Things I Love – March 2018

by Brenna Holeman

This photo has nothing to do with this blog post but it was on my desktop because I shared it on Facebook today… and I’m lazy

This is a really weird blog post for me to write. I have 122 blog posts in my drafts folder (seriously) and yet today, when I sat down to write, I just really wanted to write about Shawn Mendes (seriously).

Listen, I love writing articles like last week’s You Are Enough, but they take a lot of time and, quite frankly, are also pretty emotionally draining. I also like writing articles like Where to Find Wisteria in London which are ridiculously boring to a lot of you (check out how many comments are on there vs. a post like this) but I do think it’s important to write useful posts once in a while and not just waffle on about myself, which, if you read through this blog, is clearly my most beloved subject (*and I wonder why I’m single*).

That being said… nope. Today is for wafflin’. And I’ve been reading so many good books and watching so many good shows and listening to so many good songs lately that I felt like writing about them. Please note that a few of these links are affiliate links, but not all… mainly because I have no idea how to become an affiliate of anything but Amazon, and only Amazon USA (I always joke that I’m a really bad blogger but guys, for real, I suck).

So without further ado, here are some things I love this month of March, 2018.


I wasn’t lying when I said I wanted to write about Shawn Mendes. Look, this is a surprise to you and me both. I don’t think I could have named one Shawn Mendes song before last week – for the uninitiated, he is a 19-year-old pop singer from Canada – but I heard this song on the radio while I was driving and was like, um… I kinda like this. Then I went home and did my nightly ritual of looking up audition tapes from various singing shows on YouTube (don’t judge, that’s legitimately the only thing I use YouTube for) and lo and behold, this audio was recommended to me.

It’s a damn good pop song, and I listen to it when I’m making breakfast (other recent pop favourites on this breakfast-making list include Kesha and Demi Lovato). I don’t know about you, but in the past few years of my life, namely in my thirties, there was just this switch of not giving a flying f*** what I liked or pretended to like anymore. I used to only listen to music that I thought would make me smarter, or make me appear smarter, perhaps; the same with movies and books. Pop music? Please. I didn’t listen to that, or I didn’t admit to listening to that (weirdly, listening to pop music from any era other than my own was permissible in my mind). There is actually a photo of me from when I was seventeen years old wearing a Sonic Youth t-shirt and smashing a Britney Spears CD. I know. I was ~so kewl~.

Thankfully, I am not that close-minded anymore. A good song is a good song, and pop music is popular for a reason. I don’t think I’ll be buying tickets to a Shawn Mendes concert anytime soon, but I will keep playing this song while I boil eggs every morning. It’s about his struggle with anxiety, which I think makes it even more relatable and commendable.

I’ve been a fan of Jessie Reyez for a while now – Figures was recommended to me on Spotify – and I do love supporting Canadian artists. I watched an hour or so of the Junos the other night (the biggest award night in Canadian music) and thankfully caught this performance by Reyez and Daniel Caesar and… oh man. Goosebumps. I just went from being a fan of hers to a superfan – she’s amazing. And her OUTFIT.

Also… did anyone else just develop a huge crush on Daniel Caesar after this video?! I’d also like to say that, watching the Junos reminds me of just how much I love Canada/Canadians. Everyone was so humble and cute and talented and badass and… wait. CANADA is not on this list… or is it?

Other songs I can’t stop listening to right now:

Life’s a Bell by Langhorne Slim

Earthquake by This Is The Kit

Bastards by Kesha

You’ve Got Me Running in Circles by Sonny Cleveland

Sexy Weekend by Scoundrels

Yama Yama by Yamasuki

Cherry by J.J. Cale

I’d Rather Be A Cowboy by John Denver

All the Stars by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

and finally… my favourite song of all time:

You Can Pack Your Suitcase by Fats Domino, which I obviously love because a) Fats Domino b) suitcase… This Battered Suitcase… you got me and c) I told an ex-boyfriend who kept texting me that this is my favourite song recently and he was like, “Oh yeah, cool, I’m going to listen to it” and I realllllllly hope he listens to those lyrics, hah.


Netflix’s Wild Wild Country – not to be confused with the critical flop Wild Wild West of 1999 starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, and Selma Hayek (so much potential) – is a docu-series on Netflix that was recently released. If you have never heard of the Rajneeshee community that moved to Oregon in the 1980s… oh man. I don’t really want to spoil it for you. I don’t want to be insensitive and call it a cult, but if it looks like a cult, swims like a cult, and quacks like a cult… well, you know.

I was aware of the Rajneeshees and of the controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his secretary, Ma Anand Sheela, because I have seen every single episode of Forensic Files (twice) and they were once featured on it. With that background, and knowing what went down in Oregon in the 80s, I knew this docu-series was going to be BONKERS. Produced by the Duplass brothers (I have had a crush on Mark Duplass since I started watching the series The League years ago… which is odd, because he so often plays very un-crushable characters… let’s not read into my attraction then, shall we) this series is edited so well and totally keeps you hooked. The music is also stellar. There are so many moments when my jaw actually dropped.

If you like true crime and investigative journalism, you’ll love Wild Wild Country.

I’m not much of a football fan – or fan of any sport, really – but there is something about sports movies and shows that I love. The thing is, this docu-series – also found on Netflix – is about so much more than football. Last Chance U is an in-depth and often utterly heartbreaking look at the lives of young men trying to make it in football. It examines race, class, and faith in Southern USA; set in Mississippi, many of these young men have fought against the odds to succeed, and some of their stories are devastating. It made me highly uncomfortable at times – you won’t be a fan of the head coach, let me tell you – but you want so badly for these athletes to do well, and I found myself totally wrapped up in their stories. Trust me, even if you don’t care about football at all, you will still enjoy this series.

Yep. I am recommending Jumanji. Hear me out.

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I watch a ton of movies. I tend to watch a movie or its equivalent a day (so… two episodes *cough* three *cough* of a show, or a solid two hours of singing auditions on YouTube) because I’m single, live alone, and work from home. C’mon now. I have a lot of time on my hands sometimes. In the last year, my favourite movies were Get Out, Girls Trip, Wonder Woman, Lady Bird, Black Panther, I, Tonya, Mudbound, The Florida Project, and The Big Sick. I wanted very badly to love Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, Call Me By Your Name, The Disaster Artist, The Beguiled, and Logan Lucky, but I just liked them instead. I haven’t seen Dunkirk or mother!  but I have a feeling I will pull muscles in my eyeballs from rolling them so hard at the latter. I think I’m the only person on the planet who didn’t like The Shape of Water. But all of that being said… I believed so strongly that I would despise Jumanji because I so love the original… and it turned out to be absolutely delightful.

I should have known. I am a huge fan of Dwayne Johnson, a huge fan of Kevin Hart, and an even bigger fan of them together. I watched this movie by myself and actually laughed out loud. I know that sounds weird but for real, how often do you laugh out loud when you’re alone? Like rewind the movie to watch it again and laugh out loud again?

I read a really interesting chapter in a book I’m about to recommend *ahem* that talked about mass culture, and how often it is looked down upon or not thought about as critically as avant-garde culture, AKA stuff that is super deep and serious, guys. In this chapter, written by Anne Helen Petersen, she writes, “The rigor, complexity, and alienation that attend the avant-garde ensure that only a certain sort of person, with a certain set of class privileges, will like it – which effectively reinforces its exclusivity and importance.” The chapter also goes on to explain the rise of the midcult: “anything that makes you feel like you’re doing something smart, but you’re still pretty comfortable or unchallenged doing it.” She cites NPR, Time Magazine, and Game of Thrones. 

This is especially notable in literature; we see it all the time, with “chick lit” or books that are sold in airports and supermarkets being branded as trash, even though those are the books that millions of people are reading and enjoying.

I am babbling on about this because, again, I feel like I’ve been so hard on myself my whole life about enjoying mass culture. [See: me smashing a Britney Spears CD] Like, if it wasn’t a documentary about the gulags of Belarus, I should be ashamed for admitting I liked it, or something. I have no idea who instilled this snobbery in me – perhaps it was the fact that, for a few formative years in my teens, I idolised a bunch of white male authors like Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, Jonathan Franzen, and Philip Roth – but I am so happy I don’t feel this way anymore. If I enjoy it, I enjoy it. Who cares if the only awards it wins is a Razzie? Please make no note of the fact that this blog gets its name from a Jack Kerouac quote, OK?

Anyway, I loved Jumanji. There. I said it publicly.


I was taking a photo of this delicious lunch in London but the book makes an appearance, so there you go

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen is incredible. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I am a huge fan of Petersen; she writes amazing essays for Buzzfeed, and I highly recommend a deep dive of what she’s written for the site about gender, race, and politics. I discovered her work through my absolute favourite blog, Lainey Gossip – I love this blog because it covers celebrity gossip, which I do enjoy, but dissects exactly why certain celebrity gossip is reported in the way that it is, or why certain celebrities are loved or hated. It promotes and celebrates diversity in celebrity culture, which is something I believe we need more of.

Anyway, this book. THIS BOOK! Please buy this book immediately. As the blurb says: “You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who flaunts it, who’s too brazen, too opinionated – too much. Sometimes, she’s the life of the party; others, she’s the focus of gossip. She’s the unruly woman, and she’s one of the most provocative, powerful forms of womanhood today.”

Each chapter focuses on a woman who is “too much” – Serena Williams is “too strong”, for example, or Madonna is “too old” (Petersen isn’t actually saying these things, for the record – she’s highlighting what society says about these women). Even if you don’t necessarily like the women she’s talking about – I’m not a huge fan of Kim Kardashian, for example – she makes such excellent points about how we view these women and why they are so often vilified or gossiped about.

I actually got into a huge debate with a young, privileged, upper-class white woman about feminism a few weeks ago because I recommended this book to her (her argument in a nutshell? “The fight for women’s rights isn’t needed anymore. I have never been harassed in my life, and I’ve gotten every job I’ve ever applied for. This whole #metoo movement has gone too far. Like, get over it already.” You know, the old it’s never happened to me so it doesn’t exist thing that I still can’t believe some people are so close-minded to believe when it comes to gender issues, race issues, and class issues). Anyway, in honour of unruly women around the world, please buy this book. You’ll love it.

All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft

All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geraldine DeRuiter is just a fantastically funny and heartwarming book, end of. I’m actually not even finished it because I am trying to savour it chapter by chapter, although I could easily spend the rest of the night NOT watching the latest auditions from American Idol on YouTube and consume the entire thing instead. It’s that good.

You may know Geraldine from her blog The Everywhereist, which is, to me, one of the best blogs out there, travel or otherwise. I mean, read this. Or THIS. I’m only six chapters in and I know with certainty this will be one of my favourite books of the year. Geraldine has the ability to write an entire chapter about going through airport security and make it one of the best things you’ve read all month.

Not sure what this photo has to do with anything except I have all of these colours in lipsticks…

Clothes and Makeup

This section is going to be jumbled because a) I’m tired b) I’ve already written 2300 words about Dwayne Johnson, Shawn Mendes, and Kim Kardashian (what is happening) and c) I have one more episode of Wild Wild Country to watch and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

If you know me well, you know that I like to have themes to describe things in my life. So, for example, my house’s theme is anthropology professor originally from New Mexico who just recently got back from travelling the world and has a slight whisky problem… oh and it’s 1957. So basically, my house is full of mid-century modern furniture, a bar cart with all my favourite malts, a bunch of paintings from Mexico, Colombia, and Botswana, and some southwestern patterns thrown in there, too.

Similarly, my clothing style has lately had one of two themes: mobster’s wife – so think belted leather skirts, lots of gold jewellery, and bold lipstick – or slightly wealthy older lady who is thrice-divorced and really likes to collect art and drink highballs – so think long, loose caftans and kimonos, big chunky jewellery, and yeah, bold lipstick.

Keeping that in mind, I am obsessed with this caftan. I have it in burgundy and am now considering buying it in every single colour. I am spending two weeks in the Caribbean for my birthday in May and I feel like I should probably buy it in at least blue and red as well… right? Right?!

Also, now is the time to confess another obsession: Fenty. Fenty is Rihanna’s makeup line and oh my good WORD it is such good makeup. If you watch my Instagram stories, you’re probably like, “You always wear the exact same brown lipstick and cat eye,” but let me tell you, I am obsessed with everything Rihanna has created. I own fourteen of her lipsticks and glosses (yes, fourteen, I’m not lying about my obsession), an eyeshadow palate, foundation, and four highlighters. I honestly don’t even wear some of it out of the house. I just like to put on sparkly turquoise eyeshadow and watch auditions on YouTube while wearing a caftan, OK? We’ve all got our thing.

And yes, I even bought the blue and green lipsticks; I wore them in Vegas and felt FANTASTIC. How could you not feel fantastic when you are wearing lipsticks called S1ngle, Clapback, Spanked, Ma’Damn, Midnight Wasabi, Griselda, or, my personal favourite, Shawty?!

It’s difficult to see but I’m wearing Fenty’s Candy Venom in this photo… also, that sign is the old Moulin Rouge sign in Vegas, but it looks like “in love”. Get it? I’m in love with Rihanna lipsticks, apparently

If you’re looking for a red lipstick that WILL NOT MOVE (seriously, I ate TWO MEALS while wearing this stuff and it didn’t budge), try her Stunna lip paint. It’s quite bold, and you should definitely line your lips before you put it on – it’s easier to paint within the lines, and all that – but this stuff is indestructible (yet comes off easily with makeup remover).

I would like to point out that when I was about fifteen years old I was obsessed with buying every single shade of Covergirl eyeshadow, regardless of whether or not it looked good on me, so if anyone would like know if I’ve changed in twenty years, the answer is clearly NO.

Finally, since many of you ask me about the jewellery I wear in my Instagram stories, I’d like to direct you to my best friend Rikki’s jewellery line called Souvenir Handmade. I wear one of her pieces nearly every single day, and if you check out her Instagram, you can see her spring collection is AMAZING. You can get a lot of it on Etsy, but if you’re in Winnipeg in the next few weeks she’ll be selling her stuff at various craft markets in the city.

Phew. OK. I think that’s it for now. I am so in love with so many other things right now but Wild Wild Country is calling me. Will I keep this series going? Who knows. As long as I love reading, watching TV, and wearing blue lipstick, I’ll certainly try.

Oh, and bake these brownies. They’re the best.

What are you loving these days?

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Katie March 28, 2018 - 8:47 am

“I just like to put on sparkly turquoise eyeshadow and watch auditions on YouTube while wearing a caftan, OK? We’ve all got our thing.” Bwahahaha! Love this. Own it. 🙂

Brenna Holeman March 28, 2018 - 5:50 pm

Ha ha, thanks Katie! 🙂

Kate March 28, 2018 - 9:47 am

Great post! I particularly liked the section on Jumanji where you wrote about how we’re all so reluctant to talk about or recommend books/films/movies/TV that we like just because it might not seem “cool.” For a while there, it felt like you had to learn from or be changed by every movie or book. Isn’t it enough to just be entertained?! I’ll be the first to admit, I read a lot of “embarrassing books” and I love ’em; no shame!


Brenna Holeman March 28, 2018 - 5:48 pm

I know, I don’t know why I felt that way before! No shame at all. Jumanji made me laugh, so that’s that. 🙂

Sarah March 28, 2018 - 1:01 pm

More, please! Happy to read anything you write–travel or otherwise

Brenna Holeman March 28, 2018 - 5:48 pm

Aw, thanks a lot, Sarah! 🙂

Erin March 28, 2018 - 2:22 pm

I’ve got all Easter weekend off so I’ll be looking into those Netflix shows! Thanks!

Brenna Holeman March 28, 2018 - 5:48 pm

Awesome! I definitely recommend them. I powered through them both in a few days, ha ha.

Jessica March 28, 2018 - 6:34 pm

Haha, this is so me. I love Shawn Mendes’ music and still change the station when my husband is in the car because I don’t want to admit liking teenybopper pop music (and he has Destiny’s Child on his phone!). But I have finally owned up to the fact that watching the Kardashians is my post-work Monday ritual. Sometime you need useless reality TV and chick lit.

I also freaking love Geraldine Deruiter and didn’t like Shape of Water as much as I was supposed to. Lady Bird and Black Panther all the way…. so apparently I need to check out the rest of your recommendations. Starting with Anne Helen Peterson 🙂

Brenna Holeman March 29, 2018 - 12:46 am

Destiny’s Child is the best… I remember I had their first single, “No No No” recorded on tape and I used to listen to it all the time on my walkman. I still love when their songs come on the radio! And yes… own it, for sure. Sometimes I like watching so-called “trashy” TV… it’s like eating junk food, it’s OK in moderation!

Thanks for the comment… I hope that you like the other recommendations! 🙂

Christine March 28, 2018 - 7:21 pm

Big fan of Last Chance U!!!

Brenna Holeman March 28, 2018 - 8:18 pm

It’s so good, but so sad, too…

jo Ann lawery March 28, 2018 - 8:52 pm

Brenna don’t feel bad about loving Shawn Mendes’ songs, I’m 65 years young and his song “Stiches” is on my telephone right now, no not as a ringtone but downloaded songs along with songs by Drake, Flo-Rida,DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato and Sade, because you can never go wrong with a Sade song. You’re as young as you feel and if the song makes you move, it doesn’t matter what age you are . This is my travel playlist.

Brenna Holeman March 29, 2018 - 12:47 am

I totally agree – you can absolutely never go wrong with Sade! I love her. 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Jo Ann!

C. March 28, 2018 - 11:46 pm

I love this this post for its spontaneity (shall I say randomness) and because it really shows how contend and self-confident you feel. Well done.
And, for the record, while personally I’m not especially interested in wisteria as such, posts like the wisteria one are the reason why I check in on your blog on a regular basis. Most other travel blogs I used to follow have regressed to listicles and barely covered advertisements. With your posts I’m sure to get real travel stories or very relateable reflections on diverse subjects. Please don’t ever change.

Brenna Holeman March 29, 2018 - 12:49 am

Aw, thank you so much, C! That really means a lot to me. I obviously have to do a bit of “branded” content once in a while to pay the bills (like a press trip) but I really strive to keep the blog 75/25 (at the very least… hoping for more like 90/10) in favour of the “random” and non-branded content. Even adding ads was very difficult for me, and I hate how it looks, but it will also make my life a lot easier and less stressful in the long run… so some things have to change, but I promise I’ll always write this random content 😉

Lindsay March 29, 2018 - 1:11 am

Absolutely love this post. Hated the shape of water. I love your description of your style and apartment! Haha. How do you style the caftan? I’m doing a month in Sri Lanka and think it might be good 🙂

Brenna Holeman March 30, 2018 - 11:32 pm

Aw, thanks, Lindsay! And I’m glad I’m not alone in my feelings about The Shape of Water, hah. I wear the caftan belted, I think it’s really nice to add some shape! Then just cool jewellery and sandals 🙂

Cate March 29, 2018 - 1:13 am

Okay, I love your rambling. It is so entertaining. Right now I am loving travel memoirs, vegan pad thai, journaling, and researching destinations I have no current plans to visit! Oh, also my leather jacket. Can’t forget that.

Brenna Holeman March 31, 2018 - 10:17 pm

Aw, thanks a lot, Cate! Those all sound like great things to love 🙂

Carrie March 29, 2018 - 1:57 am

OMG! I love Shawn Mendes! A few months ago, it was one of youtube’s picks for me (I guess based on the 10 songs I regularly listen to while at work) – and I have to say I’m really into his music! Love that he’s a Canadian too, of course! 😀

I love your blog. I love the randomness, the travel inspiration and all of it. Change is necessary for growth, sometimes, but This Battered Suitcase is awesome as it is, right now. <3

Brenna Holeman March 31, 2018 - 10:18 pm

Thank you so much, Carrie! I’m so glad that you are enjoying the blog (and Shawn Mendes, of course, Canadians FTW).

Kal March 29, 2018 - 5:57 am

I have discovering and eating my way through Australian snacks. The last one was LeSnak targeted for school kids’ lunch and I love it

Brenna Holeman March 31, 2018 - 10:17 pm

Ha ha, snacks are always something to love!

Erin March 29, 2018 - 6:31 am

Please keep this series going — I laughed out loud multiple times 🙂 (Of course, I love everything you write but this one was a great one to read over my lunch at a cafe and laugh out loud while sitting on my own… 😉 )

Brenna Holeman March 31, 2018 - 10:16 pm

Aw, thanks a lot, Erin! So glad you liked the post. 🙂

Melissa March 30, 2018 - 5:24 am

Putting on bright eyeshadow to watch Netflix is LIFE! I love reading what you’re into and love that your blog is travel-focused but also has potential for so many different lifestyle-related avenues – fashion, beauty, interior design, the arts, etc. It seems like a love of travel is a part of a bigger creative inner life and as a reader I enjoy seeing that process whether it is in writing about places you’ve been that inspire you, or in highlighting things you love. or in letting everyone know your house is themed “anthropology professor originally from New Mexico who just recently got back from travelling the world and has a slight whisky problem… oh and it’s 1957” which is the most fabulous thing I’ve read in a long time.

Just watched the Iris Apfel documentary on Netflix, and thought I’d recommend it if you haven’t checked it out yet!

Brenna Holeman March 31, 2018 - 10:20 pm

Thank you so much, Melissa! Yes, I’m definitely heading more in a lifestyle direction; I like to think of myself as just a blogger, not necessarily a travel blogger. Thanks for being so supportive!

And thank you for the documentary suggestion, I’ll definitely check it out!

Nyssa April 2, 2018 - 2:58 pm

I started watching Wild Wild Country because of you and this post and OMG THIS SHOW IS INSANE!!!! Most of this took place before I was born and I had never heard of the Bhagwan or the cult or any of this and it’s blowing my mind how fucked up literally everyone in this story is! I’m an attorney and I keep having to go “wait, hold up” about stuff even the authorities are doing.

Brenna Holeman April 2, 2018 - 10:35 pm

Oh, I know. It’s crazy! I almost feel like I should watch it again just to really go over the details…

Denise April 2, 2018 - 4:54 pm

I love that you share what you like without worrying about seeming cool. That’s what makes your blog so likeable and honest and is an excellent strategy to make money. A lot of vloggers struggle with keeping their contest interesting without getting their content. And don’t worry, I’ll be making those brownies this week.

Brenna Holeman April 17, 2018 - 4:31 pm

Thank you very much, Denise!

Nyssa April 3, 2018 - 1:58 am

Right? No one comes off looking good here! State officials trampling on the constitution, attempted murder, nasty racism, cults taking advantage of people like cults do. The whole story is crazy and I still have an episode left…

Elina April 3, 2018 - 9:54 pm

BRB getting that lipstick RIGHT NOW. I swear I’ve been through so many and never been able to find one that stays a meal! I need to get like twenty ASAP.

And yeah, the new Jumanji is good. I think it’s part of a certain age to feel all high and mighty – I mean, my favourite kind of books in my teens were English classics. Ugh at 15-year-old-me. Nowadays I’m loud&proud about my love for Taylor Swift and Sharknados. I don’t even care if someone thinks that’s trash, life is short let a girl enjoy some flying sharks haha

Brenna Holeman April 17, 2018 - 4:33 pm

Ha ha ha that last line made me laugh! Yeah, I really find that Rihanna’s lipsticks last a long time for me, they are a godsend right now. Trust me, the Stunna lip paint doesn’t go ANYWHERE… it’s kind of crazy!

Sandra April 6, 2018 - 8:23 pm

I seriously need to watch Wild Wild Country soon! I’m from that area of Oregon so I grew up knowing about the whole Rajneesh ordeal — mainly that he used to parade around my hometown every once in a while with his bazillion Roll Royces. And my journalism teacher in high school talked about him a lot — I remember he said he got to meet/ interview Rajneesh for the local paper. This all happened just a few years before I was born so I don’t have any memory of it myself. But for outdoor school and what not we’d go to Antelope and stay at his old commune community out there. There are plenty of dorm rooms and huge buildings converted into basketball courts, volleyball courts…there’s a zip line into the lake, a swimming pool and a ropes course. Lots of stuff — I’m not sure if the doc goes into its current use but it’s quite the story no doubt!

Brenna Holeman April 17, 2018 - 4:50 pm

Oh wow, that’s crazy!! I would definitely recommend watching it… they do mention a few things about the ranch’s current state at the very end but not much. Quite the story indeed!

Lamesha April 7, 2018 - 9:58 am

Omg I love you so much. I’ve always been obsessed with your brows. I love Fenty lipsticks. I have midnight wasabi, the dark blue one (clap back?) and one neutral brownish one, and the lip paint. That gold trophy wife highlighter is my everything. Have you been to Sephora in Barcelona? They have a slide! Not kidding. My house theme is “French girl who is trying to be zen but has three kids”. I am also really interested in crab boils right now, because we just moved to the Mississippi gulf coast. And podcasts.

Brenna Holeman April 17, 2018 - 4:48 pm

Aw, thanks so much, Lamesha! I finally stopped plucking/waxing my brows a few years ago and I like them so much more now. Yes, Fenty lipsticks are SO GOOD… I don’t wear some of the colours often but I just like having them, you know? I need to get to that Sephora! And your house sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

Mo April 14, 2018 - 7:35 am

I actually bought a few things off of Rikki’s Etsy shop after you mentioned her in a previous post! Her pieces are fabulous and I love being able to support cool, creative folks like her and you. Girl, like whatever you like! For me it took a long time to admit I liked country music, but there you have it.

Brenna Holeman April 17, 2018 - 4:32 pm

That’s amazing! I will let Rikki know… I’m so glad that you like her jewellery, it’s the best. Thanks for the comment, Mo!

Sally April 16, 2018 - 7:41 am

I came here to say THANK YOU for your recommendation for Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen. I just finished it and wow, just wow. A book filled with such important evaluations, it really challenged the way I thought – particularly around celeb culture.

And while I’m here? You have finally updated your theme – it is amazing and this is really exciting!!

Brenna Holeman April 17, 2018 - 4:35 pm

That’s so awesome that you enjoyed it! I think I’m going to read it again, actually, I loved it that much. And thanks so much for the kind words about my new theme 🙂


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