Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge – Check In 2

 

Okay, so I have been totally slacking on my check-ins for the Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge.  This one was supposed to be posted last week and I forgot.  Sorry gals!  I am still reading and following along though so it is not a complete loss.

Here is my check-in for August:

* A YA book (mandatory!) ~ Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella  (See previous check-in for review.

* Non US Author  (mandatory!) ~ Woman With a Secret by Sophie Hannah

* A book that was recommended by a blogger  (mandatory!) ~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin (recommended by Kristen)

* A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more ~ The Carrier by Sophie Hannah

* A book with a kickass female character ~ Divergent by Veronica Roth

I really liked this book.  I had seen the movie so I knew what to expect but sometimes when I feel let down when I have a character and plot already established in my brain and then try to see the book or movie afterwards.  This one did not disappoint though.

* A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) ~ The Martian by Andy Weir   UPDATE – I have decided to read Paper Towns by John Green instead.  I keep seeing the commercial for the movie and I think it looks great.

This one was strange for me because I had a blog friend that HATED it so much that they demanded a refund from Amazon.  I was scared to read it after that but I decided to give it a shot anyway and I actually really enjoyed it.  It was slow-going and not packed with excitement but there were certain parts that just resonated with me.  I took a screenshot of this page because I thought it was so true.  Life would be boring if we were all the same.

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* A book written by a comedian or celebrity ~ The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg

* A book with a one word title ~ You by Caroline Kepnes 

You was great.  Thank you to Kari for recommending it.  It was so creepy and so detailed.  It made me want to delete all my details off the internet immediately.  

* A suspenseful book – a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge ~ The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (recommended by every blogger I know)  (See previous check-in for review.

* A book about Summer, with Summer in the title ~ Summer Secrets by Jane Green  (See previous check-in for review.

Okay, so I have four books left to go for this month.  I am actually halfway through one of them and on vacation this week so I should be able to finish up my list in time for the deadline.  I actually really love being part of this club and I am hoping that the K ladies will maybe put together a Fall book club!  What say you Kristen, Kari and Kay?

Guest Post – Jessi’s Design

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 Hi I’m Jessi! Author over at Jessi’s Design. I’m a wife, new stay-at-home Mama and Southern gal that loves a good glass of wine, gossip, good food, entertaining, interior design and all things pink. My favorite thing currently you might ask? – grabbing a cup of coffee and meeting new bloggers, so come on and stop by! xoxo

When it comes to interior design, I am the complete opposite of modern. There is just something about the old style and charm of historic Victorians or antique shop finds that literally make me impulse buy (like on the regular!) I have a serious weakness for blues and blue willow design, gold framed anything and dark wood pieces.

When Pamela asked if I’d guest post for her, I jumped on the opportunity to spread some old fashioned style your way! We have an 1800’s historic home so keeping it in that style was important to us. There are so many antique shops within a 20 mile radius of us which makes it easy to find that special piece for any space. Finding that piece at a bargain is just an added bonus! You know what? Craigslist has produced some neat things too! Here are some of my favorite finds in our home thus far and also some inspiration photos of things I hope to do and find in the future. (we also have a little side business in the making of restoring and re-purposing old antique finds so stay tuned ya’ll!) Can we say Fixer Upper 2 anyone via HGTV? What are your favorite interior design styles?

This piece was actually found covered in bird poop in an old barn!

 

 

That kitchen table we found under old debris in one of our back sheds!
 
 

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Guest Post – Oh, For The Love Of Stories

SUMMER YA READS

You may not know this about me, but I’m obsessed with books, YA books to be more specific. Of course, you don’t know that about me, I’ve forgotten to introduce myself, which probably says more about me than any introduction I could ever write. 

Hi. I’m Kari.  I blog over at “By Kari Parker”, no, I mean “Oh, For The Love Of Stories”.  I’m going through a name change, hence the confusion.  When I meet most people I pretty much pretend like we’re best friends because it makes intros less awkward (or maybe not).  Just ask Pam – first time we met we bonded over scandalous bus rides and weird Tinder encounters.  I’m also dictating this intro to Siri while trying to run and catch the subway, so sorry for any typos or strange autocorrect.  But also, you’re welcome for the laughs to follow (for autocorrect, I mean. I’m only think I’m that funny).

So as I was saying, I don’t know about you, but I associate summer with summer love, with falling head over heels in love and not pausing to second guess things, for better or for worse. And no one does that better than young adults. Now I know, most of you are probably mature, normal people who read adult books, but I’ve got 5 amazing reasons (in the form of 5 novels) you should let you inner 16 year old out these final days of summer and read a YA novel about the bliss of falling in love for the first time.  

  

 My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I’ve raved and raved about this novel on my blog and featured it in a giveaway because it is just that good. I can’t seem to shake this sweet story of Sam, a soon-to-be senior in high school, who has grown up looking over in awe at the Garretts, the huge family that seems to live such an exciting life next door. For years, she’s imagined what being a part of their word would be like and then one night, she’s thrust into the middle of it. My Life Next Door made me laugh, cry and fall in love with summer and all the possibilities the warm weather carries. It also made me want to be a Garrett. You can read me gushing about it all in this mini-review if you’re interested.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I loved this book just as much the third time I read it as I did the first time (I also reviewed it here). Anna and the French Kiss transports us to Paris where anything is possible, especially love. When Anna gets shipped off to boarding school in Paris, she thinks it’s going to miserable. But then she meets four friends, one of which is a super attractive boy with an adorable accent, and she begins to realize that maybe Paris could feel just as much like home. It’s a charming, feel good story, Perkins perfectly capturing what it’s like the fall in love.  

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Earlier this week, I breezed through this novel in less than 24 hours and then reviewed it hours later because it was just that good. Right as summer begins, Emily’s best friend Sloane disappears without a warning, leaving only a to-do list behind. Everything on the list are things that Emily would never do, but hoping that Sloane will be at the end of it all, Emily embarks on an adventure to complete all 13 things, meeting unlikely accomplices along the way. Since You’ve Been Gone is the perfect novel about defining friendship, falling in love and finding yourself all in the same magical summer.   

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen explores the the damage of a single phrase “I’m fine”, mostly uttered at times when the speaker is in fact not fine. Out of habit, Annabel Green says this all the time, insisting that she is okay although her world feels like it’s falling apart. When she meets Owen, a handsome loner with a penchant for telling truth, it makes her wonder if she can tell her own as well.  I read and reviewed Just Listen  almost 2 years ago and still think about it and what it really means to “stand in your own truth.”  

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

With a name like Rainbow, she can do no wrong. Eleanor and Park has gotten a reputation for being a sadder book, and while it is, it’s also extremely happy and can induce an extreme case of the fuzzies. It’s the story of two misfit teens who somehow find solace in one another and all kinds of awkward and so, so very cute scenes ensue. There are dark moments, but it’s an incredible story about love and how even teenage love can work miracles.  
All of these novels are unique in story, yet, they all remind me what it’s like to be young and impulsive and in love with the idea of love, almost as much as the actual falling. They all remind me that I may be an old lady, but I’m not so far removed that I don’t remember how wonderful it feels. I hope you find that these books make you feel the same way. Nostalgic, I mean, not old. I’m not a monster.  

Guest Post – Going The Distance

Happy Monday Loves!  For the rest of the week I will be on vacation with Taylor.  We are heading out to Long Island to hang with our friends.  I have a few bloggers who will be filling in for me during my absence, so please show them some love.  

Hey guys! I’m Jenn from Going the Distance! 

 
 

Pamela and I are doing guest-posting a little differently, and decided to take over each other’s blogs for the day today! 

On my blog, I share all kinds of stuff: pics of my mini-poodle, Cooper, books I’ve read (and my honest opinions about them), or just everyday stuff.

In addition to that, since I’m a big fan of trying new recipes (and then sharing them with you all–you can find them all on my recipes page!), Pamela asked me to share a recipe with you guys and I knew just the perfect one!

I actually found it from another blog, The Sequin Notebook and decided to make it, with a few additions!

It comes together really quickly, with minimal effort, and packs a punch in the taste department. And, dare I say, it’s not really bad for you either!

Don’t let the ingredient list scare you–you probably have a lot of this stuff on hand already (and if you don’t, it doesn’t cost much to buy them) 

What You Need:

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  • 1.5 cups orzo, uncooked
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 can (16 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, julienne cut
  • 1/4 C parsley, chopped (I just used dried since I had it on hand)
  • feta cheese, crumbled (1/2 Cup or more)
 
What You Do:

 

1. Cook the orzo according to the package directions, drain and return to the pot you cooked it in.

2. While the orzo is cooking, mix the garlic, vinegar, marjoram, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a small bowl, until it’s mixed well.

3. Once the pasta is done cooking and drained, add in the chickpeas, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and parsley and mix together.

4. Pour the dressing you made over the pasta and mix until combined.

 
 

5. Top with feta cheese (if you’re using it), or you could top with shredded parmesan (or…both!) 😉

Eat up and enjoy!

This is seriously such a simple pasta to throw together and it’s perfect for these warmer months! You could definitely bring this as a side-dish to a cook-out, or eat it as a main dish at home.

I hope you enjoyed my little blog take-over here on A Little Glitter, and that I see you around my little slice of the internet soon, too! Definitely stop by to see what Pamela’s up to over there today!

#SummerSocial Event with InStyle and Single Edition Media

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On Tuesday I spend a hot Summer night learning about all things cool at the #SummerSocial influencer event hosted by InStyle Magazine and Single Edition Media at 404 NYC.  

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(Obligatory cab selfie!)

The space was absolutely beautiful and everything from the lighting the to music played by DJ Olivia Dope made for a really fun and beautiful evening.

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Immediately upon entering the space I came across the booth for Peony (which was pretty exciting for me since I have been stalking them on social media and couldn’t wait to check out the collection in person).  How fabulous are their leggings?  I also got to meet their Creative Director, Stephanie Feldenkreis, who was a total sweetheart.

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 Next up, I had the opportunity to speak with a rep from Thierry Mugler to learn more about their fragrances, Angel and Alien.  While I was familiar with these products before the event I had not smelled them and I had no idea the amount of time and effort that went into their gorgeous reusable and eco-friendly packaging.  Each bottle is a one off and it is “yours”.  When you run out of fragrance you simply take your unique bottle and have it refilled (instead of going out and wasting money on a new bottle).  I though that was really cool.  

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Ode à la ROSE was on hand to show their GORGEOUS flowers and run a fun contest where you can guess how many roses made up a giant bouquet.  (I didn’t even come close to guessing the right amount.)  This Company does something that I wish all of them did, they send you a picture of the bouquet you are sending.  This way you can tell it is perfect!  I love that!    

(Some of you may recognize that pretty lady in the middle!  Hey B!)
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I was ecstatic to see that Gardein was serving up their delicious fishless fish tacos.  I first encountered this brand at InStyle’s Celebrate the Season event last year (you can read my recap here) and I have posted about them a few times since.  They make plant-based products that you can use in recipes in place of meat and they taste amazing.  I am a total Gardein groupie. 

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My fishless fish tacos paired extremely well with the delicious wine provided by Brancott Estate.  I am not a huge drinker and I had TWO glasses of their Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc!  (An added bonus is that it is 20 percent fewer calories than regular wine!  Between that and the healthier options provided by Gardein I had a very successful evening dietetically.)

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 After making sure I was thoroughly nourished I headed over to be pampered.  InStyle and Single Edition Media really took care of business in the grooming department.  On hand were nail technicians giving out manicures using Essie products, stylists from the Jose Eber Salon doing blow-outs,  the team from Sarah Potempa was curling hair with the help of their awesome Beachwaver, Sally Hansen was demonstrating how to use their Airbrush Legs spray to get a flawless glow and Neutrogena was showcasing their Hydro Boost Moisturizer, which is a hybrid between a facial moisturizer and a cooling gel.

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Neutrogena also brought in a fun photo booth, which I used after drinking those glasses of Flight Song to create these crazy gifs with Megan from Fashionista Momma and Stella from Fab Gab Blog.  (You are welcome, internet.)

I had so much fun hanging with my blogger friends, mingling with PR reps, learning about products and brands and getting pampered.

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I’d like to thank all the amazing sponsors of the evening:

  • Essie
  • Brancott Estate
  • Dickinson’s
  • Gardein
  • Jose Eber
  • Neutrogena
  • Nicole Benisti
  • Peony
  • Sally Hansen
  • Sarah Potempa
  • Sun Chips
  • Thierry Mugler
  • Think Thin
  • Zico
InStyle Summer Social Gift Bag

Thanks to Esti of Prime Time Parenting for capturing this shot!

I cant wait to try out all the lovely things in my swag bag!

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