Who am I?
My name is Lindsey and I work as an elementary school Speech Pathologist. In my free time I am a book, beauty, and fashion lover (hence the blog name!). I grew up in and live in the suburbs of Chicago. I absolutely love my City! J I competed my undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University and my graduate degree at University of Florida.
What do I like?
I am a self-proclaimed book and beauty addict. Case and point: I read 9 books last month. 9 BOOKS! In 4 weeks! Where I found the time, I have no idea. I am also one of those people who find it soothing and therapeutic to purchase beauty items. If I am stressed out, I guarantee you will find me either on the couch with a book, or in the Nordstrom beauty department.
Other than beauty and books, I am a huge animal lover. The zoo is my happy place. I have three cats (2 that live with my parents, one that lives with me and my boyfriend) that may or may not pop up on the blog from time to time.
I am also a big musical theater lover. I was a Broadway in Chicago subscriber this year and am taking a trip to New York with my friends JUST so we can see shows. I enjoy concerts and dance shows as well. I am the sort of person who will attend a concert even if I don’t know the band, because I know I will enjoy it. I also am an avid movie goer. I truly enjoy movies. If anything could rival my book collection, it would be my movie collection (or maybe my scarf collection…). Additionally, I am a big TV watcher. I watch way too much TV. Currently on my schedule, Castle, Blacklist, Dance Moms (guilty pleasure), Hart of Dixie, Arrow, White Collar, Suits, Grimm, Once upon a Time and So You Think You Can Dance.
Another obsession of mine? Soccer! Specifically the Spain team (featuring Fernando Torres). I have been a soccer fan my entire life and a Spain fan since 2006. My other sport obsession is college football (Go Gators! Go Badgers!).
I could probably go on and on about other interests that I have, but I will end with my friends. I LOVE my friends. I am lucky to have found some amazing girls throughout my life from high school to graduate school. I may not say it enough but, I LOVE you guys and don’t know how I would get my without you all!
Why am I starting a blog?
I have been a blog reader for years. When I started reading blogs, I briefly played with the idea of starting one myself, but couldn’t figure out what I would write about. My first idea was to write about beauty because I LOVE beauty products. I love learning about them, I love wearing them, I love introducing great products to my friends. BUT, I just didn’t think that I could keep up with a blog that was only about beauty. Fast forward to this past year when one of my friends introduced me to the wonderful world of book blogs. As soon as I read my first book blog I thought, I could do that! I’m already reviewing books every time I recommend them to people, and also during book club (which my friends and I started last November, yay!). Once this idea popped into my head, I couldn’t get it out. I decided to marry my desire to make a beauty blog and my desire to make a book blog and Books, Beauty, and Buys was born!
What will Books, Beauty, and Buys be about?
Well, it’s pretty self-explanatory. I will review books that I read, as well as books that my friends and I chose/discuss for our book club. What kind of books do I like to read, you ask? I enjoy adult fiction, young adult fiction (romance, dystopian novels, anything pretty much), celebrity memoirs, contemporary fiction, and some historical fiction. To give you a general idea, my top 5 books I’ve read so far this year are:
- The Fault in Our Stars By: John Green—I know this may seem like a cliché pick, but if you’ve read this book, you will understand. It is just so intelligently written and amazing and just UGH! IF you haven’t read this book already, just do it.
- Uninvited By: Sophie Jordan—This is the first book of this series and I’m mad at myself for discovering it before the second or even third books are already written
- The Time of My Life By: Cecelia Ahern—This is the book that got me out of my book rut. I was stuck on a string of books that were just “meh” and this kicked off my streak of nonstop reading and amazing books.
- Fangirl By: Rainbow Rowell—An amazing recommendation by a friend. Just a seriously good book.
- The Light Between Oceans By: M.L Steadman—My first book club book pick.
Honorary Mention: The Sea of Tranquility By Katja Millay—Another book that you just need to read. SO GOOD.
I also plan on doing beauty reviews, recommendations, hauls, tags, and pretty much anything else I can think of. I hope to provide an educated review of beauty products to understand why/how they work as much as possible.
Now, the “buys” part is where I give myself some wiggle room. I am nowhere near talented enough to be a fashion blogger. Those people are extremely talented and creative and I just don’t have that energy in me. But I am a fashion lover. If I find or create an amazing outfit, I want to share it with the world!
I hope that I can recommend some great books, beauty products, and buys to anyone who reads this blog. If you can find at least one new love through something I review, my job will be complete.