Thursday, April 25, 2013

"The Bling Ring" Full Official Trailer Released



In one of the most anticipated films of the summer, The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), and Leslie Mann, follows a group of teens (dubbed “The Bling Ring”) who managed to rob multiple celebrity homes a few years back (2008-2009 to be exact).  The group of teens managed to steal over $3 million in clothing and jewelry. Sofia Coppola took full advantage of the story and made a satire of it and as the first official full trailer portrays, the movie, with Emma Watson’s character, pokes fun at Alexis Neiers, a member of The Bling Ring, as well as one of the characters on E!’s Pretty Wild.  If you were never lucky enough to witness the worst reality show ever, it followed Alexis and her “sisters”, one biological, and one of her friends who lived with the family, and a spiritual home-schooling mother as she partied hard and went to court for the robberies.  Even though I said it was the worst reality show ever, it SO was the perfect satirical film waiting to happen.

In the movie, it shows the group of teens, who are jealous of the lifestyle of the young celebrity, manage to get into the homes of popular celebs like Paris Hilton, simply by using gossip blogs and the internet.  With someone like Sofia Coppola behind the film, you know it is going to have a dry sense of humor.  Remember The Virgin Suicides?

One of the reasons why this story has been so intriguing is that even though these teens committed crimes and did something bad, there was a real cultural problem with teenagers wanting to be just like celebrities, who had nothing to do but go to clubs, drink some iced beverage from Starbucks (but never indulge in calories from real food), shop for designer duds with someone else's money, and even get arrested in style (just like Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Lindsay Lohan). Reality shows set these young girls up to be important people within our culture, so young teenagers had these people as "role models." And, you know that more teenagers would have tried to steal from these celebs if they lived anywhere close to their homes. You just have to admit-- when our society sets teenagers, the people most likely to do dumb things, up to feel inadequate, a story like this was kind of bound to happen (to kids with a lack of direction). (UGH- it's so exciting to see this story, full of cultural problems, being done by such a talented director, Coppola.)


One last thing-- here is a great article, that started it all, essentially, from Nancy Jo Sales of Vanity Fair. If you remember, Alexis Neiers, on Pretty Wild, reacted pretty harshly to this article-- look it up on Youtube for a good laugh. Read the article here.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Six Steps To Get Inspired When You Feel Like You Can't


by Sarah
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1. Cook a healthy meal in your own kitchen.  When your diet is out of whack, or you're always at a restaurant, you can forget how important healthy eating is to a healthy mind.  Get out of the house, find a recipe for a healthy meal full of vegetables, go to a grocery store, and pick out food to make yourself.  When you get home, put on your favorite music, and cook yourself (or your family) a healthy meal.  When you prepare your own food (i.e. picking out a piece of fish from the fish counter and chop up vegetables for the meal), you appreciate it more.  You worked for it, so it's a meal that you can savor a little more.


2. Clean. A cluttered living space can lead to a cluttered mind.  No matter how overwhelmed or how behind you are on a project, take an hour to really clean your space. Open your windows, do your laundry, clean your kitchen, or organize a closet. Something about a clean space will help you tackle projects much easier.  Plus, cleaning gets you in a working mode that inspires you to work on not only your living space (or office space), but the rest of your life.  


3. Exercise.  Similar to cleaning up your working or living space, exercise gets you in a working mode.  If you set a goal for exercise, even if it’s just a brisk walk with your pooch, and conquer it, you begin to feel as though you can conquer other goals in life you have on your mind, too.  


4. Avoid taking a day off to “get inspired” and just get going. Sure, resting and recharging are essential to a productive life, BUT, these are not the same as giving in to procrastination.  Procrastination only breeds more procrastination.  If you are trying to get inspired to say, write a big paper, and you feel the urge to take off a day to purely procrastinate (i.e. doing absolutely nothing, all with the lurking thoughts that tomorrow you will have SO much work to do), you probably won't be inspired to do anything the next day, either.  We all know this is true, right? Instead, start small and get yourself going, by eating a nice meal, going for a walk, or cleaning. Then, do a small portion of your work and see how it feels.  After you get started and get through that initial push, you will find that it’s easy to just work right on through the project until it is done.  

5. Experience culture.  Let’s say you aren’t working on anything particular and you are just lacking in inspiration for every-day activities.  Maybe you’ve been cooped up in your house for too long or working too hard at work, or maybe you’re going through a hard phase of life.  Either way, it’s time to go experience something rad.  Go to a play, go to a ballet, or go sit outside at a coffee shop on a busy street and write in a journal or talk to a pal.  Maybe you need to take a vacation to a new city or an exotic beach (if your budget allows it.) You need stimulation-- so go out and get some!

6. Okay, people, I saved the best for last: face a fear and/or get vulnerable.  Sometimes when we are feeling uninspired to really get out there, it is because there is something we’re scared to do and this big thing that we have to face is lurking in the back of our mind.  And boy, when we put something off, it sure does lurk.  In fact, it lurks so much, that it takes up too much mental space-- space that could be used for creativity, new experiences, feeling lightweight and happy, and maybe even our manifesting powers to invite our dreams in. The space that it takes up is negative, which isn't good for us.  

In Brene Brown’s book, “Daring Greatly”, she says that the only way to be truly happy, creative, and inspired, is to be totally vulnerable.  Hmm. So, what does this mean exactly?

It means that we really have to walk straight through our fears and tackle everything tough in life head-on to get to happiness. (I know, I wanted a better answer, too.) Maybe this means opening up about something you are keeping a secret, or trying to apply for a job AGAIN, or maybe it means breaking up with someone, but these big things that are scary to face are the most essential key to happiness.  

We tend to put these big things off because we think facing them will be packed with turmoil or terror (and honestly, sometimes it is), but afterward, you get to a place you never thought was possible when you were putting it off-- ease, happiness, and tons of space to really let new (amazing) things into your life.

Image Credit: Find this image on Pinterest here.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

"Cinderella" Offers a Delightful Close to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2012-2013 Season


by Sarah Davis




The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is closing their 2012-2013 season with Cinderella, a beautifully-done take on an adored story.  Promised to “brim with enchantment, romance, and comedy”, Cinderella goes far beyond that, offering a performance that overflows with colorful costumes and set designs, energy from every single member of the cast, and a certain amount of life that only comes from a production company that truly wants to impress you.  The live orchestra, led by Charles Barker, was equally as delightful and lively on opening night, April 19, 2013, while playing Prokofiev's score, which is considered to be one of ballet's most brilliant scores (originally premiered in 1945). The orchestra combined with the energy of the dancers, PBT is offering quite a “bang” of a close for an already impressive season.

We’ve seen them master an eclectic variety of shows this season: Giselle, The Nutcracker, Unspoken, and most recently, Moulin Rouge, but I have to admit that Cinderella was the best of the season.  In addition to the PBT company dancers, twenty children from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s School stole the show away, dancing as enchanted garden creatures, including bumblebees, snow angels, and butterflies, brought to life by the beautiful fairy godmother, portrayed by Julia Erickson on opening night.  A group of bumblebees come out at one point and I promise, it is sure to steal your heart.

Another lively addition to the story were Cinderella’s two very clumsy step-sisters, played by a hilarious duo of male dancers. And of course, the iconic love story of Cinderella and the Prince, surely did combine enchantment, romance, and comedy.  

We highly recommend that you check out Cinderella with Live Orchestra this weekend only in Pittsburgh for a delightful entrance into the warmer weather and a great close to an impressive season.  

As they do with every close of a season, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will host their En Pointe Season Cast Party, which is sponsored by Nordstrom this year, on Sunday, April 21, after the final performance.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet the dancers who you’ve seen on stage all season and explore a collection of Nordstrom’s latest shoes, inspired by Cinderella. For more information and tickets, visit pbt.org.

Image Credits: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Friday, April 19, 2013

Carey Mulligan Stuns in 'Gatsby' Inspired Photos for Vogue


It seems like Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby has been on the verge of being released for a while now. Originally, it was to come out in December of 2012, but a new release date has been scheduled for May 10.  With a iconic film like this, plus a star-studded cast, it doesn’t seem to matter. Even though it seems like we’ve been waiting for forever.... when you mix Leonardo DiCaprio with your absolute favorite teenage (okay, “of all time”) read, there is no complaining. Right?


Carey Mulligan, who stars in the film as Daisy, is on the cover of this month’s Vogue and this might be, perhaps, the most beautiful Vogue cover we’ve seen in ages.  Mulligan’s interview is rather bland, unlike her photos, but we learn that she has a very close relationship with the Olsen twins (she partied with them all night after finding out that she got the role.) Also, other people up for the role of Daisy: Michelle Williams (who I always easily confuse with Carey Mulligan, actually), Scarlett Johannson (whew, we all dodged a bullet on this one, folks), Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, and Keira Knightley. The article reveals that Carey Mulligan had the best chemistry with Leo.







Image Credits: Vogue

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Obsessed--Mixing Turquoise With Cobalt Blue


by Sarah


Spring has finally sprung here in Pittsburgh and if there are two things that get us in the mood for warmer weather, it would definitely have to be maxi skirts/dresses and tropical toned manicures! Lately, we are obsessing over mixing up blues, especially mixing turquoise with a bright cobalt blue.  

Shopping Guide:
We suggest mixing up Iris Blue with Poppy Blue from Jin Soon Nail Polish for a fun manicure that pops. Available at Sephora, $18.
Bold Ikat Stripe Maxi Skirt, Ann Taylor, $118.

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Image Credits: Sephora, Ann Taylor

Posh Mama, Zen Baby: Early Pregnancy-- Styled & Conquered


by Sarah Davis

Styling a baby bump has to be this effortless for everyone, right? YES.
Trina Turk Maxi Dress, $228
Photo: FitPregnancy.com

We can't always control what happens in our life, especially when it comes to the strange side effects of pregnancy, but we can control our approach to it. And, it can all be done while still wearing your lipstick & heels! Forget minivans, mundane diaper bags (replacing our handbags), and "mom" jeans. There has to be a stylish and fabulous way to get through this exciting & crazy new journey & we are here to share our "new to pregnancy" findings every week on "Posh Mama, Zen Baby."

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about massive change (read it here) that some of you may have been wondering about.  You may have been thinking, “what on earth is this girl going through?!”
Well somewhere in my life of fashion blogging, theatre reviews, working on a billion and half writing projects, maintaining a full-time job, and finally getting to a point where healthy living was my main focus, I began....growing a stylish little baby bump.  Okay, stylish may be a stretch--since it came along with plenty of side effects that are the farthest thing from the concept of “style.” Yes, folks, I’m talking about pregnancy.  


Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the most wonderful times of your life, but it can also be a very strange, new time.  Of course, it’s full of precious moments, but overall, it’s a wild ride of changes for your body.  Since next week, I will be five months pregnant, I decided to not only begin blogging about it, but start a sister blog, “Posh Mama, Zen Baby" for new mothers who love style and are motivated enough to be a young mother AND have a career.

I wanted to focus on the “Posh Mama” portion of the title a little heavily because I was out to breakfast the other day and I saw this young and new mother with a baby...and this giant diaper bag made of light pink, puffy “children’s snow suit” material. And, it wasn’t just her diaper bag--it was her actual purse.  Even though it’s vain, my immediate thoughts were, “There has to be another way. This can't be the end of my glamorous days!” I’m in no way saying that this woman wasn’t a strong, probably fantastic mother, but for me, I want my child to always know me as his/her stylish mother who had a life before them, so that he/she feels empowered to get out there and “crush” the world.  I have always had this vision of being a stylish mother who my child can look up to, who dresses well and wears makeup, and is a crazy-famous writer.  (Hey, a girl can dream...) I want them to know that fashion doesn’t make you who you are, but it is a fun thing to take advantage of.


And, so that brings me back to my rant-- there has to be a way to get through pregnancy and the first year of motherhood without the mom jeans, without the minivan, without the ugly diaper bags...etc.  There has to be a way to be glamorous!


So, these are some of the things I went through during early pregnancy that I hope benefits someone out there.  


Finding Out- First off, just because I am writing these blogs does not, in any way, mean that I initially didn’t think, “How the f&ck am I going to do all of this?!” Or, that whenever my doctor said, “Congratulations” for the first time after officially telling me I was pregnant, that there wasn’t PANIC involved.  Yes, I look back at it now as a beautiful, life-changing moment, but let’s be real, it’s a big change and having a baby isn’t a walk in the park.  Even if you’ve been planning, one of the biggest fears EVER, is childbirth. Plus, no matter how many books you’ve read, nothing really prepares you for your first pregnancy until you just start experiencing things for yourself. Some of the best advice I’ve been given from a dear friend, and someone who I consider my “grandmother”, has been, “there is nothing that you will feel that isn’t normal or that hasn’t been felt by other pregnant women--all of it is normal.” Keeping this thought in the back of your mind during the first couple of months, when it doesn’t seem worth it (with how awful you feel), is incredibly grounding and comforting.

The man in your life is able to support you and comfort you, but since he isn’t able to experience everything you are, it’s a really important time to connect with other women. And, trust me, it’s a good idea to find a woman who isn’t going to fill your head with horror stories, because there are oddly, a lot of women who bring up the hard parts of pregnancy and labor the INSTANT you share that you are pregnant.   


Zen Mama- Something that really surprised me about pregnancy is that even though it is a wild ride through new experiences, there is a zen feeling that happens within you. You know you have tons of things to do, to get ready for, so you do everything you can in a day (and you just do them without procrastinating) and then you rest. It's almost a very primal routine--you work as much as you can, rest, and then start over again the next day. I guess it's "nesting", which is something even animals do, but you get your shit together when you're pregnant but it's never as overwhelming as you think it would be.  

Any time you experience pain or discomfort, for the first time in your life, it isn't as bad because it's for a purpose and you have a little friend with you at all times that even though this is all so new, you can honestly say that you would do anything for this tiny person. Truthfully, the calmness you experience one of the best parts.

Prenatal Vitamins-  During the first three months, you feel like you may be on the brink of death. You may feel like you are dying, but there is no reason why, except that a “miracle” has taken up residency in your uterus. I was lucky enough to never experience morning sickness, but I didn’t escape a feeling I can only describe as feeling extremely fatigued, irritable, and plagued with body aches: or, like a witch had cast a spell on me to rob me of my energy, will to get ready in the morning, and most of my happiness. (Not to worry, as the books say, this actually does magically go away in the second trimester.) All that I wanted to do was lay in bed and feel sorry for myself, otherwise known as watching crazy movies like “Rosemary’s Baby” or every single episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” with a bowl of mac and cheese (which was all that I ever felt like eating at first).  Needless to say, this was a time to be taking really good vitamins, since my life was out of whack and I didn’t feel like eating ANYTHING with any nutrition in it.  

When I first went to the doctor, they wrote me off a prescription for prenatal vitamins. Over the past few years, I have been a vitamin freak (who researches vitamins and what goes into making them in her spare time), so I was a little wary to just start popping them.  I did a little research and found raw prenatal vitamins that were never heated while being made (which is really good) called Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal from Garden of Life. You can find these at Whole Foods.  

Eat well- If you know anything about nutrition, now is the time to kick it into full gear (although your body doesn’t really let you do this until late first trimester or the beginning of first trimester.) Once I got settled back into my “able to eat fruits and vegetables routine”, I felt on top of the world.  I started to notice that my body would get mad at me if I ate unhealthy, actually.   
Any time I eat junk or any refined sugar, I get a headache. If I eat healthy, or at least real food, I feel great.  I think it’s amazing that the body lets you know what you should be eating by how you feel afterward.  Before pregnancy, I was under the impression that all that I would want to be eating was weird combinations of food like relish mixed with ice cream, a lot of junk food items like bags of chips or ice cream, and that I would be hungry all the time.  In reality, it has been a really relaxed time-- I crave a lot of fruit, juice, grilled chicken, salads, and after breakfast, I really, really, really want hot food.  Hot, home-cooked food, like soup, meatloaf & mashed potatoes, stir-fry. If I don’t get enough protein, especially now in my second trimester, I can feel myself start to power down, so I am always in the mood for red meat, which is new during this pregnancy.  Usually, I prefer chicken or tofu or even not even eating meat for weeks at a time.  

I’ve always had a sweet-tooth, and actually, I want less sweets now.  I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t ever have the urge to eat a piece of chocolate cake, but truthfully, I had more intense cravings for all food when I wasn’t pregnant.  And, when I do eat chocolate cake, I find myself being okay with a just a few bites.

A great resource for me on healthy eating during pregnancy has been "Mama Glow" by Latham Thomas.

Exercise & Taking Care of Your Back - During my first trimester, I read at least five pregnancy books and none of them seemed to mention back pain.  I felt sciatic pain right away and over time it grew into excruciating pain. Today, I finally went to the chiropractor and to my surprise, my neck is in even worse shape than my lower back.  When your spine is out of whack, your body will react in ailments that we think of as being really common (or completely unrelated to our back), like heartburn or even stomach problems. Ideally, according to my chiropractor, your back shouldn’t hurt even if your body has a baby in it, so when it does, it’s because something in your body needs fixed.  

It’s really important to take care of your spine during pregnancy because it can even make delivery easier in the future. Plus, this is a taxing time on your body, so it’s better to take the best care of your body as you can. I love how it is a more holistic approach to taking care of your body than just popping Tylenol for “pregnancy headaches.” I can honestly say that I sleep better now, from going to the chiropractor, than ever before during the past couple of years.  

Exercising is another great way to feel better during pregnancy.  It isn’t really about taking care of your weight anymore, it becomes a way to beat fatigue.  Things to look into: yoga, pilates, walking, and swimming. (Once I find a “pregnancy pillow” that is totally comfortable, I’ll let you all in on it!)

Caffeine- The biggest part of my former life that I had trouble letting go of was my addiction, or shall we say, love affair, with coffee.  Everything you eat or drink goes to the baby before it goes to you, so when you drink caffeine, your little bundle of joy is getting hit with the caffeine even before you do.  But, doctors say that a little bit won’t affect the pregnancy, so I allow myself a half of a cup to a cup every three days or so.  I don’t need it to wake up in the morning and I definitely don’t even want it usually, but every once in a while, in the afternoon particularly, I get to that point of exhaustion that it is the only treat I allow myself. I sometimes picture my baby wanting coffee, though, since it’s experiencing caffeine in the womb...

Weird Side Effects You Won't Be Prepared For: I won’t be as blunt as Jenny McCarthy in Belly Laughs (which is one of my must-read books) on this one, but it is definitely a frustrating surprise to see how your digestive system reacts to all of the iron pills you are popping... Fiber (more fiber than you even think is necessary) becomes your best friend! I wanted to put this in here, because while it is totally mortifying, it’s REAL LIFE. Another side effect that you really aren't prepared for are: GIANT boobs. Right away. It might be fabulous, but it's also hard to avoid stares when you aren't ready to tell people you're knocked up yet.

I was just reading about Jenna Dewan-Tatum in this month’s issue of Glamour and she looks so graceful and beautiful-- but celebrities don’t get out of some of the weird side effects of pregnancy, even if they are posing for photos in Vogue.  As strange as it sounds, it’s amazing to see that perfection definitely, repeat definitely, doesn’t exist during one of the most important human experiences-- creating another human.  So, why do we think it exists anywhere else in our lifetime?

Take the extra time to get ready in the morning- During my first trimester, I didn’t want any makeup on my face.  I basically felt like, I said, death was upon me, so the last thing I wanted to do was do the “works” every morning before work- like drying my hair, straightening my hair, putting on makeup, etc.  The minute I got my energy back when my second trimester hit, I went and got a fresh hair style, got my eyebrows done, and bought some tops that would fit me at work.  It’s a strange, panic-worthy, moment when the only pre-pregnancy pants that fit are your yoga pants, so it is really important to still feel beautiful.  

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Christopher Abbott Leaving 'Girls'




There seems to be a little bit of drama on the Girls set-- but with the boys of the show.


Boy, the season finale of Girls sure left us thinking that Charlie, Marnie's love interest, would be around forever, since it seemed like they were on their way to marriage.  However, in real life, Christopher Abbott is leaving the show due to creative differences with Lena Dunham, who not only plays Hannah, but is the show's creator, writer and director.  


A source recently told the New York Post that, "they've just started to work on Season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena." The source went on to say that, "he just didn't like the direction things were going in."

A rep for Abbott shared that he is" grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow] and the entire ‘Girls’ cast and crew, but right now he’s working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show."

Whatever his reasoning is, as HBO has yet to release an official statement, we are curious to see how his exit will be written into the show.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

You Haven't Seen a Broadway Musical Until You've Seen 'Book of Mormon'


by Sarah Davis
Pittsburgh- Book of Mormon, the hit Broadway musical and unforgiving satire from the creators of South Park, will be playing in Pittsburgh at the Benedum Center until April 7. You haven't seen a Broadway musical until you've seen Book of Mormon. Nothing is off limits from the brutal reality of satire, including religion, female genital mutilation, rape of babies and AIDS. Even in the midst of such topics, though, you can't help but have the best laugh you've had in a long, long time.  If you walk in a little confused about what to expect, you’ll immediately catch on when you begin to hear curse words being tossed around-- that you are not, by any means, in the midst of a serious crowd.

Two eager missionaries from Salt Lake City are sent to Uganda to convert a small village, filled with AIDS, violence, and constant fear of horrors like female genital mutilation, to Mormonism. Once they arrive, immediately, their luggage is stolen-- and from there on out, they realize converting this eclectic group of Africans, including a dangerous General named 'General ButtFuckingNaked' and a young girl named Nabulungi, seems impossible. The Mormons who are already there encourage the two to turn off their emotions, in a song called "Turn it Off" (including the leader of the group- who turns off his thoughts of feeling gay because even though he loves pink luggage, embracing the idea would be considered a sin, so he clicks those feelings off.)

While there is literally no scene that you will feel bored with, one of the more shocking is the Hell scene, "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream", which is a dream about what Hell would be like for a Mormon, after one of the missionaries realizes he’s failing on what he was sent to Uganda to do. It is filled with characters like Hitler, Jeffrey Dahmer, and dancing coffee cups (Mormons can't have caffeine). In another scene, goofy Elder Cunningham, who admits he has never really read the Book of Mormon, tells the story of the religion using absolute nonsense (for instance, saying that Joseph Smith wanted to rape a baby, but God told him to rape a frog instead and an appearance from select Star Wars characters). Even though his story uses absurdities, the people of this village still manage to find the faith they need to overpower the General--even convert the General.

All laughs aside, one of the biggest topics to arise during the musical is, do we even fully understand religion anyway? When people tell you about a religion, there is a huge chance that they're getting the story mixed up, even mixing in their own pop culture heroes, and yet, people don't even care what the story is. The story could be anything, just as long as there is a sense of hope coming out of it.

Regardless of what you take away from Book of Mormon, it is truly one of the best performances I've seen come through Pittsburgh. I would see it again and again-- it is absolutely brilliant. Even if it pokes fun at heavy issues, I can honestly say that it inspires you to stop taking everything so seriously and have a good laugh. At the show, at yourself, at the world. And, to be yourself. Because being yourself, no matter how much religious officials think you'll never get it right or how much of reject you may think you are, can sometimes change people's lives more than religion.


On an interesting last note: After seeing the play, I immediately Google'd, "What do Mormons actually think of Book of Mormon, the play?" Wouldn't anyone? As it turns out, they think it gets people talking and opens the door to the culture. They think it's such a good idea, in fact, that they pay for full page ads (yes, more than one) in every program passed out.


Sarah Davis is a distinguished journalist, motivational writer, and founder of Style & Wisdom. She has a firm grasp on pop culture, celebrity news/style, and self improvement.  She believes that Style & Wisdom is an inspirational take on pop culture; a place where you can find inspiration, and a healthy escape. Bored with most self-help blogs, she created Style & Wisdom to be a combination of the things every woman searches for on the internet: self improvement, style, and a little celebrity news.  She's interviewed celebrities, actors, authors, charity founders, dancers, fashion designers, artists, and anyone who offers the world a little inspiration. Style & Wisdom was founded in 2011 and has continued to grow daily. 


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Monday, April 1, 2013

Win a Copy of 'A Corner of White'!



We love a good book here at Style & Wisdom! This week on the blog, we are featuring a giveaway for A Corner of White, by Jaclyn Moriarty.  

About the Book:
The tale of two worlds, told in brilliant color. Readers have loved bestselling author Jaclyn Moriarty since The Year of Secret Assignments. Now she gives them A Corner of White, the first in a suspenseful, funny, genre-busting trilogy that brings her fantastic characters, laugh-out-loud descriptions, and brilliant plotting to a fantasy setting.
Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge, England (in our world).
In another world, in the Kingdom of Cello, Elliot is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle Jon was found dead. The talk in the town is that Elliot's dad may have killed Jon and run away with the physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth.
As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds — through an accidental gap that hasn't appeared in centuries. On both sides of the gap, even greater mysteries are unfolding — with more than one life at stake.
About the Author
Jaclyn Moriarty is the prize-winning, best-selling author of novels for young adults and adults includingFeeling Sorry for Celia and The Year of Secret Assignments. Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, lived in England, the US, and Canada, and now lives in Sydney again. She is very fond of chocolate, blueberries, and sleep.

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