There is nothing I love more than a foundation stick. It's the easiest, most seamless beauty product to use and makes putting makeup on a breeze. Once you find a good foundation stick, your life will be changed, I promise that.

I've tried so many foundation sticks over the years, and while I've loved a lot I don't know if I've ever had a love quite like this.

The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick has been around for ages and is one of their better known products (in my opinion) but I had never tried it. Months ago, I was shopping in the Company Store at work -- I work for Estee Lauder who owns Bobbi Brown and we have a store in our office that has all of our brands -- and felt the need to spend some money.

I was craving a new foundation and figured I could use a new foundation stick since I was getting bored of my Hourglass one (which I still love). I swatched the Bobbi Brown one and was immediately sold. The first time I used it on my face, I was in shock. 

 Friday is here again and it's my first summer Friday of the season. It's such a glorious moment when I wake up on a weekday where I don't have work and realize I have a three day weekend ahead of me. I kept myself busy today -- doctors appointments, errands, and just hanging out; it felt good because I've been running around with a chicken without a head all week so it was needed.

I was also off from work on Monday, and then in the office all three days, so it was a weird, off routine week for me which definitely reflected in my mood. I was busy, on the go and just a little out of it so I'm happy to have some unwind time.

I also feel like my calendar booked up completely this week for the rest of the summer; plans were made and dates marked down which is always a positive thing for me. I love to rest but I like to be social as well.

The rest of the weekend will consist of laying low, getting dinner with friends, and seeing what TV shows I could binge. It's all good... let's get into the roundup.

2024 has not been a great year for my reading goals so far. In 6 months, I've only read 19 books...and when you compare that to previous years when I almost hit my goal at this point in the year. I haven't really been myself much this year; it's taking me longer to finish books, I find myself getting lost in my phone more than usual, and my depression has been bad which usually helps my reading goal but this time around, I don't feel like doing anything.

It's really hard to not feel like myself, especially when it comes to reading. It feels so disjointed from who I am. 

All of that being said, my passion for books still exists. I'm still excited about books and stories, and adding them to my Goodreads 'To Be Read' list...I just need to actually read them! 

Which brings us to today's post... I did a version of this post in January about the books I'm most excited about being released in 2024 and those still stand. Most of those books now have reviews on the blog which is so exciting! 

When I was browsing the many articles about books being published in the summer, I was shocked at how many great books are being released. Summer is always the best time for publishing, in my opinion, and summer 2024 is going to be no different. My TBR is stacked high and I cannot wait to read all of these books.

The love affair with Essie Gel Couture continues! I cannot stop using the colors I have because they are so gorgeous. The polish is light, smooth and super glossy. 

I've always loved using the Essie Gel Couture top coat because it gives the shiniest, glossiest and long lasting finish but when you combine it with the actual Gel Couture nail color, the difference is astounding. These two are truly a match made in heaven.

Well, it's officially summer in New York! The weather has been incredible and it really makes all the difference in the vibes and mood. I'm looking forward to all my summer friends, making plans with friends and family, and trying to make the most of the summer before it's gone in a flash.

This week was pretty good -- lots of work, errands and Bravo shows to watch and then scream about on Twitter. If you want to read my final thoughts on this season of Vanderpump Rules, head over to my substack.

Tomorrow I'll be upstate for a bridal shower, and then I took Monday off so I have a nice little three day weekend which will be fantastic. This week at work is going to be very busy so I need to rest up and ensure I'm putting my best foot forward. 

Let's get into the roundup! 

May felt like it was both 5 minutes and 5 months long. I started it off with flying back from my first London trip and ended with a nice, relaxing Memorial Day Weekend. It was a really great month with some hiccups but overall, it was relaxing and felt like a fresh start. There was just something in the air that felt like starting over. 

As we move into June, I'm looking forward to more relaxing, some social events and just overall positive vibes.

For now, let's get into my monthly favorites. I didn't shop too much this month so I've been re-discovering some old favorites from the depths of my belongings.

 I am so deeply behind on my reading goal this year which is why I've been slacking in my reviews. I think it will all change as we get into the summer season because there are so many incredible books being released. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into them, and I'll have a blog post all about them next week. 

For now, I want to talk about a book that I read a few months ago, which was released in January. The Fury is the latest novel by Alex Michaelides, the author of The Silent Patient and The Maidens, both of which I loved. They were two incredible books that had similarities between them but The Fury is a deep departure from them. It was twisted, bizarre, a little confusing and excellently written. 

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