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On Wednesday I got back from my most recent holiday, after a sufferance of a trip to Tunisia (we were lucky enough to go the week before the terrorist attacks) we booked ourselves up for 10 days of sun in Turkey. Let me tell you it was exactly what I needed to just chill out and reboot. Himself and I were in our element as we read, wrote and just relaxed in the sun. Hopefully by the end of the week I will be organised enough to put some pictures up – but as I am back in the real world that all depends on work.

Well, let’s get on with it . . .

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Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Penguin, Movie Tie-In Edition, Reading, Books, Fiction, Classics, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This was the only actual book that I took on my holiday and despite it being slightly long winded with a sometimes less than desirable translation I am really getting into the story now. I am totally wrapped up in the world of old time Russia and society business it is truly fabulous. Despite being an extremely long read I highly recommend it as it most definitely not a waste of time.

The Hypnotist's Love Story, Love Story, Story, Love, Liane Moriarty, Books, Audible, Audio Book, Bolinda, Caroline Lee, Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Whilst I was either sunbathing or doing my hair on holiday I listened to a bit of this and still have a fair way to go with it. The story has picked up a bit since last time but there is still a long way to go.

Beauty

Lush, Brazened Honey, Fresh Face Mask, Face Mask, Beauty, Skin Care, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This beauty was in my suitcase for the trip to Turkey – thanks to the Lush bring back service (take back 5 clean full size lush pots or tubes and exchange for a fresh face mask). After the delight of a turkish bath there was little need for this tub of gloriousness so I waited for a couple of days and put it to good use. This face mask not only smells wonderful but felt great on my face whilst applying and on removal.

Have you tried it?

Aussie Hair, Hair, Conditioner, 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Remedy, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Another little holiday treat for my hair was this miracle bottle. Despite being a poor design for travel as once open you cannot close it and it leaks EVERYWHERE the actual conditioner is AMAZING. Not only did it leave my hair incredibly soft and frizz free it smells great too. I managed to decant the rest of my bottle into a couple of little travel bottles to bring home as it would be such a shame to waste – this is definitely a product that I will be looking into repurchasing.

Aussie Body Wash, Body Wash, Fresh Mate, Shower Smoothie, No Rush, Mega Watt

Before going away we went on a little bit of a shopping trip to pick up the last bits and pieces and as I was searching for my usual Simple shower gel but as they were on sale the shelves were bare I picked up a couple of these bad boys. Do they smell heavenly – I would be lying if I said no! Go on treat yourself and get one or even a couple!

Life

As mentioned above we returned from our holiday last week – we are still suffering slightly with the holiday blues but after that long away from work it is quite nice to be back in the swing of things and feeling normal again.

Here are a couple of photos of what I have been up to . . .

Sentido Aziza, Adult Only, All Inclusive, Tunisia, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This was the view from our room whilst in Tunisia and one of the two days out of seven that we had sun whilst away.

Chess, Game, Thought, Mind Game, Tactical, Tactics, Black, White, Pawns, King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook, Tunisia, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Whilst away in Tunisia we were trapped inside the hotel for most of the holiday as the weather was truly awful. One good thing about staying indoors apart from having a lovely indoor pool to swim himself managed to teach me how to play chess.

WOW Topkapi, Turkey, Hotel, Holiday, All Inclusive, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This was the view from one side of the pool of our most recent destination – Turkey. We stayed at the WOW Topkapi Palace and my, my was is a wonderful place.

Turkey, Perge, Ruins, Roman, History, Tour, Day Tour, Day Trip, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Whilst away we did an excursion to Perge, Aspendos and Kurnsulu Waterfall it was an awesome day trip not only was the guide extremely friendly and informative but we have the chance to see some of the most awesome ruins. It was a great feeling to think that I was able to walk in the same place that such influential history took place.

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Biba, Brush Stroke, Goddess, Bikini, House of Fraser, Swimwear, Summer, Holiday, Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This is most definitely my favourite piece of swimwear for the year (I know it’s a bit early for that declaration!) – it fit extremely well and was not painful when tied at the neck as the ties were nice and thick and the material soft to touch. Highly recommended!

Beachwear, Flip flops, Footwear, Sandals, Thongs, Brasil, White, Blue, Haivaianas, Blog A Book Etc, Fay,

For the holiday to Turkey I surprised even myself as I only packed two pairs of flip flops and a pair of trainers that I wore on the plane. In an effort to keep the luggage weight down I had to be conscious and shoes would take up the extra room. Turns out it was ok to only go with the two pairs as I kept the nice black Havaianas for the night and wore these bad boys during the day. A well worked out system!

So there is a little insight into what I (we!) have been up to over the past week.

What have you been up to & any plans for the week ahead?

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

 

Despite being away for a week it was quite a bad week away and we decided to book another trip. As this is published I will be hopefully chilling by the pool in Antalya soaking up the sun and sipping on a much needed cocktail. Whilst away I have been reading madly and managed to pick up a classic again and even finished an audio book. How has your week been going?

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READING

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Penguin, Movie Tie-In Edition, Reading, Books, Fiction, Classics, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

 

After putting the classic down almost two years ago now I picked it up but started from the very beginning. What a very good place to start right?! Having restarted the book with a renewed vigour and am finding the book extremely enjoying. Have you read it? How did you find it?

FINISHED

Holy Cow by David Duchovny

I finished listening to this on my return back from our recent holiday as at the beginning it really was quite dull. My review of this audio book will be up in a couple of weeks so keep those peepers peeled.

Beauty

Lush, Brazened Honey, Fresh Face Mask, Face Mask, Beauty, Skin Care, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

After sorting through some much needed crap I found a bag of 5 large lush jars. Lush give customers the opportunity to collect 5 large jars and return them when used and clean to swap for FREE Fresh Face Mask of the customers choice from a selection on display that waiting for you on ice. Being a Lush addict this is just something that brings a big smile to my face – not only do I get something for FREE I am recycling and giving back to ‘mother earth’! RESULT right!

Rub Rub Rub, Beauty, Skincare, Lush

Whilst making my way around the shop after collecting my free fresh face mask I picked up a pot of this wonderful stuff. Not only does it feel and smell great it works wonders for the skin and makes you feel soft, supple and ready to go. Have you used it before?

Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Biba, Brush Stroke, Goddess, Bikini, House of Fraser, Swimwear, Summer, Holiday, Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
Biba, Brush Stroke, Goddess, Bikini, House of Fraser, Swimwear, Summer, Holiday, Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

House of Fraser are currently having a 20% off event for recognition customers so I figured why not take advantage and stock up on swim wear for the next trip as the last dash and buy for swim wear left me with . . .

Tu, Swimwear, Tankini, Top, Blue, White, Summer, Fashion, Sainsburys, Blog A Book Etc, FayTu, Swimwear, Bikini, Bottoms, Blue, White, Summer, Fashion, Sainsburys, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Not that it isn’t a nice swim set but every time I tried to get out of the water something almost fell out and for me that is a big no-no with swimwear.

Eat Sleep Tan Repeat, Beach Towel, Towel, Swimwear, New LookThis may seem a bit meh but I quite like it and may make a sneaky purchase before I go away!

What are you guys up to this week?

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

As you may have seen from my Instagram photos I am currently on a chill out holiday. Until I’m back the posts over here are going to be a little thin on the ground but I have managed to schedule a couple of things. I hope the rest of your week is as relaxing as mine.

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Holy Cow by David DuchovnyThanks to Audible I am listening to this little anecdotal audio book which is not only written by but narrated by David Duchovny.

Losing It, Helen Lederer, Pan Macmillan, Audio Book, Audible, Blog A Book Etc, Fay I will be starting this whilst away – there have been so many good things said about this book so I am quite excited.

Sophia, Anita Anand, Biographies, Memoirs, Audible, Audio Books, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This is not my usual type of book but its sounds absolutely wonderful to read about such a sensitive subject of history.

Not only am I listening but I am finally starting

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel, Henry VIII, History, Thomas Cromwell, Prize Winner

Beauty

There will be no pictures just yet but just think spa treatments, massages and just good old wellbeing and relaxation.

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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

The Hypnotist's Love Story, Love Story, Story, Love, Liane Moriarty, Books, Audible, Audio Book, Bolinda, Caroline Lee, Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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?

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

With another week on the horizon and plenty to do this meme is the perfect way to say goodbye to weeks gone by and start afresh. This great meme is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey and is a way for bloggers from all corners of the internet to link up and see what has been happening it other peoples world. Have you tried it yet? You really should.

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayThe Hypnotist's Love Story, Love Story, Story, Love, Liane Moriarty, Books, Audible, Audio Book, Bolinda, Caroline Lee, Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

I am still listening to this audio and loving it. The story is progressing at a glacial pace but from past experience with Moriarty’s books I am sure it will pick up soon. Or at least I hope it will!

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

My happiness could not be expressed when I got this through the door – I have started it and as suspected I am LOVING it!

LifeCocktails, Food & Drink, Drink, Alcohol, Fontaine's, Bar, Stoke Newington, London, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Cocktails at Fontaine’s in Stoke Newington with Catherine & the men in our life.
It was the start of a great evening.

Food, Breakfast, Eggs, Kale, Chorizo Hash, Sweet Potato, Night Shift, Nurse, Life, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Harrisons, Balham

Breakfast after a block of night shifts is always necessary and Harrison’s in Balham really fit the bill.
Beauty

Real Techniques, Blushing brush, make up brush, Make up,

This is one of my favourite make up brushes, it picks up just the right amount of powder without being too heavy on the face. Worth the money and when washed does not lose consistency.

Origins, Skin Care, Beauty, Face Mask, Out of TroubleThis product is great for a quick fix between regular skin care routines or if you have more time leaving it on a little longer gives stunning results.

What do you have planned for the week ahead?

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

My, my, my what a week it has been. Having just returned from one of the most romantic weekends of my life I am sorry to say that life has to resume to normal proceedings. With a week of night shifts looming I am sure that I will have plenty of time to listen to a couple of books I have in the pipeline.

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayWolf Hall, Hilary Mantel, Henry VIII, History, Thomas Cromwell, Prize Winner
After quite some time I have finally picked this book up. Despite not liking the look of the actual author and some of her comments I really do want to give it a go.

Bringing up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel, Historical Fiction, Fiction, History, Henry VIII, Cromwell, England
This one made it to the pile too as it was on offer and the next one on from Wolf Hall so why not!

Beauty

Rub Rub Rub, Beauty, Skincare, LushThis scrub has been a godsend over the past week – I will post a review to let you know how I got on with it.

LifeHorse Riding, Exmoor, National Park, Exmoor National Park, Countryside, Country Life, Horses, Country, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

If you didn’t know from yesterday’s post and a couple more himself booked a trip away for Valentine’s day and truly blew me away. Check out some of the photos HERE.

Happy Monday peeps!

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Reading time is back – yes ladies and gents as I have been commuting for a long time recently I have been able to spend more time reading to and from work. It may sound like a little thing but having that time to myself to read and listen to music really has made me feel like my old self. Despite having to get up 1 hour earlier to get to work I feel GREAT. Do you have reading time?

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

The Hypnotist's Love Story, Love Story, Story, Love, Liane Moriarty, Books, Audible, Audio Book, Bolinda, Caroline Lee, Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Despite having only listened to part of the first chapter of this book I am actually reading a book written by the man in my life. There is not much I can say at the moment but when it all comes together and I can I will tell all.

Beauty

Carmex, Strawberry, Lip Balm, Beauty, Skin Care, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

 

Whilst out shopping the other day it was extremely chilly outside and my lips were having none of it. On popping into Primark for some work under shirts I picked up this bad boy and can’t stop using it. It needs a lot of re-application but smells so tasty.

Life

London, Oxford Street, Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Shopping, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Last week himself and I took a trip to Oxford/Regent Street to get some homely bits – namely memory foam pillows and we got caught up in the crowds and cold.

What have you been up to this week?

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayIt’s Monday again and although it is late I figured better late than never to join in with Sheila’s regular Monday meme! This week I actually managed to get some stuff done but I also realised how much I have left to do. With a nerve wracking interview out of the way and still waiting for the results for something that I am feeling quite negative about at the moment I am pressing on. Positivity peeps – that is the word for the week over here.

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

This one has been finished and I am so hooked on Liane Moriarty’s writing that I have started listening to another one of her books. My review of this one will be up soon so keep your eyes open.

The Hypnotist's Love Story, Love Story, Story, Love, Liane Moriarty, Books, Audible, Audio Book, Bolinda, Caroline Lee, Fiction

Having just started this I couldn’t tell you what this book is like right now.
You will just have to wait and see!

Beauty

Soap & Glory, Hand Food, Hand Cream, Cream, Skin Care, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

After washing my hands an insane amount of times on a daily basis at work this is one product that really has done me some good. It keeps my hands soft, supple and smelling exceptionally good. There is currently an offer on at Boots of 3 for 2 so check it out if you are near.

Perfume, Scent, Smell, Eau De Parfum, EDP, Rihanna, Reb'l Fleur, Sexy

One of my colleagues has had this scent in her locker for some time now and every time she opens her locker despite the smell that emirates from most of lockers of feet hints of Rihanna waft up my nose. Finally I have my own bottle for my locker – soooo sweet!

£24.50 for 100ml is an absolute BARGAIN seeing as Boots are selling it for £29 for 50ml
(Weird Right!)

Life

Breakfast, Harrisons, Full English Breakfast, Full English, Balham, Harrisons Balham, London, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Breakfast after night shifts is always a nice way to start the long day that comes after shifts!

Amsterdam, Travel, Dam, Fay, Blog A Book Etc

Actually found the time to edit my pictures from our Amsterdam trip – I will be writing a post soon.

Body Jewellery, Jewellery, Piercings, Body Piercing, Ears, Belly Button, Surgical Steel, Rings, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Himself and I headed to Westfield on Sunday and picked up a few bits and there are a couple more to show you.

What have you been up to this week?

 

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

 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.

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
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

shopaholic-to-the-stars-by-sophie-kinsella

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.

Hair Care, Hair, Serum, Beauty, Hema, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

€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

Coffee, Barneys, Amsterdam , Caffeine, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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

Spongebob, Spongebob's Squarepants, Cartoons, Kids, TV, Amsterdam, Street Art, Art, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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

Amsterdam, Couple, Love, Relationship, Travel, Photo, Instagram

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

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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 . . .

Last Anniversary, Liane Moriarty, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Audiobooks, Audio, Audible, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Listening

 

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 . . .

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, Fiction, Audible, Audio Book, Books, Reading, Listening, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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?

Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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.

Soap & Glory, Hand Food, Hand Cream, Cream, Skin Care, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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

Baileys, Alcohol, Beverage, Candy Cane Lane, Yankee Candle, Candles, Christmas, Festive, Drink, Relax, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Instagram

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!

Mikado, Pretzels, Nutella, Chocolate Spread, Hazelnut Chocolate spread, Food, Treats, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Comfort food

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?