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? ~ Michelle Gable

Coming off Mother’s Day weekend I thought it was fitting to feature a fabulous female author who also is a mom.  Michelle Gable captured me as a fan with her 2016 release I’ll See You in Paris (just releases in paperback!).  I loved her rich, intricate stories and ability to take me away through her writing.  Fast forward to today and her latest release, The Book of Summer.  Can we say beach reading at it’s finest?  This is sure to be a hit and I can’t wait to jump in and enjoy with the sand between my toes and the smell of sweet, salt air.  I was so thrilled Michelle wanted to join in on the books and beauty and share her bag with me.

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The ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful summer estate.

For the first time in four years, physician Bess Codman visits the compound her great-grandparents built almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Bess must now put aside her complicated memories in order to pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave. It’s not just memories of her family home Bess must face though, but also an old love that might hold new possibilities.

In the midst of packing Bess rediscovers the forgotten family guest book. Bess’s grandmother and primary keeper of the book, Ruby, always said Cliff House was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother’s words in ways she never imagined.

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I’m a purse girl, but my favorite is the Longchamp “Le Pliage” nylon tote in navy, because when in doubt, navy blue. What I love about this bag, other than its size, is that it’s not too fancy for the softball fields (my daughters play year-round), but it’s still appropriate if I don’t have time to swap it out before meeting my tennis buddies at The Wine Loft.

In my tote is a spiral notebook (I write all my first drafts in pencil) and whatever book I’m reading at the time, which is currently All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg. Right now I’m trying to finish my fourth novel and whenever I’m deep in a draft, I’m a very distracted, impatient, and critical reader. Attenberg’s latest is the perfect antidote to my frazzled mind. It’s hilarious, fast, smartly written, and brimming with heart. As I’ve said to my girls a hundred times: “always bring a book with you.”

Almost important as reading and writing material are my sunglasses and hat (or visor) to protect against the San Diego sun. The current version is red, to match my girls’ team color and also because I had to burn all of my Chargers gear when they betrayed me by moving to Los Angeles. I also must carry snacks (personal favorite: RX Bars) because I’m always hungry.

Inside my tote is a fun, black and gold pouch—a Target find—which holds the rest of my essentials, including pencils for writing, sharpies for book signing, a Tide To Go pen, earbuds, and aspirin for air travel, a necessity due to my history with blood clots. My Shiseido sun protection stick and Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Zinnia or Red Dahlia are all the makeup I need on hectic days, or while traveling.

My skin gets oily by the end of the day so I’m a fan of blotting papers, but a toilet seat cover works just as well (seriously!) Pro tip: blot while still in the stall otherwise a coworker might find you standing at the sink, rubbing a seat cover all over your face. She will in no way believe this is a legitimate “beauty hack.”

Now, I know what you’re thinking and I’m also curious as to why a long-haired writer who plays tennis, works out daily, and attends multiple sporting events per week has exactly no brush or hair ties in her bag. Apparently, in addition to being softball and volleyball players, my daughters are also thieves.

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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.

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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? ~ Jamie Brenner

Jamie Brenner is not only a fabulous author but she is a former beauty insider as well who shares the same love for beauty products, so basically my kind of gal.  I am currently reading and loving her newest, The Forever Summer, OUT TODAY!  It is the perfect “Pre-Summer” book cocktail.  I mean the cover alone is stunning and makes me long for salty beach hair and a golden tan.  I was thrilled when Jamie shared her chic black tote that has some amazing beauty products and believe me you will want to listen to her beauty recommendations as she is an expert ❤

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Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it’s paid off: on the cusp of thirty she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and her father’s hard-won admiration. But with one careless mistake at work, Marin suddenly finds herself unemployed and alone. Before she can summon the courage to tell her parents, a young woman appears, claiming to be Marin’s half-sister. Seeking answers, Marin agrees to join her on a soul-searching journey to Cape Cod, to meet the family she didn’t even know she had.

As the summer unfolds at her grandmother’s beachside B&B, it becomes clear that her half-sister’s existence is just the first in a series of truths that will shake Marin’s beliefs–in love, and in her own identity–to the core. Filled with shocking revelations, heartfelt romance, and resilient women banding together against the most unexpected twists of fate, THE FOREVER SUMMER is an emotionally resonant page-turner, and a delicious escape for any season.

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What is your bag of choice?

I always carry a purse. I found an amazing Cleo & Patek bag on sale in SoHo and it’s huge and easily fits all of my beauty products, laptop, and a book. I don’t like changing bags so I will carry the same bag every day and night endlessly unless I’m going somewhere really fancy and I’m forced to switch to an evening bag that is inevitably too small. And every time I switch bags I forget to bring something I need.

 

What are your top favorite beauty picks?

Laura Mercier matte translucent powder

Trish McAvoy gel eyeliner in Deep Aubergine

Nars lipstick in Shanghai Express

Organic lip balm from Violets Are Blue.

Zoya nail polish because it’s free of the harsher chemicals in other brands.

 

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

I always carry my The Forever Summer cosmetics bag, of course! And it’s filled with enough make-up to cover the “What if” occurrence of getting caught in rains storm, all make-up washed away, and I have to start over from scratch. This has, of yet, never happened. But I believe in being prepared. So, I have my concealer, eyeliner, lipstick and translucent powder at all times. And moisturizer. And lip balm.

 

What are you currently reading?

An early copy of The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal and a biography of Peggy Guggenheim

 

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

I always have a hat. In the winter, it’s a knit hat from Free People. (And by winter, I mean any day under forty-five degrees.) In the summer, I carry a baseball hat to shield my face from the sun. Also in the summer I have this little fan device that plugs into my iPhone. It’s a lifesaver when stuck on a subway car with broken air-conditioning ☺

 

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*Thanks Jamie for the wonderful interview 🙂

What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag? ~ Jennifer O’Regan

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Known as the “Book Champion” by our favorite authors, Jennifer O’Regan is an ultimate book beauty. In addition to fostering a love of literacy within her underprivileged high school students, Jennifer has many noteworthy philanthropic accolades. During her husband’s plight with cancer, she single-handedly raised over 3,000 books for the Johns Hopkins Hospital Oncology Patient Library. Jennifer now shares her unbridled passion for reading via Confessions of a Bookaholic—a page dedicated to celebrating female authors.  I was a superfan of her ‘Confessions’ page and then through the wonderful internet, penned a friendship connected by none other than books, beauty and all things fabulous!  I am so excited she let us glimpse into her fabulous Louis Vuitton which is filled with ah-mazing beauty products.  She really is a girl after my own heart ❤

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What is your bag of choice?

 I am a purse fiend! My go-to bag at the moment is my Louis Vuitton Métis Hobo. Functional yet oh-so-chic! It has a spacious, well-organized interior and it can be carried in the hand, on the arm or across the body, thanks to its extra-long removable strap.

What are your top favorite beauty picks?

I use Chanel Sublimage Le Fluide moisturizer daily. It’s positively decadent and a lot cheaper than Botox (ha!). I’m also obsessed with Chanel Inimitable mascara. This lush, long-wearing product delivers it all: precise separation, length and curl for a natural, multi-dimensional effect.

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

I carry a Chanel Éclat Lumière highlighter face pen for quick touch-ups. And, there’s always lip gloss in my bag.

What are you currently reading?

 Like my dear friend Brenda Janowitz, I’m always reading a season ahead. Determining which galleys will be best received by my followers. Currently, I’m reading an ARC of Laura Dave’s highly anticipated HELLO, SUNSHINE.

Any other fun items/must-haves that you always carry?

 I never leave home without my wallet, iPhone 7 (in its bedazzled Kate Spade case!), Tory Burch medicine bag (Zyrtec, Advil, hair ties, tissues, etc.), and last—but certainly not least—Chanel sunglasses (which really do cover a multitude of sins!).

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