2016 - Simply Avalon

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends
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Need some Christmas gift ideas for your friends? Don't go away check out my video here. :)


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Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas for Girls!!
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Many people love to say that the hardest people to shop for are girls, which is why I made this video. I hope that this helps you out in you gift shopping endeavors. In this video I tell you all of the gifts I'm wishing for this Christmas. Hope this gives you a few ideas of what you can ask for this Christmas :)



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Monday, November 7, 2016

6 Reasons to Vote on November 8th!
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I know that this is slightly out of the norm for my blog, but I felt that it was totally necessary for me to post outside my posting schedule. This past week I published an article on my local odyssey page and hope that you will benefit from reading it. Here's the blurb! \/

Do you need a reason to vote this election season? Check out my latest article on Alabama's Odyssey page. Be sure to comment if you do check it out and share with friends. :)




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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Kick Up the Leaves w/ Sorel
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Everyone needs a good pair of rain boots in their closet, and Sorel just so happens to be one of the leading brands in this area. (And yes, I know about hunter boots. ) If you need some rainy day outfit inspo check out the rest of this post. :)


Kick Up the Leaves (Stylishly) With SOREL: CONTEST ENTRY


MANGO round top
mango.com


Blue jeans
lookshop.ca



Yves Saint Laurent monogrammed handbag
$2,035 - forwardbyelysewalker.com


Lipstick
yslbeautyus.com


Marc Jacobs perfume fragrance
escentual.com




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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Feline Fashion Inspo
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Feline Fashion


Glamorous jersey shirt
$6.08 - glamorous.com


Plus size jacket
$22 - newchic.com


BRAX straight leg jeans
harryrosen.com


Dr. Martens dr martens boots
$185 - calzatureshoponline.com


Chanel vintage purse
farfetch.com


Tasha cat ears headband
nordstrom.com



Rimmel lipstick
$17 - simplybe.co.uk




With fall now fully in the air, it's hard to ignore the vampy lipsticks and sweaters filling our workplaces, I thought it would be a perfect time to post a set to give you some inspiration so that you can get into this trend. ou can style darker colors with a variety of shoes from docs martens to converses to ballet flats. Fall fashion is just so very versatile. Don't forget to tag me if you decide to try any fo my ideas.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Check out my latest Article for the Odyssey
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Today I have some very exciting news for you guys! In the past 2 weeks that I have been away I have been busy working on my article for my weekly column on Alabama's Odyssey page!! That's right I am now a contributor for my town's online magazine. I'm super excited about this next step in my high school career and hope that you guys will support me as well, by reading my articles and commenting on the posts. In case you need a little extra incentive I've also decided that I will hold a giveaway here on my blog as soon as I hit 5,000 views cumulative on my blog and on the Odyssey's page (so long as it happens before May of next year).

My Odyssey Profile: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/@avalonpernell
My Latest Article: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/what-to-make-of-the-second-debate
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Back to School + How to Get Back in the Groove
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I regret not posting throughout the summer, but to tell you the truth my summer has been pretty hectic. Believe me when I say I have many reasons for not posting from having to return 2 brand new laptops for a plethora of reasons to not having any downtime at school, to say the least, my life is hectic. As some of you know, I am a high school sophomore, the one grade that is never featured in Hollywood movies. You always hear about the freshmen and the seniors and even the rare junior, but never the sophomore, but I digress the start of this year has been a whirlwind of cross country, work, and school drama. Ya know the norm.
At the same time though I have realized that I need a place to vent about life (outside of school and youtube) and truly express myself as a person which is why I started this blog in the first place.

I hope yo will continue to watch (and read) as I show you guys more of my life. :)

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

How to Pack for a Roadtrip
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In case you didn't know the past few blog posts you've been reading on this blog have been written wayyyy in advance, because I am currently living it up (God willing) in Washington D.C. My family decided to make a roadtrip out of going there and we're going to stop at a whole bunch of colleges including Harvard, Yale, UNC, and Duke.

1. Less is more.

One thing I learned as I've returned from my 9 day roadtrip is that half the clothing I brought wasn't even worn. When travelling it's best to keep it simple. Bring only one pair of wedges or "fancy" sandals because depending on where you travel you may prefer wearing chacos or tennis shoes.

2. Bring your classic staples.

Anything you can wear with multiple things or are versatile in the way they can be worn should be packed.

3. Bring your camera & extra film (if needed)


I think that this is pretty self-explanatory. No matter where you go you'll want to take a bunch of rocking photos.

4. Don't forget your charger!!!

I think that this is pretty self-explanatory.

5. Check to make sure  you have enough space on phone.

Move over all photos on your phone to your computer so that you will have plenty of storage space.

6. Bring snacks and plenty of money.

Depending on where you go be prepared to have to pay tolls. (My family ended up spending $100+ on tolls alone.)

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Monday, June 13, 2016

My Everyday Makeup Routine
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In case you missed out on my accidental posting last Thursday here's a video tutorial on my everyday makeup routine. Before you watch though I just want EVERYONE to know that I DO NOT wear this much makeup everyday and I wear it because it makes me confident.

That's right I don't wear it to look "pretty for a guy" or "impress the girls" I do it because it makes me feel good and confident in my own skin. Now that I've finished my "spiel" check out my video. :)


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Friday, June 10, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Book Review: Renegade by J.A. Souders
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picture from Nose Graze

Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles ,#1) by J.A. Souders
on November 13th 2012
Genres: Science Fiction>DystopiaFantasyMagicRomanceThrillerYoung Adult
Pages: 364
Buy on Amazon 
Goodreads 
 two-stars
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.
Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

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Review:

                     I really wanted to like this book the plot had so much potential, but like most teen-dystopian (and utopian) books it fell short of that promise.


            This book had everything going for it a pretty original plot (even though it reminded me ever so slightly of Dark Life by Kat Falls), and its own take on the everyday stereotypes. My biggest issue wasn’t the writing, but the lack of reasoning behind major events in the story.

            For instance Gavin and his friends just so happened to stumble into a cave that held an entrance to Elysium. Or the fact that barely any land dwellers know about Elysium when it was an underwater resort. If this type of resort were to open today this would’ve been a major public spectacle that wouldn’t be forgotten just because a bunch of rich people wanted to stay tucked away from the "bad war".

            I won’t say that that the book was totally bad, because for all intents and purposes it wasn’t. For instance Evelyn Winters (the protagonist) saw a small growth in her character throughout the book turning from a naïve “Daughter of the People” to a girl willing to run leaps and bounds to protect her lover, but her transition into a slightly stronger character was a little choppy.

            I hated her reliance on Gavin as a character, sure I’m not all for feminism, but without his arrival she would’ve just continued to believe the lies her Mother fed to her. It was just a little too much, and this is coming from a person who thoroughly loved Gavin as a character.

            In the end I believe this author cut some corners in the way she ended the book. Or maybe I was just expecting too much from an author’s debut novel.

           Don’t get me wrong this book isn’t out right horrible, but if you’re the type of reader who wants more than an insta-love and underdeveloped plot & characters I suggest you look elsewhere. I have already gotten the second book so...looks like I'll read it sometime in the near future. Hopefully the story will improve. :)



Rating: two-stars/5 stars


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