Nadine Jolie Courtney New Years Eve

2015. Let’s Do This.

Good news: I’ve been rocking the Wisteria writing recently. My completed draft is due in a few months and I’m making serious progress. So many pages left means that pretty much all of my “free time” (I use that so loosely) is devoted to cranking out the pages.

Bad news: I haven’t had much time to write here. I’m waving the white flag and carving out 10 minutes to do a post about the lack of posting. Meta, no?

So, here are the highlights…


Erik and Nadine Courtney Christmas


Erik and I had an amazing Christmas: we were basically lazy slugs, staying home and drinking copious amounts of champagne. We repeated this trend on New Year’s Eve. (Side note – several weeks ago, my best friend visited and we offered her something to drink from our reserves. Her incredulous response upon inspecting our offerings: “All you have to drink is either champagne or whiskey. Is that how you roll?” Yes. That is how we roll.)


Nadine Jolie Courtney New Years Eve


We are INSANE Christmas dorks and it’s basically the highlight of our year. Our tree is still up–and will be until this weekend–and we’re in mega post-Christmas denial.


Storm Trooper nutcracker
Year of the Horse christmas ornament

Japan Christmas ornament

Christmas ornaments

It’s not weird if we keep our tree up until February, right?

Courtneys Christmas

While I haven’t had a ton of time to read, I’m slowly crawling through David Nicholls‘ awesome book Us. Next up, Amy Poehler‘s Yes, Please.

Amy Poehler Yes Please

I’ve been testing out new beauty products, including doing a mascara comparison. Two mascaras I’m currently loving…Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes in Glossy Black and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I’ve done side-by-side comparisons, applying both simultaneously, and they’re each phenomenal. Neither is really better than the other, so if you’re looking for a new mascara, you’re in great hands with either.

Also testing out: the new Kerastase Discipline hair range designed to combat frizz. You know I love me some Kerastase haircare. Below is my hair after using the shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in, then air-drying. Not bad.

Nadine Jolie Courtney hair

Finally, you know that thing I keep teasing? I found out today that we finally have an official end in sight: March 12th is when all will be revealed! I should be able to talk more about it even sooner…as soon as next week, perhaps. Soon, soon, soon. SO EXCITED.

In the meantime, when I take writing breaks, I’m either on Twitter or Instagram. If you want to keep in touch, follow me there!

Nadine Jolie Courtney Christmas

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  1. Teresa

    Kisses from Mexico Nadine, all the best for you on 2015, I hope one day you visit us too!

  2. Leah

    You’re such a tease! I also wanted to let you know that as a writer trying to finish my first MS by a conference in May I was inspired by your story of perseverance. Butt in Chair, Fingers on Keyboard!!!