Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Age Of Adaline

This past Sunday I watched The Age of Adaline for the first time, and I am completely smitten with this movie. Lately it seems like all the really good or decent movies are either based off a book or based on true-life events; I was honestly a little surprised that as far as I can tell The Age of Adaline is an original script and surprisingly not based off of a book. Hats off to whom ever wrote this script because it is basically a perfect movie. I’m sure there are many Blake Lively fans out there from her days on Gossip Girl, but if you aren’t a fan of hers or are unfamiliar with her, I feel very confident in saying that you will love her after you watch The Age of Adaline.
In The Age of Adaline, Adaline Bowman, a woman in her late 20s born at the turn of the 20th century is rendered ageless after an accident. Before her accident she lives a seemingly normal life, has one daughter, and is a recent widow. When she enters into what should have been her 40s people start to become suspicious of her seemingly ageless looks, which eventually sends Adaline into a life of changing residence every ten years along with her identity and looks in order to keep her secret.
Adaline manages to live many years in solitary while until she meets a man, Ellis, on New Year’s Eve who complicates the eternal life she has settle into. With encouragement from her daughter {who poses as Adaline’s grandmother} Adaline decides to pursue a potentially romantic relationship. Ellis ignites her passion for life and romance, and eventually the relationship threatens to uncover Adaline’s secret. Adaline is faced with a decision that will forever change her life.
 The Age of Adaline is a movie that I highly recommend and has entered into the list of my top three favorite movies.

As I have mentioned before, I am kind of obsessed with Vogue’s 73 Questions series, so as an added bonus I thought I would include Blake Lively’s 73 Question interview.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Happy Hour Time

It’s Friday…It’s Friday? It’s finally Friday! This week, I promise you, I have had the week that has felt like it was never going to end! There was some something going on everyday this week, it was never ending, but Friday is here! Hooray for us! So eat, drink, be merry, make some good memories and have a wonderful weekend. Cheers!

“If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have.”
~Joel Osteen

Drink Special!
King’s Ruin
1 ½ cups iced champagne
2 ounces good cognac
Ice cubes
1 lemon peel twist for garnish
Pour into cocktail glass with ice cube and garnish with lemon twist

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: KT Tunstall at City Winery, Saturday, August 29, 8:00pm
Charleston, SC: The Endless Summer Party at Bay Street Biergarten, Saturday, August 29, 11:00am
Charlotte, NC: Food Truck Tiger Yakitori at NoDa Brew Company, Saturday, August 29, 5:00pm
Birmingham, AL: Rick & Bubba Outdoor Expo at Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, Sunday, August 30, 12:00pm
Atlanta, GA: Motley Crue at Philips Arena, Sunday, August 30, 12:00am

All The Bright Places

So I am definitely one of those people that is guilty of reading a young adult novel every now and then… However, some decently great books are in the young adult category: The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, John Green books, just to name a few. All The Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven, although a bit of a sad story is definitely one of those books.

Violet, a high school student who lives for the future and is counting down the days till graduation when she can escape the small town she lives in, meets Finch, a boy fascinated by death by death and not quite sure who he is as a person, under unusual circumstances. One day on top of the school bell tower both Finch and Violet are up there contemplating jumping off – Finch notices Violet and quite literally talks her off the edge and breaths life back into her existence again. Violet also ends up saving Finch that day simply by being at the same place at the same time.

When Finch and Violet team up together to do a project to discover the natural wonder of their state, they end up making more important discoveries about each other and themselves. Being in Violet’s company allows Finch to be who he really is and Finch makes Violet stop wanting to count away the days and start living in the moment.

All The BrightPlaces is the type of book that you will find yourself saying “just one more chapter then I’ll go to bed”. It is a book with a lot of heart and shows the importance of finding the bight spots in everyday life. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

How To Make Your Hair Grow

It has happened to all of us at some point in time. You are on your way to the salon with the firm decision that you want a couple inches off your hair or are going to try out a new hairstyle, only to later realize that hair cut/hair style you were so excited about wasn’t quite what you thought it would be. Whether you woke up one morning wishing you’re hair was a little bit longer or you’re recovering from an unfortunate hair cut waiting for you hair to grow seems like it can take an eternity sometimes.

Recently I have decided to let my hair grow out some – all the braids on pinterest have inspired me to do so and my hair is a little easier to manage when it’s longer…#curlyhairproblems. Luckily there are a few steps you can take to speeding up the process to achieving longer hair.

1.      Use conditioner every time you shampoo but don’t shampoo every time you shower – maybe wash your hair every other day
2.    Always rinse hair products out of your hair with cool water – the cool water seals the hair cuticle and locks in oils
3.    Don’t forget to use a heat protectant or lotion {this is my favorite heat protectant} when using hot tools on your hair {i.e. hair dryers, curling irons, straighteners, etc.}
4.    Get split ends trimmed regularly – regular trims will keep your hair looking healthy and prevent split ends from working their way up hair strands.
5.    Try taking multi-vitamins paired with hair growth vitamins or prenatal vitamins – the average person’s hair only grows a quarter of an inch a month; taking vitamins that contain biotin along with iron and folic acid will promote hair growth and help it grow a little faster.
6.    Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day – water keeps your skin and hair hydrated, plus drinking a lot of water has many other health benefits
7.     Eat a lot of protein – eating a lot of protein will make you hair strong and healthy
8.    Practice patience – hair can’t grow a significant amount overnight.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Life Is Better In Pink

The other day I was watching You’ve Got Mail for the millionth time {most favorite movie, ever} and there was a line in there about cloud delusion and rose colored glasses. For some reason a lot of people think looking at life through rose colored glasses is a negative thing, but I think it is one of the best ways to view life.

There is a negative and a positive to almost every situation. In today’s society it seems like it has become easier for people to pick out the negative in every single situation, no matter how wonderful the situation. So my personal challenge to you this week is to find the positive first and concentrate on that instead of focusing on the negative. It’s my personal belief that if more people had on rose colored glasses, a larger number of people would walk through life on a happier footing.
“I believe in PINK. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything else seems to be going wrong. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe tomorrow is another day. I believe in miracles”
~ Audrey Hepburn
“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy”
~ Anne Frank
“Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons”
“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink”
~ Lilly Pulitzer
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
~ Albert Schweitzer
“Don’t be like the rest of them darling”