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Girl, Where the F#*K Have You Been?!

It’s been eerily quiet on the blog for the past few months, but I’m byke, y’all!!

Before I could jump right in with business as usual, I owe you an explanation, dear reader. Well, the short of it all is I started a new job. Not only do I have a new job, but I moved across the country … DURING A PAN-DEMI MOORE! (Shout out to What’s The Tea?) As I have been adjusting to the new city, which I absolutely love, and the new job, which has been kicking my butt, I haven’t had the bandwidth for the blog. I even had to say goodbye to writing for Book Riot because I wasn’t able to give my posts the time and attention they deserve while adjusting to the new gig. 

After my unexpected 2-month plus hiatus, I am now ready to get back into the swing of all things books, beauty, and general pop culture. I’m starting with updates for the last couple of months. 

Trans American Voyage

Although I have moved quite a bit in my lifetime, this is my first time moving across the United States. Surprisingly enough, it was actually my least stressful move. Even with COVID making it hard to actually find a place to live, I was able to coordinate the move effortlessly thanks to the relocation service provided by the new job. Thanks to said job, I was able to finally chuck the deuce at gloomy and frigid Ohio and say hello to hot and sunny Arizona. Despite being mostly home-bound, I have still been absolutely loving the change! It’s amazing how nearly constant sunshine can improve your mood. 

(Still) Saying “Yes!” to the Hauls

I might not have been writing, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been hauling. One of my latest haul was from the Kate Spade Outlet where I found a replacement for the beautiful green bag I hauled a while back that has already fallen apart. The bargain hunter in me was delighted to get this $250 handbag for about $60 that was the exact color green as my old bag. I also found the perfect studs for the Christmas holiday season for $11.

Did you think I missed out on the Sephora Spring Savings Event? Hell to the nah, nah, nah! I didn’t go balls to the wall, but I picked up a few items. I got the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel in the mini size to help with my pores. Since I’m starting to get into liquid blush, I bought the Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush. If you’re wondering, FAITH and LOVE are amazing for underpainting on deeper complexions.  I also bought the Sol De Janeiro SOL Cheirosa ‘62 Eau de Parfum. Luckily, I bought the travel size because the complaints are true, peoples. This fragrance has absolutely no lasting power. 

Y’all know I am always good for an Ulta haul. There have been too many to name here, but I’ve posted a few highlights over on the Gram and Twitter.

Reading is Still FUN(damental)

It took some time after saying farewell to Book Riot before my joy of reading returned. I haven’t found a library yet, so I had to rely on what’s available on Amazon Prime Reading. I was actually able to find a couple of interesting reads.

I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán

Although this book touches on heavy topics like death by suicide, but this story was light enough to get my reading mojo back. What kept my interest with the story was how relatable Penelope was to me even though I’m not married and don’t have any kids. What I saw in her is probably what many women could see in themselves. People who carry the weight of their world on their back without complaint until they just can’t go on. What makes this story different is Pen eventually opened her mouth, let her concerns be known, and put in the effort to make the change she wanted to see.  Overall, I’m Fine and Neither Are You is an enjoyable read, and I would highly recommend it. The story provides plenty of lessons without seeming heavy-handed. Rating: Page Turner

The Other Wife by Claire McGowan

After a light read, I was ready for a mystery. The Other Wife was definitely that. For me, this story reminded me a lot of both Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Although I figured out the big mystery before it was revealed, that did not take away from me enjoying this story. Even after that huge revelation, there was still more mystery to be had. What I really enjoyed was that I didn’t absolutely hate the ending, which was the case with both Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Similar to I’m Fine and Neither Are You, this book deals heavily with the good, bad, and ugly of domestic relationships. After reading The Other Wife, it may be hard for any straight woman to ever want to get married. Even though I’m happily engaged, it still had me a little shooketh, so read at your own risk! Rating: Page Turner

I’m glad to be back sharing my thoughts and experiences on books, beauty, and movies. A big, heartfelt thank you to all the loyal readers who have been patiently waiting for my return.