It’s almost been a year since I joined the blogging community. I still can’t believe how fast time has flown by. This has been a year of firsts for me and lots of ups and downs, but thankfully I haven’t had to deal with it alone. It can be overwhelming at the start, but what I love most about this community is everyone’s willingness to lend a hand. So, in honor of this great community, I’m going to share with you, my top five favorite bloggers.
Spring has finally sprung~! I was beginning to think we were going to be trapped in an endless winter. Not that I would have minded, but I know others were getting quite sick of the snow. Can’t blame them, the nicer weather sure is a relief from the bitter cold. And with the warmer weather comes the need to switch up the old skincare routines. New season, new skin problems. The wonders of nature, right? So in the spirit of all this change, I decided to share with you my new spring skincare routine to prepare for these warm sunny days.
How is it already April? It certainly doesn’t feel like it with all the cold weather the US has been hit with as of late. It’s like February has just stretched on and on and spring is nowhere in sight. I’m not a fan of the super hot weather, but it would be nice to have more cool breezes and sunny days. Regardless of the weather life still goes on and it’s time again for my monthly wrap-up and TBR post. I ended up skipping my February post because life got in the way, but the March wrap-up and April TBR is promising.
It’s monthly favorites time again! March is always my favorite time of the spring for beauty as Ulta tends to have big discounts and the 21 days of beauty event. I picked some stuff up lately that I love and I had enough of a round up for a March favorites post. So let’s dive in, shall we?
The thrilling conclusion to the Mask of Shadows duology that weaves a tale of magic, shadows, and most importantly, revenge.
As one of the Queen’s elite assassins, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and permission to hunt down the lords who killed their family. But Sal still has to figure out who the culprits are. They must enlist the help of some old friends and enemies while ignoring a growing distaste for the queen and that the charming Elise is being held prisoner by her father.
But there’s something terribly wrong in the north. Talk of the return of shadows, missing children, and magic abounds. As Sal takes out the people responsible for their ruined homeland, Sal learns secrets and truths that can’t be forgotten.
A few weeks ago I did the This or That book tag and had a blast. I’d never done book tags before and it was something I wanted to try to do a few times a month, so when I saw the Would You Rather book tag floating around I decided to give it a try as well.
Ever since I finished A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab back in January I have been obsessed with the series. I think it truly has become my all time favorite trilogy, so naturally, when Wick and Fable came out with a Shades of Magic inspired monthly box, I had to jump on it – it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:
Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!
Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (Which you definitely should) you’ll know that I went to Northern Virginia on Saturday to the NoVA Teen Book Festival in Arlington. I’ve never been to a book festival before, but now that I have I’m totally hooked. It’s so great to talk to other book lovers and get to meet some amazing authors. I also learned more about writing, the process, and publishing than I thought I would. It was such an inspiring experience; so I’m going to share with you some of the best highlights:
We’ve all been there…struggling through the first draft a story or an outline, frustrated by hiccups and plot-holes we can’t seem to overcome. Then it hits us, the shiny new idea in all its luminescent, half-formed glory. Our writer’s spirit is reinvigorated! Our passion swells in our heart and pushes us forward! We chuck the old story to the side and grab hold of the reins to drive into a new world, new characters, new concepts……only to end up right where we were a month or two ago with the old story. This frustrating cycle continues on and on for weeks, months, years until we’re crying in the corner wondering why we can’t get anything finished, questioning if we’re really meant to be a writer.