Saige Paints the Sky

Saige Paints the Sky by Jessie Haas is the second book of two about Saige, American Girl’s 2012 Girl of the Year. WARNING: This is the second book and while this review is spoiler free, reading it might accidentally spoil what happens in Saige.

The sequel picks up right where the first book leaves off. There’s still no art program in the school and Mimi is still in the rehab center. Saige misses spending time with Mimi after school at the ranch, riding horses and painting in the art studio. Mimi let’s Saige ride her horse, Georgia with Luis, her next door neighbor but Saige finds out that Mimi might sell Georgia and this worries her. Also, Saige is having problems balancing her two friends Gabbi and Tessa.

Honestly, I feel like this book didn’t need to be written and reading it dragged out the story line. I was very happy with how everything wrapped up at the end of the first book. This book was around 120 pages and I read these American Girl books in about an hour. So the fact that like 10 pages in, it felt like it was dragging says something. I also think that if I was eight or nine years old reading this, it’s something I wouldn’t have noticed.

I did still enjoy reading the book. I liked getting to know Saige more. I really loved reading about her painting and riding horses, the things she’s most passionate about. I love how Saige is willing to fight for those passions. I think Saige is a good role model for little girls.

I enjoyed reading Saige Paints the Sky but I couldn’t shake the feeling that the second part was unnecessary and because of that I give it 3/5 stars.

Much Love,

Kait

Saige Paints the Sky

Most Owned Authors

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Hey Guys! For today’s post, I thought I’d do something a little different and give you a look at my bookshelves! So, i’m, going to share with you the top ten authors I own the most books from!

Isn’t my book shelf beautiful(to the left)? I absolutely love it. From all my beautiful books to my WWE figures proudly displayed on top, it’s my favorite thing in my bedroom, if not even in my whole house. I mean, just look at it in all it’s beauty! I have no shame in admitting that sometimes I just stare at it.

 

10.) J.K Rolling

Who doesn’t have at least one Harry Potter book on their shelf? I have four of them! I plan to buy the rest of the series as I read them. Fun Fact: I didn’t start reading Harry Potter books until I was eighteen. And I’m on the fourth book, so no spoilers.

9.) Joanna Philbin

I read the daughter’s books as they came out. The very first one, I read in 2010 and it’s been a story that’s stuck with me. I still think about Lizzie and her modeling adventures.I have the four books in the Daughter’s series.

8.) Gayle Foreman

I read If I Stay before the movie came out a few summers ago BUT it had been on my list of books i’d been needing to read forever. I read it in one sitting, finishing it at two in the morning and then I went and found my e-reader that I never use and bought the sequel and finished it the next day. I was lucky enough to meet Gayle at Teen Book Con the same year I met Ally Carter. She was key note speaker and her speech was amazing. I have four of Gayle’s books.

  • Sisters in Sanity
  • If I Stay
  • Just One Day
  • Just One Year

7.) Jenny Han

CAN WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT AND TALK ABOUT THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT LAURA JEAN. I’m excited, can’t you tell? I really love that character. I have four of Jenny’s books.

6.) John Green

Who doesn’t own or read at least one John Green book? He’s like the most known YA author around these days. I have 5 of John’s books

  • Looking for Alaska
  • An Abundance of Katherines
  • Paper Towns
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Will Greyson, wil greyson (Co-written with David Levithan)

5.) Ally Carter

I started reading Ally Carter when I was in middle school. Those were some of the first books I was really excited about reading. I’m excited to pick the series back up, hopefully sometime soon. I was lucky enough to meet Ally at Teen Book Con 2015 and it was a fan girl moment. I have seven of Ally’s books.

  • The Heist Society
  • The Gallager Girl Series
    • If I Told You I Love You, The I’d Have to Kill You
    • Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy
    • Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover
    • Only the Good Spy Young 
    • Out of Sight Out of Mind
    • United We Spy

4.) Emily Giffin

I discovered Emily Giffin last summer when Where We Belong  was recommended to me on Goodreads. I’d actually already had Something Borrowed because it was my mom’s. I decided to give it a read before I bought Where We Belong. I loved it and ended up reading all of her novels by the end of 2015.  I have all of Emily’s novels, seven in total, that are out and I am dying for her newest book that comes out at the end of June, First Comes Love.

3.) Lauren Conrad

I have almost all of Lauren Conrad’s books! I read them thorught high school as they were coming out. I got to meet her my sophomore year in high school when she went on a book tour for The Fame Game. I’ve been meaning to pick up her newest book Celebrate since it came out this past march. I have eight in total.

  • The L.A Candy Series
    • L.A Candy
    • Sweet Little Lies
    • Sugar and Spice
  • The Fame Game Series
    • The Fame Game
    • Starstruck
    • Infamous
  • Style 
  • Beauty

2.) Sarah Dessen

I love Sarah Dessen’s books almost as much as I love Lisi Harrison’s. It’s funny how she comes in as my second most owned author. I started reading her books at the end of my junior year and high school. I love her books. Heck, I drove four hours to meet her last spring when Saint Anything came out. I have all of Sarah Dessen’s Novels, there are twelve in total, plus a short story.

  • That Summer
  • Someone Like You
  • Keeping the Moon
  • Dreamland
  • This Lullaby 
  • The Truth About Forever 
  • Just Listen
  • Lock & Key
  • Along for the Ride
  • Infinity (Short Story)
  • What Happened to Goodbye
  • The Moon and More
  • Saint Anything

1.) Lisi Harrison

It’s funny how she comes in at my most owned author because she’s my favorite author. I started reading Lisi’s book in 2009 the summer between my seventh and eight grade years of middle school. I got to meet her in 2010 and it’s still one of the happiest days of my life. I can’t fully express how much I love this woman. I own all of the books that Lisi has written. That’t 32 books. So i’m not going to list those out like I did with all of the other books but I will list out the series.

  • The Clique Series including The Summer Collection, The Cliquetionary, The Clique Prequel Charmed and Dangerous The Rise of the Pretty Committee and The graphic novel adaptation of The Clique.
  • The Alphas Series
  • The Monster High Series
  • The two books from out from the Pretenders Series

I hope you liked this! I’ve been brain storming on things I could post other than book reviews, just to change things up a bit! If you have any ideas on some posts I could do, please tell me!

Much Love,

Kait

 

Most Owned Authors

Wish You Were Italian 

img_6751In the debut album by Kristin Rae, it’s the summer before Pippa’s senior year of high school and by far the most important summer of her life. She’s looking forward to spending the summer with her best friend, Morgan, and spending time with her Gram. Last minute, Pippa’s mother sends her to Italy to study in an art program. Unhappy, Pippa goes to Italy but once she gets there, she decides to ditch the art program and explore Italy on her own for the summer. Soon Pippa finds herself in a bit of a love triangle, between a hot Italian named Bruno and Darren, this American guy who she keeps bumping in to everywhere she goes.

Basically this novel is Anna and the French Kiss meets The Lizzie McGuire Movie. And I must warn you before picking up this book, you will crave ice cream/ gelato while reading. It took me about two days to read this book and I ate ice cream twice during that period.

Wish You Were Italian was a cute story. The writing was pretty good and the boys were cute. It’s what you’d expect from this kind of love story.

I want to be honest when I write my book reviews, witch is why this is hard for me to write: I did not like this book. It wasn’t the book though, it was me.

Let me explain. Part of it has to do with the fact, I was over this book before I even started reading it. The archetype of a girl going to a foreign country and falling in love is something I read a lot of last year and I got sick of it. Some of those books I loved, like Just One Day by Gayle foreman and Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout. I really did try to push that out of my mind when I was reading this. I never fell in love with the characters. I was half way through and not only did I not care what happened, I really had to force myself to finish the book. Though I will say the last 40 pages had me drawn in. I should have been drawn in before the last 40 pages though.

I’m not saying this is a bad book and I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read it. I think you should give it a try and decide for yourself. I think later on down the road, I might give this book a second chance. I’ll definitely be picking up Kristin’s second book What You Always Wanted that just came out.

But with all things said above, I did give it two out of five stars.

Have you read Wish You Were Italian? What were your thoughts?

Wish You Were Italian 

Books I Will Have My Future Daughter Read

My whole life i’ve loved reading and i’ve loved books. Hopefully one day i’ll have a daughter (a very, very, very, very long time from now) and I’ll get to pass that love of reading on to her. The other day I came a across an article on facebook similar to the one i’m writing now and i had heard of none of the books on that list but one (and it actually made my list too). So, I started thinking that there are some books that have had a special place in my heart and I would love to share with her at different stages of her life.

A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech   IMG_6101

This is a picture book about a school where the principal loves school so much that they start having school on the weekends and at the night time- they have school all the time.

I have really fond memories of this book. I remember I was in kindergadren or first grade when this book came out and the first time I heard this story was when the school librarian read it aloud at story time. I really liked the story and my parents bought me the book at the school book fair. I have memories of reading this book with my dad. I would love to have memories like that with my future daughter.

Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp

IMG_6100 Meet Molly is the first book out of six about Molly McIntire who is ten years old during World War 2.

I think about Molly and American Girl in general when I think about my childhood. She was my first (and still my favorite) American Girl. I received Molly for Christmas when I was seven years old. The book was a bit out of my reading level so my mom used to read them to me. I think she read most of the books to me but as I got older and became a better reader, I reread the books. I loved these stories and I loved Molly. Something I would love to do is when my daughter is about seven or eight, I would love to read her Meet Molly and then when we finish reading the story, pull out my Molly doll for her to play with.

The Clique by Lisi Harrison IMG_6097

I didn’t read Harry Potter until I was out of high school. So growing up, Lisi Harrison was my J.K Rolling,Octavian Country Day was my Hogwarts and The Clique series to me is what the Harry Potter series is to many.

The Clique series starts when Massie’s parents are telling her that the Lyons family is moving in to their guest house and that they have a daughter Massie’s age names Claire. While Massie’s family is wealthy and Massie wears all the designer brands, Claire’s family is not and she wears clothes from Old Navy and The Gap. Massie and her friends Alicia, Kristin and Dylan are the most popular girls in the seventh grade and Claire wants to be friends with them. However, Massie and her friends decide that they don’t like Claire and basically bully her.

The story is told in the point of view Massie and Claire alternating every other chapter. I want my daughter to read those books (or at least the first one) because they show that the mean girl is mean because she has issues herself and that being the popular girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I started this series the summer of 2009 when I was about to go in to eighth grade and finished the series when the last book came out February 2011.

This series was the book series that got me in to reading and loving books. Waiting for the new book in this series to come out was the first time I was excited for a book release. I got to meet Lisi Harrison in 2010, it was my first book signing and one of the happiest days of my life. I cried when I read the end of the series was coming. These books helped make me the reader I am today. I found a comfort in this story and it felt like Massie, Kristen, Dylan, Alicia and Claire were my friends at a time when I felt lonely. I hope my future daughter gets half as much out of these books as I did.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen IMG_6098

Her whole life, Sydney has lived in the shadow of her older bother Peyton. In the eyes of their parents, Peyton can do no wrong. Even when Peyton gets in to a drunk driving accident paralyzing a boy and he is sent to jail, their parents don’t see it as his fault. Sydney, who needs a fresh start and is desperately trying to escape her bother’s shadow, transfers from her private school to the public school where she meets Layla and Mac and for the first time in her life, she starts to feel visible.

This books was only recently released but it already means so much to me and is defiantly a book that I want my future daughter to read. I just connected with Sydney, the main character and I wanted her friend Layla to be my real life best friend. Also, I craved pizza, french fries and root bear dum dums while reading this book. I don’t know what to say about this book other than the story really hit home with me and that it’s really really good. This is one of Sarah Dessen’s best books and I hope by having my daughter read this book, it will turn her on to other Sarah Dessen books.

The Truth About Style by Stacy London IMG_6095

I want my future daughter to have Stacy London in her life because of the influence that Stacy has had on mine. Because of Stacy, for the first time in my life, I was able to look in the mirror and feel proud of my body.

The Truth about Style, Stacy tells her story about coming to accept her body and her struggles with eating disorders and psoriasis while telling the story of nine other women and their struggle with accepting their body. While I was reading this book, not only did I feel connected to Stacy, but I felt connected to these women whose stories were being told. This is one of those books that I feel every woman should read.

If You Have to Cry, Go Out Side by Kelly Cutrone IMG_6096

In this book, Kelly Cutrone shares her story of how she made it where she is today. She shares her wisdom that she learned from those experiences.

This is the book that was on the facebook article I previously mentioned and I think this is another one of those books that every woman should read. I read it for the first time in tenth grade and I read it a second time in May of this year. I was surprised to find how much of that book had really sunk in to my mind. It’s safe to say that Kelly Cutrone has influenced my life- I’m going in to fashion PR after watching her show, Kell On Earth. I love how she’s straight forward and basically doesn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks. I want to be like her- actually working for her is my dream job. I love Kelly’s outlook on life and the advice she gives in this book apply to more than just the fashion industry.  She’s an amazing woman and a kick ass publisist and I hope to be like her one day.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin IMG_6099

On the Eve of her 30th Birthday, Rachel ends up sleeping with Dexter. No big deal, right? Actually very big deal- Dexter is engaged to another woman, Darcy, who is Rachel’s childhood best friend. But it doesn’t just stop there, Rachel and Dexter start to fall in love with each other and their one night stand turns in to a full on affair.

I will most likely gift this book to my daughter when she becomes engaged. I might even give her my copy of the book that was my mom’s. This is a great story, one of my favorite books and I think it’s a humorous and slightly ironic wedding/ pre-wedding gift. Plus, Rachel and Dex ❤

Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Would you have your future daughter read any of them? Are there any books that you would add to this list? Tell me!

Much Love,

Kate

Books I Will Have My Future Daughter Read

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S I Still Love You

I recently read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han and I thought it would be perfect to talk about the duo in one post. I’ll talk about each book individually but I will quickly say that I really loved both of these books!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before:

Lara Jean has loved five boys before in her life and she has written a love letter to each one. She pours her hear in to these letters, like no one will ever read them- because no one ever will. She writes them to help her move on from these boys that she has absolutely no chance in dating. That is until one day, these letters get mysteriously gets mailed out putting her in a tough place between two of the boys, Peter- a boy she’s likes since eight grade, and Josh- her next door neighbor and her older sister’s ex-boyfriend.

I love basically everything about this book.

I love Lara Jean. I haven’t related this much to a character in such a long time. I mean, she’s basically me in a book. Like me she’s scared of driving, she’s lost her mom and she has to help out around the house with her sister. She doesn’t go out on Friday nights an prefers it that way. She loves her family and she doesn’t have a lot of friends. It’s so nice that there’s a character I relate so much too. I’m 19 so it feel like the characters in the YA novels I read are too young for me to fully relate to and the characters in the characters in the other books I read are too old for me to fully relate to. Not that this takes away from the stories- I still love them and I still fall in love with these characters but it’s just so nice that there is finally a character that I can see so much of myself in. Can Lara Jean be real so we can be real life besties?

This book is one of the special books that I give a 5/5 stars to. I love everything about it and I think it’s a book that all girls should read. So stop reading this post and go buy this book. Actually no, finish reading this post and then go buy a copy of this book.

P.S I Still Love You:

I don’t want to go too much in to the plot about this book because if I do, it will give away the ending of the first book and spoilers aren’t cool man. But I will say that this book pick up where the first one left off and like the first book, you won’t be able to put it down.

So something I really liked loved about this book was the side story about Lara Jean’s friendship with Genevieve and figuring out where and how it fell apart. We all go though those friendship losses and they do effect us. Especially in the transition between middle school and high school (where Lara Jean and Gen lost it) and after you graduate high school (I pretty much talk to no one from high school and i graduated a year ago). It amazes me still how you cab be so close to one person and one day you look at them and know nothing about them. So many young adult books focus on the first romantic relationship and how those change us. And yes, they do change us, these friendships change us just as much if not more. I mean, my besite and I are super close and is probably the most meaningful relationship I have- ya’ll know her, she’s the lovely other writer for Book Alphas.

I love the Song Girls but Kitty stole the show in the book. She made me laugh out loud. You never know what she’s going to say and there’s something about her whit and humor that you can’t help but love. I’d love to see a spinoff of maybe a middle grade novel about her. I would read it.

I loved this story, and it was so fantastically written. Not just with the main story line but with the side stories too. I give it 4/5 stars and I’m officially adding Jenny Han my list of favorite authors.

Have you read these books? Do you love them as much as I do? Tell me in the commits below!

Much Love,

Kaitlyn

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S I Still Love You

Bargain Book Haul

 IMG_6056I went book shopping this past weekend at Barnes and Noble and for the first time, I went to a Half Price Books  to actually shop in and I made out with some killer deals and I thought that you as fellow book lovers would share my excitement! So think of this as a bonus post!

First, I went to Barnes and Nobel, where the bargain section has become one of my favorite places to buy books because their cheep and new.  I’ve made off with some brand new hardback books that are normally priced $30 for $6-$7.
IMG_6057I didn’t make off with a deal that sweet this time but, still a pretty awesome deal. I got The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. I typically prefer not to buy the movie adaptation cover but it was on sale for $5.98 normally $15. I know the regular retail price because the cashier tried to ring it up with that price. It’s not even that cheep on amazon! I’ve never read a book by Nicholas Sparks but I have seen a few of his book to movie adaptations and each one has ended with me crying like a baby. So just imagine what the book is going to do to me. I can’t wait to read it!

Next, I went to Half Price Books. I’ve been to half price books a few times before but I never really looked around. I have been missing out. Half price is a new favorite book store of mine, especially because today, I hit the jack pot.

IMG_6058In half price, this was the first book I specifically went looking for was Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I saw the movie for this such a long time a go and have been wanting to read the book ever since but what actually got me to pick it up was that I just finished reading Finding Audrey, Sophie’s YA debut and it was soooo goood (review coming soon). The best part? The book was $3.95! I was hoping to buy that book but I never imagined that I would get it for such a good price.

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So now that I had what I was looking for, I wondered around the store and in to the YA section, like I always do and I came across Bunheads by Sophie Flack. I’m not sure what it’s about, a ballerina I assume but it’s from the Poppy sub division of little brown publishing. I haven’t read a book from poppy that I haven’t liked. (and I’ve read a lot of them. All of Lisi Harrison’s Books, The Secrets of my Hollywood Life series by Jen Calonita, The Daughters series by Joanna Philbin, Jennifer E. Smith is published under Poppy as are the Gossip Girl books… I think you get my point.) (Also, I swear this post is not sponsred by Poppy, I just really love their books.) It was a hardback book for $4.99 so I figured, what do I have to loose? Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t there a show on ABC Family a few years ago under the same name. I think the two may be connected but I have no idea.

So last but not least, I got a hard back copy of one of my favorite books Where We Belong by Emily Giffin.IMG_6060It was only 7.99 but that’s not even close to the best part. IT’S SIGNED.

IMG_6061I’M STILL FREAKING OUT! And to think I almost didn’t look at it. I walked by it and thought, it’s pretty but I don’t need two copies of this book. I still decided to pull it off the shelf and look at it. That was when I found it was signed and I still debated it because, I already have a copy of the book but then my dad pointed out, it’s only $8, so why not? I then told him he was my enabler and then went to the check out. I regret nothing.

Though, seriously read this book. It’s about Kirby, who on her eighteenth birthday decided to track down her birth mother, Marion, and she goes and shows up on at her New York apartment and the story is about them building some sort of a relationship and how their lives have changed since finding each other. I’ll go in to more details about the book and my opinions at the favorite reads of 2015 post Tina and I are planning for the end of the year but seriously, read this book.

Have you read any of these books? Do you like to shop for bargain books? Tell me all about it!

Much Love,

Kate

Bargain Book Haul

Anna, Lola & Isla

 By now you’ve probably heard of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and, Isla and the Happily Ever After. The series of companion novels by Stephanie Perkins has gotten a lot of attention this year and today I’m going to give you my thoughts on the novels. These novels stand alone, meaning that you can read Isla without having read Anna and the story will make since. However, if you do read them in order, like I did, you pick up on little references from the other stories and you get more out of them.

Anna and the French Kiss:

Anna loves her life in Atlanta Georgia. She has her best friend, Bridget, the love spending time with her mom and her little bother and there’s her cute co-worker, Trohp, from the movie theater who she likes. Anna can’t wait to start her senior year of high school, until her  parents decide to send her to SOAP, School of America in Paris.While she hates it at first, Anna makes some awesome new friends, including Étienne St. Clair, who she becomes best friends and definitely likes as more than a friend. with. It’s too bad he already has a girl friend.

As I started reading this story, I initially liked it but as it went on, I wasn’t as in to it. It was a cute story but it’s very predictable. I read this book after I had read Gayle Froman’s Just One Day so I had kind of high standards, i guess due to the similar story lines.

I never really fell in love with Anna and falling in live with the main character. I thought she was acting like a brat most of the novel. Yeah, i get that you were mad that you had to change schools your senior year but’s it’s France. Do I need to emphasize that anymore? FRANCE.  Get over it and eat some pasta with a macaroon.

Come to think of it, I never really grew to like St. Clair either. He was friendly with Anna and don’t get me wrong, i though they were adorable together. I didn’t like how he led her on while he was still with his girlfriend.

This novel did have some excellent side characters. I loved Meredith, one of Anna’s friends and next door neighbor. She’s the kind of friend you’d hope to have not just in high school but at any point in your life.

Overall, I liked this book but because of the predictability of the ending, I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Lola and the Boy Next Door:

There are three things that Lola wants most in her life: 1.) To walk in to her winter formal dressed as Marie Antoinette, 2.) For her Dads to accept her boyfriend and 3.) To Never see Cricket Bell again. And things are going great in Lola’s life until Cricket Bell and his family move back in to their house next door to Lola’s. Lola and Cricket start to rebuild their friendship and start to realize that they like each other but things are complicated by Lola’s boyfriend and Cricket’s twin sister, Calliope.

This is by far my favorite novel out of the three. I loved everything about it. Lola was the most adorable thing ever. I loved how she was so unique, always dressing up in different costumes and wigs. Then we have Cricket who was just as adorable, if not more adorable than Lola. I even loved how San Francisco was a character in the novel. (Tina, you’d like that).

I was very happy with this book and read it in two days. I had to know what happened. I give it 4/5 stars even though i really enjoyed it, you gotta save 5 stars for the books that are just really special.

Isla and the Happily Ever After:

Isla (pronounced eye-la) is a hopeless romantic and has had a crush on Josh since their freshman year of high school at SOAP. When they bump in to each other over the summer at home in Manhattan Isla just might get her happy ending. But things get hard with Josh and Isla with family, friends, Josh’s past relationship and college coming up. Things olny get harder when Josh gets expelled from SOAP and he has to go back to Manhattan. Josh and Isla’s relationship might not survive.

I was kind of disappointed to see that Stephanie Perkins decided to take the story back to Paris. Probably because by time i got around to reading Isla, I had read a couple more of the ‘girl goes to a foreign county and falls in love’ books. (Apparently this is a theme in YA contemporary novels these days.) Would have loved to see a Manhattan love story.

I didn’t like how quickly the relationship between Josh and Isla formed. It went very quickly and felt very unrealistic. I would have loved to see it start off as a friendship and build in to the relationship they had.

I did love Isla and I loved Isla and Josh together. I am in love with her red hair and her loyalty to her best friend, Kurt. And Josh and Isla make such a cute couple.

I was pleased with the ending of this book too! I don’t want to say much because i don’t want to spoil you but, it’s like the tittle says…

Over all, I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I felt like while cute, the relationship between Josh and Isla moved too fast and at times, I felt the story needed to be moved along.

As far as the series goes, over all I did like the books. I don’t necessarily think that they’re worth all the hype they’ve been getting but I do recommend all three books. They are fun light reads, perfect for reading beach or if you want a fluffy romance novel.

Have you read Anna, Lola & Isla? Tell me what you thought!

Much love,

Kate

Anna, Lola & Isla