Category Archives: Goodreads


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?

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

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.


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?


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?

REVIEW: Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements


The back of the book says:

‘When Imogen and Anna unexpectedly inherit their grandmother Vivien’s ice cream parlour, it turns both their lives upside-down. The Brighton shop is a seafront institution, but while it’s big on charm it’s critically low on customers. If the sisters don’t turn things around quickly, their grandmother’s legacy will disappear forever.

With summer looming, Imogen and Anna devise a plan to return Vivien’s to its former glory. Rather than sell up, they will train up, and make the parlour the newest destination on the South Coast foodie map.

While Imogen watches the shop, her sister flies to Italy to attend a gourmet ice cream-making course. But as she works shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best chefs in the industry, Anna finds that romance can bloom in the most unexpected of places…’

My opinion:

Let’s start with the cover – how cute is it?! Very scrummy indeed!

With both Imogen and Anna combining their individual talents they turn a previously flailing business into one that is the go to place in Brighton. Between trips to Italy to perfect the art of Gelato and falling in and out of love these two go through so really personal moments that would trigger most heart-strings.

The sisters bounce off each other throughout the story and the fact that they are such different personalities really intensifies not only their characters but the storyline itself. With predictability as one end of their very bouncy spectrum and absolute spontaneity at the other the twists and turns are just as tasty as the ice cream being made.

This book reminded me very much of Jenny Colgan’s Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe etc. The epitome of chick lit with a tad of drama and lust for all things sweet!

Now onto the location of the story – between Italy and Brighton. How much more perfect can you get. Not only do I love Italy but Brighton has some very happy memories for me. Just so you know this book isn’t all a bed of rose petals and delicious ice cream. There are some parts where things look like they are about to fall apart but at that point the sisters really put in their all and with their united front the good times do roll.

At the end of the book the selection of ice cream treats was just the cherry on top for me and Salted Caramel has made it into my recipe book for this summer!

This book was the right mixture of light-hearted, comical and romantic.



worthy fix

It’s Monday What Are You . . .


A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

So far so good and almost finished so the review will be up ASAP! Just keep checking back.

Reading Next

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Coco's Secret by Niamh Greene

I am looking forward to reading both of these books. Have you read either of them?

What are you reading?


jordans 1st pair

After returning from the US with this truly AWESOME pair of Jordan’s they are all I want to wear. Sadly they do not go with everything and I don’t want to wear them out quickly so they do go back in the box every now and then!

If you have Jordan’s – How do you wear yours? If you don’t buy some because they are über comfortable!

Skin Care

Ginger wake up shower gel

This delectable bathroom goody has made me want more than the regular three showers a day (it may seem excessive to some but oh well!). Have you tried it?

Hair Care


These bad boys have not only tamed my locks but also kept away the split ends and made my hair feel sleek. Very happy at the moment!

Listening to . . .

This is the clean version of the tune as I thought it was only appropriate for the blog. However if you would like to watch the original then please do find it on You Tube!
I listen to a variety of music but this song right now has made a regular recurrence on my playlist. What is on yours?



This show is highly addictive and there is something that I cannot identify about Benedict Cumberbatch that is just so HOT!

How is your Monday panning out?

Do let me know 😀monday love!

It’s Monday Again!

monday again

There are some Monday’s that I honestly could just crawl back into bed but this is one that I have no intention of leaving. As I worked most of the weekend on nights and spent the majority of yesterday having a lovely afternoon celebrating my best friends birthday, today is my official day of rest. There will be reading, knitting and many movies watched today.


Currently Reading

Inferno - UK cover

The first couple of pages had me less than hooked to say the least. However now I am slowly getting into it and pushing past Brown’s monotonous tones (yes even in the book!) I am beginning to enjoy the similar storyline of a city chase.

On my Kindle

gillian flynn gone girl

Whilst I was travelling I downloaded this and the two follow-up books. Hopefully it will be read next but who knows!

Skin Care

ufm kiehls

I am love with Kiehl’s in general but this face cream is fantastic and keeps my skin hydrated for most of the day. I keep a little sample pot in my bag just in case I have an emergency dry spot but once is usually enough for the entire day.

kiehls creme de corps

Quietly sobbing to myself as my bottle is pumping out the dregs and I need a new bottle. I have the large bottle and have managed to work my way through the entire thing in less than a month. That being said I was moisturised incredibly well for the entire month (dusk until dawn!).

Both of the Kiehl’s products are a must have and a purchase I will be making when I go away again.


zara two sided soft scarf

This scarf came home with me all the way from Kuala Lumpur – I was glad of it on the chilly plane and I am more than glad of it now our weather has decided to slowly but crisply blow us all into oblivion. Toasty warm and extra snug this scarf is with me most days.

What are you up to this week? 


May Wishlist


May Books Wishlist1. Haruki Murakami – 1Q84 – Book Three

2. Haruki Murakami – 1Q84 – Book One & Two

3. F Scott Fitzgerald – The Beautiful & The Damned

4. Sophie Kinsella – Wedding Night

5. Robin Sloan – Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

All of the above books have been on my want list for a while. Number one and two intrigue me especially as I have never read anything by Murakami and that I am taking part in a challenge to read one of his books. It may be a bit ambitious reading those two books as first reads for Murakami however why not just get them out-of-the-way!  These books have either made it to my Goodreads list or will make a stealth like entrance very shortly!

Hair Care

May Hair Care Wish List

1. RedKen – Curvaceous Ringlet – £16.35

2. RedKen – Curvaceous Conditioner – Leave In/Rinse Out – £11.99

3. Moroccan Oil – Hair Treatment – £30.45/100ml – Out of Stock :(

4. Organic Virgin Coconut Solid Oil – £9.99 + £1.49 postage

The one thing out of the four lovelies above that I am most looking forward to getting my mitts on is the Coconut Oil as it is multi use and smells soooooo good! Despite the lack of fancy packaging this stuff is immense – this is a different brand than I have previously used so I am hoping it is just as good or better! 

Make Up, Nails & Tools

May Wish List Make Up

1. MAC – Lipstick – Yash – £14.00

2. YSL – Touche Éclat Collector – Complexion Highlighter – £25

3. Chanel – Kabuki Brush -£30.00 – can be found at House of Fraser Croydon 😀

4. MAC – Betty Opulash – Optimum Black – £15.50 – SOLD OUT – Lusting after this!

5. Chanel – La Vernis – Holiday #617 – £18.00

6. MAC – Mineralize Rich Lipstick – Luxe Naturale – £20.00

Just look at that list – how could I pick a favourite! It was narrowed down massively as it is. Enough said! 

Skin Care

May Wish List Skin Care

1. Dr Lipp – Original Nipple Balm for Lips – £11.50/15ml

2. Green People – 24 Hour Vita Min Fix – £14.95/50ml

3. Elizabeth Arden – 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant – Fragrance Free – £25/50ml

4. Shu Uemura – Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil – £72.00/450ml

5. MAC – Gently Off Eye and Lip Make Up Remover – £14.00 – SOLD OUT :( another lust fest for me!

This list makes me sad – not only because two of the products I have recently run out of but one of them has been out of stock for well over two weeks – what is the deal with that?! All of these beauties I want but only some I can have! HELP!


Wowza – What a round-up. I am sure that a couple of the lovely products displayed above will make it into the bought pile this month but I have to admit buying all of them would leave me around £1 short of a monthly bankrupt figure. One thing that I will be hitting hard this month and it is cheap and cheerful is:

Evian 1Litre

Virgin Active

After a few not too heavy but worth it gym sessions I always tend to feel like I am back on the wagon and ready to go hard – so here is hoping that I get my rhythm and tone back. Go on send me love and support you know you want to!

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

Isn’t it amazing the amount of things that can happen over a weekend or the surprisingly small amount of activity that one can get up to even though always feeling busy. This weekend was spent at work for me however it felt jam-packed with my more than hectic reading schedule. In a way I feel that there wasn’t much achieved on the page count side of things but all the necessary effort was put in. So another Monday . . .

vintage book group

This lovely book group is not just for foofy chick lit books and for those that love vintage but those that share a love of reading great literature in general. Check out our PAGE and join up, once you have done that we would love to hear your suggestions for future reads and discussions. If there is anything in particular you would like to see from the group just let us know. There is a new book every two weeks – the book we have just started is:

the vintage teacup club by Vanessa Greene

Even if you have read this book already get involved in the discussion as I am sure that somewhere along the lines there will be a common thought with someone else and after all a book group is the perfect place to share such thoughts. There will be an interview posted with the lovely author of this book and potential for a giveaway so keep your eyes peeled.

To Read

As I have finally finished Kerouac’s On The Road this morning I am considering my next read carefully – it is between the two books below.


Another from the lovelies at Canongate and yet again from the back of the book may share similarities with Salinger and Chbosky. The well-known saying is don’t judge a book by its cover but this is just so cool.

a tale for the time being by ruth ozeki

I am looking forward to see if this book has the impact it seems to promise. Check out the synopsis HERE.



This book is just something else – I am unsure what else to say about it at the moment!

Onto the Beauty. . .

Skin Care

kiehls epidermal re-texturizing micro-dermabrasion

This product is a current love of mine at the moment – used once a week as directed it leaves my skin feeling cleansed, refreshed and slightly newer than before! Definitely worth a try and even though it is a little expensive as you only use a small amount each time it is totally worth it.


Used twice a day in my constant fight to combat break outs and I have to say I am very impressed – gentle on the skin (a little too gentle for my liking!) and no harsh perfumed smell as an after thought. Perfect to just wash and go with no residue left behind.

biore pore unclogging scrub

This beaut is being used bi-daily as I don’t want my skin to become too dry and my pores to be as open as the River Thames. With this in mind I am going to be having make up free days to give my skin a break and let such products work their magic.

24 Hour Vita Min Fix High Def picture

Another daily occurrence in my skin care routine. My t-zone and cheeks get very dry and working in a heavily air-conditioned environment does not help this. This lovely moisturiser really does the trick and my skin feels far from taught at the end of a shift. There is a subtle fragrance but nothing offensive which is great as I would prefer not to smell like a flower-pot or something like that!

kiehls blue herbal spot treatment

At the moment I am using this on any spots that are bold and not so beautiful rather than smaller breakout areas as I don’t want my skin to feel scorched – I hope that makes sense?! Salicylic acid is quite potent and even in small doses can give you that burning feeling.

In My Mailbox . . .

Lipcote unwrapped

I received this lovely package last week and have yet to had an opportunity to use it. It is sitting on my shelf waiting for its turn!

Have a lovely Monday lovelies xXx


Little Changes

For some reason this song popped into my head before I started writing this post so I figured you could listen to it as well.

Changes are being made from top to bottom on this blog and even though they may be taking longer than I had hoped they are actually starting to take shape. Finally BlogABookEtc is self hosted (yippee!) however I am waiting to see the real benefits as of yet (anyone who can enlighten me is more than welcome!). I will be working on my email address at a later date however the frontage of my blog is taking priority at the moment. New social icon buttons have been put up however they are not uniform as I originally envisioned. My to do list is slowing creeping down which is great as the less on there the more time I have for other minor tweaks that need my attention.

I am writing everyday now which can only be a good thing on the word count front. However not all of my writing is for posting, so some of the wheat will be sorted from the chaff and actually published on here. When I originally changed to the theme that is up at the moment I am unsure if it is just my imagination or actual fact but the background of my writing was white and clearer than it is now. This saddens me as I thought I had found the perfect clean-cut theme for my blog – as it stands I am on the lookout again.

On a more positive note – my health is taking a turn for the more positive side of the scale and my temperature is coming down. I managed to get my nails done  which is great but most of all it was just nice to be out of bed for more than five minutes. Although on my return home I continued to cough and splutter like it was going out of fashion.

Check out these bad boys:

nails valentines 2013

Varnish used:

– Natural Nail Base Coat O.P.I.

– Charged Up Cherry O.P.I.

– Top Coat O.P.I.

– Nail Art with Salons own Nail Art varnishes and brushes

My nails were done at Fantastic Nails Morden and you can find some of their designs HERE

Have a great day and do let me know if you choose any of the designs 😀