I borrowed The Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa from Libby as part of the Big Library Read program they were promoting this summer.
This book was pretty dark. A thriller with a wicked twist, it is not a book that I can say has a happy ending. I enjoyed it, but be warned that there are themes of sexual abuse in here. If that's a trigger for you, then I'd probably suggest staying away from this book.
After an argument with his new wife, Alex shows up at a property she uses for writing to patch things up with her. He finds her wedding ring and an empty glass of wine in the sink. He tries to piece together where his wife has gone, and finds nothing but unanswered questions. The police think she has run off, but Alex isn't so sure. He goes on a quest of his own to find the truth, and comes across a young woman who shares some crucial information with him. What she reveals tells Alex that his wife has been keeping some big secrets, many of which she can't even remember. He'll find out what happens when quiet girls finally spill their secrets.
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Undergarments can be so tricky, right? It's taken me years to find pieces that really make me feel comfortable and are the best options for me. Here I'm sharing my five favorite undergarments and why I like them so much! (Links are affiliate links.)
Aerie High-Waisted Panties
I discovered these high-waisted, full bottom panties last summer, and I have stocked up every time I see them on the Aerie website. I have had this pouch on my lower belly ever since I can remember, so sometimes bikinis don't work because they roll down. These really help solve that problem. They have a decent hold but don't dig in anywhere, and I always feel like I have good coverage.
Knix Shortie Thigh Saver 4" & Knix Shortie Thigh Saver 6"
If you have ever suffered the indignity of inner thigh chafing from wearing a dress or skirt on vacation, these are for you. My earliest memory of this was in high school. I wore a denim miniskirt to walk around NYC all day and by the time we sat down at dinner I could hardly keep my legs crossed from how much pain I was in. These shorties from Knix are soft and do exactly what they say - save your thighs! They're not shape wear but they do help smooth a tiny bit. They're really comfortable and come in 2 lengths. I tried them out on our trip to Kentucky, where I wore dresses every day - and they held up! No inner thigh chafing at all. Needless to say, they're in heavy rotation this summer! Get the 4" ones if you wear shorter dresses, and the 6" ones if you wear knee length or longer dresses (I got both).
Spanx Minimizer Low-Profile Bra
Next peeve when it comes to clothing - the gap on button down shirt. When you're chesty, this can be a chronic issue. I remember making sure I always had safety pins on me so that I could make sure my blouses didn't pop open or that the buttons didn't pull. The Spanx Minimizer Low-Profile Bra helps with that - the bra has no padding, but it has underwire (which is something I absolutely need). It's also got a wide band and thicker straps. I bought it in nude thanks to a follower's suggestion and I use the bra so much that I got myself a second one in black.
Honeylove Cami Bodysuit
Again, I'm not a fan of shape wear, because I hate feeling like I'm being squeezed. But this bodysuit is so comfortable. It does a great job of smoothing without pinching, and it has built-in bust support so you can ditch your bra. It has adjustable straps and an adjustable gusset, for a perfect fit every time. You can wear it as an undergarment or as a tank with your favorite bottom. Don't sleep on this! And if you use the code JENISE, you can get 10% off your order.
What would your life look like if you had made a different choice somewhere along the line? I'm sure at some point we've all pondered, "What if I had gone to that other college?" "What if I'd stayed in that relationship?" "What if I'd gone on that trip?"
The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig explores that question. After a series of disappointing events, Nora thinks she doesn’t want to live anymore. After making a decision to take her life, she ends up in a library, run by her school librarian. There, she has a chance to explore an infinite number of possible ways her life could have turned out. But what she discovers is something she never imagines she would. While we all wonder what our lives would have been like if they had been different, would any of those lives truly be better?
A beautiful book with an important lesson to teach, I really enjoyed this. It was deep without feeling overly heavy, and it’s the kind of book I feel better for having read.
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Last week, Eddie and I took a couples trip with some friends and we went to visit The Bourbon Trail in Kentucky. I went along because I knew it would be a fun time with Eddie and our friends, but I didn't anticipate enjoying the tours and tastings as much as I did! I don't normally drink Bourbon straight, but I do enjoy an Old Fashioned when I'm having a cocktail and I really enjoy doing fun things with my husband, so I knew we would be in for some fun.
Before I start sharing, I have to preface this by saying I did ZERO planning for this trip. Our friend Carlos planned everything start to finish, and we basically showed up! His biggest suggestion is to plan in advance and book any distilleries you want to visit as far out as you can. We found that we got the most out of tours, rather than just tastings.
We stayed at the historic Seelbach Hotel. It is an older hotel but it is clean and well-maintained, plus it has SO much history (it's also said to be haunted!). It's also well-located in downtown Louisville and you can walk to a lot of places from there. The hotel's concierge is a historian and we saw him while we were there. There are some beautiful rooms you can visit with some very cool stories - think Prohibition and Al Capone.
We also rented a car - there are a few distilleries in Louisville, but we also wanted to visit Frankfurt and Bardstown.
On Thursday we woke up early and made the drive to Frankfort (it was just about an hour from Louisville). We headed straight to our first distillery of the day. You can watch a recap of our day here.
Watch a recap of our day here.
Watch a recap of our day here.
There you have it! All the scoop on our trip to Kentucky! Is this a trip you would take?
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