Podcasts – True Crime
My Favorite Murder – I’ve listened to this podcast for a while but it is still one of my favorites. Super creepy at times. But, these hilarious ladies add some much needed humor to distract from the horrible crimes they talk about. I have always dipped my toes into true crime as an interest. But, this podcast really allowed me to jump in without the fear of drowning. It is the perfect balance of terrifying and hilarious.
22 Hours: An American Nightmare – This podcast was truly terrifying because this crime proves that horrific things can happen to anyone. But, I couldn’t tear my ears away from it. I just neededto know what happened to this family. If you’re like me, and you’re thinking of suffering your way through this amazingly torturous podcast just to find some resolution, there really is no peace that came out of this crime, not even a motive to allow us to attempt to understand the mind of this sadistic criminal.
There are some aspects of this case that will honestly haunt me for the rest of my life. And, props to the amazing team that put it together because it truly was a nightmare to hear all of the details of this crime. I can’t imagine mulling over them one by one, trying to create a poetic story. They did just that a created a beautiful, 12 episode podcast.
Books– Historical Romances
We Were the Lucky Ones – If you’re interested in World War II dramas and romances, but constantly get emotionally affected by the sadness of the period, this is the book for you. I always need to take breaks after reading books about WWII because I get so emotionally invested in the characters and it was such a terrifying, sadistic, miserable period of history. But, I really enjoyed this book because not one of the main characters died. Based off a true story, you can really allow yourself to fall in love with the characters without fear of losing any of them.
Nightingale – Again with the World War II romances. Can you tell I have a type? This one has such a surprise ending. You will hang on to every word, every sentence, every paragraph. It truly is my favorite book. I recommend it to everyone.
In Farleigh Field– This book was a pretty easy read but I absolutely loved it. It has quite a few twists and turns and, again, a surprise ending, although it might be slightly predictable. This book is set during World War II and has some cute romantic moment.
On my list next for historical romance …America’s First Daughter!
Face Wash and Moisturizer – While adding a more complex element to my skincare routine, I wanted to simplify the rest. My theory is that women from the thirties used the products that were available to them and still aged gracefully and naturally. Therefore, I decided to use products that they used in the thirties: Pond’s Cold Creamand Pond’s Moisturizer. I am liking the moisturizing of both products. However, I feel like my skin isn’t completely clean. So, I also use CeraVe’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser. Next, I might try Pond’s Cold Cream Facial Cleansing Balm Makeup Removerto cut out the need for face wash. But, my goal will continue to be to use more moisturizing products because I no longer need the drying elements created for bad skin. I now need to pamper my skin and prevent wrinkles.
Subtle Anti-Aging Measures – I just started using Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel. I used to use this peel regularly in high school to deal with pesky teenage skin but I’ve added it back into my daily routine as an anti-aging tactic. Because yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’ve found a wrinkle! But, besides that, I am a very proactive person as opposed to reactive in almost every aspect of my life. I am starting with gentle anti-aging products in my twenties so that I, hopefully, don’t have to get a face full of Botox in my forties.
Signature Scent – Now that I’m an adult *sigh*, I’ve tried to pick up on things other adults do that make them seem more, well, adult. And, because I just simply cannotget up any earlier to blow dry my hair as many grown women seem to do, I’ve decided to do something easy and pick a signature scent. I’ve noticed that many of the middle aged women that I work with are subtly coated in an expensive smelling perfume. I decided to choose Bvlgari’s Eau Parfumée au thé blanc. I chose this scent because it brings back very fond memories for me. My mom and I first discovered this fragrance at the Ritz Carlton more than ten years ago. It was the scent of the shampoo, conditioner, and lotion that they gave out to guests. My mom has used it ever since as her signature scent and, now, it’s mine as well.
Fall Nail Polish – Since it’s not anywhere near cold enough for me to start wearing my new sweaters, I am loving getting excited for Fall with my color palette, particularly my nail color palette. My favorites from Essie’s Fall 2019 Collectionare Rust Worthy,Easily Suede,Home Grown, and On the Bright Cider.