Have you seen this on Etsy?

Custom Fashion Illustration Portrait Custom Portrait illustration Custom Portrait from Photo Custom Illustration Portrait Digital Download
I thought this was so cool! This artist takes your photo (and customization specifications) and turns it into a digital portrait of you as a fashionista! Or you can purchase a print of the portrait, a phone case. She does fashion portraits, as well as family and pets. Check out her shop! Her name is Minjee Kang and her shop is Big Fashion Book.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigFashionBook?ref=l2-shopheader-name
She also has a fashion print shop where she sells the latest fashion lines...

FENDI - Fashion Illustration Print Fashion Print Fashion Art Fashion Wall Art Fashion Poster Fashion Sketch Illustration Art Print
Recognize the Fendi line? Check out the rest of her talent at her print shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/bigfashionbookprints .

This is not a solicited review. I simply saw her shop on Etsy and was really impressed by her work. I just wanted to share it with all my fashionistas!


ootd 6/30/2016

ootd 6/30/2016


What is more beautiful than a sea of water with a number of white-winged boats skirting its surface? Poetry and beauty contesting with the wind and the waves! ~ George Matthew Adams

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What's the ocean about? Wind and waves, sun and sand, boats and fish and the secrets that hide deep under the seas. I've got some art pieces that show some of each of these.

Pouting
Pouting
by mrscharley

sail away
Sail Away
by eileen-d-moon-cat

*are we human?*
*are we human?*
by karineg

Calling It A Day
Calling It A Day
by hollyjo

Where the marsh meets the ocean....
Where the marsh meets the ocean...
by lindafaulkner-adams

Target
Target
by stafania-federici

Under the Sea
Under the Sea
by iamlegend

*a day at the beach*
*a day at the beach*
by karineg

That's it for today! Hope you enjoyed the show. Let me know what you thought of it. Have a great Thursday!

Judi and the Blue Cat

ootd 6/28/2016

ootd 6/28/2016


Off to Paradise! Anyone ready for a Summer Cruise?

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Whether you're actually going on a cruise or just taking a tropical vacation, you need a certain type of wardrobe. Pieces you can pull together and mix and match easily. So let's try to put a wardrobe together that will pack easily and work for a week at sea.

Cruise the Seas
Let's set our color scheme for the week with this outfit. A maxidress in tan and dark blue. Shoes in tan. Bag in bright blue. Earrings in a rainbow color scheme for a splash of real color. And dark navy blue sunnies in a great new shape. I think this is a theme we can work with quite easily. It won't show drips of coffee or tropical drinks, either. The animal print in this dress keeps it in the vacation mood. Add a lightweight sweater in navy or a denim jacket for the cool nights at sea.

Cruise the Seas 2
Tan shorts and a floral print top that can be pulled to off-the-shoulder if you want. Tan espadrilles brushed with a metallic finish. A navy and tan woven tote bag. The same rainbow earrings and the same sunnies. Great for going shopping ashore.

Cruise the Seas 3
Cropped linen rolled trousers and a navy print tunic with a handkerchief hem. The same espadrilles and striped tote. The same sunnies. A new pair of rainbow earrings that sort of look like fireworks. This is definitely a great outfit for sightseeing.

Cruise the Seas 4
Cream shorts with a tie waist and dark blue and tan striped top with 3/4 sleeve. A scarf to tame hair on the boat ride to shore or to wrap with if it gets a bit cool on the ride back to the boat later. Same tote, sunnies and espadrille. A different pair of rainbow earrings. Another great shopping outfit. Or just sit in the shade and read a good book.

Cruise the Seas 5
Blue and white striped midi length dress. The original pair of tan shoes and the blue clutch from the original outfit. The same sunnies we've had all through our trip. And the rainbow earrings that look a bit like fireworks. A great dress to wear when the band is playing lots of good dance music.

Cruise the Seas 6
A blue and white floral print maxiskirt and a white blouse. The same shoes and clutch as in the previous outfit. Our usual sunnies. And the earrings from the last shorts outfit. See how our accessories are mixing and matching with what we've got for clothes? Saves space and makes getting dressed so easy. You have better things to do on a cruise than spend time trying to choose what to wear.

Cruise the Seas 7
A comfy pair of highwaisted denim shorts and a creamy off-the-shoulder laced edged top. The accessories should be familiar by now.

Cruise the Seas 8
A tan bathingsuit and a navy and tan kimono cover up. Oh my, a new pair of shoes! Tan flip flops! Are you surprised?

Well, do you have your tickets for your vacation destination, yet? I know you're all packed. So bon voyage! Take some pictures and send me one!

That's it for Tuesday and Your Week in Fashion! I'm reading an ARC about Queen Victoria. It's quite interesting reading. I can't release my review of the book until the book is published later in the fall. But Friday, I have a review on a book I just read that I enjoyed called The Train Station Bride by Holly Bush. Check out my review and you might find yourself checking out the book.
Judi and the Blue Cat

ootd 6/27/2016

ootd 6/27/2016
Another hot day and the maxiskirt is all over the place with the fan. I just sit here at the computer and let it go. Having Charley on vacation makes it hard for me to work, so I glue myself to the desk when he's not here and get as much done as I can. Then I can be with him when he's home. Happy Monday!

Review: The Amalfitano's Bold Abduction

The Amalfitano's Bold Abduction The Amalfitano's Bold Abduction by Jennifer Blake
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

GoodReads Summary:
Dana Marsden's first mistake is stopping on the fog-shrouded Amalfi Coast road to help clear a traffic jam. Her second is rescuing the valuable cat that appears out of the mist. And the third? Trusting the handsome Italian who comes to her aid when her rental car plunges over a cliff in what may not have been an accident.

Since the American police officer refuses to believe she's in danger, Andrea Tonello sees only one option: spirit her away to the safety of his private island. 
But who's going to protect him from one mad, independent lady when Dana discovers what he's done?



My Review:
She's a police officer when she's at home. When she's on vacation, she's just another uptight, American bimbo looking for a romance with a rich Italian playboy. And she finds one. She finds a well bred cat with family problems, too. The story was okay as long as you could suspend your need for some reality. Even a 5 year old wouldn't get into the playboy's helicopter with him on the flimsy excuses this guy came up with. They'd be screaming for the polizia and not budging until they saw some identification! She seems to have none of the instincts of a police officer at all. The love story was pretty and the sex was good. But the reality part of it was missing. Sorry, but I think I'll give the first two books in this series a miss. Book #1 is The Tuscan's Revenge Wedding and Book #2 is The Venetian's Daring Seduction.

I acquired this from BookBub (Amazon) for nothing. I use the GoodReads Summary of the book, but the Review of the book is fully my own opinion.

Judi Easley

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Her Sanctuary by Toni Anderson

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by Toni Anderson Book #1 of Her Series

GoodReads Summary:

Running for her life, ex-FBI agent Elizabeth Ward escapes to Montana with a new identity. She craves peace and solitude, but instead finds handsome rancher, Nat Sullivan.

Nat is trying to hold his ailing family together, while struggling to keep the ranch from bankruptcy. The last thing the cowboy needs is a beautiful stranger reminding him there is more to life than work.

But Elizabeth isn't what she seems. And when a murderer and rapist track her down to the remote ranch, they all find out about the power of revenge.



Revenge or Redemption. Which would you choose?

**This Romantic Suspense was originally published in 2006 and then again in 2009.**


My Review:

I have never read any of Toni Anderson's work before. This was not a bad start at all. The book isn't perfect, but it blew me away anyway. This heroine is a tough gal who's been through abduction and rape and is now being pursued by her demon once again. Why? Because the Feds, who she worked for, let him walk for evidence. She asked a friend for help, and her friend is in the line of fire now as well. She's hired an assassin to take out this guy if he ever gets close enough to her to get his hands on her again. She's rich, so money's not an issue. Good thing, too. Because the good looking hero in the story, has a family farm he's trying to save and is going to need the money real soon. He doesn't know that, though. He just knows he can't let her go and he can't let her get hurt. She's his to protect. She doesn't want to leave, but she doesn't want to bring trouble to the farm and she has to try to save that friend of hers. Oops, no one moved soon enough. The bad guy's here.

Well, if you can get past the idea that a woman who's been violently raped is falling in love with an unknown man not too long after the rape, then this works. Eliza and Nat are a great couple. They both are very busy trying to take care of other people. They are both strong people with good intentions. They are both lonely people with an emptiness that needs filling. They come together in a way that isn't typical so their defenses aren't clicking on all cylinders. They have both just been through a major crisis in their lives, leaving them hurting. They fit each other's needs. They fall.

I logged this into GoodReads before bedtime on the 17th, then read it in one sitting on the 18th. It was good, really good. She's fiery and outsmarts everyone, even the ones who trained her at the FBI. He's warm and gentle and just never stops trying to take care of those he sees as his. Together they survive the worst the bad guys can throw at them.

Read this book this summer, but bring your sunscreen. You won't want to put it down once you start.

I acquired this book through BookBub (Amazon) for nothing. The Summary I use on my blog is the GoodReads Summary, but the Review is fully my own opinion.

Judi Easley at Blue Cat Review
"http://www.bluecatreview.us" 

Book #2 and Book #3 of Her Series:


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ootd 6/23/2016

ootd 6/23/2016

I have an appointment in Manchester and Buggy's not happy, but I'll be home to work all afternoon. So she'll be able to snooze on the bed then.

To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude. ~ Jeanne Moreau

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I've got beach scenes for you today! Late June and it's definitely time to do the beach, so here it is!

The Beach is Calling

The Beach is Calling
by mrscharley

Fun in the sun
Fun in the Sun
by no-where-girl

at the beach house
At the Beach House
by mrscharley

Dear Ocean...
Dear Ocean
by lindafaulkner-adams

Swimming with Friends
Swimming with Friends
by mrscharley

Set Sail
Set Sail
by skpg

A Day at the Beach or Who Gets Pinched First?
A Day at the Beach or Who Gets Pinched First?
by mrscharley

Color Pot on Beach
Color Pot on Beach
kathy-martenson-sanko

Well, is that enough sand in your sneakers for one day? Hope you enjoyed the show! Which one was your favorite? See you tomorrow with a review of a book I just read called Her Sanctuary by Toni Anderson, an adventurous romance.

Enjoy your day!
Judi and the Blue Cat



Another Change I Have Made Here...Please, Let Me Know What You Think!

I finally smartened up, I think! I hope! I have taken the Google+ Comments off my blog. You no longer have to have a Google+ Profile to leave me a comment. Any of my followers may leave me a comment. And I would really love to hear from you about the changes I have made lately. Which ones do you like? Which ones don't  you like? What would you like to see that I have done in the past that you might want to see again? Suggestions? Requests? Just say hi! I've had so much fun these past two weeks with the changes I've been making and getting things ready for the rest of the summer and (yes) planning into the fall. I was checking all the settings for the blog and when I hit the comments settings, I finally realized that those settings might be a stumbling block. The one that I've been looking to fix all along. I hope it's the one that will fix what I see as my biggest problem on the blog. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Judi and the Blue Cat

ootd 6/21/2016

ootd 6/21/2016

Oops, I did it and then was so busy, I forgot to post it!

ootd 6/22/2016

ootd 6/22/2016

Yes, the sand sculpture exhibit and competition at Hampton Beach, NH! I'm soooo excited! Buggy, not so much.

Beach Breezy

Beach Breezy

At the beach or in town, this is summer living easy!

Summer Whites Six Ways

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There's nothing like the look of an all white outfit in the summer. It dazzles the eye and holds the attention long after other outfits have faded from memory. Let's see how to put it all together.

summer whites

Long shorts and an off the shoulder blouse to catch all the cool breezes.

summer whites 2

Loose shorts and tank with a long light cardigan for a classy, casual summer look. Keep it neat, remember casual is not sloppy.

summer whites 3

A loose cut tank dress with v-neck and uneven hem will flow with the slightest breeze.

summer whites 4

A lovely sheath dress with a self scarf tied in the latest way with knots on each side. Country club luncheon classy.

summer whites 5

Cropped white cotton jeans and a simple off-the-shoulder cotton blouse. A neat, uncluttered look.

summer whites 6

A side split skirt, a one shoulder peplum top and a sheer white over embroidered kimono with long fringe. Elegant for a special occasion.

There you have six looks all in summer white. How do you do your summer white looks?

Hope you enjoy your day. See  you tomorrow for my ootd and a peek into a beach house design. Happy Tuesday!

Judi and the Blue Cat

ootd 6/20/2016

ootd 6/20/2016

Happy Monday! My top doesn't have any blue in it, but it's similar. My earrings are black based, double circles and tiny rainbow stones, this was the closest I could come to for effect.

So, what do you think about the changes on Blue Cat Review lately? I'd love to hear from you about them.
Enjoy your day!

The Illegal Gardener by Sara Alexi

29675054The Illegal Gardener
Book #1 of The Greek Village Collection by Sara Alexi

GoodReads Summary:
Driven by a need for some control in her life Juliet sells up on impulse and buys a dilapidated farm house in a tiny Greek village, leaving her English life behind.

The house is liveable by local standards but the job of restoring the garden is too big, it requires strength. Juliet cannot bring it to life on her own. 

Around the olive tree, hidden beneath the covering of bindweeds, are mattresses, broken chairs, shepherds' crooks, and old goat bells, the remains of past lives intertwined in a slow decay. The beauty of the garden is lost with the years of neglect and no one to appreciate it. 

Juliet reluctantly enlists casual labour. She has no desire to share her world with anyone. The boys have grown, Mick has gone. This is her time now.

Aaman has travelled to Greece from Pakistan illegally. His task is to find work and raise money for the harvester his village desperately needs to deliver them out of poverty. Poverty that is sending the younger generation to the cities, dividing families, and slowly destroying his community. 

What he imagined would be a heroic journey in reality is fraught with danger and corruption. He finds himself in Greece and follows the work, a little here, a little there. As time passes he loses his sense of self, he is now an immigrant worker, illegal, displaced, unwanted, with no value. Some days he does not have enough money to feed himself, let alone to return home to Pakistan.
In the village square, he waits for work, dawn not even broken.
Juliet hires Aaman.

Neither is entirely comfortable with their role. Juliet the Westerner, with money and a valid passport, even though she wants her garden clearing resents the intrusion. Aaman needs the work and money but resents the humiliation.

As the summer progresses, even though they are from vastly different backgrounds, cultures apart, they discover they have something in common, an event that has defined how they interact and even how they view themselves. Pieces of their lives they have kept hidden even from themselves are exposed. Each is the other's catalyst to facing their own ghosts.

My Review:

Initally, I wondered where this could be going. Then the tension started building and I had to wonder if it could possibly end up where it seemed to be headed. It just didn't seem right.

It's a love story isn't it? Yes. But not the usual type of love 
story. Not a romance. This is the love between a man and a woman who have conciously made the decision not to cross that line. They have a far richer relationship. Juliet and Aaman start out as two people caught up in their own struggles with no real understanding of the other person or their cultural differences. They start as boss and employee with one working for the other. They are at a distance. They learn to work together and to see things from each others perspective until they have a friendship and trust and an understanding of each other that goes deep. They have real love. It has been earned through long talks, hot tears and deep silences. They have faced betrayal, seperation, adversity, and danger. Seperately and together, they have overcome it all and each come to a better place emotionally and mentally.

And then it's over?

You need to read this book this summer. It's just about the perfect summer read. And I need to read at least the next book in the collection to see if this is typical for this author. If it is, she needs to go to the top of my preferred authors list.
The Illegal Gardener

The next two books in the collection are:

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Saving Septic Cyril is actually #16 in the collection, but it is the reappearance of Aaman from The Illegal Gardener.

I purchased this book on BookBub, the review is fully my own opinion.

Judi

PS Don't forget to sign up for the Coyer Clean Out Your eBooks Challenge  http://www.coyerchallenge.com To see other book reviews in the Coyer Challenge go here.