good reads

the cuckoo’s calling

Genre: mystery


The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

 After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

Why you should read it:
For anyone who is stuck in a reading rut, or having a hard time getting into a book, this book does not disappoint. The plot and character development is excellent and is definitely a page turner until the very last page! As someone who usually steers clear of murder mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed how tastefully this book was written. It is not at all graphic or gory, has an amazingly suspenseful story which makes it perfect to be adapted into a movie.
I highly recommend this book to anyone.
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lush rosy cheeks fresh face mask




I wanted to break out of my mask of maganminty comfort zone and try another lush mask. Though I did enjoy the free BB seaweed mask I got after recycling my lush containers, I didn’t find it was anything to write home about. So I decided to go with the rosy cheeks mask, simply because I loved the smell of it at the store. I am a sucker for anything rose scented and this mask combines fresh rose and clay, which to equals a deep cleanse plus soothing and toning qualities.

So how did I like it? I really loved it! The soothing rose scent combined with the clay makes this mask effective in cleansing skin while being gentle enough to use at least twice a week.

From the website:

Find the happiness you seek by cleansing cheek to cheek with this gorgeously soothing fresh mask. A simple blend of kaolin, calamine and Turkish rose oil to delicately calm the skin and restore balance. Whether you’re feeling hot and bothered or just fancy showering your complexion with roses, cleansing calamine and kaolin will gently remove dirt while exquisite rose oil nourishes and tones your face. Calm, matte skin, here you come!


Calamine Powder ,  Glycerine ,  Kaolin ,  Rose Clay (Kaolinite) ,  Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia) ,  Fragrance ,  Rose Oil (Rosa damascena) ,  *Benzyl Alcohol ,  Lilial *Citronellol, *Geraniol . *Occurs naturally in essential oils
I leave this mask on for 5-10 minutes, which is how long it takes to dry. After rinsing, my skin is left clean, smooth and smelling of roses:) I follow with a moisturizer such as Clinique moisture surge or Estee lauder revitalizing supreme.  I will definitely be repurchasing this mask and look forward to trying more Lush masks.
*Note– this is a  fresh mask and therefore needs to be refrigerated.
What are some of your favorite face masks? I don’t think I could ever pick just one!
Love this mask? Then try the aqua marina face and body cleanser which contains both calamine and kaoline, like rosy cheeks.




beauty · food · music · photography · travel

my world.

fuller houseFull house was hands down my favorite show when I was growing up. It’s probably one of the best “feel good” shows out there and I cherish it so much because it reminds of Friday nights sitting in front of the TV with my sister and indulging in our “TGIF” programming. I loved every minute of it! So when my sister told me that Fuller House was coming out, I couldn’t wait. I have to admit that watching the first episode did make me a bit teary eyed– it brought back so many sweet memories. I felt like I had grown up with DJ, Michelle and Stephanie! The most heart warming part of all, though, is that now my nephew loves Full House and binge watched all the Fuller House episodes with my sister:)

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Foam WashThis face wash is great for anyone who loves the original Cetaphil but wishes it would lather. This is more of a foam wash rather than your typical soap like cleanser and unlike anything I have ever used in the past. It does what it says and smells great. I’ve been using it day and night and haven’t reached for any of my other cleansers. It leaves my skin soft, smooth and clean- but not that squeaky clean I like to avoid (we don’t want to strip our natural oils). Also it costs under $10.

QueenI have always enjoyed watching Kangana Ranaut for her dramatic roles in movies such as Katti Batti and Fashion, but seeing her do comedy was such a pleasure. She really makes this movie as great as it is, simply because of her authenticity. This is a light hearted film which will have you hooked from its opening song.  Well done once again, Kangana. This girl can act.

Verina peplum topI recently purchased this blouse from Anthropologie after falling in love with the pattern. I can’t wait to wear it with cropped skinny jeans and booties or strappy nude sandals in the spring. A piece like this makes it effortless to look put together. I am a sucker for Anthro blouses(…and dresses…and sweaters…and jewelry…and home decor…and bedding- oh boy.)


kava cafe.  We recently went here for our java fix and were not disappointed. This place has a laid back vibe, isn’t too loud and the coffee definetely delivers. Being across the street from the Highline, you would think it attracts lots of tourists but it was surprisingly low key on a Saturday afternoon. We ordered a Macchiato and a Cortado.

falooda at junoon. Everything we ordered was excellent, but this was my favorite part of our prix fixe meal. The next time you’re in the neighborhood, go here and order the Falooda for dessert. The photo does it absolutely no justice. Thank me later.