Case One: The Deceit by Lori Zaremba |Review

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Vengeful spirits? Poltergeists? Ghost dogs? Could you go wrong with a book with this type of paranormal element? Every now and then, I will get into a phase where I want to read certain types of books. I found this book when I was I wanted to read about ghost hunting… Is it weird that I have a specific mood about that? I think I may have an ambition to join the paranormal security business… I’m getting sidetracked. Anyway, I found this book and by reading the description I was immediately interested in it because it felt like it would be something unique and interesting that I haven’t read before.


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Dia & Co | March

Dia & Co is a clothing subscription services that is similar to Stitch Fix. To purchase a box, you would pay a $20 styling fee which would be credited towards what ever is purchased. If you would decide to keep everything in the box, you would receive a discount in addition to the styling fee credit. I have noticed, however, that Dia & Co have slightly cheaper prices than Stitch Fix. There is also an option that you could choose some of the items in your box, which is actually pretty cool. I decided to resubscribe to see which boxes seem to fit my style better.


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Vachellia Sleeveless Sharkbite Fit and Flare Dress $65.00

I included a note to my stylist requesting sun dresses that I could wear to the beach. I received this, and I kind of cringed when I saw it. The pattern is a little loud for my tastes, but I could have probably have gotten over that if the material wasn’t so bad. It is a heavier material, and it zips in the back. It felt like something I would wear to a special occasion than something I would wear to the beach. I would have liked this better had it been a lighter material that was more flowy.  I’m sending this back.. No thanks.


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Jessica Long Sleeve Cage Back Cardigan $55.00

This cardigan was one that I had requested for my box. My closet is severely lacking cute cardigans that I can wear with my 4 million tank tops. When I opened this, I knew I would like it, and I wore it to work. It’s soft and comfortable. The back detailing is so cute, and makes this so much more than a simple cardigan. I really liked the material, and the way this one fit me.


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Jardine Capri | Meri Skye $42

These capri jeans were also one of my requests. I really liked them, but the size ran a little small. I might need to go up a size, and I may exchange them. The material was soft, and they were black, so they would be really nice pants to wear to work when it warms up.


Colombo Ponte Pant | Rafaella $65

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These were another that I put in a note to my stylist. I requested some burgundy/maroon pants that I can wear to work. These are basically jeggings. They are super comfortable and cute. They were exactly what I had in mind. They are a stretchy material, but they aren’t completely tight around the ankles, so I think I can get away with wearing them to work. Plus, they have pockets, so they won’t be confused as leggings. 😛


11111.pngAlysson Shirred Sleeveless Blouse | Ryan Wythe $49

 This shirt was the last item in my box, and when I saw it I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I didn’t really like the pattern of it, but I thought it might look better once I put it on… And guess what…? I was wrong. I didn’t like it. The fabric was nice. It kind of felt like silk, but it wasn’t. I’m not really sure how to explain it. It didn’t look good on me though. I kind of made me look frumpy.. Is that a word..? I guess it is because I didn’t get the red squiggly line under it that tells me I misspelled it. Anyway, I didn’t like this, so it’s going back.


I think my box was okay this month. If I can get the capris in a bigger size, I would be pretty happy because they may have been my favorite item in the box. I plan on getting another box because I want to see if Dia & Co can keep up with Stitch Fix because they still hold the place of the best clothing subscription in my mind. If you would like to try a Dia & Co box, I will leave a referral code at the bottom. I think they only carry plus size clothing options, though.

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A Killer’s Mind by Mike Omer | Review

akillersmindIf you have ever watched an episode of Criminal Minds, then you basically know the premise of A Killer’s Mind. If you love Criminal Minds (which I do), then I think that you will enjoy this book.


Goodreads: Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, The FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die. But when the contents of three inconspicuous envelopes reveal a chilling connection to gruesome murders from Zoe’s childhood, suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted.


While I was reading this book, I felt that I was actually in Chicago visiting the crime scenes, eating at the diner, and hanging out in the motel room. The author creates a vivid image in the way that he describes locations and settings in a way that touches all of the senses. There are 4 different POVs in the story, and I think that most of them are important for telling the story. The POVs are from Zoe’s perspective, Tatum’s perspective, the killer’s perspective, and Harry – reporter that randomly shows up towards the end of the book. I understand why his was included as a POV, but I felt that it was kind of forced into the book. If he was going to be used as a POV, I feel that his contribution to the plot should have been more significant throughout the book instead of towards the end.

The main character, Zoe, is an Forensic Psychologist consulting with the FBI. She gets recruited for a case in Chicago and dives straight into finding the “Undertaker Strangler”. Zoe is trying to maintain a clear and objective mind when working the case; however, she is struggling with her own past that continues to taunt her. Zoe is a very dynamic character, and I think that she is relatable as a character. Reading her perspective was my favorite chapters in the book because the reader is able to see how she is able to make connections and deductions to build a criminal profile. I love psychological thrillers, and I think this was a great read. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy suspense novels.

I really did enjoy this book, and I truly liked it.. With that being said, I feel that there were some details in the book that seem unnecessary, and I will get to that in a minute because I don’t want to include spoilers just yet.  When I read suspense, thrillers, mysteries, or whatever, I always try to pay attention to details because I want to figure out who the killer is before it is revealed. The author had details in this book that seemed to throw me off the trail completely; however, I did (almost) figure it out before the big reveal.

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When Zoe was continuing to investigate, and she believed the serial killer she faced as a teenager was responsible for the murders, she went to the home of one of the victims friends. At this point, I was convinced that there was a connection and that she and her boyfriend were involved. This was what I meant by throwing me off. Apparently, this detail had no significance other than to redirect the reader. In the case, I will give the author credit. But as a reader who tries to pay attention to detail, it kind of pissed me off.  I am so interested in seeing where this story goes, and what will happen in the next book. At the end of the book, there was a cliffhanger. When Rod Glover – serial killer from Zoe’s childhood – shows up in the city she lives in and gets a selfie with Zoe’s sister, I felt that intense emotion that Zoe must have felt. Throughout the book, Andrea (Zoe’s sister) isn’t present much. She is mentioned many times, and readers are able to read about her from the chapters that are from Zoe’s past. Because of this, I felt that I built a connection with Andrea, and I need to know what happens next!

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If you want a book that will take you to the edge, hold you there for a while, then send you straight over with anticipation… read this book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It seriously reminds me of Criminal Minds, but I think it is better because the reader can follow the thoughts of the forensic psychologist and understand how connections are made. Zoe is a feisty creature that has a passion for what she does, and I really enjoyed reading about her history and watching her character development.

I haven’t mentioned Tatum yet…. I’m not sure how I feel about him yet. I feel like the author is setting up a romance between Zoe and Tatum, and I like that he is super protective over her. He seems uptight and a bit too focused. I think if he loosens up, then he might be easier to like. We’ll see how it turns out.


I read this on my kindle, so if you are interested in checking it out I’ll leave a link below. I’ll also leave my last few book reviews if you want to check those out. If you’ve read this, or think you might read it let me know your thoughts!

A Killer’s Mind by Mike Omer

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Trash TV. Unfaithfulness. Betrayal. | Stream of Consciousness

I realized I haven’t posted one of these in a while, and I feel that that is a shame. When I write these streams of consciousnesses (still unsure what the plural form of this would be) I feel that I am able to express things in a different way that I would when I write my book reviews, wish-lists, etc. These are the closest I think anyone could come to deciphering my thought process. Normally, I have about 3.26 billion thoughts per nanosecond, and I even have trouble keeping up with myself. That would be a better tv show than keeping up with the Kardashians… right? I’d watch it.. Speaking of which, has anyone watched Temptation Island on the USA Network. That show is complete garbage. Trash TV in it’s truest form. I love it. Kevin loves it too. He may not admit it, but he got annoyed at me when I went to bed early one night, and he didn’t get to watch it. We are that couple by the way. We have certain TV shows that we watch together, and if he watches something without me then that is an act of betrayal. He basically just proved that he is disloyal and unable to remain faithful to the sanctity of binging television together. You know what I mean. I know we aren’t alone. You know what else is disloyal. My child when he steals the tv from me to play Fortnite. I decide to get on my computer between episodes to do a quick blog update, and what does this traitorous spawn of mine do? hmmm.. ? He steals the controller turns on his weird, cartoon fighting game anddddddddddddddd uses my money to buy V bucks. He spends my money, while playing this stupid game when I was watching televison… The audacity.. The deepest betrayal that punctures my heart in a way that cannot be repaired.. Dramatic, I know.. Have you met me?

 

 

Stitch Fix | February Kids Edition

I’ve been subscribing to Stitch Fix for about a year now, and they began offering children’s boxes. I decided to try one for my son to see what they offer. The styling fee is also $20, and it will be credited back to the account when you make a purchase. You can choose to receive the box every couple weeks, monthly, or every other month. I choose to get Braylen’s box every other month, but I have to make sure I update his size settings often because that kid will not stop growing. These are the items that he received in the box. I’m not going to go into full detail/review mode like I do for my own boxes, but I thought this would be a good showcase for anyone who would be interested in signing up. In the kids’ boxes, there are more items because the clothes are cheaper than the other boxes.


RUMI + RYDER The Classic Everyday Solid Active Hoodie $24 – I loved the way this hoodie looked on him. He always looks good in blue because it brings out his pretty blue eyes. He loved it too. He ended up wearing this outfit to school the next day. The material is so soft, and he said that it was really comfortable.
JOE’S JEANS Brixton Joe’s Straight and Narrow Fit Stretch Denim $24 –  I requested in the note to the stylist that he needed new jeans because he has already went up another size. He only received one pair of jeans, but they were good quality and looked really nice on him.
BTW… Ignore his mismatched socks… He is definitely my child. Life is too short to match socks. Especially, when you are late almost every day. 🙂

PS. Ignore his facial expressions because they will get worse as this post goes on…

LEVIS Jose Hooded Sweatshirt $24 – I wasn’t planning on buying this because he liked the blue one better. After I totaled up what he wanted to keep, it ended up being more than buying the whole box. When you purchase the whole box, you get the 25% discount, so I decided to keep everything and pay the cheaper price. He has worn this since then, so it wasn’t a waste.

ODIN & IVY The Classic Short Sleeve Graphic Tee $12 – I really liked this one on him, and he liked it okay. It was one of the “maybe” items that we kept because of the discount. It’s just a simple graphic tee, but it was a really soft material. Bray said that it was comfortable, and he wears it around the house more than he does to school.


SKECHERS Carmine Skechers Turbo Spike Sneaker $44 – I’m going to be real honest, I did not like these shoes. I didn’t like the bright colors. I prefer shoes that are black, white, red, etc. But, Bray loved these. He put these on and had to test how fast he was by running back and forth through the house. We kept these because he wanted them, and he did really need new shoes. Had these not come in this box, I would not have let him buy these. If I saw these in store, I’d be like.. Nope. Next.

RUMI + RYDER The Classic Short Sleeve Graphic Tee $14 – This shirt was his size, but it was a little bit too big for him. I didn’t mind keeping it though because I’m sure he will grow into it eventually. Bray liked it, and he liked the planes on it.


ODIN & IVY The Classic Short Sleeve Graphic Tee $12 – I don’t know why, but we both loved this shirt. And, it looks so cute on him. It seems like good quality, and I’ve washed it since then. I don’t think it has shrunk any, so I didn’t have to worry about him wearing it once and not fitting it anymore.

HOLLYWOOD Everett Knit Moto Jogger $20 – I really didn’t like these when he first put them on, but I think these were his favorite item in the box other than the blue hoodie. The longer he wore them, they kind of grew on me. He did look cute in this outfit. It was again a “maybe” item, but since we kept the whole box he got to keep them.


STAR WARS Star Wars Short Sleeve Graphic Tee $18 – This one looked good on him, and he liked it. It was another “maybe”, but we did end up keeping it. There wasn’t anything special about it. It’s just a simple graphic tee. Nothing special.

ODIN & IVY The Classic Long Sleeve Raglan Graphic Tee $14 – Braylen really liked this shirt, and I thought it would be really nice for spring. When it starts warming up but it’s still a little cool outside, this would be a nice shirt for him to wear without having to wear a jacket.


I think this box was worth it because we kept everything for $134. I don’t get his box every month, so by the next time I get him a box I will probably have to update his sizing again. I like most of the clothes that he gets, and I think they feel like good quality. If you’re interesting in the kid’s box, I’ll leave the referral link down below. They have boys and girls clothing, sizes 2T to 14. If you sign up using the code, you’ll receive a $25 credit which will cover the first month’s styling fee and go towards whatever your purchase from the box.


 

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Trash or Treasure? | De ‘Lanci Starry Moon Night Palette

I haven’t posted in a while because I have been trying out some makeup that I really wanted to review, and this palette is the first one in my Trash or Treasure series – a series I’m dedicating to random makeup that I find that I haven’t heard of. I was scrolling on amazon to check out to see what palettes they had, and I came across this one. I loved the colors in this, and the price was very affordable. I bought mine for $9.99. I figured that because it was a cheaper palette that it wouldn’t perform as well as some of my higher end palette. Was I wrong… Was I right… Keep reading. 😉

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Stitch Fix | February

Another Stitch Fix!!! This month I requested some casual clothing and some skinny jeans. My stylist definitely delivered this month. There was only one thing that I wouldn’t really purchase, and that is because it is ridiculously expensive… But, we’ll get into that.

For those who aren’t familiar, Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription service. The styling fee is $20, and you would receive a curated box to fit your style. Anything that you wouldn’t purchase from the box, the $20 styling fee would be applied to the purchase. If you keep everything from the box, there is a 25% discount.


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Kut From the Kloth – Dayna Distress Skinny Jeans $88

As I mentioned, I requested some jeans for this month’s box. These fit me perfectly. I have the weirdest body shape, and it is so hard for me to find cute jeans that fit me well. I loved these. They were very comfortable and so cute. The only downside to these jeans are the price. If I was shipping in a store or shopping online, I would probably skip over these because of the price; however, since I received them in my box and was able to try them on, I may keep them. They seem like good quality jeans, and they have a little stretch to them, which I like. I will most likely keep these because I need more jeans that make me look nice in my closet.


hoodieLOVEAPPELLA – Tomar Hoodie $58

The next thing that I received is this hoodie. I reallllllllllyyyyy love this hoodie so much. I know I am keeping this one because I have actually already wore it. I couldn’t resist. It is so cute and so comfortable. It is very lightweight, so I don’t get too hot in it. It does keep me warm though. I wore it to work the other day, and it was about 40 degrees outside. I felt like it was perfect to wear that day. I love the coral color on it. I love everything about it. It is long enough, it has the pocket in the front, and the sleeves have the thumb holes on the side. I really like thumb holes. They make my heart happy. I keeping this, and I love it. It might be one of my favorite items from this box.


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41 HAWTHORN – Karie Split Neck Blouse $58

I really like this shirt. I haven’t decided if I am going to keep it or not yet. It fits pretty well, but it doesn’t have much stretch to it. I feel kind of restricted. It isn’t too bad, since it does fit. I like the pattern on it, and I think this would be a really nice shirt that I could wear to work. It’s long enough, so that it covers my booty. I’d have to think about this one before I buy it. Right now, it’s a maybe.


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AUGUST MIST – Josephina Hacci Graphic Knit Pullover $44

I love this. I am keeping this. I am wearing this right now as I type this. Normally, I would find a graphic design like this to be a bit lame, but all I can think about is that old woman from the video…. You know who I’m referring to, right… If not, here you go.. fat and sassy

No further explanation needed.


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ANDREW MARC PERFORMANCE – Harold Puffer Vest $88

So, this is a nope. I wouldn’t even buy this for $10, let alone $88. I have no idea what they are thinking. This is insane. The onlyyyyyy way I would keep this is if I decided to purchase th whole box to get the discount. I did the math. If I kept the whole box and the discount was applied, I’d pay $252. If I bought everything except for this, it would be about $248. Then I could justify it by saying that I’d be paying $4 dollars for this. Then I think it would be worth it. It was fine. It was comfortable, but I’m not buying anything more than $4 for this. No way.


So, that is everything that I received in this Stitch Fix. I haven’t completely made up my mind yet, so I’m not sure what I will end up keeping. I actually re-subscribed to Dia & Co, so I will posting my reviews on those in the future. I may even do a battle of the clothing boxes each month to see which one I like better for the month. Stay tuned for those. If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix, I will leave me link below. When you sign up with the link you will receive a $25 dollar credit which will cover the first month’s styling fee and can be used toward anything you decide to keep. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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