Fairy Tale Fashions: Cinderella Inspired Dresses for Adults

Posted on Friday, February 27th 2015 in Fairytale Fashions

We’re about two weeks away from the opening of the Cinderella movie! I am so excited to finally see it :)

Last week, I did a post on Cinderella inspired dresses for girls and today we’re looking at a few adult versions. I found these dresses on Forever 21, Francesca’s, and Windsor (they always have fabulous dresses), but Lauren Conrad has also released a collection specifically inspired by the live action Cinderella movie. I don’t have any of her pieces listed here, though, because I’m not crazy about them. They’re cute, but the pieces below just say “Cinderella” to me a lot more!

Cinderella inspired dress 1 Lt. Blue Darling Tulle on the Block Dress Cinderella inspired dress 2 ulle Overlay Cami Dress Cinderella Inspired dress 3 Belted Lace Skater Dress Cinderella Inspired Dress 4 Sophia Printed Maxi DressCinderella Inspired dress 5 Cloud Print Surplice-Back Maxi Dress Cinderella 6 Fyona Textured Dress Cinderella Inspired 7 Floral Embroidered Tulle Dress Cinderella inspired 8 Floral Lace Strapless Dress
If you’re interested in any of these pieces, just click the picture and it’ll take you to the retail site. The first two dresses are the most Cinderella-esque to me (when I think Cinderella, I think blue tulle), but the third belted lace dress is the one I’ll be purchasing since it’s the most “me.” I also love the white tulle dress (second to last dress shown).  I know we usually think blue when we think of Cinderella, but check out those sequins and that beautiful tulle skirt! I can definitely see this as a Cinderella’s wedding-inspired dress.

I am so, so excited to see this movie! I wish it was here already. Are you planning on wearing something special for it? 


Invaded

Posted on Thursday, February 26th 2015 in Review

InvadedTitle: Invaded
Author: Melissa Landers
Series: Alienated #2
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date: February 3, 2015
Pages: 356
Format: eARC
Source: For Review
Description: "The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return? "

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Alienated had quite an ending, so of course I’ve been eagerly anticipating Invaded for about a year and was very excited to dive into it! I had a few thoughts on how book 2 would go, but there were a few plot twists I didn’t see coming until I started reading Invaded. I suppose part of me was expecting a “middle book syndrome” type of read, but luckily that is not at all what I got!

My favorite part of Alienated was the interactions between Cara and Aelyx. Since they’re on two entirely different planets at the start of Invaded, I wasn’t sure that I’d like it as much. I thought we’d end up with a love triangle to fill the Aelyx-gap, which would eventually be resolved in book 3, and some interplanetary politics. I was wrong! Mostly.

Luckily, there was no love triangle in Invaded. I love a good love triangle, but I just don’t think it would’ve worked well in this situation. Most of us are too invested in Aelyx and Cara to introduce another romantic interest at this point. Instead we get tension and lots of it! Cara and Aelyx communicate with each other despite how far apart they are and it keeps the romance alive, while giving it a back seat to the plot.

The plot was secondary for me in Alienated, but I loved it in Invaded. There is so much going on between Earth and L’heir, including a few surprises. Now, I was able to sort out the plot twists about half way through, which is a bummer. However, I wouldn’t have seen them coming in Alienated, so it wasn’t too predictable. Science fiction isn’t my favorite genre, but there was enough political intrigue and mystery in this one to keep me highly entertained.

Overall, Invaded is a fantastic sequel. I like it for different reasons than Alienated (more for the plot than the love story), but despite the differences in the two books it was equally as enjoyable. There are still so many loose ends, but I am really looking forward to seeing how things end in the next book.

4 Stars

Books and Beauty Haul

Posted on Tuesday, February 24th 2015 in Books and Beauty

I got quite a few books this month and a few beauty products. If you’re looking for some new books to add your TBR check out this video!

 


 
*Rebellion by Stephanie Diaz: Goodreads
*Unleashed by Sophie Jordan: Goodreads
*All That Burns by Ryan Graudin: Goodreads
*Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor: Goodreads
*Geek Girl by Holly Smale: Goodreads
*City 1 by Gregg Rosenblum: Goodreads
*Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falloff: Goodreads
*Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann: Goodreads
*Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick: Goodreads
*The Prey by Tom Isbell: Goodreads
*No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss: Goodreads
*Death Marked by Leah Cypress: Goodreads
*The Memory Key by Liana Liu: Goodreads
*Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay: Goodreads
*The Wixked Will Rise by Danielle Paige: Goodreads
*Pretty Wanted by Eliza Ludwig: Goodreads
*Solitare by Alice Oseman: Goodreads
*Rebound by Noelle August: Goodreads
*The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr: Goodreads
*Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer: Goodreads
*A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor: Goodreads
*The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek: Goodreads
*Catch a Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke: Goodreads
Kate Somerville Daily Nourish Moisturizer: Sephora
Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic Kit: Sephora
MAC Penultimate Eyeliner: MAC
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate’ Elixir: Nordstrom
Kiehl’s ‘Clearly Corrective’ Dark Spot Solution: Nordstrom

This Shattered World

Posted on Sunday, February 22nd 2015 in Review

This Shattered WorldTitle: This Shattered World
Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #2
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date: December 23, 2014
Pages: 390
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
Description: "The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war. "

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After These Broken Stars (which I loved) and all of the reviews claiming that This Shattered World was even better, I had some pretty high expectations going into this novel. While I did really enjoy it, it wasn’t quite as good as These Broken Stars and the two novels are just very different.

These Broken Stars was a romance at heart. Yes, there were a few paranormal/sci-fi elements thrown in, and yes you did have two people traversing a deserted planet fighting for survival, but it was really about Lilac and Tarver falling in love. Watching their relationship develop is that really made These Broken Stars so wonderful for me.

In This Shattered World, we have almost an entirely different cast of characters. There is still a love story in the novel, but it is much more understated and takes a back seat to the plot. Unfortunately, the plot wasn’t my favorite part of the book. It was still good, but it was more about rebellion and untangling a nefarious plot against planet Avon. Even though I enjoyed the story, it was starting to veer a bit out of my wheelhouse.

The writing and character development, however, are truly outstanding. Kaufman and Spooner create these people that are so real, you can’t help feeling for them. There were so many heart wrenching moments in this story that came alive because of the writing style and were made even more meaningful because of the connection you feel with the characters.

Even though This Shattered World didn’t quite live up to my expectations and the hype, it was still a great book. If you liked These Broken Stars, you won’t be disappointed with the sequel, but just know that they are very different stories despite the things they have in common.

4 Stars

Fairy Tale Fashions: Little Girl Cinderella Dresses

Posted on Friday, February 20th 2015 in Fairytale Fashions

Cinderella is almost here and I can’t freaking wait! I have been looking forward to this since I first found out it was in development a few years ago. I was in Target last week and I came across this blue, sequined dress that instantly made me think of Cinderella. Of course, I don’t have any children so I’m not buying any of these (which makes me kinda sad because they’re adorable. Can I have a grown up version of the ombre dress please?). If you do though, how much fun would it be to play dress up with these beautiful pieces (click pictures for more info. on the dresses):

Cinderella Inspired Girls' Ombre Empire DressCinderella Inspired Girls‘ Sequin A-Line DressCinderella Inspired Girls' Lace A Line DressCinderella Inspired Girls' Tulle A-Line Dress

Do you have a little girl you get to take to see Cinderella? I might see if my niece wants to go with me since this isn’t very high on my husband’s list of things he wants to do. He’ll still see it with me of course, but if he can get out of it he definitely will :)

Next Friday I’ll be posting some adult Cinderella-inspired dresses, so make sure you stop by!

After the Ball

Posted on Thursday, February 19th 2015 in Review

After the BallTitle: After the Ball
Author: Sarah Cross
Series: Beau Rivage #1.5
Date: 2012
Pages: 98
Format: eBook
Description: ""After the Ball" is a short story set in Beau Rivage, a city where fairy tales come to life, and ancient stories are played out again and again. You can read more about the cursed fairy-tale characters of Beau Rivage in my novel Kill Me Softly. Goodreads. "

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I love reading Sarah Cross’ Beau Rivage stories. Whether they’re full length novels (check out my reviews of Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart) or short stories. “After the Ball” was a great retelling of Cinderella and incorporated a lot of the elements from the traditional fairy tale.

I loved how Dusty (our Cinderella) tried to get rid of the prince because she didn’t really get to know him at the ball and she was very sympathetic to her unkind stepsister and tried to spare her from the wrath of a pissed off fairy godmother.

The fairy godmothers in Beau Rivage are actually some of the most interesting characters because they are just so evil. Truly evil. Even the good fairies are a bit twisted most of the time. The only nice faeries we’ve met so far were in Kill Me Softly, but they were also pretty judgmental towards some of the cursed characters.

If you’re a love retellings, really like Cinderella, or if you’re a Sarah Cross fan, definitely check out “After the Ball.” You can actually read it on Sarah’s website.

Waiting on Wednesday

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th 2015 in Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

For more books I’m looking forward to, check out the Upcoming page.

 

Mythology

 

The Eternal City by Paula Morris (May 2015 – Point)

“From master of suspense Paula Morris comes a tale of gods and goddesses, thrilling romance, and mystery set in present-day Rome.

Laura Martin is visiting Rome on a class trip, and she’s entranced by the majestic Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon. . . . Everything in this city seems magical.

That is, until the magic seems to turn very dark.

Suddenly, statues of Cupid and ancient works of art come to life before her eyes. Earthquakes rumble and a cloud of ash forms in the sky. A dark-eyed boy with wings on his heels appears and gives her a message. Laura soon realizes she is at the center of a brewing battle — a battle between the gods and goddesses, one that will shake modern-day Rome to its core.

Only she and her group of friends can truly unravel the mystery behind what is happening. As tensions mount and secret identities are revealed, Laura must rely on her own inner strength to face up to what may be a fight for her life.

Acclaimed author Paula Morris brings the ancient world to vivid life in this unstoppable tale of friendship, love, and the power of the past.” Goodreads

 

Gothic

 

Sanctuary by Jennifer McKissack (September 2015 – Scholastic Press)

“A haunting and luminous Gothic YA novel about reckoning with the ghosts of one’s dark past.

After the untimely death of her aunt Laura, Cecilia Cross is forced to return to Sanctuary, a rambling, old French-Gothic mansion that crowns a remote island off the coast of Maine. Cecilia is both drawn to and repulsed by Sanctuary. The scent of the ocean intoxicates her, but she’s also haunted by the ghosts of her past–of her father who died at Sanctuary five years ago, and of her mother who was committed soon after. The memories leave Cecilia feeling shaken, desperate to run away and forget her terrible family history.

But then a mysterious guest arrives at Sanctuary: Eli Bauer, a professor sent to examine Sanctuary’s library. Cecilia is intrigued by this strange young man who seems so interested in her — even more interested in her than in the books he is meant to be studying. Who is he and what does he want? Can Cecilia possibly trust her growing feelings for him? And can he help her make peace with her haunted, tragic past?” Goodreads.

 

Thriller

 

The Tenderness of Thieves by Donna Freitas (May 2015 – Philomel)

A summer romance filled with danger and lies

Jane is ready for a fantastic summer. In fact, she’s pretty sure the universe owes her one.

This past winter, Jane was held at knifepoint during an armed robbery and the specter of that night still haunts her. A summer romance with one of the town bad boys — sexy Handel Davies, who takes her breath away and makes her feel like a bolder version of herself — seems like the universe’s way of paying her back.

But bad boys always have secrets, and Handel’s secret just might shatter Jane completely.

This suspense novel marries psychological thriller with summer romance and is perfect for teen fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.” Goodreads.

 

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (June 2015 – Dutton)

“In the wake of the deadly devastation of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son, Grey, are claiming—it was attacked.

To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very power­ful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to expose the truth and set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: Grey Wells himself.

Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.” Goodreads.

 

Time Travel

 

Resonance by Erica O’Rourke (July 2015 – Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

“As a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life—and the fate of millions—in this thrilling sequel to Dissonance.

Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him.

She’s back at the Consort—training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.

In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice…” Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

 

Twisted Fate

Posted on Monday, February 16th 2015 in Review

Twisted FateTitle: Twisted Fate
Author: Norah Olson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date: January 20, 2015
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
Description: "When Alyson meets Graham Copeland, the new boy next door, she instantly feels like he’s a kindred spirit—shy and awkward like her, someone who has trouble making friends. It’s impossible to resist having a crush on him.

As usual, her sister, Sydney, sees things differently. In Sydney's mind, Graham's odd personality and secretive past scream psychopath, not sweetheart. Her gut is telling her to stay away from him, and to protect a love-struck Alyson from her own naïveté. But despite her instincts, Sydney is surprised to realize that a part of her is drawn to Graham, too.

And the more Sydney gets to know him, the more she realizes just how right—and wrong—she is about everything.

Perfect for fans of Michelle Hodkin, and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, Twisted Fate is an unputdownable novel, teeming with suspense. "

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Twisted Fate was even better than I thought it was going to be. If you like gothic literature, unreliable narrators, or characters with questionable sanity, you need to read this book!

The best part of this book is undoubtedly the characters. From the first two chapters it is clear that we can’t really trust what the sisters, Alyson and Sydney, tell us since they give two fairly different accounts of the same story. And of course, there is Graham who we know is a very troubled individual. Graham is the one character I really disliked since he’s just so disturbing.

The book is told as the characters reflect backwards on what has happened, but we get glimpses of what’s already happened from police reports, journal entries, and other antidotes. It’s easy to piece most of the holes together and figure out that Graham is either incredibly stupid or a sociopath. But even though most of the plot wasn’t too difficult to figure out, there was one massive plot twist. I’m a bit frustrated with myself because I almost put it together, but in the end I missed it (more on that in my spoiler-filled book talk).

Twisted Fate is a very interesting novel and incorporates that psychological element I love so much. It’s always so much fun to read a novel with characters you can’t trust and try to see if you can piece together what is actually happening in the story. If that sounds like your kind of book, Twisted Fate is definitely a must read.

4.5 Stars

Fairy Tale Fashions: Fifty Shades of Makeup

Posted on Friday, February 13th 2015 in Uncategorized

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! Are you going to see Fifty Shades of Grey tomorrow? I am not. I plan to watch the movie after a Twilight marathon in the future, but my husband and I have a very fun day planned that doesn’t involve watching a movie he has zero desire to see.

If you haven’t heard yet, Make Up For Ever has released a limited edition Fifty Shades of Grey inspired makeup collection. I have to say that is beautifully packaged. There are a few things I don’t like about the Give In To Me Makeup Kit (it has some sayings on the box that I just agree with – along the lines of Obey Me. Sorry, no.). The Desire Me Cheek Set, however, is much better in terms of packaging.



Make up for ever fifty shades of grey 2Make up for ever fifty shades of grey 3Make up for ever fifty shades of grey

What do you think of the collection? Have you purchased anything from it?

Homecoming

Posted on Wednesday, February 11th 2015 in Review

Title: Homecoming
Author: Claire Legrand
Series: Winterspell #1.5
Date: December 29, 2014
Description: "A brief epilogue to Claire Legrand's YA Nutcracker re-telling, Winterspell. Available for free download at Claire's website. "

Goodreads

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I was so excited to find out that an epilogue for Winterspell existed online. After I finished the book, I was really curious about what happened next and “Homecoming” answered those questions nicely.

We get to see what’s happened to Cane since Clara left and, more importantly, her reunion with Nicholas and a few of the other supporting characters from Winterspell. It’s a pretty short story, so we don’t get very much in terms of plot. Rather we get a nice bonus story about the characters we met in Winterspell.

“Homecoming” isn’t particularly mind-blowing, but it’s nice to read up on what happened after Winterspell. Since you can read it for free on Claire Legrand’s website , it’s definitely worth checking out!