Sunday, September 30, 2018

Book Spotlight: The Wild Unknown Journal

Author: Kim Krans
Publication Date: September 4, 2018 
Publisher: HarperOne

·     Written and Illustrated by Kim Krans
·     Illustrated, Hand-lettered Interactive Introduction
·     99 Full-color Illustrated prompts

Embark on an odyssey of reflection, self-discovery, and creative inspiration with The Wild Unknown Journal, a beautifully illustrated and hand-lettered guided journal from Kim Krans, the visionary artist and author behind the bestselling The Wild Unknown Tarot and The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit.

Welcome to The Wild Unknown Journal. The labyrinth of creativity awaits you ….

Your journey begins with a dynamic, interactive introduction that invites you into this contemplative space and explains how to use the journal and all the possibilities it offers. More than 125 exquisite pages of powerful prompts follow—combined with emotionally evocative watercolor imagery and elegant black-and-white line art—igniting an intimate and transformative experience for writers, artists, daydreamers, or anyone seeking creative magic.

Liberating and meditative, this stunning journal offers us a deeper connection to our present moment and inner most selves—freeing us to write, draw, color, collage, and create. Tap into the untamed power of the wild unknown as you discover how to unleash the imaginative, the intuitive, and the inspired within.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Book Review: Three Little Lies

Author: Laura Marshall
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. Then long-buried secrets resurface, Ellen realizes she may not know Sasha -- or what she's capable of -- at all.

2005: 17 year old Ellen falls under the spell of glamorous newcomer, Sasha. As Ellen is welcomed into Sasha's family, she doesn't see the darkness that lies beneath their musical, bohemian lifestyle. At a New Year's Eve party, events come to a dramatic head, resulting in a court case (in which Ellen is a key witness) that means family life at the Corner House will never be the same again.

2018: Now 30, Ellen and Sasha are still entwined in each other's lives and sharing a flat in London. When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. She has gone missing like this before and the police won't take it seriously, but long-buried events in their shared past mean that Ellen has good reason to be frightened - not only for Sasha, but also for herself. Finding out the truth about what really happened on New Year's Eve twelve years ago puts Ellen in terrible danger, and forces her to confront not only the past, but how well she really knows her best friend.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Book Review: #FashionVictim

Author: Amina Akhtar
Publication Date: September 11, 2018 
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

A thrilling take on the fashion world, #FashionVictim is Dexter meets The Devil Wears Prada.

Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She’s worked hard to get where she is, but she doesn’t have everything.

Not like Sarah Taft. Anya’s obsession sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she’s a walking editorial spread. And Anya wants to be her friend. Her best friend. Her only friend.

But when Sarah becomes her top competition for a promotion, Anya’s plan to win her friendship goes into overdrive. In order to beat Sarah…she’ll have to become her. Friendly competition may turn fatal, but as they say in fashion: One day you’re in, and the next day you’re dead.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Book Review: WorkParty

Author: Jaclyn Johnson
Publication Date: August 21, 2018 
Publisher: Gallery Books

First, we leaned in. Now we stand up.

Jaclyn Johnson—the founder and CEO behind Create & Cultivate, the fastest growing online platform and conference for millennial women in business— offers a rallying cry for a new generation of women who are redefining the meaning of work on their own terms: WorkParty. Women who want it all and more, and guess what? They can have it.

Jaclyn suffered a massive blow in her early twenties. She was on an upward career climb and confidently moved across the country for a job—and then, was abruptly let go. Attempting to turn that closed door into an open window, she launched a company with a trusted business partner. Soon after, she discovered said business partner had made detrimental decisions to the company without her knowledge. Before she knew it, she was in the throes of a brutal business partner break up. She was only twenty-four.

Determined to bounce back, Jaclyn overhauled the mess that was her life and by the time she was in her early thirties, she had sold a company and launched the much-buzzed about Create & Cultivate platform—and advised and invested in multiple million-dollar projects at the same time. So, how did she do it?

In WorkParty, Jaclyn shows how she turned distrust into determination, frustration into fuel, and heartache into hard work—and how you can, too. 

With stories from leading female entrepreneurs including Christene Barberich (co-founder of Refinery29), Alli Webb, (creator of Drybar), Morgan Debaun (founder of Blavity), Jen Gotch of, Rebecca Minkoff, and Kendra Scott, you will learn the tips and tricks from the best in the business while cultivating the passion and happiness you need to succeed. By embracing failure and reconciling your femininity with being a boss, you’ll join the movement that is WorkParty—and have fun along the way.

Jaclyn Johnson’s WorkPartywas such a thrill to read. For any women that want to learn how to balance their career with their social life, or how to deal with failure in the workplace, or even how to negotiate better pay – this will be a perfect read for you. This book is filled with tons of interesting illustrations that coordinate with Johnson’s commentary on women in the workplace. There are also tons of “pause” sections throughout the book, where Johnson takes a moment to pose thought-provoking discussion questions or share interesting, relevant facts and encouraging thoughts. Her writing is so simplistic, yet really causes you to pause and think about your position and career. A five out of five stars from me!

Hard work = the American Dream.

Look, truthfully, I love working hard. I had always identified as the girl who is crushing it career-wise, never the girl for whom it came easy – that’s for damn sure. In fact, I remember a male colleague once telling me, “You’re pretty, but not so pretty that other women will hate you.” I made a confused face, and he followed up with, “No, no, that’s a compliment and will get you far! You’re not a threat!” Ugh, great! But now what? I – the striver, the try-hard, the career-woman – was in a city where I knew no one, had left behind connections, friends, and a promising career path to come kill it on the West Coast and then got laid off? Self. Identity. Screwed.

The support from these women gave way to my biggest lightbulb idea and a business that would shape the next big chapter of my life. The idea that collaboration with women is stronger than competition with them is the nugget of gold that launched Create & Cultivate.

Work hard, stay in the game, and trust that you’re laying the foundation for your own future luck.

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Gallery Books in exchange for my honest review***