Read-a-thon Time

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It’s that time of year again Book Lovers. Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon has been a long standing tradition in the book blogging world and for many years I have been taking part as a reader and co-host for the past few. It is a great way to share your reading, the experiences you have whilst reading and to meet new people who also love books either the written word or electronic! This year I am taking a back seat, helping out behind the scenes and hopefully getting some reading done too. Just so you know the thon is not only about reading it is like a mass online gathering of book lovers who want to chat and share what is going on in their corner of the blogosphere.

You can take part on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook and on your blogs and others by leaving comments and supporting each other along the way.

I will be posting a picture of my book stack either later today or tomorrow some time on Instagram.

As I am finishing my stretch of night shifts at work I will be using Audible to listen in the odd moments that I get to myself. Work is pretty hands on so Audible really does come in handy – I am hoping to finish off one book at least.

Over in the UK the thon starts at 1pm – at this time I will be asleep in prep for my shift but thinking of all you bibliophiles out there cozied up with your pile of books and goodies to get you through the stretch. When I am home, showered and settled that is when I shall start my reading and socialising!

Keep it Bookish peeps and keep in touch throughout!

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Brick Lane Market

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Last week not only was it a beautiful Sunday but I was surrounded by great friends and my other half. We strolled around three of the most well known East End markets, had some food and drink and just had an overall wonderful day. I went home with a new summer jacket and some other lovely bits. As Brick Lane wasn’t as crowded as the Flower Market I was able to take a few more pictures of the things I got up to.

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As soon as we got into the market we headed to Beyond Retro and it really was a haven for vintage wants and fancies. The staff were helpful and friendly and the stock was such a sight that I cannot wait to get back there. The colourful bag on the bottom right of the collection above is the newest addition to my collection of bags. I am currently using it for a laptop bag and it is just so colourful that every time I look at it I smile – a real day brightener.

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In the men’s department I spotted Mickey Mouse popping out from a rack of denim. I walked past wanting this shirt but left it in place!
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As you all know and if you don’t then it is in the title – I am a bit of a book geek! This little basement that was part of a bric-a-brac shop was heaven to me and being a true book-a-holic I couldn’t leave without a browse and came up trumps with two books that I have had on my TBR list for some time now! Result!

Brick Lane Market, Sunday, Brick Lane, Market, Shopping, Vintage, Blogging, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Street Art, Graffiti, StreetsEverywhere you look there is street art and sadly some of it has been defaced. Those that are untouched really are true art and I just hope that more keep popping up. One day soon I will go on a street art search to see how much I can find.

Brick Lane Market, Sunday, Brick Lane, Market, Shopping, Vintage, Blogging, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Blogger Hat, Hats, FashionMany market stalls were selling these hats sadly as my head is rather large (big brains!!!) I was unable to get one of these said to be ‘one size fits all’ hats. Most may see these everywhere on the blogosphere and besides blogger shoes these are quite commonly seen in pictures.

Brick Lane Market, Sunday, Brick Lane, Market, Shopping, Vintage, Blogging, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Bicycles, Colour, CyclingOne thing that Brick Lane really did not lack was colour and down to the bicycle wheels it was EVERYWHERE as you can see. Despite such enticing colours I walked by with just a picture for memory.

Brick Lane Market, Sunday, Brick Lane, Market, Shopping, Vintage, Blogging, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Manolo Blahnik, Shoes, Prink, Chanel, Sandals, FashionPassing many of the beautiful vintage windows the pink Blahnik beauties really caught my eye. As I stood there wishing for them to be mine we moved on to see many other things and that were most likely cheaper but not so precious. Ah man – if I go back I will have to go into this shop.

Well those are the photos from my time at the market.

Have you been to Brick Lane Market?

Beauty on a Budget

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As you may remember I mentioned on my #IMWAYR post that whilst out searching for bed sheets I grabbed so bargain beauty bits. The face scrub above was already featured in Monday’s post so I am going to concentrate on two other items that I purchased.

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Personally I find it quite difficult to find a mascara that is just right for me and figured that for only £2.79 I couldn’t go wrong and if I did it was cheap enough not to worry. The packaging as you can see is basic and lets you know whats inside. I tried this out on the same day I bought it but really disliked the brush so have put it to one side for now. The actual mascara is slight watery and smudged everywhere despite extra careful application. One plus however was that it was incredibly easy to remove.

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Yes, it is ANOTHER mascara. Except this time we have a WINNER! For £2.30 you get a brush that packs a mean punch when it comes to application and the formula of the mascara is a lot less dilute than its friend above. Maybe when paired together they will work but for now my choice is clear ladies and gents.

You can find both mascaras at many Wilkinson’s stores or online at HERE

Before I go it would be slightly unfair if I didn’t show you my favourite of this weeks Bargain Beauty Buys. For as long as I can remember I have been searching for the perfect nude lipgloss, there have been cheap versions that aren’t just quite right and pricey branded versions that are just too pigmented as they are statement glosses. Until today I was still searching. Obviously depending on skin tone you will need a different shade for nude gloss. I have found my shade. I will be writing a separate review on this as this product really is just so worth it.

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From Wilkinson’s may I introduce Essence XXXL Nude Lipgloss in shade 06 – Soft Almond and for only £2! Keep your eyes peeled for a review.

What are your favourite bargain beauty products?

8 Spring Must Have Fragrances

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There are fragrances everywhere but you know as well as I do that there are some scents that stand out from the crowd as the ones to have. There are those that leave reminders of special times in our lives, those that are used for a specific reason such as work and those that are just beautiful in smell and to look at the bottle.

Spring Fragrances
These are but a few that are on offer in department stores and online. My absolute favourite of the bunch is Chanel Eau Fraiche it really does smell like fresh air. Just beautiful. I have been a long time fan of Chanel beauty and their fragrances are second to none. One of the only ones that I do not like is Chanel No5 and yes I know it is one of the most popular but personally it is really not for me.
On my first trip to Selfridges I came across the Penhaligons corner by mistake, however since then each time I make a visit I make a point of going in and catching a whiff of their delightful scents. Looking back at the cost of these luscious spritzes they are roughly the same price you would be paying for a bottle of Chanel or Gucci. I think it is high time I made a purchase!

Do you have a favourite?

#IMWAYR

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One week of nights down and another to go before I get to chill for a couple days in the sun if it sticks around. The garden is a great place to hang out, drink copious amounts of coffee, smell the roses and save money at the same time. Both himself and I are on a mission to save as much money as possible as we are meant to be moving ASAP so every penny counts. Enough of us and on to the week!

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From the very beginning I was in love with this book – I am still not finished but I am going steady! Also the name of the main character is Fay – bonus right :)

FINISHED

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Ladies and Gents I can say with pride that if you do not already know from my instagram pictures I HAVE FINISHED this tome of a read. It was quite honestly one of the best books I have ever read and look forward to another tome some day soon. My review will be up soon – it is going to take a lot to put it together but I will get there eventually.

Beauty

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We headed out the other day to pick up some new bed sheets but on our travels I managed to pick up some bargain beauty treats. The Spotless Blackhead Face Scrub is a bargain of a product that packs a fair punch but as I have only used it for a week I cannot really give it a fair review yet.

I picked up a couple of other bits but will post about all of the products together later this week. Keep your eyes open for Beauty on a Budget later this week.

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I am desperately searching for these bad boys last summer they were the most comfortable thing I could find and went just about everywhere in them. If they are not found then I will most definitely be buying a new pair!

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Although I am not feeling my best I managed to get out and about in a dress last week at Columbia Road and the weather really was a god send. The first day of the year that I could wear a dress and shades! This dress is one of my favourites of all time – it is from Collectif. Collectif clothes seem to fit me perfectly so when I get the chance I will get more. What are you wearing this week?

Life

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We fixed up part of the garden the other day so we now have a little corner to sit outside and chill together in the wonderful that the UK is showering us with.

Just a little thought to leave you with . . .

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WISH LIST: George for ASDA

After trawling the net for new summer clothes I came across the summer collection from George for ASDA. Each item is an absolute bargain and can be mixed and matched with an abundance of accessories and shoes. Check out a few of my faves…

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How gorgeous is that seaside print dress right! There are so many more on there to choose from but that one really did catch my eye and for only £20 it seems like it would be wrong not to!

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My absolute favourite of the bunch are the Cut Out Floral Brogues on the top right. At £12 a pair it is an absolute steal and may even be worth getting a second pair however that would put paid to my thoughts of buying all of the other pairs!

George for ASDA really have upped their game as you can see and there is much more to come. Check out the website HERE to find your future summer clothes!

What would you buy?

Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market, Columbia Road, Flower Market, Flowers, Market, Blogging, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, CrowdOn Sunday one of the markets that we were lucky enough to visit was the illustrious Columbia Road Flower Market. Now as we are down the road in Walthamstow there was no reason not to take a little (long!) wander to the flower market whilst meeting friends. It really was a perfect Sunday! Check out some of the pictures I managed to take whilst there. Bare in mind that it was extremely packed and you could barely get to the flowers you really wanted as due to high publicity this market gets crazy.

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As it was such a beautiful day I figured that it would be a great opportunity to give this dress an outing. As it was quite cool in the shade this dress was perfect as the fabric is thick and warm when needed. The one thing that did cause me a bit of trouble was when the wind blew and the beautiful full skirt went up and showed everything. This is one day that I was glad for a full pair of pants!

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From the beginning of the strip it was apparent that it was going to be a difficult walk as we meshed between the wanting bodies of other market goers it was like a touring party as we tried to stick together in a line. At times we were separated and lucky enough to get a quick glance at the beautiful buds on show. With arms and bouquets flying around the place it was hard to get an unobstructed shot.

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The market had everything on offer for the green fingered among us. From bedding plants to orchids. The colours were vibrant and the smell was out of this world.

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In the thick of the crowd this stall was rammed with people searching for their Sunday bunches. We managed to squeeze in and make a grab for our selection and it was just at the right time.

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At one point it was much easier to get behind the stalls for a breather to walk without getting barged. Whilst struggling through I came across this gorgeous plant.

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As we finally reached the end of the strip I came across a stall that wasn’t overpowered and had some truly beautiful flowers left on display. The three bunches here are just so patriotic that I couldn’t not take a picture. A true reflection of our countries colours and so bold at that.

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After seeing so many tulips on offer this mix of colours were my absolute favourite and just seemed so cheerful then bunched together. This was the end of our walk along Columbia Road Flower Market and it was truly delightful. I couldn’t go without a comical photo for the trip so once again in my favourite dress I tried to fly!

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I am hoping to return to the Flower Market in the next couple of weeks when I am next off from work.

Have you been to Columbia Road?

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Book Post

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Book Post is not something that I really post about on here but I figured that since most of the books I get are just so pretty why not share them. This little pile has been what has graced my letter box over the past three weeks. The first one in the stack I am hoping to conquer is ‘The Cake Shop in the Garden’ by Carole Matthews. I love her style of writing and as it is spring there is nothing more inviting that a feel good book that is about all the good things that a season like Spring has to offer.

Academy Street by Mary Costello

The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby

The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

Are there any books that you have on your want list at the moment?

Have you read any of the above books?

REVIEW: Origins GinZing Products

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The Products

Origins GinZing

Refreshing Scrub Cleanser

£18.50 – 150ml

This 2 in 1 scrubby cleanser is fortified with radiance-boosting Panax Ginseng and Caffeine.  Jojoba and Carnauba Wax gently exfoliate to help unclog pores.  Skin looks smoother, brighter.  Feels perfectly refreshed and squeaky clean.  Plus, our uplifting 100% natural essential oil blend of Grapefruit, Lemon and Spearmint perks you up so you’re ready to face the day!

Suitable for all skin types.

Energy Boosting Moisturiser

£23 – 50ml

Origins GinZing instantly hydrates and revs up radiance. 

This lightweight, oil-free, skin energy drink, fortified with legendary skin-boosters like Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean, jumpstarts hydration levels. Lacklustre-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalised to create a healthy, vibrant glow.

My Thoughts

Cleanser

This is my current favourite item in the shower. To be able to feel like I am scrubbing all the grime away from a long day at work is a very gratifying feeling and this tube of goodness does exactly that. I am a huge fan of Origins anyway so being able to stick to a brand that I love and feel great using their products is just an added daily bonus. I tend to scrub it on my face first thing in the shower and after lathering up and washing off I wash off my face and feel as fresh as a daisy and i’m sure that is mainly due to the Grapefruit, Lemon & Spearmint. 

The feel of this scrub is not as grainy as you would have thought on first squeeze – it looks harsh. Not quite a dermabrasion type of scrub but really does grind away the dead skin and keep the spots at bay. As you may know from various other posts but not only do I have very sensitive skin but combination skin also and this works like a dream.

Moisturiser

After a good scrub and not really one for toner I skip straight to moisture!

As you can imagine whilst feeling nice and refreshed I want to make that feeling last as long as possible. With boosters such as Ginseng and Coffee Beans this moisturiser is a great place to start. Despite being lightweight and oil free this little tub of goodness is delightfully full in feeling whilst lathering on. With only a thin layer needed my skin feels cool, calm and moist for almost half of my day in a harsh air conditioned work environment. Once again Origins scores another point on my positive list (yay!). Moisturising in the morning really does make me smile.

Would I Buy More?

I am on my third tube of the cleanser and my first pot of moisturiser is lasting me well.

Have you tried this yet?

To Do Tuesday

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Whilst sitting in the pub garden with the hubby and some friends on Sunday we got to talking about making lists. My lists are made on a daily basis and I have notebooks coming out of my ears. Some people keep lists mentally and others have to write it down. I’m one of many that probably do both! I make a concrete list on paper and anything else added tends to wrack up on the side of it. Do you make a daily to do list?

Last Weeks List

- Comment on 10 new blogs

- Write two book reviews

- Edit pictures taken for blog posts over the next week

- Take part in one Twitter chat

This Weeks List

- Follows and Comments on Bloglovin’

- Take Part in a Twitter Chat
(This seems to be a recurring one for the list!)

- Edit pictures taken over the weekend

- Organise beauty products

- Finish Anna Karenina and The Cake Shop in the Garden

So what have you got on your to do list this week?