I’m so happy that I chose to read Valley of the Dolls for the month of February. Up until this point I’ve only watched the film (which is so good by the way).
I will say that it’s equally as good as the film. The only difference is that the book goes into more detail. You get to learn a lot about each character. In the beginning you get to learn a lot about Anne, Helen, and Neely. It’s hard not to fall in love with the characters early on. Jennifer is there in the beginning but you learn more about her and her story as the book goes on.
Unlike the movie you get an in-depth look into the lives of each character. Whole sections are given to each character. There’s so many parts to this book that I love so I’ll instead of just rambling I’ll list each category.
This book is obviously based in NYC and Hollywood so of course the characters will be dressed glamorously. The book definitely puts emphasis on what the characters are wearing. I’m really into mid-century style right now so it’s so cool to get sucked back into that time by just reading this book.
I’m a sucker for romance and this book has a lot of it. The beginning of love and the ending of a lot. But besides the romantic love it also has a lot of self-growth and self-love and those two things are always incredible journeys.
I’m a dreamer and if you are too than this book is for you. Everyone has a dream they’re fighting for. Neely for instance wants to make a name for herself and eventually does and Anne wants to be independent which she sort of does by leaving her small town for the big city of NYC.
I would give this book a 5/5. It’s a great before bedtime read. For the month of March I’ll be reading Angela Davis book Women Race and Class. I hope you all join me for that monthly read.
Everyone has that one thing that they’re saving for and dream about, I mean seriously dream about. That one thing for me is a Chanel classic lambskin flap bag with gold hardware of course (medium sized).
I haven’t kept it a secret that I have a love for bags. But this is the ultimate bag that I want. I remember being about ten years old and falling for this classic beauty. Now at twenty-five I’m still waiting until the day I can have one of my own.
Yes, they’re pricey but I see them as a fashion investment. To be honest I shock myself when I realize that I’ve wanted this bag for so long.
Every year the price goes up higher and I feel as though my chance to own one is slipping away from me but then a little voice tells me that I still have a chance. I still can have something nice.
I feel like most kids who grow up poor always had that one thing that they wanted more than anything. For me it was this bag. I knew if I owned this bag that I really wanted meant that I was doing what I loved and working hard at it. Maybe this all sounds shallow or superficial but I don’t believe people don’t have a dream. Even if it’s a dream to own a bag.
Good morning! It’s a bit after midnight and I’m up watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You all won’t read this post until a decent time today. I love watching this movie. The older I get the more I understand Holly Golightly.
I love this film because just like other old films it eases what ever trace of anxiety I have (but tonight I’m having trouble sleeping). Everything from the custom Givenchy clothes that Audrey Hepburn wore with such grace, to the opening scene where she’s eating a crossaint and sipping coffee ( my favorite thing to do in college was to eat a crossaint and sip coffee while exploring downtown Pittsburgh).
This film only reminds me not to take things so serious. Relax and enjoy life. Holly is such a carefree character. Yes, she’s hiding from her past but she knows exactly what she wants.
I haven’t done a “Bags I Love” post since last year. My love for handbags hasn’t stopped obviously, I just didn’t realize how much you all enjoyed it. So here’s a new “Bags I Love” post. This time showcasing the Mansur Gavriel Calf Mini Sun bag.
I’m in love with these three colors. Blush, Blu, and Rosa. Mansur Gavriel has been around since 2012 so it’s still a new brand. This doesn’t mean celebrities and bag lovers haven’t been loving this minimalistic brand.
I love this bag design because of how simple it is but it looks like a classic piece that it will last a lifetime. My favorite part of it is the small detail of the bow. It adds a small detail.
This bag comes in a bit over a thousand dollars so it’s definitely an investment piece if you can afford it.
What are your thoughts about this bag? What bag are you loving right now?
It took me awhile to really appreciate jewelry. Now I love small meaningful pieces. You all probably know that I used to live in Pittsburgh for a few years. I love that city and I love learning about local businesses there. I recently learned about Greenfield Jewelers, a family owned jewelry shop located in Pittsburgh. Even though I don’t live in Pittsburgh anymore I really wanted to do a spotlight on this incredible family business.
Photo belongs to Greenfield Jewelers
How gorgeous is this necklace. Valentine’s day is a week away and I’m sure your significant other would love this as a special gift.
Photo belongs to Greenfield Jewelers
I’m kind of obsessed with these earrings. I have no idea where I would ever wear them but they so glamour and well made. These would also be great as a Valentine’s day gift.
Photo belongs to Greenfield Jewelers
Okay, I kind of lied. I’m actually completely obsessed with this ring. It’s gorgeous, right? It’s so shiny and pretty. This would be the perfect engagement ring for anyone thinking about popping the big question.
Photo belongs to Greenfield Jewelers
This ring is so wonderful! It would make a great gift.
I love how incredibly made these pieces are and on a future trip to Pittsburgh I’ll definitely be stopping by. If you would like to stop by you can visit Greenfield Jewelers at
I’ll be honest I couldn’t finish The Dark Tower so I’ll just be jumping right into my next book in the book review series. If you’ve been following my blog and social media for awhile you know how much I love Sharon Tate. One of her most famous roles was her portrayal as Jennifer in Valley of the Dolls. I love that movie more than words can describe so I won’t waste so much time confessing my love for it.
However, I am very excited to start this book and give you all a review. I chose Valley of the Dolls for February because this book has so much love in it. Romantic love and love between friends. I’m on a 60’s kick right now so that’s the other reason for this book choice. As always I hope you all join me in reading this. Sorry for the last review, I promise to stick with this.
Did you all know that today would have been Virginia Woolf’s 136th birthday. I’m a huge fan of her work and what she believed in. Lately, I’ve been very passionate about my career and where I want to go with it. Last year put me back a bit, but I’m ready to conquer the world and make a name for myself.
This year so far has been very interesting. I’m finally feeling mentally healthy and I feel like I can control my anxiety and depression. My OCD is so in control now. Life brings unexpected surprises and the main surprise for me this year is falling in love with the most incredible man. I can’t wait to see where we go and how we grow.
I’m grateful for the relationship I have with my mom and sister and how much we’ve grown from the traumatic experiences we dealt with last year. I feel like things are finally coming together.
Virginia Woolf once said “My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery – always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What’s this passion for?”
I’m going to take this passion and make it into something that will change my life.
Hey loves! I hope you all are enjoying the first day of 2018. 2017 was… intense. Right? So let’s hope for the best this year. This past year with everything my family and I went through I had no motivation to do what I normally love to do. I didn’t write as much and I haven’t read much. I’m happy to say that thanks to Ragdale I’ve gotten out of that slump. I’m ready to take on this new year and build my career and personal life.
I’ll definitely be posting regularly on here. To motivate myself to read more I’ll be reading a book for every month of the year. Yes, I’ll be reading 12 books! For each book I’ll be reviewing it on towards the end of the month. I would love if you all would join me with reading, if you would prefer to just read the reviews that’s fine, too. For January I’ll be beginning this book journey by reading the first book in the Stephen King series The Dark Tower.
I received this book from my friend Myra and I was supposed to read it during Ragdale but I got busy going back and forth to the ER. Long story. I’ll talk about it another time. But anyway I’ll be starting the year off with my personal hero Stephen King. Join me?
I love this time of year. I know you’re probably shocked because I’m normally talking about how much I enjoy Halloween. I love Halloween but Christmas comes in a close second for a favorite holiday. I love the cheesy Christmas music, the cozy sweaters, and of course the time you get to spend with family. I also love giving gifts. To be honest when my family and I lived in the domestic violence shelter this year I didn’t expect us to have a Christmas this year. But things worked out and we’ll be spending Christmas together in our own home with a Christmas tree and stockings. I’m still in Illinois at Ragdale for my writer’s residency so I won’t be able to help decorate but I know my mom and sister will do a great job.
I wanted to put together a list of items that I would like to receive and I’m sure you all would also. I’ll just include a few items in this post but you can view the full list here. Also, everything is from Amazon!
You’re not really an adult until you enjoy getting socks as gifts. I feel like I always need more socks. I swear they just disappear. Plus they’re so great to have to keep your feet cozy during this time of the year.
I’m always drinking a ton of water back at home but once I travel I seem to forget how much I should be really drinking. For one thing, I always get dehydrated on flights and this could easily be avoided if I would drink as much water as I do at home. I love these reusable bottles they are super environmentally friendly and so easy to clean.
There’s nothing I love more than a nice bag. I’m in love with handbags. I actually really need a new one so I’ve been searching for a nice everyday one. This is awesome because it has three compartments. As much as I try to be organized I always end up tossing everything into my bag. I also love this taupe color.
I can definitely do more of these holiday gift guides if you want, just let me know down in the comments!
I don’t think I’ve told you all that a few weeks ago I was unexpectantly invited to stay at Ragdale in Illinois for almost a month. long story short I applied in the spring but wasn’t accepted, a few weeks ago I received an email congratulating me on receiving the Creative Access Fellowship. Of course, I accepted it, I wanted it, but something kept popping up in my mind. I would be away from my mom and sister.
As you all know by now my family and I had to live in a domestic violence shelter for a good chunk of the year and for the other part of it we were homeless and abused daily. It wasn’t until August we had found a home of our own and could finally leave the shelter. This is the first time this year I’ve been away from my mom and sister. We’ve been together every step of the way during this tough year. I miss them and I know I’ll miss them every day but I also know that I have to do what will help my career. I’ve been given a wonderful gift and that is time to do what I’ve loved since I was a little girl.
I at a strange point in my career. I’ve been doing journalism and nonfiction since graduating high school, but before that I only wrote fiction, now I’m getting back into fiction (science fiction and horror) and to be honest I’m stuck, worried, and I’m trying to build up the confidence. I just keep thinking to myself “I can do more then review a face mask, I can write good fiction if I really work hard at it” but that’s easier said than done.
I’m only 25 and I’m still figuring myself out and I’ll probably be figuring myself out for awhile, that’s life right? All I know is that I want to be a writer. I want to change the world in some way, I don’t know how yet. I want to make a difference.
Today I got up really early (5 am early) and got started on my day. I had cereal and fruit for breakfast and tea of course. I did my brand new “travel skincare routine” (I basically used my Chanel eye mask all over my face because I have no other moisturizer and I forgot my regular products back at home) and I decided to write but the weird thing is I couldn’t. As much as I tried I found myself just staring at the screen of my computer. I keep telling myself not to put pressure on myself but I was chosen for a reason and I should use this time wisely but all I could do today was read. Hopefully, tomorrow is better.