Book Club | Lunch In Paris. A Love Story, With Recipes

I thought that a fun way to connect with you guys would be to have a sort of "Book Club"/"Book Review" after I have read a book I really enjoy (or didn't). Since it's those "lounge on the beach and read a book" months I figured that we could all use some help in choosing that perfect beachy book to read while catching some rays. 

Lately, I have been fantasizing a lot more about Paris, France. Reading all sorts of literature on the city and those little hidden gems and secrets I MUST know before I go there for a visit. 

My first book on my list was found by fluke at the local library. I was actually looking for a book on Anastasia, and low and behold found this baby looking right at me a shelf above. 

I was immediately transfixed with this book. It's a true story, and is that perfect treat for anyone who dreams of that "what if" of packing up and moving to the city of lights (and love). 

The book starts with telling how Elizabeth meets her boyfriend, Gwendal and their romance in Paris. You can tell right from the get go that Elizabeth loves food, and is quite the foodie. Every chapter ends with a few recipes for the food she mentioned during the chapter itself. A couple of them I even copied down to try out at home! 

I enjoyed how you can tell the evolution and growth of Elizabeth as the years pass in Paris, and as her relationship blossoms with Gwendal. She is, after all, an American Girl in Paris. The book even references Sex and the City, as the only city true New Yorker's dream of going to is Paris. 

In all honesty, I loved the book. However, I didn't enjoy the last chapter. I found that it was a quick end, too quick for my liking. I understand it is a true story but I wasn't quite ready to not hear anymore of Elizabeth's Parisian mistakes! 

I definitely would suggest this book to any fun loving gal who dreams of travel, and most of dreams of Paris. It's reminiscent of Eat, Pray, Love! If you enjoyed that book in the slightest than you will enjoy Lunch in Paris! 



Author : Elizabeth Bard

Spice Up Your Life | My Metamorphosis




May was an interesting month for me. Filled with dedication to my personal well-being (working on my fitness/health), friendships renewed and a lot of bright and colourful additions to my life. Do you ever feel like you are not staying true to yourself? Remember if you are living vicariously through someone else's life, once it's your turn to get that golden ticket it's all going to be a lie and not feel so good deep down inside. I love my life. It's wild, colourful and full of life and love. It look me a while to embrace the fact that I am not your average "blogger" or "fashionista". But here I am! Ready to spice up your life! I am working on Hillary in Wonderland (check out my instagram!) and it makes me delightfully happy, and in turn I hope it makes YOU smile!


CFDA Awards 2015 | Olsen Twins

It's not The Brunette Shake without a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen update post! 



They took home another big win at the CFDA Awards last night! Womenwear Designer(s) of the Year for The Row! They looked stunning on the red carpet as well. Seeing the Olsens these past few years have become equal to sightings of unicorns. You rarely see them! They both looked stunningly gorgeous last night, and I really enjoy that they both wore flats. Totally dominated the red carpet with their head to toe black, elegant look. 

SnapChat has a CFDA story right now. Make sure to check it out! You get to see the twins meeting Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and I dare say that Mary-Kate seemed super excited about the meeting!