Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Tuesday Titles 116: Burned and Broken blog tour..

Burned and Broken : Mark Hardie

A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.
The charred body of a policeman - currently the subject of an internal investigation - is found in the burnt-out-shell of his car on the Southend seafront.
To DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell of the Essex Police Major Investigation Team, the two events seem unconnected. But as they dig deeper into their colleague's murder, dark secrets begin to emerge.
Can Pearson and Russell solve both cases, before more lives are destroyed?
It's not often that you find a debut crime novel which is up there with some of the most established writers of the genre, but I think that Burned and Broken is deserving of that title. I guess I struggle with crime reviews as there's so much I don't want to spoil by giving too much away. 

Our detective duo in this debut novel are Pearson and Russell, and there are as you might expect, the usual personal background issues, which make the two a little more 'real'. Also trying to find some answers is Donna Freeman - a young lady who is convinced that her friend has been murdered. 

Right from the very first chapter, Hardie describes the final moments of our first victim's life; the moment of realisation as he becomes aware of a match being thrown into the car in which he is stuck and injured. From this point, we are taken back to the days leading up to these gruesome events and suspicions are raised. 

Very nicely written; I'm only sad that it's a while until there will be a second book in the series - I'll definitely be eagerly awaiting it. 


Monday, 23 January 2017

I'll always remember the flame..

Dress: Lindy Bop 
Monday, again, already! I can barely believe how quickly that's rolled around again. I feel as though I can't keep up with things lately - super overwhelmed, and yet making gradual progress with some of the bigger things, I guess. This weekend was spent freezing half to death at Parkrun, then freezing half to death in a tent, then thawing out at a friend's house for lunch and then with my favourites for the evening. I'm trying to ignore a couple of frustrating discoveries that I was sad to make. Ignore, block, ignore again.

Bag: Vendula London
These shoes have been sitting on one of the shelves for a while now and it was only when I saw someone's Instagram photo that I remembered that I had some of them, and hadn't yet worn them. I liked the mix of colours in the big perspex bow on the front, and decided it would match nicely with this floral print, my trusty piano bar bag and a mustard cardigan which I picked up in a blog sale. I've rationalised all of my knitwear recently, getting rid of a huge pile of things I no longer wear, or anything which looks tatty, and it felt pretty good to get rid of things I no longer need.

Shoes: Irregular Choice
Here's hoping the week ahead is a little more positive now that I can finally leave one of my worst and most controlling demons in the past. 

Friday, 20 January 2017

Friday Favourites 228..

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001 // 002 // 003 // 004 // 005

So much sparkly wonderfulness on this week's wishlist. On the one hand, I'm very pleased that it's Friday but on the other, it feels like it's been a bit of a surreal one. I have too many plans to fit into one weekend, but knowing me, I'll give it a good go... But, what we're really all here for...this week's wishlist.

001: After the first outing for my beautiful knights necklace, I had a little browse of the La Vidriola sale and this princess castle has rather stolen my heart. All of their jewellery is so cute and whimsical and fun.

002: Irregular Choice have released their lovely Nick of Time heels in some pretty new colours - pale green and lilac are my favourites!

003: Ahhh. Lindy Bop! Their new amazing prints. I love this gorgeous landscape print and the heart pockets are the perfect finishing touch. Heart-eyes-emoji, indeed.

004: This colouring book looks amazing. I'm rather enjoying the whole colouring revival, lately and these illustrations look amazing. The perfect way to spend a couple of hours of relaxing evening time on my upcoming flights to Switzerland.

005: I'm a sucker for a novelty bag - so much love for this new Joanie one. <3 

What are you wishing for this week??

Thursday, 19 January 2017

He's a cold-hearted snake..

Bag: Topshop
Ah, the lovely Lindy Bop have done it again. I've been lusting after this dress with the cute heart-shaped cut out section at the back for a while, so I couldn't resist it when it was reduced recently.

In other news, I'm feeling so much better today. I spent the evening with some of my favourites and talked things over. So much better. And I think I've decided on my new car. So that's cool.

Cardigan: Lindy Bop

Dress: Lindy Bop
Wiskers heels: Irregular Choice

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Here's to the fools who dream..

Dress: Joanie Clothing
Just in case I hadn't mentioned them enough lately, I bought two dresses in the post-Xmas Joanie Clothing sale and this is one of them. I love the cosy fabric, which has a bit of a wool mix feel to it, and anything with a cute collar is a winner for me. It's a kind of muted tartan print, and I decided to pick out the green in the check with this pair of studded boots, which I haven't worn in I don't know how long. 

Dinosaur Bag: ASOS 
I feel as though it's been a shit of a week, so far. But hey, we're halfway through and tonight I'm off to see some of my favourite people. I also saw La La Land last night and ohmygosh it was amazing. Just glorious. (We'll ignore the part of last night's story where I drove home through so many tears that I had to wait for them to stop before I could see well enough to reverse to park the car, but still). 

Shoes: Truffle
Another cute addition to the bag cupboard - this amazing little dino. I am currently (of course!) lusting over the Kate Spade dinosaurs, but I'll have to sell a lot more of my outsorted clothes (sale page here) before I'd be able to justify ordering one. This little guy is super cute, and makes a good alternative. Bravo, ASOS.

Cardigan: H+M
Other things of note....I've worn this necklace so much lately that I ended up with a bruised neck. So have retired it for a little while. It's a serious favourite at present, though. 

Choker: Kate Spade

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tuesday Titles 115: Relativity blog tour..

Relativity - Antonia Hayes

Ethan is an exceptionally gifted young boy, obsessed with physics and astronomy.

His single mother Claire is fiercely protective of her brilliant, vulnerable son. But she can’t shield him forever from learning the truth about what happened to him when he was a baby; why Mark had to leave them all those years ago.
Now age twelve, Ethan is increasingly curious about his past, especially his father’s absence in his life.  When he intercepts a letter to Claire from Mark, he opens a lifetime of feelings that, like gravity, will pull the three together again.
Relativity is a tender and triumphant story about unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, and testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

Oh goodness, where to even begin with this book. It's one of those which will stick with you after you've finished it. 

Ethan is not an ordinary child. Being brought up by mother, he's never met his father and it eventually becomes clear why this is. The book is written in alternating chapters between the perspectives of Ethan and his parents, and I enjoyed the contrast between his differing outlook on the world with that of his mother and father. 

I also really enjoyed the physics references, interwoven within the story. Coming from someone who wishes they knew more about science and physics and listens to just about anything Prof. Brian Cox ever presents in a hope of absorbing more information, I felt as though there is so much to learn and it put a lot into perspective for me. 

Relativity is a book I'd implore you to read; it's just lovely. 


Find out what the other bloggers on the blog tour thought of Relativity.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Born to a mountain slide..

Tights: Marks & Spencer
Another day, another Lindy Bop dress. I'm becoming set in my ways, it seems. I'd roll my eyes, but it's not my fault that they seem to be using the best print designer ever at the moment. 

After spending a weekend clearing out my wardrobes and getting rid of a chest of drawers which just really does not function any longer, I'm resolving to be more restrained and actually wear what I already own. Plus, moving house is scary enough - surely it makes sense to get rid of as much as possible before you actually have to move it all...

Christie Ski Print Dress: Lindy Bop
With the dodgy heating in my office, I've been layering up to the best of my ability lately, and these tights (an Xmas present), seemed to match the cute skiing print of the dress and also these Irregular Choice heels pretty nicely.

Prim Rose heels: Irregular Choice
This cardigan seems to be one of those things I can just throw on over everything to make it immediately more cosy (and infinitely less stylish / more frumpy, probably), but I was grateful of the extra warmth. Am wondering whether it's socially acceptable to take my duvet to work.

Cardigan: H+M // Piano Bar Bag: Vendula London
 Am still completely obsessed with this piano bar bag - it's large enough to carry just about everything I need with me to the office, so I've been using it almost every day for the past couple of weeks. I love it!