I’ve moved!

I’ve got a new spot on the interweb; polished & bubbly is the all new keep calm & blog on-same Kayla, same craziness. polishedandbubby.blogspot.com hope you come visit me over there!

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a book in review!

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Brief Summary: 

Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.

But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.

Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.

Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.

Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book. From the fashionable life Searcy lived, to the not so fashionable life Searcy lived, it was a great read. You felt like you were living each moment with Searcy. She is an extremely likeable lead and you’ll be rooting for her from the beginning! You’ll be on a roller coaster ride of emotions-sad, angry, happy…it’ll hit em all! This 4.5 star read is everything good about chick lit wrapped into one delicious story, xo!

Author Bio:

After six years behind the anchor desk at two CBS affiliates, Lauren Clark moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast to raise her family and write full-time.

Lauren has published four novels, Pie Girls (set in Fairhope, Alabama), Stay Tuned, Stardust Summer, and Dancing Naked in Dixie, under the pen name, Lauren Clark. More than twenty-two thousand copies of Lauren’s novels have been sold worldwide.

Visit Laura’s website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com, follow her on Twitter @LaurenClark_Bks, and her blog at www.laurenclarkbooks.com/blog.

Available at the following retailers:

Amazon     BN     Kobo     Smashwords     iBooks

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

Giveaway!

Comment on the tour page to win a signed paperback copy of Dancing Daked in Dixie by Lauren Clark – 3 US/CA winners will be chosen at the end of the tour! 

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Visit the blogs below for reviews! 

October 6 – Chick Lit Plus

October 9 – Ski-Wee’s Book Corner

October 10 – Little Miss Drama Queen

October 13 – Melina’s Book Blog

October 14 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews

October 15 – Novel Escapes – Q&A

October 16 – Reading in Black and White

October 17 – The Little Reading Cabin

October 17 – The Modern Jane Austen

October 20 – Keep Calm and Blog On

October 20 – The East Village

thank god, it’s friday (night) & I just got paid.

Ah, there is nothing like payday Friday!! I had a fun week actually, I may have even met a very cute boy at some point this week… 😉 Wedding tomorrow and watching btooth’s family ride in a hot air balloon Sunday! October is a pretty busy month for me, it seems I have something every weekend, but don’t worry, you’ll come along for the ride. Til Monday, xo!

Linking up with Lauren!

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MK curled my hair for me and I was just a little obsessed! I’m hair curling handicapped, I swear.

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cat belts are all the rage.

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love my new phone background.

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          apothic dark is my favorite red blend EVER. #sorryprimalroots                                              & Laudree macarons straight from Paris don’t hurt either.

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true. story.

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a book in review & giveaway!

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Brief Summary

Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.

MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.

But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well.

Review

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. First, it has to be said, I LOVE AVEN! She is an ah-ma-zing woman and my internet bestie. Okay, now that I have that out of the way…Connectivity is an avid chick lit reader’s dream! It has laughs, romance,  and drama. You will want to be MK’s friend and you’ll want William to be your boyfriend. It reads like a movie and you won’t be able to put it down. Aven has a gift for making the characters come to life and all of the Full House references will have you laughing out loud! I recommend this 5 star book to anyone who loves extremely well written chick lit, that’s witty and fun and will have you completely hooked after the first chapter, xo! Want to win your very own ebook of Connectivity?! See the rules below!

Ps. check out bonus scenes of MK & William and additional blog posts by MK, visit Aven’s blog: http://avenellis.com/blog/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/avenellis/boards/

About the AuthorAven Ellis

Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.

Social Links

Website: http://www.avenellis.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AvenEllis1

Twitter: @AvenEllis

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 15th*

 

 

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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!