Chloe + Isabel Labor Day Sale!

Labor Day Sale at C+I!

Head on over to my C+I Boutique for a great sale on summer pieces! Also, the new Fall collections have launched and they are quite fab, if I may say so myself ; )

(Insider Hint: click over to the C+I Shop page here on the blog and RSVP to get $25 off $75!)

The Labor Day Sale ends when Labor Day ends, but my c+i boutique is always open.

I’m booking online pop-up shops and in-home pop-ups as well, so if you’re interested in free jewelry (because really, who isn’t?), let me know!

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Book Swag, DBF Schedule plus One Very Sad Audi.

DBF is so close!

Little Jones W is so excited about going to meet authors, which in turn, of course, makes me even more excited!

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to hang around the Teen Stage all day Saturday and Sunday. This means I’ll be missing quite a few fantastic authors who are going to be speaking. On the bright side, my budding author of a daughter is going to meet some “real-life” writers and perhaps gain a little perspective on what it’s like in the profession. She’s the kid that, when asked what she wants to be when she grows up, quickly answers, “author.” 

Before we hit the Decatur Book Festival, though, we’ve been invited by Harlequin Teen to a book signing at The Book Worm in Powder Springs (basically Atlanta…just like Decatur is also basically Atlanta) for Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Geography of You and Me, and a new author, Adi Alsaid, author of Let’s Get Lost.

 

 

Harlequin sent over a pack of swag pre-event, so I’m hoping to get a few things (like the awesome tote bag) to give away here after the Festival! Thanks Harlequin Teen!

Let's Get Lost Book Swag courtesy of Harlequin Teen

Both authors will be at DBF, but by going to the signing the night before, I’ll be free to visit a few other authors.

I’ve been working diligently on my schedule. It may be my first time at DBF, but it’s not my first time at an action packed convention. Try scheduling a cake show! That bad boy takes weeks to iron out…but I digress.

Here is my current list of the authors I plan to see, and hopefully get a signed copy from:

Children’s Authors: Mac Barnett (Telephone), Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Uni the Unicorn), Molly Idle (Flora and the Penguin), Eric Litwin (Bedtime at the Nut House)

Teen/YA Authors: Maggie Stiefvater (Sinner), Maya Van Wegnan (Popular), Jennifer Armentrout (Don’t Look Back), Katherine Howe (Conversion), Mary E. Pearson (Kiss of Deception)

We’re also hoping to have some fun in the Maker’s Tent and catch a few performing arts exhibitions on the Bandstand (namely Atlanta Ballet).

Not only is W going with me to DBF, but my mom, an avid reader of anything I download onto her Nook, will be attending, too. It’s going to be a fun road trip! We’ll be staying with my older brother, Hal, who has a coffee shop, Drip, not all too far from the Festival! Check it out here.

I’m also making the drive to ATL for another reason. Cue sad face.

My wonderful, beautiful, new (to me) Audi Q7, which I haven’t even gotten around to posting for you to see…was backed into in the Publix parking lot last week. I’m so sad. It’s the curse of the new car. I can’t go three weeks without having an accident in a new car. At least this one wasn’t my fault.

audi dent

 

We’re going to visit the Audi deanship for a nice detail to make her feel better and to see if they can get an estimate for me to repair the big ‘ole dent over the wheel well. It sure isn’t pretty!

Are you heading to DBF this weekend or any other bookish event? Which authors are you going to see or wish you could meet? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget…

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Bookish Fashion: Summer Reading ‘Sinner’

Summer Reading: Sinner
For this installment of Summer Reading inspired fashion, we’ll look to Sinner’s Isabel Culpepper (also from the Shiver Trilogy aka the Wolves of Mercy Falls). She’s a badass, depressed, scared-to-fall-in-love woman with nothing but bitchy intimidation written all over her face. And she’s pretty amazing. With plans to become a doctor (ulterior motive: save the wolves/werewolves), Isabel parades the facade of the being a woman with no emotions, but really, she’s bothered by a lot. Her feelings for Cole, lead singer of Narkotika (also, wolf), her rocky relationship with her parents, nursing school, and even her younger cousin Sophia. Isabel is the girl on the street who kills you with her look alone. No words or other weapons needed.

Pop of Floral feat. Chloe + Isabel

Pop of Floral feat. Chloe + Isabel

Book Anticipation: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner Hardcover Edition

Let me begin by saying that Maggie Stiefvater (pronounced Steve-Otter) is pretty much responsible for my being here. Well, my blog being here. It was her Shiver series, aka The Wolves of Mercy Falls, that really got me hooked on YA lit.

Sure, I read Twilight…many times. I liked the story (until the end, but that’s another post for another day). I liked the movies. The writing was questionable. Maggie’s is not, so please don’t think it’s another Twilight.

It was really and truly though, the blue toned lettering in the beautiful blue-jacketed hardcover edition that I picked up in Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport that really sold me on contemporary YA. From page one, I was hooked. Her writing is fluid, like a liquid that could be bottled up, shaken, then sprayed into a fountain to open a portal to another dimension.

Since then, I’ve adored everything she’s written and in my opinion, she gets better and better with every new release. Also, she’s just a really cool author. With goats. Super cute goats.

Maggie's Goats (via her Facebook page)

Told you so.

AND she’s a pretty amazing artist. Check out this book jacket she drew!  It’s available if you pre-order from her favorite local bookstore, Fountain Bookstore. I’d really, really love to have one, but I’ve pre-ordered my copy from The Bookshelf (which just happens to be my favorite bookstore…so…you know…I have to support them). She also Sharpie’s the guitars in the background (which she plays…).

Sinner Book Jacket

Maggie has two new novels coming out this year.

Sinner, a much-anticipated spin-off of the Shiver series will be released July 1st. Because her books are really well-known, I was unable to get an ARC of this. That’s okay though, because it just means that I get to fangirl out with everyone else when it does come in! It’s going to feature former rock-star/drug addict, Cole, and the bitchiest sister ever written, Isabelle. Who is actually quite similar to our beloved Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments…minus snake whip. Just because you’re awesome and have read this far, here’s a link to the Jones Book Shop in Amazon where you can pick up a FREE preview (the first three chapters) of Sinner for Kindle devices and apps.

The covers of the first three are my favorites, but what makes the hardbound copies really stand apart is that the text is the same color as the book. Shiver‘s text is blue (previously mentioned), Linger’s is green, Forever’s is red. Really nice, readable tones.

The second book coming out this year is the third installment to her really amazing Raven Boys series called Blue Lilly, Lilly Blue. If you like paranormal, you MUST read this series. And don’t skip a word. It’s beautiful, captivating and above all, magical. Maggie writes the characters in this book so well that I swear I am part of the story, exploring the woods with them, sitting in the backseat of Gansey’s car….oh…Gansey. If Blue doesn’t figure out how to kiss Gansey without killing him in this next book, I’m going to have heart palpitations. I NEED them to be together.

So there it is: my next book crush! I’ll be picking it up the day it is released and letting you know what goes down with Cole and Isabelle. If you’d like to check out more of the fabulous Maggie’s work (of which there is a great collection), check out her Goodreads Author page here or her Amazon author page here.

As always, the books mentioned in this post are available over in the Jones’ Book Shop on Amazon or head over to The Bookshelf here in Tville to order your editions.

If you haven’t seen, there’s a pop-up shop going on in the Chloe & Isabel boutique! In honor of the namesake of Cole’s complicated love life, I think you should pop over there and grab a little something-something. Now through the 27th, you’ll get $25 off an order of $125 or more, plus, I’ll send a little Tresors charm as a thank-you gift for celebrating with me!

Summer Solstice Sale! Tresors Charm GiftWhich Tresors charm is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! If you place an order by tomorrow, you just might have it show up in your mailbox : )

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The Summer Solstice needs more gold.

Which is where you come in. Head on over to the new pop-up shop this week starting today and ending Saturday night. There are some pretty sweet prizes for those RSVPing! If you received a Paperless Post invite, you can RSVP there or with the contact form here. Click on the invite to join the fun!

Summer Solstice Invite

I was inspired by Home Depot. An earring display was born.

c+i gold paillette chandelier earrings on DIY displayW has been attending orchestra camp this week in Tallahassee (yes, she’s little, but the teachers take this very seriously…plus, she’s been having a ball). Upside: music education. Downside: it starts at 8 freakin’ am. For those of you not familiar with our geography, TVegas is an hour away (okay, really it’s only 45 minutes, but you never know about traffic…or how long the line at the Flash Foods will be when I run in to get my morning SF Red Bull… so I like to have that 15 minute buffer). I’d like to brag for a moment and say that we have been ten minutes EARLY every day this week (which means we’ll probably be late tomorrow, but whatever).

On day one, S and I dropped W and her cello at camp and then headed to shop. There was nothing opened. Or at least the stores I tried weren’t open. Day two, we drove just around the corner to check out Home Depot. Surely contractors start shopping before 8 am. BAM! I was right! Home Depot, my savior. The indoor lawn mower display was the perfect playground for S. I was inspired during the hour and half we shopped. I came out with three things: a hedge trimmer, a blower and a section of Moroccan tile-inspired stamped gold sheeting.

Do not laugh about the first two items. As a former cake decorator, I am phenomenal at hedge trimming. It’s like a big ‘ole spatula. Don’t hate. My hedges look good. As for the clippings all over the yard…I’m not really sure what to do about those.

Anyway, the gold sheeting was my best buy. I saw it on an end cap and grabbed it. No plans. It was just a gorgeous piece of material that had lots of potential.

On the way home, I figured out what to use it for: earring displays! Yay, me! So, here’s what happened when I got home so that you can recreate it (there were lots of other pretty designs in the sheeting:

1) GATHERED MATERIALS

  • out-of-use picture frame, any size
  • metal shears/clippers
  • Sharpie marker
  • metal sheeting

Materials for DIY display

2) DISASSEMBLE FRAME; TRACE FRAME INSERT ONTO METAL SHEETING

I moved it over about a 1/2″ to the side and bottom to allow for cutting room.

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3) TRIM SHEETING, THEN TRIM AGAIN, THEN TRIM AGAIN

I wanted it to fit just right, so I went back around the side and bottom and clipped off any little pieces that were causing it to bulge in the frame.

trimming metal sheeting

4) FIT THE METAL SHEETING INTO THE FRAME

You can leave it like this and tape the back with Gaff or Duct tape and use it as it. I wanted a little deeper texture (and less parts and pieces floating around my house), so I put the mat and glass behind the sheeting.

IMG_0589 Fitting pieces into frame

5) SECURE THE PIECES IN THE FRAME AND FLIP THAT BAD BOY OVER TO CHECK OUT YOUR HANDY WORK

front view of DIY display

6) HANG THOSE PRETTY EARRINGS!

I’m using this for hook style earrings, but you could leave the glass off of the back and use it for posts as well. I already have two other earring displays (I have A TON of earrings), so this was a non-issue for me.

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Yay! Now, if you love the earrings, most of them are available in my c+i shop and I’d love you and appreciate you forever and ever, amen, if you’d hop over and place an order. Even better, get in touch with me and lets schedule a book-themed pop-up shop and you can get some free jewelry. I really, really, really want to make a few more displays to use in a pop-up shop!

Okay, now that I’ve plugged my one (very small source) of income, I can tell, as always, that it’s time for you to

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Do you love gold? Pavè? Paillette? Good. I thought you might.

Because Chloe + Isabel just released a few new pieces in the Moroccan Summer Collection that happen to be all of the above.

There are some fantastic summer reads this year that you should be enjoying on the beach or in your backyard. Either place, I think the chandelier earrings would make you look and feel fantastic while turning those pages. Those characters in your romance novel would totally be wearing these while reading, so why not you too?

As with all of my pop-up shops, there’s a raffle! Comment on this blog post (see raffle for details and to link through) for 5 entries and Like our FB page (through the raffle thingy ma-bobber) if you haven’t already for an extra entry.

Click here for to enter my c+i raffle for $25 off $75+.

Good luck, goldies! Read Up!