Thursday, April 28, 2016

4pm pick me up!


this has been one of my fave songs of Spring, xo!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April Faves!

Woah, April faves done and it's not even May yet?! Yeah, that's right :) Check em out!


Beauty
L'Oreal Lumi primer-this is honestly a product I’m not sure how I lived without! It’s creates a dewy, glowy canvas for my foundation. I’ve also added a few drops to my cheek bones once I’m done with my makeup for an extra highlight. If you have dry skin, pick this up, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara-this mascara has been my go-to all month. I’m starting to see that the formula changes after a while and it can become a little flakey, but if you use a primer-I use tarte’s opening act-that seems to help it last longer.
Softlips cube-a repurchase for me! I typically like Vaseline for my lips before bed, but I picked this cube up a couple of months ago and when I got to the end, I had to get another one. The smell is not overwhelming before and it lasts all night.
Revlon matte lip-I think I added this lippie in here because of the color. The formula is pretty good and semi lasting, but the smell is awful. Seriously it smells like penicillin. But if you can get past that, the color payoff is bomb.
Essence brow gel-(that I forgot to put in the picture...guess you can't be too excited I got this post done before schedule...*eye roll*) I can’t remember where I heard about this, but do yourself a favor and pick it up! It’s only $2.99 at Ulta and it’s like super glue for your brows. Mine can be a little unruly and one swipe of this and these badboys aren’t going anywhere…!


Random
Book-Trivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis-it’s no secret that I absolutely love this book! It’s my favorite book from Aven to date and it’s not just because I’m in it. Or that it’s dedicated to me ;) If you like curling up and putting on a romantic comedy, then you must read this book. You will love it, trust me.
Music-Rock Bottom by Hailee Steinfield is and has been my jam. My fave album of the month has been Mike Stud’s These Days. I seriously listen to it every single day. SO. DAMN. GOOD.
TV show-Friday Night Lights-well I have a new Netflix obsession…! I’ve been wanting to watch Friday Night Lights for a while and since hockey season is over (still so heartbroken) I decided to invest my new found time into the Dillon Panthers. I watched season 1 way back in 2006 when it was on TV and loved it, but this time I’m in it for the long haul. Ob-freaking-sessed!


What have you been loving for the month of April? Let me know in the comments, xo!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

a book in review!



Brief Summary:
Expert advice from relationship and empowerment coach Laney Zukerman. A must read guide on dating, mating, loving, increasing self confidence, getting over a breakup and setting boundaries as a modern-day Goddess!

LET LESSONS FOR AN URBAN GODDESS BE YOUR QUICK START GUIDE TO YOUR NEW JOURNEY!

Get heart smart in life, love and relationships by kicking up your confidence with practical wisdom.
Unleash your inner Goddess TODAY!

Check out my podcasts at Soundcloud.com ~ http://www.laneyzukerman.com/new-podcasts-at-soundcloud-com/

An inspirational guide for the ageless woman.....An Urban Goddess is a metaphor for a woman of substance.
This no-nonsense, practical guide will help you to:
Kick up your confidence
Get Smart With Your Heart
Know the difference between a Hero and a Heartbreaker
Embrace the light and dark sides of you and unleash your authentic self. Living your life like a modern day Goddess will help you tap into a life filled with more passion, motivation, inspiration, bliss and personal empowerment.
These tips of practical wisdom and no-nonsense advice, will encourage, inspire and motivate you to become the Goddess you were meant to be!

If you are going to live, why not live more blissfully, and bask in the joy of living like a Goddess in a modern-day world?

What are you waiting for? Check out my website: http://www.laneyzukerman.com
Laney Zukerman, LESSONS FOR AN URBAN GODDESS has been interviewed and featured in BRIDES.COM; THIRTY SOMETHING MAGAZINE, NBC ARIZONA MIDDAY, PALM SPRINGS Magazine, THE SOCIAL SCENE WITH JZ PODCAST, THE PINK SNOB MAGAZINE, GETSCENE MAGAZINE, ONTREND MAGAZINE.

If you are interested in private coaching and counseling or need support with Narcissistic Abuse Syndrome, contact me directly on Psychology Today's Therapist Guide or at lanedem@gmail.com. www.laneyzukerman.com

Review:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the type of book that you will want to go back to for unbiased help with whatever you are going through. I honestly wish I had this book a few years ago when I was going through a tough time. The personal stories and the quotes that Laney shares make this feel like a close friend is helping you work through it or teaching you how to be your best you. I feel like this is a book that all women should read and then go back to it again and again for advice. I recommend this 5 star book to anyone (male or female) that needs some advice to being your absolute best self, cause Laney will get you on the right track, xo!

Monday, April 25, 2016

a book in review!


 


Brief Summary: 
Landon Holder is exactly the kind of man Livy Adams should stay far away from.
The flashy, flirty star defenseman for the Chicago Buffaloes is known for hooking up with women all over Chicago. Livy finds herself attracted to Landy, but his sexy good looks and charm are irrelevant. She had her heart shattered by a cheating athlete in college, and Livy vows she will never let her judgment lapse like that ever again.

Yet Livy knows she can’t spend the rest of her life focusing on building her jewelry line during the day and her evenings playing TriviaPlayOrPass! on her phone, either. Even though she does have fabulous conversations with a player named Scott, it’s time to get back in the game—in real life. While Livy tries to figure out her career path in jewelry design, she knows it’s time to take a chance on romance again, too.

But in a strange twist of fate, Livy finds herself getting to know Landy on a much deeper level. Sometimes people aren’t always as they appear to be. Just like a diamond, you have to look closely to see true clarity.

As Livy unwraps the layers around Landy to see the man behind the image, will she have a change of heart? Can she leave her past behind for a future with Landy? Or is it all a game of trivial pursuits?  

Review:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Aven Ellis is in my opinion the best rom-com writer in the business. She has a way to continuously write best seller after best seller. The stories just seem to pour out of her. Livy is my favorite female lead of hers to date. She is strong, funny, and has her stuff together. She takes falling in love seriously and you can feel her butterflies during this whole book. Landon is my hands down favorite male character of Aven's ever. He is tough, sexy, and a total bad boy. But underneath his tough defenseman exterior, he is a sweet, sensitive, funny, trivia loving dude. There's something about him that just makes him so easy to love. He will be your next book boyfriend for sure. I honestly can't stress how great this book is. Aven's attention to detail makes this play out like a movie. Every scene is better than the next, each chapter sucks you in more and more. The Instagram moments are something every girl dreams of. You won't be able to put this amazing 5 star read down, so clear your schedule and pick this book up for another fun trip to Chicago for laughs, tears, and hockey, xo!
 
PS-I'm really lucky to be included as one of Aven's beta readers. It's a job I take really seriously. I take it so seriously that when Aven was naming her next villain who was a back stabbing, boyfriend stealing, but incredibly fabulous bitch, I told her to use my name. And not just my first name, use my whole name, Kayla Paine. And guess what? She did! Let me know what you think of fictional Kayla in the comments below #teamkayla

 
 
ABOUT AVEN ELLIS. Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency. But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year. Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

4pm pick me up


Honestly, I'm just posting this here because I need to buy basically everything she mentions.
Who's your go-to beauty guru? Let me know, Xo!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Happy Release Day!




Brief Summary: 
Landon Holder is exactly the kind of man Livy Adams should stay far away from.
The flashy, flirty star defenseman for the Chicago Buffaloes is known for hooking up with women all over Chicago. Livy finds herself attracted to Landy, but his sexy good looks and charm are irrelevant. She had her heart shattered by a cheating athlete in college, and Livy vows she will never let her judgment lapse like that ever again.

Yet Livy knows she can’t spend the rest of her life focusing on building her jewelry line during the day and her evenings playing TriviaPlayOrPass! on her phone, either. Even though she does have fabulous conversations with a player named Scott, it’s time to get back in the game—in real life. While Livy tries to figure out her career path in jewelry design, she knows it’s time to take a chance on romance again, too.

But in a strange twist of fate, Livy finds herself getting to know Landy on a much deeper level. Sometimes people aren’t always as they appear to be. Just like a diamond, you have to look closely to see true clarity.

As Livy unwraps the layers around Landy to see the man behind the image, will she have a change of heart? Can she leave her past behind for a future with Landy? Or is it all a game of trivial pursuits?  


My review will be live Monday the 25th! So be sure to check back to check out what I think of the latest Aven Ellis hockey rom com :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

tarte envy

Lately, it seems like every week I see another new tarte product and I add it to my must swatch-get sample list. Really tho, they are killing the game. From the new tarteist line to the brushes to their latest collection Rainforest of the Sea, they have something for every beauty lover. Here's currently what I'm dying to try ASAP.





You can find tarte products at Sephora, Ulta, or QVC.  

What products or brand are you itching to try? Let me in the comments, so I can check them out, xo!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Chapter Reveal!


Chapter One
 
TriviaPlayOrPass!
Who is the fourth president of the United States of America? DesignerA, play or pass to Scott921?

I stare at the blinking cursor on my cell phone. Embarrassing. I’ve lived in the United States my entire twenty-two years of existence, made A’s in history in both high school and at the University of Washington, yet have no clue who the fourth president of my country was.
Shameful.
Of course, it’s probably more shameful to admit I’m addicted to TriviaPlayOrPass! You know, that trivia game app that makes you feel smart because you know more than complete strangers.
Focus, Livy, I tell myself. I’m super competitive. I don’t want to pass this question. Who was the fourth president? Polk? Where was he? Washington, Adams, and then who? Who was third? Crap. If I don’t know the third president, I won’t know the fourth.
How is it I can recite all the words to any song off any Taylor Swift album but not remember presidents? Although my musical knowledge has to count for something, right?
Oooh. Hopefully a question relating to Taylor will come up soon in Pop Culture. I’d crush those.
Beep! Player DesignerA play or pass to Scott921.
Damn it. I hit ‘pass,’ and know Scott921 will DM in a matter of seconds. Five, four, three—
Seriously? The American passes a USA PRESIDENT question to the Canadian? This should have been easy points DesignerA. You’re on notice. I’m kicking your ass this round.
I snicker. I knew that would be his response. I’ve only been playing Scott921 with this app for a few weeks, but I like talking to him. One, he’s a good trivia player, so I like a challenge. Two, he’s very, very funny. I’m a sucker for anyone who can make me laugh. He sent me a message on a question the first time we played, and we’ve been chatting during games ever since.
Of course, for all I know he’s some twelve-year-old boy sitting in his room up in Canada avoiding homework. Or married and sixty and living in Akron, Ohio. You can be anyone online.
Take me, for example. My real name is Livy, but of course I don’t want to use that online. Too many weirdos out there. Since I’m a jewelry designer, I go by DesignerA, with the A coming from my last name of Adams.
And I’m sure Scott921 has no idea he’s talking to an unemployed artist who exists on freelance design work and had to move back in with her parents in suburban Chicago the day after college graduation back in December.
Temporary setback. That’s all this is.
But right now, I need to focus on my trivia match. And answer Scott921’s question.
My brain can only store so much knowledge. What’s up there has to be critical information. Besides, can you even name the 4th Prime Minister of Canada?
I hit ‘send’ and wait for him to answer. Ha, bet I stumped him with that one. Especially if he is an American living in Akron.
I can. Sir John Thompson. Died in office of a heart attack. And the first Catholic prime minister. How’s that for an answer?
Wow. He did know that. Okay, I’m removing American off the list of alternate identity options for Scott921. I reply.
Remind me never to pass any historical questions to you ever again.
The screen on the phone pops over to the game, so now I can see if Scott921 got it right or wrong.
TriviaPlayOrPass! Both DesignerA and Scott921 do not answer correctly. The 4th President of the United States was James Madison.
Madison! Damn it. I shoot a message to Scott921.
I should have remembered this. I feel like eating a raspberry Zinger to console myself on my woeful recollection of American presidents.
Scott921 responds.
I have the most random conversations with you. What the hell is a ZINGER?
So he might be twelve, or eighty, but I do get a kick out of talking to him. I’ve never come out and asked Scott921 for his story. Like how old he is, where he lives, what does he do for a living? He’s online. There’s no point to anything beyond our trivia matches, or our little exchanges, even though I’ve come to look forward to them.
Hmm. If only Scott921 lived in the Chicago area, was single, and looked like Landon Holder, the star defenseman of the Chicago Buffaloes, I’d propose marriage to him upon first sight.
But since that’s as likely as me remembering all the presidents of the United States and knowing all the prime ministers of Canada, I forget that plan and type a reply instead.
A delicious, prepackaged snack cake. Not on the clean eating plan.
I can see the ‘typing’ icon flash so I know he’s replying.
I don’t think I want anything called a Zinger, DesignerA. Hey, I gotta get to bed. Tired tonight. Rematch tomorrow?
I reply sure. I’ll send him a request late, because that’s when he’s usually online. I say goodnight and set my phone on my nightstand.
I glance at the clock. Eleven-thirty. I should get to bed, too. I have some bracelets I want to work on in the morning—custom cuff bracelets I was commissioned to do as bridesmaids gifts—and then I have my first day volunteering at an after-school program for children at a local elementary school.
I shut off the light and slip under the covers of my bed. I can hear the wind howling outside my window, and it’s snowing heavily this February night. It’s so cold. I have a mountain of blankets on my bed, and I’m still freezing. It got cold in Seattle, but nothing like these Chicago winters. I find myself having to adjust all over again since moving back home.
Anyway, I’m excited about my volunteer work. The program is designed for children whose families might not be able to afford after-school experiences for their children. I’m going to teach art tomorrow. Ironically, I’m doing an art project in honor of Presidents’ Day, which of course is celebrated this month.
At least I know what Lincoln and Washington look like so I can successfully teach the art project, I muse.
I yawn, feeling tiredness wash over me. Definitely time for bed.
And new adventures tomorrow.
***
I park my Jeep Renegade SUV in the school parking lot and turn my windshield wipers off. I’m so eager to work with the kids today. Whenever I do a private art lesson, I have the best time teaching children. To see their faces when they create something, to watch them connect with the mediums of art and experience joy from the process—well, that brings me as much joy as it does them.
And while the weather outside is cold, snowy, and dreary, I feel the exact opposite inside. I feel bubbly, bright, and alive on this February day.
I tug on my gloves and put on my cream cable-knit cap, knowing full well my naturally blond platinum locks will be a static mess when I get inside, but better than soppy wet hair from the heavy snow that is falling right now.
I flip down the visor and check my appearance one last time. My pale blue-green eyes stare back at me. I see I have none of my tan-pink butter LONDON LIPPY lipstick on my teeth, and my nose isn’t shiny. An un-shiny nose is a complete victory at this time of the afternoon, I dare say.
I pop the visor back up and open the door, bracing for the brutal elements. Snow whips across my face, and I quickly yank my Deena & Ozzy geometric print infinity scarf up over my chin. Damn, it’s freezing out here.
I hurry around to the trunk and open it. I lift out my canvas bag of supplies, which is nearly blown out of my hand by an arctic blast. Maybe I should have stayed in Seattle.
Because this weather is ridiculous.
I shut the trunk and head toward the front of the school. The children will be released in fifteen minutes, but I was told to get here early so I could sign into the front office as a visitor. I already had my background check completed, and I should be able to receive my volunteer ID today.
I step inside the building and wipe my black Wellingtons on the mat. I head into the office, where an older woman pauses her typing and stares at me.
For a moment, I’m distracted. Does she have a perm? Her dyed, jet-black hair is in tight, tiny ringlets all over her head. Her bangs look like mattress coils.
“Yes?” she asks, peering over the glasses that have slid all the way down her nose.
I glance at her name plate, which has an apple with a worm coming out of it and the words ‘Mrs. Martin, Receptionist’ next to it.
“Hello, Mrs. Martin, I’m Livy Adams, and I’m here to teach art at the after-school activity program,” I say, tugging off my gloves. “It’s nice to meet you. And I’m so happy to be here today.”
She studies me as if she has zero interest in anything I said. Good Lord, her name plate should say, ‘Mrs. Martin, Beaten Down By the Job Receptionist.’
“Sign in,” she barks, nodding in the direction of the computer. “It’s self-explanatory.”
Then she pushes her glasses back up onto the bridge of her nose and resumes typing. The phone rings, and she punches a button on her keyboard. “Morning View Elementary,” she says gruffly.
All right, so it’s not just me. Mrs. Martin obviously has no time for pleasantries, whether you’re standing in front of her or on the phone.
I move to the computer and follow the instructions for registering as a visitor. Another woman checks my driver’s license, verifies that I’m on the list for volunteer badges, and I should get it from the director of the after-care program today. I get my temporary badge and am directed to the cafeteria as the bell rings, signaling the end of school.
Suddenly the air is filled with the sounds of excited chatter, shoes and rubber snow boots squeaking against the tiled floors, and laughter.
I smile, remembering how much I enjoyed elementary school. I loved learning. And I lived for art class, where I was able to paint and use clay.
I see children heading into the cafeteria, and I follow them. Backpacks are slung onto tables, coats piled up, and snacks are being served by the after-school coordinators at the back of the room.
I make my way toward Darcy Reeves, the lead coordinator for the program here at Morning View.
She hands a little girl a bag of pretzels and a carton of juice and then glances up at me.
“Hey, Livy, so glad you could make it,” Darcy says, smiling brightly at me. “The kids are thrilled you’re here today.”
“I can’t wait to get started,” I say honestly, setting my bag and Longchamp tote down on the cafeteria table next to her. “I have some fun presidential art planned for them.”
“They love when young people come in,” Darcy says. “Be prepared to be mobbed.”
I laugh as I unbutton my coat. “I can deal with that.”
After I’m introduced to co-teachers Valerie and Sarah and given my volunteer ID badge, I slip out of my winter coat. I drape it on the table, over my tote. I hesitate for a moment. I should take off my hat, but if I do, I’ll show horrible static hair. Oh, well, it can entertain the kids if my locks are the equivalent of Albert Einstein’s crazy hair. I can say it’s artistic.
I remove my cable-knit hat and the charge instantly sweeps through my hair. Oh gosh. It’s standing up, I can tell. I try to smooth my hand over it, but I can still feel it sticking out.
I’m about to go to the restroom to see if I can spray it back into submission with hairspray, but then I hear children start yelling.
“Landy!”
“Landy’s here!”
“Landon!”
Wait. Wait. I only know one Landon. The star player for the Chicago Buffaloes hockey team. He goes by Landy. My best friend Aubrey is dating his best friend on the team, Captain Beckett Riley. So I’ve met him a few times, and while I know he’s the captain of hook ups on that team, I do find him incredibly attractive.
I wrinkle my nose. I’m being crazy. What on earth would Landy Holder be doing here? No. Different Landy.
“Hey, kids, I told you guys I’d be back, remember?”
Oh, I know that sexy, scratchy, like he’s-just-rolled-out-of-bed voice.
And I turn around and find myself staring into the vivid blue eyes of Landy Holder.

Want more? Make sure you pre-order now!! Trivial Pursuits is on sale April 20th!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

4pm pick me up!


The ladies of the airwaves are killing the game lately, xo!




Check out my Spring Fling playlist on Spotify-kpaine718

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Social Scene with JZ featuring Kitchology

today's post is brought to you by me :)





Kitchology – Our Story
The Idea
The idea for Kitchology was born in a kitchen. When co-founder Iris made dinner for her family, like most parents she struggled to find meals that everyone liked. But Iris had another problem. One of her sons has a serious food allergy. Not only did she have to find meals that everyone liked, but she also needed meals that everyone could safely eat.
Iris soon found that she was not alone in her struggle. Her friend Alyson had a daughter with Celiac and a binder full of family recipes that she thought she couldn’t serve. But the lure of an old family pierogi recipe was enough to inspire Alyson to experiment with ingredient substitutions until both her daughter and her mother-in-law approved of the new recipe.
Iris wondered, what if there was a way to help people make their own substitutions in their own recipes? What if there was a way to modify nearly any recipe to make it safe to eat for almost anyone? And what if there simultaneously was a way to find recipes that matched a variety of tastes? A system that could do all of this would solve both of Iris’ problems and could help a lot of other people in similar situations. And so an idea was born.
The People
Having had a similar epiphany, co-founder Alain had the nexus of just such a system mapped out. As experienced entrepreneurs, Iris and Alain knew that implementing such a system required the right combination of skills and insight. Bringing together a passionate team with experience in everything from nutrition and food allergies, to app development and marketing – and of course cooking! – they’ve built more than just a great team. They’ve built a family.
The Platform
Kitchology’s integrated cooking platform utilizes machine learning and leverages a deep knowledge base to enable meal planning based on ingredients typically at hand. We provide targeted and personalized ingredient substitutions during recipe selection and help with purchasing through personalized shopping lists. We even take you step-by-step through the entire preparation and cooking process. Plus we provide ways for cooks to find each other just as Iris and Alyson did, because, after all, cooking is a social activity.
Kitchology helps you make the right decisions about the food you and your family eat. Decide better, eat better.
The Technology
Kitchology has built a patent-pending cooking platform for people dealing with food allergies and special diets.  At its core, Kitchology is 1) a profiling engine that analyzes consumer activities and 2) a substitution engine that makes product substitutions and recommendations when consumers plan meals and shopping. We put the cooks in the center of our design. If they decide better, they eat better (along with the people they cook for). This requires a lot of work including developing a database with over 480,000 substitution rules and 80,000 culinary rules. Profiling is performed using explicit inputs, inference analysis, and collaborative filtering. Together, this allow for advanced matching of ingredients pertaining to the user’s preferences, enabling planning, cooking and sharing. We have filed 6 patents applications on key elements. We are rolling out this functionality in phases to ensure we are doing it right. send an email to support@kitchology.com if you want to be included in early builds.


Be sure to check out kitchology.com and make sure you listen to their interview with JZ on the Social Scene!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Red Carpet Style | MTV Movie Awards

The MTV Movie Awards were this past weekend and since my fave YouTuber Meghan went, celeb Kayla would've went too! Check out how I would've worked it out on the carpet and let me know if you think this look was a hit or a miss, xo!

  

Switching it up and showing you the glam first. Simple beach waves with a nude lip and a pink smokey eye to match. With a fun negative space nude manicure would work perfect with what I choose to wear...


How freaking fun is this whole look?! I love the white dress with the paint splatter belt with the amazing Paul Andrew heels. Topping off the look, I'd grab a bright blue clutch, big colorful diamonds, and of course some silver accessories. I think this look is the perfect mix of fun and chic and would have really popped on the carpet!

Monday, April 11, 2016

a book in review!

 


















Presley tells her boss what he can do with her job in HR and embarks on a new career as a freelance journalist. What seems like a simple interview with a Senator turns to murder when the day after her interview the Senator turns up dead. Does the fact that Presley was one of the last people to see him alive make her a suspect? Her ex-boyfriend Cooper, who was in charge of the Senators security, might think so. Presley is determined to clear her name but can she do it and resist Cooper’s charms?

Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This story is a little all over the place at times, but it is a murder mystery after all. The POV continuously is changing and it's a little hard to follow at times. All of that being said the plot is good. It has points that will make you laugh and is a little out there, but you read books to get taken away into another world and Stilettos & Scoundrels does just that, xo!

 

April 11 – Polished & Bubbly – Review
April 12 – Change the Word –Q&A
April 12 – Caroline Fardig –Guest  Post & Excerpt
April 13 – Turning Another Page – Review, Interview, Guest  Post & Excerpt
April 13 – Literary Chanteuse – Excerpt
April 14 – Queen of All She Reads – Review & Excerpt
April 15 – Whispering Stories – Guest Post & Excerpt
April 15 – Monograms and Margaritas – Review  & Q&A
April 18 – Awesome Clubs – Review
April 18 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt
April 19 – Fiction Dreams –Excerpt
April 20 – Chick Lit Club Connect – Guest Post
April 21 – Kelly’s Nerdy Obsession – Review & Excerpt
April 21 – Nerdy Dirty and Flirty –Review & Excerpt
April 22 – A Page To Turn – Review & Q&A
April 25 – The Phantom Paragrapher – Review
April 25 – Writers Corner – Guest Post 


Author Bio


As a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child).
As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually let people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, Writing is a Lifestyle, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.
Links



Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Red Carpet Style | I heart radio awards

The I Heart Radio Awards were this past Sunday and here's the look I would've worn to the show.


I love a good romper and this black one is the perfect mix of glam and chic. Paired with these gorgeous lace up heels, a few dark rings, fun black and diamond earrings, and of course, a McQueen clutch-I'd be good to go.


For glam, a simple light smokey eye, bold lashes, fun nails-complete with a heart for the occasion, red lips, and a fun braided top knot for a little unexpected twist.

Let me know if you think I'd be on the best dressed list or not, xo!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

a book in review!



Brief Summary:
This is the diary of Burn Rivers.

Bernadette Rivers has had enough. Always the fat friend and fat twin, she's ready to be more.
This summer she's going to lose the weight that's been holding her back.
As determined as she is, Burn knows she can't do it alone.
Enter Warren Grey; ex-high school hottie and stereotypical jock. He is everything that tormented her about high school but she knows he's exactly what she needs.
With a distant mother, a sister with poor taste, a polar opposite best friend and enough insecurities to fill the Grand Canyon, can she learn to love the skin she's in?

And then, of course, there's Fred.


Review: 
 I read Diary of a Fat Girl when I was in between reads off my "To Be Read" list. I stumbled upon it and I'm SO glad I did. I felt an instant camaraderie with Bernadette. I swear I there were times when I thought I was reading my own diary. Full disclosure, if you read this book, it's part of a series and the next on comes out Dec 31st. I never would have dove head first into Burn's life if I knew the rest of her story was so far away. This is the type of book that grips you from every angle. Especially if you've struggled with weight. If you are looking for a new 5 star story to get lost in that will make you laugh, cry, and every emotion in between, than this is for you, xo!

Ps. it's free on iTunes

Monday, April 4, 2016

Announcement!

I am so proud to announce that a project I've been working on is now live! I am the beauty contributor for #GETSCENE Magazine. It's a quarterly digital magazine that you can check out on http://www.jzsocialenterprises.com/#!getscenemag/ekrw3

My article is all about Spring beauty must haves and trends. So here's a little bonus Spring beauty trend and be sure to check out more from me in #getscene magazine!


When the seasons change that to me means, try some new trends and take some risks, which leads me to my next must have....colorful liners! Stick with a neutral lid and wing out a bold color. Make your under eyes pop with the playful liner on your waterline.


 
Left to Right
NYX Slide On Pencil in Azure-Turquoise $8 L'Oreal Voluminous Extra Intense Liquid Pencil in Turquoise Crush $5.99 Jane Water-Resistant Eye Liner in Kelly Green $6 MAC Sourpuss Technakohl Liner $17 Urban Decay Vice 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $20 Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $20 Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop Stick in Honey Bunny $28 MAC Flamingo Park Technakohl Liner $17

Trick!


Trouble making the perfect wing? (yeah, me too...!) take some scotch tape and tape the outer corner of your eye using your lower lashes as a guide. Apply the liner and take off the tape, volia a winged liner that would make Jaclyn Hill envious!



Let me know you what you think of the magazine and I'll check ya tomorrow, xo!