3 Lifestyle Books You Have to Read NOW!

Spring has sprung, and around this time of year, I tend to find myself completely absorbed in Lifestyle or Self Help books.

I honestly don’t know why, maybe it’s the change of season.

So for today’s blog post, I’m going to share with you three of my absolute favorite lifestyle/self help books I’ve read.

 

  1. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits by Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret & Sophie Mas

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I can’t remember how I found this book, but I’m so glad I did. Once I got my hands on a copy, I couldn’t put it down.  Obviously, this choice may be biased, because I’m absolutely obsessed with Paris and the French lifestyle. But this book is so unbelievably well written. It’s funny, helpful, and gives you the tips you need to be a chic madame.

 

2. Nice is Just a Place in France: How to Win at Basically Everything by The Betches

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This book is definitely the most explicit out of this group. This hilarious book is written by the Betches, three kick ass female graduates from Cornell University. Their main objective is teasing the life millennials obsess over. You’ll laugh until you cry, so if you’re looking for a comical perspective on how to own your life, then this is the book for you.

 

3. What Would Audrey Do? by Pamela Keogh

 

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In case you didn’t know, Audrey Hepburn was one of the classiest, most elegant lady who ever lived. So, when you’re looking for a self help book that’s dedicated to having style and grace, it’s a no brainer that Audrey would be the ultimate goal to strive towards. This is one of my favorite books ever, it’s a page turner and is beyond well written. I treasure this book, and I hope you do too.

This has been a chloscall.

Until next time,

Chloe.

Turtles All the Way Down

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It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with John Green- I feel like I’ve been pretty vocal about it before as he has become one of my favorite authors. I think he is a phenomenal writer, but what I love most about him is that he’s pretty much just a regular Joe; a father, a husband, residing in quiet Indianapolis.  If his name sounds familiar, it’s most likely because one of his previous novels had taken the world by storm. The Fault in Our Stars was pretty much his big break, obviously you’re welcome to disagree with me, but most know his name from this best selling novel.

Anyways, in the fall of 2017, Green released a new masterpiece- Turtles All the Way Down. I was so excited that he had released another story, I get so lost in his words and feel like I’m also apart of the inner circle with the characters.

Turtles All the Way Down follows Aza, a young girl in high school who constantly struggles with her perception of what being normal is. Along side Aza is her best friend Daisy, an anonymous secretly-kind-of-famous Star Wars fanfic writer. Aza and Daisy partake in seemingly normal teenage girl adventures: homework dates and frequent dinners at Applebee’s.

Little did they know that their lives were about to be turned upside down when they find themselves mixed up in a mystery; is Mr. Pickett really alive or did he actually leave behind his two sons without a word? Aza finds herself emotionally connected as she falls for Mr. Pickett’s eldest son, Davis who she hasn’t seen since childhood.

I found the novel to be an adventurous page turner that I could never really put down. But let’s face it, John Green hasn’t failed me yet. What I really enjoy about this novel is the fact that it focuses on common mental health issues. A lot of people just try to turn the other cheek and pretend as if mental heath isn’t real or isn’t serious, but Green liberates that idea. Green reassures readers that mental health issues can be very serious and are very much a live. I think anyone who has the same feelings Aza does will greatly appreciate and treasure this book for it’s charming honesty.

You can get the book by clicking here:

 “>Turtles All the Way Down

This has been a chloscall.

Until next time,

Chloe

P.S. Let me know if you’d like more posts about books I’ve read in the comments below! Happy reading!

My Favorite Dog Training Treats!

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For today’s post, I’m going to be recommending my favorite dog treats that I’ve used to train Ava!

I’ve mentioned Merrick in some of my previous YouTube videos about Ava. The brand was recommended by my sister (she has 3 corgis).

Obviously when we got Ava, it didn’t take us long to start training her. Potty training was top priority on our list, but once that was handled, we wanted to work on obedience and teach her how to perform tricks like rollover or high five.

I watched several YouTube videos about dog training and learned quite a lot. There were some techniques that worked, and some that didn’t.  When you’re training your pup, you’ll want to have some “treats”or rewards handy.

At first, I was using tiny bits of cheese as I read it was one of the recommended “rewards” to give your pup while you’re training them. But I was worried that it would soon upset her stomach so I vouched for the Merrick Lil Plates, since I had already been feeding her Merrick puppy food.

These treats are great for training your pup because they are so small. When you’re training your dog, you want to make sure that you’re obviously not giving them huge treats; you want tiny little bite sized snacks that will reward them as you’re completing each step of the training.

I’m a huge Merrick fan as well, and Ava loves these treats! I got her the Turducken flavor, (because she was sniffing that flavor the hardest at Petco). Another bonus is that these treats are under 10$!

You can pick up your Merrick Lil Plates by clicking here.

This has been a chloscall.

Until next time,

Chloe

My January Favorites

Holy Moley how in the world is January already over?! I hope 2018 doesn’t continue to fly by, cause I have some big plans for this upcoming year.

For today’s post, I’m going to be sharing with you a list of products that I have enjoyed this month. The products will vary from skincare, to beauty, to household items. So without further ado, let’s get right into it.

Skin Care: 

Neutrogena Deep Moisture Night Cream Okay, this has easily become one of my holy grail beauty products, it’s amazing! I started using this probably towards the end of December and I haven’t looked back. I was curious about night creams, as I feel like they were more of an old school beauty regimen. But this night cream works wonders, it has made my face so incredibly soft. I apply it once, in the evening before bed, all over my face and neck. What I really like about it is the fact that there’s no greasy feeling or heavy residue. I do love a lot of the Neutrogena products, I’m pretty sure that they were the first makeup brand I tried when I was first using beauty products. I would highly recommend this product, it has saved my skin during these dry winter months.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is one of those products I haven’t used in a while and decided to go back to. Let me just say that it was a very smart move on my part. I don’t like to switch up my facial cleansers too often since it’s bad for your skin, but I had to. I was trying out a Biore cleanser prior to Cetaphil and it turned out to be WAY too harsh on my skin. Cetaphil is a gentle daily facial cleanser that is most likely an underrated drugstore beauty find. I’ve never had really any bad cystic acne; I’ve had breakouts of course and Cetaphil does an amazing job at keeping my skin clear. This has become another staple item in my skin care routine that I do not plan on parting with anytime soon.

Pond’s Hydrating Dry Skin Cream I’ve been using Ponds moisturizer for YEARS now. I used to use an Olay moisturizer but decided to switch to Ponds, because I found that the Olay moisturizer was too greasy. I use Ponds every morning, after I wash my face with Cetaphil, I spread a little over my face and neck. I’m a big believer in moisturizer, especially this time of year. Ponds has been around forever and if I’m able to use a beauty product that my grandmother used, you bet I’m going to be getting my hands on it.

Beauty:

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – A classic item. It seems there is a theme here of moisturizing products in this blog post, but then again it is winter. Chapped lips are another one of my pet peeves, as I imagine a lot of people could agree, it’s just such an unsettling feeling. I got Burt’s Bees because I love how natural their products are. I got a pack of 2, so I could keep one in my purse and one in my vanity in the bathroom. There’s no heavy residue with this lip balm either, so it’s reliable and moisturizes well.

Pet:

Urine Destroyer – So I was going to add a link to this spray I’ve used for Ava’s messes, but Target doesn’t have it available on their website. It’s by the Target house brand up & up, and it’s labeled as a stain + odor eliminator. It’s a great product, and I would highly recommend checking it out next time you’re at Target. I’ve attached the link of a similar product.

Books:

Shopgirl by Steve Martin – This was a birthday present gifted to me by my sister. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I found myself struggling to get into the book at first; I didn’t really have an emotional connection with any of the characters so I wasn’t that invested. But halfway through, I found myself more interested in the outcome of the book; there were a few plot twists that had occurred and I was interested in seeing how everything would turn out. It’s also acknowledged that many twenty somethings are not going through the same romantic struggles as Mirabelle, seeing as it’s a bit unusual. If you’re in between books I’d suggest reading this one, since it’s only 130 pages and actually left me thinking about the story and the characters once I finished the novella.

Movies:

Me Before You – Alright ladies, you better grab some tissues cause you’re destined to shed some tears with this flick pick. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t go out to the movies often, for a multitude of reasons (too pricey, loud people, the inability to pause for a bathroom break). It’s been on my list to see this movie just for kicks, and since I’m an Amazon Prime member, the movie is free to watch. To be honest, I really enjoy movies like this one. The story is set around two characters, Louisa Clark and Will Trainor. Louisa is that charming, quirky girl who everyone can’t help but love. Will is a thrill seeker turned bitter paraplegic after a horrific accident. Sure, the two characters seem far from similar but by the unwritten rules of the romantic comedy world, these two end up as star crossed lovers. It reminds me a lot of the movie If I Stay , another one of my absolute favorite movies. I think the plot of these movies remind the audience that you need to be grateful for what you have, because in a minute, everything can change.

Stardust – This movies is FANTASTIC. If you’re finding yourself stuck on the couch with your significant other unable to pick a movie to watch, then you’re in luck (this movie used to be included on Amazon Prime, but now it’s available on Netflix, so you’re welcome). This movie has everything to entertain both parties; romance, adventure, fantasy, action, and great humor. The story follows Tristan, a young man who wishes to cross a forbidden wall into a magical universe in order to find a shooting star that has fallen out of the sky, and bring it back to his love Victoria. He has one week to do so, and it’s safe to say Tristan wasn’t prepared for the adventure that awaited him..and neither are you.

Food:

3 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Tacos! Yes, this month I’ve enjoyed this easy crockpot recipe so much! Definitely check it out if you haven’t yet, and be prepared for more yummy recipes coming soon.

House:

Zuede Silicone Sponges – I wrote about these earlier, but they are a very interesting product and wonderful to use. Click the link to read the full review and get a pair!

Technology:

Bragi The Headphone Review – It’s been a little over a month since I first got these, and they’ve been great. Click the link to read the full review and grab yours!

Samsung Chromebook – If you’re in need of a new laptop (bonus if you’re anti Apple products) then this might be the laptop for you. I got this laptop in early January and I’ve become obsessed with it. It’s small, sleek, light and fast. Good news is, it’s not going to break the bank either as it’s UNDER 200$! Better hurry though, there aren’t many left on Amazon. I’ll be posting a full review soon.

I hope you guys have all enjoyed my January favorites!

This has been a chloscall.

Until next time,

Chloe

 

My Fall Reading List 2017

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There is a new video on my channel!

This one was fun to film, as I talked about all of the fall books that are on my reading list this year. I think I have a relatively good mixture of books; I’ve already read a few, but I can’t wait to read the next ones on my list! The books on my list this year are:

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Buried Light by Beau Taplin

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Leave a comment below if you enjoyed my video and if you liked my picks this year! Please feel free to leave a comment below if you also have any book recommendations.

My Fall Reading List 2017

Until next time,

Chloe

P.S. I did quite a little rant on the information regarding banning To Kill a Mockingbird from school curriculum, you’ll have to watch the video to see!

Tuesday Books

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What we’re reading:

The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins

So this book was highly recommended and loaned to me by a close friend of mine.

I think it’s very important where you’re friends with someone or potentially dating someone, to read their favorite book. Read their favorite book, listen to their favorite song, watch their favorite movie. All these things will say a lot about a person.

Synopsis:

A young boy by the name of Ludlow Fitch is on a journey to escape a most heinous and terrible past. He’s eager to start a new life in an isolated village as an assistant to mysterious man who trades people’s secrets for money. Ludlow’s job will be to record these secrets in The Black Book of Secrets. However what Fitch’s new mentor might not be aware of is that Fitch himself may be the one who has the darkest of secrets.

 

So far, the novel’s style of writing is reminding me of similar in that of H.P. Lovercraft. I can’t wait to explore this village, and the secrets that Ludlow Fitch has learned.

Until next time,

Chloe

Tuesday Books

What we’re reading:

Leonardo Mendoza, words.for.her, “Heart”

If you’re not following words.for.her on Instagram yet, I suggest you do so immediately.

The #WordsForHer Movement is a focus on female encouragement, in poetic form. The book promoting this movement is free and easily downloadable to any smartphone or tablet.

As many of  you know, female encouragement and support are very important to me. We spend a lot of our lives competing with each other, trying to be better then the other, or trying to drag each other down, maybe subconsciously. This isn’t entirely our fault though. At a young age,  peer pressure and meeting societal standards are two evils that take over our minds. They brainwash us and attempt to form judgements fro us rather then having us be our in independent selves. I think that’s the biggest issue of this generation for women. There isn’t much of a focus on unity. Sure, there are some campaigns that attempt to change the way we are as women when it comes to not loving one another. So why are these campaigns not really working? I think it’s because people set too high of standards, expecting issues to resolve over night.

It sounds cheesy but honestly, all you have to do is be kind to one another. I mean, if Ellen Degeneres says it then it must be true right? I understand that realistically, there’s always going to be people in this world that we don’t get along with, and that’s okay! Anytime I can, I always give compliments, always smile my biggest and brightest, and just spread some love! Honestly, what bad is going to come from being kind and smiling? Smiles are contagious!

Be kind, throw that shit around like glitter.

And don’t forget to download a free copy of words.for.her.

Until next time,

Chloe

Tuesday Books: What We’re Reading


This week’s book is The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.

If you guys haven’t caught on yet, I really enjoy anything French related. I was always one of those little girls who spent their free time dreaming about Paris, and to be completely honest, I still do.

The Synopsis: “Monsieur Perdu is a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs. Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter that he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the South of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. He dispenses his books and his wisdom along the way, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself. An international bestseller filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.”

I’m considering starting a book club, would this be something you guys would be interesting in? I feel like it would be fun for all of us to read together and discuss the book. I’ve never been in a book club, but I think it would be a great way to start reading more because let’s face it-a majority of us don’t read half as much as we would like to. We find too many excuses like we don’t have time to read cause we’re too busy, but let’s forget that. Remember the magical feeling that reading gives you. Remember how much better you sleep if you read before you go to bed. Let’s make reading mainstream.

That’s all for now.

Until next time,

Chloe 

Tuesday Books 


This week’s Tuesday Books is going to this guy right here.

As you guys know, I saw Alan Cumming in his show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs in Seattle on Saturday night, and I would see it again in a heartbeat if I could. The show was extremely entertaining, with moments from laughing out of your seat, to getting goosebumps from Cumming’s performances and stories.

But enough about that, I’ll go into detail about his show in a vlog. For now, I iust want to focus on his book, Not My Father’s Son. Wow. To read this book, and to find out the difficult child hood he had, the verbal and physical abuse, absolutely breaks my heart. Seeing him in person, you would have never known he had such a horrible upbringing. Alan Cumming is incredibly happy, charming, witty and of course talented. 

The novel focuses on is toxic relationship with his father, and how he went to a theater school in Glasgow in order to get away from his father. This book is a whirlwind of adventures. Have a tissue ready for when you remember that it’s all entirely true. 

After seeing him live, I have the most respect and love for him. To know that he decided to to fight on and be the best version of himself, to see where he is now is truly incredible. What an inspiration this man is to people.

I really hope you read this, you won’t regret it. 

And if you’re able to see his show, take me with you.

Until next time, 

Chloe.