Summer is now officially upon us. While it seems that everyone loves summer, there is definitely something special about spring, when everything that had died comes back to life (and when it is not yet 100 degrees outside). Before I jump fully into summer, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things from spring.
Movies & TV //
- Hidden Figures: I first saw Hidden Figures in theaters for my birthday, and I fell instantly in love. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae do a fantastic job portraying Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson, three female African-American NASA employees who did nothing short of change the world. As a woman, I feel so grateful for what these three women did and the sacrifices they made.
- Beauty & the Beast: Does this even require an explanation? The original has always been one of my favorite movies, but the remake certainly outdoes it. Emma Watson’s portrayal of Belle was perfect, and I love the closer focus on Belle’s intelligence during a time when this was not welcome in women.
- Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: I am, and always will be, the biggest Harry Potter fan. This movie was a great addition to the magical world without trying too hard (*cough* Cursed Child *cough*). Also, Newt Scamander is basically the most adorable character ever.
- Downton Abbey: Yes, I have finally fallen into the inescapable hole that is Downton Abbey. The story, the characters, the history – I love it all. Obsessed is a strong word, but I might be at that level. I just finished the entire show, and I’m still trying to recover.
- Essence Pure Nude Highlighter: I have just gotten into highlighting in the past few months (what was I doing with my life before?), and this one is by far the best that I’ve used. It’s not over-the-top, but it definitely leaves a visible sheen. In my opinion, it’s perfect.
- Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara: I am a mascara junkie. I’ve tried all the drugstore classics, and a few high-end favorites as well. This is definitely the best mascara I have ever used. It adds the perfect amount of volume and length, without one over-powering the other. It is certainly not for the faint of heart, though – this is definitely a false lash look.
- CoverGirl Oh Sugar! Lip Balm: This stuff beats every other tinted lip balm I have ever tried (and I have tried quite a few). I love keeping the shade “Candy” in my purse for when I need some moisture, and using the shade “Punch” for when I want a wash of color.
- L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation: My skin tends to lean in the combo/oily direction, so luminous foundations scare me. But, I decided to give this one a try before it got too hot, and I love it. I definitely won’t be able to keep using it through the summer, but it’s perfect for the cooler months.
- Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in “Stepping Out”: I got this in one of those Sephora favorites kits, and I’m obsessed. I never would have thought that I would like this color on myself, but I do. With my complexion, it looks like a nude with a mix of rusty orange.
- Colourpop Lippie Stix in “Lumiere”: I had had my eye on this shade for a while, but I was hesitant to purchase it because I rarely wear cool-toned lip colors. But once I finally got this shade and started wearing it, it was like I had been missing it my whole life. Seriously.
- Bath & Body Works Bonjour Paris Lotion: I honestly have no words for this lotion. It’s a newer release from B&BW, and I have to say, they are killing it with their new products. This scent (a little floral, but not too much) is everything.
- Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird: This is a Christian nonfiction book that features the tagline “God’s radical design for beauty, femininity, and identity.” I am very picky about the Christian nonfiction books I read, and I didn’t agree with every single thing that sisters (and bloggers) Kristen and Bethany wrote in this book, but I still loved it. It was perfect for my done-with-modern-feminism heart.
- Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth: This is my favorite book I have read so far this year. Basically, it’s a dystopian about two warring peoples. But that’s not the reason I loved this book. One of the main characters, Cyra, deals with chronic pain, and has been severely psychologically affected by it. I have never read a book that features a main character with a chronic illness before, and I think Veronica Roth handled it perfectly.
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: It will come as no surprise that historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. This book, which focuses on the rarely-discussed labor camps created during World War II not by Hitler, but by Stalin, is incredibly moving. I cannot recommend it enough.
Quotes & Scriptures //
- “Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ.” – Sheila Walsh
- “But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest ye haply be found even to fight against God.” – Acts 5:39
- “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2
- “…and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14
- “If you feel a little overwhelmed, take that as a good sign. It indicates that you can sense the magnitude of the trust God has placed in you.” – Henry B. Eyring
- “Every Little Thing” by Carly Pearce
- “Better Man” by Little Big Town
- “Magnify” by We are Messengers
- “Road Less Traveled” by Lauren Alaina
- “Out of Hiding” by Steffany Gretzinger
- “May We All” by Florida Georgia Line & Tim McGraw
- “The Cause of Christ” by Kari Jobe
- “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young
- “Beauty & the Beast” by John Legend & Ariana Grande
- “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran
- “Once” by Maren Morris
- “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga
- “Back to God” by Reba McEntire & Lauren Daigle
So, there you have it – my favorite things from spring 2017! Let me know what you were loving last season, and whether or not we share any favorites, in the comments below.