book review: what remains: a memoir of fate, friendship & love.

Hey everyone,

Today I wanted to do a book review on a book I finished reading a few weeks ago. I read almost three books over winter break, and this was one of the books I enjoyed SO much.

So a little bit about the author, her name is Carole Radziwill. The first time I heard about her, was watching her on one of my favorite t.v. shows- The Real Housewives of New York. My first impression of her, was I thought she was beautiful, mysterious and really laid back. She mentions on the show that she is a journalist, and worked for ABC News in the past, met her husband working and he passed away to cancer- leaving her a widow, I didn’t know much more about her. But this book changed that.

CYEMfceW8AUmsqdThis is a memoir about her life- her childhood, meeting her husband during a work trip to Los Angeles, marrying her husband, her friendships, the battle it was to taking care of her sick husband and ultimately losing her husband to cancer. I won’t give away it all, especially if you want to read the book, but I cried my eyes out at the end. She is definitely an inspiration. Her book is gold, she is a very talented writer. Learning about her life and everything she went through was so interesting. She is a great example of coming from a small town, and achieving massive success by working hard for it! Radziwill is a gifted writer, able to tell her story without holding back.

I look up to her, and would love to be at least half the writer she is. This is such a great read, you won’t regret it! Have you read any good books lately? Any recommendations for me? I would love to know!

xo

five things that make me happy, #1.

I wanted to start doing mini gratitude posts: things that make me happy, or things that I’m thankful for. Life can get crazy, and people tend to overlook the little things in life.

Here’s the first (of many) five things that make me happy:

  1. Drinking good wine.
  2. Walking Lola Mae at her favorite park, the Golden Gate Park.
  3. Flea Markets.
  4. Local coffee shops.
  5. The sound of the ocean.

What are some things that make you happy? Some things you’re thankful for? I’d love to know!

 

xo

golden globes best dressed.

I managed to watch a little more than half of the Golden Globes, but I only watched it for one reason, but I’ll get to that later.

I love the beautiful dresses, and wanted to choose my top five favorite looks in no particular order:

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Emilia Clarke

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golden-globes-2016-lily-jamesLily James

golden-globes-2016-rachel-mccadamsRachel McAdams

golden-globes-2016-eva-greenEva Green

Absolutely stunning dresses! I love Rachel McAdams, she can really do no wrong in my eyes. Her dress may not have been my absolute favorite, but she is just so stunning, of course she made my list!

So, back to the reason WHY I watched the Golden Globes, was for my husband Leo DiCaprio! Anyone that knows me personally, knows my obsession with DiCaprio. I’ve been crushing on him since 1997, when Titanic came out. Yes, I was only five years old, but even being that small, I was like “OMG HE IS SO DREAMY!” He is my absolute favorite actor, and I was cheering for him to win the Golden Globe, which he WON! Yay! He deserved it, and his speech was so amazing. I’m very happy Alejandro Iñárritu won for best director & best picture- he deserved it, as The Revenant was BRILLIANT.

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Look how handsome he looks. I am drooling. So talented.

 

xo

2016: new year, new memories, new goals.

I’m so excited for the new year. 2015 wasn’t the best year for me, there were a lot of struggles and I’m looking to a new fresh start. Some of my new year goals- or resolutions- are to start working out again/getting healthy. I know, I know, a lot of people say this: but hear me out…
In October, after many blood tests, and finally an MRI, I was diagnosed with Prolactinoma. It means I have a small benign tumor on my pituitary gland (in my brain). I had been dealing with so many health issues [extreme weight gain, depression, anxiety, irregular periods, fatigue, acne, and more] for YEARS prior I was actually diagnosed Oct. of 2015. I was ultimately prescribed medication right away, for my tumor to shrink and my prolactin levels to come down. Since my prolactin levels were so high, it was causing me not to have regular periods. I didn’t have my period for months at a time, and the longest time of not having my period was 7 months! After being on this medication for 2 and a half months, I finally got my period. With that being said, another huge problem for me (and that I’ve been struggling with since getting sick) is not being able to lose any weight. I gained so much weight in the past 3 years due to my health problems, and there wasn’t anything I could do to lose it (since my hormones were all jacked up). So now that I KNOW what’s wrong with me, I should now be able to lose all the weight I gained a lot easier! It has been the biggest struggle these past years (especially in 2015 because I was working my ass out, and couldn’t drop a single pound).
I’m determined more than ever to get my life back on track. Only being 5 foot 2 inches, I need to drop about 30-40 pounds, to be healthy and feel more confident. This will be one of my biggest goals in 2016.

Not only do I want to be healthier, but I want to TRAVEL. I feel the happiest when I’m out exploring new places, eating new food, and can check those places off my wishlist. My goal is to go on at least 2 vacations this year. I love weekend getaways; this past October, Dexter and I went to Seattle just for the weekend and it was so much fun! I’d love to go on a “real” vacation for a week, and maybe one weekend getaway this year. Fingers crossed. I want to go to Hawaii again, I’d love to go to Boston, Chicago, South Carolina, or Maine!

What are some of your goals? Happy New Year! Let’s make 2016 a great one!

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(San Francisco, top of Russian Hill celebrating our 5th New Years together)

xo