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RELEASE DATE: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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

Today is the release date for this awesome book – have you got your copy yet?

If not then head out and buy it.

Whether you get it online, in the store or on audible it is a MUST read!

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I received my copies almost over a week ago from the lovelies at Sphere and I am really enjoying the read so far. Keep checking back for the review guys.

Happy Pub day to Jenny – you have done it once again :D

#IMWAYR

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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.

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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!

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

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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

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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?

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!

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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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?

 

REVIEW: Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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The Back of the Book

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

LITTLE LIES is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

My Thoughts

Family dramas, friendship, love, hate and even murder! 

‘Little people, little problems’ (From the book!)

Jane is a single mother to a beautiful boy called Ziggy and is finding it hard moving to a new community and trying to fit in with all of the ‘perfect’ family surroundings. Despite the beautiful new surroundings there is something shady about Pirriwee but Jane is yet to let on.

Celeste despite being a slender beautiful mother of two with a gorgeous husband and more money than most can dream of there is still something that we do not know – or so it seems. Covering up is never easy but some women make it such a habit that when it does come out it is like you are numb to the subject.

Madeline takes no prisoners, she is upfront and most certainly does not mince her words. With a tongue that could cause a serious bout of whiplash as well as a teenage daughter that is ready to cause havoc and possibly a crime.

Community spirit with plenty of secrets in the background. This story circles around the three womens complicated lives. Between Jane, Celeste & Madeline any woman who reads this book will identify with the narrative somewhere along the lines and hopefully enjoy it immensely. From out there and brash to reserved and much like a ticking time bomb of emotions these ladies become friends and their lives intertwined in ways that not even they could imagine possible.

It is a great of love and support for friends and family as well as delving into a shocking back story that had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to throttle certain characters in the book. Moriarty has a way of bringing her characters to life and making them incredibly relatable.

A deeply thrilling, page turner that even though finished I want more. Once again Liane Moriarty has written a book that has left the reader wanting more.

Have you read it yet? 

Rating

rating4* worthy fix

#IMWAYR

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 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.

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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

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Check out my review HERE.

Beauty

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€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.

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€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

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

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

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

REVIEW: Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

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The Back of the Book 

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is in Hollywood! It’s as if all her life has been leading to this moment. She’s hanging out with the stars…or at least she will be, when she finally gets to meet movie superstar Sage Seymour, whom husband Luke is now managing.

There’s so much to see and do! And getting Minnie through the hurdles for her A-list Hollywood pre-school will require some…er…help.

Becky sets her heart on a new career – she’s going to be a celebrity stylist. Red carpet, here she comes! But Becky soon finds it’s tough in Tinseltown.

Luckily her best friend, Suze, comes over to keep her company, and together they embark on the Hollywood insider trail. But somehow…things aren’t quite working out as they’d hoped.

Then Becky’s big chance comes, and it’s an opportunity that money can’t buy. But will it cost her too much?

My Thoughts

Becky’s imagination is running wild again and without a second thought for her actual surroundings she is out in search for the perfect hollywood celebrity lifestyle. Despite not being a celebrity she seems prepared to do almost anything to be one. The transition for any one person from UK ordinary life to high profile Hollywood celebrity is a complete life change but when you have a husband and child to think about as well things are a lot more difficult.

With the dream of mingling with the stars and becoming best friends with just about every celebrity out there Becky seems unstoppable in her efforts to ‘make it’. With her family falling at the wayside and her friends life on the edge of a break down Becky really should be getting her head out of her backside and putting her family first.

This book really did not sit well with me, not only was it even more unrealistic than it usually is but it was bordering on ridiculously annoying. Do not mistake that for a very poor read but it wasn’t the usual Kinsella read – it felt like she has just got to the end of her tether with this series and just wants it to end.

Every other Shopaholic book I have wanted to read and have been eager to know what has happened next. However, with this book much like it seemed with Kinsella’s writing I just wanted it to end. If there is another book I will give it a chance in hope that it will be much better.

Rating

rating2* Grainy Blend

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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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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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?

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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?