Cruise Style – The Extras

So last week I told you about my cruise and my new Cruise Style Series that will be running here for the next few weeks. In that post I showed you the clothes I “would take”. Well today it is time for the extras. What are extras you ask? I like to call them the fun stuff. They are the things that can make your outfit special, things that make it you. They are the shoes, the bags, the jewelry, the sunglasses. The Accessories:

Cruise Style Extras

Perfect right? I know! HA. Just Kidding…mostly.

Come back next week to see outfits 1-3.

What do you think of the Extras?

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Discussion Topic: Genre Fiction – BEA Armchair

This is kind of a broad category don’t you think? I could say that I like books that have brunette girls and  then give you list of those. Actually that would be harder since it seems red heads are HUGE in YA literature at the moment. But I digress. Really I guess I’m going to look at it as a category within a category. Like for instant you have my love, YA books. In YA you can find a variety of different groups. You have the dystopians, the contemporaries, the fantasy, and the group I like to call contemporary dystopian. Each book can attract a different set of readers or a reader can be a lover of books in every category. Up until this year I shied away from all books too sci-fi or fantasy like because I didn’t think they were my thing, that was until I challenged myself to read something outside of my norm at least once a month. And since January I have read a bunch of really great books I would never have picked up.So in honor of today’s BEA Armchair discussion, I give you books from the above categories that have been my favorite to date:

what twentyannasummerjellicoe

divergent1pivot catchingfire

iron shattergraceling

Contemporary Dystopian:
program delirium

*click on the book to purchase through Amazon.


So I ask you, what do you consider genre fiction? What group of books do you find yourself gravitating to? Do you have a favorite you would suggests to others?

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BEA Armchair Introduction

So this week is a big week in the book blogging world. Every year around this time there is a big gathering of book bloggers, readers, authors, publishers and the like called BEA, Book Expo America. I’ve never been able to attend, I swear one of these days, but have wanted to. However this year I’ve learned about BEA Armchair which is for bloggers that can’t actually attend BEA. Figured why not give it a try. So here is my BEA Armchair first post, introducing myself based off questions asked on the Armchair website. I was told to select five and here they are with my answers.

1)Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
My name is Andi and I’ve been blogging since January of this year. Well actually I was reviewing for Michelle at Galleysmith for a while, but when she took a break I decided to try on my own after some gentle nudges from friends. Being obsessed with not only reading, but clothing and shopping I decided if I was going to do this, I as going to write about everything I love.

2) What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
I am currently reading the amazing Melina Marchetta’s book Jellicoe Road and it is fantastic. As for my favorite book read so far this year, that a tough one. I’ve read a lot of greatness this year, but currently I’ve read a string of 3/4 great books. Pivot Point by Kasie West, Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young, The Program by Suzanne Young, and Parallel by Lauren Miller. All so fantastic.

3)Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
One non-book related thing about me…hmm… I guess that I don’t know how to swim. I live on a coast and never learned.

4) Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
I wrote a post after the Boston bombings in April that I’m very proud of because I got my feelings out on what was happening.

5) If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
I would want to eat dinner with Anna and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss. I’ve read that book 5 times and the two characters together make me feel good about myself. For author, I think I would go with Veronica Roth. She’s pretty fantastic as a writer and just seems so cool and down to earth. Plus someone that had Four in their head can’t be all that bad. Ha

So, there you have it, 5 things to introduce myself. Now make sure to stop back or follow for more posts.

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Top 10 Tuesday – Freebie: Quotes

top10tuesday1Top Ten Freebie – Quotes

1) “I’m fine, thanks for not asking.”Twenty Boy Summer
2) “Boys turn girls into such idiots.”Anna and the French Kiss
3) “What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”The Fault in Our Stars
4) “My heart is drumming in my chest so hard it aches, but it’s the good kind of ache, like the feeling you get on the first real day of autumn, when the air is crisp and the leaves are all flaring at the edges and the wind smells just vaguely of smoke – like the end and the beginning of something all at once.”Delirium
5) “I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”Divergent
6) “A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted- mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.” – Second Chance Summer
7) “They died together; they’ll always be remembered together. It’s decided, once and for all. He was hers. The rumors don’t matter; they’ll fade…People may remember it was suicide, but my name won’t be attached. It will just be two lovers, fused together forever.”When You Were Mine
8) “You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.”Forbidden
9) “Sometimes I feel like I’m slowly floating away. I’m constantly looking for something to grab on to so I don’t lose myself.”Pivot Point
10) “You love me. Real or not real?” I tell him, “Real.”Mockingjay

*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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Monopoly Money Monday

Another Twitter suggestion for Monopoly Money Monday came from Amy, yet another fabulous ABCer. She suggested summer accessories like shoes, hates, sunglasses and bags. Much like Wallets, I had trouble with them and they will be posted separately. But I did do three different $100 dollar boards for Flip Flops, Hats and Sunglasses.



Flippers by andiabcs featuring old navy sandals


Sunnies by andiabcs featuring printed sunglasses


Hats by andiabcs featuring a white floppy hat

Which one would you spend your $100.00 on? Or would you spend it on a combination of all three?

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