Nuts

Alice Clayton

Proper Noun

1. Author

    “Alice Clayton is such an entertaining writer!”

Amazing, witty, hysterical, delightful, amusing, blonde, brilliant, fabulous…

The list is endless and could go on forever.  Alice Clayton is simply gifted.  Her books are some of the funniest books I have ever read.  I literally laugh out loud when I read them, I just can’t help it!  I recently got my hands on one of her latest books called Nuts (the title alone should make you LOL) and L O V E D it!  I have read all of her other books before this series and I could not get enough.  I started off with one of her first books, Wallbanger (again with the catchy title), and I cried from laughing so hard. Anyone that can write a book from the perspective of a cat and can make you laugh that hard has some serious talent!  Her books live up to all the hype that I have built up in my head and she will continue to stay on the pedestal that I have put her on!


Summary

Roxie Callahan has just started to make a name for herself in Los Angeles, literally catering to the rich and famous, when one skinny, carb-counting Hollywood wife takes her down with butter!  That’s right… Butter…  After her career is stalled she decides to help her tree-hugging mother run their diner in upstate New York.  When she arrives back home, to her small town, she goes “nuts”for the local farmer, Leo.  They are two peas in a pod.  She is the peanut butter to his jelly.  The apple to his orchard.  (You get where I am going with this)… Will their chemistry last longer than the summer or will they be left out to pasture?


Maybe I put one too many puns in that summary, but I just couldn’t help it!   This is a MUST read!  I have already recommended it to everyone I know and my copy of the book is making it’s way through my closest friends.

If you are reading this Alice, we need to be friends!  Anyone that can make me laugh that hard and loud from a book needs to be in my life!  Although the two of us being in the same room with each other could end with us crying or peeing our pants, I am still very much interested!

What are you waiting for? Go read her book!

Love,

Bri

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Would You if You Could?

So I have been seriously slacking lately.  I am not even going to lie, I have had absolutely no desire to write or post anything.  I haven’t even written any drafts!  I am a serious BUM! Sorry to everyone, I know you have been chomping at the bit waiting for me to post (and they say sarcasm doesn’t suit anyone!)… This post is also going to be totally random and probably not make any sense!  Sorry in advance!

-Anyway-

I have been thinking about the most random things lately and I am not not even sure why.  Let me give you some examples…


If I could back in time and change something, would I?  When would I go to and what would I change?

Okay, maybe I thought of this one because I have an unnatural obsession with Back to the Future, but that is beside the point!  Doc Brown and Marty are not going to come up to me with their flying Delorean asking me to go in the past with them.  BUT if they did I would not even think twice about getting in the car and going “where we don’t need roads”!

My husband said that I could not go back in the past and change something because then it would cause ripples and change the future.  Something about the whole Butterfly Effect (I have seen that movie also).  I get that theory, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that my future will change if I change something from 1000 years ago, but who knows!  Honestly whats the worst that could happen?  Spacetime continuum would be disrupted and the entire universe would implode?  

Long story short, I would still definitely go back in time.  Does that make me a bad person to risk the universe?  Let’s be honest, you would all go back in time as well to see everything if you had the chance, NO MATTER THE OUTCOME!  I want to see everything.  I could go see the pyramids being built.  I could travel with Christopher Columbus on the Nina, or the Pinta, or the Santa Maria.  I could go back to my childhood and try to beat The Lion King on the Sega (because that game was so hard and now that I have adult wisdom I may actually be able to beat it)!I would even go back to visit some dinosaurs and unlike Marty McFly I will make sure to bring and extra car battery, gas and any other car “thing” I may not be able to go out and get while I am “travelling”!


Second random thought…If the Devil himself came up to me and said, “you can ask for anything in the entire world if I can have your soul,” would I take him up on his offer?

Well since I am not a redhead I know that I actually have a soul, but if I have been a redhead in the past does that mean maybe I only have part of one? Or do you have to be born a redhead to not have one?

Moving on… I actually got the funniest response to this question when I was talking about it with someone else!  They said:

Them: “Well I know that heaven and hell are real so I wouldn’t take the offer.”

Me: “How do you know that?”

Them: “Because if I am talking to the devil then I know that he and hell are real and I don’t want to be stuck in hell forever!”

That is some of the greatest logic ever.  I didn’t think that selling your soul automatically meant you would go to hell, but now I do! That doesn’t mean I still wouldn’t do it though.  There are a lot of things that you could ask for and wish for that could benefit so many people.

I mean come on…World Peace <— perfect pageant answer btw!

You could ask to live forever and ask for a genie that would grant you wishes for all of enternity.  That way later on when something bad happens or you want to change something you would have that option.  If you live for eternity does that mean you never have to give up your soul?  When I say genie I am thinking more of the Aladdin (Robin Williams) genie as opposed to a Supernatural genie.  If Sam and Dean Winchester taught me anything, it was do not mess with scary genies!  Those guys are NO BUENO!

I mean this is my first time dealing with the Devil so I don’t know all the rules or how this works. I have watched Bedazzled so I feel like I have a basic understanding, but would I get a contract to sign in blood that would spell everything out?  I guess I will need to read the fine print!


Random night and even more random questions, but I felt that they deserved to be aired!  So the question still remains… Would you if you could?

Love,

Bri

This Week’s Favorites

I love trying out new products.  At any given time I probably have at least 20-30 samples of different prooducts to try.  I find that there is no better way to see what products you like than to get a sample of it to take home and try with your daily makeup and hair.  I have tried face lotions, serums, primers, peels and even hair products.  I have loved some of the products and I have hated others.  You live and you learn, right?  

Where do I get all these samples?  Well, I make what feels like my  weekly trip to Sephora and pick up some of my normal essentials, but I also snag a goodie bag of samples while I am there (don’t be afraid to ask, they always have some)!  Also my local Sephora does not always have what I am looking for in the store so I have to shop online.  Great thing about online is that you get free samples with E V E R Y single order.  Well after trying some of my latest samples I had to make a special trip back to grab the actual products because I liked them that much… So without further ado…


Bite Agave Lip Mask– I am obsessed with Chapstick and lipgloss (although I have never finished an entire tube of either because I lose it somewhere along the way), but Bite is my new favorite, and I think I might actually finish this tube, YAY! It is made with all natural products and leaves your lips hydrated and silky smooth.  This product tastes (of course I licked my lips as soon as I put it on, WHO DOESN’T?) and smells wonderful as well! I bought it in the satin finish that is a perfect pink color for my lips.  It adds just a hint of color and shine without all the sticky mess of your normal lipgloss.  I use it during the day with my makeup and at night before I go to sleep and my lips have never felt better.  

Becca Backlight Priming Filter–  I have never really used a primer before (I am actually kind of shocked by this realization myself).  I keep getting samples of it and figured now was as good of a time as any.  I first tried the bare minerals blemish remedy mattifying prep gel and I did not like it all.  I couldn’t tell if I was applying it wrong or what but as soon as I put on my foundation or powder the primer was clumping up and coming off (pretty sure that is not supposed to happen)!  So I got a sample of the Becca Primer and immediately fell in love.  It gives your skin a dewy and bright look, which I know is what everyone is going for.  This primer is easy to put on, it blends in easily and it does not make your skin oily!  Day 3 and I just can’t express enough how great this product is. Primers really do make all the difference when used (who would have thought)!

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray–  I have very fine and very straight hair.  I can’t use a lot of products because they weigh my hair down and/or make it too oily. I love texturizing sprays and salt sprays though because they give a little body and texture to my otherwise limp and lifeless hair.  Bumble and Bumble has apparently been around for a while, but this is the first time I have actually tried it and I am so glad that I did.  This surf spray is perfect for my hair.  It is lightweight and free from harmful chemicals.  It really does make your hair feel like you just got out of the ocean.  I have a little “crunch” in my hair after I have sprayed it and style my hair.  It smells great and doesn’t weigh down my hair AT ALL.  I bet if you have curly or wavy hair this product would be even more amazing, but sadly I will never experience those coveted curls unless I make them myself!  I like this product so much that I am about to buy a few more bumble and bumble products (and that is saying something because they are not cheap $$)!


Now there is no telling what great new things will come out next week or even the week after that, but for the time being I just cant get enough of my new favorites!

Love,

Bri

One True Loves

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As you all know, I read a lot of books, but very rarely do I read one that I find profound.  Taylor Jenkins Reid gave me all the feels with her new release One True Loves.  This book was just released last week (June 7th) and was picked as the “best book of the summer”, so of course I jumped right on it!  I was rocked to my core after reading this and I am still not sure how Emma and I both survived. This book will leave you emotionally raw from the twisted love triangle of the main characters and is only intensified by the real life experiences that no one should ever have to go through.

Summary


Emma Blair and Jesse Lerner were high school sweethearts.  They grew up, got married and have been traveling the world while photographing and writing about all the top destinations on everyones bucket lists.  Emma’s life was perfect, that is, until her husband goes to Alaska to photograph the icebergs and never returns.  This story goes through the turmoil that Emma felt while trying to overcome the lose of her husband and pick up her life.  

After two years of grieving and just trying to get through each day, Emma’s life takes an unintentional turn.  She runs into her best friend from high school, Sam, and they immediately hit it off.  Emma never thought she would be able to love again, but Sam is able to show her to not only love again but to also start living her life.  It doesn’t take long before they are engaged and planning their big day, but all of that she has built will soon be questioned when her husband, Jesse, is found alive.

Thoughts


Do you ever truly get over your true loves in life or do you just simply move on while still loving them?  Will Emma be able to decide who she is supposed to be with before it is too late and she is left with no one?  This book will make your heart ache for every single character.  I was happy and then I cried and then I was happy again.  I didn’t quite know who I wanted her to be with, but around every corner was some new kind of heartbreak.  Someone was bound to get hurt.  They always say, three’s a crowd, and in this case that is correct.  Emma can’t be married and have a fiancé.  It isn’t about who she loves more, but who the best person for her is.  She became a different person after Jesse died and maybe the Emma he knew died that day with him.

This book lived up to all of the hype.  I 100% recommend you all to read this book sooner rather than later.  I could not put it down!  I hope you all love this book as much as I did.  

Love,

Bri

Superhero Woes…

Have you ever watched a comic book movie and loved everything about it?  Of Course you have…Okay… Well then, have you ever watched another comic book movie and realized that the same actor from the first movie is now playing a different character in the second movie?  ie. Chris Evans… Ryan Reynolds…Idris Alba…Aaron Taylor-Johnson…Zoe Saldana… Jon Bernthal… Okay, now have you watched a similar superhero movie made by different company that has two different actors playing the same character? ie. Evan Peters and Aaron Taylor-Johnson both playing Quiksilver in different Marvel Movies (Avengers and X-Men)…

Both of these things have happened too many times to me and I hate it every time it!  I need to rant for a minute.


Chris Evan alone has played 4 different comic book characters.  That is crazy!  Is he the only talented Hollywood Actor out there that was available for all of these roles?  The answer to that question is NO!  He has obviously been playing Captain America (which is the only character I can even see him as anymore), but he has also been another Marvel character; Human Torch from Fantastic Four.  This is really bad for the Marvel Universe! You have the same person playing 2 roles.  The paths of the Fantastic Four and Captain America do cross at some point, so this is unacceptable!  I know that Michael B Jordan is now playing Human Torch (for the time being), but that doesn’t change the fact that you have changed the character in a very short time span (not that Chris Evans should/could ever go back and play Human Torch again. That is only 2 of his characters.  Let’s not forget that he played Jensen in The Losers (Vertigo) and then he also played Lucas Lee in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  UNACCEPTABLE.

I truly feel that the sanctity of the comic book universe is gone.  I never know who will show up as a specific character in a movie.  If the movies being released are within let’s just say 10 years of each other, then there needs to be some kind of protocol.  Hollywood is making movies for the fans.  I don’t want to see multiple actors playing the same character.  I need uniformity.  Can’t everyone just be like Hugh Jackman and play their character for 16 years and make cameos in all the movies?  I really don’t think that is too much to ask for!

Somewhere down the line all these characters are going to cross paths, if they haven’t already,  and it is going to become a big problem. DC vs Marvel is going to happen, you can feel the storm brewing!  

I know that there are a lot of Hollywood politics that go on behind closed doors, but everyone needs to find a way to coexist. Get our actors/actresses to sign on for the character no matter who is making the movie, get them to cross production companies and make us all H A P P Y.

I know this was a little long winded and all over the place, but you get my point!

Love,

Bri

Ole Henriksen

I love this man!  I don’t know who he is personally, but his products are amazing!  I have written before about the power peel microdermabrasion that I absolutely love. Well now I have finally decided to buy a few more products of his to try!

I got the 3 Little Wonders kit from Sephora a couple of weeks ago and have been hooked since I first tried it!  When you buy this set you get Truth Serum Collagen Booster, Sheer Transformation, and Invigorating Night Treatment.

I use the Collagen a booster in the morning after I get out of the shower.  Once it has soaked all the way into my skin, I then use the Sheer Transformation lotion on top as my daily lotion.  The Vitamin C Lotion smells A M A Z I N G.  It is like putting fresh peeled oranges on your face.  

At night I use the Night Treatment and then again after it has soaked into my skin I use the Sheer Transformation lotion.  I can actually feel the Night Treatment tightening my skin as soon as I put it on.

Together all of these products have been great for my skin.  I feel like my skin tone is a lot more even then before I started and I have also started to notice that my forehead wrinkles are not as prominent and are a lot softer!

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The 1st pic was about 3 weeks ago and the 2nd pic was this morning.  Please disregard my very crooked nose… I know it is probably hard for you to actually see all the results that I am talking about, but I can tell (and that is all that really matters)!  I read a bunch of the reviews online before and I went and bought this set and most of them were very positive and said something very similar to what I have said.  Overall I think these products are worth it.  I still have months worth of product left to use and I can’t wait to see if the results will continue to get better!

Love,

Bri

Silence…Shh…

A couple of weeks ago I was looking through iBooks and found one that sounded interesting and the best part was that it was Free!  I repeat… Free… I download free books all the time, but that doesn’t mean I am going to read them.  Sometimes they are not great quality, they aren’t good or the writing style isn’t great.  I was pleasantly surprised with Silence by Natasha Preston.


Now before you go out, get this book and start reading it, you should know something!  The first book is free but the 2nd book is NOT and you have to read the 2nd book!  Like most authors, she leaves the 1st book with a huge cliffhanger forcing you to buy the next one in the series!  There is nothing wrong with that, I just wanted you to be warned!


This book was very emotional for me to read.  The main character, Oakley, is a girl with a dark and disturbing past.  While still a very young child something terrible happened to her.  Instead of getting help from those closest to her, she just stopped talking out of the blue and hasn’t talked in 11 years.  Her best friend Cole has known Oakley her entire life.  They grew up together.  He remembers a time when things were more simple.  He remembers a time when Oakley was perfectly normal and talking, but he has learned, better than anyone, not to push her to talk.  Sometimes it is better to accept people for who they are instead of trying to change them.

Silence will take you on a roller coaster of emotional turmoil.  I was laughing one minute and crying the next.  In the book, Oakley’s family only want to help her get better and talk again, but the harder they push to find out what made her stop talking the more she withdrawals.  The love of her best friend Cole may be the only thing that can help her heal, but will her past catch back up with her and ruin their relationship before it even really gets started?  Will she be able to fight her demons and start living her life before it is too late?


While I was reading this book, there were multiple times that I came across a word or a sentence that just didn’t make sense to me.  After a quick Google search, I found out that Natasha Preston was British.  I have a “thing” for British people/authors!  When reading a book by British authors, I get to learn a little bit about their culture through their writing!  I just learned what the “boot” of a car was while reading this book!

Overall I can not say enough good things about this book and author.  I highly recommend this series.  I wouldn’t wait to long to go and get them!  You never know how long it will stay free!

Happy Reading!

Love,

Bri