Monday, 28 April 2014

Top 5 All-Time Faves (Leftie's Version)

Rightie did her version a while back. Got me thinking if I have one. I guess I do...

1.) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This may be strange but I did not read this book as a child. Crazy, I know. But I'm also glad I didn't read this as a child. Knowing myself, I would have not appreciated this to the degree that it should be. So full of innocence and life lessons.

2.) The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
I have lost count of the number of times I've re-read this book. This almost reminds me of The Little Prince with a touch of mysticism. The lessons sometimes may sound overly simplistic and cliche, but sometimes, there is comfort to be found in the simplistic and cliche.

3.) Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Here's another childen's story that I'm enamored with, read as an adult (am I sensing a theme here?). Well, this did come out in my adult years, so...

4.) Confession of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
ONLY the first in the series, if I may emphasize. I'm saying that only because the series did become repetitive eventually. But the first one had me in stitches! Almost reminds me of someone I know (hello, woman in the mirror O.o). I said just almost, ok? Fortunately for my wallet and hubby, I don't think I'm at the same level of neurotic as she is, but let's just say I may have made the same justifications in my head as the heroine have some of the times. Again, I said just some of the times, ok? hehe

5.) Crossfire series by Sylvia Day
Fifty Shades of Grey may have rekindled my interest in romance (yes, yes, no need to roll your eyes, I'm one of those women) but Sylvia Day's series is what sealed the deal for me as far as the new "breed" of romance genre is concerned.

Whew! How do you narrow down a list like this to just 5, seriously?!? Sheesh!... I guess by this list, I mean these are books of recent memory that I know I can re-read at any time and definitely a sure-fire way of taking me out of a book slump.


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review: The Craft (Teasdale) & Living In Style (Zoe)

Just thought I'd share with you two new fashion/beauty books I really love:

The Craft: DIY Hair and Beauty by Lou Teasdale and Living In Style by Rachel Zoe

Rating: 5 napkins to both

Different target audience, but I enjoyed both:)

 Rachel Zoe's book is filled not only with fashion advice, but also tips on hair &makeup,  house decorating and stuff like how to host a party and travelling. I'm a sucker for this type of books, and Rachel dispenses great advice in my opinion. The book also has gorgeous photos for inspiration.

I want this whole setup, guys!

Lou Teasdale is the hair and makeup person for One Direction, so I think The Craft is geared for teen-agers (I'm definitely not part of the target audience...ahem....), although there is a short section on tattoos, so I don't know.....I love this book just because it's filled with fun and non-traditional beauty tips. There are also product recommendations for different price points (most are UK products, but you can order them online). 
The book is also done like a small scrapbook, and who doesn't love that? (There are also stickers inner tween is happy:D)

Have you read any of the two books? What hair/makeup/fashion books do you like?

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