avec danielle

avec danielle

Friday, September 23, 2016

Recent Reads

books i've read lately including me before you and after you by jojo moyes, a game of thrones by george r. r. martin, and harry potter and the cursed child

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I'm sure you've all heard of this book as they've just turned it into a film (which I loved as well). It's about a woman named Louisa who takes a job looking after a man named Will, who is disabled in a wheelchair and has lost the will to live. Without giving too much away if you don't know the story, Will makes a big decision that Louisa tries to change his mind about and a little love story develops. It's also quite the tearjerker so be prepared for that!

After You by Jojo Moyes. This is the follow up to Me Before You, which I absolutely loved as well. It's about Louisa's life after Will and her struggle to find herself in London. The major plot of the story is Will's daughter that no one knew about (including Will) showing up on Louisa's doorstep and how she deals with that. I loved reading more about Louisa because she's such a likable character and I'm not sure if there are any plans for a third book but I would love that.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Game of Thrones is probably my favorite show ever so it was about time I started reading the books. They're a bit different than the show, as is usually the case, and they give you more insight into the characters by splitting the book up into chapters that follow one character at a time, so you see things from each of their points of view. For me at least, it takes a bit more effort to read because of the language and the way it's written, but it's enjoyable nonetheless and I've already started reading the second one.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Again, a book that doesn't really need any explanation. I saw a lot of mixed reviews on this amongst friends and the Internet, and I have to say I was a bit on the fence about it. I loved getting back into the world of Harry Potter and bringing the characters back to life as Harry Potter is my favorite thing ever, but the story was all a bit weird to me. Of course since it wasn't written by J.K. Rowling herself it's bound to be different, but the way the characters spoke and the strange Cedric storyline just didn't feel right to me. I think I would enjoy it more if I saw the actual play.

Let me know if you've read any of these and what you thought! I'm always open to recommendations as well.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Feel Unique Haul

thebalm meet matt(e) trimony eye shadow palette review
by terry ombre blackstar eyeshadow stick mercure swatch

Today's post is something I was really excited about - I got the opportunity to receive a few things from Feelunique, an website that carries tons of different makeup and skincare brands. It's really convenient because they have such a nice variety of both high end and drugstore products that you might not be able to find in your local stores, especially if you're like me and don't live in a big city where things are more readily available. 

The first thing I got was the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Melting Eyeshadow* in the shade Ombre Mercure. I've heard so many of my favorite bloggers talk about this but like I said, it's not something we have in stores around here so I was super excited to finally try it. It's a beautiful creamy eyeshadow stick that applies and blends really nicely and is perfect for a wash of color all over the lid. It's really pigmented and shimmery so it would be perfect for a night out. I actually found myself having to use multiple different products to remove all of the glitter off of my face, which I guess says something about it's staying power. In the last photo above, it's what I used on the inner half of my eyelids.

I also got theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow Palette*, which is probably my favorite thing that I received. First off, the packaging is really nice and the name is really witty and cute. Everyone needs a good matte palette and this one has a really nice range of shades from browns to reds to black, which is perfect for me as I've been loving pinky red shades at the moment. The shadows themselves are really pigmented and blendable and work for both daytime and nighttime looks, so this is definitely going to become a staple product for me!

The last thing I got was a skincare product - the ELEMIS Balancing Lavender Toner*. I'm not great at talking about skincare, so I'll give you the description from the site: High Alpine Lavender helps maintain the skin's natural pH balance, whilst effectively clarifying the complexion without the use of alcohol for harsh detergents. I am a fan of toners as I have oily skin and they're perfect for a bit of a refresh during the day. This one feels really nice on the skin and leaves you with an overall clean and refreshed feeling.

And now for everyone's favorite part - a discount code! You can use the code DANNI10 for 10% off an order over $40. You'll get free shipping for spending that much as well so I'd say it's a pretty good deal! Have a good weekend everyone!


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Instagram + Life Update #2

Hey guys, hope you're all having a good weekend! Today I thought I would just update you on what's going on over on my Instragram in case you aren't following me. I tend to be very indecisive when it comes to my Instagram photos and can never seem to stick to a theme or develop one that I'm happy with, but I think I finally have one that I really like. First world/blogger problems, right? Anyway, I have a bit of a pink and green thing going on at the moment which I think looks quite nice, so hopefully I can keep it up. I feel like I'm eventually going to run out of pink things to take photos of (lol), but with the pink obsession I've developed lately I think I'll be okay for a while.

I don't really have much to update you on in the life department at the moment. I took a little trip to LA & Vegas last month and I've just been at home since, but I'm actually going back next month because I've been going a bit crazy here at home. I haven't even been home for that long, but if I'm in one place for too long I start to get a little anxious. Anyone else? Anyway, I'm excited for what the rest of the year has in store and I hope everything is going well for you guys, let me know!


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Denim On Denim

Another outfit post, it must be a miracle. I don't think these came out quite as well as my first set here, but it's still a work in progress. I'm wearing my favorite denim jacket that I had customized by the lovely ladies over at Odessa Rae (it says DFRED if you can't tell, it's sort of a nickname). If you'd like to know more about it, I wrote a post a while back about it here. I love denim on denim looks so I thought I would try out my own and paired it with some ripped Topshop Jamie Jeans, as well as my new velvet tank top from Zara. Lastly I'm wearing my favorite boots from H&M which I don't think are sold anymore and my sunglasses are from Retro City Sunglasses.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

July Favorites

july favorites, dior airflash foundation, stila liquid lipstick baci, motto matcha, me before you, zara pink leather jacket
july favorites, dior airflash foundation, stila liquid lipstick baci, motto matcha, me before you, zara pink leather jacket
july favorites, dior airflash foundation, stila liquid lipstick baci, motto matcha, me before you, zara pink leather jacket, ball and chain co patches
july favorites, dior airflash foundation, stila liquid lipstick baci, motto matcha, me before you, zara pink leather jacket
july favorites, dior airflash foundation, stila liquid lipstick baci, motto matcha, me before you, zara pink leather jacket

Hey guys! I hope your Sunday is going as well as mine, blogging and watching the Harry Potter marathon. Did anyone pick up the new book today? Unfortunately I couldn't go and get it today but hopefully tomorrow! Anyway, it's favorites time. I feel like I haven't done one of these in so long because my heart just hasn't been in it, but I'm slowly finding my motivation again.

First up, this pink Zara faux leather jacket. I've become absolutely obsessed with the color pink lately and I keep buying more and more clothing in this pale pink color. I think this is such a cute and fun piece and although it's a bit hot for it right now, unfortunately the cold weather will be back before you know it. I got mine in a size large because I didn't want it to be too tight of a fit and I think it's perfect. They also sell it in blue and yellow.

Another thing that I actually discovered quite a while ago but never mentioned is the Motto Sparkling Matcha Tea drinks. This is literally the best drink I've ever had and if you're a matcha lover, you absolutely have to try it. I know matcha can be quite bitter but they've made it sweet and carbonated and it feels like you're drinking soda but healthy. Unfortunately if you don't live in America you might not be able to find it, but if you check your local health food store they might have it or might be able to order it for you. I've gotten to the point where they literally order it for me by the case (LOL).

Next up, these patches from Ball and Chain Co. They have some of the best patches I've come across and I'm starting a new custom denim jacket with more grunge style patches and these are going to be such a nice addition. I'm not sure if all of these are in stock at the moment but they have so many other amazing ones as well. Next, I read Me Before You at the end of June and absolutely loved it. It's definitely one of those books that you don't want to put down and it's just such a lovely and heartbreaking story. I don't want to go too in depth because I'm thinking about doing a book related post sometime soon. I've started reading the sequel, After You, and I'm loving that so far as well, and I still need to see the movie!

My last two things are beauty products - first, the Diorskin Airflash Foundation. Funny story, I was in Vegas last week and realized I completely forgot to bring foundation with me (of all things, right?) but luckily my friend works at Sephora and always has tons of extra makeup that they give her for free. She happened to have this one that matches me perfectly and I absolutely fell in love with it. I've never used a spray foundation before or really any designer makeup, but you just spray a bit on your makeup brush and apply it as you normally would and it provides a really flawless finish and almost feels like you aren't wearing makeup. The only downside to me is that Dior isn't cruelty free so unfortunately I don't think I would repurchase, but I will enjoy using it in the meantime.

Last but not least, the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade Baci. I don't usually gravitate toward lipsticks that are too pink, but I thought this was a really lovely purplely-pink shade and it matches with all kinds of different looks. It feels really comfortable on the lips and I went out in Vegas all night and didn't have to reapply, so I think we have a keeper! If you managed to read all that I commend you, let me know if you've tried any of these and what you've been loving lately!