Saturday, September 24, 2016

Makeup Stay Spray DIY!

Hello!

Today I have a nifty little recipe for makeup setting spray. It's an easy DIY that will benefit you, your face, and last all day! 

What you need:
  • Spray bottle
  • Witch Hazel
  • Water
  • Rose water (optional) 
Directions:
Pour a tablespoon of witch hazel, two teaspoons of water, and two teaspoons of rose water into the spray bottle. Put on lid and shake well. *If you don't use or have rose water, put two tablespoons of water instead of just two teaspoons.

How to use:
After using makeup, hold about two feet away from face and spray. Don't soak face, just lightly mist, and watch your makeup stay all day. 

Love you all, have a happy day!

XO AnnaD

Friday, September 9, 2016

30 New Binder Covers To Edit!!

Hey guys!

About a year ago, I did a post with binder covers that could be edited/personalized. You all seemed to really like that post, so I have another one this year. The only difference from these covers and the others is that this year I made all of these binder covers myself using Lilly Pulitzer and Vera Bradley prints.

I do think that I may have picked out one or two prints that are the same as last year, but I tried to avoid that as much as possible. 

If you're new here and haven't read my old post on how to edit binder covers or my other post with binder covers, I'll have those linked at the end of this post.

Presenting 30 New Binder Covers To Edit!

































That's all for today!

XO AnnaD

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Book Review: A Change Of Fortune (Ladies Of Distinction #1)

Bonjour! 

Today I have a book review for the first book of the Ladies of Distinction novels written by Jen Turano. The other three books in the series will also have a book review from me within the next month or so. Stay tuned! 

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Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiancĂ©, and her faith. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner, governess-at-large, she's determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London. 

Mr. Hamilton Beckett, much to his chagrin, is the catch of the season, and all the eyes of New York society—all the female ones, at least—are on him. He has no plans to marry again, especially since his hands are full keeping his business afloat while raising his two children alone. 

Eliza's hapless attempts to regain her fortune unexpectedly put her right in Hamilton's path. The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces and, before she knows it, Eliza has a whole retinue of people helping her. Eliza's determination not to trust anyone weakens when everyone's antics and bumbling efforts to assist her make her wonder if there might be more important things than her fortune and independence. 

When all of Hamilton's and Eliza's best-laid plans fall by the wayside, it will take a riot of complications for them to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along.

*The summary above is from Goodreads. 

A Change Of Fortune has 320 pages and was published by Bethany House November 1st, 2012.

Now, I should start off by saying that I accidentally read all the books in this series before this first one so I know what happened to the characters before I even read the book.

Anyways, this was a very light read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The book was fast paced and never had a down spot. There were a lot of twists and turns that kept me on my feet which was good considering some of these romances can be predictable. 

Out of all the other books, this is the one with the most modern references, which can be annoying depending on how much you care about how historically correct the book is. Which I didn't as much with this book. 

The adventurous part of this book was not as large as some of the other books (specifically the second and last ones), but it seemed like the perfect amount because Eliza is not exactly the character to be jumping into trouble. 

As for the romance aspect, I was a little surprised at how fast Eliza and Hamilton's relationship moved, but overall it was cute. I was also happy to see that there were other relationships happening throughout the story and that I was seeing them happen through Eliza and Hamilton's eyes. That was a nice change in pace. 

The humor is one of the main things that kept the book moving so quickly and made it such a light read. I think Jen did a good job with the wittiness in this book, because without it, it would have been much more bitter. 

This is a clean and fluffy book that is a fun read and super easy as well. I recommend it for 12 year olds and up. 

Au Revoir! 

XO AnnaD

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Intro To The Becket Series + Last Week Up North!

Hello! 

My vacation up north is winding to an end this weekend. This last weekend we're in New Jersey visiting my aunt and uncle and their three kids. Although I'm so excited to be here, I am so ready to be home. 

Because my family is kinda scattered up here we've done a lot of driving which has given me some off time to read. I've been reading Jen Turano's books lately, and I totally read them out of order but they've still been amazing. Her first four books written (the ones that I've read) are all of the same series, but the series doesn't have a name. I'm just going to be calling it the Becket Series.

I will not being doing a review on any of the books today, but I will be doing a review on the first one, A Change Of Fortune, next Wednesday, and possibly the second book next Friday. Today I just want to introduce you all to the series.

The order of the books is A Change Of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Situation, A Talent For Trouble, and A Match Of Wits. These are no doubt the funniest books I have ever read. The whole time I was laughing my head off at the things the characters would say and do. There is a sense of adventure, humor, and romance throughout the books that Jen perfectly captured and placed in the right places.

*In my opinion, these books are not geared for younger girls because of some of the themes that are more mature. I recommend the Becket Series for ages 13+ maybe 12. Also, as a side note, your mom might like this series just as much as you :)
 
A Change of Fortune Cover 
A Most Peculiar Circumstance Cover
A Talent for Trouble Cover 
A Match of Wits Cover

Again, I will have a review for the first book of Becket Series this coming Wednesday, so come back for that. 

Also, I came up with an idea while I was in the car that I think I'll be putting into motion as soon as I get home. You guys know how much I love doing reviews, and because that's such a large part of my blog, I feel I should start a consistent series of reviews. I'll either be doing the posts on Wednesdays or Fridays. 

I'm not sure what I'll call this series, so if you have any ideas, send me them via email or the comment section below. 

That's all for now!

XO AnnaD