Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wedding Wednesday {19}

Readers, as on tomorrow there is exactly one month left till Iz and I get married. I kind of can't believe it. The time... from the time we met till this point, has flown by. And the planning has really flown by.

Nearly all of the planning is complete, but there's something left that has been driving me a little nuts. I posted awhile back about the hairstyles that I really liked and I thought I'd settled on wanting my  hair half up, half down with curls. Unfortunately, I have no idea what the weather will be like on my wedding day and I know if there's any kind of precipitation or humidity my hair is bound to react. I don't want to worry about that!

So now I have some new hairstyles picked out:

A low, curly bun. I love how romantic this look is. I think if I went this way I'd want a little more volume on top, but otherwise I think this would be a good choice, especially with my birdcage veil.
A side bun. I feel like this look is kind of in right now, but I also think it could look timeless. Again, I'd want more volume on top but again, it'd look so pretty with a birdcage veil.

A modern beehive. I love the volume that comes with this hairstyle, and it can still look formal enough for a wedding. Plus, look how pretty it looks with bangs!

Okay. I need help. I know this shouldn't be that hard but for some reason my decision making skills are shot.

Which style would YOU choose for me?


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Publicist by Christina George

From Amazon: Book One - Can one woman change an age-old institution like publishing? Probably not, but Kate Mitchell sure wants to try. As a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house, Kate finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t sell, and author egos that are often, well, as big as the island of Manhattan.

Enter the star editor, MacDermott Ellis: Tall, handsome, charismatic, married, and ready to save the day. Then there’s Allan Lavigne, once a revered author—now as forgotten as last year’s bestsellers and his nephew Nick: Tall, gorgeous, sweet, single, and ready to sweep Kate off her feet. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be driving her decisions.

As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, over-the-top author expectations, and the careful dance of “I’m sorry, your book isn’t on the bestseller list this week,” she also finds authors who are painfully overlooked by a publisher wanting more romance and sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.

Book Two - When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, she thinks it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. When her career and love affair hit their expiration date, Kate sets off on a new adventure….

Starting over in California is easy, but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nicholas Lavigne is eager to help her forget, but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis. As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she's welcomed back with open arms. At the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she'd been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart. Behind the book, there’s always more to the story.

What I thought: Going into this book, I expected a good, easy read. What I didn't expect was to love Kate so much. She's one of those characters that is so likeable and you imagine her being your best friend, or even you. She has a job that she both loves and hates and she wishes she could work with authors that are writing amazing books vs. authors who are just writing about sex.

What I didn't expect was how interesting it was going to be to get a little insider's view into the world of publishing. Author Christina George has worked in publishing for about 20 years and you can tell. This book isn't about slamming publishing or authors, but it does show you that publishing is a little broken, and sometimes even the best book in the world won't get the light it deserves.

For me, the first book laid the groundwork for the second book, which I dove into head first and quickly read my way through to find out what was going to happen to Kate.

And I have to say that the couple of digs at the novel 50 Shades of Grey made me giggle. Sorry, I hate that book. And no, the digs weren't meant to be offensive, they were simply meant to show what a lot of readers are into. And I really wish readers weren't because we need more novels like THIS ONE.

What didn't I like? The fact that I don't have my hands on the next book! Christina George, I need the next book now please!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Wardrobe Confession

I have a confession to make.

Sometimes my outfit pictures are taken weeks before I actually post them.

You see, the problem is that five days a week I am dressed head to toe in black. Black non slip shoes, black yoga pants, black apron, black shirt. Usually on these days the only color I wear is my nail polish and/or earrings. Because when you're a server in a restaurant, you have to deal with the uniform.

So on my days off I do what I can to dress cute. Which is why my pictures today were actually taken a few weeks ago during one of Izzy's and my date nights.

This is also why I have an extensive earring collection, because if I have to wear all black five days a week, at least I can show off some cute earrings.

These little brass tag hand-stamped love earrings come from a sweet little shop called Bang-Up Betty. All the designs from this fun little shop are designed for fun, fiery women, and I have to say I wear these earrings often and get lots of compliments! Another favorite from this shop? The #NOFILTER gold bar necklace. How much fun is it!? Someone needs to get it for me as a wedding gift (wink wink, nudge nudge).

So hopefully you all don't mind that sometimes my pictures aren't from the day before. You'll keep my little secret, won't you?

What does your work wardrobe look like?

Outfit Details
Cardigan: Old Navy
Skirt: Old Navy
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Target
Scarf: Groopdealz
Earrings: c/o Bang-Up Betty


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