9/19/14

World of Weir Fashion Inspiration: Warrior Wear #TheSorcererHeir

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In Cinda Williams Chima's series The Heir Chronicles, those with magical powers are known as the Weir. To celebrate the magical fantasy world, its magical guilds, and the upcoming release of the final book in the series The Sorcerer Heir, The Lovely Side is participating in the World of Weir blog tour with a Weir-inspired style board and giveaway

I'm constantly drawing inspiration for fashion from characters in books. So as one of the first stops on this magical, mystical blog tour, I put together a style board based on The Warriors. These strong, elite fighters with their magical weaponry are associated with the color blue. I incorporated deep shades of blue, weaponry-inspired jewelry, and warrior-worthy leather accents. Here's how to work a little warrior style into your daily wardrobe...

Warrior Wear By Day:

Dark blue skinny jeans tucked into brown leather riding boots immediately gives off a huntress vibe. A loose blue tank, subtle sword earrings, a leather jacket, and scarf with a medieval-looking print pull the adventurous look together.

Alternatively, a comfy cotton dress in steely gray allows for the warrior woman to move freely. A blue corduroy jacket and blue suede booties make it a perfect ensemble for fall. And arrow-inspired accents bring the outfit full circle.

Warrior Wear By Night:

If looks could kill, no warrior lady would need her magical weaponry in this chic get-up. A motorcycle jacket lends a bit of edge to a flowy, feminine, midnight blue dress. Over-the-knee and laced up, these black leather boots are made for walking - or running. And you might just sneak a peek at diamond printed, sheer black tights. Cinch the waist with a thick, steely gray belt and accessorize with a chainmail-inspired necklace.

If gilt suits you better, consider starting with a metallic top reminiscent of a sword's burnished hilt. Tuck sleek black skinny jeans into black combat boots and cover up in the fall air with a deep blue leather jacket. Shield-inspired earrings and a long sword pendant necklace complete the killer look.

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More about The Sorcerer Heir

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to hate) from the earlier installments. Readers will be glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

About "The World of Weir" Blog Tour

Those with magical powers in The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima are known as the Weir. The World of Weir blog tour leads up to the release of the can’t-miss series finale, The Sorcerer Heir (in-stores October 21st) by celebrating the magical fantasy world and the five types of magical guilds. Follow along for playlists, nail art, and more inspired by the series, plus exclusive excerpts from the upcoming finale.

Blog Tour Dates:
WEEK 1:  THE WARRIORS September 14 – September 20
WEEK 2: THE WIZARDS September 21 –  September 27
WEEK 3: THE SEERS September 28 – October 4
WEEK 4:  THE ENCHANTERS October 5 – October 11
WEEK 5:  THE SORCERERS October 12 – October 18




About the Author


Cinda Williams Chima is the New York Times bestselling author of The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir, and the four books of the Seven Realms series: The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and The Crimson Crown. Cinda is a graduate of The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her family.





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9/12/14

5 Must-Have Apps for My Upcoming Vacation | #TabletCrew Acer Iconia Tab A1-840

Next week, I get to go on vacation. Not a pack-your-bag, drive-two-hours, visit with friends and family for the weekend type of vacation. But a pack-your-suitcase, hop-on-a-plane, hang out with the boyfriend and his parents for a week split between Phoenix and San Diego kinda vacation. And it's been a long time coming. And my trust travel companion has made it even easier. (Not the boyfriend! Though he's been rad about planning the trip.) I'm talking about my trusty Acer Iconia Tab A1-840. Yep, she's coming with.

In my carry-on. In my purse. In my hands. My Iconia is helping me get excited for, plan for, and pack for the upcoming adventure. (I'm sure she'll be a lotta fun when we get there, too.)

Here are the 5 must-have apps I've downloaded in prep for the trip:


I bounce between old fashioned books and e-books, but e-books are much more convenient for travel. I'm not sure whether I'll be finishing up George R. R. Martin's Clash of Kings or a new Victorian-era mystery set in England. Either way, it will be there without me having to pack a bag of books... because that just won't fly. (Heh! Get it?)

One thing that bums me out about my Windows 8 tablet (as much as I love her) is that I can't have Instagram on it. Since these Iconia is Android, I'm all set up and ready to go. This is definitely an app I'll use more when I'm out on the West Coast, but for now I've been scrolling San Diego and Phoenix fashion hashtags for wardrobe inspiration. Speaking of which...

I came across this app randomly, took a look, and thought it'd fit right in. It's great. You enter your vacation dates, your destination, and some of the activities you have planned (fancy dinner, beach, etc.). You can also select whether you're okay with re-wearing basics or if you'll have access to laundry. Then the app generates a packing list for you. You can add and remove items based as you wish, but this is coming in super handy for me. We're going on a hike in Arizona (something I've never done) and the hike list reminded me of several things I need to stash in my suitcase that I might have otherwise forgotten... like a sports bra.

EverNote is my digital handy dandy notebook. I love that I can store anything there. So when a random writing or blogging idea strikes me, I'll have a place to file it away for later. I do need to get better at filing away my notes, though. It's getting pretty crowded in there.

Last but certainly not least, I downloaded the Blogger app. Hopefully I'll have a bit of free time to jump online and share a blog post or two. I've never blogged on anything but a laptop or desktop computer, so blogging on a tablet will be a whole new level. I'm excited and have a sneaky feeling that I might end up hooked. 

There are other apps I'll be using, to. I've downloaded my essentials: Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and AccuWeather. I've downloaded some additional entertainment apps for when I'm tired of reading and just want some visual stimulation: WeHeartIt and Pinterest. And this is probably going to make my boyfriend and I sound like a wrinkly old couple, but we love tuning into local police scanners on weekend nights. Haha. So I'll probably get one of those apps so we can listen to what hooligans are up to in sunny CA and AZ. 

There's just one thing my tablet is missing that I really wish I had: a keyboard. I know, I know... "But it's a tablet; you don't need a keyboard." But I'm a writer. And I do. I've been scoping out some options online for a sleek little bluetooth keyboard and case, but nothing's won me over just yet. And the ones that did were either a size too big or too small for my Iconia. So I'm keeping my eyes open for the time being.

Well, I've got to get back to planning out my entire wardrobe for the upcoming week and figuring out how to fit it into a carry-on sized suitcase. 

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Now it's your turn. Tell me how to dress for San Diego and Phoenix at this time of year. Spill your smooth travel secrets. Clue me in to another helpful app to download on my tablet. Ready, set, go:

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9/8/14

Finding the Quest: My "Quest" to Write a Novel
#FindtheQuest in 'The Happiness of Pursuit'

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As we get caught up in our daily lives – homework, jobs, relationships – it's all too easy to fall into a routine. And somtimes when caught up in that routine, we can lose sight of the things that really matter to us as an individual at our very core. Our "quests."  As we work on getting that paper turned in, meeting that work deadline, or making time for the important people in our lives, it can become not only a challenge to reach those quests, but to even remember them.

Chris Guillebeau's new book The Happiness of Pursuit (hitting stores tomorrow!) hits on this in an inspiring, motivating way. In it, he shares his completed quest of traveling to every country in the world by age 35. But because quests are as unique as the individuals who pursue them, he doesn't stop there. Drawing on interviews from hundreds of questers, his book shares the inspirations and movitations behind quests that range from philanthropic to artistic and athletic to culinary.

Today, I'm sharing a quest that I've been pursuing for as long as I can remember: writing a novel. More accurately, my quest is to finish and publish one. But it all starts with writing that first, rough-around-the-edges draft.

9/2/14

Madame Picasso | Book Review & Giveaway (Closed)

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This past week, I've had my nose in a wonderful book. When I was asked to read, review, and giveaway a copy of Anne Girard's new novel Madame Picasso, it sounded right up my literary alley. Art, romance, and turn-of-the-century France woven into a rich historical backdrop, this story tells the tale of Pablo Picasso's greatest inspiration, muse, and love. 

Even though I couldn't stop turning the pages of this book, I didn't want the story to end. Each time I picked it up, Anne Girard masterfully transported me to The City of Lights during La Belle Epoque – a Paris flourishing with Moulin Rouge performers, romantic poets, rising artists, and avant-garde thinkers. While the narration alternates between the perspective of Eva Gouel/Marcelle Humbert and Pablo Picasso, I found myself most riveted by Eva. Innocent yet daring, young but passionate, down-to-earth and still so chic, a young woman who believed in herself and love – I felt a great sense of emptiness when the book came to an end.

Above, I've created a little inspiration board as a peek into Eva's world. Her world evolves from the backstage of the Moulin Rouge mending costumes to sipping Pernod, attending Gertrude Stein's salons, and waking up to a breakfast of croissants in bed with Pablo. It's a gorgeous story, an evocative romance, and a stirring coming-of-age tale. And it's one of those books that I wish with all my heart could be turned into a film.

Just a recommendation: This book is best read in bed with brioche and a rich cup of coffee or a decadent glass of French wine. Open your windows. Wear a gauzy dress. And pretend you're indulging in a book in your Montmartre studio. ;)

I LOVED this book and would recommend it over and over again! Madame Picasso just hit stores on August 26, but I'm giving one lucky The Lovely Side reader a copy of their own along with personalized Elli cards for penning your own love notes. See how lovely the prize pack is here:

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ABOUT THE BOOK
In the bestselling tradition of The Paris Wife, Z, and The Aviator’s Wife, Madame Picasso illuminates the untold story of the powerful woman behind one of the most famous men in history. A veteran writer and historian, Anne Girard takes readers from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of history’s most influential artist. Part love story, part history, Madame Picasso is perfect for book clubs and reading groups.


SYNOPSIS
Novelist Anne Girard brings to life the mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time. 

When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso's life. 

With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anne Girard is a writer and historian with degrees in English literature and clinical psychology. She has spent extensive time in Paris and lives in California with her husband and children. Visit her website here.









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