Sunday, September 10, 2017

I Hate Everyone But You Blog Tour (Excerpt & Giveaway)


ABOUT THE BOOK


Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Sincerely,
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We're still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.
G

So begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two best friends will document every moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?



EXCERPT

THE COMPLETE MORTIFICATION OF AVA HELMER (1999–PRESENT)

Ava Helmer <AVA.HELMER@gmail.com>

to Gen


1) Birth. I poop inside my mom’s womb. I obviously don’t remember this. But I do remember all the times my mom talked about it at family events.

2) Kindergarten. I try to sit on the teacher’s lap during naptime. She tells me that is inappropriate. In front of the entire class.

3) Third grade. Becky Olsberg and Laura Jenner invite me over for a playdate. We share secrets. I confess that sometimes I eat flowers. They tell everyone that I am secretly a horse trapped in a girl’s body.

4) All of middle school.

5) Jordan F. asks me to come over to his house to ask me about you. (Did I ever tell you this? I knew you hated Jordan F. so I might have kept that as a silent shame until now. Oh, no. What if you DIDN’T hate Jordan F. and I ruined your one shot at true happiness as well as any chance of you staying in California for college? He goes to Stanford. I love him so much.) 

6) Prom. You remember. 

7) Day 3 of rushing. When I find out that only 3 of 10 houses want me back. EVEN THOUGH THE AVERAGE IS 7! Only getting asked back to 3 houses in the second round is unheard of. I’m mortified.
a) One of those houses, Pi Phi, is like the COOLEST house on campus, so they have obviously just invited me back to be nice. Or as a cruel joke. (Please refer to #3 above.) 

 I don’t even want to go back to rush. If I do, I’ll feel like I’m asking for it. (Not sexually; I know women can’t actually do that.) 

 I want to cry, but stupid Jessica won’t leave the room! 

A dead person, formerly known as Ava Beth Helmer 

P.S. I’m already crying. Just really softly.


GIVEAWAY 

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AUTHOR INFO

 

Allison Raskin & Gaby Dunn are two best friends who live in Los Angeles. They started the comedy YouTube channel Just Between Us in 2014 and have since then spent far too much time together. Gaby’s journalism has appeared in pretty much every major publication and Allison has written some really funny group texts with her family. They hope to die within one hour of each other so neither has to plan a funeral. I Hate Everyone But You is their debut novel.

Blogger Tricks

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I'm on Bookstagram!

I've spent so much time on Instagram, and of course, one of my favorite types of accounts to look at are bookstagram accounts!  I've come across many and realized that they're run by bloggers I've been following for years, and there are many more I've discovered through that platform alone.  I've always thought "why don't I try this?", because I went to school for photography, after all, and I've always loved shooting still life.

In May I took the leap and created a separate account for my books.  Like my blog, it's simply called thehollowcupboards.  I started to love setting the pictures up, editing, and figuring out how to caption them.  Unfortunately, as I mentioned in my recent Life Update post, I had to pack up all of my books, so at the moment, I'm very limited to the pictures I'm able to take.  I'm hoping to get back into it very soon, though!  Here are a few of my favorites so far:


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Life Update #1

I've disappeared for a few months, and here's why:

1) My bedroom ceiling collapsed!  I had to pack up all of my belongings and move them out so my room could be completely redone.  The hardest thing I had to do was pack up my books.  I must have 20+ boxes of them!  It's bittersweet, because although starting over again is good, and this is my first time giving my room a makeover since high school, my walls are no longer turquoise.  This kills me because that color was my favorite thing about my room.  I have since purchased a tapestry that I'm hoping will make me feel more at home until I decide where I'm going next.

2) I quit my job and started a new one!  Let's be real, waking up at 4:30AM sucked, but the people I worked with sucked even more.  Although I loved the pay, the tasks, and the feeling of accomplishment, none of that was worth going home crying every day.  I ended up taking a job with one of my best friends, and it's so much closer to my house, the hours are great, and I have a lot of time and freedom, so I'm able to work on my blog more, catch up on my tv shows, and read more books!

3) We had puppies!  Well, Joel's dog had puppies...but I imagine that it's almost as exhausting as having children, because there are 7 of them and they need us ALL the time.  They're the most adorable little creatures, though, and I've definitely fallen in love.


For more puppy pictures, check out my Instagram!

In other news:
I've decided to dye my hair pink and purple!  While I have played with colorful dye in the past as an angsty emo teenager, I've never had the balls to dye my whole head.  Once my manager gave me the okay to (my last 4 jobs wouldn't allow unnatural colors), I jumped at the opportunity, bought a variety of dyes because I had NO idea how I wanted to do my hair, and went crazy.  I love the way it turned out, but it's fading A LOT each week, so I've already redyed it twice.  I'm planning on posting more about it, because I'm planning to keep these fun colors as long as I can!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ipsy July 2017

Another subscription I opted to join is Ipsy, a $10 a month beauty bag!  I love makeup, but I don't love paying for it because I just don't put a whole new face on every day.  As with most things, I go through a phase of loving it and wondering why anyone would waste their money on something that they'll never use most of.  I can't even tell you how lipstick crazy I went last year, or how many eyeshadow palettes I own.  Those are my downfalls!

When I saw my one of my friend's ADORABLE makeup bag, and she told me it was from Ipsy, I signed up just for that!  In the bag, they include a variety of 5 items hand-picked to suit your style.  While most of the items are deluxe sample sizes, usually one or two items in the bag will be full sized!  I did the math, and this month, my Ipsy bag was worth at least $40!

This month Ipsy collaborated with Gudetama, the lazy egg from Sanrio!


So what was in my bag?
-Hypnose Drama mascara from Lancome
-Winky Lux Double Matte Whip liquid lipstick in the shade Angel Food
-Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive facial cleanser
-mPrincess pressed eyeshadow in the shade Biscuit
-Ciate Wonderwand gel-kohl eyeliner in Black
-Hempz herbal lip balm

First off, the bag is super cute, and I'm very pleased.  I love Sanrio characters, and Gudetama is SO me.  Although the bag smelled a bit plastic-y/like chemicals, it didn't bother me at all.

I've only gotten the chance to try a couple of these items, but my first impression was a little meh.  I could live without these items in my collection, but I have to say that I really do enjoy the Hempz herbal lip balm.  It smells and tastes good, it keeps my lips moisturized, and I find myself reaching for it more than my EOS lip balm (which I couldn't live without for the longest time).

The mPrincess eyeshadow will probably get more use as an under-the-brow highlight, and the Hypnose Drama mascara seemed to hold up just fine for me.  

I was most excited to try the Tarte cleanser because I love that brand, and I've already thought about purchasing it, so why not try before I buy?  I was so disappointed by the size of it that I haven't even picked it up yet.  At about half the size of one of my fingers, it's easy to forget about, but I'm hearing that a little goes a long way!

The Winky Lux lipstick seems a little too peachy for my skin tone, but I haven't done more than a swatch on my arm, so maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised when I try it on my lips.  I also haven't tried the Ciate eyeliner, although I'm glad to have it, because even if I skip any other item, I will always reach for an eyeliner.

LootCrate July 2017

As I've mentioned here, I've wanted to subscribe to LootCrate for years.  In April, I went for it, because I read a spoiler that the box would contain items from Stranger Things, The X-Files, and Batman.  I was not disappointed.  Three months later, I enjoyed it enough to subscribe to another 3 months!  

This month's theme was Animation, and it was so anticipated that the box became sold out half-way through the month!  Items included were based around the shows, Bob's Burgers, Futurama, Rick and Morty, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I can't say I'm the biggest fan of any of these, but I can still appreciate and enjoy the items included.


So what's in the box???
-Futurama Slurm can koozies
-Rick and Morty "Peace Among Worlds" figure
-Bob's Burgers Recipe Cards
-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles t-shirt
-Bob's Burgers Gene enamel pin

I love the pins that LootCrate includes every month!  I'm slowly building up my collection, and I'll need to figure out a way to display them...At the moment I have them all pinned to my Totoro messenger bag, but since I don't want to lose them when I'm on the go, I'm thinking of getting a small cork board to display them instead.

The Bob's Burger recipe cards are so great!  Sometimes I'm feeling a little adventurous, and there are 25 unique recipes that I can try out when I'm sick of having a plain old cheeseburger.

Finally, a t-shirt to match my phone case!  Haha.  Joel bought me a TMNT phone case a year ago because it was one of the only iphone 4s cases he could even find in store anymore (I know, my phone is a dinosaur!)  I have to say that the t-shirts are my favorite part of each LootCrate, because they generally feature something that I'm fond of, and if they're not, they're something that I can give to friends!