Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Review - "Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible" by Tim Gunn (#30 - 2015)



I love reading anything about the history of fashion/apparel/textiles, so this was right up my alley.  Tim covers various articles of clothing and footwear with their history and how these items evolved to where they are today.  I knew some of the history (especially denim) but some other things were fascinating (like the suit).  Now, as much as I love Tim, it does get a little boring in places because this is a sort of history book.  But if you ever wanted to know the reason we wear what we wear, or how some articles of clothing came to be, then I recommend this book for sure.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book Review - "The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard" by Kiera Cass (#29 - 2015)



After finishing all three books in The Selection series, I checked this out of the library, mostly out of curiosity.  The first part is from Prince Maxon's perspective starting one week before the Selection begins and ending on the first day of the competition.  And the second part is from Aspen's perspective as a guard inside the palace walls.  Needless to say, it was a super quick read and a nice supplement to the series.  I think, technically, it's supposed to be read before The One, but I read it after and it was fine.  

Friday, June 5, 2015

Book Review - "The One" by Kiera Cass (#28 - 2015)


The One by Kiera Cass

Book #3 in The Selection series (reviews for book 1 here and book 2 here).  This is the book that winds up the selection and America's time in it.  Who is Prince Maxon going to choose?  I think you can guess, but it's not an easy journey.  A lot of things happen along the way, some big secrets are revealed.  I'm going to be honest, America was working my nerves in this book (I wanted to shake her during some parts, but I think that's more my age than a story flaw - any thoughts if  you have read it would be welcome).  Needless to say it's a quick read with a somewhat satisfying ending.  I'm currently reading The Prince & The Guard, which are two novellas that tell Maxon and Aspen's stories.  As you can tell, I'm all about this little series at the moment (it's taking my mind of pressing issues that are swirling around me at the moment).  That being said, I'm holding off of the next evolution in the series The Heir (*spoiler alert* which tells the story of Maxon and America's daughter and her selection process) because it just came out and apparently it's book 1 of 2.  I'll wait until book 2 comes out and then I can get a full story.  Overall, I would recommend this series for light reading (perfect between heavier reads).

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Book Review - "Family Pictures" by Jane Green (#27 - 2015)


Family Pictures by Jane Green

This may be one of my favorite Jane Green books I've read.  Sylvie and Maggie are two women in their 40's living on opposite coasts.  Both have husbands that travel too much, the kids are about to leave the nest and both are feeling that "next-phase-of-life" insecurity.  Sylvie's daughter Eve travels to NYC to visit colleges, meets Maggie's daughter, they become fast friends and that's when the similarities of their lives start a chain of events that change everything.  This is a page turner. Sure it's a bit predictable at times, and the ending is a bit too perfect, but it's still a great Summer read!

Monday, June 1, 2015

What I Bought - May 2015



1. Kate Spade draped cotton tee - $49 (from surprise sale, not available online anymore)
2. Kate Spade Highland Place medium Maria - $159 (from surprise sale, this size no longer online, but smaller size available here)
3. Zumba Crop It Capri pants - $31.50 - I'm glad I only paid less than $7 out of pocket for these, they are extremely uncomfortable, the seam on the side rubbed the back of my knee almost raw. Boo!
5.  Under Armour Hulk tee - $34.99

Total = $378.48
- $286 Kate Spade gift card from my winnings
- $25 Zumba gift card from FabFitFun box
- $30 Under Armour gift card from outlet purchase
Total Out of Pocket = $37.48

Go forth and shop responsibly!
I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book Review - "The Elite" by Kiera Cass (#26 - 2015)


The Elite by Kiera Cass

This is book #2 in The Selection series (see my review for book 1 here).  This picks up where the last book left off, America is one of the six remaining ladies in "competition" for Prince Maxon's hand in marriage.  In this book you learn more about palace life and how things may not be as wonderful as they may seem.  It's a darker book, you start to see how the country is run, the dynamic of the King, Queen and Prince Maxon as well as a bit of the history of how the royal family came into power.  Also, America is still trying to figure out the Maxon or Aspen question/love triangle (I'm not as into this part). Yes, this is a fluffy read, but I like how the story is getting deeper and am very interested in how this all may play out.  I'm totally into this series, I've got book 3 on hold at the library.  Can't wait to dig in and report back...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book Review - "The Selection" by Kiera Cass (#25 - 2015)


The Selection by Kiera Cass

I can't for the life of me remember where I saw this book recommended online (a blog or Instagram perhaps? I wish I could remember so I could give a shout out).  I decided to pick up the book at the library and I'm glad I did.  It's a Young Adult  Teen book (don't look at me like that) so it's a super easy read.  Obviously, I'm not their target demo, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.  Set in the future in a country that was once the United States, where there is a monarchy and a strict caste system.  When the Prince comes of age to marry, there is a nationwide lottery/selection for all girls of eligible age that will live at the palace and "compete" for the chance to be his Princess.  The story centers around a girl named America from one of the lower castes, who under pressure from her mother, enters the selection.  Of course she's one of the 32 girls chosen (duh) and the book chronicles the narrowing down of girls to 6 (of which America is one, duh).  I didn't realize it's a series, so now I'm hooked and have to read the next 3 books.  It's like The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor. This should not appeal to me, but at this time of year, I need mindless entertainment.  I need books that I can pick up and put down, are entertaining and don't take forever to read.  This series will fit the bill for me this Summer.  In fact I'm getting ready to head out to the library to pick up book 2!  It's like I'm 41 going on 14 and I love it!
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