• Nicole Bea

Dating and bum bums

Read: Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Product: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

For the second week in a row I find myself apologizing for my lack of timeliness in getting the blog updated. Though I have a couple of what I feel like are good excuses, I really dislike not being able to prepare content for you all on the schedule I've set up for myself. Perhaps that's why I'm struggling a little with Camp Nanowrimo this month as well. I'm pretty hard on myself with goals and Camp hasn't been going as well as I would have liked. However, something went just as well as I expected, and that was my read of Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. I knew from the moment I picked up this story that it was going to be something right up my alley, and boy, was I ever right.

As per Goodreads (hit this jump to add this story to your TBR pile!) :

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them...right?

Josh and Hazel are both memorable, lovable characters who I enjoyed reading about throughout the duration of the story, and the setting and descriptions and voice were all well done and made for a fast reading experience. I especially enjoyed the humor included throughout the novel because most of what I've been reading and writing over the past few months has been on the more serious side, whereas this offered me a breath of fresh air in the literary department, as well as giving a dose of laughter and amusement that I think I really needed.

Paired this week with Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, I thought these two would be a great fit. Okay, so perhaps the fit is that calling something 'bum bum' makes me smile, just like the book did, but the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is one of my new favorite products. It all but healed my nasty sunburn from a few weeks back, and has been saving my dry skin day after day ever since I started using it. Right now I just have the small container which smell fantastic, but I think I'll be looking into getting a big pot of it when I start to run out.

I picked up the cream at Sephora for approximately $59 CAD (this is for the large size), and the book is available from most major retailers.

Hope you have a great week wherever you are!

All my love,


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