What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag? ~ Sonja Yoerg

Sonja Yoerg and I have something in common, we are both east coast born girls, so of course I instantly loved that about her.  Her latest release, All the Best People, is sure to be a favorite read of the summer with fabulous reviews.  I was so happy she wanted to share her bag and celebrate her latest release.  I love that she is faithful to her beauty products.  When you find a good lipstick shade you stick to it.  A beauty 101 rule 🙂



via Amazon ~

An intricately crafted story of madness, magic and misfortune across three generations from the author of The Middle of Somewhere and House Broken

Vermont, 1972. Carole LaPorte has a satisfying, ordinary life. She cares for her children, balances the books for the family’s auto shop and laughs when her husband slow dances her across the kitchen floor. Her tragic childhood might have happened to someone else.

But now her mind is playing tricks on her. The accounts won’t reconcile and the murmuring she hears isn’t the television. She ought to seek help, but she’s terrified of being locked away in a mental hospital like her mother, Solange. So Carole hides her symptoms, withdraws from her family and unwittingly sets her eleven-year-old daughter Alison on a desperate search for meaning and power: in Tarot cards, in omens from a nearby river and in a mysterious blue glass box belonging to her grandmother.

An exploration of the power of courage and love to overcome a damning legacy, All the Best People celebrates the search for identity and grace in the most ordinary lives.

Bag Photo

What is your bag of choice?

My current favorite is a Michael Kors hobo I picked up on resale. As soon as I slung it over my shoulder, I knew we’d be friends. When I travel, I carry my Sherpani laptop bag and pack a small red cross-body bag in my roll-on. It packs flat and holds my wallet, Kindle, phone, lipstick, and nothing more.

What are your top favorite beauty picks?

My fine curls droop if you look at them sideways but Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle gives them some oomph without leaving them crunchy. On the rare occasion I need to look my best all day, I use a proper foundation (Make Up For Ever) but otherwise I rely on Miracle Skin Transformer Face Spotlight by Sarah McNamara. It’s light, mousse-like, and contains sunscreen—what more can you ask? I’m also a fan of Benefit’s Gimme Brow gel. Even a make-up klutz like me can manage to apply it correctly. I call that a miracle product.


What do always carry in your bag/purse/carry-on for beauty products? 

I always have Clinique lipstick in Bamboo Pink or Very Berry. I started using the brand twenty years ago and can’t think of a reason to change. When I was in San Francisco on my last book tour, I picked up 80 Acres Blood Orange hand cream made with olive oil. It’s exactly the right weight and smells delicious.

What are you currently reading?

One More Day by Kelly Simmons and Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister. I also have started Jessica’s Strawser’s Almost Missed You on my Kindle and am listening to A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles on my phone. I’m normally a terrible multitasker; I’m easily distracted and must write in silence but somehow have no problem keeping track of four books at once.

And any other fun item/must-have that you always have with you?

A tiny portable shopping bag. This red one is from Envirobags and has travelled around the world with me for years, holding everything from extra clothes to gifts to impromptu picnic fare. While traveling in the Pyrenees, I used it to collect wild blackberries!

Sonja Yoerg Author Photo credit to Sandy Payne Photography


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