Refinery29 | Style Stalking by Christene Barberich + Piera Gelardi

Refinery29 | Style Stalking by Christene Barberich + Piera Gelardi

Books about fashion? Yes. When I saw Refinery29 Style Stalking, I knew that I had to get it. It got me from the cover because I love cool pictures so I knew this book had a lot going for it.

The book gives a brief recap on the start of Refinery29 and everything they try to achieve. It’s absolutely filled with pictures and my favorite part is that it features women from all shapes and sizes. The book gives tips on how to layer and wear bright colors, among other things. It also includes Q+As with well-known women who embody a certain style related to the chapter.

Another thing I liked about this book is that it inspires you to try new things with items that you already own. It’s a very simple read and really creative, so it attracts your eye and keeps you reading. It looks lengthy but it’s just because it is jam-packed with pictures and examples but it’s an easy read.

I definitely recommend this for those fashionistas who just want to sharpen up their style or for people who want to step it up. It’s helpful and colorful, it’s a cute, fashion book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing.

Read: Greater Devotional by Steven Furtick

Read: Greater Devotional by Steven Furtick

Lately I’ve been reading tons of fiction books, and although it is great and all, I knew I needed to take a break and choose something that will help my soul. I had heard of Greater by Steven Furtick before, and all though I haven’t read it, I picked up the devotional for it.

The idea behind this devotional is simple. It’s 40 days and each day you read a small chapter that will help you achieve a greater relationship with God. It’s easy to follow and each entry is usually a couple of pages that talks about relevant topics people in general may be going through. Something interesting is that it usually features a quote that specifically tells you to tweet with the #GreaterBook hashtag. It could be cool to look at the hashtag and see who else is doing the devotional at the same time. At the end it features a small prayer that the person can follow and pray throughout the day, or night.

The Greater Devotional is definitely for people who want to deepen their faith, or just get back in track. It’s very easy to follow and you can grow at your own pace. Since it’s only a few pages daily, you will still have time to read other books or do other things, so it’s easy to include it in your daily life.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing.

Where’s My Mind At? Thoughts on Senior Year of College + Life

Where’s My Mind At? Thoughts on Senior Year of College + Life

I’m half way done with my fall semester of senior year. Yeah, the excitement that soon I will be seeing samples of class rings and buying my regalia is getting to me, however, the truth is that I’m so overwhelmed.

The truth is that I’m already tired. I’ve been on the go since the summer before sophomore year and I’ve never had a proper break and now I’m forced to think about post-grad life. My first class this semester was a senior level class and the first thing the professor asked as she took roll was what we were planning to do when we graduate. It was seriously the first day and I didn’t want to think about what’s going to happen after.

Plus, I’ve been getting all nostalgic about things all of a sudden. I can no longer go to the cool hipster coffee shop without thinking my days are numbered and I can’t just pick up and go right after class. I always hated being the person who said, “OMG, this is the last time we will ever do this!” but I find myself doing this so much more now.

Adding salt to my wound was hearing my school’s provost say that some business majors had already gotten job offers for after we graduate, to which my friend (who is a psychology major) and I turned to each other and sighed heavily. Also, let’s be real, senioritis is getting to me, which is not good since next semester I will have to write my 50 paged senior thesis.

I can seriously feel my time dwindling down and yeah, I’m excited for that one day when I get to cross that stage, but I can’t bring myself to think about what will happen after. The cups of coffee aren’t helping and I can only reply with, “I’m tired,” so many times.

So cheers to me while I’m sitting on my couch falling asleep, when I should be studying for my midterms or writing papers.


Read: Lost In Translation by Ella Frances Sanders

Read: Lost In Translation by Ella Frances Sanders

I have this tradition that I have to pick up a book that is an extremely light read to clear my head from longer books that take up my thoughts (currently read Gone Girl, so see where I’m coming from). I’m such a big fan of book covers, yes I judge them, so Lost In Translation immediately got my attention. I don’t think you understand my love for words and languages. I love words and that is probably why I’m so wordy.

The book is visually beautiful with illustrations to accompany what the word is saying. It includes words from all over the world and some so profound and some speaking about eating bananas. All important and useful for when they are needed. Plus, it enriches your vocabulary and you can boast to your friends in different languages, so that’s cool.

You can probably read the book in one sitting and isn’t that long. It’s the type of book you leave out in your night stand or coffee table. It’s a cute book and if you get a kick out off words, then Lost In Translation is definitely for you.

Listen: Southlen “Young Hearts” EP

Listen: Southlen “Young Hearts” EP

I still remember it like it was yesterday, the first time I ever heard Southlen was when I heard them live back in 2012 at the One Conference. I still remember when they played “Love Is On The Run” and I just stopped and listened. These guys were fresh and played music that was deep, in a cool modern way and I instantly became a fan.

So it’s been a couple of years since they released XVII, which is crazy to think of because it feels like it was just yesterday, but it was time that we got new Southlen tunes because I was running out of music to blast on my drives.

When the first single “Young Hearts” release, which is also the title of the EP, I was so overjoyed. The song is fun and whimsical, which is something I love about Southlen. The song gives me this weird tinge of hope, like whenever I listen to it I know everything will be okay and I just want to admire everything that’s beautiful in the world.

The rest of the EP is equally amazing. “Wild Love” is currently competing with “Love Is On The Run” for favorite song by them. The piano in the chorus makes me happy and come on, the lyrics are amazing.

“Some say they love, but really can’t prove it. Well my God He showed it. He gave it all, though we don’t deserve it”

Pretty sure I shed a tear after hearing that line.

“Babylon” is the type of song you want to listen to when you want to get down to business and reaffirm your spiritual fighter self. The acoustic sound of “Worn” makes the song so much better. I’m also absolutely obsessed with the use of the colors in the lyrics and the overall message refreshes my tired soul.

Okay while listening to this on repeat I decided that “Can’t Give It Up” is also competing to be my favorite Southlen song. I can’t even explain it but this song has everything. The lyrics are deep. It’s one of those songs that you HAVE to listen to at full volume. The slow-ish rhythm at the start, just makes the chorus stand out in such a cool way. Hearing Brooke Ashley on this track also added an extra pinch of magic to the song. If they play this song live, I would probably cry and then sing my heart out.

P.S. Here are some random fun facts that you need to know about Southlen:

  • They’re now a trio and they are all brothers and hilarious so follow them on Twitter!
  • They’re from California and love Disneyland.
  • iTunes always hates them when they release something. LOL.
  • They have two full-length albums, Loving Life, Living Love and XVII.
  • They’re some of the humblest guys I’ve ever met.

The thing about Southlen is that they deliver both in their musical abilities and in their songwriting, all while having their own unique sound. That is why I’m such a fan because they’re actually good and put in the effort in every aspect of their music. I’m excited to see what they will create next. I’ll know they’ll make it huge and I’ll be seeing them play at Red Rocks one day.

Go listen to them now and check out the Young Hearts EP on iTunes!