Lovelyish List: What Books We’re Loving Lately

We’re always on the hunt for a good book, so we thought we’d each share what we’re reading lately. Hopefully one of these books might catch your eye as well!

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Amy: Not only does the main character have the same name as me, but her husband’s name is the same as my ex-boyfriend, and her father’s name is the same as my dad’s. When I started reading this book I started getting really freaked out by the similarities. There is a movie version coming out in early October, and it is a great read so far for anyone who loves mysteries.

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

I also have to recommend “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. I read the book in about three hours flat, and of course there is the movie that does the book more than justice. If you haven’t read the book yet you should. John Green has a huge blogger/internet following (he got his start on YouTube) and I’ve never read a more quotable book in my life.

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8 Lies I Told Myself Freshman Year

Freshman year is full of new friends, experiences and responsibilities. Now a sophomore, I’ve looked back and realized I wasn’t all that honest with myself when it came to accepting those responsibilities. Here are 8 lies I told myself freshman year and the lessons I was a little reluctant to learn!

1. One more episode and I’m done

I binged watched Scandal during midterms.  And finals.  And second semester finals. It’s easy to get sucked into a TV show, especially when that show consists of presidential drama, a new character with a mysterious past and Olivia Pope’s fabulous cashmere coats.  I would find myself 4 episodes in with a stack of reading assignments to do.  Your favorite show can wait.

2. I’m going to use all these things I packed

My car was filled to the brim when I arrived at school in August.  I ended up not wearing half the things I packed, like old t-shirts from high school sports teams and button downs I thought I’d put on for class. The books I kept for free-time reading were never touched, along with my six extra towels. Now that I know what I actually use, I’ll be bringing a lot less with me to college next week.

3. The diet starts tomorrow

I didn’t make the best food choices. My late nights were filled with french fries and fried chicken cutlet sandwiches. If you ever hear yourself say, “The diet starts tomorrow,” put down whatever you’re about to eat, because anyone who says that is about to consume something that’s not part of a healthy diet.  The dining hall has tons of healthy options, which I’ll be choosing instead of the ever-present pizza station.

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What You Need To Know When Mixing Prints

For those who don’t play with prints often, mixing them can be one of the most intimidating styling secrets around. If you can master mixing patterns, the amount of outfits you hold in your closet can double and your pieces instantly become more fashionable. Patterns add interest to any outfit and the art of mixing these patterns is a technique any woman should be able to do for a quick and instant style upgrade.

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When mixing prints keep it all in the same color palette. If you make sure that your prints have the same undertones then they are less likely to compete with one another, regardless of the print. This keeps continuity and makes the outfit “match,” drawing the look together via your printed pieces. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to all be the same shade, but having a central color theme or palette to work from allows you to blend your prints, and entire look, more seamlessly. Having a head to toe color scheme helps in this process.

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6 Rain Boots You’ll Actually Want To Wear

Even if rain boots aren’t really your thing, everyone needs some protective footwear when it’s cold and raining. And if you’re looking for some cute boots that you’ll actually want to wear when it starts pouring, here are six boots that are sure to go with what you’ll be wearing this fall…

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My 6 Go-To Makeup Items for Asian Skin

When I first started using makeup, I had some difficulty managing an oily t-zone and complementing my dark features.   After lots of experimenting with too-light foundations and unflatteringly cool lip colors, I’ve found the beauty products that work for my Asian skin!

1.Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Peach Glow 

I’ve tried blushes in the past that washed me out or looked unnaturally pink.  The Too Faced Perfect Flush is perfect for my skin.  Its three colors can be used separately as a blush, highlighter and bronzer.  I’ve always used them mixed together, which gives a warm glow mixed with a little bronzing action and slight shimmer.  Bonus points for the adorable packaging!

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26 Photos That Will Give You The Travel Bug

I had the absolute privilege of traveling to Cyprus, Jordan, and Turkey for the month of April. Ever since then, I’ve had the travel bug, or wanderlust, if you will. I’ve been craving new experiences, new smells, new tastes, new views, new people… all the beauty that comes with traveling.

I spend my time perusing Pinterest, my old photos, anywhere on the Internet really, to find images that may satisfy the itch. I’m talking scenery, fashion, food, generally good vibes, anything to stick on my bucket list. I can’t wait for the day that I look back at this visual checklist and see that everything is marked off — with the photo, journal entry, and memory to prove it! Check out 26 of my favorite images, and where I hope my next adventures will take me!

T H E  S C E N E R Y

My first desperate need to go to any new place is based on the scenery and visual beauty that I’ll get to experience. My attempts to satisfy this scenic craving will come from a beautiful photo that attempts to capture the essence of a beautiful and special place. Check out some of my recent scenic finds!

Mount Storm King in Port Angeles, Washington via Coffee in the mountains

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5 Tips For Decorating Your Dorm

Back to school is quickly approaching. If you are a first year student who will be living in a dorm, you are in for one of the most memorable years of your life. When I lived in a dorm my first year of college I had no idea what to expect. I was stuck in a triple residence hall, which is the smallest living accommodation my university offers. Over the course of the year I certainly learned how to make the most of new home by adding personal touches to the bare walls, making my space organized, and storing my things that I wasn’t using. Here are some of my best dorm decorating tips to make your transition into a smaller space as smooth as possible.

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In a tiny dorm room, one of the best things you can do is maximize storage. My freshman year I was crammed in a room with 2 other girls and any type of storage you can get will be great for saving space. Having smart storage lets you utilize every single nook in your dorm room from behind the door to under the bed. If possible, one of my biggest tips is getting a look at where you will be living before you actually get to move in. I YouTubed videos of my dorm online and you may be surprised at the number of people who give dorm tours! I was able to see what the size of the dorm was and how many drawers my desk had.

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