Book Review August 2020

Hey guys! it’s that time again and I really had a great reading month, so many great books to go through, so let’s get started.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

IN A HOLIDAZE: Maelyn is on her yearly holiday vacation with her family and their friends. This year is extra challenging, her life is in shambles and she had to move back home. After making out with her old friend Theo, she feels even worse as he is ignoring her the next day. Andrew, his brother and the one she actually has feelings for, finds out about Theo. On her way to the airport after this awful holiday, her family get into an accident and Maelyn wakes up at the beginning of her holiday vacation, which is extremely confusing as she is reliving the past few days. She is stuck in a time loop and is hoping to right some wrongs. This book was a different kind of rom-com and I loved it. An easy read, I got through in two days. *gifted by Netgalley for review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

REAL MEN KNIT: Jesse wants to keep running the knit shop of his adoptive mother after she passes away but her older brothers don’t have much faith in him because he’d kind of a flake. Kerry, a long time employee of the store offers to help him get the store back on track. Kerry has had a crush on Jesse forever but he’s kind of a ladies man, so when their mutual attraction becomes obvious, she agrees to a casual affair. Jesse is willing to get whatever Kerry is giving him but is still scared of her moving on forever from him. Loved this book more than I thought I would.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

THE MOTHERS: Set in Southern California, Nadia is 17 and struggling after her mother’s death. She starts acting recklessly and have a fling with Luke, the pastor’s son. She gets pregnant and after giving her the money for an abortion, Luke pretty much wants nothing to do with her. Nadia soon after get a job working with the pastor’s wife, where she meets her new best friend Aubrey. Nadia is a smart girl and goes away to college, where she starts a new life away from her hometown. When Audrey and Luke get together, she never discloses to Audrey her past with Luke. Eventually, Nadia moves back to her hometown to help her dad and her relationship with Luke and Audrey gets even more complicated. This book was excellent.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

NOT LIKE THE MOVIES: Chloe is a very optimistic and fun-loving barista, her life is however not that rosy. She’s responsible for her dad that has Alzheimer’s and is taking night classes to finish her degree. On top of that her best friend wrote a rom com screenplay about her and her boss Nick, that took off and is being made into a movie. So now she also has to worry about gossip sites, unwanted publicity and her complicated feelings for Nick. This was a very cute rom com with some troubled characters.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

WRITERS & LOVERS: Casey is crushed after her mother sudden death and is struggling to get her life together. Her friends have all moved on, but she’s a waitress, broke and lives in a shitty apartment. She is also struggling with her relationships and her career as a writer. This book was such a good comfort read, it had a slower pace and I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Ros got a big job in America and moved to Washington, that move ended her relationship with Patrick. She has to move back home after losing her job in the US and unfortunately all her friends have moved on, as well as her parents. Ros just want to go back to the life she left in England 3 years ago. She starts by getting back together with Patrick and trying to convince her friends to do the old activities they used to get into. But they are up to other things now and they despise Patrick. If you love British chick lit, this it it!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

ROOMIES: Holland knows music and is obsessed with Calvin, the subway musician. When her uncle, a music director is looking for new talent, she gets Calvin an audition but he can’t accept the job because he is in the US illegally. Holland is determined to help Calvin and offers to marry him so she can help her uncle and also gets to live with her crush. Needless to say, their relationship is not that simple and it’s hard to know what’s real or is Calvin just using her.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

WAITING FOR TOM HANKS: This is the prequel to NOT LIKE THE MOVIES, I suffered through it. The main character was very childish and creepily obsessed with Tom Hanks.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

PRETTY THINGS: Nina’s life is derailed ever since a traumatic incident while living in Lake Tahoe with her unstable mother. Later she moves to NYC, gets a liberal art degree but is still struggling. When she moves back home to help her sick mom, and finds herself living the same con artist life her mom lived. But this time is to help her pay for her treatments. When she needs even more money for more expensive treatments, she goes back to Lake Tahoe to run her biggest’s scam yet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go as planned. I went into this book with no expectations and it was so good.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD: On her birthday, Lydia’s fiancé Freddie dies in a car accident. She is crushed and ends up trying a clinical trial drug to help her sleep. After taking her first pill, she falls asleep and into a reality where Freddie is alive and they are moving forward with her life. Needless to say, she wants to be asleep most of the time to escape her real life. Soon Lydia finds out that her dream life is as flawed as her real one and she must really deal with her grief and move on. I thought this book was sad so I avoided it for the longest time, but it was a nice read after all.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

WILD GAME: Adrienne was 14 when her mother Malabar confided in her about her crush with Ben, her step father’s best friend. For years Malabar shared all the details of her affair with her daughter and implicated her in her lies. In her twenties Adrienne meets Ben’s son and they end up getting married, making her situation even more complicated. She kept her mother’s secret the whole time, Malabar’s narcissistic behavior deeply affected Adrienne relationships and her life overall. I loved this book, this is a topic I’m always so interested in because mother-daughter relationships are fascinating to me. I think because we love our mothers so much, it’s hard to recognize how they may have wronged us.

I’m currently reading Rodham and enjoying it so far.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here and as promised here are my picks. I have all the items above and I highly recommend them. The slip on sneakers and sandals are slightly newer style. Currently in my wishlist, I have this Nike tee and palazzo pants, these bike shorts, this Necessaire set and this mesh jacket.

Some more of my favorite from the sale in beauty and my favorite candles:

This sale also have a few fashion items that I swear by:

I always get this Natori bra and hanky panky undies, they are not only pretty but the wash well.

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3 years later I still love these jeans, so I’m happy they brought them back.

nordstrom anniversary sale 2017 purchases adidas sweatshirt

I still have this sweatshirt and there’s a similar one this year.

nordstrom anniversary sale 2017 purchases all saints tote

I still love my All Saints tote and use it all the time, this year’s version is also a backpack. Loving the crossbody as well.

A few more worth noting.

  • These studs are so shiny and are perfect everyday earrings.
  • I got these leggings three years ago and they are still in great shape. I’m inclined to trying the longline bra.
  • I have similar AG jeans and there are one of my favorite pairs.
  • I love tiered mini skirts and this one is on my radar.
  • This denim skirt is similar to my favorite.
  • My friends swear by these cardigans.
  • Another shirt that I love, I have one by this brand and it’s a classic piece.

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Everything I Want To Wear

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Happy Friday! I so love the outfits I put together this wear, they are truly everything I want to wear. Lots of great basics that can be worn often. I am currently going through a review of my closet, to make sure I have things that I want to wear now, more on that next week.

You can’t never go wrong with dress and kicks, I always love dressing down girly clothing with sneakers.

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Isn’t this the perfect Summer outfit? I love that skirt.

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I took a lot of restraint to not order this long cardigan, it is stunning! I would also look great with a slip dress.

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This look I could easily recreate with my own closet, so don’t ever forget to shop your closet.

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Between my regular workouts and my roller skating practice, I am so tempted to get new workout clothes because I am doing laundry all the time.

workout outfit with leopard print tank and black leggings
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I am sharing these pieces mostly because I wish they would magically appear in my closet.

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Wearing Lately

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Happy Monday! I’ve been in a blogging funk so keeping it this post short and sweet. I think this pandemic is really getting to me, being constantly home is getting to me. I had to tweak my schedule so that I don’t feel like all I do is work. I started exercising before work and taking the time to dress for work and it’s been a little bit helpful.

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I love the pants above and normally I wouldn’t just wear them at home but at this point who cares? I’m wearing whatever makes me feel good.

tank // skirt // sandals

This tank is really the best item at J.Crew this summer and it will be wearable for Fall as well with a good jacket.

tee // jeans // loafers // short necklace // long necklace // belt

This was my very last outfit to get my personal belongings at my office, it was a sad day.

So how are you doing and managing this pandemic? Any helpful tips?

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Everything I Want To Wear

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Happy Friday! This week I’m sharing lots of activewear and cute dresses, probably because that’s all I want to wear. I wore jeans on Monday for the first time in forever and boy I did not miss them.

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I do like loose fitting pants because they are so much for comfortable.

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I got my first pair of biker shorts last week and went ahead and got another pair. I had some really old ones from Nike that I’ve worn to death.

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I love cute pajama sets and these are at all price points.

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Now that I’m permanently working from home, I’m really considering a closet sale. I would keep just a few work friendly pieces since I’ll mostly be in casual-wear.

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Another cute Summer look, I don’t need new dresses but this one sure is tempting.

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