Ask Away Blog: July 2017

Books I Recommend You Read [July]

Monday, July 31, 2017

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A new summer month meant new books to read. Check out these awesome ones for the month of July.



Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde
This book is about a boy whose father goes missing after leaving for a trail run. He sets off to find him with some locals on muleback and has quite the adventure and learns how badass he really is.

Tell The Wolves I'm Home Book by Carol Rifka Blunt
This is an amazing novel about a girl who loses her uncle to AIDS.   It's a coming of age story that takes place in the late 80's when there was a HUGE stigma over being gay and having aids.  She learns some very important things about her family and it ends up being a very happy , yet bittersweet ending for everyone involved.




Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
This is an awesome thriller about a woman whose husband dies in a car accident.  However, she thinks something different happened and she's determined to get to the bottom of it despite looking crazy to everoyne around her. This bok had a lot of good twists and unexpected turns!


Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde
llie and bea - this was an amazing read about a young girl and an old woman who are both down on their luck and basically homeless.  They find each other and after a rough start, they become like family. But they need everything to work out in their favor in order to stay together.  So heartwarming!


Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
 Another great coming of age novel about a boy and his family, in the 60's.  It's full of tragedy as they lose a few people from their town as well as a member of their own family and it's truly amazing how the author draws the story out because it really keeps you thinking and speculating until you finally get answers. Would be a good movie too!


The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
This was a great book that takes place in the 40's and 50's. A fire destroys an entire city, and a woman tries to start over now that she has lost her husband whom she was unhappily married to.  She begins to become an independent woman until something throwsa major disruption into her plan.  





The Party by Robyn Harding

WOW! They NEED to make this new release into a movie.  A teen girl get's very badly injured at a party.  The parents whose house it was are in the middle of a lawsuit with the girl's mom.  The entire drama brings out lots of secrets and the worst in everyone.   This is something very real about the world we live in, too!


Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde
I just love CRH and this book was a quick read. Basically it's a bittersweet love story between a woman in her 20's and a boy just under 18.  They are stuck together by trauma and violence and it's like a modern day Romeo and Juliet.

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Outfit of the Day: Flowy Breeze

Friday, July 28, 2017



A simple Madison flowy skirt from LuLaRoe is all I need to keep me cool on the most humid of days.  







If I know it's going to be a crazy humid day in PA, I reach for one of these.  It let's me feel the breeze when I'm outside so I don't have to worry about overheating!  I love this look because all I had to do was pull it up and over a simple tank top!







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Outfit of the Day: Wedding Shower

Wednesday, July 26, 2017







 So this weekend was our wedding shower! Yesterday's post had pictures from the day. It was a great time but can we talk about my dress?!




So I found this gem at Ross the other week. It was less than $20 and it's so comfy! I love that I don't have to wear a bra with it either.  But seriously, I am in love with this dress. The floral print on the bottom is so gorgeous!!





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[Planning Our Wedding] Shower, RSVPs, NEW DRESS, and Decorations

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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We're just 3 months away from our wedding and I am so excited!




So this month was pretty easy. I've just been working on a couple of things...


DECORATIONS
I went to Dollar Tree for decorations. I mean why the heck wouldn't I. It's so easy to find cute stuff for table top decor and streamers and stuff like that.   Plus, it's super cheap and I don't have to feel guilty if I get rid of it after the wedding.

RSVPS

I am in the process of collecting RSVPs from everybody. I gave a date of August 1st but I figure if I don't hear from everyone by then I'll give it one more week and then I'll start texting!


SHOWER TIME
So a few very close friends threw a super small wedding shower for James and I!   It was so much fun!











The shower was a great time but stuff like this stresses me out and gives me anxiety because it's hard deciding who to invite based on the number of people a room can hold, especially when the room is free.   This is why I don't enjoy wedding stuff.   I think too much of other people, even though I know that it's supposed to be about US. lol! Oh well!



NEW DRESS
Oh and I have some exciting news with my dress. I actually found my dream dress. And it was under $20 from Ross! I can't wait for you guys to see what it looks liek!











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Outfit of the Day: Royal Blue

Monday, July 24, 2017





I really love wearing royal blue because it makes my green eyes pop and makes them look a little bluish as well.













The top is from The Mogan, and I absolutely love the color! They have the best basic tees!   The skirt is a Cassie pencil skirt from LuLaRoe.  The black and white pattern is great because it can go with ANY color top.





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Outfit of the Day: Fitted and Flowy

Friday, July 21, 2017



So I found this new website where I got a WHOLE bunch of basic tops from.  I love them because they are nice and fitted, ruched on the sides, and the neckline isn't too low cut when it comes to a V-neck.   I decided to pair a grey top with a maxi skirt from LuLaRoe.







The top is from The Mogan, which you can buy on Amazon here, or on their website here.  This top was only 5 bucks!!   I'm in love!!!







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Summer Style | Pencil Skirt + Wood Watch (Plus A Giveaway!)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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I never used to like pencil skirts but the more intolerant I become of the summertime heat, the more I embrace them.  They still let me breathe but they have a nice polished look so even when I feel overheated, I still look cute!



In order to get this look, I just pulled the skirt up and over a plain tank top.  I wanted to let the amazing colors and pattern of the skirt show so I kept it simple with my top.   I accessorized with a cool watch from JORD!







That's right, once again JORD has nailed it with their line of unique watches, made of wood! JORD has a large selection of women and mens watches that are hand-crafted made of wood.  They have a timeless look that embraces a modern lifestyle.  JORD is all about sustainability and efficiency! This is my second wood watch from them!




JORD watches come in gorgeous wooden boxes.  They have such a luxurious yet down to earth look and feel.



This watch is the FRANKIE series in Zebrawood and Champagne.  I love it as a statement piece beacuse of how big the clock face is.  It's so very lightweight and minimalistic but it still makes a great fashion statement.




Look at how classy this watch is!








I LOVE the look of Zebrawood with all it's beauty.   JORD watches are great for the summertime because they aren't bulky and they go with pretty much any outfit whether it's all geared up for a hike, or dressed to impress for an outdoor picnic. You can even customize JORD watches with personalized engravings.   You can also choose the size best for you.  Oh, and every JORD watch comes with free shipping worldwide. 


Now for the giveaway! The giveaway can be found here.  All you have to do is fill out your name and email and you will be entered to win a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site.  And even if you don't win, you'll still get a code worth $25 after the contest ends.  Good luck!  It runs till July 20th at 11:59 pm EST. Both codes will expire on 9/30/17.

Wooden Wrist Watch




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What's In My HUGE Bag?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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 I've always loved those posts where people show you what's in their purse and I especially love the realistic ones.  I'm not judging you for carrying around a baby rattle you didn't know was in there, I promise! So today I wanted to show you what's actually in my bag this week!!  Even if it's totally random, I'm showing it off!



So I actually was on the go a lot this weekend and I had the dogs with me and instead of bringing regular treats along, I grabbed these Brushless-Toothpaste Chewables.  These are so convenient.   It's like brushing their teeth without actually brushing them! These chews have abrasive ridges on the outside that help clean teeth and have a pleasant vanilla clove sent.   Inside there is toothpaste to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria.   This helps give my pups better breath and it's vet recommended! There's also no corn, wheat, soy, or by-products! The dogs love them!




I am so in love with PreHeels! I used this the other weekend for a wedding I attended and now I keep it in my bag.  If you're like me, you can get blisters and chafed skin from wearing certain heels.  PreHeels is a blister and skin-chafing prevention spray.  It sprays on and dries in less than 90 seconds and it's clear! It protects for a full 6 hours before you need to reapply.  Now I don't need to carry blister bandages around wtih me.  It's hypoallergenic and dermatologist-recommended plus it washes off easily with soap and water.  You can actually use it with any type of shoe, even flats and flip flops!  That's why I carry it with me every day! It's perfect for using on the go! I can't rave about this product enough!


My FiloFax is something I won't leave home without. It's my organizer that has my cash, cards, ID, my calendar, to do lists, shopping lists, and bill paying schedules and trackers. 




Oh and in case you're wondering...that's a Steve Madden bag I got from DSW the other month.


So there you have it. In addition to a library book (like always), those are the 3 coolest things in my bag this month.


What do you carry in YOUR bag?








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How To Style an Accent Chair

Monday, July 17, 2017

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I love decorating my home and rearranging things from time to time to keep it fresh.   Recently, I got a gorgeous Louis Ghost Style Arm Chair from Poly & Bark.  The cool thing about this chair is that it's technically a dining chair when means when I need to be practical and add extra seating around our dining room table like for the holidays, I can easily do that with this gorgeous chair.  I love the strength of this chair.  It's made from a strong and durable polycarboate and it's even stackable if you buy more than one! The clear "color" of it makes it able to fit any decor or style in my home.

Accent chairs are great because they can add style and decor to a room that's lacking design. 
So how do I style it? Well, let's take a look.


Reading Nook in the Office
My home office has a little corner with an ottoman that converts into a bed and a chaise lounge.  But when it's not in use, it usually is where I'd attempt to sit to read.  Now that I have a chair for that corner when I need it, I can sit comfortably and prop my legs up. 



When not in use, a small throw pillow adds a hint of decor and softness.







Entryway Seating
When you first walk into our home, there's a slight entry way.  I decided to make it more welcoming as well as more functional by adding the accent chair and a faux fur stool.  It also creates extra seating for guests when we are in the living room.



It's also a great place for guests to set their bags or lay their coats. 






And I like to use it to sit in the morning before I leave, so I can put on my shoes without falling over.   Even without the stool (which I push underneath it when not in use) it's so functional and fabulous!




Closet Seating
So our one spare bedroom is basically a giant walk in closet with a bed and a vanity.  Whenever I'm trying on clothes or shoes I like to have a place to either sit, or for a friend to sit when we are choosing what to wear for a night out.




So not only is it perfect in this little spot but when used as a guest bedroom, this chair provides extra seating for our house guests.  I simply added a faux fur blanket over top to give it a nice cozy yet chic look.




Vanity Chair
I have a litle vanity in my "get ready room" and for the longest time I've stood while getting ready. This chair now adds comfort and function to this spot.  It's so nice to sit and have support on my back from a chair.  Prior to this, there was a wobbly stool and it didn't really offer much support.





When not in use, it fits perfectly under the vanity so it's out of the way.  Plus, it looks adorable and so modern.

So you see, an accent chair can add so much fashion AND function to your home.

How would YOU style an accent chair in your home?






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