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!


  1. You should read the book Orange is the New Black if you liked the show. It is different but equally good.

  2. Django was awesome! I'd love to see your book video. All things related to books fascinate me, lol, including how people rate them!

  3. I hope you had an awesome break and a wonderful holiday. I haven't got a chance to work on the rest of my 2013 faves but will need to do it asap. I just have the sudden urge to want to try that No7 cleansing water. I have a $5.00 gift card from Target I have yet to use hehehe. Best wishes for a happy new year to you.

  4. Django was a great movie! I definitely did not think I would like it as much as I did. Thanks for sharing your favorite reads...I always love looking into recommendations from others. :)

  5. Love this post! I die for orange is the new black and loved gone girl. Putting your other book recs on my list!!

    Victoria @ Lost in Boston