TGIF!

Hello Friday, I missed you! This week has gone by SUPER slow, but I’m glad Friday finally got here. Has anyone been watching this season of Project Runway? I only catch it occasionally, but last night’s American Girl challenge was so fun-I loved my American Girl doll growing up! Until Monday, #keepitreal, xo!

Linking up with Lauren!

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S’mores Sundae…#amazeballs

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love how we still kept tradition of sushi dinner thanks to facetime

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Essie’s after school boy blazer is by far one of my fave darks.

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been studying for my insurance license test like crazy. keep your fingers and toes crossed for me.

I know that was only 4 things, don’t hate me.

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you must not know about me…

Figured it was time to share some more fun facts about me. Here it goes;

I love to get ready while listening to Eminem-if you ever see a makeup or hair tutorial on here, know it was being done while I was rapping | Sophie Kinsella is my favorite author & Becky Bloomwood is by far the best fictional character to ever been created | As a little girl, I dreamed of being a ballerina, marine biologist, & a spa owner | I drool every night in my sleep | I don’t like rollercoasters that go upside down | When I do go on rollercoasters, I laugh uncontrollably the whole time | I wish I took better pictures, I just don’t have an eye for it | My not-so-secret dream is to have my own reality tv show with babytooth-I leave notes for strangers telling them to tune in soon | Growing up my crushes were Zack Morris & Alvin…yes the chipmunk; he was just so cute | Dresses that have pockets make me so happy-my wedding dress will have pockets-not sure what I’ll put in there, but it’s a must | I love scary movies, but I hate things that jump out at me |

a book in review & giveaway!

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Brief Summary:

Recent college graduate Avery Andrews is ready to begin a new life in the big city. She’s landed an apartment in Chicago’s famed Lincoln Park neighborhood–and has her eye on the cute commodities trader just a floor above.

If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would have hired her to be their marketing coordinator—but it’s not like Avery needs a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills…and fund a few little shopping excursions on Michigan Avenue, too.

Her new lifestyle comes with a hefty price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype—so she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is vacant and spoiled, does it? Of course not.

When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for doing it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that horrible vacant, husband-hunting fashionista label for good.

Anytime the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated professional woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the mysterious cameraman assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want—like a lasting career—as well as Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet…

Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. What can I say, but I LOVE Aven’s writing style and her books. I’ve read all of her novels and each of them instantly find their way on to my favorites list. She has a real voice that shines thru each of her stories. I loved Avery! She’s likable, funny, and has a great sense of fashion…all things I love in a lead. Avery and Deke’s bond becomes a strong plot from the beginning, but this book is so much more than a love story. Avery’s journey to becoming who she was meant to be will quickly become your favorite part of this story. I recommend this 5 star book to anyone who loves extremely well written chick lit that reads like a movie, xo! *Want to win your own copy of Fashionista?! See Below*

Author Bio:

I have always loved to write. I completed my first novel at the age of 15—an angst driven high school romance (Boy meets girl! Evil girl likes same boy! A deception! Will true love prevail?) Though I truly wanted to be a fiction writer, I also knew it was more practical to pursue a job in the communications field and write fiction on the side. So I went off to Purdue University and earned a degree in communication, writing for The Exponent along the way (apologies to anyone who fought through reading those early attempts at journalism.)

After a stint writing for a community newspaper and a public relations agency, and not enjoying what I was writing at all, I found myself a non-writing job and continued writing at night and on weekends. I completed multiple manuscripts that found a home under my bed. Complete it, print it, stick it in an envelope, slide under bed. It became a routine for me, similar to “Lather.Rinse.Repeat.”

Finally, years later, I wrote Connectivity. I loved this story; I loved writing for William and MK. I became brave enough to share this story with new friends who became equally as passionate about these characters and their journey. They encouraged me to submit it to a publishing house. Then, in a critique group session, wine was poured and one of my partners, Lauren Linwood, pointed her finger at me and demanded that I submit Connectivity to a publisher, telling me the words every writer dreams of hearing—this will sell. I ended up submitting Connectivity to Soul Mate Publishing and now can happily say I am a published author.

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I am particularly fond of British actors named Benedict and Henry. I love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. I am also obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

And I do not believe in the Lather.Rinse.Repeat theory when it comes to shampooing my hair.

Connect with Aven!

https://twitter.com/AvenEllis

https://www.facebook.com/AvenEllis1

http://www.avenellis.com/index.html

Giveaway rules; please leave your email in the comments and you’re entered! If you follow myself or Aven on any of your social media-let me know in the comments and you’ll earn an extra entry! This giveaway will run until Monday September 22nd*

 

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thank god it’s fiveday!

This week has taken FOR-EV-ER. I had something going on every night this week after work, from Crossfit to froyo to study group to a sissy date night. Tonight I’m going out to dinner with Dawn to plan our up coming trip to visit Sara and my cousin Nick! Not much going on this weekend, but fingers crossed that something exciting comes up. Catch you loves Monday, xo!

Linking up with Lauren!

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OMG. I fell in love at Sephora last night with an amazing makeup artist, Tre. Look at those brows…!

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#truestory #amen #preach

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I love this girl more than words.

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cutest dog in the world.

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bbq chicken salad back at Panera = happy sissys

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