November 21, 2014

Mockingjay Photo Shoot: Capital Look {Part 2 }


The Capitol of Panem is a technologically advanced, utopian city where the nation's most wealthy and powerful live. 

An outrageous sense of style and fashion are very important to the wealthy citizens of the Capitol. It is common for them to tattoo and dye their bodies in extravagant bright colors, as well as undergo plastic surgery to alter their appearances.  Capitol residents frequently wear wigs in a multitude of colors.

Here is our interpretation of a girl from the Capitol...

District citizens view the people of the Capitol as alien, but here at Delicious Reads we LOVE them because they set our imaginations on fire!

I have a story for this Capital Gal. May I share it? Oh thank you! lol 

This is a girl that came from the slums of the capital. A girl that wanted to fit in with the ritzy, over styled, zany Capital crowd. The women that would walk around in a "half in reality" kind of way. Not a care in the world, no wrinkles from stress. No matter what she did, she didn't seem to be quite right. She didn't say the right thing, do the right thing, love the same things or wear anything that came close to the women she so desperately wanted to be.
She began to watch closely to see where these women went to get their hair done, where they received their injections for face mutations and mood alterations and where they went to shop for clothing. After a few months, she finally had it! A long list of the places she too would visit. The shop keepers were only to happy to hear about her desire for change. She was so eager in the makeup shop that the woman called her a tigress and proceeded to add various tiger like stripe marks. Her contouring was injected into the hollows of her cheeks which resulted in bruising (hence the purples and pinks), but she didn't care, she was on her way! They permanently removed her brows and gave her markings that would make her unique...just like the rest of the crowd. She went and had her hair done where they spent hours concocting the most delicious colors and curls. The dress maker constructed the glitz and glamour she had been hoping for.
The last and most important shop she entered would seal her fate. A woman sat on a lone chair, surrounded by bottles and bottles of brightly colored liquids. The air was thick as all the different perfumes mixed from each container and hung like a cloud above the woman's head. She giggled every now and then which unsettled our capital hopeful but not enough to back down. She had come this far and was determined to finish. The woman held out a wine glass full of a blue liquid that she promised would make all of her dreams come true. As long as she had a ready supply, she would not only fit in (since everyone else drank fluids from this shop) but she would no longer worry about anything. Nothing.
She drank.
The cool liquid quickly became warm as it slid down her throat and coated her insides like thick maple syrup. Slowly, her cares left. But with them left her passion, her ideals, her happiness at seeing the sunset, her life. She was as light as a cloud, giggling over silliness. She walked differently, spoke differently and felt differently about everything. She finally fit in and the drones all around her welcomed her with open arms and mutilated faces. It was worth it right? To lose herself completely? She fit in.
Did you like it? That, my friends was a long winded story I had as I thought about making up our amazingly talented model Angie (who should be rocking ANTM btw). I used Kryolan brand prosthetic adhesive to erase Angie's brows (amazing tutorial here) then used face paint to create her new pink and white tiger-esque brows. I used MAC's "Fig 1" "Carbon" and "Passionate" to create the contouring. Two sets of Halloween lashes were used. Purple for the ridiculous element and black to bring some depth. Angie had a makeup palette that had butterflies on it. We clipped them off, thinking our capital girl could have had a fascination for them. Some she trapped in the netting of her skirt, some in her hair and because of the effects of the liquid she drinks one even stuck to the skin of her face (I used spirit gum). 

Photography: Summer Nicole Photo
Makeup: Jen with Classy Cosmetics
Styling: Jacque with Looks for Lovlies
Model: Angie Terburg

Hope you enjoy!

Delicious Dish: Pear Beet Spinach Salad

Yesterday I was putting paint on a palette for my 3 year old. It was our first time painting together. He insisted on running his paint brush through all the colors at once to create these lovely multicolored brush strokes. (I won't lie, I did cringe as the palette lost separate definitive colors). As I type this, I realize that I love Thanksgiving because of the wonderful palette of flavors, especially in the side dishes. The sides are what provide all the color and beauty in the meal. As you are putting your menu together or deciding what to bring to a gathering, think color!

This pear, beet and spinach salad will be a great first course for your eyes and tummy. It is my favorite go - to fall salad because it is so simple.

Pear Beet Spinach Salad

2 lbs. Spinach
8-10 Beets
1 Pear
4 oz Goat Cheese
1 cup Walnuts

1/2 c. High quality white wine vinegar
1/2 c. Olive Oil
1 Shallot
Salt (1-2 Tbs.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the walnuts single layer on a cookie sheet. Roast them in the oven till they smell nutty 8-10 minutes. While the nuts are roasting, prep the beets.

Cut the stems off, but do not peel. Then wrap them individually in tin foil and place them on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, till you can insert a fork easily and pull it out. Cool and then peel the skin off and slice 1/8-1/4" thick. While the beets are roasting, prep the salad dressing.

olive oil vinegar

I like to use a pint sized canning jar for the dressing. I also like my dressings to be heavier on the vinegar, but that is where you can adjust to your personal preference. I probably do a 2:3 ratio olive oil to vinegar. First mince the shallot (like you would garlic), then sprinkle a generous amount of salt over it and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Add the vinegar, let it sit for 5, then add the olive oil and a dash of black pepper, shake vigorously. If you would like to keep the emulsion better, then whiz it in the blender with a few of your walnuts. Taste and add salt or vinegar as needed.

Next slice the pears. I think all kitchens should have a mandolin. I have a very simple OXO that does the trick for simple things. It slices everything the exact same thickness.
After that, if you really want to get festive you can use your favorite shaped cookie cutter to add the perfect holiday touch.

I recommend dressing any salad, just before you serve it. Toss the spinach with the dressing, then use that as a bed to display the beets, pears, goat cheese and walnuts.

There are several nice variations you can do with this salad: pomegranate instead of beets, gorgonzola instead of goat cheese, or arugula instead of spinach.

Cheers to savoring the harvest with friends and family, 


November 20, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I {Book to Movie}

This movie comes out November 21st and I am sure many of you already have your tickets. When I read this series (so many years ago) I had no idea it would become as big as it has.

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My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.

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Movie Synopsis

In District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever, Katniss Everdeen works to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends.

I have seen the many trailers for this movie and I am so excited. This is the type of movie you want to get dressed up for and throw a big party for. I thought the most fun would be to dress like the Capital People. So think anything big, bold, outrageous and couture! If you still can't think of anything then you can always look to the icon of the Capital people...
*Effie Trinket*
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So anything from crazy hair colors to some sort of huge hair decoration and different textures of fabric, feathers, flowers or even butterflies. Then comes your make-up. Be adventurous and bold. I'm sure when you go and see the movie some people will dress up. Be inspired and play along. You will have so much fun.

Check out our Mockingjay inspired photo shoots of Katniss and a girl from the Capitol
Part I of Katniss
Part II of a Capitol look

Fan Art

There is so much fan art out there for The Hunger Games Series. This is one of my favorites. The editing on this photo looks awesome.

Jennifer Lawrence
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There are other forms of art like this fabulous book art

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Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer has exploded onto the acting scene and is more popular than ever. Vanity Fair put her on the cover of their November 2014 issue and there is an awesome interview with her in the magazine. They also have some fun personal videos at the shoot with her. She talks about producing her first film "The Glass Castle" which is still in development so there isn't much on IMDB to read about yet. But I guarantee we will do a post on that Book to Movie. Man this lady has been busy. She has finished filming "Mockingjay Part 2" and is in pre production for "Joy" playing Joy Mangano and "X Men: Apocalypse" playing Raven.

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 When I was researching Jennifer I kept seeing a ton of Magazine covers that she was on. So I thought it would be fun to collage a bunch of them. This isn't even all of them. She has been on magazines all over the world. This girl really is on fire. I love how she can look so different on each cover. It looks like she has been on more covers than a lot of models have.

Josh Hutcherson

He is best know for this role but he was also in the movies, "Bridge to Terabithia" and "The Kids Are All Right" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth". He is rumored to be doing a third movie in the "Journey" movies called "Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon" but that has just been announced to be filming so there may be a chance he won't do it. We will have to see how busy he is.

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Liam Hemsworth

He is no stranger to Book to Movies. He also was in "The Last Song" with Miley Cyrus and I'm pretty sure you would recognize him in "The Expendables 2" with Sylvester Stallone. He is currently filming as the lead actor in "The Dressmaker" another book to movie I will have to post about in 2015, with Kate Winslet and Sarah Snook. He is also filming another movie where he is the main character called "By Way of Helena" with fellow Hunger Games actor Woody Harrelson which comes out in 2015. Wait a minute! I just realized that he is the younger brother to Chris and Luke Hemsworth. I don't know why I didn't see it before. He totally looks like a younger skinnier in the face Chris Hemsworth. Lol.
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Woody Harrelson

This might show my age a little but when I think of Woody Harrelson I think of "Woody" on Cheers. If y'all haven't seen a Cheers episode you've got to find them on Netflix or something and watch them. They are classic TV and worth getting into. Some more of his recent filming has been, "Now You See Me" and "No Country for Old Men". He is currently working on "By Way of Helena" with fellow actor Liam Hemsworth. They've just started pre production of "Now You See Me 2". He just finished filming "Triple Nine" with Kate Winslet and Casey Affleck. Can't wait to see more movies with Woody in them.

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Francis Lawrence

He is no stranger to directing Books to Movies and he has proven he will do his job well because he directed the last two Hunger Games movies. He is most well known for "I am Legend" - "Constantine" - "Water for Elephants". He has directed all the Hunger Games movies except the first one. And how fun is this? He has directed many music videos for artist such as Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Green Day.

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Suzanne Collins
You can check out her website here. I just searched and searched on the web to see if she has any new books in the works and I can't find anything. Is this a thing for some authors that when they have a huge hit in the movies that they stop writing books, examples now are Suzanne Collins of this series and Stephenie Meyers of the The Twilight Series. I would love to read more books from Suzanne Collins. So please Suzanne write us some more books to love.
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I can't wait to see what they do with the first half of Mockingjay. Hope you all get into the spirit of The Hunger Games at the movies.

Movie Trailer

If you want to check out our other Book to Movie posts here they are:

The Giver
If I Stay
The Maze Runner
Gone Girl
Before I Go To Sleep

Post your reviews in the comments. I'd love to hear what you think of the movie.


Kellie H.

November 19, 2014

Mockingjay Photo Shoot: Katniss {Part 1}

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Having read Mockingjay for our book club, I know that there are going to be many twists and turns in this exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking movie. It will be interesting to watch as one of our favorite stories jumps off the pages of the novel and onto the screen for all to see.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in U.S. theaters on November 21st, 2014.
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This classic Katniss look was styled by the fabulous Jacque with Looks For Lovlies. Jacque is amazing at going into anyone's closet and coming out with an outfit you wish you would have thought to put together yourself! 

Jacque: To create this look I knew I wanted everything to be simple, classic and chic. I started with dark denim and a simple fitted black tee. Then I layered the outfit with a leather jacket via Guess and a silver feather necklace to mimic the Mockingjay symbol. The high leather boots help to keep the look fashion forward and simple while still looking chic.You can shop this look at the bottom of this post.

One of our book club members, Angie (who will be featured in our Mockingjay photo shoot part II tomorrow) created a side braid with more visual interest by adding a second braid that wrapped in the back. 

Jen, from Classy Cosmetics, wanted to be loyal to the character by truly only enhancing Jennie's beauty. (yes that is the models real name, such twinners!)
 Because these two bare a striking resemblance, not much had to be done. She warmed up Jennie's skin by using Loreal True Match in a shade slightly darker than her natural color. Warm toned bronzer, apricot blush and warm browns eyeshadow with minimal mascara finished up this Hunger Games look. 

Check back TOMORROW to see part II of our our Mockingjay photo shoot where we visit the Capitol!

Shop This Look

Makeup by Jen with CLASSY COSMETICS
Styling by Jacque with  LOOKS FOR LOVLIES
Hair styled by Angie

November 17, 2014

Our 2015 Book Picks!

It's the most wonderful time of the year...
Time to chose books for 2015!

This year at our first ever book club retreat we sat down in our pajamas to start the process of choosing twelve books that we would like to read and host book clubs for next year. When we select our books, we do our best to mix us the genres so we get a little taste of everything.
This year we choose:
-2 Classics
-1 Non Fiction
-4 Young Adult
-1 Historical Fiction
-1 Autobiography
-3 Fiction

Take a peek at the 12 books we carefully chose for our 2015 line up and read why we picked them. And as always, we hope you will read along with us!

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We didn't hesitate for a second to read this book because it is written by our very own, ROBIN KING!
Robin has been a Delicious Reads members from the beginning and just published her first book, REMEMBRANDT which has been getting great reviews and we are very proud to call her ours. 

SYNOPSIS: Alexandra starts a new semester at college, hoping to escape her painful memories—a nearly impossible task with her eidetic memory replaying everything in movie-esque detail. Things aren't always what they seem: her handsome running partner shows up when she least expects it, her Russian professor is anything but ordinary and Brown University holds a well-kept secret. 

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When we discussed what autobiography we wanted to read I mentioned MY LIFE IN FRANCE . Immediately the other members jumped at the idea of reading a book about someone who loves food as much as we do! I'm certain this book club meeting will be brimming with deliciousness!

SYNOPSIS: Julia’s unforgettable story – struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took them across the globe – unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.

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When we Skyped with author Leigh Bardugo this fall, we asked her for some of her favorite book recommendations. She was the one who told us to read CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL last year and we all LOVED that book so when she mentioned we should tread THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY we choose it without another thought.

SYNOPSIS: Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

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We were almost done choosing our books for 2015 when I realized we hadn't chosen a traditional "Classic" which I personally love to read. We wanted to pick something different than the usual classic when one member suggested we pick one of Jules Verne's fantastic tales,  20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA was chosen.

SYNOPSIS: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. It tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus, as seen from the perspective of Professor Pierre Aronnax after he, his servant Conseil, and Canadian harpoonist Ned Land wash up on their ship. On the Nautilus, the three embark on a journey which has them going all around the world.

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This new YA book has been creating a lot of buzz with it's controversial topics of gender and identity and we are all excited to see what kind of a discussion we'll have! REMAKE is a little bit Science fiction, a little bit romance and a little bit action and sure to be a great book club book.

SYNOPSIS: A World Where Freedom Isn't a Choice
Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. the Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

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We've heard so many wonderful things about STATION ELEVEN from publishers, from reviewers, from readers and from one of our favorite authors, Erin Morgenstern, We decided it was a no-brainer and added it to our list immediately.

SYNOPSIS: An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty.


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We've never chosen to read a Middle Grader book for book club before but we made an exception for this charming and beautiful book. I read WONDER earlier this year and was touched by it's message and main characters August who has found a cozy spot in my heart so make room because he will find a spot in yours as well if you read it.

SYNOPSIS: August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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Originally we had scheduled to read THE THIRTEENTH TALE this November but we bumped it to next year when local author Teri Harman came and speak to us at our retreat instead. BUT, we did not want to miss out on reading this intriguing and suspenseful tale so we made sure to add it to our 2015 list.

SYNOPSIS: Former academic Setterfield pays tribute in her debut to Brontë and du Maurier heroines: a plain girl gets wrapped up in a dark, haunted ruin of a house, which guards family secrets that are not hers and that she must discover at her peril. Margaret Lea, a London bookseller's daughter, has written an obscure biography that suggests deep understanding of siblings. She is contacted by renowned aging author Vida Winter, who finally wishes to tell her own, long-hidden, life story. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

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We had SO much fun reading Agatha Christie's "AND THEN THERE WERE NONE" last year that we decided to read one of Christie's other classics, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
If you love a good murder mystery the you'll love Christie's books and they make for a great book club discussion.

SYNOPSIS: Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again . . .

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When we were discussing what book we wanted to read during October I thought of SHUTTER because every now and then it's nice to read a book that makes you want to crawl under the blankets and hide. ;) This YA horror should scare us just enough without crossing over into Stephen King territory of giving us nightmares for months! (IT ruined me for a year!)

SYNOPSIS: Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat -- a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film.
When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

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I can't believe I'm admitting this to you all but I've NEVER read an of the Narnia books!
There, I said it, judge me all you want but we all have book regrets!
When I admitted my "book sin" to the group we all agreed that reading THE LION, THE WITCH, and the WARDROBE for Christmas would be perfect AND remedy my never having never read this Ya classic.

SYNOPSIS: Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. Open the door and enter a new world.

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Who doesn't love a sweeping tale of romance full of charm and intrigue??
We wanted to kick off 2016 discussing a book we knew we would all like and EDENBROOKE will not disappoint us I'm certain.

SYNOPSIS: Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she'll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry. From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing.


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