What I Watched: Creed

Hello cupcakes. Today I want to give a quick review for Creed. During the Thanksgiving break I was able to breakaway from studying for a few hours to catch a flick with the Mr. We decided to watch Creed. I know many people were like yeah that’s what we need another “Rocky” movie when they heard about this. I get it, the last couple bombed. However me being the Rocky fan that I am, I was looking froward to see where this movie would go.

I hate doing reviews because I never want to give away too much, but then sometimes I feel like I don’t give enough. First off can I say it wasn’t another “Rocky” movie per say. Yeah Stallone played Balboa, and it had to do with boxing; but it wasn’t about Rocky. It was about Apollo’s son and his coming into himself. It was kind of like a Rocky spinoff. So I don’t think these are spoilers but just in case here’s some of the details. The movie starts off in a juvenile detention center in California, where we meet a young Adonis Creed; Apollo’s son. A woman shows up which we immediately recognize as being Apollo’s wife, and takes Adonis home. We fast forward to present time, and soon find out that Adonis is following in his father’s footsteps, well somewhat. It isn’t so easy for him to find someone who wants to train him, he’s sorta blacklisted. He then picks up and heads out to Philadelphia, where he seeks out Balboa. However what kind of movie would it be if Rocky just agreed to being his trainer? So they have their back and forth before Rocky finally agrees.

So that’s the overall gist of it. Along the way young Creed finds a love interest, battles some inner conflict, and tried to figure out his place in all this.

Why I liked this movie, and you will too: well there are a few reasons. It sticks to the whole sports, overcoming barriers shtick without over doing it. It gives us what we want without making it obvious. I mean after all you came to see Creed, you kinda already know what you’re in store for. Yet it’s so much more than just boxing, even though that plays a big role. It’s also about human connections, and has a way of jabbing you right in the feels here and there (see what I did there? No? ok). It gets a bit corny, and that’s way okay. It’s not overdone, and peppered in nicely. even if you have no clue about boxing you can enjoy this movie. They do a nice job of keeping you in the loop.  Can I just add that the cinematography, which was by Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler), was spot on. Her work behind the lens made it easy to keep up with. And if you do follow boxing you’ll enjoyed the professionals from the boxing world that make cameos in the movie. Another aspect I enjoyed a lot was the music selection made. How many times have you been watching a movie and a song starts to play where you’re like um… no. With Creed I felt like all the music fit, and helped get you in the current mood it was going for.

Overall I really enjoyed the movie. The story was sorta expected; but not in a bad way, yet it also threw a curveball. The acting from all of the cast was great. I really enjoy this side of Stallone more than his usual tough guy roles. He’s funny, in his Balboa way. Michael B. Jordan was spot on, and I look forward to seeing more from him in future roles. A plus for me as a frequent visitor of Philadelphia was the scenery, and being able to recognize the locations. Even if you’ve never visited Philadelphia, I think most people are familiar with the famous “Rocky steps”, which of course had to be included. I give this film a 8 out of 10, and recommend it to everyone even if you’re not a fan of the Rocky franchise.

 

Did you watch Creed? What were your thoughts? Have you watched the first Rocky movie? What movies are you looking forward to watching?

I look forward to being able to catch up and reviewing loads of movies, and shows while on winter break. Shoot me some recommendations.

 

XOXO,

Desiree

Get Ready with Me

Hello Cupakes. I’ve been MIA for a bit due to school. However I’ve had this “Get Ready With Me’ video sitting, and finally had time to edit and upload. School will be done in two weeks and I plan on working on loads of content. Hopefully I can schedule some stuff before the next semester rolls around. In the meantime I’ll leave you with my video. Hope you guys enjoy it. Check back soon, I’m hoping to host a giveaway before Christmas if time allows it.

 

What kind of videos would you like to see? Suggestions are always welcomed.

 

Xoxo,

Desiree

What’s in My Schoolbag

Hello cupcakes. I’ve always been fascinated by what’s in my bag videos. It’s fun to see what other people carry, and if any of them have some of the dame things I do. So I decided to do a what’s in my schoolbag video since it is back to school times. I hope everyone enjoys it, and if you would like to see a regular what’s in my bag video let me know and I’ll be happy to do so. As always feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Xoxo

Desiree

Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales: The Wicked + The Divine

Hello and welcome back. A few weeks back I tweeted about wanting to get into comics and began to start looking into which ones to read. Over and over The Wicked + The Divine by Image Comics kept popping up, and with good reason. If you recall from my last post I mentioned that I begun to read The Wicked + The Divine. The comic began in June of 2014, and is published monthly, so I didn’t feel like I was too far behind.


Let me try to get into why without giving too much away. The comic revolves around the fact that every 90 years twelve mythical figures are reincarnated as young adults with godlike powers, minus the immortality that is. For 2 years they get to live like gods and then they die, so goes the story. We then meet a regular British gal named Laura that gets caught up with the current 12 Pantheon. While first drawn to this lifestyle, she soon starts to realize things aren’t all she expected it to be.


Why I like it, and you will to:

Well besides the main plot of mortal gods that have 2 years to live it up, there’s representation. I’m not just talking about diversity as far as races, but sexuality, and even when it comes to the gods (they don’t just stick to Greek or Roman, there’s also Norse, Celtic, and many more). Honestly this was one of the big things that really drew me in. I love representation and this comic is chock full of it. It’s refreshing to see people from all walks of life in a role of power. I also like that the characters morality vary also from good, to wicked and everything in between.

  
 

Of course there’s more to it but I don’t want to give away too much. I myself have only gotten up to book 5, but I can tell you they have a loyal reader already. I can’t wait to buy the other issues and catch up with the story. Oh and did I mention there’s talks of adapting it into a TV series? If this pans up I’m all for it!

   

So now we get to the fun part. Since I’m hooked on this comic I want to share my love of it with you. I’m giving you the opportunity to win your very own copy of  Vol 1 which is issues 1-5 of The Wicked + The Divine. All you have to do is follow the instructions on how to enter. Contest runs until September 24, 2015 (which just so happens to be my kid’s birthday).

Good Luck!!!

Desiree

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How I Won Fast with Fast Play

Hello loves.

Anyone who knows me or follows me knows from time to time I like to partake in the NJ Lottery. It’s so fun to me and I always envision all the fun things I can do if I won some extra cash. So when Blog Meets Brand reached out to me and said they would  give me $15 to try out NJ Lottery’s new play and win game Fast Play game I was all about it.

Fast Play is NJ Lottery’s new instant win game that can be purchased at the lotto terminal, however unlike drawing games you don’t wait for results, you know instantly. There’s no scratching required either like other instant games. You ask for one of the many different games they have such as Bling Bling Bucks ($5 each) or Red Hot Numbers ($1 each) and the ticket is printed for you.

Off I went to my favorite Quick Chek to purchase my tickets. You however can go to any store that sells NJ Lotto tickets such as 7-11 or your neighborhood bodega. If the store has a lottery then you can play there.

My Quick Chek had this Fast Play display which made buying tickets even easier! All I did was look at the different games available and pull the little slip for the ones I wanted. With new games coming out in the new few months these may change or others added to this list.

As you see each game has it’s own little ticket. I then went up to the lotto terminal and handed these slips over to the attendant who then ran them through the machine. How easy is that? No numbers to tell her, no fumbling with names.

Just like that I had my tickets and was ready to see if I won. Depending on the game you choose the tickets are printed differently and instructions on how to win are printed clearly on them. However finding out if you won is easy too. If you’re not sure if your ticket is a winner most lotto terminals have a little green scanner where you can check your tickets at.

Woo! One of my tickets won $7!! I thought it was a winner but wasn’t sure. When I scanned it that’s the message I got. This is so convenient for me since I can be a bit on the shy side sometimes (yes I have a hard time speaking to people at times, can you believe it?), with this I know for sure I won without having to ask anyone.

I then just gave my winning ticket to the attendant and received my cash. All in all it took about 5 minutes for me to purchase and check my tickets. It doesn’t get any easier and faster than that.

Overall I had fun playing the Fast Play games. They’re different from the games I’m used to playing, but different is good. Bling Bling Bucks is my favorite right now, but I’m excited to see what new games are introduced in the future.

Do you like playing any lottery games? If so what’s the most you’ve won. If you play the Fast Play games let me know how your experience went and how much you won. Good luck everyone!

Desiree

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This is a sponsored post, however all opinions expressed are my own. 

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

Sephora Bumble and Bumble VIB Event 

Hello dolls. So last week I was contacted by Sephora and invited to a VIB event they were holding for Bumble and Bumble products at a salon. Bumble and Bumble is a line of hair products that I have been curious about so I immediately signed up. They were nice enough to let me bring a friend so I invited Katy.

So on Sunday me and Katy headed out to Moments Salon & Spa in Mount Laurel, NJ for the event. We were greeted by a lovely gal who checked us in and told us to head on in. They had a few stations set up to try out some Smashbox lip and check colors, some of the Bumble and Bumble products and mini facials with Ole Henriksen products. We were given mimosas and began to look around.

We decided to do the mini facials and I’m so happy we did. The products the gentleman used felt so good and refreshing. I will be picking up their wipes along with their Truth Serum. The serum is applied under your moisturizer and is suppose to be a collagen booster.


 We were done just in time for the first raffle. Who could believe Katy was the first winner! She won a complete set of Ole Henriksen products. I was so excited. Then my name was called next! I could t believe it. I won a Smashbox best sellers try it kit, along with a full sized bottle of Smashbox Photo Finish primer which I love.


We were then taken to the back of the salon where we each had a stylist waiting for us. The stylist were lovely gals and very knowledgable. They styled our hair with Bumble and Bumble products and gave us some recommendations. My stylist put some curls in my hair but sadly I forgot to take a picture.

We hung around for a bit longer before leaving, but not without a swag bag. The bag was filled with Bumble and Bumble products, including a full sized bottle of Surf Infusion spray that doesn’t hit shelves till next month sometime. There was also two Smashbox lip samples and a $10 Sephora gift card. The bag itself is pretty cute and I can see myself using it in the future on a shopping trip.


It was a lovely day and I enjoyed the pampering. I haven’t used any of the products yet on my hair but will do so soon. I might write a review about them, let me know if it’s something you would like to read about. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’ve never been to something like this. I have to say they did a great job organizing it and we enjoyed ourselves a lot.
What are your go to hair and face products? 


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.

 

 

Extra:

 

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