The Sheriff of Babylon by Tom King and Mitch Gerads
The boy says I’m having a weird literary affair with Tom King. He may be right. I enjoy his writing and this is an incredibly compelling story set during the so-called War on Terror. A hard read, but a good (and important) one.
A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman
I needed something light after a series of emotionally heavy reads (see above) and this sweet romance about second chances fit the bill. Rather than the classic Duke meets lady (or other bold female) trope, the novel reminds me of Persuasion–or Persuasion if Wentworth married Anne before misunderstandings ensued. There is a heavy dose of mystery and plenty of flashbacks, which set this apart from the typical Duke romance.
(This review is based on a ARC from NetGalley)
A Curious Beginning (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery) by Deanna Raybourn
Long on my TBR list, I was inspired to check out the first in the series after listening to an excellent interview with Deanna Raybourn on the Smart Bitches Trashy Books podcast. I read it in a day. That should tell you something of my enjoyment. Mystery, banter, and serious, slow-burn tension.
- After my 3+ year old elf flawless face brush came apart mid-sweep, I decided it was time for an upgrade and picked up the IT Cosmetics airbrush buffing foundation brush. While not strictly a cream foundation brush, I like the flat top and it’s soft and fluffy. All good things.
- Spring has reignited my love Red Apple Lipstick’s Hollypeno. Sadly, they just recently discontinued this shade.
- In “project use it up” news, I hit pan on my glossier stretch concealer (I use the medium shade).
We just recorded Episode 8, but you can still catch up with Episode 7.5, where we wrap up our thoughts on Howl, share more recommendations, and hatch our evil plot to make Bee watch Star Wars for the First Time(!) via a carefully orchestrated comparison to Spaceballs.
You can find the episode on Podomatic, Apple Podcasts, or Google Play.
I’m very selective about PR that I’ll accept, but when VienneMilano reached out to me to try a pair of luxury thigh highs, I was intrigued. As a fan of tights in general, and thigh highs in particular, I was curious about the brand and selection. VienneMilano is an Italian, luxury hosiery brand headquartered in Boston. Their products are made with high quality materials and lace, and they look and feel like they will be well worth the investment. As they note, “Only love can last forever, but VienneMilano stockings will last quite a bit longer than ordinary hosiery.”
You can definitely feel the difference when you wear these. The knit feels like silk and the band reaches way up, high on the thigh and stays there. I wore these out on a humid afternoon and they stayed on without slip. Can’t wait to see how they wear over time. They come in two sizes, and their website offers an easy guide. I requested mine in large and they fit just right (I’m 5’6”, 150ish lbs, and all legs – as the boy would say)
I am loving my purple thigh highs, and am currently eyeing a couple of pairs in Mustard and Olive (I love brightly colored leggings with a black dress for work and play).
Watch the video for more of my thoughts and to see my awkward strut as I try to show them off.
I am wearing a limited edition, Claudia pair in purple, but these are pretty similar.
For more information on the brand, visit viennemilano.com
Disclaimer: I received a pair of thigh highs in exchange for an honest review.
Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
Part of reducing my consumption and learning to live simply is my desire to live a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. I have a long way to go, but this book provides practical, tested advice from one of the top advocates of the Zero Waste Movement.
Beauty (aka. on my face)
Nothing new, but I am appreciating a nude pink lip now that the season is changing. Current rotation: MAC Mehr and Patisserie (obvs. not cruelty free or eco, but I’m not a purist), and Kosas Undone.
Between writing and life, I shoved recording to the side, so no videos for the moment. Instead, I give you the latest installment of The Bluestocking Circle Podcast — lady nerds on popular culture.
I got to play host for Episode 7: Howl’s Moving Castle, so if you love Howl as much as I do, give it a listen. Follow us on twitter and instagram for updates and plenty of fangirling.
Live Lagom: Balanced Living, the Swedish Way by Anna Brones
I admire the Swedes, almost as much as I admire the Japanese. There’s just something about a slow, simple lifestyle that resonates with me and this book does just that. I purchased this on a whim because it had a pretty cover, but what I found is an inspirational and incredibly smart ode to slowing down and living with just enough.
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee
I review for Library Journal and my editor (shoutout to Stephanie!) has a knack for sending me just what I need when I need it. This is a prepub, and I’m still thinking how I’m going to review this, but the essays are excellent and Chee won me over when he revealed that we have the same tarot deck. *love*
I feel like I should title this “on my face”
RMS Lip2Cheek in Beloved (the Detox Market)
The website describes this color as a “true red with just a hint of poppy to suit all skin tones” and boy does it suit my skin tone. In the pot this is red but on my cheeks it is the perfect, natural flush. I bought a sample of this through the Detox Market website and will be upgrading to a full size as soon as it’s empty.
The Bluestocking Circle Podcast just celebrates it’s very merry half-birthday with Episode 6.5! If you love me, have a listen 🙂 We gush about all things geek with a theme every month.
Minisode 6.5: Feedback, Favorites, and First Impressions (with OTPs!)
Episode 6: Pushing Daisies
You can also find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and follow us everywhere @bluesoxcircle
Howl’s Moving Castle
In preparation for the next episode of the Bluestocking Circle Podcast, I re-read and re-watched Howl’s Moving Castle and fell in love anew. It’s been some years since I consumed (hehe, Howl joke) either of these works and I adore them still.
Ilia tinted lip conditioner in Pink Moon (Sephora)
I had some Sephora credit and decided to give this a try… it was well worth the impulse. The color is just the right amount of bright berry lip and it’s not too heavy or dramatic for a daytime/work look.
The Bluestocking Circle Podcast Episode 6: Pushing Daisies
In which we discuss the right balance between fantasy and realism in romance, the rise and fall of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and the legal and ethical ramifications of drugged pies. All this and more as the Bluestockings discuss the TV series Pushing Daisies.
You can also listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Podomatic. Or follow us everywhere @bluesoxcircle
(so I like making weird faces…)
I made a board for the podcast and it is a thing of beauty 🙂
I’m trying something new.
Recent Reads and Loves
Mister Miracle by Tom King et al.
Comics that make me think, can’t get enough of them.
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Episode 2.5 is up!
Gricel has a confession about Firefly, Ashley forgets to provide spoiler alerts, and Bee’s long-cherished wish comes true as we introduce our next selection. In honor of Halloween, the lady nerds discuss their favorite scary, creepy, and downright disturbing reads, plus respond to feedback and play First Impressions.
Next Work: The 10th Kingdom
Recommended TV Series and Movies:
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Enjoy! Episode 3, The 10th Kingdom, will be released on November 1.
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I’m following that good ol’ Florida philosophy: hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
As of this moment, I’m still not sure where I will be staying. I have two options and neither sets my mind at ease (mostly because there’s always the thought of what if). I’m preparing my kit, and will bring the plants inside by the end of the week, but I’m bracing for the worst.
Wishes, prayers, vibes, all positive forces welcome.
Join us on a new adventure!
lady nerds on popular culture
Episode Alpha is out now!
Have a listen and get ready for Episode 1: Soulless.
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I’m thinking of calling these “haulettes”. What d’you think? I don’t film many of these, because minimalism, but I like to think of these as extended reviews for the savvy shopper.
All items are from Look Human and purchased with my own monies.
Ziggy Potter / Coffee Pun Stickers / Always Hungry Pouch