Guilty Pleasure

JNOLAISM READS – The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo

As I have stated more than once, I enjoy a good book! Well I just finished one that I cannot stop talking about. The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – this book had me so intrigued, I never wanted it to end. Reid is one of my favorite authors, after reading Maybe In Another Life about a year ago I made sure to read all her other books. IMG-3234

Before diving into this book I just want to speak abotu Taylor’s writing. It is so EASY but it also makes you think. I know some would call it ‘chick -lit’ but it so much more than that. Her books dig deep into something, the way she explains relationships while also making you evalute your own personal ones. Her character choices are continously superb – you fall in love with,  if not one BUT ALL OF THEM. You feel as if they are real and that you have a special connection with them.

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Now, about Eveyln Hugo – she is beautiful, fabulous and flawed, which always makes for an ideal main character. She has been a Hollywood icon since the 50’s and now she is ready to tell her life story, the REAL one. She calls on journalist Monique Grant to help her write her scandalous story, but the question is why? A tale of love, loss, friendship, abuse, fame, secrets and SO MUCH MORE.

It is hard to put this book down because it keeps you wanting more. The best part about this is that you THINK by the cover and title that you know what this book is about. Chapter after chapter makes you realize that you actually have not one clue what is going on! We all know what a dark place Hollywood can be, Reid gives you a preview of what it meant to be a Hollywood Star between the 50’s and 80’s.

If you have not read this book I BEG YOU TO BUY OT ASAP! You can thank me later.

Xx,

J

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Lifestyle, Struggles

When I Grow Up…

*QUE PUSSYCAT DOLL SONG*

In almost 9 weeks I am going to be 25 – I know it seems so surreal because I started this blog when I was 21. Even though SOOOO much has changed, many things have stayed the same. At 25 I pictured my life being TOTALLY different – I cannot explain but I had certain expectations for myself and lets just say I am not where I thought I would be.

giphy-2Even though I have more than enough to be proud of, I still feel like there is more for me to do. Obviously 25 is still young but in my head I will be 30 soon enough and it is time for me to get my ducks in a row. I have hit the breaking point of just doing the bare minimum. Being a college graduate, having a good job and your own apartment – makes you think you have it all figured out. NOPE, totally opposite – I have never felt more lost.
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Before everyone starts feeling sorry for me, this is not what this is about. It is just bring awareness to how millennials think, when I speak to many other young women my age they feel the same. We are all just trying to figure it out – we want to be established already and be moving on to the next phase of our life. But how can you when you have loans to pay, a job you do not love and a crappy boyfriend (not me personally)!

So starting now but more once I turn 25 – I plan to do what I want with my life. Not just what I think I should do or what will make my parents proud. For the last 24 years that is exactly what I have been doing and I am glad to where it has gotten me BUT it is time for a change kids! giphy-3Until next time,

J

 

 

 

 

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Guilty Pleasure

THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX

Now that I am finally off my high from the Royal Wedding – it is time for a Jnolaism recap!

So let us start with the guest… who knew that all these A-list stars would come out for Meghan and Harry?? I sure as heck did not! Oprah, Serena Williams, Idris Elba, Posh & Becks… I mean the list goes onnnnnnn. Seeing the entire cast of Suits show up was also a plus because this is probably the last time Meghan will ever see these people!

Okay moving on to Meghans beautiful mama, Doria Ragland. From the first picture with Meghan in the car, to her sitting in the pew awaiting the arrival of her daughter walking down the aisle. The emotion on her face just made me want to hug her and never let go. You can see how overjoyed she is for Meghan and Harry!

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On to the main event (besides the wedding) – THE DRESS, Meghan Markle stepped out in custom made Givenchy all white off the shoulder gown. This dress got a lot of flack for being plain and conservative – while also not tailored correctly. Here is my opinion, Meghan does not seem like a show off type of girl (she has also been married before) – this dress was meant to be what it was. JUST A DRESS. This was the wedding of the century, a black American divorced actress married a Prince. Knowing (because I do very well) Meghan wanted you to focus on the details of the wedding that made it as a newscaster said ‘the most human royal wedding”. Would I wear this dress, no but I am also not marrying a Prince. Meghan looked beautiful and HAPPY – so at the end of the day she wins and all you trolls ( KATY PERRY) you lose!

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Last but not least – the ceremony. I found it to be EXACTLY what was needed, these were two people with two different backgrounds becoming one. From the Bishop Currys powerful sermon , to the choir singing ‘Stand By Me” and then the cellist – everything was beautiful and gave you hope. This wedding brought the Royal Family into the 21st century – Meghan has brought it out of the dark ages with just ONE DAY.

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Waking up early on Saturday watching along with the rest of the world – it was a pleasure to watch two people in love.

Xx,

J

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Fashion & Beauty

SIDEWALK STYLE

Another week – another sidewalk style! Here are all my favorites from last week!

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Alicia Vikander always looks like she just rolled out of bed with a fresh face! HATE HER – but love this look. The red turtle neck sweater is the perfect pop of color to go with these black jeans and flats. It is such relaxed look for a girl running errands on a Saturday.

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Sienna Miller always has the best sidewalk style! Her look to me is that cool mom who doesn’t work but has so much to do before picking her kids up from school. The girlfriend jeans are what make this look cozy, the combo of the striped collar shirt under the blue sweater means business. And the red Gucci flats (just like Alicia) give the look a pop of color.

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Jessica Chastain was leaving the airport and on her way to Cannes probably. Nothing I love more than a crisp white button down and a blue jean with a matching white sneaker! Throwing a leopard trench coat over this outfit set it all off and adding the Stella McCartney Shoulder bag makes this airport look chic!

Last week was all about making a bold statement with one piece! What will the next sidewalk style?

Until next time,

J

 

 

 

 

 

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Guilty Pleasure

The Royal Wedding Is Upon Us

In just 5 days Meghan Markel will be living the dream – no seriously this is MY DREAM!! She went from a regular girl in LA to an actress and now she is about to be FREAKING royalty.

As little girls we grow up hoping and wishing to one day be a princess. For some reason Meghan has made that dream come true for some us – just because technically I will not be walking down the isle. Doesn’t mean a girl cannot pretend, OK!

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At this moment I am sitting on my couch making sure that I DVR’d Sunday nights premiere of “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance”. This is something I REFUSE to miss because the Royal family interest me SO MUCH. Ever since I was old enough to understand the different theories of how Princess Diana died – I make it my mission to know everything and anything about them.

I even watched the Lifetime movie about William & Kate (I was not kidding about this addiction)! So now that it is Meghans turn, I make sure to not miss a beat about this wedding. I follow almost every important Meghan fan page on Twitter and Instagram.

So here is what I know:

  • As of now Meghan has not picked a maid of honor/bridesmaids
  • Her wedding gown is designed by Ralph & Russo
  • Prince William will be Harry’s best man (DUH!)
  • The service begins at 12pm on BBC

Stay tuned for my recap of the Royal wedding next week!

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Xx,

J

 

 

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What To Read Next

Reading has become one of new guilty pleasures over the past year. When I am not scrolling through Twitter , Instagram, E Online, Betches or watching E! or Bravo. I have a book in bag, on my night stand and in my hand at all times.

It is actually insane the amount of books I have – all because of Book Of the Month. Think Birchbox but for books – I know how exciting! I have been a memeber of this subscribtion for almost 2 years now and have not been disappointed by any of the books I have recieved.

I just finished reading Crazy Rich Asians ( I got this one from Barnes & Noble) – this book I finished in two weeks! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Gossip Girl, Dynasty and Monter-In-Law. You will not be disaapointed and to top it off the movie comes out in August. Everyone should hurry and cross this off their book list ASAP.

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Currently you can catch me with Then She Was Gone in my bag! I am only a few chapters in but I CANNOT put this book down. I got this from BOTM and have seen it posted all over Instagram, so of course I had to dive into this crime mystery. It reminds of a book I read last year called Good As Gone, which I think was the first book I ever got from BOTM!

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If you appreciate book , especiually hard covers – you should definitely join Book Of The Month! They have 4 new selections every month and you get it shipped right to your door – doesn’t get any better than that!

Happy reading!
Xx,

J

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Fashion & Beauty

TREAT YO SELF

I have a mantra and it is to always treat myself (probably why I am poor)! Anyway, I treat myself to a bi-weekly manicure and pedicure! Since I was about 9 years I have always had my nails done – it was just an outing that my mom and I always did together.

Flash forward and I am now 24 years old with my own go to salons and go to colors! It has become my favorite things to do, whether its to meet friends to catch up or to go alone in between errands!

Recently I have become OBSESSED with the Essie Gel Couture – it is similar to a regular manicure but last 10 – 14 days without damaging your nails the way regular gel does!  It is long lasting nail polish that keeps your nails healthy, I mean talk about a win – win.

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Do not worry about not finding the perfect color because Essie has more than enough options. And if the color you want has not been made into the gel couture yet, no worries! You can use regular Essie polish and use the Gel Couture top coat! I know, I know you owe me your first child. Here are a few of my go to colors:

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JNOLAISM FACT: Go buy your own top coat of the Essie Gel Couture from the drug store and keep it with you! Bring it with you to the nail salon that they do not charge you extra #SCAMMING

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