I've been dreaming of London for as long as I could remember. I grew up in a house that loved Princess Diana and when William & Kate got engaged in 2010, I was hooked. From that moment on my love of England and all things British was solidified in the stars. 

I had never been to Europe but I always knew I wanted my first trip overseas to be to London; there was something pulling me there and I needed to see it. I wasn't sure when my first trip would be but as I got older and started to become more financially stable, I knew it was coming soon. 

Last summer, my sister and her boyfriend started to plan their annual European trip and my sister wanted to go to London, but she didn't want to go without me. I joined them in their planning, they invited her boyfriend's sister as well, and soon enough all of our flights and hotels were booked. 

As every month, week, and day got closer to the trip it didn't even feel real. I had my usual travel anxiety (another post for another day), but it didn't feel like it was happening. It still doesn't feel like it happened. 

We took a red eye from New York to London... left on Friday night and got there Saturday morning and it was as if I had been there a hundred times before. It felt so incredibly natural to be standing in front of Buckingham Palace, to hear British accents, to know the areas of London we were going too. 

It was like I had been there before; it was like an out of body experience that I really can't explain. 

The city is so full of history, so full of life... it was like being in Manhattan just cleaner, prettier and with better traffic. I loved it so much and I want to go back immediately. It's the one place besides New York I could see myself living. 

All of that being said, I wanted to do a little travel guide and point out the things we did, how we did them and any tips I learned along the way. We were only there for five days, four nights, so it was short and there were things we didn't do but we packed a lot into those days. 

I've waxed poetic about my love of Ruth Ware on this blog for years so it's always a good day when I get approved for an ARC of her latest novel. When I saw that I had the digital copy of One Perfect Couple in my inbox a few months ago, I was estactic. There is nothing I hate more than waiting for a book to be released.

I read One Perfect Couple in just a few days and I honestly don't know if I liked or hated it. The premise sounded so promising, but the characters were so deeply unlikable and there was so much unnecessary detail, that I felt like it fell flat for most of it. 

I found myself getting irritated at how slow the story was moving  but ultimately, I finished it albeit after speed reading through a few chapters. One Perfect Couple isn't out just yet, but soon enough -- it comes out next week on May 21st. 

It's been years that I've been seeing this product all over social media, and I finally got the chance to try it out after receiving in PR. The PMD Beauty Personal Microderm Elite Pro is a personal microdermabrasion tool that mimics an in-office microdermabrasion treatment.

I've never been for a facial or any kind of skincare treatment but I've always been so interested in it, and I feel like this is a really good starting point for me. 

If you're unaware of what this device is, or what microdermabrasion is, let me explain. The PMD Beauty Elite Pro is excellent for uneven texture, large pores, anti-aging, and dark spots. If you're in need of something to liven up your skin, bring life back into it through radiance, smoothness and firmness, this is the tool you need. 

 Hello Friday! I'm ready for the weekend to be here so I can recharge, and celebrate Mother's Day! It's a tradition that we get together with my mom's friends on Mother's Day and this year, there's two new babies to add to the mix so I'm excited. I love being around babies so it's always exciting when I get to spend time with friends and their kids.

The week was pretty good -- I was a little tired but I got to attend a video shoot for work, the MET Gala was definitely a highlight and the weather was pretty decent. I got a lot of work done and found my footing post London but I really need to do everything in my personal life that I put off from last weekend. I was so tired and run down last weekend, I did only the essentials and now I need to do everything else.

Enough babbling, let's get into the roundup.

B.A Paris is one of my favorite authors and I've reviewed so many of her books over the years. It had been a minute since I read something of hers but I decided to dive head first into The Therapist.

I read this book in March and it was my favorite book of the month. I was in desperate need in of a book that I could sink my teeth into, a book I knew was going to keep me on my toes and one that I would love. Nothing in my collection fit the bill so I looked to my handy dandy Libby app and borrowed The Therapist, which had been on my TBR list since it was released in 2022.

There is something so special about a B.A Paris book. She gets deep into the emotions and psyche of her characters and leaves you with a thousand questions at every turn. She knows how to dangle the big twist in front of you and then rip it away, removing any trust you had in where the story was going.

The Therapist kept me on the edge of my seat until the last page, and while some of the book was easy to figure out, I didn't see everything coming my way.

 I cannot believe we're already in May. It feels like January was yesterday and time is just going by too quickly. April felt like a pivotal point for me, I don't know why though. There was something about that it was both unsettling and freeing at the same time. 

It was almost like I could feel myself changing; things that I once loved started to no longer bring me joy; things that I used to dislike felt more like me and I could almost feel my DNA changing. Or maybe I'm just depressed? Who knows at this point! It could've been a little bit of both.

April was busy; bridal showers, weddings, birthdays, hectic work schedules, my first European trip, and a few home changes. It was intense, fun, and a little overwhelming. I think May will be better, calmer, and hopefully just as fun and we'll welcome in the summer with open arms. 

My shopping has been off the charts in April thanks to the Sephora sale and my London trip so there were lots of new things to fall in love with and put on this list. 

 I'm back from London and wow, it was a fantastic trip. I'll do an entire recap post about it in the coming weeks but it was an incredible trip. I had so much fun, saw so much, had delicious food and it felt so natural. I don't think I was expecting to feel so calm and easy there; it felt like I had been there before. I was looking up at Big Ben, at Buckingham Palace and it felt so surreal. 

It's such a hard emotion to articulate but it was truly incredible. I'm posting all my pictures and videos now on Instagram and TikTok so make sure you're following me.  

We got back on Wednesday morning and I spent most of the day unpacking and trying not to fall asleep. Thursday & Friday I worked from home so I feel like I haven't had a day to reset and get a hold of myself. I need to finish unpacking (my makeup bags are still sitting on my vanity), clean, and organize my life. I was in such a state before I left for my trip that I really didn't do anything I had to do, and now I'm regretting it.

The weekend will hopefully be easy; just a few errands to run and some time outside. Let's get into the round up!