The Verdant Half Sister at Target and a Plethora of Target Fitting Room Reviews

Holy Guacamole! Target is bringing it on with their summer dresses. Methinks they're somewhat Anthro-esque. So, without further ado, let the fitting room reviews begin . . .
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Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Floral Cami - Jade w/ Crab Roses. $17.99. First off, doesn't this top remind you of Anthro's Verdant Slip Dress? Tried it on in a size S and it fits TTS. While the Verdant is silk, this fabric is 100% cotton. And while the colors on the Verdant are more on the muted side, and I think the colors on this top are definitely more vibrant. The print and colors just have that retro-vibe going on. Well I like it. But the hubs says it looks like grandma's curtains. Psshh! Men have no clue.





Now compare the print to Anthro's Verdant Slip Dress. $138 for Anthro's Verdant versus $17.99 for Target's Floral Cami. Hmmm, you decide. I own the Verdant, but if I didn't, I'd pick up this top. I think it would look great w. skinny jeans, shorts, even a skirt with a cardi thrown over.


This is another top that has a Verdant-look to it. The colors are just so sweet. And I can't seem to find this top on Target's site, so if' you're keen on it, check your local stores. The fabric is jersey.



Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Floral Cami also comes in a different colors and prints. $17.99






Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Racerback Smocked Waist Challis Dress - Blue/Orange Print. $21.99. Tried this on in a size S and it fits TTS. Such a darling dress and the fit is amazing. It's a tad bit short, but it still feels modest. And up close, there are tiny orange flowers splattered all over. So summery, breezy and lovely. And it comes in 3 different color combos. 



Liz Lange® for Target® Maternity Sleeveless V-Neck Knit Dress -Blue Foliage. Maternity Wear that can be worn as Regular Wear. This dress conjures up an image of Anthro's Woody Nymph Dress. It's jersey, drapes nicely and is very forgiving. Love it. Tried this on in an XS. When trying on maternity wear, it just makes sense to size down (if you're not preggers). I highly recommend this dress. And it's $27.99!



Liz Lange® for Target® Maternity Sleeveless Knit Dress. Also 27.99. I think Liz Lange makes the best maternity dresses that work for women who are preggers and not preggers. This dress is a lot like the one pictured above, but it has a delicate cowl neckline as opposed to a V neck. It is super comfy and great for moms who want to hide their lumps and bumps.  



Hmmm. Can't seem to find this number online. Tried it on in a size S and it fits TTS.

Mossimo® Women's Draped Elastic Waist Dress - Yellow Print. Also comes in blue print and in solid colors. Tried it on in a size S and it fits TTS. It was on the sale rack for $12.99.


Mossimo® Petites Draped Elastic Waist Dress - Seaweed Wrap. Same dress as above but in solid print.


Xhila Slvls Dress - Blue/Green. Tried this on in a size S. I'm 5' 4 and this dress is a little bit on the short side for me.

 


Xhila Slvls Dress - Prpls/Pnks. Same dress as above, different color. $24.99

Merona® Maternity V-Neck Ruffle Front Dress - Black/Gray Polka Dots. More maternity wear that can also be worn as regular wear. I sized down and tried this on in an XS. There are some tiny buttons down the front, along with delicate ruffles. The fabric is chiffon, which means it's polyester. But for $29.99, it's a decent dress for work.


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Paying it Forward - Etsy shops and Authors

Pay it Forward is a book written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. This is the gist of the story ~ Twelve year old Trevor takes on an extra credit assignment and his teacher challenges him to come up with an idea that can change the world. Not only that, he has to implement his idea too. And so Trevor comes up with a Pay It Forward multi-level marketing scheme of the heart. His idea is simple ~ help 3 people in some way. Then, when they want to pay him back, he'd have them "pay it forward" to 3 other people. And they are to find 3 other people and help 'em out. You get the idea? So here goes . . .

Here are 3 Etsy shops you should check out . . .
Keiko's TanPoPo Etsy shop. Keiko is a fellow bloggie sista and fashionista with a big heart. Just last month, Keiko made paper crane earrings, posted them on her blog and all proceeds from her sales went to Japan's Relief fund. She also generously donated several items from her Etsy shop, and proceeds from that also went to Japan's Earthquake Relief fund. I was lucky enough to snatch up these lovely Princess Cream Bow Shoe Clips. They were only $15 and it adds so much more pizazz to my Aldo ballerina flats. In fact, it would add pizazz to any pair of shoes! Keiko also makes hair accessories and necklaces.You can also check out Keiko's blog here.

Keiko's TanPoPo bow shoe clips on my ballet flats

The bow clips look fab on pumps too:

TanPoPo's Princess Cream Bow Shoe Clips
 
Silk chiffon flower necklace from KeikoTanPoPo


Petal & Pink's Etsy shop.  Erin is a fellow blogger and jewelery designer. She describes her pieces as ~ "Handmade jewelry created with a blend of vintage beads and modern flair. Vintage inspired, but with a modern take on it." She hand crafts earring, bracelets and necklaces, and they're all uberlicious, superbly made and affordable. And methinks they're very Anthro-esque. Erin has 100% positive feedback on her Etsy shop.You can also check out Erin's blog here. Below are 2 of my favorite earrings from her Etsy shop.
    
Daisy earrings from Petal & Pink's Etsy Shop
Lighter than Air Little Balloon Earrings on Petal&Pink Etsy

Orange and Yellow's Etsy shop. She's a recent college grad and creates handmade colorful, beaded friendship bracelets, necklaces, and earrings perfect for summer. And it's all very boho chic. She's been on Etsy for two years this month and all month long, you can enter code ' CELEBRATE' when checking out for 20% off her entire shop. You can also visit her blog here.

Floating Heart Bracelet from Orange and Yellow on Etsy

Mustard Antique Bronze Heart from OrangeandYellow Etsy


Next, I'm paying it forward to 4 lovely authors who have been extremely kind and helpful to a new kid on the block.

♥ Elisa Lorello is the bestselling author of Faking It and Ordinary World. Peaking at #6 and #25 on the Top 25 Kindle Store Bestseller list in January 2010, Faking It and Ordinary World have since sold a combined 50,000 Kindle copies. Lorello's books are now under the AmazonEncore imprint.
Synopsis of Faking It from Amazon:
A refreshing and unexpected take on the relationships between men and women, Faking It has struck a chord with readers of all ages. It’s been praised as a novel that “goes beyond the genre to something smarter, more sophisticated, something with a little more bite and substance.” Andi and Devin’s search for their authentic selves ultimately “shows what intimate relationships are all about.”
Review: 
Elisa Lorello’s “Faking It” Got Me on an Exhilarating Emotional Coaster ~ Unruly Books

Faking It is available on paperback for $9.49 and on Kindle for $2.99 on Amazon, B&N.com and all the major online book stores.


♥ Karen McQuestion is the bestselling author of  Easily Amused and A Scattered Life. McQuestion's essays have appeared in Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Christian Science Monitor and several anthologies. She has also authored one children's book ~Celia and the Fairies and two books for teens ~ Favorite and Life on Hold.
***A Scattered Life was optioned for film in November 2009. And today, McQuestion has five books under the AmazonEncore imprint.
Review:
“A Scattered Life is the kind of novel you’ll want to recommend to a friend without quite knowing how: as soon as you begin to say what the book is "about," all of the possible descriptions seem either too small or too big for the story contained in those pages.” - Carolyn Parkhurst

A Scattered Life is available on paperback for $10.17 and on Kindle for $2.39 on Amazon ,B&N.com and all the major online book stores.

♥  Sibel Hodge is the author of Fourteen Days Later, The Fashion Police, My Perfect Wedding and Be Careful What You Wish For. Fourteen Days Later was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture.
Synopsis from Amazon:
Helen’s life is propelled in an unexpected direction after her best friend, Ayshe, sets her a fourteen-day, life-changing challenge. Helen receives a task everyday which she must complete without question. The tasks are designed to build her confidence and boost her self-esteem but all they seem to do is push her closer to Ayshe’s brother, Kalem. How will Kalem and Helen get together when she’s too foolish to realize that she loves him? How can he fall for her when he is too busy falling prey to her mishaps and too in love with his own perfect girlfriend? How will Kalem’s Turkish Cypriot family react when they find out? Is it really possible to change your life in fourteen days?

Fourteen Days Later is available on paperback for $12.73 and on Kindle for $3.49 on Amazon,  B&N.com and all the major online book stores.

Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke are authors of the newly launched The D Word and I'll Have Who She's Having. You can also check out their fab blog here
Praise for The D Word:
“Reading The D Word is like hanging out with two wonderfully flawed friends who make you laugh even when it seems their worlds are falling apart. Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have captured these women at a crossroads as they struggle to find love, happiness and fulfillment. You’ll laugh, cry, and at times, want to slap some sense into them. But mostly you’ll root for Elle and Jordan because you know them. They’re just like you.” – Irene Zutell, author of PIECES OF HAPPILY EVER AFTER 

 The D Word is available on Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook for $2.99

My Slapped Together Book Trailer of My Dream Cast . . .

Book trailers are all the rage these days, but it can cost tons of money to have one professionally made. So I slapped together this trailer of my dream cast for my book. Please note that I said "dream" cast. Meaning, this will probably never ever happen. But one can only dream. It took me about 2 hours and I had loads of fun making it. What do you think? It's live on youtube now. Bwarhahaha, my very first youtube video.
***Make sure your speakers are turned on when you watch the video.



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Orient Giveaway Winner and Thanks for all your warm Milo wishes.

First off, the Orient giveaway winner is Alexandria of The Saga of a Twenty-Something. Congrats girl! You'll be hearing from the Orient sponsor in 1-2 business days.

And next, thanks to all you lovely ladies for your warm Milo wishes. If there is a Heaven, I sure hope I see him there someday. I hope he's in a happy place, chasing after birds and squirrels.

Lisa of Respect the Shoes shared a sweet poem with me today. And it really helped comfort me in many ways. So thanks so much Lisa . . . it brought happy tears to my eyes. And I thought I'd share it with you too.  It's called The Rainbow Bridge . . . 

 Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Losing a Four Legged Son, a Best Friend, My Prince or Persia

". . . owning a dog always ended with this sadness because dogs just don't live as long as people do."
~  (Marley & Me)

How do you know when it is "time"? My vet told me that when you really look into his eyes, you will see his suffering and pain and he won't look like he's himself ... like something is missing. A few days ago, Milo looked like he was in a tremendous amount of pain. He's 15 years old and over the past year he's suffered two strokes and the left side of his face is paralyzed. Up until a week ago he still had spark and spunk. He had trouble walking but he still looked forward to his walks and he would still mark his territory like a bajillion times. He still loved his doggie treats and he still begged for scraps at the dining table. He still loved sunbathing in the sun and his tailed still wagged whenever I cooed his name. I'd call him, "Milo Buddy."
Over the past weekend, he lost all his spunk. He had trouble breathing and walking, his eyes were bloodshot and he wasn't eating any more. He just hid in the backyard and refused to budge. When I stroked him and talked to him gently, he looked into my eyes and I could see that his red eyes were rimmed with tears. He was crying and I broke down sobbing. It broke my heart to see him in so much pain. When I took him to the vet, she said the words I was so afraid to hear . . . "it was time." That was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made as I didn't want to let him go. But I knew it was the unselfish thing to do. He was suffering and it killed me to see him suffer.
He was my first son and my only son. He was the only boy in this estrogen filled household of headless Barbies and legless Polly Pocket dolls. My other two pooches are girls and my two kids are girls. And Milo was my boy. He was a regal dog. A dark and handsome hound if I may so myself. When he sat in the backyard with his head tilted to worship the sun and to bask in the breeze, he looked like the Prince of Persia. And he was my Prince of Persia. And that's how I shall always remember him. Regal, Strong, Loyal and Loving, Dark and Dashing and Prince-like. And I miss him SO much. As I'm typing, my keyboard is drenched in tears. Some people turn to the bottle to comfort or numb themselves, well writing is how I cope.
I'm posting this not because I want anybody's condolences. It's simply a way for me to have Milo remain in the blogosphere . . . forever.  Here, My Prince of Persia will live on in cyberspace for eternity.


















Milo buddy. March 1996 - June 2011

Milo is buried in our backyard, just outside my bedroom window. My daughter Bella made a farewell card for Milo. She's only in kindergarten and she didn't know how to spell his name, but I like her spelling of it even more. She spelled his name "Milove."

Milo has been with me for 15 donkey years. And he is my heart. He stuck by my side all those years . . . marriage, babies, good times, bad times, moving cross country, living in 3 different apartments and finally a house with a big backyard. He was my first kid and he taught me how to be a mom. The book Marley and Me pretty much sums up how I feel about my buddy boy. I leave you with some beautiful excerpts from John Grogan's book . . .

"A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty." 

"It's just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn't it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal." 

"Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day." 

"A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not. As I wrote that farewell column to Marley, I realized it was all right there in front of us, if only we opened our eyes. Sometimes it took a dog with bad breath, worse manners, and pure intentions to help us see."