china rich girlfriend

china rich girlfriend 

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Synopsis: “It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle.

Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren’t just crazy rich … they’re China rich.”

Why I liked it: Just when I thought these crazy Asians couldn’t get any richer, Kwan manages to create a whole new cast of even crazier rich Asians- only this time rich Singapore meets rich China. A highly entertaining beach read and I think a must if you read Crazy rich Asians.

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the fault in our stars

The fault in our stars-  

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I found myself without a book on our way to Puerto Rico, after having finished China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel to Crazy rich Asians, both of which I found to be highly entertaining. Since I cannot be on a beach without a  good read, my husband came to the rescue (he is my real life hero), and suggested we pick up a book for me at the airport once we landed in Isla Verde. He picked out this read, and though he refuses to read it, after seeing me tear up while reading as we flew back to New York, I highly recommend this book. It deals with a tough topic with wit, humor and kindness. Now I have to convince my husband to watch the movie with me. I can’t watch it alone, can I??

One of my favorite parts of this book is set in Amsterdam, which also happens to be on the most magical places I’ve ever been.

ride or die makeup tag

When I first thought to do this makeup tag, I didn’t know how challenging it would be to pick only ONE item from each category as my ride or die. So let’s say hypothetically, we were all leaving planet Earth in search of life elsewhere, and I could only take these one of these makeup products from each category, what would I choose? Well here is what I came up with. This tag was super fun and if you’re reading this, then I tag YOU! Please let me know what you’re ride or die makeup loves are.

Primer || Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light

Foundation || Estée LauderDouble Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

Concealer || NARSRadiant Creamy Concealer

Face Powder || Estée LauderDouble Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup

Undereye Setting Powder || e.l.f. HD Undereye Concealer Setting Powder

Blush || Benefit CosmeticsRockateur Box o’ Powder Blush

Bronzer || Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer

Mascara || Too FacedBetter Than Sex Mascara

Eyeliner || Hourglass1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

Eye shadow palette ||  Too FacedNatural Matte Eye Palette

Lipliner || MAKE UP FOR EVERAqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 2C- Rosewood 

Lipstick || Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Naturally Chic 

Liquid Lipstick || Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Lip Gloss || Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté in 103 Opium Persan

Setting Spray || CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Face Spray

Perfume || CHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLE

Sincerely, 

Surleen 

modern lovers

Modern Lovers

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I love Emma Straub’s writing style and her realistic perspective. Her stories aren’t necessarily “feel good” yet they are still filled with optimism and hope. Life isn’t perfect and Straub is able to create imperfect characters who you still find yourself rooting for. It’s rare for me to find a book that I stay up late reading. This was one of them.

Here is the official synopsis:

Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.

Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed.

Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions—be they food, or friendship, or music—never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us.

Take home message from the book for me– None of us have it all figured out, but that’s the beauty of life.

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