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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tuesday Titles 125..

Me Before You
Me Before You : Jojo Moyes 

There's something to be said for re-reading a book you've enjoyed. Particularly when you're reading it in a cosy and familiar setting. Curling up under the covers in one of your favourite places and getting drawn into a story can be just what's needed at times. Over the past couple of weeks I've been enjoying re-reading Me Before You, which I'm sure needs no introduction following it's film release.

Thrown into Lou's life as she loses her job at a local cafe which is closing it's doors for the last time, we follow her as she searches for something new and finds a temporary role as a carer for Will Traynor; a grumpy quadriplegic who was injured in a motorcycle accident.

Things get off to an awkward and rocky start, but they progress, as things have a habit of doing. Both characters warm to one another and it's hard not to get swept away with them. When Lou makes a rather sad discovery, it shocks her to the core and she's not sure how best to deal with it.

For me, I'd say I enjoyed this book *almost* as much the second time around as I did when I first read it a few years ago. I've watched the film and I think that always has a bearing on the way I see characters and settings when I read something after seeing it on the screen. Nonetheless, rereading Me Before You felt like a warm hug.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Spots and dots..

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Dress: Dolly + Dotty
Well, it's Monday again after something of a mixed bag of a weekend. I'm trying hard to focus on the positives, though, which included a trip to Bounce Below, eating ice cream in the sunshine and a movie at my favourite cinema, as well as dinner with some of my absolute favourite people.

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Trinkletina shoes: Irregular Choice // Bag: Kate Spade
My outfit for the aforementioned dinner on Saturday night was this. I'm not sure what had reminded me of this dress during the day, but when I popped home to get ready (in record time), I was absolutely convinced that nothing else would do.

Luckily I was able to track it down without any trouble and decided on these heels, which kind of match whilst also contrasting - I still love that little zoo print fabric on the fronts. Digging out my dalmatian purse, which fits all of the essentials in, I was ready to go. 

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Cardigan: Primark // Choker: Kate Spade
I've been wearing this Kate Spade choker so often recently - this is after a momentary panic last week that I'd accidentally lobbed it into the charity bag. Thankfully I hadn't. 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

A touch of luxury..

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Recently, it's safe to say that things have been getting a little overwhelming. For lots of reasons, which we don't need to delve into. The main thing I've been learning over the past couple of months is that it's important to factor in some time for self-care. Spending some time doing things which make me smile or help me to relax, instead of rushing about all of the time trying to get everything done for everyone else, is not a bad thing. This is something I'm learning, albeit slowly.

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Apart from setting aside more time to do some of the crafty projects I've been longing to finish, I've been factoring in a little time for self-care things like going for a weekly sports massage (ow, but in a good way!), and have found a lovely new salon to go and get my nails done. Is it crazy to admit that I have never, ever had my nails done professionally before? I'm always in awe of how good Sarah's nails always look - I think that there's something so polished about having your nails done properly (no pun intended!)

I've been reading up on the trends, with the help of a little e-book produced by Ellisons, and think I'm inspired by pretty pastel shades for spring. That said, apparently the colour you pick for your nails can say a lot about your personality (anyone else remember those little quizzes you'd answer in magazines as a kid?). Apparently happiness, confidence, power and romance can be inspired by your choice of polish, whilst orange is a sociable shade. 

Do you follow trends when it comes to your nails? Any tips for a nail-care newbie?





Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday Favourites 237..

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A little springtime circus theme to today's selection of internet goodness. The weather's been getting so much nicer and I've been spending a fair amount of time enjoying the countryside over the past few days, which has been good as I've seen lots of the signs of spring arriving. 
Driving past the circus the other night may have has some subconscious bearing on this week's wishlist theme..

001: I've a feeling I've mentioned this lovely circus print skirt in the past, but I'm still really loving it. Lindy Bop have been coming out with so many superb border prints lately - my wardrobe can't cope!

002: New things have hit the Joanie Clothing website this week, and I for one could not be more excited. This blouse is so simple and yet so full of cute details that it would be the perfect Springtime wardrobe staple.

003: Perhaps more suited to summer than spring, these ice cream sandals from Miss L'Fire are just waiting for the warmer weather to come around. I love the cute motif detail on the fronts. 

004: Definitely the best handbag I've seen in a long while - bravo Vendula,who never fail to come up with something amazing. I'm such a fan of the retro cirque vibe, and this bag has a separate smaller section at the bottom (the polka dot part) as well as the main part of the bag. 

Anything caught your eye this week?


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Chaos Theory..

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 Actually, this has very little to do with chaos theory at all other than the fact that my Little Sis was recently trying to explain it to me and it's rather stuck in my head now as I wonder whether I can apply it to myself. I always joke that I work better under pressure and that my life is usually what one would call organised chaos, which seems to be the best way to ensure that I get things done..

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Brackenheath iSpot Blade*
Most of my corporate days are spent based at my desk in a fairly rural office. It can get pretty dark during the late afternoon if it's cloudy outside but I share the rooms with people who prefer a cave-like work environment than ever turning any lights on. I was pretty pleased, therefore, to be sent my saving grace, in the form of this desk lamp from Ormrod.

Frankly, it's made a huge difference to my desk area, even just over the past week. Made up of lots of LEDs, the Blade has several settings ranging from super-bright to more ambient (some of the LED bulbs are a more orangey glow than the usual white) and all of the controls are touch-based, which gives it such a slick, polished feeling.  It folds right away on itself and doesn't take up much room to begin with, so there's plenty of desk space for it. 

One of the most useful things about it is that there's a USB charging socket, which is perfect for charging my phone or my iPod from (there just aren't ever enough USB outlets on my PC; I'm forever doing battle with a tangle of cables, trying to find the right end to connect my camera or whatever, so this makes things much easier. 


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What are your workspace essentials? 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tuesday Titles 124..

The Weight of Him
The Weight of Him : Ethel Rogan
Tuesday again, so soon! I've been reading like a demon lately but am hardly making a dent on the to-read pile. I clearly need to spend more time on the treadmill, as it's where I do a lot of my reading.. 

The Weight of Him is a melancholy story: Billy is dealing with the recent suicide of one of his sons. He and his wife seem to be being forced further and further away from one another in the aftermath and his professional life is taking a turn for the worse, too, with a supervisor asking some suspicious questions of him.

Billy wonders what he can do - can one man, even one as big as Billy - really make a difference? He decides on a personal challenge and it's rather lovely to watch his progress. I found myself willing him to find a little more strength and succeed in a few chapters. 


Monday, 20 March 2017

Here's to the ones who dream..

Soooo, I feel as though I've been rather neglecting my little corner of the internet of late. I don't think this is an apology exactly (I'm sure that nobody's really noticed) and I'm putting it down to being so crazy busy of late that I just don't have the time to get all of the things I'd like to written about etc etc. Ad infinitum. 



So here's a little round-up of the past weekend, which seems to have skipped by in a total flash. 


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I spent Friday night at my best friend's house - I love the fact that I'm treated like part of the family and that they're full of good advice and happy to share that whenever I need it. We spent the evening having a lovely dinner, walking this little bundle of excitement across the nearby fields and in the local pub, putting the world to rights and I felt a billion times better for it. 

I've started a new project - cross stitch is a new one on me, but having seen something *amazing* which I really want to make as a present for someone, I decided I'd start off with something smaller, to ensure that I got the hang of it and could actually cope with a bigger, scarier project. It's taking shape...

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Saturday was filled with errands, charity shop drop-offs and frantic tidying, before the arrival of Becks, who was staying over in order to take part in the 10K on Sunday (more about that later). For some reason, in my infinite wisdom I'd signed up to do a Night Run on the Saturday evening, which she dutifully accompanied me to. As I've mentioned so many times before, I'm not a runner, but aside from a bit of marshalling-confusion, it was okay. I wasn't very happy with my time, but hey ho. 

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So, Sunday morning was an early start as we headed into town to the start of the race. I met up with a friend and we spent the morning cycling about the town to see our running pals and shout helpful words of encouragement to them as often as possible. Becks is running for a really good cause and she made it look easy - please follow her link here to find out more about why this was just one tenth of the races that she's challenged herself to this year. (Please donate if you can!)

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Sunday afternoons seem to be all about the climbing lately, so I met the gang at the new climbing centre and we spent a good few hours bouldering on the new routes which were laid this week, heading home only when our arms felt as though they might fall off. 
All in all, a lovely weekend, but oh how I wish it was a little longer. There's so much more I'd like to have fitted in...
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What did your weekend look like?