New Look Summer

Last week I headed up to central London with Catherine for a walk around and general catch up. Feeling in a girly mood  I decided to actually make an effort to dress like a female instead of my usual jeans, birkes and vest. Personally it made a lot of difference and despite showing my knickers to many onlookers on the St Paul’s steps I really enjoyed myself.

From City Thameslink we strolled out and up to Pizza Express for some lunch and planning for the rest of our day.

 Pizza Express, Pizza, Food, Pellegrino, Sparkling Water, Food & Drink, Beverages, St Pauls, London, Tourist

As usual the pizza was tasty and it was a great opportunity to ogle the waiter and catch up as we hadn’t seen each other for a while. When you go from seeing each other more than three times a week to about three times a month catch ups are needed.

Feeling overly satisfied and slightly bloated we moved on . . .

St Paul's, London, Tourist, Photography, Black and White

There were squirrels, pigeons, lovers, readers and city workers walking through the gardens of the cathedral. The atmosphere was truly vibrant but peaceful at the same time.

The wind was out in full force and although I did my best to contain my skirt there were a couple of episodes where the passers-by of this idyllic setting got a bit of an eyeful. I did however manage to get some decent photos where my skirt was not making an attempt to reach my throat!

OOTD, Outfit of the Day, Clothes, Fashion, New Look, Primark, Mulberry, Zara, Tissot

Scarf – Zara
Top – New Look
Skirt – New Look
Shoes – Primark
Bag – Mulberry
Watch – Tissot

Spinning, St Paul's Cathedral, London

After this little episode we were in much need of more alcohol as we felt a little squiffy!

Books, Furniture, London, Photography

After leaving St Paul’s we started to notice that there were many of these awesome book chairs in random places – there were a couple that I only realised were in place when on another side of a very difficult to cross road. So, there will be more photos of these awesome shows of literature across the literary city of London.

Madison, London, Champagne, Celebration, St Paul's Cathedral

We made our way over to Madison at One New Change. This is a place that I have now visited a fair few times and absolutely love the atmosphere. On that evening in particular the vibe was buzzing and we just had to pop some champagne. There is always good news and bad news but why not just go with the good.

the people of london

Before we left Madison the weather did a complete 360 and the heavens opened. After it calmed down slightly we made a break for it and headed over the Millennium Bridge back to our side of the river – the best side of course!

Views of London

This is why I love London – no matter how good or bad the weather is it is truly BEAUTIFUL.

I really do love my city.

London, South Bank, Views, Photography, Festival of Love, Snog, Frozen Yoghurt, Statues, Wall Art

As you may have noticed I am a great advocate for the ‘South’ side of the river and the above couple of pictures are just a few to testify to the brilliance and creativity shown on the south bank.

There are few more photos that I will be posting soon but this just about sums up our lovely day out.

Do you love your city? Is it London? If not then where?

Show & Tell time people :D

#IMWAYR

IMWAYR

This wonderful meme is the brainchild of Sheila from Book Journey. Sadly due to work commitments I do not partake as much as I would like. However my toe is dipped in the water enough to be classified as lukewarm!

This week there has not been much reading going on over a Blog A Book however I am aiming to catch up with myself – after the steak dinner and glass of red my friend will imminently provide.

So the nitty-gritty . . .

Currently Reading

Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas, Books, Reading, Fiction, Canongate, Blog A Book Etc

This book is surprisingly difficult to get into and my feelings towards it at the moment are far from positive. However thinking back to The End of Mr Y – I will stick with it for another 50 pages and see how I go.

Finished Reading

For Once in My Life, Marianne Kavanagh, Books, Reading, Review, Fiction, Relationships, Blog A Book Etc

All I need to say here is Marianne Kavanagh is a great writer and just all out lovely person. Her book was enjoyable as you can read HERE and she is just so sweet which you can see HERE.

Next To Read

Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding, Books, Reviews, Reading, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc

As listed in my books to read in August this is the next book on my list that is one out of my pile of many that have been sitting there for some time. HOWEVER . . . There are a few books that I received the other day that I really do want to get stuck into. Take a look.

Books, Blogger, Book Blogger, Reading, Paulo Coelho, Adultery, Hutchinson Books, Penguin Random House, Penguin Books, Penguin, The Mill River Redemption, Darcie Chan, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere Books, Sphere Publishing, Sphere, Little Brown, What I Had Before I Had You, Sarah Cornwell, Harper Perennial, Harper

Nice little pile there right! Am I not a lucky girl! Well I think so anyway! Relevant thank you’s have been sent out over t’internet via the wonderful Instagram – click on the link you know you want to see what I get up to!

How is your Monday going so far?

REVIEW: For Once in My Life by Marianne Kavanagh

For Once in My Life, Marianne Kavanagh, Books, Reading, Review, Fiction, Relationships, Blog A Book Etc

Back of the Book

Tess and George are soul mates. They’ve just never met each other.

They both live in London. They went to the same university. But throughout their twenties, despite their shared friends’ best efforts, they never come face to face. And now they’re stuck with partners who don’t understand them and jobs that make them unhappy, always settling for second best.

Finally they meet at a friend’s thirtieth birthday party. Can they disentangle themselves from their former lives and grab hold of their one chance to be together? Or is it too late?

My Thoughts

This is one book that I would like to talk about each character however as there are quite a few it would probably be one of the longest posts I have ever written. So in the spirit of getting to the point there will be two sides with many overlapping points as that is just how the story goes. The two characters that I will be discussing at what may seem length will be the main focus of Tess and George.

Firstly let me say when I got this book a couple of weeks ago I honestly did not think it would be as good as it was. Also that the writer would be such a gem. Check out her site she is just fabulous.

Tess

A vintage loving twenty something who seems to be consistently on the edge of a mid-life crisis way before her time. As timid as a church mouse, many people if given the chance would walk all over her. This may seem incredibly unfair to say but she is a bit of a doormat. Although with her soft personality she is a hopeless romantic who believes in soul mates and what seems to be eternal love. With this I can identify. It seems that whenever this is admitted there is always someone waiting to ‘just let you know’ that it is a crock of ish!

George

A piano playing jazz loving band manager who although living in the shadows or pretty much everything around him inside wants to push his way to the top of the tree and play for the stars. His belief is that his band really have what it takes if they put the work in. Now this is not something to be sneered at, if people had this general work ethic things might actually get done around a workplace rather than complacency taking over. George is an entity unto himself – especially when he starts playing and loses himself in the music.

Both Tess & George have a group of friends who cross paths many times that I almost couldn’t keep up with the who’s who. But once in the story it was hard to get lost. Each character was loveable in their own way and you just couldn’t help but feel attached and slightly protective.

My, my, what a tangled web we weave! 

As their joint set of friends have endless attempts at getting Tess & George to meet the years pass by with mounting speed. As the years pass life moves on however for Tess & George the pace seems glacial. They manage to lose themselves in other peoples lives and dreams and leave themselves until last. Property is exchanged, a wedding is had and eventually a child crops up. Despite all of these goings on Tess and George still manage to miss out on the wonderment of each other.

It gets to the point where I was sitting on the edge of my chair urging them to somehow bump into each other. Of course it didn’t happen until it was too late – or so I thought. I will not be giving anything away as to what happens between the two. Whether it is a happy or unhappy ending is completely up to you – but I would advice you to read it.

The book is heavily based around the story of soul mates and relationships which really is something that is close to home with me. One more reason to fall in love with the book. Everyone seems to be connected in one way or another and as you go through the book the links will start to fall into place and even some of which are quite unexpected. A story full of the trials and tribulations of real love.

When I reached the end of the book although it is all left to your imagination I appreciated this as it was up to me to concoct whatever story I thought would be appropriate at that point. This is the part of the book that really tests whether you are an optimist or pessimist.

Rating

rating4* worthy fix

Happy Birthday to You

Until We Meet Again, Gone but not forgotten, Blog A Book Etc

Today is my Godmother’s birthday – or at least if she was still with us it would have been. She is one person that despite everything happening around us always backed me up when I needed her and believed in me. I miss her a great deal and just want this day on this blog to be dedicated to her. She was a lady of incredible grace and really knew how to love. She dedicated her life to making others happy and even in her darkest days always had a smile on her face.

I miss her every day and on this day every year put myself to work as I would rather be helping someone who doing nothing – true Auntie Gladys style. So on this day as I go to bed to prepare for a night shift I send you all my love and wish that you were still here.

Happy Birthday Auntie Gladys

Miss You and Love You Always

Fay