Prep Squad

Prep Squad

So if you know me you know I’m obsessed with all  things anchor and have a hankering for preppy items. I love a good stripe and even better Sperry and an adorable polo. With that said I thought I would put some outfits ides together for the prepster hidden inside each and everyone of us.

Errand Prep

Errand Prep by andiabcs featuring j crew

Weekend Prep

Weekend Prep by andiabcs featuring a striped dress

Work Prep

Work Prep by andiabcs featuring a denim jacket

What is your go to preppy style piece?

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Suprising Shoe Style

Another request was placed upon me to style some shoes that aren’t typical. The shoes sent weren’t available on Polyvore so I took the brand instead and used the shoes that were and styled them below. Now I must admit that this was a huge challenge as these shoes aren’t 100% my style. but it was also fun to see what I could come up with.

Bootie

Bootie by andiabcs featuring a zipper bag

blue toe

blue toe by andiabcs featuring vintage leather bags

Velvet

Velvet by andiabcs featuring rebecca minkoff

How would you style a pair of quirky shoes?

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Review: Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi

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Title: Unravel Me(Shatter Me Series) [Amazon]
Author:  Tahereh Mafi [website]
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Paranormal
Source/Type: Gifted/Paperback
Stars: 5 of 5

Publisher Description:
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it’s almost
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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

My Thoughts:
Not gonna lie, I was scared to read this after I skimmed some reviews and saw I was in for a roller coaster of emotions. And after all the twist and turns in Shatter Me I knew Mafi wasn’t going to let us off easy. Not to mention the rumblings about a certain chapter 62. But even with all that said, I was dying to read this one. So I put on my big girl panties and dived in. And man was I ever shattered, destroyed and unraveled. Mafi killed me with this book and I loved every painful minute.

Unravel Me continues right where we left off in Shatter Me. Juliette, Adam and Kenji are now with the people of Omega Point lead by Castle. Since arriving at the secret headquarters of the resistance and meeting people with gifts like her, Juliette has been trying to learn how to use her gift and what her gift means. But as Juliette begins to get a handle on her power everything else in her life begins to fall apart. Now Juliette is stuck between deciding with her heart, with her needs and with her life just what is important to her and with the reemergence of Warner things become a whole lot more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

I was so frustrated reading this book. I felt like everything that I didn’t want to happen happened and yet everything that happened left me wanting more. I was a jumble of contradicting emotions and that was the case from beginning to end. Juliette made some choices I just didn’t like nor did I understand on the surface, but then when I would think about them deeper I could see where she was coming from and why she reacted the way she did.  Did I like it, most of the time no, but I understood it.  I also completely understood where Adam was coming from. Adam goes through a major transition in this book and it isn’t easy on him, on his friends, on anyone. Everything he thought he knew about himself is different somehow and he is grasping at ways to make things right. I think that is what broke me the most. I hated a lot of the Adam and Juliette parts but I loved them just the same because I got it and it made sense to me.

What doesn’t make sense is Warner. I’m going on the record as saying I don’t like him. I didn’t like him in Shatter Me and I really didn’t like him in Unravel Me. When I read the brief eBook Destroy Me which was solely focused on him, I liked him a little more because I thought I understood a little more about him. But I was wrong because all Warner showed me in this book is that he is selfish, self-serving and has a sick, creepy obsession with Juliette. He was completely manipulating everyone around him and that left a bad taste in my mouth and the fact that Juliette felt the way she did about him left a bad taste in my mouth.  Because the thing is it is easy to say Warner is the way he is because…<insert any reason>. But the truth of the matter for me is that he is the way he is because he chooses to be that way and I just can’t get behind him as a character because of that. The only reason my feelings on Warner didn’t lower my rating on this book is because I do have feelings on him. He is an awesome villain, simple as that. Without him you would just have a pretty book with gorgeous words and an adorable couple. Warner brings the conflict which is needed, but I also think he needs to grow up and become likable if I’m supposed to root for him.

With all that said Unravel Me is a poetically written story about uncertainty and your world being ripped apart leaving nothing the same. Mafi brings the exact same magic she brought to Shatter Me and give you twist after twist after twist that will leave you breathless and wanting more. Your heart will be trampled on and then ridden over again with a bus that has nails in its tires, but it is well worth the distress if even for the beauty. If you like angst then this is bar far the book/series for you. Can’t wait for the conclusion.

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Monopoly Money Monday

Yup, it’s that dreaded day of the week…it’s Monday. Why Monday’s are so painful is beyond me, but with Monday also comes a new edition of Monopoly Money Monday (which is getting harder and harder to do by the way!). This weeks $100.00 is going to be spent on earrings. Now I go back and forth a lot when it comes to earrings. I love to own them to wear in theory but I hardly ever find myself actually wearing them. But just because I don’t wear them as often as I could/should doesn’t mean you don’t want to see what I would get.

 

MMM Earrings

Pim + Larkin round earrings
piperlime.gap.com

Chandelier earrings
lilacbijoux.com

Metal jewelry
baublebar.com

Charlotte russe jewelry
charlotterusse.com

Bow earrings
baublebar.com

 

Six pairs at a total of $99.00. Not too bad if I say so myself. If I didn’t have to get my favorite bow earrings in there I could have gotten more, but such is the way of things. What kind of earrings do you like?

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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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