Friday, May 29, 2015

Beauty & a Book | Guest Post from Beauty Blogger, Leah Lately

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On May 1st, I introduced this special feature on my blog. Every Friday this month, I will continue to share posts from fellow bloggers & even a few authors focusing on the inner beauty of some of our favorite book characters. So stay tuned!

Here’s how it works: Pick either your favorite book, a book you’re currently reading, or any book really & write about what makes the main character beautiful. The best part is…this doesn’t have to be about physical beauty! Tell us about the characteristics this character possesses that makes them beautiful. Inner beauty is such a hot topic right now, especially for young females [males too!] & I want to show others that beauty comes in forms. We see it on magazine covers, on the big screen, and other various forms of media outlets, but we can also find it in the books that we read.

 If you would like to join, please feel free to email me at hsheffdeld2011 at gmail dot com. I’d be thrilled to have you share your own B&aB post!

Past Posts:

Beauty & a Book [initial post] – May 1st
Beauty & a Book [Holly Quills & Ivy] – May 5th
Beauty & a Book [Nicole Brinkley] – May 15th
Beauty & a Book [Ginger @ GReadsBooks] – May 22nd

This week, I am featuring one of my dear friends from high school & beauty blogger, Leah is sharing her Beauty & a Book post. I am so excited to have her & thank her so much for helping me share the beauty & a book love!

When Heather asked me to do this guest post, I was beyond flattered. What a great idea to put two fun concepts together.
There has been a lot of focus on inner beauty lately. If you haven’t heard of Amy Poehler’s new movie Inside Out, you should watch the trailer! The film comes out June 19 and I’m stoked to see it. Who says 21-year-olds can’t love animated, little kid movies?
I’ve been thinking about who to write about for this for a while. My generation is known
for our love of the Harry Potter series. The series helped me discover just how great reading is. I found myself sitting down with the books for an entire day, only stopping because it was 2:00 a.m. and I needed to get some sleep and not be a zombie the next day.
There are several strong female roles in the seven book series.

Hermione ‘then’


Hermione Granger is an obvious one. She was smart, charming, strategic and dedicated to helping both the muggle world and wizarding world. Her first year at Hogwarts, she was described as having a “bossy sort of voice, lots of bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth.” Aside from Emma Watson growing up to be beautiful, Hermione grew up to be beautiful too, both inside and out. As much as I love Hermione Granger, a more interesting character was Luna Lovegood.

Luna is first introduced as “Loony Lovegood” in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in the series. Harry, Neville and Ginny are searching for seats on the Hogwarts Express. The only train compartment with open seats for them was the one with Luna. Luna’s physical appearance is described to be odd and unusual:
“The girl beside the window looked up. She had straggly, waist-length, dirty blonde hair, very pale eyebrows and protuberant eyes that gave her a permanently surprised look. Harry knew at once why Neville had chosen to pass this compartment by. The girl gave off an aura of distinct dottiness. Perhaps it was the fact that she had stuck her wand behind her left ear for safekeeping, or that she had chosen to wear a necklace of Butterbeer corks, or that she was reading a magazine upside-down.”


Despite being viewed as odd by her classmates, Luna stayed true to herself. She proved to be an important enough friend to Harry that he named one of his children after her (Lily Luna Potter). Even though she was constantly ridiculed, Rowling continually described Luna as serene. She never let what others thought about her get to her or change who she was. I think it is absolutely incredible to not be changed by the world around you, but to stay true to who you are. For that, I think Luna is one of the most beautiful characters in the Harry Potter series.

It was so fun having a beauty blogger’s input on this topic, especially one that I know personally. If you’d like to check out Leah’s blog, Leah Latelyplease do so! She has awesome tips, tricks, & tutorials. 🙂

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