Fairytale Fashions: Book Candles

I’ve been spending more time on Instagram lately, and the one thing I just can’t get away from is Anthology Candles. They always look so lovely in pictures and I just adore the bookish twist!


The ones I’ve shown above are Belle’s Library, Tink’s Flight, Wizard’s Pub, and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Have you ever tried book inspired candles? I really want to, but my candle collection is already so large!

Pretty Honest

Pretty HonestTitle: Pretty Honest
Author: Sali Hughes
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Date: September 25th 2014
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
5 Stars


A witty, wise and truthful beauty handbook for real women on what works in real life from Sali Hughes, beloved journalist and broadcaster.

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together” Elizabeth Taylor

Beauty books. Exquisite coffee-table affairs featuring improbably beautiful models with wholly-unachievable-to-most women looks, product review-heavy volumes which become almost instantly outdated, or tracts of holistic mumbo jumbo, like how to make an unproven face pack from organic molasses and rough-hewn porridge oats.

Not anymore.

In Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers. Covering everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health, it's a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – in a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.

I loved reading Pretty Honest. I’m into skincare, so that’s what attracted me to this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by the makeup and shopping tips. I actually found them to be really useful!

If you’re into skincare, I would say this is a very good book to pick up. The frustrating thing about being into skincare (for me anyway) is that it’s so hard to find beauty bloggers that focus more on skin than makeup. If you’re in the same situation, I’d check out Caroline Hirons. She is awesome and pretty much all skin, all the time.

Now back to Pretty Honest. Aside from the wealth of genuinely useful information, I have to say that I really enjoyed the way it was written. It had me laughing several times and felt like talking to a friend.

Are you into beauty books or skincare? If so, leave your recommendations below! I’d love to check out more books like this.

Cinderella Recommendations and Harry Potter Ships!

I am so excited to share these videos with you guys! I collaborated with Kristin from Super Space Chick while we were in Chicago for BEA and we decided to share a few books that are perfect for Cinderella fans! We also filmed a Harry Potter version of the Rip it or Ship it tag on Kristin’s channel. It was so much fun to film and you should definitely check it out! I have both videos below if you want to watch 🙂

BEA Vlog

I had a great time at BEA this year! If you want an inside look at the booths and what I got up to, check out the video below:

Bookshelf Tour

My most requested video of all time is definitely a bookshelf tour. I put off filming this for a long time because it’s definitely more difficult to film, but I finally did it! Check out the video below if you want to see what’s on my shelves:

Do we have any of the same books in common? DId you see anything on my TBR shelves that I need to start reading asap?

No Love Allowed

No Love AllowedTitle: No Love Allowed
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Date: April 19, 2016
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
3 Stars


It's all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!

reallyreally wanted to like this one. But I just didn’t. I enjoyed the writing style and read the book rather quickly, but there were a few little things that just kept me from really enjoying it.

Let’s start with the concept of the book: two people fake date and promise not to fall in love. I love this trope! I’ve enjoyed every single book I’ve read that has this element in it. Well — every single book besides this one. It allows the characters to be together and form feelings naturally, while also  allowing them to resist their obvious attraction (for good reasons).

I liked the fake dating aspect of No Love Allowed a lot. The chemistry between the characters was great! What I didn’t like is all of the dramatics. Caleb just graduated high school. He seems overly paranoid about the people in his high-class society trying to marry him off. I just couldn’t take all of the settling down comments. He just finished HIGH SCHOOL!

If the characters had been aged up and just finished college, I would have found it a lot more believable and enjoyable. While No Love Allowed definitely got on my nerves, I’m actually looking forward to reading more books by Kate Evangelista in the future. I really enjoyed her writing style and I think I’ll enjoy other books by her. This one just wasn’t for me.

April Wrap Up

Very happy with my reading progress this April. I didn’t read a ton of books, but everything I read was awesome! Also got to a certain book that I’ve been wanting to read forever!


What did you read this month? Anything amazing?

BEA & BookCon Essentials

It’s almost here! The biggest book event of the year 🙂

The week of BEA and BookCon is always so much fun — there are a ton of books to pick up and we get to catch up with our fellow book bloggers, booktubers, and bookstagramers. I think the only down sides are the sore shoulders, sore feet, and mild exhaustion.

I think this is going to be my 7th year attending, so I’ve pretty much perfected my essentials over the last few years. Here’s a look at the things that I need to have with me for the conference:

Do you have anything you can’t live without during BEA/BookCon? I’d love to know what they are!