Book Club Moments: the Haunting of Hill House

Welcome all ye that enter in Hill House. The rooms are really quite cozy and the atmosphere pleasant. That is, if you can get past all the twisted sculptures, the cold spot in the upstairs hall, the incessant banging on your door at night,"Mother, is that you?" This book was a fun read for me. Was it the best I've ever read? Probably not, but let me share with you a few reasons I would recommend it. I am a fan of imagination. Of not spelling everything out for the reader/viewer. I am a fan of breaths...let me explain. I feel we have entered into an age where we feel our brains need constant information. Not information in the traditional sense but in the sense of cartoons are constant motion, dialogue or action. Movies need to be pushing limits and never leaving you hanging in your seat in suspense. A lot of what I see doesn't leave me enough time to breathe in what just happened before pushing me into the next sequence. This book was written in 1959 and was a major influence for Stephen King....I mean right??? According to the Wall Street Journal, the book is "now widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written." Now, remember what I said, this book is not your typical blood and gore that you have to sing Disney songs after reading just to get to sleep. This one let's you breathe. There are moments that are slow that I absolutely love because it puts you in the right frame of mind. Alone. Hopeless. The silence engulfs you and it's almost claustrophobic. What a 'haunting' thought yes? YES! 
We were able to discuss this and soooo much more as we gathered in one of our members amazing penthouse in Salt Lake. Most of us met to carpool and we were able to snap a few shots just for fun. The ever amazing McKenzie from Photography by McKenzie came and wowed us with her skillz ;). Check her out here and see how your life will never be the same after knowing her!
Do these not look amazing??? They are Autumn Pear Dumplings with a cream cheese filling. You can see how to make them for your next gathering, party or...I don't know, MEAL here
Look at us. Aren't we creepy? Gothic? Haunting? After lots of selfies (lol) we all jumped into multiple cars with our various yummies that we were bringing and OFF we went! Beth welcomed us in to her dark and leery feeling space holding a black cat and sporting an amazing costume complete with a fascinator that was to die for. 
Everything there was amazing and a feast for the eyes. Her bookshelves were ladened with skulls, potion books and portraits that would change before your very eyes. Her fireplace looks like something straight out of a home magazine and the food table, oh the food table....ya know, I'm just going to let you look at these next pictures without my endless chatter. I'll catch up with you in a few....hours, cuz there's a lot ; ).

I'm baaaaaaaaack.....did you miss me? lol Wanted to show you a few more fun things. Below you'll see the older version of the Haunting playing on the wall. Just eerily hanging there, playing.
Do you see these darling cups with stars? I love this little detail and that's what makes me love this book club. They are all about the details. In the book there is a little girl that has a cup of stars. She doesn't like to drink from any other cup. It must be from her cup of stars. That night, we drank from the stars =). It was a combo of ginger ale, ginger, lemons and limes. I could have had that all night long!
THIS was super cool! In the book the different colored rooms play a big part in the house. Almost as though they are characters in the book. Beth took us on a "tour" of Hill House by changing the color of the lighting in the room we were in with the click of a button. The messages on the wall were most clear (and creepy) when we "visited" the blue room. Brava Beth, brava! All in all? Another successful book club meeting. We are reading Black Moon by Teri Harman if you want to read along and share your thoughts. Teri will be joining us at our next book meeting which happens to be our yearly retreat. So excited to pick her brain =). If you end up reading it or already have and have questions, leave them in the comments and I'll be sure to ask her!
Till next time book club lubbers...


Numb By Way Of the Dentist...Let's Apply Lipstick!!!

Silly little video I thought you guys might giggle at, nay, laugh heartily. My mouth was all kinds of numb on one side so I thought...lipstick video!!!!! LOL Enjoy!


Halloween Statue Makeup and CONTEST!!!!!!

So excited to bring you the FIRST Halloween tutorial for this month...EEK!!!!! The camera cut out a bit at the end but not before  show you how to do everything, no worries dears ;). Also, the Classy Halloween Makeup Contest starts...NOW!!! This whole month I want you to do fun Halloween looks and send them to me for a chance to win!!! I will be giving away THIS amazing makeup case that has 60 eyeshadow colors, 24 baked eyeshadows, 4 liquid liners, five cream bases, 8 pencil liners and 6 brush tools to help you achieve any look you want!!!! I am also giving away a $50 Forever 21 gift card to the winner.

Want to know how to enter? I though you might ;). Okay, here are the deets:

1. You must be a follower of this blog 
2. You must be 18 years old or older or have your parents permission to enter
3. Open to U.S. and Canada residents only
4. Enter as many Halloween looks as you want to dollcosmetics@gmail.com
5. A panel of judges will review each picture at the end of the contest and choose 5 finalists, the top winner will be chosen at random by using Random.org
6. All entries must be entered by October 30th at 5pm MST for judging
7. Share this post either on your blog, FB, Twitter or IG and comment here that you did (with the name you go by on the various sites).
That's IT!!!! Have SO much fun with this and show me what you got!!! I'm so excited to see {insert me giggling madly}


20 Facts About Me

I was tagged by the darling Aubrey of Dreaming About Someday to tell 20 facts about me so here goes!!!!
1. I LOVE to decorate!!!!! I love to throw parties, I love to help my friends decorate their homes, I love looking at homes and getting inspired! I change the decor in my house for EvErY holiday (unless you're going to count boxing day or Russian Old New Year's...not those kind ;D). The apothecary jars get filled with assortments of snowflakes, mints, conversation heats, fabric to match the holiday, mini beach balls, skulls laid on a bed of moss, autumn leaves, pinecones etc. Halloween is my fav and I have more totes for that time of year than any other (even Christmas, although that is coming along nicely too lol). Any excuse I have to transform an area to "take people away" I'm all about that!!!

2. I like bog BOWS and I cannot lie! The bigger the better, as far as head accessories, is what I say! I'm at the point now where when I don't wear one, I may tilt to one side ever so slightly.
3. I do NOT clean toilets and haven't since we have been married. I will lick the FLOOR and clean sinks and showers but if you make me clean a toilet I will gag and throw up. It's not a girly girl thing because I grew up with all boys and do a lot of stuff other girls won't....but toilets? Am I scared I'll fall in? I have NO idea but my wonderful hubby has cleaned them and has passed the royal plunger on to our oldest who cleans them every other day. Thank you boys!!!!!

4. I speak Russian. I sometimes feel like it was a dream that I lived there so long ago but I did and I MISS it like crazy!!! My husband also speaks Russian (we met in Siberia) so we try to keep up on it and our kids can speak a little. Yay Russia!!!!

5. I am sooooo in love with my little family, but mostly my hubby. He is the perfect match for me and I don't deserve him. He knows me better than anyone else and helps me through hard times like a champ. He is the first one I want to share news with and the only person I want to spend eternity with. I miss him most around 3 in the afternoon and always sigh that he doesn't get off till 5....the agony of waiting to play with my best friend!!! This surprise he did for me on our 10 year anniversary practically killed me and I was so grateful! We share the same goals, religious views, dreams and most opinions (would be terribly boring if we agreed on EVERYthing right???). I love him to the moon and back and hope all of you have someone that takes care of your heart as much as he takes care of mine and our boys'.
6. I used to nanny for the Terminator...before he was the Governator.....and NO I was a good girl and the famous "worker" was a maid, NOT me! lol

7. I ran a half marathon in just under 2 hours but I sooooo want to beat that time. I did my first one in 2 hours 18 min. We had been training for so long and were doing 9 min miles but then my partner hurt her IT band so we took it nice and slow. It was a wonderful race. A few weeks later I left for California to see the fam and my brother and I went out running. He nearly KILLED me but I shaved 19 min off my time! LOL Here he is finishing the St. George Marathon.

8. My dream getaway would be to travel all over abroad with my little family. Kev sent me tons of pics when he was in Armenia & Paris and all I wanted was to be with him! I have been to Omsk, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Moscow and Estonia. I would LOVE to visit Ireland. I've wanted to go there ever since I saw the Quiet Man with John Wayne. The way they speak, the rocks walls and rolling green hills, the cold, the mist.......MUST GO!!!!!!!!

9. My face gets BRIGHT red when I exercise and then goes purple. Not enough oxygen? God thinks purple would look good on me? NO clue but boy does it get red!!! When I started running cross country in high school I did so because I wanted to be around my brothers. I really looked up to them, although I wouldn't tell them that at the time. I wanted them to be proud of their sister so I ran hard.......but I was also a very insecure girl. The fact that I got so red wouldn't have bothered most people but it mortified me. Unfortunately it kept me from showing up to practices and I would shield my face during races. So sad. Luckily it's better now. The redness and the self esteem ; D.

10. I am addicted to Instagram. My hands shake if I don't check it every now and then. But do not fear friends...acceptance is the first step to recovery and I am setting limits. I will be well soon! But seriously though, I love looking at pictures! I need to be better at taking them though ha! I love to see beautiful photos and dream about the places in them, the makeup used on shoots, clothing, seasons, memories....I LOVE that we live in a world where we can capture time!!!

11. I am an EATER!!!!! Seriously, I have very few foods I don't like to eat.  My mom said I got my first tooth when I was only 3 months old. I'd like to think it was to get going with eating solids already! These, however, are foods I shy away from: Chili, bean with bacon soup, split pea soup, sweet potatoes (gag) and until recently enchiladas. My friend Sheryl made them whilst I was visiting her in Texas and I loved them!!!! Seriously She, I loved them!!! Some of my fav foods (how much time do you have?) are Borsh (there is and never should be a "T" on the end of that word), salmon with mashed potatoes and asparagus, monte cristo sandwiches, cream of pumpkin soup, salted fish salads from Russia, Chinese food and sushi! My heart may be breaking a tiny bit thinking about all these foods and having my poor mouth hurt from the dentist *sniff*. Look at it, all hail the Monte Cristo!!!! I'll have to share the best recipe with you soon!!!
12. Speaking of Sheryl, she helped me with this one. She says to put that I get horribly car sick (true story) but I'm hilarious on Dramamine (also a true story). I hardly EVER take medicine because it affects me so easily. Let's just say there was a road trip, I was on it, she was on it and one other friend, I took Dramamine, they laughed. End scene.
13. I sing/speak more than I actually speak. This is a realization others had to convince me of. When faced with it, I denied it, then everyone broke into song with MY very own words. It happens a lot while I am doing makeup so lucky you if I'm workin on ya...or I'm sorry.

14. I feel ANY situation in life can relate to FRIENDS and I quote the show often, very often!
15. I adooooooooooore reading. My dad used to read to us all the time and from his love of books, came my love of books. I get sad when I'm finished with a really good story because I feel I am parting ways with the characters I have grown to love. It's like, can't they just live on in a reality series that I watch every day??? Is it too much to ASK??? I would much rather turn pages than read on a computer or listen to an audio book. Unless it's the guy that reads the Harry Potter series. He is a GENIUS!!!! I've already told you guys about the AMAZING book club I just joined. You must check out all the details from our most recent meeting including the menu and recipes!!! Click here to see.

16. I love my friends and would do anything for them.  I don't have a "type" of friend that I get along with best because I like being friends with EVERYone! I invite everyone to parties because I love people. Chances are, if I know you, I consider you a friend and would do anything to help you out. Unless you are mean or don't get along well with others (how many times must we learn about this type of person on the Bachelor/ette to NOT choose them?). If not, come on by for cocoa and a nice chat!

17. I have sweaty hands....OH THE EMBARRASSMENT!!!!!!! I would let NONE of my boyfriends hold my hands...ever! My husband sometimes grabs my hand, doesn't let go, then says sweetly right into my eyes,"I don't care. Never have, never will." He melts my heart. I think it's gross. My brother also likes to remind me that I sweat on my face if I eat anything too spicy....thanks Jason.

18. I danced for MTV when I lived in Southern California. We opened up local clubs, danced back up for up and coming artists and appeared on a show called Global Grooves. We danced on the set of that 70's show, in front of the Hollywood sign and at the Santa Monica Pier. Super fun, but alas a looooong time ago.
19. I am a morning person AND a night owl. I've often been asked, since I don't drink coffee or caffeine, how I wake myself up in the morning....well, a good dance party with an exceptional shimmie never hurt anyone right?

20. I have never tasted a Coke in my life (gasps from women in Utah). Nor do I plan on it. Like I said, no caffeine for me hence me never planning on it. Back in the day I was a Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew girl. I smelled it once and thought it smelled nasty.