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book recommendation: behind closed doors

It’s been so long since I posted a book review. I took a bit of a hiatus from reading but I have a few good ones I want to share!
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I got this recommendation from The Sweetest Thing and it was so good. Behind Closed Doors is such a quick read and the writing is so simplistic it can seem a little immature or ill developed but its actually the exact opposite. Everything pieces together through the whole story and honestly I had a nightmare after I finished it…like the book just kept going in my mind!

I read this is two nights and the whole story was so satisfying (and a little scary to be honest because its so believable!). I don’t think there is a way to share about this book that doesn’t give things away so pick it up and see for yourself!


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how to make your own bathroom valances

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I’m excited to share a DIY project I worked on over Christmas and New Years…it did take that long. Not because it was complicated but it was involved. I had been looking for new valances since we moved in last December (before pics below) and never found any that I liked. So I decided to take a sewing class (if you are in New Jersey I highly recommend taking them here), find fabric that I loved and make my own.
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a very gilmore girls recipe

gilmore-girl-snacksI started Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life last night! I knew I wanted to watch several in a row (wish there were more) so in true gilmore fashion I had to think about snacks. Coffee and poptarts what could be more gilmore?

Channeling my inner Sookie (with a shortcut because I had leftover pie crust from Thanksgiving pies) I made poptarts from scratch. Naturally, these are divine and easy enough even Lorelai cold whip these up.
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Ingredients:
One piecrust (homemade or bought)
Strawberry Jam
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla
sprinkles

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 425.
2) Rollout piecrust to a rectangle (if possible). Cut small squares or rectangles, I did a variety of sizes but make sure everyone has a mate to be paired with that’s the same size.
3) Spread jam onto bottom pastry leaving a little room around the edges. Top with the doughs mate and crimp with a fork. I don’t mind mine being messy but clean any overflow in the oven or on the pan with a wet paper towel before it dries and crystallizes.
4) Bake for 10 minutes until dough is slightly brown. While the poptarts cool combine confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla together. Once cooled, pour over pop tarts and add sprinkles.

 

 


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bite lipsticks

This is my first exposure to BITE beauty and I have to say these Amuse Bouche lipsticks are great. They are the creamiest buttery formula and high impact color. They only make lipsticks and make them with food grade products and in small low heat batches to preserve those nutrients! bite lippies

First of all the packaging means a lot to me (hello, my day job is Director of Marketing). The tubes are a charcoal color that feels like suede. The cap even mimics the shape of the lipstick.bite lipstick packaging

These colors are bold but there are plenty of other choices that are a bit less intense if that’s more your style. I want to try a few of the lighter shades for every day.
If you have been following Kylie Jenner you know that browns are coming back like we are back in the 90’s but I have to say Pepper is a super wearable brown that mimics some of the Kylie brown shades and probably the easiest of the three to wear.bite lipstickLook at that color!bite swatches

Each lipstick is $26 and can be bought at retailers like Sephora. I’m thinking I might have to purchase Sugarcane next.

I received these products as a complimentary gift from BITE


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Book Recommendation: Empire Girls

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I just finished Empire Girls and loved it! It was such a quick, easy read. It takes place in the 1920’s which I’m strangely so into now (anyone else fans of Boardwalk Empire?!) following two sisters who are completely different and set off to New York City after their father dies and they find out they have a brother they never knew about. The book is written bouncing back and forth between the two sisters point of view which helps you understand each of them and how they perceive the world.

I highly recommend it if you are looking for a feel good story!

Are you an avid reader? I have been tracking my want to reads/currently reading on GoodReads, follow me there I’d love to see what you are reading!