Book Review: The Lying Game Two Truths and a Lie

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I am a big fan of author Sara Shepard (she also wrote Pretty Little Liars!) and I love The Lying Game series. The series follows former foster child Emma who discovers her long-lost twin Sutton. When Sutton mysteriously vanishes, Emma steps into her life and uncovers secrets about their past and her twin’s disappearance. There has also been a show based off of the books on ABC family which I love! Anyone who is a fan of the Pretty Little Liars show should check out The Lying Game, I think I might even like TLG more than PLL.

Overall, I’m a huge fan of this series. However, I did not enjoy this book as I had the others. This is the third one and by far the worst. I felt that there was no suspense and that you could tell right from the start how things would end up. The best thing about Shepard’s books is usually that they keep you up until you finish them. After that you just lie in bed trying to figure out what you’ve just seen. That element was really lacking from this book. I would definitely recommend reading this series, but be ready for a disappointment on this book. I am still a loyal fan and will be reading the fourth Lying Game book when it comes out this summer.

Get the books: The Lying Game, Never Have I Ever, Two Truths and a Lie (reviewed) and Hide and Seek (On pre-order out this summer)

XOXO

Lauren

One is Silver and the Other’s Gold

I’m loving the metallic trend this spring.You can glam it up, or keep it casual like I did here. It’s fun to pair different shades together and include bright accessories. The dark wash cuffed jean keeps the look casual and fun.

XOXO

Lauren

Credits:

Shirt: Free People

Gray Sweater: Hinge

Purple Sweater: Topshop (England)

Jeans: Citizens of Humanity

Shoes: Sperry (Similar here and here)

Earrings: Kate Spade

Bag: Kate Spade

Bracelets: J. Crew and Morris & Co.

Chicken Parmesan

I recently got back to my Italian roots and made some chicken parmesan for my family. I used the recipe from Everyday Food: Great Food Made Fast from The Kitchens of Martha Stewart. It went well, I love how the zest of the red sauce combines with the cheese. I just used some jarred sauce for my dish, but for an extra challenge you can substitute that for the homemade variety. In the recipe you fry the chicken in olive oil, but it says that it does not need to be fully cooked thrugh because you’ll broil it later. When I do the recipe again I will follow this, but I will bake the chicken instead of broiling it. If you wanted to still use the broiler, I recommend that you cook the chicken fully in t he pan before moving to the broiler. Also, when you put the chicken into the oven be sure to cover it in foil and put some toothpicks (without the plastic toppers on them) into the chicken to keep the foil from getting stuck to the cheese.  I paired my dish with some mixed greens with a vinaigrette dressing. Sit down at the table, put down the cell phone, light some candles, have a good conversation, and enjoy your meal!

XOXO

Lauren

How-to: Crystal Wrap Bracelets

I made these bracelets while watching a movie with my family over spring break. They are super easy to make and look really cool! I used a strand of rhinestones for most of the bracelets and a strand of metal beads on another one.

What you’ll need:

Scissors

1/4 in hex nut

44 inches of leather cord

12 inches of rhinestones or brass ball chain

58 inches of colored cord. Some places recommend waxed linen cord, but I couldn’t find that at Micheal’s. I used plain cotton cord for most of my bracelets and a sturdier cord for some others.

Step 1: fold your leather cord in half so that it’s doubled

Step 2: Grab your colored cord and wrap it down and back up the top of the leather cord a few times. This will make sure that the bracelet does not come undone.

Step 3: Line up the rhinestone cord with the end of the top wrap section. Make sure you make it as close to the end of the wrapped colored cord as possible. You also want to have the crystal kind of over the leather cord.

Step 4: While holding the crystal in place so that it falls on top of the folded leather cord, start to wrap the bracelet. Take the colored cord and wrap it between the groves of the crystal chain and around the leather cord. Make sure that you wrap it tightly so that the bracelet won’t come undone. Constantly pull on the colored cord to make sure it is taut before wrapping it. It also help to adjust the rhinestones as you go to make sure that they are staying even along the leather cord.

Step 5: Continue with wrapping the bracelet until you get to 1 inch above end of the cords or you measure it to be almost the length of your wrist.

Step 6: Cut any left over rhinestones.

Step 7: With your rhinestone cord cut, wrap the colored cord down and up the leather cord a few times like you did in step 2.

Step 8: Tread your hex nut into the colored and leather cord and tie at the end.

Step 9: To wear your bracelet, push the hex nut through the loop that you made with the leather cord at the top of your bracelet.

Step 10: Wear your bracelet proudly! Stack them together or wear them on their own to make a fun statement to any outfit!

Other helpful links: Honestly WTF DIY Wrap Bracelet and Katie’s Bliss

XOXO

Lauren

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Beauty Review: Goody QuickStyle Paddle Brush

I recently tried Goody’s new QuickStyle Paddle Brush. The brush has towel-like pieces that absorb water as you brush your hair. It also has a hallow back with holes for the water to easy leave the brush. It takes me forever to blow dry my hair so I loved the idea that it would make my styling time faster in the morning!

At first, the brush seemed to do nothing. My hair seemed just as damp as it was before I brushed it. However, as my hair dried I noticed it wad definitely going faster than usual. The product is helpful for styling thicker hair if you’re in a rush in the morning. I also noticed that my hair was less frizzy than normal. However, it isn’t a miracle. It still takes time to blow out my hair.

I would say that I like the product, but don’t love it. It is helpful and I would recommend it to those looking to cut back their blow dry time. However, it isn’t a Godsend. I would give the product an eight out of 10.

The brush is available at Walmart and Target.

XOXO

Lauren