Thursday, June 23, 2016

Book Review: From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden is another great historical fiction novel by the author. I've read some of her other books in the past and I enjoy her writing style and the way she brings history to life. The book is set in Boston in 1897. It's part mystery, part suspense, part romance, part historical fiction. Stella West is an artist. She has been in London for several years and is celebrated for her ability to illustrate. Romulus White is the partial owner of a successful scientific magazine. He's been trying to get Stella West to illustrate for the magazine for years. When Stella comes to Boston, Romulus sees his chance to get her to work for him. He has no idea that she's left London to investigate her sister's untimely death. The pair end up working as a team in several areas even though Romulus doesn't believe Stella's sister died under suspicious circumstances. The book is full of twists and turns until it arrives at a (mostly) happy ending.

I enjoyed the historical setting and context for this book. There were so many different touches that helped the reader feel a part of the time period. From the characters' excitement over finding an original Audubon book in the library and poring over its pages to the descriptions of the Boston subway construction, it is obvious this book has been well-researched. Romulus and Stella are both larger than life characters. They are strong-willed, determined, and leaders in their fields. As a result, they often find themselves clashing. In spite of this, there's definite chemistry between the two. Romance is not the central theme in the novel. Stella's investigation into her sister's death and the web of deceit she discovers is quite jarring at times. Her sister died a violent death and this is described in some detail in the book. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Schoola Promo - 50% Off and Free Shipping!


Schoola is one of my favorite sources for online secondhand clothing, so I had to share this great promo from them! Beginning June 20 and running through June 26, take 50% off any Schoola order, plus get free shipping with code EXPLORE. This promo is not valid on new with tags items.

Some of my favorite wardrobe staples are from Schoola including my polka dot chambray, navy gingham button up, khaki Pixie pants, brown utility jacket, and a herringbone vest. Even better, if you place an order through my referral link, for a limited time, we both get $20 off. Have you ever shopped at Schoola before? Any favorite pieces?

*The link above is my referral link, but all the items I've purchased through Schoola have been with my own money and/or affiliate credit.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer Closet Remix: 10 Pieces, 14 Outfits - The Pieces

If you follow me on Instagram, I tried to start my summer closet remix a couple days early. The outfits were fine, but the pieces weren't working in my brain as a capsule. This morning, when I woke up, I hopped on Polyvore because I've been waiting to see if bluehydrangea had added a new capsule wardrobe for summer - I love the capsules she creates. I wasn't disappointed because she did create a summer capsule a few days ago! With this new inspiration, I was able to put together a 10 piece capsule that feels more cohesive, versatile, and summer appropriate than the direction I was originally going.

Here are my pieces:


  1. Coral Tee - Mossimo (Target)
  2. Striped Skirt - Ann Taylor (Goodwill)
  3. Peach Polka Dot Crop Pants - Gap (Plato's Closet)
  4. Gray Pixie Pants - Old Navy (Goodwill)
  5. Polka Dot Chambray Button Up - Old Navy (Schoola)
  6. Floral Blouse - Liz Claiborne (JCPenney)
  7. Boyfriend Jeans - Old Navy (Goodwill)
  8. Gray Tee - Mossimo (Target)
  9. Green Sleeveless Shell - Merona (Goodwill)
  10. Khaki Pixie Pants - Old Navy (Schoola)
I'll be making 14 outfits out of these pieces. You can check out my outfits on Instagram. I'd love to have you participate with a closet remix of your own - you can use the hashtag #summer10x14remix. Leave me a comment if you're participating in the remix so I can check out your pieces and outfits! Have a wonderful weekend!




Thursday, June 16, 2016

DVD Review: The League of Incredible Vegetables from FishFlix

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Several weeks ago, I was contacted and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing a Christian DVD from FishFlix. I had never heard of FishFlix before, but when I checked out the site, I was impressed with the variety. I was given the option of some family-friendly Christian DVDs and when I asked my daughter she said she wanted to try a VeggieTales DVD. FishFlix sent us Veggie Tales: The League of Incredible Vegetables DVD.

The DVD arrived very quickly and we had an opportunity not long after receiving it to watch it. My daughter was home from school recovering from a sinus infection, so we enjoyed watching The League of Incredible Vegetables together. I didn't realize it, but she had already watched it before and it is one of her favorite VeggieTales movies! The movie is a fun twist on the superhero theme that is so popular right now, but it addresses the common childhood (and adult) topic of fear, Ultimately, even superheroes can't rely on their super powers, but we can all trust in the highest superpower there is - God! The movie was entertaining and had a great message. I'll definitely take a look at FishFlix in the future for family-friendly movies we can watch together.

You can get a $5 coupon to FishFlix by joining their email list at www.fishflix.com/5gift or text 5-GIFT to 44222.

I received a free DVD in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer Closet Remix: 10 Pieces, 14 Outfits - June Mini Capsule Challenge


It's been awhile since I've posted much fashion-related here on the blog as I've taken most of my outfit posts over to Instagram. I still have a $50 a month clothing budget and I still love remixing and trying to make the most of my closet!

I'm not currently participating in a shopping fast, but I do belong to a Facebook group called "Let's Be Shop Free for 3" and the group members are all trying to support each other as they try to make fewer, more thoughtful purchases.

I love a good remix, so I volunteered to organize one for the group and thought I could open it up for blog and Instagram participation as well.

For this remix or mini capsule wardrobe challenge, choose 10 clothing items from your current wardrobe. Spend some time playing around with the pieces and think about what's on your schedule for the last two weeks in June. Make sure you pick pieces that you love and are comfortable in - that's key! You'll be wearing these 10 pieces for the last 14 days of June from June 17-June 30. The goal is to take 10 pieces and make 14 different outfits.

You can blog about your experience if you'd like or post about it on Instagram or in the Facebook group. If you post on Instagram use the hashtag #summer10x14remix. I will be posting about my remix primarily on Instagram, but I'm hoping to put a link up here on the blog for other bloggers to share their remix posts.

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Questions? Thinking of participating? Leave me a comment and have a great weekend!!


 

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