Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Books

It's mid-november, which means that it's time for gift guides to start! We're starting out my gift guide series with books. Books are such a timeless, beautiful gift because physical books are something most people don't like to spend money on. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

What I'm Reading Novermber 2017

I really need to get back into reading more. I am really far from my 17 books that I wanted to complete this year, so I'm giving it a final push these next two months. Here are the books I'm reading this month as well as the ones I read last month. 

This Month's Books: 

Big Sur - Jack Kerouac
I've been working on this book for a while, but it has been a difficult book for me to read. Kerouac's prose is rough and doesn't follow the normal syntax. I'd like to finish this book because it's somewhat a continuation of On the Road, which is a book that I really enjoy reading. 

The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
I haven't read this book yet, but I wanted to read another classic and this seemed like a good one to read. It's a shorter book, but I'm expecting it to be difficult with lots of symbolism and motifs. 

Last Month's Books: 

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
This book has and always will be one of my favorites. I am not the biggest Hemingway fan (I'm more of a Fitzgerald person, myself), but this book is a classic. It's about disillusionment, love, and relationships in such an honest and relevant way despite being written decades ago. 

If I have time, I'm going to try read more this month so I can get back on track to finish 17 books this year (my current count is 11/17), but at this point if I read 14 or 15 books this year I'll be happy. Let me know in the comments what you're reading this month and if you have any book recommendations! 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

What I'm Watching: Fall 2017

Hi guys!
It's fall, and new shows are back! I've been doing these What I'm Watching posts the past few seasons to share some of my favorite shows with you (and also to get recommendations on what to watch). There is a lot of really good tv out right now, and these are the shows I'm watching. 

I really like this show. It's a remake of the old Dynasty (same characters, just revamped a little), but it feels new and relevant. I'm only one episode into the season, so it's hard for me to say whether it's a must watch or not, but if you were into any of the old CW shows like 90210, Gossip Girl, or Melrose Place, this is going to be right up your alley. It's campy, it's dramatic, and the fashion is to die for. 

Wow I love Riverdale. I've binge watched the first season on Netflix so many times over the summer and I'm obsessed. For the uninitiated, it's the characters from Archie comics in a darker universe. It's so good and I would highly recommend watching the first season if you're at all interested in it. 

Modern Family/The Middle/Brooklyn Nine-Nine
These are shows that are currently airing. I don't watch any of them religiously anymore, but if I'm cleaning or cooking and want something on in the background, these are the shows that I'll watch. 

Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Another "background" show to keep on when I'm eating or have friends over. It's not something I'm super into, but I watch it enough that I felt it should be on this list. 

I've watched every episode of Scandal from the beginning. I haven't started the new season yet (I think it's two episodes in), but I'm definitely going to watch this season to see how they end the series. I haven't loved Scandal as much in the more recent years, but I've invested so much time that I really want to watch it until the end. 

To end this post, I thought I'd list a few shows that I may or may not end up watching this season. This includes shows that I'll watch only when I'm bored (Bob's Burgers, and Shark Tank) and shows that I'm really far behind on, but might try to catch up on (Lucifer, Designated Survivor, This is Us). 

Let me know in the comments what you're watching this season and if there are any new shows that I should start!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What I'm Reading: October 2017

This post is going up a bit later than usual, but I've had some personal issues to deal with the past couple weeks and didn't get around to writing it until now. If you haven't read my blog before, I do monthly posts recapping and reviewing the books I've read the previous month and sharing what I'm reading currently. Last month's What I'm Reading is linked here, and if you're curious, these are the 17 books I wanted to read in 2017. 
Last Month's Books:

Into the Wild - John Krakauer
I probably took longer with this book than I should have considering how easy of a read it was, but after a couple months reading off and on, I'm done! I really liked this book and I really like the movie adaptation of the story. I've found that throughout my life the stories I'm drawn to most are those of disillusionment and dreamers (i.e. The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road...) and at its core, that is what this story is. If you're interested in unsolved mysteries, this would be a great book (what exactly killed Chris?) or if you want more insight on the story, this is a great read. It is thorough, well written, and extremely fascinating. 

Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
I love this book and think that it is possibly one of the best books I've ever read. First off, if you've only seen the movie (like I had), this book is SHORT! It is probably only fifty pages, but is really well written, and just incredible. This book does differ from the movie a long (first off, the narrator plays a less involved role in the story), but both are amazing in their own right. I would highly recommend reading this if you want something short (I read this in two days) and interesting. 

This Month's Books: 

Big Sur - Jack Kerouac
I started this book last month, but it is a difficult book for me to read, so I haven't gotten through much of it yet. If you haven't read a Kerouac piece before, his style of prose is poetic and spontaneous and different from most other authors. So far, I like this book as I liked On the Road (it really seems like a continuation it), but it's too early for me to say much else. 

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
I adore this book. I've read it once during high school, so this is the second time reading it, and I have fallen in love again. I'm only about a quarter of the way through, but this book is a classic for good reason. It's about disillusionment, adventure, and love in a very deep, resonant way. 

Let me know what you've been reading lately and if you have any book recommendations in the comments! I'll try to get back to my usual posting schedule soon, so make sure you're following this blog on Bloglovin so you don't miss out on any new content!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo Review

Another day, another review! If you missed it, my last post was a three step skincare system review, and today I am reviewing a tea tree shampoo. I am not a huge haircare person. I typically use whatever shampoo is the cheapest (usually something Garnier or Herbal Essences) and don't care much about what shampoo or conditioner I use. Maple Holistics reached out to me and offered to send me a shampoo to try and review for you, so I got to try something a little higher-end and different from what I typically use. 

First, let's talk about what the shampoo claims to do. Tea tree is supposed to clear dead skin cells from hair follicles and combat dandruff, rosemary is supposed to stimulate cell renewal, and lavender acts as an antiseptic and prevents blemishes on the scalp. This formula is sulfate free and contains over 98 all natural compounds. The scent of this is different from what I expected. I like tea tree, but this shampoo is slightly metallic smelling. It's not a bad scent at all, and fades quickly after the shampoo is rinsed out, but something worth mentioning. 

When I use this shampoo, I double cleanse (so wash, rinse, and repeat once more), which is actually what they suggest doing on the bottle. And let me just start by saying WOW! My hair responded so good to this shampoo! I usually go two days between washes, but after using this shampoo the first time, I waited to see how long I could wait before washing and I got to four days! I did find that my hair was silkier and smoother than with my other shampoo, to the point where I don't really need to use a conditioner when I use this product. If you like a lot of volume or have oilier hair, this might not be the best shampoo for you because you're getting those conditioning elements so close to your scalp. 

Overall, I don't have any negatives with this shampoo! I absolutely adore it and love the way my hair looks and feels when I use it. I could see myself repurchasing this in a heartbeat as well. If you are interested in this product, I'll link it here! It's actually on sale on their website, so definitely give it a look if you're interested! Maple Holistics also has a free-sample program that you can check out here.