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Monday Memos: ‘The Sky Between You and Me’ Book Review

“Again
Once I whittle that number on the scale down
Which wont be hard since I haven’t been hungry lately
It won’t be hard now that I have a goal
Smaller
Lighter
Leaner
In the saddle
It won’t be hard
Because I’m willing to do whatever
It takes
To win.” -Rae from ‘The Sky Between You and Me’
 
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to review a new book that you should definitely add to your Goodreads reading challenge (yeah, yeah, I know that your TBR is already insane, but this book is worth the room. Trust me). So what is this amazing book you ask? I’m glad you asked people of the internet! Today we’re reviewing ‘The Sky Between You and Me’ by Catherine Alene. Not only is the story interesting, but will definitely leave a lasting impact on you once you finish it. I will try to make this review as spoiler free as possible, so if you’re ready let’s get to the review. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
Our story revolves around high school junior Raesha (aka Rae), a rodeo rider who dreams of winning Nationals just like her mother did when she was in high school. We are then introduced to Rae’s best friend Asia, Asia’s boyfriend Micah, and Rae’s boyfriend Cody. Everything in Rae’s life seems to be going well until a new girl named Kierra moves into town and begins to disrupt all of the order in Rae’s life. Throughout the story we learn that Rae’s mother died from cancer when she was a little girl and Rae always carried the guilt due to the circumstances of her mother’s death. Due to Rae’s growing loneliness because of Kierra’s presence in her life, as well as Rae’s father’s constant absence due to his job, Rae quickly falls into the grip of an eating disorder. She begins by just telling herself that she will lose a little weight in order to fit into her mother’s old riding saddle, however things get bad VERY quickly. Throughout the rest of the novel we see how Rae’s eating disorder affects her life, and the lives of those around her in both expected and unexpected ways. This is truly a powerful story with an amazing message of hope that doesn’t sugar coat the dark side of eating disorders.
 
I not only really enjoyed the plot of this story, but also the relationship between Rae and her father. You could really see the love that they had for each other, as well as his need to try to fill the void that her mother’s death has left in her life, and his terror when he feels as if he failed this task. I also really enjoyed the fact that Rae and her friends were from a small country town and enjoyed completing in rodeos. This was definitely a fresh change of pace from your typical YA setting. Lastly I personally really loved the fact that the entire story was written in verse, which added a unique vibe to the story. Although there was SOOOO much I loved about this book, there were some problems. Firstly I HATED Rae’s boyfriend Cody! He was a completely unlikeable character who made me want to slap Rae for even dealing with him. Cody openly flirts with Kierra every chance he gets, and is completely unsupportive of Rae, even when he finds out about her eating disorder. Also, the story definitely had sections that were very slow and boring, although this didn’t happen often, it definitely lost the book half a smiley face on it’s overall score. Lastly, I really wish that we had spent more time on the obvious connection between Rae’s mother’s death and Rae’s eating disorder. I know that eating disorders are very complicated matters and there is never a necessary “cause” of this disease however, I really feel that this event had a lasting impact on Rae and thus it would’ve been nice to dive more into that. In conclusion I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story and doesn’t mind books written in free verse. If you don’t typically enjoy this style of writing then this maybe a hard story for you to get through however, I definitely suggest that you give it a chance. Because of all of this, I give ‘The Sky Between You and Me’ 4 1/2 smiley faces (due to the slow parts of the story). This is definitely worth your time, and I suggest you pick it up right away!
Keep up with everything Catherine is doing:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/catherinealene
Website:https://catherinealene.com/
Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15222129.Catherine_Alene
Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Sky-between-You-Me/dp/1492638536
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Monday Memos: 2015 Back To School Lookbook

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re talking all about back to school fashion. This time I decided to split the looks into 3 categories (preppy, casual, and uniform). I tried not to include any pieces that might violate most school dress codes, but you can always substitute any of the pieces for more weather appropriate choices depending on what your school allows (or if you’re in college and can pretty much wear whatever you want…but you’ll probably end up leaving in sweat pants or leggings…anyways, moving on now). I also didn’t include any skirts, dresses, or shorts because schools can be really picky on these pieces. So now let get to the part that you’re all waiting on, the clothes! Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

Preppy Look:

Preppy Look Self-Tie Bow Blouse from Forever 21

Self-Tie Bow Blouse from Forever 21:

I know that this piece is a little different than what are usually in these Lookbooks, but I just thought that it had a very cool prim and proper flair. Sorta like something Spencer from ‘Pretty Little Liars’ would wear.

 

 

 

Preppy Look Skinny Jeans from American Eagle

Skinny Jeans from American Eagle:

Skinny jeans really help add to this look and a bonus is that you can keep using these in the fall and winter so that means more money to buy other pieces (yay!).

 

 

 

 

Preppy Look Lace-Up Brogue Oxfords from Charlotte Russe

Lace-Up Brogue Oxfords from Charlotte Russe:

You just gotta love a good Oxford shoe, because it’s dressy but also comfortable so you can run from one side of the school to the other without worrying about breaking your ankles.

 

 

 

Preppy Look Big Mango Backpack from Amazon

Big Mango Backpack from Amazon:

 I just have to say that I LOVE this backpack. It’s perfectly dresses up any outfit, and is big enough to fit your books and even a computer. You gotta love a backpack that’s fashionable and functional!

 

Casual Look:

Casual Look Eyelash Lace-Trimmed Sweater Forever 21Eyelash Lace-Trimmed Sweater from Forever 21

Ok I know it’s probably still a little warm for a sweater, but this just looked so comfortable that I couldn’t resist adding it. The lace trim definitely dresses up the piece, and it goes great with so many different outfits that it will soon become one of your closet staples.

 

 

 

Casual Look Plaid Leggings from The Bethany Mota Collection by Aerpostale

Plaid Leggings from The Bethany Mota Collection by Aeropostale

Plaid is a great pattern to invest in because again you can use it in just about any season, so it saves money in the long run. Also, leggings are great on those days when you just don’t want to put any effort into you look, but don’t want anyone else to know that.

 

 

 

black easton boot

Easton Chunky Heel Combat Boots from Target:

Now what Back To School Lookbook would be complete without combat boots. You can use these boots for a casual look, edgy look, or anything in between. On another note, they’re also really comfy so this it’s a good alternative to sneakers, and combat boots are always in style.

 

 

Casual Look Hynes Eagle Backpack from Amazon

Hynes Eagle Backpack from Amazon:

Ok I have to say that I’m seriously OBESSED with this backpack, it’s just amazing! The Eiffel tower picture is really cool, and the bright colors really pop, so you will definitely get noticed in the hallways. The best thing about this backpack is it’s perfect for anyone who’s constantly on the go, because it will hold all your stuff without any fuss.

 

             Uniform Look:

Uniform Look White Short Sleeve Polo from American Eagle

White Short Sleeve Polo from American Eagle

I decided to add this category because it can really suck to have to wear uniforms, but just because you’re stuck wearing them doesn’t mean you still can’t look cute (on a side note accessories really help, just make sure you’re following your school’s dress code BEFORE you go shopping).

 

 

 

Uniform Look High Rise Jegging from H&M

High Rise Jegging from H&M:

Now I’m not 100% sure what the general dress code policy is on jeggings but they look like jeans so that should be ok…right? I would definitely recommend getting high waisted jeans if you can, because they’re perfect if you have to have your shirt tucked in, and high waisted anything is really hot right now so it’s a double win!

 

 

Uniform Look Converse All Star Hi Wonder Woman Sneaker from Journeys

Converse All Star Hi Wonder Woman Sneaker from Journeys:

Ok usually schools seem to be pretty relaxed when it come to sneakers, so this presents a really awesome opportunity to show off your individual style. On another note, if Wonder Woman isn’t your thing, this sneaker is also available with Superman and Batman prints so you’ll probably find something that you like.

 

 

Uniform Look Leaper Casual Canvas Backpack

Leaper Casual Canvas Backpack from Amazon:

I thought that this backpack will probably match most school uniforms, and it’s cute so your uniform won’t look so ordinary. Your backpack is another way to show off your individuality (unless you school requires clear backpacks), so if you’re forced to wear a uniform, this is definitely a good way to express your individuality.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday Memos: Back To School Fashion!!! Because that’s why we go to school right?

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to discuss BACK TO SCHOOL OUTFITS (yes I know that for some of you, THIS is the only good thing about going back to school)!!! Now as always, I am going to show y’all 3 different looks that should cover a wide range of styles. I am also going to try to edit the looks to comply with most school dress codes, but if your school’s dress codes are more/less strict then you can alter the looks accordingly. Also, remember that fashion is suppose to be fun, so don’t be afraid to combine pieces from each of the look to achieve something that reflects your personality. I didn’t add any accessories or makeup/hairstyle looks for these outfits, but you can add your own style with each of these, In order to make the look feel more you. Ok, now let’s get into the blog!!!

Girly Look:

white crochet high neck chiffronTextured Faux Leather JacketForever 21 Faux Suede Oxfordsmagenta skinny jeansgirly backpack

Crochet High-Neck Chiffon Top from Wet Seal:

I really like this top because it’s loose and lightweight, so if the weather is still warm or hot where you live, then this top won’t make you sweat off all your makeup. I also liked the lace high neck on it, because it’s very feminine and cute, but is not revealing (the LAST thing you need is to start off the school year grounded or suspended…you’re welcome!).

 

Textured Faux Leather Jacket from Forever 21:

I chose this jacket because it’s cute and adds just a touch of edge to this very girly look. I know that a lot of school dress codes don’t allow students to wear tops without sleeves, so you can either add or remove the jacket depending on your school’s dress codes.

 

Faux Suede Oxfords from Forever 21:

I really loved these shoes for school because their cute, a little preppy, and most importantly COMFOTABLE! Seriously we all know that you often have to sacrifice comfort for style, so this is a fun alternative to heels, wedges, and flats.

 

Pink High-Waisted Jeggings from The Bethany Mota Collection exclusively at Aéropostale:

Of course we have to have a piece from one of our favorite internet fashion gurus, Bethany Mota! I really love Bethany’s clothing line, because she has a lot of fun pieces that can become staple pieces in your wardrobe. I thought that these jeggings added a cool pop of color to the outfit that will make you feel like it’s still summer, even when you’re trapped in a classroom or lecture hall.

 

Floral and Faux Leather Backpack from Icing

I really loved this backpack because it’s cute, and is perfect for any season. The faux leather also gives your outfit a “grown up” feel, so you don’t look overly girly or young with a completely floral backpack.

Quirky/Edgy Look:

Black Sweetheart Tube SKater Dressplaid shirtMarvel COmics COmbat Bootsnerdy backpack

 

Sweetheart Tube Skater Dress from Wet Seal

I really love this dress because it loose and flowy, which is perfect if it’s still hot where you live. It is also a perfect blend of girly and casual, so it’s perfect to dress up or down.

Plaid Shirt from Forever 21

Now for this look I really wanted to embrace the plaid trend that everyone loves by pairing a plaid shirt over this dress, to give it a very casual vibe. Also, since the dress might not be in accordance to dress code, the plaid shirt covers it up, and makes it dress code perfect.

Marvel Comics Combat Boots from Wet Seal

I completely fell in love with these boots when I saw them, because who doesn’t love the Marvel superheroes. These felt like the perfect touch to make this look a little more quirky and unique (you can also wear black combat boots if you want a more rocker vibe to your outfit).

Mustache with Glasses Backpack from Amazon

Lastly, I really liked this backpack because it’s fun and will definitely make any outfit you pair it with have a very unique feel. What I really love most about this backpack though is that it is so cute and unique that you could even wear it with an outfit outside of the classroom (and c’mon, how cool is that!?!).

Casual Look:

ariel tankfloral fringe kiomnostraight rregular jeansall black converse

black and white polka dot backpack

 

 

Little Mermaid Tank Top from Wet Seal

I just had to include this tank top because it’s the cutest thing ever! I mean who doesn’t love the little mermaid? Anyway, I loved that this top is really colorful and comfortable for those days when you roll out of bed and don’t feel like thinking about your outfit (which if you’re like me, is everyday).

Floral Kimono from Wet Seal

Personally I really love Kimonos because they’re fun, comfortable, trendy, comfortable, have the ability to make any top school appropriate, and oh yeah, comfortable (I know I’ve said that a lot but comfort is a big thing for me).

Straight Regular Blue Jeans from H&M

Now if you’re looking for comfort, what’s better than a classic pair of jeans. This piece is classic, comfortable, and makes any outfit look more put together, os you really don’t have to worry about styling it.

All Black Converse Sneakers from Journey’s

Now here is a piece that takes the classic look and comfort of a sneaker, but makes it a little cooler. I personally love converse sneakers because they are comfortable and add a laid back, classic look to your outfit. I think that wearing sneakers are a great way to go on the first day of school, because you might do a lot of walking to find your classes, and it’s just easier on your feet, and one less thing you have to stress over.

White Polka Dot Jansport Backpack from Target

I love this backpack because it’s fun but not over the top (just in case that’s not your thing). Also, the fact that it’s white allows it to easily match just about any outfit, or if you’re  a little more creative, you can customize it with stickers, draw on it, anything you want really (you gotta love a backpack that gives you options).

 

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