Book Club: After I Do

For the longest time I held off of making After I Do a book club choice. For one, I have already chosen a Taylor Reid novel, and secondly I was worried that some people would think, “Clearly Monique is doing this because she’s a friend of Taylor.” But then I remembered one very crucial fact: this is my blog and I can do whatever the hell I want to! *Throws confetti in the air*

Book Club: After I Do


I think I’m so in love with this novel because it’s a more representational of reality than most of the pastel-cover novels on my shelf. As much as I love a good meet-cute and a well timed declaration of love, After I Do is a romance novel about falling out of love rather than into it. Not even going to lie: it felt nice to read this on Valentine’s day and tell myself “See! Love is terrible!”  But the next day when I picked it up again, I realized that was not the lesson Taylor is trying to teach us. It’s more about committing to the fight for love once the googly eyes you have for someone settles back into your head. Also I’m a sucker for any book/movie/tv show where the heroine learns she’s stronger than she initially thought (cue girl power music). I highly recommend After I Do, and I’m not one to lie about my opinions of books (just ask my freshman year English teacher who received a detailed essay about my deep hatred for The Odyssey). 

Bedroom Inspiration For My NYC Apartment

Lately I’ve been spending hours on Pintrest and home decor websites lustily eyeing furniture, bedding and home accents. Both me and my sister are gearing up to move into an apartment together, and I can hardly wait. I’ve spent the last three years in super cramped dorm rooms, and I am just itching to get

Life’s Simple Pleasures

{My bracelet that reminds me of Malibu beaches and the good ‘ol days free of parkas}   As a native Californian, the brutal east coast weather has been particularly painful. While I feel that Spring can’t get here fast enough, I’m trying to enjoy the small things in life. I would like to be able