Merry Christmas!

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Hi guys!

Christmas season is upon us so as usual, my schedule is pretty booked. I’m currently out of town, spending the holidays with my husband and family. Which means no book reviews until next year. But don’t worry. I’ll catch up next year. ūüėÄ

For now, I just want to wish a very happy Christmas and a prosperous year. May you have peace, love, health and prosperity all through out the coming years.

Merry Christmas and take it easy with the massive feast. Hehehe…

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LookbookStore.com Review and an OOTD

blue printed Bohemian long dress

I know that I’m more in to posting book reviews and all, but today I’m going to post a different kind of review.

For those who know me personally, they know quite well that I’m also a bit of a fashion¬† enthusiast. I like clothes, I love shoes, and I like dressing up. Of course, since I work at home I’m mostly wearing my PJs than my Levi’s and chucks. It’s only once a week that I get to dress up to go to church. Sometimes never for a month.

So anyway, I’m quite¬† excited to¬† be sharing to you guys my first ever experience buying clothes online (I know. Where was I when online clothes shopping became a thing? Haha). More particularly, a review about this online boutique called Lookbook Store.

I was fortunate enough to win a discount code from them, so on their Halloween Sale in October, I made sure to buy something from them. What I bought was a dress, a blue Bohemian printed long dress, that I’d thought would pair well my ankle boots since their model was also wearing one. (Yeah, what a way to make shopping decisions based on what I see from a store’s model. Hahaha!)

Here’s what I got from them and several pictures of my #OOTD. Notice that I didn’t wear my boots because it just didn’t pair well with the dress as I hoped it would be. (Lesson learned: don’t follow in my footsteps. Teeheehee!).

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Now on to my review.

In case you don’t know what Lookbook Store is, it’s a fast-growing online boutique for women that sells really trendy clothes at reasonable prices. They have over two million followers on their Instagram¬†and over a hundred thousand followers on Facebook.¬†¬†What I like about this store is that they have free shipping worldwide. Yay!

Lookbook Store package

When it came in the mail, it was wrapped in a thick black plastic bag with a address sticker. Yep, it’s in Chinese. From what I gather, their manufacturing and distribution center is in China. When I opened it, the dress was placed inside labeled zipper bag and a sweet ‘Thank You’ card from them.

I was surprised to get a text from my local post man about the parcel because I thought it’d take more than a month to get to me, considering that I chose economy shipping which for free. When I counted the days, it only took three weeks for the dress to get to me. It’s supposed to be delivered after 15 days but because of the APEC here, all shipment going to and from Cebu was delayed for a week. Still, it was fast for me.

I ordered a size 4, which was a bit loose for me, but it was nothing to be worried about it. I wasn’t sure what size to get since it my first time to order a dress online so. So I took a chance on a size bigger than what I normally choose when buying at a brick-and-mortar store. At least, it’ll give me enough clearance to re-size the piece. And I did. The dress I wore on the image is already adjusted to a size 2.

As for the quality, I thought it was okay. The seams were clean. The fabric felt soft breathable. It didn’t feel cheap, in my opinion. My OOTD pictures were taken in the middle of the day but I didn’t feel hot or sweaty at all. My armpits didn’t sweat at all hahaha!

The V neck was a bit low for my my modest style taste, though, so I wore a bandeau top underneath just to cover my cleavage a bit.

I tried pairing it with may ankle boots for that Bohemian look, but I chose otherwise and went for my pointed flats instead.

Anyway, if you ask me if I’m happy with my purchase, I would say ‘Yes, I’m pretty happy with it.” The only thing that I wasn’t happy about was the size was bigger than me. Still, it wasn’t a problem to go gaga over because I remedied by re-sizing it. What I really like about the dress is that has a floaty feel to it and the color. Also, I think it would go well with my strappy flat sandals and a floppy hat.

Would I buy from Lookbook Store again? Yes, I would in the near future.

| Outfit: |
Dress Lookbookstore.co
Ballet flatsChelsea
EarringsDrea Drazz (handcrafted wire jewelry)

 

 

Book Review: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #1)

The Utterly Uninteresting and unadventurous tales of Fred, the Vampire accountant book cover

Source: Goodreads.com

5 open booksAuthor: Drew Hayes
Genre: Paranormal / Vampire Fantasy
Published: July 26, 2014 by REUTS Publications, LLC
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Synopsis:

Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.

One fateful night ‚Äď different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful ‚Äď Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to ‚Äúsurvive.‚ÄĚ Because even after it‚Äôs over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.

Review: 

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant ¬†is one of those books that I hate to see it end. It’s good thing that is the first of the book series because I definitely want to read more about Fred and his band of paranormal misfits.

If you’re a vampire fantasy freak, like I am, then you have to read this. The book¬†quite similar with ¬†the¬†Twilight series,¬†Vampire Academy¬† and¬†Bloodlines (just you know, the latter two book series are personal favorites), what with magic, vampires, werewolves, romantic love interests and all, but it has none of the seriousness, the violence and the heavy drama those books offer. Well, it does have a little violence but nothing bloody and gore at all.

Let us just put it this way.¬†The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant¬†(yes, I’m fully aware that’s it a mouthful and it takes several taps on my keyboard to write the entire title, but hey I just like to type) is a paranormal, vampire fantasy novel that has a chock full of humor and wit infused in to the plot as well as in the characters.

Although Fred is a vampire, you may guessed by now, he doesn’t have the suave of Adrian Ivashkov, the sexy, dreamy royal moroi character in Richelle Mead‘s¬†Bloodlines or the strength¬†and bloodlust of Damon Salvatore before he turned good in the¬†The Vampire Diaries.¬†¬†He doesn’t even have the wealth of Edward Cullen. He is none of those irresistible vampire heroes that many vampire fantasy authors have created. He’s just a lowly, lonely, weakling vampire accountant who’s content in working¬†on his own home and feeding on packed blood.

Krystal, on the other hand, is a tough chic who opened the vast world of paranormal and parahuman to Fred. Since their meeting, his whole life changed and has led to him to meeting other undead beings just like him. She’s independent, strong, smart, funny and not afraid at all. She and Fred are complete opposites but I love their tandem.

Since Fred’s discovery of the vast parahuman world, he’s met lots of other beings who share the same secret. There’s Albert, Bubba, Nick, Amy, Richard — and they’re just the tip of the iceberg. I’ll leave you to discover what they are. Teeheehee!

Indeed,¬†The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant ¬†is a worthwhile read. The writing style is conversational. It was very easy to understand. There were some parts that had me at the edge of my seat. It’s basically perfect for light reading and still get your dose of vampire fantasy. Best of all, it’s a comedy.

So go ahead and discover the world of Fred, the vampire accountant. As for me, I’m looking forward to book 2. And I’ll definitely keep Drew Hayes in author radar from now on.

Favorite Quotes: 

We aren’t humans, but that doesn’t make us monsters.

Harvest is one of the hardest working periods on a farm. A night off is not just reason to celebrate; it is reason to celebrate to the umpteenth degree.

The upside of never having good looks was that I didn’t have to fear losing them with age. Pity I wasn’t pretty though; they would have kept for eternity then. Although, for all I know, I wouldn’t have been bitten if I were good-looking, so I suppose there’s no sense second-guessing fate.

Thee people didn’t matter; their laughter wasn’t important. The only thing we needed to focus on was saving our friend.

I missed the days when I would silently judge seemingly crazy people in a park, instead of being one of them.

Let me just say that while I am not skilled in many things, I am a twentieth-degree black belt in running away.