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So, I promised no more fairy tale fashion for at least a week and I think I’ve sort of been true to that(!), but I just couldn’t resist doing a few the day before episode 2 because I’ve been theory crafting all week like a manic fan and I found a lot of cool fashion choices. Today’s post is on Sleeping Beauty AKA Aurora and, although I really sort of hate the actress they’ve chosen for Aurora on Once Upon A Time, I really love the colors of Disney Aurora. That being said, I hope you enjoy the fashion picks and enjoy episode 2!

What do you think of Aurora AKA Sleeping Beauty?

Do you prefer the Classic or Modern style?

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Why Reading This Book Will Inevitably Make You Dumber, Faster, Strangely: 50 Shades of Sh*t (Grey) by E.L. James + 12 Things That Annoy Me About It (18+ MA ONLY PLEASE!)

I was inspired to start posting book reviews by my fellow bloggers, NerdyGirlShops and WandsandPliers. This review in particular was sparked by this post that WandsandPliers did about 50 Shades of Grey which was both hilarious and entertaining.

Anyhow, on with the review!

*WARNING – Spoilers Ahead!*

First of all, absolutely nothing happens in the first 3 chapters of this piece of crap. I got so bored I almost stopped reading. Finally, around chapter 5 or so, the story begins, albeit an unrealistic, annoying one. One thing I just don’t get is Anastasia’s naivete. Even if she is a 23 year old virgin, the extent of her lack of perception of people alone is just unfathomable. As much as James (the author) attempts to project this image of a cozy old hermit bookworm in a drop dead gorgeous (allegedly) girl’s body, I just don’t find it that believable. For her to not pick up on the fact that her “friend” Jose likes her is tantamount to moronic and the fact that she continuously whines in her head about her so-called best friend, Kate, nearly all of the first 3 chapters, but then goes on to say how much she adores her just shows exactly how low her self esteem and how hormonally imbalanced she is.

Another thing is, what exactly does Anastasia (or perhaps E.L. James) have against blondes? To add insult to injury, she completely writes off Jose’s attempt rape as “too much to drink” and endures Christian’s abusive, control freak, possessiveness until he beats her with a belt before leaving him. Ugh, I just don’t get it.

Above all,  I really think the only true accomplishment that E.L. James has is the fact that she’s managed to write a protagonist that I actually despise and who’s well-being I’m just not invested in. Other than that, her story is just another poorly written “romance” novel that she didn’t even write, but pretty much plagiarized from Twilight. As much as I dislike Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, I at least give her the credit for creating the story. James didn’t even do that; the amount of coincidental story elements is too obvious to overlook and what’s left is just bad. One last thing that really bothered me: as much as she’s set this in the USA and has her characters down as American, the language is blatantly British. Don’t get me wrong, I love British vernacular, but what’s the point of setting the story in Seattle (aside from being too lazy to change your Twilight fanfic location to somewhere new) if your “American” characters act and speak like total Brits? Even Brits are reading this going ..“Why are they so formal?”  because no one speaks like the characters in this novel. It’s just not realistic and it’s exhausting to read.

 Actually, I’ve no idea if they are since I’m obviously American, but I like to think that’s what they’re saying!

So, that’s all the motivation I can muster up for this review. I apologize if it’s a bit convoluted, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway!

Here Are 11 (out of the 104998594895) Things That Annoyed Me About 50 Shades of Grey:

  1. Anastasia, the Insecure Hater. I really do not understand what Anastasia has against her so-called “best friend” given that Kate is such a nice girl. I understand the obviously envy given Kate has everything (she’s beautiful, rich AND smart), but if they’re such good friends, you would think she wouldn’t be so bothered about it? 
  2. I Wondered Idly. I cannot express enough how absolutely tired I am of hearing Anastasia’s 3 subconscious voices “wonder idly” about things. It’s just tired. Just STOP IT. 
  3. Licking Christian Upside the Face. This may just be me, but I don’t understand the eroticism behind licking someone’s facial hair and face. Again, maybe it’s just me, but I don’t get it. 
  4. God, what is it about feet? Indeed. WHAT IS IT About Feet Anastasia? You tell me.
  5. Is this legal? I don’t know, why don’t you look it up if you feel the need to ask yourself “50” times a day if something is legal or not?
  6. Poor Jose, the Pathetic Rapist is Forever Friend Zoned and Alone. As much as I am repulsed by Anastasia’s ability to shrug off Jose’s attempted rape, I also feel a tiny shred of sympathy for the inevitability of his “forever alone” future if he keeps on walking sadly after the oblivious and uninterested Anastasia. 
  7. Grey, Grey, Grey, Shades, Shades, Shades, Etc. Man, talk about over-used words and phrases. I am too lazy to count the times Anastasia says “50 shades of [insert noun here]” or mentions “smoldering grey eyes/gaze,” but I’m willing to bet it’s in the 100’s. 
  8. Oh Miss Steele & Mr. Grey. Really?? Good Lord, I feel like I need to pull out my silk robe and pipe to read this shit.
  9. Adjective Abuse. Dear E.L. James, just because you put a million and one adjectives together to describe one thing does NOT make it a vibrant, well written description. It just makes me feel like you’re a terrible writer with no actual talent. Which you are. 
  10. Romanticizing Violence. This is one part of the book that seriously pisses me off. About 2/3 through the book, Christian starts getting a little too hardcore for my taste, though I’ve disliked his control freak possessiveness pretty evenly the entire way through this trash, and toward the very end actually beats Ana with a belt. Now, at this point, he’s already hit her a few times and they aren’t what I’d classify as “love taps,” especially considering he feels the need to give her Tylenol and bruise cream after the fact. Yet, in spite of all this, James still writes it like it’s sexy and romantic in a way. I know this is going into personal preference, but I just can’t help but feel that it’s abuse no matter how you swing it and not because he is into BDSM, but because he has SERIOUS issues that fuel this need to harm and control her and nothing else. 
  11. Control Freak, Possessiveness, Out of Control Jealousy, Etc. Made Attractive. I can wrap my head around the fact that some women enjoy making their man jealous or mad intentionally, but the way it’s portrayed in this is just dysfunctional to me. He’s not just harmlessly envious, he’s downright furious and he wants to punish her for it. Again, if you’re into that, cool, but I’m not and it turned me off. Also, I feel like this isn’t reality. In reality, this relationship would end up on COPS or Forensic Files, not Lifetime. 
  12. Her Sunconscious Has a Subconscious Which Has An Inner Goddess. Lastly, this was one of the most annoying bits. Why does Anastasia have a subconscious with another subconscious which has an inner goddess? If you ask me, she should really visit a shrink for that. 

So, those are all the things that got on my nerves while reading this.

Have you read 50 Shades of Grey?

How did you feel about it?

Let me know in the comments!

With the impending release of Resident Evil: Retribution, I thought it was very appropriate to do one of my Fall Fashion Finds for 2012 posts with this theme! After all, Alice has such inspiring and uniquely practical fashion in all the films and I love her style, especially all the boots!  So, in my excitement for yet another Resident Evil and more craziness from the insane minds of the Umbrella Corporation, Here are My Fall Fashion Finds for 2012 – Inspired by Alice from the awesome films (she doesn’t exist in the video games or books) :

BILLIE - Front View

Dr. Martens BILLIE Boots in Black – $120

Resident Evil Set of 3 Interchangable Handblown T Virus, G Virus and G Vaccine Capsule Shield Necklace

Resident Evil Set of 3 Interchangable Handblown T Virus, G Virus and G Vaccine Capsule Shield Necklace; $50

Rivets Detail Knee Leggings

Rivets Detail Knee Leggings; $29.25

Tarte - NeutralEYES Volume II Natural Eye Palette

Tarte NeutralEYES Volume II Natural Eye Palette; $44

Biohazard Earrings

Biohazard Earring Studs; $15

BKE Lace Trim Tank Top

BKE Lace Trim Tank Top; $11.50

Lace Fringe Cuff in Black

Heather Gardner – Lace Fringe Cuff in Black; $138

Estée Lauder ‘Pure Color – Quick Thick’ Eyeliner – Punker; $21.50

Rare  Lace Peplum Military Dress; £50.00

..And just for fun…

ZDK 1 Zombie Defense Kit

ZDK 1 Zombie Defense Kit; $700

Are you guys as excited to see Resident Evil:Retribution as I am?!

I originally did this post where my fashion finds were inspired by Lisbeth Salander and I’ve had a lot of fun finding pieces this way so I decided to do a series of these with different female characters that I like from books, films, etc. for inspiration.

This time the pieces are inspired by Katniss Everdeen.

Katniss is strong, self-sufficient, tough, skilled, resilient, beautiful, and intelligent. She is another one who doesn’t let other people define or control her and she makes her own way. I love that about her. Some of the pieces are inspired by the books and some inspired by the film. I hope you enjoy!

Dune Tye Leather Button Detail Block Heel Riding Boots, Brown, by John Lewis; £170

Izod NZ Lambskin Leather Scuba Jacket; $129

Button Point A-Line Dress

SUVINSHOP Button Point A-Line Dress; $50

Brooch---GOLDEN The Hunger Games Inspired Mockingjay brooch with a pin at the back

Mockingjay Pin; $2.99

Silver and Black Tank Top Shirt

Silver & Black Tank Top; $29

Khaki Heavy Weight Treggings, Black – £18.00

Hunger Games - Katniss Everdeen Bow and 3 Arrows

Bow & Arrow; $79

Clementine Draped Overlay Maxi Dress; $119.99

Coffee Bean Cowl Scarf by KnotaGeek; $25

I absolutely love the Millennium series, better known as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. I know there’s a lot of controversy about it since the films have been released, but I still love the character of Lisbeth Salander. Not because I’m, as some bloggers have put it – “trying to turn a rape victim into a fashion statement” – but rather because I think that Lisbeth Salander is such a great representation of a courageous women. It’s because she is a victim of a lot of things, but she doesn’t become a victim or lie down in defeat ever that people love her so much. I’m not discrediting or discounting the seriousness of rape in any way, but I am saying that I (and likely many others) admire the character of LS because she defies her circumstance. She is more than she appears to be. She is intelligent, prodigal, beautiful (though she doesn’t think so), brave, talented, and honorable. And she does it all without the help of anyone. She is a survivor and I think that’s why a lot of women (and probably men too) admire her so much. Just as an FYI, these fashion picks are based more on the books than the films, though I did put some pieces in that reference them. So, with that being said, this is just a fun post on what I imagine LS fashion to be like and I’ve also used the films as reference. Also, since fall is almost here (thank goodness!), I feel like all the scarves, pants and things are finally appropriate to post on..and because I also love the scarf + leggings combo look a lot! Try not to take it too seriously (for all you critics out there ;-)).

17 inch Laptop Bag for Men - Gray

17″ Gray Laptop Bag by HMMills; $89

Genuine Leather Leggings

Genuine Leather Leggings by UrsaMinorStudio; $144.51

NARS Fall 2012 Collection – Storm Bird – $18

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Salander Spirals Short- Black Wood Fake Gauges

Fake Gauge GWTDT Black Wooden Spiral Earrings by TribalStyle; $24

ANONYMOUS inspired  Matrix  Morpheus quote to Neo Black T Shirt Free US Shipping

Anonymous T-Shirt by DiosElGato; $19.95

Custom What Would Lisbeth Do Lisbeth Salander Girl With The Dragon Tattoo leather cuff bracelet

“What Would Lisbeth Do?” GWTDT Leather Cuff Bracelet by SwellDameInc; $10

Antonella hand-knitted babylama benie

AIAYU Hand Knitted Beanie; EUR 95

Image 1 of Illamasqua SS12 Human Fundamentalism Palette

Illamasqua SS12 Human Fundamentalism Eye Shadow Palette; $51.09

Knitted truffle brown camel scarf

Knitted Truffle Brown Camel Scarf by Foldi; $60

Dr. Martens Eye Marcie Wedge Boot; $129

J Brand The Brix Racer Zip Vintage Cargo Skinny Pants – Evergreen – € 360,00

Ballet Pink Satin Soft Bra & Panties Set Made to Order

Ballet Pink Satin Bra & Panties Set; $85

Obey Womens Jealous Lover Hooded Jacket; $108

JETT FAUX LEATHER LEGGING BLK

Jett Faux Leather Legging Black – $24

What do you think of the stuff I picked out?

What do you think Lisbeth Salander would wear?

Book Favorites: Some Oldies, Some Newbies, All Hopefully Goodies!

(These are from left to right, top to bottom)

Originally, I was going to post separate reviews for some of my favorites, but I decided this is more efficient as I simply have too many books that I love and I don’t want to bore you to death with so many book reviews as this isn’t really a book review blog. That being said, I still love to read and recommend my faves to anyone and everyone who will listen so I hope you will check some of these out and love them as much as I do!

  1. Secrets of a Former Fat Girl – This is technically a diet book, but I really liked the way it was written. Even though she certainly offers up a lot of diet and exercise tips that helped her along the way to a healthy body, I really loved that it tells the story of a girl who was perpetually overweight, even in childhood, and who works really hard to be healthier and more confident over time. I think it’s really inspiring to hear this from someone who has been there as opposed to someone who is already very fit and always has been.
  2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman – You may have seen the animated kids film for this, but let me tell you, this book is way creepier than that. Neil Gaiman is such a great writer and he truly knows how to creep the reader out. I read this on a plane, coming home from a trip and it creeped me out on a plane surrounded by people. Even though it’s written for children, I think this would weird anyone out, but the story is a really great sort of modernized grimm tale type.
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth – I won’t say too much on this one, but check out the review I did for this here if you’re curious. It’s better than Hunger Games!
  4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – This is the sequel to Divergent!
  5. Gemma Doyle Series (A Great & Terrible Beauty ) by Libba Bray – Based in Victorian England, the story starts with the mysterious death of Gemma’s mother. Shortly after, she is sent to an all girls’ boarding school in the English countryside where strange things begin to happen to her. Really great series if you love both fantasy and period dramas, which I do!
  6. Harry Potter Series – Seriously, if you haven’t read this yet, you really should. This book actually taught me so much about life. It’s just good. Even if you have seen the films, but never read them. They offer much more in regard to the details of the story , characters and events that the movies don’t really express.
  7. Interworld by Neil Gaiman – Ever wondered what it would be like to jump dimensions and discover parallel versions of yourself existing all at once, but all entirely different? Really good read!
  8. Millennium Trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) by Stieg Larsson – This is a great series for anyone who believes in women rights, wants to be a bada$$ prodigy ( or meet one) , or all of the above. It’s a seriously great story that I often refer to as my “grown up harry potter.” Not because it’s anything like HP, but because my obsession with this series actually rivaled that one .. for a few months anyway.
  9. Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld – Everything freezes in this tiny town in Oklahoma for everyone except 4 kids who were born at exactly midnight. For one hour, they each have special powers to fight what comes out of the darkness and into the midnight with them.
  10. Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – If you live under a rock and don’t know what this is about, it centers on the story of Katniss Everdeen, a girl living in a world in which there are 12 districts all ruled by one capitol. Since the 12 districts rebelled against the capitol years ago, all children 12+up from each district are forced to enter their names into a bowl. One boy and one girl are picked randomly from each district to fight to the death in the Hunger Games as punishment for their districts past uprising.
  11. Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld – Set in a futuristic society where everyone gets an operation at age 16 which fixes all of their flaws (symmetrical face, eyes, cute nose, etc.) so they can become pretty, Tally is just an ordinary girl eagerly awaiting her 16th birthday so she can leave her ugly self behind, get the operation to become pretty, and cross the river to live with the other pretties. Everything changes when she meets Shay, a girl who not only doesn’t care or think that she’s ugly, but doesn’t want the operation and wants to stay as she is.
  12. Violet on the Runway series by Melissa Walker – Every girl wishes that they could be plucked out of their small town by a modeling agent to become a top runway model and for Violet, that’s just what happens. A really good series about one girl’s journey from awkward to confident. the ugliness of the model world and finding yourself.
  13. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – Very similar to the film that came out with the same title, but I really enjoyed this book a lot. Geishas and the like really interest me so if they interest you as well, definitely check it out!
  14. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson – Written in the 50’s ( I believe), this tells the story of a scientist – Robert Neville – who is the last man on earth after a virus turns everyone into vampires. Although there is a film out of this same title and based on this book, the book is entirely different and the ending and vampires especially are completely different.
  15. What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson – I read this book because I really loved the film of the same title, but the book itself is completely different. It’s more or less about existentialism and what happens after we die – where do we go, what do we do, who do we meet, etc.
  16. Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare – I started reading this series because I really loved the Mortal Instruments series by the same author, but this series is actually better than TMI series in my opinion. Even though it’s technically a prequel series to TMI, you don’t have to read the Mortal Instruments series to understand the story, though you will get more character references and things if you read TMI first. I really love this series because it’s based in Victorian England and is very steam punk influenced, which is something I really love. I love fantasy fiction so if you’re into that genre, you’ll probably like this one!

That’s all for now; What are your current book favorites?

It’s Better Than Hunger Games – Have You Read Divergent?

Welcome to my first ever book review!

This book was originally loaned to me by a friend who had been raving about it for a month or so before she finally convinced me to give it a read and I am so glad that I did!

First off, picture a society similar to Hunger Games (only not), but better.

Veronica Roth’s Divergent is Hunger Games if it was more thought out, better written, just a realistic, and deadlier, if that is possible, which is pretty incredible when you consider it’s her debut novel!

First off, the book takes place in what we assume is post world war type Chicago. In this society, there are 5 main factions each dedicated to a specific virtue – Abnegation (selfless seekers), Amity (peace-seeking), Erudite (knowledge-seekers), Candor (truth seekers), and Dauntless (thrill seekers). At age 16, everyone takes an aptitude test which determines what faction they are best suited towards and then they must choose which faction they want to join. Some stay in the faction they were born into while others transfer to a new one, often leaving their families behind forever. Beatrice, our main protagonist, is born into the life of Abnegation, but she has doubts about belonging in a faction dedicated to selflessness when she never feels good enough. When she takes her aptitude test and results come back inconclusive, she is told that she is Divergent and may never tell anyone or she faces certain death. Then, she is faced with a challenge that may change her life forever – stay with Abnegation or transfer to another faction?

I am really enjoying this series at the moment, currently re-reading the second book Insurgent, and I think anyone who enjoyed Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Uglies series, Infernal Devices or any kind of science fiction types will like this series. I definitely recommend it!

Buy it on Amazon – here! 

Have you read Divergent?

If so, what did you think?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this book with my own money and of my own free will! My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.