Friday, September 19, 2014

I Get It From My Grandma

Hey Y'all!!!
TGIF!!! WOOOO!!! :) Today's addition of fashion Friday is; "I Get It From My Grandma!"
My grandmother was a super trendy and out going fashionista back in the 1930/40's...she knew how to dress it up with some easy pieces which still work in today's fashion world...how?! Let me show you :)
This is my amazingly beautiful grandmother aka Betty <3 when she was about 16/17 going out on the town! She is sporting a gorgeous empire wool jacket paired with a fur neck piece. FABULOUS clutch bag which is the perfect size for anything and everything! She is also wearing stylist boots but sadly the pic was discolored and cut out.
It may be a black and white photo but you can tell she was wearing statement red lips while showing her great pearly white smile.
Betty's hair has that Marilyn Monroe era hair style, which is super glamorous!


Had this pic been taking today, she would totally be on trend even if it was a look from like 80 years ago! Fashion always come back so remember that when you are going through old clothes :) 

To stay on that winter vibe, here's a photo from some ad work I did a few years ago.
The awesome fur winter jacket (that sadly you can't really see) is from Addition-Elle. 


Make up was done by my stylist at the time...dramatic eye and natural lip. 

Well enjoy and have a great week-end everyone!!! SMILE!!!! :) 

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