Building Belief!

I am so excited to announce my new book, Building Belief!

Building Belief is an uplifting daily quote book containing 365 pages of motivation, inspiration, and belief. The insight on these pages will empower and encourage you to move on from the past, live in the present, and always keep moving forward. Start each day with a spark of hope and inspiration as the book builds you up to take action, go after your dreams, overcome failure, create your own definition of success, enjoy the journey, and most importantly- believe in yourself.

It’s the perfect gift to give someone to start the New Year fresh with a quote for each day! And the quotes are all REALLY good- a lot of quotes that are meaningful, but haven’t become overly popular or overused!!

To pick up your copy today through Amazon.com, click here!!

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Holiday Gift Guide for HER!

Who run the World? GIRLS!

Who is very hard to shop for? Also GIRLS!

With the Holidays rapidly approaching, everyone I know is gearing up for shopping, so I wanted to create a Holiday Gift Guide that would give you great Gift Ideas for every woman in your life! All the products have different price ranges, but offer some great ideas! Everything is linked and should also offer free shipping! Most items are from Nordstrom, which always ships free and then I have a few Amazon items which will also ship free if you have a Prime membership!

For the lady in your life that loves accessories, check out these budget friendly pics below: Check out this Initial pendant, this jeweled beaniethese BaubleBar earrings, and this MVMT Watch!

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crystal beanie             bauble      mvmt

 

(If you like the initial pendant above, check out this one from Target that is only $19.99)

For the girl with big New Years Eve plans, who loves glitz and glam- check out this gift set (Pictured below)

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For the girl who loves a good selfie and great lighting, check out this LuMee Case, pictured below:

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For the Holiday Party hostess, the girl who just moved into her first home, or for a great gift to take to meet the Mom, check out this Holiday Candle, pictured below:

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For the girl who is SUPER hair obsessed, check out this amazing gift set, pictured below:

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For the wonder woman you want to drop some serious dough on this $ea$on, check out the chicest Saint Laurent bag that is out this season and/or a Blinged and Blacked out diamond Michele Watch:

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For the girl who needs some inspiration this Holiday Season: This Belief necklace, This Super Soul Oprah Book, or This Book of quotes:

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For your sister or the girl who’s like a sister to you, check out this State Backpack or this Sleigh all Day top:

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For the Queen Bee of your life or the Queen who is just obsessed with Beyonce, check out this super cute BCBG Glove and Beanie set, click here for the Gloves on sale and  here for the super cute beanie!

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For the Workout Woman who’s obsessed with Fitness, check out this Zella hoodie, these Brooks running shoes, this sparkling S’well water bottle, these Nike fleece pants, or these Nike pro sparkle capri’s from Macy’s! 

 

    brooks swell nike    capri

 

For the special lady you call Mom or is just like a Mom to you, check out this beautiful Faux Fur throw from Pottery Barn and this gorgeous Tahari Coat from Macy’s.

Also, check out this link for a more affordable Pottery Barn throw or THIS link for a more affordable throw from Target!!

 

The Light we Lost

I read this book in one sitting on a flight from Orlando to Phoenix. I really enjoyed the short chapters and the way the book was written, but I can say I definitely didn’t love the ending.

The story follows a girl, Lucy, who meets a boy on September 11th that forever changes her life. As they spend the day together watching the tragedy unfold, she feels a special connection and falls for him. However, they go their separate ways and don’t reunite until years later. In their early 20’s they fall madly in love. The book chronicles their head over heels passion for each other… But, as with most first loves, their love affair comes to an end and the story takes us into their lives as they move on and how their stories tangle and weave together.

However, the story brings them back together and forces Lucy to make the choice of a lifetime.

I really liked the story and really liked the book- however, I didn’t love it for the simple fact that Gabe always took precedent over everything else. I can’t say too much else without spoiling it- but it’s definitely worth reading.

The Lying Game- Ruth Ware

The best Ruth Ware book yet!! This story follows four girls who share a big secret from their pasts into their present day lives.

I need you.” Three small words that change everything.

Isa Wilde knows something terrible has happened when she receives this text from an old friend. The text ends up reuniting 4 best friends who haven’t seen each other in years. The go back to the small town where they first met and also covered up a big secret… little do they know- someone else knows their dark secret from the past and this person does not want to stay quiet!

I read this book over a few days and enjoyed the storyline. The flashbacks between the past and present tied the story together nicely.

5 Books to read this Fall

Fall is by far my favorite season.

The start of fall signifies cooler weather, clothes that layer, outdoor activities, and of course- pumpkin everything. But for me, another reason for being super excited for a new season is the bombardment of new books. There’s something about being able to curl up with a new book, a fuzzy blanket, and some hot tea to really get ready for Fall.

Luckily, there are some great books out there to choose from.

Here are 5 books to help get you in the Fall spirit:

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

This book has been picked up by Reese Witherspoon’s production company to be turned into a movie or mini-series. Not only does it have a mysterious storyline, it also ties in the true life issue of memory science.

What to Expect: A dark, page turning thriller that takes us inside the lives of a family after their daughter is brutally attacked and raped. In the hospital, her parents consent to use of a new memory treatment drug on the girl so she can forget the memory of the horrible assault. However, the story is told from the perspective of a psychiatrist who is trying to help the girl recover her memory in order to find the attacker.

Told from the point of view of the family psychiatrist, the book is able to give us different layers of insight into the characters which leads to multiple plots and storylines that tangle and weave together beautifully. I read this entire book in less than 24 hours and really couldn’t put it down. However, I must warn you, the graphic rape and assault scenes in the book are disturbing and hard to read.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

This book follows the story of a travel journalist who goes on board a small luxury yacht to write a story about the inaugural voyage of the swanky Dreamliner. However, in the middle of the night, she hears someone in the cabin next to her being thrown overboard! She immediately calls security… but is told the cabin next to her is empty. Was it all a bad dream?

The next week onboard takes the reader through the twists and turns of her trying to figure out the truth.

I really enjoyed this book except for the main character. I didn’t love her and I really wish the author had made her a strong, smart, non-alcoholic lead instead of making her paranoid, weak, and constantly drunk. Regardless, the storyline was enough to keep me reading and keep me interested in what was happening next. About halfway through the book, I thought I had it figured out– but I didn’t! I really liked the twist but thought the beginning of the narrative could’ve flowed a bit better with the end.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I absolutely adored this story. The book follows a young journalist who is requested to write the Biography of a super famous Hollywood glamorous film star, Evelyn Hugo by Evelyn Hugo herself. However, she’s never met the famous star and has no idea why Evelyn chose her.

Personally, I love autobiographies and non fiction- so the fact that this book was written fictionally as an autobiography style story that told of Evelyn Hugo’s life- made me LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! It’s an amazing read with layers of depth, loads of love stories, and a great insight into an actual life behind a camera versus what you see on screen- (so relevant in our social media driven age). It has a wonderful added layer of twists sprinkled throughout the novel and truly serves as a reminder that life is never linear. We all live lives that are full of highs and lows, struggles and victories that most people never see.

The Glass Castle- Jeanette Walls

Speaking of Non-Fiction, this is a must read Memoir. I haven’t had a chance to see the movie that just came out in theaters that is based off of this book, but I’m so glad I read it first!

I truly feel this book should be required reading for high school or college students, it can give everyone perspective. Perspective on what it’s like to really have a rough childhood, perspective on overcoming obstacles, and most of all perspective on how important it really is to share your story.

This is a must read memoir and a reminder that our pasts our intended to make us and shape us- not break us.

Luckiest Girl Alive- Jessica Knoll

This book actually came out a couple years ago, but I feel like it’s been highly underrated so I wanted to add it to this list. I’ve also read online that it is being made into a movie for next year, so it’s definitely a story to read before going to see the film in theaters.

It’s the perfect Fall read, with an awesome strong female character who is highly relatable. The story takes us into her present day life where you find out she’s done everything she can to get as far away from her past as possible. It’s a really eye opening read that makes you think about who we really are as people versus who we want people to think we are. And the big question- can you escape a past that still haunts you? Or are you better off embracing it and sharing it with others. Aside from just the main character’s present day life, there are also multiple twists throughout the story that caught me completely off guard and make this a multi-dimensional book with so many great issues throughout the pages.

P.S.

If you’re in need of some inspiration, motivation, and insight- check out Oprah’s new book: The Wisdom of Sunday’s

All is Not Forgotten- Wendy Walker

This book has been picked up by Reese Witherspoon’s production company to be turned into a movie or mini-series. Not only does it have a mysterious storyline, it also ties in the true life issue of memory science.

What to Expect: A dark, page turning thriller that takes us inside the lives of a family after their daughter is brutally attacked and raped. In the hospital, her parents consent to use of a new memory treatment drug on the girl so she can forget the memory of the horrible assault. However, the story is told from the perspective of a psychiatrist who is trying to help the girl recover her memory in order to find the attacker.

Told from the point of view of the family psychiatrist, the book is able to give us different layers of insight into the characters which leads to multiple plots and storylines that tangle and weave together beautifully. I read this entire book in less than 24 hours and really couldn’t put it down. However, I must warn you, the graphic rape and assault scenes in the book are disturbing and hard to read.

Party Girls Die in Pearls- Plum Sykes

I feel like this book should immediately be turned into a Lifetime movie. It started a little slow, but had a lot of fun characters and ended up being a fun read! This is the first book in what is soon to be a series of novels, which makes a lot of sense as to why there are SO many characters with tons of different backgrounds and stories. It has a lot of potential to build over the next few books.

The story takes our main character, Ursula, into her freshman year at Oxford where she stumbles upon another student’s dead body. After finding the body, she decides there’s more to the story than what meets the eye. She digs around and tries to figure out who the killer on campus could be.

The novel has a great twist ending, but I wish it had moved a little quicker. Also, it was a bit difficult to follow the multiple different characters, but I also understand the need for them since this book is the first in a series.

In a dark, dark wood- Ruth Ware

I decided to pick up In a dark, dark wood after I read Ruth Ware’s other novel, The Woman in Cabin 10.

Dark, dark wood seemed to have even better reviews that The Woman in Cabin 10 BUT I must say, I was underwhelmed.

The story follows a woman, Nora, who is invited to bachelorette/hen party of a friend she has lost contact with. She is baffled why she is invited, but decides to attend the party- which is a weekend at a house in the woods. After a shocking death, Nora must piece together what actually happened over the weekend while also trying to cope with her past.

Similar to The Woman in Cabin 10- I just didn’t like the main character! Why does Ruth Ware create emotionally weak, semi- alcoholic main female characters? Why couldn’t it be a strong woman that was still thrown into a scary, dangerous situation? I found Nora, the 26 year old main character, hard to relate to considering she was still holding on to a breakup that happened when she was 16.

The overall story and suspense of the novel picked up and peaked my interest to find out the background of what had happened- but I just really didn’t love this story as much as I hoped.

Little Fires Everywhere

I saw this book pop up as the book of the month for the Reese Witherspoon book club and immediately ordered it. It’s a great look inside the inner workings (and unworkings) of suburbia. The storyline takes us inside the lives of a few different families that live in the same time but live in very different ways.

I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t really get page turning excited for what was happening with the story until over 100 pages in. I think this book would be more enjoyable to those who have children and actually live in the suburbs. However, I still find its entertainment value and relatable-ness high- because it’s always entertaining to learn about the lives of others compared to what they actually portray.

I liked the storyline but almost wanted it to dive deeper into some of the issues that bubbled up throughout the novel. By the end I wanted more; so if there is a sequel, I’ll definitely be interested to see what happens next for the characters!

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Splashed across the front of this book is a positive review from Stephen King and so immediately I ranked this book as a read that could potentially be a great thriller scary movie one day. I was expecting the book to read more as a scary edge of your seat type of book that built up to another murder/mystery/crime but it read as more of a psychological development book where you’re just trying to piece together what actually happened and who the characters are now. The book tells the story of a girl named Quincy who is the sole survivor of a college massacre. Her, along with two other unrelated girls, are dubbed “The final girls” because they all went through mass traumas and were the final and only people who survived. The book takes us to present day where Quincy is trying to live a normal life outside of the media spotlight– until one of the other “Final Girls” commits suicide. This suicide puts Quincy back into the spotlight and brings up many unresolved issues from her past trauma. The book follows her as she tries to remember back to the night of the massacre and cope with remembering what really happened. Did she get all the details right? Or did she miss something? You’ll have to read it to find out! I liked this book and found it to be a quick read, but I didn’t like the character development and struggled with the main character making idiotic decisions as certain points of the novel. Regardless- it’s fun and worth the read. Fun fact- the back of the book states that this book was written by Riley Sager which is a ghost name for another writer. I’m super curious who it is and why they felt the need to publish under a different name.