When I read my first Lauren Layne novel years ago, I was immediately hooked and she soon became one of my favorite authors. However, I'm the first to admit when one of my favorite authors misses the mark and lately, Lauren Layne has not been doing it for me.

However, I never give up and was immediately drawn in when I saw that she was releasing a new book, this time co-written with her husband, Anthony. I really love co-written books so I knew this one would be good, and I was right!

Emergency Contact was released in October 2023 and was classified as a holiday book, though from the cover you could not tell... which I liked. I did read it during December and Christmas was definitely a big aspect of the story, but I don't think I'd feel weird reading this during another season.

This short and sweet novel had everything you could want from a rom-com and I swear, I think it would make the cutest movie. Everything jumped off the page and I could see the scenes playing out in my head more than any other book I've read recently. 

It was cute, heartfelt, quirky, and will pull you out of any reading slump you might find yourself in.

For years I've discussed on the blog and social media how my hair has been a point of contention. It's given me hell in so many ways; bad haircuts, frizz, and unruly curls. I've gotten keratin treatments to make it straighter, embraced my natural curls without adding heat, and tried so many different hair tools to get it just right. 

I loved my Drybar Double Shot Brush for years but it was starting to die on me and I wanted to get in on the Air Wrap journey that everyone was on. My sister bought a used Dyson at the end of 2022 and I was impressed by how fast it got my hair straight but it wasn't worth the price tag. I couldn't get used to the air wrap attachments and it felt too expensive to experiment with. I also wanted a larger round brush attachment which at the time, the Dyson didn't have.

The next best thing was the Shark Flexstyle and I have truly loved using this tool since April 2023. It's incredibly easy to use, dries my hair in record time, and is versatile in the styles you can achieve.

 Hello Friday! This short week was weirdly long, as they usually are and I know that this weekend is going to go by just as fast, which I'm not ready for. I have my cousin's bridal shower Saturday which will be great -- I always love seeing my family! Then, I'll probably just spend time with my mom and sister, and try to get my apartment up to snuff. 

Ever since I took down my Christmas decorations in January I've been feeling like something is missing from my home. I want to hang curtains, maybe find some more decor pieces and just make it feel a smidge more mature than it looks right now.

I've realized my style and tastes have changed since I moved into my apartment and I'd like to have my home reflect that. We'll see what happens and of course, I'll keep you updated on any progress.

Let's dive into the roundup!

Rebecca Serle has written some of my favorite books of all time; In Five Years, One Italian Summer and now, Expiration Dates.

With Serle's novels you can always expect something other worldly. There is always a thread that is supernatural and doesn't quite fit into the 'real world' that she's building through her words, but it all makes sense in some way. It's so exciting to immerse yourself into the world she builds and let go of reality without going full fantasy. 

What I also appreciate about her novels is that it's never just about romance. There are so many other themes that take center stage, like family or friendship, loss, grief, finding yourself. Her books center strong female characters with a little edge who need some help getting through life and that supernatural part is usually the answer. 

 I don't remember when I learned the word 'Birkin', maybe I've just always known a handbag that exquisite, that desirable, that expensive existed somewhere in the world. It wasn't until much later in my life that I would come to know the bag so well that I could almost feel it in my possession. 

I've been watching handbag and luxury videos on YouTube for almost 10 years and seeing influencers unbox, review, and show off their Birkin babies still makes me salivate at the mouth. I think that will be the closest I ever get to seeing a Birkin but who knows... back then, I didn't think I'd ever own a Chanel bag and now I have two.

Hermes Birkin bags have been more popular than ever and with the rise of the luxury community on TikTok it feels like you're constantly seeing people shove their Birkins and Kellys in your face. It feels like everyone has one of the coveted handbags in their collection. Whether they're real or fake is an entirely different discussion.

Happy Saturday! I woke up to a snowy New York and it's so pretty. It snowed earlier in the week as well and my office ended up closing so that was a nice surprise. However, that changed my entire routine and threw me off because I ended up going into the office on Thursday, which I never do. 

The good news is that it's a 3 day weekend and I had a half day yesterday as well; an extra few hours of freedom on a Friday makes all the difference. I had a chiropractor appointment and then spent the rest of the day straightening up and organizing my house. Whenever I go into the office and have a particularly hectic week, I can't seem to focus on anything else and my house becomes a disaster. 

I needed to really focus on getting my life together and I'm hoping this long weekend will act as a reset of sorts. I definitely say that most weekends but I'm determined to make it stick this time. Consistency is my word of 2024 and while January was good to me in that way, February has been horrible. I need to get back on track with all my goals, challenges and consistent needs. 

Enough babbling, let's get into the round up! 

I've followed Lauryn Bosstick for years and have always loved her beauty and wellness tips. That's why when she announced her new brand, aptly named The Skinny Confidential, I knew we were in for a treat. I couldn't trust anyone more to produce the most perfect beauty products that will enhance our lives in so many ways.

Lauryn always waxed poetic about ice rolling and how important that was to her and her beauty routine so the fact that her first product was The Hot Mess Ice Roller made perfect sense in my eyes. I purchased it the moment it was available and it truly is one of the best beauty products I've ever owned.