January 23, 2017

Apartment Must-Haves

When I first moved into my apartment, I had no idea what I wanted. I had only ever decorated my bedroom before and suddenly I had this whole space to furnish. It took me a while but I finally settled on a look that was me. And even though I still change things around or retire certain decor ideas from my apartment, I realized I do have certain staples that I do think make an apartment.

1. Statement rug
Whenever I post pictures of my living room, the rug is usually the first thing that gets complimented. This was actually the first big non-furniture purchase I made for my apartment almost 4 years ago and I still love it to this day. It was totally worth splurging on. 

2. Throw pillows
Whether it's throw pillows on your couch or your bed, they can totally brighten things up and give the room a cozy feel. I had bold and colorful pillows for years but recently switched so a more subtle color scheme.

3. Fresh flowers
I love having fresh flowers in my apartment! I buy flowers every week from Trader Joe's which I put in the entryway and on my coffee table. I also have plants and fake flowers scattered throughout too. I think it looks really pretty and just adds a personal touch.

4. Art prints
I'm going to do a whole post on art prints in a few weeks but needless to say, I have them everywhere! In my dining room, bedroom, living room, over my dresser, on my desk. It's such an easy way to decorate and show off what you love, whether it's travel, quotes or illustrations. Or in my case, a little bit of everything! 

5. Gold accents
I recently became obsessed with adding gold accents to my apartment. On my desk, I have a gold organizer and a little gold & ceramic succulent figurine. But also scattered through my apartment is a gold frame, gold geometric triangles, a gold ampersand. The list goes on. I don't have too many and I try to make sure they're mixed in with other items so it's not overwhelming. But I do think they had a chic touch to the rest of my decor. 

So those are my staples! Who knows what other ideas I'll come up with or be inspired by but in the meantime, I think these five will remain a bit part of my apartment's look overall. 

What are YOUR apartment must-haves?

January 20, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (42)

Weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews 

I am so happy with today's Stacking the Shelves! I only bought three books and already read two of them (5 stars to Wayfarer and Frostblood!). Then I got one of my most anticipated books of 2017, The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, in the mail. But there are some e-ARCs I mention below that I'm super excited about too.

Now, onto the books!


What new books have you guys gotten lately?

January 18, 2017

Mini-reviews: Windwitch + The Careful Undressing of Love

pub 1/10/17 by Tor Teen
Young Adult - Fantasy
Received ARC from pub
If you read my blog, you know how much I love Susan Dennard which is why I'm nervous to be posting this honest (but thoughtful!) review.  With Truthwitch, she created a truly fascinating world. I was intrigued by its caste of witches and following Safi, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan on their adventures was exciting. But in Windwitch, I felt like the focus of the plot and world was less cohesive and the spark in her characters was missing. I still loved Iseult and Aeduan as they remained the most complex and multi-faceted. I looked forward to all their scenes! (I don't deny that I ship it, 100%.) With Safi and Merik, they felt the most different. Granted, their situations are the most extreme but the changes seemed abrupt since the story picks up soon after Truthwitch. Their paths were so disconnected from everyone and considering the series is touted as being about an epic female friendship, it's a shame we get little evidence of that. I just don't think the multiple perspectives worked out well this time, although I surprisingly liked the addition of Vivia. Overall, the book drifted away from the things that made me love Truthwitch in the first place – building these characters and their relationships and the abilities that come with being a Witch.

Do I recommend? I'm conflicted because I didn't enjoy Windwitch as much as I had hoped but I still remember loving Truthwitch. If this series has been on your radar, I still say check it out and decide for yourself.

pub 1/31/17 by Dutton Books
for Young Readers
Young Adult - Contemporary
Borrowed ARC from Alexa
I actually had no idea what this book was about when I started. Corey Ann Haydu is an auto-read author for me and The Careful Undressing of Love proves, yet again, just why that is. It did take me a few chapters to settle in the setting of the story. Haydu changes history a bit and there's a lot to learn about Devonairre Street and the people, particular the girls and woman, who inhabit it. They're cursed and the men they fall in love with die because of it. Lorna Ryder is a Devonairre Street girl who doesn't buy into curse but wants to be apart of the community in spite of it. It's where her friends are and where her memories of her father are, who died in the 2001 Times Square Bombing. But when her best friend's boyfriend dies, the community and those fascinated by them turn the curse into a sort of mania that infects everyone. Suddenly the curse is "absolutely real" and love is truly to be feared. It was strange but also an interesting commentary on grief, love, sexuality and to me, how cults probably start. If anyone but Haydu had written it, I probably would've passed but that's the power of her writing. Her prose is beautiful and lyrical and I enjoy how she consistently makes me think outside the box.

Do I recommend? Yes! I admit I have my reservations about the ending but otherwise, I felt invested in the characters and the story. Super interesting read!