Friday, September 12, 2014

Fashion Friday - Fresh Face & Hair - Weekend Look

Hey Y'all!

What a beautiful day!!! I hope everyone around the world is enjoying this Indian Summer we are having!
I love this time of year...the days are hot but the nights are cold...good for sleeping!
We had a BBQ on Saturday for my father-in-law to be for his birthday!
It was one of those rain/sun day...which brought on beautiful rainbows :)
Has anyone seen double rainbow video on you tube?! It's a MUST watch...it's super funny!
Here is some pics I took just vegging in the backyard...



Make up
I did a light smokey eye here with a bright pink lip :) 


Hair here is simple!
After a shower, I brush out any knots and add treatment for that soft finish. Then I put my hair into a bun and wait for it to get dried....sometimes the ends are a little damp still but that's perfect!
I take my AMAZING Conair gas curler and VIOLA!!! 


Have a great week-end everyone :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review - Splintered by A. G. Howard


Image and Synopsis from Goodreads.com
Title: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: Teen, Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published: January 1st 2013
Source: Purchased

Synopsis:
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.


My Thoughts:

Let's take a second to talk about these books that take an already established story, world, or idea, and give a new spin to it. It's not new, authors have been doing it for a long time, Abe Lincoln was turned into a vampire hunter, Pride and Prejudice was given Zombies, there was a zombie spin to the Alice in Wonderland theme, and so many more. The problem is, not all of them can hit the mark; so many of them just seem predictable, uninteresting, and frankly kind of silly. When choosing a book that has a theme, often from an authors favorite genre or childhood story, getting a story you will enjoy and/or love is typically hit or miss. Most of the time you either love it or hate it.

Now enter, Splintered by A.G. Howard - A book that takes the Alice in Wonderland premise to a whole new level, with a new refreshing twist to the Wonderland adventure! This is one of those books that will not disappoint you! You will instantly fall in love with Alyssa, our Main Character. You will lust after the mysterious Morpheus, and even hate him a bit at the same time.

A.G. Howard does an amazing job with world building. Her word usage and descriptions will leave you with wonderful imagery as you read. It will not only give you a sense of the world Alyssa has thrown herself into - when danger lurks within the pages the hair on the back of your neck will stand on end. Your heart will race and your adrenaline will spike when Alysa is forced into action. You will feel like you have been brought on this adventure with her!

The pacing of this book, the plot twists, the mystery, and the danger all fit perfectly into the world that was created. The pace is quick moving, the plot twists are timed just right, and the mystery and danger are just heavy enough to get your heart racing! And I quite enjoyed that when conflicted arose, there was a plausible (for a crazy fantasy land like Wonderland) solution and outcome to resolve it without feeling like a quick convenience or change of rules to keep the story moving.

Alyssa's character is most definitely relatable, I'm sure everyone at some point in their life has struggled to figure out who they were and may have thought they were going insane in the process. Although she struggles with who she is, her "ability", and the suspicion she's going insane, she has a strong will and desire to do the right thing. She's got an abundance of courage, is intelligent, and even witty and sarcastic - she has a personality to her that keeps her interesting! And though her character is very well developed to begin with, you can tell that a part of her needs to be molded and given a chance to grow; and man, there is some excellent character growth on this adventure of hers.

Splintered is a magical ride through a beautiful and dangerous fantasy land, that will excite your senses! An exciting and unique twist to a classic that you will instantly love!



Sunday, September 07, 2014

Fashion Friday - Casual Mint Friday and A Blush of Purle Fusion

Hey Y'all!
I apologize for not posting or keeping everything up to date lately! A good friend of ours had a major stroke about 3 weeks ago and we've been visiting him a lot...he is improving every day and healing faster than most! 

Also we went away for labor day week-end...let's just say, it's been a super busy summer!!!
Now onto some serious fashion passion!!!
Here is an exclusive outfit just for the blog :)

(sorry the pics are a little blurry)


I call this...Casual Mint Friday! 
Jean jacket- Reitmans
Sweater- Forever 21
Jeans- Forever 21
Necklace- Addition-elle
Flip flops- Wal-Mart 

As for make up, I kept it more natural looking! 

Now since I have missed 2 weeks, here is another exclusive outfit just for the blog!! 


 I call this one....A Blush of Purple Fusion!

Dress- Forever 21
Shoes- Payless

Make up- I did two colors; blush and lilac
                 No liner...only mascara 
                 Gloss lips 

Well there you go!
Hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for more :) 

Have an awesome day xox 





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review - The Selection by Kiera Cass


Image and Synopsis from Goodreads.com

Title: The Selection
Author: Keira Cass
Genre: Teens, Young Adult, Distopia, Romance
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: April 24, 2012
Source: Purchased



Synopsis:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined




My Thoughts:
Kiera Cass is a talented writer, that bring unique and imaginative story lines, characters, and worlds to life. The premise of this book is a wonderful change from other dystopian novels I have read recently. And although there is a competition of sorts, as in other books, the selection brings a unique twist to the genre.


The Selection, although a dystopian Young Adult book, is decidedly different from other dystopian books I have read as of late. The world Kiera Cass creates in this story is a post war united states, much like in other books. Similar to Hunger Games or Divergent, the country has been divided into different sections, however, in this world, these sections are known as a persons "Class". Being first class means you are a who's who of the rich and famous, and being a class 7 or 8 means you are the bottom of the barely getting by with minimal to no income, or you are completely poor, homeless and forgotten by the rest of the world.  Those in the lower classes are typically the servants, hired help, or hired entertainment for those in the higher classes. Though the classes are not divided by great walls or long distances, and the people can seemingly intermingle, it is clear that the classes are decidedly separate from each other, and crossing from the poorer classes into the higher classes (or vise versa) does not happen often, and when it does there is a distinct difference between the people, buildings, and area in which the change occurs. The world, its class divisions and set up, is very intricately done, and very well set up, with it's own unique backstory and history that will slowly be revealed as the story goes on.


The first book in this series, is filled with so many different characters it can be hard to keep them strait. you are first introduced to America Singer, her family and best friend, and just as you get to the beginning of how her life is, the selection actually starts, the book plot kicks in and a whole new slew of characters are thrust at you as America is forced to leave her family to take part. Although there are several characters taking part in the selection, and introduced in such a short period of time, each one has a unique quality to them that helps them stand out from the rest.


America Singer, our main character is introduced first, and as the story goes on her character stays strong throughout. Although I found her to have started out strong, and in certain situations I, at times, thought she had faltered from the character she started as, her decision or actions in some situations seems off for her character. There were enough of those moments for me to wonder if her character was going to continue to grow in this book, or if she was going to throw away who she was and concede to what others thought she should do or wanted her to do. There were times that I was confused by her actions, or her thoughts and feelings. As the story goes on, the situation either changes, or she rectifies these actions on her own, which was pleasant to see.


The plot moves slower in the first half of this novel, picking up close to the middle and keeping up a steady pace for the rest of the book, but it does not detract from the overall story. A lot of what happens in the first portion of the novel is introductions to characters, the world, the situation the main characters are going to be put in, the history of the world created for this story and so much more. There is an abundance of information and set up in the first few chapters, and as the story goes on, the information is revealed and the plot kicks in, everything gets that much more interesting!


This book has a colorful cast of characters that you will love, hate, and so much more! Once the story starts to take of there is a steady moving plot, interesting and intricate back stories, not to mention a little bit of teen angst, lust, and even a few cat fights, this book is definitely worth giving a try, there is a little bit of everything for everyone!  Once you get through with this book you will want to read the rest of the series, you will want to know what happens next!