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Friday, July 31, 2015

Worldwind Virtual Book Tours Book Review: "Overcoming Anxiety"

Today I wanted to tell you guys about an incredible book that I just recently finished reading!! *jumps up and down with excitement*

"Overcoming Anxiety" by Psychologist David Bernt, PhD. is smart, well-written, and (probably most importantly!) life-changing. No really, it is life-changing. In his book, Dr. Bernt gives multiple exercises  that help to slow down breathing whether you're simply anxious or suffering (aka ya feel like you're dying, lemme tell ya) during a panic attack, talks about different types of strategies on how to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder/ bad flashbacks/ nightmares, and explains how to train your brain to stop thinking negative or otherwise distressing thoughts by going into depth about ways to break that vicious pattern of thinking, among other topics! This book is truly an incredible resource and far more helpful than I even could have begun to hope for! 

I also personally think that this book could probably do wonders for people who are battling depression, even without much anxiety present! I felt myself shocked at how many times I did not realize that certain thoughts I have need be rerouted so I can be kinder and gentler to myself, rather than perfectionistic in a harmfully inflexible way!

Here is the Synopsis:

"Psychologist David Berndt, Ph.D., in Overcoming Anxiety, outlines several self-help methods for relief from anxiety and worry. In clear language and a conversational style, Dr. Berndt talks intimately with the reader like he would in a therapy session, and he shares what he learned from his peers and clients about how to make techniques for anxiety management more effective and helpful.   

You will learn:
  • A Self-hypnosis grounding technique in the Ericksonian tradition.
  • Box Breathing, Seven Eleven and similar breathing techniques for anxiety relief.
  • How to stop or interrupt toxic thoughts that keep you locked in anxiety.
  • How to harness and utilize your worries, so they work for you.
  • Relief from anxiety through desensitization and exposure therapy.
Designed to be used alone as self-help or in conjunction with professional treatment Dr. Berndt draws upon his experience as a clinician and academic researcher to give accessible help to the reader who wants to understand and manage their anxiety."

Here's some information & other testimonials about the author!:

Psychologist David Berndt, PhD.

David J. Berndt, Ph.D. was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago where he published or presented over 80 papers and articles before establishing a private practice. Dr Berndt currently lives in Charleston, S.C. where he also teaches in an adjunct capacity at the College of Charleston. He is best known for his psychological tests The Multiscore Depression Inventory, and the Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children, both from Western Psychological ServicesHe also contributes to several psychology websites including

Praise for Dr. Berndt’s work:

About the Multiscore Depression Inventory:
 “A textbook example of how to create a psychological test.”
               -Oscar Burrows Mental Measurement Yearbook
About Overcoming Anxiety
Dr. Berndt is a creative and forward-thinking psychologist who has contributed to advancing psychology both with his research and clinical practice. He has helped countless patients with their depression and anxiety, and his conversational and accessible style of writing makes Overcoming Anxiety a book you would want for your top shelf.
                - Charles Kaiser, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the College of Charleston

Want to either buy (DO IT LOLZ.) or find out more about this book!? 
Here is the purchase link: Check out this book on !  
You should definitely read it, and let me know if it helps you, too! <3

Disclosure: I have received compensation in the form of a free copy of the text via Worldwind Virtual  Book Tours for this post; however, all opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.

Happy reading!
xoxo, Brooke

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Easy (Lavender!) Smokey Eye Makeup Look

Hiiii! So I totally wanted to just snuggle in bed all day and eat cool, fun things like popcorn, yaaaaaah!! did my makeup this morning without thinking to do a video, even though this look would have been perfect to do so! I wish that I had taken pictures after each step, rather than only for the final look, but hey, t'was a learning experience, amiright!? So now I know for next time to document each part of the process rather than just the end result! ;)

Also, before I get into things, like describing the steps, I wanted to make a few exciting social media-related announcements! *cue the happy dancing*

1. I've rebrandeddddddd! <---picture me shouting this, except that I can't really, because my throat/voice is still dead and I am supposed to take a multitudinous amount of "periods of vocal rest", apparently (which is not something that I do -ever, really- but whatevs, I shall learn if I must~~) Lol!! So my new Twitter handle is @ThePinkLyme and my new Instagram is @ThePinkLyme and my new Pinterest username is ThePinkLyme

2. That being said, Snapchat is one of my new favorite methods of social media! Add me; my username is still "buhhrook" and I've been rather snap-happy, lately, shall we say, so if you ever find yourself at a hella awkward dinner date or at some party where you don't know anybody and just want to stand around by the bowl of potato chips all night (same, tho.) rather than do normal things like idk maybe make new friends, you can just whip out your smart phone and chances are, I'll have a new Snapchat "story" up! I like documenting things through little videos (and pictures, too!), so you'll be able to learn a lot about the girl behind the blog (aka ME!) and I'll ask you questions in videos about yourselves that you can send me videos back in response because I'd love to get to know all of you better as well! <3333 omg, so warm & fuzzy feeling right now ahahah! Naturally, I can't possibly put everything on the blog, so being my Snapchat buddy will give you access to exclusive content not featured on the blog!

Okay okay, *drumrollll* now for the makeup look!
~~Sometimes I like to pretend my eyelashes are like spiders except not really, like jk all the way, b/c I hate spiders~~

"You look like a French girl on a cloudy day." - My father, analyzing my selfie. LOLZ no clue what that means, but I'm going to go ahead and hope he meant, "Très chic!!!"

Your tools that you'll need as a girl doing her makeup in front of her bathroom mirror fancy-pants makeup extraordinaire are as follows!:
Eyeshadow Primer // Eyeshadow Palette (in "Purple Icon") // Eyeliner (in "Absolute Black") //
                                            Eyelash Primer // Mascara // Lipgloss (the dark tan color…)

Note: I didn't put on any face makeup (so no foundation, bronzer, blush - I never wear blush anyway but still, ahaha!-, concealer, etc.) because unfortunately what I initially thought was just eczema might actually be psoriasis :'( !  So I'm trying to give my skin some air to breathe, and not put as many chemicals on my face right now for a little bit until it (a teensy red flakey patch by my left eyebrow; you can sorta see it in the pictures up above if you look hard enough) clears up!

Step 1: Put on the anti-aging (hey, you're never too young - or old - to make a positive change!) eyeshadow primer, gently gliding the brush over your eyelids and touching up any missed areas. Be sure to only do a thin one-layer coat or else you might need to apply extra eyeshadow on top to ensure the pigment will still be vivid!

Step 2: Neglect that little eyeshadow applicator brush!! Dip your index or middle finger into the second purple shadow in the palette, and spread the pigment across your entire eyelid.

Step 3: Take the first purple shadow in the palette and spread it from the middle of your eyelid to the inner corner of your eyelid.

Step 4:  Take the white shadow in the palette and spread it around your inner corner of your eye for brightness - this will help you look fresh and brighter-eyed, which creates a nice contrast against the purple!

Step 5: Take the last/darkest purple shadow in the palette and spread it on the upper & outer corner of your eye - this will create the "smokey" effect.

Step 6: Line your eyelid with the eyeliner - only do from the middle of your upper lid to the end of your upper lid!! Not the whole lid, because it would defeat the purpose of white shadow -to brighten ya up- in that area. Then, line the bottom of your lid and use the smudging tip, blending the line to make it less precise, in order to further achieve that smokey eye effect.

Step 7: Put on the eyelash primer so that they are fully coated in white. Then put on the mascara, coating from root to tip, wiggling the brush slightly side to side as you do so in order to better define your lashes. Squint your eye slightly and then put on a second coat of mascara using an upward flicking motion with the brush against your upper lashes, this time concentrating on the tips of your lashes to add lift & curl! Then, put on one-two coats of mascara on your bottom lashes.

Step 8: Repeat on your other eye! #twinning

Step 9:  Since you'll want your eyes to be the star of the show with this look, the neutral color of the lipgloss allows your pretty peepers to truly shine! Trace the outer lines of your lips with the lipgloss first, then fill in the rest afterwards so you'll have a perfectly-shaped look.

Step 10: Go forth & stay fierce! *cue sassy hand flip*

I'd love to see the outcome of your results, too! For Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #ThePinkLyme and tweet at me/tag me in your picture comments! <3

Are you going to try out this easy lavender smokey eye makeup look? 
xoxo, Brooke

Monday, July 27, 2015

Myths About Blogging

First of all, on a totally unrelated note, I've got a confession to make… You guys……I ordered fish today when I went out for a lunch date with my mama bear *sigh*. The strictly vegetarian thing is new to me, so I'm clearly still getting used to it - all in good time, though! Anyway, on to clear up a few myths about blogging that I've been asked about recently!

Myth 1// Blogging isn't a "real" job.
Blogging is TONS of work!! You must be a creative non-fiction writer, a social media marketer, an entrepreneur, your own personal brand ambassador, and a public figure, among a multitude of other roles to take on. Whether you are involved in sponsored opportunities and actually making an income or you are merely partaking in the blogging world for an enjoyable (and hella time-consuming!) hobby, maintaing your special space online is no easy feat!

Myth 2 // Companies send you tons of free goodies all of the time, just because you're "internet famous".
Well, this is somewhat true - but these companies don't do so just for the heck of it! If you're sent something for free, you're expected to write a (positive) review. I cannot stress the importance enough that if you are a blogger and you don't -genuinely- like the product you receive, you should not write a fake positive review!!! It is important to be true to your honest opinions, so that way your readers can rest assured that they will always be able to trust that what you write is the real deal.

Myth 3 // Writing a blog is solely competitive and there isn't much camaraderie amongst bloggers, in general.
Actually, most bloggers are -not- cutthroat! I love a community where everyone builds each other up instead of tearing each other down, even though there are so many of us out there so it can be somewhat difficult to make a name for yourself when you're just first starting out. There are "tribes" and "blogging best friends" and various types of networking groups for bloggers to connect with one another make new friends virtually, which could potentially turn into meeting IRL (in real life)!

What other questions do you have about blogging? I'd be more than happy to answer any of them!
xoxo, Brooke

Thursday, July 23, 2015

How Her Campus Kickstarted My Personal Blog

As many of my college peers *casually makes a Camel noise to show off school mascot pride* are aware, I'm a member of my college's chapter of Her Campus! As a scared little freshman, I didn't want to commit just yet to many clubs because I was still trying to figure out the basics of my new life, like where the heck was the main dining hall, and did I have enough clean socks in the drawer because I was so not about to do some laundry!?… But sophomore year? I was totally ready to branch out by joining clubs and exiting my previously-freshie comfort zone! Her Campus was one of the clubs that I joined and I am so happy that I did!

Her Campus is the #1 global community for college women. Written entirely by the world's top college journalists – with 6,700+ contributors and counting – features national Style, Beauty, Health, Love, Life, Career, LGBTQ+, High School, and Real World content supplemented by local content from 270+ campus chapters nationwide and in seven countries. In addition, Her Campus offers the HC Study Break email newsletter, Her Campus Blogger Network (I am a member of this, too!!!), High School Ambassador Program, Her Conference, Her Conference: High School, College Fashion Week®, Her Campus Shop, The Her Campus Guide to College Life, and even more products, programming, tools, and events to fulfill its mission of serving college women across every platform.

Her Campus serves as a career launching point for its team of college journalists: since joining the Her Campus Team, members have been offered jobs and internships with Glamour, Vogue, Buzzfeed, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, People, The Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, InStyle, Lucky, Esquire, O magazine, MTV, The Washington Post, Digitas, Ogilvy, and many more. Can I get a #happydance, or what!?

There are so many reasons to join Her Campus at your college, such as developing writing skills, gaining experience in online journalism, promoting girl power, and more! Students interested in marketing or PR can gain writing experience, network with other college journalists and participate in marketing campaigns with national clients. Leading a Her Campus chapter at your school also offers the opportunity for you and your team to network with members of our 270+ chapters around the world at Her Conference each summer! Online, a Her Campus chapter is a section on devoted to individual colleges and univeristies around the world with five content areas (Features, Blogs, Campus Celebrities, Campus Cuties, Snapshot) so readers from each school can have an individualized experience on Offline, a chapter is also a community of collegiettes on your campus interested in journalism, magazines, writing, event planning, public relations, social media, marketing, business/entrepreneurship and more.

I have to say, though, that my personal favorite reason why you should join HC is to meet a great group of awesome young women (new besties, anyone!?) who have unique talents and passions. From horseback riding to photography to the biological sciences and more, there is no one "typical" young woman who joins Her Campus. What unites us together as a group, however, is that we are a fun-loving bunch of girls who are passionate about our college years and empowering others to enjoy their early 20s!

Her Campus is so much more than just a club - I have so many memories of baking cupcakes together for charity on a Friday night, hosting jewelry sales in the student center, getting tons of free samples at club meetings, and just talking to each other about life on campus, in general. In fact, I would not be blogging here today if not for Her Campus! Writing articles opened up my eyes to the world of online publication and journalism for an internet audience - I loved it so much, that I just had to keep writing! It truly kickstarted this personal blog of mine… who knows, maybe HC can help you to discover new passions - it certainly did, in my case!

If your college campus doesn't have a Her Campus chapter, you should definitely start one with a few of your close friends! <3 As the person in charge of the group, you will be known as a "Campus Correspondent". What is a Campus Correspondent, you ask!? Check out the info graphic below!

The application due date to create a Her Campus chapter at your college is August 15th.
 Here is the link to create your own chapter:

Are you a member of Her Campus? If so, what do you love about it!?

HCXO, Brooke

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Off The Radar (Baby Duck, Bullying, Summer Online Classes, and More!)

Hi, you guys!! <3 I'm so sorry I've been off the radar - I haven't been feeling well lately, at all! :0 Also, that's why if you've left a comment on my most recent post I haven't responded back yet - I'm so sorry!! I'll be responding in just a bit :) I love and appreciate all the comments that I get - like honestly it means so much that you're even reading this, let alone that you get something out of it to the extent that you write a comment after! Although in the past I've gotten some hurtful comments (and as someone who was bullied on and off from the 3rd-8th grades of school back in the day, I'm super-sensitive to hurtful remarks…) , you guys have stuck up for me!!!! And honestly, I got all teary-eyed from how supportive you were so thank you, thank you, thank you! SO much! <3
I might have lost my voice, but my sassy-ness will never be lost, ahaha!!!!!! ;)
Sound like a duck? The logical solution: make a duck face!! <3 Lol!
~This totesmygoats bada$$ selfie is also in honor of tomorrow's #nomakeupMonday ~

I planned a really fun video that I was so excited to make, and kept wanting to make it every day last week and upload it but alas~~ my throat is SO sore that I lost my voice and kind of just sound like a baby duck #quackquack lol!! I will still be making the video in the future, though, so no worries!

So, to make up for my absence, I'm going to try (emphasis on the try because I'm still not feeling great, *cue dramatic cough reminiscent of that of your grandfather's* ;) ahaha!!) to post more than usual this week. Maybe not the video, but written posts, at least!

Today I wanted to share some really cool courses online that I've signed up for this summer! They're not the kind you can get college credit for, but if you do pass the "exam" at the end, they give you a certificate! *runs out to Bed, Bath & Beyond to buy some magnets so I can hang it up on my refrigerator*

As a highly-related side note, and I'm going to be writing a post on this most likely for tomorrow, even though I've been an ENFJ personality type my whole life (and totally super excited about it! Yay for self-realization!!), this past year I've noticed a definite change in the type of person I've become and the way I think and act…. *drumrolllll* it turns out that I'm now an ENFP! Ahh, I want to keep talking about this, but I don't want to spoil tomorrow's post! Anyway, basically a characteristic is that you're just really passionate about life, almost to a fault, because you just want to try a million different things and sometimes you have so many projects going on that it takes you forever to actually finish one of them/follow through with what you've started (I mean have you seen how many books I'm currently reading at one time on my GoodReads account orrrrrrrr!?!) So because of this, I've signed up for several different classes and haven't actually started more than two of them yet… oops!? :p

Although many of the classes are on a weekly basis with homework (in the summertime?……absolutely not.) and all that, the classes that I personally chose to join are more like Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, in the way that this website puts up all the class lecture episodes beforehand rather than weekly! This way, there's no pressure to get things done every single week if you're busy working on other projects or if you have a full-time job or an internship or are busy being a caring papa/mama bear or whatever your personal situation is!

I also think that it's a lot better to pick one of the courses where you have the option to complete things at your own pace if you are the type of person who gets stressed out easily (STORY OF MY LIFE, LOLZ. I've definitely been working on teaching myself how to relax this summer, for a change, though!!) What could be better than taking interesting, engaging classes without the added stress of deadlines, am I right!? I mean, normally I definitely do appreciate a good deadline to motivate me, but these are just for fun sooo…  !

Knowledge is power, so here are the classes I've signed up for:

1. Foundations of Business Strategy by University of Virginia
2. Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills by University of Michigan
3. Introduction to Public Speaking by University of Washington
4. Project Management: The Basics for Success by University of California, Irvine
5. A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment by Indian School of Business
6. Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making by University of California, Irvine
7. The American South: Its Stories, Music, and Art by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (I swear, I'm such a southern belle at heart, lol!!)

I'd love for you to take them with me!! <3 Let me know when you sign up and we can talk about the class! :)
xoxo, Brooke

Monday, July 13, 2015

Why I'm a Vegetarian

Hi, everybody!! <3 So, I've been getting asked this question quite a bit recently, which is: "Why are you a vegetarian?" Choosing not to eat meat is oftentimes portrayed in the media as some "exotic" decision that becomes life-defining… but for me, it has always been a totally natural part (LOLZZ OMG GET IT!? NATURAL, BECAUSE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EATING PLANTS! OMG SO PUN-NY~~~ okay okay I'm done, ahaha!) of my diet. Here's my story…

It began with my Beanie Babies. As a little girl in kindergarten, I had a pig toy and a cow toy that were both incredibly beloved. I grew up in Queens, New York where there was this amazing Greek-style diner (apparently it no longer exists, wahh! *one silent tear slides down my cheek dramatically*) and my mom ordered a ham and broccoli omelette. I knew ham was clearly not a vegetable like the broccoli was, so I asked my mom what animal ham comes from. I was HORRIFIED to know that my adorable pig Beanie Baby was being killed for omlettes!!!!!!!!! I tried not to look at my mom's plate for the rest of the meal, and as soon as I came home I whispered to the pig that I would never, ever eat him - I promised. Later that day, I found out that cows get eaten too because they are what beef is made of. Devastated, I promised my cow I would never eat him, either.

My parents were not vegetarians (they are, for the most part, also vegetarians now!) at the time, so I would find myself being served chicken and turkey for dinner, which I would eat because my little-girl logical self reasoned well, hey - at least they weren't my Beanie Babies! After the few years of elementary school passed by, I realized in middle school/junior high, that I really did not enjoy eating poultry and the texture would make me feel quite sick to my stomach. I just couldn't get over the fact that I was eating a dead animal, and my mind would replay over and over "how would I feel if my dead carcass was being eaten for lunch!?". At this point, I started getting my protein mainly from putting nuts and beans into salads and even pasta dishes, but occasionally still ate poultry. The change felt a bit funny at first, but it wasn't so hard.

My first two years of high school, I went to a boarding school where I was a day student during the academic year and a boarder during the summer session. We would have these super-fancypants meals twice a week called "Community Lunch" where we'd have to sit at an assigned table with a few other students (usually one from each class year, or as my school called them, "forms") and one or two faculty members. They served "Georgia Peach Chicken" pretty frequently at these Community Lunches, and although the peaches were always delicious, the chicken was not necessarily as superb. I refuse to go into details because I get super-sick just thinking about it, but one day, I got a very very unfortunate serving of the chicken… I'll leave it at that (but don't let your imagination run too wild about it - eek! *shudders with terror*).

So, from my second year of high school on, I have not eaten any red meats or poultry. On June 30th, I decided to make the attempt to give up seafood as well (a difficult endeavor, because seafood is totes-my-goats my fave!) but I'm proud to say that it has been going swimmingly well….. okay okay sorry, no more puns in this post, for realz!!!

When it comes to not eating other meats, for me, it's pretty hard to miss something I've never actually known. Some days I definitely do not get enough protein, I must admit, but I've been very diligent about changing this aspect of my diet. Legumes, Greek yogurt, and nuts of all kinds (cashews, pistachios, almonds, and walnuts are my go-tos!) have been included on my plate in an increasing amount as of late, and I've found my body has been thanking me in the forms of healthier hair and quicker nail growth (french manicure, here I come!!).

A common misconception is that all vegetarians want to "aggressively shove" their values onto others. While I do hope that more people will become vegetarians in the world because I really do love animals so much, I'm not about to tell you that you're a bad person for not being a vegetarian! I do have one strict rule, though, that if I'm dating a guy who orders meat, I won't kiss him until he brushes his teeth first (I've learned the hard way that the taste of meat makes me sick to my stomach…. *sigh* ahaha!) so that the remnants of the steak/pork/etc. is no longer present! It's super silly-sounding, but trust me when I say that it makes a world of difference, lol!!

Are you a vegetarian?
xoxo, Brooke

Friday, July 10, 2015

Cute Workout Clothes Giveaway: Corpão Fitness!

Today I want to tell you about an amazing new company (it began just three years ago in New York City!) called Corpão Fitness! 

Did you know that in Brazillian Portugese, "Corpão" means "amazing body"? Fun fact alerttttt! The company promotes the idea of living a healthy lifestyle: working out and eating healthy (yet totally delicious! *cue sassy hand flip*) foods is an incredible way to treat yourself with love.

After reading this post on TPL (The Pink Lyme)Corpão activewear designer Chardét Ryel, a NASM CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) and Group Fitness Instructor, reached out to me to tell me about her new line, and I am so happy she did. I am so excited about what's to come this Fall!

Here's a little message from Chardét, herself! <3

The Corpão Capri is the signature piece in the Brazilian-inspired activewear collection launching this Fall (2015) by Corpão Fitness. All products are made and custom printed in NYC!

The Corpão Collection is all about bold and beautiful workout clothes built to enhance curves AND to ensure that you can endure intense workouts. *cue "Booty" by Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull, playing in the background* ahaha! ;)

Think Lululemon quality + bold Brazilian design at an affordable price, friends! ($49/ea.)  

You can help out the company by making a contribution to its Kickstarter Campaign (click there to check it out!)

Like what you see and want the chance to win a pair for yourself!? Enter the Free Giveaway below! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

[Note: This post has been sponsored; however, all opinions are my own.]

Good luck!
xoxo, Brooke

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

My Blogging BFFs!

Today I'm doing a spotlight on my Blogging BFFs whom I was paired up with in one of the blog networking groups that I'm a member of! I'm the youngest of the three of us, and I love having such creative, intelligent young women that I can look up to and learn from - not only just about blogging, but also about life, in general! <3

We recently exchanged gifts (and by that I mean back in June - eek!! I've been meaning to post this for quite some time now…. ik, ik, I'm the werst lolzz~~) to show each other some bloggy support and our theme for the prezzies was "Office Supplies"! As a blogger, it never hurts to have a multitude of sticky notes, notepads, clipboards, pretty pens - you name it.

Andrea of Each Lovely Thing - Andrea has this incredibly positive energy that is so so contagious! Originally from Brazil, she moved to Virginia to marry her sweetheart husband and be a good mama for their fur-baby (an adopted kitten named Aeris)! Ahem….she's totally living my dream life! Except I'm more of a dog person, personally, considering I'm quite allergic to cats ;) ahaha! She loves all things art, including calligraphy (so cool, ahh!!!), DIY projects, her passion for her faith, and finding the beauty in the everyday.

Brittany of The Lady Lawyer - Brittany is honestly the epitome of a #girlboss ! She's a lawyer living and working in Kentucky, and she posts about everything from fashion (including, most recently, "One Dress, Three Ways"), to recipes she loves to make, to why she chose to adopt a puppy from a shelter rather than purchasing one from a breeder. You guys, she. is. so. cool. *bows down to her greatness*

Who are your blogging BFFs?
xoxo, Brooke

Monday, July 6, 2015

Currently Trending (Summer Edition!)

Current Beach Read: Why Hate the Billionaire by Johanna Bordeaux
[Note: I have received compensation from Worldwind Virtual Book Tours in the form of a free copy of this novel; however, all opinions stated are my own.]

I recently received a free copy of this mature romance novel - there are definitely scenes of erotica (!!!), so to my younger readers, maybe steer clear of this one!? Anyway, for those looking to seriously spice up their summer, this book's vivid descriptions are the equivalent to a dose of literary Sriracha sauce! *wiggles eyebrows provocatively*

Current Favorite Summer TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
Who. Is. A!!?!?!?!? That is all I can say. Does anybody know if we're supposed to find out who "A" is this season!?

Current Summer Fashion Trend I Can't Stop Wearing: Stretchy Black Choker Necklace
If you've been craving an instant "cool" factor to add to your wardrobe, this necklace is definitely your go-to. I personally got mine in a set by Mudd at Kohl's, which also came with another choker featuring a Yin Yang charm on a black cord - but I just found out that you can get them for much cheaper on Amazon!

Current Summer "That's My Jammmmmm!" Song: "Black Magic" by Little Mix

Try to not allow this song to get stuck in your head - I dare you! Whether I'm doing my makeup in the morning or trying to fall asleep at night, this song plays over…and over… and over, again and again, in my mind! *casually starts shimmying shoulders to the beat*

Current Inspirational Figure for the Summer: Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein was a leading artist of the Pop Art movement back in the '60s. He loved to create both parodies and comic book-style artwork. This summer, I've been learning to just go with the natural flow of life (for a very drastic change) instead of trying to control every element of my life, and Lichtenstein's work - which never takes itself too seriously - is an incredible inspiration!

What's currently trending in your life so far for this summer?
xoxo, Brooke

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

15 Fun Facts About the Blogger

Hey, you guys!! <3 I've been meaning to get a post like this up for a while now. Here are 25 fun facts about me so you can learn things that you'd never even think to ask about  get to know me better! I'd love to get to know you all better, too, so give me some fun facts about yourself in the comments! - Or, if you'd feel more comfortable, send them to me in a private direct message at :)

1. I'm an only child. When I was a little girl, my dad once asked me, "Do you want a little brother or sister to play with one day, Brookie!?" And I was basically like "lolz, nah." Aaaaand this is why I'm an only child, ahaha! :p
2. I have a pug dog named Pepper who is turning 14 this year! <3 #myfurbaby
3. I'm 5'5", which is only one inch taller than what is considered by most companies as "petite"
4. Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite ice cream flavor, but y'allz can never go wrong with chocolate 
5. I absolutely love the new emerging trend of using coloring books as a form of relaxation
6. I'm originally from Queens, New York so even though I may be a small town girl, I'm still a city girl at heart
7. I only like to eat the red flavor (none of the other flavors!) of Sour Patch Kids
8. As preppy as I am, I've been dressing pretty hippie-chic/bohemian recently….hmmmm….are those Birkenstocks I smell!? *arches eyebrow suspiciously*
9. Ulta and Sephora make me sooo happy! However, Ulta is closer to my house so I shop there more often.
10. I started off in college as a pre-med student - I'm an English major now HAHA.
11. My middle name is Ayn, after the incredible author Ayn Rand
12. My purple JVC headphones are my absolute favorite; I bought them in my junior year of high school at Harvard's bookstore when I did Harvard Model Congress and thought they would be crappy BUT ALAS~~ THEY ARE THE BEST HEADPHONES EVER!!!! *squeals with delight* Even better than Beats. 100% for cereal right now, guys.
13. I'm a vegetarian now - no more pescatarian because I've given up fish/seafood, too!
14. My IQ is 159. I was tested for private school admittance back in the day. Lolz.
15. I've lost track years ago of how many pairs of shoes I own - and I'm not even about to try to count them all *covers face in embarrassment* !

I really do want to learn more about you, so don't be shy!! <3 :p
xoxo, Brooke