Friday, July 31, 2015

Floral Skirt + Leopard Pumps #Passion4Fashion


I've had a crazy, and not in a great way, kind of week, so it's going to be short & sweet. Although I'm not ready to go into it here, I would ask for any of you that believe in prayer to send one my way. Positive vibes and virtual hugs are welcomed too! I don't want anyone to worry too much. We're FINE, but we've had a trying week. 

Although it wasn't easy, I did wake up every day, get dressed and go to work. This is the only outfit I had the chance to document... I love mixing patterns and my floral skirt & leopard wedge pumps were the perfect match!

Really looking forward to checking out all your fashion posts this week! Be sure to grab a button for your sidebar & spread the word!  Feel free to tag me on Twitter & Instagram (@lenabactually) and use hashtag #Passion4Fashion so we can find you!

Lena B, Actually


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Kimono #Passion4Fashion

 

I finally took the plunge and jumped on the kimono bandwagon! I started small with this cute one from Rosegal and I'm thinking I might need to add a few more to my closet asap! I just love the vintage floral pattern and tassels! I have to admit, I wasn't sure about ordering from Rosegal since it's sizing can be a bit tricky and I knew shipping, although FREE worldwide, might take a while. The experience was pretty awesome, though. As long as you pay attention to the sizing details, there's definitely something for everyone! I especially love the accessories! Shipping wasn't too bad either... a few weeks after placing my order, it was here! 

I paired my new kimono with a pair of skinny high-waisted jeans from Forever 21, my Sevenly tank (to support autism awareness) and a cute new pair of wedges from Walmart (they were only $9!).  I've been on holidays all week, so I could basically wear anything I wanted!

Disclosure: Some items in this post were gifted to me, but all opinions are my own.

Really looking forward to checking out all your fashion posts this week! Be sure to grab a button for your sidebar & spread the word!  Feel free to tag me on Twitter & Instagram (@lenabactually) and use hashtag #Passion4Fashion so we can find you!

Lena B, Actually


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Author Visit: Luke Murphy & his novel 'Kiss & Tell'

Luke Murphy is the International bestselling author of Dead Man’s Hand (Imajin Books, 2012). He's also the dad of one of Ruby's best friends. So cool to have a local dad following his dream and honored that he has taken over the blog today to tell us a little more about his new novel!

Murphy played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. His sports column, “Overtime” (Pontiac Equity), was nominated for the 2007 Best Sports Page in Quebec, and won the award in 2009. He has also worked as a radio journalist (CHIPFM 101.7).
Kiss & Tell is Murphy’s second novel. For more information on Luke’ books, visit: www.authorlukemurphy.com, ‘like’ his Facebook page here and follow him on Twitter.


My “Baby”
This novel took me 15 years to write. Well, not exactly, but...
Even though Dead Man’s Hand was my first published novel, it’s not the first book I wrote. Kiss & Tell is my “baby”.  It’s the first book I ever even attempted to write. I started writing the novel in the winter of 2000, while playing hockey down in Oklahoma.
A lot of circumstances surround this novel, and it’s the reason I started writing in the first place. This novel, and all of my writing, happened by “chance”. I was playing professional hockey in Oklahoma, and was struck in the eye with a stick in a preseason game. That injury ended my season before it began.
My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, was attending a French college in Montreal, and her English professor assigned the class the task of writing a short story.
My girlfriend knew that I was an avid reader, so she asked me if I would help her develop the story, which I did. I had so much fun with the project, that when we had finished, I took one of the characters we had created and started writing my own story.
I wrote Kiss & Tell in six months, but it was nowhere even close to being publishable. Actually, it stunk. It was a practice story for me, so I left it sitting in my computer, and started writing a second book.
After I published Dead Man’s Hand in 2012, I decided to reopen Kiss & Tell and take another look. My first reaction…it was bad, written by a first-time, newbie, amateur author. But I loved the plot, cast of characters, and the potential. I didn’t want to give up on this story.
So I took everything I’d learned about the craft of writing and the industry and put it into editing Kiss & Tell. The revisions completely changed the entire book.
After I’d completed it in 2001, Kiss & Tell was written from the point of view of Jessica Philips, the primary murder suspect in the Ken Anderson investigation, and the story was told from Jessica’s first person POV.
The Kiss & Tell that came out in 2015 is told from Detective Charlene Taylor’s point of view, written in third person. Although the plot never changed, some of the characters and scenes did.
A major scene/twist change that occurred?
In the original Kiss & Tell, the identity of the Celebrity Slayer was never revealed. I was planning on turning this CS plot into a series, extending the investigation through a number of books. But, taking into consideration a suggestion from one of my editors, I decided to change that. But don’t think I don’t have more plans for the Celebrity Slayer, in upcoming Charlene Taylor books.
But that’s for another time, and another place.
Buy the book here: http://myBook.to/Kiss  

Thanks for visiting the blog, Luke! I can't wait to grap my copy of Kiss & Tell!


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Flashback Friday #Passion4Fashion Linkup

I can't believe it's Friday again! It's been an insane week and I totally spazzed on taking new outfit pictures! Whomp whomp.

In the spirit of #FlashbackFriday, I thought I'd share a favorite look from LAST summer!


You can find all the details about my cute key print top by visiting my original outfit post here.

Really looking forward to checking out all your fashion posts this week! Be sure to grab a button for your sidebar & spread the word!  Feel free to tag me on Twitter & Instagram (@lenabactually) and use hashtag #Passion4Fashion so we can find you!

Lena B, Actually


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Happy Feet {a sock of the month club review}


We all have that one friend or family member (maybe YOU are that one friend or family member?) who is obsessed with socks, and if you do, keep reading!! 

The lovely folks at Say It With a Sock were kind enough to send me a pair recently. Basically, it's a personalized sock of the month club. Yeah, totally awesome right? It's the brain child of a funky Los Angeles-based couple and it's super neat! The best part is you can sign up for yourself, or choose a gift subscription option for that special someone (ie. that sock obsessed friend or family member I mentioned earlier). You can choose to send a personalize HANDWRITTEN card along with it. Whaaattt!? Love it.

Every month you can receive 1 or two pairs (or send as a gift) for a super low price... sign up for 6 or 12 months, and save even more moola! They ship internationally too!!
Until July 31st, you can use code LENAB10 for 10% off your first order.

Personally, I think a sock of the month club is great idea! I hate wearing socks unless absolutely necessary... but since I live in Canada I pretty much have to wear socks 9 out of 12 months of the year. Might as well be wearing CUTE ones, right? 

And the socks they send WILL make your feet happy! The gem socks they sent me were so soft & stretchy!


Be sure to follow along with Say It With A Sock on Twitter & Instagram!

Disclosure: Some items in this post were gifted to me, but all opinions are my own.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Meow #Passion4Fashion Linkup


If you look really closely you can see my shirt has a cat print, and my earrings are kitties... aren't they purrrrty? #puntotallyintended

Speaking of purrrty pretty, I don't often "feel pretty." And I don't mean that in a self-deprecating way. I like the way I look... and I'm confident in my style. But I don't usually feel "pretty." But I did the day I wore this. Maybe it was the pale pink pleated skirt or the fact that I was having a good hair day, probably a combination of both, but I actually felt pretty. And it was nice. 

Is there a particular outfit that makes you feel extra pretty?

Really looking forward to checking out all your fashion posts this week! Be sure to grab a button for your sidebar & spread the word!  Feel free to tag me on Twitter & Instagram (@lenabactually) and use hashtag #Passion4Fashion so we can find you!

Lena B, Actually


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WIWW featuring Happiness Boutique

Disclosure: Some items in this post were gifted to me, but all opinions are my own.


A sweet statement necklace can really make an outfit, am I right, ladies?
I was lucky enough to be able to collaborate with Happiness Boutique recently and picked out this honeybee necklace. I didn't have anything like this in my collection yet and I was so excited when I got it in the mail. It's even prettier in person!

Their vintage inspired pieces are amazing & eye-catching. I received many compliments when I wore this particular necklace the other day. As I mentioned, a strong piece of jewelry can definitely pull an otherwise ordinary outfit into the spotlight. It definitely brought my outfit to another level.

This dress is from Old Navy... I've had it forever and I'm sure it will continue to be one of my favorite pieces. I'm wishing I would have gotten it in more colors... (I also have it in black) It's like wearing pajamas to work. So comfy!  And of course my favorite pointy flats from Giant Tiger!

If you're looking for some classic & funky pieces to spice up your outfits, be sure to visit Happiness Boutique... they carry everything from rings to necklaces to earrings and even clothing!! My favorite part is the FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING with no minimum purchase!

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Polka Dots #Passion4Fashion Linkup


Wow, did this past week ever go by in a flash! I shot a wedding last Saturday, brought the kids to the movies on Sunday, worked overtime at my 9-5 earlier this week, had Wednesday off to celebrate Canada Day, ran a fever on Thursday and ta-da! It's Friday again! 

I got this dress on clearance at Maurices last Summer. Can't say no to polka dots... ever! I paired it with my cute Old Navy wedges and my favorite round sunglasses. I didn't get a picture, but I spent most of the day wearing an orange cardigan... as I mentioned, I was running a bit of a fever and the a/c at the office was just too much.  Feeling a bit better now, which is good because I'm shooting another wedding on Saturday!

Really looking forward to checking out all your fashion posts this week! Be sure to grab a button for your sidebar & spread the word!  Feel free to tag me on Twitter & Instagram (@lenabactually) and use hashtag #Passion4Fashion so we can find you!

Lena B, Actually


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