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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayMy, my what a rushed week it has been on top of family stress and work just being a bit full on I am glad to bid farewell to last week and welcome the new week whole heartedly. This Monday post is a little late due to a long dog walk and an array of other personal appointments that we have both had today. Himself and I have had a really tough time this week and we just want to chill and reboot a little.

Onwards . . .

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For my eyes

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, Jenny Colgan, Books, Reviews, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

As a hardcore Colgan I have nothing but love for this book and continuation of the Polly and Neil adventure. Must-read for all!

For my ears

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Haven’t had much listening time recently so I am looking forward to picking up where I left off with this.

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Despite the sun coming out the wind has also been up so I have been able to get my tootsies out whilst wrapping up around my neck to prevent a cold. My feet are one part of my body that I do not like to keep covered up if possible as the more air that gets to them the better so my Birke’s are just awesome.
Beauty
Just a couple of the new products that I have been using for the past month. My favourite is the brow set as when I get up for work in the morning as I wear no make-up I put a bit of this on and I am ready to go. There really is no point in wearing make up to work as after a whole day it would most probably melt off my face!

How was your week?

RELEASE DATE: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Today is the release date for this awesome book – have you got your copy yet?

If not then head out and buy it.

Whether you get it online, in the store or on audible it is a MUST read!

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I received my copies almost over a week ago from the lovelies at Sphere and I am really enjoying the read so far. Keep checking back for the review guys.

Happy Pub day to Jenny – you have done it once again :D

Jenny Colgan’s Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery – A Note!

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Just so you guys know what is going on behind the scenes. The book above is my current read and I am LOVING it. Jenny Colgan has yet to disappoint me and this time is no different I won’t be giving away any spoilers even in my review but I will highly recommend it to you especially if you have read her books before. Colgan fans are waiting with baited breath for the next installment of Polly and Neil and on Thursday you can finally get your copies. Why not pre-order now!

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REVIEW: Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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The Back of the Book

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

LITTLE LIES is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

My Thoughts

Family dramas, friendship, love, hate and even murder! 

‘Little people, little problems’ (From the book!)

Jane is a single mother to a beautiful boy called Ziggy and is finding it hard moving to a new community and trying to fit in with all of the ‘perfect’ family surroundings. Despite the beautiful new surroundings there is something shady about Pirriwee but Jane is yet to let on.

Celeste despite being a slender beautiful mother of two with a gorgeous husband and more money than most can dream of there is still something that we do not know – or so it seems. Covering up is never easy but some women make it such a habit that when it does come out it is like you are numb to the subject.

Madeline takes no prisoners, she is upfront and most certainly does not mince her words. With a tongue that could cause a serious bout of whiplash as well as a teenage daughter that is ready to cause havoc and possibly a crime.

Community spirit with plenty of secrets in the background. This story circles around the three womens complicated lives. Between Jane, Celeste & Madeline any woman who reads this book will identify with the narrative somewhere along the lines and hopefully enjoy it immensely. From out there and brash to reserved and much like a ticking time bomb of emotions these ladies become friends and their lives intertwined in ways that not even they could imagine possible.

It is a great of love and support for friends and family as well as delving into a shocking back story that had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to throttle certain characters in the book. Moriarty has a way of bringing her characters to life and making them incredibly relatable.

A deeply thrilling, page turner that even though finished I want more. Once again Liane Moriarty has written a book that has left the reader wanting more.

Have you read it yet? 

Rating

rating4* worthy fix

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 Last week I returned from Amsterdam on Monday but was too late to put up my Monday post due to ridiculous delays with British Airways. Surprisingly the flight and customer services was awful but thankfully we are home safely.

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Finished

Little Lies, Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, Books, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
I finished this last week and absolutely loved it, my review will be up this week so keep your eyes peeled.

Next Up

Last Anniversary, Liane Moriarty, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Audiobooks, Audio, Audible

In the mood for more Moriarty I started listening to this and it is no surprise that I am already hooked.

Written Review

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Check out my review HERE.

Beauty

Lime Tree Blossom Shower Scrub, Shower, Scrub, Lime Tree Blossom, Douche, Blog A Book Etc, Beauty, Skin Care, Fay

€2.50 – 150ml
Last time I went to Amsterdam I remember this product and lucky for me the HEMA shop were still selling it. It smells amazing and although it is over the 100ml mark and I am unable to take it back home it is just the right price to use whilst there and not feel bad leaving it behind.

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€4.50 – 30ml

Perfect sized bottle of serum which I can say from experience works on Afro Caribbean hair very well. Leaving my locks feeling well nourished and smelling fresh – also it seems to tame the frizz. Of course I bought it home with me!

Life

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Just one of the many delicious coffees we had whilst in Amsterdam – maybe it is because they use creamer instead of milk. Yummy!

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Most nights we would take a stroll around the town and on our first night we came across Spongebob watching us.

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What have you been up to this week?
Any plans for the week ahead?

REVIEW: Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

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The Back of the Book 

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is in Hollywood! It’s as if all her life has been leading to this moment. She’s hanging out with the stars…or at least she will be, when she finally gets to meet movie superstar Sage Seymour, whom husband Luke is now managing.

There’s so much to see and do! And getting Minnie through the hurdles for her A-list Hollywood pre-school will require some…er…help.

Becky sets her heart on a new career – she’s going to be a celebrity stylist. Red carpet, here she comes! But Becky soon finds it’s tough in Tinseltown.

Luckily her best friend, Suze, comes over to keep her company, and together they embark on the Hollywood insider trail. But somehow…things aren’t quite working out as they’d hoped.

Then Becky’s big chance comes, and it’s an opportunity that money can’t buy. But will it cost her too much?

My Thoughts

Becky’s imagination is running wild again and without a second thought for her actual surroundings she is out in search for the perfect hollywood celebrity lifestyle. Despite not being a celebrity she seems prepared to do almost anything to be one. The transition for any one person from UK ordinary life to high profile Hollywood celebrity is a complete life change but when you have a husband and child to think about as well things are a lot more difficult.

With the dream of mingling with the stars and becoming best friends with just about every celebrity out there Becky seems unstoppable in her efforts to ‘make it’. With her family falling at the wayside and her friends life on the edge of a break down Becky really should be getting her head out of her backside and putting her family first.

This book really did not sit well with me, not only was it even more unrealistic than it usually is but it was bordering on ridiculously annoying. Do not mistake that for a very poor read but it wasn’t the usual Kinsella read – it felt like she has just got to the end of her tether with this series and just wants it to end.

Every other Shopaholic book I have wanted to read and have been eager to know what has happened next. However, with this book much like it seemed with Kinsella’s writing I just wanted it to end. If there is another book I will give it a chance in hope that it will be much better.

Rating

rating2* Grainy Blend

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayHow is your New Year panning out so far? For me the time is just flying by and things are a bit of a fuzz! With plenty to read/listen and my skin causing me a ridiculous amount of problems with the bitter weather that has been dealt out I just want to curl up with copious amounts of caffeine and chill out. Although I have not made any New Years resolutions there are goals that throughout the year I set myself and slowly try to tick off of my list each month. One goal I am working towards at the moment is a work goal so I won’t be writing it on here but I may be a little bit distracted so bare with me.

So what have you been up to over the past week?

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Little Lies, Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, Books, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

It has certainly taken some time but I am LOVING this book. Although the narration is slightly grating it is a really gripping read that you just don’t know where the next chapter will lead you.

Next on the list . . .

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I am contemplating finishing the rest of Liane Moriarty’s books whilst I am in the mood.
However I really am thinking about finishing off this . . .

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It has been sitting in my Audible library unfinished for quite some time now so I am thinking I might just have to grin and bear it!

What is on your reading list this week?

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Collectif Clothing, Clothing, Collectif, Fashion, Vintage, Tartan, Green, Blue, Dress, Cynthia Blackwatch Check Dress, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

I managed to pick this up in the sale on the Collectif website – it was an absolute steal and was delivered today. It fits like a dream and I am in LOVE! The fabric is thick and in abundance! Trying to get it on and off was a bit of a chore but worth every minute! I will take pictures of me in it of course and post that soon.

Beauty

Elizabeth Arden, 8 Hour Cream, Skin Protectant, Lips, Face, Hands, Skincare, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

With the cold weather really battering my skin keeping my hands, face and lips smooth is a task as they are the first areas that feel the brunt. Air conditioning is yet another issue to be dealt with whilst at work that causes chapped lips. This wonderful product really does put paid to harsh weather conditions and artificial air circulation. After washing my hands of course a couple of dabs and my lips are kept moist and smooth. The smell of this product is not for everyone but I like it very much.

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As part of the gift set I bought myself last week this lovely product is my go to hand cream for work as it makes my hands feel silky smooth after so many washes of my hands. Have you tried it yet?

Life

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With himself we settled in the front room and both spent some laptop/work time together. Although we were working on different projects we chatted, chilled and just had a generally nice evening. Then the Baileys came out – delicious as always!

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Although Mikado’s are absolutely delicious there is something about pretzel sticks and nutella that just taste absolutely divine. Soft chocolate with a touch of salt is YUMMY!

What have you been up to?

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It’s Monday peeps! How was your weekend?
From friends birthday celebrations to maximum relaxation my weekend was great.

Let’s get on with it! 

Wearing

Russell & Bromley, Boots, Shoes, Fashion, Winter,

These beauties have been on my list for quite some time. If you fancy a pair get them HERE.

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On the odd day that I had off and managed to get around Central I chose to wrap up warm but take my sunnies as there were some stray rays about. Contact lenses at the ready and I was away!

Using

MAC, Gently Off Eye & Lip Make Up Remover, Make Up Remover, Eye Make Up Remover, Lip Make Up Remover, Make Up, Beauty, Cosmetics, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This product is one of the staples in my collection of cosmetics and cleansers. It is so gentle on the skin and leaves no dryness post application. It has had a little more air time than usual as I have been donning the darker shades of lipstick and need to remove them so I don’t end up with unsightly staining. You can grab a bottle HERE.

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Speaking of the darker shades this beauty is from the NARS Audacious Lip Collection, it was also my first step onto the NARS bandwagon that I am finding increasingly difficult to get off. Their colours are just so gorgeous!

Watched

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Not as funny as the first movie – but that is only my opinion. Still hilarious however!

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After watching the first episode on Sky 1 I am absolutely hooked and find myself linking up to the states just to get my hit every week. Most definitely worth the watch especially if you like superheros! Geeking out over here and having far to many fangirl moments – well more than I would like to admit anyway :)

Reading

Finished

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Yet another triumph from Sylvia Day – check out my review HERE

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A bit of a slow starter – that is all I can say for now.
Look out for the review on Wednesday 3rd December.

Currently Reading

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch, Fiction, Books, Reading, London, Rivers of London, The Folly

Ben Aaronovitch’s writing style is truly stellar and the series of books starting with Rivers of London are spectacular.
I was one happy reader when this one was sent through. Check out his books either on Amazon or The Folly.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be busy with events and getting ready for Christmas of course. This year I plan to be a lot more organised than last but who knows what will happen. My book selection might also change (only slightly) to those more on the academic side as I am studying for something important.

What have you been up to this week?

It's Monday but it's ok

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I started writing this post last week and then the week just took over. As many of you know I am a nurse and I work shifts so things can be a little hectic when it comes to having time to sit down and schedule posts.

This weeks post will be a little different as I will be including bits about what has been happening with me and not just the books I have read etc! I have done this before and really enjoyed writing the posts. Well, here goes!

LIFE

As I mentioned above I have been on night shifts but recently work has been full on as my shifts are a bit all over the place. A couple of months ago I started writing the staff newsletter and really enjoy doing so, this has now become a monthly thing.

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Despite being nagged by everyone and their dog to get the flu jab this year I am yet to do it. This week I got a very bad cold – I don’t think it was flu but it was bad enough to make me want to go and get the jab as feeling like this is one thing and from experience flu is even worse!

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Christmas shopping – yes I said it! Although some may deem it too early I just see it as being organised slightly as I am sure there will be something that I will leave to the last-minute. The shops are already being ransacked for presents that will be presented to our nearest and dearest. Have you started yet?

santa moped!

I have not been to the gym in over 3 weeks and I feel very bad for this. Bad enough to scoff a delicious mince-pie with my coffee – I will get around to going back but I think I should ease myself into it! Some light swimming perhaps!

BEAUTY

Over the past couple of weeks my make up collection has grown significantly. Especially in the NARS department. Their seasonal colours are truly amazing and I can think of no better reason to get glammed up even for a night sipping red wine at your local bar/pub or just a simple shopping trip with a vamped up look.

I have already written a post about one of the colours from the Audacious lipstick range but will be posting the rest of my lovely collection over the next couple of weeks. Today however I wanted to share with you a favourite that seems to be used on a daily basis and may be in need of a refill sooner rather than later!

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Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama – £18

This pencil is an absolute beauty and something that if available I will be making several buys. The colour is incredibly neutral and as it is matte stays on for such a long time that reapplication is few and far between. At £18 it’s not cheap but totally worth it if within your budget.

Books

Currently Reading

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Last week I was sent three books by Sheila Roberts and as agreed I am starting to read The Snow Globe first. There will be a review up on Wednesday 3rd December as I am taking part in the Blog Tour for the book.

Just Received

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch, Fiction, Books, Reading, London, Rivers of London, The Folly

I absolutely love Mr A’s style of writing as well as most of the books being based in London (I Heart My City!) they are just such a great adventure. I look forward to getting stuck into this one.

Recently Reviewed

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

Check out my review HERE

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Check out my review HERE

Events

Over the past couple of months I have attended a few events and as this is party season the calendar is filling up pretty fast – not only with work but social and bloggy events. Tonight I will be attending a decadent sleepover in honour of the release of Sylvia Day’s new book. Champagne and Chocolates here I come!

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That’s all for now guys :D

REVIEW: From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually by Ali McNamara

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The Back of the Book

Movie addict Scarlett O’Brien is finally living the jet-setting life she’s always dreamed of – but it all hangs by a shiny, golden thread.

Flying between London and New York, running two businesses, planning her wedding to handsome fiancé, Sean, with best friends Oscar and Maddie – life couldn’t be better.

But then Scarlett meets paparazzi darling, Gabriella Romero, and life suddenly becomes even more extravagant and glamorous than she could ever dream of.

As she begins to experience the other side to being rich and famous, it’s not only Scarlett’s perfect wedding that’s put in jeopardy, but her whole world.

My Thoughts

As we continue our love story with Scarlett & Sean we are thrown between New York and London for a life of fun, frolics and serious business. If you have already read the first book you will be used to Scarlett’s wild escapades already and if not welcome to her world. It is world that you either embrace or simply do not tolerate. Thankfully whilst Scarlett and the other characters in this book are traipsing around two of the best cities in the world the reader is able to enjoy the trip from the comfort of a cosy arm chair.

Even though the pair of lovebirds are happy Sean starts to notice that Scarlett is getting itchy feet and encourages her to take a trip with bestie Oscar to the big apple. A hop skip and a plane ride later she is flitting around the big city and finding even more troublesome antics than she can shake a stick at. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a mere walk in the park for our lovely Scarlett.

People magnet Scarlett and her sidekick Oscar attract people at every opportunity even to the tune of a major celebrity heart throb which when you read it you will find out who. Two people that really have got the readers attention are Jamie (TV presenter) and his Max (Cameraman) who become fast friends with our colourful Londoners. Scarlett finds herself oddly drawn to Jamie who is tall, dark and oddly handsome.

From picnics in Central Park to finding long lost relatives on Ellis island this tale of love, friendship and just amazing chick lit screams READ ME! From one beautiful city to another the descriptions are truly amazing and there is even a map in the back to show you around. Having been to New York a couple of times these books make me want to take another trip very soon to explore!

Rating

rating4* worthy fix

I am currently reading the next installment . . .

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