Summer How I Love You

As I sit here looking at the calendar I’m saddened to see that we’re almost done with summer. Living in New Jersey means I experience all the seasons. While I enjoy most of them, except winter (it gets no love from me), summer by far is my favorite. The sun is out longer, you don’t need a coat, and there’s no snow or slush to drive through. Best of all I can be outdoors, which means I can go to the beach!

A few weeks ago I did my 6 on 6 post with a beach theme. I thought it would be nice to share a few more pictured from my trip to Spring Lake. Spring Lake is my favorite beach here in Jersey. There’s no games and shops on the boardwalk, which means no hustle and bustle. It’s perfect to just relax and take in the beauty that is mother nature. If you’re ever in the are and looking for a place to get away and unwind I recommend Spring Lake. You can’t bring coolers on the beach, but everyone just leaves them on the boardwalk and walk to and from to get their snacks and drinks. It isn’t a far walk so it really is no big deal, and you don’t have to worry about anyone taking your stuff. If surfing or boogie boarding is your thing (it’s my family’s fave activity), you can partake in them here.

Perfect skies, perfect water, makes for a perfect day.

The Mermaid in me simply loves the ocean.

The boys are Mermen, they love the beach too!

If you haven’t been to the shore yet this summer Squish says go before it’s too late!

Soon we won’t be able to go and play on the beach. Winter will be here and the cold will set in. In the meantime we plan on going a few more times before summer is over.

What’s your favorite thing to do in summer?

Desiree

Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales: The Devil in the White City 

Hello cupcakes. Today I bring to you my review for Erik Larson and Tony Goldwyn’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair Changed That America. I had been wanting to read this book for the past year or so. I hard so many great reviews and well it has a serial killer so you know I was all about it. The book revolves around the Daniel H. Burnham, the architect for Chicago’s 1893 World Fair, and H. H. Holmes, a serial killer disguised as a doctor who took advantage of the huge amounts of people flocking to the city.


As I mentioned before I’m all about serial killers and had heard about Holmes and his Murder Castle before so I was excited to dive into this. However once I started reading it my enthusiasm died down. While I knew the book wouldn’t be entirely about Holmes I found it dragged on when it came to the parts dealing with the construction of the fair. At times I found I had to force myself to keep reading just to make progress. It wasn’t like this the whole time, but yeah you may loose interest here and there (or not, my attention span is short). While I enjoyed reading about the fair and the challenges faced by the creators I wish there had been more on Holmes. With that being said the writers did get into some of his murders and how he ultimately got caught. I’m amazed with the scams and lies Holmes pulled off, along with the killings of course but can see how it happened. The writers paint a good picture of life surrounding the fair.

Overall I can say I was a bit disappointed but it wasn’t a total let down. If you’re looking to give it a read go for it, but be warned there might be parts that are drawn out. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
What kind of books do you like to read? Any recommendations? 


Xoxo,

Desiree

6 on 6: Blue ~ Down The Shore Edition

Hello fabulous folks. So a fellow geek gal Emma over at The Scruffy Little Nerd Herder  came up with a fantastic idea called 6 on 6, check out her post and read all about it. Basically the 6th day of each month we’re to put together 6 photos involving the color for that month. For example August was blue, hence the title and my pictures will have some sort of blue in it. Ideally I would be posting on the 6th and would like to have it be geek related. However work has been bananas so I decided to make his month all about one of my greatest loves, the beach. I love going down the shore (in Jersey it’s always going down the shore even if you’re driving North), and all things nautical, after all I am a Mermaid.

Here are a few pictures from our trip this past Sunday to my favorite beach Spring Lake.

 Relaxing, enjoying the beautiful day.

  My beach umbrella happen to be blue, perfect for the challenge.

  Unfortunately since these were all taken on my phone I couldn’t zoom in but that kite was so pretty, and the color of the sky was perfect.
 After all long but fun day the me. Of my life packing up to head home.

Okay so this is 7 pictures instead of 6, but narrowing it down was so hard. Hope everyone enjoyed this post. It was fun and I look forward to doing again next month. If you want to join in on the fun feel free to do so and let me know so I can read your post.

Xoxo

Desiree 

Potter Week

Hello cupcakes. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big Harry Potter fan. I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies several times. I’ve shed tears of joy and sadness. And when we went to the Wizarding World a few years back I was in awe and could barely contain my excitement. Originally I meant for this post to go up yesterday for Harry and J.K.’ birthday (Happy Belated Birthday!!), but as you see that didn’t happen. However here I am ready to share two of my loves combined, Harry potter and Pops!

About 3 weeks ago Funko Pops released a line of Harry potter Pops and you know I had to go snatch them up. I’m still missing two of the currents that are out, Hermonie and Harry holding the sword. There are rumors of a Quidditch Harry being released this month and a Harry with the invisibility cloak in the future. I can’t wait for them all. In the meantime here’s a video I made with all the HP Pops I currently have. Enjoy!!

Potter week has me wanting to reread all the books. I may do so after I’m done with 2 books I’m working on now. If anyone is interested in reading along together let me know.

How did you celebrate Potter Week? What’s your favorite scene from the books/movies?

Thanks for stopping by. Please comment with any suggestions for upcoming videos you would like.

XoXo

Desiree

Latina Media Beauty, Hair, and Wellness Expo

Hello Cupcakes.

Today I headed to North Jersey with my friend Katy for the Latina Media: Beauty, Hair and Health Expo. This was the first year for the expo and overall ok. The location was great, right off the main highway, and plenty of parking. Milani cosmetics was there and I enjoyed their exhibit. So many beautiful matte lip colors (which I’m all about right now), but I’ll get into matte lipsticks in a different blog. One thing is for sure the panel I attended was amazing.

The panel was about real Latina beauty and included Massiel “Mankofit” Arias, and Dascha Polanco (Dayanara from OITNB), among others. Even if you’re not a Latina this panel was just full of positivity and self love. I encourage everyone to watch at least of it.  I made a video which is kinda long, but worth watching. Of course I couldn’t record the whole panel or my video would be over a hour long.

All the ladies looked amazing and were just so real and positive. I left there feeling so inspired. I know I’ll be attending next year’s expo and expect it will be bigger and better.
As of right now I don’t have any conventions set except for NYCC in October. If you know of anything coming up in the NJ/NY area let me know. I’m into loads if different things and attend all types of different conventions/expos.
What did you do this weekend? What’s your favorite convention to attend? 

Till next time loves. As always comments are welcomed.
Xoxo

Desiree 

Oh hi

Hello dolls. I know I know I’ve gone and disappeared again. While I’ve tried to stay on top of blogging and reading blogs I have failed miserably. School takes up so much time. But I didn’t want to make a quick update of some of the current things going on in my life.


Watching: Daredevil, I’m sure most of the world is also watching this. It’s SO good. And while I would usually binge watch I’ve actually paced myself with this series. Also it’s just been renewed for another season so yay!!

I’ve also been watching Bloodline, which is a Netflix original series. I’ve only watched 3 episodes and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I like it but there’s something that is just not letting me love it. We’ll see how that goes.

Reading: The Haunted, it’s a book based on one of Ed & Lorraine Warren’s cases. Ed and Lorraine are the demonologist who have investigated several hauntings including the Annabelle case which has been made into a movie.

I’m also reading The Devil in the White City, which is about a serial killer in Chicago. It revolves around a huge World’s Fair that is being built there.

Mood: Tired, so very tired. And a bit bummed due to some news I received to day, but I’m choosing to not focus on that.

Health: Well I’m living! I signed up today for a “Biggest Loser” challenge at work. Everyone who signs up pays $20 and at the end of 3 months the person who looses the most weight gets the pot. I figured even if I don’t win its a way to help motivate me. Now I need to find time to get back in the gym.

Listening: I listen to a lot of Slate podcasts, but also The Indoor Kids, The Nerdist, The Read, Stuff You Should Know, Bizzare States, and This American Life to name a few. Oh and Fake Goth Girls by Liz and Mia. They’ve made two episodes so far and they’re great.

Obsessed With: My hair, well wanting to dye it again. I just don’t know what. I’ve done red for so many years, and while I switched to this blondish brown two months back and I like it I would like something new. Skincare, I’m on the search for a new routine/products. What I’ve been doing no long works.

Thinking of: So many things!!! Awaiting the arrival of my niece in about a month. So excited for that. Wanting to get into vlogging and podcasting myself. Tips are welcomed.

Working on: Besides school stuff I have been working on launching a Geek Girls Brunch chapter here in Jersey. I found a lovely co-officer and we’ve been trying to recruit gals for our first event. Ideally we would like to be up and running by the end of summer. So if you’re a geek gal in NJ or know of one send her our way.

I’m also looking to have someone make me a logo. I may attempt to make one on my own bit doubt I’ll be able to sit and do so until after the semester is done.
So those are some of the things surrender occupying my time. Kids, work and school take up most of it, but I try to keep up and do other things when possible.

What are some of your currents? As always recommendations are always welcomed. 


Xoxo,

Desiree 

5 Fandom Friday: Songs That Changed My Life

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Hello and welcome to another 5 Fandom Friday, super late edition. Once again I want to thank Megan from The Nerdie Girlie and Kristin from Super Space Chick for coming up with this awesome linkup. I’ve missed out on a few but just had to write up my piece for this past week’s theme, songs that changed my life. I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s post and have found new music to add to my iPod.

 

1. Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata

This is one of the first songs that really hit me in the feels. I remember years ago when I was a young girl listening to it and thinking it was the most beautiful thing I have heard. I still feel the same way. It instilled in me a love for classical music and years later it would be a big influence of my love affair with playing the cello.

 

 

2. Foo Fighters: Everlong

Where do I start??? Foo Fighters are one of my all time favorite bands ever, ever, ever. And it all started when I first heard Everlong. Growing up I listened to mostly hip hop and RnB (besides my love for classical music), and it wasn’t until I got older and met people from outside my group that I was exposed to other types of music. I have to thank my friend Jen for introducing to the greatness which is Dave Grohl. One day I plan on getting something Everlong related tattooed on me.


3. Nas: The Message

As I mentioned growing up I was big into hip hop, it played a major part in my teenage years. Biggie, KrS-One, Redman, Tupac all took turns in my yellow Sony walkman or boombox. This was back when the only way to access new music was to buy mixtapes by people like DJ Clue, Who Kid, Kay Slay, and Green Lantern to name a few. However Nas just won me over from day one. The Message was one of the first songs of his I ever heard and it was love at first listen. The beat and his flow sealed it for me. **Warning this song contains explicit language.**

 

4. Aventura: Romeo y Julieta

Like most people my age the first Aventura song I heard was Obession, however it wasn’t until I heard Romeo y Julieta that I went ga ga for them and have been hooked ever since. The words pulled me in and that’s all she wrote. Not only did it make me a fan of Aventura, but of Bachata in general.

 

 

5. Eagles: Hotel California

I know I said Beethoven was my first love but if  I’m being honest it was probably the Eagles since I’m sure I’ve been hearing this song since I was born. After all Hotel California was released almost a decade before I was born, and as far back as I can remember my mom would jam out to it in the house. What’s not to love about this song, great lyrics, awesome guitar riff and it reminds me of home. Whenever i’m missing California this is one of my go to songs.

 

 

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Michael Jackson and Jay Z: You Rocked My World Remix

Can I just tell you first off like most 80s babies MJ was a huge part of my musical life (yes I am aware I’m dating myself here). When I heard about Michael and Jay Z performing together at Summer Jam I was in disbelief and so disappointed I did not witness this first hand. Luckily the single was released soon after.

 

 

Fleetwood Mac: Dreams

Oh Stevie Nicks how I love you so. Picking one Fleetwood Mac song was a tough one but Dreams I think was the right one. And you just know I was all for it when American Horror Story Coven included the fabulous Ms. Nicks in their series.

 

 

As always I have enjoyed writing up this post. While it was difficult narrowing it down to 5 songs once I really began thinking about it I knew exactly which ones I wanted to go with. Till next time.

 

Desiree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: The Killing

Hello cupcakes. In my last post I mentioned I stumbled across a tv series called The Killing and was really enjoying it. Well I’m done watching the series and decided to do a review.

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The Killing originally aired on AMC in April of 2011 (how I didn’t know about it till now is beyond me), and is based off the Danish tv show Forbrydelsen. It’s based in Seattle, Washington and follows homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman). They may not always be on the same page, but the dynamics really works.

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One of the things I like most about this show is that it keeps you guessing. The twists and turns work, they’re not just thrown in to be there. Every time the Mr and me thought we knew who was behind something we would be proven wrong. Again these plot twists aren’t just thrown in there to throw you off guard, things line up and lead up to certain things for a reason.

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For whatever reason AMC canceled this show not once but twice. Netflix went and picked it up late 2013 and released the fourth and final season in August of 2014. I’ll admit that out of all the season the fourth isn’t my favorite, but it isn’t bad either. I just wish it were different. I was pleased with the ending though, it satisfied all my needs. Overall I definitely recommend you give this series a go whenever you have time. You can catch all four seasons on Netflix. If you do let me know what you think.

What are some of the shows you’re watching now?

Desiree