Monopoly Money Monday

In this edition of Monopoly money Monday I have decided to spend my money on rings thanks to a suggestion from a savvy ABCer. I must admit that although I have quite a few rings(gifts from friends mostly) I tend to stick to the same couple in a rotation. I have my JCrew Anchor ring which is my current staple and my silver Silpada ring with a green mother of pearl. Those are my go to rings, but every now and then I will switch it up. Since that’s the case, I had fun spending my “bucks” on this challenge.

 

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Lori’s Shoes loris shoes

 

And there you have it, 6 rings, $99.00. Not bad if I say so myself. What ring(s) would you spend your $100 on? Which of the above is your favorite?

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Second Chance Sunday – Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

This edition of Second Chance Sunday is Sarah Darer Littman’s disturbingly realistic book Want to Go Private?. I still  get the chills thinking about this book it was that real and scary especially in a world where teens live on the internet. This book looks at what happens when a child is unsupervised online for the most part and the dangers that they may face. I warn anyone that is a parent and read this it will freak you out. I’m not a parent and it freaked me out thinking of my 14 year old godchild and how easy it is in a world of faceless communications. A definite must read!

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Title: Want to Go Private? [Amazon]
Author:  Sarah Darer Littman [website]
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Contemporary Realistic
Source/Type: Gifted /Hardcover
Stars: 5 of 5

 

Publisher Description:
Abby and Luke chat online. They’ve never met. But they are going to. Soon.

Abby is starting high school–it should be exciting, so why doesn’t she care? Everyone tells her to “make an effort,” but why can’t she just be herself? Abby quickly feels like she’s losing a grip on her once-happy life. The only thing she cares about anymore is talking to Luke, a guy she met online, who understands. It feels dangerous and yet good to chat with Luke–he is her secret, and she’s his. Then Luke asks her to meet him, and she does. But Luke isn’t who he says he is. When Abby goes missing, everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don’t, they’ll never see Abby again.

My Thoughts:
A book like this really freaks me out. Not because of the subject but because of the reality of it. Things like WTGP really, truly happen. When I was 14 there was no worry about online predators. Commodore-64 was known for Logo and Oregon Trail, not chat rooms and Facebook. This day and age anyone can be anyone online and that is a scary thought especially when it comes to young teens. And Abby is the perfect example of how easy it can be to become a victim of this kind of crime and why predators look for kids like her.

There was nothing significant about Abby. She was a 14 year old average girl scared to start high school and for things to change. She was under pressure from her friends, her family and school. Her best friend Faith was fitting in as a freshman with no problem and that scared Abby. Instead of talking to someone Abby turned to the Internet and a boy she didn’t know named Luke. Luke was good, very good at getting this naive girl to trust him. He knew what to say and how to say it to get Abby sucked in. He was smooth and slick and made himself seem completely trustworthy and that he loved her. He made her feel special and that was what she needed. By the time he sprung the idea on Abby to meet she was too far gone to see the warning signs.

The part of this book that I really liked was that the story wasn’t just about Abby and how she became a victim. It was also about how it affected the people around her like her obnoxious sister Lily, her parents, the boy who was crushing on her and her best friend Faith. Abby may have been the victim but she wasn’t the only one that had to deal with the aftermath. Every person in her life was affected by this situation and I think it was important that the author showed that. Instead of the whole book being from Abby’s POV the second and third parts had Lily’s, Faith’s and Billy’s POV and showed how her disappearance impacted their lives.

Littman wrote an extraordinarily real story about the dangers of online chatting for teens in current society. It worried me and made me think of my 13 year old goddaughter and the world she lives in. Just a phenomenally amazing book. A must read!

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Interview Style

A friend has an interview next week and requested I try to pull together some interview wear. Now I must admit it has been 15 years since I had to go on an interview so I am a tad out of practice. But as the HR department at my place of business I styled looks based on what I would personally find acceptable. The main thing really to avoid when it comes to dressing for an interview is trends. You want to remain as classic as possible, but can include some interest like color and pattern and even texture. Just make sure the patter is appropriate and dress based on where you are interviewing. If you are interviewing at say, a law firm, I would be as neutral as possible. But if you are interviewing at a less professional place, definitely brighten things up a tad. Also fit is important. Whatever you do end up wearing make sure it isn’t too tight, low cut or too baggy. This is you chance to make a great first impression. If you feel good in what you have on, others will take notice.

 

Average

Tall
Tall by andiabcs featuring a pencil skirt

Petite

Plus

Great thing about all those looks/items? Everything is $50.0 or under! What is you go to interview attire?

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Monogram Love and a Giveaway{CLOSED}

Monogram

One thing I have seemed to notice that has become a huge trend is monogram items. They are everywhere! From shirts to necklaces(I wear an A necklace myself) to iPhone cases to planners. You name it and you can get it monogrammed. The days of only having your initials on your LL Bean canvas tote is over. You can go wild and even get your Louis Vuitton. It is all matter of style, taste and design. Once you know what you want and how you want it you are good to go. With that said there are a TON of websites out there that you can find exactly what you are looking for. Below are a few of the ones I have come across and are favorites of mine.

May Designs:
Logo designer, Mica May, was always a notebook junkie – but couldn’t find the PERFECT one. On a whim, she began designing them for herself, with patterns + insides she wanted. Clients & friends wanted them too, so she threw some patterns up online and May Books was born nearly overnight.

Baublebar:
Dear BaubleBar Shoppers, our story began seven years ago in New York City, where we became fast friends after bonding over our love for afternoon shopping breaks at Saks Fifth Avenue, located a dangerous two blocks away from our demanding jobs in finance.

In the midst of a shopping spree, we had an epiphany: despite owning piles of shoes, closets full of handbags and fistfuls of pashminas, fashion jewelry was the one accessory that had yet to capture meaningful space in our closets.

We began to wonder why…

Swanky Press:
Swanky Press is your one-stop shop for all the latest invitations, party goods, and hip, personalized gifts. The majority of our designs are exclusive to Swanky Press, so you won’t find them anywhere else.

Swanky Press believes that you should get exactly what you are looking for – not the closest thing that a big retailer happens to sell. We are happy to add touches and tweaks that make your personalized items unique to you. All of our designs include font and color changes at no additional charge.

After ordering, you are sent digital proofs by a real designer, not an automated ‘bot. Swanky Press never charges extra for proofs and tweaks. Your designer will work with you until your proof fits your style perfectly – offering any special touches you need. Unlike the big-box sellers, your personal designer will hand-typeset your order, making sure the layout & design perfectly complement your greeting and/or photos.

Minnie & Emma:
With a love of all things printed, Minnie and Emma Correspondence was created by a group of New York City designers who love smart design and clever execution. Loving the look of luxury correspondence at a reasonable price, Minnie and Emma Correspondence allows you to communicate in a simple and tasteful way. Push the envelope and work with our designers to create something unique to you. Of course, Letterpress printing is also available.

Iomoi:
iomoi is the go-to destination for your lifestyle: for you and for your gifting needs.

A luxury, lifestyle brand, iomoi is defined by a timeless aesthetic with a modern twist and a wink. iomoi’s designs and products reflect the personal style of co-founders Irene Chen and Matthew Grenby.

And in honor of my love of all things monogram I will be giving away a monogrammed notebook from May Design’s to a lucky ABCer. You will have the option to design it yourself or give yours truly free reign. Please fill out the form below and tell me which you would prefer, me or you. Contest ends at 11pm EST on March 28th with a winner selected at random on March 29th and notified by email. Sorry, giveaway is US only.

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Petite Style

So last week I posted 3 Plus Size Style options based off a request. I had so much fun doing that I decided to do a Petite Style version for my shorty friends(I say that with love since my mom is under 5 feet as are two of my best friends). 🙂

So when looking at petite clothing options I found a few stores that seem to carry their items in a petite option. Old Navy, The Loft, The Gap and Target, to name a few, all had a great selection of items. I tried to pull together a mix of what I found to give petite people a few ideas. I know that proportion is key and so is fit not matter what size so also don’t be afraid to go to a tailor to get something done just right.

Okay, enough babble, on to the clothes:

Petite #1

Petite #1 by andiabcs featuring colorful jewelry

Petite #2

Petite #2 by andiabcs featuring coffee shops

Petite #3

Petite #3 by andiabcs featuring leather handbags

And there you have it. A few style options for you tiny peeps. Now tell me, what do you normally do when shopping? What are your go to stores/items?

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