August Favorites

Hi friends!

Another month has passed, and it is now officially fall. How do I determine that it is fall? When pumpkin spice lattes come out, when I can start donning leggings and boots, when the leaves start to change, I could go on and on…

I’m going to be honest…I’m so excited for fall. It has always been my favorite time of year.

But, before I dive head first into that pool, let’s finish up this summer season with my favorite goodies from this month!

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Book: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This book is such a page-turner. It is so full of twists and turns, up and downs, you will honestly not want to close this book. I think I read it in two days?

Makeup: The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. OMG. If you love Jaclyn Hill like I do you have to go out and purchase her latest collab with Becca cosmetics. Honestly my new fave highlighter. Secondly, the Milani Amore Matte Liquid Lipsticks. These lip colors are so pigmented, so long-lasting, so amazing I would recommend them to anyone and everyone.

Jewelry: I have been adoring this statement necklace I picked up at Francesca’s. The gold/cream/white color scheme makes it match with any outfit. It adds a dramatic kick to basic white tees or dresses up a summer dress.

Bodycare: The Body Shop is one of my favorites places and mango is one of my favorite scents. Put them together and you have the Mango Hand Cream from the Body Shop. I keep this little treat in my handbag and use it daily. It brings just the right amount of moisture to the skin without being greasy and smells divine.

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What have you been loving this month?

-xobrendykins

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Brenda’s Book Club: Paper Towns

Hello again,

This week on my reading adventure I finished up Paper Towns by John Green.

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I adore John Green as an author. He knows how to capture teen thoughts about life and love in such a sweet and romantic way. I loved reading The Fault in Our Stars and found the film magnificent as well. So I was extremely excited to read this next one.

Paper Towns is a sweet love story between a boy who falls in love with his adventurous neighbor. After his neighbor goes missing mysteriously, he takes it upon himself to find her.

It’s a tale of friendship, life, love and finding yourself. The writing style of John Green allows you to get inside the mind of the narrator and feel what they are feeling. This book was an adventure to read and I honestly couldn’t put it down.

I didn’t necessarily like the end of the story, but I did enjoy reading it! What do you all think of John Green? Have you read this one?

Next book: The Circle by Dave Eggers

Talk to you soon,

-xobrendykins

Book Review: Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah

Hello lovelies!

Please forgive me for my week-long departure from blogging…I just wanted to give you something other than another beauty post. Which leads me to books! I am a book fanatic, and am usually reading at least two books at a time.

My current author obsession has been Kristin Hannah. Her books are incredible love stories focusing not only on one storyline, but on several, merging them together ideally. Her characters are well-written, lovable, charismatic, and quite realistic. Her stories focus around love, not just romantic but also love between sisters, friends, mothers and daughters, and more.

Sometimes a girl just needs a love story, a cup of tea, and a snuggly blanket. Which is exactly what I did this winter. Here are some of the Kristin Hannah books I read (and recommend):

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All that being said and with the winter season coming to a close, I thought I would share my thoughts on my favorite winter read- Comfort & Joy.

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Comfort & Joy is a short read, truly capitalizing on the saying “good things come in small packages.” I cozied up with this book and simply could not put it down. Starting out a bit rocky, I really fell in love with this book. The main character finds herself through a series of troubling events with life-like and vibrant narration. As I don’t want to ruin the storyline I won’t delve in too much. But I highly recommend this book. Check it out, purchase it, or borrow it, this book is worth a read!

Also….can we all just take a moment to look at how cute this mug is?!

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Have any of you read Comfort & Joy? Any other book recommendations for me! I’m always in search of another read!

xobrendykins