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Pardon my french but what a shitty week. Last week really was one of the busiest I have had at work with shortage of staff the NHS really is in a bad way. Thankfully blogging is a way for me to release the tension and just chill. This weekend however was absolutely wonderful as I was able to chill with my best friend, my other half and a great work colleague. How has your week been?

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So close, soooo close to the end of this and it is just amazing.

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This is the next lovely on my list. Just look at that tasty cover – perfect for a spring read right?! The Cake Shop in the Garden is released on April 23rd – you can pre-order now on Amazon.

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I have been looking for a waterfall coat for a while now. The one I really want to get my hands on is the well known Zara Waterfall Coat – it came in both camel and grey and I have to say if I could I would have both. Sadly those being out of stock means I am still on the hunt.

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These guys are hanging out somewhere in my room and I just cannot wait to find them in time for summer. Comfortable, airy and just the perfect fit. Have you tried them?

Beauty

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This is one of the products I received in my goody bag from the Bloggers Fashion Week event. When it comes to new skincare I am somewhat dubious about using new products as I have extremely sensitive skin. On my first use as usual I followed the instructions to the letter and have to say I was happy with the results.  Of course I cannot yet review the product yet as I have only used it once.Origins, GinZing, Skin Care, Facial Scrub, Skin Cream, Skincare, Skin, Beauty, Blogging, Fay, Blog A Book Etc

I have been using this daily scrub for some time now and I have to say I LOVE it! The review for it will be up on Wednesday! Keep your eyes peeled.

Essie, Nail Varnish, Nails, Mint Candy Apple, Beauty, Yankee Candle, Home, Candles, Sugared AppleIt seems that I have become some kind of Essie addict. Now I have to say this is one addiction that I am not ready to give up on easily! These two colours are the newest of the collection and one of which that I have been coveting for some time. Mint Candy Apple ladies and gents that’s right. I think the next one will have to be Rock The Boat – it is just the right shade of blue for spring.Life

I had an insanely great weekend especially the Sunday! You may have seen on Instagram a couple of pictures that I put up. I am not putting up any pictures on this post as I will be posting here and there this week about what I got up to.

What have you been up to?
Anything nice?

To Do Tuesday

To Do, Tuesday, Lists, Organisation, To Do TuesdayOnce again it is time to go through last weeks list and make one for the week ahead. Unfortunately I was unable to take part in #Bloggiesta so I have been trying to organise myself otherwise.

Last Weeks List

- Continue with Goodreads updates & links to reviews

- Comment on 20 blogs (new and old)

- Take part in Disqus discussion

- Create a late bloggiesta list if possible

This 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

Hopefully I will be able to include the last two on last weeks list.

 

#IMWAYR

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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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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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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 . . .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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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?

REVIEW: Body Jewellery

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A couple weeks ago himself and I made a trip to Westfield, when staying at his it is only a short drive to Stratford which is handy. It seems that no matter what day you go there it is packed with people – I do not know whether there is a great population of people out of work but it is always PACKED!

Anyway I digress!

Whilst ambling around we came across a stall that sells body jewellery, a quick glance here and there and I managed to find a few pieces that I liked. We decided to get the items on our list before buying anything else as money is tight at the moment and we are saving. Frugal caps on and we powered through the list in almost under an hour (very proud of myself!) – on the way back to the car we had quite a bit of money left over thanks to numerous bargains so himself treated me to some new bits. Check out what I got.

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As most of you may notice I love a bit of pink so this is a perfect choice as with the black it goes unnoticed when I am at work. I have put this bar in for the moment as the plastic is a lot softer for the teeth (i’m a grinder – it is irritating even for me). The one problem I had at the start was that the ball kept coming loose – this problem was easily solved firstly by himself tightening the ball then using a pair of plyers for a firmer grip. Slightly irritating that it came to that as I almost swallowed the ball but the problem is now fixed.

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 The two glittery numbered were chosen from a selection whittled down by me but the final decision made by himself. Being a West Ham United fan these were the closest colours to his team strip that he could find – thankfully I can’t wear them together and one can technically represent Chelsea! Also the choice on the right being more on the pink side is just a result!

One gripe that I have with both glitter balls is that they have a sharp edge where they screw in and it irritates the tongue therefore only allowing me to wear the bars for a short amount of time.

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These bad boys have two separate purposes. The hoop on the left is much smaller I don’t think the picture does it justice but it is TINY – this hoop will be used on my Helix (top ear) piercing. The other hoop which is larger in comparison but still quite thin will be for my belly button.

The larger of the two has been problem free however the smaller has been a pain in the backside. Firstly it was difficult to put on and the place that we bought it from will not assist you in application of body jewellery as they do not have the correct equipment which is fair enough. So between the two of us we managed to get the smaller hoop in and the balls screwed on but two nights in a row we found balls in the bed in the morning. Not great. As it stands there are no balls attached to the ring as they went missing some time ago. Sad times for the small hoop – I will buy another one but bigger this time.

When looking at piercings it always makes me want to get my nose pierced and another part of my ear but then I think about it again and seem to lose the will. Obviously I am not ready for another piercing yet as I would get it done straight away but these things need serious deliberation.

For the moment my mind is on a new tattoo . . .

Week in Pictures #7

As i’m away this week check out my Instagram for updates this week.

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REVIEW: Monmouth Coffee Takeaway, Monmouth Street

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For a couple of years now I have been waiting with bated breath for the moment that I taste the so called ‘divinity’ of coffee that is a Monmouth. Himself and I headed to central for a spot of shopping and general mooch when I mentioned that we were close to a place that I had wanted to try for some time. Being a coffee lover like myself he did not hesitate to walk with me to grab a cup of hot deliciousness in a cup. As it was a particular chilly afternoon the warmth would be welcomed instantly.

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As we arrived at Monmouth the queue was out the door but we were there for the long haul as after searching it out we were in the mood for some serious beans. Whilst waiting in line I told him about the sacred Monmouth and hyped up the coffee to the point where he was just as excited as I was to get the cup in my hand and at the tip of my lip. An added benefit would be a seat in the warmth for even 15 minutes just to warm up but as there was limited seating this was not an option.

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As we were heading for something to eat we decided to opt out of the pastry selection on offer. With a slight grumble also for the price wanted for such pastries we stifled our thoughts and walked on by. Not without getting a few snaps of the delectable little morsels set out to make any mouth water just at the sight.

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Both sweet and savoury were on offer to us as we patiently waited to make our take out order and basque in the warmth of other people’s body heat in the line. With the delightful smell of fresh beans on the back bar my taste buds were ready for the seventh heaven that ‘is’ Monmouth coffee.

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My go to order for any coffee shop that I have never been to before is a flat white as you can’t really go wrong with coffee and milk in small portions right?! From the standard coffee menu as you can see the price isn’t overly hiked up because of the name or location. Or is it . . .

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Now I know after extensive research (!) that Monmouth is known for small measures so the price I paid for this Flat White after getting it and it being smaller than any other Flat White I have ever had was slightly disappointing. To add to the straw that was slowly breaking the proverbial camels back slowly was lukewarm coffee – LUKEWARM! (tested with nib of little finger) I mean I ask you in what world is that ok for what is meant to be one of London’s top coffee haunts?!

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Sadly my friends it does not end there. After asking for sugar at the bar we were directed to what I can only describe as a bowl of sand that I would not even want to put out my (much needed by this point!) cigarette in the event of fire. With bits of dirt which could have possibly been old coffee beans but to the naked eye nobody knows, this bowl of ‘sugar’ was not something that I wanted in my coffee. Personally I am a fan of brown sugar but this really put me off.

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So after waiting 10 minutes for a lukewarm coffee and bowl of dirt that was put out to resemble sugar I took my take away Flat White and fled the scene. Still hoping for a decent rebuff from the taste of such ‘amazing’ coffee I took an eager sip. The only way I can describe the taste of the coffee was artificial and plastic like. I do not know why but those are the first words that sprung to mind when tasting this cup.

Heavily disappointed I headed for the epitome of plastic Starbucks (I am an addict and am not ashamed to admit it!) if only for a cup of hot coffee no matter the taste as it was doused in caramel syrup. People I am not a coffee snob and merely headed to Monmouth for the experience as well as the supposedly great tasting coffee but this was a bad experience of mine. Do not let my bad experience put you off as I will be heading to Borough Market very soon to try a simple Americano and see if they can get that right.

For now I leave you with a heavy heart on my experience of Monmouth coffee, urge you to share your thoughts and experiences and wait patiently for me to head out to Borough Market soon!

Week In Pictures #6

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As you can see this week has moved at a glacial pace and my photo taking seems to have hooked on with a vengeance. As usual it is work that has taken up the majority of my time as well as being über busy on my days off. This week ahead however will hopefully be packed with pictures and things that I am either reading or trying to get done.

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What have you been snapping?

Have a great week ahead and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Week In Pictures #5

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On return from our weekend away in the country this was waiting for me.
So exciting!

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Being a nurse I have to endure sets of night shifts that can be annoying but I get through it.
Red bull does help!

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Breakfast after the final shift in a set of three is always a bonus especially when it is as scrummy as this!

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When rooting through my mothers wardrobe for a bag we came across these bad boys in a tin.

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So a week at home and despite being deep in the country with no reception I kind of miss it. Just so peaceful even when loud hunts like this trundle through town.

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On Saturday late morning we started dinner as we were heading out that night. We had a delicious pork roast with these yummy vegetables.

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The first stop on our night out was Fontaine’s bar in Stoke Newington it was a nice little place to chill for a couple of drinks before starting your night. 

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After Fontaine’s we headed to Shoreditch Grind as they not only serve the most amazing coffee but some tasty food and delicious cocktails. The vibe of the place was relaxing and energetic all at the same time.

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This was the lovely Matteo – he is the bar manager at Shoreditch Grind and was an absolute delight to every customer that came through the door. We will definitely be back!

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After a great night out because we are staying at the mans place we came back to this delightful face. Can’t grumble at the welcome we received at the door :D

What have you been snapping this week?

#IMWAYR

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Week In Pictures #4

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All is finally revealed as after a 4 hour journey from London we reached the secret location of my Valentine’s surprise. Himself kept this secret hideout close to his chest until the last turn and we drove up the long driveway through the rolling hills and deep in the valley to our country cottage getaway. How much more romantic can you get right! Chocolate’s and flowers pffft! Not for him!

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First impressions of our getaway location. OMG right!

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The first dusk where the sun set on a tired couple who were raring to go for the next day to come (Valentine’s Day!)

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The cottage was not the only surprise that himself had up his sleeve.

On Valentine’s day after waking up to a hilarious card and cup of coffee on the bedside we headed out for a quick snack as we had an appointment to get to. Something else that I was yet to find out.

After a painful ½ hour waiting for two sandwiches to be made (½ hour right! Toto we are not in London anymore!) we headed off into the wilderness yet again and found ourselves at a stables where an exhilarating 2 hour hack across Exmoor National Park was booked.

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Not many of you know but horse riding is one of my dear passions apart from blogging of course and this was the best present that anyone could ever have given me.

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After a knackering couple of hours out on the moors we retired to our beautiful cottage and snuggled up to watch more Blacklist.

What a Valentine’s Day – I couldn’t have planned a better getaway myself and I will remember this one FOREVER. Himself did good – real good!

Of course there are more pictures and stories to tell but for now I am heading back to the sofa for more snuggles and Blacklist with the man himself.

What have you been up to this week?