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DIY Bronzing Oil

Happy Saturday!

I hope you’re all enjoying a nice relaxing day off! I always feel like Saturdays are the perfect time for DIY or some kind of project or beauty indulgence session which is why I thought I’d share some DIY projects I’ve done in the past here on the blog with all of you so I hope you enjoy and do let me know how it goes if you decide to try them out for yourself!

What’s Your Favorite DIY Project or Recipe?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

Have A Great Weekend!


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I’m so happy it’s almost the weekend 🙂

I went to the Host midnight showing ( which was actually shown at 10 PM for some reason…) last night and it was tons of fun!

Highly recommend the book as well, but the film was also really good, though the beginning is like an overload on the awkward voice overs.

Also, tried out this incredible dark chocolate from Lindt – it’s the Sea Salt Caramel one. OMG ! SO GOOD. And, why yes, I did sneak it into the theater in my purse last night at the premiere. Even those who don’t normally like dark chocolate will like this . It’s my new indulgence – highly recommend!!

It’s that time again for this week’s Blogger Link Love Friday so without delay, here are some of my favorite posts from the week!


Minestrone Soup Recipe – Undressed Skeleton

I really love Undressed Skeleton, a tumblr blog, which focuses on healthy eating and fitness. She always posts amazing recipes and really creative ways to make things more fun and healthy to eat, but also taste great. I can’t recommend her blog enough if you’re into smoothies and healthy eating!

Non-Muji Makeup Storage – Hello, I’m Terri Lowe

I follow this awesome blog, Hello I’m Terri Lowe,  via Bloglovin’ and she’s really great! She always does really fun and interesting posts in a unique way that never seems like it’s been re-hashed from somewhere else. I highly recommend this one as a great read!


7 Tips to Make Sure Your Post Actually Gets Red – HeartIFB

If you’re a blogger and you don’t already follow HeartIFB, then GET ON IT RIGHT NOW! They have the most helpful information for bloggers, in my opinion, of most blogs out there on the topic. They focus mostly on tips and tools for fashion bloggers ( IFB = Independent Fashion Bloggers, after all ), but much of their advice could be applied to any blogger across the board. They are amazing and they’re my #1 source for helpful information on blogging.

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Holi Nails – Enamel Online

I really love these super festive nails from Enamel Online – I think they’d be amazing for Easter or just Spring, in general, plus I love the fact that the design is not beyond my ability…as I’m still pretty nail inferior.  She does a lot of amazing nail designs and has loads of posts featuring creative nail art so I highly recommend her if you’re into nail beauty and trends.

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11 Good Carbs That Help You Lose Weight – Skinny Ms.

Skinny Ms. is such an amazing website for all things health, fitness and weight loss with a strong focus on women. I love that they always feature articles, like this one, that list a variety of ways to get your greens in or otherwise the various benefits of certain foods. The posts are always easy reads, but they almost always feature valuable and helpful information on how to be more fit and healthy.

Beauty Giveaways to Sign Up For – Flawless Beauty

Flawless Beauty by Glory Chen always features a variety of fun posts on Asian beauty products which I love, but she also does really nice posts like this one where she lists a variety of current beauty giveaways she’s signed up for that you can sign up for too. Thanks for sharing the love girl! 😉

So That’s It for Blogger Link Love Friday; What Links Are You Loving This Week?

Please Share Them In the Comments!]

Have A Great Weekend! ♥

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Happy Friday All! 

It’s time for this week’s Blogger Link Love Friday so without delay, here are some of my favorite posts from the week!

22 DIY Spring Tees – Shelterness

I follow Shelterness on Bloglovin’ for the awesome DIY ideas they frequently post and this post was especially awesome because it features how to make your own Deathly Hallows Tee – need I say more?! If you’re not down with HP, they have loads of other amazing DIY ideas and projects to try.

Travel Makeup Bag – A Little Boat Sailing

This lovely post from A Little Boat Sailing  features a bunch of her travel makeup items which I thought was such a fun post for makeup items! She features tons of fashion and beauty posts so definitely check her blog out if you’re into all that!

Tropical Green Smoothie (vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

Tropical Green Smoothie (vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

As we get closer to Summer, I find myself drinking and loving smoothies more and more and Averie Cooks is always coming up fantastic recipes for them! I featured another of her smoothie recipes in a previous Link Love post and really, they’re that awesome so do check out her blog!

MAC Giveaway! – Tara’s Treats

Tara’s Treats is doing a lovely MAC Giveaway so you have the chance to win your choice of a MAC Lipstick or Eyeshadow. Tara features lots of lovely beauty posts from skincare to makeup and more so definitely check out her blog for well thought out, informative posts on all things beauty related and be sure to sign up for the MAC Giveaway – Only 22 Days Left!!

Makeup Collection & Storage – Islaay

I love posts {and videos!} where people showcase their beauty obsession. I like to show the videos to my boyfriend as proof that I’m not alone hahah. Islaay is a lovely UK beauty & style blog which features tons of fun posts on both. I really enjoy how pretty her posts are and they’re always a good read so do check her blog out!

How to Spring Clean In One Day – The Glitter Guide

If you’re unfamilar, you really ought to check out The Glitter Guide! From home design, DIY, beauty, style and fashion, I feel like this site has it all and is a fun read if you enjoy lots of slideshow type posts, which I do, because I have quite a short attention span! I love this Spring Cleaning post they did, complete with awesome infographic, on how to get all your Spring cleaning done in 1 day!

That’s All for Blogger Link Love Friday – Do Check Out the Blogs & Please Link Me to Posts You’re Loving This Week In the Comments!

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And Now, It’s Time for the Blogiversary Beauty Giveaway Winner Announcement!

With that, the Blogiversary Giveaway Winner is Stefanie Gladden!

Please email me StorybookApothecary@gmail.com with whether you’d like me to shop for you at Sephora or if you prefer a straight $50 gift card.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and tweeted, pinned and facebooked and especially those who just follow my blog and read my posts on the daily. It means a lot so thanks so much! I look forward to doing more giveaways as we go into Spring & Summer so stay tuned & have a lovely weekend!

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Happy Sunday! 

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and enjoyed some down time and laughs.

I’ve just been hanging out, working out and reading the second book in the Beautiful Creatures series, Beautiful Darkness. It’s pretty good if you’re into witchcraft, magic, and the South. I like it, anyway 🙂

While you’re lounging about, Here’s some Posts You May Have Missed This Week!

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Man, today felt ridiculous, what with the “Spring Forward” time change. It really murdered any attempts I made at getting up at 4 AM this week, but at least I still made it to the gym a few times anyway and I’ll go on the weekend as well. My eating was spot on this week, though, so that makes me happy! Tomorrow is my blog birthday – can you believe it?! Anyone have any ideas how that should be celebrated? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Anyway, onto today which is Blogger Link Love Friday! I hope you enjoy all the featured bloggers and discover some new bloggers to love ❤


Romantic Thoughts – Little Fashionista on the Prairie

I love this awesome outfit collage from Little Fashionista on the Prairie, especially the skirt and those earrings! It’s really spot-on romantic and lovely. There are always fantastic fashion posts going on this blog so I highly recommend checking it out for great style inspiration!

Roman Holiday – Audrey Hepburn – I’m Cool Ok

I really enjoyed this Style Icon post from I’m Cool Ok because I love Audrey Hepburn! She has so many great quotes {and outfits!} and her philosophy on life is really admirable. This was a fun post on her film, Roman Holiday, and why Audrey is awesome. Which she is. This blog is always featuring fun fashion posts, often inspired by celebrities and things, which I think is a lot of fun to follow.


March Popsugar Must Have Box – Adventures In Polishland

This fun post from Adventures In Polishland features what’s in the March Popsugar Must Have Box. It looks like a fun box to receive, peeps and all so definitely check out her post to see what she got! She also does frequent nail art posts and they are amazing!


How to Wear Polka Dots – Fancy Francy

I love this fashion blog, Fancy Francy, because the fashion is really wearable and always looks effortless. They also feature style and beauty posts and I find them to be really fun to read. I love this one on how to wear polka dots fashionably!

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Grocery Shopping in Japan – Mrs Gaeul

This post that Mrs. Gaeul did on her grocery shopping experience in Japan was SO COOL to see! I’ve never been to Japan so I find it really interesting what with my being a huge foodie and all. I think this blog is really fun and humorous to read as Autumn, the blogger behind this brilliance takes us on all of her life’s adventures in beauty, fashion, fitness, and travel! Plus, I think she’s really unique in that she’s a Muslim American woman and I really haven’t seen many women like her in the blogosphere, but I am loving it!

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Closet Staple: Black Skinny Jean – With Love, Shmon

I really enjoyed this post With Love, Shmon did on black skinny jeans. I totally agree with her that they’re a total closet staple and super easy to style. She always has awesome style posts and blogs a lot on fashion and beauty. I find her blog to be really simple, cute and fun!

Sugarpill Cosmetics – La Belle Dame Sans Merci

I absolutely love La Belle Dame Sans Merci blog! She always has awesome beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts that feature awesome products and honest reviews. This post on Sugarpill Cosmetics was a fun read and the colors look fantastic! Definitely check out some of her great posts.

What Are Some Of Your Favorite Posts From This Week?

Have a Great Weekend Lovelies!

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Happy Friday!

I’m so happy it’s almost the weekend!

For some reason, this week was so difficult to get through. I don’t know if it’s just me or not, but the week felt like it just dragged on forever. I couldn’t summon the willpower to get up at my usual 4 AM at all this week so I guess my body is in need of down time and just forgot to tell me. Or this is her way of telling me haha. So, instead, I’ve gone a few times less than usual this week in the evenings, but I’ll likely go all weekend to make up for it!

Anyway, back to the post! Today is Blogger Link Love Friday! If you don’t know already ( you probably do 😉 ), every Friday I’ve begun a feature where I do a post on my favorite bloggers’ posts that I’ve seen and loved this past week so I can share the love and pass on the goodness to all of you so I hope you enjoy!

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DIY : Michael Kors Leather Nugget Pendant necklace – Cinnamon Spring

First up is this brilliant DIY post from Cinnamon Spring where she teaches you how to make your own version of the Michael Kors Leather Nugget Pendant Necklace and it’s a brilliant tutorial! I absolutely love her blog because she’s always featuring amazing DIY fashion tutorial posts that are super easy to follow and do yourself at home. I highly recommend her blog as one to follow!

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Dreamcatcher Nails – RaRa Reid

I absolutely love RaRa Reid‘s blog for all things nail design because she has the most creative, artistic and lovely nail designs I’ve seen! I mean, Look at that feather! I just think it looks like actually painting and it’s really inspiring to someone as nail art inferior as me!

DIY Image to Canvas Tutorial – Confessions of a Small Town Girl

This awesome DIY tutorial from Confessions of a Small Town Girl is really easy to follow and what a great end result! I had no idea you could DIY this, but it’s definitely on my list of things to try now! She mostly does fashion and beauty type posts, but I really enjoyed this one.

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How to Customize Your Facebook Page – Sweet Jelly Bean

D @ SweetJellyBean is mostly a beauty and lifestyle lovely mommy blogger, but she does the most amazing tutorials! They’re always easy to follow and understand and very helpful if you’re new to blogging, social media, and the like. I highly recommend hers as one to follow – her posts are always a fun read and I’m always learning new things from her!

Amarya Beauty Box – Juicy Satsuma

I love the Juicy Satsuma blog! She’s a lovely cruelty free fashion and beauty blogger who always has fun posts on both which are entertaining, helpful, thorough and great to read. I always see cool new products I’d love to try or fun fashions that intrigue me!

Almond Breeze Tropical Sunshine Smoothie Recipe – Baked Bree

 For some reason, it’s beginning to seem like it’s mandatory for me to feature some kind of food post in these link love posts. Maybe it’s because I am such a foodie I can’t resist or maybe it just shows the ridiculous amount of fitness and food blogs I follow. Anyway, Baked Bree is up there with the best of them! Her photos are incredible and her recipes are even better! She always features delicious looking food and drink and I am constantly drooling as I trawl through her blog – it’s ridiculous. This smoothie recipe looks SO GOOD! I will be trying this as soon as the weather warms up a bit – maybe sooner.

So, that’s all for this week’s Blogger Link Love Friday – I hope you enjoyed and found some new blogs to follow and love as much as I do!

What Are Some of Your Favorite Posts from the Week?

Link Me to Them in the Comments!

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Last week, I did my first ever Blogger Link Love Friday and featured articles I’d recently seen from some fellow bloggers that I loved and wanted to share with you all. I decided to make this a permanent feature on Storybook Apothecary so I hope you enjoy these link love posts and check out all the lovely blogs!

Basic Outfit of the Day – The Urban Umbrella

I love this super simple outfit from The Urban Umbrella, a lovely UK fashion blog! She kind of looks somewhere between a sailor and a school girl, only more modern. I love the look and she has tons of other fun fashion posts. You can see this post – here.

February Favorites – Lauraxamy

This fun February Favorites post from Lauraxamy was a great read! I definitely want the Embroyolisse cream now! She always has fun fashion and beauty posts to check out so I highly recommend her blog as one to follow!

Pineapple Mango Vitamin C Booster Smoothie (vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

Pineapple Mango Vitamin C Booster Smoothie (vegan, GF) – averiecooks.com

This Pineapple Mango Smoothie Recipe from Averie Cooks looks amazing! I follow tons of food blogs as I’m a big foodie, healthy food nut at heart and this one sounds lovely! There are always great recipes popping up on this blog as well as other healthy living and wellness tips, but this post is current and looks amazing. Trying it ASAP as it’s high in vitamin C which actually helps encourage collagen production (wrinkle fighter – yes!).

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Spring Fashion – The Crown Wings

The Crown Wings is a lovely fashion and beauty blog hailing from UK and she’s always featuring beautiful collages on the latest trends like this one, shown above, where she discusses upcoming trends for Spring & Summer. I am loving these colors!

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Fashion Fun – Dreaming of A Little Sunshine – Travel Lady with a Baby

I love Travel Lady with a Baby, not because I have a baby ( because I don’t haha ), but because she gives great tips on how to be stylish while traveling and she highlights some of the coolest things to do in various places around the world that she’s traveled to. She gives great travel advice, especially to moms traveling with young ones, and is always a great read! This post is a fashion related one on sunshine fashion – loved it!


Influenster Sweetheart VoxBox – The Crystal Chronicles

I loved this post that Crystal of The Crystal Chronicles did recently on her Influenster Sweetheart VoxBox. It always interests me to see what different themed boxes Influenster comes out with and this one looked like a lot of fun with cool items in it, especially the Not Your Mother’s Volumizing Hair Spray. Crystal always does fun posts on beauty, health and the life of a mom and makeup artist.

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Lush Mask of Magnaminty Review – Keeping Up With Kelly Amanda

Keeping Up with Kelly Amanda is a fantastic blog which mostly features beauty and style type posts and very thorough and fun reviews. I love this recent one she did on Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty which is one of my favorites! I highly recommend checking out her review if you haven’t tried Lush face masks out. This is one of their best ones, in my opinion! She also has other equally awesome reviews for beauty so definitely have a look.

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American Apparel Nail Polish in Mannequin Review – All in the Blush

All in the Blush is a fantastic beauty blog which does tons of great reviews and the photos are also really amazing. I really loved this AA nail polish review  she did recently! The pink nude tint is lovely and her nails look amazing!

What Blogs Are You Loving Lately?

I’d love to know in the comments!

Have a Great Weekend! 

Happy Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week and are getting ready for a fun weekend!

I’ve been so seeing so many “Link Up”, “Link Love” and “Blog Hop” posts going on all the blogs I follow. It seems like everyone is doing them and I thought it would be a fun post to start doing every Friday so I might just start making this a regular thing, but until then, here are some of my favorite posts from the week from various blogs that I follow and love.

Hope you Enjoy!


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Dip Dye Round 2 – Candy Coloured Dreams

I absolutely love this fashion & beauty blog called CandyColouredDreams!

She has loads of great posts on her outfits, fashion and style tips, and beauty favorites. The post I’ve featured shows her with a lovely dip dye color to her pretty hair! I really think it looks fabulous on her!

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Clawfoot Tubs – Le Zoe Musings

Clawfoot Tubs – Le Zoe Musings

Le Zoe Musings is a great mommy and design blog that I follow. She has tons of lifestyle-esque posts on food, home & design, and style which makes her blog really fun to follow because it’s so diverse. Also, her adorable daughter Zoe is super cute and has better clothes than me – so jelly! This recent post she did on a mash-up of excellent looking clawfoot tubs.

Lux Box January – Lux Life Blog

Lux Box January – Lux Life Blog

Catherine Lux ( her real name – so legit! ) of Lux Life Blog always has great lifestyle, fashion and beauty posts. I really enjoy her beauty posts, being the beauty addict that I am, but she has tons of other posts on various things for those not so interested in beauty. Definitely check her out!

Be Beautiful, Be You – Miss Sunshine Sparkle

Be Beautiful, Be You – Miss Sunshine Sparkle 

Danielle at Miss Sunshine Sparkle is a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger who writes about tons of different things. I really enjoy all of her posts, especially the fashion and beauty ones, but this one in particular struck a chord being that I’m a woman and we all seem to struggle with self love. It’s a fantastic, intimate, and easy-to-relate-to post on the struggles of loving yourself and why you should be happy and accepting of yourself.

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Phase Eight Wedding Guest Outfit Competition Entry – Bewitchery.wordpress.com

Phase Eight Wedding Guest Outfit Competition Entry – Bewitchery

Naomi of Bewitchery always has fantastic fashion and beauty posts. I especially enjoyed this one she did recently for a competition entry because the outfit she put together looks super stylish and chic. Definitely check out her post and vote for her in the competition!


The Times – My Big Fat Fashion Statement – Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust

The Times – My Big Fat Fashion Statement – Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust

This is perhaps the most striking post I’ve read all week. It definitely hit home with me as someone who has been bullied and teased in the past for my weight and certainly judged for it. I really admire the confidence and unapologetic attitudes of these incredible plus size models. They all look incredible and they have no fear, which is really something to be respected. In the article in The Times ( which you can read at the link above ), each of these fashion bloggers speaks about their experiences being plus size, in both a fashion perspective and life in general, and why they simply don’t give a shit about others projecting their own insecurities onto them. I really quite loved the article and found it so empowering for any woman, whether you are skinny, fat or somewhere in between. It actually made me want to throw my paper up and walk out of work all blasé, like, Don’t give a f**k! so definitely give it a read!

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Haircare Giveaway $50 Voucher – Beautiful Kayekie

Haircare Giveaway $50 Voucher – Beautiful Kayekie

Beautiful Kayekie is a lifestyle mommy blog which has lots of posts on beauty, design, photography and DIY. She’s doing an awesome giveaway right now for a $50 voucher to MyHaircare.Com.au so definitely sign up for that!


Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme Review – My Lucite Dreams

Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme Review – My Lucite Dreams

If you saw my GIG A Little Love post (if not, see it – here!), you’ll know all about how much I love the beauty blog, My Lucite Dreams! She has tons of great beauty reviews with a focus on natural beauty products, but also some high end designer ones as well and they’re always so thorough and comprehensive which I really love in a review post personally.


Tips from a Novice Traveler – Booking Flights – Creativity Arise

Tips from a Novice Traveler – Booking Flights – Creativity Arise

Brittany of Creativity Arise has fantastic and helpful posts about anything and everything creative. From her travels to her DIY adventures, she always has something new going on! I loved her recent post on how to save money while booking flights!

That’s all for now!

Are there any great blogs you follow or posts you’ve read this week?

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Alternatively, if you’re a blogger, leave your favorite post from your blog in the comments, if you like, as well!

Have a Great Weekend! 

In honor of February, the non-official official month of LooOove, GIG (AKA Girls Inspired Group), a blogger group I am a part of, came up with a great idea to spread the blogger love this month by posting about our favorite bloggers and post ( or 2! ) that I really loved and enjoyed from them.

Here Goes!


Taylor at My Lucite Dreams is a fantastic blogger. She features tons of products, reviews them and shows clear, detailed swatches for most. Aside from being great at what she does, she’s lovely, gorgeous, and very kind. I really enjoy reading her posts, following her on Instagram, having little chats here and there with her and reading her posts. I love that she features a wide range of products from designer to natural beauty – both skincare and makeup – and she does such a thorough job of it that you’ll want every product she’s raved on!

She’s done tons of great posts, but some of my favorites are the reviews for NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, OCC Lip Tars, and more recently, the Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil. She also did a fun post on Valentine’s Day Beauty, which was a fun read!

Lastly, I just want to say that I love Taylor’s motto and that is that beauty is from the inside out and true beauty comes from within. I couldn’t agree more with that motto!

I hope you’ll all check out her posts and follow her blog – I love it and I know you will too!

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Have a Great Day!