Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Outfit: Flora and Fauna

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Hi, my name is Sara and I'm addicted to florals. I was in Forever 21 with my mom a few weeks ago and came across this dress. I can't pass up a darling and delicate floral, especially when the sleeves have crochet on them (which I forgot to take a picture of) and this dress makes me feel like I should be sitting in a parlor room sipping tea. 

Two things:
  1. Remember how I wanted to go a month without soda? I did really well the first two weeks and then it got really hot and soda is refreshing. I only had it a few times, so I'm still pretty happy with how I did. Still, I want to keep drinking less soda. 
  2. I got into a minor car accident last Thursday. Of course it was on the day that I had to drive an hour and a half one way upstate, so I had to borrow my brother's car, which has horrible AC (aka it blows hot air) on a muggy 95 degree day. Luckily, the accident wasn't too bad. You can see some of the damage here

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Dress: Forever 21 {similar, similar} | Cardigan: Target | Necklace: ℅ Favoring Brave  
Ring: Hadaya (gift) | Sandals: Forever 21

What's your favorite print?

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Watch | Read | Listen {August 2015}

I have a list of ten or so books that I'm trying to stick to reading before I pick up anything else because the books on this list have gone unread for too long, BUT I love Felicia Day and I think listening to her new book, especially if she's reading it herself, would be awesome. I don't think I'll be in the movie theater too much this month. My brothers and I want to see either Fantastic 4 or The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and I think the latter will win. 

MOVIES

Fantastic 4
A group of young outsiders (Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell) teleport to an alternate universe, which alters their physical forms in unexpected ways. Not only must the team learn to harness their new abilities, but they must work together to save the world from a friend turned enemy. {Watch the trailer.} I have to say, this one looks really good and I like the casting. Seeing this for sure. (August 7)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E
In the 1960s during the Cold War, a CIA agent Napolean Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kyrajin (Armie Hammer) are forced to work together on a mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization and their only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist. {Watch the trailer.} Doesn't this movie look so awesome?! (August 14)

Straight Outta Compton 
When five young men in the 1980s translated their experiences into a brutally honest music that rebelled against authority, they gave a voice to a silenced generation. This movie tells the story of how these men revolutionized music and pop culture forever by telling the truth about life in the hood. {Watch the trailer.} Wow, this movie looks so intense and amazing. (August 14)

Learning to Drive
Wendy (Patricia Clarkson) is a Manhattan author whose husband left her for a younger woman. Darwan (Ben Kingsley) is soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Darwan begins teaching Wendy how to drive, she learns to take control of her life and she teaches him how to impress a woman. {Watch the trailer.} Who doesn't love a feel-food movie? (August 21)

Z for Zachariah 
In the wake of a nuclear war, a woman (Margo Robbie) has learned to survive on her own, but then she finds another human, a scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Just as they begin to trust each other, a stranger (Chris Pine) shows up and things begin to unravel. {Watch the trailer.} Do yourself a favor and watch the trailer. All I can say is: Whoa. (Augst 28)

Other movies coming out:
  • Cop Car (Aug 7)
  • Dark Places (Aug 7)
  • Ricki and the Flash (Aug 7)
  • blackhats (Aug 14)
  • Mistress America (Aug 14)
  • American Ultra (Aug 21)
  • Being Evel (Aug 21)
  • Agent 47 (Aug 21)
  • She's Funny That Way (Aug 21)
  • We Are Your Friends (Aug 28)

BOOKS & MUSIC
Books & Music -- Aug 2015
  • Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner -- Rachel and Andy are just eight years old when they meet in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy with a broken arm. After Andy’s taken back to a doctor and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again. (August 11)
  • You're Never Weird On The Internet by Felicia Day -- From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood. (August 11)
  • The Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Keller -- A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches—perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars. An evil she thought she’d outrun has reared its head again, but Grace fears that a police inquiry will expose her double life. Launching her own personal investigation leads her to a murderously manipulative foe. (August 18)
  • The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny -- Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. (August 25)
  • The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory -- By the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the Starz original series The White Queen, a riveting new Tudor tale featuring King Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife Kateryn Parr, the first English queen to publish under her own name. (August 25)
  • Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore -- Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone—or something—is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why. To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together. (August 25)

E-MO-TION by Carly Rae Jepsen (Aug 5) | Start Here by Maddie & Tae (Aug 28)


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Friday, July 31, 2015

Favorite Things

{Live. Laugh. Love. tray (gift), Disney Princess magnetic bookmarks, Alice Funko Pop
Feather notecards, Ban.do Stay Focused notebook, Floral bubble necklace (gift), 

It was a Disney Princess kind of month, it seems. Bookmarks, phone case, and I watched Mulan on TV last week. I'm not complaining. I love Disney Princess anything! Would it be bad if I got every Disney Princess Funko Pop?!

See that notebook right there. I mentioned before that I'm writing a new novel. Well, I finished one notebook (it was already half full though) and now I've started this Stay Focused one. Notes of encouragement welcome!

Thanks, Avra, for this pretty tray and cute notecard set! I don't want to send any of the cards because they're so pretty!

 A few fun links:

 Novel Tea Book Club is starting a Book Swap! So excited!

 Buzzfeed Books always has such great posts: 

 5 SEO tips for bloggers.

 Love Super Space Chick's 28 Before 29 List!

 25 things I know to be true (thanks to blogging).

 10 ways to build self-confidence.

 I love Fiction Incarnate's Happy Lists!

 How to make your bedroom an oasis.

 5 ways to make the most of your writing time.

 I want all of these delicate rings.

 How to overcome failure.

 Do you have an impressive word?

 Sponsor love:




Have a great weekend!


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Inspired By: Best Selling Books {July 2015} + Sponsor: Colorfully Carsyn

Hello, new books! All of the books below are on my to-read list (except for one, which I already read) because I've seen fantastic reviews on every single one. Have you read any of these books? 

Go Set A Watchman
Go Set A Watchman

Written by Harper Lee, twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch AKA "Scout" returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. It's set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South. 

Wear outfits with a 1960s flair by putting on a fit and flare dress, a blue cardigan, a leaf ring, and yellow flats. Or put on a blue tee, a leaf necklace, a polka dot and floral midi skirt, and lace blue flats. 

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Armada
Armada
Written by Ernest Cline, Zack has spent his life dreaming that the real world could be more like the videogames he’s spent his life consuming. And then he sees the flying saucer. Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night. It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. 

The perfect outfit for playing video games: "I'd Pause My Game For You" tee, distressed jeans, a watch, and light blue Converse. Or put on an embellished gray dress, a green vest, a black vest, and brown sandals. 

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An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes
Written by Sabaa Tahir; Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. But when Laia's brother is arrested for treason, she joins the rebels. 


 Rebel against society in an olive jacket, a gray tee, black jeans, and lace-up boots. Or throw on a yellow sleeveless top, jeans, a "Rebel" cuff (hey, I have one of those!), and brown booties. 

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The Wrath and the Dawn
The Wrath and the Dawn
Written by Renee Ahdieh, Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid, but she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge. 

Get your sweet, sweet revenge in a flowy maxi dress: perhaps a black one with a floral shawl, strappy wedges, a collar necklace, and a gold cuff. Or in a pink dress with a long necklace, dangly black earrings, and brown sandals. 

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Hey y’all! I’m Carsyn, a 20-year-old southern girl from Georgia. I’m currently attending Furman University in Greenville, South Caroline studying Political Science and Sociology. My dream is to go to law school and me the next Elle Woods! My blog, Colorfully Carsyn, focuses on all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle, DIY, and colorful! Do you love getting crafty, testing new beauty products, or finding the latest and greatest fashion steals? If so then I am your girl and my blog is your new favorite read! I would love for y’all to follow along with me and my bright, chaotic, and colorful life! 



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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pocket Book Reviews {July 2015} + HP Wishlist {#PotterWeek}

Six books is a pretty good number for me. I already upped my Goodreads goal from 32 to 45, but I'm already at 39, so I think I made the goal too achievable. I'm not going to change the goal number, but I'm just going to read as I normally do and see where it takes me. Here's to hoping I reach 200 books read! Just kidding. 

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters
★★★ (4 out of 5)

Written by Kimberly Karalius; love is real in the town of Grimbaud. Every year, people go to Zita's famous Love Charms Shop to get their accurate love prediction for the year, but when Fallon gets a horrible fortune that says she will never find love she decides to take control of her own fate. 


This book is really cute and charming. If you're looking for a sweet summer read, this is the book for you. I liked how in Grimbaud love fortunes and charms (not just for love, but for everything from the weather to making yourself brave) is a real thing. I liked Fallon and Sebastian's cute love story; even though it was predictable it just still nice to read. One thing I didn't like was that this book tended to get slow at times. 


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The Wrath and The Dawn (#1)
★★★ (5 out of 5)

Written by Renee Ahdieh, this is a reinterpretation of A Thousand and One Nights where a king takes a new bride every night and every morning she is executed at sunrise. 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to be Khalid's new bride, but vows to live more than one night in order to exact revenge on him for murdering her best, but she finds that things are not as they seem. 


Wow! I absolutely loved this book because Shahrzad and Khalid felt so real. Shahrzad especially could jump off the page; she's intelligent and stubborn and charming in her own way. The prose is like poetry because it's so beautiful and added color to the story. I just had to keep reading to know what would happen. 

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Ten
★★★ (3 out of 5)

Written by Gretchen McNeil, this book is about 10 teens, a party, an isolated island, and a murderer. Ten teenagers are invited to a party at a friend's house on a remote island, but one by one they're killed off and have to figure out who's behind it all. 


Since I love And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and the TV show Harper's Island, I thought I would like this, but sadly this book didn't live up to expectations. It's not a bad book, but it's also not very good either. It's way too predictable and not very thrilling and I didn't care about any of the characters much. 

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Nimona
★★★ (4 out of 5)

Written by Noelle Stevens, this graphic novel is about Nimona, a shapeshifting sidekick, who teams up with Lord Ballister Blackheart, a villian with a vendetta. They two of them wreck havoc on the kingdom and are out to prove that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement are the heroes everyone thinks they are. 


I read through this so fast that I was depressed when it was over. This book is laugh out loud funny, adorable, witty, heartwarming, and awesome. The thing that I loved best was how gungho Nimona was to cause havoc and how Ballister how to keep her in check. The two of them are a unique little team and I wish this was a series. 

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Yes Please
★★★ (4 out of 5)

Written by Amy Poehler, she offers a small look into her life, both past and present: how she got her start doing comedy, her time at the Upright Citizens Brigade and SNL, what it's like to be friends with Tina Fey, and more, all while making us laugh. 


This book is absolutely hilarious! I listened to the audiobook because Amy Poehler reads it herself and has guests, like Patrick Stewart and Seth Meyers. She's so candid about everything from her comedy to her family to sex and I literally couldn't stop laughing. Do yourself a favor and listen to this. 

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Jackaby
★★★ (3 out of 5)

Written by William Ritter, Jackaby is a mash-up of Sherlock and Doctor Who. He's an investigator of the unexplained and has the ability to see supernatural beings that no one else can. Abigail Rook, his new assistant, helps Jackaby track a serial killer that is one the loose. 


On the one hand I really liked the characters and thought they were all fascinating, but on the other hand I found the plot boring. I liked how this book is a historial supernatural mystery and Jackby's hidden world of strange creatures is really cool, but I didn't care about the murder mystery. This is a series, so I would consider reading the second if the plot sounded intriguing. 

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The Fold*
★★★ (4 out of 5)

Written by Peter Clines, The Fold follows Mike, a highly intelligent man with an eidetic memory, who gets swept up into analyzing a secret project by a friend. This project is called the Albuquerque Door and it "folds" distance, so that the travel can walk thousands of miles in a single step, but the Door isn't completely safe and the creators are hiding a terrible secret. 

I couldn't stop reading this. I HAD to know what was going to happen next. I was invested in the story and the ragtag group from the start. I liked Mike especially because he's straight to the point but not cold and he makes the story interesting due to his eidetic memory. I had an inkling where the story was going and I was right, but it didn't make it any less fun and enjoyable. I breezed through the first 2/3 of the novel and absolutely loved it, but I had issues with the last 1/3. It's not that it wasn't compelling, I just wasn't a fan of where the story went. It also raised more questions that never got answered. Despite the frankly strange end of the book, overall I found The Fold to be gripping, exciting, smart, and cool. 

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*I received a free copy of this from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.

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#PotterWeek continues! For today's Common Room prompt I decided to share my Harry Potter wishlist. What I really, really want to get is Hermione's wand because I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter two years ago and regret not getting the wand while I was there. I also want the Hermione Funko Pop, so that she can hang out on my shelf with Belle, Alice, Ana, and Dancing Groot. Also, how great would it be to have your room smell like Dumbledore's office?!
Harry Potter Wishlist

My wishlist:
 "I solemnly swear" T-shirt
 Book Titles Poster
 "Mishcheif Managed" Decal
 Glasses Ring
 Hufflepuff Scarf
 Headmaster's Office Candle
 Hermione Funko Pop
 Hermione's Wand
 "Until the Very End" Wall Hanging
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What did you read this month?
What's on your Harry Potter wishlist?

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