Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Boot Envy

Boot Envy


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

PRESALE!



Brief Summary:
While Texas is known for loving football, Lexi Stewart has always been drawn to the ice. Hockey is her passion, and she wants nothing more than to pursue a career in video editing for the home network of the Dallas Demons hockey team.

Lexi has an editing job for a corporate account, but it’s not fulfilling. Nor is her dating life, despite having the so-called help of The One Online Dating Service. Lexi knows there has to be more for her—on both fronts. She’s ready to take the next step, but it doesn't seem like it’s going to happen anytime soon.

Until a flying puck changes everything.

Niko Xenakis is the new Dallas Demons TV producer, and he’s looking to make his mark in his new role and hopefully work his way back to his hometown of Baltimore. But once he meets Lexi, he might just change his mind on what he wants for his future . . .

But the road to love is never easy, complicated by the fact that they both carry emotional baggage from the past in their hearts. Can these two “breakout”of the past to find love in the present? 


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Monday, September 28, 2015

Life Lessons | How Netflix binges ruin lives...



Okay, first of all I won't quit Netflix binges because I'm no quitter. But I have to say my binge watching is being to take a toll. I've binged 4 shows on Netflix and with each one I've gone thru the same symptoms. You know; dreaming about the show/characters, thinking non-stop about what they're doing at all times, wondering why they are killing you softly when they don't make the right choices, making you so nervous to google them or look on their social media in fear you'll see a spoiler...Jamie King aka Lemon Breeland, I'm looking at you.

The first Netflix binge I had was Revenge. Which is the perfect post breakup binge. I became in love with Emily Thorn and her warpath she was unleashing on the Hamptons. Of course I had my crushes, Jack and Daniel. And I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I found myself looking for a red Sharpie to keep my in my purse, so I could throw an 'X' on my enemy's faces. Once I was caught up, I couldn't wait to catch the show on it's regular Sunday night. All in all, this love affair ended okay and it wasn't a total addiction.

Next show was Gossip Girl. Now, I watched the pilot when it was on TV, but hated it cause hello-the books are all about my HG Blair and the show was all Serena. I knew who GG was cause I had to know when the run of the show was coming to an end, as an avid fan on the books. But last Thanksgiving Eve well everyone was enjoying going out on the town, I settled in to see what Manhattan's richest kids had to offer. And that was it for me, I was hooked. I'm talking stayed up until 3am to keep watching, hooked. Babytooth had already watched and kept telling me just wait you'll fall for the hated Chuck Bass. And fall I did. I could not wait to see what happened and was on Cloud 9 with the finale. All of my constant chatting about it got two of my friends at work to tune in. They became just as obsessed. I even have a mug that says "What Would Blair Waldorf Do?" Cause you should ask yourself that whenever you are going to make a tough decision.

Then, I took a break from Netflix. I needed space. GG was 6 seasons and I was tired from my love affair with Manhattan. And well, I didn't think anything would top it. But then came Scandal. Btooth demanded I watch as she was in the midst of her Scandal binge. So I took a bite of the Olivia Pope apple and well, yep...I was hooked. Olivia Pope is like the big sister I never had and I felt like I was reading her diary. Episode after episode I would hold on to the edge of my seat and wonder what was going to happen next in America and Olivia's love life. I'm team Fitz all the way. Babytooth had warned "Go slow cause you'll have to wait until September for the new episodes!" Did I listen? OF COURSE NOT! But it's not about listening to your brain that's saying stop, you need sleep. No it's about you need to know if Olivia sees Fitz again or if Jake is a bad guy or a good guy. Now here I am caught up and watching it on TV and I couldn't be happier.

Now, you're probably thinking, "Okay, Kayla...you've watched some pretty good shows and giving some reasons why Netflix binges are bad, but what has you all up in arms?" Well, I'm glad you asked. What has me full blown, head over heels obsessed isn't the Nation's Capital, or the Hamptons, or the Big Apple...no, none of these. It's a small, southern town of Bluebell, Alabama. I am madly in love with the television show, Hart of Dixie. This isn't a small love affair either. This love affair is like that guy that everyone tells you to stay away from, the one you will lie for if it comes down to it and I have LIED to one of my besties about how many episodes I've watched in a day because we are watching together. And well I didn't want to tell her that 1 episode turned into 5 and now I'm a whole 10 episodes ahead of her. No, I didn't think that was okay to share. She trusted me to only watch 1. But NO. I couldn't stop. Being this far ahead has screwed me royally. I'm on Season 3 Episode 1 and will not watch anymore until she's caught up*. Okay, not fully caught up cause that's just crazy talk, but at least on episode 19 or so. I can't stop thinking about the characters, they are real to me and Bluebell is a real town. And Wade Kinsella is the absolute LOVE OF MY LIFE. He is the most perfect man, ever. But here is the real kicker friends, it gets worse than lying to your best friend or pining over a man that isn't actually real...because of this show, I am now following the Spotify playlist which features music from all 4 seasons and most of it is my least favorite genre of music ever...Country. I have developed a like (not a love, cause my love is for Wade and Wade alone.) for this style of music. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?!? Just last week, Miki & I grabbed Starbucks at lunch and sat outside by a plant and at the same time we mentioned how this reminded us of sitting in Bluebell. But in reality it couldn't be further from the truth. But there is something about slowing down and enjoying one another's company, exactly what they do in Bluebell.

I tweeted about how we spent our lunch time and the cutest Twitter handle ever @bluebellishome quoted my tweet and told me how I could get involved in bringing the show back. Which has now become my life mission. Well that or marry a handsome bartender from the Rammer Jammer.

But the point of all of this is, Netflix binges are more than just watching TV. You are sucked into the lives of the characters and they start to take over. But I am okay with that. When you watch a show on TV, you get hooked, but you only watch 1 a week...but with a binge, you control how many that is and if you are like me, your motto becomes "can't stop, won't stop". Happy Watching, xo!

*Side note: I wrote this about a week an half before I posted it. I'm pleased to say that Miki is caught up and we are both on season 3. Which I was a good friend and didn't start before her, because I decided to rewatch most of season 2. I told you, I'm ADDICTED. 




Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Red Carpet Style | Emmy's

Ah, here we are. The Emmy's were this past Sunday and of course celeb Kayla hit the carpet. I decided to wear a color we rarely see on the carpet...gray! I love the detail on this Adrianna Papell gown, it'd really stand out. Of course I paired it with a McQueen clutch cause celeb Kayla would have stock in these. (No really, look back at a handful of RCS posts and you'll only see McQueen clutches, I'm obsessed with them!) To keep with the gray look, I wore plain stilettos with tons of diamonds. RCS; Emmy's



RCG; Emmy's
For glam, I kept the makeup super simple. A nice light gray smokey eye, contour, and full pink lips. For the hair, instead of going with the normal up do or ponytail, I picked this knotted pony look. I love this ponytail, I think it's chic and fun! For nails, a simple black mani would be the perfect add to this red carpet look. Let me know what you think, best dressed contender?! Xo!



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

a book in review

wake-up call

Amy Avanzino will be on tour September 16-23 with her novel Wake-Up Call
Sarah Winslow wakes up with a terrible hangover…and a kid in her boyfriend’s bed. She makes the horrifying discovery that, due to a head injury, it’s not a hangover. She’s got memory loss. Overnight, five years have disappeared, and she’s no longer the hard-living, fast-track, ad executive party girl she thinks she is. Now, she’s the unemployed, pudgy, married, stay-at-home-mom of three kids under five, including twins.
As she slowly pieces together the mystery of how her dreams and aspirations could have disintegrated so completely in five short years, she finds herself utterly failing to manage this life she can’t imagine choosing. When Sarah meets the man of her dreams, she realizes she’s got to make a choice: Does she follow her bliss and “do-over” her life? Or does the Sarah she’s forgotten hold the answers to how she got here…and how she can stay?
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Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is laugh out loud funny! It's so funny that you will fly through it because you'll just be laughing along. The premise of the story does ring true to the moments we all have when we think "how did this become my life?" It's a question everyone asks themselves, but the author Amy does a great job helping Sarah figure it out. Not only is this book funny, but it's heartwarming and intense at times. I can't wait to read more from Amy because she's going to be around for a long time, her story telling is amazing. I recommend this 5 star book as the perfect rainy day read, xo!


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Author Bio:
Amy Avanzino received a Bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a Master's from the University of Washington. She is a former advertising executive, who has spent the last several years writing, while doing extensive hands-on research for her Wake-Up Call series. She’s a contributing writer of Hap Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New York, which won two Audience Choice Awards. Amy currently lives in Folsom, California, with her husband and four children. Connect with her at www.amyavanzino.com.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

a book in review


Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I knew I HAD to read this book when I saw the cover and read the blurb! It's no secret that I am a sports fanatic. I love football. I mean I was the only girl on my cheer squad that knew everything about the game. This story is hilairous. There's so much football, but just as much stuff you love about chick lit, you know love, drama, & laughs. One of my besties recently started doing fantasy football and this book hits so close to all of our convos about football that I made her pick this up. If you love football, you need to read this! If you love extremely well written chick lit, you need to read this! There's so much I love about this book that you know I have to give it 5 stars!! I can't wait to see what happens to Harper next, xo!



Set your lineups and pull out the old game tape—football is here. This year, you can experience fantasy football vicariously through (or commiserate with) Harper Duquaine in First & Goal by Laura Chapman.

What begins as a way to make nice with her new co-workers soon becomes an obsession for Harper as she navigates the ups and downs of managing a fantasy football team. Add in a pair of meddling brothers, a crew of quirky colleagues, and a league-mate who makes her toes curl, and Harper’s football season has plenty to keep her interested.

This new romantic comedy is now available from Marching Ink on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Join in the fun and cheer Harper on as she takes on the old boys club.

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Then beat them.



About the Book
When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way).  
Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool. 
With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

Now Available
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Marching Ink


About the Author
Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, The Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work appears in Merry & Bright, A Kind of Mad Courage, and a forthcoming Christmas anthology from Marching Ink. A native Nebraskan, she loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura is currently in pursuit of a fantasy football championship while penning her next novel.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Guest Post

Making a playlist for my books is part of my writing process. I start adding songs to the list sometimes before I know the title or little more than the plot. I continue to curate the list of music throughout the writing process--adding and removing songs as the content shifts and evolves--before doing a final run-through in the days leading up to the book launch.

It's one of my favorite traditions.

So now that First & Goal, book one in the Queen of the League series, has been out for a week, I figured it was high time to share the soundtrack.

This playlist includes a somewhat eclectic mix of songs. Of course there are more than a few Bon Jovi songs (that will make sense if you've read the book) along with songs that just seem to fit.

For example, "Just One of the Guys" by Jenny Lewis seemed perfect, because Harper Duquaine is trying (but not always succeeding) to be one of the guys. "Classic" by MKTO and "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake and Lil Jon are just really good pump up songs for setting a playlist. (Trust me, I've done the research.)

I added "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten, because it seemed like a great anthem for Harper as she undergoes her quest to dominate a fantasy football league.

In creating this list, I was very much aware that there were three more books to come in this series. As the rest of the books come out, and I share their respective playlists, you'll notice a few of these artists making frequent appearances on the list, though with different songs. Because I use these playlists as motivation and inspiration while I write, I wanted each one to have a similar tone and feel while having a different theme--just like the books.

You can listen to the full playlist on Spotify.




About the Book

When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way). 


Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool.


With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

Now Available on Amazon , Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.
Coming Soon to paperback!


About the Author
Laura Chapman is the author of First & GoalThe Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work appears in Merry & BrightA Kind of Mad Courage, and a forthcoming Christmas anthology from Marching Ink. A native Nebraskan, she loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura is currently in pursuit of a fantasy football championship while penning her next novel.


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Friday, September 11, 2015

Recipe | Dessert Sushi!

I mentioned this in my August Faves video-wait a second, you didn't know I was on YouTube?! Go ahead and check me out, I'll be here when you get back!

Oh welcome back! Let's get started! This recipe is so easy, so delish, & so fun! You can have it for dessert, a snack, or even breakfast. 

What you'll need:

Bananas!
Rice Krispies
Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
Nutella




First, you'll need to peel your banana and put some rice krispies on a plate. 


Next up, you'll want to coat your bananas in the peanut butter


Go ahead and roll your peanut butter coated bananas in the cereal. I don't have a picture of that cause well...I couldn't even do my only job right :)


Once you've coated your bananas, go ahead and cut them into about an inch thick pieces.


Melt the Nutella, drizzle on top, & enjoy, xo!








Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Cover Reveal! | GIVEAWAY



Book Information
Title: Plan Bea
Author: Hilary Grossman
Series: (book 1)
Release Date: October 2015
Genres: Women’s Fiction 
Publisher: Booktrope
Blurb
How well do you really know the people in your life?   
Annabel O’Conner has the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and the mother from hell! Annabel doesn’t like it but has come to terms with the fact that her relationship with her mother, Bea, deteriorated to the point of forced and strained communications. However, an unscheduled call from Bea turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believed about her life.
Despite the fact secrets, lies, and misplaced blame have destroyed the women’s relationship; Annabel reluctantly agrees to help Bea plan her wedding. Little does Annabel know the impact of her decision.
In this Women’s Contemporary Fiction novel, Hilary Grossman explores the complex relationship that exists between mothers and daughters in a light-hearted and relatable manner.
Goodreads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26230669-plan-bea
Author Biography
Hilary Grossman loves to find humor in everyday life. She has an unhealthy addition to denim and high heel shoes. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep as many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn't writing, blogging, or shoe shopping she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer. She lives on the beach in Long Island. 
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Must or Bust | Taste Test




Smell: chocolate. Just lots of chocolate.
Taste: Okay, it took me 3 Oreos to really decide that they taste like brownie batter. I think that the filling actually has the texture of brownie batter too. I really like these cookies! I wish the cookie part was a little less chocolately, so the filling could shine. I totally would buy these again...soooo, these are a...