Welcome to rebeccalife.com! Navigating rebeccalife.com is easy and you can still find all the posts and category's you loved from EasyDress and EasyBite in the drop down menus. Click Here if you need help navigating. Happy Browsing!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Goodness Me Box Introduction and November Box Review

We've all heard of monthly subscription boxes, I've been subscribed to many of them over the past few years but Goodness Me Box is a little different. Instead of beauty products Goodness Me sends you a lovely little box each month filled with healthful food. I gave it a go this month to see what it was all about. 

The sign up process was easy, I set up a month-by-month automatic payment through PayPal. After signing up I was prompted to take a short survey to disclose my eating preferences and any restrictions I have in place (gluten-free, vegan, etc).

I've been keeping an eye on what other people have received in the boxes on social media and there have been a couple of different ones that were sent out this month. Everything I received in my box was vegan and I am presuming it was done on purpose because I said that I only ate vegan food in my sign up survey. Goodness Me box does say that they will try to be accommodating to all food preferences but there may be months that you receive something you're uninterested in trying and I'm okay with that. 

I have to say that I am really impressed with the selection in the November box. The $25 price tag was a little steep for just a 'sample' box but I'm really happy with the value I received.

November Box

The first thing I saw when I opened the box was the Sam Mills Gluten Free Fettuccine. I love Sam Mills pasta and eat it several times a week but I've never seen it in any 'spaghetti' form before, only in penne and spirals. It's made of 100% corn meal and it tastes incredible. I haven't gone back to eating regular pasta since I found it. I'm not a gluten free eater but Sam Mills pasta is just that good. This product is 500g (full size) and retails for about $2.99.

To compliment the pasta I also received a box of Ceres Organics Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice.  The brand says that their unique 'box' style packaging keeps the product fresh without additives so you get an authentic taste upon opening. I've never seen this brand before but I use tinned tomatoes all the time so I'll definitely get use out of this. The product is 390g (full size) and retails for $3.15.

Moving onto some delicious snacks you'll also find a Luv Sum Chocolate Chia and Nut Energy Ball hiding away in the box. I've seen these posted so many times on Instagram but never actually seen them in a store myself so I'm glad I get a chance to try it for myself. They're packed with antioxidants, omega-3 and protein so they're great for a quick hunger busting snack. The product is 43g (full size) and retails for $3.50.

Next you'll find little snack sized pouch of Bite Smart Paprika Dusted Cashews, Pepitas and Chick Peas. They're a great fibre hit during the day and are convenient to keep in your car or handbag for a quick snack. I'm eating them as I type this in fact. The snack pouch is 35g (full size) and retails for $3.50.

I always make my own granola because finding a vegan one is difficult but I'm excited to try the Mama Bickie's Grain-O-La that came inside the box. It's made from oats, nuts, maple syrup and coconut and is made in a completely gluten free environment so it's wonderful for those with sensitivities. The granola is a snack sized sample, the full sized 420g box retails for $15.20 so I estimate this 75g sample to be about $2.70 in value. 

Next I received an old favourite, Camu Powder from Bioglan. I've used Camu powder before but the price tag puts me off of repurchasing it as often as I'd like too. Camu is a 'superfood' that boasts about it's ridiculously high level of vitamin C. It's a fantastic immunity boosting supplement, it's filled with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It's often referred to as a 'beauty supplement' because it has wonderful effect on the skin. I'm glad I received it, I love using Camu powder in my smoothies. The product is 100g (full size) and retails for $26.99.

I think I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like coconut water. Is that weird? Either way I received a can of Nakula Organic Coconut Water inside my Goodness Me box. Coconut Water is absolutely wonderful for you but I personally can't drink it straight up. I'll use this in smoothies though, I'm thinking some kind of coconut water and pineapple pina-colada breakfast. This product is 330ml (full size) and retails for $3.95.

Then we're left with a few samples. Higher Living put 6 organic tea bags in the box, I've never heard of the brand before but I drink tea a few times a week so I'll give it a go. I'm especially interested in the Cacao and Chili tea! A box of 15 tea bags retails for $3.96 so with 6 bags this adds about $1.60 in value to the box. 

And last of all, a cute little sample of Norbu Natural Sweetener. This sweetener is made from Monk fruit and has 96% less calories than sugar. It's promoted as being fructose free and non-GMO. It's great if you follow one of those 'sugar free' diets but that's not for me. I'll try it and see if it adds an interesting flavour to my food. A box of 40 sachets retails at $4.99 which means this sample adds $0.12c to the box. 

I'm actually thrilled with Goodness Me box, I'll use all of these products, almost everything was full size and I received a great combination of foods. $25 may be higher than most monthly subscription boxes but when it contains almost $50 worth of products that I will actually use I'm more than happy to keep my subscription going. 

I'll review the box again next month and see if Goodness Me keeps up their awesome value!

Animal disclaimer:
All of the products mentioned are vegan friendly. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Current Favourite TV Loves

Yes, yes, yes! Spring has sprung which means all of my favourite TV shows are returning. There's nothing quite like cuddling up on the couch at the end of the day with a cup of herbal tea and diving into someone else's life for a few moments. Here's a look at just a few of my current faves:

The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project is one of the best television shows ever made. There, I said it. It has comedy perfectly suited to my humour, it has characters I want as my best friends and Mindy Kaling is basically super woman in the television world. The show revolves around a modern day obstetrician (Mindy) and her constant quest for love while balancing a hectic personal and professional life. It's perfectly timed comedy and it's fantastic.

Witches of East End
I've only just found this show but I've already binge watched my way through the first half of season one. The story revolves around a family of witches, the two adult daughters have only just learnt of their powers and the curses that haunt their family. It's kind of a mix between The Vampire Diaries and an adult Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It's a light drama with some really good plot lines.

To say I was excited for Gotham to start would be a serious understatement. I was ecstatic, especially with the casting of Ben McKenzie as James Gordon. Perfect! The story is set in the city of Gotham before there was Batman, before Penguin, before Catwoman, before everything. I've been watching it on iTunes but the series will be premiering in Australia this week and even if you're not a Batman fan I suggest giving the show a chance.

This is a brand new sitcom and I believe it doesn't start in Australia for another few months but it's available to purchase on the US iTunes store. It's basically 500 Days of Summer turned into a TV show. Only two episodes have aired so far but I'm really enjoying the story. In the beginning of episode one we're told that the two characters, Andrew and Zelda, will date for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. After that, we have no idea what happens. The series is supposed to delve deep into their relationship and everything that goes right or goes completely wrong.

Vampire Diaries
This series is jumping into it's sixth season and after the final amazing episodes at the end of season five I am so excited to see where these characters are going. It keeps getting darker, more twisted and leaves really exciting cliff hangers. I thought that season five was the best yet so I have huge expectations for season six.

The Good Wife
My boyfriend and I watched our way through 5 seasons of The Good Wife in a little over a month, once we started it didn't take long for us to become absolutely hooked. The drama follows Alicia, a litigator returning to work when her States Attorney husband is put behind bars due to a sex and corruption scandal. I really enjoy Alicia, I like seeing this type of female lead where relationships are still relative but the main focus is on her talent as a lawyer and how she translates this into her personal life.

An honorable mention needs to go to Awkward which has been so hilarious this season. To the new ABC sitcom Selfie which had a really great first episode. Brooklyn Nine Nine, Big Bang Theory and Modern Family all get shout outs for their consistent brilliance.

I'm still waiting for 2 Broke Girls and Suits to return but they are two of my absolute favourite shows and I know they're not going to disappoint.

What shows are you hooked on at the moment? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter on Instagram @ohrebeccalife

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Go To Skincare! Properly Clean and Exfoliating Swipies Review!

You only need to take one glance at my bathroom shelf to see that I am a skincare junkie. I have more cleansers, moisturisers, toners and exfoliators than any woman needs but I can't help it, I'm always hunting for the best. Another (slightly more notable) skincare junkie is is Zoe Foster-Blake and when she announced she was releasing her own skincare line the whole internet got themselves dizzy with excitement.

There are only three things you need to look for in skin care. It should be simple, natural and effective. Zoe claims to have mastered all three with her natural skincare line Go-To Skincare so I didn't hesitate in ordering. I received these products on April 4th which means I've been trialing them for five months and have just used up the products entirely.

Properly Clean Foam Cleanser

First I have to squash the first picky thing about this product. Almost every review I've seen mentions that they 'don't usually like foaming cleansers but this one's great!'

Foaming cleansers are a gel formula that foams while you rub it onto your face, they're almost always created for oily skin and they're quite stripping and drying. This is not a foaming cleanser. It's a water based cleanser that happens to have a foaming pump. Cool? Cool.

Properly Clean claims to be for all skin types and I have to agree. There is nothing stripping or drying about the product (great for dry skin) and it also doesn't promote too much moisture in your skin either (great for oily skin). It just does exactly what it says it will. It properly cleans your skin.

My oily/sensitive skin has kept calm while using Properly Clean, the natural fragrance hasn't caused any irritation and the scent doesn't linger. Properly Clean will suit any skin type and is great for guys too. One pump is enough to cleanse my face and neck.

It doesn't claim to be a make up remover so I never expected it to be. I've seen several reviews that say it will remove make up but in my experience it won't. I tried removing foundation with it and even after two cleanses I could still take more foundation off with my usual make up remover. I tried removing eye make up with it but it couldn't break through my mascara. This isn't a negative point though, it's a cleanser, not a make up remover and I've never found a cleanser that removes make up completely. I recommend removing your make up first and then cleansing your skin. 

It's a fantastic product and has a very affordable price tag. I'd definitely recommend it to any of my friends.

Exfoliating Swipies

Exfoliating is both my favourite and least favourite part of skin care. I love fresh, clean skin but the feeling of stripping back layers of healthy skin isn't something that appeals to me. A gentle, non abrasive exfoliator is the perfect solution to this dilemma and Go-To Skincare has hit the nail on the head (or face?) with the Exfoliating Swipies. The active ingredient is lactic acid, one of the most gentle AHA's, and the added aloe vera immediately calms the skin while exfoliating.

The cotton pads make application so easy, just take a pad out of the container and gently swipe it over your face for a minute. Rinse and follow with your cleanser*

This exfoliator is absolutely incredibly. I love that I don't need to scrub my face and buff away dead skin cells, the lactic acid in this product does it all for you and it's so gentle and mild that you can practically hear birds chirping as you use it. 

As opposed to other cleansers that have plastic 'microbeads' that scrub at your skin and then get washed down the drain, these exfoliating swipies don't contribute to lake pollution. Did you know that's actually a thing? Lakes are becoming congested with all those little plastic beads in exfoliators. 

Anyway, would I repurchase? Yes, yes, yes. I think I may have found my holy grail exfoliator. 

Other products

I won't be purchasing the Very Useful Face Cream or the Exceptionoil because I don't like shea butter (sorry!) and they both contain beeswax. I did purchase the Lips! lip balm and while it has to be said that it tastes amazing (like can someone make this into an edible syrup please?) my lips weren't a fan. I have been using it as a cuticle balm though and it's been working really well however I won't repurchase because of the non-vegan ingredients. 

I'm excited to see what other products Go To comes out with. Zoe is always yelling at everyone to use rose hip oil so perhaps releasing her own will be on the cards. I'd also be interested to see what she could do with the idea of a natural tinted moisturiser or sunscreen (no shea butter please).

All in all, great brand, great products and I'm excited to see what's next. 

*While a lot of skincare instructions ask that you cleanse then exfoliate, I personally choose and advise that you cleanse after exfoliating, then follow with a moisturiser. This means that any dead skin cells are removed and the new skin is properly cleansed. 

Cruelty-free disclaimer: 
Go To Skincare does not test on animals. My analysis of both of these products is that they're vegan however the brand also manufactures products that aren't vegan (lanolin, beeswax).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I owe you an explanation..

Hey there,

It's been a while so I thought I better write you a letter and explain myself before I continue blogging as if nothing ever happened.

I'm a big believer in doing what makes you happy and an even bigger believer that what makes you happy can always change. We grow, we learn and things that used to be so important to us just stop having any significance. New things come in and take over, new interests develop and life starts taking you down a path you'd never even thought about before.

This isn't a break up letter and it's definitely not a goodbye. It's an introduction to who I am now and what new parts of my life I want to share with you. 2014 has been a great year for me, I've learnt so much about life, about the decisions I make and found things I am so passionate about.

At the beginning of the year I merged my two blogs into this all inclusive website. I had started feeling like the beauty content on EasyDress.org wasn't the most interesting thing for me and that I just didn't have time to devote to writing about food on EasyBite.org. The idea was that this blog could be about beauty but also about anything else I cared to write about. I got pretty lost along the way. Every time I'd write a post it had no passion. I'd think of new topics and start to write about them but get bored part way through. The pressure to continue writing like I was writing for EasyDress.org was strong, I didn't want to disappoint myself but even more then that I didn't want to disappoint you by providing mediocre content. I took an unplanned break from blogging. It wasn't my intention, it just happened and I'm sorry I gave you no warning.

With a new focus and a better understanding on what I want to write about I'm ready to write for you again. Beauty is still something I enjoy and you're guaranteed to see plenty of beauty content but there's also a lot more I want to share with you. My lifestyle has moved into living cruelty-free and I will write about this change in more detail later. It means that a lot of brands will no longer have a place on RebeccaLife.com and that's okay, I no longer feel pressure to write about products that may be wonderful to use but have morals I don't believe in behind them.

I hope you understand my absence and I really hope you enjoy the new direction I intend to take this blog. I think you'll have a lot of fun here. As always, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram (@ohrebeccalife) or send me an email at friends@rebeccalife.com.

Your friend,

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

3 Month Reading Wrap Up - Jan/Feb/Mar

My 2014 Goodreads goal is to read 40 books, 10 more than my goal for 2013. So far I'm on track but keeping up isn't as easy as I thought it would be when the weather is so lovely and I want to spend my afternoons frolicking in the grass rather than reading. I'm counting on the winter months to keep me on track. 

This is a reading wrap up for January, February and March. There are a couple that I'm going to write full length reviews on in the next week or so but until then, here's what I've read so far..

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - 5/5
Such a well written novel and a really lovely story as well. The author did a fantastic job of giving each character their own identity and letting them just touch on mixing with each other. I feel like I bonded really well with Park and his age appropriate naivety. Eleanor is a completely different character from a traumatic home who's barely holding it together. A brilliant young adult novel I'd recommend to anyone.

Paper Towns by John Green - 3.5/5
In typical John Green fashion, this book was one that I just couldn't put down. It tells the story of Quentin who's catapulted into the world of Margo, a childhood friend he'd grown apart from through high school. She rocks up at his house dressed in all black in the middle of the night and takes him on a wild night of revenge. The next day Margo is missing and Quentin is convinced that she has left clues for him to find her. The book follows Quentin's search for Margo and the friends he brings with him along the way. The story was great, don't get me wrong, but it was a little anti-climatic for me.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton - 3/5
I'll be honest, I chose this book because the lead female and I are both Interior Designers so I figured we're kindred spirits. There were so many things I didn't like about this book but the over all story was pretty great. I liked both of the main characters but I hated the way they interacted with each other, the words they said didn't fit in with their personalities and the attempt at dry-wit left something to be desired but underneath the misplaced over-confidence and the occasional annoying creative lack (she was wearing a pink night dress when they met so his uber-creative nickname for her throughout the book was 'pink nighty girl', argh!) the author played out the relationships really well. I liked the pace they moved at and the way the characters fell together. More books from this series are coming out this year and I'll probably read them.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - 4/5
I read Catching Fire after seeing the movie because, like most book-to-movie transitions there were a few things that didn't make sense to me and the book certainly helped to clarify a few key points in the story. Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games series and I'll avoid writing spoilers for the first book and just say that I liked it and you should give the series a go if you haven't already.

Dear Girls Above Me by Charlie McDowell - 3/5
Audible recommended this book to me based on my previous listening and I downloaded it blindly with no clue what it was about. Apparently it's based off a successful twitter feed where the author tweets conversations between his upstairs neighbours, two ditzy girls who have the best of intentions but lack the ability to pull it off. The book was okay but some of the conversations just seem too stupid to have actually happened. Maybe I just have too much faith in people but it would be my best guess that most of the conversations are fiction. Either way, it was light and entertaining to listen too.

Breathe by Abbi Glines - 1/5

See that lovely, soft, romantic cover to the left, that was what it looked like when I was browsing through Audible searching for my next listen. When it downloaded, however, the cover had changed to this delightful image:

Should have been my first clue to delete the book and cut my losses. The second clue should have been when I was in Target and picked up the book (still with the original cover) thinking 'wonder why the cover changed' and read the words 'Erotica' on the back. The third and final clue should have been in the first chapter when it's revealed that the lead female is only seventeen. Ick. I'm fine with mild sex scenes in books but the scenes between a 17 year old girl and a 20 something guy just didn't sit right with me. I don't need to know about it. It's a slow story line where a poor house cleaner falls in love with the 'Justin Bieber' of this fiction world and they call each other 'baby' and have sex all the time. That's basically it. The structure of the novel is written to target a much younger audience (12-15) but the content is obviously not appropriate for that age range. All in all I don't recommend.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - 3/5
It took me so long to get into this novel and I think it's because I went in with expectations that no one could have actually met. I've loved the previous two Rainbow Rowell novels I've read and many of my friends had gushed over Fangirl so I started reading and expected to be gripped in immediately. In reality, it's never taken me so long to read a book because I just kept waiting for something to shake me and it never happened. The story was good and in true Rainbow Rowell style, the writing is fantastically structured. I'm probably going to read this book again later in the year because I think it was unfair to me to open the book with the unrealistic expectations I had.

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card - 5/5
I watched the movie one Saturday night and read the novel the next day. This was one of my favourite books in primary school after it was given to me by a teacher. It's has a brilliant core story line of elite, fiercely intelligent children who are trained to secure the world against an alien race. When Ender Wiggin is drafted into the training program his skills make him a leader in school and the battle room. It's a brilliant novel for teenagers, especially for alternatively gifted teens who struggle to fit in. Having said that, it's a great read for all ages and is a fantastic, easy to follow introduction into dystopian reading.

Unwind by Neil Schusterman - 4/5
This book had been on my to-read list for 2013 but I just never got around to it. I'd started reading it a couple of times and then put it back because the opening scenes didn't grab me. Eventually though I settled into it and gave it a good chance to grab me which, low and behold, it did. The book takes place after the second civil war far in the future where parents are given the choice to 'Unwind' their children between the ages of 13 and 18. The children are taken to harvest camps and all of their organs, skin, limbs, etc are taken for donation. The governing bodies in the book insist that it is not death because all parts of the child live on in a different body. The main characters were sent to be unwound and are now on the run. 
The book is told in third person which makes it easy to follow considering I lost count of how many perspectives the story was told in. The only thing I didn't like about the book were the occasional references to present day (such as mentioning a Lakers game). It pulls me out of the dystopian world and back into the real world. But you already know that I'm picky about this one little fault in dystopian stories.

Monday, March 17, 2014

DIY Skin Recharging & Hydrating Body Scrub!

I won't lie, I have a drawer full of body products and among them are a half dozen body scrubs. It's not that these scrubs are bad, in fact most of them are quite good, but I always come back to this simple, DIY body scrub that I can make in a matter of minutes in my kitchen.

I'm absolutely a sucker for home made or natural products and I love using coconut oil on my skin to nourish, hydrate and sooth any irritation. I've never had any adverse reaction to using coconut oil on my skin but if you are prone to body acne then it would be best to patch test it first.

This scrub leaves my skin so incredibly smooth and soft that you need to try it to believe it. It contains skin toning coffee to buff away any dry skin, smooth your skins surface and it has also been said that coffee will help to fight away pesky cellulite. Sugar adds a little extra 'oomph' to scrub away at any rough patches of skin without drying it out.

Follow on Bloglovin 

EasyDress.org and EasyBite.org will no longer be updated, you can read more about this decision in the post below or by visiting my new blog www.rebeccalife.com

 Can't wait to see you on the new blog!

DIY Skin Recharging & Hydrating Body Scrub!

I won't lie, I have a drawer full of body products and among them are a half dozen body scrubs. It's not that these scrubs are bad, in fact most of them are quite good, but I always come back to this simple, DIY body scrub that I can make in a matter of minutes in my kitchen.

I'm absolutely a sucker for home made or natural products and I love using coconut oil on my skin to nourish, hydrate and sooth any irritation. I've never had any adverse reaction to using coconut oil on my skin but if you are prone to body acne then it would be best to patch test it first.

This scrub leaves my skin so incredibly smooth and soft that you need to try it to believe it. It contains skin toning coffee to buff away any dry skin, smooth your skins surface and it has also been said that coffee will help to fight away pesky cellulite. Sugar adds a little extra 'oomph' to scrub away at any rough patches of skin without drying it out.

It's simple but incredibly effective, here's how you make it.

You'll need

1/4 cup of ground coffee, I have a coffee grinder but you can buy pre-ground coffee at your supermarket. It's important that you use coffee grounds, not instant coffee. You're not going to drink it so don't worry about quality, cheap is fine.
2 tablespoons of liquid coconut oil, You can use avocado or olive oil if you don't have coconut oil but coconut oil really is the best for your skin.
1 1/2 tablespoons of caster sugar, Regular sugar is fine but it will be more course, take a little extra care when scrubbing your skin.

Mix together until you have a paste and you're ready to go.

I apply it in my shower before I turn the water on to control the mess. Coffee grounds have a way of flying across the room. I start by scrubbing my thighs and legs, right down to my ankles. I like these areas to have a longer chance to tone. I then move onto my arms and shoulders before finishing with my back, chest and stomach.

I like to leave the scrub on for about 10 minutes before rinsing. This gives the caffeine a chance to stimulate your skin and the coconut oil gets to hydrate properly. Think of it as a mask for your body.

When 10 minutes is up, I rinse the scrub off (it comes off very easily, even with the coconut oil) and use my regular body wash.

After I shower I always take a little bit of coconut oil and use it as a moisturiser. A tiny bit goes a long way.

If you don't use all the scrub it will store well in an airtight jar or container for 3-4 weeks. Remember that coconut oil sets hard in colder temperatures so you may need to melt it again by either submerging the jar into warm water for 2-3 minutes or zapping it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.

If you make this incredible body scrub let me know what you think of it in the comments below or tag me on twitter or instagram with @ohrebeccalife.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

You Need This: Sukin Organics Hydrating Mist Toner

My skin is typically oily so by mid-afternoon my face is in need of a little TLC. I'll use blotting film over my T-Zone, a dust of powder over my nose and then spritz this heavenly mist to rehydrate my skin and make it look like I've just applied my make up. Really, it's that good.

I love a good mist and this Hydrating Mist Toner from Sukin doesn't disappoint. It combines two of my favourite skin care ingredients, Rose Water and Chamomile, to hydrate, tone and energise the skin as well as calm any skin irritations. Rose Water is a staple in my skin care routine and I love that I have easy access to it with this mist.

It also contains glycerin which instantly refreshes make up. A glycerin spray over make up touch ups will stop it from looking cakey or feeling heavy, it adds a dewy glow to your skin and helps to hold your make up in place for a little bit longer.

This hydrating toner keeps my skin balanced and fresh during the day and is suitable for all skin types. It's incredibly refreshing during these dry, hot summer days and the scent, ohh the scent, it’s like a bouquet of the most beautiful roses.

By now you know that I'm all about natural skin care and I love that the list of things this mist doesn't have is far longer than the list of ingredients. It's free from alcohol, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, detergents, artificial colours, mineral oils and parabens. It's also vegan and carbon neutral. You're basically saving the planet by buying this product.

I love that it's packaged in a plastic bottle so it's easy to carry around with me, glass bottles weigh my handbag down (and usually end up smashing, lets be honest).

Everything about this product from the packaging, the scent and the product itself is pure luxury and at only $9.95 for 125ml, I've given you all the reasons you need to buy it.

You can find the Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner at www.sukinorganics.com, Priceline and many pharmacies.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

30 Books, 30 Reviews - Goodreads 2013 Challenge (up now on rebeccalife.com!)

Head over to my new blog www.rebeccalife.com to see which books I read in 2013 (plus a mini review on each!)

If you haven't yet followed me on Blog Lovin' you can make sure you never miss a post by clicking  the link below.

See you over there!
Rebecca x

  Follow on Bloglovin 

EasyDress.org and EasyBite.org will no longer be updated, you can read more about this decision in the post below.

 Can't wait to see you on the new blog!

30 Books, 30 Reviews - Goodreads 2013 Challenge

I had a goal to read 30 books in 2013 and I just made it. I counted any books I read except for text books (because I'm weird and read those for leisure) and I have to say that for me, it was a successful year of reading and I found a few of really amazing books.. If you want to keep up with what I'm reading in 2014 you can follow me on Goodreads or on Twitter @ohrebeccalife.

Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi (Memoir) 5/5
This was the second time I've read this book, the first time I didn't have a chance to take it in as I was reading it. I enjoyed it much more the second time. The book details Portia's struggles with eating disorders while in the public eye.

The One Hundred by Nina Garcia (Fashion & Style) 4/5
Fashion icon Nina Garcia details the 100 items that every woman should have in their closet and tells you exactly why. It ranges from clothes, shoes, accessories and even make up and personal belongings. It was an interesting read and while I'm not about to add all these items to my personal collection she does offer fantastic fashion advice.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (Memoir) 4/5
This light hearted collection of essays is filled with Mindy's classic, dry, honest humour. I'm a Mindy Kaling fan so I enjoyed reading her rules of being a good best friend or stories of her comical childhood. I listened to this one as an audio book read by Mindy herself.

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handlers Friends and Family (Memoir) 4/5
I started listening to this (audio book) on the bus but after one stint of tears rolling down my face while I laughed at Johnny's tales of Chelsea, I opted to listen to the rest in private. The book is a collection of stories from the friends and family of Chelsea Handler and most of them are pretty funny. Each section of the audio book is read by the person who wrote it.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Fiction) 5/5
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Fiction) 5/5
Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Fiction) 5/5
Annabel, Hannah and Raven by Lauren Oliver (3 Short Fiction Stories) 4/5
This dystopian trilogy follows Lena, a seventeen year old girl who lives in a world where love is a disease. Everyone has a surgery after high school to remove the disease from their brain so they can live 'normal' lives. I loved these books and the short stories that followed them.

My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler (Memoir) 4/5
The tag line 'A collection of one night stands' couldn't be more fitting for this book, that's exactly what it is, Chelsea's stories of her one night stands. I read this book because I'd been spying on it from the corner of my eye since it was first released in 2005 and was featured in Cleo magazine. It was a light, funny read.

Style, A to Zoe by Rachel Zoe (Fashion & Style) 4/5
I kind of love Rachel Zoe, she has an incredibly keen sense of fashion and a blunt honesty on what looks good and what doesn't. I'm more than willing to dive head first into her world of fashion and what goes through her head when she's putting looks together. I've read a lot of fashion and style books and I love the way Rachel Zoe has put this book together.

You'll Never Blue Ball In This Town Again by Heather McDonald (Memoir) 3/5
Heather McDonald is a writer on Chelsea Lately and a regular Round Table guest. In her first memoir she details growing up in Los Angeles, working as a stand-up comedian and her dating life. She calls herself a professional blue-baller, yes, in that way. She waited 27 years to lose her virginity and reveals all of her stories in this book. Was it hilariously brilliant? No. Not really. But I did laugh a few times and it was entertaining enough.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (Fiction) 3/5
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James (Fiction) 3/5
Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James (Fiction) 3/5
I can't say that I really liked the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy all that much but for what they were, they were a good read. The story line is good, the sex is obviously the main pull to read the books but the writing skills of the author are lacking and it made it hard for me to enjoy the books. The last book had the best story of the three. I don't think you need a description of the story line from me.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Fiction) 4/5
I read this book years ago and then again this year before the second movie came out. Twelve boys and twelve girls from different districts are forced to take part in a televised event called The Hunger Games where the only goal is to survive. 24 go in, only one comes out. Katniss Everdeen goes into the games in her sisters place and fights to survive. I loved this book the first time and then again the second time. I recommend reading the book before watching the movie.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Fiction) 4/5
Hazel has terminal cancer and attends a cancer support group for teenagers where she meets Augustus. John Green does an excellent job at detailing the ins and outs of teenage relationships, friendships and coping with extraordinarily challenging life events. I've never read a book where characters interacted in quite this way. It's incredibly well written, John Green quickly became one of my favourite young adult authors. If you haven't read this book, you definitely should.

The Originals by Cat Patrick (Fiction) 1/5
This book is about three clones, all of whom live as sisters at home but as one person in the outside world. They share a name, a school, friends, an entire identity and can never reveal that they are more than one person. The idea of The Originals was great but the odd way of writing it as a semi-dystopia set in modern day was strange. The constant references to the real world kept pulling me out of the novel. The storyline isn't strong and while the writing skills of the author are fine, there was nothing in the novel to sink into.

Heist Society by Ally Carter (Fiction) 3/5
The main character, Katarina has worked hard to escape the family business. The family business of thieving, that is. Then her dad is accused of stealing a mobsters art collection and needs her help to track down the paintings and steal them back to clear his name. This was a nice, easy read, I zipped through it in a few hours. 

The Selection by Kiera Cass (Fiction) 4/5
The Elite by Kiera Cass (Fiction) 5/5
The Prince by Kiera Cass (Fiction) 4/5
In a dystopian world, The Selection plays out kind of like 'The Bachelor' except that 35 teenage girls are competing for the heart of Price Maxon and the chance to become a princess. I had this book sitting on my bookshelf for so long before I finally picked it up when there was nothing else to read. I love dystopian novels but I thought that this one would be too young for me. Turns out, I loved it and read through the first two books in no time. America Singer is selected to compete for the prince but it's the last thing she wants, especially since she's secretly in love with someone outside of the competition. I loved these books and am looking forward for the third part of the trilogy to come out in 2014. 

Eve by Anna Carey (Fiction) 1/5
I'm not going to lie, I couldn't finish this book. I got about 50 pages from the end and just gave up. I love dystopian novels, like LOVE them, and the idea that this story had was great. Girls and Boys are separated, never allowed to associate with each other. The book is set in the girls story, Eve, who has been taught her whole life that boys are terrible predators who bring danger and pain to the world. So when she runs away and meets a boy, her lack of fear towards him was the first mistake this author made. The book is full of conveniences for the characters (they just happen to find food, they just happen to find a fire, they just happen to find a wheelbarrow to pull someone in right as they sprain their ankle) and conveniences are an easy way to ruin a novel for me. I always try and finish the books I start but this one just wasn't happening for me.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Fiction) 3/5
This is the hardest one for me to review. I read Divergent and Insurgent in 2012 and they were instantly put onto my list of favourite books (a list that not many books make). 2013 was spent counting down to October 22nd when I could finally have the final part to the story and in the end, it just left a sour taste in my mouth. I'm not referring to the major plot twist (I actually kind of liked it), but just the way the story was written and that the author made a lot of key plots in the first two books irrelevant. I'm a harsh critic when it comes to dystopian novels but that's only because I get them. On it's own Allegiant is great and it would have been an excellent finale to a different story, but it kind of makes a joke out of the first two parts and I didn't like that. 

Melissa Explains It All by Melissa Joan Hart (Memoir) 4/5
Firstly, let me just say that I was all about Clarissa and Sabrina when I was younger. They were like my older sisters. I really enjoyed hearing tales from the sets of the two TV shows as well as her new show, Melissa and Joey. I liked all the stories about her many siblings and what family means to her. It was an easy read and I recommend it to any fan.

Self Inflicted Wounds by Aisha Tyler (Memoir) 5/5
I listened to this on audio book and I'm so glad I did, Aisha Tyler's retelling of this story makes it all the more hilarious. While I only laughed out loud a couple of times there is no denying that Aisha Tyler has impeccable comedic timing that kept me smiling to my self the whole way through. Her stories start at childhood and end in her present life. I highly recommend this memoir and recommend it even more on audio book. 

Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres (Memoir) 2/5
This wasn't so much a memoir as it was a book of quips and jokes. Ellen offers very little information about her personal life and mostly just, well, babbles. I did smirk a few times at some of the intentional jokes but ultimately, if I didn't buy this as an audio book it would have gone unfinished. If you regularly enjoy Ellen's humour, you will probably enjoy reading/listening to this. If you were looking for a memoir or biography, you won't find it here.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (Fiction) 5/5
Attachments follows the story of Lincoln, an IT professional who's job it is to read employee emails to make sure nothing inappropriate is sent. He is instantly captivated by the back and forth conversations between Beth and Jennifer. Then he falls in love with one of them. Attachments is a wonderful story, one of the best I read in 2013 and I can definitely see myself going back to read it again.

A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth (Memoir) 3/5
I can't say that I knew that much about Kristin and her work before reading this book but I bought it on sale and decided to give it ago. It's a basic biography detailing her life, family and relationships from childhood until present day. It was entertaining, fresh and a really nice read. Kristin is warm and honest in her stories.

Looking for Alaska by John Green (Fiction) 5/5
who decides that his whole life has been a big non-event so he convinces his parents to let him travel across the country to attend Culver Creek Boarding School. He meets people unlike anyone he's ever met before, and he meets Alaska. This book is a real treasure, a brilliantly written young adult novel that I would recommend to everyone. 

My Inappropriate Life by Heather McDonald (Memoir) 3/5
I wanted an easy audio book to listen to while doing all my Christmas shopping this year and since I had already read Heather McDonald's first memoir this year, I decided to give her second one a chance. It follows her life as a married mother of two and how she handles her LA life and desperation to be more famous than she actually is. I enjoyed this book more than the first, super easy read (or listen) if you want something to fill in some free time.