Thursday, 31 July 2014

HOLIDAY POSTS - LOOKBOOK PART ONE

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If you're not subscribed to my YouTube channel then you won't know that I uploaded a holiday lookbook last week with the evening outfits I wore in the first week of my trip to Turkey. So if you're not already subscribed then please subscribe here so you don't miss any of my videos in the future, and it would make me super happy too! Or you may not like outfits in a video format, so I have put together a post of the photos of the outfits I wore in the evenings, and also the bikinis I wore in the day. I didn't wear much of note in the day other than beach cover ups and shorts and tshirts so I've just shown what bikinis I wore. So hopefully you fancy a sneak peek into my holiday wardrobe. The video and photos are below with all outfit information. I didn't do full outfit photos each night, just a quick snap of what I wore as I didn't have my DSLR with me, and it was hard enough getting Luke to film the lookbook for me, never mind outfit photos too. Anyway enough of my rambling, get looking at what the post is actually about down below :)



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dress - H&M, sandals - NEW LOOK ------ bikini - H&M

day2
top - H&M, skirt - H&M, jelly shoes - NEW LOOK ------ bikini top - ASOS, bikini bottoms - TOPSHOP

day3
playsuit - H&M, bag H&M, sandals - PRIMARK ------- bikini - ASOS

day4
top - TOPSHOP, shorts - MANGO, jelly shoes - JUJU @ OFFICE, cardigan - H&M ------- bikini - ASOS

day5
playsuit - H&M, sunglasses - H&M, bag - H&M, sandals - PRIMARK ------- bikini top - DEBENHAMS, bikini bottoms - TOPSHOP 

day6
top - PRIMARK, skirt - PRIMARK, shoes - PRIMARK, cuff - ASOS -------- bikini top - NEW LOOK, bikini bottoms - TOPSHOP

day7
dress - MANGO, sandals - NEW LOOK ------- bikini - ASOS


As you can see I am a big fan of H&M clothes and ASOS bikinis. But I promise my entire wardrobe does not consist of just those brands haha. Hope you enjoyed this post, I will be doing a part two in the next couple of days once my lookbook part two is up so keep your eyes peeled!



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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

HOLIDAY POSTS - MY HOLIDAY IN A NUTSHELL

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So if you've read my last couple of posts you will know I have been on holiday for two weeks. Me and Luke went to Marmaris in Turkey and had such an amazing time. We've never been to Turkey before but we absolutely loved it and would definitely recommend it, we had no idea how beautiful it would be! To reminisce about the great time we had and to share a little bit of what we got up to I have put together this very picture heavy post, so click to read more if you want to have a sneak peek at our holiday!
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

HOLIDAY POSTS - WHAT I READ

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Holidays are my favourite time for reading, I can't sit on a sunbed doing nothing all day so I read most of the day, every day I'm by the pool. Usually books are destroyed by the pool getting all wet and suncreamy, and they weigh loads in your bag. Luckily for me, this year I had my lovely kindle my mum bought me at the start of the year. Armed with my mums waterproof kindle case I read a couple of good books this holiday so I thought I would do a little post about them in case you're looking for any reads this year!

Apple Tree Yard - by Louise Doughty
I downloaded this book after seeing it on WHSmith top books charts and kindle best sellers lists and thought it might be a good bet. I was really intrigued by the blurb because recently I have been loving reading more mystery and crime books rather than just girly trash (not that I don't love girly trash, Jackie Collins is one of my firm faves). The premise of the book is that a woman has an affair which finds her in line for a murder charge after things go wrong and she finds herself in a situation she can't get out of. I really quite enjoyed reading this, there were quite a few twists and turns that I didn't expect and it was a good read through to the end. The part of the book that I didn't expect was the romantic nature of it, from the main character Yvonne's perspective towards the man she was having an affair with, I think this contributed really well to showing how the story progressed like it did. I don't want to reveal too much about the plot in case you want to read it too! But overall I do think it was a really good read and I would recommend it if you like crime and romance (if you could call it that) books, the end was satisfying and I thought it was a pretty good holiday read. 
7/10

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared - by Jonas Jonasson
On the kindle monthly deals list was a book called The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules, I had a little read of the description for it and wasn't sure whether to get it or not, then I noticed in the related books section 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared'. I've been seeing movie posters around a lot for this book and had seen it a while ago in book shops and not taken much notice of it other than thinking it had quite a nice cover. But when it popped up in suggested and was quite a good price (only £2.99) I had a look at a few reviews and decided it might be a good contrast to the serious crime subject of Apple Tree Yard. The basic storyline of the book is pretty much explained in the title, a 100 year old man escapes his nursing home and the book follows his adventures. When I started reading this it was not at all like I thought it would be. The book intermixes the present day life of the hundred year old man, along with flashbacks of all his past adventures. Now I was expecting this book to be hilarious because all the reviews said it was so funny, but I didn't laugh out loud once while reading this, and trust me, I'm a LOL-er! The story was quite good and kept me interested until the end, the only quibble I had with it that the flashbacks were so unbelievable that I thought I would get to the end and find out that it was all his imagination or something. Nonetheless this didn't happen and it turned out it was just written extravagantly and as if these crazy adventures could happen to one person. It was an enjoyable book and great for an easy holiday read, so if you're not expecting a LOL-a-minute then I think this is a good option.
6/10

Cupcakes At Carringtons - by Alexandra Brown
This was the one classic chick-lit type book I decided to get, just in case all the other books failed and I just wanted something dead easy to read. It came up in my Amazon suggestions I think and was only £1.99. It really is a classic chick lit book with some romance and other girly bits and bobs thrown in, and being set in a department store it has a good backdrop for your imagination. Is it just me that needs a good setting to imagine? Its not on a Jackie Collins scale of chick lit, with no extremely raunchy sections, just in case thats not your sort of thing. It focuses on the main character Georgie and her job at a seaside department store where she works in the handbags and accessories department. The main premise of the book is that her job is in jeopardy after the recession hits and a outside consultant is brought in to mix things up, along with romance, friendship and family issues, its an all-round chick lit book perfect for poolside reading. The only thing that I didn't like about this book were the deliberate references to popular culture, such as Twitter, I felt like they were planted just to make the book 'cool' and relevant. I'm probably nit-picking, but it just bugged me a bit. I did really enjoy it and would probably read the other books in the series, I think there's 2 others so far. If you like girly books about romance and shopping then this is probably a winner for you.
7/10

The Cuckoo's Calling - by Robert Galbraith
I bought this back in April and just haven't gotten round to reading it until now. I kept seeing it in WHSmith in the top books sections and saw that it was J.K Rowling under a pseudonym which really intrigued me, so on a whim I bought it on my kindle but didn't start reading it. When I finished the other three books on holiday I was considering buying another book because I still had a few days of the holiday left and I couldn't just sit there and twiddle my thumbs for 2 or 3 days by the pool, or even god forbid if we had a plane delay. But just before I bought another one I thought I'd double check what I had on my kindle and realised I had this still to read so decided to give it a go. I'm only a third of the way through but already I am hooked! I wish I had read this first so I would have had time to finish it quickly! I don't know why, maybe because of the cover, but I expected this to be set in the past, I was pleasantly surprised that its not and is a really engaging and intriguing crime and mystery novel set in the present day. The book is about a private detective (Cormoran Strike) and his latest case to solve about the death of a famous model. I don't know whats going to happen in the rest of the book but what I can say is that its really really good so far. Its really well written and interesting, the characters are great and relatable, and the story isn't too easy to guess where its going next. I would definitely recommend this if you like mystery and crime novels, I can't wait to find out the ending and I really hope there are more in the series!
9/10


So there are my holiday reads! A bit of a different post from me but I really love reading on holiday so if anyone else is like me then I thought it could be nice to share what I enjoyed reading! Let me know if theres any books you've loved recently that you'd recommend!
Hope you've had a good weekend!


p.s. If you read my last post then you will realise that I didn't blog at all whilst on holiday, it was too much effort to blog on my iPad, and to convince the boy to take enough photos for me to choose from, and I didn't have my DLSR camera to take good photos with, so all in all I failed. But I am back now and have taken quite a few outfit photos this weekend and have some holiday posts lined up so I will be back on blogging form this week!

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

HAULING & #HOLIDAYBLOGPROBLEMS

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Super duper annoyingly my chief photographer (my mum) was away last week so I couldn't take any outfit photos. It also meant that I couldn't easily pre-photograph outfits for the next two weeks while I am away on holiday. I am actually sat in my hotel room writing this on my iPad. Is blogging on an iPad the hardest thing ever or is it just me being awkward and useless?? Anyway, I'm so annoyed with myself that there's barely any posts on my blog over the past week and now these two weeks coming possibly as well. However there is currently a huge haul video up over on my youtube channel so if you fancy watching that while I'm away then I'd love ya! I might try and do a few blog posts while I am away, so if the internet and my iPad patience holds up then you might be seeing me! If not then I'll see you in two weeks! Hope you're having a great week!



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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

RED VELVET ROULADE

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Last week I posted a new baking video on my YouTube channel! This time I tried out a Red Velvet Roulade, have a watch if you fancy seeing how I got on, or fancy having a go yourself!


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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

SUMMER SHADES

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Shirt - Topshop
Jeans - Topshop Leigh
Shoes - ASOS
Glasses - Universal Studios

This shirt is definitely my favourite ever shirt, its so soft and comfy and goes with everything. I have contemplated buying a second one just in case something ever happens to this one, thats when you know its real love!
Also introducing my new summery slip-on loves, I just can't get enough of slip-ons right now! 


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