The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

 

Short Plot Synopsis…two fraternal twins are born one night…one is perfectly healthy, while the daughter is born with Down’s Syndrome. Being the 1960’s people were scared of imperfections, and the father sends the nurse away with the daughter to a home for her to be taken care of where she will most likely die at a young age. The nurse takes her, but seeing the state of the home cannot bring herself to leave her there, so she raises her on her own. The father tells the girls mother that she died, and the mother mourns her death. The story takes us through basically the next 25 years of these people’s lives and how the father deals with his guilt, how the mother mourns, and how the daughter is raised with the difficulties of her Syndrome.

I have mixed feelings about this book though…On one hand I thought it was really well written and the characters were developed well, but I just thought that the Dad was a jerk and they didn’t develop Phoebe’s (the daughter’s) character enough. I think they want to make the Dad look like a jerk after giving away his daughter, but the reason he did it was to protect his family, so why does he have to be a jerk throughout the entire book? I don’t know. I just didn’t like his character very much. Plus, the son (Phoebe’s twin) is just angry all the time because the Dad is a jerk.

Also I had a really hard time getting through this book and I read a lot. I left this book and read two others before I came back and finished this one. I wanted to know how it ended, I just need a break because the middle does get a little bit long and drawn out. The writer explains EVERYTHING in so much detail that the middle took a little while to get through. The first half of the book was good and then it dragged a little until the end. There is a little bit of a shock at the end, but then it’s over.

Overall I liked the story and it was emotional, so it was good and I would recommend it, but do know that it is a little bit slower than some of the other books that have been on my list lately. It got really good reviews by most people.

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Ankle Strap Sandals

I am a big fan of the ankle strap sandal trend right now. I have been searching for a great pair or two…maybe a neutral and a fun, bright color? I just can’t decide with so many fabulous styles out there. Maybe you guys can help me out? Here are a few of my favorites out there, for every price range!  What do you think of the trend and my picks?

P.S. Here are a few tips to remember when wearing ankle straps

1. General rule: The thicker the strap, the slimmer your ankles look.

2. Avoid long skirts, because the strap and length of skirt tend to shorten your legs. DO pair with shorts and mini skirts. Also, a tight pencil skirt will work if it’s not too long.

3. Pairing with wide leg cropped pants and skinny ankle pants is a Do.

4. Too many embellishments on the sandal are distracting. Go for something simple. If you want to stand out, just try a bring color. 

5. If you have large calves or ankles, nude is the most flattering color. If you have slim legs, add a thick strap to give your leg shape, but stay away from thick, chunky heels because it will just make your leg look skinnier and take away from the shape. 

6. If you want to avoid making your legs look shorter, choose a strap that falls below the ankle as opposed to above it. (Along the same lines, go for a looser strap, or do not tighten it as much.)

First here are a few of our fav celebs wearing the trend of course…Celebrities-Ankle-Strap-SandalsStuart Weitzman Honored For 2012 Footwear News Achievement AwardsL-A-CONFIDENTIAL-MAGAZINE-10TH-ANNIVERSARY-KERRY-WASHINGTON-GUCCI-PYTHON-PRINT-DRESS-SPRING-2013-GUCCI-PATENT-LEATHER-BUCKLE-ANKLE-STRAP-SANDALS-4jpg-e1354730945652

Kerry Washington is wearing these beauties just above…

Gucci ‘Victorie’ SandalGucci Victorie Sandal

Pierre Hardy Leather Ankle Strap SandalPierre Hardy Leather Ankle Strap Sandal

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Steve Madden ‘Marlenee’ Ankle Strap SandalSteve-Madden-Marlenee-Mint-Green

Windsor Nude Strap HeelWindsor Nude Strap Heel

Zara Sandal with BuckleZara Sandal with Buckle

Tibi ‘Amber’ HeelTibi-Amber-Heel

Zara Leather SandalZara Leather Sandal

Chinese Laundry ‘Luck Charm’ SandalChinese Laundry Luck Charm

ASOS Hotspot Studded Heeled SandalsASOS Hotspot Studded Heeled Sandals

London Trash ‘Phoenix’ Sandalphoenix london trash

Sam Edelman ‘Allie’ SandalSam Edelman Allie Sandal

Paul Andrews ‘Alexandria’ SandalsPaul Andrew Alexandria Sandals

Jessica Simpson ‘Jessies’ SandalJessica Simpson Jessies

Alexander Wang ‘Aminata’ SandalAlexander Wang Aminata Sandal

DMSX Donald J PlinerDMSX Donald J Pliner

Windsor Beige Orange High HeelWindsor Beige Orange High Heel

Manolo Blahnik ‘Chaos’ Patent Leather Ankle Strap Sandalsmanolo blahnik chaos patent leather ankle strap sandals

Express ‘Zip Back’ Heeled Sandal

Express Zip Back Heeled Sandal

Also I love this, but I cannot find any other picture except for these when Gwyneth Paltrow wore them, but they should be available for Fall 2013

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Coachella Style

You could argue that the people watching is just as good, if not better, than the actual music at Coachella…but for me, I like to watch the style. From sundresses and crossbody bags to cutoff shorts and crop tops there is definitely a “festival style” and it is gaining more and more popularity. coach4_large

Lucky Magazine predicts the top ten styles you will see at the show. Which style would you wear?

1. The Mad Hatters – Grab a wide brimmed hat and look amazing while you protect your skin from those harsh UVs.item0.rendition.slideshowVertical.Coachella-Outfit-Types-6

2. The Short Starters – Start every outfit with a great pair of jean shorts. item2.rendition.slideshowVertical.Coachella-Outfit-Types-3

3. The Highlighters – Stand out in the crows in bright neons.item4.rendition.slideshowVertical.Coachella-Outfit-Types-8

4. The Lead Singers – Dark denim and rocker tees…you’ll look just like a member of the band. (Drew Barrymore)item6.rendition.slideshowVertical.Coachella-Outfit-Types-4

5. The Prim and Propers – You probably won’t be getting dirty in a fabulous dress, designer bag, and simple flats. (Lily Collins) item8.rendition.slideshowVertical.Coachella-Outfit-Types-7

6. The White Dress Wearers – It can’t be just any color…it has to be white. (Alessandra Ambrosio)item10.rendition.slideshowVertical.Coachella-Outfit-Types-1

7. The Patriots – “Be young, be dope, be proud…like an American.” – Lana Del Reyitem12.rendition.slideshowVertical.Coachella-Outfit-Types-5

8. The Maxi-nistas – Wear a long dress, even if it gets dirty, because it’s just so bohemian. (Nina Dobrev)item14.rendition.slideshowVertical.Coachella-Outfit-Types-2

9. The Festival Fanatics – These are the ones who just wear every single trend at one time…or just threw on anything in their closet. (Vanessa Hudgens)item16.rendition.slideshowVertical.Coachella-Outfit-Types-10

10. The Confused Ravers – Maybe they ended up at the wrong festival?item18.rendition.slideshowVertical.Coachella-Outfit-Types-9

*above photos are from luckymagazine.com

Here are a few outfits from this year’s festival.

Alessandra Ambrosio

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Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung Coachella

Kate BosworthKate Bosworth CoachellaKate Bosworth

Julianne HoughJulianne Hough Coachella

Solange KnowlesSolange Knowles Coachella

Whitney PortWhitney Port Coachella

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger Coachella

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Rosie Huntingto-WhiteleyRosie Huntington-Whitely coachella

Paris HiltonParis Hilton

Audrina PatridgeAudrina Patridge coachella

Ireland BaldwinBudding model and daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, Ireland Baldwin takes in the atmosphere around Coachella music festival while wearing a US Flag design sleeveless top and complimenting bandana on her head and heart shaped glasses and daisy dukeIRELAND BALDWIN at Coachella Festival

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Troian Bellisario & Ashley BensonTroian Bellisario & Ashley Bensoncoachella-party

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Favorites Lately – J.Crew Silk Top in Shoe Sketch

J.Crew Silk Top in Shoe Sketch – jcrew.comJ.Crew Silk Top in Shoe Sketch

Jeffrey Campbell Skybox Sandal – nordstrom.comJeffrey Campbell Skybox Sandal

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Young Fabulous & Broke ‘June Drizzle’ Stripe Maxi Dress – shopbop.comYoung Fabulous & Broke June Drizzle Stripe Maxi Dress

Zara Sandal With Buckle – zara.comZara Sandal With Buckle

Lauren Wolf Jewelry ‘Druzy Ring’ with Stingray Claw – catbirdnyc.comDRUZY RING WITH STINGRAY CLAW

Bi-Tonal Shirtdress – anthropologie.comBi-Tonal Shirtdress

Tory Burch ‘Marion’ Hobo – shopbop.comTory Burch Marion Hobo

Love this cover of the Lumineers, from the show ‘Nashville’. These little girls are so cute and so good! You can download this version too, but here is the clip from the show.

Hey Ho – Lennon Stella & Maisy Stella

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Stripes and Polka Dots

This outfit, for me at least, is a great way to dress up, but still be really comfortable. Sometimes I like to get my blouses a size to big, so that they are a little bit loose. That way I can untuck them a little bit or wear them with leggings and they are long enough to cover my little bum. Here I just decided to tuck the front into some kackis from gap for a casual look that I can still wear to work, or wear out to dinner with some friends. You can wear it with pumps like I did or throw on some flats or even Toms to dress it down more. It’s totally up to you!
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Blouse – J.Crew; Pants – Gap; Shoes – Kate Spade; Purse – Rebecca Minkoff (similar here); Watch – Michael Kors (similar here); Necklace – Dogeared (aries); Rings – David Yurman, Hammered Bands (from Soel Boutique, similar here)

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Hair Thickening Products

I have pretty fine hair so I’m always looking for ways to “pump up the volume”! When I do waves or curls I like to try (and I use that term lightly haha) to have my hair look full like the Victoria Secret models…ummm I wish, but you know what I mean. So here are a couple ways to help out!

The first two masques are great especially in the summer when water and sun are more damaging on the hair. Use them once a week to revitalize and nourish your hair. If the first one is a little pricey try out the Ojon one below!

Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Treatment MasqueNEW Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Treatment Masque

Ojon Volume Advance Intensive Volumizing 2-Minute Hair MaskOjon Volume Advance Intensive Volumizing 2-Minute Hair Mask

I always love a great mouse, but especially love Bumble and Bumble! Or try their pomade type creme for styling. They definitely work!

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Mouse and Creme Contour

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