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Lauren
11 December 2009 @ 06:35 pm

a couple songs about the sea


the sea

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& i could write a song, a hundred miles longCollapse )
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mood: irritatedirritated
 
 
Lauren
02 December 2009 @ 08:11 pm
staying true to my commitment to monthly music posts, i've got november's ready in time for december to roll around :)

it also (sadly) took me a month to post, but it happens to be my 100th post! yay! 3 years on lj and only 100 :p



monthly mix:
november 2009

& maybe, in the future, you gonna come back aroundCollapse )
 
 
mood: moodymoody
music: maybe - ingrid michaelson
 
 
Lauren
25 October 2009 @ 03:44 pm
so this is something i've wanted to do for a while, but i've been such a lazy butt that it's just never happened... & i'm going to try super hard to keep this up :)



monthly mix:
october 2009

will you hold my hand when i go?Collapse )


entire zip - coming soon (comment if you'd like it)

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mood: crappycrappy
music: Be OK - Ingrid Michaelson
 
 
Lauren
21 October 2009 @ 10:03 pm
So this is my very first picspam, so forgive any ugliness :) My photoshopping is crap. My photoshop is crap.

Emma Watson is, imo, one of the most gorgeous people out there ^_^

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music: Soldier - Ingrid Michaelson
 
 
Lauren
04 October 2009 @ 08:23 pm

 
when the space between us is growingCollapse )
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mood: annoyedannoyed
music: Lauren - Michael Celedon
 
 
 
Lauren
27 September 2009 @ 06:54 pm



I think I'm in love.
 
 
music: Soldier - Ingrid Michaelson
 
 
Lauren
20 September 2009 @ 04:22 pm
Also posted over at my and alex's (xxhushdarling) blog, aflightofminds.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

First Impression: Well, FIRST impression was simply upon viewing the cover, which is gorgeous, so right away I was excited. After reading the jacket description, I was even more excited. Although I am not keen on more Twilight stuff, which I'm sure goes for most of you guys, the ressemblances I could see did not turn me off the book. It seemed like an adorable plot.

It definitely was.

Shiver is a love story. The difference was that it didn't fall into a cookiecutter layout. We start out with love - they've both been in love with the other from a distance for years - and having it grow. I loved that there was never any uncertainty, no stressing over affections. This is similar to Twilight but it was also different. It seemed less intense, more human. More like Bella's relationship with Jacob - which also works because the book is about werewolves. For those of you who hate Jacob, Sam is not Jacob. He is beyond adorable though.

The conflict of Shiver is that once the weather becomes colder, the human werewolves become wolves until it gets warm once again. Their time spent as a human grows progressively smaller as the years pass, and Sam has reached the point where he will no longer turn human again. The book is Grace and Sam's desperate struggle to keep him human while time runs out.

Final Impression: I loved Shiver. It was refreshing and gorgeous (as is the cover). One of those books you want to just keep with you at all times. It feels like how I felt about Twilight before the whole craze - back when there was only one book out and no one had heard of it. It was that book you absolutely adored and wanted to share with everyone. There is intensity, but it's also refreshing and light.

Add to Shelf?: Yes but it will probably be for Christmas. I'm low on money at the moment lol... A really good book for its genre. 5.5/6 shelves - I feel as though I've been too lenient with my shelves lately. I'm getting picky. This could easily be a 6/6 though so I'll tag it under both lol. I'm torn. 


 
 
 
mood: satisfiedsatisfied
music: Merry Happy - Kate Nash
 
 
Lauren
29 August 2009 @ 05:50 pm
posted over at  my (and xxhushdarling's) blog, aflightofminds


Queen-sized queen bee Riley Swain is not to be messed with.

Filthy rich and whip-smart, Riley thinks nothing of kissing her best friend's crush or taking incrimating photos of her future stepmom. But Riley has a secret. This school break, Riley will be crunching, dieting, and complaining her way to a thin new shape at New Horizons, a special program in Upper Nowheresville, New York.
 

Thanks Dad.

Of course, New Horizons is a nightmare: like military school without carbs. But then Riley meets adorable Eric, a boy who can go toe-to-toe with her snark, but also seems to see beyond her tough exterior. Could it be that her time away from the glitz and glamour of home will change not Riley's figure... but her heart?
 

Don't count on it.

*****

So first off, we're throwing in a couple more routinely, factual bits to our reviews. Add a little structure :) Alright, not really but we're trying to shake things up here so bear with it.


First Impression: Not crazy excited - I got a pile of books from the libary and it's the last one I picked up. Just sounds like overweight Gossip Girl.


So, not super pumped, but I am picky and there are a lot of books I just can't bring myself to read. So bonus points for make me... open it.


This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous is about a girl named Riley, who lives a life pretty similar to the people in Gossip Girl. Upper East Side and whatnot. Plus, Riley is a pretty confident girl. So yes, it did start very much like Gossip Girl, but Riley is a much more entertaining character.

That was the first thing I liked. The style of writing, from Riley's POV, was very entertaining and funny. The book was comical. She was pretty synical & sarcastic, but all around very enjoyable. The book was also very believable in the sense that the way things worked, the character logic and whatnot, was plausible. Sometimes, I just can't understand reasoning behind other characters or things move too fast, but everything worked out perfectly for me.

So yes, Riley goes off to 'fat camp', where she definitely does not feel like she belongs. I liked that as well. Riley was so confident in herself (she constantly refers back to having the Fabulous factor) and I really commend her for that. I found the book to be very positive - especially towards teenage girls where there is so much pressure to be a certain way. I know I struggle with my body constantly but after reading this book, it made not want to care as much. This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous was definitely a huge confidence & morale booster for me.

Final Impressions: This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous is, in fact, fabulous to say the least. A great feel-good book with a cute love story behind it that encourages girls to love themselves for who they are - just not quite that cheesy lol.

Any Favorite Characters: Well, Riley of course. And Eric. They were really cute together -although he seemed a bit weird but I'm just going to try not to think about that. His assertiveness was cute.

5.5/6 shelves! Yay!






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
♥ Lauren

 
 
mood: productiveproductive
 
 
Lauren
21 August 2009 @ 12:42 pm

Sometimes a good-bye is just the beginning…
When Emily Carson’s parents die in a plane crash, she’s left with nothing but her mother’s last words scrawled in lipstick on a tray table: “Emily, please forgive me.”


Now it’s fall and Emily moves to New York City— where she attracts the attention of two very different boys: the cute, popular Owen, and her quirky chemistry partner, Anthony. With the help of some surprising new friends, Emily must choose between the boy who helps her forget and the one who encourages her to remember, and ultimately heal.

Debut author Jennifer Jabaley has written a wonderful, feel-good romantic comedy with real emotional depth. Full of lovably wacky characters, Lipstick Apology is a heartwarming story about the true meaning of forgiveness.

I put off reading this book. Basically because I judged it by it's cover. (I know, I know, but it looked so Gossip Girl to me that I didn't want to have anything to do with it.) And once again, I'm going to give another good review - I'm not going soft, it's just been a really lucky streak I guess. Soon I'll be moaning and groaning and be back to normal.

Lipstick Apology fits into my little section of "Books I loved but there is nothing super amazingly awesome about it". You know - the difference between The Hunger Games and Sarah Dessen? They sortof fit into two different categories of amazing books. I've sortof been not-so-interested in these books recently, but I will say that I very much enjoyed Lipstick Apology.

After Emily moved to New York and got her whole makeover and popular friends, I was really hoping she'd manange to keep parts of her old life with her. I didn't want the whole story line of losing the not-so-cool best friend and turning into a huge pain. Thank God she didn't. Through everything, Emily managed to stay grounded and never made me want to smack her. Well, most of the time.

---- Sortof spoiler ahead? It's a romantic spoiler if you can't already figure out what's going to happen, don't read it... ----

And of course we all know which boy she's going to pick in the end lol but the actual romantic feelings between them, the chemistry, the "I can't stop thinking about how much I looooove him" feelings weren't there. They whole thing was kindof, "Oh I guess I like him" BAM, book is over. Spoiler? Or could you just see it coming? :/

---- That's the end of that... ----

So I liked Lipstick Apology. There was no trying to turn it into some huuge, epic novel of intensity, but it still had substance. I find sometimes that you read a novel like this and something weird happens like she has to save the world and you're like "Where did this come from??". But I definitely was entertained the entire time.
 
 
mood: goodgood
music: 6 Months in a Leaky Boat - Split Endz
 
 
Lauren
27 May 2009 @ 07:00 am
a couple songs about letting go
and a couple about holding on

 
♥ are for favorites

I Still Love YouCollapse )
entire zip file: here

other mixes: Take Me There

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mood: jubilantjubilant
music: Snowfall Kind Of Love - Ingrid Michaelson