Friday, November 13, 2015

Gone Girl in Review

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It took me an almost shamefully long time to grab a copy of Gone Girl, but I finally tackled it and am so glad that I did! Human psychology is something that's constantly on my mind. Why do we do what we do, how would our actions differ if we had been raised by people other than our parents, what needs are we filling by behaving in certain ways? Human behavior is such a delicious puzzle.

While not getting into specifics (because I personally loathe spoilers and wouldn't want to ruin anything for you if you haven't read the book), I do want to say that I loved the format of this novel and the writing style of Gillian Flynn. Every sentence was rich and powerful, and it made me feel such a range of emotions that I felt ... alive - more so than usual, as I read it.

The last page came and I wasn't ready to be done with Gone Girl so I eagerly set up a movie night a few days later. And it was AWFUL!

My biggest complaint about the movie was the music score and sound editing. They took this incredible story and made it feel like a cheesy noir, and to make it worse the background music rivaled the actors' voices in volume. It was a total disappointment. I will say this, though: the best part was how true the script stayed to not just the story, but the writing. Those lines were Gillian Flynn's words, and for that I was extremely thankful.

Monday, September 28, 2015

JORD Wood Watch Review

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I'm in awe of my boyfriend. He works a full-time job as an IT manager for a major movie studio, and then when he comes home he composes music for TV and movies. He lives such a complex left brain/right brain lifestyle and somehow excels at it all.

So what do you get for the man who can do it all? A JORD wood watch, of course! The timing was absolutely serendipitous when this incredible watch company reached out to me and asked if I'd like to do a review. I'd been wanting to do something special for Joe, something out of the blue to put a smile on his face. I easily could have chosen one of their beautiful, delicate maple or sandalwood timepieces for myself but one look at the 94A Series and I knew Joe had to have the dark sandalwood on his wrist. 

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It wasn't long before the watch was delivered and I was able to surprise Joe with one of the most handsome men's watches that I'd ever seen. I waited with bated breath as he unboxed his gift. He was stunned at first glance but quickly began raving about how cool and unique his new accessory was. Then I told him the most impressive part: his watch was handcrafted out of East African sandalwood. This tidbit meant the world to him because he handcrafts tobacco pipes in his spare time and can appreciate the hard work and detail that goes into handcrafting wooden objects. 

This JORD watch has quickly become one of his prized possessions and is worn every single day, be it to work or just a lazy day at home. Speaking of work, everyone in his office has commented on the watch and most recently one of the guys boasted that he was buying one for a friend's birthday! His dad loved it, my brothers each want one and even random strangers take note. 

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There's something romantic about giving someone you care for the gift of time. This gorgeous band of wood and ticking hands says so much more than the hour and minute of any given moment; it says that each second is full of meaning and promise and hope.

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P.S. Fans of JORD wooden watches are posting the most beautiful photos with styling ideas. Take a look on the company's Facebook and Instagram!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Stamped Spoon Set Giveaway

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I recently made this sweet set of besties stamped spoons for me and my friend. It's such a fun spin on the "best friends forever" style necklaces that we used to buy at the mall when we were teens! Now that we're in our thirties and can't seem to survive without our morning cup of coffee, a matching set of teaspoons to stir in our sugar and creamer seemed like the perfect way to celebrate our friendship!

I'm excited to give a set of these stamped spoons away to one awesome reader. For a chance to win a set for you and your bestie, please visit Bon Vivant Design House and leave a comment below letting us know which other spoon you love (mandatory). 

For extra entries (leave separate links of proof for each entry): 

  • Purchase a stamped spoon, stamped fork, stamped butter spreader or stamped necklace from Bon Vivant Design House for 5 additional entries!

  • Post about this giveaway on Facebook (leave a link of proof - once daily) 
  • Tweet about this giveaway (leave a link of proof - once daily) 
  • Blog about this giveaway (leave a link of proof - once) 

Giveaway ends 8/17 at 11:59 PM

*Congratulations to our lucky winner, Sarah!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Crave-able Breakfasts


In recent weeks (probably because I've taken to drinking protein-laden smoothies every morning), I've begun to obsess over breakfast foods. I should note that this doesn't necessarily mean that I want them and crave them, it's just that I think about them a lot now. Here are a few that have been on my mind ...

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{Nutella Stuffed Pancakes via Recipe Tin Eats}

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Celebrating Clueless - AS IF!

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{Clueless "AS IF!" spoon available at Bon Vivant Design House}

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Clueless (one of my all-time favorite movies from the 90s!), I stamped an "AS IF!" teaspoon for my morning latte! Now I can feel like Cher for a few minutes every morning ;)

I remember going to the theater with a group of friends the summer before high school began to see this movie and it was like a crash course in how to be a teen. Okay, perhaps sans the convertible and Beverly Hills mansion. But everything else was reasonably spot on. It was a much appreciated tutorial for a girl transitioning from middle school to high school! During my four years on my high school campus I can confirm that Cher's sage advice held true. 

Thanks, Cher! 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins at Irvine Meadows

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It has been a lifelong dream of mine to see The Smashing Pumpkins in concert, so it was pretty much the best gift ever when my boyfriend gave me tickets for our anniversary this year. They were playing with Marilyn Manson at Irvine Meadows, a venue that I hadn't been to before!

Armed with a double vodka soda, I settled on a grassy knoll much like I used to when I was in high school (sans the boozy drink, of course) and sat in awe of Marilyn Manson's awesomeness. He was amazing!

The crowd erupted when Billy Corgan took stage but, while he was undeniably wonderful, Marilyn Manson had the edge. Even still, the air became electric when Zero came on and in that moment everything felt right in the world.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Simple Secret to Losing Weight

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Diets kind of suck, right? You go hungry and eat miserably boring food when you do allow yourself a nibble, and it seems like as soon as you've reached your goal weight (if you ever even get there before throwing in the towel), the lbs sneak right back on.

I've been struggling with losing weight more than I ever have before and it's been baffling. I started exercising more, I cut out fast food, I ate less ... but no change on the scale. 

I finally started doing some research and found an overwhelming amount of people saying that instead of dieting we should be detoxing. Most importantly, it was dietitian after dietitian preaching this concept. They explained the science behind it which, in a nutshell, is this:

Sugar converts to fat very easily. Wheat converts to glucose which is another form of sugar, so cut both of those out of your everyday diet. Also, unnatural chemicals in our food get stored in our existing fat cells and plump them up even more, so cut out processed foods asap!

After looking into some detox programs I found one that seemed easy to follow and actually stick to. Dr. Oz's Total 10 detox is hands down the most amazing "diet" that actually makes sense! I won't bore you with the details, but I did it for 12 days before allowing myself a holiday weekend cheat and am back on it by choice - because I feel fantastic while on it!

I lost weight, inches and headaches. I gained energy and my overall mood improved. My old jeans fit again, my skin stopped randomly breaking out and the best part was that I was NEVER hungry! In fact, I actually had a difficult time finishing the food each day because it was just too much. 

Now that I'm back on the detox I'm tweaking it just a little to make it easier on myself. Namely, I'm cutting the amount of protein by a couple of ounces each meal. I was always so full from lunch and dinner that I never even touched the allowed snacks, all-you-can-eat veggies and all-you-can-drink broth. Seeing as how variety is the spice of life, I think the key to sticking to the plan is mixing things up a bit more. 

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my little success story because it's been life changing for me. It's so silly that the answer to my physical issues was so simple and right under my nose this entire time!