Munich and Oktoberfest


During our almost two weeks in France, Austria & Germany last Fall, we spend the most time in Munich. Our first and last days were spent in Paris (see here) and then went to Austria for 3 days (see here).  We had a few day trips we wanted to take from Munch so we gave ourselves the most time in this city. The whole reason for this trip and the timing of it was Oktoberfest! It has been on my bucket list for quite some time and I can't believe I finally got to experience it. This post is a little long but I really wanted to share all the information I had and everything I can learned while we where there. I'll be doing another post on 2 day trips we took in Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp and Neuschwanstein Castle.

Eat



Augustiner Brau - One of the oldest breweries and taverns in Munich. Their beer is one of the major beers served at Oktoberfest! Augustiner has a long and interesting history. Take it all in as you sit in the basement and have traditional bavarian food! The atmosphere is fun and a mixture of locals and tourists.

Eataly Munich - During our first night in Munich, we needed a good meal and it was pretty late. I've been to several Eataly's and they never disappoint. Our big bowls of pasta and bottle wine were the mid trip break we needed from sausages and beer.

Victuals Market - This daily market has a little bit of everything. You can wander thru over a 100 vendors and shops. For an alternative to eating at a restaurant you have  plenty to pick from at the many stalls. You can really spend a half day wandering the market. It's a great place to find some interesting souvenirs.

See/To Do



Marienplatz - As the main square of Munich since 1158, I recommend it as a first stop in the city. Use it as a central point to start a walk around the area. There are plenty of places to shop and eat as you explore. Dating back over 100 years,  the main attraction in the square is the Glockenspiel. 2 (or 3 times in the summer) the Glockenspiel chimes and the life-size figures re enact a the 16th century marriage of a local duke. The second level re enacts another story from that time period.

The blocks surrounding Marienplatz are worth wandering thru. Its a historic and well preserved area. So whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, it is well worth getting lost and discovering.



Oktoberfest - I honestly could do a whole post over just Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest is a giant yearly beer festival in Munich that has been a tradition for over 200 years. Thousands of people travel from all over the world to partake in the festival. It is a little over 2 weeks long and it typically starts at the end of September and goes into October. The festival is really unlike anything else in the world. There are food booths, games and small rides all over the fairgrounds!

The big attraction are the numerous beer tents. There are big and small tents and each one has their own vibe and decor! We researched and read all about all the tents. No matter what tent you use, you can't reserve a table unless you have a group of 8 or more. You will also need to make those reservations months if not a year in advance. For those, like us, that don't have a big group or those that don't want to make a reservation you will have to work a little harder to get a seat. The best strategy is to look for open seats at a table and then ask those sitting there if you can join! Waitresses will walk around and take your order for beer and food. Cash is preferred and sometimes the only thing the beer tents take. I recommend giving a big tip on your first round and then the waitress will make sure to come back to you!


Buying a Dirndl - If you are going to Oktoberfest or just want a great keepsake, buying a dirndl should be on your to do list. Its an experience itself. During Oktoberfest, they are basically sold everywhere but your first stop should be Original Steindl which is just a few blocks from the Marienplatz. The dirdnl has three parts: the dress, skirt and top. Some are sold all together and others you can pick each part individually.

English Garden - One thing we didn't have time to see but I wish we had was the English Garden. Named for the style of park, it is one of the largest urban public parks in the world. There are several different areas including a Japanese teahouse, Chinese Tower and artificial stream where you can surf.

Getting Around

Munich is a major air and plane hub so it is not difficult to get to. We came from Salzburg, which is about a two hour train ride.

I found Munich to be one of the easiest cities to get around! The subway system is really easy to navigate and stretches to almost anywhere you would want to travel to. We bought a 3 day ticket that you can use to ride the subway as much as you need each day.

Also check out the bus system, from our air bnb in Munich it was the easiest & fastest way to get to the airport on our last day.


Stay

Like the rest of our trip we booked an air bnb for our time in Munich. Like I mentioned earlier, Munich is really easy to get around so we didn't mind staying a little farther outside the main area. Our air bnb was a few blocks away from the English Garden. We had a short walk to the subway to get wherever we needed to.
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White Hot



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When you are in the middle of wedding planning you have to make so many decisions. One decision that shouldn't be stressful is what to wear to all of the fun parties and showers that are thrown for you. Last week I was helping a friend of mine find an outfit for her upcoming couple's shower and after searching I realized there are so many cute options out right now. It was fun to find her some different dresses and rompers to try.  

While I don't think you have to wear white for any of your wedding events, it is what color my friend wanted to wear.  One of my favorite looks is this jumpsuit! It really can be worn for almost any wedding event but I love it most for an engagement party or couple's shower.

For a shower or other day time events, this cut out dress and off the shoulder option are so dreamy and feminine. They would also be great to pack for a beach honeymoon!

For options that are a little different, I would suggest this assymetrical dress. With just subtle assymetry and a classic neckline it is a mix of modern but classic. 
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Everyday Suncare & Faux Tan


Suncare is important year round but really something we should all focus on during the Spring and Summer.  It's no secret that I took suncare seriously. Sunscreen has changed a lot in the last few years. There are so many options when it comes to how to protect your skin.  It is not just about lotions anymore. Below are some new types of products to integrate into your routine. 

I'm also sharing how I get a faux tan. Just because we are protecting our skin doesn't mean we can't have a summer glow. 

  1. Sunscreen Oil - If you have ready any of my skincare posts, you'll know I love face oil. Over the past few years it has become my favorite skincare products. I've now switched to using a this sunscreen oil in the morning all over my face and body on any days I'm going to be outside. This formula soaks in and doesn't feel greasy. Once it has soaked in you can apply make up over it with out any issues. It is moisturizing and nourishing and gives a soft glow that I love.




2. Setting Mist -  I know many people are skeptical about whether a setting spray works of not, but I've always been a believer. When you combine one with spf, I'm really in. This product not only keeps your makeup on longer but it applies an even coat of spf 50. It is an especially great travel item.






3. Setting Powder - Another dual purpose item, this product sets make up, applies sunscreen and mattifies your face. It is the perfect product to use as a sunscreen touch up over makeup. It will soak up any oil as well.

Color Science Setting Powder - Supergoop Setting Powder


I've tried my fair share of self tanners and had plenty of bad experiences. Finding a combination of natural color, even application and a great smell is not easy. I've never had as natural of color as St. Tropez and Tan Towels. St. Tropez's foams (here and here) go on smooth and evenly. The foam is colorless and has just a slight but pleasant smell. It gives subtle color that you can build but you will tell a difference after one application. I have recently starting using this tanning mitt and the application has been even easier. 

Tan Towels are single use towels infused with self tanner. Application is easy because you just swipe the towels across your body. Since there aren't any liquids with this product, it's so easy to take on vacations. 

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OOTD Vol. 2



Summer always has in the mood for denim! After sharing my outfits over the last couple weeks, I realized I've been incorporating it into almost all of my casual and weekend outfits. As you'll see in the links below Madewell and JCrew are my favorite places to find denim pieces. 




JCrew Denim Dress (similar here and here) - Gucci Purse 


 Gucci Purse - Frye Sandals, Old (similar here)


Gucci Purse -Frye Sandals, Old (similar here)



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Target Purchases Vol. 1


Like I mentioned in this post, I want to start sharing some purchases I've made lately. They may seem a little random but it is what has been purchased lately. This round up include a few items my roommates bought. I mean who can you trust more to give great recs than your best friends?

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1. Who What Wear Maxi Skirt - The ultimate dress up or down piece. Throw on with a tee and sneakers for brunch or day time and then add a silky cami and heels for date night. 

2. Revlon Cushion Lip Tint - This has become my go to summer color. My summer makeup is always easier and more relaxed.  The cushion applicator gives the look of a stain and you can easily control the intensity of the color as well. The look is like you just had a popsicle and stained your lips, and I mean that in the best way. In a pinch I've even used it as blush!

3. Stars Above Pajama Set - In this Oklahoma heat, the last thing I want is to be warm at night. This set is soft, cool and a little sexy while not trying too hard.

4. & 6.  Joy Lab Tie Dye Bra & Leggings - One of my roommates just became a cycle bar instructor! She's always someone I go to for athleisure and work out recs. She bought this set and I've been wanting it ever since! You can wear the bra as a top or throw a tank on over it.

5. Dove Dry Shampoo As someone that uses dry shampoo on an almost daily basis I am always trying new ones. This is by far my favorite drug store dry shampoo. It really soaks up the oil in my hair and the smell is my favorite. 

7. A New Day Shift Dress - One of my roommates is amazing at finding great deals. If you need some easy summer items that are easy to pack, get this dress ASAP. I love a dress that is fitted enough to give shape but doesn't cling to you. 

8. Champion Tie Back Tank - Lately, I have been trying to create a better work out wardrobe. I hadn't bought any pieces in awhile. I stumbled upon this tank and bought it in 2 colors. It fits well and you can tie the back or leave it loose, depending on how you want it that day!

9. A New Day Nylon Tote - I've been in need of a new tote that could work as both a gym bag and pool bag. I wanted something stylish with a couple zippered pockets that is easy to clean. The side pockets on this bag hold so much and keep you organized while the middle holds everything you need. I've packed for the office and gym in this bag and still had room. A few days after I bought this bag one of  my roommates loved it so much she bought one for herself!

What have you been purchasing from Target?
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


If you follow any other bloggers, I'm sure you have seen everyone posting about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It really is always a great sale with lots of quality items I end up loving. I love that it is pre-season items that are on sale but sometimes it is hard to shop for things I can't wear/use yet. 

A goal I have had this year is to cut down on the number of items I purchase. I have focused on buying quality over quantity, which means I may not be spending less money overall but I am trying to really love everything I purchase! I have done a few months of spending blackouts which has helped me create new habits. I'm working on a full post on this but with this mentality I wanted to post only a few quality items that I really love from this sale. 

Sometimes so much is on sale it can feel overwhelming and like you need to buy everything. My strategy is to either find a few basics I need or a fun splurge item. When I'm focused, I'm always happier with my purchases!


Jacquard Leopard Skirt - Pleated Leopard Skirt - Tory Burch Purse
Charlotte Tilburry Lip Set - Nars Lip Crayons  - Leopard Dress 
Grey Tennis Shoes - Nike Tennis Shoes - V Neck Sports Bra 
Spanx Leather Leggings - Madewell Jeans

My number one recommendation would be to purchase the Spanx Leather Leggings! In the Fall and Winter I wear them atleast weekly! They can be dressed up or I've paired them with tennis shoes on travel days. 

The items I purchased are the leopard dress, grey tennis shoes and Charlotte Tillbury Lip set! I may also buy another pair of my favorite 
Madewell Jeans and this fun sports bra.

The sale is also a great time to stock up on skincare items you already buy or something you have wanted to try.


Kiehl's Overnight Serum - Supergood Sunscreen with Vitamin C
St. Tropez Original Bronzing Mousse - Supergoop Setting Spray
Neulash Eye Lash Growth Serum - Super Goop Setting Powder Sunscreen

Are you shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Amazon Purchases Vol 1


I think most of us have places we typically shop. Whether it is groceries, cosmetics, clothing etc... most of us are creatures of habit. Like many, I find myself shopping at Amazon and Target on  an almost weekly basis. I'm always interested to see what people buy and what cool, interesting products they've found. So I'm starting a series where I'll occasionally share items I've bought or have been recommended to me from Amazon & Target. 

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1. CRZ Yoga Legging - At less than $30 these legging seem to good to be true. My roommate bought a pair and when she had them on, I didn't they weren't a more expensive brand. They fit great and the material is super soft!

2. Heart Shaped Sunglasses - I'm fully aware these glasses are a little extra but at $10 they make such a fun summer accessory. I first bought the black pair but now own the white and red too. 

3. 6 Pack Thongs - For a simple cotton thong, you can't beat the price of these! They fit well and lay pretty smooth. 

4. Apple Watch Band - I don't actually own an Apple watch but both of my roommates do and love them. These bands come highly recommended. I love how affordable they are so you can buy a few to match different outfits!

5. & 9.  Hydro Flask Handle & Hydro Flask Water Bottle - Hydro Flask water bottles are really some of the best. They are sturdy, keep your drink cold and are so durable. These handles make them so much easier to handle and carry around. 

6. Tanning Mitt - I'm not sure how it took me so long to discover a tanning mitt. Whether you use foam, lotion or oil this tanning mitt makes your self tanner go on so much smoother. I have so many fewer streaks and missed spots. It also saves your hands from the dreaded orange look!

7. Ice Roller - Everyone needs an ice roller! I bought one because I had read that it helps your face serums and products work better. Now I use it for so many reasons. In the morning if I'm puffy or swollen I'll roll my whole face for a few minutes. The key to rolling is to always roll in an upword motion. The ice roller is great for headaches too!

8. Ultra Supportive Sports Bra - I'm always looking for supportive sports bras. They can be so expensive that it is hard to buy more than one. For under $35 this bra provides a lot of support with no wires.

10. Cole Haan Sandal - I love these sandals so much I bought them in two colors and have talked about them so much several of my friends have bought them! They are Cole Haan so you know they are comfortable and they are also so cute. My basic black pair goes with everything and the gold pair are just dressy enough. I always pack a pair for any vacation and I believe both pairs will be going to Italy with me later this Summer. 

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Book Round Up Vol. 4




Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton - I'm never one to shy away from a book based in History but when it is paired with a love story, I'm absolutely hooked. I know very little about Cuba's history but this book really brought it to life. The story goes back and forth between 1950's Cuba and present day. Elisa Perez lives a pretty sheltered and upper class life until she meets a revolutionary. In present time Elisa's granddaughter travels to Cuba for the first time to after hearing stories about it from her grandmother her whole life. The contrast of Cuba's beauty and unstable political climate create a push and pull for Elisa. This book was captivating for me since the first chapter. 



Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid - This book has made it's way into one of my favorite books of all time. Daisy Jones & the Six were the IT band of the 70's. They epitomized Sex, Drugs and Rock N' Roll but their music is legendary. This is the story behind how Daisy Jones, the beautiful club hopper with a voice that everyone falls in love joins the band The Six. The band's members are highly talented but all have their demons. The story is told by an oral history of interviews of all the band members. Each person is in present day reflecting on their memories of the rise of the band. The sometimes contradicting stories paint the picture of that era and what it is like to rise to the highest level of stardom. I actually recommend listening to this one because each character is narrated by a different voice. 



We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter - It wouldn't be a book list without something from the WWII era. In 1939 three generations of the Kurc family are trying to keep up their normal life in Poland as war creeps closer. As Jews, their rights are slowly taken away and the must do what they can to survive. This story takes you thru each family members journey, one is forced into exile, another tries to leave the continent while some are constantly trying to escape certain death. The whole time they are torn from each other and can only pray that the rest of their family is surviving. During the darkest, most horrific time in the 20th century, this family tries to perservere in ways most of us can't imagine. I'm a firm believer that every person needs to read and learn as much as they can about this era so something like it will never happen again. 



Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard - This book, like others in the series, focuses on the facts and history of the time period. I loved learning about the political and social landscape of the time of Jesus and how that played a big factor in his death. For me, it strengthened my faith even more. 



Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler - I posted a mini review of this book on my instagram. The first thing I'll say is that it is not what I expected from Chelsea. Yes, it has her sharp dark humor but it is much more than that. It follows Chelsea's year of self discovery. With the help of a therapist, she works thru some of the major traumas in her life and learns how they have influenced who she is and her life path. She knows she needs to make changes to herself and to the world at large. I honestly laughed, cried and shook my head many times through out this book. As much as it is entertaining, I also found new ways to challenge myself to grow from this book. 

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4th of July Inspiration


Today I'm sharing a quick post with some pieces that have me excited for the 4th of July. My plans are usually a casual event that involves family, friends fireworks and food. It's always especially hot in Oklahoma in July so breezy, comfortable outfits are what I'm drawn to.  



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OOTD Vol. 1


If you follow me on instagram, you may have I've started sharing some of my outfits on stories. Sorry for the lighting in some of these photos, I'm working on better lighting in my room. It's fun for me to share what I'm actually wearing, especially since styled outfit shoots have been harder for me to get to lately.  I've picked some of my favorites to share below.

Although I'm definitely a shopper, I am constantly wearing new items with things I've had for years and my outfits definitely reflect that. If any of my items aren't still available, I'll link similar items.

Blazer, Old (similar here and here)



Knit Pant - Top, Old (similar here and here
Rain Boots - Rain Coat, Old (similar here and here



Crop Cardigan - Lace Pants 
Heels - Purse, old (similar here and here)



Blouse - Skirt, old (similar here and here



Sweater, sold out (similar here and here)  
Crop Pants, old (similar here and here) - 
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Book Round Up Vol. 3



I was not as good at making time to read this Month as I was in January and February. I didn't have enough for a full post this month so I added a few I have read in the last year.


The Tattoist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris -  No matter how many stories I read about the Holocaust, I know I'll never be able to truly understand the horrors that happened. This book gives the true account of Lale Sokolov, a slovakian jew who is sent to the horrific concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. A prisoner for over two and a half years, Lale does everything he can to survive. He even risks his life to trade jewels for extra food for him and his friends. Because he can speak several languages, Lale becomes the official tatowierer of the camp. Lale tattoos thousands of prisoners with their prisoner number. One woman, particularly scared when she approaches him to get her tattoo, catches his eye and he vows to survive the war and marry her. Although he witnesses some of the worst moments in humanity, this story also shows strength and bravery. I shed some tears along the way too.



What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman - This book is the true story of the author's adventures in her 20's and 30's. To escape her high stress job as a sitcom writer Kristin spends her time off filling her passport with stamps. Many times she spends weeks at a time in new places and many times has traveled alone. Being single during this time while all of her friends are married and having children, Kristin found that she was a new person when she was abroad. Someone that was more exciting, sexier, softer and maybe a little sluttier. 



Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush - Imagine spending your 20's under an extreme magnify glass, not because of anything you've done, but because your father is president. Co-written by the only twin first children ever, Sisters First goes behind the curtain of what it is like being the daughter of the president. These two women have accomplished alot but they also have had some public missteps and failures. Both the good and bad are covered in this book. 


Killing England by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard - If you've read some of my other book reviews you may have noticed I'm a big fan of this series. Whether you are a history nerd like me or just interested in having a better understanding of the revolutionary war. this book jumps in and gives a very descriptive account of the beginning of our nation. Even after learning about the revolutionary war in many a history class, I don't think I ever fully understand the sacrifice the first Americans made for us to be our own country. Although it is history rich, I highly recommend this book because it is far from boring!

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Hair Accessories Under $50


This week's theme on the blog is hair! Earlier this week I talked about how to get rid of build up and take care of your scalp in this post

Although it didn't start my love, Gossip Girl really fueled my obsession with hair accessories.  I always seem to be picking up a new headband or ponytail holder to jazz up my hairstyles. (I now know I have become my mother because I used the term "Jazz up"). If you follow me on instagram you may have seen the black knotted headband (similar here) that I wear at least once a weekend.  

I love that hair accessories, especially headbands, are having such a moment right now! It is hard for me to keep from buying every headband I see. I love how headbands can cover up a bad hair day or just tame crazy hair and also be an outfit maker. This Green Velvet Headband would make a statement when wearing all neutrals! Floral headbands, like this one, make me excited for Spring and Summer. I love the high low look of a fancy headband with a white tshirt and denim.

You can make even a ponytail more chic with these bow ponytail holders. Or to really make a statement use this scarf headband in your next ponytail or bun. 

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Hair Refresh


Researching hair products can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of brands and thousands of products. I really don't use many products on my hair on a day to day basis. I try to go at least 3-4 days between hair washes. It is not only healthier for my hair but it saves me time! This routine requires its fair share of dry shampoo. 

Every few months my hair seems a little lackluster. This is usually caused by some product build up on my scalp. If you hair is oily or if you work out and sweat a lot, you can have some issues with build up as well. Scalp care is important not only for styling, but for your hair health overall. I've tried a few clarifying shampoos but none of them really seem to work as well as they claim. 

After some research I started using apple cider vinegar in my hair! I dilute a couple tablespoons with a cup of water then I work it into my wet hair. I let it sit in my hair for a few minutes, really massaging it in. Then I shampoo and condition like usual. Some recommend doing the apple cider vinegar rinse after shampoo and conditioner. Because the vinegar smell is so strong, I like to use the shampoo and conditioner after to really rinse out the smell.

Recently I've found another product to use to clarify my scalp, the Kristin Ess Exfoliating Scalp Scrub. I've been using it around every 4-5 weeks or whenever my roots start to feel weighed down with product. I'd never heard of a scalp scrub before but liked the concept. The consistency is gel like so it doesn't drip. You can also really feel the scrub aspect of it, but it is sugar based so it won't dry out your scalp or hair.

It is an easy product to use too. The bottle has a nozzle applicator which makes it easy to get the scrub to your roots. After wetting my hair I apply the scrub along my hairline first. Then I use the applicator to apply the product along my part line. I then create some lines parallel to my part about an inch apart and apply product there. I then really massage it into my scalp and let the scrub work. It feels amazing and really seems to clean up any buildup I've been having. After I rinse it out, I shampoo and conditioner like usual! It really takes only a few extra minutes but has made a big difference in my hair. 
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New Spring Pieces Under $100


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Maybe it is the fact that its been below freezing the past week or maybe because it is March, but I've been in full Spring shopping mode. I wear a lot of dark colors and neutrals in the winter but in the Spring I start craving some color. This year I am more into pastels than I have been in the past. I'm loving soft blush, blue and peach.

Statement sleeve have been a big trend lately. The ruching on the sleeves of this wrap top and this blouse are a wonderful detail. Both tops would pair well with a slim fit bottom. White denim and a neutral flat is a great option for casual events like brunch. 

White and camel are always great colors to wear in the spring. Adding a color or print, like these heels, against white creates a pop of interest. 

Snakeskin is typically not a print I think of for Spring, but this skirt screams spring with its green color scheme. 

What are you looking forward to wearing and buying for Spring? 


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Book Round Up Vol 2.



I found that I had to force myself to switch up book genres this month. After reading my first recommendation below, all I wanted to do was read more from the WII era. I managed to change it up with some fiction and non-fiction books. I also had several easy reads and my last book was read to just  inform me on a time in history I felt uneducated on. 



Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan - What a read! This book is classified as a novel but it is based on a true story and the major story line has been fact checked. It follows a 17 year old Italian boy living in Milan during WWII. Until now he has lived a pretty charmed life. When the Nazis start taking over Italy, his parents send him to stay in the mountains at a boys' school to avoid the allied bombings in Milan. Once he is about to turn 18, his parents convince him to enlist in the German army. Otherwise he will be drafted in the Italian army and most of those soldiers end up at the front line of battle. Thru a series of random events he ends up the driver for Adolf Hitler's left hand man in Italy. He despises wearing the Nazi swastika on his uniform as much as he despises the man he drives for. This causes he to eagerly spy on the man for the allies, risking his life daily.

Although I read a lot of WWII historical fiction and biographies, I do not know much about what happened in Italy during the war. This book showed me how much we still don't know a lot about what happened during this horrible time in history. This has quickly become on of my favorite books and is a top recommendation of mine.


Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson -  Whatever Happens, Love that. This book is warm, funny, messy and definitely has some magic in it! It is the story of when Blix, an 85 year old woman from Brooklyn,  and Marnie, a 29 year old from Florida, happen to meet by chance and how their stories intertwine. Marnie quickly goes thru some heartbreak and doesn't understand how she can't just get the ordinary life that she wants - husband, kids and a life in the suburbs. Blix tells her she is going to have a big life but Marnie fights in. My favorite aspect was seeing how the life you think you want may not be what you get because what you get can be 100x better that whatever you imagined.


Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan - Sometimes books can surprise you and this one definitely did. James meets Lou and think he has found the love of his life. The problem is Lou is engaged to James best friend, Rob. James pushes down his feelings and supports his friend. James seems to always be just missing anything he wants in life. He struggles to write a novel, struggles to find someone to love and just plain struggles through life. This book follows love, friendship, career, life and curve balls that are thrown. Just when I thought I knew where this book was going, it changes again and I was hooked.


The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis - After reading an article that referred to the Cold War I realized that I know very little about that time in history. I started to do some research to find a good beginner book on the subject and found this book. It can be dry at sometimes but very interesting in others! I really feel like I'm better informed on a time in history that was pretty recent and still impacts things now!


Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins - I mentioned this book in this post and how I was excited to read it. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. It was a little slow and I think could have been wrapped up quicker. What I felt was good and realistic is the thoughts running thru the main character's heads. Their lack of confidence and body image issues really do affect most of their life decisions. 
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My 5 Min Make Up Routine


Working in the corporate world, I need to look pulled together every day. Since I always end up snoozing my alarm at least one time, I never quite have as much time as I want to get ready. Thru necessity I've learned a quick minute make up routine that gets me out the door looking polished. It typically takes a little over 5 minutes to get a polished look. My focus is dewy skin and a little highlight on my eyes and lips.

As soon as I wake up I wash my face with Micellar water (see post here) and this one has become my go to. After cleansing I use this sunscreen oil and then this face oil. I love the combo, especially in the winter, to add some moisture and glow to my face. I first started using this face oil and its become my favorite skincare product. I decided to try another oil and found this plumping one is great for using under makeup.



Once the oil has had some time to soak in I start my make up routine with this concealer. I use it on the dark and red areas on my face. For me this is typically under my eyes, around my nose and lips. I blend it in with my beauty blender. I then set it with Bareminerals powder concealer and also blend it onto my eyellids. Next I add this Benefit Hoola bronzer to my temples, chin and under my cheekbones. I am by no means able to contour but I do need add a little depth to my face. I then add Nars Orgasm blush to my cheekbones and set all of my face with Bareminerals mineral veil.

My next focus is my eyes. I fill in my brows with this eyebrow pencil. It's the first pencil I've found that has the correct color and blends well. I find that it doesn't look too filled in or overdone. Next I line my eyes with this Charlotte Tilbury liner in Amber Haze. I look the brown/amber color for every day. It defines my eyes without being too harsh. It also blends easily so its foolproof. I then add a little of this same bronzer to my crease to add a bit of definition. I finish off my eyes with mascara. I am currently switching between this Charlotte Tilbury one and Blinc Mascara.

My last step is my favorite step is highlighting and I've finally discovered a drugstore powder highlighter that I love! I used to only think more expensive brands were worth buying. This Covergirl palette has three colors and I use them all. The pinkish color goes on my cheek bones and I love the gold color on my brow bones, inner cornor of my eyes and cupids bow. I top my look off with a lipcolor and I'm done!
Kara Krittenbrink
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