Saturday, March 10, 2018

How To Stop Time Review

Hello, all!

I had seen a ton of hype around How To Stop Time by Matt Haig, so I knew I just had to pick it up, and I'm so glad that I did.

The story centers around Tom Hazard, who may look like an ordinary 41-year old, but thanks to a rare medical condition, he's well over 400-years old. Tom has literally lived through history-- doing everything from performing with Shakespeare to having drinks with F. Scott Fitzgerald. Now, after centuries of living, he's ready to settle down in an ordinary life, but he finds that might not be as easy as he thinks.

With the help of Hendrich, the shady leader of The Albatross Society (or Albas) which is a group that helps keep people like Tom safe, Tom moves back to London to become a high school history teacher. Throughout his life, Tom has always tried to fly under the radar, but he finds that a bit hard when a captivating French teacher seems to be fascinated by finding out why he seems so familiar. Things get a bit tricky for Tom since the number one rule the Albas have is that one must never fall in love.

As painful memories of Tom's past rush in and the erratic behavior of Hendrich threaten to derail his new life and romance, it seems the one thing Tom can't have might be the only thing that can save him. Tom must decided whether he wants to stay stuck in the past, or begin to live in the present.

I loved this book. I thought the story was great and it blended the past with the present so nicely. The pacing was just right and it didn't feel slow or sluggish at any part. Normally, when you have a story based around someone who's lived for centuries, it's almost always a vampire or something along those lines, so it was refreshing that it was just a normal guy who just so happened to have this weird disease. If you're a fan of history or just want a quick fun read, I definitely recommend this one!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Funko Pop Haul

Hello, all!

I love collecting toys and action figures of all the fandoms that I love, and one of my favorites is the Pop figures from Funko. I think they're so adorable and really good bang for your buck. They come in almost any character you can think of, so there's definitely one for everyone. These are just a few of the ones I've picked up recently:

Next to Kitty Pryde, Storm is probably my favorite X-Man. And my favorite design of Storm is her 80s punk look from Chris Claremont and Paul Smith, so I just had to pick this baby up. It goes so well with my 90s animated series Storm action figure too.

Technically, this isn't a Pop it's a Wobbler but I just thought it was so cool. It came in my Marvel Collector Corps box and it's pretty perfect with all the Black Panther hype right now (which I've still yet to see and I'm so bummed!)

I was so happy when I found out Funko was starting to make Sailor Moon Pops. I have a bunch of different Sailor Moon figures, but I knew I needed to add these to my collection as well. Sailor Mars and Sailor Pluto are my favorite Scouts, I already have Mars, so it was a no brainer picking this one up as well.

It's no secret how much I love MST3K, so when I was strolling through a toy store and saw these babies for half off, I couldn't grab them quick enough. And yes, I did sing the Robot Roll Call as I was unboxing them, aaaand pretty much anytime I look at them.

Hope everyone's having a lovely weekend!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Owl Crate February Review

Hello, all!

I wasn't too impressed with last months Owl Crate box, save for the book (The Cruel Prince which I've been meaning to read), but this month perked me back up. The theme was Hidden Worlds, so let's get into it!

The first thing I picked out was this skeleton key necklace designed by Team OwlCrate and based on the Neil Gaiman story, Coraline. The chain is super long, so it looks sort of silly when I wear it, but it's a great little piece if I ever decide to try and find a doorway to another world.

Next was this soy candle created exclusively by Books on Candles called Through the Wardrobe. With hints of pine, mint and vanilla it's supposed to magically transport you to the woods of Narnia. Hopefully, there's no White Witch waiting to offer you a terrible Turkish Delight for betraying your family. I'm lookin' at you Edmund.

Ooh, you know how much I love a pouch. This one was designed by Risa Rodil and was inspired by Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. The design is really fun and I love all the little touches that went into it. Also, the 'o' in world reminds me of a Yoshi egg and I'm all about it.

How cute is this Alice in Wonderland sticker? It was designed by Naomi Lord, and I'm loving the anime sort of vibe, so I'm pumped to add this to my little sticker collection.

This month they included this lovely wall tapestry by Evie Bookish. It's a really lovely quality and the design itself is gorgeous, it perfectly captures how it feels to just lose yourself in a book. Unfortunately, I have nowhere to put this so I'm hoping I can find someone to pass it along to.

Now onto the book:

First off, how pretty is this cover? I'm absolutely loving the forest green with the gold embellishments, it just works so well together. I also was hoping it would be this book once I heard the theme because I've heard such good things and couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

The Hazel Wood centers around Alice and her mother who have spent their whole lives on the run trying to escape the never-ending bad luck that seems to follow them wherever they go. Alice's life seems to go from bad to worse after the death of her estranged grandmother, who just so happens to be the author of a beloved strange collection of dark and twisted fairy tales. Alice's mother is kidnapped by one of the characters from her grandmother's stories, so Alice has no choice but to team up with Ellery Finch, a huge fan of her grandmother's work (with some potential ulterior motives) to help her find her missing mother. The two of them must journey to the Hazel Wood, her grandmother's mysterious estate in hopes of saving her mother.

Has anyone read this yet? If so, lemme know what you thought!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

VHS Haul

Hello, all!

My roommates and I have a VHS/DVD combo player and one of my favorite things to do on a weekend is dig around thrift stores to see what kind of VHS gems I can find. We're (and by "we're" I really just mean me) always trying to find more classics that we can add to our collection. Here are just a few that I recently found and was super excited about.

Party time, excellent! I once tried to woo a guy by quoting this movie and that's why I'm terrible at flirting, but whatever it's just so good.

At any given point, you can find me and my one roommate screaming/dancing along to this entire soundtrack, so picking this up was just a given.

John Travolta playing Nic Cage playing John Travolta and Nic Cage playing John Travolta playing Nic Cage.  This movie is a cinematic masterpiece. Also, whenever my brother and I want to annoy the other we just do the face waterfall thing they do in this.

You can't just leave this movie behind. This'll go great with the Dennis Nedry/Dilophosaurus Funko Pop set I pre-ordered. Now, if only I can find the shirtless Ian Malcom Pop, I'd be golden.

This was another one I just couldn't leave without. I watched this recently for the first time in ages, and I forgot how much I absolutely love it. And 90s Ethan Embry is just so adorable. Damn the man, Save the Empire!

If anyone has any VHS tapes they're trying to get rid of, holla atcha girl! I'll pretty much take any and everything. Hope everyone's having a great weekend!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Top 5: Book Club Members

Hello, all!

I've never been a part of a book club, but they seem like they would be so fun. I love the idea of getting together with a group of friends and discussing a current read, so I thought I'd dedicate this Top 5 to fictional characters I'd want in my book club. So let's get to it!

1. Matilda Wormwood: Much like Matilda, I turned to books at a young age as a means of escaping reality, so I feel like we'd have a lot in common. And after we talk about books, we can dance around the living room to Rusted Root and she can telepathically bring us some snacks.

2. Daria Morgendorffer: If I had to choose one character to describe myself, I would always pick Daria. Not only do we look alike, but her preference for reading over going out and being social is one I know very well.

3. Jess Mariano: I know when you think "Gilmore Girls" and "books", you immediately think Rory, but I'd pick Jess over her any day. Jess wrote a novel, he's in publishing, and he writes in the margins. Plus, he is just so dreamy.

4. Hermione Granger: As if I could have a book club without Hermione. She always knew the power books held, and used her cleverness as a weapon and I would just really like to hang around the Hogwarts library with her.

5. John Keating: O Captain, My Captain. My love for English and literature stemmed from Dead Poets Society. Keating was so energetic about his love of the written word and teaching his students to look at everything from a different perspective. He urges them to think for themselves and helps them to understand the beauty in words and the world around them.

Who would you want in your book club? Lemme know!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Let's Talk: Current Favorites

Hello, all!

I figured today I'd give you guys a little peek into what I've been loving lately. I've only ever done one of these which I think is pretty silly because I love watching YouTube videos of what people are loving lately, so I may make this a recurring thing. So let's get into it!

First up is the Hot Cocoa and Cream candle from Bath and Body Works. Ho-lee cow, does this smell exactly like a cup of hot chocolate. I've gone through about 2 so far and even have a few more squirreled away so that way I won't run out of it.

I'm not a coffee drinker, so anytime I go to Starbucks I usually get tea or a hot chocolate, and my favorite is the Snickerdoodle hot chocolate they have around Christmas time and I always get bummed when they take it away-- but not anymore! A friend of mine works there and recently told me that it was just a white hot chocolate with some cinnamon dolce syrup, so now I can have it all year round!

Now, I'm a huge spazz when it comes to make up. It seems like some people are just naturally blessed with the knowledge of contour and highlight and blending eyeshadow, but I am not one of them. My usual make up routine is: throw on some foundation and concealer to not look so dead and head out the door. I always have a problem picking out foundation because I'm really (and I mean reeeeeeally) pale, so even the lightest shades are always a bit too dark for me. I'd heard really good things about the Fenty beauty line that Rihanna came out with, so I figured I'd see how I fared with that one and I actually found my shade. I got color matched at Sephora and it turns out I'm between the 100 and 110 shades, I went with the 110 and I'm diggin' it so far. It's a matte foundation so it does get slightly patchy in my dry spots, but nothing too noticeable.

The other littler one is a whipped foundation by The Balm called Even Steven in the shade Lighter that Light, and that one is also a near perfect match for my skin tone and it also feels super light. So ya girl's face is pretty happy lately.

I got this Q & A a day book for Christmas and I've actually kept up with it and it's something so small and silly but I look forward to filling it out everyday. It's all sorts of questions ranging from What's your mission? to What'd you eat today? so it's a good mix of serious and fun. I also really like how it's a 5 year journal so you can see how your answers vary over the years.

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3. I love Drag Race (imagine the little clapping emoji in between each word for extra emphasis) and I get super into all the queens and I'm so pumped to see how this season turns out. There's only been two episodes so far, but already I've been clutching my pearls at everything. I love it.

My last favorite is super random but it's going to the library. I've loved the library ever since I was young, but then I started to just buy all my books and I've pretty much run out of space and money, so now me and the library are BFFs again. We have a lovely relationship where I go there weekly and they help feed my addiction. It's great.

What're you loving lately? Lemme know!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Rules of Magic Review

Hello, all!

It's no surprise that I love to read. Every year I set a reading goal for myself, and I love to read anything from sci-fi and YA to historical fiction and graphic novels. One that I just recently finished was The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman and from the first chapter I was hooked.

If you're familiar with the 1998 film Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, than you already sort of know the characters in this story. Whereas Practical Magic dealt with the lives of Sally and Gillian Owens, The Rules of Magic is all about their aunts, Franny and Jet Owens.

It's New York City in the 1960s, and Francis (Franny), Bridget (Jet) and their younger brother Vincent are no strangers to the fact that they're a bit different from the rest of their peers. Franny with her blood red hair and milky white skin has the ability to call birds to her with just the lift of her hand; Jet, who is as shy and beautiful as they come, can read people's thoughts; and brash Vincent has been using his charm to woo people into things since he was a baby. From the beginning, their mother Susanna has put down some very firm rules: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no crows, no cats, no candles and no books about magic. And the most important rule of them all, never, ever fall in love. All that changes when the three siblings visit their mysterious Aunt Isabelle who lives in a small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for every misfortune and they begin to discover who they really are.

During their time with their aunt, they learn all about themselves and the powers they possess, but they also discover the curse that's been on their family for generations. Their ancestor, Maria Owens, was charged with witchcraft for loving the wrong man, and ever since disaster has befallen any man who dares fall in love with an Owens.

The Owens siblings cannot escape from love no matter how hard they may try, and each try to side step the curse for as long as they can, but it all catches up to them eventually. Along with magical elements, Hoffman ties in real world elements such as the Vietnam War, the Stonewall riots and San Francisco's Summer of Love to make a lovely mix of fairy tale and real life. The Owens's can't change who they are, they can't escape the pains of love and affairs of the heart, but they can figure out how to use their powers for good and how to make the best out of it.

I loved the movie Practical Magic and now knowing the whole backstory of the Aunts (and how they had a brother!) and how they came to be, and the things that they had to go through just makes me love it even more. The Rules of Magic is delightful and dreamy and a must read even if you aren't a fan of its predecessor.

Has anyone read anything good lately? Lemme know!