Jul 3, 2017

June Reading Recap

Friends, can y'all believe June is done and in the books? I feel like June is always the fastest month! I did manage to get in 9 books during this speedy month and I can't wait to share them with y'all! 

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It's Always the Husband

I started off the month with a mystery thriller that kept me guessing until the very end! I'm talking the LAST page! It reminded me of The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty, which I LOVED! This one was so good! It's about three women who have been friends since college. The book flip flops from their college years to 20 years later when one of the women is dead. I could not put it down! It did drag a bit in the middle, which is why I couldn't give it a full 5 stars, but I loved it nonetheless! 

When Dimple Met Rishi
This young adult book was the cutest book! I used to LOVE young adult books, but last year I found myself not reaching for them. This summer I have rediscovered my love for YA! When Dimple Met Rishi is a smiling throughout the story kind of book and I absolutely loved it. It's about a girl who goes to a technology camp for the summer, despite her parent's wishes. They think she should be concentrating on finding a husband. They rearrange a marriage for her and her supposed groom attends the camp, unbeknownst to her! These two characters have one of the BEST meet cutes EVER and I LOVED it! I so recommend this one! 

The Perfect Stranger
The Perfect Stranger had been on my list for the longest time! I loved Megan Miranda's first book from last summer,All the Missing Girls, so I was excited about this one! I liked it, but not nearly as much as ATMG. It's about two girls who move into together and then one of the girls goes missing. It's good, but not all that great. 

Dating You/Hating You
Oh man, this one was probably my most anticipated book for the summer. It sounded just like The Hating Game, which was one of my favorites from last year. Sadly, I just did not like this one at all. I DNFed it at p. 150. It had no cute parts like The Hating Game did. It spent WAY too much time explaining the two characters' jobs and how the companies were merging. I just didn't like this one at all. 

Once and For All
I discovered Sarah Dessen in a Teaching Children's Literature class in college and loved her! It's been a long time since I read one of her books, but I'm a sucker for a wedding story book, so I quickly snatched this one up! I LOVED it! A quick and cute read for this summer! 

One of Us is Lying
Oh my goodness. As of right now, this book is my favorite of the year. This is a YA mystery/thriller that sucked me in from the first page and never stopped. It's like The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. 5 kids go into detention and one ends up dead. I COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN! I absolutely loved it!

When It's Real
If One of Us is Lying is currently my favorite book of 2017, When It's Real is my second. I read Erin Watt's first book, Paper Princess, last summer and hated it. It was vulgar, crude, and nasty. I was hesitant to read this one, but something kept drawing me to it. I am so glad I picked it up. I LOVED this book! It's about a girl who is hired to pretend to be a huge singer's girlfriend in order to better his image. I usually hate stories than involve fake celebrities, but there was just something about this one that I loved! 

When Life Happened
A friend recommended When Life Happened to me and I immediately downloaded it after reading the synopsis. It's about a girl who moves into her grandfather's house and falls in love with her married neighbor. I have NEVER had a book surprise me like this one did. Now, I only gave it 3 stars, but I did love it. I just couldn't bring myself to give it 5 stars or even 4. First of all, it's LONG. Almost 500 pages. It feels like 2 different books and I understand why it had to be done like that, but still, I felt like it was a long book. Sometimes books can be long, but it doesn't feel like it because you are so into the story. This one didn't have that effect on me. I also didn't love one of the characters. I can't get into the character I didn't like because it would spoil the book, but PLEASE! If you read this one, email or DM me on Instagram and let me know your thoughts! I totally recommend this one, y'all! I'm still thinking about it!

Someone Else's Summer
I finished June's reading with another YA book. Someone Else's Summer was a  touching book that I really enjoyed! It's about a girl whose sister dies in a car accident the night of her high school graduation. Her sister and best friend (the boy next door) find her summer bucket list and decide to spend the summer completing it. A really good read!

I'd love to hear what you read during the month of June! :)

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Jul 2, 2017

July Book Club: July's book

Hi y'all! I am so excited to announce July's pick....

Yay! This one has been on my TBR for the longest and I cannot wait to get started!

About the book:
Even the perfect marriage has its dark side… 

Iris and Will's marriage is as close to perfect as it can be: a large house in a nice Atlanta neighborhood, rewarding careers and the excitement of trying for their first baby. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Orlando, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers on this plane. 

Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. But as time passes and there is still no sign of Will, she reluctantly accepts that he is gone. Still, Iris needs answers. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core.

You can grab your copy here!

Okay, so a quick recap for how to participate in the book club:

*You have the entire month of July to read the book. 

*You can post pictures on Instagram while you're reading the book or when you finish. Just remember to use the hashtag #lalalifebookclub so everyone that is participating can read your thoughts and share their own! 

*If you aren't into posting pictures, just comment on others or my pictures so we can discuss the book. 

*I'll post when I start the book and when I finish.

Happy Reading! :) :) 

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Jul 1, 2017

LaLa Life Book Club: July Selections

Happy July 1st, y'all! It's time to pick our July book for book club! Now, last month was the first month for our new little book club, and not everyone had the best experience with the book (myself included!) I have researched and researched and I came up with 6 choices that I feel reeeealllly good about, so hopefully we will all have a better reading experience this month! :):):)

So here's how the book club works if you're new!

1) If you want to participate, comment on my Instagram picture (@msleslieann01) with your book choice #. I'll have a short description of each book below if you want to research to see which sounds best to you. I've never read any of these so I'm excited for any of them!

2) I'll tally up the votes and announce the winning book on Sunday night (7/2). 

3) Once we've decided on a book, it's time to read! You can post your own pictures and thoughts or just comment on my pictures. Whatever gets us discussing the books! Just be sure and use the hashtag #lalalifebookclub so that everyone that is participating that month can follow along. 

4) If you have an Instagram account and don't really post pictures but still want to participate, just comment on others! The goal is to talk about the book! 

Here's a synopsis about each book if you're trying to decide your pick!

5) Hello Sunshine (this one doesn't actually come out until 7/11)

Jun 23, 2017

Friday Favs

Happy Friday, y'all! I've had a fabulous, productive week! Here's what I've been up to/loving this week.

I finally got a new desk chair and I am loving it! I had been using a cushioned dinning room chair from Pier One that was so pretty, but it definitely wasn't meant to be used as a desk chair. I couldn't figure out why my back kept hurting and then I realized it was the chair! I work a ton in my home office, during the summer especially, so I went on the hunt for a comfy chair. I don't love the look of an office chair, but I decided to sacrifice looks for comfort! :) It was on clearance too, so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be. 

I snapped this pic one morning this week because I realized I have spent the majority of the last part of this week in my PJs! I have been working nonstop (anyone get the Hamilton reference!?) this week in my office on all things teaching so comfy clothes are a must! I LOVE these PJ shorts from Old Navy!

I snapped this pic to share this adorable flamingo sweatshirt with y'all. I moved my desk to my window in the office, but it's right next to an air vent so I keep warm clothes to bundle up with and I've been loving this sweatshirt! And of course, coffee is always a Friday fav! 

Is this not the prettiest eyeshadowever?? Granted, there aren't a lot of opportunities to wear glitter eye shadow in my life, but I'm going to definitely work it in somehow! ;) 

Sunday morning breakfast with a side of LaLa Land. I just can't get enough of this movie. Love, love, love!

Look at these tassel earrings! I ordered the exact same pair from Baublebar in purple in late spring and then I found these at TJ Maxx and they look exactly the same! 

Target. All time fav! I've currently stalking the Dollar Spot for the back to school/teacher stuff to come out! They still didn't have them out on my last trip, but don't worry! I found some things I definitely didn't know I needed! 

This week has been the best in terms of reading! I read One of Us Is Lying and absolutely LOVED it! It just might be my favorite book of 2017 so far. If you want a post of all my favs from the year so far, let me know!

Then I read When It's Real and was so surprised at how much I loved it! I mean, I HATED Erin Watt's last book but I love, love love this one! Another favorite of 2017 maybe?

I've been using this lower lash mascara for the longest time and I just love it. It makes applying makeup to your bottom lashes so much easier!

Another favorite beauty product that I've recently discovered. This Micellar Cleansing Water does the best job at taking off your makeup! I had been using the Garnier, but this L'Oreal one is so much better!

I went to Barnes and Noble last weekend and came away with tons of great new books for my classroom, including this one about 10 amazing women written by the amazing Chelsea Clinton. A definite fav!

And finally, this week I've discovered the soundtrack to the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. It's been my go to soundtrack for working away in my office. Obsessed! 

So that's been some of my favs from the week. Happy weekend, y'all!

Jun 20, 2017

National Watch Day

Happy Tuesday, y'all! So apparently yesterday was National Watch Day. Did y'all know that? LOL! I love these fun off beat holidays and the fact that it involves one of my favorite accessories just makes it that much better. It's also perfect timing because I'm working with JORD Watches to share this amazingly gorgeous wood watch that I am currently obsessed with and wearing nonstop! I'm all about a unique watch and these are just fabulous!

Now when it comes to watches, the bigger the better in my opinion! I love a watch with a big face, so when I saw the Frankie collection from JORD, I knew it was the collection for me. I just love the unique wooden band on these watches. I decided to pair it in an unexpected way with feminine, preppy details like the pineapple and pearl bracelet along with the pink gingham button up and tote. I think these details make the watch stand out in a fun way and the navy face completes the eye catching look! 
JORD has men's watches and women's watches. They have tons of different color choices and wood grains. I am dying over this one! 
You can even have engraving added to any watch! And as we all know, watches make for a fabulous engraved gift! 

Let's take a peek inside to see what it comes with! First of all, can we talk about this gorgeous box? I don't normally keep watch boxes because they take up so much space, but I may need to find something to repurpose this one! 

I'm a sucker for good packaging and I was throughly impressed with this one! I love the burlap cushion inside the box with the black embroidered JORD label. 

You also get a cleaning pen and cloth, which I really appreciate! It also comes with extra links to use if you need to extend the watch or replace any links later on. You can even ensure you get the correct size by using their wrist measuring tool! Let me tell you, this was the best invention ever! I HATE when you order something online and it arrives and doesn't fit. I'm awful about sending things back, not to mention it's time consuming! This simple little PDF is a handy way to prevent this issue from coming up! 

Now, here's the best part! JORD Watches and I are teaming up to give away a $100 E Gift Code to use towards one of their gorgeous watches! One winner will be chosen to win the $100 E Gift Code, but EVERY entrant will receive a $25 E Gift Code to use on their site! How fabulous is that?? 
The contest will end July 16th, 2017 at 11:50pm, so there's plenty of time to enter!