Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hairstyled by Amy Thoumieux

As a girly girl, I thought Hairstyled was a really fantastic book! Filled with colorful pictures and easy to understand instructions, this book is a dream for girls like me who are a little, shall we say, beauty challenged.

Divided into sections such as buns, braids, headbands, and varying lengths and thicknesses of hair, Hairstyled has an assortment of styles for an assortment of personalities, as well as an assortment of women. Because I have very thick hair, it would probably be easier for me to pull off a lot of these 'do's than someone with really thin hair,  but I found that there were many options that thin haired and really curly haired women could pull off with ease.

From its uncomplicated layout to its colorful pictures to its fabulous coiffes to its fun tips, Hairstyled is my hair brush's new best friend.

Blogging for Books sent me a free copy of Hairstyled by Amy Thoumieux in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

Hey y'all! Just wanted to give a quick shout out to everyone and wish you all a very blessed and safe Easter. I hope that you have a great time with your families where ever you may be, and take joy that the Savior of the Universe has risen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dressed for Death by Juliana Deering

A few years ago, my mother and I got hooked on the Drew Farthering Series. The intrigue, the fun, the mystery, the romance, was absolutely wonderful, and they were easy reads.
Dressed for Death is the fourth in the series.

Drew and Madeline attend a Regency Era themed party for a week. Whilst there, they meet up with Drew's old friend, Talbot Cummins and his bride-to-be Alice Henley. Things are just a little off from the get-go, and Alice promptly dies of an apparent cocaine overdose.

Soon, Drew discovers that a man who he has trusted and admired for years has been selling cocaine on the sly, and he realizes that things aren't always what they appear to be.

As I have said before, I loved this series. However, this one just didn't do it for me. I kind of felt that Ms. Deering was starving in a way, and it showed throughout the weak plot. A few things that I felt were not the best in the story was 1. Drew was very..... melancholy, for lack of a better word. There wasn't any joy or fun like there had been in the previous novels. He was constantly down-in-the-dumps, and sometimes just plain depressed. He seemed to blame himself for everything. 2. the endless Jane Austen references! I know that many people could watch Pride and Prejudice over and over, but I just can't handle the movies or books. 3. The lack of clues. Through the most of the book, there seemed to be meaningless conversations or murders. The only significant clues came at nearly the end.

I wish that I could have loved this installment of Drew Farthering, but it just didn't do it for me.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion by Bethany House Publishers.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Hello, My Friends! And How Are You?

Hey, its me! Dolly, the sporadic blogger. Yes, I'm sorry that I have failed to post anything interesting in quite some time. I will now be a recluse and lock myself in my room, and totally beat myself up for being a blogging failure.

I have spent the last couple of days attempting to come up with something even remotely interesting to type for you all, and I am quite pleased to announce that I have come up with absolutely nothing. At least nothing you would want to read about. I could go on for absolute hours yakking about corgis or Audrey Hepburn, but I figure that is mostly just me who's nuts about that stuff.... BUT DO YOU LIKE CORGIS?!?!?!

Oh, I got it! My new favorite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes. Much like Proverbs in the thought that wisdom trumps all, is it chocked full of interesting little phrases like:

 "Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don't have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless-- like chasing wind." 
Ecc. 6:9 

I have really come to love Ecclesiastes because I enjoy hearing what Solomon has to say. He also uses the metaphor "like chasing wind" a lot in his books. Interested/ fun factoid. Anywho, I must be running along now so I can starting working on my algebra. :)

Have a fantastical day today, and whatever you do, DON'T CHASE WIND!