What This Week: March 13

March is well underway, which means we’ve now Sprung Forward and Spring is right around the corner. I spent some time laying in my hammock chair reading the Kindle this weekend, and it was glorious! Feeling the sun on my face is one of the greatest joys in my life, which is one of the reasons SoCal has my whole heart. I’m headed home to Louisiana this week where I hope to get a little humidity along with sunny days. I can’t wait to hug my people and eat all the things! Plus a little uninterrupted plane reading is sure to help me get caught up on the never-ending TBR. Find out which books I’ll be bingeing on the plane in this edition of What This Week: March 13.

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What This Week: Reading

This week I’m focused on finishing two chunky books that I’m really enjoying so far. I love a good thick book, especially books as engrossing as these. There’s nothing better than getting lost in a story, and these two authors are famous for writing highly immersive books. Both are historical fiction (shocker, right?), but the similarities seem to stop there.

All the Broken Places is the sequel to John Boyne’s infamous novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I never read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, so I was worried All the Broken Places would be difficult to follow, but it’s reading much like a stand-alone. I have to wonder if Boyne did that on purpose, fearing people may not read it if it was tied too closely to his highly controversial novel. I must admit, the main character, Gretel, isn’t easy to love, but that’s the point. I’m eager to see where this one goes, so be sure to stay tuned if you’re interested in my thoughts.

Two Wars and a Wedding is the latest from Lauren Willig, and I am LOVING it so far! I’ve only read the first 10%, but it’s very much my kinda book already. Willig’s character development is exceptional, and her bold, bright female main characters are easy to love. Set between two timelines in 1896 and 1898, the book is a story of unlikely friendship during a time of upheaval.

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Pic of the Week: My New Favorite Mug from Crystal Falls Pottery

What This Week: Watching

Mando is back, and I couldn’t be happier. Nothing puts a smile on my face like Baby Yoda. If you’re looking for a fun new show to dive into, The Mandalorian should definitely be on your radar. Not only is the show great fun for Star Wars fans, the who’s who cast and lovable characters make it a fun stand-alone series to watch even if you’re not a Star Wars fan. Be aware though, you’ll want to watch a few episodes of The Book of Boba Fett in order to better understand what happens between the end of season 2 and the beginning of season 3. Episodes 5, 6, & 7 of Boba Fett will help put the pieces together and make the new season even more enjoyable. This one is super family-friendly, too!

What This Week: Beauty Finds

My beauty regimen has simplified over the years. There were days in the past when I wore SO much makeup, but lately, I’m likely to go makeup-free most days. So when I do put on makeup I prefer it to look and feel light, breezy, and simple. I love sharing makeup that fits the bill here in hopes that other women will find beauty brands that help to highlight their natural beauty! Here are my current go-to beauty finds that I use to create an age-appropriate, effortless look.

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Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil
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Benefit Brow Microfilling Pen
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Benefit They’re Real Magnet, Extreme Lengthening Mascara
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Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Eyeshadow Stick
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Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil
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Ilia Multi-Stick Cream Blush & Highlighter

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