Book Review: Outliers

July 10, 2011

Since summer started, I have had the opportunity to finally relax and catch up on my reading. One book that really stood out from the other books I recently read is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

The book is an analysis of why people achieve high levels of success, but it isn’t a book that tells readers what and what not to do in order to achieve the success. Read the rest of this entry »


Spring Makeup!

March 17, 2011

Since it is the start of a new season, it’s a great time to discuss makeup trends that are going to be really prominent this spring! Here are a few trends that you can either tone down or play up for the spring –

Bright Pink Lips

This is a popular new trend that can brighten up your whole face in the spring. The floral color can be worn softly if it is sheer, but can be bold and bright when an opaque color is used. This lipstick, by Revlon, is a great option because of the low price and very high quality. Apply lip balm under it to help moisturize your lips and prime them for the color. If you really want your lip color to last, apply one coat of the lipstick, press a clean tissue to your lips, take a loaded powder brush, and blot the powder onto the part of the tissue that will be covering your lips. Then apply another layer of the lipstick. This is a great method if you want to keep your lipstick lasting through a long day. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook, the Anti-Social Network?

January 4, 2011

Facebook. A website that has more than 500 million active users. A website where people spend over 700 billion minutes each month. A website with over 900 million objects that people interact with. It is even a website that is active in over 190 countries. This is the website that revolutionized how we interact with friends, colleagues, siblings – even parents. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: Where the Truth Lies

November 29, 2010

At first glance, Where the Truth Lies by Jessica Warman, seems  fit the stereotypical mold of many novels: young girl+bad boy+secrets  = drama, which is usually not one of my preferred genres. But something seemed to tell me that this book was worth picking up, and I was glad that I listened to my intuition.   Where the Truth Lies is really much, much more. Emily, the main character, seems to have it all. She has great friends, loving parents, and with her father being the headmaster at the ritzy private school she attends. She has about as perfect a situation as it can get.  But she also has terrifying nightmares about fire and water, which a succession of therapists  have been unable to unravel. Read the rest of this entry »

Fashion Trend – Cardigans!

November 17, 2010

Call me crazy, but I absolutely love cardigans.

You can wear them in the summertime or the wintertime. You can wear them with a dress or with jeans. You can accessorize them with belts and chunky necklaces. They are so versatile – a staple item of every girl’s wardrobe, I think. Read the rest of this entry »

Movie: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

October 5, 2010

It's Kind Of A Funny Story Movie PosterBased on Ned Vizzini’s book of the same title, It’s Kind Of A Funny Story is about a boy named Craig.  Craig is overwhelmed by school, girls, the world.  Basically, Craig is overwhelmed by everything.  Craig is clinically depressed.

One night, when everything seems too much for him, Craig checks himself into the psychiatric ward at the nearest hospital.  While there (a mandatory stay of five days), he meets people with a multitude of psychiatric disorders.  Ultimately, what Craig gains is perspective — his life is pretty good, after all — but it’s the people he meets “inside” who help him to discover that.

I have high hopes for this movie, because I absolutely loved the book.  The movie, starring Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis (North Carolina’s own funnyman) opens this Friday, October 8, and will be shown locally at the Colony Theatres in Raleigh.  After you’ve seen it, come back and tell us what you thought!

If you’d like to read the book (highly recommended), you can check it out at your local branch or request it through the WCPL catalog.  You can also check out the trailer for the movie here.

~~ Katy @ CAM

Iron Chef Challenge – Part 2

July 7, 2010

Here is another winning entry from the East Regional Library’s Iron Chef Challenge event. Try this amazing recipe for a special summer dessert. It’s sure to impress!

Best Presentation: Coconut Custard with Toasted Pineapple

Prepared by Catherine C., 17

Coconut Custard

Ingredients: 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil; 6 tbs sweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/4 c for garnish, lightly toasted; 2 c heavy cream; 1/2 c milk; 1/2 c canned cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez); 6 tbs sugar; 1/2 vanilla bean, split in 1/2 lengthwise; 3 egg yolks; 2 eggs; 1/2 tsp vanilla extract; 2 tsp confectioners’ sugar

Directions: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Using your fingers, very lightly grease 6 (4-ounce) custard cups or ramekins with vegetable oil. Place 1 tbs of the toasted coconut in each ramekin. Place the ramekins inside a roasting pan and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of the cream, the milk, cream of coconut, sugar, and vanilla bean halves and their seeds. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Read the rest of this entry »

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