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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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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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?

 


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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