Holy moly it’s already JUNE and I haven’t done a Thrifty Fashion post since April! I guess that shows how busy things have been right? Well here you go, after some great updates/news I want to give y’all, I’ll do a Thrifty Fashion post.
And yes, I know I still owe you a ConCarolinas wrap up. It’s coming, I promise.
Speaking of which, I’m going to go ahead and put in a plug for the AWESOME TEENS I mentioned in my post title. They’re from the Charlotte, NC area and I met them at ConCarolinas on a couple of the Hunger Games panels I was on with them. They are so bright, intelligent, and enthusiastic! They made a fantastic Hunger Games FanFilm, and you can see their Catching Fire fan film trailer embedded below. Be sure to subscribe to their channel on YouTube (they have nearly 3 million views!) and like them on FB/follow them on twitter. These guys have talent and are definitely going somewhere!
Here is their ConCarolinas post – aren’t they adorable? Also around 3:40 they gave me the most amazing shout out that I certainly don’t think I deserved. Thanks guys! I loved meeting these guys.
Here’s their Catching Fire trailer:
Now onto my next subject, my friend (and cover artist for my next novel “A Truth Universally Acknowledged”), Mark Dos Santos, is putting together a book of his original artwork. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/44582565/mark-dos-santos-art-book
Yeah, that’s the caliber of stuff he draws. To get his book off the ground he’s doing a Kickstarter where you can donate any amount, BUT if you donate at least $30 you get a signed copy of the book! I mean, that’s totally worth it right there!
So you should go to his KICKSTARTER RIGHT NOW and donate! Tell your friends, this is absolutely worth it. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/44582565/mark-dos-santos-art-book
In case you missed it, Songs of the Seasons: White Flag is now out. It’s a short story that takes place in the War of the Seasons universe and is the back story of a few of the side characters. Also, it’s got the exclusive preview for my next novel, due out later this month, War of the Seasons, book 2: The Half-blood, sequel to the best selling War of the Seasons, book 1: The Human. You can buy it from Amazon here and from Barnes & Noble here.
Bestselling, you ask? Why yes! On the first day of June, thanks to all of you and your fantastic “word spreading” to all your friends and family about War of the Seasons, The Human – was the #3 downloaded YA Fantasy kindle book on Amazon (it was #8 in general fantasy) for a couple days. It dropped off the next day, but I don’t care. It was a bestseller, and that was a dream come true! A dream you all helped me achieve, so thank you.
And hey, if you want to help some more, I’d love to see your reviews on goodreads, amazon, and well, pretty much anywhere you can think to post them!
Now, how about a Thrifty fashion post? Because it’s been so long I will give you TWO outfits!
You might be asking yourself (because I know I’m certainly asking myself), why the heck is this author/Marine/mother/wife writing a fashion blog? Aren’t there like a bajillion fashion blogs out there? Why do we need another?
We probably don’t, and I don’t think I’m a fashionista at all, but apparently some of my friends and family do, and they asked me to do one, soooo… I figured this would be kind of fun to do. So there.
You can see my first post HERE, where I go into the basics of my style & kind of what my shopping “motto” is (never pay full price for anything), and that patience is a virtue (wait 3 years to find a specific pair of $250 Fluevog shoes for $40? Why yes I did…)
A Bolero Jacket, boots, and Jade
Special Agenda? I wanted to wear my Grandmothers’ jewelry (from 3 different ones).
Lucky Brand maroon embroidered bolero jacket, $20 (in store clearance)
Anthropologie tights, $2 (in store clearance)
Banana Republic silk neck tshirt, $12 (in store sale)
Banana Republic pencil skirt, $15 (in store sale)
Target belt, $8
Naya Boots, $69 (eBay)
Total: $126.00. At full price would have been: approx $293.00.
Notes: This was one of those days where I really wanted to wear some of the vintage jewelry I own. I’ve had these jade pieces sitting in my jewelry box for years and this outfit seemed like the perfect place to showcase them. The necklace belonged to my step-grandmother, the bracelet to my paternal grandmother who died before I was born, and the ring came from my mother in law. All lovely jade & silver. I’ve also got another piece from my great grandmother that I adore, and the bolero jacket was perfect for it (pictured below).
I definitely set off metal detectors with this!
Contemporary suit with a vintage feel
Special Agenda? I wanted to wear my gaudy 3 string pearl necklace. So I ended up looking like a Banana Republic advertisement. Or a flight attendant. I don’t care, I love this outfit!
Banana Republic blazer, $99 (special Military sale)
Banana Republic silk shirt, $35 (in store sale)
Banana Republic pencil skirt, $40 (special Military sale)
Italian heels (can’t remember the brand, but when I looked them up online they were like $400-$500 new!), $15 (Thrift store)
3 string pearl necklace, gift.
Total: $189.00. At full price would have been: approx $740.00.
Notes: Not much to add that hasn’t been said above except to point out that as much as I love these heels, they do not do well on the marble steps of the Capitol. I fell right down them! Thankfully I was caught before I could fall far & injure myself, by a Congressman no less!
Lastly, need a copy of my books? As it happens you can buy them here.