Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book Review: Conflicting Webs

Conflicting Webs, by Darlene Quinn
I just finished reading Conflicting Webs, by Darlene Quinn, and I have to say, it was the perfect summer read.  It was light and easy enough for summer reading, but also interesting enough that I stayed up late more than once to read it.

Now, let me tell you, there is a LOT going on in this book.  And I do mean a lot, but Quinn is a good enough writer to guide the reader through all the "conflicting webs" and have it all still make sense.  And that's true whether you've read the other books in the Toddman-Taylor saga or not.

Really, my only issue with this book is that it sometimes felt less like a cohesive story and more like a snapshot of several months in the lives of several characters in the book.  The main characters are April Toddman and her fiancee, Kyle.  They are getting married, moving, starting new jobs, dealing with issues with the maid-of-honor and working on securing the future happiness of Kyle's daughter.  But, I can't help but feel that the story is less about them and more about all of the other strands of the web surrounding them.
Let me say however, that even though I was a little confused on the story line, it wasn't due to poor writing.  Quinn really does somehow manage to keep all of the balls in the air and bring everything to conclusion in a manner that makes sense.  I honestly don't know how she did it.  Every character she introduces plays a role; no one is superfluous and no one is shuffled off to the side when the reader isn't looking.  It's an impressive feat.

So, if you're looking for a summer read that's both light and interesting, I definitely recommend this book.


Happy Tuesday, All!

Gracey


Monday, June 29, 2015

Polka Dots and Polka Nots

Today I mixed polka dots with a micro-floral print that looks like polka dots, but it's not:




A print that is commonly known in the business as, polka nots:



See?  Polka nots, not polka dots.



And that's a black polka dot skirt, not navy:





I know, I know.  It's craziness:

Blouse: vintage, thrifted (similar) (similar)
Skirt: vintage, thrifted (see below) Sandals: Franco Sarto (similar)  

Craziness, polka dots and polka nots.


Happy Monday, All!

Gracey


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Pom Wonderful

As I mentioned before I, for some reason, have a favorite trim.  And for all the reasons, it's pom pom trim:





I like it so much, I like to wear it all at once:



All the pom poms.  All of 'em.


Because pom poms are...


Peplum: eShakti (similar) (more coverage)  Scarf: gifted (similar)
Pants: Old Navy (similar)  Flats: Nine West (similar)


That's right, pom wonderful.



Happy Friday, All!

Gracey

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Not Culottes

This is a skirt, not culottes:





But, it should be culottes.  I mean, for the love, it looks like culottes.  It clearly wants to be culottes:




Not that I blame it.  If I were an article of clothing, I'd want to be culottes too.  I love culottes.


And I love this skirt too:


Skirt & Top: vintage, thrifted
Earrings: gifted (similar)  Sandals: Isola via Nordstrom



I do.  Even if it's not culottes.


Happy Wednesday, All!

Gracey


Monday, June 22, 2015

Chambray, Olive and Magenta

I'm wearing magenta again, but out in the open this time.





No hidden magenta here, just this fun, pleated skirt, out in the open:




I found it in Goodwill the other day and thought it would be perfect with these olive Frye sandals:




I finished the look off with a knotted chambray shirt:


Top: Nordstrom (similar on sale)  Skirt: thrifted (similar, similar, similar)
Sandals: FRYE via Amazon (exact on sale, similar save, similar splurge)



Happy Monday, All!

Gracey