31 Oct 2015

Autumn Loves

I thought I would dedicate this post to Autumn, and what I have loved most about this season, and what better time to do it than Halloween. I love nothing more than curling up on the sofa under my twinkling pumpkin fairy lights, hot chocolate in hand, and log burner crackling away.

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28 Oct 2015

Modern Day Survival Tips

Graffiti in Brooklyn
I found this graffiti in the middle of the pavement in Brooklyn and loved it. I thought it would make quite an apt image for writing about coping mechanisms, and particularly mine when I am upset, or things just aren't going as planned.
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26 Oct 2015

Sharing My Shelves: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Published by Penguin Books.
 Rating: /5

I was so excited to start this book, but unfortunately it took me quite a while to get into it. Whether that has something to do with outside influences, I don't know. In the end I actually really enjoyed it. The story wasn't what I expected, and I think that is why I struggled with it in the beginning. This being said, I did love it. It was definitely an interesting re-envisioning of the fairy tale classic, 'Cinderella', but there was only very few references to it, and they were obscure ones at that. For example, at the end of the book as Cinder is trying to escape the palace she loses her Cyborg leg instead of the traditional glass slipper.
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25 Oct 2015

October's Birchbox 2015

I love receiving my Birchbox, it's my favourite time of the month. I had just gotten back from New York when I received mine in the post, and I literally delved into it and used it all in one go! I think it is safe to say I loved everything that was in it. Especially the When Travel Mate Sheet Mask. It was just so perfect, and definitely needed after all the travelling I had done the previous week.
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24 Oct 2015

New York, New York (Part 2)

Empire State Building Viewing Platform
In my first post I covered days 1 and 2. Hopefully, this post will cover the majority of the rest! So, on the Wednesday, after getting up at stupid o'clock again, we visited the Empire State Building. Luckily, the hotel was situated just one block up and around the corner.
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22 Oct 2015

You Need To Be More Like Her

Me on top of the Empire State Building
Other people's expectations, we have all been at the receiving end of them at some point in our lives, and if not, you luckily have them to look forward to. I think now at 30, I am susceptible to them more then ever, but I would like to think I am becoming more adept at managing them. I mean, who hasn't heard 'So and so is on their second child...so, are kids on your agenda?' Roughly translated to 'Gosh! Are you ever going to settle down, and WHEN?'
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What's In My Handbag #1

Dooney & Bourke
 I love my handbag, so I thought I would do a feature on it. I don't know how men can just carry around a wallet with them and they feel like they have everything they need?! I am not happy unless I have 'everything but the kitchen sink' along with me, and I have always believed you can never plan for too many eventualities.
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20 Oct 2015

Recipe: Lovely Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lovely Lemon Drizzle Cake
Today I had an itch to bake, I was really hankering for a lemon drizzle cake and just look at this weather! Never has 'Drizzle' cake been more amazingly apt. I have never made one of these before, so I was a little bit nervous.
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18 Oct 2015

New York, New York (Part 1)

Statue of Liberty
So, New York was as amazing as I thought it would be. I would quite happily up sticks in England and go and live there. There was so much diversity, literally you would want for nothing. I have been debating on how I was going to write about this trip purely because there is just so much to cover. In the end I decided to do it in parts.
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17 Oct 2015

Wishlist: Wanted: A Single Man Of Large Fortune

My lust list
I am joking, I love my boyfriend, but it's true. I have an unfortunate expensive taste. Unfortunate meaning there is no way I could ever afford half the stuff that I wish for.
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The Next 5 Things On My Netflix

Netflix

I'm still suffering from this rotten cold so I haven't really been able to do much apart from stay in bed and watch Netflix! I don't know about the rest of you but I always find watching a good TV series quite cathartic. I definitely have my go-to series that never fail to make me feel better. Miranda, Friends and Sex and the City to name but a few.
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15 Oct 2015

Love Me, Love My Cat

My Moggie Knox
So far this blog has been primarily about me without much mention of my fur baby, which is highly surprising, literally, he is pretty much all I talk about. So, this post will serve an introductory purpose.
Meet Knox, my 4 year old, tuxedo 'wearing' moggie.
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Interview Ettiquette 101

So, if you have been for as many interviews as I have then you can't help but notice a certain pattern emerging. I am 30 now and you are probably thinking why don't I have a carefully thought out career path by now? Believe me, that is what EVERYONE thinks and when you get to my age there is no hiding that opinion. But the very simple answer is; I don't actually know what I want to do yet! However, I quite like being a 'Jack of all trades' as the saying goes.
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Sharing My Shelves: The Martian by Andy Weir


Published by Crown Publishing
Rating: 4heartrating/5
I love reading, it is one of my few passions. In my opinion there is nothing better than curling up with a good book and escaping the humdrum of life. Fiction is my favourite, any kind of fiction really. When I lived in London I worked at Foyles as a Children's Book Specialist (Best job for a bookworm like myself!) I predominantly read YA titles and I still do every so often. They hold a very strong place in my heart. I am hoping the Literary Review will become a staple on the blog. If you are interested in what I am reading now or what's on my booklist, add me on Goodreads.
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Happy Birchday! September's 2015 Edition

So, I have been subscribing to Birchbox for about 4 months now, and I love it. It's like a surprise pamper session in a box, and quite reasonably priced at  £12.95 a month. That price includes postage and if you are on Direct Debit, you can request to stop it at any time.
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The Simple Work Necessities

Planner/Organiser from Waterstone's
So, I start work in a few weeks and I thought this would be the perfect time to write a post on work essentials.
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14 Oct 2015

Sharing My Shelves: 'After You' by Jojo Moyes


This month's book is After You by Jojo Moyes, published by Penguin Books. If you haven't read the first book to this sequel, Me Before You, you must. It's one of the few books that has moved me to tears.
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