Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Book Review: Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe

Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe is a collaborative cookbook from Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, and Jorge Pineda. It was released September 30, 2014, and is available in hardback or as an eBook. Vegan Holiday Cooking has a list price of $22.99. The cookbook offers vegan recipes for a variety of holidays and celebrations. I believe it is important to say that the recipes should not be considered weight-loss friendly, but they are very appropriate for parties and holidays.

The contents of the book follow what I would call an annual holiday calender. Each chapter is based on a holiday or celebration such as Super Bowl Big-Game Party, Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day, Passover Seder, Easter Brunch, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 4th of July Backyard Barbecue, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. There is such a wide range of recipes in the book that you could find something for any event.

The recipes for the holidays addressed in the book are presented as a menu. Each chapter begins with drink suggestions followed by appetizers, main dishes, and dessert. If you were planning a dinner party you could easily plan your entire menu from the contents of one chapter. The presentation of this book is wonderful. Beautiful color photographs accompany many of the recipes.

When reading the recipes I immediately wanted to eat each and every item in the cookbook. There are recipes that would appeal to both vegans and omnivores. After reading this cookbook in its entirety I know it will not disappoint.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own and are completely honest

Monday, November 10, 2014

Birchbox Limited Edition Vanity Affair Box Review

The limited edition Birchbox Vanity Affair Box is beautiful, elegant, and a perfect gift idea for yourself or a loved one. This box is meant to bring luxury into the recipients life, and I believe it does just that. It has a variety of beauty and lifestyle products, and you get a lot of luxury for your money.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Review: Make Up by Michelle Phan

Make Up by Michelle Phan is a beautiful book. I smiled as soon as I removed it from the shipping package. If you are at all familiar with Michelle Phan this should not come as a shock. Make Up was released on October 21, 2014, and is available as a hardback or eBook.

Make Up is a beauty guide as well as a style and success guide. The contents seem to be targeted towards readers in their teens and twenties, but at thirty I still loved it. There is something in this book for everyone, even those who have an established beauty routine and career.

The book begins with an introduction to Michelle's life so far. Her story is wonderful and shows how following your dreams can pay off. In the beauty portion of the book she breaks down the basics of what you need to know. She discusses skin care, makeup, hair, and nails over the course of seventy-eight pages. Somehow, Michelle seems to hit on every topic I could want in a beauty guide.

When the book moves on to fashion, Michelle instructs readers on building a wardrobe. She covers dressing for your type, for different occasions, and how to accessorize.

The "success" portion of the guide covers digital dos and don'ts, finding a job you love and keeping it, turning something you love into a career, and modern manners. This section of the book contained two of my favorite chapters. 'Digital Dos and Don'ts' and 'Modern Manners Made Easy' covered some very important topics on etiquette both online and off.

Overall, I loved Make Up and believe it is a great book. I cannot wait to read it again with all my beauty products and tools in front of me.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own and are completely honest.