Fiction Friday ~ Mother Night!!

Happy Fiction Friday everyone!! I hope you are having a great week and are having a great summer! Today, I wanted to talk about another Kurt Vonnegut novel; Mother Night.

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I absolutely adore Kurt Vonnegut, I have yet to read one of his books and not love it. So reading Mother Night was of course no different. I’m going to insert the little blurb on the back because I think it does a great job at describing the book without giving anything away and I think it does a better job than I could do:

Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trail in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.”

And it really does, its a great story that gets you attached and much like my beloved Shakespeare, Vonnegut does a similar thing as to bond us with not only the “hero” but the “villain” as well. Howard W. Campbell Jr, is our source of information but at the same time was a Nazi, which makes the reader have to have a tough moral debate with themselves knowing what we know of Howard W. Campbell Jr., and what we know from the horrors of World War II.

It’s a great read, especially if you like Shakespeare’s Richard III, and that uncomfortable moral line that gets crossed and makes you think about where you stand. It’s also a great read if you enjoy history.

Now as always, some quotes from the book that I absolutely love:

~ “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” Page V

~ “We are never as modern, as far ahead of the past as we like to think we are.” Page 19

~ “And the thick, bristly, olive-drab cocoon I had built for myself was frayed a little, was weakened enough to let some pale light in.” Page 52

 

Until Next Time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

July 2017 Favorites!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are all doing well! Sorry for the missed post last Friday, it’s been a rough week or so.

ANYWAY! It’s that time of the month again for my favorites! So let’s jump right in, shall we?

July 2017 Faves

It’s another small one, but I guess that is becoming a theme….

First off we have Kat Von D’s Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist!! I am absolutely 100% in love with this. Not only did it keep my makeup staying put in the awful humidity that is a Florida Summer, but it smells like cucumbers and has the best mist of any setting spray I’ve used. If you’re looking for a new good setting spray, like all of Kat Von D products, this is amazing and highly recommend!

Secondly we have a sunscreen stick that I discovered this summer from Bare Republic. This smells like coconut and vanilla and is SPF 50. Now I don’t use this for my body but I use this to protect my tattoos and spot touch ups for my face. This stuff is AMAZING cruelty free and pretty natural and WORKS. I did not get burned at ALL in Florida. I bought their actual lotion for the beaches up here in NY for the summer and I have yet to get burned! PLUS I got it at Target for like $8!!!!

Thirdly (though I just picked this up yesterday) this little plate from Marshall’s, it was $3 and loved it for my dresser and to take flat lays on! My Mom and I have a problem, we are so addicted to Marshalls…

Lastly, not pictured I went to two concerts this month, I saw the Fab Faux (a Beatles cover band that are amazing) and I saw Trevor Noah (host of The Daily Show) both were AMAZING.

Anyway, that’s what I have been loving this month! Can’t believe it’s basically August! And I’m so thrilled because WE ARE SO MUCH CLOSER TO AUTUMN!!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

July 2017 Ipsy Bag!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope your week is going well! I’m working crazy shifts this week so not only do I smell of coffee more than normal but I am exhausted haha! But enough of that, let’s get into my July Ipsy bag!!

July 2017 Ipsy Bag

I really enjoyed the collab this month with Gudetama! The bag is absolutely ADORABLE and the products are fantastic!

We have:
~A crease brush that is super soft from IBY Beauty
~A Jasmine Waterful Sleeping Pack, which is basically a moisturizing sleeping mask from the brand, BRTC (I think? I’ve never heard of it). Sounds super cool though!
~The cutest packaging ever from trèStique with their Mini Concealer Crayon in the shade “Porcelain”. Fun fact when I got this in the mail, I thought the cap came off lol!
~A mini Deep Dive Cleansing Gel from Tarte from their Rainforest of the Sea collection, I know I love this collection already and SUPER DUPER excited to try out the cleansing gel!
~Finally another eyeshadow from Ofra Cosmetics! Which I do love, they are such great shadows! I think this is the shade “Victory” though I am not 100% sure, but it is a gorgeous gold shimmery shade! And I love it.

And that’s all she wrote! Did we get similar products this month?? Let me know!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

 

Fiction Friday ~ To Say Nothing of the Dog!!

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying your week! Traveling means I get a ton of reading down and this trip I went back to a book I’ve had for awhile but only my second time reading it and it was just as good as I remember…

To Say Nothing of the Dog

By Connie Willis, this novel is a great piece of fiction that my little sci fi heart wishes to be true. A place where time travel is the norm and where our main character travels in time constantly for work trying to find an artifact while making sure you know, you keep history as history should be… Which is always easier said than done when it comes to time travel.

Our main character Ned Henry as it says on the back cover “is badly in need of a rest” and I feel like that is the understatement of the century. After doing more jumps in time than anyone is allowed to and then some, Ned is starting to feel the affects of excessive time travel to the body. But sadly for Ned that doesn’t mean he can stop.

I first heard of this book from John Green, author, Vlogbrother, and he recommended it on some video a long time ago when he was giving a Christmas gift guide for buying books and this one jumped off his list to me and rightly so, right up my alley!

This book is gripping from page one until the end. It is very hard to give more details about this book without ruining the plot and all the juicy stuff but if you love time travel and history and all things science fiction then I highly suggest you give this book a nice good read!

A short post today but,

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Knowing When to Unplug!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are enjoying your week! I am back in New York after the best four day vacation in the world. And I wanted to talk today about the importance of knowing when you need to unplug and disconnect from the world for a bit. Because I came back from this trip feeling recharged and ready to take on the world; and I was only gone for four days.

Ever since my breakdown that caused me to quit the worst job in the world, I have felt uninspired and stuck beyond belief. Normally, I’d deal with it by surrounding myself with people who are like minded, but my two best friends live in Florida and Connecticut, where I live I have my Mom (which I am so thankful for).

It’s really hard to stay inspired and motivated when your support system is hundred(s) of miles away. Even though, with social media and how easy it is to stay connected to one another (I do not go a single day without texting, Facebook messaging, and Snapchatting my best friend Sara) it also makes it super easy to compare yourself to others you see.

So from July 4-8th I went to Florida to visit my best friend Sara for her 24th birthday. I didn’t really talk to anyone, the only text messages I received were from my Mom and my group text I have with my coworkers (which I didn’t respond to). Because I haven’t seen my best friend since MY 24th birthday, we weren’t on our phones, we were catching up and playing with her puppy and just relaxing.

And it was exactly what we both needed.

I’m back in NY and I have so many ideas for this blog and posts I want to write, I’m excited to go back to work and see my coworkers and just have fun at a silly job that doesn’t matter.

Most importantly, I’m ready to get back to my art. And start my life as an artist again. I lost my way, but I’ve found my way back. I started booking auditions, and I even booked a job for a show in August.

And I feel amazing.

So my suggestion to you, dear dear reader, if you ever feel stressed or lost or on a verge of a breakdown or breaking down, unplug. Turn off your phone. Surround yourself with people who lift you up and support and love you, or hide away and read a good book maybe a new one or an old favorite or a rediscovery.

Take time for you.

Because no one else will.

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

 

P.S. Here is a picture of Sara and I, where I couldn’t stop smiling genuine smiles for four days straight. Thank you Sara, I love you so so much.

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What’s in My July Travel Makeup Bag!!

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you had a lovely week and a lovely Fourth of July! I am currently in Florida celebrating my best friends 24th Birthday (Which is today so HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARA!!!!!) and it’s been just the best!

And of course, with another plane journey comes another post about what I am bringing in my travel makeup case! These are my favorite posts and videos to read/watch (I’m super nosey) and they are my favorite posts to write! So let’s get right to it!

Travel Makeup July

For this too quick trip to Florida I am bringing:

~Lucas Papaw Ointment (obviously, my saving grace never leave home without it)
~Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black (I got in an ipsy bag and really love it and a great mini size)
~NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner (in the shade ‘Brooklyn Thorn’ a lovely gray brown color)
~Kat Von D Lock-it Makeup Setting Mist (never tried before and this is the mini, but I love Kat Von D and all her products so I am sure it will be brilliant)
~Kat Von D Lock-it Concealer in the shade ‘L7 Warm’ (which I just got and am loving)
~Real Techniques Concealer Brush (also just picked this up and am loving it)
~Nest perfume in the scent ‘Black Tulip’ (a mini that smells super fresh and summery)
~Anastasia Beverly Hills pencil sharpener (the best sharpener I’ve ever used)

And that is everything that I brought for this trip! Super simple, quick makeup, that I know will last and won’t need looking after. Its super hot and gross in Florida (yay summer) and I do not enjoy the feeling of sweating off my makeup haha!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

 

New Favorite Jewelry Piece!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are all doing well! Today I wanted to talk about a new piece that I’ve recently added to my jewelry collection and briefly mentioned in my June Favorites, that I am absolutely in love with!

It’s from the brand Mejuri, which I have ordered from before and I am so blown away by them every time! They are such a great brand, super great shipping, amazing unique pieces, impeccable quality, made with such love an attention to detail! Also their packaging is so incredibly thoughtful and gorgeous! It really feels like Christmas when your piece arrives!

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Look at that wrapping! And a note card handwritten with my name! I was so impressed and touched with all of these tiny details that Mejuri puts into their products!

And once you unwrap the gorgeous bow and take your piece out of the little dust bag, inside was my beautiful ring that I have not taken off since it came!

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This is their Evil Eye Ring, that is a solid band not a chain. They recently added this to their Evil Eye collection and I am obsessed! It’s gorgeous quality, lightweight, and so easy to wear!

If you haven’t checked out Mejuri and you’re a jewelry lover like me, I highly recommend you do! I absolutely love them!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy