Rebecca Lately

My favorite mustard sweater

Holy glasses glare!  Sorry about that.  Next time I'll remember to tilt my head down a bit. :)

The Best Mustard Sweater Old Navy

Sweater: Old Navy // Button-up: Old Navy // Pants: Gap // Shoes: Lucky // Necklace: Forever 21

Mustard is one of my favorite fall colors!  I know it doesn't actually go with everything, but I like to think it does.  On paper, this outfit is all kinds of wrong.  Navy (in the polka dots) with black, water-stained shoes (that are too comfy to not wear), and a glaring shade of yellow thrown into the mix.  Somehow, it all works together and I got a few compliments on it.

I wore this a week or so ago, but I'm thinking about wearing it tomorrow!  It's so comfortable, I can go from cooking at my house to eating at our relatives' house, easy peasy.

Who knows what this sweater will get paired with next!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna.

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Rebecca Reads: The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss Review

This Rebecca Reads is a little over due.  I finished reading The Name of the Wind at the end of August.  For shame, I should've posted this sooner and especially because I love this book.

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle Day One) starts at an inn, which is owned and operated by Kote, who is also known as Reshi.  And Kvothe the Bloodless .. and Kvothe the Kingkiller .. and quite a few other names.  A Chronicler (literally, someone who writes stories) comes to stay at the inn.  He recognizes Kvothe, who had presumably died some time ago.  Kvothe had basically been in hiding, and the Chronicler asks to write down Kvothe's story.

After being persuaded by the Chronicler, along with Kvothe's friends Bast, Kvothe sits down to tell his infamous story.  He starts from the very beginning, when his parents were part of a traveling troupe and were killed by a supposed mythical group called the Chandrian.  Kvothe was orphaned and survived the streets on his own.  He slowly made his way to the University, where he hopes to not only train in magic but also learn how to hunt down and kill the Chandrian.

What ensues could basically be described as a multitude of rabbit trails.  He makes friends and enemies at the university, and he learns a lot about magic.  He doesn't learn much about the Chandrian, though, which was his main point for going there.  His love interest makes a few appearances, and he slowly, ever so slowly, makes more and more enemies at the university.

The story line jumps between the story of his past and the story that's developing in the present, which is when the Chronicler is recording his story at the inn.  I really liked that, and it was easy to follow.

To be honest, nothing is really tied together in the end.  This is the first book in a trilogy, of which the third has not been released yet.  So, I wasn't expecting things to be wrapped up at the end of this book.  But, it does kind of just ... stop.  As part of the title suggests (Kingkiller Chronicle Day One), the first book is the entire first day of Kvothe's dictating his story to the Chronicler.

I find it hard to describe this book, because not much happens in the book.  It's basically just Kvothe recalling his life when he was younger.  He's obviously known as the Kingkiller, but you don't read the part of his story where he apparently kills a king.  You know that something immensely tragic happened, but you don't know what.  You know he's basically hiding in the village and running the inn, but you don't know how he got from the university to that village.  It's all mysterious, which is what kept me reading.

This story is obviously heavy in the fantasy/other-world genre, but I honestly think this is a book that anyone could enjoy.  There is not a lot of world-building, so you don't need to commit to any new vocabulary.  This might sound ridiculous, but if you enjoy stories you will enjoy this.  It's more about telling stories than it is about magic and wizards.  I enjoy Patrick Rothfuss's writing style.  It draws you in and makes you want to read more, more, more!

I'm currently reading the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles, which is called A Wise Man's Fear and follows Kvothe after he leaves the university.

Have you read The Name of the Wind?

Makeup Monday: Birchbox November 2014

This month, Birchbox's theme is giving back.  They have partnered with (RED) to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS.  Every time you share a photo of the facts on your box and tag it with #shaRED, they will donate $1!

On with the show!  Here are the samples I got this month.

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Jouer Matte Moisture Tint

I have been on the verge of purchasing this product online (without sampling) so many times.  I've heard a lot of good things.  This is an oil-free formula that leaves a soft, velvety finish.  It also controls oil.  So, it basically sounds like what my skin needs.  I'm so glad I received a sample of this! The shade I got is Linen.

Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara

I do believe that mascara is one of my favorite beauty products to try!  Isn't it fun to try different formulas and brushes?  Hopefully I'm not alone with that.  Anyways!  This is the first Laura Mercier mascara I've had a chance to try.  It is water-resistant and claims to lengthen, volumize, and curl, without clumping and flaking.

TONI&GUY Classic Shine Gloss Serum

Last month, I had my hair cut shorter and started using a TONI&GUY hair spray.  I was so impressed with the hair spray, I've been keeping my eye out for other products to try.  I was pretty excited when I saw this in my box.  I like to use oils or serums on my ends, since I heat style the heck out of it.

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion

I love getting little spa-esque samples in my Birchbox.  When I go out and purchase body wash or lotion, I tend to get something inexpensive like Dove or Jergens or something like those.  It's so nice to have a tiny little spa treat to use for a while, and then I go back to my usual stuff.  This smells so good and it feels nice on my skin.  It's actually not too expensive.  A full size is $15.

Chuao Chocolatier Honeycomb ChocoPod

I first tried these ChocoPods last year.  The flavor I tried was Firecracker, and it was so good (which was surprisingly, since it is popping candy covered in dark chocolate).  This one is Honeycomb, and it was very good.  It mostly tastes like dark chocolate, which I love, with a smooth after taste of honey.

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Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask

How amazing does this sound?  And how cute is this sample?!  This mask is supposed to firm and brighten your skin in just eight minutes.  I've had great results with other facial products containing tea, so I hope this one is great as well!

Do you get Birchbox?  I'd love to hear what you got this month!

Linking up with Molly and Carly.

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Beauty Box 5: November 2014

I am sent Beauty Box 5 every month for review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

In case you've never heard of it, Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service.  Every month, they send you 5 cosmetic samples.  You can find out more here.

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This month's theme is giving yourself that little extra something special in your routine.  Sometimes an extra 10 minutes makes all the difference!

When I got my box in the mail, I was inspired to create a travel essentials video.  Most of these products would be perfect for travel.  Since the holiday travel season is upon us, I thought it would be fun to put together my absolute essentials for when we're on the road!  You can check out the video at the bottom of this post.

On with the unboxing!

Afterfeather Refillable Travel Bottles

This bottle is so sturdy and nice!  Do you ever purchase travel bottles and feel like they're going to break if you look at them wrong?  I know I have a whole set of them in my bathroom cabinet.  This travel bottle is very well made, and it has a cute design to boot!

DenTek Floss Picks and Case

I am such a stickler for oral hygiene, even when we're traveling.  I keep at least one bag of floss picks in the bathroom at all times (we go through them pretty fast, since four of of us floss every day).  This little case is perfect for travel.  No need for an annoying little sandwich bag to hold our floss picks!

HASK Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil

I have and love a couple HASK masks.  They're affordable (you can find them at your grocery store) and super effective!  My hair always feels amazing after I use a HASK mask, so I was excited to try a hair oil. A little goes a long way!  It is very easy to over use this and end up with a grease ball for a head.  Just make sure you use it in moderation, and you're good to go!

Laura Ashley Body Butter (different scent here)

I am such a fan of body butters.  When I put on lotion, I want it to be thick and very hydrating.  This body butter is so nice.  It has all the hydration without the grease.  I received the peony scent, and I love it!  It gets bonus points for being a travel friendly size.

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

This little guy will be so handy!  This is actually the body wash I'm using right now in my shower. Talk about hydrating!  This is creamier than a regular gel body wash.  You really don't need a ton of lotion after you use this.

I think this month's box had a good variety of items!  Check out my travel essentials in the video below.

Seeing Fall Through Rose(gal) Colored Glasses

Rosegal sent me this shirt to style.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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Top: Rosegal (c/o) // Jeans: Gap // Sweater: New Direction (thrifted, similar)
Clutch: Urban Expressions (similar style wristlet) // Boots: Forever 21

Despite the fact that I love fall and everything that goes along with it, I am going to try hard and not get an outfit rut.  When your coworkers comment on the reg that you wear more black and grey than anything else ... it's time to switch thins up a bit.  I am the first one to admit that once the cold weather starts, I'm all about the black and grey (and denim.  and cognac!).

I know this Rosegal top will be perfect and keep me out of my rut!  I love that this shade of coral can be mixed and matched.  It would look so pretty with blue, don't you think?

If you want to pick up something from Rosegal to keep your fall wardrobe fresh, they have given me a coupon code to pass on to you all.  If you use the coupon code joeyCgil, you will received 8% off your order.

Blue cardigan with grey top

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Top: Gap (similar) // Cardigan: Gap (via thredUP, similar)
Jeans: Target (similar) // Shoes: Old Navy

These photos are obviously not from this week.  These were taken back when I didn't have a pile of scarves in my room and mismatched mittens in the kids' cubby drawers.  I like this outfit so much, I'm going to try and recreate it for winter.  I have longer/warmer versions of the cardigan and shoes that will be perfect.  I think it will be more of a work outfit, so I'll make sure to dress it up with a statement necklace.

Do you try and recreate outfits across the seasons?

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Rebecca Reads: The Night Circus

Rebecca Reads The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I finished The Night Circus a couple months ago, so it is most definitely time for a review!

I bought this (on my kindle) after seeing many positive reviews for it.  The circus theme was appealing to me.  The synopsis on the book is also pretty mysterious, so it drew me and I wanted to know the story.

The story starts with two magicians challenging each other to a duel.  This is no ordinary duel, though.  This is a duel between their protegés.  The magicians were Prospero the Enchancter and Mr. A.H.  Prospero had a daughter who inherited his magical abilities.  Her name is Celia.  Mr. A.H. searched for a protegé and found one at an orphanage.  Marco is his half of the dual.

At the beginning of the duel, Celia and Marco are magically tied to each other with invisible rings. Over the years, they are brought together in the Le Cirque des Rêves.  Not surprisingly (based on the title of the book), the circus is only open at night.  It does not announce its schedule.  It will appear one day and disappear before the next morning.

Celia is the magic show in the circus.  Marco helps the boss run things.  The interesting thing about their duel is that they aren't supposed to know who each other are ... or, rather, they are supposed to figure it out on their own.  Marco figures it out pretty quickly.  By the time Celia figures it out, it's apparent that they are very connected to the circus.

I won't give away any spoilers, so I'll stop there!  I really enjoyed this book.  I mean, it has some hokey parts and I felt like the romance element developed too quickly.  The magic in this world is not explained, so you don't have to think about it too much.  This book is great if you want to read something slightly fantastical without feeling committed to learning a new world.

Have you read The Night Circus?  What did you think of it?