Adventure and Fun!

Adventure and Fun!

Burgundy, Maroon, Oxblood - they all look like Dark Red to me! Layering sleeveless gives you the warmth you need when the warmth of summer cools a bit!

Life is a Living Rainbow

Life is a Living Rainbow

What goes best with your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans for the weekend? Why a rainbow, of course! Pick pieces in every color and blend them with a multicolored necklace or scarf for fun! Be a living rainbow!

Kisses don't come cheap!

Kisses don't come cheap!

Don't be underestimated or undervalued! Show them what you're worth! Step out in Black lace on white with black pearls at neck and wrist, and black bows on your shoes. Then switch it up with a black clutch covered with white pearls and stones! A stunner for any crowd!

Just Too Perfect to Really Like

Emily and Colin returned in this, their sixth outing together as the crime-solving duo of Victorian England. I loved the concept of an anonymous baddie painting the front doors of London's elite with red paint to announce countdowns to scandalous revelations, ending the careers or lives of society's most respectable scions. Murder, abduction, tension and shame are on the menu in this addition to the series, and Emily has to assist her agent husband as they struggle to uncover the spiteful criminal's identity.

While the story had great possibility, I just couldn't really get into it for about 130 pages or so. It began with a lot of Emily's personal rebellion against the feminine restrictions of society and such, which is character-building, but seemed more of a distracting tangent. Even once it did get into the meat of the plot there wasn't a high level of excitement or overwhelming tension that makes a crime novel really successful. There is a gem, however, when Emily discovers the "game" Cordelia played with her late fiance and realizes that it is the means by which Mr. Dillman concealed the vital clue.

As far as Emily herself is concerned, she has become just a bit too perfect from a 21st Century view-point. She is a strong, intelligent woman who refuses to be confined by the period's standards for womanly behavior. She reads Greek and is learning Latin, and seems to be something of a Renaissance Woman. Her marriage is full of passion and trust, and both she and her husband are beautiful and highly respected. Her fortune is vast and her best friend practically worships her. She's just too wonderful. I understand that it is this combination which allows her to be such a success when it comes to solving crime, but it makes it hard for me to accept her as real.

I can't say that this was one of Alexander's best, but it is worth a read. The mystery itself is well thought out and comes together neatly.

Watcher in the Wood

Watcher in the Wood

Digital art by me!

Summer Days Cool

Summer Days Cool

Late summer days are warm with cool evenings. Look good and be comfortable in this black and ivory combination that will keep going all day and evening!

September to December Leather

September to December Leather

Do leather in high style this fall, supple black leather cut just so and top stitched with white! Animal prints are with us again, as they punch up a great fall look!

It's All About the Character

Not a perfect story. I'll say it up front ... it's one of my absolute favorite books, though.

Some of the characters are really out there, clogging up the flow of the story and the cohesion of the world itself. Jordan's personality fits very well, I think, but the whole saber-wielding, anti-magic field thing is just too much. Some of the women's personalities are either too strong or too weak by turns, leading me to want to reach through the page to smack them up-side the head.
And does everyone have to get paired up? This isn't Jane Austen, here!

All that aside, though, this story is so deep and so ... okay, resonating might be totally cliche, but grit your teeth and bear it! This book makes you FEEL. Kat is such a tragic character; you break your heart over him and everything that has been done to him. Don't make the mistake of thinking him a weepy, pathetic protagonist, however. He possesses that inner strength (battered and bruised though it may be) that we love to see in our heroes. Isaak delivers his voice so eloquently and with such a desperate plea to be heard and accepted: "A human being! A person, just like you, with dreams and terrors - just like you. I fear, I hope, I hurt, and yes, I love." When you're not throwing your fist in the air rooting for Kat, you just wanna hug him!


This is one of those books that is ultimately carried by its main character. Without Kat, the book would be soulless and vapid. I love him, I love how he makes me feel, and I love that he never loses the spirit to keep on fighting (in his own quiet way) to go on. It's all about this one character - he makes the story worth the read.

If you like emotional explorations that touch on the psychological scars of someone who has been mistreated by life, and like your fantasy, then give this a try.

Late Summer Look

Late Summer Look

Summer into Fall - Black and White and Green! Houndstooth adds a dash of excitement and class to the mix and the tennis ball watch adds some fun!

Tiptoe in Petals

Tiptoe in Petals

Summer into Fall. White, Nude and a touch of Petals will see you through the day!

In the Fairy Clearing

In the Fairy Clearing

DigitalArt by me!

Dark Neutrals

Dark Neutrals

Yes, I know you're still spending every weekend at the beach or around the pool! But fall isn't that far away, and the stores are already getting shipments of those fall clothes, so it's time to shift the fashion brain! Dark neutrals, black, gray, and bronze with a dash of crisp white. Put it all together and you have a look that's rich in visual texture and depth!

Office Looks don't have to be boring...

Office Looks don't have to be boring...

Gray and Black are familiar office basics. BUT, add open-toed heels in mixed patterns, earrings in multiple shades of purple and a clutch in dark plum, and you've got an office look that's anything but boring! over50appropriate

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee or Tea?

FASHION TREND: Graphic Tees!

A New Spin on a Fun Fairytale

I loved the concept of a young woman learning to become a Godmother! The new spin on traditional folktales was really fun and allowed the heroine to demonstrate the ingenuity that makes for an admirably plucky character. Elena hit the perfect note ... right up until about the halfway mark when it turned into a trashy romance. Though the idea of Alexander was generally a good one, his "transformation" was not believable and the romance was poorly fitted together - rushed and slip-shod.

This was also one of Lackey's weakest novels in the style and mechanics department. The repetition of certain words, phrases or cliches was an irritant. Her prose was also just not as polished as what she usually turns out. I have to admit that I am disappointed (a lot is on the editor here as well).


Despite the downfalls, though, I enjoyed this book and think that Lackey has come up with an interesting world which will allow for a number of entertaining stories to emerge. Bravo!

B & W & Poly all over!

B & W & Poly all over!

Here's Polyvore's 07 tee again! This time paired with white skinnies and a B&W striped scarf. Add a black fedora, sushi earrings, dice bracelet, polka dot clutch, and black and peach sunglasses for fun! Then slip into a pair of super yellow pumps and you could take on the world!

Butterflies in the Garden

Butterflies in the Garden

Navy blue with the flutter of pale pink butterflies makes up this lovely sarong look. Step up in dark blue heels and touch it up with lovely gold jewelry. Makes for a lovely Asian inspired look!

Summer Strolling

Summer Strolling

For summertime strolling - a wrap crop top and white pleated skirt are great for those hot sunny days. Blue flats and red clutch look great - add a cardigan for warmth to handle those sea breezes!

Nothing shady about this lady...

Nothing shady about this lady...

A special look made simple. A long pour of pale pink with sparkles at the ears, fingertips and toes to set it off make you the centerpiece!

Poly 07 Tee

Poly 07 Tee

Anything and everything goes with a denim skirt! Here is a black tee (Polyvore's #07 shirt!!). Great suede and rope opened-toed pumps and suede clutch add coordination to separates. Dark red jewelry adds a depth of color and bright red sunglasses are that pop of color no one can go without!

Cool Summer Blues

Cool Summer Blues

Monday again? Well face it with a cool look in this cami and neoprene skirt look topped by a bright blue short sleeved sweater. Pale blue mules and a bright blue clutch keep the look even cooler!

An Evening Fantasy

An Evening Fantasy

A peacock colored spill of an evening gown sets the tone for the evening...iridescent sandals and sparkly earrings add to the mood...the final touch? a jeweled peacock clutch!

Polyvore... Happy Place

Polyvore... Happy Place

A black graphic tee and B&W striped shorts are basics...add colorful accessories and shoes...and you're dancing in place...top it all off with a distressed denim jacket and your off and running day to night, a free spirit in your happy place!

A World Apart

A World Apart

DigitalJournalArt by me!

Hello, Yourself!

Hello, Yourself!

From the office to a special lunch, this great combination will take you there. Abstract black and cream midi skirt with a creamy strappy top and drapy red blazer. Add in animal skin sandals and a rose covered clutch. That's a special look!

A day for black-eyed susans...

A day for black-eyed susans...

Just the think for a fun day of errands or visiting friends! Leather shorts and a sleeveless blouse matched up with bag and slingback pumps. Top it all off with a scarf and hat and you are ready to take on the world! Don't forget your sunglasses!

A Hidden Gem

Jemisin took on a fascinating concept for this book. The exploration of creation stories, questioning how religion and faith influence society, and what the nature of the universe is are topics more commonly brought up in the college classroom. They are very appropriately and effectively taken on here in a fantasy novel, however. She ups the ante by adding another facet of these once oh-so-academic ruminations by making the divinities of her world present within the setting, allowing mortals to interact with them, begging the question: What is the difference between the power and influence of a god who is physically present and one who is remote? How would their mortal children react? Is human society more or less successful? What effect is there on the human soul? Again, all very academic when put into these terms. Jemisin's creativity took these near-titanic theories on and molded a story which is at once entertaining and illuminating.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not a perfect story. While there is untold depth to the underlying plot, many of the characters more resemble caricatures -- one-dimensional and seeming to embody one over-arching human quality or motivation. The best example of this is Scimina, one of Yeine's rivals for inheritance. Scimina is all cruel ambition, lacking any moral compass and willing to destroy all in her path to victory. While this is the core of some of the best villains out there, she possesses no tempering qualities which would make her human. She lacks balance. All but Yeine, Nahadoth and Sieh seem to suffer from this problem. While they are the personalities we spend the most time with and come to feel the most for, it hurts the credibility of the world. Another issue I had with Jemisin's writing is that she seemed to rely a bit too much on sexuality and carnal tension to maintain interest. I don't mind the presence of these themes in my fantasy -- I'm always up for romance! -- it became a crutch that wasn't really needed, though.

A decent story with a thought-provoking basis, this book is a great read for your spare time. Don't be turned off by the theological questions as you can ignore them and just focus on Yeine's story if you wish. They are there, however, for those who like to chew on these philosophical answer-less questions. I look forward to seeing where Jemisin goes with this world next and how she grows as an author. Bravo!

A Cool Summer Look

A Cool Summer Look

So fun this summer are the maxi skirt and maxi dress looks! This is no exception! Light neutrals with an accent of light lavender to keep the fun going strong!
Another over50 appropriate look!

Honey Blue

Honey Blue

The free flowing lines and bright colors suggest a family room with active children and lots of fun! Add shelves for breakables up high and lots of space for fun! Would also be appropriate for a dorm room with a change from glass to fuzzy slippers and a sleep mask!

Plum Goodness

Plum Goodness

A flirty floral and fauna dress to go almost anywhere. Topped with a tailored white blazer, black patent bag and plum patent pumps to kick up your heels! over50appropriate

Blowing Bubbles

Blowing Bubbles

Always a strong combination for a room, goes especially well in a home office or home library. Blue has such a soothing effect. And it would be so easy to imagine walking on bubbles with this wonderful rug under your feet!

Midi Skirt for Monday

Midi Skirt for Monday

Just the way to start off the week! Cool green sleeveless top and floral midi skirt topped with a tailored black blazer. Accessories in green and black finish the look! over50appropriate

Lavender Lights

Lavendar Lights

Multiple shades/tints of lavender are grounded by dark chocolate brown. Would make a lovely sitting room or a wonderful coming-of-age room as your baby girl grows into womanhood!

Gray Circles

Gray Circles

Pale, cool gray and curvy, flowing lines can change up the corner of a room that needs a face-lift.

Blue & Gold

Blue & Gold

Your favorite jeans or cut-offs and a crop tee are great for the summer. With some bright sunshiny mules and blue and gold jewelry the fun can go all day. Add a batwing cardigan and the fun can continue into the cool of the evening! Another "over50" appropriate look!