Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review - Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Everyone is talking about Gone Girl these days, and it's no wonder because holy moly that book is so incredible and I think the movie is just as captivating. I spent a weekend last year devouring Gone Girl. I couldn't put it down! I think the book has that effect on most people who pick it up.

I recently finished Sharp Objects, also written by Gillian Flynn and this book is so twisted and so dark it makes Gone Girl seem like a rom-com.

It was one of those books that I couldn't put down but also couldn't wait to finish because of how creepy it was. Every time I read this book before bed I would have the weirdest dreams! Seriously. It really played with my thoughts.

So here's the premise:

Two young girls are murdered in the same exact way, a year about from each other in a small Missouri town (seriously, why does everything twisted seem to happen in MO?). A reporter from Chicago goes to the town (which happens to be her hometown) to report on the unsolved crimes. You learn an uncomfortable amount about the reporter and her family and the entire time you read this book your mouth will be wide open because of how crazy it is. 

There are so many twists and turns in this book and, in true Gillian Flynn fashion, the ending will surprise you and leave you replaying the entire storyline in your head. You'll finish this book and won't be able to do anything but stare blankly for a few minutes.

If you liked Gone Girl, I would recommend reading this, but be warned that it's much darker (in my opinion). I really can't imagine how this book could be made into a movie because of the eerie details. 

Have you read Sharp Objects? Did you have the same reaction that I did and would you recommend it?

Let me know what you thought! Am I overreacting?!

xo, E

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Favorite Email Newsletters

I am such a sucker for a fun, inspirational, informative and/or funny daily email newsletters. With all of the unexciting work emails I receive in a day, it's nice to look forward to something that will teach me or uplift me in the middle of my 9 to 5. 
There are a lot of daily newsletters to choose from and deciding which one to invite into your precious email real-estate can be a big commitment, so I thought I would share some of my very favorites with you. 

The Daily Muse

The Daily Muse provides really great career advice. From job searching skills to resume tips to ways to successfully ask for a raise. I like reading these newsletters in the middle of my day at work, to give me some work inspo! The email I enjoy reading the most from The Daily Muse is their "Sunday Inspiration"posts, where they link to an array of different resources on three topics: work, play and smarts. I usually read this at work on Monday morning, and it's a really nice way to start my week. 

I love Daily Worth because of their wide variety of topics, all meant to help improve your every day life. Some articles that I love include, "The Health Effects of being an Optimist" and "Why Being Happy at Work really Matters." I always look forward to seeing Dailyworth in my inbox. It's such a positive, quick read during my day. 

The Skimm

The Skimm is my daily-dose of news each day. It's sent to my inbox around 6 a.m., so this is usually the first thing I read when I get into work. I've become very fond of my routine of getting my coffee and reading The Skimm at my desk in the morning. While The Skimm reports on the tough topics that is the reality of our every day news, it's written in a way that gives you the needed facts, with a bit of lightheartedness that is much appreciated. Like above, when they say "Holy moly" after quoting Pope Francis. haha.


I get quite a few emails from Purewow, but I really really love them. Like, really. With Purewow, you can sign-up to receive emails on a variety of topics, and because of how great they are, I think I'm signed up for about five (recipes, books, Chicago, National and travel). In all honesty, I just counted and I received 7 emails yesterday alone from Purewow, so if your email space is limited, maybe only sign-up for one topic :)

Do you have email newsletters that you love?!

Thanks for reading

xo, E

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All Gold Everything - Consignment Mirror Revamp

Like I said on Monday, we did some consignment shopping this past weekend, and I found this awesome mirror that was in need of a little love. This mammoth weighs about 50 million pounds, and our Uber driver was not impressed that he had to help me put it into his (extremely messy) trunk.

But, 15 dollars and 3 miles in an angry Uber driver's car later, the mirror was mine!

Although it wasn't the most beautiful of mirrors, I knew that with a little paint and some love, this beauty would be perfect for my bedroom. 

The mirror is about 2 feet by 3 feet, and I could have gotten by with a sample-sized container of paint, but unfortunately Home Depot doesn't sell metallic paint in the sample size.

But that's okay, because you can never have too much gold paint.

Soon our apartment is going to look like that Disney movie.. I think it's called The Golden Touch, where everything the king touches turns to gold, which seems like the best problem to have, but then he touches people and that obviously causes some problems.


The frame was a really dark wood, and I didn't use a primer, so it took about three coats to fully cover it. The paint dried really quickly, and the whole process only took a few hours.

How AWESOME is the gold? I can't get over it. 

xo, E

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday Tunes

You know what I've missed? Tunes on Tuesday. 

So here I am, with some song recommendations for you. 

I've been listening to a lot of Ingrid Michaelson and Iron & Wine lately, so you'll see a few repeats from those artists in this list. They're just so perfect and I can't stop listening. 

Also, how cool is that picture? It really has nothing to do with this post or my playlist. But it's great. And so are these tunes. So there you go. 

Ingrid Michaelson – You and I
Iron & Wine – Sodom, South Georgia
Ingrid Michaelson – Everybody
MisterWives – Riptide - Live From Spotify NYC / 2014
Iron & Wine – Love Vigilantes
Hozier – Take Me to Church
Iron & Wine – Naked As We Came
Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am
Iron & Wine – The Trapeze Swinger
Us The Duo – Shake It Off
Julia Stone – It's All Okay
Priscilla Ahn – Dream

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What have you been listening to lately? I'd love to know (as always!)

xo, E

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Indian Summer

This past weekend, Chicago was unusually warm, sunny and all around perfect. It got up to 70 degrees, and at one point, I was HOT in a long-sleeved shirt.

It was the dream.

Sasha and I ventured up to Andersonville on Sunday to stroll around in the sunny weather and to do some consignment shopping. One of our favorite things. We found some goodies and as a result, our apartment got a little facelift.

Here are some photos of our Indian Summer weekend:

How cool are the walls in this consignment shop? It makes me wonder what this space was used for before housing all these treasures. It's funny to think that stores like Anthropologie spend lots of money to make their spaces look like this, and Brown Elephant does it so effortlessly and naturally.

Coffee Studio iced coffee & sandals for the win. There was also a donut involved here. But someone may have eaten it too quickly to photograph it. Not sure who did that.. 

I hope you had a great, perfect-weathered weekend as well. 

Catch ya on the flip side.


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