Cosmetics Empire Giveaway - The Wangs vs The World

This post is sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who are powering this giveaway and gave me a copy of The Wangs vs. The World to check out!

Y'all know I work to champion Asian American art and voices on this blog, and today I'm back at it again to tell you about The Wangs vs. The World, a novel by Jade Chang, in stores now! In a subversion of the classic rags-to-riches trope, this story is a riches-to-rags story of a family's fall from grace and subsequent cross-country journey to get their sh*t back together. It sounds gloom-and-doom, but don't let the premise deceive you. This book is full of hilarious twists and turns and the incorrigible sense of humor that one develops as an immigrant in America-- the one that leans into the melodrama of life for what it is: humbling, horrible, joyous, life-affirming, and absolutely absurd.

Charles Wang's cosmetics empire goes under amid economic turmoil, and in a somewhat desperate plan to turn fortunes, he pulls his children out of expensive schools and embarks on a cross-country road trip under the delusion that if America has failed him, he will find a way to rise again in his ancestral land of China! In the midst of all this grandeur and not-so-tragic tragedy, the family finds themselves crammed in close quarters and having misadventures and follies along the way. All the while, the Wangs are re-discovering what it means to belong in America.

You'll get my full review for you in a week or so-- I'm not all the way done yet since I had some visitors these past few weeks-- but I trust that this book is going to deliver. It's one of Entertainment Weekly's Most Anticipated Titles of 2016, one of Library Journal's Big Five Debuts for Fall 2016, and one of Nylon's Amazing Books for Fall.

In the meantime, the publisher and I are running a giveaway for you! Not only will the publisher ship the winner (you??) a copy of one of this season's most anticipated titles-- they'll also send you some really rad cosmetics, which tie in with Charles Wang's former empire. In addition to your very own copy of The Wangs Vs. The World, you can win an Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipstick, Benefit's Gimme Brow volumizing eyebrow gel, and Tarte's The Sculptor contouring face slenderizer.

It's a really great prize pack for anyone who is building their own cosmetics empire... on their vanity or dresser! 

There are a couple rules for entering:
  • US only.
  • No PO Boxes.
  • You can only enter through the widget below.
  • If you don't respond with your mailing address within 48 hours, I'll pick a new winner. 

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Lastly a couple terms you might want to know:
  • It's free to enter.
  • The prize will be sent to you by the publisher, not me. This means I'm passing your mailing address to them and only them if you win, and that they are responsible to sending the prize to you.
  • This giveaway is affiliated with HMH Books and The Wangs vs The World.

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October Wishlist

Marimekko Ritva Duvet Set. My spring/summer bedding is all coral, and it's definitely time to change it up. I really want some new bedding for fall/winter and I'm really feeling these florals. It's no secret I'm a lover of Scandinavian design, and these stately botanicals are perfect for bringing the crisp clean air of the cooler months into my room-- without making me depressed. Is it just me or are a lot of winter colors depressing?

Kiki's Delivery Service Radio Crossbody Bag.
 Kiki's Delivery Service is one of my favorite witchy movies and this cute bag from Hot Topic is the perfect piece. I have been loving statement bags that look like retro tech.

Halloween Spirit Serving Board Tray. The perfect way to entertain this Halloween season is with a spooky tray. Let's be real, I'll have it out all year round.

Justin Trudeau Scented Candle. Even if this candle was not made in tribute to my fave world leader, it smells like maple and chai, which is a pretty rad blend of smells. Ps: this is the candle I literally brought up at a party.

Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe Gift Set. Too Faced is quickly becoming one of my favorite cosmetic brands. On top of having great quality product, it is all packaged in cute and dessert-themed packaging, and it all smells like sweets. My aesthetic at all times is "princess candy witch" so Too Faced hits on all of the above. This set is amazing and I need it.

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Life Update 010

I got glasses. They're the Milton from Warby Parker. They look really good, and apart from no longer being able to pretend my eyesight is mostly okay by having things on my literal eyeballs almost all the time giving me the illusion that my eyesight isn't really that bad, I'm adjusting pretty well.

I bought the most amazing calendar I've ever seen in my life for way too much money. My 2016 calendar is 3 months from the end, and with my need to constantly by surrounded by calendars and have my plans mapped out ahead of time, I began getting antsy about having a new calendar lined up. While enjoying myself at Papél New York's sample sale, I bought tons of cards and this gorgeous calendar.

I am dead inside, but at least all my TV is back. Work has been especially intense lately, and while I love working on big stuff, it's also crazy tiring. That's part of the reason I'm not able to post as often-- I just don't want to use my brain after work. Thank goodness TV is back. It's so nice to be able to kick back and enjoy the products of other people's brains rather thank cranking out stuff on my own.

I went to a murder mystery party. I had a ton of fun pretending to be a ball-busting LA lawyer and I successfully solved the murder!

My best ever ThredUp haul to date touched down at my apartment. Man, once you learn your sizes, shopping on ThredUp is suuuper fun. I'm not planning on buying anything but immediate needs until Black Friday, but boy did I get some goodies from ThredUp including a totally magical dress and a black skirt in the exact length I have been scouring the pages for! Use this link and get $10 to use within 30 days of sign up!

I finally posted my September Faves video. I'm trying to get back on top of content but work has been pretty brutal.

I decided what I'm going to be for Halloween! Vanellope Von Schweetz from Wreck It Ralph! I'll probably post my costume progress on social so don't forget to follow me on instagram and twitter @harperyi!

I'm looking for a New York or Brooklyn-based photographer who can do 80s glamour style photos for me. Let me know if you've got recommendations.
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October Goals

It's my favorite month of the year! October is the best part of Fall, my favorite season! It's cooled down but not cold. The fashion is better. Halloween is on the way. The leaves turn colors. And none of the pressure of the big holidays has set in yet. I'm trying to get back to posting more and I like having the accountability of setting and sharing small goals each month so I'm starting that again :)

Be outside more. Due to the heat and humidity I've been hanging out indoors. At home. Alone. I think I want to hang out in other places, even if it's just sitting in a cafe. I can still chill out writing or marathoning TV while hanging at a local cafe or something. I think that would be good because it would force me to be a human on the weekends while doing things that aren't intimidatingly involved. Hanging out with other people can take a lot out of me, but I think being alone in public will be good for me.

Get a better sleep cycle. I stay up way too late mostly because it feels normal. I want to eventually be a morning person, but I know that has to start with me actually going to bed because I love sleep.

Drink more water. Things have been crazy stressful at work and it's throwing off my self-care and skin situation. I need to commit to drinking a lot more water again. I think it will reduce the amount of sugar and empty calories I consume and also reduce the amount of headaches I experience.

Post once a week. I've been really off my content game and I want it to be a bigger priority in my life. I'm in a work-netflix-sleep loop and I don't think it's healthy for me to not have creative outlets. Work is such a huge part of my life and I love it, but right now, it's most of my life, and I don't think that's healthy so I really want to get back into posting on here.

What are your goals this month?
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Life Update 009

I swapped my summer wardrobe out for my fall wardrobe! I still have some shorts and tank tops out, but I also put away most of my summer-specific clothes and busted out the sweaters and heavier skirts!

I bought some amazing jackets at Burlington Coat Factory! One is a bad ass fake leather jacket and the other is a berry/wine Steve Madden hooded jacket that makes me look like a fairy tale character. I'm LIVING for it.

I saw Aubergine at Playwrights Horizons. It's my first time seeing a play by a Korean American writer. I have a lot of feelings about it and you can read about them in my latest Harper Watched

I've decided to cut beef out of my diet. For me personally the most compelling argument against eating meat is the environmental one, and the beef industry is the most resource intensive, environmentally harmful meat product of all. I don't think I could ever go vegan or even vegetarian, but I do want to do a little bit better. I've made a couple exceptions for myself-- I'm allowed to eat beef when I'm sick, as several of my comfort foods during sickness involve beef, and on special occasions.

I finally got my exam done. Literally just in time since I have no glasses and until the other day, only another week's worth of contacts. I've been meaning to do it for months, but between the complicated nature of insurance (it's my parents', not my own, so I have to route a lot of questions through them first) and my general dread regarding setting up commitments to strangers (albeit medical strangers) I kept putting it off. 

I finished Stranger Things. Things I'm mad about: Apparently everyone just bought the "Barb ran away" story and even when Nance found out she was dead she was like... over it a lil too fast?? Barb was a queen and did not deserve to die. Why in the hell did they cast a guy who looks exactly like a young Jean Ralphio to be Steve Harrington, the cool guy love interest? The most distracting thing ever. 

Also I finally posted my August Faves video-- which I kept being too tired to edit. 
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