NOTD: OPI AmazON…AmazOFF

I first saw this lovely polish on Swatch and Learn, and although I had promised myself that I would take a break from buying new polishes (except for Julep Maven, naturally) I went out and bought it the next day.



2 coats.

Gorgeous! Opacity is absolutely amazing. If you tend to use medium coats, you can easily pull off one coat.

- Eve


March 2014 Julep Maven

Or the post that was several times delayed due to a) Disneyland road trip and b) the following apathy/malaise.

This Last* month, for my Maven box, I stuck with Boho Glam, because it looked amazing!



Harriet, Elisa, lip gloss in Enchanted, and a candy stick.

I’m pretty excited to try out Elisa!

- Eve

*oopsies. That was totally on me, because I was responsible for finishing the post and I was bad. :( —Delilah


BOTD: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory



The Other Boleyn Girl is book one of the Tudor series. It’s told from the point of view of Mary Boleyn, who is dismissed as Henry VIII’s mistress in favor for her sister Anne. It tells the story of Henry’s journey to anul his marriage to Katherine, his brother’s widow, in order to marry Anne.

It’s interesting to read the point of view of the women involved in this historical story, as they are used as pawns in a political power play. So far, of the Philippa Gregory books I’ve read, this has been my favorite. It moved at a faster clip and had more action. Plus, like the other books by Gregory that I prefer in terms of the series, the main character is interesting. She isn’t purely vapid or one dimensional. She experiences character growth throughout the story and that kept me interested.

- Eve


BOTD: A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain


In A Cook’s Tour, Anthony Bourdain is on a trip around the world in search of the perfect meal. On his adventure, he tries seemingly everything, including a still beating cobra heart, Fugu (poisonous blowfish), and sheep’s testicles…to name a few. He visits Cambodia, Vietnam, France, Portugal, Napa, Japan, and Russia, stays in all sorts of accommodations, treks across deserts, and is served by women in their homes and also by famous chefs. The food, the countries, the experiences, this book runs the gamut. 

The wide variety in the book keeps it interesting. I also found him to be less arrogant in this book, as compared to The Nasty Bits. This wasn’t exactly a book I couldn’t put down, but it was a book that was easy to pick up and immediately get back into.

As for the perfect meal? It’s not necessarily about what you’re eating or who prepared it. You may not even realize it’s the perfect meal while you’re eating it. And, more likely, there isn’t just one perfect meal. A meal being perfect or not is also influenced by the people you share it with, and where and who you are at that time in your life.

I’d like to get my  hands on the DVDs and watch the footage, particularly from the time he spent in Morocco. 

- Eve


BOTD: The Fault in our Stars by John Green


The Fault in our Stars is a story about two ill teenagers who fall in love.

In terms of the story, I think that’s all that needs to be said, but the book is about so much more than that. It’s about sickness, death, love, joy, what you want to be remembered for, and figuring out what type of life you want to live. 

I absolutely loved this book. It’s beautiful, genuine, heartbreaking and sweet. I feel as if, given that the main character is terminally ill, it would have easily been pretentious, preachy, or saccharine sweet, but it never felt that way. It just felt honest. Not brutally so, but beautifully. 

What a fantastic story.

- Eve


BOTD: The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

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The White Princess tells the story of Princess Elizabeth of the York family. It is book five in the Cousins’ War series. Princess Elizabeth is the daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen. Young Elizabeth is mourning the death of her uncle/lover Richard III when she has to marry Henry VII, the son of Margaret Beaufort, of The Red Queen. As Henry comes to power following the death of the previous king and isn’t established as a well loved royal, his rule is tenuous and he and his mother are desperate to hold onto power.

I wasn’t too crazy about this book in the series. I liked the York side, but I absolutely hated The Red Queen, and Margaret Beaufort had too much of a presence in this book. It would be hard to tell the story without her, but I disliked her so much that it affected how I felt about this book. The story was also very repetitive. Henry spends his time chasing down a possible heir of York to secure his rule, the country hates him more each time, and Elizabeth never knows anything. While her motto was “humble and penitent” it should have been “I don’t know.” 

On to the Tudor series!

- Eve


BOTD: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn


My love affair with Gillian Flynn novels continues.

Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day, who, as a seven year old, survived a massacre that killed her family. She was the key witness that put her older brother away as the murderer. Dark Places tells Libby’s current point of view, and it also gives you her mother’s point of view leading up to the murders and her brother’s point of view leading up to the murders.

In the current day, Libby has been challenged to explore the possibility that she was wrong and that her brother was not responsible for the death of her family. Her chapters are interspersed with the chapters from her mother and brother’s point of view, so we learn more about that day as Libby learns more. The style is reminiscent of Gone Girl and really fuels the momentum of the story. 

This is a very fast paced novel. As you can see, my copy is already fairly battered because I threw it into my purse to have with me for any possible reading opportunity whilst in Disneyland. I always had this book at hand so I could pick it up at a moment’s notice. And just like with Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, the story just sang to me and infiltrated my thoughts throughout the day.

- Eve


The Case of the Found Photo Pass

 

Hey everyone! This week I went to Disneyland with my family. Friday was the first day you could meet Captain America and Thor. At some point during the craziness I picked up a Photo Pass on the floor thinking it was ours, then realized my mistake when I found ours in my pocket. If you know this family (or know someone who knows them) please tell them to contact me so I can give them their Photo Pass numbers! So please share (and share again) this photo so we can hook them up with their amazing pictures!

- Eve


NOTD: Ombre Mani

Subtitle: Eve continues to experiment with easy nail art to learn how to use her new nail art tools.

I came across this nail art tutorial recently and thought it would be great for me to try, because it’s supposed to look a little messy and not perfect. This helps control for my lack of confidence given the learning curve and for my right hand never looking quite as good as my left.



White: Essie Blanc
Light pink: OPI Panda-monium Pink
Darker pink: Julep Joy

I had to practice a lot of self control in order to avoid adding a ton of glitter.

- Eve


NOTD: Flower Mani

I finally caved and purchased dotting tools and stripers. I don’t know what took me so long - they were ridiculously cheap! I’ve been looking for non intimidating manis to cut my teeth on, and I found this NOTD at HelloGiggles. I love the contrast of the pastels on the black, so I figured I’d give it a shot!



Black: China Glaze Liquid Leather
Blue: Salon Hanson Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda
Purple: OPI Planks A Lot
Pink: OPI Sparrow Me The Drama
Green: OPI Mermaid’s Tears
Yellow: Julep Leila

- Eve