Spring 2017 Reading List

Home Buying Kit for Dummies – I am going to treat this one more as a reference book for this season. Yes, it’s true, my husband and I have been on the house hunt since the start of the new year and it has been a truly crazy process!!! (I’ve heard it can only get crazier from here, ha.) Luckily, I have the most amazing mom who is a real estate pro and has been giving us lots of tips. With her expertise and this book, we are bound to snag a house this year ūüôā .

I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me – If you didn’t know, I work in mental health so I try to have one professional education book in each mix. This book is all about Borderline Personality Disorder. It is meant for clients and clinicians alike. I look forward to learning more about BPD because it is becoming more commonly understood and diagnosed within the medical community.

Wild – To be honest, I’m not sure how much time I will have to read enjoyable material this season, as it’s shaping up to be a pretty busy year so far! However, it was a new years resolution type of goal for to get more active with reading so I’d like to stick to it. Since I finished up my winter reads relatively quickly I do have hope I can make it through this one before summer. I know, I know… I’m a little late to the game, but it has been on my to-read list for quite some time.

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Winter Reading List – Update

Happy Monday!

I was able to finish off my winter reads pretty early this time around. It probably had a lot to do with colder weather (who doesn’t love snuggling up with a good book in winter?!), shorter books, and more time. Here are my thoughts on each book I’ve recently read. Be on the look out for my next round of books I want to read up!

‚ÄúI Thought It Was Just Me‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Brene Brown¬†– Brene Brown doesn’t disappoint. She is a true inspiration. Her research on shame is depicted in this book and she truly makes it easy to relate to. Her choice of words and personal stories make it an interesting, yet educational read. I went in to this book not having much of an understanding of shame and leave this book with a good grasp on how to develop shame resilience.

‚ÄúJamaica‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Insight Guides¬†– This was a helpful reference guide for my recent Jamaican vacation. I loved that a map was included and that each section of the book went through different areas of the island. It included must-sees, food/drink recommendations, and attraction guides. I even took it on vacation to brush up on while waiting for our plane to take off. It was definitely one of the better guides I had¬†researched.

‚ÄúSeriously‚Ķ I‚Äôm Kidding‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Ellen Degeneres¬†– If you are looking for a quick and upbeat read, look no further. It took me only a couple of hours within a couple of sittings to finish this book. Ellen is so funny and so light-hearted that it is so easy to pick it up at any time.

XOXO

Winter Reads

I’m working on¬†reading through the books that have made a nice little collection on my shelf… Here are the ones I’d love to finish up this winter. The list includes three of my favorite types of books: mental health research, travel, and biographies.

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“I Thought It Was Just Me” – Brene Brown

I truly enjoyed my recent read, The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown and find her work to be truly fascinating. I’m hopeful this will be just as inspiring.

“Jamaica” – Insight Guides

Our next trip is officially booked and this little baby will be a must finish before we leave! I love reading up on different places before I visit them and¬†have loved what I’ve found in this book so far.

“Seriously… I’m Kidding” – Ellen Degeneres

…because who doesn’t love Ellen?!

 

September Favorites

Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder

I have been to Ulta twice this month to get color matched on new foundations and each time I have been recommended a shade that is too light. Needless to say I needed a little extra bronzing this month and this one was a life saver. Pretty much nothing beats a coconut fragranced face powder, am I right?!

Smashbox Photofinsh Pore Minimizing Primer

Don’t underestimate the power of a high end primer! This was my first and I love what it does for my skin… fills in pores and evens out the¬†texture. I don’t use it on my whole face, just the parts that need a little extra love like my t-zone and areas that I have scarring from acne.

Essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick

I tend to have a heavy hand with makeup. I also tend to LOVE vampy lip shades for fall. Enter this product!!! There is literally no way you can overdo it with this lipstick and you will always get a nice, deep shade. It gives off a your-lips-but-better vibe with a sheer wash of color that is easy to build up and super comfortable to wear.

The Gifts of Imperfection

I featured this on my Fall Reading List post a few weeks back as a book I wanted to read up this season. Well, it was not at all difficult to get through! I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration in their own well-being. Brene Brown has a way of explaining her fascinating work on living a Wholehearted life in easy to relate to ways.

Old  Navy Striped Boat-Neck Tee

Picture this long sleeve tee with cozy black leggings, knee high boots, a warm wooly scarf, and Starbucks in hand. I mean, could it be anymore seasonly appropriate?! I got it in red, too :).

Fall Reading List

I recently took a look at my bookshelf and realized that I definitely don’t read as many books as I purchase. (Anyone else out there a self-proclaimed book collector?!) I’ve always loved reading, however something has always taken precedence over¬†it, most recently graduate school and wedding planning. Now that I have more free time I’ve decided to make some reading goals.

Here are the books I want to read up this fall…

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Voluntary Madness:¬†I work in mental health so am looking forward to this one a lot. It’s about a woman who committed herself to three different facilities and faked having mental health struggles. It sheds new light on healthcare from a unique perspective.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Brene Brown is someone I have found to admire in my recent work, though have not actually read any of her books in full. She performed qualitative studies on the positive power of shame and guilt. This book is all about accepting yourself as you are, which is something I believe in for everyone.

Key West in History: On our trip to Key West this summer, my mom purchased this book and I’m so happy she lent it to me! Granted, it would have likely been more helpful to read prior to the trip, but I’m happy to read through it and reflect on the amazing time that we had.

Carry On Essentials

In preparation (and so much excitement!) for my upcoming trip to The Florida Keys, I wanted to share some of my absolute essentials I take with me in my carry on.

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Distractions:¬†I don’t love to fly but¬†find that keeping my mind busy with a variety of tasks helps pass the time and keeps calm. Magazines, a good book, and sudoku are all musts.

Electronics: Charging cables, ear buds, updated song playlists on my iPhone, and my tablet fully stocked rented movies/shows.

Beauty: Blotting paper, lip balm, and hair ties.

And of course a super adorable bag to put everything into! I love this bag by Thirty-One because of the various compartments, size, and durability. It comes in so many fun colors and patterns. Plus, using a carry on bag that will double for the beach (like this one) means one less thing to pack.

Happy traveling, XOXO!

April Favorites

Elf – High Definition Undereye Setting Powder

Sometimes I never know how much I love a product until I run out of it. I then go into the great debate of repurchasing or trying something new. I ran out of this recently, tried a few different powders in my collection (nothing I had could compare), and wound up repurchasing this in April. This powder perfectly sets concealer, brightens up the skin, and is so inexpensive.

Maybelline – The Blushed Nudes

The shades in this palette are gorgeous, wearable, and work so well together. Pigmentation is not as¬†strong as it could be, but it’s a great palette if you are looking for your¬†makeup to be a bit less bold. There are also¬†tips for blending shadow combos on the back of the packaging, which I found super helpful!

Rimmel – Natural Bronzer

I had never¬†used an actual bronzer until I picked this baby up¬†a few weeks ago…¬†now I don’t want to put it down! I use it mainly in the hollows of my cheeks, temples, and top of my forehead. I now understand why a cool-toned matte bronzer gives the most natural look.

Flower Phone Case

Confession… this is not the exact phone case I fell in love with this month. I (like all females everywhere) got sucked into Target’s dollar section¬†recently¬†and found the cutest flower case for my phone and now can’t find it anywhere online to share! ūüė¶ This one is comparable though, a clear case with a flower print. Super cute and perfect for spring.

“Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

What’s not to love about Amy Poehler?! She is so funny, such a great role model for young women, and has tons of great stories to share in this book. It’s a really fun, funny, and quick read that I would recommend to anyone looking for something light-hearted to pick up.