What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag? ~ M.J. Rose

Tiffany’s, romance, the Jazz Age and a historical mystery are all the ingredients to M.J. Rose’s latest, Tiffany Blues which of course makes it the perfect beach read.  It’s the magical escape to a time that was enchanting and lively.  I was lucky enough to have M.J. share her vintage Gucci and Louis Vuitton with me which were equally as enchanting.  This is a woman who appreciates a beautiful, vintage bags and knows the history about them too 🙂


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Everything looked more beautiful through the stained glass… except her past.

“A lush, romantic historical mystery…a heroine to root for.” –Kristin Hannah, NYTbestselling author of The Nightingale

NYT bestselling author, M. J. Rose crafts a dazzling Jazz Age jewel–a novel of ambition, betrayal, and passion.

New York, 1924. Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell has escaped her past… her hard-hearted stepfather, murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women where she spent 2 years.

Now as one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall.

But Jenny’s can’t help but be inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson.

As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artists grows fierce as they vie for a spot at Tiffany’s New York gallery, a series of suspicious and disturbing occurrences suggest someone knows enough about Jenny’s childhood trauma to expose her.

Supported by her closest friend Minx Deering, a seemingly carefree socialite yet dedicated sculptor, and Oliver, Jenny pushes her demons aside. Between stolen kisses and stolen jewels, the champagne flows and the jazz plays on until one moonless night when Jenny’s past and present are thrown together in a desperate moment, that will threaten her promising future, her love, her friendships, and her very life.

“Fascinating…an enchanting glimpse of Jazz Age New York.” –Christina Baker Kline, #1 NYT bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World



What is your bag of choice?

I’m obsessed with bags. Vintage bags. New bags. My great grandmother’s bags. Bags I buy that are impractical but that I can just look at in my closet and be happy about.

But my favorite everyday bag is this Gucci Jackie O that I bought to celebrate a book contract I signed in 2009. I have had it repaired 3 times.

The Jackie was originally called the ‘Constance’ but was re-named in honor of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis after she was photographed several times wearing the bag while working as a consulting editor at publishing firm Doubleday. I had loved the bag for years but Gucci had stopped making it and then in 2009 they started to reissue it.


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

Too many. I carry around enough product so that if I got stranded in a blizzard in a New York hotel room without any luggage I could completely be dinner party ready. From Caudalie Beauty Elixir- a really refreshing spray to my Chanel light blue eye pencil to use on the inside bottom lid. And perfume. Always a small spray bottle of my go to perfume. Une Rose by Fredrick Malle. Given my name probably it won’t surprise you that I am addicted to rose perfumes. And this is my favorite. It’s the only perfume that when I’m wearing it – everyone from cab drivers to bank tellers – ask me what I’m wearing.


What are you currently reading (can be books/magazines)

The Glass Ocean. A wonderful novel by Lauren Willig, Beatriz Williams and Karen White. I’ve read all their individual books as well as the last novel they wrote together, The Forgotten Room and was enchanted.


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

My notebook (bought in Paris 15 years ago in my favorite green color and a pen from the same trip). Even if don’t open it. It’s like a talisman for me.

And the dog tags from all my beloved dogs are on my keychain.

And my wallet – it’s my mom’s Louis Vuitton wallet. She died 21 years ago and I’ve been using it ever since.



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


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 ❤


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!).


Find out more about Jennifer:
Facebook: Jennifer Tropea O’Regan
Twitter: @jenny_oregan
Instagram: @jenny_oregan