Look of the Week!

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Haven’t done one of these in a while, I will be getting back into the swing of things now that Summer is winding down. But what’s a better week to start back up then the week of the VMAs and Emmy’s?? Here’s my picks from both events, xo!

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Demi Lovato looked stunning in red at the VMAs.

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You know I had to have my girls on here. Kendall literally kills every carpet her heels hit!

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As far as the Emmy’s go, Sarah Hyland STOLE the carpet in this look. #gorgeaward

*all images from googleimages

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TGIF!

Is it me or does the week before a long weekend always go by so s-l-o-w?! I got some good news at work. Our teams are being moved around and I get to stay with one account manager and get my friend, Krista as my CSR. (I know that means nothing to anyone reading this, besides like 3 people, but trust me, it’s good!!) Besides work, nothing too new to report…let’s get into a recap of the past two weeks since I missed last Friday, xo!

Linking up with Lauren!

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hands down, my favorite man ever. (well, besides my dad.)

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chocolate custard and coconut ice.

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this side by side comparison is fantastic.

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love my two new Alex & Ani’s!

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ombre grass in my yard.

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red carpet style; Emmy’s

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red carpet style; Emmy's beauty
Sheesh, back to back red carpets? Celebrity Kayla is pooped 😉 For TV’s biggest night, I would wear this gorgeous emerald Lavin gown. Paired with black studs and a beautiful black and gold Oscar de la Renta statement necklace. A grey smokey eye with long lashes, a coral lip, and a low messy bun, help take this outfit to Emmy carpet level. Let me know who’s look you loved from Monday night, xo!

red carpet style; VMAs.

red carpet style; VMAs.
red carpet style; VMAs beauty
For music’s funest night, I would wear this gorgeous gold mini dress. The hot pink tassles on the bottom scream VMA’s to me. It’s the right amount of sparkle and pop of color. I’d keep my accessories pretty neutral. Same with my nails and lips, a nice baby pink for both. The gold in my eye makeup would help pull the look together. Throw my hair into a casual pony and I think I have the right look for the night. A little bit of over the top, but enough casualness to make it look like I didn’t try too hard. Let me know what you think of this look, xo!

a book in review & author interview!

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Brief Summary:

“If you change your mind, here’s this.” Finn Lanigan kissed a young Blythe Heywood one last time under a star-scattered Idaho sky. It was the last kiss that ever weakened her knees, the last sky she noticed for over a dozen years. Then she left, returning to her fiancé, the wedding she’d committed to, and the secure life she’d yearned for since she was a little girl.

Thirteen years later, her husband leaves Blythe for his young associate. Devastated, she’s unable to imagine the next chapter of her life as she packs her family’s belongings to move across town. Unexpectedly, she finds the forgotten slip of paper bearing Finn’s phone number in the back of a drawer.

Hadn’t she tossed it years before as a newlywed, when she vowed to be the perfect wife and mother? Apparently not. Here it remained. Her road not taken.

Facing three weeks without her young daughters, Blythe sets out to find the man she left behind so long ago. With only the name of the small town where he once lived, Peregrine, Idaho, and the memory of their last kiss under a starry sky, she heads across the Pacific Northwest in search of him.

What she finds in the foothills of Blue Mountain challenges everything she thought she knew and is the very last thing she expected. Within days, her life changes forever. But it is her destiny and destinies cannot be denied.

The first book of the Blue Mountain Collection, laced with Thompson’s lovable but complex characters, “Blue Midnight” is a mature love story about second chances, family, and the complexities of trust and vulnerability after betrayal.

Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book has a little bit of everything-drama, love, mystery, heartbreak, and so much more. It’s a great weekend read, you won’t want to put it down. The characters in this book will quickly become your friends.  If you’re a fan of any of Tess’ other books, you’ll love this one as well. I recommend this 4.5 star book to anyone who may need some positivity about taking a second chance, this book is it, xo!

Interview:

  • What inspired you to become a writer? My love of books as a child . I learned to read young and from the moment I discovered the local library I constantly had my head in a book. Getting lost in a novel was and still is my favorite form of escape, not to mention all the places and people I’ve known through the copious novels I’ve read over the. My goal is to be that kind of writer for others. 
  • When you started writing what was your biggest challenge? My biggest challenge then and now is the inner critic that likes to sit on my shoulder and tell me what a hack I am. The days when I conquer that demon are what I call being in the flow. But there are many, many days when I have to just push through and write with that devil on my shoulder.
  • Tips for anyone who wants to write a novel. Read as much as you can. Write until you find your own voice. Write the novel you wish you could read. Don’t make excuses why you don’t have time to write. Tell your inner critic to jump in the nearest lake and don’t be afraid to write a crappy first draft.
  • What were your fave books growing up? Little House series, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, To Kill a Mockingbird. 
  • What do you do in your spare time? Raise my daughters, cook, read, keep my eyes open for my Prince Charming, hang with friends, watch football, snuggle with my kitties on the couch, have that second glass of wine when I really shouldn’t and then work it off the next day at the gym.
  • Must have beauty product? A round brush to style my hair while blow-drying. Multi-tasking, baby!
  • Favorite thing to do in the summer?  Walk the beach.

Author Bio:
Tess Thompson is a mother before all else, and a writer after that. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. After honing her craft in theater with a prize-winning play titled My Lady’s Hand, her heart was called to a different storytelling medium: the great American novel.

But, as she recently said to a friend, “Well, maybe not ‘great’ but certainly American.”

The first of these, Riversong (Booktrope Editions), went on to become #1 on Barnes and Noble’s Nook Book chart in October 2011. Two years after its release, readership of Riversong continues to grow, spending weeks in the top 100 Kindle bestsellers; it’s known amongst her friends and family as “the little book that could.”

Caramel and Magnolias, the first in the Legley Bay Collection was released in the fall of 2012. In May of 2013 Tess released the sequel to Riversong called Riverbend and the third in the collection, Riverstar, in August 2013. Tea and Primroses, the second in the Legley Bay Collection was released February 16, 2014. The first in the Blue Mountain Collection, Blue Midnight was released June 30, 2014.

She’s currently working on her first historical fiction, Duet For Three Hands, which will be released December 2014.

Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, ages 11 and 8, the loves of her life.

Although currently single, Tess has not given up on finding a love story of her own. Until her prince arrives, she’s content creating what she hopes are epic, page-turning love stories with a little suspense and mystery for additional spice. She writes in her home office six days a week, sipping countless cups of herbal tea, with two naughty but adorable kittens, (Christmas presents for her daughters) Mittens and Midnight, at her feet. But hopefully said Prince arrives soon to save her from becoming a bitter, crazy cat lady. Did she mention how adorable the kittens are?

Tess loves to hear from you. Drop her a line or visit her Facebook Fan Page or follow her on twitter: @tesswrites.

Author Links:

http://tesswrites.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTessThompson

https://twitter.com/TessWrites

Find the Book:

Amazon: amzn.to/1lBTkEf

Barnes& Noble: bit.ly/1qmh3vb

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22440443-blue-midnight

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August 26 – Keep Calm and Blog On – Review & Q&A

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August 28 – Ski-Wee’s Book Corner – Review

August 29 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

September 1 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

a book in review

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Brief Summary:

Everything happens for a reason, they say. And sometimes the reason is you’re stupid and make bad decisions. Sleeping with her sister’s best friend is one of the dumbest things soon-to-be divorcee Emily Evans has ever done. But she’s determined to put it behind her and move on. She’s walked away from her cheating husband, managed to make a new friend, and found herself a real job and somewhere to live so she doesn’t have to couch-surf any more. Everything should be falling into place but for one problem – there are some mistakes from which you can’t move on.

Meanwhile, Ben Cameron is getting on with his life. After all, it’s the only thing to do once your heart has been stomped on by the woman of your dreams. Expanding his business and getting cosy with the girl next door are proving welcome distractions. He’s even happy to babysit his nephew, as long as he can to hand him back when he’s done! And thankfully, Emily Evans, the woman with the heavy boots, is avoiding him like the plague.

But Emily can’t avoid him forever, and when she drops a bombshell that turns Ben’s world upside-down, suddenly, getting on with his life takes on a whole new meaning.

Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was a simple, quick read. A little bummed that I didn’t read the first one in the series, I kept feeling like I was missing out on some background stuff. But other than that, this book is a sweet, fun read. The characters are pretty relatable and you may find yourself comparing them to people you know. The ending had me thrown for a loop, I can’t wait to see what happens next! I recommend this 3.5 star book to anyone that is looking for an easy trilogy, xo!

Author Bio:

Jennifer Collin writes quirky, and sometimes gritty, love stories about ordinary people dealing with what life throws at them.  She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, two noisy children and a cantankerous cat.  She used to party, but now her idea of a good time is an uninterrupted sleep.  These days, her characters do her partying for her, and she doesn’t necessarily let them sleep.

Connect with Jennifer!

Website –  http://www.jennifercollin.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JenniferCollinAuthorPage?ref=hl

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CollinJennifer

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/jycolli/

Goodreads –https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7105090.Jennifer_Collin

Buy the Book! 

Amazon US link – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JJNWIV8

Amazon UK link – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JJNWIV8?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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