Book Review: Someday, Someday Maybe

Someday, Someday Maybe

Someday, Someday Maybe

I fell head over heels for Lauren Graham way back in 2000. She was playing the quirky Lorelei on Gilmore Girls and she stole the show. Since then I’ve followed her career through  Evan Almighty and Parenthood, loving every minute of it.

Though I wasn’t necessarily surprised to see such a smart woman writing a novel, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well it turned out. Unlike the tragic efforts of many actors-turned-writers (ahem, James Franco), Graham’s book is accessible, wonderful and perfect for its genre.

Franny Banks is a twenty-something aspiring actress waiting for her big break. The city life has lost its allure and late-night waitressing shifts are taking their toll. Rather than give up all together, Franny chooses to give acting one last shot.

Though Ballantine has marketed the book as “women’s fiction,” it strikes me as a perfect example of “new adult” These books concentrate on a character who is transitioning from college life to adulthood — a grown up The Catcher in the Rye if you will.

Overall, I really liked this book. It’s a good weekend read, nothing too heavy or too fluffy.

Rating: 3/5

The Great Gatsby

The 20s have always been a source of wonder and excitement — Ziegfield Follies, flappers, gin rickeys… All of the nostalgia has reached new heights with the release of Baz Lurhmann‘s take on The Great Gatsby. With typical Lurhmann spectacle, the movie is an event not to be missed. That being said, it’s certainly not for everyone. Fans of the Redford version will be sorely disappointed  gone are the jazz beats and floaty dresses. Lurhmann has interpreted the story in a way that is simultaneously closer to Fitzgerald’s original and strangely modern. The music throughout is a source of great contention — NPR’s take here. Rather than sticking to typically jazz age music the movie is laced with rap beats and indie tracks. At times the effect is jarring; Gatsby’s great parties seem an ill fit for Beyoncé. The great exception is Lana del Rey’s Young and Beautiful. Appearing several times throughout the film it perfectly captures the haunting romance between Daisy & Gatsby and Myrtle & Tom. Without further ado, here’s Young and Beautiful:

Just in case you need more enticement to see the film, here’s my favorite trailer:

If you’re looking for even more 1920s immersion, check out these books. I’m partial to Tender is the Night myself but all of them come with my highest recommendations.

  • Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald: One of Fitzgerald’s later novels, this book is delicious! Filled with affairs, flappers and movie stars it’s a great beach read.
  • Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: How could I not include one of the books Rory read on Gilmore Girls?! This is a bit more serious with less story and more historical discussion but it’s still a fun read.
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker: This gem of a book is constantly in my reading rotation — I just can’t get enough of Parker’s short stories and hilarious poems.
  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: The latest addition to my collection, Z is shaping up to be a favorite. I highly recommend the audio version for a true “Zelda Sayer” experience.

Loving on Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day I thought that I’d share a few things that I’ve been loving recently. Because the number of books I’ve enjoyed would be far too large for a single post*, these favorites are primarily food and beauty related.

Bunheads Dancers


First up, a television show that has quickly made its way to the top of my “must watch” list. Bunheads is the newest offering from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino. It centers around a showgirl (Sutton Foster) who has moved to a small town and taken over the dance school. Bunheads has all the elements that made Gilmore Girls so beloved: quirky characters, fast-paced dialogue, witty references and lovely musical cues. For those who loved Gilmore Girls, Bunheads is like a trip back home to Stars Hollow complete with some familiar faces.

DaVinci Flavor Syrup

Vanilla and Hazelnut Syrup

I spotted these at Sam’s Club whilst I was home for the holidays and I’ve been using them ever since. Though not quite as good as a Starbucks latte, coffee with these babies is pretty darn great. They’re the perfect morning indulgence!

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

I can’t take the credit for this discovery – one of my favorite youtubers raves about it all the time! This powder is incredible at setting makeup without making you look too cakey. Best of all, coming in at under $6 you can’t beat the price.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation

Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin

Another great drugstore product, this foundation easily outperforms the high-end foundations I’ve tried in the past year (I’m looking at you Smashbox!) If you’re looking for a lightweight foundation this is NOT it! However, for someone who wants a foundation that will last all day with a medium coverage it’s the cat’s pajamas.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in Barely Branded and Inked in Pink

I’ve been looking for a good dupe for the MAC paint pots for quite some time. These new offering from Maybelline might be the silver bullet – they’re gorgeous and long-wearing. Unlike their regular Color Tattoo counterparts, these two shades are very neutral and wearable for everyday.

 Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Cavaliere

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in # 65 Cavaliere

The nude lip trend looks absolutely amazing on some but it just makes me look washed out. This lipstick from Chanel is the perfect solution – a hint of neutral color that allows my natural pink undertones to shine through.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me

Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me

Another great “your lips but better” product! Cherry Me looks exactly as the name suggests: like you’ve had a cherry popsicle. The formula is very moisturizing making it great for throwing in your back pocket or purse.


What have you been loving lately?








*Keep your eyes out for “The Library of Alexandra Book Awards” next month!