Book Club

I am big into reading and have joined a fun group of girls here in Nashvegas who make up the West Nashville Book Club. Our January book club book was the fantasy novel The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

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This story is  about a young orphan boy who, after a devastating plague, is taken in by The Thiefmaker, who like his name, creates thieves! Locke  is a trouble maker from the start only because he is so much better at stealing than the  rest of the little orphans, but he can’t control himself. He is soon given to Chain, a not so blind, blind priest. He is raised in this small group that quickly becomes more of a family called the Gentleman Bastards. They are the best thieves in all of Camorr  and are similar to Robin Hood and his merry men in that they steal from the rich but they don’t necessarily give to the poor (they have been hoarding the money for no reason at all and keeping it in their secret vault!) 

The Gentleman Bastards plan elaborate plots against a very wealthy man, Don Lorenzo Salvara, and his wife and gets a lot of money from him. Then a mysterious figure, The Gray King, shows up and starts to mess things up for Locke and his men. Locke is tricked in to acting as the Gray King and is almost killed by Cappa Barsavi, a crime boss basically, who is furious at the Gray King for killing his daughter. Locke is then saved by his friends but soon return back to their home to find it ransacked, two of the Bastards killed and all their horded treasure gone! 

The Gray King turns out to be a bitter man who is seeking revenge for the murder of his family. His plot is to kill all of Camorrs high society with some artfully deceptive bombs. Locke figures it out and goes to save everyone, then of course seeks out The Gray King to get his own revenge. 

 

I know I know, I am terrible at book reviews but trust me when I say the book is good and worth reading!

If you want to read along with us our next book is going to be a classic romance. In honor of Valentines of course! 

Craving Minnetonkas

For months I have been seeing Minnetonka pop up left and right in so many cute ways and with so many adorable outfits.  I have started to have some serious shoe envy! Yesterday I was returning some stuff and I saw a pair of Minnetonka moccasins on sale for $29.99 at Marshalls I just had to buy them. Now I find myself feeling as though I need every pair they have ever made! In particular though I do need to have  both of these ASAP!

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These are the Mukluks and the Three tier calf high boots. I am in love, my heart aches for them!

I found both of these giveaways as well and of course I had to enter.

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Cotton and Curls Minnetonka Giveaway 

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 SkunkBoy Minnetonka Giveaway

So here’s to crossed fingers and good luck!

Sidecars and Sipping Cream

Lately, with it being all cold and what not, I have been wanting to try  drinks that are not a cold Beer. I started with whiskey  since I know my husband likes it and will drink what I don’t. I found this recipe for a Sidecar, which I had never heard of as  a drink, and it is supposed to be similar to Whiskey Sours, which I like, I thought this would be a good start!

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Sidecar

  • 3/4 oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Roses Sweetend Lime Juice
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Put everything is a shaker or a mason jar with a lid.
  • Add ice and shake, shake, shake…

I really liked the Sidecar and will definitely be making them again!

The second drink I tried this week and enjoyed was

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Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream

  • Pour as much as you want into a glass and enjoy on the rocks!

I like the sipping cream, its sweet but not to sweet. I also like that it is not a thick cream so it flows smoothly!

I’m excited to explore some more cocktails and get my little home bar going, these where both great starts I think!

Prosit!

Inspired

I love reading blogs, I can be sucked into them quickly and never want to leave.  I have for a while wanted to start one of my own but have never known where to start. I figure the best way is to just do it and learn along the way right?!

I really enjoy blogs about fashion and lifestyles but recently I have been inspired while reading my newest favorite blog Delightfully Tacky  . I think she is absolutely adorable for starters and her style is amazing.  I dream to have as much confidence as her and other people like her who put themselves out there in all their beautiful glory.  She has inspired me in three ways recently.

 1. I desperately needed an outfit for a photo shoot we were doing at work and I was clueless and stressed and a mess in every aspect of the word about what I was going to wear. I came across her blog via Pinterest months ago and then refound her in my time of need saturday!

This outfit was everything I wanted and more:

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Its fall and winter and outdoors and adorable so I simply copy and  pasted it onto myself as best I could!

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All in all I think the outfit came out well and I felt good wearing it!

2. She does something I think is brilliant which is a 26 before 27 list  . It’s so cute I wanted to do one of my own.

So here it is:

1. Learn to use my camera properly

2. Start a  journal

3. Vacation somewhere new

4. Spend less money

5. Discover the art of styling clothes on myself

6. Move the shed to a new spot in the backyard

7. Re-design the backyard to add a patio area

8. Landscape the yard

9. Grow more veggies

10. Do more sketching and painting

11. Learn how to do some graphic design

12. Learn to properly use Photoshop

13. practice writing/ Do writing challenges

14. Decorate spare bedroom

15. Fix the floors at home

16. Add a linen closet in the bathroom

17.  Hike more

18. Get a massage or 10+

19. Drive to my moms house - the whole way ( I have terrible driving anxiety and can’t make it across town so driving 4 hours to moms is going to be a tough one)

20. Cook through a cookbook

21. Get a bike and ride it

22. Learn to sew/ tailor my clothes

23. Be more holistic

24. Start a blog -  Ta Da one down!

25. Take ballet classes – I started this one on Jan 14th after years of saying I wanted to start ballet again but I was always to scared. Not anymore!

3. Finally starting this blog. I have started and deleted and restarted blogging for at least a year now but finally decided to do it and stick to it. Elizabeth wrote a very nice post on bravery and I love the way she thinks. Bravery is in fact different for everyone and what may be nothing to one person could be everything to someone else. So while blogging may seem like nothing to many it takes a lot of courage for me to put myself out there and drown out the voice in my head saying it will never happen. So my simple act of bravery today is this.