Strong is the New Beautiful by Lindsey Vonn


Nowadays we are encouraging and seeing so many STRONG WOMEN!  Whether it be politics :), careers, education, the list goes on- we are seeing so many amazing females supporting and praising one another.  One thing that is always in the media is body image.  Raising a daughter of my own, I am always conscious about this topic.  More and more celebrities, sports figures and designers are coming forth embracing all sizes and shapes.  It’s so refreshing to see that a size o or 2 is not the norm and that we are all beautiful in our own way.  I was so excited to receive a copy of Lindsey Vonn‘s new book, Strong is the New Beautiful.  An Olympic athlete, role model for girls and stunning women she writes a part memoir, part food guide and exercise manual that is all about empowering women.  I loved this book so much and will continue to use this as a reference for healthy choices, inspiration and motivation as I come off my maternity leave.  I am always looking for ways to improve my eating and make exercise fun.  What I love about this book most was Vonn shares her favorite recipes, workouts, playlist and go-to everyday routines as well as opening herself up to the personal struggles she endured to get where she is today.



I am excited to try some of her recipes as well as incorporate her work out favorites into my exercise regime.  If you are looking for an empowering read from a kick-ass women this is it! I also recommend this book as a great gift for teen girls as Vonn shares so many positive messages about body image and self-esteem.  This book is the epitome of a BLISSFUL read.  Enjoy and stay strong and beautiful!


via Goodreads ~

Lessons in strength, fitness, food, and attitude from the popular world champion skier and beauty icon—Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn.

Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn wants women to stop thinking about “losing weight fast,” and instead focus on loving their bodies for what they are and what they can do. Lindsey is a small-town Minnesota girl at heart turned world-champion skier, but that didn’t come without hard work. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, Lindsey lays out the never-before-seen training routines and her overall philosophy that have helped her become the best female skier in the world—tailored for women of all shapes and sizes. Lindsey backs up her fitness program with advice on what to eat and how to work out, and kicks readers into high-gear, helping bolster their self-confidence and build a better body image, with the tips and tricks she’s learned as a pro.

This is Lindsey’s regimen, and she encourages people to take from it what will work for them. She bounced back from injury not by doing every single thing a trainer said, but instead, by thinking about the fitness plan that would work for her, and eating the right foods that would make her feel and get healthy. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, she interweaves her training and diet regimen with compelling stories of her life growing up in the heartland, her love of skiing, the challenges she’s faced—including injuries, illness, and depression—and her secrets to wellness, fitness, and recovery.

Supported by cutting-edge science and the latest studies on health and exercise, filled with routines even those hitting the bunny hill of working out can master, and illustrated with dozens of workout shots and photos from Lindsey’s own collection, Strong Is the New Beautiful will inspire and motivate you–whether you’re an aspiring athlete, want to get back into shape, or are eager to up your game—to make your body stronger than ever before, inside and out.

Thanks to Harper Collins for sending a copy for review.

BLISS and BEAUTY giveaway! featuring Bliss by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney


I am a HUGE Pretty Little Liars fan so of course I was thrilled to see one of the stars, Shay Mitchell, write a book.  Not only that but it was titled Bliss, I am a little partial to that word 😉  Shay co-wrote the book with her bestie Michaela Blaney,which when writing with a friend always makes for a dishy read.  I am so thrilled to be able to giveaway two copies of the book, now out in paperback, one for you and one for YOUR bestie as well as a beauty treat for you both!  Just comment below on this post- tell me what you love about your bestie 🙂 AND follow me on Facebook or Instagram!  Winner will be picked next week and is open to US residents only. Happy, bliss-filled reading and good luck! xo

About the book via Goodreads ~

Sophia Marcus, 21, has already mapped out every aspect of her glamorous life as a Hollywood actor on her vision board. But her life right now in Toronto is anything but exciting. Attending fruitless auditions during the day and working at a douche-y club at night, Sophia is starting to feel like she’s going nowhere…slowly.

Demi Michaels, Sophia’s best friend, didn’t go to college after high school. Short of ideas for her own future, she puts her energy into building the perfect relationship with an older man. And when that relationship crashes and burns, Demi is left to pick up the pieces.

Sophia’s friend (and Demi’s frenemy) Leandra Hunting doesn’t give a crap about hard work or a loving relationship. She has other plans for her future. After college graduation, Leandra sets out to travel the world in the yachts, planes and limos of ridiculously wealthy men. Will any of them be able to show her what love really means–if she can take off her Chanel sunglasses long enough to see it?

Set in the exotic, intoxicating worlds of Hollywood, Thailand, and London, Bliss paints a relatable portrait of life in your early twenties with equal parts optimism and fear, hope and disappointment, expectation and reality. It’s the Age of Uncertainty when you can count on nothing, but, if you’re lucky enough to have one truly great friend, you can survive just about anything.


Shay Mitchell (right):

SHAY MITCHELL, 28, is a Canadian actress and star of the ABC family drama Pretty Little Liars. In addition to acting and running her lifestyle blog, Shay works with the Free the Children Foundation, an organization that fights exploitation of children around the world; The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization, and the NOH8 Campaign for marriage and gender equality.

Michaela Blaney (left):

MICHAELA BLANEY, 28, is an American and Canadian marketing professional. She is the co-founder of, a lifestyle blog with 75,000+ subscribers.

Shay and Michaela both live in LA. Bliss is their first novel.



*Thanks to St.Martin’s Press for providing copies for the giveaway!

GIVEAWAY ~ A Sparking Novel and Dazzling Manicure


Hi book beauties!  I am back with another amazing novel and beauty giveaway.  This week I am so excited to be able to feature Hazel Gaynor’s new book The Girl From Savoy as well as the perfect kit to a flawless summer manicure from Julep.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Head over to my Instagram page to see how to enter!  Good luck 🙂


The Girl From Savoy by Hazel Gaynor via Goodreads

Presenting a dazzling new historical novel … The Girl From The Savoy is as sparkling as champagne and as thrilling as the era itself.

Sometimes life gives you cotton stockings. Sometimes it gives you a Chanel gown …

Dolly Lane is a dreamer; a downtrodden maid who longs to dance on the London stage, but her life has been fractured by the Great War. Memories of the soldier she loved, of secret shame and profound loss, by turns pull her back and spur her on to make a better life.

When she finds employment as a chambermaid at London’s grandest hotel, The Savoy, Dolly takes a step closer to the glittering lives of the Bright Young Things who thrive on champagne, jazz and rebellion. Right now, she must exist on the fringes of power, wealth and glamor—she must remain invisible and unimportant.

But her fortunes take an unexpected turn when she responds to a struggling songwriter’s advertisement for a ‘muse’ and finds herself thrust into London’s exhilarating theatre scene and into the lives of celebrated actress, Loretta May, and her brother, Perry. Loretta and Perry may have the life Dolly aspires to, but they too are searching for something.

Now, at the precipice of the life she has and the one she longs for, the girl from The Savoy must make difficult choices: between two men; between two classes, between everything she knows and everything she dreams of. A brighter future is tantalizingly close—but can a girl like Dolly ever truly leave her past behind?



I have 3 beautiful polish shades as well as some tools to perfect the most amazing manicure thanks to Julep!


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We believe everyday looks and trying new trends should be easy, effortless, and inspiring—reinforcing founder Jane Park’s philosophy that beauty should do more than make you look good, it should make you feel good, too.

A *HOT* Summer Read and a *BEAUTY* Giveaway

Summer: perfect beach read and stunning mani/pedi, sounds good to me!  I am here to deliver readers.  Not only do I have a HOT summer read (also recommend by Reese Witherspoon) but I also have the perfect mani/pedi set from Julep.  Up first is Kimberly McCreight’s newest, The Outliers.  Already optioned by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, this book has been getting high praises!

via Goodreads

The Outliers

Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice: she has to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?


Kimberly McCreight by Beowulf Sheehan

The writer Kimberly McCreight (USA), photographed June 12, 2014, New York, New York. Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan


via Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram


“I could not put down this thriller by Kimberly McCreight about a teenage girl who sets off on a mission to save her best friend, uncovering secrets and betrayal as she slowly realizes something more sinister is at work … 😱 #TheOutliers #RWBookClub#Thriller



I am also so excited to be able to giveaway some amazing mani/pedi tools and shades to one lucky follower pas well as a copy of The Outliers.  To enter, open to US residents only, just head over to my Instagram and FOLLOW me and comment on the post there or here.


A little about Julep’s founder Jane Park.

“I started Julep with a vision that beauty can be
a fun and fearless experience for all women.
Whether your look is big and loud, or quietly proud,
all that matters is that you’re trying it. And having fun with it!”




2016 Bliss, Beauty and Books “Poolside Picks”

Last year I ran my list of “Blissful Beach Bag” picks and this year I will be  sharing my weekly “Poolside Picks”.  Each week I will be featuring a new book that I think is a must have for the sand and sun!  Some will be feature as a giveaway with a fun beauty product as well so keep your eyes peeled for that.  Summer reading is my favorite time of year because the sun is shining, the plots are juicy and the books are just so glossy and colorful.  Today I am starting with a beach read expert author Mary Kay Andrews.  She always takes us to fabulous getaway locations and her covers are amazing.  I have a set of these books to giveaway as well as a Beautycounter SPF lip balm, another beach bag essential.  So let’s dive in 🙂 (pun intended)

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

One of the queens of summer beach reading this book from the cover alone is sure to be the perfect necessity to keep you company poolside.  (A full review will come later from me.)

via Goodreads

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens…in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

Told with Mary Kay Andrews’ trademark blend of humor and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can’t help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape.




Mary Kay Andrews

And as a bonus a #FBF from her bestseller, Beach Town, from last summer, now in paperback!


via Goodreads

Greer Hennessy needs palm trees.

As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game. But her last project literally went up in flames, and her career is on the verge of flaming out. Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town called Cypress Key. There’s one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino-which will be perfect for the film’s explosive climax.

There’s just one problem. Eben Thibadeaux, the town mayor, completely objects to Greer’s plan. A lifelong resident of Cypress Key, Eben wants the town to be revitalized, not commercialized. After a toxic paper plant closed, the bay has only recently been reborn, and Eb has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. But Greer has a way of making things happen, regardless of obstacles. And Greer and Eb are way too attracted to each other for either of them to see reason.

Between an ambitious director and his entourage-including a spoiled “It Boy” lead actor-who parachute into town, a conniving local ex-socialite, and a cast of local fangirls and opportunists who catch the movie bug, nothing is going to be the same in Cypress Key. Now Greer is forced to make some hard choices: about the people and the town she’s come to care about, and about her own life. True love is only for the movies, right? Can Greer find a way to be the heroine in her own life story? Told with inimitable heart and humor, Mary Kay Andrews’ Beach Town is the perfect summer destination.


Beautycounter Protect Lip Balm


Protect Lip Balm SPF 15 is packed with natural moisturizing ingredients, providing powerful hydration and protection from the sun’s dangerous UVA/UVB rays. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, our Lip Balm with sunscreen glides on easily. A combination of natural and organic ingredients—including cocoa and shea butter, coconut oil, and acai fruit oil—works to soothe lips, leaving them smooth, hydrated, and protected.


To enter this beach giveaway either comment below or follow me on Instagram and comment on the post there.  Winners will be picked at the end of the weekend!  Open to US residents only.  Happy Memorial Day weekend readers!  We get one extra day to read 🙂


*Thanks to St.Martin’s Press for providing copies for giveaway.

Fabulous Book and Beauty Giveaway with The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza


In celebration of one of my MOST favorite 2015 releases, The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza, I am giving away a  brand new copy of the book and the new Lengthening Mascara by Beautycounter.  Both released this past week!  Almost one year ago I posted my love for the book and its hard cover release.  I am reposting that post for you to see how much I adored Imogen and the world of The Knockoff.  Basically the perfect beach read if there ever was one.  I also am so excited about this new, amazing mascara from Beautycounter that was years in the making!  It truly works and provides lush, long lashes.  Both up for grabs for all my blissful readers.  To see how to enter please head over to my Facebook page here and you can find all the rules!



Originally Posted June 5, 2015

I just finished The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza and I DID. NOT. WANT. IT. TO. END! 😦  It was the exact thing I needed since The Devil Wears Prada!  Please oh please let there be a sequel!  This was another debut novel for me and I was so, completely in love with this book!  The plot, the characters and the fashion will have you flipping the pages at lightening speed.  This book also marks the first in my “Blissful Beach Bag” picks!

The story centers around Imogen who is the head of Glossy magazine, a fabulous high fashion magazine in New york City.  Imogen is returning back to work after leaving on medical leave due to cancer.  Upon her return her former assistant Eve is at the forefront, ready to take Glossy into the digital and tech age.  Imogen, open to the possibility and change for the magazine, is taken aback by Eve and the woman she has become.  Eve who was her perky, fun assistant is now a snarky, condescending, “B-School” grad who is heading up the digital change for the magazine.  A seasoned fashion and magazine professional, Imogen is thrown into the world of Tweets and Facebook posts, something she doesn’t really know much about.  This is exactly the achilles heel Eve is looking for.  Imogen looks like the novice as Eve takes the lead and turns Glossy into a fashion and magazine nightmare.  Luckily for Imogen, her years of the fashion world come to her rescue when she needs them most.

Sykes and Piazza take you into a world of tech and fashion- two things that are always on the rise.  I loved Imogen from the start and was #teamImogen the whole way through.  I love books that have a heroine at the center who you are cheering for at every word.  I also loved the theme of career and family and creating balance, something most woman deal with.  It is not easy but at the end of the day you do what is best for you and your family and right there you are successful.  I am hoping either for a sequel to this book or promise that Sykes and Piazza will team up again.  They are the perfect duo to kick off beach season and my “Blissful Beach Bag” picks!  Happy BEACH reading!



From Beautycounter:

Years in the making, our breakthrough mascara delivers dramatic length and definition, plus the confidence of safer beauty provided by our unparalleled Ingredient Selection Process. Conditions lashes while you wear it, with organic oils and shea butter. The easy-control precision brush ensures clean application without smudging, clumping, or flaking. Color: soft black.

Women aged 26-59 experienced the following:

  • 94% reported defined and lengthened lashes
  • 97% reported mascara was easily buildable
  • 94% reported mascara did not clump on lashes
  • 94% reported mascara gave lashes ultimate definition
  • 91% reported would refer mascara to a friend

*Results based on a self-assessment consumer perception study of 32 women, immediately after first application.


*Thanks to Anchor books for providing a copy for giveaway.

Opportunity Knocks by Alison Sweeney + Doctor Rogers RESTORE GIVEAWAY

OpportunityKnocks PB

There is nothing I love more than beauty and books ~ hence the blog name.  Being a freelance make-up artist myself and working in the beauty industry for over 10 years, I was sucked into Opportunity Knocks by Alison Sweeney.  A story based around a young woman who is a make-up artist, trying to find her way in this cutthroat world of all things beauty and cosmetics.  I had yet to read any of Sweeney’s novels but was delighted in the fact that it was a easy, light , entertaining read.  If you are a lover of beauty or always rooting for the underdog than you will love Opportunity Knocks!

Alex is a twenty something makeup artist who is trying to find her way.  Determined not to become part of her family’s business she knows make-up is her passion and wants to pursue this dream, despite her parents hesitation.  Her boyfriend Sean, who is in her family’s business, questions her career path as well.  When her best friend Emma has her tag along to her job, working for the devilish Hillary P., Alex gets the chance of a life time.  She is asked to fill in last minute as her make-up artist.  From what Alex can see Hillary P. is no angel and her demands and requests are insane, but it’s a job.  Hillary is impressed with Alex and decides to bring her on full-time, causing her to relocate to NYC and sign a non-disclosure agreement.  Basically if Alex talks about anything related to Hillary then she is busted.  When Alex is befriend by a young man at a bar, Nick, she lets loose about life and her new move.  She starts to feel like she is taking friends.  Meanwhile she also meets Billy Fox, a southern actor, who is not only gorgeous but sweet as well.  They start to form a relationship and it couldn’t come at a better time as things are rocky with Sean and Alex finds herself side swiped by Hillary P.  Alex is being sued for supposed breach of her non-disclosure.  Alex has no idea how this happened.  She never talked about Hillary to anyone..or did she?  As she only has a certain amount of time to fix this problem she will need all the help she can get!  Will she be able to get out of this mess with the help of a Hollywood heartthrob or will she become washed up and broke?

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Opportunity Knocks was a fun, exciting read with lots of twists and of course beauty!  I was so impressed with the beauty knowledge and facts as they were spot on!  You can tell Alison clearly has had her fair share of Hollywood life as it was juicy and full of starlit moments.  I wonder if she has encountered anyone like Hillary P. in her career?  We all can wonder 🙂  Sweeney is a perfect actress turned author as she created a story that flowed and kept me hooked.  This is definitely one for the pool side or maybe a cocktail companion?  Definitely grab a copy and make sure you are perfectly coiffed as you never know who is watching.


In celebration of this beauty based book I am giving away one of my favorite beauty products- Doctor Rogers Restore Healing Balm.  This is the perfect healing balm that helps to “soothe and heal dry, damaged skin, lips and nails with the long lasting hydration and protection of Doctor Rogers RESTORE™ Healing Balm”.  The perfect compliment to the upcoming beach season.  Just toss in your tote and go!  To enter, there are 3 ways, either comment below or follow me here: Facebook or Instagram.  OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY.  Good luck beauties!!!!  Read about Restore below!






SEATTLE, WA – February, 2016 – Introducing Doctor Rogers RESTORETM, a rich, restorative healing balm, that deeply hydrates, replenishes and protects your skin.

After continually hearing her patients’ frustration with petroleum-based skin care ointments, Dr. Heather D. Rogers was inspired to create a safe, petroleum and allergen-free healing balm derived from 100 percent plant-based ingredients.

“I knew I could do better for my patients,” noted Dr. Rogers, founder of RESTORETM and the recently opened state-of-the-art Modern Dermatology clinic in Seattle. “I wanted to create a better, safer and environmentally friendly skin protectant for my patients, family, and friends because I knew it was possible.”

Doctor Rogers RESTORETM Healing Balm is designed to help restore skin to its natural state by creating a moisturizing barrier that protects and calms irritated or damaged skin. RESTORETM encourages rapid healing of the skin while being free of petroleum, preservatives, parabens and

fragrances making it safe to use on any dry, damaged, sensitive, postoperative or injured skin.

At Dr. Rogers Skin Solutions LLC, only the purest plant-based ingredients are used to make RESTORETM, proven to support the skin’s natural healing process. Glycerin, from palm oil, hydrates and promotes healing to restore the skin back to health while Castorlatum, derived from castor beans, reduces irritation and protects raw or sensitive skin.

“My patients need a safe, skin care product not only for post-procedure repair but also for everyday bumps and scrapes,” added Dr. Rogers. “People are mindful of what they are putting on their skin and it is important we treat our skin with the utmost care. I rigorously tested RESTORETM and received the FDA indication for RESTORETM as an over-the-counter medication for skin protection.”

Available today at and in a 0.5 ounce jar for $30 and an 8 ounce jar for $80. Also available at Modern Dermatology and select authorized medical practices.




About Dr. Heather D. Rogers, Founder of Doctor Rogers RESTORETM Healing Balm

Dr. Heather D. Rogers is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon. She attended Stanford University and completed her dermatology residency and Mohs Micrographic Surgery fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY where she served as Chief Resident and started the first dermatology clinic for organ transplant patients. She also received a prestigious travel grant from the Women’s Dermatologic Society allowing her to spend six weeks in Australia studying skin cancer and its treatments.

These experiences have led her to have a particular interest in the treatment and prevention of skin cancer and sun damage. Her focus is helping her patients combat the sun’s harmful effects through proper skin care and tailored skin treatments.

The healing balm for all ages, RESTORETM helps calm post-procedural skin and accelerates the skin recovery process. With this multitasking formula, now you can soothe, repair and renew dry, damaged skin with confidence.

She lectures nationally, has published numerous articles and book chapters and is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Rogers’ experience in medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology, as well as in motherhood, inspired her to create RESTORETM Healing Balm, a safe, additive-free skin protectant targeting any dry or injured skin, lips or nails.

In addition to religiously applying sunscreen with 10 percent zinc daily, Dr. Rogers’ skin care regime includes an antioxidant on naked skin in the morning before moisturizing and sunscreen. Nightly, she washes her face, applies a Retinol product, and moisturizer before bed. She is not married to a single brand line and believes that the best results are achieved when a variety of clinically proven active ingredients are used on the skin.

Doctor Rogers RESTORETM Healing Balm is a staple in her daily skin care routine. Dr. Rogers says that it is her “instant skin fix” and as an active and busy mom, she always has a jar at home, at work, in her handbag and car. She uses it daily for cuts, scrapes, dry or damaged skin and to moisturize lips and nails. In addition, she uses it as a little cosmetic pick-me-up to set eyebrows, keep concealer from cracking, and provide a youthful dewy glow to her cheeks. RESTORETM is for women, men, and children and is an all season, all body, and all ages product.

When not reminding her patients to protect their skin, Dr. Rogers can be found enjoying life with her husband and their two children.

About Doctor Rogers RESTORETM Healing Balm

Doctor Rogers RESTORETM Healing Balm, developed by Seattle-based, board- certified dermatologist, Dr. Heather D. Rogers, is the first petroleum-free, allergen- free, plant-based ointment to be introduced to the marketplace. A premium product, RESTORETM Healing Balm is safe, reparative, and restorative, for dry, irritated or damaged skin.

Noted as a new, totally clean alternative to currently available ointments in goop’s 2016 Dry Skin Guide, RESTORETM is the brainchild of Dr. Rogers who was inspired to create a safe, healing skin balm when she wasn’t able to find a quality ointment to her liking for her patients’ post-surgical treatment.

Made in the USA, RESTORETM, has been rigorously tested and is FDA indicated as an over-the-counter skin protectant, providing long-lasting hydration and protection.

For more information or to purchase RESTORETM, visit, Modern Dermatology, select medical clinics at, like on Facebook at Doctor Rogers, follow on Twitter @thedoctorrogers, and on Instagram at

Media Contact for Restore:

Carilyn Platt
Magnolia Public Relations 206.618.2033



*Thanks to Hachette Books for sending a copy for review to Bliss, Beauty and Books.