Saturday, September 27, 2014

My Wish List {Blogtember}

Can I get everything on this list immediately. I love the fall season for its boots and scarves fashion. I need a new accent piece for my room, and this DIY canvas looks amazing!! And of course how wouldn't love a Beyonce inspired mug that would go along with the iphone 6. :) 

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What is on your wish list?
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Friday, September 26, 2014

A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen {FRC Book Review}

This post is sponsored by BookSparksPR in honor of their 
annual Fall Reading Challenge. Check out all the details here.

Title : A Blind Spot for Boys
Author: Justina Chen
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Summary from GoodReads:

Shana has always had a blind spot for boys. Can she trust the one who's right in front of her?

Sixteen-year-old Shana Wilde is officially on a Boy Moratorium. After a devastating breakup, she decides it's time to end the plague of Mr. Wrong, Wrong, and More Wrong.

Enter Quattro, the undeniably cute lacrosse player who slams into Shana one morning in Seattle. Sparks don't just fly; they ignite. And so does Shana's interest. Right as she's about to rethink her ban on boys, she receives crushing news: Her dad is going blind. Quattro is quickly forgotten, and Shana and her parents vow to make the most of the time her father has left to see. So they travel to Machu Picchu, and as they begin their trek, they run into none other than Quattro himself. But even as the trip unites them, Quattro pulls away mysteriously... Love and loss, humor and heartbreak collide in this new novel from acclaimed author Justina Chen.

"My favorite photographers talk about being on constant alert for that split second when the ordinary transforms into the extraordinary."
"When terrible things happen to us, it's so easy to think that our lives are nothing but rubble."  "But here we are, looking at broken rocks! We're admiring these ruins like they're artwork."
"Maybe that's all we're supposed to do after we've taken a spill: brush ourselves off, get back on our feet. No fuss. No blame. Just soldier on." 

My Take:
I was excited to read the book when I read the summary. I really enjoyed reading it. It's the kind of book full of hope. It tells us, that even when we think we are at our lowest point in our lives, to keep on going. It also teaches us that love is the single most important thing in life, and that although we might have gotten heartbroken in the past, we should never give up on love. 

In the book we meet Shana, a junior in high school, who just went through a horrible breakup, and who know vows to not get into any new relationships. After a horrible accident, Shana's family finds out that her dad is going blind. As a way to see some of the beauties in the world, Shana's family book a trip to hike in Macchu Picchu. Little does she know that the break that she is taking from boys will be challenged through this hike, when she meets a cute boy. 

But this book is more than just Shana trying to get over her latest relationship. We do learn about love about family and sacrifice, and about getting up when we fall. 

Fall Reading Challenge 2014

Mating for Life: A Novel
A Blind Spot for Boys

Adrianna's favorite books »

Mating For Life by Marissa Stapley
Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Find my other reviews here: Book Thoughts
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Bucket List {Blogtember}

Hi lovelies, 
I'm back and I'm so happy to come back to this prompt, because I believe that Fall is my favorite season. I enjoy every season, and in Southern California, the seasons are one big blur. But I must say that Fall is THE season of the year. Here is my Fall Bucket List.

Fall Bucket List
- Drink as many Pumpkin Spice Lattes as I can #guiltypleasure
- Go to a pumpkin patch
- Carve pumpkins (I've never done it)
- Knit and crochet some scarves
- Visit Berkeley and watch their leaves fall
- Buy fall-season candles, that will make my room smell like fall
- Help plan our family Thanksgiving dinner
- Expand my fall fashion wardrobe
- Watch all the fall premieres of my favorite shows

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What are some things on your Fall Bucket List?
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Ghosting by Edith Pattou {FRC Book Review}

This post is sponsored by BookSparksPR in honor of their 
annual Fall Reading Challenge. Check out all the details here.

Title : Ghosting
Author: Edith Patton
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Summary from GoodReads:

On a hot summer night in a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents become victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.

Told through multiple points of view in naturalistic free verse and stream of consciousness, this is an unforgettable, haunting tale.

"But a ghost. What a rush that would be, to see something from another world, something that most people never get to see." 
"I watch as Brendan collides with Emma, knocking her off her feet. And at the very same second that their bodies meet, one last shot rings out, splitting the night wide open." 
"It suddenly is imperative that I find the beginning. Because that would be the moment I could have stopped all this from happening" 

My Take:
I've never read anything like this book ever. And let me tell you Edith Pattou kept me wanting to read more and more. The way that each section is written is really amazing and creative. The whole book is told in different points of view of the same event that changes everything in these kids lives. The way that each story is written reflects the uniqueness of the characters. 

The book follows a group of teenagers, some old friends and some completely new. The first day of school is fast approaching and the group of teens wanted to end the summer with a bang. So when they go out looking for "ghosts", a childhood game, the night does end with a bang, and their lives change forever. 

I do like how after a horrible night, with strangers, they become friends and come together. I enjoyed reading, I could not put it down. It is a book that will keep you in suspense, will break your heart, but will make you happy at the end. 

My other Fall Reading Challenge reviews:
Mating For Life by Marissa Stapley

Find my other reviews here: Book Thoughts

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Street Style with IPSY

Hello there lovelies, hope you had a great weekend. And are ready for another weekend in Septemeber. Yesterday I received my second IPSY glam bag, and since I didn't share my first one last month, I wanted to share this month's glam bag.
What is IPSY? It's a $10/month subscription box, which includes a makeup baggie, and 5-6 beauty products. Want to sign up click here!

Glam Bag Theme: Street Style

Such a cute little bag, love the softness of the bag and the studs definitely give it a street style feel. I might just use it a clutch.

I love mascaras. I have an obsession with long, big voluminous eyelashes. And I'm so excited to try this.

Another obsession of mine is nail polish. And this one was the first product I tried when I opened my bag. The color is amazing, a deep red, just with one coat I had this beautiful, even red color. Oh and it dried really fast. 

I'm was in dire need of a nude lipstick or lipgloss and IPSY fit the spot. It's kinda of a mix between a nude and a peachy color. I love it!!!

 Ohhh i'm excited to try this finishing powder that you use to set your foundation or you could use it alone. I don't wear foundation on a daily basis but will be using it to set my bronzer.. :) 

There has been a lot of reviews regarding the smell of the lotion. I don't absolutely love it, but I don't hate the smell. And I feel like it did make my hands feel soft. 

This was my second Glam Bag. I was so excited to get last month's bag, but must admit I didn't 100% love it. This month's Glam Bag blew last month's Glam Bag out the water. I love everything in it!!! Good job IPSY, you were on point this month.

Thinking of signing up click on my link and we can both get some points. :) 
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