Monday, December 10, 2018

Book Review - The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy by Mary Alice Monroe (#4, #10 and #11 - 2018)


The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind and The Summer's End by Mary Alice Monroe

I actually read these out of order (duh), I read book #2 The Summer Wind first.  But that was okay, I had some spoilers for the first book, but I enjoyed the saga so much I didn't care.  These books are set in Sullivan's Island, SC, and follows three half sisters and their grandmother.  The girls, who are scattered all over the country and live very different lives come to stay with their grandmother for three months in the Summer.  Can their grandmother help them find their common family bond and see how much they need each other.  It's a winding road that gets bumpy at times.  I love her books so much, these are a great read.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Book Review - "Love Style Life" by Garance Dore (#9 - 2018)

Love Style Life by Garance Dore


Found this at my favorite second hand bookstore so I snapped it up. I know I’m like 3 years late on this one but I never really read her blog. I am a fan of her illustrations though. This book was underwhelming. Pretty and lovely to look at but the subject matter kind of left me feeling "meh".  I did enjoy the first half, she kind of lost me in the last part, and there was surprisingly little actual style advice. Not a book I would recommend going out of your way to read. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Black Friday Sales Roundup!!! 2018 edition **UPDATED**

Okay, it's time.  Are you ready?  Here are the Black Friday sales I've come across, I'll try and keep them up to date as best I can through the rest of the week.  As always some links are affiliates.  See sites for additional information on each deal.  Happy shopping and happy Thanksgiving!

MZ Wallace - This is HUGE!  $50 off $250+, $100 off $450+, $200 off $750+ . Use code: SAVEMORE Ends 11/27/2018.  I swear by their bags, they are lightweight, durable and stylish. 

ThredUP - You know I love shopping here (like half of what I wear comes from this site). Take 20% off everything use code: GETLUCKY  Ends 11/25/2018

Tarte -  30% off, use code: FRIDAY30 Ends 11/23/2018

L.L. Bean - 25% off Bean boots. Use code BOOT25. Ends 11/23/2018

Blurb - Save 50% - use code BLACKFRIDAYFIFTY Ends 11/27/2018. (I totally used this deal!)

Rifle Paper Co. - Save 30% sitewide, use code: SAVE30 Excludes rugs and pillows.

Quay Australia - Buy one get one, use code: BOGO  ends 11/25/2018

The Home T - 20% off sitewide, no code needed.

Shopbop - the more you buy the more you save, use code: MORE18  Ends 11/25/2018

Framebridge - 20% off black frames, use code: BLACK20 ends 11/26/2018

Clarisonic - 20% off holiday gift sets, use code GIVETHANKS18

Philosophy - 40% off sitewide, use code: blackfriday40  Ends 11/23/2018

It Cosmetics - 20% off sitewide, use code: ITFRIDAY  Ends 11/25/2018

Sweaty Betty - 30% off everything, use code: CHEERS  Great time to stock up on cute workout gear for those New Years resolutions.  Ends 11/25 I think?

Dagne Dover - 20% off everything, use code: GRATITUDE  Ends 11/28/2018

Lauren Sumner Pottery - 20% off plus free shipping, use code: friday20  Limited time only!

J.Crew - 50% off your entire purchase, use code: TGIF  Ends 11/24/2018

Book Outlet - Additional 30% off sitewide, no code needed. Ends 11/27/2018 at 4pm EST.

FLOR - 20% off and free shipping, no code needed. Ends 11/26/2018

Kendra Scott - 20% off all purchases, 25% off $100 or more,  30% off $200 or more, no code necessary. Ends 11/26/2018.

T3 - 25% off, use code: FRIDAY18  Ends 11/25/2018

H&M - 30% off and free shipping, use code: 3238  Ends 11/23/2018

J.Crew Factory - 40 - 50% off sitewide, use code: ADD2CART  Ends 11/24/2018. Online only.

Too Faced - 30% off sitewide,  use code: PINK30  Ends 11/24/2018

Spanx - 20% off everything + free shipping, no code needed. Ends 11/26/2018.

Lululemon - Generic sale page, but some good stuff.

Uniqlo - Various Black Friday deals and free shipping.  I love Uniqlo's clothes, for the price you can't beat the quality.

Hunter - 20% off select lines.

Elemis - 25% off full sized products sitewide, use code: BF25  Can't figure out the end date, but says while supplies last.

Gorjana - Up to $100 off, automatically applied at checkout.

R. Riveter - Save $25 when you spend $100, save $75 when you spend $250, save $150 when you spend $500, save $300 when you spend $1000+ . Ends 11/25/2018

Seavees - LOVE their shoes, 30% off, use code: CYBERWHATEVER Ends 11/26/2018

Madewell - 25% off, ends 11/25/2018

Gap - 50% off everything, use code: BLKFRIDAY  Ends 11/22/2108

Preschool Prep - Up to 50% off everything!  Great products, we used these when my daughter was little!  They offer DVDs and downloads and calendars, etc.  Highly recommend!  See site for details.

Harry's - Has great gift sets!  I swear by Harry's razors, their blades last forever.  LOVE them so much! And my husband uses them too!  Use code: MYSTERY5 for a free gift worth at least $5, ends 11/26/2018

Soludos - 25% off sitewide, no code needed.

Etsy - 10-60% off during the cyberweek sales event. Ends 11/26/2018 . I'm buying this!

Cole Haan - 50% off select styles and 30% off everything else.  I swear by their Zerogrand oxfords when I travel for work.  They are perfection and I always get compliments on them.  Ends 11/27/2018

Sol de Janeiro - Their Bum Bum cream is amazing - take 25% off all orders over $75 - excludes products on the exclusive page.  Can't find an end date. So hurry.

Gray Malin - 30% off all photography use code: TURKEY30

Friday, July 13, 2018

Book Review - "Past Perfect" by Danielle Steel (#8 - 2018)

Past Perfect by Danielle Steel

The story follows the Gregory family and their move from NYC to San Francisco for Blake Gregory’s new job with a social networking start up. Sybil his wife is a well known design expert and they have two teenagers as well as a 6 year old.  On a whim Blake buys the empty bank-owned Butterfield mansion in town for peanuts.  Sybil is shocked but instantly sees potential in the house and can’t wait to move in and make it theirs. But after their first night there and an earthquake they soon discover they might not be the only family living there.  This is a fun read and I really enjoyed it. I cruised through it in a day. Great beach read! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Book Review - "The Heir" and "The Crown" by Kiera Cass (#5 and #6 - 2018)



The Heir by Kiera Cass (book 4)

The Crown by Kiera Cass (book 5)

These are follow up books to the original "The Selection" series (that I LOVED - see reviews here, here, here and here).  America and Maxon are King and Queen now and have children of their own and their first born daughter Eadlyn is now going to embark on a "Selection" process of her own.  The country is in a bit of turmoil and they think staging a selection will help things out.  Okay, I'm just going to say it Eadlyn is so freaking annoying.  Which makes the books somewhat annoying.  Nothing new or interesting here.  I love this series and Kiera Cass but, my advice?  Read the first three books and stop there.  

Monday, July 9, 2018

Book Review - "The Magnolia Story" by Chip and Joanna Gaines (#3 - 2018)

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines


Super quick and easy read, written mostly from Joanna’s perspective with Chip’s take scattered throughout, it’s the story of how they got where they are now. Their struggles and successes as well as lessons learned along the way. Sometimes it felt a little oversimplified but overall I would totally recommend it. In fact my almost 10 year old daughter is reading it right now! 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Book Review - "Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon" by Greg Laurie (#2 - 2018)


My Mom sent this to me as a surprise present, I actually didn't know about this book or the accompanying documentary.  I was pleasantly surprised, I loved this book so much.  Greg is a huge McQueen fan and decided to take a cross country trip tracking down people who knew Steve growing up and throughout his life.  He found out their lives were very similar in many ways (tough upbringing with alcoholic mothers).  Following his rise to superstardom and his underlying search for something "more" and finally finding peace by finding Christ before he was diagnosed with cancer.  It's a great book and I highly recommend it.
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