Spring Into Your Closet Guidelines

I don’t know if you have been able to tell or not, but I’m kind of a shopaholic. Not Isla Fisher in Confessions of a Shopaholic bad, but still bad enough. I love having new additions added to my closet and I love nothing more then getting a bargain on those new pieces. When I was all of 4 I remember my aunt bringing me to Filene’s Basement and teaching Walk-in-closets-2me about the dates and how to find the items with the best markdowns. Now in my mid thirties I still scour the sale racks first or use coupons and any discount that I can to get the best deal on an item I want/lust over. It’s in my blood not to pay full price unless I have to. With that being said I took a look at my closet and at my March shopping and decided that maybe, just maybe I need to do a month without shopping. Inspired by the Closet Remix Challenge that I have been occasionally following along with on Instagram (#closetremixchallenge) I have decided to do my own challenge. I threw the idea out to my lovely ABCers here and a few of you actually jumped on the chance. Well the time to begin in here, actually tomorrow.

For the month of April you are not to shop at all for clothing, accessories, shoes or bags. What you must do is shop your closet. Look at what you have and pull outfits together. Be inspired by your mood or by other people’s style. Mix colors and patterns and textures. Act like your closet is your own personal department store. Once your clothes have been decided I want pictures taken and posted on Instagram with the hashtag #springintoyourcloset. You can tag me in the post if you would like but isn’t necessary. On about April 15th I will post a check-in of sorts with an outfit or two from each participant so we can help inspire each other for the last half. It is going to be hard but I think we can do it with the support of one another.

So, who’s ready to Spring Into Your Closet?!

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Second Chance Sunday – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I don’t know if you guys have heard, but I freaking love love love today’s Second Chance Sunday. I don’t know if I have ever mentioned my love of St. Clair or of Anna or of every single thing about Anna and the French Kiss. Yeah, I’m certain I have never mentioned my love of it or the fact that I have read it four times. 😀 In all seriousness I know I have told every single one of you that you need to read this book whether you have read it or not and I’m here again to tell you all to read even if you already have. Love, just love!

Second Chance Sunday – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd
on December 16th 2013
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Amazon, Goodreads

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

 

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I have read this book three times now, yes 3*, and it has somehow gotten better each time I pick it up. There is something about this story that just makes me feel good and. Find myself going back to it again and again. It gives me this feeling of peace that is hard to describe. Between the friendships, the relationships and the back drop of Paris it transports me to a very happy place that I don’t seem to want to leave or forget.

The book is about Anna, a girl from Atlanta, that is forced to go to Paris for her last year of high school. Not knowing the language or anyone at her new school Anna is left alone and missing her best friend Bridgette and her crush that was possibly turning into something more, Toph. She is surrounded by unfamiliar everything and all she wants to do is go back to the safety of Atlanta. And then her next door neighbor Meredith takes her in and introduces her to her friends and the one boy that changes everything, St. Clair. Etienne St. Clair, the boy dreams are made of. All of a sudden France isn’t so bad. Pretty soon Anna has a life in France and friends, Meredith, Josh, Rashmi and St. Clair. They break Anna out of her shell and comfort zone and show her Paris isn’t so bad. And when things start to get complicated at home Anna wants nothing more then to retreat back to the place she had been desperate to escape, back to St. Clair. Too bad there are two problems with this. She is not only head over heels in love with him but he has a girlfriend.

I honestly don’t know how to even begin to describe Anna and Etienne’s relationship. It is so perfectly crush worthy, adorable that I’m not sure I can give it justice. I mean reading about these two made me crave that feeling you get when you have an honest to God crush. The anticipation you feel when you see that crush was the feeling I got with every page I turned and Anna and St. Clair went from buddies to Anna and Etienne, maybe more then buddies, to Anna and St. Clair that won’t cross any lines to Anna and Etienne the couple crazy about each other. Every emotion they felt, every conflict of uncertainty that was there I felt too and that made the characters and this couple in particular a work of greatness. And the way that Perkins showed cased Anna’s feelings, towards this boy that had her all over the place,  by having Anna call him St. Clair and Etienne was just masterful and the perfect way to describe their ever changing relationship.

Stephanie Perkins wrote an amazingly superb book about figuring out what you want out of life, dealing with crushes and relationships and knowing what is worth it. Truthfully I will never accurately describe the amazingness of this book and the feelings it gives me. It is pretty impossible to put into words. Maybe the fact that I have read it 3 times in less then 2 years will help. Haha. A definite must read…at least once.

*count is now up to 10. 🙂

As an added bonus, here is what I dressed Anna in for a challenge that was requested of me. Basically sums up the character in my opinion.

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Have you read Anna yet? What do you think of my version of what she would wear? Did I do good?

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March Shopping

Okay, I will be the first to say that I spent a lot of money this month. But that being said I knew going into the month that I would. Typically March is when I find a lot of my end of winter bargains and get my taxes back which I use a portion of to replenish the wardrobe and retreat from the winter blues. For all that I got, I’m considering this month a money well spent month. I got some great pieces that will certainly last me and can be used in a variety of seasons.

March Shopping

March Shopping by andiabcs featuring a long sleeve sweater

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H&M(not available on line)
3 basic boat neck 3/4 length sleeve tops; white, green, navy and white stripped: $12.95 ea.
1 Plaid Button Down: on sale $10.00
2 Printed Skinny Pants: $12.95 ea.

May Designs
2014 Agenda: 40% off pd. $12.00
Lined Note Book: 40% off pd. $10.20
Note Cards: 40% off pd. $18.00

Sally Hansen
Mermaid’s Tale: $8.29

Barnes & Noble
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan: $7.99

JCrew Factory
3/4 Sleeve Color Block Tee: 30% off pd. $20.65

Target
2 Men’s Button Down Shirts: clearance $16.99 ea.

All items total come to a whopping $633.40, but $118.91 will be paid in April when the credit card statement comes in. My budget for the month was $500.00 and with that money taken off I spent $514.49 for March, only $14.49 over my budget. I’m pretty pleased with myself.

That said there will be no April wishlist or shopping for that matter. I have challenged myself, and a few others have joined me, to not buy anything in April (post up tomorrow for anyone interested). I am going to “shop my closet” and see what I can come up with. I’ll post OOTD posts on Instagram so follow me there is you want to see what I’m up to. Now, what to wear next?!

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19 Books I Love and Think You Should Read

So I just finished a trilogy that kind of left me clamoring for an amazing book. The first two books of the series were excellent, with a few minor issues for me, but excellent nonetheless. And then the 3rd book just killed the love for me. Because of this I needed to ground myself. I need to look at things I love and how fun reading a series or a standalone or even a group of companion books can be. Below you will find books that I have read over the last 2-3 years that I just adore and can’t get out of my head to this day.

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1) Divergent by Veronica Roth: What can I say about this book and series other then read it if you haven’t and read it again if you have. I recently read it for a third time and it was just as amazing as it was the first. With all the movie info and casting happening make sure you get to this don’t miss series before March 2014. Final book is out in October and the trilogy box set is available for pre-order on Amazon.com

2) Graceling by Kristen Cashore: I challenged myself to read books outside my norms this year and Graceling was the first of the challenge after some pushing from a few bookish friends. It really was a fantastic book. I admit I didn’t like the second book as much, but the final in the trilogy made up for it. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again I found it better than The Hunger Games

3) Delirium by Lauren Oliver: If you know me you know my love of this book and I really don’t have to say more. The trilogy is complete as of February so you won’t have to wait to find out what happens for months/years like the rest of us did.

4) Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler: Although not my favorite Ockler book(see the option below to see my favorite) Sarah Ockler managed to make me do two things, fall in love with her characters per usual and crave freaking cupcakes for months! Word of advice, don’t read while hungry.

5) Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt: Everytime I think of this book I think of what an idiot Jordan is and I giggle. Because as stupid as he was Courtney was equally crazy. But somehow they worked and they made a story that was quirky and fun and loveable and started my love of all  things Lauren Barnholdt

6) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Etienne. That’s all you need to know.

7) The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen: This was I think the second Dessen book I picked up and it completely sold me on her. The way The Truth About Forever is written made me feel like I was living the lives of these people or at least watching them through very very clear glass. And a cute boy to boot.

8) Saving June by Hannah Harrington: This was my first taste of Harrington and certainly not my last. She really has it down pat how to write and enthralling contemporary that is so very very real. Definitely a must read and then pick up her latest Speechless.

9) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: Have tissues handy. I cried like a baby for the last 40 or so pages and it was worth every tear shed.

10) The Selection by Kiera Cass: Addictive, addictive, addictive. I can’t get enough of the series and the wait for the last book will be killer since I was lucky enough to already read The Elite.

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Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. It really broke my heart and put is back together. And it game me one of my favorite book quotes: ‘I’m fine. Thanks for not asking.’ That just spoke volumes to me.

 

 

Score_CVR.inddCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: As I said on Instagram last week this is reason 5326 why I love Kenneally…she put a Nomar reference and Red Sox mention in this book. Not to mention Sam Henry is AWESOME!

 

 

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Something Like Normal by Trish Doller: This was Doller’s debut novel and what a fantastic debut it was. It was smart and real and had a great relationship story in it. It shed light on vets getting acclimated back into the real world after being in combat. I loved this book so much I bought a copy even though I read an ARC.

 

 

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What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton: Really powerful book about date rape and what happens after. Clayton really makes you feel for Sid and understand what is going on inside her head and how/if she is healing. And Cory Livingston is DEFINITELY something to write home about! Boy is SWOON-WORTHY!

 

 

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Parallel by Lauren Miller: It isn’t out yet so this is slightly unfair of me to recommend and gush about, but I just have to because you all need to pre-order it now because it was fantastic. Miller wrote an awesome debut that reminded me of Sliding Doors but was also its own story. Comes out May 14th. Be on the look out for a giveaway though. 😉

 

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Forbidden by Tabitha Suzma: I very very rarely recommend this book to anyone because the subject matter is taboo. The first time I read what the book was about I cringed and said no way. But then I heard rave reviews on it so I put my feeling aside and read it. And OH MY was it so well written and emotional. It isn’t for everyone, but if you can stomach the subject I would highly recommend it.

 

 

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A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks: I know, I know, a Sparks book. But this isn’t any Sparks book. This is by far his BEST book! It is slightly different from all the other formulaic stories he usually writes and I think that is why I’m endeared to this one. If you haven’t read it I would so to do so.

 

 

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Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan: Most of you know this as The Town but I read it as Prince of Thieves and it will stay that way to me. Honestly one of the best book to movie that I have ever read/seen. Ben Affleck, the director, hit on all the important parts of the book but changed enough to make it Hollywood. I would recommend giving the book a whirl.

 

 

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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane: And by far one of the worst book to movie I have read/seen. Although I will admit I liked it more than I should have for Leo alone, but that is for another day. Movie aside the book is AH-MAZING! Read it twice and was still surprised by it.

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt, A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies, My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

And that about sums it all up. I could have gone on and on but I had to stop somewhere. If you want more you can always email me, comment or check out my Goodreads account.

What are the books you love and would recommend?

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Tall Style

Like I wouldn’t have done a Tall Style version after doing both Plus Size and Petite Style. Come one now, who do you think I am? HA!

Seriously though, tall people I think have it worse then petite people a lot of the time. You can always cut fabric off, but you can never add it on. I have a couple of friends that have problems with this and I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of stores that carry Tall sizes. However the one downside is that they are mostly only sold online which can make sizing hard. But Gap, Old Navy, JCrew, and The Loft carry a great selection. And Alloy carries pants with an inseam of 37″ on almost all of their pants which is simply amazing.

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Tall #1 by andiabcs featuring topshop dresses

Tall #2

Tall #2 by andiabcs featuring juicy couture

Tall #3

Tall #3 by andiabcs featuring j. crew skirts

Pretty cool if I do say so myself. Which look is your favorite? Not gonna lie, I’m digging look #2. 😀

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