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Fall Books to Read - 2016



Read, Read, Read
Fall is Here! 








Reading has always been a form of escape, a form of increasing knowledge, a form of understanding history and most importantly a path to intellectual discourse.   When the world becomes a scene from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by C.S.Lewis a novel can remove the reader from daily activities and drop one into another era, another world while opening doors of creativity and intelligent thinking.  Fiction can expand the mind about a locale a country or a time reminding us of moments in world history or that the human sensitivities of man never seems to evolve.  The circle keeps revolving though man desperately tries to not allow the repetition.   Reading is a pleasure to all and those who partake in this indulgence are free to recognize the pitfalls and happiness of humanity.  

Enjoyment of reading is the ultimate goal. The satisfying pleasure of finishing a novel and to continue thinking upon the work is indeed profound.   A gifted author can bring joy, laughter, insight and can paint images with words. 


Alice in Wonderland (2010)


"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop."  - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland



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Fall Read List

- Novels All Linked to Amazon

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The First Book




The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt





The Goldfinch (1654) Carel Fabritius


Amazon Rating: 4 Stars


1.  The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt (Pulitzer Price for Fiction 2015):  The novel is a page turner from start to finish.  The story line between Theo, his mother, father, Boris, The Barbours and Hobie was interwoven with several different tales all becoming one. And the famous painting, The Goldfinch (Dutch painting 1654 by Carel Fabritius of a chained goldfinch) acquired haphazardly by Theo from the bombing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the puzzle piece that keeps every thread of the story intact.   The tale is a whirlwind of motion from a terrorist act culminating in a loss of a parent, living with The Barbours, developing a love of furniture, living in Las Vegas with a gambling dad, drugs, meeting best friend Boris then back to New York and ending in Amsterdam kept one turning page after page.  Even though the novel is almost 800 pages, a reader is transfixed and obsessed with finishing this well written and spell binding work of art. 

Additionally, The Goldfinch, emphasizes how it takes a village to raise children and that there are people with caring hearts who will help one if the person notices the open door.  The ending wraps up like a Hollywood movie yet it completely thought provoking and unforgettable.  Yes, The Goldfinch is destined to be a movie.  John Crowley, director of Hunger Games, True Detective, Brooklyn are at the help of turning this novel into film.   Do not miss devouring this exceptional and drama filled tale.

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind...Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction." - Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review



Valda - Warby Parker - Try On at Home! 



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The Second Book







Amazon Rating: 4 1/2 Stars


2. The Lake House: A Novel:  Kate Morton (2016):  The Lake House: A Novel is a suspenseful thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the last page.  Alice Edevane at sixteen has an enchanted childhood with descriptive visions of Downton Abbey coming to mind.  On one summer's eve night after a beautiful party with hundreds of guests everyone learns that the youngest son, Alice's baby brother Theo has vanished without a trace.  The mystery is never solved until decades later when Sadie Sparrow, a detective in London, on a forced holiday vacation, finds the old Edevane estate hidden among the brambles and vines and is intrigued to undercover what happened. Eerily everything within the house has remained the same for decades since the life altering disappearance.

Flash forward to the present time Alice now in her twilight years, a famous novelist, is not too keen on having Sparrow show up on her doorstep asking questions.   The story is lush with twists and turns, private secrets that entwine all the characters together in a satisfying finale.


"The sweetest smiles hold the darkest secrets..." - Sara Shepard, Flawless





Holcomb - Warby Parker - Try On at Home! 



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The Third Book









Amazon Rating:  4 1/2


3.  Gray Matter - Nick Pirog (2010):  The novel is based in the Northwest and is a fast paced read that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.  It is difficult to put down because just who did kill Ellen Gray?  The story begins with Thomas Prescott who spontaneously moves from the east coast to the west coast on whim after a difficult breakup.  Of course, Prescott is moving home to his empty childhood house on Magnolia situated on the bluffs above Puget Sound.  His parents had died a decade earlier and the house had remained empty.  Starting over in a new place becomes an adventure when he finds a body floating int he cove below the estate.  It isn't just any woman - it is the Governor of the State of Washington - Ellen Gray.   The story unfolds from one catastrophe event to another keeping the pages turning with anticipation.

Every episode leads to believing in a possible killer.  Pirog is an excellent story teller from start to finish.  This is a self-published work rather than a literary piece with all the i's dotted and t's crossed. There are a few grammatical errors and also incorrect notes such as Bill Gates living on Mercer Island.  Perhaps this was intentional? All and all a lively murder mystery that keeps the reader entranced and wanting more until the last page.



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"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all."  - Oscar Wilde




Enjoy the beauty of fall.  Light a fire, watch the leaves fall in the morning, be curious and open the mind to novels that entertain, relax all the while learning about a place or time.  Never forget the fate of others, muse over the similarities and note the circle of life. 



Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style 



Lips Care Fall & Winter - My Favorites



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Frozen Moments and Everyday




The Dressmaker (2015)



Each fall and winter the elements begin to play havoc on the face and especially on the lips.   Therefore it is imperative to have a plan to prevent a chapped and cracked appearance.  Once the lip foundation is perfect apply a gorgeous hue to brighten the day which instills self confidence at every endeavor.  Every powerful woman knows that by adding a sparkle of lipstick while wearing presentable apparel the world does indeed become ones oyster. Think of exceptional women at the helm of success who are always dressed to the nines when presenting to the world at large. Physical presentation does matter along with intelligence, kindness and grace. Step it up and embrace the power of looking fresh, stylish and radiant. Along the way take care of your lips that spread your voice loud and clear with authority and refinement.


"There are no ugly women only lazy ones" - Helena Rubenstein



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Set the Stage






Amy Adams, Actress






I. My Favorite Lip Scrub:  Prepare the canvas and set the stage. Sara Happ scrubs are utterly amazing filled with essential oils in sugar crystals that help hydrate and exfoliate.   Many different flavors.





Yummy Flavors










"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak: courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."  - Winston Churchill 



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Act I -  Everyday Balm










II. My Favorite Ever Day Balm:   Dior Addict Lip Glow Reviver Balm is a balm that brings out the natural color of the lips while keeping them moist.  Can be worn alone or under a favorite hue. 



Three Tones - Sheer Pink, Coral and Lilac








"Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.  William Shakespeare



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Lip Plumper





Natalie Portman - For Dior




III.  Forget Fillers:  Do you want fuller lips and not duck filled lips? Think no more and use Dior's Addict Lip Maximizer, which instantly gives instant life and glossy smile.  The formula is enriched with collagen and contains a blend of hyaluronic and marine-based fillers that instantly leave lips smooth, moisturized and plump day after day.  Use as a base or for a touch of shine.  



Shades of Pink and Beige Sunrise







"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."  - Coco Chanel



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Act II - Lipstick




Jessica Chastain - YSL




Fall's Favorite Hue! 



Yves Saint Laurent - Need I say More?

Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture' - 54 Prune Avenue


Chanel...Oh La La

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour 



Queen Inspired and Decadently Priced - Worth Every Penny!!! 






Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour


"The art of conversation consists much in listening politely, as in talking agreeably." - Hayley Atwell



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Act III - Anytime or Bedtime






Dior 2016


IV.  Ultimate Touch:  Dior 'Cream de Rose' Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm is exceptional to smooth onto lips at the end of the day.  It can be used at anytime but I love it at night.  The lovely balm is addictive with a rose scent.  More importantly, the essential rose oil extract, vitamins A, E and shea butter are terrific keeping the lips moisturized.  




Dior 'Cream de Rose" Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm 



"You have to enjoy life.  Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation.  There are so many positive things to think about. - Sophie Loren



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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge



There you have it from start to finish everything a woman needs for soft and beautiful lips that are meant to inspire, help and encourage everyone.    It is no secret that intelligent and classically attired women embrace femininity, are graceful and understand the art of communication.  Additionally, they know that dressing well for self and for others is a sign of respect.   Get ready for the harsh weather to come and dazzle everyone with the brilliance of speech and in everyday conversation.



Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style





Fall Sweaters 2016 - Classic Fashion


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Center Stage Sweaters









The gold, yellow and red leaves are falling with the sun shining brightly in the sky.  It is an absolutely gorgeous time of the year.   The warm days with golden red hues turn quickly brisk as the sun begins to set.  Thus, it is essential to make an investment by adding these charming and finely wrought beauties to the wardrobe.  While perusing the sweater assortment imbibe in a delicious cup of coffee. Ah....the romance of  fall is blowing upon the great land with a promise of  "winter is coming!" Perhaps in more ways than one in this fine year of 2016.




The Cable Knit



Bewitched (2005)



Cozy, Comfortable and Warm:  When the rain is falling, the trees are swaying and the world is oh so cold - pull out a stunning cable knit for extra warm.   The dreary day of fall or winter will suddenly seem a bit more glamorous. 




Flirty Fringe










The Pretty Peplum 









The Classic








 Great Price Point! We all Love a Deal! 










"I love fall clothing because it means lots of layering, long coats and vintage clothing" - Rachel Zoe


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Must Have - Poncho





Celebrities Rocking the Poncho






Pretty in a Poncho:  A winter heat radiating poncho is elegant and classic paired with leggings, jeans and boots.  Add a stylish handbag and glasses for a Jackie O effect. 


Elegant 







Great Price - Great Quality







"Sweater weather is my favorite weather!"


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The Ultimate Brrrr Scarf




Blake Lively


Scarves for Fall & Winter Cold:  Wrap a beautiful cashmere scarf around the neck and be ready for every weather pattern possible. The added warmth and beautiful hue will flatter the face and keep one snug and cozy throughout the day. 



Classic Burberry







Classic - Great Price - So Many Colors






"A woman makes an outfit her own from accessories"  - Oscar de la Renta



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Have you Heard of Everlane? 




Gigi Hadid 




Everlane:  Is a brand that sells quality apparel at half the price.  Why?  Because the product is sold directly to you rather from a brick and mortar storefront. The fabric is superb and the craftsmanship is sublime. Think Warby Parker for eyewear and Everlane for apparel, shoes, leather and totes.   Easy, place an order, ships directly to you with easy returns.  I have included the Everlane link with my name attached.   Select sweaters and order the $100 cashmere sweater. You can refer people too.  Spread the word. 




Cashmere Sweater - Everlane Style






Fall forward with enthusiasm for the winter infused days to come.  The landscape is incredibly magnificent with rich and decadent hues so embrace and enjoy every moment donning classic sweaters. Of course, add boots, skinny jeans, leggings, pants, skirts and whatever suits your fancy! 


"Bonfires, walks, rainy days, sleet and hail, brisk breezes, hot chocolate, football and anything fall related is exceptionally divine.  Wear fall sweaters, add a smile along with grace for a finishing touch of style"



Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style