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

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



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

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

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

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

Bag Photo

What is your bag of choice?

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

What are your top favorite beauty picks?

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


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

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

What are you currently reading?

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

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

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

Sonja Yoerg Author Photo credit to Sandy Payne Photography


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All the Difference by Leah Ferguson and Cold Feet by Amy Fitzhenry- Berkley Books Double Feature

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Each time I write a review I think to myself how lucky I am that I get to write about such amazing books!  In this case I was  sent two amazing debuts from two fabulous authors, Leah Ferguson and Amy Fitzhenry.  I was excited to receive these as both plots sounded interesting and I love supporting first time authors.  Both books feature a strong female character that are put into difficult personal situations.  Ferguson and Fitzhenry each tell a complex story with a light heart and relatable voice.

Leah FergusonAll the Difference

All the Difference by Leah Ferguson tells the story about Molly and her boyfriend Scott.  Molly finds out right before New Year’s Eve that she is pregnant.  Excited and nervous she is contemplating the way she will tell Scott.  As the evening arrives and they are at a party with friends, Scott decides it will be the perfect time to pop the question.  Not always having the best relationship Molly is caught off guard.  She is faced with the decision to say YES and choose to complete her growing family with Scott or say NO and face single-motherhood and the triumphs and tribulations that entails.  In alternating chapters, the reader gets to see the story that each of these decisions tell.  I loved this and felt like I was getting two books in one.  Ferguson tells the stories of Molly’s decisions seamlessly and keeps the reader guessing as to what the final outcome will be.  I loved both stories but was completely satisfied in the path that Molly ultimately chose.  It brings up a great discussion for the reader about our own paths and the decisions we make in life reflect our journey.  I can’t wait to see what other stories Leah has to tell!  She is a sweet and thoughtful voice in women’s fiction and thankfully for us just getting started.

Cold FeetAmy Fitzhenry

Cold Feet by Amy Fitzhenry is about Emma Moon.  Emma is a week out from getting married to Sam.  Sam and Emma are perfect for each other.  Emma and her friend Liv are celebrating her last days as a single woman with a girls spa trip.  Before even checking into her vacation Emma has an epiphany and decides she needs to find her father, a man she never knew.  Liv being the perfect side-kick, decides this is an amazing idea  and the two embark on a road trip to find Hunter Moon.  While on this trip Emma finds out a shocking revelation that puts her future marriage in jeopardy.  The search for her father isn’t as easy as she thought and the people that she meets along the way start having her question her past, present and future.  I loved this book and the story that Fitzhenry had to tell.  Emma is an unstoppable character who is strong yet vulnerable.  She is searching for that perfect ending but finds things aren’t always what they seem which is typically life for us all.  Fitzhenry has a down-to-earth way of telling a story creating characters that you would want to be your friends.  I would love to know how Emma’s life plays out, maybe in Fitzhenry’s next book, as I think we will hear a lot from her which is a treat for us!

I can’t recommend each book enough.  I love fresh, female voices and these aren’t to be missed!  They are the perfect companions to the last days of summer or even with a Pumpkin Spice latte.  Let’s support these fabulous authors by “liking their Facebook pages, here and here as well as follow on Twitter, here and here.  Since we are winding down summer my “Blissful Beach Bag” picks will be on hiatus until next year but be on the lookout for my “Fabulous Fall Favorites”!  Also please comment below if you have any must reads for fall that I should be on the lookout for.  HAPPY READING 🙂

*Both books were sent to Bliss Beauty and Books for review purposes.