Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Review: The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young



I love this book.

Okay, it's a little dark.  A mother has lost her child...and her husband has run off with another woman.  She isn't coping well.  How does one cope with losing a child.  Indeed, she's barely functioning.

But she starts seeing dead children...and they have messages for her.

A writer, she's hired to head to the south to write about a long unsolved missing child case from a prominent and wealthy family.  And there a few things are, of course, amiss.

But the book is beautifully written. Touching, but a little sad.  Love.

Book Review: 100 Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi



This book is utterly charming.  Fausto Brizzi is an Italian filmmaker and he has a great sense for the visual and an emotional scene.  The book is touching and rarely falls into the unexpected.

Lucio, a 40 year old Roman fitness trainer finds out he has terminal cancer and will die in about 100 days.  He decides to choose assisted suicide at that date as he has no chance of being cured and doesn't want to deteriorate to the final stages.  And he vows to document those last 100 days and accomplish a few things.

Obviously, this book tugs on your heart and makes you think.

Lucio is estranged from his wife, whom he truly loves, because he cheated.  He wants to win her back before he dies.  And he also wants to leave something behind for his children.  His father in law and two lifelong friends help him on his path.

The book is surprisingly upbeat but also profound.  I recommend it highly.

Book Review: The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham



The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham is a delightful book.  Tilly Dunnage has escaped her small town, one that essentially cast her out.  Having worked as a master dressmaker for top couture houses in Paris, she’s come back home to deal with her ailing and not so mentally there mother.

Or has she?  Tilly settles into a routine and begins to reconnect locally, including starting a romance with Teddy, a local football star who likewise has had to deal with his own fair share of issues with the judgmental locals.

Tilly’s dresses become popular…but she has an endgame in mind that will surprise all.

The book is currently being made into a movie with Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth.


It’s actually a sweet and sentimental story.  We never can leave our past behind.  Dunnage handles her characters with grace.

100% Pure Cranberry Glow Lip and Cheek Tint Review and Swatches


Gorgeous!  A vivid pink-red and it even works on lips.  All natural.




100% Pure Eye Creamstick Eye Color in Susie's Favorite Review and Swatches


A great natural eye look.  Not the most long wearing...but I love it.



DIY Rich Balm Cream for Face and Body Natural and Perfect for Dry Skin


Super simple....


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DIY Make A Vegan Face Cream Anti Aging and Anti Acne


Recipe:
10 ounces of bottled water (or rosewater, tea, etc)
2 ounces oil of your choice (in this video I use coconut, almond and avocado)
1 ounce emulsifying wax
3 tsp of vegetable glycerin

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