Rocksbox #6: a gorgeous statement necklace!

Happy Thursday! It’s almost the weekend and I wanted to give you guys a peek at my newest Rocksbox. (I’ll have an OOTD with one of the pieces on the blog later this week!)

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Check out my latest Rocksbox, featuring this awesome Perry Street statement necklace, and grab your own month of Rocksbox for FREE!

This gorgeous Perry Street Kaylee Necklace ($68 or $54 for insiders) has been on my wishlist for a while, and I was so excited to style it! I have a cute OOTD I’ll post later in the week from our date night this week. The Kendra Scott Elle Earrings ($59 or $41 for insiders) are such a striking shade of cobalt–they really look red carpet-worthy. The only item I wasn’t feeling was the House of Harlow 1960 Illuminating Rectangle Cuff ($88 or $70 for insiders)–it was a little too small for me.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books which feature characters who look NOTHING like I imagined in their TV/movie adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday

This week on Top Ten Tuesday we’ve got a bit of a freebie: top ten books with characters who _____ (fill in the blank). I decided to go for “characters who look nothing like I imagined in their TV/movie adaptations”, though actually I have nine who don’t and one who does. (Close enough!) If you want to get in on the fun, check out The Broke and the Bookish and link up your own post!

1. Damon and Stefan from The Vampire Diaries: I’ve started reading the books to go along with the show, and I’m still scratching my head over Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley playing these two. I’m not trying to impugn their attractiveness, but seriously, these guys are in their thirties. They don’t look like teenagers at all! It’s pretty obvious the actors are the same age as the guy who plays the high school history teacher.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley as Damon and Stefan in 'The Vampire Diaries'

2. Four in Divergent: I’m not saying that Theo James doesn’t play the role well, but he looks nothing like the Four I imagined while reading the books. I was picturing more of a broody Shiloh Hernandez type, not an ex-Marine lookalike. (And again…Theo does not look like a teenager! It’s pretty obvious he’s older!)

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Theo James as Four in 'Divergent'

3. Basically the entire cast of Eragon: Arya was the worst offender–she didn’t even have the right color of hair!

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: basically the entire cast of 'Eragon'

4. Nick and Amy from Gone Girl: I don’t really have specific people pictured for them, but I feel like Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike just didn’t quite fit. She just looks English, if there is such a thing, and he looks way too Hollywood. Neither of them has that transplanted New York vibe I pictured while reading the books.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy from 'Gone Girl'

5. Queen Cersei from Game of Thrones: When I started reading these books, I immediately pictured Cersei as Charlize Theron’s evil queen from Snow White and the Huntsman. Lena Headey is okay but she seems kind of blah, IMO.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Lena Headey as Cersei from 'Game of Thrones'

6. Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones: Somehow in my head he wasn’t so young or so easy on the eyes. Not that I’m complaining.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in 'Game of Thrones'

7. Jamie from Outlander: Nothing against Sam Heughan, but he is not the Jamie I had in my head while reading this book series. He’s too pretty, and something about his eyes and hair is all wrong…ugh. I don’t know. I think sometimes books are better just because of imagination!

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in 'Outlander'

8. Clary and Bane from The Mortal Instruments: Lily Collins is drop dead gorgeous, but she looks nothing like how Clary is described in the books, starting with the non-carroty hair. Casting fail. I also didn’t think they got Magnus Bane quite right–Godfrey Gao is way too young! (Which is a shame, because I think Magnus was my favorite character in the books!)

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Lily Collins and Godfrey Gao as Clary and Magnus in 'The Mortal Instruments'

9. Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice: I think it’s safe to say that most women of a certain age demographic have hopeless crushes on Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the BBC’s adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. I’m sure Matthew Macfadyen is a fine actor but he has no damn business trying to reinvent the character in a movie. How dare he.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy in 'Pride & Prejudice'

And one who got it right:

10. Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: I totally buy Jennifer Lawrence as the Girl on Fire. And I can’t wait to see her in Mockingjay Part Two later this year!

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Jennifer Lawrence actually feels perfect as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games'!

Which book characters looked one way in your head as you ‘met’ them on a page, and totally different when they walked across a movie screen? Tell me about them! I tend to get very attached to a version of a character as I envision them and it can be really jarring to see someone who looks different than that image onscreen. (Someone please tell me I’m not alone!)

Product review/giveaway: Teeze w/ Eez Aqua Brush

(Disclaimer: I received a sample product in exchange for an honest review; however I was not compensated for writing a review and as always all opinions are my own.)

Win an Aqua Brush from Teeze w/ Eez!

If you follow me on Instagram then you might remember me posting this photo on Wednesday. Teeze w/ Eez was kind enough to send two of their new Aqua Brushes (retail $8.95) for review and I have to say that I just love them! Having long hair, knots are a constant problem–after washing, after swimming, or during windy days–and picking them out is not only time-consuming, it can be damaging, too. More often than not I end up pulling clumps of hair out while detangling, but this brush gently glides through tangles without tugging or breaking the hair.

Win an Aqua Brush from Teeze w/ Eez!

I really like how this brush looks, too. It’s bright and cheerful and has a pretty, textured grip that fits nicely in my hand. (Hey, I have small hands–I appreciate a small, contoured grip!) You’ll notice in the picture below that the bristles are extra-long–they’re super-flexible, so they won’t snag the hair, and as an added bonus, they give your scalp a nice massage, too!

Win an Aqua Brush from Teeze w/ Eez!

Thank you to Teeze w/ Eez for the brush–I’m been using it all week to detangle my hair and have really loved it! It definitely beats picking away at my snarls with a comb.

And now for the giveaway! Since the company was kind enough to send me two of these brushes, I’m giving the second one away! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. (U.S. residents only through May 2nd; see terms and conditions for full details.) Good luck!

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