Humpday Amazon Haul: 23 Wonderful Things I Love, I Want, or I Need In My Life RN

As Wonder Woman is the Princess of the Amazon, I like to think I am the Princess of Amazon.com. I inherited the royalty from my mom, the Queen. She works in IT and when Amazon first gained popularity years ago, she passed on it’s greatness (aka Amazon Prime) to me and my life has been changed ever since. I can spend hours on Amazon, or in the most dangerous case, minutes — in which I click, click, click, and purchase in a single breath. Here are some of the things I’m loving right now. Check it out!

1. #Girlboss

Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book. It’s motivating, informative, and hilarious. You can find it on Amazon here.

2. This concealer that I can’t live without.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Cannelle. I have terrible dark circles (I sleep plenty, I just have awful allergies!) and this is my favorite concealer. Buy it here.

 

3. This chic AF phone case that won’t break the bank.

Isn’t this marble phone case cute? Buy the case here.

4. These bath salts to bring some “ahhh” to my life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herbivore Botanicals Calm Dead Sea Bath Salts buy them here.

 

5. This bomb AF pimple cream.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel. Buy it here!

6. This adorable marble MacBook case.

For you to type chic. Buy the adorable case on Amazon here.

7. The greatest hand cream in all the land.

I always have this L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream on me at all times. It’s the best. Buy it here!

8. This cute little Baby Groot.

This little buddy will bring a smile to your face everyday. Get the Baby Groot Funko Pop Vinyl Action Figure here.

9. A new book to movie that’s bound to be a tearjerker.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. Buy the book — based on a true story — here.

10. This tea to help you out when you’re sick.

Where was this Hey Girl Feel Better Tea when I had terrible 3-week-long bronchitis? Buy this yummy honey lemon tea here.

11. This bestseller that I can’t wait to finally read.

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. Buy it on Amazon here.

12. This amazing smelling product that also protects your hair.

Ooh Hot Toddy! Buy this cocktail-titled hair product from your favorite blowdry bar here.

13. This book of Ayurvedic Medicine to learn about some natural remedies.

The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad. There’s even a quiz to find your dosha. Highly recommend! One of these days  I’ll be able to spell Ayurvedic right without having to look it up. Buy this informative book here.

14. This coffee cup that makes me pretend I live in NY.

Los Angeles, I love you and will forever live here. But New York you are a close second, I just can’t handle real winters. Thanks to this “We Are Happy To Serve You” Mug I can pretend I’m getting coffee at a cart on the corner in Manhattan. Buy it here.

15. This mug that understands the importance of coffee.

This Coffee RX Mug that understands the importance of coffee. Buy this cute mug here!

16. This cute little spoon.

Coffee now, wine later. Buy this cute little mixing spoon here.

17. This Fujifilm camera to create memories and wall decor.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera in Pink. Get this little gem here.

18. And a cool case for it!

This Fujifilm Groovy Case is functional and only $9? Need it now! Buy this cute case here.

19. This BB-8 mug that I need in my life ASAP.

Add some cuteness to your cup of joe in the morning with this BB-8 Mug. Purchase it here!

20. These book ends to save my books from the apocalypse.

Ahh! The books are falling! Grab these Falling Bookends here.

21. This mug from my favorite TV show of all time.

“It’s a Moo Point. It’s like a cow’s opinion. It just doesn’t matter. It’s moo.” -Joey Tribbani. Buy this hilarious Friends mug here.

22. This amazing lotion that also helps those in need.

Charity Pot Lotion by Lush Cosmetics. Buy this lotion here!

23. And because I’m watching it right now, the out of this world movie Passengers.

Yeah, it might have been a little cheesy, but I’ll watch anything with JLaw and Chris Pratt. Buy the romantic thriller here!

 

 

What’s in your cart? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Paige in La La Land Vol. 1: Blonde Beginnings & Real World Lessons

When I was a little girl, my dad would drive me every morning to elementary school. I had to go to a morning daycare, because both of my parents had to be at work early. Every morning during that 6:30 am sleepy car ride, my dad would put on 102.7 KIIS FM On Air With Ryan Seacrest (We even listened in the Rick Dee’s days prior, my school was kindergarten for eighth grade.) My dad and I — clad in my natural blonde hair (hey it was back then) and green, plaid uniform dress — would listen to Ryan tells us the important stories of the day, what was happening in music, and even throw in a joke or two. We would hear the pop hits, some couples would fight during Ryan’s Roses, and viewers would win contests. It was our morning ritual. One day however, I can’t remember which, I told my Dad: “Dad, I want to be Ryan Seacrest when I grow up. Well, a female version.” My dad replied with, “I could see you doing that, but you’d have to talk a little slower.” DidimentionItalkreallyreallyfast? Don’t worry, I talk slower now, well at least on camera.

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Even from a young age, I couldn’t shut up.

I was probably in the fifth or sixth grade when I knew I wanted to work in entertainment. As I grew up, I thought that my aspirations would change to something more logical or realistic, and for my mom’s sake — something that wouldn’t chew me up and spit me back out. But I was persistent. I loved pop-culture. I lived and breathed movies, television, books, and music. The walls of my bedroom were covered floor to ceiling with magazine cutouts, pictures, posters, and other paraphernalia. What started just as my ode to the wizarding adventures of Harry Potter, a nerdy pleasure I still bear at 23, evolved into a masterpiece of my pop culture obsessions.

As I reached high school, my aspirations to work in entertainment and journalism become even more confirmed. I would drag my friends to Twilight midnight showings and new movie releases. I even had my friends wait in line with me for 12 hours for the first Hunger Games installment, because of course I needed a good seat to see the launch of Jennifer Lawrence’s career — she’s still one of my favorite actresses btw. My locker and binders were covered with collages of my favorite celebrities and motivational quotes — my own personal travel dream board I could have as my reminder wherever I went. I loved to perform and make people laugh. My unusually deep voice with my bright, blonde hair made me unique. I was a dancer and a cheerleader, yet I was such a nerd when it came to my beloved pop-culture. Although I was pretty smart in school, being an excessive talker was my identifier. I may be short, but wow did my voice carry in a classroom, even when I didn’t want it to. Energetic and bubbly, I was naturally very ADD, but sitting still and test taking were not my attributes. Nevertheless, I made it into a good college.

Basic LA photo in front of Alfred Coffee in WeHo.
Basic LA photo in front of Alfred Coffee in WeHo.

While at Loyola Marymount University — where I majored in Communication Studies and minored in Journalism (they don’t have a journalism major…ugh), I fell in love with the city of Los Angeles. Coming from Orange County, I wasn’t far from my family but the environment around me was definitely new, and I loved it. This was my beginning, my blonde beginning (I’ve been about four hair colors and cuts the past five years…) and I was ready to really get my life started, because I was in the entertainment capital of the world and this was my time to shine.

As I should have known, getting into entertainment journalism, or any aspect of entertainment, wasn’t easy. Real World Lesson #1. I applied for more internships than I can count, getting only two small unpaid internships in total. However, I was grateful as I still got to build my portfolio and earn some experience. Unlike many of my private school friends, I had to work through all four years of college — having stints at a multiple part-time jobs such as a work study job on campus, a position at Nordstrom, being a receptionist for my dad’s company, and as a team member at Whole Foods. Real World Lesson #2. When it came to applying for jobs in the real world, I started early. Half way through my senior year of college, I began the job hunt, hoping for a position right after graduation in May. Unfortunately, after dozens and dozens of applications, it took me until the following January — aka last month — to finally get a job. I was ecstatic. My hard work had finally paid off! I loved my job, my first real “big girl job.” I was so excited to have a desk, to be a real working girl, and to most of all — really begin my career. However, within three weeks of my new position I was laid off due to budget cuts. Real World Lesson #3. 

I was devastated, as anyone would be. Going back to the job hunt seemed like the worst thing in the world, but in reality it’s not. At only 23, I’ve learned some serious real world lessons from events that could easily have happened to me later in life and probably will again. This little setback might seem like a big deal, but it just means that my “big break” isn’t here yet. It’s just waiting for me to find it. From fan, to hopeful writer, to aspiring host, I’m not letting anything stop me now. For the many rejections I’ve received and the hills I’ve fallen down, to the many hardships that will for sure appear in the future, I’ll be ready. This has been my dream since I was a child and I’m going to put 110% into it. If I fail, that’s alright, because I’ll get back up again. As one of my favorite movies of the year sings to me: “Here’s to the one’s who dream, foolish as they may seem.” Hi world, Pop Culture Paige is coming for you!

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15 Most Highly Anticipated Fall Movies

It’s officially September.  It means that although it’s still pretty hot out at the moment, fall is in the air. What’s more exciting than Pumpkin Spice Lattes or cuddling up to a Halloweentown marathon (my personal faves) is the fact that there are some pretty amazing movies coming out this fall.  I’m rounding up fifteen of the most highly anticipated movies this fall.

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Sully

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Genre: Biographical/Drama

The Gist: The true story of Chelsea Sullenberger, who saved 155 people when he emergency landed a plane on the Hudson River.

Stars: Tom Hanks

Release Date: September 9th


The Girl On The Train

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Genre: Mystery/Thriller

The Gist: Based on the bestselling novel bout Rachel Watson, a divorcee who rides the train to work everyday and fantasizes about a young couple that lives down the street.  One day, Rachel sees something shocking and then finds herself involved in a mystery that could change her life forever.

Stars: Emily Blunt, Justin Theoreux, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett

Release Date: October 7th


Snowden

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Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Gist: Edward Snowden, a NSA employee leaks thousands of classified government documents to the press.

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo

Release Date: September 16


The Accountant

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Gist: A forensic accountant works for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations.

Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick

Release Date: October 14


Keeping Up With The Joneses

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Genre: Action, Comedy

The Gist: A suburban couple becomes involved in an international espionage pilot when they discover their neighbors are spies.

Stars: Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot, Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis 

Release Date: October 21


Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

The Gist: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell

Release Date: November 18


Allied

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Genre: Action, Drama, Romance

The Gist: Two spy assassins fall in love during a mission to kill a German official during World War II.

Stars: Brad Pitt, Lizzy Caplan, Marion Cotillard

Release Date: November 23


The Birth of A Nation

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Genre: Biography, Drama

The Gist: The true story of Nat Turner, a preacher and slave in antebellum South, who creates an uprising.

Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer

Release Date: October 7


Deepwater Horizon

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Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

The Gist: The true story of the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon that exploded during April 2010 causing the greatest oil spill in U.S. History

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O’Brien, Kate Hudson

Release Date: September 30


Collateral Beauty

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Genre: Drama

The Gist: A New York advertising executive is sent on a downward spiral after a tragic event.

Stars: Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton

Release Date: December 16


Passengers

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Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Gist: A spacecraft in its 120-year voyage traveling to a distant colony planet carrying thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt

Release Date: December 21


Star Wars: Rogue One

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Gist: A Rebellion solider and criminal is set on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Stars: Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed

Release Date: December 16


Doctor Strange

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Gist: After a tragic car accident, a talented neurosurgeon learns the world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams

Release Date: November 4


Moana

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Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Gist: A young woman users her navigational talents to set sail on an epic journey.

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Music by Lin Manuel-Miranda

Release Date: November 23


For my boyfriend…

Bad Santa 2

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Genre: Comedy

The Gist: The sequel to the hit comedy. Willie teams up again with his sidekick to embezzle Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

Stars: Billy Bob Thorton

Release Date: November 23


So who’s ready to go to the movies?

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