The Beginning

Hi there!

I guess there is no better way to start something than to just jump right in, so here it goes! It has been exactly one month today since I graduated from Manhattanville College with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre.

Look! Here’s me as a college grad! Me at Graduation!

Though it has not been the smoothest month of my life, it has definitely been an interesting one. A few days after graduating I went on a ten day trip to London, which was absolutely amazing, but when I came back home reality hit. (But here, look at how pretty Big Ben is!)Big Ben

Plans change, life goals change, people change, etc.  and I’m not too sure how I am going to end up where I would ultimately like to end up. So that’s why I wanted to start AmysPostGradPath. I hope it will encourage and inspire others to keep moving forward and taking things one day at a time. Nothing happens over night and I believe that the journey is just as important as the destination, if not more.

One month post grad and I finally got a job! After many many applications and worried nights later, I got that desired email back. Though it isn’t in the field that I would like or have anything to do with what I want to do with my life, it is a job and I am lucky to have the opportunity to save what I make to get me closer to my goal. But that’s what I mean when I say plans change, a couple of days ago I had no source of income and it wasn’t looking too good. And this isn’t exactly a direct path I’m taking here, in all reality I don’t even know what the right path or direct path looks like. With this little job, this little steady paycheck I can start getting to where I need and want to be (more details on that on another day!).

I will hope to blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on my Post Grad Path and we’ll see where we end up! Thanks for adventuring with me and see you soon!

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Fiction Friday ~ The Miniaturist!!

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you are all doing well! Today I want to talk about the novel The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton!

The Miniaturist

Taking place in the late 1600s in Amsterdam; we follow a young woman named Petronella, or Nella for short, as she marries into the Brandt family that has more secrets than one would realize.

Nella of eighteen arrives to the Brandt house without her husband to greet her and instead is greeted by the very cold and stern Marin, Nella’s new sister-in-law. Her new husband gifts her a doll house that is an exact replica of their home as a wedding gift, which leads Nella to find the help of a miniaturist to help her furnish it. But the miniaturist seems to know more about Nella’s life at the Brandt house than Nella as secrets come out and things begin to unfold and unravel.

I thought that this novel was going to involve a love affair with the miniaturist, for some reason but I was so wrong and Jessie Burton is an exceptional writer that I couldn’t read it fast enough to find out what was happening. I’m quite a spoil sport when it comes to reading or watching a movie where I always try to figure out what is going to happen (because mostly things are quite predictable if you pay enough attention) but my goodness, so many of the twists I did not see coming and Jessie Burton writes this story and these characters so brilliantly.

If you enjoy novels that are set in this time period or really enjoy stories written from this time, you will really enjoy The Miniaturist. Jessie Burton writes this time like she was there herself and the whole novel feels very organic and is gripping until the very end.

And now, I need to find more books to read because those were all the new ones I had! So if you have any suggestions of what I should read next please let me know!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

June Ipsy Bag!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are all having a lovely week! And as the title would suggest, today we’re gonna be talking about what I got in my Ipsy bag for this month! So let’s jump right in!

June Ipsy Bag 2017

This months theme is “Volume Up” and I just absolutely love the bag this month, I think it’s so adorable and such a great size!

First up we have NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Color in the shade “Pink Cloud”, this looks and feels great, not necessarily my color but now definitely something I’ll check out! It’s such a nice light texture and I think it’s perfect for summer!

Next we have a mascara from the brand “doucce” and it’s their “Max Lash Volumizer”. It has an extremely big wand, which usually is very promising for me haha! I haven’t been wearing mascara at all lately, but I’ll absolutely have to give this a try!

Then we have a face wash from the brand “Skyn Iceland Solutions for Stressed Skin” and their “Glacial Face Wash with White Willow Bark”. Now I’m pretty sure Iceland is know for their like mud and glacial stuff, so I’m sure this will be amazing and my skin has definitely been stressed lately so I am really looking forward to this!

And then we have a “Travel Face Blender” from the brand Beauté Basics. It feels very promising soft yet a bit dense at the same time… A horrible description I know, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize until writing this that it’s a “Travel Face Blender” so now I wonder if it’ going to stay that small, cause if it is then it’s gonna be super dense and I don’t know how  I feel about that… hmmm….

Finally, we have a gorgeous blush from The Balm Cosmetics, their Balm Springs Long Wearing Blush in the shade “In Full Swing” which is this gorgeous dusty rose! A bit darker but I think for summer when everyone’s tanned and gorgeous it will be stunning! And I love The Balm Cosmetics anyway haha!

And that’s everything I got this month!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Fiction Friday!! ~Richard III

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying your week and are excited for the weekend! I’m super excited after work on Saturday I will be heading into the city for a concert with a dear dear friend!

But today, I wanted to talk about one of my absolute favorite Shakespeare plays which is Richard III.

Shakespeare Globe

Now, I love Richard for multiple reasons but the main reason is Richard, simply the character of Richard and what he does to the audience.

And what he does is make the audience question their morals, whether you realize it or not.

Richard, by play standards is the villain… But it’s not so simple.

Shakespeare, the genius that he was, makes it so that the opening soliloquy is given by Richard himself. Soliloquies, for those who don’t know, are when the character speaks directly to the audience with no other characters on stage because that character needs something from the audience; which is why Richard is such a conflict for the audience because we bond with him. He is the first thing we see and the first person we hear when the curtain rises (or if we’re at the Globe when he himself walks out) making us instantly having a relationship with him whether you want to or not. Why?

Because Shakespeare now made our main source of information, we now identify with him and root for him… But he’s the villain, no?

We don’t necessarily realize that this is happening until *spoiler alert* he basically goes on a killing spree. Making the audience question whether or not they can still root for this man, who had the throne taken from him because of him being deformed.

So who’s side are you on? Do you side with the villain because he gives us the information that no other character gives us? Or do you stop rooting for him because of the people he murders to get back to the top?

It’s an extremely interesting play, I find, for that exact reason. Whenever I see this play performed, my favorite thing to do is watch the audience. For that exact reason, their faces usually reflect how they feel and the internal conflict that arises in them whether conscious or subconscious is alway fascinating to watch.

As we know, if you’ve been following my blog for the past two years, Shakespeare and his soliloquies are my speciality (I spent two years working on them for my degree and thesis). And I find this play, Richard III, the most fascinating because of how he makes the audience react to Richard himself.

Personally, I am a fan of Richard, I usually always love the villains haha! But because of his words and his reasons behind his motives I find compelling and just, again that’s just my opinion.

And that’s why Richard III, is one of my all time favorite Shakespeare plays. What do you think? Would you still root for Richard?

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Products Saving My Skin!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope your week is going well! Since we all know I started my new job a month ago, I know wash my hands at least 5500 times a day since I work as a Barista… And my dragon skin has not been happy.

But here are the two products that have been saving my skin, they’re amazing and I thought I had to share incase your skin is super dry and cracked or you work in a profession that you have to wash your hands constantly and need some ideas on how to stop your hands from cracking!

Saving My Skin

First up we have O’Keeffe’s Working Hands (which is cruelty free by the way)! This stuff is super heavy duty and it’s like my hands never worked a shift. It was honestly incredible. You can pick it up at most drug stores and Target, I got mine for about $4! Now I’m not thrilled at the feeling, it says “non-greasy” and to be fair it’s not. But to me it is, I have a lot of sensory issues and it feels greasy to me, so I just make sure I spend a good 5 minutes working it into my skin because it really does do wonders, I just don’t like the feeling of something on my hands haha!

And next up is something everyone I find raves about because it is absolutely incredible and also cruelty free! It is the famous LUCAS PAPAW OINTMENT. I got mine off amazon for about $7 and once I received it and the next day I ordered a smaller one with a lip applicator for my bag! I am OBSESSED with this stuff. It really is a miracle in a tube. Cuts and scrapes are healed after a nights sleep with this on it, lips are no longer dried and cracked, my cuticles have never looked better, I use this basically everywhere I want a concentrated moisture on a part of my body. It’s unscented and is basically amazing.

That’s all she wrote! These two products have been a lifesaver for my hands and skin from constant hand washing!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Fiction Friday ~ Wonder Woman!!

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week! Today I want to talk about the one and only Wonder Woman. I know it’s not a book but it is a fictional character and an amazing one at that.

Wonder Woman

I had the lovely chance to see it with a dear friend of mine and we both absolutely LOVED this film. (I also want to point out for my own peace of mind that I actually don’t enjoy DC, I’m a die hard Marvel girl I’ve always preferred their comics and stories but I always have a soft spot and love for Wonder Woman.)

Apart from the obvious of how amazing Gal Gadot is and the brilliant director Patty Jenkins is and all that great amazing stuff. It is also just a brilliant action super hero film.

Two and a half hours flew by and I wanted more. The balance between Diana’s backstory, what she is doing currently and how she came to our world out of Themyscira was done so effortless and transitioned so well. The fight scenes were beyond incredible.

Like so many other bloggers and posts on social media the fight that I found the most incredible was “No Man’s Land” fight. I cried through the whole thing, it was so powerful and incredible to watch her fight for justice when no one else would.

I have always found it a powerful thing in this world to be a woman and was always proud and happy that I am one, but my goodness did I feel proud to be a woman while watching this film. She fights for justice, love, freedom and just all that is good in the world. She sees the worst of humanity and still finds the good in them. And with everything that is going on in our world today, this is exactly the type of movie we need.

I hope you all have the chance to see it because it was brilliant and extremely important.

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Sephora Gift Cards to Spend!!

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope your week is going well and that you had a nice memorial day! And if you worked, I hope your customers were nice to you!

This weekend, I had some Sephora gift cards that I got for Easter and using my points up from my credit card so on my day off I treated myself and as always I wanted to share with you guys!

Sephora Haul -May

Starting off with some of my favorite, Urban Decay…

I picked up one of their Vice Lipsticks in the shade “Oblivion” which is one of their Mega Mattes in an absolutely stunning shade of beige/gray/lilac that I am itching to put on and never take it off. I absolutely love everything about Urban Decay, their products are the absolute best, their cruelty free and not crazy expensive for a high end brand.

I then picked up one of their 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Perversion” which is their blackest black. I have been wearing lately just concealer and pencil eyeliner because it’s super quick, easy, effortless and I love the look it gives. But I have been having such a struggle with black pencils that smudge and transfer and move everywhere else but where you actually want your liner to be. So, of course my solution was to go to Urban Decay.

And finally I picked up a mini from Milk Makeup, a brand that is also cruelty free and have tried products from before and really enjoyed. I got their “Hero Salve” which is basically a universal salve that you can use on your cuticles, lips, skin basically anything. My favorite universal skin salve is from Glossier so I’m excited to see how this one works out. It does smell extremely medicinal but I don’t mind it so much, so we shall see!

And that is everything that I picked up this weekend!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo
Amy

Fiction Friday!! ~ “Someone Else’s Skin”

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope your week went well! Today I want to talk about another  book I just finished by Sarah Hilary.

Someone Else's Skin Sarah Hilary

Following the story and life of Detective Inspector Marnie Rome, we follow one particular case that she and her partner DS Noah Jake that take place in a Women’s Shelter for women how are escaping domestic violence.

They go into this Women’s Shelter for one case involving one of the women and come out with another case to deal with and solve when we walk into a pretty intense scene. I don’t want to give anything away because this book is packed with twists and turns and heartbreaks and anger and sadness and it’s a rollercoaster ride but it’s a great ride at that.

The characters and storyline are written so well, you can absolutely tell that the author Sarah Hilary did her research when it comes to not only women’s shelters, domestic abuse but why it does to the mental state and their psychology of the people who suffer from domestic abuse.

If you enjoy a good detective story with SO MUCH MORE, then I highly recommend picking this up. When I finished it, it was definitely a book that stayed with me for a bit. Not because it was so heavy (which it was and could be at times) but because I wanted more. I wanted to know more of DI Rome and DS Jake and their lives after these cases because it took such a toll on the both of them, I wanted to know how they were doing.

Anyway, it was super good and I really enjoyed it and highly recommend! And if anyone wants to make this book into a movie, please please please call me because I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO PLAY DI MARNIE ROME!!!!!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy