form of solider/assassin in the Martial Empire.  He is about to graduate, with his best friend Helene, from the infamous Blackcliff Military Academy, a feat he has been training almost his entire life for.  Described as a slave in another sense, Elias knows that there is nothing free about finally graduating the academy.  At Blackcliff Academy, the children are selected, their fates already decided, the punishments are brutal, and only the strong survive.

Without giving too much away:

500 years ago, a prophecy was seen, Blackcliff was built, and the training began.  Now, the prophecy is coming true  the players are in place and the battle begins.  In the book, Laia and Elias's stories are intertwined though they are separate for a while.  I loved the points where Elias was the narrator; nothing against the points with Laia because her story was amazing as well.  There are a few love triangles in the book: A majority of the senior class and Helene; Helene, Elias, and Laia; Laia, Elias, and a rebel.  The romantic relationships get a bit complicated and they constantly have you change who you're rooting for; at one point its Laia, then it's Helene, then something else happens and you really can't pick sides and it goes on and on.  You get frustrated with the characters when they feel like secrets are being kept and no one has all of the information, you get sucked into the book and there is never really a good time to put it down. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I do highly suggest giving this book a shot.  It did take me a couple of chapters to get into the book simply because I was confusing the story lines and it was hard to learn all of the lingo.  Once you get who the people are down and the story becomes more intertwined, it gets much simpler to follow.  The thing about having two narrators is that there is obvious overlap but it also feels like two different stories which was amazing. You sometimes get to see both points of view of a specific occasion so no more wondering what was actually going through the other character's head.

I highly recommend this read and I am going to be extremely upset if another story does not follow this one.

xox

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Apparently...

Today's post is going to be a bit of a rant because apparently I may have walking pneumonia. Yes, you read that correctly and yes, it is the middle of summer. How did it happen? No fucking idea. I started having difficulty breathing a few days ago, I felt like something was stuck in my chest, and I got progressively more breathless the following days. First I would lose my breath walking around or doing the stairs and then I started losing my breath simply standing or talking to people. I'm currently using antibiotics and an inhaler. I am also on an exercise ban - no shit, considering walking feels like I'm doing intervals on a stair master. The doctors aren't sure 100% what the problem is but they are leaning towards an infection since I don't have many other symptoms, I do not have asthma, and nothing like this has ever really happened to me before.  Since I'm going to be lounging a lot until whatever this is passes I should have a good couple of blog posts coming up!

Sincerely,
Frustrated & breathless

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

July Favorites

This month has been a bit hectic for me. I didn't switch up my beauty products much but I figured I would still give you all a run down of the things I have been loving this month!

1. MAC Lightful Tinted Cream


I have been loving this product! It is a light coverage and light weight. I am also a huge fan of the SPF in this product, I put it on before I go to the beach or spend the day golfing and knock on wood, my face hasn't been getting sunburned this summer.

2. MAC Cinderella Eyeshadow Palette


I feel like I have mentioned this palette a ton and it is because I truly do love it and I use it all of the time. I have been traveling a lot this month and this has been all of the eyeshadow that I've brought with me. I use it every day that I wear make up and it is perfect for day and night.

3. Fitbit Flex


I've been really enjoying using my flex since I got it. It has a ton of features on the app and is wicked simple to use. I have noticed it doesn't always track if I'm biking or on a stair master - even though it goes by steps, so if you want something for everything you should definitely invest in a heart rate monitor which can be used for all physical activities (minus swimming but I'm sure they have something waterproof). 

4. An Ember in the Ashes
I read this entire book in one day. The beginning took a second for me to get into and it is initially a little tricky switching between the two characters but I loved getting both points of view. I highly recommend reading this book, there are many twists and turns and I actually really like that you can't figure out the whole story half way through. I am definitely not going to be a fan of waiting for the next book to come out.

5. Insanity Series
I love Alice in Wonderland. I know, you are absolutely shocked (nottttt). This series is an interesting spin on our classic Alice tale. I have finished the first two books and am working on the third at the moment. Read the books and embrace the madness since each one gets curiouser and curiouser.

6. Big Brother
I love that this season I've been switching who I want to win and who I want to go home almost weekly. I've watched Big Brother forever and get so excited every summer when it comes back!

8. The Whispers
This show just keeps getting better and better. It has slowed down a little but the plot gets more and more twisted.

9. Save My Life
Real people, real hospitals, and real injuries. Loving it.

10. Home Free
A show where couples renovate houses to win their dream house if they get to the end. Little do they know that every team that gets voted off gets the house that the teams built that week on the episode. Tears on tears.

11. UnReal
Just go watch the entire season. Oh the drama.