Mindy, Let’s Hang Out: IEHOWM Book Review

Mindy Kaling IEHOWMA book about funny life stories, references to Harry Potter, and a love for fashion? Sign me up! I was ecstatic to get the chance to read Mindy Kaling‘s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? for several reasons. And, just in case her sense of humor wasn’t enough, she basically sold it in the beginning by saying, “This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink.” She was right, by the way. I read the book mostly on the plane ride up to NYC last weekend, and I finished it the night I got home. I started out knowing that I would find several moments in the book that would make me feel like, “This Mindy! She totally gets it (and me)!” I started tagging pages that I felt would be nice to share. Like Mindy, I, too, enjoy making lists. So, here are some of my favorite parts from IEHOWM (in order of how they appear in the book because I can’t decide on which ones I like the most): Continue reading


Now, I Need a Vacation: The Vacationers Book Review

the vacationersIt has been about a week or so since I finished reading the Birchbox Book Club’s first novel: The Vacationers. The book happened to show up on my doorstop the same time my monthly goodie box arrived, with a vacation theme, nonetheless. (Are you trying to tell me something, Birchbox?)

Recently, my reading list has included the latest book-to-movie stories. I’m late to the Harry Potter book trend, I suppose, but I just started The Half-Blood Prince, so I’m so close to the end! Just before reading The Vacationers, I read Catching Fire — and plan to read Mockingjay before the movie is released. So, this is the first time in a long time that I’ve been introduced (and had the chance) to read a “not-a-movie” book. (Maybe I should say “not-a-movie-YET” because I can see the potential.) Continue reading

Becoming a Control Freak?

Control Corrective

Back in the day, I was able to do just about anything to my skin without any crazy side effects. In fact, I actually used rubbing alcohol as an astringent (eeeek!). No big deal — until I turned 22. For whatever reason, my usually clear skin began breaking out with cystic acne and was super sensitive to even specialty face washes. At one point, it got so bad that a stranger came up to me and asked, “Have you ever heard of Proactive?” Needless to say, I felt pretty horrible and continued my search for healthy, clear skin. After talking with my dermatologist, I discovered most of my cystic acne was probably due to stress and hormones, which I was able to manage and (for the most part) clear up. The sensitive skin issue, however, has remained. Continue reading