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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Review: Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

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

Publisher Description:
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

My Thoughts:
I had zero intentions to read this book originally. It just didn’t seem like something that would interest me. Well I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have been challenging myself to read stuff outside of my normal reading comfort zone.  Since that’s the case when this was offered by Epic Reads(Harper Teen) as a 68 hour free read online only, I jumped on it. My conclusion: I’m an idiot for passing in the first place. This book was fantastic and addicting and mesmerizing!

Shatter Me is about Juliette, a girl that has been locked away in isolation for months because she possesses a power that frightens everyone around her. Juliette can kill people with the simplest of touches and because of that it has been almost a year since she had touched anything. Alone and scared Juliette’s world turns upside down when she is suddenly sharing a cell, and not just anyone, with a boy that may or may not be from her past. When things become even more complicated and Juliette finds out exactly why she has been locked up she must decide who to trust and just what she is willing to do to save her life and those around her.

God did I love Juliette. She was such a great character. She had strength, but not too much so she was unbelievable, and she had vulnerability, but not enough to make her seem like a super whiner. And she and Adam together were complete and utter magic. I could not get enough of their interaction. They played off each other so well and yet there was innocence to them even if you could constantly cut the sexual tension with a knife.  Add in the stress of Werner and you have a winning combination of awesome.  What really grabbed me though was the story telling. It was done in a way that I actually believed in the “fantasy” aspect which was what scared me away in the first place. Everything was paced nicely which added to the realistic feel not to mention the emotions all characters showed.

All in all, this is a must read book and series. I have the second book waiting for me to read and I can’t wait to get to it.

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Closet Remix Challenge?

So I have been following along in Instagram with the Closet Remix Challenge (#closetremixchallenge) and it has been pretty neat to see what people have come up with to use what they have in their closet for a month and do no shopping at all, clothing and accessory wise. Looking at my March spending I went a little over board, okay, way overboard with items I needed/wanted because I got my tax refund. To make up for all that spending I was thinking in April I would try to do the challenge. But what fun is a challenge if no one does it with you. So I’m throwing it out there. Would anyone be interested in taking part in this with me? From April 1st to the 30th you will be unable to shopping for any clothing or accessories or shoes or the like. You will be “shopping your closet” and coming up with outfits just from that. If you want to do it we will come up with a hashtag to use that is our own and you will need to post photos of your daily outfit on Instagram with said hashtag. If you are interested please let me know in the comment section. It will be hard to not shop for a month, but I think I can do it if I have you with me.

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Monopoly Money Monday

Target Edition

This edition of Monopoly Money Monday is slightly different. Instead of taking $100.00 and spend it on just one option, i.e. nail polish, books, jewelry, I decided to show you how you can buy three different outfits at one store with around $100.00 depending on the occasion or style you are going for. What kind of outfit would you get at Target for just $100.00(give or take)?

Look #1Look #2Look #3

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Second Chance Sunday – What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

This week’s Second Chance Sunday review is for What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton. To say I loved this book would be a massive understatement. I have since lent it to 3 or 4 people who have also loved it. Figured it need a second review go around.

 

Second Chance Sunday – What Happens Next by Colleen ClaytonWhat Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
on September 24th 2013
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Amazon, Goodreads

How can you talk about something you can’t remember?

Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy was a cheerleader (at the bottom of the pyramid, but still...), a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she’s thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid—including a lock of her perfect red curls—and she can’t remember any of it.

Back home and unable to relate to her old friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey “The Living Stoner” Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect... or so she thinks.

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Confession time: When I read the description of What Happens Next my mind never connected the situation Sid got into on the ski trip with sexual assault. Honestly my mind went to some weird mystical thing because of the missing lock of hair. I have no idea why, but it did. And man was I wrong. There is nothing mystical about it. What Happens Next is real, very very real.

Like every girl at 16, Sid Murphy is anything but comfortable in her own skin. With an above average chest and curves she could do without, she has spent her whole life getting negative attention from men and boys. The first thing they ever seems to notice is her chest or derriere and after they do there is always some snide comment that follows. She has gotten used to it. Hates it, but used to it. So when on a school sponsored ski trip a charming college guy seems to like her for more then her body and invites her to a party, she is sold. Going against her friends advice Sid goes alone to meet Dax. From that moment on everything is different. Sid doesn’t remember what happened that night exactly, but she knows it wasn’t good and she is now no longer the same girl she was before. Now instead of cheerleading and hanging out with her friends Sid runs and hangs in the AV room with Corey Livingston, the resident pot head. All she wants to do is get of her own head and running and being with Corey lets her do just that. And as their friendship blossoms Sid begins to spiral out of control with only Corey to keep her together. She wants to talk but she can’t. The past is just too big and she scared it will swallow her whole.

The thing I liked most about this story besides the AMAZING Corey Livingston(he’s my new book boyfriend and I’ll gush about him in a bit) was the relatablity of Sid. I have luckily never been in a situation like Sid was in, but I could understand why she made all the choices she made including going to that party alone. Did I agree with them, definitely no, but I got the motivation behind it. After years of ‘negative’ attention Sid felt special from the complements Dax gave her. She was naïve and just wanted to feel pretty for something other then her body. And I also completely understood where she was coming from when she started to run and not take care of herself properly. She lost a part of herself that night in the mountains and was desperate to have some semblance of control over her life. Running gave her that control and so did deciding what to eat and not eat and when to eat and not eat. And she was obsessed with her body image. In her head all boys saw was boobs and butt and by binge dieting and running she was able to change her appearance and make herself less noticeable and less likely to end up a victim ever again. It kind of broke my heart how low she got on herself and how easily she was able to hide it. Her self-esteem was horrible and I honestly think Corey was the only one that noticed.

Corey, Corey, Corey! I am completely head over heels in love with Corey Livingston. I can honestly say there was not one thing I didn’t like about him. He wasn’t what he appeared to be from the surface. There was something deeper to him. He was labeled and judged and yet he didn’t let it get him down. His relationship/friendship with Sid was beautifully written. The way he talked to her and treated her was amazing and he didn’t even know what happened on the ski trip. He was kind and loving and exactly what Sid needed at a really hard time in her life. Have I mentioned that I’m in love with him?! HA.

Really What Happens Next is an amazing story about a girl that made a bad choice that leads to her life spiraling out of control while she tries to maintain in control. It’s true and honest and heartfelt and heart breaking all at the same time. Clayton gives you a real look at a hard subject but does it way that isn’t depressing but hopefully. By far, hands down, one of the best books I have read ever and I can’t wait for more from this amazing author. Run don’t walk to the nearest book store and pick up this one ASAP. I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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