Magazines I Love!

You all know that I am an avid reader. I love books, have too many books, and am always reading a book (and lately…more than one)! I think that reading is one of the most fun things to do, but I’m also a big fan of glossies. Here are some of my favorite magazines and why you should give them a try too.

I mention Body + Soul Magazine first because I just recently started reading it. A few months ago, my Mom picked one up for me at the grocery store. This magazine is a Martha Stewart production which packs tons of articles on health, wellness, and green living into a portable companion. I was attracted to “50 Tips For Staying Healthy.” Some of the tips I did not know about and was pleasantly surprised to learn that by drinking certain teas, and incorporating different herbs and spices into your diet (licorice, anyone?) that you can improve your overall health. I’m usually not a fan of medication, so I like knowing about foods that can help your body naturally. As I’m also a beauty junkie, Body + Soul also has a beauty section which boasts a bunch of natural and green beauty products. My favorite ideas from them? A gratitude journal. This will be one of my next projects!

For me, I love reading about high fashion that I dream of owning–but knowing where to get similar designs without breaking my college student budget. Glamour Magazine does this! I like knowing how to re-work my closet and my outfits with a few key, classic pieces. I also love the fact that Glamour celebrates women. I’ve been reading this magazine for years and have noticed how diverse they have gotten. I’m not just talking about skin color either. I’m talking about body type, socioeconomic status, and culture. Their worldly articles let me know some of the biggest issues women around the globe face on a daily basis, as well as how I can help. I also love their annual “Man Issue” and their “Women of The Year” issue. I love Glamour because it combines fashion, beauty, news, and health all in one magazine. I also love their sub heading for their health section, “How to Protect the Body That You Love.” Shouldn’t we all give ourselves a bit more love?

One of my best friends, Jess, got me into this magazine and I have been reading it ever since. It makes me sad that Bitch Magazine only comes out quarterly. (I have to wait for more feminist response to pop culture?!?! NOOOO!!!) I wish this magazine came out every month. I re-read so many of my issues and have many of them saved as well. My favorite issue to date is “Consumed” which came out in the Fall of 2009. 2009 was the year I first saw the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest–and the first time I saw a magazine cover said contest in such an amazing way. I also enjoy their book reviews which have added many more books to my “Buy ASAP” list. Did I mention they also rag on the Twilight Saga? The way to my heart is through the dismembering of the Twilight Saga.

Last, but certainly not least: US Weekly. I love US because it’s my weekly source for celebrity gossip. Don’t you want to know 25 random facts about Chef Ramsey? YOU BET YOU DO! I like being able to know that I have media ‘facts’ coming to me every Thursday, and also being able to read them before I go to sleep. Sometimes Dickens (ha!) and Hurston need to be put to the side for my sleepy-time reading. I like US for another reason aside from simple celebrity gossip. I love their buzz-o-meter. This fancy contraption is a short review of places, things, and people that celebs are going nuts for. I also love their fashion police sections. Who knew that people who have so much money could look so silly?

So, if you’re looking for some good reads give these glossies a try, and of course, let me know what magazines you love to read. I always like to have new reading material!

Hi, Denzel: Nice to meet you!

On Wednesday my Mom, Kathleen, and her sister Joanna went to NYC to go and see the Regis and Kelly show. It was awesome. My mom picked the show with special guest Freddie Prinze Jr., Tim Gunn was also on the show, and they let us stay to see the taping of Friday’s segment as a surprise. The segment featured DENZEL WASHINGTON! I love him as an actor, and one of my favorite movies is “Fallen” which is one of his older movies in which he tries to catch this demon that passes through people. It’s really a great movie, so I give it a watch if you get a chance.

As we were exiting the show, I saw a ton of Paparazzi standing outside of the door and flashes were going off like crazy. At first I was confused and then my Mom said, “Denzel Washington is right in front of us!” Kathleen and I dove in and I whipped out my cell phone to take photos. I managed to get two decent ones.

The first one was the best one, but I really liked that happy lady with the hat. Denzel was tall as heck, and we were, as Joanna put it, “uncomfortably close to him.” Ha!

At the end of all of the excitement, my Mom asked him for an autograph. She realized all she had was her disposable camera. She handed it to him and he said, “Wow, this is a first, I’ll have to work on this!” and smiled. He was truly such a nice person and did not rush to get into his car, talked to people, and signed things for people too. It was truly an amazing day.

This is my Mom’s camera, haha. With Denzel Washington’s autograph!!

The day was completed by purchasing amazing cupcakes at Crumbs Bakery, which I’ve wanted to go to for a while now, and lunch at Junior’s. Waking up at 3:30 to catch a 5:12 train was totally worth it!

INET Obsession: We Heart It

A few weeks ago Cecilie posted about a site called We Heart It. I checked it out and ended up joining, and I’m addicted. It’s one of the greatest image sites ever in my opinion. I love looking at pretty photos, and it’s easy to sign up for, navigate, and search. I used some of the photos for my notebook collage I made for Keith’s birthday & I’ve also used some for my school portfolios. Without further ado, I present to you, some of my favorite We Heart It images.

1. Kitty Paws: I love kitties and I love their feet.
2. Gas Mask Love: I used this one for Keith’s collage. He collects gas masks.
3. Stars: I just thought this one was so pretty.
4. Desk: I just love office supplies & organization. This photo is awesome.
5. Butchered Cupcakes: Whoever made these is GENIUS!! I want to try making a variation myself.
6. Chicken Noodle Ciggies: Hilarious and cute at the same time.

I have a ton more on my WHI account. I especially love their tagging feature because now I can view all the cupcakes and cats that I so desire. If you’re on WHI, please add me!! I love browsing other people’s favorite photos.

Book Review: The Shack

Back in January my Mom and I were book shopping and sometimes books just call to you. She picked this book, The Shack by William P. Young, based totally on the cover. As a fellow book junkie I had to agree that some of the best books I’ve bought and read were based solely on the fact that they have a really cool cover. Nothing wrong with that, right?

So, a few weeks ago my Mom finally finished reading it as did Keith’s Mom and each of them told me I had to read this book. Granted I am religious and spiritual, but you do NOT have to be either of those to truly appreciate the message in this book. I literally finished it in three days because I could not put the book down. I was actually upset when it was all over because I wanted to know more about the characters and what will happen to them in the future.

The book starts out with the main character’s daughter being abducted on a camping trip. She is murdered in a run down shack in the middle of the woods with no civilization around for miles. Some time after, the main character finds a note to go back to the shack. That’s really about all I can tell you without giving anything good away to you. The author portrays the characters so beautifully and the descriptiveness of the settings and world around the main character are so believable. I had such a vivid picture in my head of every event, and any writer knows that to achieve that can be so challenging.

This all being said, if you’ve read the book I would love to know what you thought. Would you recommend it to someone else? Would you read it again? (I sure would!). And if you haven’t read it, what have you heard about it? Apparently this book is making a huge impact on those who read it, and I’d love to know what you guys think!

And make sure to check out if you’re curious to learn more. I especially liked the Author’s page. I kind of want to meet him!

Thanks Tashina!!

Tashina has inspired me to write a little something that’s been on my mind and oddly enough I did an impromptu speech on for my Communication class. =] Diets, being overweight, and quick fixes.

As you all know from my health/fitness section of my website I’ve been losing weight for over a year now. For those of you who want to lose weight, or are working on it presently, it’s a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. I honestly think Tashina said it best in her blog, so I suggest you read it.

It breaks my heart to see so many girls starving themselves, purging food, doing insane fasts and colon cleanses as well as abusing laxatives. I was one of those girls who once fell for fad diets, but I’ve learned from my mistakes.

Finding your happy, healthy weight is so much more than the number on the scale. I weight 132 pounds and wear a size 6 in jeans, and I fully believe this is the weight I was meant to maintain (give or take 5 pounds). I look great, I feel amazing, and I’ve opened a window of so many healthy food options and choices. I’m constantly learning more tips and tricks every day and I wanted to take the time to tell all of you guys: if you’re trying to lose weight, working on it, or thinking negatively about your body and you feel alone, I want you to know that you can e-mail or I.M me any time. I know first hand what it’s like to feel that way, but if you work through the difficult challenges you can come out on top and feeling great.

If you need tips check out Tashina‘s website because she inspired me to write this as well as has some amazing recipes!

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