Bookshelf #7: Yes Please

I am, much like most of my peers, a huge fan of Amy Poehler. She is a smart, hilarious go-getter and represents the hard-working, honest and witty women that I aspire to be.

So on a recent trip to the bookstore, I just had to pick up here collection of essays/memoir Yes Please. The promise of Amy’s sage advice mixed with behind the scenes stories from her time at SNL and Parks and Recreation sounded to good not to pick up a copy.

Amy Poehler Yes Please

And of course, Amy did not disappoint. Yes Please is a heartfelt look on her life as a burgeoning comedienne, her role as a friend, mother, businesswomen and role model that she seems to fulfill with such grace and wit. I find myself dipping in and out of the different chapters, taking advice from them and laughing about her hilarious stories. Amy is an amazing women who always strives towards building other women up, something that is often overlooked in todays’ society.

I highly highly recommend this book. With a million quote-worthy lines and a real sense of self-worth and friendship, this book deserves all the hype its getting.

My Current Hair Wishlist

A few weeks ago, I made an appointment at the hairdresser’s, convinced that I would have them cut of just a few inches of my dry, bleached ends to refresh my look. When I sat in the chair however, I decided to go for something more radical and have them chop my mid-length locks into a shoulder-grazing, slightly angled bob.

I haven’t had hair this short since high school and while styling it is a whole different game now, I am so happy I went for it.

With my new haircut, I’ve been looking for some new styling products to try out a few different looks and have some fun with it.

Hair Wishlist 2015

I’ve been lusting after the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray forever since it only ever gets rave reviews online. I think this would give me the cool, tousled texture that would really flatter my new cut. Combined with some volumizing properties, this spray might just be what my styling routine needs.

My recent appointment was at an Aveda Salon, so they used some of their lush products on my hair, which was a dream come true. In order to take out the brassiness out of my highlighted ends, the stylist used the Aveda Blue Malva Color Conditioner to tone my hair and make it look more ashy again. Since it made such a different with only one use, I am tempted to pick this up again to keep the pretty cool tone to my new locks.

While my blowdrying time has virtually been cut in half now, washing, drying and styling my hair are still some of the most dreaded tasks in my routine. I try to wash my hair as little as possible to keep it healthy, so I rely heavily on dry shampoo. I’ve heard so many good things about the R+Co line and their products look amazing, so I think the Death Valley Dry Shampoo might be a good introduction to the brand.

Speaking of keeping my hair in good condition, I desperately want to give the Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion a shot. Unlike their classic Surf Spray, this is formulated with oils to keep the hair soft and shiny instead of crunchy. In theory this sounds amazing, and even though I am slightly afraid that it might be to heavy for my fine hair, I might pick up a travel size of this and give it a try.

Recently #15

This month of November has been a deliciously quiet one. Between the gloomy weather and a substantial workload, I have really been buckling down, interspersing a few choice events like Christmas shopping and movie nights.

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In a somewhat counterintuitive move, I also decided to chop my hair off once more, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s shorter than it has been in a long while, but it’s proven to be quite refreshing and fun.

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Other than that, there’s not really much to report. As the month is coming to a close, I am excited to start packing for my visit back home and getting into the holiday spirit.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

On a recent trip to Sephora, I decided to give into the hype and pick up one of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz eyebrow pencils.

Anastasia Brow Wiz

Having swatched the impressive range of colors, I decided to go for Medium Brown, an ashy brown tone that works well with both the natural shade of my brows and my hair color. I’ve professed my love for the Hourglass Arch Brown Sculpting Pencil before, which is a quick and easy option, but I have to say, the Brow Wiz is a strong contender for the top spot.

It probably is the most natura brow pencil I have tried so far, which is down to the precise nib that dispenses a waxy long lasting formula in fine, hair-like strokes.

Anastasia Brow Wiz Medium Brown

I do have pretty full and dark brows, so my aim is not to cheat any kind of shape, but rather to fill in a few gaps and define the shape that is already there. I have a feeling though that the Brow Wiz delivers on both ends of the spectrum. While it works nicely to give my brows some added fullness and shape, I think it would be a pretty easy feat to pencil in natural looking brows with this as well.

The only thing I was afraid of was that the super thin nib might break easily, but so far so good (now that I’ve said this, I will probably drop and smash it in the next couple of days…). And even though the amount of product you get is pretty small, it seems to be lasting a good while as well.

I do love when brands become famous for a specific type of product and Anastasia Beverly Hills seems to reign supreme in the brow department. I am tempted to try out some of their other brow products, but so far, the Brow Wiz is doing a pretty darn good job.

Fall Edit: PF Candle Co.

Trying to make a tiny room in a foreign country feel like home is not an easy feat, but I found that one things that helps tremendously are candles, especially if they give off a nice, welcoming scent.

I’m pretty picky when it comes to scented candles, however, seeing as I am prone to migraines and smells definitely are a huge trigger. I can’t walk past a Bath and Bodyworks without feeling nauseous, so I have to resort to something a bit more sophisticated and, unfortunately, a little more pricey.

While I’ve loved the Diptyque scented candles in the past, which are definitely a beautifully luxe option, I think I have found a good medium with the soy candles by PF Candle Co.

 

PF Candle Co

I usually go for light and fresh scents or autumnal offerings at best, but it’s their woodsy, headier picks that have won me over. Teakwood and Tobacco is their best-selling candle for a good reason. A friend of mine described it as smelling like a clean, sexy guy, and I definitely concur. It’s warm, deep, and inviting and makes for a beautiful scent during these colder months. If you’re into these woodsy types of scents but want a bit more of a smokey feel, I would highly suggest Campfire, which smells just like that, a wood fire in the forest under a starry night sky. 

As I’ve already said, the candles are soy-based, which makes for a clean burn and they throw a nice amount of scent, even when they’re not lit. I also love that the come with a lid, which prevents dust and dirt getting into the wax.

With their retro, artisanal looking labels, the PF Candle Co. candles are understated and chic, which is why I’ll definitely be picking up many more from their collection.

Music Monday #12: My Favorite Holiday Albums

It’s that time of the year again. Shops are filled with holiday decorations and it’s once again acceptable to stuff your face with all kinds of holiday treats.

As fall is slowly coming to a close, I am ready to bust out my favorite Christmas albums and get into the spirit of the season. Here they are:

Michael Bublé -Christmas

This has fast become a modern classic that everyone seems to just love at this time of year. I’m not the biggest fan of Michael Bublé at any other time of the year, but his Christmas album I adore. It’s filled with all the classics and manages to steer away from cheesy most of the time.

She & Him – A very She & Him Christmas

She & Him offer a more relaxed and quirky take on the Christmas classics and I absolutely adore Zooey Deschanel’s deep, warm voice. The album is cute and inviting, making it perfect to play at holiday parties or while cozying up with a hot cup of tea and a good book.

Seth Macfarlane – Holiday for Swing

Seth Macfarlane appears to not only have a penchant for hilarious jokes, but also for classic, swing-inspired renditions of holiday favorites. His take on a Christmas album is probably the most classic, reminiscent of Old Hollywood versions of well-known festive tunes. It’s got his signature dash of humor and some amazing guest artists, so its definitely one to add to the collection this holiday season.

Stationery Favorites

If there’s one thing I love, it is making lists. Checking off a hefty to do list or preparing for a trip by jotting down what I need to take makes me irrationally happy. Therefore, it is not surprising that I love beautiful stationery as well.

I tend to stick with the classics and for years I have been using the Moleskine Weekly Planner in the Star Wars Edition and I’ve already picked up one for 2016.

Stationery Favorites 2015

So while I get to live out my nerdy side with my daily planner, I do like pretty picks for my work and living space. Notepads for my desk are a must and I even like to keep a list handy in the kitchen for my weekly shopping.

In the past, I have loved the A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail subscription, which comes with tons of adorable cards for every occasion, the occasional art print and some other bits of stationery. I have stopped getting the subscriptions for a while now, just because I’ve accumulated a lot of cool cards that I need to send out before I can get any more. I still get a bit of FOMO when I see their new set for the month, so I’m sure I’ll be resubscribing sometime soon.

I also love Kate Spade for a classy but quirky take on planners, thank you notes and other paper goods. They all are a great quality and look chic and sophisticated while keeping you organized.

And finally, I do have a sift spot for Rifle Paper Co with their beautiful floral prints. Their sets of notebooks are lovely, as are their art print collections. Since I will be moving again some time next year, I always have an eye out for their new releases so I can snag something that will go with my aesthetic.