#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 8

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It’s Blogmas Day 8 people and I am on the slow road to Christmas celebrations. This is my favourite time of year and I fully intend to enjoy it to the max. The decorations are going up and treats are almost ready for the oven (well kind of!). How are you preparing for the festive season and what are you reading?

Reading

Shopaholic, Shopaholic to the Stars, Sophie Kinsella, Books, Women's Fiction, Fiction, Chick Lit, Reading, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Thanks to Audible this is what I am currently listening to.
Sophie Kinsella has been a favourite of mine for many years and if I am honest got me into reading a lot more with her fabulous shopaholic series. This one however so far has not impressed me – I’m unsure whether it is because I am listening to it and don’t really like the narrators whiny voice.
We shall see!

Coast, SS15, Spring, Summer, 2015, Fashion, Skirts, Monochrome, Black, White, Stripes, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Press

After checking out the new collection for Coast this is one of my favourite pieces of the collection. You may have guessed as this has not only been on my Instagram but also on my Facebook and made it to the press day post.

Beauty

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This has been my skin saviour this week, with all the cold weather I have been taking my daily cleansing routine a lot more seriously. After the first use my face felt fresh and dewy. Have you used this?

Life

Winter Wonderland, Royal Parks, Christmas, Festive, Events, Public Events, Minions, Despicable Me, Penguins, Magic Ice Kingdom, Date Night, Dating, Relationships, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Our picture from date night at Winter Wonderland – it was such an awesome night and so romantic and snuggly.

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Cute right?! I just love this bed-spread and of course I am on the nice side!

What have you been up to this week?

#IMWAYR

Books, Reading, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, #IMWAYR,

Yet another Monday has rolled around and more pages have been read. This week has been quite slow on the reading front but as far as events go things have been quite colourful. As usual work is busy but my personal life has also picked up and I am extremely happy at the moment.

Books

Reviewed

Captivated by You, Sylvia Day, Books, Reading, Sex, Mummy Porn, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Check out my REVIEW here.

Finished

the snow globe, sheila roberts, books, reading, blog a book etc, fay, blog tour, fiction, christmas, festive

Review will be up soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Currently Reading

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch, Fiction, Books, Reading, London, Rivers of London, The Folly

I am between reading and listening to this thanks to Audible & Gollancz

Fashion

Coast, SS15, Spring, Summer, 2015, Fashion, Skirts, Monochrome, Black, White, Stripes, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Press

One of the events over the past couple of weeks was the Coast Spring/Summer 15 show and it was truly spectacular. My post about the event will be up this week so keep your eyes peeled.

For now however – this skirt is just gorgeous right!

Debenhams, SS15, Spring, Summer, 2015, Fashion, Colour, Print, Kimono, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This week the Debenhams new S/S 15 line of clothes and homewares stole the show.
Once again my post will be up later in the week so keep those peepers open!

Life

Homemade, Fish Pie, Fish, Food, Eating, Pie, Home, Life, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Homemade Fish Pie was had whilst snuggling up watching TV.

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, Royal Parks, London, Events, Christmas, Winter, Festive, Seasonal, Minion, Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Baboi, Toys, Cuddly Toy, Plush Toy, Teddy, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Of course we couldn’t leave without a minion being won.
And just FYI I got it right in the centre of the game – #WINNING!

Now it is DECEMBER (Finally!) let’s start the Christmas countdown!

Christmas, 24 Days, Countdown, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

So, What have you been up to?

#IMWAYR

I started writing this post last week and then the week just took over. As many of you know I am a nurse and I work shifts so things can be a little hectic when it comes to having time to sit down and schedule posts.

This weeks post will be a little different as I will be including bits about what has been happening with me and not just the books I have read etc! I have done this before and really enjoyed writing the posts. Well, here goes!

LIFE

As I mentioned above I have been on night shifts but recently work has been full on as my shifts are a bit all over the place. A couple of months ago I started writing the staff newsletter and really enjoy doing so, this has now become a monthly thing.

nurse, life of a nurse

Despite being nagged by everyone and their dog to get the flu jab this year I am yet to do it. This week I got a very bad cold – I don’t think it was flu but it was bad enough to make me want to go and get the jab as feeling like this is one thing and from experience flu is even worse!

flu jab, health, medication

Christmas shopping – yes I said it! Although some may deem it too early I just see it as being organised slightly as I am sure there will be something that I will leave to the last-minute. The shops are already being ransacked for presents that will be presented to our nearest and dearest. Have you started yet?

santa moped!

I have not been to the gym in over 3 weeks and I feel very bad for this. Bad enough to scoff a delicious mince-pie with my coffee – I will get around to going back but I think I should ease myself into it! Some light swimming perhaps!

BEAUTY

Over the past couple of weeks my make up collection has grown significantly. Especially in the NARS department. Their seasonal colours are truly amazing and I can think of no better reason to get glammed up even for a night sipping red wine at your local bar/pub or just a simple shopping trip with a vamped up look.

I have already written a post about one of the colours from the Audacious lipstick range but will be posting the rest of my lovely collection over the next couple of weeks. Today however I wanted to share with you a favourite that seems to be used on a daily basis and may be in need of a refill sooner rather than later!

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Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama – £18

This pencil is an absolute beauty and something that if available I will be making several buys. The colour is incredibly neutral and as it is matte stays on for such a long time that reapplication is few and far between. At £18 it’s not cheap but totally worth it if within your budget.

Books

Currently Reading

the snow globe, sheila roberts, books, reading, blog a book etc, fay, blog tour, fiction, christmas, festive

Last week I was sent three books by Sheila Roberts and as agreed I am starting to read The Snow Globe first. There will be a review up on Wednesday 3rd December as I am taking part in the Blog Tour for the book.

Just Received

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch, Fiction, Books, Reading, London, Rivers of London, The Folly

I absolutely love Mr A’s style of writing as well as most of the books being based in London (I Heart My City!) they are just such a great adventure. I look forward to getting stuck into this one.

Recently Reviewed

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

Check out my review HERE

The Christmas Surprise, Jenny Colgan, Fiction, Books, Reading, Chick Lit, Festive, Christmas, Winter, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Check out my review HERE

Events

Over the past couple of months I have attended a few events and as this is party season the calendar is filling up pretty fast – not only with work but social and bloggy events. Tonight I will be attending a decadent sleepover in honour of the release of Sylvia Day’s new book. Champagne and Chocolates here I come!

Captivated by You, Sylvia Day, Books, Reading, Sex, Mummy Porn, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

That’s all for now guys :D

REVIEW: From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually by Ali McNamara

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

The Back of the Book

Movie addict Scarlett O’Brien is finally living the jet-setting life she’s always dreamed of – but it all hangs by a shiny, golden thread.

Flying between London and New York, running two businesses, planning her wedding to handsome fiancé, Sean, with best friends Oscar and Maddie – life couldn’t be better.

But then Scarlett meets paparazzi darling, Gabriella Romero, and life suddenly becomes even more extravagant and glamorous than she could ever dream of.

As she begins to experience the other side to being rich and famous, it’s not only Scarlett’s perfect wedding that’s put in jeopardy, but her whole world.

My Thoughts

As we continue our love story with Scarlett & Sean we are thrown between New York and London for a life of fun, frolics and serious business. If you have already read the first book you will be used to Scarlett’s wild escapades already and if not welcome to her world. It is world that you either embrace or simply do not tolerate. Thankfully whilst Scarlett and the other characters in this book are traipsing around two of the best cities in the world the reader is able to enjoy the trip from the comfort of a cosy arm chair.

Even though the pair of lovebirds are happy Sean starts to notice that Scarlett is getting itchy feet and encourages her to take a trip with bestie Oscar to the big apple. A hop skip and a plane ride later she is flitting around the big city and finding even more troublesome antics than she can shake a stick at. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a mere walk in the park for our lovely Scarlett.

People magnet Scarlett and her sidekick Oscar attract people at every opportunity even to the tune of a major celebrity heart throb which when you read it you will find out who. Two people that really have got the readers attention are Jamie (TV presenter) and his Max (Cameraman) who become fast friends with our colourful Londoners. Scarlett finds herself oddly drawn to Jamie who is tall, dark and oddly handsome.

From picnics in Central Park to finding long lost relatives on Ellis island this tale of love, friendship and just amazing chick lit screams READ ME! From one beautiful city to another the descriptions are truly amazing and there is even a map in the back to show you around. Having been to New York a couple of times these books make me want to take another trip very soon to explore!

Rating

rating4* worthy fix

I am currently reading the next installment . . .

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill with Four Weddings . . . Actually