Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Favorites of 2013!


I took a bit of a break from the blog during the holidays and I thought a bit about all the things I enjoyed this year. I love to read lists of people's favorites so you are forced to read mine!


Django Unchained - I know it came out late 2012- but I didn't see it until 2013!

I am not usually that big of a Quentin Tarantino fan but this movie was so interesting, and an amazing story.

That's pretty much it - I saw Anchorman 2 and it was funny but not a cinematic masterpiece per se.

"Girls" (again not totally new - but I just started watching it in 2013. 

"Orange is the New Black" - Did you know this was based on real events?  Way to go Netflix for creating excellent TV!

"Derek" - again with Netflix original series - I pretty much love anything Ricky Gervais does anyway, but this is touching, funny and so thoughtful.

Books -

I plan on doing a video on how I rate books - because I think it's a bit different than most people.  So here are a few I really liked this year.

"A Tale for the Time Being"

A Tale for the Time Being

Really original and unexpected bits.

"The Painted Girls"

The Painted Girls

I like historical fiction and with this you can look at the art as you read the story and it gives it an interesting perspective.

"How to be a Woman"
How to Be a Woman

I don't agree with everything, but that's what I like - it makes you think!

"Gone Girl"

Gone Girl

This was by far my favorite - there's just so much drama between the 2 main characters that define the term "there is a thin line between love and hate". 

Makeup -


For $10 bucks a month I am ALWAYS pleasantly surprised.  Such a fun treat each month.

Sonia Kashuk Cream Bronzer -

Bronzers for pale girls are hard to find - here's the review Sonia Kashuk Bronzer

Boots No 7 Cleansing Water

$7.49 of pure goodness (available at Target, Ulta, Drugstore.com)

I hope to find more wonderful things in 2014!

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Snail Mail Collective - Reveal


This month I participated in the Snail Mail Collective once again - What is it?

"Snail Mail Collective is an international friendship and package exchange. Each month, you have the opportunity to be paired with one new friend, get to know them for a couple weeks, and then exchange a small themed package."

There is only one month left - so sign up HERE if you like.

This month I was paired up with D'Ann from Mismatched Simplicity who lives in Lubbock, Texas and the theme was Gratitude.

D'Ann's blog really exemplifies Gratitude because she writes about all the wonderful bits of life.  She also sent me a very nice little package as well.  Aren't the Fox place card holders just lovely!  And the glitzy mechanical pencils are so ME! 

Thank you D'Ann!

So what are you guys most grateful for?