As a mom of four, I can’t tell you the last time I bought something for myself. And when POPSUGAR sends me a Must Have Box to try, I feel beyond spoiled.
If you’ve never received one, the monthly Must Have Box contains full-sized items handpicked by the editors and founder of POPSUGAR.
Some of the best items in fashion, beauty, food, fitness, entertainment, home, and more are included in the box. At only $39.95 per box, you really get an amazing value for high quality products.
I’m loving several items in this month’s box. The focus, of course, was summer. The card that was included in the box used words like beach read, swim, waves, breeze, mermaids and palm trees to describe this month’s items.
Before kids, I would read book after book. Even when I had two kids, I read often. Now, with four, anything is a struggle. But, because a book was included in this month’s box, and since it is a new book, I wanted to get back in the reading game.
Favorite Item #1: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel – $17
I started reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo four days ago, and I’m now half way through. I find myself carrying it around to try to sneak in a few pages. Instead of watching TV at night I’ve been diving into this. It’s been a nice change!
In this entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
“Heartbreaking, yet beautiful” (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is “Tinseltown drama at its finest” (Redbook): a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.
Favorite item #2: Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray – $24
As much as I love to blow dry my hair. (It makes me feel good!) Truth is, most days I don’t get around to it. My showers are often rushed and have an audience outside the curtain of my small children and dog. On days I rock wet hair, this Sea Salt Spray gives me life in my hair and has helped add some waves. I love that you can apply this product to wet or dry hair.
Favorite item #3: Aloha Collection Mid-Size Ocean Coco Palms Pouch – $36
I love this mid-size pouch from ALOHA because it’s 100% coated Tyvek, which means it can get splashed by water and still protect your items. This bag is perfect for us to take to the beach or the YMCA because we can store our swimsuits in it without getting other things wet. It’d also be great for sunscreen and other personal items. I’m sure this bag will get plenty of use!
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Hope everyone’s summer is going well!