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Week in Pictures #1

In an attempt to keep track of 2015 I am going to try and post a weekly collection of photos that I have taken over the previous week. There are so many of you out there that are taking numerous photos and putting them up for different challenges. Instead of taking part in a challenge (they tend to never get finished!) I thought it would be a nice way without the commitment of a challenge to share my photos.

Amsterdam, Teddy's, Cafe, Food, Drink, Breakfast, Pancakes, Syrup, Bacon, Lights

This was definitely the place to go when it came to breakfast in Dam.
Those pancakes you can just about see didn’t last too long!

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

Little bit of spongebob goes a long way! And he made it to Dam!

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

One of many coffees had in Dam – cannot tell you how good they were!

Kiss, Kisses, Love, Romance, Relationships, Life, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Quotes

Very true.

coffee, screaming beans, caffeine, espresso, latte, cafe au lait, coffee addict, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

In a proper coffee shop if you know what I mean!

R, Letters, Art, Street Art, Amsterdam, Shops, Books, Walking, Travel, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

After walking through London and seeing all of the beautifully decorated chairs etc it was nice to see this  painted letter in Dam.

Coffee, Coffee Addict, Espresso, Cafe Au Lait, Latte, Barney's, Amsterdam, Football, West Ham, Travel, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Himself just had to find somewhere to watch the football and luckily for him Barney’s obliged. I was happy as I had coffee and wifi – plus for him West Ham did win!

What have you been photographing this week?

5 Favourite Instragrammers

Instagram is something that I use little and often, there will be a period of days where you will not see me for dust and then other days where I just cannot stop finding things to photograph and want to share with everyone. Some may disagree with the concept of instagram as they may find it unnecessarily intrusive but people only post things on there that they want to share. There are some taboo topics on there but the majority of posts are harmless. Through my blog I have found a number of lovely people to follow and have highlighted five of my favourites below. I hope you enjoy their photos as much as I do and if you have never heard of them then head on over and check out what they have to share. Most have blogs so there are links to those also.

Monday, How To, Blackboard, Chalkboard, Instagram, Photos, Pictures

Christine @ The Happily Ever After

The Book Witch, Instagram, Books, Reading, Photos

E @ The Book Witch

Paris in Four Months, Photos, Instagram, Not the Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham, Books, Reading, Sunglasses

Carin @ Paris in Four Months

MelinWonderland, Instagram, Photos, Pictures

Melina @ Melin Wonderland or Serendipity

River City Reading, Reading, Book Blogger, Blogger, Books, Fiction, Photos, Instagram

Shannon @ River City Reading

Great right!

To Do Tuesday

To Do, Tuesday, Lists, Organisation, To Do TuesdayAfter being away for most of last week my to do list both personal and on the blog side of things has grown extensively. Whilst away I was unable to take part in the mini bloggiesta so I will be organising myself over the next couple of days (hopefully!). As I have already changed my theme and other little things on the blog there isn’t too much to do but there are the little things.

So . . .

- Find new social network buttons

- Check out new bloggers

- Write trip post & edit photos

- Edit Pinterest boards

- Back up blog and photos on computer

- Go through Bloglovin‘ and edit lists

What are you up to this week?

I will be on and around Twitter & Instagram as usual.



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?


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?! 

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

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.


soap for soap and glory box

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?


Leaves, Walking, Dog Walking, Woods, London, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

ducks, river lea, walthamstow, london, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

River, River Lea, Walthamstow, london, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

walking, dog walking, dogs, weimaraner, river lea, walthamstow, london, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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!

Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Cocktails, Christmas, New Year, Festive, Harrisons, Bar, Balham, London, Alcohol, Beverages

Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Cocktails, Christmas, New Year, Festive, Harrisons, Bar, Balham, London, Alcohol, Beverages

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.

Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Festive, M1lk, Breakfast, Smoothie, Coffee, Balham, London, Beverages, Caffeine Magazine, Roasted Beans

What have you been up to over the past week?

To Do Tuesday – Blogmas Day 16

To Do, To Do List, Lists, List, Organisation, Organise, Blogging, Blog, Writing

Last Weeks List

- Write Christmas cards and send for Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange

- Wrap and bag Christmas presents

- Put up Christmas lights

- Schedule 1 week of posts

- Comment on 10 news blogs

- Put together gift basket for mothers

How Did I Get On?

Still working on the Christmas gift baskets for our mothers however it is taking longer than I anticipated due to lack of time to go out and shop for the contents. Bit by bit I am getting there – it will happen. On the wrapping side of things the other day I got into a bit of a wrapping frenzy put my audio book on and got cracking. With only 3 more presents to wrap and a couple more to buy I am pretty much all sorted.

One thing I do regret this year is not planning ahead enough to participate in The Broke & The Bookish Secret Santa – such a shame but next year will be a good one! (Not wishing the time away of course!).

Commenting has not been my strong point this week but I have visited almost 10 new blogs and let me tell you there are some awesome bloggers out there – as if you didn’t already know.

This Weeks List

- Edit Christmas baking blog and put on You Tube

- Comment on 10 news blogs

- Find 5 new blogs on Bloglovin’

- Organise 2 Pinterest boards

Once again I will be on Twitter & Instagram this afternoon whilst out and about!

See You There :D

Snap App Happy

App Happy, Apps, Phone Apps, Photo Apps, iPhone, Photography, Blog A Book Etc

The app market is saturated to the hilts with free and not so free photo editing apps. There are also plenty of posts about peoples most used and favourite editing apps. So . . . here are mine!


Google+, Snapseed, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

For dramatic stormy skies and scratchy vintage like finishes this is the app for you. Not only is it free but if you like the sort of app where you can just upload straight to many social networks this is great.


Pixlr-o-matic, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Add-ons plus minor twists and turns this app has pretty much everything you need to transform a plain Jane photograph into something spectacular. My favourite filter is . . .

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Although I had to pay for this app (About £1 – I think!) there are a few nice features on this app. However the one disappointment is despite paying already for the privilege of taking up storage space on my phone if I were to use certain fonts I would have to pay more.

Click Serendipity

Click Serendipity, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

This is an app that I have neither used or owned however have looked and seen great things about it – I am still thinking about making the purchase but with so many other apps available for free it won’t be happening any time soon.


VSCO Cam,App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Lots of rave reviews for this lovely little app, however I am still waiting for it to show me it’s best. Maybe it is time to sit and play about with it a bit.


Retrica, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

This app was introduced to me by some colleagues and although it is more about the instant photos rather than uploading and saving photos (saving on the memory) it isn’t really much different from instagram. The resemblance doesn’t stop from instagram even down to the apps icon.

What are your favourite photo apps?

GIVEAWAY: Goody Bag with Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

The lovely people from Penguin put on a lovely vintage themed party for the interview of the lovely Maya Van Wagenen by the awesome Jo Elvin (Glamour Editor). Whilst there we were all given goody bags with a copy of the book and the opportunity to have a little chat with Maya and get her to sign her book. The lovely Maya signed a copy for me and personalised it and also signed two more copies for my readers.

The book is receiving rave reviews and Maya is truly inspirational especially for her age. She seems wise beyond her years and a pleasure to listen to when speaking. This young lady is poised and ready for action and I am pretty sure there will be a lot of that on the literary scene as she is well and truly on fire.

On the night we were given the hashtag WWBD – little did I know that when I actually checked on the social networking feeds that was also being used for What Would Beyoncé Do? – Quite frankly as fabulous as Beyoncé is I couldn’t give a rats backside what she would do in her current situation as it is none of my business. So with attention back on the lovely Maya we cracked on!

The Giveaway

What’s Included

- Signed Copy of the book Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

- Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Popularity Guide

-  June’s Issue of Glamour (With a hilarious editors letter from Jo!)

- Red Bird Makes Vintage Style Brooch

- Sweeties from There’s Only One Amy Law’s

- WWBD Armband

popular giveaway

Not a bad lot for a freebie so get those entries in ASAP for your chance to win this great goody bag – there are two up for grabs so go for it guys! And SPREAD THE WORD far and wide – the more entries the better!

So the giveaway is running from Thursday 22nd May at 07:00am until Thursday 29th May – sadly this competition is only open to UK residents as postage is too expensive to the USA. Click on the link below to go to the page for entries :D

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Grand Designs @ The London ExCel



Thanks to the lovely Nick from Power Cases I actually found out that this was on. I really do need to concentrate more on the social scene for events and such things! Killing two birds (no animals were harmed during the writing of this post – had to be said!) so to speak as I had to pick up some bits for other people I headed off to the show just to collect and run. HOWEVER – once there with the press room calling I got my golden ticket and was away like wildfire with my camera. This post is going to be heavy on the photos and light on the words. So this is what I saw on the day . . .

old skool

In a little corner these lovely vintage looking items were placed. My only problem was the price tag being almost £10k!!!

garden loving

So many beautiful things for the garden and pretty much something for every corner of a broad imagination and a lot of money.

kitchen crazy

for the love of vodka

a little pizzazz


That’s about it from my little trip to Grand Designs! There were some amazing sights but overall I have to say most of the stuff is heavily over priced and most people would most likely be able to reproduce if a little effort was put in!

Did you go? If so what was your favourite part? Did you buy anything?

2nd & Not Last Read-A-Thon

Yesterday marked the end of my second and most definitely not last read-a-thon. Dewey’s Read-A-Thon is international and a whole host of people joined in the fun of setting themselves colossal reading goals. Some read for charity and others just for fun. For the second time I was lucky enough to be a co-host and once again the experience was truly amazing. Being able to converse with and cheer on so many different readers in just a two-hour period was great. There are blogs that have been added to my reading list and I am sure that I will be reading for a long time to come.

Not only is it a collective of bibliophiles but within that community of book lovers friendships have started or been cemented from previous talks and word is spread far and wide that the book community is here to stay. There has been controversy that has been slightly damning to the reputation of book bloggers vs ‘real’ critics. Personally as a book blogger I think it is sad that people find it necessary to say such hurtful things about people who just really like to read and share their opinions with each other. However as we live in a society of ‘kick a man whilst he is down’ such is life.

Moving on from the negativity this Read-A-Thon provided myself and over 700 others the excuse to block out the real world and settle in with as many good books as our eyes could rest on.

My final number is a meagre 1.5 as I am still reading the second book however between tweeting for support, instagramming and just generally keeping an eye out on the social side of things my reading was abandoned slightly. It didn’t help that I also overslept but hey ho!

If you have taken part in Dewey’s Read-A-Thon please do get in contact as I would love to hear about your experience. If you were unable to take part there will be another one in October – for dates check the Read-A-Thon websiteIf there are any other Read-A-Thon’s that you are thinking about taking part in please do let me know as any excuse to sack of daily chores and read is welcome over here!

Now I will leave you with a little tune that has been a favourite for some time and just popped into my head as I was writing this post! It is a slight change from the original!