Friday, October 6, 2017

a book in review!


 

Playing Defense Tour Kit
Dallas Demons #5 - can be read as a standalone
238 pages
Publisher - Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Release Date - 27th September 2017

 
Brief Sumarry:
After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak.

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame.

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP?

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . .

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?

Review:
 I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Okay, I have to start of this review by saying Aven of course out did herself on this one…& I’m not talking about the whole book (cause she did, she always does!), but one scene in particular. This isn’t a spoiler because every romcom has a first kiss, but this first kiss stands apart from any other than I’ve ever read. IT IS THE BEST FIRST KISS EVER WRITTEN. Honestly, Aven took this one to the a whole other level. JP & Reese are one of my fave couples of Aven’s to date. Reese and I are very similar in the whole giving up on dating (still waiting for my JP over here.), but her outlook on dating is very fresh and real life. I promise you this 5 star read is exactly what you need in your post summer life, pick it up and devour it on a weekend, cause you won’t be able to put it down, xo!

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About the Author
I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.
 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall Issue of #NEXTonSCENE Magazine


https://issuu.com/getscenemag/docs/sejda-ctw_71708056840743


Check out the new fall issue of #NEXTonSCENE to see my on page 18! Also, babytooth makes her big print debut! If you like my articles, let @nextonscene on Instagram know, xo!!
 
*ps-as great as reading digitally on the go is, you can buy your own copy in print and have it sent right to your door! Visit nextonscene.com for details

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sneak Peek | First Chapter of Hooking Up!



One
Wedding Unbliss
Amie
This is the happiest day of my life. I allow that thought to roll around in my head, trying to figure out why it doesn’t seem to resonate the way it should. This should be the happiest day of my life. So I’m not exactly certain why the uneasy feeling I associate with cold feet is getting worse rather than dissipating. I’ve already done the hard part; walked down the aisle and said “I do.”
My husband excused himself to go to the bathroom several minutes ago and, based on Armstrong’s itinerary for the day, speeches are supposed to begin promptly at eight-thirty. According to my phone, that’s less than two minutes from now, and he’s not here. The emcee for the evening is awaiting Armstrong’s return before he begins. And then the real party can start. The one where we get to celebrate our commitment to each other as partners for life. As in the rest of my breathing days. Dear God, why does that make my stomach twist?
I sip my white wine. Armstrong pointed out that red is not a good idea with my dress, even though it’s my preference. Besides, I don’t want it to stain my teeth. That would make for bad pictures.
I glance around the hall and see my parents, who are probably celebrating the fact that I didn’t walk down the aisle with a convicted felon. And frankly, so am I. My dating history pre-Armstrong wasn’t fabulous.
The sheer number of people in attendance spikes my anxiety. Speaking in front of all of these people makes me want to drink more, which is a bad idea. Tipsy speeches could lead to saying the wrong thing. I check my phone under the table again. It’s after eight-thirty. The longer Armstrong takes to return, the further behind we’ll get. The music playlist, devised by Armstrong with painstaking efficiency, leaves no room for tardiness. If we don’t start on time I’ll have to take out a song, or possibly two, to compensate for his delay and he’s selected the order in such a way as to make that difficult and that will annoy him. I just want today to be perfect. I want it to be reflective of my decision to marry Armstrong. That I, Amalie Whitfield, can make good choices and am not a disgrace to my family.
“Where the hell is he?” I scan the room and take another small sip of my wine. I should switch to water soon so I don’t end up drunk, especially later, when all of this is over and we can celebrate our lifelong commitment to each other without clothes on. I’m hopeful it will last more than five minutes.
Ruby, my maid of honor and best friend for the past decade, puts a hand on my shoulder. “Would you like Bancroft to find Armstrong?”
Bancroft, or Bane for short, is Ruby’s boyfriend who she’s been living with for several months. Recently I find myself getting a little jealous of how affectionate they still are with each other, even after all this time. Cohabitation hasn’t slowed them down on the sex or their PDA. I have hope that Armstrong and I will be more like Bane and Ruby now that we’ll be sharing the same bed every night.
I’m about to tell Ruby to give him another minute when a low buzz suddenly fills the hall. It sounds like a school PA system. I start to panic—they can’t start the speeches without Armstrong at my side. What’s the point of speeches if the groom isn’t present?
I’m halfway out of my seat, ready to tell the deejay, or whoever is behind the mic, he needs to wait, when a very loud moan echoes through the room. The acoustics are phenomenal in here, it’s why we chose this venue.
I glance at Ruby to make sure I’m not hearing things. Her eyes are wide. The kind of wide associated with shock. The same shock I’m feeling.
Another moan reverberates through the sound system, followed by the words, “Oh, fuuuck.”
A collective gasp ripples through the now-silent crowd. While the words themselves are scandalous among these guests, it’s the voice groaning them that makes me sit up straighter, and simultaneously consider hiding under the table.
“Fuck yeah. Ah, suck it. That’s it. Deep throat it like a good little slut. Fuuuuuccckkkkk.”
My mouth drops and I look to Ruby to ensure I have not completely lost my mind. “Is that—” I don’t finish the sentence. I already know the answer to the question, so it’s pointless to ask. Besides, I’m cut off by yet another loud groan. I clap a hand over my mouth because I’m not sure I’m able to close it, my disbelief is as vast as the ocean.
Ruby’s expression mirrors mine, except hers is incredibly animated since she’s an actress. “Oh my God. Is that Armstrong?” Her words are no more than a whisper, but they sound very much like a scream. Oh no, wait, that’s just Armstrong on the verge of an orgasm. But these sounds are nothing like the ones he makes when he’s in the throes of passion with me.
I clutch Ruby’s hand. The next sound that comes from him is a hybrid between a hyena laugh and a wolf baying at the moon. And every guest at our wedding is hearing the same thing I am. Our wedding. Someone other than me is blowing my husband at my own wedding. My mortification knows no end.
I grab the closest bottle of wine and dump the contents into my glass. Some of it sloshes over the edge and onto the crisp white tablecloth. It doesn’t matter. There’s plenty more where it came from. I chug the glass, then grab Ruby’s.
People lean in and whisper to each other, eyes lift to the speakers. A few people, the ones who are probably just here for the social-ladder-climbing potential, question who it is.
“Is the deejay watching porn?” That comment comes from a table full of mostly drunk singles in their early twenties.
Several eyes shift my way as I carelessly down Ruby’s wine and someone asks where the groom has disappeared to.
The grunts and groans grow terrifyingly louder. This is nothing like what I’m used to in bed with Armstrong. The dirty words aren’t something he ever uses with me, mostly it’s just noises and sometimes a “Right there” or “I’m close,” but that’s about it. He’s never talked to me like he is to the woman currently providing oral pleasure. And I’m very adept at oral. Although with Armstrong it’s very polite, neat oral, with no sounds other than the occasional hum. Slurping is uncivilized and a definite no-no.
I reach past Ruby for the bottle of red since I don’t really give a flying fuck about purple teeth right now. As I sink low in my seat I pour another glass of wine, surveying the people in the ballroom from behind the cover of the centerpiece. The centerpieces are huge and excessive and I don’t like them at all, but at least provides a protective barrier between the guests and my disgust, which I’m certain they must share. He sounds like a wild animal rutting. It is entirely unsexy. I have no idea who he’s getting intimate with, but I’m suddenly very glad it’s not me.
And doesn’t that tell me more about our relationship than it should.
It’s only been about thirty seconds—the most humiliating thirty seconds of my life—before Armstrong comes. How do I know this? Because he says, very clearly, “Keep sucking, baby, I’m coming.”
And “baby,” whoever she is, makes these horrific gurgling noises. It sounds like some form of alien communication. It’s way over the top, and apparently Armstrong is loving it, based on the string of vile profanity that spews from his asshole mouth.
“Holy crap. Is this for real? That was really fast,” Ruby mutters.
I guzzle my glass of wine. Then decide the glass is unnecessary and take a long swig from the bottle before Ruby snatches it away. Wine dribbles down my chin and onto my chest, staining the white satin purple. My dress is ruined. I should be freaking out. But I really don’t care.
“Come on,” Ruby tugs on my hand. “We need to get you out of here while people are still distracted.”
My older brother Pierce and the emcee are standing in the middle of the hall, gesturing wildly to the speakers above us. My other brother, Lawson, is on his way toward the podium in an attempt to do something. I don’t think there’s anything he can do to stop this train wreck from there.
Ruby tugs again, but I’m frozen, still trying to figure out what exactly just happened. Well, I know what’s happened. I just can’t believe it.
The sound of a zipper and the rustle of clothes follows. “Thanks for that, now I’ll be able to last later tonight,” Armstrong says.
“What about me?” A female asks. Her voice is nasally and whiny.
“What about you?”
“Well I helped you, aren’t you going to help me?”
“Didn’t you come with a date?”
“Well, yes, but—” God her voice is familiar. I just can’t figure out where I know it from.
“My cousin, right? He loves my sloppy seconds. Speeches are starting. I gotta get back to my ball and chain.”
Gasps of horror ripple through the room, followed by a few giggles. These people really are assholes.
I think I’m going to throw up. I can’t believe he’s going to come out here and pretend nothing just happened. Like some other woman didn’t just have her lips around his cock. His distinctly average cock. Maybe even slightly below average in length, if I’m being one hundred percent honest.
A door opens and closes.
Lawson turns on the mic behind the podium and taps it, sending screeching feedback through the room, making people cringe. Too bad no one did that a minute ago.
Murmuring grows louder and glances flicker to the head table and then away as Brittany Thorton, a seriously skanky debutante, comes strutting through the doors, using a compact to check her lipstick. She’s made it her mission to attempt to get into the pants of half the eligible men in this room. She’s followed, not five seconds later, by a very smug-looking Armstrong.
“I’m going to kill him.” I grab the closest steak knife, but it appears my hasty, and possibly felonious, plan is unnecessary. My brothers leave their respective posts and stalk toward him. Across the room my mother is gripping my father’s arm, whispering furiously in his ear. Great. Just what I need, additional family drama.
“Oh shit,” Ruby gasps.
I follow her gaze to find Bane converging on Armstrong with my brothers. Bancroft is a tank and he used to play professional rugby. I’ve seen him with his shirt off, he’s built like a superhero and he’ll probably crush Armstrong, or at least break something. Possibly multiple somethings.
For a second I consider that Ruby should probably stop Bane from destroying Armstrong’s pretty, regal face, but then I realize I don’t actually care. In fact, the possibility that he might break Armstrong’s perfectly straight nose fills me with glee. Armstrong’s wellbeing is no longer my concern, it’s more about Bane ending up in prison for murder.
“I hope Armstrong has a good plastic surgeon, he’s going to need it once Bane is done with him.” Ruby echoes my internal hopes and her chair tips as she jumps up. “Come on, let’s get you out of here.” She nods to the right.
I notice my mother and father engaged in a heated discussion with Armstrong’s parents. I really don’t need this right now. Not the drama. Not the humiliation. All I wanted was a nice wedding. Instead I end up with a husband who gets a blow job during our reception—and it’s broadcast to everyone attending.
Ruby urges me into action. “Don’t worry about them. Get your stuff and we’ll get you the hell out of here. I’ll have the limo meet you by the entrance near your bridal suite as soon as I can.”
I nod and stumble unsteadily to my feet, thanks to having consumed the better part of a bottle of wine in the last minute and a half. It’s amazing how ninety seconds can change a person’s entire life.
All hell breaks loose as more men jump in to either pummel or extract Armstrong from the pummeling. I grab my clutch and phone from the table, gather up my stupid, too puffy gown, and head for the bridal suite, where I had prepared for what was supposed to be the most amazing day of my life. And now it’s likely the worst, at least I hope the mortification level I’m experiencing can’t exceed this. I feel like the foulest version of Cinderella ever.
I rush down the empty hall and grab the doorknob as I fumble around in my clutch for the key. I’m surprised when it turns. I thought I’d locked it before we left for the ceremony. Regardless, I need to get away from everyone before I either lose it or commit a felony. Maybe both. Murder in the first. Armstrong will be my victim. And maybe that horrible skank, Brittany.
I thrust the door open and slam it closed behind me, locking it from the inside. Tears threaten to spill over and ruin my makeup. Not that it matters since there’s no way I’m going out there again. I can’t believe my forever lasted less than twelve hours. I can’t believe the man I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life loving couldn’t be faithful to me for even one day. What the hell is wrong with me? With him? I’m as devastated as I am angry and embarrassed. Once I annul this farce of a marriage I’ll become a spinster. I should probably go ahead and adopt six or seven cats tonight.
“I need to get out of this dress,” I say to myself. I reach behind me and pull the bow at the base of my spine. Instead of unfurling, it knots and I only succeed in pulling it tighter. Of course my dress has to be difficult. I growl my annoyance and rush over to my dressing table where my makeup and perfume are scattered from earlier today. Half a mimosa sits unconsumed beside the vase of red roses Armstrong had delivered.
The card read: I can’t wait to spend forever loving you.
What a load of bullshit. I drain the contents of the champagne flute, not caring that the drink is warm and flat. Then I throw the glass, because it feels good and the sound of shattering crystal is satisfying. Next I heave the vase of roses, which explodes impressively against the wall, splattering water and shards of glass across the floor.
I yank out a couple of the drawers and find a pair of scissors. They actually look more like gardening shears and seem rather out of place, but I don’t question it. Instead I reach behind me with my back to the mirror and awkwardly try to cut myself free. It’s not easy with the way I have to crane my neck.
“Goddammit! I need to get out of this stupid dress!” I yell at my reflection. I think I might actually be losing it just a touch now. I stop messing around with the laces in the back and shove the scissors down the front. I nearly nick myself with the blade—they’re a lot sharper than I realized—but that doesn’t slow me down. I start hacking my way through the bodice; layers of satin, lace, and intricate beading sliced apart with every vicious snip.
I just want out of this nightmare.





Friday, September 29, 2017

life lessons | weekend ready


No matter what you have planned for this weekend, I need you to drop everything and listen to me...there may be one thing missing for your beauty routine. You have heard me talk about it, you've probably used one once or twice, but stop what you are doing and find your perfect dry shampoo. I know I've tried a bunch and am always on my hunt to try something new which is why I'm headed to Reviews.com to look at their new beauty guides. 

As much as I love the Batiste dry shampoo-I mean for the price, you can't beat it, but it's always nice to have an overview of what's out there. I haven't tried any of this list, but I can't wait to give them a whirl and see if they can hold up to the test. I look for something that smells great, makes my hair look super clean (even tho it's not), doesn't leave behind any color, and gives just the right amount of volume. 

What's your fave dry shampoo? Let me know in the comments cause I'm in the market, xo!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

happy release day!

LOVE UNCOVERED IS LIVE!
The second standalone book in the Babes of Brighton series is out now and available to read for FREE via Kindle Unlimited -
myBook.to/LoveUncovered
Synopsis
Independent woman to her core, Brooke Archer has always been happy to hit it and quit it with the men in her life. But when her beloved Nan suffers from poor health, Brooke realises just how precious life is and decides it’s time to face her daddy issues and seek out her estranged father. Without so much as a name or photo, and a cagey Mum withholding vital information, it’s going to be no easy task.
Nicholas Parker is a relationship guy and always has been. Abandoned by his mum when he was seven he craves love and security. But finding a woman who can conquer his trust issues is no easy feat. Brooke is exactly the kind of woman he doesn’t need.
Pulled together by some invisible force, can Brooke and Nicholas overcome their differences to uncover true love?
Read Love Uncovered now - myBook.to/LoveUncoveredCheck out the first book, Excess Baggage (although both can be read as standalones) - myBook.to/ExcessBaggageLB
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

happy release day!



Playing Defense Tour Kit
Dallas Demons #5 - can be read as a standalone
238 pages
Publisher - Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Release Date - 27th September 2017

 
Brief Sumarry:
After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak.

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame.

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP?

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . .

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?
 

Excerpt:

“JP,” I say, heading over to it. “You got a piano?”
“Yeah. My special delivery came today,” JP says, following me over to it. The piano is set up in the corner of his living room, next to the large bank of windows overlooking the city. “I can finally play again, which I’ve been wanting to do.”
“I didn’t know you played,” I say in amazement. “How did I not know this?”
“I love music,” JP says, sitting down on the bench. He pauses for a moment, rolling up the sleeves of his shirt and revealing his powerful, tanned forearms and causing my pulse to burn in response.
I swear there is nothing sexier than powerful forearms.
“I have to keep some things for you to discover about me,” JP says. “I’d hate for you to lose interest.”
“I don’t think you have to worry about that.”
“Good,” JP says. “Here, have a seat. I learned something for you today.”
My heart is about to burst as I sit down next to him.
“What?” I ask, amazed.
“It’s a piece in your honor,” JP says, flipping some sheet music.
His fingers begin flying across the keys, and a familiar tune fills the air.
I lose my breath as I realize what it is.
It’s “Under the Sea” from the movie The Little Mermaid.
JP begins to sing the words, his deep baritone filling the air, and I know he learned this song for his mermaid.
Me.
I swallow down tears as I listen to him sing. He’s an accomplished pianist, his fingers moving effortlessly as he plays. JP is a brilliant, amazing man with many gifts to give.
And he’s giving me this song.
 
 

About the Author
I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.
Links
Website/Blog - http://avenellis.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/@AvenEllis
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AvenEllis1
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7265661.Aven_Ellis
Amazon Page - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aven-Ellis/e/B00GHUYO90/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1455968038&sr=1-1 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/avenellis/




Monday, September 25, 2017

tips for buying a car!

This is a sponsored post.

You may not know this about me, but I didn't get my license until I was 26. I know what you're thinking, why?! But I was always scared of driving as a teen and then as I got older I just didn't see the point. But that all changed and I finally took my road test and passed the first time.
my first car-isn't she so cute?!

Cut to last October when I was 32 (I know, I'm old!) I finally purchased my very own first car! When I was looking for a car, I wanted a few things; a sunroof, a good radio, and of course I'd prefer if it was black. I headed online to the dealership I was going to and searched for my limited requests and found some good cars in my price range. Now the one thing I wish I did that I didn't was go to Cars.com cause they make shopping for a car super easy!

On Cars.com, they show you cars currently for sale new & used, where to get service, and you can even SELL your current car through them! Like, what?! How helpful is that right? Oh and they even have a section with tips and tricks.
 
Do you have any car buying tips? Share in the comments cause they always come in handy, xo!

Friday, September 15, 2017

cover reveal!

COVER REVEAL!

Love Uncovered, the second standalone book in the Babes of Brighton series is now available for pre-order - myBook.to/LoveUncovered



Synopsis
Independent woman to her core, Brooke Archer has always been happy to hit it and quit it with the men in her life. But when her beloved Nan suffers from poor health, Brooke realises just how precious life is and decides to it’s time to face her daddy issues and seek out her estranged father. Without so much as a name or photo, and a cagey Mum withholding vital information, it’s going to be no easy task.

Nicholas Parker is a relationship guy and always has been. Abandoned by his mum when he was seven he craves love and security. But finding a woman who can conquer his trust issues is no easy feat. Brooke is exactly the kind of woman he doesn’t need.

Pulled together by some invisible force, can Brooke and Nicholas overcome their differences to uncover true love?

Add it to your Goodreads shelf - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36099467-love-uncovered?from_search=true

If you'd like to catch up with book 1, Excess Baggage, read it here - myBook.to/ExcessBaggageLB

The book will be available to read for FREE via Kindle Unlimited from 28th September.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

blonde hair, don't care

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.



Its' no secret I love my hair the lighter the better. I keep my hair light and bright with every blondes secret weapon purple shampoo! I love to rinse my hair and let mine soak anywhere between 6-10 minutes depending on how much time I have. In the past few years, I've really gotten my whole hair routine down pat. I wash my hair every 6-8 days (I use some dry shampoo on days 5 & 6), let the purple shampoo sit, wash it out and then wash again with a color preserving shampoo, condition, towel dry, blow dry, straighten, and volia! 

But from time to time I think about how easy it would be to rock a wig and change up my look! Cue Divatress which is the leading beauty e-commerce in wigs and hair care. They have every color and length you could think of. Curly, wavy, straight-whatever you could want, they have something you're looking for. Not great at ponytails or braids, don't worry, there's a wig for that! I feel like wigs especially have come a long way and these look SO REAL. I can't believe some of them aren't the models real hair. Seriously, check out their site and tell me which wig you'd love to rock. 

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Monday, August 28, 2017

a book in review!



Brief Summary:

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to. 

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible. 

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up. 

She might be right. 

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

Review:

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review. HOLY GUCAMOLE, you guys the ending of this book…holy crappppp! I had to read it twice cause I couldn’t believe my eyes. Okay, phew got that out of the way. Easton’s story is another Royal masterpiece. I loved being inside his mind this time around and noticing how different he is from his brothers. Hartley is a likeable female lead and I really want to know more of her story. Fallen Heir packs a big punch and if you liked any of the other books in the series, this one does not disappoint! I won’t give you any spoilers, but let’s just say you’ll be stunned…I recommend this 5 star book cause it’s Erin Watt perfection as per usual, xo!

To Purchase:
Amazon 
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Try-Day Friday!

I never wear shorts. Okay, sometimes…like to bed when it’s hot or to go on a bike ride, but other than that I really try not to wear them. It’s kinda of crazy how much I despise them because in 7th grade, I would wear them every day from April to October. But the older I’ve gotten the less I like my legs, so I keep them covered up as much as I can.

In an effort to get out of my comfort zone and to embrace the legs I’ve got, I told myself if I could find a cute pair of shorts I’d get them to wear down to the city last week. I went to TJMaxx on Tuesday and found the only pair of black jean shorts they had and they were in my size! So I tried them on to discover they were stretchy and actually looked pretty cute-I was sold! 

You’re probably thinking “okay you wore shorts, what’s the big deal?” well the big deal is I knew I’d be taking tons of pics as Mik and I were headed on a mural tour in Manhattan (seriously guys, we put this together ourselves and it was epic. SO MUCH FUN!)


So the moral of this story is I wore something I’m not totally confident in, but rocked it all day & all night (seriously, I got home at 3:30am) I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and wear something you don’t normally wear. It can be shorts, a ball cap, really high heels, anything. Pick a day and just go for it! I’ve noticed the crew over at Dia&Co have something really fun going on in their offices on Friday called “Try-Day Friday” where they challenge one another to wear a piece they normally wouldn’t feel confident in make it work. Listen, we all know my motto is “fake it til you make it”, so embrace that and let me know what piece of clothing you’re going to rock that you wouldn’t typical wear, xo!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August Newsletter!

Well, well, well, so we meet again friends. And here I am still not with a way to get this into your inbox. I guess I should stop referring to this as a newsletter than, huh? Okay, let’s go with monthly open letter…sound better?

This month I’m going to open up to you guys about something I’ve been struggling with for what seems like ever…any guesses on the topic? No…well it’s my weight. Yup, you read that right, I’m going to be open and honest with you about my struggles with the numbers on the scale. Now I know that the numbers aren’t important and it’s all about how you feel-and I 100% agree, but to me a weight lost journey is about the number. *warning, this is a LOOOOOOOONG blog post!

In the spring of 2009 (was it really THAT long ago?!), I was in a long term relationship and noticed I had gained quite a few “love pounds” like approx. 30-45 pounds over the course of 2 years. I was pretty devastated and joined WeightWatchers immediately. I had seen the commercials and knew someone who was having some success, so I figured why not? I loved the plan and stuck to it and lost about 15 pounds within months. I felt great and slowly stepped away from the plan. Well that was dumb cause I gained it all back and then some.

Cut to 2011, and I refocused with the help of WW again and lost 25 lbs this time. I FELT AMAZING. Not only physically, but mentally. I was even comfortable enough to wear shorts people! (more on my relationship w/shorts Friday!) I really embraced the plan and what it was all about. The number at the scale wasn’t ideal, but the way I looked and felt, was. People noticed, I was able to fit into pants from 2006, it was awesome. At that point in my life everything was really great including my handle on my weight. And then again in the beginning of 2012, I slowly stopped counting and tracking my points which lead to some gains. And not the good kind of #gains.

The late summer of 2012 came and I was still feeling okay with my body and then life happened. Everything fell apart and was really shitty for a while. But after a few months, I started putting the pieces back together and created this little bloggy blog as my new outlet. I was watching what I ate and occasionally tracking my food, but not sticking with it. I started a new job in 2013 and was really starting to become the most adult version of myself (yes, I was already an adult and in my late 20s, but I think you understand what I mean…) I got back on the WW train and half assed it. I’d lose for a few weeks and then gain it all right back. I was in a spiral of not sticking with it. Then once WW changed their plan from pointsplus to smartpoints and I gave up on them. After paying for the service about 81 months total-holy shizzz, looking back and counting up the months and knowing I paid for something I wasn’t using is nauseating…I won’t even do the math for you, it's a lot with nothing to show-I finally pulled the trigger and canceled. I figured I didn’t need this new system and just bailed completely. I downloaded the free my fitness pal and counted calories instead. And what would you know? I was falling into the same vicious cycle.

Well here we are, present day. I’ve been paying for WW again since May 2016 and doing the same damn thing. This routine of tracking, not tracking, eating bad, eating good, is absolutely exhausted. But what is more exhausting is being in a body I’m not happy in. Now, you’re probably thinking “That really sucks, but why are you sharing this with us, this isn’t your typical post…” Well, you’re right, it’s not, but the reason I’m opening up to you is because I am starting fresh again. (it’s like that book Charlotte buys in Sex and the City, “Starting Over Yet Again”) I am going to hold myself accountable and really be open to WeightWatchers has to offer.  I figure by sharing this story of insanity with you will help hold me to it. Even if you don’t DM me on IG and ask “did you track your dinner?” I’ll know that my words are here in black & white FOR EVERYONE TO SEE and that is enough to keep me focused for real this time.

                                Xoxo,
                                Kayla


Ps-if you want to join me or want to chat about your struggles, hit me up-email, DM, comment, whatever, I'm here :)


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Perfect Pair | Cocktails & SkinnyPop!



It's no secret that summertime means hanging outside with your drink of choice and favorite snack! SkinnyPop reached out to me to share their list of fave pairings and looking at what they came up with, I need to get my hands on that jalapeno popcorn to pair with anything! Seriously, that sounds delicious! My summer drink of choice is of course, rose (#summerofrose, duh!) and how cute is this can of rose?! And it's sooo good you guys! I had mine with the white cheddar which isn't an overpowering at all and so good!
Check out SkinnyPop's pairings below & their site for more yumminess and let me know which one sounds best to you, xo!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy Release Day!

Release Blitz || Two Last First Dates by Kate O’Keeffe

Happy Release Day to Kate O’Keeffe! TWO LAST FIRST DATES,the second book in her Cozy Cottage Cafe Romantic Comedy and Chick Lit series, is HERE!!!

Release Blitz || Two Last First Dates by Kate O’KeeffeTwo Last First Dates by Kate O'Keeffe Series: Cozy Cottage Cafe #2 Published by Wild Lime Books on August 8, 2017 Genres: Romantic Comedy, Chick Lit Pages: 242
To Paige Miller, Two Last First Dates sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Paige is having a rough time. She's unhappy in her career and her One Last First Date ended in total disaster. Now, she has to figure out what to do professionally and personally. Life as a spinster with fifteen cats doesn't sound too bad, though. Deciding to give up on love, Paige begrudgingly befriends Josh Bentley, the friendly coffee delivery guy, while helping out at the Cozy Cottage Café. His T-shirts make her eyes roll, but their runs have become an important part of her day and a blessing to her waistline, because Bailey's cakes are too good to pass up. Meanwhile, her best friends offer to find Mr. Right for her, and all Paige has to do is let them. Then, the man of her dreams walks through the door. Marcus Hahn is as good-looking as he is charming, and any thoughts Paige had of being alone with those fifteen cats, fly out the window. Now, she just has to hope her friends choose him as her Last First Date. But in the end, are Two Last First Dates enough to find The One?
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About Kate O’Keeffe

Kate O’Keeffe is an award-nominated author of fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She lives and loves in beautiful New Zealand with her family, two scruffy dogs, and a cat who thinks he’s a scruffy dog too. He’s not: he’s a cat. To date, Kate’s written the chick lit series, the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, and the new Cozy Cottage Café Series. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon | Instagram | Newsletter Signup

bachelorette recap | finale!


 

Ahhhh, here we are...we've come to the end of Rachel's journey! Okay, 3 hours here we go...!

STOP THIS POST IS FULL OF SPOILERS (obviously...!)

Hour One
End of one on one: with Peter. This is pretty heavy...he is trying to convey his feelings for her without saying I promise I'll propose. I feel like he is scared cause it's so real to him. I'm glad they're getting time alone in the fantasy suite, but I'm not sure what talking can be done. I always end a romantic date by looking through windows at one another, don't you?! I feel like they had a good night...wink wink...and she's still super into him.

One on One: with Bae-yan! YASSSS, that red shirt. Damn. I know I say it each week, but he is beautiful. Rach is digging the 90s vibes with this look. Did she not think he was good with her family? What's this weird awkwardness?! Okay, her meltdown saying "I don't know, I don't know" wow, she's totally into Peter. Guys, this isn't looking good for Bryan...OMGGGGG DO I HAVE A CHANCEEEEEE?!?! 

Live cut to Rachel and Chris Harrison: She's being very open about what she was thinking during those moments and how it's making her feel now. Oh damn, she was going to dump Peter before the fantasy suite. 

Back to one on one: with Bryan. Anybody else want to run their hands through Bryan's luscious locks?? My mom and I are totally into it. Damnnnnn. He was really excited to get to the fantasy suite...He really loves her. Shoot. 

Back live: I like what she's saying about her off camera time and how much she asked them. She even asked about their credit scores, haha! But good for her, shows you how serious she is about this!

Rose Ceremony: to be honest, I have NO IDEA. Maybe Eric? (ps-I think it's crazy the rose ceremony is the same night after her and B's sleepover) AHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I feel like I knew this was coming (I know I've said it week after week), but now that it's real...poor Eric. OMG, I feel so bad. Nothing you say right now can help, Rach. God, he is just a good guy. I love his little speech. Bryan going up to her to make sure she is okay shows how genuine he is. Peter is stepping up. 
And then there were two...

 Hour Two

Live with: Rach & Eric. Gosh, he is such a good dude being so nice and open and honest. These two will stay friends, I definitely see the love between these two. I love how he keeps saying it was beautiful what they had. He talks about her and what she gave him in such a kind way. Eric is a good, good man.

One on One: with Bryan. Hot air balloon ride, how romantic. He is SO HANDSOME! I loveee him in the leather jacket. Can he just be my boyfriend? Rachel is wearing the watch...we've been on the lookout the whole time. I feel like a man being SO sure of you and his feelings is always alarming and makes you want to run. I haven't had this happen to me, but I think it's a natural reaction. He is honest with her about what he is feeling. At this point, no one can say this is for show. Awe his gift to her, so cuteeee! I love how it's personalized. 

One on One: with Peter. Okay, this date was planned, but I think for a good reason. She's trying to get an outsiders perception on marriage. Anybody else keep singing "Who do you know?" from Enchanted in your head during this?? How do you knowwwww he's your's? Peter sees random ass dates in their future...I really don't know what's gonna happen with these two. Oh they're matching! That says something to me haha (I may be reaching at straws cause I want Bryan to myself.) Yikes, whoop there it is. He has said "I can't propose to you." She wants a proposal cause she's been burned in the past, I get it. This is a real convo between these two. He only wants to propose oncce. She wants it now. WOW. I can't believe this is happening. Why did he say "we're not breaking up." "do you want to give tomorrow a chance?" THIS IS HARD TO WATCH. OMG, THEY ARE REAL LIFE FIGHTING. Peter doesn't want to lose Rachel. Rachel doesn't want to lose Peter. Peter said I'll propose if that's what you really want. Rachel doesn't want a forced proposal. This is insanity, people. OMG. They broke up. She needs to understand if he loves her enough to be untrue to himself (by proposing) that he really does love her. OMG they said I love you. Guys, you know it's real, SHE TOOK OFF HER LASHES.

Back live: holy man, my heart is racing. WOWZER. 

Hour Three
Still live: here comes Peter. Okay, does this mean she's engaged to Bryan? Cause I'm seriously bummed. I'm still holding on hope that Peter is the one. I guess not guys. UGH, DAMN IT. What color are Peter's eyes? Grey? They're nice. I love her hoops. Did I already say that? I really love them. Let's learn this lesson: Actions speak louder than words. It's true. Okay, where Eric and Rachel are friends after exes, these two are exes. Peter is saying it was him and being in his head. And Rachel is saying you're a type of person that shouldn't be on a show like this. She's still mad, he's still hurt. Peter is saying he feels attacked and we (me & mom) kinda agree. She's got a lot of attitude. I get her not wanting to hear from him again, that would be more confusing to her. SHE IS MAD STILL. Girl if you are that happy in your new life with my man, stop being so bitter towards, Peter. If you're "living your best life", then embrace that and stop with the bad feelings on the past with Peter. What would it change for her now hearing what she wanted to hear so bad back then?? Nothing. If he said "I wish I would've proposed", what would that have done for her now?

Proposal time: picking the ring. Ring is pretty...not what I would want, but hell if he is giving it to me, then yes, please! Omgosh, that hill and walk up, make him work for it. WHY DOESN'T SHE LOOK MORE EXCITED?!?! I kinda hate this part, I always feel like awkward watching. What in the world? Why is she leading him on this emotional rollercoaster? SAY IT'S YOU. THIS POOR GUY. (& by that I mean the sound guy...this wind, sweet baby J.) DAMN IT...okay, where is his doppelgänger?! Awe, alright this is a cute proposal...WHAT IS THIS WIND?!?! 

Back live: he's proposing again. Oh man, I'm jealous. He is a great man. Blind faith. That's nice. They do look happy. I hope they don't end up in LA. I think they need to get a place in both of their hometowns and see what works for them as a couple best. I wish them both the best!

I had SO much fun recapping each episode. I'll def be back next season, so stay tuned, xo!


*ps-I get asked this a lot, but I don't typically watch Bachelor in Paradise, so I don't know if I'll be recapping that cause it's not something I typically tune into. But who knows, next week I may change my mind! :)

Monday, August 7, 2017

a book in review!

Next up on the what I read on vacation list...



Brief Summary:

No one ever said high school was easy. In this hilarious and heartwarming debut, one high school senior has to ask himself how much he's willing to give up in order to fit in.
Kevin seems to have it all: he's popular, good looking, and on his way to scoring a college hockey scholarship. However, he's keeping two big secrets. The first is that he failed an assignment and is now forced to take the most embarrassing course ever--domestic tech. The second is that he is falling for his domestic tech classmate, Claire.
As far as Kevin is concerned, Claire does have it all: she's funny, smart, beautiful, and confident. But she's off-limits. Because Kevin knows what happens when someone in his group dares to date a girl who isn't a cheerleader, and there's no way he is going to put himself—or Claire—through that.
But steering clear of the girl of his dreams is a lot harder than Kevin thought…especially when a cooking project they are paired together for provides the perfect opportunity for things to heat up between them outside the classroom….
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Review:

I snagged this book cause it was in my budget friendly vaca book range and the synopsis sounded cute. Well it's safe to say, I loved this book! From the yummy food they constantly talked about to getting into the guy's mind for once, it's the perfect YA novel. (yes, I read one or two or 20 of them a year...easy reading!) You don't have to like hockey to enjoy this book either. It touches on some real life stuff too and problems you may not realize go on. I recommend this 5 star book to anyone who just wants a well written easy read that you'll love way more than you thought you would, xo!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer Style Staples with JORD Watches


Summer to me means many things; vacation, my birthday, lots of rose, but it also means it's time to pull out some of my favorite fashion staples! My favorite things in the warmer months are bangles, maxi dresses, and of course Starbucks tea, but my new favorite piece is my JORD Wood Watch!

I'm not much of a watch girl, but when I saw these gorgeous wood watches by JORD, I knew I had to get my hands on one. Imagine my surprise when they reached out to collab with me! I got to pick the watch I wanted most and then days later this beauty showed up...seriously guys, it was the fastest turn around I've ever been apart of.


One of the best parts of receiving this watch was the wood box it comes in! I knew packing it in my suitcase when I headed on vacation that it would be safe and sound. The box even has a drawer in the bottom so I'm able to keep the cloth to clean it close by.


Navy is one of my favorite colors and once I saw the navy face on this watch I knew it was the perfect one for me! Check out my watch here: https://www.woodwatches.com/series/frankie-35/zebrawood-and-navy/#polishedandbubbly



Every year on vacation, my bestie and I head to the beach at sunset for a photoshoot. It's one of our fave vaca traditions and I couldn't wait to get some shots of my watch. Paired with a navy printed maxi dress it was the perfect look!



The best thing about having a wood band to the watch is that it goes with everything! You can wear gold, silver, even rose gold, and it looks perfect. I get SO many compliments when I wear my JORD watch. They have men's & women's watches and would make the best gift!

I want you to rock a JORD watch too, so I teamed up with the JORD team to offer one of my readers a $100 gift code to shop the JORD Wood Watch website!
 It's so easy to enter, click this link and enter your name and email-that's it! And to make it a little sweeter, just for entering get a $25 gift code, so there’s nothing to lose. Giveaway ends on August 6, 2017 at 11:59pm, so make sure to get those entries in.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

bachelorette recap | week 9 | men tell all



Well here we are...The Men Tell All! Starting with some most memorable moments, but I'm gonna hit you with some great things I found on the internet! Did you know Britney Spears (YES, THE QUEEN Britney Jean Spears) turned DeMario down in 2008?! Yup, he approached her and told her he was an aspiring actor and she declined his invitation to "take down his number". Look at her face, in this video guys...it says it ALL! He said multiple times he wanted everyone to know his face...yet he was here for the right reasons...yep, really was-eye roll. Another fun thing I found, Dean posed in a pic with a white girl and she captioned the IG "went black, but came back" and Rachel caught wind and left a comment that said "sent back...he didn't come back lol" bitter much, Rach? See for yourself here! Did you know Rachel SKIPPED her own engagement party that was supposed to go down this past weekend? I don't know why she skipped out on the festivities cause she has said multiple times that she is engaged and so happy. Sounds fishy to me! Let me know what you think about these two things and let's get on with the show!

Starting with Whaboom and Blake-Guys, I still HATE Iggy. Oh and Adam...this season had so many dudes that I couldn't stand. DeMario is running around saying "I text everyone" oh and he called Lexi, the girl that showed up on the basketball date his "side chick". He is a HOT MESS. Why did he bring up Bill Clinton and Monica? Dig your hole deeper and deeper...Iggy is saying his responsibility at the time was to watch out for the woman he has feelings for. I really can't remember Rachel saying "Oh, Iggy, please be my eyes and ears in the house, please Iggy." yeah no, that didn't happen. No one should be mean to Dean! Poor guy. I'm looking forward to his chat with Rachel.

Kenny & Lee...we're back at it. Lee had a lot of racial tweets that popped up (it's the internet, shit doesn't just disappear..) I feel like this is adding so much fuel to the fire cause even if he doesn't feel that way now, he's said a lot of damaging things in the past. The Kenny & Lee situation really just was too far gone. I think it's strange that everyone is saying Lee at the beginning was a standup, genuine guy and then it's switched. Did Lee feel threatened by the other men and their relationships with men or was he just showing his true colors? Off topic for a minute, what is DeMario wearing? Thanks for wearing your best fancy white tee, kid. 

I do feel like Kenny was pegged as a few different characters on the show and the ultimate one wasn't good. It was an aggressive, wrestler, not the smart, loving dad he is. Lee is apologizing to Kenny about not being a good friend and lying to Rachel about the whole van bs. Aweeee, how cute that they brought his daughter out and she has a rose! That's sweet. She's a gorgeous girl. Ah, they're going to Disneyland, how fun!!

Okay, now Lee is in the hot seat! I want him to take ownership of his words and actions. Kenny's question about will people in your real life recongize the person you are on the show, is a solid question. Lee has not answered any question. The men keep talking, Lee isn't able to answer, but he also is just sitting there. Oh boy, they're bringing up his tweets, were he talks shit about women...yikesssss. There's the racist one...eeek. Damn, Lee. I need Lee to talk. Say something...anything at this point. Okay, I get what they are looking for Lee to say. He owned up to what he has said and is taking some ownership. Kenny & Lee have made up kids! I really hope Lee sticks by what he has said and will continue to educate himself on topics and not speak on things without thinking them through, jokes or not. 

Dean is in the hot seat. This guy has been through the ringer in my opinion. The whole situtaion on his hometown date, Rach telling him she is falling in love with him and then BAM, dumped. Dean's outfit choice is questionable, the boots, polka dot socks, the camo tux jacket, what is happening? Heartbroken and got dressed in the dark...I've been there too, bud. 

Alrighty, now the time we've all been waiting for Rachel is in the hot seat! First up, convo with Dean. I feel like she got defensive real quick with him.  Now, she's called out Kenny (which I'm glad she did, cause how he handled what happened when she picked him). Called out Lee, snaps to her. I'm glad that she also said "woman's rights" cause Lee is needs to own up to all of his racist tendencies. I really can't wait Adam and bad hair-Matt-also what's his brows? If I was Rachel, I would've sent you both home early, cause yawn, boring. Is it just me or does Rachel have a little bit of an attitude this whole time? I get it, I would HATE being in front of my ex boyfriends, like would hate it, but maybe she should be a little kinder, more personable. That poor guy who knew her from home, I feel bad for him, I always have.

I have to say, without the added drama of Kenny & Lee, Whaboom and whatever his name is, this season has been pretty boring. I don't know if it's Rachel or dud guys, but it hasn't been top knotch, edge of the seat, I can't wait for next Monday for me. Even the bloopers weren't that great! But with that being said, I am excited to see how this all pans out next week, really cause I just need to know if I need a one-way ticket to Miami or not ;) What's your take on this season? And who do you want as the next bachelor? Let's discuss, xo!




Monday, July 31, 2017

a book in review!


 

Next up on what I read on vaca is Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano!

Brief Summary:

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.
She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: She’s popular. She wears nothing but black.
Black to cover the blood.
And she can fight.
Tell no one.
She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.
But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad: sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves. The rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…


Review:

I love a good dark read at the beach, don't ask me why, but the darker and messed up the book the better! The Lost Girls summary sucked me in and I couldn't wait to read this! I had a hard time putting this one down for the simple fact I needed to know what happened to Rachel. Like I had to know what happened to her. And then when I found out, I needed to know WHY it happened. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat trying to work out Rachel's journey to current day. I recommend Lost Girls to anyone who loves a mystery that will keep you wanting to know what happened next cause this 5 star read is one that will keep you guessing, xo!

To Purchase: 
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MY GO TO DEWY SUMMER SKIN ROUTINE



I have been using the same products all summer long to get my perfect dewy skin. So I figured it's time I share my ways with all of you! 

Getting my perfect summer skin actually starts the night before. I used Clix It's Acne Eraser pen before bed after I wash my face on any blemishes. When I wake up in the morning, I rinse the product off with cold water and ta-da, blemishes be gone! 

Next I go in with Coola's BB Cream in Light. I use two pumps in my fingers and then blot around my face, nose, chin, and forehead. Blend with fingers and now you have an SPF base.

Now I mix my holy grail foundation Loreal Pro Glow in 2 shades that are my perfect tan blend. I use a squeeze of each on two different fingers-normally pointer and middle (in case that matters to anyone but me...!) I dab these along my face and then use a paddle face brush to blend it all out. 

Last but certainly not least, I go in with my fave highlighter of all time, Kylie Cosmetics loose powder highlighter in Santorini (which is sold out, I'll keep an eye out for a dupe!). I apply this on all of the high points of my face; top of my cheeks, down my nose, tip of my nose, chin, cupid's bow, and above my brows. This highlighter packs a punch and a little goes a looooong way. 

Finally, I set my face with MAC's Fix Plus setting spray and I'm done. Most days this is all I wear with a few coats of mascara. If I'm going full glam for the rest of the face, I'll add Kylie Cosmetics blush and bronzer from the Koko Kollection face palette. Essence Brow Me and clear brow gel. Check back next week for my go to simple, one product eye look that is so easy! 

Let me know in the comments what you use to get your perfect dewy look, xo!

*this post is sponsored by clixit & Coola as I received these products in PR for my use and review