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To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All The Boys I've Loved Before
By Jenny Han
E-book Pages 288
Published April 15th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Natural Hair Odyssey Part 1

Heeeyyy Guys & Dolls!
I'm baaaccckkkk! I hope you guys have been doing well. I have decided to do a three part series on Natural Hair. This first post will be about my personal transition to returning to my natural hair. I always say returning natural as opposed to going natural because your natural hair is where it all began. The other two parts will be centered on natural hair product recipes and then the last one will be about small business that produce natural hair products with natural ingredients!

Okay, so let's get started! 

Bina Goes Au Naturale (posted on The Life and Times of B. Ayesha July 14,2012) (here)
The definition of au naturale is in the natural state; naked; nude. Let me just say that after 5 months of wearing weaves and wigs and braids, I felt naked! I had been transitioning from relaxed to natural since my 33rd birthday (January 25, 2012). I decided to weave it up so that the relaxer would grow out and I wouldn't be so quick to relax the new growth or just chop it off abruptly. On July 14, 2012 I went and got the BIG CHOP. One reason was because my hair was just sooooo unmanageable and the relaxed part was starting to break off from the new growth. It turned out well thanks to my beautiful stylist Melissa, who is also a natural hair diva. After the process was complete, I decided to go to the beauty supply. Why did I feel self conscious? Like I was outside naked?!?! I could not believe how naked I felt without the weave or the braids or the wig. Did I really become that dependent on relaxed hair, weave, etc. that going out with the hair that grows naturally from my hair follicles made me feel less confident? Did my face change? No. Did I become less beautiful? No. So why did I feel like I was? As mind boggling as it seems, I realized that I had become dependent on these alterations as if I would be any less beautiful if they became non existent. So I tip my hat to all the natural hair divas. All the women who have decided to cut it all off and be more than just their hair. It takes a lot of confidence. Love you all! 

Here are pictures of my transition:
Before the Big Chop


Nine Months

One Year Later

April 2014

Now I cut my hair a lot because I don't like a lot of hair. I have really thick course hair. It's type 4 hair but it's mixed with different types of 4 so I don't really pick a letter when hair typing. Here's a hair typing chart in case you're clueless about what hair types are or what they mean.
I got this chart from Kinky Coily Me (here)

In the second part of this series I'll go deeper into my hair care regimen, the products I use and the like. At the end of the day, it's your choice what you decide to do with your hair. I'm not trying to persuade anyone to go natural. Wait... I'm lying! LOL! Yes I am! However, whatever you decide to do with your hair, the important thing is to make sure that you take care of it.

So what do you guys think? Too much? Not enough? Have anything to add? Let me know in the comments below! 

Satisfying Your Fashion Addiction!

~B. Ayesha
Beauty | Style | Fashion

Sign Up: 2014 Novel Fashion Week Blog Hop

Hello Beautiful People!  I'm gearing up for a second annual Novel Fashion Week!
Novel Fashion Week is a collaboration of book characters strutting their stuff on the virtual catwalk.  Novel Fashion Week is my rendition of Fashion Week with the incorporation of books! This event will last one week. It will allow YA & NA authors the outlet to display the fashionable qualities of their novels.
Last Year's Novel Fashion Week was a big hit:
Novel Fashion Week 2013

The 2013 Line up:

The 2014 Author sign ups can be found here!

Any who this year it was voted
that we have a blog hop!

This is for the bloggers who would like to celebrate Novel Fashion Week with us! Sign up to be apart of the Novel Fashion Week Blog Hop.

This hop will run August 1-8 2014.
Write your own bookish fashionable post.
Giveaway a book or bookish fashion related item of your choice.
Must include Novel Fashion Week 2014 button in your post.
Must include the Linky list that includes all participating blogs.

Please include "US", "INT", or both when you sign up
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ARC Review: Awaking by Madeline Freeman

ARC Review: Awaking by Madeline Freeman

Awaking (Naturals #1)
By Madeline Freeman
E-book 186 pages
Published September 21st 2013 by Createspace 
Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an Honest review

Morgan Abbey's life is about to change. Just weeks before the beginning of her senior year, a mysterious stranger approaches Morgan with information that turns her world on end: First, the psychic ability she believes she has just been pretending to have since middle school might actually be real. Second, her mother, who disappeared abruptly and completely almost a decade ago, might still be alive. Morgan finds herself drawn into a centuries-old struggle involving a shadowy group with incredible powers. The Veneret have quietly coexisted alongside the common people of the world for centuries. Now they believe it is time for them to reclaim their former positions of power-and that Morgan is the key to their victory. Every victory comes at a price-but is it one that Morgan will be willing to pay?

Fashion Finds @SheInsider #Spring2014

Old Man Winter,
I bite my thumb at you! 
Your treacherous reign of arctic winds and icy precipitation ends today!   

This has been the longest winter ever.   Just when we thought it was finally Spring (according to the calendar) it snowed!  Yep, it snowed just a few days ago and the temperature has not left the 30-40-50 degree range.

I'm a Southern country girl, by way of Tennessee,  so the very first time I saw the white fluffy stuff in Maryland I was ecstatic.  That joy died months ago.  In the words of that great Blues singer, "The Thrill is Gone!"  I've had it with the cold stuff.

 In anticipation of warmer days, I've been doing A LOT of boutique stalking.  I've been peering longingly in every storefront window with skantantly chad mannequins.  I've been link chasing every online site promising chiffon and sales.  In my pursuit of a wardrobe transformation from sweaters and corduroys  I discovered She Insider web surfing.   In a matter of  hours  I'd already planned my Spring wardrobe.

Check out my top picks: 

Casual Day DressesSpring Dresses
There're all short and super flirty.  
Very hassle free chic.  
Pair these with sandals and hit the road.

9-to-5 Dresses 

9-5 dresses

Just add pumps and accessories and these would be acceptable office attire.

For a Pick-Me-Up:
 Yellow means "Sunshine"

This yellow jumpsuit and wrap dress would  brighten up even the most gloomy of days!

Date Night Dresses & Jumpsuits

Chic Black

I saw these and absolutely HAD to have them!
Sexy white swimsuit
Swimsuit cuteness
I cannot wait to start wearing some of these awesome finds.
Now I'm just waiting on the weather to break.

Oh and when all this is over you too should bare as much skin as you dare. 
You totally deserve it. Make the most of it and soak in the sun.

Review: Smart, Sexy and Secretive by Tammy Falkner

Smart, Sexy and Secretive (Reed Brothers - Book #2)
by Tammy Falkner
Kindle Edition, 317 pages
Source: Ebook - Own

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I'm back in New York, ready to start my brand new life with Logan. Things are still up in the air between us, and it has been three months since I've even talked to him. But there's one thing I'm certain of -- I can't live without him.
I need her like I need air. But now she's back, and her dad and her ex-boyfriend are conspiring to keep us apart. We can do this, though. Can't we? We can make this work? We have to, because I can't imagine my life without her.

Review: Rome (Marked Men - Book #3) by Jay Crownover

Rome (Marked Men - Book#3)
by Jay Crownover
Kindle Edition, 387 pages
Source: Ebook - Own

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Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He's stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he's returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome's used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he's just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .

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