Thursday, March 30, 2017

4pm pick me up!



Go listen to S-Town which has become my new obsession, xo!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March Sephora Play | glow your own way



March Sephora Play | glow your own way


At first glance, I’m super amped on this box! I wasn’t sure which product would be my favorite, but I couldn’t wait to try them all. I’ll be back next week to let you know my thoughts on each one cause I’ve been trying them out so I can share my thoughts with you!

Do you get any monthly subscription boxes? Let me know which ones and what you love about getting samples sent to your home, xo!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Casual

 

One of my fave looks is an oversized tee, long cardi, and leggings. Add in a cute necklace, booties, and sunnies and I'm sold. I love this look for Saturday errands or Sunday brunch. To me it's the perfect, I look super put together, but I really didn't try hard at all.



outfit deets

oversized tee | Marshall's
maxi cardi | Target
leggings | H&M
sunnies | Target
bag | Dailylook
necklace | Forever21
booties | Target



huge shout out to babybestie for shooting this impromptu photo shoot in a parking lot where a bunch of people were looking at us like crazy people ;) xo!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cover Reveal & giveaway!



Brief Summary:

 “You must allow me to tell you...”

For over two hundred years, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy has captivated readers’ imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is established through Elizabeth Bennet’s fine eyes, how are we to know what his tortured soul is indeed thinking? How does Darcy progress from “She is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me” to “I thought only of you”?

In this romance anthology, fifteen Austen-inspired authors assemble to sketch Darcy’s character through a series of re-imaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times—from faithful narratives to the fanciful. Herein “The Darcy Monologues”, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love—all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm.

pre order now! 

Stories by: Susan Adriani * Sara Angelini * J. Marie Croft * Karen M Cox * Jan Hahn * Jenetta James * Lory Lilian * KaraLynne Mackrory * Beau North * Ruth Phillips Oakland * Natalie Richards * Sophia Rose * Joana Starnes * Melanie Stanford * Caitlin Williams


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Author Information

Formally trained as a fine artist and illustrator, Susan Adriani discovered her passion for storytelling over a decade after she graduated from a local art college near her childhood home in New England. Susan is the author of The Truth about Mr. Darcy and Darkness Falls upon Pemberley.

Sara Angelini is a lawyer living in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, three kids, two dogs, a frog, some fish, and a few hundred stick bugs. She never went to veterinary school but if she had, she would have been a true proficient. She enjoys writing from Darcy’s point of view in a way that shows his humor and vulnerability. Her first book, The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy, was published in 2008. She is the co-founder of www.austenunderground.com, where her other Pride and Prejudice-inspired works can be read.

Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of four novels accented with romance and history: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, At the Edge of the Sea, and Undeceived. She also wrote “Northanger Revisited 2015”, which appeared in the anthology Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer. Originally from Everett, Washington, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker.

J. Marie Croft is a self-proclaimed word nerd and adherent of Jane Austen’s quote “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.’ Bearing witness to her fondness for Pride and Prejudice, wordplay, and laughter are Joanne’s light-hearted novel, Love at First Slight, a Babblings of a Bookworm Favourite Read of 2014, her humorous short story, “Spyglasses and Sunburns,” in the Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer anthology, and a playful novella, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities, Just Jane 1813’s Favorite JAFF Novella of 2016.

Award-winning writer Jan Hahn is the author of four Austen-inspired novels. She studied music at the University of Texas but discovered her true love was a combination of journalism and literature. Her first book, An Arranged Marriage, was published in 2011, followed by The Journey, The Secret Betrothal, and A Peculiar Connection. She agrees with Mr. Darcy’s words in Pride and Prejudice: “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, lives in Texas, has five children and a gaggle of gorgeous grandchildren.

Jenetta James is a mother, lawyer, writer, and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practices full time as a barrister. Over the years, she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego. She is the author of Suddenly Mrs. Darcy and The Elizabeth Papers.

Lory Lilian fell in love with Pride and Prejudice thirty-three years ago and discovered the charm of Jane Austen fanfiction exactly twenty years later. She lives in Bucharest, Romania, is a proud mother of an amazing daughter, and addicted to anything Austen. After a career in business, she dedicates her time to reading and writing. Lory is the author of six bestselling books: Rainy Days, Remembrances of the Past, His Uncle’s Favorite, The Perfect Match, Sketching Mr. Darcy, The Rainbow Promise, and A Man with Faults. JAFF readers call her the “Queen of Hot Mush” and she loves it.

KaraLynne Mackrory is no newbie to the writing world. She made her debut as an author at the tender age of 13 when she wrote her first set of bad poetry. As a young adult, she steered clear of bad prose and achieved a degree in social work. Years later, she has published four Austen inspired novels so full of romantic sensibilities as to give you a swoon and hopefully a few laughs. Her books turned out better than her poetry and are: Falling for Mr. Darcy, Bluebells in the Mourning, the IPPY award-winning Haunting Mr. Darcy, and Yours Forevermore, Darcy.

Beau North is the author of Longbourn’s Songbird, The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and a contributor to the anthology Then Comes Winter. Beau is a native southerner who now calls Portland, Oregon home with her husband and two cats. She attended the University of South Carolina where she began a lifelong obsession with literature. In her spare time, Beau is the co-host of the podcast Excessively Diverted: Modern Austen Onscreen.

Mild-mannered business woman by day, hopeless romantic by night, Ruth Phillips Oakland was always a fan of the fictional gentleman from Derbyshire, but it was her discovery of Jane Austen fanfiction in 2006 that inspired Ruth to become a writer. Ruth has written dozens of short stories posted online and the published novel entitled, My BFF. Ruth lives in New England with her favorite husband of over thirty years and is thrilled to be included in this anthology with so many of her favorite authors and friends.

Natalie Richards is a writer, blogger, and singer. She started her book review blog, Songs & Stories, in late 2010 after falling in love with Jane Austen fanfiction. Her writing can also be found on Figment, the Darcy & Lizzy Forum, TeenInk Magazine, and in the Austenesque anthologies Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and Then Comes Winter. She resides with her family in the Oregon countryside and currently works as a waitress and babysitter.

Sophia Rose is a native Californian currently residing in Michigan. A long-time Jane Austen fan, she is a contributing author to Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and Then Comes Winter anthologies. Sophia’s love for writing began as a teen writing humorous stories submitted for creative writing class and high school writing club. Writing was set aside while Sophia pursued degrees and certificates in education, special education, family history, and social work leading to a rewarding career. Health issues led to reduced work hours and an opportunity to read, beta, and review books, and return to writing stories that lean toward the humorous side and always end with a happily ever after.

Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives in Canada with her husband and four kids. She is the author of SWAY, a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and the short story “Becoming Fanny” featured in the anthology Then Comes Winter. Her second novel, Collide, inspired by Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, is coming soon. You can find her at melaniestanfordbooks.com, on Twitter @MelMStanford, and on Facebook @ MelanieStanfordauthor.

Joana Starnes lives in the south of England with her family. Over the years, she has swapped several hats—physician, lecturer, clinical data analyst—but feels most comfortable in a bonnet. She has been living in Georgian England for decades in her imagination and plans to continue in that vein till she lays hands on a time machine. She is the author of seven Austen-inspired novels: From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley, The Subsequent Proposal, The Second Chance, The Falmouth Connection, The Unthinkable Triangle, Miss Darcy’s Companion, and Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter. You can connect with Joana through her website http://www.joanastarnes.co.uk/ and on Facebook via All Roads Lead to Pemberley.

Caitlin Williams is an award-winning author of two novels, Ardently and the best-selling The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, both of which spin the plot of Pride and Prejudice around but keep the characters just the same. Originally from South London, Caitlin spent thirteen years as a detective in the Metropolitan Police but is currently on a break from Scotland Yard so she can spend more time at home with her two children and write. She now lives in Kent, where she spends a lot of time daydreaming about Mr. Darcy, playing with dinosaurs, and trying not to look at the laundry pile.

Christina Boyd wears many hats as she is an editor under her own banner The Quill Ink, a contributor to Austenprose, and a ceramicist and proprietor of Stir Crazy Mama’s Artworks. A life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr. B, two busy teenagers, and a retriever named BiBi. Visiting Jane Austen's England was made possible by her book boyfriend and star crush Henry Cavill when she won a trip to meet him on the London Eye in the spring of 2017.



Blogs Participating in the Cover Reveal

My Love for Jane Austen
Margie’s Must Reads
My Jane Austen Book Club
Austenesque Reviews
Of Pens and Pages
More Agreeably Engaged
So Little Time
Diary of an Eccentric
Book Lover in Florida
My Vices and Weaknesses
Savvy Verse & Wit
Every Savage Can Dance
Obsessed with Mr Darcy
polished & bubbly
The Reading Frenzy
 Just Jane 1813

The Darcy Monologues Blog Tour Schedule


April 3 / My Jane Austen Book Club / Launch Post & Giveaway
April 10 / Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review & Giveaway
April 17 / The Reading Frenzy / Guest Post & Giveaway
April 20 / My Love for Jane Austen / Guest Post & Giveaway
April 24 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway
May 1 / From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway
May 8 / Just Jane 1813 / Excerpt Post & Giveaway
May 15 / Austenesque Reviews / Book Review & Giveaway
May 22 / Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post & Giveaway
May 25 / Of Pens and Pages / Book Review & Giveaway
May 29 / More Agreeably Engaged / Book Review & Giveaway
June 5 / So Little Time / Book Review & Giveaway
June 12 / Diary of an Eccentric/ Book Review & Giveaway
June 19 / Book Lover in Florida / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 26 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Review & Giveaway
July 3 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Book Review & Giveaway





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Release Day!


About the Book
She's a work in progress . . .

Bailey Meredith has had it. As an assistant at a prestigious interior design firm, she’s tired of making coffee and filing invoices. She’ll do just about anything to get out from under the paperwork and into the field for real experience. Then she sees an ad for a job that seems too good to be true.

He's a fixer upper . . .

Wilder Aldrich knew she would be perfect for the crew the moment he saw her. His hit home improvement show only hired the best, and Bailey had potential written all over her. It isn’t just her imaginative creativity and unmatched work ethic that grabs his attention. There’s just something about her.

With chemistry on screen, it’s only a matter of time before sparks fly behind the scenes as well. But with Bailey’s jaded views on romance and a big secret that could destroy Wilder and everyone he cares about are either of them willing to risk it all for love?



Monday, March 20, 2017

a book in review & giveaway!



About the Book
She's a work in progress . . .

Bailey Meredith has had it. As an assistant at a prestigious interior design firm, she’s tired of making coffee and filing invoices. She’ll do just about anything to get out from under the paperwork and into the field for real experience. Then she sees an ad for a job that seems too good to be true.

He's a fixer upper . . .

Wilder Aldrich knew she would be perfect for the crew the moment he saw her. His hit home improvement show only hired the best, and Bailey had potential written all over her. It isn’t just her imaginative creativity and unmatched work ethic that grabs his attention. There’s just something about her.

With chemistry on screen, it’s only a matter of time before sparks fly behind the scenes as well. But with Bailey’s jaded views on romance and a big secret that could destroy Wilder and everyone he cares about are either of them willing to risk it all for love?

Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Laura's writing style is so fun. She makes her characters are really likeable and you're totally sucked in from the start. I'm not much of a HGTV junkie, but it was definitely fun being along on set of Playing House! Bailey is such a great lead and you feel like you're her friend along for the ride. And Wilder seems exactly like the dreamboat you would watch marathons of pining over his personality and looks. This is such a fun weekend read, that's light and will leave you in a great mood. It will also make you want to redecorate your house! I recommend this 4 star book to anyone who needs a little fun and fixing up in their life, xo!

Available on March 21! 
Find it on:
Amazon | Apple | Barnes & Noble | Kobo


About the Author
Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, Going for Two, Three & Out, The Marrying Type, and Playing House. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. She loves talking to readers. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also get the latest news from her website, blog, and monthly newsletter.


***Giveaway***
This month, during the Playing House blog tour, you can enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of 1 free Audible copy each of The Marrying Type, First & Goal,  Going for Two or 1 $20 Amazon gift card.


 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy Release Day & a book in review!

 
Brief Summary: Plan Cee - getBook.at/PlanCee

Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.
 
Review:
 
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  Okay, first let's just talk about how I wish that was me on the cover...such a gorgeous setting! Cecelia is a lead that you want to help through her ups and downs. I found her very real and at times really relatable. Hilary has a gift to be able to really build scenes that makes you feel like you're right there watching them unfold. I recommend this 3.5 star book to anyone that likes a blast from the past, that leads to a wild roller coaster ride, xo!
 


 

Brief Summary: Plan Bea *free until 3/11/17-  viewBook.at/Plan_Bea

We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?

On the outside, Annabel O'Conner has it all - the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother's love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believes about her life. 

Could falling in love give a cold, stubborn, and selfish woman a second chance to open her heart back up to her family?

Beatrice Buchanan has spent more years than she can remember distancing herself from everyone close to her. She barely has a relationship with her grandchildren. The only time she manages to have a one way conversation with her daughter is during her weekly fifteen-minute commute to the nail salon. When Bea meets Walter on a cruise she realizes there may be more to life than designer clothes, killer handbags, and impressing the ladies at her posh country club. 

As the mother and daughter duo team up to plan "Long Island's wedding of the year" they confront the secrets and lies that have defined them. This humorous emotionally honest women's contemporary fiction novel will tug at your heartstrings and the twist ending will shock you.

"Although a light read, the subject matter was very sad at times and I found myself choking back tears, but in a good way! It was so authentically heart wrenching yet often very funny too. The characters were so well fleshed out and three dimensional - no one was perfect and no one was fatally flawed - like real life. I thought the twist was genius!" - Meredith Schorr Best Selling Author

 About the Author
By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her "characters." She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She's been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Storytime | I was Skin Shamed...!

I went back and forth on telling you guys this story, but you know what it needs to get out there. So here I am to tell you about a couple of weeks ago when I stopped by the Lancome counter in my local Macy's. I'm not sure if you've seen the video that's been making it's way around the internet of their new individualized foundations.  You can read all about it here on Buzzfeed. It caught my eye and at the time I wasn't aware that it was at Nordstroms only. But when I was headed through Macy's to hit up the MAC counter, I saw an ad at the Lancome counter that said "Find your perfect shade, 185 shades". And I said, sign me up!

I asked baby bestie who was my shopping buddy that day if she minded making a pit stop so I could get shade matched and she was in, so we stopped. There wasn't a salesperson waiting (like they normally are) so we just kinda looked at the things in case, including that rose highlighter. We chatted with the Orgins saleswoman and then finally the Lancome lady popped up. She stopped to help another lady who seemed to be looking at her phone and declined her assistance. So I said that I would like to be shade matched and she made her way over.

As she approached us, she didn't look like she wanted to be bothered to shade match me, but I thought maybe I was reading her wrong. Here's how the shade matching process went...

Saleslady: "Hi, so do you prefer your foundation to be darker than your skin tone? Cause your face is a lot darker than your neck"
Me *pretty dumbfounded: "Oh, umm, well no. Not typically. Actually I'm trying a new foundation and I'm not sure how it's wearing on my skin or if it's oxidized."
Her: "Oooookay. We have 3 different types of foundations. This one is a matte finish, full coverage. This one is more in the middle with a more dewy finish. And this one is our most dewy and raidant foundation."
Me: "Let's go with that one, I prefer a dewy finish. I have very dry skin."
Her *kinda annoyed I picked that one: "Oh, well, okay, this one is the most light coverage"
Then she takes the foundation and swipes a little on my neck
Her: "Oh this is WAY too dark."
Me: "Oh, yeah I'm pretty pale. Maybe we can try the middle one?"
Her: "I guess"
Swipes the middle shade on my neck
Her: "That's even worse."
Finally takes a mirror to show me
Me: "Wow, why are the undertones of these so warm? They're so dark for being the palest shade."
Her: "Yeah, I don't think we have anything that will work for you. The matte has the light shade we have, but you don't like mattes, so..."
Me *slightly annoyed: "Can we try it?"
Her: "I guess, it will still probably be way too dark."
Swipes it on my neck and hands me the mirror while saying "It's better, but still not great."
Me: "I'll take a sample of this one please"
Her: "Okay, I'll get that for you. Meet me at the other side"

Me to baby bestie: "Wow, why was she being so rude?"
Baby bestie: "Oh thank goodness you thought she wasn't nice cause you were being so nice to her and she is so mean!"

So now I'm standing there with swatches of "way too dark" foundation on my neck and don't see anything to get it off. The saleslady comes back around.

Me: "Oh, I'm sorry, can I get a makeup wipe to get this off?"
Her *really annoyed and almost had an eye roll: "We don't have makeup wipes, but I can give you a tissue with makeup remover."
Me: "That'd be great, thanks."

We make our way to the register and she hands me my sample and says "Well we don't have the new names for the shades so I can't give you that, but here you go. I guess if you were going to come back and actually buy something, I can give you my card." 

I thanked her for her help and walked away feeling like absolute crap about myself. I'm pretty confident, but after growing up being the palest person in my grade and being called very clever names like "Casper" or "Ghostly" my skin tone is something I really still struggle with. I used to go tanning every day just to try to make myself look more acceptable. I always try to embrace who I am and the things I can't change about myself, but this whole experience made me feel awful. My intent with stopping at their counter was to find my perfect shade out of 185, but clearly that wasn't the case. I felt like I wasn't good enough to be at the Lancome counter and not just cause they didn't have my shade, but because this woman wasn't making me feel welcomed. When you work at the makeup counter, you are the face of the company and it's safe to say, I'll never buy Lancome again.

Have you had a bad makeup buying experience? Let me know in the comments, xo!

Monday, March 6, 2017

a book in review!



Brief Summary:

From the NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author of SLAMMED and POINT OF RETREAT.

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

"Every word this author writes demands to be read. HOPELESS has such an impact that it will squeeze your heart tight, leave you breathless and make you feel." -Totally Booked Blog

"An intense, emotional read with just the right amount of "dark" and "light" to wrench your gut and make your heart sing. I devoured it." -Maryse.net

"Hopeless is a heartbreaking, yet beautiful tale that has been woven deeply into my heart. A definite must-read!" Autumnreview.com

Review:

Woah, wowzer, ahhhh, tears, laughter, OMG, gasp, WTF....these are all things that you will feel when you read Colleen Hoover's Hopeless. I've been a fan of Colleen for quite sometime and was looking for a new book to read. I hopped on GoodReads and poked around and this synopsis caught my eye so I downloaded it (it's $3.99 on Amazon and B&N right now). You better buckle up, cause Sky's story is one hell of a ride. Of all of the twists and turns, I only saw one coming and even then I wasn't ready for it. Colleen's writing style is so gripping, she makes you feel everything the characters are feeling and so much more. From Sky's everyday life, to Holder's major sex appeal, to Six's sleepy loveableness, and Brickin's idgaf attitude, every character is well thought out and you'll feel like you are in their lives. This is the definition of a page turner, so clear your schedule and be prepared to be messed up by this story for days. I recommend this 5 star story to anyone who needs to be sucked in for a night or weekend, it'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, and it will leave you haunted, xo!

To Purchase:


book goal for 2017: 
16 out of 52

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Goals!


I can't believe it's March. I am not great at monthly goals, but what the heck...here we go!

  • Blog every week Monday-Thursday cause Fridays seem to escape me lately.
  • Bank a bunch of outfit pics.
  • IG everyday (this is one I seem to always nail, so score one for the home team).
  • Edit my book that FINALLY has an ending and came back from my first Beta reader. One day I will share my baby with all of you.
  • Start to organize my clothes.
  • Only eat out once a week...this will be a hard one for me, but I will give it my all!
What are your March goals? Let me know in the comments, xo!