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Winter Workout

Winter Workout

It is that time of year that most have made New Years resolutions where we want to get fit and push through that stomach churning winter workout, finish a long list of things that we had listed in the year just gone and plague ourselves with negative thoughts that may seem like we are setting ourselves up for instant failure. Working out it something that I love to do but as the days go by with work getting in the way more and more and actually having a life also creep up on me my exercise routine falls by the wayside.

This set of gear is just gorgeous and there is nothing better than new exercise stuff to get you in the mood for a good session. What gets you into the mood to get fit?

There are some days that even after a night shift I feel so invigorated that I get ready to go for a run then by the time I am ready to leave all I want to do is sleep. Now that is fair enough after a night of staying awake but I really do need to get around it.

The one thing I have promised myself this year is that I will not be stressing myself out over ‘being thinner’ but I will be working on keeping myself happy. Sounds a bit familiar doesn’t it! All about me?! No, not as far as that but I hope you get the gist.

#IMWAYR

Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayAs I haven’t blogged for almost a week (a nice refreshing break!) I thought it would be a good idea to start back at the beginning of the week. Why not right?! Also there have been quite a few changes on the blog. Finally taking the self hosted leap has given me so much freedom with my blog and reason to change even more than I already have. The changes that I am planning are quite exciting (for me anyway!).

How is your New Year going so far? Fast, like mine?! 

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This is one that I have been putting off for a while but after listening to it for a while (thanks to Audible) it is not that bad. After the first two chapters Moriarty’s writing style returns and you know that you are in for the long haul. Once again I am going between reading and listening.

Beauty

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With Christmas well and truly behind me I headed out to pick up a few bits to prepare for the next one. This may sound ridiculously organised but I think it is just sensible as I pay bargain price for premium products (gift wrapping etc) and don’t have to go on a mad rush at the end of the year and spunk a wad of cash for no reason. Whilst bargain hunting I picked up a few toiletries and decided to treat myself to this little gift set. With a couple of items that I was going to buy anyway it was a true bargain and a little treat. Have you treated yourself in the sales yet?

Life

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Isn’t it just lovely when you get to take the dog out and even though it is freezing outside it feels incredibly fresh with the ground crunching beneath your boots and you can forget about not feeling your fingers and toes?! No!

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Well if dog walking is not your thing how about New Year’s cocktails with a girl friend followed by a late breakfast at one of our favourite haunts! M1lk in Balham is just lovely and if you are close by you really should drop in.

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What have you been up to over the past week?

2015 Here We Come!

With 2015 fastly approaching the time has come to make the decision of what to wear. Have you chosen what you will be wearing to see the New Year in?

New Year's Eve Party

Although I will be working on New Years Eve and New Years Day I will be seeing the New Year in with my family and watching Jules Holland’s Hootenanny. What are your plans?

#IMWAYR – A late one!

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So Christmas is done but we are still waiting for the New Year and things are really starting to take shape over here at Blog A Book. In the next couple of weeks you will be seeing some changes here and there. If there is anything in particular that you would like to see on the blog just send me an email. So back to the late Monday’s  post.

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I finished listening to this on Audible a couple of days ago and have to say I am glad it is over.
Review will be up soon.

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This book is a title from earlier in the year but it has been waiting on my shelf for some time so I figured it would be a good opportunity to read it now and listen along the way. I have read a couple of Moriarty’s books and loved them. Have you read any?

Life

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Don’t you just love it when you have an excuse to light some scrummy Yankee Candles! The Christmas scents are particularly yummy smells. Do you have a favourite?

Crowded Christmas Shopping

That’s right – two days before Christmas being normal human beings we forgot some bits and had to brave the crowds. This is just a little part of the crowd that we encountered in Stratford Westfield.

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Of course I had to get the boy a present and he absolutely loved it – it lasted all of two days.

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AX Paris – £45

Although I am working on New Year’s Eve that doesn’t stop me thinking about what I would wear if I was actually going out. There will be a post up tomorrow with other items for an outfit to bring in the New Year. What are you wearing for the big night?

So despite it being Tuesday I hope you enjoyed my Monday post!

#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 22

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Another Monday and just a few days until Christmas – how are we all doing? With most of my Christmas shopping done I have one more present to buy and it is a tricky one so I will get on with this post and crack on with my shopping!

Reading

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I’m almost finished with this audio book with about one hour to go. If you have read or listened to this book I would love to hear what you think.
There are some great reviews out there – check them out:

Vilma’s Book Blog

Kevin @ I Heart Chick Lit

Laura’s Haven

Tara @ Running ‘n’ Reading

Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric

I am hoping to finish listening to this book mid-week so I can crack on with something else very important that I want to read more than having to read! A bit of a secret but I’m hoping all will be revealed soon!

Life

Things are great on the living front at the moment – well apart from my split location. Between mine and himself I feel like I’m being spread a little thin on the ground but I am sure it will pass. Work is hard but as I am off for the Christmas period I can’t really complain.

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Over the past couple of weeks I have picked up a few new bedding sets and this one is just so cute.
Don’t ya think?!
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As I have very sensitive skin I have to keep my make up brushes clean and do it as often as possible without ruining them. As I do not wear make up every day I clean my brushes every two weeks and this week I managed to get a snap of my squeaky clean brushes.

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Himself and I popped over to a friend’s house on Sunday and found this in their bathroom and just had to snap it. At this current moment in time I am incredibly happy and this caption is exactly how I feel so why not ‘spread the love’ so to speak.

Beauty

My skin has really been giving me problems lately which is most likely due to the crazy weather changes. From the bitter cold outside going to the warmth of inside (my house is like the tropics!) my skin flares up and I find my skin reacting like crazy. My medicine cabinet seems to have more anti-histamine in it than the regular hay fever season and it is truly annoying.

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As I mentioned last week this has been a staple in my daily routine as it really has saved my skin from falling off like a snake. Disgusting but true!

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With House of Fraser throwing such heavy discounts around before Christmas I thought it would only be right to treat myself and as I use this on a regular basis I am extremely glad for the top up.

What are you using to keep your skin smooth in such harsh weather.

What have you been up to this week?

Christmas Party Time – Blogmas Day 18

Yes people we all know it is almost ‘that’ time of year again and once again we are all preening for Christmas Party time to end the season for work and let the family time commence – well for some. For once I am in this bracket as I have Christmas off and will be spending it at home (family away and himself by my side!). Whilst I long for that special day of snuggling up with the dogs at our feet and watching old movies whilst getting merry I am also getting very excited about my work Christmas party this week. Now I have already put up pictures of what my christmas outfit choices are. However I thought it would only be right to put together a ‘dream’ christmas party look. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Christmas Party Time
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From the selection above I think my favourite items would be . . .

- Christian Louboutin T-Bar Nude Shoes

- Coast Dress

- Chanel Bag

- NARS Lipstick

Each item could be dressed up and down for many more occasions which is also an added bonus!

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#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 15

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Blogmas Day 15 – can you believe it?! December is one of those months that always flies by for me. With all the festivities under way and planning for the actual day this month is one that is maximum stress (on the wallet also!) coupled with enjoyment – the line is fine my friends!

How are you getting on with your December so far?

Reading

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Still listening and I have to say the book has taken a turn for the better. To start with I was slightly irritated but it was my wrapping companion the other night and I really am enjoying the story despite it being über girly – but that is chick lit from Kinsella for you.

This week is the works Christmas party and there are so many options whirring around in my head. Do I wear a skirt and top, dress, trousers? First choice at the moment is skirt and top as there are a few options to choose from. Check out some items that are on the list.

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Queens Shell Top – £35 – Coast

Santy Knit Top, Top, Jumper, Winter, Fashion, Black, White, Monochrome, Coast, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Lace, KnitwearSanty Knit Top – £65 – Coast

Coast, Fashion, Winter, Skirts, Cannizaro Skirt, Black, White, Monochrome, ChristmasCannizaro Skirt – £75 – Coast

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Magna Trousers – £75 – Coast

All of the items are truly amazing but I just cannot choose! HELP!

Beauty

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As the cold weather sets in my skin seems to have an attack of the crazies and go back to the times of when I was an infant. It is never fun being lathered in cream in the bath but I am starting to appreciate the cool sensation as an adult. Aqueous cream seems to be the only thing that helps and I got a great deal at Superdrug so bought two big tubs. At £2.99 per tub and buy one get one half price I figured it was silly not to buy two considering the amount I use daily.

Life

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Date night this week was at home this week watching Lord of the Rings – I am eager to watch the films and finish them with thought of understanding a bit more of the Hobbit film number 2. The first Hobbit film was wonderful however I felt a little bit out of the LOTR’s loop! Despite watching them all a couple of times I have never really paid attention. Time to concentrate!

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After sleeping with the heating off for the past couple of months there seems to be a build up of mildew by my window so after scrubbing like crazy and warming the place up the room was moved around the sheets changed. In love with these sheets right now – lights went up too but pictures will be up on Instagram this week.

What have you been up to this week?

PRESS DAY: Debenhams SS15 PART ONE – Blogmas Day 13

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A couple of weeks ago myself and Catherine headed out to the Debenhams Spring/Summer collection launch and my, my we saw some gorgeous garments. Lots of pictures were taken and we also made some great contacts. This day was not only Fashion but Home also so this post is part one of two. Check out some of the great pieces that will be available early next year.

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Fashion

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Check out the intricate detail and up close it is even more beautiful than what you can see in the picture.

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Such understated beauty for a night out on the town.

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How wonderful is this pattern – it can be dressed up and down for day and night although if the weather stays cold in the spring months a thick scarf and coat might be needed as the fabric is quite thin.

Debenhams, SS15, Spring, Summer, Press Day, Comments, Fashion, Home, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Kimono, Black, White, MonochromeThis Kimono is one of my two favourite bits from the show – sadly the picture of the dress I like the best did not come out well so this is number one for this post! How wonderful is this set – just imagine the shoes that can be worn with it.

Nightwear & Sleepwear

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Both of these Kimono gowns were so delicate to touch and would feel fantastic on over a slip or sexy nightgown. My favourite of the two is the first as it can be matched up with a lot more.

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Cute right?!

Bags

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The colours are spectacular as are the designs.

Do you have a favourite?

Christmas Jumper Day – Blogmas Day 12

12 days in and we are half way through the month and so close to christmas with less than 2 weeks to go things have been kicked up a notch at camp Blog A Book (Work, Home etc!). Today is Christmas Jumper Day – if you have more luck than I did with the Save the Children web page you can find out how to get involved (even this late in the day!). All money raised today with Save the Children goes towards vulnerable children in the UK and Abroad. Many people believe that charity starts at home and that really is a scrooged way to think about it, however if you have it to give then do – well that is my take on it anyway. In aid of this giving day I have put together a collection of Ladies, Mens and Children’s jumpers that you can wear for the rest of the festive season.

Ladies First!

Women's Christmas Jumpers 2014
With many budgets in mind this selection has something for everyone – go on get click happy!

For the Man in your Life

 

Mens Christmas Jumpers
The selection of jumpers for men seems to be a lot more on the festive side this year than the women’s collections. Either that or maybe it is just where I have been shopping! The selection above is clearly the more colourful end of the spectrum rather than your regular sedate style of jumper. If your man will not go for a very out there style like the ones above there are darker less obvious versions available.

For the Kiddiwinkles!

 

Kids Christmas Bits
From baby’s first christmas to toddlers bits and bobs there is a variety of lovely snuggly items for the little ones to get trussed up in. Have you bought your little ones mittens and jumpers yet? If not check out the selection and much more available on-line and in stores now.

I am yet to buy my Christmas jumper – which one should I go for?

‘Coast’ing in the Cold – Blogmas Day 11

That’s right it is indeed very cold outside and the later in the day it gets the more the chill sets in. So why not Coast it up in the cold. From jumpers to jackets Coast has it all on offer and despite the weather there are some beautiful pastel shades available to chase away those winter blues.

Check out my favourite items from the autumn/winter line available at Coast right now.

'Coast'ing in the Cold

 

After visiting the press day a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be gifted a card to spend in Coast.

My Two Picks

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Both pieces are workable with other bits that I already own from the collection and I am looking forward to mixing and matching for the rest of the season.

What are your favourites from my selection?