Not That Kind of Girl


I picked up this book while at Barnes and Noble the other day because it piqued my interest. Despite the backlash that Lena Dunham, writer and director of the the series, GIRLS, has recieved accusing the her of not having enough minorities on her show, I still enjoy watching it. I enjoy her witty take on life and love from a 20-something’s perspective.

Heartbreakingly real, Lena talks of success and those events that didn’t turn out so great. She speaks of love, travels, two existential crises at the ripe old age of 20 years old, dieting, and even having to compete with men in Hollywood. If autobiographies are your cup of tea, then I think you will like this book.

Not only does she prove herself as a great writer/producer/director, she has the ability to tell stories in a refreshingly quirky way.

Are you going to read the book this fall?

Pop Art Makeup Tutorial

How cool is that? I think I will try this Roy Litchenstein inspired look for Halloween. My son is going as Spiderman, so maybe I could be a new damsel in distress. Very Cool idea.

What are you going as for Halloween?

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You Will Need:

For the makeup:

For the outfit:

  • any solid color shirt or dress


1. Start with a clear foundation and apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. The brighter the better. This look is all about contrast between colors!

2. Fill in your eyebrows with the black liquid eyeliner, keeping the edges sharp and defined.

3. Draw lines with the eyeliner on your nose, under your cheekbones, under your bottom lip, and in between your eyebrows or anywhere that you would normally contour.

4. Draw an outline of your lips. You may need to make the bottom lip extra thick to make the line look even.

5. Fill in your lips with a bright lipstick. Add a spot of white eyeliner if you’d like to add depth.

6. For the eyes, start to draw a dramatic wing. Next, use a bright, pigmented eye shadow on your eyelid. Add another color towards the inner eye for extra detail.

7. Draw another wing coming from inside or above the crease of the eye, following the shape of your first wing.

8. Finish off the eye with lots of mascara and false lashes.

9. For the tear, draw the shape that you want with blue eye shadow. Outline that shape with black eyeliner, and then clean up the outer edges with a Q-tip.

 That’s it! For more details and photos, visit Emma’s Makeup Tutorial.

Writer’s block





I’ve sort of of fell into writing when trying to discover what direction I wanted to go with my life. It’s been a fun( and tiresome) process. The best thing about writing  is letting the words just flow out and hearing the click of the computer. It’s very liberating in a way.

Of course, there are those days when my brain doesn’t seem to want to work as a result of writing all day and everyday( there are only so many ways one can come up with another word for “and”).

I stumbled upon this list of imspiring quotes.

1. “Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley

2. “The power of fictitious writing, for good as well as for evil, is a thing which ought most seriously to be reflected upon.” ―Harriet Beecher Stowe

3. “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” —Oscar Wilde

4. “The good writer seems to be writing about himself, but has his eye always on that thread of the Universe which runs through himself and all things.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. “My ambition is to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole books—what other men do not say in whole books.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

6. “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody not greatly in fault themselves to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.” ―Jane Austen

7. “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” ―Emily Dickinson

8. “A writer is a world trapped in a person.” ―Victor Hugo

9. “But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master–something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. He may lay down rules and devise principles, and to rules and principles it will perhaps for years lie in subjection; and then, haply without any warning of revolt, there comes a time when it will no longer consent.” ―Charlotte Brontë

10. “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ―William Wordsworth

11. “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter ― it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” ―Mark Twain

12. “I wish I could write books to amuse myself, as you can! How delightful it must be to write books after one’s own taste instead of reading other people’s! Home-made books must be so nice.” ―George Eliot

13. “Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”―Nathaniel Hawthorne

14. “An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” ―Charles Dickens

15. “As a child I scribbled; and my favorite pastime during the hours given me for recreation was to ‘write stories.’ Still, I had a dearer pleasure than this, which was the formation of castles in the air—the indulging in waking dreams—the following up trains of thought, which had for their subject the formation of a succession of imaginary incidents.” ―Mary Shelley