Friday's Face: Lightweight for Summer

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hello all! I'm starting a new series on Fridays featuring a "face" of makeup: either a current favorite of mine, something special relating to the moment, or something requested by you all!

I wanted to start with something simple, lightweight and summer appropriate, as June is practically upon us. I know many of us are going on vacations, daytrips or simply laying out by the pool in the very near future, and the last thing you want in a warm situation is a thick layer of foundation melting off your skin. Thus, my summer #FridaysFace!

-Before I do any of my makeup I like to exfoliate and moisturize my lips (eos lip balm in Sweet Mint.)
-elf Mineral Infused Face Primer (apply a pea-sized amount over areas that tend to get shiny; for me, this is my T-zone.)
-Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation SPF 18 (I apply with a moist beauty blender for a lighter, more blendable finish.)
-elf All Over Color Stick in Persimmon (apply to cheekbones for a highlightery type of blushed finish. I also add this to my Cupid's bow, and blend with my fingers)

-Prime your eyelids (I use elf Eyelid Primer. Simple enough).
-Apply a dark brown color into the crease ("Faint" from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, Warpaint Beauty flat domed brush).
-Blend with a fluffy brush (elf Eyeshadow "C" Brush)
-I like to curl my eyelashes with a Revlon eyelash curler, but this step is up to you!
-Apply a few coats of your favorite mascara (I'm currently loving the Full Lash Bloom from Covergirl in the waterproof formula to prevent smudging.)

-Now that your lips are primed and moisturized, wipe away the balm so your lips are dry and non-oily.
-Apply a bright orange lipstick of your choice (Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in the shade Rose Rush is what I used in the above photo.)

What sort of face are you loving as the summer comes along?

Interview: Emily Chapman and Emily Ann Putske

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day, friends! Today I have the pleasure of sharing an interview with Emily Chapman and Emily Ann Putske in lieu of the publication of their shiny new novella, Ain't We Got Fun! Keep reading to hear more behind the scenes of the book-writing process...

1. Introduce this book to us: what does it mean to you? What do you love about it? When can we get our hands on it?
E.C. : We first published the Ain't We Got Fun letters on our blogs back in January – and we actually wrote them throughout the month of January! I don't think either of us realized how close these characters would become to us. They're practically living people that we love to revisit, and we adore them.

E.A.P : We had attempted writing a couple stories together before, but we were both too busy, and we didn’t really have a solid plot. At the end of December, Emily suggested we try writing a new story, but this time posting the letters on our blogs. I think that helped us actually finish the book and stay on top of it. I agree with Emily … neither of us realized how dear these characters would become to us. We often would email each other with, “I love our characters so stinkin’ much!” It really helped us tell an entertaining story when we felt like our characters were real people. May 25th (today!) it is available in paperback and ebook through

2. The title "Ain't We Got Fun" comes from the iconic song of the era - what does that title mean to each of you/your characters?
E.C. : The words of of the song “Ain't We Got Fun” basically state that though there's not much money, we still have fun – if not more fun, if you look at things the right way. And it echoes the whole vibe of the book.

E.A.P. : Bess and Gi are both going through their own trying times, but in the midst of being poor, they learn to see life in a different way. They see that life is really fun and full of surprises!

3. What's something weird/funny/fantastic from behind the scenes of the writing process (preferably that you haven't shared before)?
E. C. : Well, it was kinda a surprise – to me, anyway – that romance became a primary theme in Ain't We Got Fun. It's a sweet, innocent romance, mind you, but I didn't quite expect both of us to choose that as a primary topic in our letters. It was amusing. We're such girls.

E.A.P. : I also didn’t realize it was going to be a romance of sorts. I mentioned that I may have a dashing journalist that Gi meets in NYC, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to write a love story. I decided to give it a try and wrote a scene with Will. Well, I kept him! He turned out to be my favorite character! He really balanced out Gi … she’s head strong, stubborn, and independent. Will’s calm, thinks before making decisions, and sees the beauty in the midst of the Depression. Also, Emily and I both really got into our characters. We both felt that we had actually become Bess and Gi. When Bess would send a letter in which she scolded Gi, I felt like I was actually be scolded and I’d get a little defensive. When she mentioned Will liking Gi, I’d grin. It was so weird … I’ve never felt like that with a character before!

4. Was it difficult writing a book together over Internet communications and with little live interaction? Would you do it again?
E.C. : A hearty YES to doing it again! Right now, it's kind of an issue of time because there is little of it, and as a senior preparing to head off to college, there's a lot going on in my life right now. However, I know I'd love to do it again. As for it being difficult, it wasn't terribly hard. Occasionally, toward the end, I found it would be easier to talk to Em in person just because there was SO MUCH we needed to talk about – primarily regarding publishing. But the actual writing part … that wasn't very hard at all.

E.A.P. : It wasn’t difficult to write the story over the internet. We sent the letters through Googledocs, which allowed us both to be able to add suggestions/edits to each other’s letters. We exchanged a ton of emails and googlechats, sorting out the plot and planning the ending letters. Like Emily said, we talked on the phone once we got into the publication process … I think the publication part was harder than the actual writing!  All that to say, I would definitely do it again! If we both have time, we’d love to dive into a new story. =)

5. What do you want your audience to take away from this book?
E.C. : “What the world needs is a return to sweetness and decency.” That quote from Roman Holiday rather sums up what I want the audience to take away from Ain't We Got Fun. There is absolutely no need for raunchiness in today's romantic stories. I hope the audience will understand this, and that they will see Christ through the innocence of our little romances. But I must add that Ain't We Got Fun isn't entirely a romance. It involves all kinds of loves. Sisterly love, loves between fathers and daughters, grandfathers and grandsons, strangers and friends, loves for beauty and gladness … it's a story that basically echoes all the sweet loves.

E.A.P. : I’ll agree with Emily’s comment! Also, we want readers to see the joy and beauty in life amidst hard situations, misunderstandings, and our own sinfulness. We’re not perfect, and neither are our circumstances. But with God at our side, we can truly see how wonderful life and love is.

EMILY CHAPMAN, also known as Bess Rowland, is a young hobbit living in the dear old South, and she is entirely bonkers. She's a dreamer, an optimistic pessimist, and an introverted people person. Blue skies, dancing, Disney, and whipped cream make her happy, and she swears she's once been to Narnia. She's been a reader all her life, became a writer because of that, and published her first novel, Cry of Hope, in March of 2014. But without her Savior, all of this would mean nothing. It is in Him that she puts her hope.You can learn more about Emily Chapman and her books at and

EMILY ANN PUTZKE and Gi Rowland have two big things in common: their love for God and coffee. Besides writing historical fiction, Emily enjoys being an aunty, photography, Irish dancing, spending time with family, attempting to play the guitar, reenacting, and reading. She loves polka dots, war movies, and all things vintage. Her first novella, It Took a War, was published in December of 2014. You can learn more about Emily Ann Putzke and her books at and

You can purchase Ain't We Got Fun through:
Amazon (Paperback) 
Amazon (Kindle) 
Createspace (Paperback)
Smashwords (ebook)

About The Book:
It was never much of an issue for Bess: living contentedly on her family's farm, despite the Depression which loomed around them. But when her older sister Georgiana takes off to New York City to make a fortune and help Papa out, feelings of adventure and wanderlust strike Bess at home. Through their lively letter correspondence, the sisters recount to one another their adventures, surprises, and heartaches, leaving little room for depression. For in a world of such wonder, ain't we got fun?

Summer Reading List: 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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I mentioned in my last post I had a list of books I wanted to read this summer, and a few of you expressed interest in seeing it! The list is, admittedly, longer than I know I can accomplish, but then that is the joy of it: challenging yourself that little bit beyond what you know you can achieve, and doing better than your originally planned. I hope at the end of the summer to share what I have accomplished, if it is worth mentioning.

I would love to see your summer lists! Leave a link to your blog post and/or tell me in the comments below. There are few things so enjoyable to me as sharing books. :)

1. DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
This is my assigned reading for the summer, and from what I've heard, I think I'll really enjoy this next hefty piece of Dickens. I've read Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities in the past and found a lot of inspiration from both; I hope this proves similarly provoking!

Before you start yelling one way or the other, I am only giving these books a test. Several respected friends have recommended I read the series; likewise, respected friends have warned me they aren't worth my time. When the scale is so even, I like to dive in and decide for myself (you might have figured that out by this point). I plan on reading at least two: if afterwards I find I don't want to continue, fine! I can say I've read them for myself and have not judged without doing so. If I enjoy them, I'll continue accordingly. :)

3. THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS by James Fenimore Cooper
Chloe's been pestering me since two years ago when she read this to pick up a copy and read the book. I've pushed it off for a long while, but I figure summertime is a good excuse to finally read this classic.

The summer of hefty reading! This book actually is not too long, but it's not one of Lewis' that you can whizz through like, for example, The Great Divorce. I started this near the beginning of the year but haven't read much more than a few pages a week since March, and I want to finally sit down and finish the thing. It's a necessary book for, I think, everyone to read at some point in his/her life.

If I'm not mistaken, Perelandra is on my reading list next school year. I would like to have this finished before I get there.

6. PAPER TOWNS by John Green
Another "experiment book," if you will - this one I'm not too sure about, as The Fault In Our Stars was not a favorite of mine. Still, books like this only take me a few hours to read, and I would like to see what all the hype is about.

Have you read any of these books, and do you have something to share about them? Let me know!

I'm Back: Updates & Announcements

Monday, May 18, 2015

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Hello-ello-ello again, blogging world! I'm back and finished with another year of school and dance, and a good one at that. Because some things have changed and there are some new things to share and I've got a little announcement for you all, I decided to format this in a list.

1. I've got a summer reading list to match even the most prestigious of readers. Let me know if you're interested in peeking at it (I just might post it whether you want to see or not).

2. I've had some questions about blog design recently and realized I never fully explained how that process works at the moment. If you go to the top of the blog, you should see a tab titled "design" - under which all the usual options for the graphic design site are filed. Currently, there are only two basic packages: one for a regular design (usually redesign for a preexisting blog or website) and of course, the grand-branding package, for a complete website conception and creation. If you're interested in getting your blog redesigned but want something not listed, contact me via email and we'll chat! I'm definitely willing to negotiate pricing and package options to find what suits.

3. Hello, new schedule! Instead of having Mondays for writing posts, Wednesdays for fashion and Fridays for health, I'm going to share fashion and beauty tips here on Mondays and Fridays, and writing on Wednesday. Anything falling between the categories will be thrown in the mix! If you all have any posts you're interested in seeing, let me know in the comments below. :)

It's good to be back. Have I missed anything too earth-shaking?
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