I Want All The Things…

So I consider myself a person with pretty good will power. When I realized I was drinking too much soda I gave it up cold turkey and have been doing so for close to 10 years. When I see I’m buying things I don’t need, I can pull myself back. And when I see I’m shopping too much I can decide no to shop and stick to it. Very little can sway me when I set my mind to something. And that very little thing this week was 50% off at JCrew Factory Outlet. I’m sorry, but I’m a sucker for anything JCrew and then you add 50% off the whole store? Will power what?!

Okay, so that isn’t true. I did have some will power(I had to or I would be majorly in the poor house!) and I refrained from buy all the things I wanted because really…I WANTED ALL THE THINGS! Oh the colors and the prints and the fabrics and the cuts of things. The skirts and summer sweaters and the shorts and the dresses and the skirts. AND THE SHOES! OH THE SHOES! I was as they say, a kid in a candy store. I walked in and off I went, loading my arms up almost immediately. However reality set in and I realized I am not a Hilton, I can’t just spend whatever I want to spend since you know, I’m a grown-up(most of the time) and I have bills I still need to pay. Instead I had a budget in mind when I went in and I mostly stuck to it. Okay so I went $70.00 over, so sue me.

And now I must have you dying of curiosity…okay, maybe a little interested (are you interested?) in what I bought. Well first let me show you what I wanted and didn’t get. Because man…man did I WANT!

Jcrew Factory Want

Um yeah, who could afford that even with 50% off??!! Not this kid here. But it was tempting, so tempting to say screw the rent, I’m moving into a box with all my JCrew stuff and that’s that. But instead I put on my big girl panties and thought about what I really had been eying on the website and what I would get use out of in my wardrobe based off of pieces I already have. And after much, much time spent looking everything over I give you want I actually got:

JCrew Factory Sale

See…WILL POWER! Like how I did that? I showed you the millions of things I wanted first and then showed you what I got making it look like I reigned myself in. The truth is, my wallet did it, but whatevs! I still got some really cute stuff and I left stuff behind for you to buy my friends. I really am all about the people, I swear.

And now I must ask, what do you think of my purchases? What store/sale is your weakness?

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Cruise Style

So if you follow me on Twitter you know I am taking my very first cruise this summer which I have just paid off. So in honor of that I have decided to do a cruise style series on the blog for the next 6 weeks.

Today I start with the clothes to pack. Now I’m not going to lie I’m a notorious over packer so I can about guarantee that I would have way more than just this in my suit case, but I for the purpose of this series I pulled back…some. 🙂

What I plan to do it post the clothing options today, next week you will see the shoes and other extras like accessories, books, bags and jewelry. Once all the items are in place I will post 9 outfits created with the clothes and extras in the “suit case” with a recap of everything on the last day. I saw this idea on Oufit Posts and have tweaked it a little and made it my own. Please comment and let me know what you think, ideas you have, things you may want to see used. After all this isn’t just for me.

And so we begin with the clothes…

Cruise Style

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The Author Auto-Buy List

Yes, I have a list, albeit it’s in my head, but I have a list of the authors that I would buy their books without even knowing what the book is about. All I have to see is their name and I’m ion immediate want of said book. And really that list is a complete testament to them and their style of writing and the AMAZING books they have given me in the past. So since May is a huge book release month and some of these authors have books coming out in May if not some point this year, I thought I would share 10 of my auto-buy authors in no particular order.

Sarah Ockler: (click on the book to purchase)
twentyfixing bitterbroken

Jennifer Brown: (click on the book to purchase)
hate bitterendperfectthousand

Kasie West: (click on the book to purchase or pre-order)
pivot distance

Veronica Roth: (click on the book to purchase or pre-order)
divergent1 insurgent alligient

Trish Doller: (click on the book to purchase or pre-order)
something wherethestars

Miranda Kenneally: (click on the book to purchase or pre-order)
Score_CVR.indd stealing things racing

Tiffany Schmidt: (click on the book to purchase)

Morgan Matson: (click on the book to purchase)
amy summer

Gayle Forman: (click on the book to purchase or pre-order)
sisters if where just1 just2

Hannah Harrington: (click on the book to purchase)
saving speechless

Honestly I could have added at least 5 more, but I just stuck with 10. So now I must ask, who are your auto-buy authors?

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Top 10 Tuesday – Book Covers

top10tuesday1Top Ten Favorite Book Covers of Books You’ve Read

catastrophic parallel selection elite summer

1) The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg {review}
2) Parallel by Lauren Miller {review}
3) The Selection by Kiera Cass {review}
4) The Elite by Kiera Cass {review}
5) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson {review}

annajuliet bythetime before forbidden

6) Anna and the French Kiss (original cover) by Stephanie Perkins {review}
7) Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
8) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
9) By the Time You read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
10) Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

*Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
**Top Ten Tuesday photo made by me. If you would like to use it please give credit.

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Blog Tour: Criminal – Terra Elan McVoy and a Giveaway{CLOSED}

Welcome to the next stop on the Terra Elan McVoy blog tour that has been hosted by Shanyn over at Chick Loves Lit. At the bottom you will see a list of other stops on the tour. Please check them out and see other people’s thoughts on this book. Along with the tour is a chance to enter a giveaway to win a signed copy of Terra Elan McVoy’s newest book Criminal. Thanks to WordPress, my blog host, I am unable to post the fancy widget for Rafflecopter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enter. Please click on this link for your chance to win. Trust me, it’s worth the click ABCers. It’s a great book. Okay, on with the review.

Blog Tour: Criminal – Terra Elan McVoy and a Giveaway{CLOSED}Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
Published by Simon Pulse
on April 8th 2014
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Amazon, Goodreads

Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. He’s hot, he’s dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. Absolutely nothing.

So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crime – a crime that ends in murder – Nikki tells herself that it’s all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even the investigators who want her to testify against him.

But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about?

Nikki’s love for Dee is supposed to be unconditional…but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Let me start by saying I find Terra Elan McVoy a fascinating writer. I’ve read every one of her books and with every book she has surprised me. I find that she doesn’t it into a certain category like some writers do. She writes what she feels and goes with it. From Pure, to After the Kiss, to The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, to Being Friends with Boys; each one is a different story that by no way follows a certain formula, and her newest book, Criminal, fits in perfectly. It’s grittier than her other stories, with a darker tone, but still fabulous.

Criminal is the story of Nikki, a girl that lives a hard life, but thinks she has the perfect boyfriend in Dee. Dee claims he loves Nikki and even has a tattooed “N” right over his heart. Nikki would do anything for Dee and does by helping him with a crime that ends in murder. Refusing to see the truth about her boyfriend and the choices she made Nikki continuously lies to herself and the people that have been by her side. And when she ends up in jail for Dee’s crimes she must decide just how much to support the person that may have been the worst decision she has ever made.

Nikki kind of broke my heart in this book. She was such a lost little girl that was just dying to be loved and Dee made her feel that love. Her father was gone, her mother was a joke of a mother and she had no other family. Nikki was desperate for stability and it was blatantly obvious with how she clung on to Dee when all the signs where there showing just how much bad news he was. It made me really sad for her because she was such a bright, smart, tough girl, but she became a stereotype and wrecked her life over essentially a major loser. It pained me how naïve this poor girl was when it came to life and when it came to love, but the great thing about this book was watching Nikki grow. McVoy did an awesome job showing the growth of Nikki from a love stung puppet to a woman that learned what was right and wrong and that Dee was no good for her. And that is what made this book so great in my eyes.

I also found the plot to be very well thought out and even paced. Nothing happened too quickly and Nikki’s reactions to things that were revealed was right on. I believed that she didn’t think she did anything wrong and that she didn’t think she would get arrested. I loved how loyal she felt to Bird and how that played into her motivation for trying to do the right thing. Everything just worked really well together and I think that is what makes McVoy such a remarkable author and a chameleon of sorts. I  don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.


Blog Tour Schedule:
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May 08 | http://readnowsleeplater.com/ | @frootjoos
May 09 | http://hobbitsies.net/ | @hobbitsies
May 10 | http://tableforseven-julie.blogspot.com/ | @aprilmom00
May 11 | http://www.alexalovesbooks.com/ | @alexalovesbooks
May 13 | http://fictionfolio.com/ | @TaraMQ
May 16 | http://www.intothehallofbooks.com/ | @bookwormasheley
May 17 | http://www.areadersadventure.com/ | @readeradventure
May 20 | https://andiabcs.com/ | @andiabcs
May 21 | http://ratherbereadingblog.com/ | @readinggals
May 22 | http://thebookcellarx.com | @thebookcellarx
May 23 | http://www.ramblingsofabooknerd.com/ | @sarabooknerd
May 24 | http://thegrownupya.wordpress.com/ | @grownupya
May 28 | http://chickloveslit.com/ | @shanynlee
May 29 | http://www.bookswithcass.com/ | @bookswithcass
May 31 | http://thecompulsivereader.com/ | @compelledtoread




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