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Penelope


So yesterday, I mentioned we’ve had a couple big changes going on. If you follow me on Instagram then you already know about this one. We got a dog!! We’re now the proud owners of Penelope “Penny” the Labradoodle. I’ve always loved Labradoodles, and upon doing some research, we decided this would be the breed best suited for our family. So far she’s been such a joy and a serious goofball sometimes! We’ve had her for about three weeks now and she is in the prime of her puppyhood. You guys will be seeing lots of her in future posts and definitely on my Instagram!

Top 5 Books

Something you may not know about me is that I am a huge fan of reading. I especially love to devour books during the summertime! I will always recommend some of my favorite books when someone asks, so I thought I’d list my top five for you guys in case you’re interested.

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Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

This novel is about a hairdresser, Dorrie, who does a favor for her oldest client, Isabelle, by taking her on a road trip to attend the funeral of a mystery person. Throughout the road trip Isabelle recounts the story of her forbidden relationship and the tragedies that unfolded because of it. I was somewhat skeptical of this book at first because it’s not my usual time period, but let me tell you, I was hooked! By the end of the book I had so many emotions running through me I didn’t even know what to do. I couldn’t stop thinking about this novel and its characters for days after I’d finished. I would recommend this book over and over again!

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Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

I love this book. I love this book. I love this book. I couldn’t put this down the entire time I was reading it! This one is more my style of reading. It’s about a girl, Ani, who leads a very calculated and perfect life. Things aren’t as they seem, though. While Ani is planning her wedding, she is asked to take part in a documentary about a seriously traumatic event that took place during her childhood. The descriptions and detail Knoll gives in this book are amazing! You can perfectly picture the setting of the novel and everything that takes place. I so badly want Jessica Knoll to write another novel!

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I’m sure you all have heard about this novel by now since it’s been made into a movie. It definitely deserves the hype it’s received. This story is about a woman, Rachel, who takes the same commuter train every single day, and every day she sees a perfect couple, totally in love with each other and leading the perfect life. Except they’re not. One day, Rachel sees something so shocking when the train passes by the couple’s home that she almost isn’t sure it happened, but she’s terrified nonetheless. The novel follows everything that ensues after this moment, and it is so perfectly suspenseful! It was another one I couldn’t put down and would highly recommend.

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Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Dreamland is a young adult novel, but it’s been one of my favorites for years, even as an adult. Caitlin’s sister leaves her family unexpectedly one day and leaves Caitlin feeling lost and unsure of herself. Then Caitlin meets a guy at school and is swept up in a world that feels dreamy and unreal…until it’s all too real. Now Caitlin is stuck in this trap of a relationship with a guy she feels she doesn’t know anymore. This novel is both heartbreaking and uplifting at times. Even though it’s a young adult novel, it carries the weight of many adult problems. I’ve read it multiple times, which is saying something because I usually don’t like to repeat books.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I know this book is somewhat “old news,” but I love it just the same. This book was so amazingly suspenseful and Flynn’s writing is so descriptive. I’ve read all three of her books and I wish she’d come out with another. They’re very dark, though, so beware. Gone Girl is about a couple who couldn’t be more toxic for each other. When the wife goes missing, her husband is being blamed for her murder. The story follows his determination to find out what actually happened and to clear his name. There is a serious twist about halfway through the novel that left me in shock!

 

September Favorites

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September has come to an end. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by! It’ll be Christmas before we know it. Above are some of the items I noticed myself reaching for the most this month. What were your September favorites?

  • Dr. Brandt “Pores No More” face primer – My mom introduced me to this face primer, and I love it! The texture is smoother and thinner than my trusty Benefit “Porefessional.” It also has kind of an herbal smell which I like because it makes me feel like my face is cleaner even though I’m putting makeup on. I know that’s not true, but hey, it makes me like the primer anyway.
  • Urban Decay “Naked 3” palette – As we move deeper into fall, I’ve been reaching for the rosy hues of the Naked 3 palette. The colors add such a nice, warm feel to any makeup look. It has everything from golds to browns to pink tones.
  • Garnier Fructis “Sheer Set” hairspray – I already mentioned this hairspray in another post, but I like it so much I had to put it here. I’ve been on the go all month at weddings and on a trip, and this hairspray helped me to keep my curls and up-do’s in tact.
  • Bath & BodyWorks “Mahogany Teakwood” candle – This is one of my all time favorite scents at Bath & BodyWorks. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t smelled this before, but in case you haven’t, it basically smells like amazing men’s cologne. Whenever I burn this candle my whole house smells like Abercrombie & Fitch. I also found this scent in the form of shower gel, lotion, and body spray during the semiannual sale. I snatched them right up and have been smelling like men’s cologne for a month (which I’m not mad about).
  • Anne Klein watch – It’s no secret to anyone who’s been following my blog lately that I’m obsessed with my Anne Klein watches. I’ve been reaching for the gold one more this month because it pairs so nicely with all of the dark, warm fall tones.
  • OPI Nail Lacquer “Malaga Wine” – When it comes to nail polish, I love breaking out the dark colors for fall. This one is such a beautiful maroon color that will be on repeat for the next few months.

Tasty Tuesday

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Fall brings so many wonderful things. Specifically, it brings so many delicious recipes! I love perusing Pinterest for dinner inspiration. I also love looking for amazing autumn baking recipes. One of my favorite fall recipes is for super simple pumpkin muffins, but I’ll save those for another post. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite cold weather recipes for you all. Let me know if you try any!

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Fall Television

Besides the beautiful colors and pumpkin-flavored everything, one thing fall seems to boast is a list of great television shows. It seems like they pull out all the stops when it comes to fall t.v. One of my favorite things is having a television show to follow throughout the season. This year, I have quite a few. So, without further ado, here are my top fall t.v. shows for 2015.

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The Walking Dead (AMC Sundays 9/8 c): Adam started watching The Walking Dead before I did, and when I saw how hooked he was I just had to get into it. Now, it’s the sixth season and we tune in every Sunday night. I will say, season five wasn’t very good, in my opinion. I’m a little skeptical about how this season will go, but last week’s episode was pretty good and had us on the edge of our seats.

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Dancing with the Stars (ABC Mondays 8/7c): I don’t usually like competition shows, but this season of Dancing with the Stars has been so good! There are quite a few dancers this season that have me glued to my seat each week. Bindi Irwin is by far my favorite, though. Her personality is so upbeat and her optimism is contagious. She is also extremely good at dancing. The past two weeks she’s given jaw-dropping performances, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next week.

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Scream Queens (Fox Tuesday 9/8c): Scream Queens is kind of a ridiculous show. It mostly just makes fun of sororities and fraternities while throwing in some scary scenes. It’s kind of hilarious to me. All the jokes they crack and how crazy the characters are is what I like about this show. I also watch the show for the fashion. Chanel’s closet is to die for! I don’t like scary movies, haunted houses, etc., so the amount of scariness in this show is about all I can handle. The humor mixed in definitely helps to ease the fright.

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How to Get Away with Murder (ABC Thursdays 10/9c): HTGAWM had me hooked from the beginning. I watched Season 1 pretty quickly when I discovered just how thrilling this show is. I even got my friend hooked on it, too. There’s so much detail in the plot and twists that you never see coming. I will say, it can be pretty heavy sometimes in more ways than one, so beware of that. The storyline of the show just draws you in though, and i look forward to Thursday night every week! Naturally, I’ quite excited for tonight. I highly recommend this show if you enjoy mysteries or crime shows.

Fall Bucket List

 

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A few years ago, I read a blog post by Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere about her bucket list for the upcoming season. I really liked that idea because it’s always fun and inspiring to set goals for yourself and to look back and see if you accomplished them. Of course, the most popular time to do this is New Year’s, but you can make a bucket list or a list of goals any time you want. So, I decided to make myself  a bucket list for fall and share it with you guys. Now, some of these goals are pretty cliché, but they are on my list nonetheless.

-Watch and/or attend a few football games.

-Drink lots of pumpkin flavored coffee.

-Take a drive to admire the changing leaves.

-Bake some pumpkin flavored goodies.

-Watch the season premieres of The Walking Dead and How to Get Away with Murder.

-Make some good chili.

-Carve a couple pumpkins.

-Eat some Halloween candy.

-Take a trip to the city.

Three Year Anniversary 

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Today marks three years that I’ve had a blog! I can’t believe it! I have really loved doing this for the past three years. It’s really great when you can share your passion for something with others. Throughout the past three years we’ve experienced some great times, a few road trips, an engagement, a wedding, anniversary, baseball games, and more! Blogging has been more fun than I ever thought it would be. My inspiration for starting a blog came from a class assignment in college, and I’m so glad I continued to stick with it long after the class was over. I love when people ask me about my blog because that usually means they’ve read it, and that means so much to me!  I know I just said this in my “100th” post, but thank you so much to everyone who has been with me throughout my blogging experience. I can’t wait to continue on this journey!