Book Review | All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

all the light we cannot seeAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Book Finished: April 27th, 2015

Rating: 5/5

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”


I normally find myself reading work from the young adult and fantasy realms. More often than not, these arenas are home to series of books. It is refreshing to step outside of those genres once in awhile and discover an amazing stand alone read.  As I was reading this book last week, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. This elegant, wonderful piece of literature is so deserving of the honor.

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Tuesday Tidbits: Travel Tips & Ideas

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday Tidbits! As I will be taking a short weekend trip, I’ve been searching for some advice on packing and flying, as well as checking out adorable travel gear (for fun, of course – my unemployed self is currently only dreaming of even having disposable income). I love travel, and honestly find it strange when I haven’t been in an airport in awhile. Even though it’s only a quick trip home, I’m excited to be packing my bags for a few days.

What I’m Loving This Week:

→ The Every Girl has a great guide to preventing over packing. I have had a few instances where I’m biting my nails while the luggage scale continues to inch closer to that magical 50 pounds.

→ I’ve had this Kate Spade carry on bag hanging out in my Pinterest Wishlist board for awhile. I love the colors! Maybe someday….

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→ Food is one of the best parts of traveling to new places! Erin over at Her Heartland Soul posted this fantastic recap of the food she and her husband enjoyed on their recent trip to Puerto Vallarta. So many delicious photos!

→ I visited Victoria in British Columbia almost a decade ago, and remember so many beautiful sights. Now that we live not that far from Canada, I would love to go back.

→ Here’s one of my favorite photos from our New Year’s Eve trip to Miami. Our room had a perfect view of the ocean.miami beach

 

What are some of your top vacation spots?

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Tuesday Tidbits

Ah, Tuesday again already!

My networking interview that was scheduled for today has been pushed back to next week, so my schedule is now wide open. Which means I need to get myself to the gym soon – there’s no excuse now!

So, with health on my mind today, here’s a few interesting wellness related tidbits.

What I’m Loving This Week:

This lemon-tumeric tonic. I don’t believe in getting on every health bandwagon, but after my lower back pain decided to rear its ugly head again a few weeks ago, I gave this supposedly anti-inflammatory drink a try. Within a few hours, the pain had gone down significantly – about as much as if I’d taken my usual pain killers instead.

→ Speaking  of strange drinks that work, both Kevin and I have managed to heal canker sores by drinking Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar drinks. This grape/acai flavor is pretty tasty for something containing vinegar!

apple cider vinegar

→ Self-care is something I am trying to focus on more. Here’s a great list of self-care tips from Psychology Today.

→ I love HIIT workouts, and will be trying this one today from Tone it Up!

THIS is what Kevin and I will be having for dinner tonight. I am so excited to see how they turn out!

Have a great Tuesday!

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How to Design a Skin Care Routine – A Brief Guide

skin care routine

For someone who struggles to take off my makeup and wash my face at night, I sure am obsessed with skincare. I spend a lot of time researching tips, advice,  and new products I can’t even begin to comprehend affording in my current unemployed state.

I’m also definitely not a trained esthetician or dermatologist.  I have picked up some great advice from estheticians I’ve had treatments from and been friends with. With research, I think I have at long last gotten a handle on how to put together a basic skincare routine.

It’s important to note that if you have a skin condition, you will need to see a dermatologist to design a skincare routine. Also, if you’ve never had a professional facial, schedule one in soon! You can learn tons from an esthetician, and having a facial once or twice a year (at the least) is relaxing, soothing for your skin, and a wonderful treat for yourself.

Here’s some guidelines for putting together your skincare toolkit, based on my experiences. I’ve included the products I use as examples here, and would definitely recommend the lines I use!

*Note: I have included links to the products I use as a resource, because I truly love them. This post is not anyway sponsored by any company mentioned in this post.

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Tuesday Tidbits

Welcome to the first edition of Tuesday Tidbits!

Tuesday is my least favorite day of the week. Monday, even with its bad reputation, comes after a few days of rest and I usually feel recharged. Wednesday is half way through the week, Thursday is almost the end, and Friday is – Friday! Tuesday just doesn’t have much going for it. In Tuesday Tidbits, you’ll find a specially curated list of inspirational, fun things on my mind or that I’ve come across to help brighten it up! This week, as my job search continues, I’ve been delving into professional life tips and continued learning in the public relations realm.

What I’m loving this week:

I am horrible with mornings. But this article from Daily Worth has me inspired to get a routine going that energizes my day, like these successful women.

PR Daily has some great tips for new graduates on their blog, and I’ll definitely be joining in with the #RaganSocial Twitter Chat today at 2 PM central for more ideas!

If you don’t get The Skimm in your inbox every morning yet, you should be! This service gives you bite sized coverage of the day’s news. You can sign up through my referral link.

Every single one of the looks from the female side of the Mad Men cast during their last red carpet premiere (a year ago now, but since Mad Men just kicked off the final seven episodes last week, it still counts!)

And a little kitty love, since Ali doesn’t have a job either…

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Book Review | The World of Ice & Fire – George R.R. Martin

the world of ice and fire reviewThe World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Book Finished: April 8th, 2015

Rating: 4/5


A couple years ago, I had heard of Game of Thrones, but wasn’t that interested in the premise. I hold a proud stake in nerd-dom (my Ravenclaw banner hangs proudly by my bed, I frequent opening day showings of Marvel films, and I made a successful crusade to turn my boyfriend into a lover of the Lord of the Rings)- but something about GoT seemed just – meh. My sister (if I have a “stake” in nerd-dom, she has a castle) watched the first season of the series for a class in 2013, and was immediately hooked. She started the books soon after, and then spent a great deal of time prodding me to do the same. This past fall I finally gave in, and recently got my boyfriend into the TV show as well.

I got this book along with the five books that are out in A Song of Ice and Fire for Christmas. The book itself is gorgeous; it’s large with a soft cover, and filled with incredible artwork of the lands and characters that make up Westeros. As fans of this series know, the amount of characters the story follows can make it confusing to keep up with. I was hoping for a book that could serve as a reference guide as I continue to read the books and watch the show to help me remind me of who’s who. This book does achieve that, but not in the manner I anticipated.

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Reading List | April 2015

Welcome to the first monthly reading list at Intrusions of Beauty! One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2015 is to read at least 50 books this year. Unfortunately, with relocating to Portland in February (and choosing now to pick up the A Song of Ice and Fire series – the second book that I recently finished was almost 1,000 pages!), I’ve fallen quite a bit behind on this goal. Now that things are settling down for me, I’m ready to launch back into reading. For April, I’ve got a pretty diverse list of books stacked on my night stand and loaded on my Kindle:

  • 1) The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones | George R.R. Martin

the world of ice and fire coverThis is a companion book to the A Song of Ice and Fire series that looks absolutely beautiful! Interestingly, this was written with the help of two super fans of the series. It’s a large book and just flipping through it shows some of the amazing art pieces that have been included. From glancing through it, it appears to be a history book written “in character” by one of the maesters in Westeros. It will be interesting to see if this affects the narrative and the book’s usability as a true reference book.

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