5 Books You Should Read W/ Everyday Grace

Hi readers of Candidly Kelsey — thank you for welcoming me to this awesome space! I’ve been reading Kelsey’s blog (and following her hilarious snapchat) for a while now and absolutely love her positive take on life. I think she shines through her blog so well and that’s why I love it so much. So, when she asked me if I would do a guest post, I was absolutely flattered. Me? On a blog I read daily? Yes!

A little introduction to me — My name is Kristen and I blog over at Everyday Grace, a lifestyle – foodie blog about my life in Denver with my husband, Adam and our pup, Henry. I blog about life, love, food and all the things (good, bad and ugly) that fall in between.

Today, I’m sharing 5 books you should be reading (or have read). Now, let me preface this with; I understand everyone likes all different kinds of books. There are books that either I love and can get lost in or the ones that have made a huge impact on my life. But, hey everyone’s different, that’s what so rad about blogs and guest posts! I think these books are fantastic, engaging, well-written and I think you should read them! Below is my take on the book, plus a little recap on the story.

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1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I couldn’t really give you a list of books and not start with a classic. I first read this book in maybe 6th grade and I’ve read it probably 15 times since then. Also, Harper Lee just passed away, so this is a little tribute to the wonder and author that she was

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus–three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.

2. The Rumor by Elin Hildenbrand: I never said I was a literary scholar, sometimes books are good because you get lost in them. This is exactly how this book is. All her books are based in Nantucket. Once you’ve read one, you’ll want to read all the rest.

Madeline King and Grace Pancik are the best of friends of the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, beautiful kids and their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands.

3. The Girl on the Train: THIS BOOK. Talk about a book I could not put down. Even my husband was asking when I was going to be done! This book kept my attention the entire time. Now, side-note, it takes about 2 chapters to get in to it, but once you’re in, you won’t be able to stop. When it was over, I felt like I had a book hangover. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. 

4. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker: This book saved me. Not in the literal sense, obvs but changed my perspective in a way I didn’t know I needed. This book focuses on fighting the worlds standards. Its about being good, while enjoying life, laughing and maybe learning to laugh all with God’s grace. This is such a great story and she is so incredibly funny and honest in her writing. 

She reveals how to: Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life.

5. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom: If you want to cry as you read, this is the book for you. Okay, that is a horrible way to sell a book, but this is seriously in my top 5 favorite books of all time list. It’s about a mentee learning from his mentor in his last days. It’s about life and love and the journey we take every day. It’s incredibly moving, funny, loving and hands down one of the greatest books I’ve read. 

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.

Have you read any of these books? Whats on your must-read reading list? 

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10 Interior Design Trends for 2016

Happy Friday!  And more importantly, happy first Friday of February AKA Guest Post Month!

This month I am going to be sharing one guest post every Friday.  Today we have Leslie talking about interior design trends for 2016, and over on her blog on Monday, you can see my recipe for Cake Batter Puppy Chow!

Without further ado, allow me to kick it over to Leslie!

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Hi everyone! I’m Leslie and I have a lifestyle blog A Life Well Consumed. I’m really excited to be guest posting this week for Kelsey. When she asked me to guest post for today I had to jump at it!

One of my favourite past times is browsing interior design publications online, seeing what’s trendy and projects I can take on at home (or for my future place). This year we made our own DIY bar cabinet (post to come), installed new hardwood floors and little DIY décor projects. I dream of owning a larger place or a stand-alone home where I can tackle bigger projects and makes my Pinterest pins come to life.

After scouring the net, I have put together 10 interior design trends for 2016. Some have rolled over from 2015 like artisan goods and geometric tiles. Both that I really love and have pinned to infinity! I’m a sucker for local markets, where artisans in your city are selling their goods. I can never leave empty handed, and always find an interesting, unique piece to add to our space or my wardrobe.

Out of these trends, I am really loving Scandinavian design, woven wall décor and free standing tubs. One of those tubs is on my future home list, a place where I drink wine and read a book in peace.

One trend I cannot get on board with is bidets! Nope, not going to happen ever in my place.

10 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2016

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Scandinavian-Inspired Design

You can mimic this look by adding simple and attainable touches around your home. Exposed shelving in the kitchen, white furniture accents, showcase your favourite collection of owls or cocktails glasses. The trick is to keep it super minimalist, simple and pared-down.

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Geometric Tiles

Add dimension to a small space with geometric tiles. A graphic design creates an unexpected and artistic touch. Pair it with a neutral accent like marble and you have a room that is both sleek and creative.

 

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Artisan Goods

Support local artisans or collect accessories while traveling. These will add a more personalized touch to your home. Most likely than not, you will be the only person with that piece. Here are 10 Etsy Shops to check out.

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Woven Wall Art

This is now taking over the gallery wall trend. Wall hangings are bold, colourful and downright gorgeous. These vary in size, texture, colour so you can find that that fits your home’s colour scheme and aesthetic.

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Metallic, Gilded Wallpaper

This is a luxe accent-wall trend. Add a pop of gold to your home by decking your wall out in a sophisticated marble print. I’m envisioning this one in our little front hall, adding that pop of character.

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Shades of Gray

If you want a more neutral option for your accent wall, than try this trend. Dark, gray walls allow you to choose lighter or darker approaches. I love this trend since it goes so well with copper accents and the Scandinavian look.

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Neutral Tones

Neutral tones add a bit of sophistication to any home. It can help make your aesthetic cohesive, modern, fits into the Scandinavian trend and is easy to freshen up with accessories.

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Freestanding Tubs

This trend is one of my favourites; I would love a freestanding tub in my next place. Elegant, modern, gives the element of more space in your room.

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Copper Everything

Copper looks amazing in any room in the house, especially the kitchen. Faucets, lighting, décor accessories, flatware, you name it and it’s been made.

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Statement Bathroom Mirrors

Talk about going bold, this trend is all about letting your mirror standout. Big, bold, any shape or size, it’s becoming the focal point of your bathroom. I personally love the round, large ones. It looks great paired with bold geometric tiles, giving an unexpected graphic focal point.

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PS. Don’t forget I’m giving away a FREE customizable notebook from May Designs! Enter the giveaway before February 15th to design your own notebook or agenda!

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GUEST POST: LORAC Mega PRO 2 Palette Tutorial

Today, we’re going to try something new and I’m hella excited about it! Today we’re going to talk about the LORAC Mega PRO 2 palette with a very special guest!

Meet Kimberly from BlogsForDays! Today she’ll be showing us a tutorial with the beautiful LORAC Mega PRO 2 palette! If anyone remembers, I lusted hard after this baby a few months ago, but didn’t get it.  As soon as I found out Kimberly had it, I had to have her on the blog showing it off.

Without further ado, I’ll throw it to Kimberly!

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look

Hello Candidly Kelsey readers! With the invitation of the awesome owner of this blog, I am coming to you with a guest beauty post. My name is Kimberly! I’m so excited to be sharing this with you all because it is… a eyeshadow look tutorial! This is my first ever official makeup tutorial as a matter of fact… no, really! I’ve never posted a makeup tutorial on my blog or anywhere else. I’ve tried filming one before but it was a sad, sad, saaad excuse for a tutorial.

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Anyways, I’m super happy to bring you all this gold coppery smoky eye look using the LORAC Mega Pro 2 palette. I just recently got this palette and I don’t think I even did a swatching or review post on my blog as there are just sooo many shadows in this gorgeous set-up. This is going to take you step by step through how I got this look (with pictures!). Now I’m going to apologize in advance as I have terribly small eyes and that makes this not the best to watch because it looks so much better on the YouTube beauty gurus of the world.

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Above are photos of the completed look! Even though this is purely an eyeshadow tutorial, I went ahead and showed you all what I chose for a lip color to go with it. You can obviously go less drastic with a nude color or pretty much any color you feel like you can rock with it!

Step One

I first took my Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer and applied that all over the lid and little under the eyes. After I will be taking Sugar and applying that all over the lid with a big fluffy brush to set the primer and give the rest of the shadows a good base to sit on top of. After that I took Porcelain and applied it to the brow bone with a flat concealer brush. Once that’s completed, I took Saddle and applied it in the crease, really blending it out with that same fluffy brush from before.

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Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

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Step Two

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For this step, I took Black with the big fluffy brush from before and focused it mainly on the outer corner and slightly into the crease to give the look some more dimension and not be so natural looking.

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Step Three

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The next step was where the real colors came into place. First I took my NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk and applied it all over the lid just below the crease. I blended this out with my finger and then a bit with the concealer brush from before. After that I took my L’Oreal Infalliable Setting Spray to wet that concealer brush and applied Penny with the damp brush to really get the color to come through.

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Step Four

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After I applied the Penny shade over the lid under the crease, I applied Gold Leaf on the very center of the lid to just make it pop a bit and get it more dimension with the concealer brush. I think these colors too great together. After that I just blended the shades so they didn’t cut off with harsh lines with the fluffy brush.

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Step Five

Next, I put Prosecco in the inner corner and a little bit into the inner corner, then I took Black with a smaller, straight brush and connected it to the rest of the shadows in the outer corner. I blended all of this with a small pencil brush. Then, I put NYX’s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk on my waterline. Lastly, I applied Revlon’s Super Length mascara in the black shade (I don’t know if that’s the exact name or not).

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Lastly, if you want to add a dramatic lip with this like I did, then I applied NYX’s Velvet Suede cream lipstick in Vintage. And that completes this look!

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I really hoped you all enjoyed this little tutorial! I know it’s simple and not exactly hard but I enjoyed doing it for you all. I also love the LORAC Mega Pro 2, and am excited to try new looks with it. If you’re interested in more from me, you can visit me at www.blogsfordays.com! Thank you for reading! 💖

 

You can check out Kimberly at Blogsfordays.com, on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Bloglovin’. And don’t forget to check out her blog, as you may recognize a very beautiful, charming, and fun face over there today. Hint: it’s me.

 

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