Semi Charmed Winter Book Challenge & What I Read October / hellorigby!

Semi Charmed Winter Book Challenge & What I’ve Been Reading

23rd October 2014

So admittedly, I’ve been terrible at reading these past couple of months. I set a goal of reading 100 books this year and am 7 books behind. Yikes! I decided to join in Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life with her Winter Book Challenge in hopes of jump starting my reading again!

Semi Charmed Winter Book Challenge & What I Read October / hellorigby!

What I Read in October

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bojilian – ★★★★ – This has got to be one of the oddest book plots I’ve read. A homeless girl living in an igloo in Vermont, both of her parents are dead, and it was all their fault. As the daughter as the most hated man, she’s left to pick up the pieces. What’s so tragic about this story is this poor girl is spinning out of control, and there’s no one that can help her. A really captivating read that pulls at your emotions for poor Emily.
c/o Netgalley

Nest by Esther Ehrlich – ★★★★ – This is a little younger than I typically read (Middle Grade) but honestly, you wouldn’t have known this was meant for younger young people. I really enjoyed this sweet yet very sad and tragic story. It’s about a girl who’s faced with tragedy – first her mother is diagnosed with a debilitating disease, then begins having mental health problems and is institutionalized. The voice is really strong, and the characters just break your heart.
c/o Netgalley

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – ★★★ – This book had a really creative premise – it starts out with the death of the main character, and she re-lives her “ending” 7 times. However, something about this just felt weird and I didn’t totally get into it until the end. It’s really hard to stay tuned in for the first half of the book, but once it gets going you can get past some of the “teen drama” brought at the beginning. A solid three stars.

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard – ★★ – After reading the Pretty Little Liars series, also by Sara Shepard, I was excited to see what was in store with this one. I’m not sure if this is written by someone else pretending to be her or what, but this was NOTHING like PLL. Seriously. This does not read like a YA. There are so many characters in this book I couldn’t keep all of them and their families straight. Basically, I stuck it out, but this was not a book I would recommend.
c/o Edelweiss

The Book of You by Claire Kendal – ★★★★ – Oh my gosh, this was so creepy. This is a thriller, about a man who is stalking a woman, whom he’s created (in his mind) an elaborate relationship with. Clarissa writes the Book of You to him, her stalker, and catalogs all of his run ins with her. Paralleling her story of her stalking, she is a member of the jury in a trial about another stalking victim and sees how poorly the court system treat another woman in a similar position. I would recommend avoiding this one if stalking or rape is a trigger, but otherwise this will have you questioning your own thoughts and reactions if you were in Clarissa’s shoes.
c/o Edelweiss

Semi Charmed Winter Book Challenge

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

10 points: Read a book of short stories.
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

10 points: Read a book with a food in the title.
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman

15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you (so no rereads for this one!)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

15 points: Read a book written by a local author.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

20 points: Read a “bookish book” (in which books play an important role.)
Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title (e.g. north, south, east, west or any combination of those).
Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

25 points: Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read.
Delicious by Susan Mallery (Romance)

25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. Be sure to tell us the song name and artist as well!
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, brunch).
The Oakdale Dinner Club by Kim Moritsugu & Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson

My Reading Updates

Total Books this month: 8
Total Books read this year: 73 / 100
Total Books read for the Reading Pile Challenge: 40 / 40 Completed!


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5 Places for Great Activewear / hellorigby!

5 Places for Great Activewear

22nd October 2014

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I don’t think it’s a big secret that I enjoy exercising as much as I enjoy getting my teeth drilled (which luckily has only happened once, and I no longer have those teeth so…) But what I do love is wearing work out clothes as soon as I get home from work. Don’t lie, I know you know what I mean. You get home, and the first, second, or third thing you do is strip off the uncomfortable bras and skinny jeans and into something… well, actually it is kind of tight, but in a much more forgiving and comfortable way. Yes, I’m talking about yoga pants.

No, I don’t do yoga. Not yet anyways.

But I can pretend in my yoga leggings that I basically live in on the weekends and have even figured out how to add into my rotations for work wear. With the cold season upon us, I figured now is as good as time as any to share my secrets for where I find my trusty leggings, yoga or otherwise, and for when I am dragged to the gym by certain people who shall not be named, what I like to wear.

5 Places for Great Activewear

5 Places for Great Activewear / hellorigby!

Fabletics

Fabletics Outfits in Power, Grid, and Chasse / hellorigby! Grid $80 / Power $80 / Chasse $60
Fabletics was my first foray into the subscription work out clothing universe, and I’m so glad I tried them! Their compression leggings and crops are my absolute favorite, and I swear they make me look 5 pounds lighter. They come in a ton of styles and colors, and they have new collections each month with different fabrics.

While I haven’t had the best luck with their tops (I ordered a t-shirt that’s too big, and a sweatshirt that was too small… both in the same size) I did love their sports bras. So comfortable for lounging around. Their return/exchange policy is super great if you do run into any problems, and if you sign up through my referral link, your first outfit is 50% off. $25-35 for an entire outfit is a pretty great deal, but don’t forget that it will sign you up for a monthly subscription. You can either skip the month between the 1st and the 5th, or cancel the service completely.

Old Navy

Old Navy Sweater Pullover, Compression Leggings, Burnout Tee / hellorigby! Pullover $40 / T-Shirt $15 / Legging $27
I’ve been buying work out gear at Old Navy for a long time. I love the yoga pants and crops. So comfortable! They also last for a long, long time. I have a couple of pairs that I wore in college. (Yeah, that was about 5-6 years ago now…) Plus they run coupons and sales all the time, so you really can’t go wrong here.

Athleta

Athleta Bombtastic Bomber Jacket, Jogger Pant, Cashmere Sweater / hellorigby!
Jacket $108 / Joggers $89 / Sweater $198
While I had heard of Athleta, it is a new to me find. What I really like about Athleta is that a lot of their “work out” gear doesn’t look like it. They have a wide array of things I could wear to work and get away with it, like the above cashmere cardigan (total splurge!), the Slub Bombtastic Jacket, and the jogger pants.

Victoria’s Secret

Victoria's Secret VSX Sports Bra, Knockout Tight, Pullover / hellorigby!
Tight $65-73 / Sports Bra $50-60 / Pullover $93

I’ve been buying sports bras from Victoria Secret’s Sport line for a long time, so when I saw that Influenster would be sending a sports bra my way from their new Knockout line I was pretty excited to try it out! I love the fit of their new style – so much support, and they have tons of sizes (and colors!) to choose from, including 32-40 band size and up to DDD cup size, which is pretty uncommon in reasonably priced sports bras.

I also received the Knockout Tight, and they are AMAZING. What I love about them is that they are a little high-waisted, so they cover up that tiny pooch (that I admit to having… I’m sure I’m not alone.)  They offer short and tall sizes as well. My only complaint about them is that I can’t wear them to work without boots because there is a logo on the calf that gives these away as workout gear. ;)

C9 by Champion

Target C9 by Champion Leopard Legging, Run Zip Pullover, and Open Layering Top / hellorigby!
Pullover $35 / Legging $25 / Layering Top $12.50-25
Obviously I couldn’t leave off Target, I mean, they have everything. Their C9 line is mostly what I buy for Dave – socks, shorts, t-shirts… but I’ve also bought running tights and a zip up that I absolutely love there too. I find the quality comparable to items double their price, and I think they hold up long-term too. Make sure you check out the Cartwheel app and their coupons online – the by Champion line goes on sale all the time!

Runner ups

For comfy, inexpensive yoga pants, I love Kohl’s in the juniors section. They run fairly true to size, and last quite awhile. Two years ago, I bought a pair during Black Friday for $7.

Get discounted sports and activewear year round at your local TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Ross. I swear the ones by my house ALWAYS have insanely full racks.

Now I can’t recommend the workout gear from Zella at Nordstrom myself because I have yet to purchase, but I’ve heard they make the most amazing leggings ever.

The Adidas, Puma, and Nike stores at the Seattle Premium Outlets always have a decent selection, but I can’t say the deals are always amazing. Try signing up for the mailing list of the outlets near you to find out when they’re doing across the mall discounts – that’s when you get the good stuff! :)

And no, even though I’m posting about work out gear I’m not becoming a fitness blog. I will never get up on any soap boxes and yell at you to eat cleaner, dine on a juice for a week instead of real food, or tell you how to do squats the right way (is there a wrong way? I don’t even know.) Really I just thought you should know where I like to buy leggings since it’s going to be winter before you know it. You’re welcome.

Where do you like to shop for lounge and/or work out gear?


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Ipsy vs Birchbox October 2014 Vlog / hellorigby!

Ipsy vs Birchbox October 2014 Vlog

21st October 2014

In the spirit of trying new things, I thought it was time to try a vlog out for my review of Birchbox and Ipsy this month! If you’re new to Ipsy or Birchbox, they are both budget friendly subscription boxes for beauty samples and full size products.

Ipsy vs Birchbox October 2014 Vlog / hellorigby!

At $10 a month for each subscription, you really can’t go wrong with either, but I’ll show you what I got in each one, and tell you which one I thought was the best bang for my buck. Continue reading


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Fall Fashion Must Haves / hellorigby!

Fall Fashion Must Haves

17th October 2014

The life of a fashion blogger is not easy when it starts getting dark at 6pm and you have a full-time job… and you leave the office at 6pm. Clearly I am not used to this mayhem, and thus have no photos of my own for you today. But, now that I know, I’m going to try to better plan in advance. Can’t it just get dark at 8pm year round? I like that better.

But, I’ve been shopping a lot as usual (though not actually spending much of my own money, I’ve actually been doing pretty good this month!) and have a round-up of some of my favorite items that really scream “FALL!” to me. Continue reading


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10 Things Gilmore Girls Taught Me About Life / hellorigby!

10 Things Gilmore Girls Has Taught Me

15th October 2014

I’ve been binge watching Gilmore  Girls ever since it was released to Netflix and I have a lot of thoughts, and a lot of love, for this show. Sure, I could binge watch this show any day of the week (hello, full series DVD owner over here) but there’s something more fun about being able to just stream it. Upon Googling this fun blog post idea about things Gilmore Girls has taught me, I realized I am not that original. But that’s okay, because there’s always room for more Gilmore Girls love, am I right?

10 Things Gilmore Girls Has Taught Me About Life / hellorigby! Warner Bros. Television Continue reading


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