Tuesday, October 18, 2016

One Year Blogiversary {Giveaway!}

The Best Friend Book Club has been around for one whole year. Craziness! So, in all honesty, our actual blogiversary was on August 26th. August was a crazy month for us and posting about our blogiversary kept getting pushed back. Jen and I talked about starting a blog for maybe a year before we actually pulled the trigger and just did the dang thing. It's been the best year, full of good conversations and cute outfits. Looking back I feel like you can see how awkward we felt in the first few posts, but I really feel like we've come into our own and are now rocking it. I'm looking forward to see all the changes our blog goes through in the next year. 

I think that when you start a blog there can be a lot of pressure to instantly jump in and start creating content that every one is going to love and be pinning. I don't necessarily feel like that is what we did and in the beginning you can see that we tried to to that a lot more, but now we've found what works. Outfit posts, book club, and a few recurring features are our jam. It's our creative space to come together and share the things we love. We hope you love it too! 

In honor of sticking with this blogging thing for one whole year, we got together a ton of goodies to giveaway to one lucky reader! Check it out: 

You can win: 
4 books we love
The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvarter
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Thousandth Floor ARC by Katherine McGee 
Vintage Owl Mug
Two Candles 
Harry Potter Bookmarks by Hello Papers Co.
Reading Notebook
Floral Mini Notebook 
Postcards by Papio Press
Notepad and Sticker by Holly Oddly 

Entering is super easy! Just leave a blog comment. You can get extra entries by following us on Facebook and Instagram as well. Giveaway is open from 10/18-10/25. Best of luck friends, and thanks for reading our little blog <3

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Monday, October 17, 2016

And Summer Fades into Fall

Hey friends! We are in this weird weather phase in Missouri where you need a sweater in the morning, but you will probably suffocate by afternoon. Personally, we are completely in the mood to jump straight to our fall wardrobes but summer continues to try to hang on here in Missouri.   Therefore, transitional outfits are a must.

The inspiration for this outfit combination, other than qualifying as a transitional outfit, is Clueless. Deon wears an outfit pretty damn similar and I've personally always been obsessed with the fashion styling in Clueless.  I also feel like I should admit that I was a little afraid of the pleather trend at first. It took me straight back to 7th grade when pleather pants were all the rage and I was too uncool to pull them off.  I've since let go of that insecurity and have been rocking the pleather trend like crazy.  And since we are on the topic of insecurities, let's talk about this crazy naturally curly hair. Until about 17, I had pretty straight hair and then one day it was wavy and now it this curly mess.  You would think I would have figured out how to style it after 10 years of it being curly. Well, I haven't. Most of the time I just add some curl spray and let it air dry or I pretend I'm Jennifer Anniston and I flat iron the crap out of it. Any of my curly haired friends have any styling suggestions? I'd be forever thankful!

Outfit Details
Top {Rue 21} / Pleather Skirt {Forever 21} / Booties {Forever 21}

Hey-o! As Jen mentioned above, the weather in Missouri is driving me crazy! For a few days it;s perfectly fall and crisp then it flips and it's in the mid 80s for a few days. I am OVER IT. Since I can't go full on fall with weather like this, I've been mixing in the few fall things with my summer things to help me transition. For me, it's all about the fall footwear. 

-When your sister is your photographer you get a little hammy-

My whole outfit is unintentionally from Modcloth, but these shoes are the real MVP. They look a little witchy and I've been rocking them 3-4 times a week with various outfits. They definitely help me feel like I'm bringing a little fall with me into these hot days. 

All Modcloth (PS The top and shoes are ON SALE) 

One of us was obviously thrilled to make her best friend look like the dancing girls emoji. What pieces are helping you transition from summer into fall? Are you lucky enough to have all fall temps, all the time? If so mark me down as jealous! 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

October Book Club

Happy October, Friends!  We are so excited it is officially fall and Halloween season!  We can get a little obsessed with Halloween around here. We are going to kick off the month of October with a spooky read: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.  We are both familiar with Ms. Blake's work with Anna Dressed in Blood. I think we both like Anna pretty well and it's been rumored it will become a movie in the near future.  We both have been subscribing to Owlcrate for the last couple of months (a review post is coming soon!) and The Dark Crowns was in September's box. We both immediately decided to save it for October Book Club.
Book Description of The Dark Crowns:
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.


Please, join us on with our creepy October Book Club pick! Obviously, we are both planning on packing this month full of spooky reads in celebration of Halloween.  We both really love soaking up and celebrating each season and holiday as they come. You won't find us decorating for Christmas in October. What's on your radar this month? Comment and let us know! We are always looking for new things to creep us out!  Especially Heather, I'm more of a wuss!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September Rewind

Obviously, my first few days of the month were spend reading the crap out of Empires of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. It was really great. There were a few small annoyances but it was so plot and action heavy that I can almost overlook the things that bugged me. I casually read both comics, Gotham Academy, Volume 1 & Squirrel Girl, Volume 2.  I think Gotham Academy will be a new favorite. As I was awaiting the release of Crooked Kingdom, I reread Six of Crows which I think I loved even more this time around.

Bob's Burgers!!! Seriously, I can't believe I've missed 5 seasons of the most glorious cartoon on the planet. I've been binge watching the crap out of this show and it has almost taken place of That 70's Show as my go to show to watch as I sew. Those kids are great and I totally already bought a Tina inspired pin.

Glory by B. Spears, duh. Really if you tag B. Spears name to anything I'll probably go bananas over it. She's ingrained in my 13 year old heart foreverrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Also this month:

1. Sarah J. Maas Book Signing

Man, this evokes so many emotions. Super excitement for getting to meet SJM! Complete frustration at Barnes & Noble for not knowing how to host a book event. Anger at having to stand in line for hours. Happiness at finding a Luna Funko.  It was great getting meeting SJM and getting a book signed by her. It was a super rainy evening and if I would have known how bad the hosting would have been, I would have probably skipped it and had a Netflix night. Because I'm 30.

2. Long Weekends

The husband and I decided to take a bunch of long weekends during September.  I haven't worked a 5 day week in over a month and it has been glorious.  We mostly stuck to our normal "staycation" style of vacationing but it was really great to have some time off without any commitments. I got a lot of crafts crafted, including finishing up my sasquatch quilt, and lots of Netflix watched. It was so good for the soul!

3.  Ikea Trip = New Book Case

While we were off, we did check out the new Ikea in St. Louis.  I was in desperate need of a new bookshelf. My old bookshelf was overflowing and you were finding books everywhere around the house.  It was a success and it was super fun rearranging all my books and bookish trinkets.  I really loved Ikea and I can't wait to go back and replace some other household stuff I've been neglecting.

Man, I feel like I didn’t spend a ton of time reading but looking back I got so much accomplished! I read an uber creepy book called You by Caroline Kepnes. It’s told from the point of view from a sociopath named Joe who meets a woman in the bookstore he works in and then basically stalks her. It’s so good and creepy. I’m on the sequel Hidden Bodies now and it’s one of those books that is addictive and hard to put down. I also finished listening to the audiobook Without You, There is No Us by Suki Kim, about a journalist who poses as a Christian missionary and get a job teaching at a school to the sons of elite members of the DPK party in North Korea. It was fascinating and I highly recommend it! 

Guyssssss. I finally watched The Jinx about Robert Durst and holy shit. It was so good and unsettling. I know it seems like all my read/watched/listened this month are creepy unsettling things but true crime is my jam. I also started watching Key and Peele with my boyfriend, which is amazing. I literally cannot think of the Continental Breakfast skit without laughing. 

Shoutout to Sevi from Ware if the Vodka who recommended the podcast My Favorite Murder a few weeks ago, but it’s literally all I’ve been listening to. I’m finally caught up and feel so lost without Karen and Georgia talking about murder in my ears on my commute each day. I’m so obsessed, I’m ordering merch as we speak because I need to represent my favorite podcast like asap. 

Also this month:

Cardinals Care 6K 
I am not a runner but this is my second 6K I’ve ran/walked this year. I didn’t train for it so I was pleasantly surprised when I was 3 minutes faster than I was in the spring. It was perfect weather for a race in downtown St. Louis and you get to end the race inside Busch Stadium. It was pretty cool to see my boyfriend waiting at the end for me, and I got to eat delicious french toast afterward so it was basically the best. 

Back to Work 
I think I’ve mentioned before that I took some time off in August, so my first day back at work was on September 6th. I was nervous to go back but it’s been amazing. I’m on a new team that I really like and I feel like I’ve finally got my work mojo back. I’m starting to hit my goals that I was working on before I left so it feels good to be crushing it. 

Murder Mystery Dinner 
Every quarter my work hosts an offsite event. I've missed the past two but this quarter is was a murder mystery dinner. It was so cool and really fun! I've never been to anything like it before. My friends and I all wore black dresses and got flapper headbands, since it was 1920s themed. We each got small parts and it was a fun way to bond with people you see everyday but don't get to interact with as much. Plus the food and drinks were A++. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

October Small Goals

Happy October friends! My favorite month is upon us and the temps are finally cooling down. I've worn tights and booties multiple times lately! Just a basic girl loving fall and her pumpkin spice lattes. Jen inspired me lately to start writing out a weekly to do list on Monday mornings and I feel like it's made a huge difference in the amount of things I get done. I'm way more likely to work on crossing things off after work when I have it written down and Jen as my partner in crime. This month I'm trying to be more intentional with my goals since I have a huge list of things to accomplish by my 30th birthday. As always, we are linking up with Nicole at Writes Like a Girl so go check out everyone's small goals! 

Jen's Small Goals

1. Seasonal Pinterest Projects.  Yaaaaassssss!  I feel like I crushed this one in particular probably because I really like the project I picked.  I chose to make quilted spider web table runners with matching candy corn coasters.  I used this tutorial and just used the extra triangles to make the candy corn coasters. I ended up with two different sized runners and two coasters. Cutting angles was super tricky since I'd never done it before but I'm super into the outcome.
2. Outfit Prep. Most evenings I actively thought about what I would wear the next day. Every morning I at least had an idea in mind. Some mornings I threw the ideas out the window and went with other outfits. But it felt really good to have a plan each morning.
 3. Bake some shit.  I made a chocolate turtle poke cake. It was so chocolately, carmely and just really good.  I had plans to bake something else towards the end of the month but the funds weren't there.  I'm still calling this a win.
4. Read 1 physical book.  I read two physical comics so I'm totally counting this one. Gotham Academy, Volume 1 & Squirrel Girl, Volume 2. I'd recommend both of them! I'm super excited for the team up of Lumberjanes & Gotham Academy in the spring. I think Gotham Academy is going to be a new favorite!
5. Make cat toys.  I fixed one of our current cat toys, does that count? I think I'm going to call this one a fail since I really wanted to make some new toys.

Finishing 4/5 is a pretty good month!
October Small Goals

1. Nightly routine.  I would like to say I'm a person who washes her face before bed and has an entire nightly routine. But I don't. I usually read or watch tv until I can hardly keep my eyes open and then flop into bed.  Last month I started using a face moisturizer (because I'm 30) and this month I really hope I can develop a nightly routine so I can use that moisturizer twice a day.

2. Pin Storage.  I'm tired of digging through pins. Some sort of pin storage organization will happen this month!
3. Try Pore Strips. I'm definitely one of those people who can get caught up in watching the pore strip videos (they are just soooo ewwww but fascinating at the same time?!).  I've never tried them but I'm super into the idea of ridding my pores of all the built up gunk.
4.  (re)Read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I'm sure this has everything to do with the movie just being released, but I'm going to try to get caught up on this series. I think I read the first two but I know I bought the third one on sale and never read it. I think they will make great seasonal reading.
5. Fall Outing.  It's not a secret how much I love fall.  I'm going to try to schedule some sort of fall outing this month. I'm not sure if it will be a fall festival, a pumpkin patch or even just a bonfire but I'm doing something that screams fall!

Heather's Small Goals

1. No outfit repeats    Done! I meant to keep a more detailed photo record of this but I was able to wear something different every day this month. It helped me to keep my wardrobe fresh and forced me to wear somethings that don't get a ton of love. 
2. Try yoga   Soooo I technically didn't try yoga but I did buy tickets to a Cats & Yoga event on October 6th so I'm pretty stoked about that. 
3. Send some snail mail    Done and done! I sent some mail to my friend Meredith, a postcard to my sister, and became pen pals with my friend Amanda. It was a good month for snail mail. 
4. Make 2 embroidery hoop crafts  Another thing done! I made a small "That's What She Said" hoop and a 30 Rock quote embroidery that I sent to Meredith. It felt nice to get some things crossed off my list. 
5. Solo dates with my beebs  Sadly the most important thing on my to do list didn't get done. I am making this my priority for October though. I want to soak in that one on one time with my beebs. 

4/5 is pretty solid! 

October Small Goals 

1. Stick to my budget  I recently combined budgets with my boyfriend and we are actively working towards jointly paying off debt. Adulthood is so fascinating. I went like insanely over budget, like double my spending budget, which led to some pretty tough conversations. This month I'm determined to stay under budget. 
2. Daily Gratitude list  I want to be a little more present and grateful in my daily life so I think keeping a daily list of 1-3 things I'm grateful for will help me with that. I also bought the 52 Weeks of Happiness list book so I think I'll incorporate that as well. 
3. Write two short stories/essays One goal I want to accomplish by my birthday is to write more. I have a goal of writing 3 short stories by my birthday so it would be really nice to make some time this month to write some of those ideas I've been thinking about for awhile.  
4. Accessorize twice a week  I was talking to Jen recently about all this jewelry I have but never wear. I want to bust some of that out this month and try to accessorize two outfits per month. 
5. Make two Halloween crafts  I love crafting and I love Halloween. So far I'm thinking I need a wreath and maybe some spooky garland? I need to get on that ASAP.