What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag ~ Abby Stern

TGIF!  Nothing better than a TGIF and in front of a long weekend.  To kick off this AH-mazing three day weekend I am beyond thrilled to have Abby Stern on the blog.  Her debut novel, According to a Source celebrated it’s book birthday this past Tuesday.  This book has it all- Celebs, Hollywood, a stunning cover.. can we say perfect beach read. Stern, a Hollywood insider and celeb reporter, has truly written a gem and clearly she is quite the “source” to do so.  Beware- her bag may cause you to take a second mortgage out on your house 🙂

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Ella Warren loves her job working for celebrity news magazine, The Life, as an undercover reporter. Her evenings are spent using her alias to discreetly attend red carpet events, nightclubs, and Hollywood hotspots like the fabulous Chateau Marmont, where her eyes are always peeled for the next big celebrity story.

When Ella’s new Devil Wears Prada-type boss starts a not-so-friendly competition among the reporters to find an exclusive story or be fired, the stakes are higher than ever. But is being in Hollywood’s elite inner circle worth jeopardizing her friendship with budding actress Holiday Hall and her relationships with her boyfriend and her family? As the competition grows fiercer, her life becomes intertwined in a public scandal that may cost her everything.

A juicy, big-hearted novel about a young woman who loses herself in a fast-paced, glamorous world where finding your authentic self isn’t easy.

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What is your bag of choice?

Oh gosh, I love them all! All of the styles, all of the brands. It’s hard to choose! I think it’s important for every woman to have one nice designer investment bag (if possible) that will never go out of style. I also love Claire V.’s clutches. They come in a variety of fun solids and patterns (hello Leopard!). For everyday use, I love Cuyana. Their bags are high-quality leather but are very affordable so I don’t get worried throwing it around while I’m doing errands. Mine has worn very well and I love that they come out with new colors every season.

What are your top favorite beauty picks?  

For skincare, I’m obsessed with my friend Kat Rudu’s line, Kat Rudu Beauty. The line is pure biotic and it smells and feels amazing and makes my skin dewey. I love all of her products but the two I can’t live without are her Liquid Lift and her Jet Set Cream.

In terms of makeup, I love Jane Iredale’s loose mineral powder with a setting spray to enhance my dewey look. I need Clé de Peau concealer to help erase the late nights writing. I just got the new Dolce & Gabanna Miss Sicily lipstick. It’s the perfect mixture of pigment and sheer and gives my lips the perfect pop. I love the Concetta color and am going to have to stock up in case it’s a limited run.

I also cannot live without my Psssst! dry shampoo. When I’m too busy to wash my hair it’s a godsend and I always carry it around with me to keep the volume of my hair up after I’ve left the house.

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

I always have a good lip balm on hand and right now I’m loving this Kari Gran one. I also always have rollerball of the Marc Jacobs perfume (the original scent) on hand and a travel-size Psssst! shampoo.

What are you currently reading?

I just started The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn. I love her show American Housewife and I’m not very far along but I’m enjoying it a lot! After that I’m going to move on to The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro and am eagerly awaiting Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza’s new novel out in July, Fitness Junkie. My magazine reading has seriously been lacking lately, but I love The New Yorker and Vanity Fair and can always count on Cosmopolitan to entertain me.

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

A snack and gum! I’m obsessed with these Iggy Chips because I can keep them in my purse. When I’m not writing I’m always running errands or stuck in traffic and not only are they portable but they’re healthy and guilt-free even though they taste like they aren’t. My favorite flavor is the Chocomelon which is  watermelon with cocoa powder and  chia seeds. I don’t even want to admit how many bags of these I go thru on a weekly basis. And of course, I gotta have gum for after my snack. I love the Orbitz Sweet Mint flavor.

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*Thanks Abby for sharing your stunning bag and your beauty picks! My beauty list just grew! xx

What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag? ~ Camille Di Maio

A long weekend is coming and what better to celebrate than lots of fun authors sharing their gorgeous bags!  To kick off this celebration I have the lovely Camille Di Maio, author of Before the Rain Falls, out now.  Di Maio, not only a beautiful fiction author, was a former real estate agent who left her career in the field to write full time, a choice that is so wonderful for us as readers 🙂  This latest novel intertwines the past, the present, family and love  so perfectly.  It’s sure to be a 2017 hit!

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After serving seventy years in prison for the murder of her sister, Eula, Della Lee has finally returned home to the Texas town of Puerto Pesar. She’s free from confinement—and ready to tell her secrets before it’s too late.

She finds a willing audience in journalist Mick Anders, who is reeling after his suspension from a Boston newspaper and in town, reluctantly, to investigate a mysterious portrait of Eula that reportedly sheds tears. He crosses paths with Dr. Paloma Vega, who’s visiting Puerto Pesar with her own mission: to take care of her ailing grandmother and to rescue her rebellious younger sister before something terrible happens. Paloma and Mick have their reasons to be in the hot, parched border town whose name translates as “Port of Regret.” But they don’t anticipate how their lives will be changed forever.

Moving and engrossing, this dual story alternates between Della’s dark ordeals of the 1940s and Paloma and Mick’s present-day search for answers―about roots, family, love, and what is truly important in life.

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What is your bag of choice?- purse/tote/backpack and brand that you have?

I have been gravitating toward backpacks for a few reasons. They keep my hands free for the all-important tasks of holding hot coffee and wrangling children. I can also carry my laptop in them so that I can write at a moment’s notice. My favorite one is by Orla Kiely. I found it at an airport shop in Belfast Northern Ireland as I waited for a flight to Liverpool. I love its coated canvas material, it’s striking colors, and its ideal size. It’s not a brand often seen in the US, so I also love how unique it is!

What are your top favorite beauty picks?

If I had to choose only one kind of makeup for the rest of my life, it would be mascara.  Loreal is my favorite brand – I get so many compliments on my lashes!  I like Kat Von D liquid eyeliner in blue, which makes my eyes stand out. Erase Paste by Benefit is awesome for the inevitable dark circles and blemishes.  My daughter recently introduced me to beauty blenders and I’m wondering how I went so long without them!  I also keep a spare pare of contact lenses just in case I lose one – I would be lost without them!

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

I have a great little Longchamp bag that is ideal for carrying around mints, lipstick, hair ties, and lipstick. I also like to include one of those round pop-up hair brushes for quick touch-ups.  I have long hair, so it’s a must!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading an early copy of THE WEIGHT OF LIES by Emily Carpenter on my Kindle. It’s amazing Southern Gothic suspense.  I don’t normally read that genre, but this book might make me a convert.  My Kindle is a must-have piece in my bag.  I use ever spare minute to read. A five-minute wait in a grocery store line can get me through several pages!

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

I always carry pens, business cards with pictures of my books on them, and chocolate lollipops from See’s Candies.  The lollipops are long-lasting and satisfy frequent chocolate cravings!  Of course, my cell phone might as well be surgically attached.  My favorite feature is the camera and I’m amazed at the picture quality that can come from such a small device!  In another life, I would have been a photographer, so I love always having that at the ready.  I do have a super-ugly, utilitarian case, because I broke the glass too many times with the cute ones.

 

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What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag? ~ Kristy Woodson Harvey

Beach reading is right around the corner, although I am a fan of a beach read all year long, but the time is coming for gorgeous, bright covers and dishy, delicious reads.  One that I have added to my “Must-Haves” for the beach is Slightly South of Simple by the lovely Kristy Woodson Harvey.  I have been a BIG fan of Harvey since day one and this being her third novel, its getting wonderful reviews.  I was so excited Kristy was willing to share her beautiful nude tote filled with all kinds of goodies and basically everything you think a Mom/Author would carry ❤

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From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley’s life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

 

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From Kristy:  Thank you so, so much, Courtney, for having me to wonderful Bliss, Beauty & Books to share what’s in my bag. I am so grateful for all of your support of my writing career. I’d be nowhere without book lovers! I can’t wait to share with your readers a peek inside my inner sanctum aka my purse. (Can you still call it that when it’s the size of a small child?) Now I want to know from Bliss, Beauty & Books readers: If you could only have three things in your bag, what would they be? 
What is your bag of choice?
Tote all the way although, seriously, with all the stuff I have, I may have to switch over to a backpack any day now! Right now I have a Saint Laurent tote that I love. The best thing about it is that it’s reversible, and I can’t believe it but I managed to carry it all winter on the black side side without ruining the tan leather side. But miracles happen, so now I can carry it this spring too! 
What are your top favorite beauty picks?
I love Bare Minerals foundation in the summer, but, in the winter, I switch to Origins foundation because my skin is too dry for powder. I use Mineral Fusion bronzer and blush that I pick up at Whole Foods. I love organic Argan oil and, now that summer is here, Kiss My Face spray sunscreen. I also really love Emi Jay hair ties. They are amazing and actually allow me to wear my hair in a ponytail and then take it down. 
What do you always carry in your bag/purse/carry-on for beauty products?
I’ve always wanted to be that girl who touches up her face in the bathroom, but, alas, I’m just not. In my purse I usually just carry chapstick and a lipgloss or two, which I rarely use. Burt’s Bees and Origins are my favorite brands for all of the above. In the summer I also carry a mineral powder sunscreen stick. 
What are you currently reading?
I read every magazine. Well not every magazine, but most of them. My favorites are Yoga Journal, Traditional Home, Town and Country, Vogue, Women’s Health, Our State, Garden & Gun… I could go on! I’m actually finally reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, which I am LOVING. I know. I’m the only person on the planet who hasn’t read it yet… But I have to read the book before I watch the show!
Any other fun item/must-have that you always carry with you 🙂
I always have bookmarks in my bag and a copy of my latest book just in case I need to give one out at a moment’s notice. My hubby is a dentist, so I carry around toothbrushes for my son and me and I chew lots of cinnamon xylitol gum. I’m a gum addict, and this one is actually supposed to be good for your teeth. I always have crayons and some books for my kiddo. Hearing him read is the greatest thing that’s ever happened!  And I am a big fan of a simple, Moleskine planner. That’s where I keep all my important dates. Also, hand sanitizer, usually a few varieties. I am on airplanes a lot so I always use the real live Purell when I’m traveling. Otherwise, I try to use an organic/herbal substitute. And OF COURSE, I always have the beautiful bag that my fabulous friend Courtney Marzilli made for me! It is one of my most favorite accessories, and I get so many comments about it because I’m always pulling it out to retrieve my pens, hair ties, lip gloss, hand sanitizer (san hanitizer, as my preschooler says) or some other essential. I love, love, love it!
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What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag? DOUBLE feature ~ Lynda Cohen Loigman and Gina Sorell

 

Happy May 1st!  I am so excited for the new month and the fact that I have hit over 900 followers in Instagram.  I wanted to celebrate with not one but two bag features!  I am so thrilled to have reached this milestone and am hoping for over 1000 by the end of summer.  Today I have the wonderful Lynda Cohen Loigman, whose highly popular debut, The Two Family House recently came out in paperback and Gina Sorrell, also a debut author and her book, Mothers and Other Strangers.  I was so excited to be able to have both fabulous ladies on the blog.  I have been a huge fan of Lynda’s and she actually introduced me to my favorite nail polish color- Well Read.  I was also thrilled to be able to support Gina and her beautiful book baby 🙂

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“An emotional but dreamy novel that…will transport you far, far away from your next dreary Monday morning. You may do a lot of sobbing, but don’t worry, you’ll be smiling by the end.” ―Bustle, “12 Spring Break Reads To Help You Escape Normal Life”

**Buzzfeed, “14 Of The Most Buzzed-About Books”

**Popsugar, “6 Books You Should Read”

“A novel you won’t be able to put down.” ―Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author

Brooklyn, 1947: In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born, minutes apart. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to please her difficult husband; and warm, generous Helen, the exhausted mother of four rambunctious boys who seem to need her less and less each day. Raising their families side by side, supporting one another, Rose and Helen share an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic winter night.

When the storm passes, life seems to return to normal; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and the once deep friendship between the two women begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost, but not quite, wins. Moving and evocative, Lynda Cohen Loigman’s debut novel The Two-Family House is a heart-wrenching, gripping multigenerational story, woven around the deepest of secrets.

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Bag of choice

This is going to make me sound really old, but ever since I hurt my back a few years ago, my favorite bags are lightweight totes. My friend Gabrielle had a great one that I kept raving about, and last year my husband got a similar one for me for Mother’s Day. It’s made by a company called Monserat De Luca, and it weighs almost nothing. The fabric is beige suede, but it has a little bit of sparkle to it, so it’s fun.

Favorite beauty picks 

I’m a Laura Mercier fan. I love the primer, the tinted moisturizer and something called “secret finish.” I don’t exactly know what it does (it’s a secret I guess), but I like the way it makes my skin feel.

Always carry in my bag

Wallet and keys

Lipstick and lip gloss

Advil

Hand lotion – usually Eucerin.

Giant individually wrapped wintergreen lifesavers

I keep a notebook and pens in my car so that if I think of a story idea I can write it down. If I’m traveling for a book event, I’ll bring a second tote to carry my computer, books and extra makeup. My mascara always has to be waterproof because I will cry at the drop of a hat!

Currently reading

I’m having a GREAT month for books! I just finished The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff and Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister. Now I’m reading All Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg. I’m almost finished with that one, so next up is The Idiot by Elif Batuman.

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Gina Sorrell

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“My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted.”

Thus begins this riveting story of a woman’s quest to understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child, Elsie, an inheritance of debts and mysteries. While coping with threats that she suspects are coming from the cult-like spiritual program her mother belonged to, Elsie works to unravel the message her dying mother left for her, a quest that ultimately takes her to the South African family homestead she never knew existed.

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What is your bag of choice?

I’m obsessed with bags. Every year someone in my family gives me some sort of tote bag, purse, pouch or foldable bag for my birthday. I always carry a reusable bag and these Loqi ones are so pretty. I love Baggu too. I tend to carry too much stuff, so it’s important to me to have something lightweight, and something that I can wear cross-body. My bright blue Longchamps was a birthday present and I take it everywhere. I also cannot resist a good tote bag. This year my husband got me a bag from Litograph with the entire Strunk & White Elements of Style printed on it. They’ll print novels too!

What are your top favorite beauty picks?  

Right now I’m going through a phase of trying new face creams, but might just have to come to terms with the fact that unless I sleep more, I will always look tired! I use Thayers rosewater toner, the cream of the month, (currently it’s this terrific light moisturizer from Luzern), Maybelline mascara, Mac brow tamer, a little powder and Fresh tinted lip balms. I have one in just about every color. For evening I’ll wear a Chanel lip gloss. And I always have lip balm, rosebud salve is a staple.

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

I don’t carry much make-up but I like to always have a foundation powder compact such as Clarins, or Benefit, rosebud lip balm, and lip gloss.

What are you currently reading?

Right now I’m reading Caroline Leavitt’s Cruel Beautiful World. Caroline is a wonderful writer and a terrific champion of novelists. I love her books, they really sweep me up and carry me away, and her latest Cruel Beautiful World, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, is a stunning page turner about seduction, love, loyalty, and power. I also read magazines, literary, fashion, city guides, design and food magazines. Vanity Fair, Toronto Life, New York Magazine, LA Weekly, Dwell, Good Housekeeping and more. My parents had a beauty salon when I was growing up and bought everything, so I never had to. Now that I’m paying for them, I’m a little more selective, or else I get subscriptions, Poets & Writers is a must.

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

I’m a mom and a snacker, so I always have hand sanitizer, kleenex, healthy snacks for Little Man, fruit leather, granola bars, crackers, and some sweets like fruit juice gummies. I love the Vegan ones that Surf Sweets makes. And all natural raspberry licorice. I have a sweet tooth! And I always have reading glasses, a notebook and pen.

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*Thanks ladies for the wonderful interview!  Congrats on two AMAZING debuts 🙂

What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag? ~ Camille Pagan

Weekend ready over here at Bliss, Beauty and Books and what’s better than a fabulous read?  Well a peak into a fabulous author’s bag 🙂  I am so excited to have Camille Pagan, author of many AH-mazing books on the blog today.  Pagan’s latest novel ~ Forever is the Worst Long Time came out in February with wonderful reviews but you also may know her from The Art of Forgetting or the Kindle best-seller, Life and other Near-Death Experiences which was optioned for film by Jessica Chastain.  I am so happy she opened her chic leather tote for us that is filled with ridiculously gorgeous beauty products!

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From acclaimed author Camille Pagán comes a wry, heartfelt exploration of love and loss.

When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa “Lou” Bell, he’s sure he’s just found the love of his life. There’s just one problem: she’s engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire.

As the years pass, James’s dreams always seem just out of reach—he can’t finish that novel, can’t mend his relationship with his father, can’t fully commit to a romantic relationship. He just can’t move on. But after betrayal fractures Lou’s once-solid marriage, she turns to James for comfort.

When Lou and James act on their long-standing mutual attraction, the consequences are more heartbreaking—and miraculous—than either of them could have ever anticipated. Then life throws James one more curveball, and he, Rob, and Lou are forced to come to terms with the unexpected ways in which love and loss are intertwined.

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What is your bag of choice?

I own the purse pictured in navy and black because I love it so much. It’s Olieve and though it looks small, I can fit everything and the kitchen sink in it.

What are your top favorite beauty picks?  

I’m pretty pale—and Michigan winters don’t help—so I almost always put a little blush on to look less washed out. My current go-to is Tarte’s Desire cheek stain.

I also love Urban Decay’s Naked Basics eyeshadow palate; I use the pearly pink-white (“Venus”) on the inside of my eyes to look awake after I’ve been up too late writing or caring for one of my kids. (In a pinch, the shadow doubles as a cheek highlighter, too).

And right now, I’m obsessed with Glossier’s Generation G Lipstick, which is like a balm, stain, and lipstick all in one. I own three different shades; Crush is my favorite.

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

I always have Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream with me; my grandmother told me about it literally decades ago, and it’s still the single best hand cream I’ve ever used. (It’s great for chapped lips and dry elbows, too.)

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading an early copy of Meg Mitchell Moore’s THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER, which is so good! Moore’s novels are super smart yet completely escapist; you know when you open one you’re not going to come up for air until you’ve reached the end. I’ve also just started Yaa Gyasi’s HOMEGOING, which is a multi-generational novel that promises to be every bit as phenomenal as I’ve heard it is.

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

Tweezers! Not just for my hard-to-tame brows, but also because with a six- and eight-year-old, I always seem to have some reason (splinters! Craft projects!) to use them.
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*Thanks Camille for opening up your bag to Bliss, Beauty and Books readers 🙂

Always by Sarah Jio

Always by Sarah Jio was the first book I read of hers and it certainly will not be the last.  I loved this book.  The story, the characters, the setting and time were all perfection.  Always is part drama, part romance all set against the 90’s music scene, a time that I loved and loved reading about.  If you want a book that will suck you in within the first few paragraphs this is it.  Plus, I love the Sarah’s connection the the premise of the book, make sure you read at the end as it’s a good little author tidbit, not to be missed.

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Cade and Kailey are former loves who had separated years ago.  Kailey is currently engaged to Ryan and planning wedding.  After a nice dinner Kailey sees a homeless man outside the restaurant.  She notices the stare and the eyes.  Cade.  She can not comprehend that this was once the man that she loved.  What happened to him?  Why is he in this place?  Told from alternating points in Kailey’s life, we find out how Cade and Kailey met as well as their fall out.  Will she recover the first true love of her life or will she walk down the isle with the man of her dreams?

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Highly recommend this book!  If you love a good romance with an ending you didn’t expect then this is it.  It would be the perfect companion for Spring Break, trust me.

*Thanks to Random House for sending a copy for review.

What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag? ~ Teri Wilson

TGIF book and beauty lovers!  I am so excited to bring you a peak into Teri Wilson’s fabulous Kate Spade tote.  Teri is the author of the newly released Royally Roma which Cosmopolitan featured as one of their must-reads as well as a writer for Hello Giggles and Teen Vogue.  Not only does Teri have fabulous bag taste, but her manicure is on point with the new live-action release of Beauty and the Beast.  See pic below for her Belle manicure which of course is fitting as Belle was the bookish princess 🙂

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“A charmingly modern twist on a classic love story—loads of fun and all the feels.” —Julia London, New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly in Love

In this enchanting retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday, a royal prince tries to escape his hectic and rigid life and ends up leading a young graduate student on a chase through the Eternal City.

Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.

Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a day…but he’s having the time of his life.

Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her money…and perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for.

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What is your bag of choice?

I’m a handbag junkie. I just can’t help it. I love to shop for bags when I’m on vacation. The purse I’m carrying now is a powder blue leather bag with a crystal bunny charm, which I bought at the Kate Spade store in Tokyo in January. The Kate Spade store there is to die for! It’s in a very tall building with pink hydrangeas spilling out of balcony flower boxes on every floor.

What are your top favorite beauty picks?

My favorite beauty item right now is black winged eyeliner. I use Clinique Quickliner in Intense Ebony, which is a soft pencil. (I’ve yet to master liquid!) I also love nail art. Right now I’ve got Beauty and the Beast nails, which I put on myself using nail wraps from Jamberry.

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

I never go anywhere without my lipstick. It’s a must! And I love a bold lip, usually hot pink. I also always carry a MAC compact with pressed powder and a small tube of hand lotion. The lotion in my purse right now is from a London brand—Cath Kidston. It has little British guards on it. So cute.

What are you currently reading (books/magazines)?

I never go anywhere without a book in my purse. Right now I’m reading Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley. It’s a very unconventional romance, and I’m loving it. As for magazines, I adore Cosmo!

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

I always carry a tiny pillbox in my bag that I bought a few years ago at the Louvre museum in Paris. It’s gold with an enamel picture of Marie Antoinette on the lid. It makes taking a Tylenol seem super glamorous. * wink *

 

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*Thanks Teri for your time and letting readers take a glimpse into your bag 🙂