Sunday, 18 February 2018

Life Lately #143

Hello lovelies,

At the end of January, I had to say goodbye to this wonderful lady. I've been working with her for nearly 10 years & she's like my second mum. She's starting her new adventure in Devon & I couldn't be more excited for her, but I'm also going to miss her like mad. Work really doesn't feel the same without her.

I met up with my tea ladies at the beginning of February, which was lovely as we don't all get to see each other very often. I also got to meet & cuddle the gorgeous baby Rupert, who was so adorable. Just look at his little face! He's almost 2 months old.

James & I had a rare day off together on Sunday & we booked a meal at the White Horse. It's a beautiful pub in the middle of a small village called Shere, in Surrey. I'd planned for us to do a 2 mile walk before our roasts to build up an appetite & despite it being freezing cold, it was an absolutely perfect day. The food was seriously incredible, I'm not exagarating when I say, it was one of the best roasts I've ever had. We explored the local area as well & picked out a few nice places to shop. We'll definitely be heading back to Shere soon to try out The Dabbling Duck.

Last Monday night, the girls & I celebrated Galentine's Day at ASK Italian. We had such a lovely evening. The food was delicious & we had a few cheeky glasses of wine!

For Valentine's Day, I spent the day with one of my best girlies. Cathy totally spoiled me at work & I came home to James, who had surprised me by cooking dinner. He also brought balloons & confetti to decorate the lounge. So cute!

On Thursday I met up with Lorna & Sarah in town before heading to afternoon tea with Cathy, I'd bought her 'Valentines tea for 2' at Wyevale Garden Centre.. except, we got stuck on the M23 for 3 whole hours because of a diesel spillage! We later discovered they'd shut the motorway & had to re-surface the road over night! We luckily managed to re-arrange the tea for this afternoon. Don't worry.. we'll be taking a different route this time! (Follow my Twitter for updates & see if we actually make it..)

Friday I went to Guildford with my girls & we had the most delicious Nandos while browsing the shops. I picked up the most beatiful playsuit for Summer, which I'm sure will feature on my Instagram soon. Look at Lily trying on all the shoes! Here she is modelling her favourite pair!

& finally last night, Gem cooked us dinner at hers. We had pasta bake & had a massive catch up, while watching lip sync battles! Have you seen Channing Tatum's Lip Sync's? Oh my god, we were crying with laughter!

How has your week been lovelies?

Sunday, 11 February 2018

What To Wear On Valentines's Day

Hi lovelies,

Can you believe it's Valentine's Day this week?! How has that come round so fast.. 

Love it or hate it, you can't escape the stigma that comes with this holiday. I actually love Valentine's Day. Any excuse to wear pink & I'm all for it. I actually love coming up with ideas & ways to spoil my friends & family. As a few of them read my blog (yes, I'm talking about you) I'm not going to write on here what I've been up to, but instead I'm going to show you a few outfits I've picked out no matter what your plans are this week.

Firstly, nothing beats a cosy night in, watching trashy tv. 

I know I for one will be cosied up with James, watching Vampire Diaries & eating Chinese. There's nothing worse than being uncomfortable when eating huge amounts of food.. so, let's welcome first of all; the tracksuits.

Red Tracksuit / Red '1990' Tracksuit / Slogan Tracksuit / Floral Embroided TrainersDrawstring Rucksack / Studded Earrings

They are so comfy, yet there's something so sassy about them. These are my three favs I picked out from BooHoo & I've tried to either select red or pink items for this post, just to stick to the 'Valentines' theme, but also because I just adore wearing both these colours!

If you're running low on wine or can't resist another chocolate cheesecake, you'll need these cute trainers to run to the shops in! I love the embroidery on the side & for £18, they are a complete bargain. I also couldn't resist adding in this rucksack, perfect for shoving your phone & money in while you dash out.

Ok, something a bit more fancy now. Say if you were going out for a lunch or afternoon tea, these two dresses are absolutely perfect.

Tea Dress / Floral Shirt Dress / Peeptoe Sock Boots / Embroided Velvet Boots / Nude Tote Bag / Layered Necklace

I love the flared sleeves of the red dress, paired with these cute heeled peeptoe boots. There's something so feminine, yet edgy about this look. The second dress just called out to me & the fact it comes in pink & cream, just makes me so happy. I really can't decide which one I like better.. might just have to order them both..

Oh & how cute are these embroided boots.. I mean.. seriously.. they currently are less than half price, so I couldn't exactly say no. Teamed with this nude tote bag, it's the perfect way to look put together, without too much effort.

How beautiful is this maxi dress? I think it has to be my favourite item of this post. It's so incredibly beautiful & looks so elegant. I would love to have an occasion to wear this to.. (James.. hint hint) paired with this suede clutch bag & hoop earrings, definitely on to a winner. I'm also a massive fan of black heels with pastel colours. I don't know what it is about the look overall, but I just think it brings it all together. Add a bit of embroidery to the heel & your definitely onto a winner.

What are your plans for Valentine's Day? I hope you have an amazing day whatever you decide to do. Oh & let me know if you pick up any of these items! I'd love to see how you style them.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Book Review - The Fifth Letter By Nicola Moriarty

Hello lovelies,

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to read more. I've set myself the task of reading at least 8 books this year. It's a massive goal as I only tend to read when I'm on holiday, never in my day-to-day life.

I started reading The Fifth Letter on 1st February & finished on it 5th February. Nobody was as surprised as me.. haha! I'm starting to think 8 books a year wasn't a high enough goal, but I know it will definitely be a test now that I've finished one book to move onto the next & keep it up through-out the year.

I wanted to start documenting my thoughts on the books I've read to remind myself of what I've accomplished this year & also to advise you guys if you're looking for a new read!

"Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden.

Best friends since the first day of school. Best friends, they liked to say, forever.

But now they are in their thirties and real life - husbands, children, work - has got in the way. So, resurrecting their annual trip away, Joni has an idea, something to help them reconnect.

Each woman will write an anonymous letter, sharing with their friends the things that are really going on in their lives.

But as the confessions come tumbling out, Joni starts to feel the certainty of their decades-long friendships slip from her fingers.

Anger. Accusations. Desires. Deceit.

And then she finds another letter. One that was never supposed to be read. A fifth letter. Containing a secret so big that its writer had tried to destroy it. And now Joni is starting to wonder, did she ever really know her friends at all?"

When you begin the story, you are taken to the present day, where Joni is confessing to a priest about her recent admissions on the girl's holiday. You flit between the present day & the previous month where the four friends go on their annual holiday & decide to write anonymous letters revealing a secret from their lives. 

The narrator uses the 3rd person, but you emphasize with Joni's character the most. As she discovers secrets about her friends, you learn them too, but you have no idea who has written each letter except from the clues the author choses to give you. It does get you thinking & Joni goes through every possible senario you can think of!

I wasn't 100% sold on the characters to be honest. I didn't feel like their personalities shone through & I struggled to visualise them from the description the author was giving. I had to keep reminding myself which person was who & how their families came into the storyline.

You actually get to read the 'fifth' letter, quite early on & even though the whole book is about finding out who wrote it, I have to be honest & say I guessed first of all, but then was put off, but eventually it concluded I was correct.

The conclusion of the book was a little disappointing, but if I really think about it, I wasn't sure how I wanted it to end as it was quite a far fetched storyline! I was really intrigued when I was reading the book & found myself desperate to read more, however I wouldn't actively seek out any other books from this author as there's so many more I'm keen to read first!

Overall Rating - 

Let me know if you like these sort of posts & if you've read anything by Nicola Moriarty. I'd love to hear your thoughts : )

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

What I've Been Wearing On My Nails #45

ELF - Dark Navy & Poundland - Chit Chat / Barry M - Lavender Glitter Top Coat & Lap Of Honour / Leighton Denny - Star Dust / M&S - Chrome & Treasure Chest

This post is so over-due, I apologise. These are all my festive nails for the Christmas period, but don't worry, you can still rock glitter in January!

Chit Chat was an absolute bargain of a nail polish, I picked it up a year or so ago in Primark & it's one of my favourite glitter top coats. It's got so many different colours in it, it gets a lot of attention for a £1 polish!

If anyone asked me to pick my favourite combination of a glitter top coat & base colour, these 2 Barry M polishes would be coming in at number 1. I love how they look together.

These were my Christmas Day nails. We had our Christmas work party a few days before & as I was undecided on what to wear (I eventually chose a black jumpsuit) I thought sliver would be a perfect option, it just goes with everything! This polish was actually one of the gifts from the M&S beauty advent calendar & it couldn't have come at a more perfect time.

& finally my New Year's nails. I thought I'd mix it up with a bit of gold. These 2 beautiful polishes were a gift from Auntie Jules for Christmas & I love them! They go so perfectly together & looked fab on New Years with an all black outfit. Not sure why I decided to go all black this year but there we go..

What have you been wearing on your nails this month? January's selection has actually been a bit boring. I've been trying to give my nails a bit of a rest this month as I find wearing glitter & removing it can damage them quite a lot, so I've just been going for a few basic base coats.

Hope you're having a lovely week : D

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Life Lately #142

Hi lovelies,

My birthday seems like so long ago, but also like it was yesterday. I managed to pack so much into my 5 days off, it felt like I was constantly on the go!

I started my celebrations off with an evening meal at my Grandparents' last Friday. We had a catchup over a roast dinner.

On Saturday, James & I went to brunch with Allan & Maria at our local pub. They have only recently started doing breakfasts & after James & I tested it out a few weeks ago, we brought Allan & Maria to try it out. I had a full English last time we went, but tried the pancakes this time & they were so delicious. Definitely will be going back again!

Our friend Tom came down to stay for the weekend on Saturday evening & we spent the evening playing games & eating pizza!

Sunday morning I'd organised a brunch with my girlies at Sunmers Pond. I won't go into too much detail as the service wasn't great, but the food was lovely. We had a walk around the pond before coming back to the cafe for cake & tea. I was thoroughly spoilt by the girlies & although we won't be going back there in a hurry, it was a lovely morning.

In the afternoon, we went to see The Greatest Showman. It was absolutely fantastic, I can't reccomend it enough. We've had the soundtrack on repeat since we saw it!

On Monday, James, Tom & I went to Brighton for the day. Tom had only visited Brighton once before, so it was nice to show him Churchill Square & The Lanes. It was pouring all day, so even though we didn't get to venture onto the pier, we briefly saw the sea from afar! I treated myself to the most beautiful coat from Pull & Bear, which I'm sure will be appearing on my Instagram in the next few weeks, as I've literally not taken it off since buying it!

& Tuesday was my actual birthday & I spent the day at my favourite place, West Wittering Beach. I wrote a full blog post about this place just over a year ago & why it's so special to me. It really was a no-brainer when Mum asked what I wanted to do on my birthday! It was extremely cold, but not too windy & it just started spitting with rain when we were driving home. We met so many adorable dogs & had birthday cake & tea when we got home.

& finally I wanted to mention one of my lovely birthday presents that I've become obsessed with, The Bullet Journal. I'm going to do a full post on this once I've properly finished organizing mine, but if your not sure what this journal is all about, just have a search on Pinterest & you'll find loads of examples!

& finally finally! I wanted to say a massive thankyou to everyone that wished me Happy Birthday. I had such an amazing week, filled with cake, presents & the best company! Roll on 28!

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