GoodReads

I enjoy keeping up to date on all the trends and latest happenings in social media. Last year I blogged about Pinterest. My most recent obsession is GoodReads.

What is GoodReads exactly? It is a social network for bookworms, like myself. On GoodReads, you can share what books you’ve read, your reviews, and what you are currently reading. Have you ever been in one of those instances where you’re at a bookstore and you can’t remember the name of the books you’ve wanted to read? (I’ve been there. Many times.) GoodReads has that covered with a handy “to read” list.

And best of all, this is a social network so you can add your friends and their lists! Think the book that your friend is reading is interesting? Add it to your list!

There is also an app for the iPhone and Android. So if you’re at a party discussing books (what? that doesn’t happen to you? ) you can quickly jot down the names.

Check out my GoodReads shelf here!

Are you on GoodReads?

All About TOMS

Remember how I blogged about needing a new pair of flats? Well, I still need some! I looked everywhere – Aldo, DSW, and Payless to no avail. I figured I would just continue wearing my boots throughout winter and resume the search for a pair of flats in the spring.

Well, then it hit me..why not get a pair of TOMS? I’m sure you most of have heard about them already, but if not let me explain. TOMS sells footwear with a One-for-One policy. What this means is: for every pair of shoes purchased, a pair of shoes will be donated to a child in need. Pretty cool.

TOMS are also known to be amazingly comfortable and yes, stylish to boot. Check out some of my favorites below!

Psst, for those that love ballet flats such as myself, TOMS will be coming out with a line this Spring! Sign up here so that you will be notified when they arrive online.

Hand Drawn Dots in Metallic

Glitter Shoes in Blue

Morocco Classic

Do you own a pair of TOMS? Which ones are they and do you like them?

From Blogger to Business

I am always in awe when I read stories about people who have taken their blog and made it into a full-time business. With so many blogs out there, it makes me wonder why certain blogs succeed. But I realized that there is no formula (I wish it were otherwise!).

The blogs below have a few key things in common: they target a niche, and provide fun, innovative content every day.

Here are some of my favorite blogs, who have turned their hobby into a full-time job and in some instances, much more.

Cupcakes and Cashmere – Emily started her blog while she was working at Teen Vogue. It became an instant hit with posts about fashion, recipes, home decor, and more. She has since left Teen Vogue to focus solely on her blog. She has designed a Coach bag and even has a book coming out later this year.

MissMalini – MissMalini is touted as India’s gossip girl. Her and her team basically get paid to attend events and hobnob with Bollywood’s finest. Sounds like the best job ever right? MissMalini is taking branding to a whole new level. Here is an article the Huffington Post did on her just last week.

Sugar– Sugar is a San Francisco based online global network geared just towards women. It started as a blog (created by Lisa Sugar) about all things entertainment and pop culture.  Lisa and her husband took it to the next level and now they have 130 employees!

What do you think about blogs turned into businesses? I’d love to hear your comments!

Fancy Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches were my favorite growing up (along with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches). I still enjoy eating one, but like to think my tastes have refined a little. Now with gourmet grilled cheese all the rage (like at The Melt) it inspired me to experiment with a classic.

As with last time, I used ingredients that were already in the fridge to create a unique and flavorful sandwich.

The spread: Trader Joe’s sourdough bread, pepper jack cheese, pesto, and an onion

The assembly: I like making pieces of cheese so that it spread all over the bread, getting all gooey and oozes cheese.

The finished product.

Do you like grilled cheese? What is your favorite variation on the sandwich staple?

Favorite New Shows

As a follow up to this post, I thought I would share two of my favorite new shows from this TV season.

Once Upon a Time, Sundays on ABC at 8 PM

The premise: the small town of Storybrooke is occupied from characters of fairy tales, only they do not know their real identity due to a

curse casted by the Evil Queen. Snow White’s daughter, Emma Swan, is the only person who can put and end to the curse or so her biological son says. She does not believe him. The best thing about this show is how the fairy tale world and the real world are so thoughtfully woven together. It is so great to see Snow White in her castle in the fairy tale world and to see the reality Snow White as an elementary school teacher. The little details are what make this show so fun to watch.

Revenge, Wednesdays on ABC at 10 PM

This show is my guilty pleasure. It is soapy, but honestly so addicting. Amanda Clarke moves back to the Hamptons to seek revenge on all those that wrongfully accused her (late) father of being a terrorist. It is so entertaining to see her taking down her filthy rich neighbors, one by one, in such elaborate schemes. The best part is that no one knows she is Amanda Clarke or that she is the one reeking havoc. I fully cannot wait until both of those things are revealed, which according to sources should be this season. Although I have to wonder how the show will go on after the big reveal. I am looking forward to finding out!

What are your favorite shows from this year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Thai Red Curry

I am a huge fan of Thai food. Like huge. If I was having a “last meal” of sorts, Thai food would definitely be on that list (so would CPK’s tostada pizza.)

It’s only until recently (the last 10 years) that I really started my love affair with Thai food and only until very recently (the past year) that I started cooking it.

I was intimidated at first, but it is actually pretty easy. All you really need are two things: coconut milk and red curry paste, which you can pick up at any grocery store or Asian supermarket. You can add vegetables and/or tofu to the mix.

Here is a good detailed recipe.

Do you like Thai food? What is your favorite dish and have you made it at home?

Beauty Products

I have been lucky enough to be blessed with some good skin. Other than the occasional pimples every once in a while, I have no problems or complaints. I still used MAC’s StudioFix as a way to give my skin a uniform look. But it wasn’t until last month when I discovered tinted moisturizer.

What is tinted moisturizer? It is a lightweight formula that adapts to the color of your skin, giving you a finished and glowy look. They also have SPF, to help with anti-aging.

I am currently using Origins’ Vita Zing tinted moisturizer. I have recently become a big fan of Origins products as they are all natural.

I use Vita Zing Moisturizer  for days when I am out and about, running errands, or get togethers with family and friends. I apply MAC Studio Fix for work, birthdays, parties, and nights out. Revlon ColorStay is for special occasions such as weddings, engagements, etc.

Do you use tinted moisturizer? What is your favorite brand?

(P.S. Some of my other favorite Origins products are Cheeks and Balances face wash and Modern Friction. If you don’t want to buy their products right away, go to your nearest store and ask for a sample. They are very generous!)